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Soccer star cleared over baby claim.

West Bromwich Albion football star Lee Hughes spoke of the worry and stress he had endured for eight months before tests cleared him of being the father of a teenager's baby.

Sharlene Gillies claimed ten-month-old daughter Paige was the result of a one-night stand with the Baggies striker.

She launched a legal battle to prove her claim. But DNA tests have proved the player is not the father.

Hughes, aged 23, said he was relieved at the outcome but had suffered months of stress.

'It's been an exceptionally worrying time for my family and me,' he said.

'These claims have put a strain on my relationship but I want to try and forget about it now.'

Hughes underwent a DNA test at Sandwell General Hospital and received the results this week.

His agent, Mr Dale Wright, said: 'These claims have attracted a lot of newspaper attention and it's been an anxious time for him.

'But I've spoken to Lee and we're not going to take anything out on Sharlene because the real victim in all this is Paige.'

Hughes was engaged to former Birmingham lap dancer Donna Nisbet when Miss Gillies made her allegations.

The couple later split up and the striker now has a new girlfriend.

NF threat

The National Front has threatened to march in Bromsgrove, Evesham and Droitwich on Saturday after Home Secretary Mr Jack Straw banned the extreme right wing party from parading through Worcester.

Cash boost for schools

Schools in the Dudley area have been given a major cash boost aimed at improving old school buildings.

Five temporary mobile classrooms are to be replaced and a science block built at Redhill School, Stourbridge, at a cost of pounds 1.58 million and Crestwood School is to receive pounds 1 million-plus to replace windows and curtain walling.

A total of pounds 3.37 million has been promised by the Government to Dudley. Other work will include a roof replacement at Highgate Primary School, Dudley and window replacements at the Ashwood Park School in Wordsley, Lutley Primary School in Halesowen, and Coseley School.

The awards have been made under the fourth round of the New Deal for Schools programme.

Post Script

A Sandwell refuse collector was praised yesterday for helping to rescue an elderly woman who collapsed at her Smethwick home.

Mr Dave Browne was collecting the dustbin from a property in the town when he came across a woman frantically trying to alert her mother, who was alone in the house.

The woman eventually had to break a window and found her elderly mother on the floor after having fallen.

Mr Browne, a council-trained first-aider, helped lift the woman onto the bed and made her comfortable. He advised her daughter he suspected the woman had broken her wrist.

When he arrived back at the Shidas Lane refuse depot in Oldbury, bosses were waiting to pass on to Mr Browne the personal thanks of the two women, who had telephoned to praise him for going above and beyond the call of duty.

But Mr Browne shrugged off the compliments. He said: 'It's all in a day's work. You would hope someone would do the same if it was your mother.'
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Apr 19, 2000
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