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Cattery owners "devastated" by blaze

Over 25 firefighters tackled the blaze that devastated the cattery Credit: ITV Central

There were over 20 cats inside the Staffordshire cattery when it caught fire, 4 of which belonged to the cattery owners.

Patrick Johnson the father of the cattery owner said they are all "devastated" he added "on behalf of my daughter who runs the cattery we would like to say how sorry we are, we all love our animals."

The fire broke out at around 5.30am this morning at Pine Trees Cattery in Pottal Pool.

The owners of the cattery are trying to determine how many perished in the fire and how many escaped Credit: ITV Central

It is believed some of the cats managed to escape the wooden building and are now in the Cannock Chase area. Firefighters believe an electrical fault inside the cattery is to blame for the fire.

The owners of the cattery are now working to determine the number of cats that were killed in the fire.

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Over 20 cats in cattery at time of blaze

It has been confirmed that there were over 20 cats inside the Staffordshire cattery when it caught fire.

The fire broke out at around 5.30am this morning at Pine Trees Cattery in Pottal Pool.

It is believed some of the cats managed to escape the wooden building as over 25 firefighters tackled the blaze.

"The building has been destroyed as it was predominantly a wooden structure and we've been unable to confirm so far how many cats have died in the fire.

"A fire investigation was carried out to establish how the fire started and we believe an electrical fault within one of the pens is to blame."

– Staffordshire Fire Station Manager, Dermot Hogan

Firefighters left the scene at 10.45am this morning, the cattery owners continue to assess how many cats died in the fire.

Six crews attending fire at Cattery in Staffordshire

A number of animals are believed to have died in an ongoing fire at a cattery in Huntingdon in Staffordshire.

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Cats being treated following Staffordshire cattery blaze

Cats are being treated by vets as firefighters continue to battle a blaze at a cattery.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said two cats were taken away by vets after a fire broke out in one of the site's buildings in Cannock, Staffordshire, at about 5.30am today.

The fire brigade has six crews on the scene including a water carrier and a high volume pumping unit. The fire is ongoing.

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Body of woman found in street

A woman's body was found in a street in Cannock at around 4:10am earlier this morning.

The woman, who has not yet been formally identified, was found dead in the Hazelslade area of the town.

Police are treating the death as 'unexplained'.

Detectives are examining the circumstances around the death, which is being treated as unexplained at this stage.

– Police spokesman

A post-mortem examination will take place over the coming days to establish the cause of death.

Car cruisers face prison if they gather in Cannock

The map shows the areas 'car cruisers' are banned from Credit: Staffordshire Police

'Street racers' in Cannock could face up to two years in prison or a fine as new powers are given to police.

The court injunction issued today at Birmingham High Court, comes into force immediately.

It prohibits street racing along The Orbital, Eastern Way, Watling Street, Lichfield Road, Walsall Road and A4601 Avon Road.

Over the last year complaints of up to 150 cars gathering each Sunday evening between 6.00am and 2.00am have been made to police and Cannock Chase Council with weekday meetings also becoming more common.

The injunction to stop the speedracers which drive at up to 100mph, was applied for because of the speeding, excessive noise, dangerous driving and un-roadworthy cars.

The court order defines car cruising as a 'congregation of drivers, of two or more vehicles, between the hours of 7.00pm and 7.00am on a public highway.

The 'car cruisers' are also banned from two retail parks; Linkway and Orbital.

The order comes after the death of a 22-year-old man from Rugeley, who was involved in an accident with three cars, police believe they were racing one another.

Chief Inspector Carl Ratcliffe said “Street racers have been a persistent and serious problem in Cannock for too long. Car cruisers not only put their own lives in danger, they pose a threat to other motorists and a major disturbance to local residents and businesses."

Lottery funding helps impaired ice skaters in Cannock

As the National Lottery celebrates its 18th birthday this week, an ice skating project that helps children with physical and learning difficulties is among West Midlands groups to receive a present of their own.

The Big Lottery Fund, which distributes lottery good causes money, has awarded Cannock International Ice Skating club a grant of £9,850 to expand their project for impaired young skaters.

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