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Stafford Hospital campaigners' camp five months on

It's five months today since a protest camp was set up in the grounds of Stafford Hospital. The protesters are still there - despite the arrival of winter weather.

Campaigners say plans to move some services out of Stafford to other hospitals will put patients lives at risk. They say hospitals are already struggling to cope, and planned changes will make things even worse. Keith Wilkinson reports.

Elderly couple rescued from smoke-filled house

An elderly couple have been rescued from their smoke-filled house by firefighters and paramedics in Stafford.

Emergency services were called to a house fire in Park Crescent in Stafford at 7.50 am.

Both had suffered smoke inhalation but were conscious and breathing. The couple were taken to County Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

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Police launch campaign to make Stafford safer at night

A campaign to keep people safe on a night out in Stafford is being launched today.

Police will be giving out booklets about guidelines for alcohol units. Credit: Johnny Green/PA Wire/Press Association Images

As part of the 'Be Aware, Be Safe' campaign booklets designed to fit into wallets and purses will be handed out, giving information on taxi rank locations and alcohol unit guidelines.

Man sentenced to life for Christmas Day murder

A man has been found guilty and sentenced to life for murdering an 83-year-old man from Stafford on Christmas Day last year.

Josef Moscicki Credit: Staffordshire Police

23-year-old Josef Moscicki, of Gorse Ride North, Finchampstead in Wokingham, was convicted of murdering Bernard James Smith, from Shakespeare Road in Stafford, and will serve a minimum of 21 years.

Bernard James Smith Credit: Staffordshire Police

Today’s conviction and sentence is to be welcomed and I hope it brings some comfort to Mr Smith’s family.

The death of any person in such circumstances is always deeply tragic, but at Christmas time it seems especially worse."

– DCI Darren Harding, who led the investigation (Staffordshire Police)

New Christmas Truce memorial to be unveiled

The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, where a memorial to the Christmas Truce football match will be unveiled Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A memorial to the First World War's Christmas Truce football match will be unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire in December.

The structure was designed by 10-year-old Spencer Turner from Newcastle, who won a national competition.

During a week of remembrance activities at the end of this year, English teams will mark 100 years since British and German soldiers put down their guns and started playing an impromptu game of football.

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Stafford Hospital protest camp to stage walking protest

Around 500 people from the camp protesting outside Stafford Hospital are expected to stage a walking protest later as the Clinical Commissioning Group hold their Annual General Meeting.

The camp outside Stafford Hospital in July Credit: ITV News Central

They are walking just over a mile from the protest camp to the Beacon International Centre.

Members of Stafford and Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Group will use the meeting to report back on their first year as a statutory body and address some of the future challenges facing the NHS both locally and nationally.

National Health Action Party to field two West Midlands candidates

Dr Richard Taylor (right) and Dr Clive Peedell launch the National Health Action party which aims to save the NHS Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The National Health Action party has announced that it will field two West Midlands candidates at the next general election.

Karen Howell, a prominent figure in the Support Stafford Hospital Campaign, will stand in the Stafford constituency.

Dr Richard Taylor - the party's co-leader - will try to regain his old seat of Wyre Forest in Worcestershire. He represented the constituency from 2001 to 2010.

The NHA Party says it campaigns to "stop the demolition of our NHS."

Stafford Hospital campaigners write to Health Secretary

Campaigners for Stafford Hospital have invited Jeremy Hunt to visit the paediatric and maternity services Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A group which is campaigning against Stafford Hospital's maternity and paediatric services being transferred next year has sent an open letter to the Health Secretary, asking him to visit the departments.

They say the hospital should be a beacon of healthcare and have asked Jeremy Hunt to personally intervene and stop what they describe as a "rushed and flawed process".

VIDEO: Staffordshire Police's Chief Constable takes on ice bucket challenge

Staffordshire Police’s Chief Constable Jane Sawyers took on the ice bucket challenge yesterday. Credit: Staffordshire Police

Staffordshire Police’s Chief Constable Jane Sawyers took on the ice bucket challenge yesterday.

Doused by force mascot Kash, the Chief’s feat raised £500 in sponsorship from Police Mutual as well as an initial donation of more than £200 from colleagues across the force.

Money raised for the event will be donated to Motor Neurone Disease Association and Macmillan Cancer Support.

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