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ECHO Birmingham

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 4 2010

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INSIDE TODAY Mosely4, one year on

We go back to visit the family of 4 teenaged boys who crashed and died in a car accident in the Mosley area of Birmingham almost a year ago. This Tragic story involved Two brothers and and two best friends who were all in the car at the time. The father of Hasni Ali, started up a charity in honor of them to raise awareness of Joy-riding.

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£1.6Million Fraudster sentenced to 5 Years Louise Martini, 36, and from Solihull, has been sentenced to five years in prison. She pleaded guilty to theft, money laundering and using a false instrument in the Crown Court. She abused her position to steal £1,634,582.74 over a seven year period

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COLOUR AND LIGHTS HITS BRUM

By Jaspreet Marwaha

Diwali which is the festival of light celebrated by Hindu’s and Sikhs took centre stage at the NIA. More than 14,000 people went down to enjoy a night of dancing, feasting and celebrating. Local presenters, Satnam Rana and Arshia Riaz opened the show with a traditional dance group which gave the Diwali Party a sprinkle of Culture. Later on in the show, they handed the stage over to BBC Asian Network presenters, Tommy Sandhu and Noreen. Local band DCS headlined the event and Navin Kundra from BBC 1’s Waterloo Road popping down. Along with Sonna, Folji Gill and Rekesh Chauhan taking to the stage. It was a mix of local and international performers, young and old. Children also had a blast enjoying all the activities on offer including face painting, games and rangoli making in the specially designated Kids Zone. Both show sponsors, BBC WM and BBC Asian Network presenters were also enjoying the fun by getting down to the food stands, mendi stands and even down to Kids zone. Diwali is one of the most important dates in the Indian calendar and will be celebrated across the world on 5th November- Which is also Bonfire night. The festival which is normally held at the Millennium Point in the Centre of Birmingham decided to change it to an indoor event which banished Brollies on the

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cold on the night where the clocks go back hour. Sanjay Mistry, vice-president of the Hindu Council of Birmingham, said: “It was great, a really good day.In the past we have had to worry about the rain and wind but coming indoors, we didn’t need to worry about the weather.” We spoke to a Mum who had brought her children along to the show. She said “Its such a big event which is celebrated with friends and family.” this was represented in the turn out. There were groups of friends, couples, families and there were lots of people who were making new friendships there. Diwali is traditionally celebrated in India with a five day festival, which includes the Festival of Light which is Diwali on the third day. The date of Diwali changes each year as it dependents on the cycle of the moon. The event which normally attracks a crowd of about 10,000 people, had a massive 5,000 extra people show up this year. Left: The BBC WM Mascot got traditional with one of the dhol players. Right: Girl group ‘forever’ just after there performance.

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More Pictures and stories from the Diwali Festival continue on PAGE 2

Crushed girl finally gets dream and meet boyband JLS A 17 year girl from Sheldon, Maryelen Loughran, finally got her dream of meeting boyband JLS, after being crushed at the birmingham Christmas light switch-on. She had undergone a serious Stomache operation just before, and he stiches were cut open from the crushing last year.

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Police appeal after fire in Primary school

Last night the police were called out to Wilkinson Primary school, on Walter road in Bradley, at approximately 9.50 pm last night after reports of a fire. The fire service went and brought the blaze under control, while officers preserved the scene. The fire is being treated as Arson.

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Floozie in the Jacuzzi returns

Today, one of Birmingham’s most loved ladies returned back home and she’s looking even better than ever after a much needed facelift. The River Goddess Fountain, known as ‘The Floozie in the Jacuzzi’, has undergone significant restoration following the finding of major water leak.

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