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Lichfield star inspires England's Rugby World Cup win

Lichfield centre Emily Scarratt led England's Women's Rugby team to a 21-9 World Cup win over Canada. She scored 16 points from a try, conversion and three penalties, with her 74th-minute solo touchdown securing the world title glory at the Stade Jean-Bouin in Paris, setting off jubilant celebrations.

It is the first time England have been crowned world champions since 1994, and it ends a run of three successive World Cup final defeats, all against New Zealand.

The Prime Minister and many others, including Midlands' rugby clubs have tweeted their congratulations to England's players after their historic win.

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Huge congratulations to @englandrugby Women on their first World Cup triumph in 20 years. Your country is so proud of you. #WRWC2014

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Congrats to the England girls, who smashed it in the World Cup final today! @englandrugby #champs

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World champions @vickyfleetwood @emilyscarratt - you must bring your medals down to matchday with the Tigers some day soon!

The Lichfield star Emily Scarratt who played a huge part in the win also tweeted a picture after the game.

Park rangers baffled by mystery appearance of carrots

A ranger spots one of the piles of carrots
A ranger spots one of the piles of carrots Credit: Severn Trent Water

Rangers at Draycote Water park near Rugby in Warwickshire say they are baffled by the mystery appearance of piles of carrots.

The mounds have been left in random places at the Severn Trent Water visitor attraction on a number of occasions.

Piles were found on:

  • 31 March
  • 12 May
  • 16 July
  • 25 July
  • 1 August

They are appealing for help to find out who is leaving them at the park, and why...

We’re really puzzled by this one...

They don’t get eaten by wild animals like rabbits; they simply remain in little piles, so we’re picking them up.

At first we thought it was just a one off, but then more kept arriving. So we’ve been taking them to Ollie’s Yard, a sanctuary for horses and ponies, nearby.

We’d like them to be used by a good cause, but we’re also keen to understand why they’re being left at Draycote Water.

– Thomas Crawford, Draycote ranger
The carrots are being given to a nearby horse sanctuary
The carrots are being given to a nearby horse sanctuary Credit: Severn Trent Water

Rangers are asking anyone who might know why the carrots are being left at Draycote to tweet them.

Rugby community pay tribute at Lights Out ceremony

Mark Pawsey, MP for Rugby, Reg Foster and Eileen Dunn, of the Bilton branch of the Royal British Legion
Mark Pawsey, MP for Rugby, Reg Foster and Eileen Dunn, of the Bilton branch of the Royal British Legion Credit: Rugby Borough Council

Communities across Rugby took part in the Lights Out event last night to commemorate the start of the First World War.

MP for Rugby Mark Pawsey was joined by members of the Royal British Legion and the Mayor for the ceremony at the War Memorial at Whitehall Recreation Ground.

 A single lantern was placed on the War Memorial gates at Whitehall Recreation Ground during the Lights Out ceremony.
A single lantern was placed on the War Memorial gates at Whitehall Recreation Ground during the Lights Out ceremony. Credit: Rugby Borough Council
The Mayor of Rugby, Cllr Ramesh Srivastava, at the Lights Out ceremony at the Webb Ellis Statue.
The Mayor of Rugby, Cllr Ramesh Srivastava, at the Lights Out ceremony at the Webb Ellis Statue. Credit: Rugby Borough Council

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Two arrested over 'assassination-style' attack released

 Jordon Banton
Jordon Banton Credit: Warwickshire Police

Two men arrested on conspiracy to commit murder have been released on bail following an assassination-style attack on a man in Rugby.

Jordon Banton was found shot dead in his car on Newton Road on Friday.

Three other men from the Rugby area aged 19, 28 and 34 arrested on suspicion of murder remain in police custody.

Two more arrested in Rugby murder investigation

Two more men have been arrested on suspicion of murdering a man who was shot in Rugby.

23-year-old Jordan Banton was found dead inside a car on Newton Road on Friday morning.

Police have also been given a further 28 hours to question a 19-year-old man.

Six arrests have been made so far.

Police given more time to question man on suspicion of Rugby murder

Police have been given more time to question a man arrested on suspicion of murdering a man who was shot in Rugby on Friday.

23-year-old Jordan Banton was found dead inside a car on Newton Road on Friday morning.

The 19-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder can now remain in custody for a further 28 hours.

Two other men arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder have been released on bail.

Rugby shooting victim named as police find car

Police have named the man who was shot dead in an 'assassination-style' attack in Rugby on Friday as Jordan Matthew Banton.

The 23-year-old, from Rugby, was found in a car on Newton Road near Rugby at around 11.40am on Friday.

Post-mortem tests have revealed the cause of death to be a shotgun wound to the head, Warwickshire Police said.

Detectives are continuing to follow a number of lines of enquiry and a number of warrants are being executed in the Rugby area.

A 19-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder remains in police custody.

Two more men in their 30s who were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder have been released on bail while a woman was released without any further action.

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Thanks for all the RTs- we have now found the Vauxhall Insignia believed to be involved in the Rugby murder, we really appreciate your help

It comes as police examine a silver Vauxhall Insignia which police believe was used by the gunman.

The car was found by a member of the public in the Hilmorton area of Rugby at around 7pm yesterday just hours after police issued a picture of the vehicle.

A force spokesman said Mr Banton's family have been kept fully updated in relation to the ongoing investigation and specially trained officers are providing support.

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