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NFU stage dairy debate in Staffordshire

A debate on falling milk prices and the challenges faced by local dairy farmers will be held in Staffordshire today.

The price of milk has fallen to its lowest since 2007 Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

The event has been organised by the National Farmers Union which says the number of dairy farmers will continue to decrease unless market conditions improve.

Farmers have seen the price of milk fall to around 20p per litre - its lowest since 2007.

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Thousands of cars seized by Staffordshire Police

Superintendent Mick Boyle and PCC Matthew Ellis Credit: Staffordshire Police

Over 3, 250 vehicles have been seized by Staffordshire Police officers in a major crackdown on car insurance dodgers.

Cars Behind Bars is a scheme that was started by Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis.

Since it launched in May last year, police officers have seized thousands of cars, vans, motorcycles, mopeds, lorries and tractors.

Cars Behind Bars uses automatic number plate recognition, and if laid end to end, the number of vehicles that have so far been seized would stretch to over 12km.

One of the cars seized by police for having no insurance Credit: Staffordshire Police

“It’s clear that the message is hitting home as the number of insured motorists on Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent roads has risen significantly.

“Those who drive without insurance can’t hide in Staffordshire. They are being caught and dealt with by having their vehicles seized and, in many cases, scrapped or sold at auction.

“It’s definitely struck a chord with law-abiding motorists who are hit by rising premiums because of these law-breakers. Why should all pay more because some people don’t pay at all?”

– POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONER MATTHEW ELLIS

Police confirm the identity of a man who has died in Staffordshire

Officers were called to Sparrow Terrace in Newcastle-under-Lyme on Friday. Credit: ITV News Central

Police are investigating the death of Harry Purton-Lally, 26, who died at a house in Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire.

Know locally as Harry Bailey, the police confirmed his identity this afternoon.

Officers were called to a property on Sparrow Terrace in Porthill at 7:15pm on Friday, where they found the his body.

The death is being treated as unexplained.

Death of man at house in Staffordshire 'unexplained'

Officers were called to Sparrow Terrace in Newcastle-under-Lyme yesterday Credit: ITV News Central

Police are investigating the death of a man in his twenties at a house in Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire.

Officers were called to a property on Sparrow Terrace in Porthill at 7:15pm on Friday, where they found the man's body. Formal identification is yet to take place.

The death at the house in the Porthill area is being treated as 'unexplained' Credit: ITV Central

The death is being treated as unexplained. and police say a report is being prepared for the coroner.

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Motorcyclist 'seriously injured' in crash with car

The motorcyclist suffered serious head, leg and pelvic injuries Credit: PA

A motorcyclist was seriously injured in a crash with a car in Staffordshire last night.

The accident occurred at the junction of the A5 and Ivetsey Road, Wheaton Aston at around 9.10pm.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said the man riding the motorbike suffered "serious head, leg and pelvic injures."

The man, believed to be in his 20s, was transferred to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further emergency treatment.

A child who was a passenger in the car at the time of the crash was treated for minor injuries at the scene, before she was transferred to New Cross Hospital for further treatment.

Petition to ban police tasers signed by 800 people

An online petition calling for police to scrap the use of tasers has been signed by more than 800 people Credit: Scott Heppell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

An online petition calling for police to stop using tasers has been signed by more than 800 people.

It was started after a man, named locally as Adrian McDonald, died when he was tasered by police officers responding to reports of a burglary in Chesterton, Staffordshire in December.

The petition says: 'Questions about the safety of taser stun guns used by police forces across the globe have been raging ever since the supposedly non-lethal weapons first came into use over a decade ago.'

The Independent Police Complaints Commission continues to investigate the incident.

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