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Report: Stafford Hospital protestors leave camp

Protestors at Stafford Hospital spent the morning dismantling their camp Credit: Wesley Smith / ITV News Central

After 198 nights, protestors at Stafford Hospital have spent the day dismantling their camp and packing up.

They have been campaigning about the restructuring of services which will see emergency surgery moved to Stoke-on-Trent, but they vow to fight on. Wesley Smith reports.


  1. Wesley Smith

Protestors at Stafford Hospital packing up camp

People protesting over the protection of services at Stafford Hospital are packing up camp Credit: Wesley Smith / ITV News Central

The protesters at Stafford Hospital are packing up camp, but say their campaign is far from over.

The camp is being dismantled after some fell in the cold weather Credit: Wesley Smith / ITV News Central

A new shop is opening in the town centre and one member is standing for parliament.

Some have been on site in all weathers for more than 200 nights.

Campaigners say the fight goes on to protect services at the hospital Credit: Wesley Smith / ITV News Central

Hospital protest camp dismantled due to illness

A protest camp in the grounds of Stafford Hospital is being abandoned today, as some of the protesters have become ill.

The protest camp will be dismantled today almost 200 days after it was set up Credit: ITV News

The Save Stafford Hospital campaigners have been protesting about emergency surgery being moved to Stoke-on-Trent. NHS officials deny anyone will be at risk but the protestors disagree.

After a bitterly cold winter weather some in the protest camp have developed chest infections, flu and even pneumonia. The camp will be dismantled this morning, almost 200 days after it was set up.

The Save Stafford Hospital campaigners say they will carry on with their fight from a town centre office.

More: Stafford Hospital renamed in £250 million investment

Protests over cuts to Staffordshire Youth Services

Protests have been held over tomorrow's closure of all council run youth centres in Staffordshire.

Campaigners made one last attempt to gain support in Stafford earlier to save the 38 centres. The County Council made the decision in March to save £2.7 million a year. 400 youth workers are losing their jobs.

Councillors say funding is available for other community projects. But those who used the centres say they'll be a massive loss.

Jack Taylor is a campaigner.

  1. Keith Wilkinson

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.

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)
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