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Police appeal for help finding missing Burton woman

Wendy Richards, 43, has been missing since 9.30pm on Saturday 22nd March
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.

Bottling plant to create 17 new jobs in Burton

Marston's new £7.4million bottling plant in Burton-on-Trent, will create 17 new jobs.

Marston's say the investment is a sign of the growing importance of bottled beer to the company's fortunes Credit: ITV News Central

The new facility will not only be used to bottle Marston's own beers, but also other brewers' brands.

The new bottling plant opened for business today Credit: ITV News Central

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More jobs created as brewery opens new bottling facility

Marston's Brewery in Burton-on-Trent will open its new £7.4 million bottling facility today creating more jobs in the region.

One in four premium bottled ales in the UK is brewed and bottled by the company.

The new bottling facility cost £7.4 million

Overall beer sales rose by 0.8% in the last quarter - 15.3 million extra pints on the same period in 2012.

Beer sales were up last quarter

Birmingham and Burton to benefit from new funding

Birmingham and Burton will benefit from over £650,000 of government funding in a project aimed at improving community assets.

One of those selected is a 130 acre quarry in Burton-on-Trent which will be transformed with £177,000 into a nature reserve for use by local people.

Birmingham's St Paul's Community Trust was also selected and will receive around £480,000 to refurbish a church hall into a youth enterprise centre.

The funding is part of a programme aimed at giving more power to local communities.

Woman airlifted to hospital after crash with van

A 60-year-old woman was airlifted to hospital this afternoon after her car crashed with a van.

The woman was driving along Lodge Hill in Tutbury, Burton-on-Trent, at around 2.30pm today when the smash happened, trapping her in the car.

The woman was flown to the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham after the crash
The woman was flown to the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham after the crash Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

Fire crews cut her out of the car and she was flown to the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham for treatment to lower leg and hip injuries.

Three men who were travelling in the van were assessed by paramedics but did not need any further treatment.

First FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence built in Staffordshire

Chelsea are among the teams which have trained at St George's Park Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire/Press Association Images

St. George's Park in Burton upon Trent in Staffordshire is becoming the first FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence in England.

The unveiling of the certificate by FIFA will take place today at 1.45pm in the Indoor Sports Hall at St. George's Park.

Both players and the general public will be able to use the new medical facilities.

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Midlands pub firms slash prices in beer tax protest

Midland pub companies are slashing their prices today as part of a national protest over VAT.

Holdens Brewery, based in Dudley, and Burton-on-Trent firm Punch Taverns are among 40 pub and restaurant chains across the UK cutting prices by 7.5 per cent.

Two Midland pub firms are joining a day of action to protest the amount of VAT paid by the hospitality sector
Two Midland pub firms are joining a day of action to protest the amount of VAT paid by the hospitality sector Credit: Johnny Green/PA

The day of action has been organised to draw attention to the amount of tax paid by the hospitality sector.

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The 40 pubs and restaurants cutting prices today

Flyer for tax parity day appearing on the JD Wetherspoon website. Credit: Facebook/wetherspoon

Forty pubs and restaurants will cut their prices by 7.5 percent today in a protest against the amount of VAT paid by the hospitality sector.

Several chains and brands are taking part in the campaign, including JD Wetherspoon, Subway, Pret a Manger and Heineken.

Read: The full list of the 40 outlets taking part

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