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Three more charged in connection with Stafford death

Three more people have been charged in connection with the death of a man who was found seriously injured on a street in Stafford.

Carl Tindall, 35, died in August after he was discovered with serious head injuries on Cull Avenue.

Louise Hurmson, 32, and Sarah Hurmson, 35, who are both from Cannock, have been charged with assisting an offender. Anthony Boddison, 25, from Stafford, has also been charged with the same offence. All three have been bailed and will appear before magistrates in Cannock on January 13.

A fourth person, 35-year-old Jamie Sleigh, from Cannock, was charged in August with the manslaughter of Mr Tindall. He is due to appear at Stafford Crown Court in February.


Drivers lucky to escape injury free after crash in Cannock

Crash in Cannock this morning Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

Two drivers were lucky to avoid serious injuries, despite both vehicles being badly damaged.

West Midlands Ambulance Service were called to Orbital Way in Cannock shortly after 11.05am this morning.

Two paramedic area support officers attended the scene as well as two ambulance crews.

A woman in her sixties who was driving a silver Mercedes had a head wound which was bandaged and she was taken to New Cross Hospital. A man believed to be in his seventies who was driving the blue Skoda pictured, was assessed at the scene.

He was shaken but unhurt and didn’t wish to go to hospital.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman


Cat survives 150 mile round trip trapped in car engine bay

Darcy survived his ordeal with just a small bald patch to show for it Credit: RSPCA

A cat has managed to survive a 150 mile round-trip whilst trapped in the engine bay of a Mercedes Benz.

Four-year-old tabby cat Darcy is thought to have taken shelter from the rain under the car and somehow got trapped in the engine bay.

The owner of the car made the startling discovery when she took her car to the garage after returning from a trip from Cannock, in Staffordshire, to Manchester.

Staff at Fix Auto in Crossfield Industrial Estate, Lichfield, first became aware there was a problem when the car’s owner reported its engine warning light had come on and yet there were no obvious sign of a problem.

After a test drive, they noticed a strange burning smell rising from under the bonnet and then, on closer inspection, discovered fur wrapped around the engine’s alternator.

Fearing the worst, they inspected the engine itself, only to find Darcy alive and well in the engine.

Darcy survived a 150 mile trip trapped in the car engine Credit: RSPCA

Technicians at Fix Auto in Lichfield said that the car had been brought in just before close on Saturday afternoon, meaning that Darcy wasn't discovered until Monday morning.

The poor thing looked absolutely petrified. Who knows how long he had been stuck in there."

“He was so close to various moving parts, it’s a miracle he survived.”

– Lee Langley, Fix Auto Lichfield’s technician

Staff called the RSPCA and Inspector Kate Levesley arrived to help with the rescue.

Darcy’s owner, Christine Evans, of Lupin Drive, Cannock, said she was thrilled to get Darcy back after he had been missing for three days.

Darcy is recovering remarkably well following his ordeal Credit: RSPCA

Darcy is absolutely fine other than he’s got a bald patch on his tail. When he got back home he acted as though nothing had happened. We are so happy to have him back.”

– Christine Evans, Darcy's owner

Free smoke alarms for private landlords

Private landlords will be able to claim free smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors for rented properties at Cannock Fire Station later.

From 1st October 2015 landlords across the country will be required to install and check smoke alarms in a bid to prevent fire deaths and injuries.

New regulations surrounding smoke alarms come into force from October Credit: PA/PA Archive/PA Images

The event, where landlords will be able to find out about the new government regulations, is on between 11am and 1pm.

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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