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Stan Collymore's Twitter abusers spoken to by police

Four teenagers who sent racist and threatening tweets to former footballer Stan Collymore have been spoken to by police.

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Stan Collymore was the target of abuse on the social media site earlier this year. Credit: PA Wire

But Staffordshire Police said it had been unable to trace other abusive users after Twitter failed to pass on their details.

The ex-Liverpool player, who received the tweets between January and May, praised the police force for their response to the abuse.

"Cannock and Staffordshire Police have been exceptional. It's Twitter refusing to give info. Twitter, beyond UK law. For now," he tweeted on Monday.

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Barcelona footballers pictured training in Burton

 Iniesta, Xavi, Pedro, Jordi Alba and Gerard Pique
Iniesta, Xavi, Pedro, Jordi Alba and Gerard Pique Credit: ITV News Central

Barcelona's star-studded football team are the latest side to use the standard-setting facilities at St George's Park in Burton-upon-Trent.

Some of the stars who have made it to the pre-season training camp are Spanish internationals Iniesta, Xavi, Pedro, Jordi Alba and Gerard Pique.

Missing though were legends Lionel Messi and Neymar aswell as new signing Luis Suarez.

He is currently serving a four month ban from all football activities for biting an Italian player at the recent World Cup.

Legends Lionel Messi and Neymar were absent along with Luis Suarez
Legends Lionel Messi and Neymar were absent along with Luis Suarez Credit: ITV News Central

Gerard Pique shares selfie ahead of training in Burton

Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique
Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique Credit: Gerard Pique/Instagram

Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique has shared a selfie of him in his hotel room via social media site Instagram as the team begins training in Burton.

The team have travelled over for a pre-season training camp at St George’s Park, near Lichfield.

The footballer has also shot to fame for his relationship with popstar Shakira.

Staffordshire based JCB takes £35 million order

JCB's factory in Rocester, Staffordshire
JCB's factory in Rocester, Staffordshire Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Staffordshire based JCB has taken its biggest order of the year.

One thousand machines, worth a total of £35 million will be made in the Midlands for a UK customer.

It puts the firm, which employs 12,000 people around the world, on course for their best year since 2007.

Barcelona footballers to train in Burton-on-Trent

Lionel Messi scoring for Barcelona
Lionel Messi scoring for Barcelona Credit: PA

Barcelona's star-studded football team will become the latest side to use the standard-setting facilities at St George's Park in Burton-upon-Trent.

The four-time European champions will arrive at the National Football Centre today and stay until Saturday.

It will be one of the first times the team has got together under new coach Luis Enrique.

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Stafford Hospital protestors promise to stay put

Protestors who've set up camp in the grounds of Stafford Hospital have vowed to stay put until key services are saved. A&E is no-longer available 24 hours a day and campaigners fear lives will be lost. Mid-Staffs NHS Trust say they respect the rights of the campaigners to express their views on the future of services and have been assured there'll be no disruption to patients or visitors. Wesley Smith reports.

Protesters camp out at Stafford Hospital

Campaigners angry about changes being imposed at crisis-hit Stafford Hospital have set up camp outside the building.

The campers are protesting change at the hospital trust
The campers are protesting change at the hospital trust Credit: ITV News Central

They are calling for the decision to dissolve the trust and move services elsewhere to be reversed.

One of them, Cheryl Porter, called the decision "ridiculous", and said the Trust Special Administrators had "not thought through" the plans.

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