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Cameron in Help to Buy Cannock visit

The Prime Minister visited Cannock this morning to see new homes built under the Government's Help To Buy Scheme.

Mr Cameron met families who have benefitted from the scheme, before touring a new housing development where homes have been built on the site of a former factory and warehouse off Watling Street.

David Cameron visited Cannock this morning Credit: ITV News Central

The Help to Buy scheme has enabled 8,266 people in the West Midlands buy a new home since it was created, new figures have revealed today.

It was created in 2013 "to support hard-working taxpayers" who could pay a mortgage, but couldn't afford the high deposits demanded by lenders in the wake of the financial crisis.

Thanks to Help to Buy, this government has helped thousands of hardworking people that otherwise would have been locked out of home ownership get the keys to their own home and enjoy the security that comes with it.

This is all part of our long-term economic plan to secure a better future for Britain – and, together with cutting income tax, lowering council tax bills and freezing fuel duty, the government is backing those who work hard and get on find the financial security they deserve.

– David Cameron, Prime minister

M6 Toll closed due to 'serious incident'

The M6 Toll in Staffordshire is currently closed due to a 'serious incident'.

The Highways Agency say there is a total closure between T7 and T6.

There is also a closure in place from JT8 and the air ambulance is at the scene.


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.

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Hillsborough family 'feels cheated'

The sister of one of the 96 to die at Hillsborough has told a jury how she feels cheated by his death.

Louise Brookes was talking during her pen portrait of her brother Andrew who was 26 when he died.

Andy Bonner has been following the inquests in Warrington for us, and you can see his reports on this website every day of the inquests.

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