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Snake warning after greyhound bitten by adder

Dog walkers are being warned to take care on Cannock Chase after a greyhound was bitten by an adder at the Staffordshire beauty spot.

An adder spotted in Cannock Chase Credit: ITV News Central

Animal charity PDSA says eight-year-old Cookie was rushed to its Wolverhampton branch after being bitten while out on a walk.

Almost immediately, she lay down and began to swell up - and needed emergency treatment to save her life.

An adder spotted in Cannock Chase Credit: ITV News Central

The adder is the UK's only native venomous snake.

Aidan Burley MP to step down after a 'difficult time'

Conservative Cannock Chase MP Aidan Burley has announced that he will stand down as a candidate at the next general election.

It was a wonderful surprise to win the seat of Cannock Chase in May 2010 with the biggest swing in the country and it has been a huge privilege to represent the people of Cannock Chase in Parliament over the past four years. I am grateful to all those who voted for me and supported our campaign which led to our famous victory, winning a seat which had been held by Labour for 18 years. In particular I would like to thank my Agent Ian Collard, without whom none of this would have been possible, and who has been my rock of support since being selected as the Conservative Candidate in July 2008.

I am proud to have been able to deliver many positive things for our area since our election success, including spearheading the campaign to save Cannock Chase Hospital from the administrators axe, running four local Jobs Fayres to help get people back into work, and securing £35 million to electrify the Chase Line. That is what really matters to local people in their day to day lives.

After a difficult time I have decided to announce I will stand down at the next general election. I will continue to work for the people of Cannock Chase until that election, and look forward to supporting my successor, as soon as he or she is selected, to ensure that Labour have no chance of re-taking this seat.

– Aidan Burley MP
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