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Dougan fails to show for motoring charges.

A court case involving former Wolverhampton Wanderers and Northern Ireland soccer star Derek Dougan was adjourned yesterday.

Dougan, who also played for Aston Villa, is charged with driving carelessly and failing to comply with a red traffic signal.

The 62-year-old failed to appear in court and Wolverhampton acting stipendiary magistrate Ms Alison Rose ruled the matter should be heard in his absence.

But half way through the proceedings Dougan, of Keepers Lane, Codsall, near Wolverhampton, made contact with the court.

He told officials he had forgotten about the hearing, he had a dental appointment and it was impossible for him to attend.

Ms Rose then decided to call a halt to the proceeding and the case was adjourned to a date to be fixed.

Call for more shops

Residents have called on Redditch Council to attract more retailers to the town after news that three stores are to close.

The Citizen's Jury, formed by the authority for residents to review the success of the town centre, has called for the retention of the town's market and to encourage more department stores to tempt people back.

The recommendations have been overshadowed by news that Tesco is to close its branch at the Kingfisher Shopping Centre.

Kays Shoes and Anjo Collections, both in the Kingfisher complex, are also to shut this summer.

The Kingfisher's new owners, Thornfield, though, has pledged to invest up to pounds 60 million and make it one of the top ten shopping centres in the country.

Temple statute stolen

A unique statue worth pounds 3,000 and adorned in pounds 4,000 of gold jewellery has been stolen from a temple.

The statue, made from marble and depicting the Mother of God, was stolen from the Ek Niwaz Temple in Blakenhall, Wolverhampton.

Police have appealed for information on 01902 649030.

Tomb Raider games hijack

A freight company is offering a reward for information which leads to the conviction of thieves who stole pounds 300,000 worth of computer games from a lorry at Birmingham International Airport.

Thieves towed away the vehicle containing 7,000 Tomb Raider games from Terminal Road.

The lorry was later recovered in Maybrook Road on the Castle Vale industrial estate. The games were bound for Germany and all the instructions are in German.

Anyone with any information should telephone Solihull CID on 0121 712 6063.

Post Script

Crews will take to the water in a boat race with a target to raise at least pounds 8,000 for a cancer care charity.

Teams are being recruited from all over the Midlands for the Marie Curie Cancer Care event to be held at Kingsbury Water Park, near Tamworth, on May 6.

The crews will paddle colourful dragon boats in the race which is planned to become an annual fundraising event.

There will be an entry fee of pounds 5.71 for each competitor in a team of 21 and crew members will also be encouraged to raise as much as they can from sponsorship.
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Date:Apr 11, 2000
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