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Staffordshire Police have confirmed that the search has been completed at Lichfield Cathedral.
"We want to thank the public for their vigilance and support following an incident at Lichfield Cathedral today. We were called at Lunchtime after a member of the public had concerns about the behaviour of a visitor to the site.
"She quite rightly reported those concerns to the site management and the police, which resulted in a detailed search of the site by police. We deployed specialist search trained officers, supported by our trained police dogs trained to detect explosives. This detailed search confirmed that there was nothing of concern at the location.
"We want to remind our communities that the current threat level is Severe, which means an attack is highly likely, and people should always report any concerns to the police so we can assess the information and put in place the most appropriate response. More details of who we deal with the current threat are available on the Staffordshire Police website.
"We want to thank those affected by the cordon and search in the area for their great cooperation this afternoon, and we urge the community to remain calm but vigilant."
Lichfield Cathedral will remain closed for the rest of the day.
The Cathedral was evacuated at lunchtime following reports of a suspicious incident.
Specialist officers have been undertaking a search of the Cathedral after a member of the public reported concerns about a man who she believed to be acting in a suspicious way at the site.
Police say they are not aware of any specific threat to the location and urge people to remain calm.
The cathedral will remain closed to the public for the rest of today while we continue to work with @staffspolice...
Evening Prayer will take place privately. We’ll continue to update social media and aim to reopen to the public as soon as possible.
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The head of the top women's rugby competition in England says he's 'baffled' by the decision to leave one of the most established teams out of next season's new elite league.
Lichfield Ladies are currently second in England's top flight competition, but were not included when the lineup for the new elite competition, Super Rugby, was announced last month. Mark Francis, chairman of the current Women's Premiership Group, says he's thrilled at the RFU's decision to invest millions in women's elite rugby - but wants them to reconsider leaving Lichfield out.
The RFU says that successful candidates had to demonstrate suitability against 'set criteria and minimum standards', but add that they'll be supporting any teams not chosen for the new competition with their future ambitions to compete in Super Rugby,
There's shock and disappointment this week after Lichfield Ladies, one of the most established women's sides in English rugby, were left out of the new top flight women's competition.
The new Super Rugby tournament begins next season - but Lichfield is the only current Premiership side to be left out, despite being second in the league and producing some of the biggest England stars. More than five thousand people have signed a petition urging the RFU to re-consider. Melissa Wright reports.