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Mother: Mental health care 'has saved me'

A mother who suffered pre and post natal depression is backing a campaign to make sure all women suffering from maternal mental health problems should receive the care they need.

Claire Crane, who is originally from Derby, spent four months in a mother and baby psychiatric unit to treat her postnatal depression. But the Maternal Mental Health Alliance says many women do not receive the right treatment because of a postcode lottery and lack of investment.

Claire says her treatment saved her life.

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Ben Baddeley takes steps after major operation

The mother of a 10-year-old boy from Silverdale in Staffordshire who has cerebral palsy has posted a video of her son taking steps after a major operation to help him walk without pain.

Ben Baddeley's family raised thousands of pounds to pay for the surgery after it was cancelled by the NHS because of funding cuts. His mother, Amy, says he will now be able to take the stairs and not rely on a lift.

Video courtesy of YouTube/Amy Baddeley


Map of location where police officer was shot in the eye

The incident happened yesterday evening Credit: ITV News Central

A police officer has been injured after he was shot in the eye with a suspected air weapon during an incident in Rugeley in Staffordshire yesterday evening.

The officer, who is believed to be from Cannock, is being treated at a trauma unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

A 34-year-old man from Rugeley has been arrested.

34-year-old man arrested after police officer shot in eye

A 34-year-old man from Rugeley has been arrested after a police officer was shot in the eye with a suspected air weapon during an incident in Rugeley in Staffordshire yesterday.

"This is a distressing incident whereby one of my officers has been injured whilst protecting members of the public.

Whilst we are fortunate that incidents like this are very rare, it is a prudent reminder of the danger that officers face daily in their lawful duty to protect members of our communities. The Sergeant has done what the public would expect without hesitation, he should be commended for carrying out his duty in this way.

My thoughts are currently with the officer and his family hoping that the injury is not permanent. We are currently supporting his family and we are all hoping that he is able to make a swift recovery.

The incident is now being investigated by detectives and we are not seeking anybody else in relation to this matter. The local policing team and I will be supporting and reassuring the community as a result of the incident."

– Chief Inspector Stephen Morrey, the local policing commander for the district


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Three males arrested on suspicion of arson over Sleaford fire

The fire destroyed 12,000 half-tonne bales of staw Credit: Twin Focus Photography

Three juveniles, all males, have been arrested on suspicion of arson. One boy, who was arrested yesterday, has since been released on police bail while the two other individuals will be spoken to by officers in due course.

Dramatic footage of the fire shows 12,000 bales of fire ablaze.

Local diversions are in place and motorists are asked to avoid the area until the road is re-opened.

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