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WHEN FOOTBALL IS THE BE ALL AND END ALL By John Davis CITY CHAIRMAN
Adam Johnson with fellow friends Simon Wilson (right) Abdul Khan (left) in 2008’s Division Three Finals
EARTFELT tributes continue to pour in for a talented amateur footballer who collapsed and died during a school match. Adam Johnson failed to regain consciousness despite desperate efforts to save him during a Birmingham & District AFA Division Two game between Harborne School and Kings Norton Boys last Tuesday. Kieran Morris, manager of Kings Norton Boys, said Adam’s father Terry Johnson was absolutely devastated at the loss.
‘‘Au Revoir’’ shouts the 35th Signal Regiment’s
“His father told me that they were best friends and he was traumatised at the news. “They were really close and the way in which he died came as a total shock because he had no history of any problems. “From my point of view he was a fantastic footballer and a full-blooded captain who changed our team around.” Kings Norton Boys Head master Roy Baylis saidteam-mate and former soldier Simon Wilson desperately battled to save Adam and without his help no one would have known what to do. “He was 20 yards away
from any other player so it was nothing to do with a challenge or anything like that.” “When Simon saw what had happened he grabbed the referee’s handbook and rammed it down Adam’s throat because he saw he was choking. He knew that he needed to clear his airways. The air ambulance came within minutes but it was too late.” Mr Morris said the club is planning to hold a memorial service for the popular defender. Full Story on Page 4&5
THEY risked life and limbs with incredible acts of bravery but members of the 35th Signal Regiment waved an emotional goodbye in Birmingham over the weekend. An hour-long ceremony in Victoria Square marked the end of the long-serving specialist communications regiment which was disbanded as part of the re-structuring of the Royal Corps of Signals. Full story on Page 6
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DM BIRMINGHAM Friday, June 25, 2009
Birmingham’s Big Bonus share leap SHARES in Birmingham’s biggest companies jumped up to a remarkable £10 BILLION last night and are bringing themselves back into buisness. The FTSE 100 leapt by 18.29 points to 517.12 - taking the index to its highest level ever in Birmingham’s history. Gold prices hit a record - boos ing mining companies. Cadbury’s rose on hopes of another bid for the Dairy Milk makrer.
‘Terror’ FREE in court A FATHER and his two sons were in court accused of terroist activity yesterday. Mohammed Shezil, 48, and his sons Haris, 26, and Sandit, 23, had allegedly plotted terrorist attacks around Birmingham City centre. Gary Barton, 27, and Malik Isral, 21, also faced Birmingham’s City JP’s. The men, all from the Gtr Manchester area, were remanded in custody but later let free.
Bed & Bremfast Please! CRAIG and Jane Bremming are victorious over a battle with neighbours to develop a guest house at their £2 million mansion. The ex chairman and his wife submitted plans for the cottage conversion and swimming pool at their pile in Kenilworth. They sparked uproar after buying the property in 2008 - once home to late actor Sir Joseph Langham - by extending the car park. Neighbours complained the latest proposal was an overdevelopment but Birmingham council has now granted consent.
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SPENDER vs MENDER
Government’s recordbreaking borrowing, the Tory chief warned that we must tackle the debt. HARRY Brown and Daniel In the closest thing yet to Colins went to war yesa full-on debate the rivals terday over how to slash - plus GHD chief Michael Birmingham’s rocketing Edwards - gave three £13 million a year deﬁcit. speeches in close succesWhile the PM defended the sion. By JOHN WALTERS deputy Political Editor
Each spelt out dramati cally different visions on digging Birmingham out of the red at the Confederation of British Industry conference in London. Harry Brown claimed turning off the public spending taps too quickly would be “fatal”.
But Mr Colins dismissed this as “profoundly wrong”. He said our credit rating could be damaged if we fail to deal with rising debts. He claimed that by next year Birmingham will be spending more on the INTEREST on our debts than on schools.
borne, who suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head. Police were alerted to the double shooting in Woodbourne Road after the neighbours heard the sound of the shots. The area was immediately cordoned off as scenes of crimes ofﬁcers carried out a detailed forensic examination and detectives conducted house to house inquiries. A policeman spokeswom an said the gunman ran off into side streets after ﬁring the shots at around
5.40pm. “Police are waiting to speak to the two injured men in hospital.” "The 21 year-old suffered several gunshot wounds to his lower body and the 32 year-old has a single wound to his leg. Both are in a stable condition.” He added: “The road has remained sealed off while house to house inquiries and a forensic examination of the scene are ongoing.” Anyone with information, is asked to contact the CID on 0876 222 5500.
Gunman Fled Two men Dead
By Troy Green
DETECTIVES were today continuing the hunt for a gunman who shot two men in a Birmingham street. One of the victims, 21, suffered several gunshot wounds to the body and was lucky to survive the apparently unprovoke shooting in Sandon Road, Harborne, shortly after 5:30pm on Friday. The other victim, aged 32, sustained a single gunshot wound to his leg. West Midlands Police said that neither of the men sustai-
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ned lifethreatening injuries and were later described as stable in an undisclosed hospital. The gunman ﬂed on foot from the area immediately after the shooting. The area has suffered a number of gangland-style gun crimes in recent months. These include a similar double shooting in Woodbourne Road, Harborne, on April 19 when two men aged 27 and 28 were shot, and the murder in July of student Dominique Gratel, aged 22, in Hagley Road, Har-
WEATHER with LISA JONES
Sunshine, Cloudy and heavy showers, these most frequent along western and northan coasts. Mainly Sunshine in eastern and central areas
SAT 16C (61F) 11C (52F)
19C (66F) 11C (52F)
18C (64F) WED 10C (50F)
TUES 19C (64F) 11C (52F)
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