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Rugby men sentenced for production of cannabis

Two men from Rugby have been jailed for possession with intent to supply cannabis and production of cannabis.

Grzegorz Klocek Credit: ITV News Central
Krzysztof Stanczyk Credit: ITV News Central

Grzegorz Klocek, 25, from Howkins Road in Rugby, was found guilty on Monday of possession with intent to supply cannabis and production of cannabis. He was sentenced to 27 months in prison at Warwick Crown Court

Krzysztof Stanczyk, 33, also from Howkins Road, was also found guilty of possession with intent to supply cannabis and production of cannabis. He received the same sentence.

In February, Warwickshire Police officers discovered a large scale commercial cannabis set-up in a property in Rugby that had evidence of a recently harvested crop.

They discovered dried cannabis with a potential street value of between £2,940 and £3,360. The officers also seized over £1500 in cash and the cannabis growing equipment.

Eight Midlands players in England squad for crucial Rugby World Cup clash against Wales

Leicester and England brothers Ben and Tom Youngs are both named Credit: PA

Eight players from Midlands teams have been named in the England side to play Wales in their crucial group stage Rugby World Cup clash on Saturday.

More than a third of the starting fifteen are from teams in the region, with two more on the bench:

  • Tom Youngs (Leicester)
  • Dan Cole (Leicester)
  • Courtney Lawes (Northampton)
  • Tom Wood (Northampton)
  • Ben Youngs (Leicester)
  • Jonny May (Gloucester)
  • Joe Launchbury (Wasps) - Substitute
  • James Haskell (Wasps) - Substitute

England won their opening match against Fiji, claiming a crucial bonus point in the process. Wales currently are top of Pool A on points difference, with England in second.


William Webb Ellis and Martin Johnson feature in Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony Credit: ITV Sport

Rugby schoolboy William Webb Ellis and Leicester Tigers legend Martin Johnson featured in tonight's Opening Ceremony for the Rugby World Cup.

Webb Ellis, who is credited with inventing the sport when he picked up the ball and ran with it at Rugby school, was played by an actor.

He scaled a human pyramid of rugby players to rescue the Rugby World Cup Trophy, known as the Webb Ellis Cup, before placing it upon a stand.

An actor plays Rugby schoolboy William Webb Ellis Credit: ITV Sport

Leicester Tigers legend Martin Johnson then took to the stage as each country was represented by one of their rugby greats. Johnson, who captained the national side to the trophy in 2003, was representing England.

Martin Johnson represents England at the Opening Ceremony. Credit: ITV Sport

'Oldest ever' rugby photograph found at Rugby School

The 164-year-old photo Credit: SWNS

A photograph believed to be the earliest ever taken of an official rugby match, taken on the pitch where the sport was invented, has been found after years of lying on a dusty shelf.

The previously unseen image dates back to 1851 and shows players lining up on the pitch where William Webb Ellis famously created the game when he picked up a football and ran with it in his arms.

Rugby School in Warwickshire Credit: SWNS

The 164-year-old black-and-white image shows members of Rugby School - wearing what initially appears to be cricket whites - preparing for a scrum down.

The picture was discovered in the archives at Rugby School in Warwickshire.

An old drawing of rugby being played Credit: SWNS

"We didn't play a match with any team outside of school until 1867, so this would have been an internal game between two houses."

"It was taken on The Close, the grounds at the centre of our school, in an area know as Bigside - where the game began."

"The exact date is unclear so we don't know the score - but scores at the time were just a record of the number of goals kicked."

– Rusty MacLean, Rugby School Museum's librarian and archivist


Police appeal as cyclist badly injured in hit and run

The woman was knocked off her bicycle on this roundabout Credit: Google Maps

Police are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist was injured in a hit and run.

It happened on the A4071 in Cawston at 3:30pm on Saturday, on the roundabout that connects to the B4643 Coventry Road.

The victim - a 67 year-old woman - was knocked from her bicycle by a black BMW Coupe as she cycled around the island. The BMW then left the scene without stopping, and drove off towards the A45.

The cyclist was taken to the University Hospital in Coventry suffering serious head injuries, which are not thought to be life-threatening.

Police are appealing for any information to the trace the car and identify the driver and any passengers.

Travel: M6 Southbound - Warwickshire

The M6 Southbound is closed due to accident investigation work following an earlier overturned vehicle between Junction 2 M69 / A46 (Coventry) and Junction 1 A426 (Rugby / Lutterworth).

A diversion is in place. Exit at Junction 2 and follow triangle symbol via M69 Northbound. Use the M69 to Junction 1, then join the A5 eastbound and continue to the junction with the A426 then take the A426 southbound to re-join the M6 at J1.

Police hunt man wanted for recall to prison

Jamie Baker Credit: Warwickshire Police

Police are asking for the public's help in tracing a man from Rugby who is wanted for recall to prison.

Jamie Baker has been recalled to prison by the probation service for breaking the terms of his licence.

The 38 -year-old was released from prison last month after serving 11 years in jail for robbery and wounding.

"We are keen to trace Jamie Baker as soon as possible and would ask the public not to approach him if they see him, but to call police.

"Mr Baker has a number of connections to the Rugby and Nuneaton area"

"If you have any information regarding his whereabouts, we would urge you to contact us."

– Investigating officer T/DS Gardner
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