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Woman dies after house fire in Staffordshire

Map showing location of Staffordshire house fire Credit: ITV News Central

A woman has died after a house fire in Milton near Stoke-on-Trent.

Police were called to a bungalow on Barrett Gardens shortly after 11.00am on Friday 18 April.

Firefighters had previously rescued the woman and she was taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire where she later died.

Barrett Gardens in Milton, Staffordshire, where the woman lived Credit: Google Street View

The woman is yet to be formally identified but her family has been informed and specially trained officers are supporting them.

Investigations are underway into the cause of the blaze but police say the death is not being treated as suspicious.

Advice given to schools in Staffordshire after scarlet fever rise

Staffordshire County Council has issued advise to school and nurseries in the county after it has seen a rise in the number of people reporting scarlet fever.

They say to reduce the risk of contracting scarlet fever, you should:

  • Wash your hands often
  • Not share cutlery
  • Dispose of tissues or wash handkerchiefs
  • Be aware it is an airborne illness, so can be picked up by infected person coughing near you


Staffordshire has highest number of scarlet fever cases in West Midlands

Staffordshire has had the most scarlet fever cases in the West Midlands Credit: NHS Choices

Staffordshire County Council is warning schools and nurseries to be aware of the rise of scarlet fever cases in the county.

It comes after a huge rise in the amount of cases reported in the East Midlands in 2014.

Staffordshire has the highest number of reported cases in the West Midlands , with 94 between September 2013 and April this year.

Scarlet fever is mainly a childhood disease, most common between the ages of two and eight. There is no vaccine for scarlet fever, but it can normally be treated with antibiotics.

Staffordshire County Council are issuing advice to schools and nurseries in the county.

Man rescued from skateboarding park after 15ft fall

A man in his 20s has been rescued from a skateboarding park this afternoon after falling and injuring his knee.

Paramedics were called to the skate park at Hanley Forest Park in Birches Head, Staffordshire, shortly after 3pm.

The man fell around 15 feet at a skateboarding park in Staffordshire
The man fell around 15 feet at a skateboarding park in Staffordshire Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

It's thought he had been with his family at the park when he fell off a skateboard and tumbled around 15 feet into a tiered skateboarding bowl.

Due to his position, he had to be lifted down using ropes and ladders.

He was taken to Leighton Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

90% of parents offered 1st choice school in Staffordshire

Nine out of ten parents have been offered their first choice primary school in Staffordshire as primary school places are announced today.

These pressures on school places makes the fact that we have given over 92 per cent of parents their first choice school all the more remarkable. Our work isn't finished yet; as the population is set to rise again over the next ten years, we are drawing up more plans to ensure schools in Staffordshire have enough capacity to cope with increasing demand, and parents still have a choice when it comes to their child's education.

– Ben Adams, Staffordshire County Councillor, Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills


Wanted: Police hunt man over stabbing in Stoke

A man is being hunted by police for questioning over a stabbing in Staffordshire at the weekend.

Officers today released a picture of Ismail Yahaya in a bid to track him down after a stabbing in the Fegg Hayes area of Stoke-on-Trent on Sunday.

People are warned not to approach Ismail Yahaya but to call 101 if they spot him
People are warned not to approach Ismail Yahaya but to call 101 if they spot him Credit: Staffordshire Police

Yahaya, aged 23, was last known to live at Stanley Street, Tunstall.

Police urge anyone who spots him not to approach him, but to call 101 immediately.

Family 'at a loss for words' after stab death

The family of a 22-year-old who died after being stabbed have said they are at a "loss for words" as they struggle to cope with the tragedy.

Connan McLeod, from Stone, Staffordshire, died from a serious stab wound after an incident in Whitemill Lane in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The scene of the stabbing on Saturday
The scene of the stabbing on Saturday Credit: ITV News Central

Stafford man Daniel Allott, 26, of Bagots Lane, has been charged with his murder and has been remanded in custody to appear at Stafford Crown Court tomorrow.

Connan's father Robert thanked police for their quick response, and everyone who shared information to help with the investigation.

Words cannot explain how we feel at this moment in time, at the loss of Connan. Family and friends are at a loss for words.

We would like to thank [everyone] for their words of condolence and support at this tragic time.

Motorcyclist seriously injured in crash with lamppost

A motorcyclist suffered back and internal injuries after crashing into a lamppost in Staffordshire overnight.

The man, who was in his 20s, was travelling along Silver Link Road in Glascote, Tamworth, shortly before 10pm when the crash happened.

The crash happened in Tamworth shortly before 10pm
The crash happened in Tamworth shortly before 10pm Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

Paramedics found him lying on the ground near the lamppost with the bike nearby.

He was immobilised using a neck collar and spinal board before being rushed to the major trauma centre at University Hospital North Staffordshire.

MPs call for overhaul of complaint system

A report by MPs today argues that the Government should overhaul its complaints system, bringing in a number of new measures to ensure people feel their concerns are being addressed.

Among the recommendations put forward by the Public Affairs Select Committee today are:

  • A ban on using alternative words to "complaint" to make the system less complex
  • Appoint a minister to oversee complaints handling
  • A change in attitude and behaviour towards complaints
  • Ensure complaints raised by MPs on behalf of constituents are investigated fully by ministers and are not delegated
  • Create a single point of contact for people to make complaints about government departments and agencies
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