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British Cycling 'respect' Sutton resignation

Shane Sutton has stood down. Credit: PA

British Cycling chief executive Ian Drake says he respects the decision of Shane Sutton to leave his role as Technical Director.

Drake praised Sutton's's work with athletes after the Australian quit his position with just 100 days to go until the start of the Olympic Games.

I want to put on record my thanks to Shane for his work with British Cycling and the part he has played in our success. We have a lot to be proud of and, with the Olympics and Paralympics this summer, a lot to look forward to.

I understand and respect Shane’s decision to stand down. His primary focus has always been the athletes, and this decision is something he has taken to allow them to focus on their preparation for Rio. Andy Harrison, programmes director at British Cycling, will be taking over with immediate effect and will manage the team in the build-up to Rio 2016.

As we announced yesterday, we are now putting in place an independent review with UK Sport so that we can investigate the allegations that have been raised in recent days about the culture within the Great Britain Cycling Team. We continue to be committed to promoting equality of opportunity and providing a supportive environment within British Cycling.

– Ian Drake
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Sutton quits British Cycling role after discrimination claims

Shane Sutton has departed. Credit: PA

Shane Sutton has resigned from his role as Technical Director at British Cycling following discrimination claims.

The Australian denied all allegations of wrongdoing after the governing body launched an independent investigation into allegations he told a female cyclist to "go have a baby".

Sutton had been suspended by British Cycling on Tuesday after the instigation of the internal review.

Today starts the 100-day countdown to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. It is absolutely crucial that, as our athletes begin their final preparations for Rio, they are able to do so free of distraction.

The developments over the past few days have clearly become a distraction. It is for this reason, and having spoken to friends and family, that I believe it is in the best interests of British Cycling for me to step down from my position as technical director.

It is important that the review announced by British Cycling and UK Sport now takes place, and I will obviously co-operate fully with this. I have made clear that I reject the specific claims that have been made against me in recent days, and I look forward to taking a full part in the review process so I can respond to the allegations in detail.

Cycling is my passion and I have always worked to get the very best out of professional athletes. I am proud of what British Cycling has achieved and I am excited by the potential of the team for Rio. They will always have my full support.

– Shane Sutton


M50 westbound closed due to overturned vehicle

The M50 Westbound is closed due to an overturned vehicle between M5 J8 and J2 A417 (Ledbury).

Eastbound one lane is also closed.

It has been described as a serious accident and to allow for a suitable diversion, the motorway has been closed from the M5 junction westbound.

The westbound entry slip at J1 is also closed. Traffic around the closure point is coping well. Eastbound one lane is closed.

Three rushed to hospital after balcony collapse

The balcony collapsed on Saturday morning. Credit: Craig Cotterill / ITV News Central

Three people have been rushed to hospital after a balcony they were standing on collapsed at a house in Worcestershire.

Emergency services were called to the property on Mount Pleasant in Redditch at 6.39 on Saturday morning.

There is no further information at this stage on the condition of the three adults injured.

This balcony collapsed off the back of the house on Mount Pleasant in Redditch. Credit: Craig Cotterill / ITV News Central


51-year-old man from Evesham charged with murder

A 51-year-old man from Worcestershire has been charged with murder.

A 53-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene Credit: Google Street View

Mark Pearce, from Bewdley Street in Evesham, has been charged with murder following an incident at a property on Bewdley Street on Friday.

Police were called by West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) at 5.48am to a report of an injured woman at the property.

Officers and the WMAS found an injured 53-year-old woman suffering from a cardiac arrest. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

A formal identification has yet to take place.

Pearce has been remanded in custody and will appear at Worcester Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Murder investigation after 53-year-old woman dies

A murder investigation is underway after the death of a 53-year-old woman in Worcestershire.

A 53-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Credit: Google Street View

Police were called by West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) at 5.48am today to a report of a woman injured at an address in Bewdley Street, Evesham.

Officers and the WMAS found an injured 53-year-old woman suffering from a cardiac arrest. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 51-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody.

The identity of the victim is known, but formal identification is yet to take place. A post-mortem examination will be held in due course.

Anyone who was in the area at the time and has any information that may assist the investigation is asked to call police on 101 quoting reference OIS 0072S 150416.

If you want to give information but don't want to give your name you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or use their anonymous online form at

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