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Weekend weather: showers and turning cooler

Autumn in the Midlands Credit: Marcus Rheade-Edwards

Saturday: Early rain should clear to leave a colder, brighter day than recently with sunny spells. The breeze will make it feel cool with cloud increasing in the west later. Maximum temperature 15 deg C (59 deg F).

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday: Overnight rain clearing to bright and breezy weather with a few showers on Sunday. Further mix of sunshine and showers for Monday and Tuesday. Feeling colder with overnight ground frosts.

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Shropshire village pub thought to be one of the most haunted in the country

It is the scariest night of the year when ghosts and ghouls are supposed to give you the fright of your life.

But did you know, the Midlands is said to be rife with paranormal activity in ancient homes and buildings?

So for Halloween, we needed a brave reporter, someone fearless who could handle the horror.

But we could not find one - so we sent Rajiv Popat to Shropshire to investigate the spooky shenanigans at a village pub, which is believed to be the most haunted in the country.

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Investigations continue into fireworks factory fire

Investigations are continuing into the cause of a fatal fire at a fireworks factory in Stafford.

The bodies of two men were found in the wreckage of the warehouse by emergency service today. A third man remains in a critical condition in hospital following the blaze on Thursday.

A 53-year-old man arrested in connection with the fire has been released with no further action and is now being treated as a witness.

ITV News' Midlands reporter Ben Chapman reports:

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Man in critical condition after fireworks factory blaze

A man remains in a critical condition in hospital following a fireworks factory blaze which claimed the lives of two men.

The man suffered serious burns in the blaze at SP Fireworks in Stafford. A second man who was taken to hospital is now recovering at home, Staffordshire Police said.

It comes as the force confirmed the bodies of two men were discovered in the wreckage of the blaze today.

Supt Ian Coxhead, from Staffordshire Police, said: “This is a tragic development in a rare and challenging incident, our sympathies go out to the families of those who have sadly lost their lives."

Officers remain at the scene of the blaze, which will remain cordoned off while work to establish the cause of the fire continues, a force spokesman said.

Stafford fireworks fire: two bodies found

Two other people are still in hospital after the fire at a fireworks factory in Stafford Credit: Caters News

Two bodies have been found in the wreckage of a fire at a fireworks factory in Stafford, police have said.

Their families have been informed.

A 53-year-old man arrested in connection with the fire at SP Fireworks on Tilcon Avenue in Stafford on Thursday has been released and is now being treated as a witness.

One other person is said to be in a critical condition in hospital. Another is now recovering at home

It is still not known what caused the fire.

This is a tragic development in a rare and challenging incident, our sympathies go out to the families of those who have sadly lost their lives...

Our searches of the building will continue over the weekend as we work to establish the cause of the fire but it will take some time due to the unstable structure of the building and dangerous environment we’re working in....

Residents and businesses are thanked for their understanding and patience. We will work as quickly as we can to get Tilcon Avenue back to normality and will keep the affected community updated.

– Supt Ian Coxhead, from Staffordshire Police
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Last man out of Bastion touches down on home soil

The last man out of Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, Wing Commander Matt Radnall, Royal Air Force Regiment arrived home on British soil, returning to RAF Brize Norton on Thursday evening.

Wing Commander Matt Radnall, Royal Air Force Regiment has arrived home on British soil

His troops manned watchtowers on the camp perimeter until the last possible moment, handing over each tower to Afghan security forces in a well-rehearsed and seamless transition, before boarding a Royal Air Force Chinook helicopter to Kandahar, from where they were flown home.

Wing Commander Matt Radnall, Royal Air Force Regiment has arrived home on British soil

7 Force Protection Wing based at RAF Coningsby are made up of RAF Regiment and RAF Police personnel from 15 Sqn, RAF Honington and 34 Sqn, RAF Leeming.

The Royal Air Force Regiment are the dedicated infantry for the RAF.

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Fireworks factory 'met all safety checks'

A factory which was hit by a blaze met all safety requirements for the storage of fireworks, the local council has said.

SP Fireworks in Stafford had been registered to sell fireworks for the last four years during which there had been no safety issues, Staffordshire County Council said.

Trading standards inspected the premises on Tilcon Avenue last month and it met all safety requirements for the storage of fireworks.

A 53-year-old has been arrested in connection with the blaze, the cause of which is still being investigated. Two people remain unaccounted for while two men were taken to hospital.

Whole town changes its name for Movember

Market Harborough in Leicestershire Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A quaint Leicestershire town has taken the bizarre step of changing its name for a month, to support Movember.

Market Harborough will tomorrow become known as 'Mo'ket Harborough' - making it the first town in the UK to virtually change its name for the month of November.

The daft name change is intended to support the awareness of prostate and testicular cancer and men’s mental health.

With the backing of Movember UK and Prostate Cancer as well as local MP Sir Edward Garnier and the Handle Bar Moustache Club of Great Britain, local businesses are doing a variety of things to show their support for both the charity and their community.

The Highways Agency and Harborough District Council have produced a town sign to be situated in the town centre, and some of the other initiatives taking place include the local building society - Mo’ket Harborough Building Society - and newspaper - Mo’ket Harborough Mail - changing their names.

Market Harborough has taken the bizarre step of changing its name for a month, to support Movember Credit: antcreations

“This is an opportunity for us to talk about men and their health. Mo’ket Harborough will help to raise questions that often go unasked through fear and embarrassment.

"As well as putting in teams to ‘Grow a Mo’ we know that our community spirit will offer a range of different things throughout the month of ‘Movember’ that will make us both unique and unforgettable.”

– Mo’ket Harborough organiser Sarah Blackler

Aerial pictures of wrecked Stafford fireworks factory

Two people are missing and two were hospitalised after a major explosion and fire at a factory in Stafford Credit: Caters News
Two people are missing and two were hospitalised after a major explosion and fire at a factory in Stafford Credit: Caters News
Two people are missing and two were hospitalised after a major explosion and fire at a factory in Stafford Credit: Caters News
Two people are missing and two were hospitalised after a major explosion and fire at a factory in Stafford Credit: Caters News
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