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Rare wild rose found in grounds of Tutbury Castle

A rare type of wild rose may have been growing unnoticed in the grounds of a castle in Staffordshire since the 16th century Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A rare type of wild rose may have been growing unnoticed in the grounds of a castle in Staffordshire since the 16th century, curators at the site have said.

The discovery at Tutbury Castle, once the place of imprisonment for Mary, Queen of Scots, was made on the banks of a moat during a flora survey.

It is hoped the pale pink rose - only the second of its type found in Staffordshire since 1878 - may now be named after the partially-ruined castle, which welcomes thousands of visitors each year.

The hybrid of dog rose and sweet briar has leaves which smell of apples.

"The rose provides a beautiful and unexpected link with our ancestors".

"It is funny to think how many people have walked past it over hundreds of years and not known it was there."

– Castle curator Lesley Smith

Friends pay tribute to first Briton killed fighting ISIS

Friends and family pay their respects. Credit: ITV News Central

Friends have paid tribute to a Nottingham ex-Royal Marine who was killed fighting in Syria.

Three men who fought against ISIS alongside Konstandinos Scurfield have visited the cemetery in the city to pay their respects.

Mr Scurfield was killed earlier this year.

His mother has launched her own awareness campaign, which includes documenting the death of every single person killed by ISIS.

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Women arrested at Birmingham airport was travelling with children

West Midlands Police have made a statement regarding today's arrest at Birmingham airport.

There were three children travelling with the woman. Officers are working with partner agencies to ensure their welfare is safeguarded."

– West Midlands Police

The woman was arrested under section five of the Terrorism Act on suspicion of preparing to travel overseas to engage in terrorism.

Anti-terror officers now have a maximum of 36 hours to question the suspect before charging or releasing her, or applying to a court for a warrant of further detention.

Video: Two children narrowly escape death in West Bromwich drive-by shooting

A four-year-old boy and a girl aged 12 months have miraculously escaped being shot, as gunmen fired at their family home in a quiet residential street in West Bromwich.

The children were asleep in the upstairs front bedroom of the semi-detached property in leafy Shaftesbury Street during the early hours of last Sunday morning, when the gunmen targeted the property.

The video shows the bullets fired from the car as it drives past the house.

Leicester Woman arrested at Birmingham airport on suspicion of travelling to Syria

Birmingham airport Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/PA Images

A 30-year-old woman from Leicester has been arrested on suspicion of preparing to travel to Syria to engage in terrorist acts.

She was arrested at Birmingham Airport by officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit at 9.40am on 29 July.

The woman’s home address and another, associated address are currently being searched.

There were three children travelling with the woman. Officers are working with partner agencies to ensure their welfare is safeguarded.

She was arrested under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act.

Officers made the arrest under PACE legislation, meaning they have a maximum of 36 hours to question the suspect before charging, releasing, bailing or applying to a court for a warrant of further detention

Two bikers killed in motorbike crash on A5

Two men have died in a motorbike crash. Credit: DARRYL DYCK/The Canadian Press/Press Association Images

Two bikers were killed in a crash which closed a seven-mile stretch of the A5.

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene after the smash close to Gailey, near Cannock.

Officers are now supporting the families of both victims, who were riding a red BMW motorbike and a white-and-blue Suzuki.

The A5 remains closed between Weston-under-Lizard and Gailey whilst a detailed examination of the scene takes place.

This includes utilising the force of a helicopter to take aerial photographs."

– police spokesman

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Woman airlifted to hospital following car accident

The woman was airlifted to hospital. Credit: R4614 Kai Schwörer/DPA/Press Association Images

A pedestrian has suffered a serious head injury and been airlifted to hospital after colliding with a car in Kidderminster this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Worcester Road shortly before 11am.

Crews arrived to find a woman lying unconscious in the road and a car that had suffered damage to the windscreen.

“The woman, believed to be in her 70s, was treated for a significant head injury and fractures to both of her legs. She was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board.

“She was then airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and was still unconscious on arrival. Unfortunately, her condition is thought to be extremely serious.

“The driver of the car, a man, was uninjured in the incident which has led to significant traffic disruption in the area.”

– A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

Police search for missing Brandon Jones

Police are seeking the whereabouts of Brandon Jones, who has gone missing in Stroud.

Brandon Jones is missing. Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Brandon,18, was last seen at his supported housing accommodation in central Stroud on 27July at about 08.50 am. His mobile phone was found near the Council Offices in Ebley.

Brandon is white, about 5' 7'' tall, with green eyes, medium build, pale complexion, short black hair, and clean shaven. He has a scar on the left side of his neck and a spider tattoo on his neck.

Brandon may have difficulty communicating with people.

Police are concerned for his welfare and would urge Brandon or anyone who has seen him to contact Gloucestershire Police on 101, quoting incident number 353 of 28 July.

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