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An Ill Wind

by | 29th, July 2005

‘THE Sun’s front page seems to have provided an answer to the question as to whether or not the London bomber caught in Birmingham planned to blow up a part of Britain’s second city.

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The picture of Birmingham reveals a scene of mass destruction. Roofs have been ripped off a swathe of houses. Entire floors have collapsed. Debris lies strewn about the place.

But this is no terrorist atrocity. It’s the weather that’s wreaked havoc, as the Sun watches a tornado hit the city.

It’s “BRUM’S RUSH” inside the paper, as a 130mph twister hit. “Terrified residents ran for safety as tiles, bricks and glass also spun murderously through the air,” writes the paper excitedly.

The winds left the area in the suburbs of King’s Heath, Sparbrook and Small Heath looking “like a war zone” says the Sun. “It was like a scene from War of the Worlds,” says eyewitness Arjun Thakra. “Windows were popping like champagne corks, cars were levelled like butter,” says he.

It does sound pretty awful, and it’s worse on the Mail’s front page, where the winds, now cranked up to a whopping 136mph, brought “terror” to Birmingham. On pages 2 and 3, readers get to learn of “the tornado that blew away Brum”.

Only it did not. And pictures of damaged houses (“houses of horror”), a collapsed wall (“like a war zone”)

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