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Man arrested after body found in flat

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman's body was discovered at a flat on Christmas morning.

The victim, believed to be in her thirties, was found dead in Dibden Court, Honeywall in Stoke-on-Trent, after paramedics were called at 10.30am.

Despite the efforts of West Midlands Ambulance Service, the woman was pronounced deceased.

The 49-year-old suspect will be questioned by detectives from Staffordshire Police force's criminal investigation department (CID).

A detailed forensic examination of the scene is taking place and the flat is cordoned off.

"We are working to support the family of the woman at this very tragic and difficult time and I urge people not to speculate about the incident and allow the detectives to establish the circumstances which led to the death of the woman. "Local police officers are speaking to residents in the block of flats and surrounding areas to gather any information and to provide reassurance. I urge anyone with any information to call Staffordshire Police".

– Supt Jane Hewitt, Staffordshire Police

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Man charged with attempted murder

A man from Wolverhampton has been charged with attempted murder after an off-licence worker was stabbed in Bilston.

David Dean, who's 42 is accused of attacking a staff member at Atwal Wines on Bilston Road on Sunday night. He is due to appear before Wolverhampton Magistrate's Court on Boxing Day.

The worker was left with multiple stab injuries. He remains in a serious condition in hospital though his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Detectives say they are still appealing for witnesses.

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The essential items we are most likely to forget on Christmas Day

One in five of us will be dashing into a convenience store today to grab the Christmas essentials we forgot to buy during our preparations for the big day.

A traditional Christmas dinner - but will you forget an essential ingredient? Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Around 18,000 convenience stores across the UK will be open today providing a lifeline for thousands of us so we can pick up those bits and bobs that we can't survive the day without.

For most of us, Christmas Day is spent eating pigs in blankets, mountains of chocolate and the odd glass of wine or two.

However, new research released by the Association of Convenience Stores has revealed that an estimated one million of us will start the day in a panic as we realise we have forgotten an essential item we desperately need for the day.

Some of the essentials that have been left off the nation's shopping list on the big day are batteries for Christmas toys, Christmas dinner essentials like gravy, vegetables and even the turkey, beer and wine, and even toilet roll!

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Grandfather accused of murder of grandson, aged nine

A 64-year-old man has been charged with murdering his nine-year-old grandson in Lincoln. Stewart James Greene of Grimoldby, near Louth is accused of killing his grandson Alex James Robinson.

Lincolnshire Police were called just before midday on Tuesday to a house in Pennell Street, Lincoln from where the boy was taken by ambulance to Lincoln County Hospital. He was pronounced dead a short time later. Detectives now say that following a post mortem examination, Alex's death is been treated as murder, although they have not revealed how he died.

His grandfather who had been in custody since Tuesday, was tonight charged with murder. He will appear before Lincoln Magistrates on Boxing Day.

Met Office: Yellow Alert warning of snow

Snow covers an area of the Midlands near Birmingham Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Met Office have issued a Yellow Alert of snow for the following areas in the West Midlands from 11.00am tomorrow: Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Telford and Wrekin, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

Yellow Alert of snow for the East Midlands: the areas likely to be affected from 11.00am tomorrow are Derby, Derbyshire, Leicester, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and Rutland.

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Police warning about 'Nottingham Knockers'

Officers in East Northamptonshire are warning residents to be mindful of so-called ‘Nottingham Knockers’ working in the area.

Yesterday, PCSOs were patrolling in Woodnewton between Corby and Peterborough when they came across a man door-step selling in the village. A fake pedlars licence and various property were subsequently confiscated.

"Wherever you live, please be aware of this and don't be tempted to buy from the doorstep or feel pressured by salespeople offering supposedly one-off ‘buy it now’ low prices.

"Also, please keep a look out for any suspicious activity and keep an eye on neighbours properties if they’re away over Christmas, as these groups may be using the excuse of door-to-door selling to get a closer look, with a view to identifying properties to burgle.

"If you’re suspicious of any salesperson that calls at your house, please call 101 to report it and help us keep track of where these groups are operating."

– Inspector Julie Mead
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