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Weekend Picks: Victorian Pumping Station

Victorian Pumping Station: 2nd -3rd January (Claymills, Burton upon Trent)

Twenty-four original stationary steam engines will be on display Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/PA Images

Claymills Victorian Pumping Station are opening their doors for a special steaming event this weekend. Visitors can expect to see two 80 tonne, five storey high beam engines, a steam powered engineering workshop, Blacksmith’s Forge and Joiner’s Shop, a working Victorian bath house, twenty-four original stationary steam engines on display and a fully operational Steam Powered Electrical Generator - the oldest in the country.

The stream engine event will include activities for all the family including operating a steam engine, hands-on model making, a children’s Victorian dressing-up corner and miniature steam engine rides.

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Police investigate after man dies in fatal A38 collision

The collision happened on the A38 near Burton-on-Trent at around 1.40pm this afternoon. Credit: PA

Police are investigating the circumstances which lead to a male pedestrian being involved in a fatal collision with a car near Burton-on-Trent earlier today.

The collision happened on the A38 near Burton-on-Trent at around 1.40pm this afternoon.

Emergency services attended the location in Branston near to the Gate Inn pub, the collision was on the southbound carriageway. Sadly the man involved sustained serious injuries and died at the scene.

Specialist collision investigators have conducted a detailed forensic investigation at the scene and recovered the car involved. The two occupants of the car have been taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The road is currently closed but is expected to fully reopen around 7pm once police have finished their investigation.


1,700 temporary jobs to be created at Boots' hub

1,700 jobs are due to be created at Boots' delivery hub in Burton-upon-Trent.

The Nottingham-based firm is created a total of 7,000 temporary jobs across the country Credit: Amer Ghazzal / Demotix/Demotix/Press Association Images

The temporary roles are to meet the increased demand for goods at the distribution centre in Centrum 100, over the Christmas period.

The firm, founded in Nottingham, is also creating 7,000 temporary jobs in stores across the country.


Motorcyclist dies after crashing into telegraph pole

A motorcyclist has died after a crash this morning Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

A motorcyclist has died after crashing into a telegraph pole in the early hours of this morning.

It happened on Burton Road in Branston in Burton-on-Trent, shortly before 4.30am.

“Crews arrived to find a man who had come off his motorbike following a collision with a telegraph pole.

“Unfortunately it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save him due to the nature of his injuries and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“It is not thought there were any other vehicles involved in the incident which is expected to cause the road to be closed for a considerable amount of time.”

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

Police search for missing woman from Burton

Wendy Richards Credit: Staffordshire Police

Police are asking the public to keep a lookout for a missing woman from Burton-upon-Trent.

Wendy Richards, 44, is from the Stretton area. She was last seen around 1.30pm on Wednesday in Tutbury where she attended a dental appointment and also collected a prescription from a pharmacy.

Wendy is white, around 5ft 4" tall and with short dark blonde hair.

She is believed to be wearing a white vest top and sky blue tracksuit bottoms with a white stripe down the side.

Anyone who has seen her should call Staffordshire Police on 101.

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