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Appeal for witnesses after man suffers head injuries

The man was found in Cull Avenue lying near the junction with Weston Road. Credit: Google Maps

Police are appealing for information after a man was found in Stafford with head injuries.

Police were called to the scene at around 10pm last night, after a man in his 30’s was found in Cull Avenue, lying near the junction with Weston Road.

The man was taken to Royal Stoke Hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

It's not known how the man got his injuries but anyone with information should call Staffordshire Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

Trains disrupted all night between Wolverhampton and Stafford

Emergency services are dealing with an incident between Penkridge and Stafford so journeys are disrupted between Wolverhampton and Stafford.

  • Trains between Penkridge and Stafford may be delayed by up to 60 minutes
  • Some Cross Country services will be diverted, not calling at Wolverhampton
  • Some Virgin Trains services will be diverted, not calling at stations between Rugby and Stafford

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Rare wild rose found in grounds of Tutbury Castle

A rare type of wild rose may have been growing unnoticed in the grounds of a castle in Staffordshire since the 16th century Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A rare type of wild rose may have been growing unnoticed in the grounds of a castle in Staffordshire since the 16th century, curators at the site have said.

The discovery at Tutbury Castle, once the place of imprisonment for Mary, Queen of Scots, was made on the banks of a moat during a flora survey.

It is hoped the pale pink rose - only the second of its type found in Staffordshire since 1878 - may now be named after the partially-ruined castle, which welcomes thousands of visitors each year.

The hybrid of dog rose and sweet briar has leaves which smell of apples.

"The rose provides a beautiful and unexpected link with our ancestors".

"It is funny to think how many people have walked past it over hundreds of years and not known it was there."

– Castle curator Lesley Smith

First apprentice graduation ceremony held in Stafford

The first Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony will take place in Stafford later.

More than 150 apprentices from across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent will celebrate the completion of their training at the county's first ever Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony.

It is also hoped that the event will raise the profile of apprenticeships.

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Cllr Ben Adams, Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills at Staffordshire County Council said:

"We want local employers to recognise the fantastic contributions that apprenticeships can bring to their companies and our local economy.

"Apprenticeships play just as important a role as graduates in growing our economy and it's about time that apprentices got the recognition they deserve."

150 fish deaths "linked" to lorry fire which melted M6

The lorry fire near Stafford on the M6 Southbound Credit: CPMG Twitter

The Environment Agency is carrying out water tests over chemical spill fears after 150 fish deaths in the River Penk near Stafford. It's after a lorry fire which closed the M6 yesterday, in which more than 600 square metres of the road's tarmac melted.

The M6 was closed southbound from Junction 13 yesterday for Stafford South, causing queues of more than five miles while repairs were carried out.

Environment experts say they fear pollutants may have seeped from the motorway into local watercourses.

The Environment Agency urged people to stay out of the River Penk while investigations continue. They said the substance was still "unknown" and they are continuing to monitor the situation.

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