Lianne Smith has been found guilty of murdering her two young children

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A mother has been found guilty of murdering her two young children and now faces more than 30 years in prison.

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Arrest made in connection with suspected hit and run

A 21-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a suspected hit and run in Lichfield earlier this morning.

The man, from Lichfield, was arrested in the city on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has been taken into custody at Burton for interview.

The collision happened on the A5127 Burton Road in Streethay at around 7:40am.

The victim was believed to have been walking his dog and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The A5127 is closed between the Cappers Lane/Eastern Ave traffic island and the A38 junction while officers begin a full investigation. One lane of the southbound A38 past Streethay has also been closed.

Police are appealing for information.


Dog walker in Lichfield killed in suspected hit and run

A man walking his dog in Staffordshire has been killed in a suspected hit and run.

The man was on the pavement in the village of Streethay near Lichfield at about 7.40am when he was hit by a car.

The small light-coloured car, believed to be a Rover, did not stop and carried on towards Lichfield. The dog was also killed.

West Midlands Police are appealing for information.

Seven injured in Lichfield minibus crash

Seven people are in hospital after a minibus crash in Lichfield in the early hours of this morning (11 November).

It happened at Wall Island on Birmingham Road. West Midlands Ambulance were called at 04.40.

The patients' injuries have been described as non-threatening.

“Ambulance crews were sent to a single vehicle road traffic collision involving a minibus.

“Seven male patients, with an age range in their twenties and thirties, were treated at the scene by ambulance crews, including three patients trapped in the vehicle.

“A patient was trapped in the minibus for an hour and was treated for pelvic injuries. He was conveyed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

“A male, who was partially ejected from the vehicle, was treated for back injuries and taken to the Walsall Manor Hospital. Two further patients received back and chest injuries and were also taken to Walsall Manor Hospital.

“Two males were treated for back injuries and conveyed to Burton Hospital.

“One patient received neck, back and abdominal injuries and was taken to Hartlands Hospital.”

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson

Lichfield MP admits to speeding

Michael Fabricant, the conservative MP for Lichfield has confessed to being caught speeding during Common's questions.

The former party whip, until David Cameron's September reshuffle, admitted the offence during a duscusion about the improvements to Welsh railways.

"Having just received a speeding fine from South Wales Police for going at 35mph in a 30mph zone - which was quite shocking to me this morning, I might add - may I say that this news of electrification is a great encouragement to me to use the railway in future."

– Michael Fabricant in the House earlier

The MP admitted the offence to his Twitter followers on the social network this morning.

"Shock Horror: South Wales Police are prosecuting me for speeding at 35mph in a 30mph zone on the A4161 Newport Road. I know my place. Guilty."

– @Mike_Fabricant's twitter account


First Faroe Islands Shop opens

Faroe Islands shop
Faroe Islands shop Credit: ITV Central News

The first shop in the country to sell products from the Faroe Islands has opened in Staffordshire.

Faroe Born in Swinfen near Lichfield, was officially opened by the Faroe Islands Ambassador this morning.

The islands have more sheep than people and as a result are famous for their wool. It's hoped the shop will help show what the islands have to offer.

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