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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

Five Staffordshire men arrested in connection with hit and run

Five men have been arrested in connection with a hit and run after a man died in a road collision in Taddington on July 24.

Five Staffordshire men arrested in connection with hit and run Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

The Staffordshire men are aged between 20 and 51 years of age.

They were arrested yesterday in connection with the death of the rider of the motorcycle, a 24-year-old man from New Mills, who was pronounced dead at the scene, the car involved failed to stop.

The collision is thought to have happened at about 11.30pm on Friday July 24 on the A6 in Taddington Dale and involved a red 125cc Lexmoto Arizona motorcycle and a car.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or can assist with any information to trace the vehicle involved, is asked to contact the police on 101 quoting incident number 14 of July 24, 2015.

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Four teenagers involved in Staffordshire car crash

The overturned car Credit: West Midlands Police

Four teenagers have escaped serious injury after the car they were travelling in left the road, cleared a fence and landed on its roof in a field in Staffordshire.

The crash occurred on the A52 Cotton Lane at around 3.00pm.

Crews arrived to find a car that had left the road, travelled over a fence at the side of the road, and come to rest around 20 yards into a field on its roof.

“Miraculously the four teenagers travelling in the car all suffered relatively minor injuries. One girl suffered neck and back pain, a second girl suffered abdominal pain and bruising and the two teenage boys suffered a hand injury and the effects of shock. All four were believed to be 17 years old.

“All four patients received treatment at the scene from medics and all four were subsequently transferred by ambulances to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment and treatment. “Thankfully all four teenagers had the good sense to be wearing seat belts which undoubtedly helped to minimise their injuries. Considering the mechanism of the crash, the damage to the vehicle and the distance it has travelled they have all had a miraculous escape.”

– A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

Staffordshire boy takes first walk on beach after life-changing surgery

Credit: Amy Baddeley

Ben Baddeley from Stoke-on-Trent has been able to take his first walk on the beach a year on from his life-changing surgery to straighten his legs.

Ben has cerebral palsy and had an operation called SDR a year ago to loosen the nerves in his legs and help him walk.

In the first week of his summer holidays he put on his first pair of shorts and enjoyed the sunshine. He had never worn shorts before - he had been too embarrassed about his leg splints and metal body brace.

The family were on holiday in Devon thanks to a donation of more than £1000, they were told to spend on time together as a family.

Lucky escape as car crashes into woodland ditch and catches fire

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A motorist has escaped serious injuries as when her car left the road, crashed into a woodland ditch and caught fire.

It happened on Heighley lane, Madeley, Staffordshire yesterday afternoon.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said:

Fortunately, the woman driving the car had managed to escape from it and was in shock and suffered minor facial injuries. The car had set on fire after the crash along with some nearby trees and bushland.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson

The woman, who is believed to be in her 70s, was treated at the scene and transferred to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

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