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Five-year-old boy seriously injured after being hit by car

A young boy was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after being hit by a car in Staffordshire this afternoon.

The boy, aged five, was hit in Chapel Street, Norton Canes, Cannock, shortly before 3.45pm.

The child was hit in Cannock this afternoon Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

He suffered serious head, pelvic and leg injuries in the crash, and was flown to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for treatment after being anaesthetised by paramedics.

Man killed in two-car crash in Cannock named by police

A man who was killed in a two-car smash which saw his Porsche spin off the road and land in a ditch has been named by police.

George Taylor, aged 66, of Dorchester Road, Cannock, was driving his Porsche Boxster on the A460 Wolverhampton Road near junction 11 of the M6 when it crashed with a green Citroen Xsara PIcasso.

Ambulance crews were called to the scene but nothing could be done to save the man Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

Paramedics were called to the scene shortly before 3.15pm on Friday but were unable to save Mr Taylor.

A man and a woman, both aged 23, and a baby were travelling in the Citroen and were not injured in the crash.

Police are now appealing for witnesses.


Father walks to Downing Street to raise awareness of child abductions by parents, full report

A father who had to fly to Thailand to rescue his son who had been taken without permission by his ex- wife is calling on the government to do more to intervene in cases of abduction.

Sean Felton from Cannock in Staffordshire believes only political pressure can achieve the vital breakthrough for parents seeking to be reunited with their children thousands of miles from home.


Cattery fire update

Pinetrees Cattery in Cannock have confirmed that despite initial reports, no cats escaped when a fire hit last week.

20 cats belonging to customers and 3 belonging to the owners of the Cattery died in the blaze. Two cats survived and are still being treated by their vet.

We would like to offer our deepest sympathy to owners of the 20 cats who lost their lives in this fire. As has been reported we have also lost 3 of our own in the fire with a fourth hanging on at the vets.

The pain and grief resulting from this tragic accident is unimaginable for all effected.

We would like to thank all of the people that have posted words of support and also to those that have offered help, and been up to visit us.

Most owners have now been contacted apart from a couple who are out of communication.

All cats have now been identified and accounted for.

– Lynn Durnall, owner

Father of cattery owner: "I'd like to say how sorry we are"

Patrick Johnson the father of the cattery owner spoke outside the devastated site this afternoon saying "on behalf of my daughter I'd like to say how sorry we are, we all love our animals".

He went on to describe the moment they woke to find the cattery, which was housing around 20 cats, on fire.

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