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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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18-year-old bailed after being questioned over man's death

An 18-year-old man has been released on bail after being questioned over the death of a man who died in a suspected hit and run in Rugeley.

Flowers left on railings at the junction of Western Springs Road and Church Street Credit: ITV News Central/Craig Cotterill

Joseph Hunt was found with serious injuries on Saturday morning at the junction of Western Springs Road and Church Street.

His family say Joe was a much loved son and brother, who was known by many people and loved by all.

Family paid tribute to 22-year-old killed in suspected hit & run

The family of a 22-year-old who died yesterday following a suspected hit-and-run in Western Springs Road, Rugeley, have paid tribute to him.

Joseph Hunt Credit: Family handout

Although Joseph Hunt has not yet been formally identified, his family have released a statement saying:

The family would like to say Joe was a much loved son and brother, who was known by many people and loved by all."

– Family statement

Flowers left at scene of suspected hit & run in Rugeley

Flowers left on railings at the junction of Western Springs Road and Church Street Credit: ITV News Central/Craig Cotterill

Flowers have been left at the roadside where a 22-year-old man died in s suspected hit & run in Rugeley in Staffordshire, in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Police are questioning an 18-year-old in connection with the death Credit: ITV News Central/Craig Cotterill

The man was found by passers by at around 2:30am at the junction of Western Springs Road and Church Street.

Passers by found the 22-year-old victim with serious injuries in the early hours of Saturday morning Credit: ITV News Central/Craig Cotterill

Police have arrested an 18-year-old man, who is being questioned in connection with the incident.

Man arrested after 22-year-old dies in Rugeley

Officers were called to a footpath on Western Springs Road in Rugeley at 2:30am Credit: PA

Police have arrested a man after a 22-year-old died after sustaining serious head injuries in Rugeley.

Officers were called to a footpath on Western Springs Road, at its junction with Church Street, in the early hours of this morning after members of the public found the injured man.

Despite the efforts of the emergency services to save the man he was pronounced dead at the scene. His family have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers. He has yet to be formally identified.

In the last hour Cannock police has tweeted they have a man in custody.

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Our staple food for thousands of years, but now modern technology is keeping the potatoes on our plates in peak condition.

There is a long term downward trend in potato sales - now we can choose from pasta, rice, even quinoa - and then there are concerns about carbs - so farmers in the Midlands are turning to tech when the chips are down. Hannah Stokes explains.

Police looking for missing man find pieces of bone

Police searching for a man from Rugeley, who's been missing for six months, say they've found pieces of bone at a site in Staffordshire.

Police have been looking for Stephen Greatrix since April Credit: Staffordshire Police

Stephen Greatrix, who's 45, was last seen at his home in April. Police say they also found his bag and an item of his clothing in a field off Slitting Mill Road. The bone will now undergo specialist examiniation.

Map of location where police officer was shot in the eye

The incident happened yesterday evening Credit: ITV News Central

A police officer has been injured after he was shot in the eye with a suspected air weapon during an incident in Rugeley in Staffordshire yesterday evening.

The officer, who is believed to be from Cannock, is being treated at a trauma unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

A 34-year-old man from Rugeley has been arrested.

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