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1990 TUESDAY, MAY 24.

Bookies nightmare Norton's Coin pays a visit, council boob costs pounds 9,000 and much more make the news 21 years ago this week Winner has the last horse laugh Shock Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Norton's Coin was not the most appropriate choice to open a new South Wales betting shop.

When the Welsh horse romped home to victory at 100-1, bookies lost a fortune.

Ray Lawrence, managing director of Kingsport Racing, said: "We did not think the horse had a chance. We did not even consider it until, with about three fences to jump, somebody said it's in fourth place and all of a sudden it took it up at the last.

"The result was met in complete silence. We just could not believe it."

But Norton's Coin had been popular with punters and Mr Lawrence's six Cardiff betting shops lost about pounds 10,000 that day.

But in the spirit of reconciliation, the surprise winner was invited to open a seventh Kingsport betting shop in Charles Street.

"Norton's Coin is the first race horse we've had open a betting shop," said Mr Lawrence.

"The owner's assured us he won't run it again until next year."

Bishop's birthday surprise Rugby star David Bishop has given his dad a pounds 2,500 birthday present to remember - a month-long holiday "Down Under" to watch him play in the rugby league tour of New Zealand.

The former Welsh scrum-half, picked for the Great Britain international league squad just a year after turning professional, has paid for his taxi driver dad, also called David, pictured above, to follow the tour to say "thanks" for supporting him.

Mrs Bishop said: "David's a generous boy. He sent his dad the tickets with the message, 'Thanks for your help'."

Council boob: It's not their house...

Cardiff City Council has spent pounds 9,000 refurbishing a house in Ely - which it doesn't own.

And now red-faced council chiefs have launched an inquiry to find out how one department didn't know that a pensioner had bought the house when work was carried out.

The biggest job was installing a central heating system.

Meanwhile the 80-year-old pensioner says she is left with mixed feelings about her unexpected good fortune. She said: "I'm really glad about the central heating and the new doors and windows, but I did not want the back and side dug up. They caused a real mess."

'Horses are not needed for sporting events' A controversial SouthWales mounted police plan has been rejected outright by Labour leaders in Mid Glamorgan.

And one influential figure questioned whether the next step could be the introduction of rubber bullets and water cannons for the local forces. Councillors believe the use of horses is unnecessary and a waste of money. Some members fear they could be used as part of policing of industrial disputes.

Coun Jeff Jones, secretary of the ruling Labour group, said: "We don't believe horses are needed for sporting events in this area. We only have Third and Fourth Division soccer teams at Swansea and Cardiff with small crowds."

World award for life-save hero An 18-year-old South Wales apprentice has won one of the most important bravery awards in the world and is only the second British person ever to do so.

Tony Mepham was also to receive the Royal Humane Society award. Tony, of Ogmore-by-Sea, has been given the world honour by the World Lifesaving Association for rescuing 20-year-old Rachelle Symonds of Cowbridge, pictured above with Tony, last November. She had been swept into the sea at the Deeps while walking and Tony, who had been walking nearby, jumped into the stormy sea to save her.

School dog: 'No problem' Education chiefs are reassuring parents who were worried about a new caretaker's rottweiler dog being kept on school premises.

Taff Ely's education officer, David Matthews, said they would be writing to parents of children at Coed-y-Lan Primary School in Pontypridd to stress confidence in the caretaker's 12-stone dog, Rocky.

Mr Matthews said: "He's a very controlled dog and the caretaker is a responsible man."

No need to swear on site - lawyer It wasn't necessary to swear at workmen in order to assert authority - even on a building site, a solicitor told a Cardiff tribunal.

"People are entitled to be treated with respect. They earn their pay with their work," Richard Ambrose claimed.

Ambrose was representing a 26-year-old labourer from Maesteg who claimed unfair constructive dismissal by a structural steelwork company. The labourer claimed his working life had been made unbearable by the company director's swearing.

"I wouldn't speak to a dog the way he spoke to me," said the labourer, whose job ended after being told to "___ off down the road" which he took to mean "you are sacked".

"I was nearly crying with frustration. He made me feel like a cabbage," he added.

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