A bomb exploded at the Birmingham headquarters of the Severn
Trent Water Authority in January, shattering windows and blasting
a hole in the roof.
An hour later a second bomb was found and defused at an industrial
plant in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Police were alerted about both bombs after a telephone tip-off
to the Guardian newspaper offices in London.
The midnight call came from a man claiming to be a member of the
Welsh Army of Workers.
The Severn-Trent bomb was believed to be part of a campaign to
get the water authority to pay more for water pumped from Welsh
reservoirs to the Midlands.
The second bomb was found outside the main complex of the International
Development Corporation on an industrial estate in Timothy's Bridge
IDC had only recently been in the news in connnection with plans
to develop part of the Snowdonia National Park.
The Birmingham bomb exploded on the roof of a single-storey building
adjoining the multi-storey office block in Coventry Road, Sheldon.
Within 30 minutes of the alarm Birmingham police had evacuated
nearby shop flats and had sealed off the main road.
The bomb went off at the back of the offices, blasting a small
hole in the roof of the single-storey outhouse and smashing windows
in the main block, Ariel House. But no one was hurt.
Birmingham and the rest of the West Midlands get millions of gallons
of water a year from reservoirs in the Elan Valley in Wales.
The bombing was condemned by the ex-president of Plaid Cymru,
Gwynfor Evans. He said that although he strongly supported the call
for England to pay more for Welsh water, he would never condone
Thunderbolt leaves a 20ft crater: A Wolverhampton street looked
like the aftermath of an Exocet missile attack after a thunderbolt
smashed a 20ft wide crater in the highway. The road surface "exploded"
as the bolt struck Larches Lane at the height of the worst thunderstorm
to hit the West Midlands in more than 14 years. Eye-witness, Brian
Atwall, of nearby Compton Road, rushed to his window after he heard
a "terrible hissing sound." Mr Atwall said he saw steam pouring out
of two manholes in the middle of the road. "Then there was this almighty
explosion and the Tarmac just blasted out of the road. It looked like
an Exocet missile had hit it," he added."
That's a new life for Bill: Express & Star reporter
Bill Buckley scooped a top job with the BBC TV That's Life programme
in July - thanks to a big build-up from his mum. Bill who worked
from the newspaper's Oldbury Office, beat 5,000 hopefuls to get
the plum post presenting what was one of TV's most popular shows.
Buckley with his mum Lydia
The 23-year-old, who lived in Birmingham, was on holiday in Australia
when programme star Esther Rantzen, announced she was on the lookout
for a new team of presenters. Mum, Mrs Lydia Buckley, spotted the
request in a national newspaper and applied on her son's behalf
without him knowing.
On his return home Bill found out and was later put on the shortlist
for the job. "I was pleased to know my mother had thought of me
but thought nothing more about it until I received a phone call
asking me to attend an interview," he said. "It was the biggest
shock of my life. It has always been my greatest ambition to work
on television but I never dreamed I would get such a wonderful opportunity
so soon," he went on, adding that he could never thank his mum enough.
She's just wild about Harry . . .: A dream came true for
Audrey Morgan when she went to Wolverhampton's Civic Hall for a
show in July. She found herself being taken backstage to meet her
idol, comedian and singer Harry Secombe (pictured below).
Audrey, who had suffered with multiple sclerosis for 30 years,
had a front row seat at a concert starring the former "Goon".
And her big moment came later when she found herself chatting
to her showbiz hero.
"It was such a thrill. Just out of this world," said Audrey, from
Wednesfield. She confessed that it had always been her ambition
to meet the star who was destined to receive a knighthood - and
when she was told she would actually chat with him she thought it
was a joke. "When I got there and saw him I thought I was dreaming,"
Audrey Morgan receives a hug from her hero, Harry Secombe.