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Amazon warehouse in Rugeley evacuated after fire

More than 1,000 Amazon workers at the online delivery giant's Midland warehouse were evacuated on Sunday as a fire ripped through the depot.

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Around 1,100 employees were ordered out of the firm's massive Rugeley base as a blaze tore through the first and second floors just after 2am.

Up to 20 firefighters were at the scene throughout the night and Staffordshire Police officers were also there.

The cause of the blaze was being investigated by detectives and scenes of crime officers from the force were also involved.

There was a small fire in the Rugeley fulfilment centre in the early hours of this morning which was quickly extinguished.”

– Amazon spokesperson

It is understood the fire will have no impact on Christmas deliveries.

It has also emerged there was a small fire at the same depot last Wednesday, the cause of which is also being investigated.

Travel update: Reduced speed trains from Snow Hill

London Midland trains are running at a reduced speed from Snow Hill station in Birmingham after heavy flooding closed part of the line.

The train operator has warned that the service is still subject to delays and alterations in the aftermath of severe weather.

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Services between Rugeley and Hednesford are also up and running again after it was closed due to the weather.


Three injured in rush-hour crash

Three people have been injured in a rush hour crash Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

Three people have been injured in a rush hour crash near Rugeley.

Paramedics were called out to the A51 near Colwich at just after 8.15am.

They found two cars had smashed into each other. A woman driver - thought to be in her forties - was treated for chest, knee and back pain.

In the second car, crews treated a female driver in her thirties for abdominal injuries. She was initially trapped in her vehicle before being released and immobilised with the use of a neck collar and orthopedic stretcher.

A front seat passenger in his thirties was also trapped in the car. He was treated for arm and leg injuries.

All the patients were taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital for further treatment.

Walsall cousins jailed after string of burglaries

Two cousins from Walsall have been jailed after a string of break-ins between Cheltenham and Cheshire.

Cousins Scott and David Simkiss both admitted to the burglaries Credit: West Midlands Police

Scott and David Simkiss burgled a house together in Chester Road, Brownhills, on 7 October after throwing a brick through a glass door pane.

They teamed up again the next day to steal computer equipment and jewellery from a house in Old Road, Rugeley, after climbing in through an open first floor window.

But the two men also split up to commit separate burglaries in Rugeley, Cheltenham, Crewe and Nantwich.

They were arrested in October and both pleaded guilty to a total of seven counts of burglary at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

Scott Simkiss, 31, of West Street in Walsall, was jailed for 40 months for three burglaries and David Simkiss, 30, of Dora Street in the town, got a 30-month sentence for two burglaries.

“Both were prepared to travel fairly long distances to commit offences…their thinking being that by crossing police borders it would be harder to track them or link offences.

“However, we worked closely with colleagues in Staffordshire, Gloucestershire and Cheshire Police to identify a pattern of offending and were able to link them to the Simkisses. They were left with little option but to admit the burglaries."

– PC Matthew Parsons, Walsall Police
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