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World sprinting champion coaches Midlands footballers

World and Olympic sprinting champion Michael Johnson Credit: PA

Thirteen-time World and Olympic sprinting champion Michael Johnson has been in the Midlands giving coaching sessions, not to sprinters- but to footballers.

His coaching organisation has its British headquarters at St George's Park near Burton-on-Trent and he's been helping players, including five from Mansfield Town, get ready for the new season.

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Gareth Southgate to take part in veterans football match in Burton

Gareth Southgate is taking part in a Help for Heroes football match today Credit: Adam Davy/PA Archive

Gareth Southgate, the England U21 manager, is joining forces with the charity Help For Heroes to hold a special training session for wounded serving soldiers and veterans. It is being held at St Georges Park in Burton upon Trent at 12.45pm today.

Former skin cancer victim backs MP calls to ban unmanned tanning salons

Stacey Pickess's skin cancer gave her a hole in her leg Credit: ITV News Central

Unmanned tanning salons should be banned in England in order to prevent under-18s from doing long lasting damage to their skin, a group of MPs have said.

A skin cancer survivor from Burton-on-Trent has welcomed the report.

Stacey Pickess was diagnosed with skin cancer when she was 23 Credit: ITV News Central
Kirsty McRae,19, suffered first degree burns after using an unmanned tanning salon Credit: PA Wire

Stacey Pickess was diagnosed with cancer which caused a hole in her lower leg after she used UV sunbeds between the ages of 18-21. She has now fully recovered.

Her salon now uses a spray method rather than the traditional UV sunbeds.

MPs said they were "concerned" bans on unsupervised tanning salons were in place in Wales and Scotland, but not in England.

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Skin said banning unmanned tanning salons would prevent under-18s from sneaking in to use sunbeds.

The group's report into the use of sunbeds also recommended that these facilities should also provide "balanced" health information and safety goggles for users.

Ministers should also consider enabling local councils to licence facilities offering sunbeds, the report states.

Skin cancer survivor backs ban on unmanned tanning salons

Stacey Pickess was diagnosed with skin cancer when she was 23 Credit: ITV News Central

A skin cancer survivor from Burton-on-Trent has welcomed a new report by MPs which is calling for a ban on unmanned tanning salons.

Stacey Pickess was diagnosed when she was 23 but is now fully recovered. MPs hope the ban will prevent people under 18 from trying to sneak into unmanned facilities.

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Skin cancer cases in the UK 'rising at an alarming rate'

Skin cancer cases are "rising at an alarming rate" in the UK and tougher legislation on unmanned tanning salons would help to curb health problems caused by prolonged exposure to UV rays.

Professor Harry Moseley, spokesman for the British Association of Dermatologists, said:

This proposed regulation would close loopholes, such as under-18s using unmanned tanning facilities, and see stricter enforcement for businesses that continue to irresponsibly use appliances that fail to meet standards, often producing radiant dose levels well over acceptable levels.

Proportionate and sensible regulation of sunbeds is important to mitigate that risk and stem the rising tide of cases of skin cancer.

Skin cancer cases in the UK are rising at an alarming rate and there is little doubt that sunbeds increase the risk of skin cancer in fair skinned populations.

– Professor Harry Moseley

River Plate memorial unveiled at National Arboretum

The battle of River Plate memorial unveiled Credit: ITV News Central

Survivors of the Second World War's first naval battle gathered for the opening of a memorial at the national arboretum near Burton upon Trent today

The battle of River Plate happened in December 1939 in waters near Argentina.

More than a hundred men on both sides were killed.

Just a handful of veterans survived and four of them were there this morning to unveil the new memorial, the three hundredth at the Arboretum.

Police appeal for help finding missing Burton woman

Wendy Richards, 43, has been missing since 9.30pm on Saturday 22nd March Credit: Staffordshire Police

Staffordshire Police are appealing for help after a 43-year-old woman from Burton has been reported missing.

Wendy Richards, from Horton Avenue, Stretton, was last seen at her home at 9.30pm last night and was reported missing at 11am this morning.

She is white, 5ft 4inches tall, slim, with shoulder-length brown hair and was last seen wearing blue flowery pyjamas and a brown dressing gown.

Mrs Richards has a medical condition which means she is prone to sleep-walking and has been found far from home in the past. Officers though, are growing increasingly concerned for her welfare.

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