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Crew praised after EasyJet plane emergency landing

The plane was delayed after smells of smoke in the cabin
The plane was delayed after smells of smoke in the cabin Credit: Emily Scott

An EasyJet plane carrying 157 passengers had to make an emergency landing this morning after smoke was detected in the cockpit.

The Airbus A320 aircraft, en route from Liverpool to Naples, touched down safely at Gatwick airport around 7.20am today.

A man from Staffordshire who was on board has praised the pilot and crew for keeping passengers calm.

EasyJet said the safety of passengers was never at risk, and that they are inspecting the plane.

Thousands of scarecrows in record attempt

Thousands of scarecrows gather in a field outside Burton-upon-Trent
Thousands of scarecrows gather in a field outside Burton-upon-Trent Credit: National Forest Adventure Farm

Scarecrows are gathering in their thousands today in an attempt to stake their place in the Guinness Book Of Records.

More than three thousand three hundred will converging in the National Forest near Burton Upon Trent to try and break the record currently held in Cincinnati USA.

Celebrity scarecrows taking part include Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Peppa Pig.

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Lord Mountbatten murdered 35 years ago today

Lord Louis Mountbatten was murdered by the IRA 35 years ago today
Lord Louis Mountbatten was murdered by the IRA 35 years ago today Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Today marks the 35th anniversary of the IRA's murder of Lord Louis Mountbatten.

He and three others died when a bomb was planted in his fishing boat.

Lord Mountbatten will be remembered by men who served under him at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

VIDEO: Staffordshire Police's Chief Constable takes on ice bucket challenge

Staffordshire Police’s Chief Constable Jane Sawyers took on the ice bucket challenge yesterday.
Staffordshire Police’s Chief Constable Jane Sawyers took on the ice bucket challenge yesterday. Credit: Staffordshire Police

Staffordshire Police’s Chief Constable Jane Sawyers took on the ice bucket challenge yesterday.

Doused by force mascot Kash, the Chief’s feat raised £500 in sponsorship from Police Mutual as well as an initial donation of more than £200 from colleagues across the force.

Money raised for the event will be donated to Motor Neurone Disease Association and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Family pay tribute to tragic death of their 'vibrant' young son

We are heartbroken and devastated at the loss of our vibrant, happy, bubbly little man, Kai Joseph (ginge to all who knew him).

He was our ray of sunshine who brightened up the darkest day. We, as a family, are overwhelmed with the support of everyone in the close-knit village of Hatton and from people afar.

He was always out and about, whether it was fishing, taking his beloved dogs for a walk with his dad or just in the village. He would smile and put his thumb up to everyone.

RIP wee man.

– Lambe family

9-year-old boy named after drowning in River Dove

Kai Lambe, 9-years-old, Derbyshire.
Kai Lambe, 9-years-old, Derbyshire. Credit: Staffordshire Police

Kai Lambe, from Heathway, Derbyshire has been named by police as the nine-year-old boy, who died after slipping into water on the River Dove.

Police were called to the weir, near to Tutbury Mill on Friday night, after receiving a report that a young boy had slipped into the water and got into difficulty.

He was rescued by local fire and rescue services and taken to Queen’s Hospital in Burton where he sadly died.

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Staffordshire welcomes home 'Wreath of Respect'

A wreath commemorating those who lost their lives in the Great War arrived back at the National Memorial Arboretum near Lichfield, Staffordshire.

The Wreath of Respect arrived this morning accompanied by Royal British Legion motorbike riders.

The metal wreath, which was specially commissioned, has been to remembrance services all over the country, including Scotland and the Isle of Man.

Pictures: The scene where a nine-year-old drowned

Tributes have been left for the nine-year-old.
Tributes have been left for the nine-year-old. Credit: ITV News Central

Pictures of the scene where a nine-year-old boy drowned last night after getting into difficulties in the River Dove on the Derbyshire/Staffordshire border.

Emergency Services were called to the Weir in Hatton, just after 18:00 last night.

The boy got into difficulty in the River Dove.
The boy got into difficulty in the River Dove. Credit: ITV News Central

He was pulled out by the Fire and Rescue Services and taken to hospital in Burton-on-Trent where he was confirmed dead.

Staffordshire Police say an investigation is under way and formal identification is expected in the next few days. It is not being treated as suspicious.

Emergency services were called to the Weir last night.
Emergency services were called to the Weir last night. Credit: ITV News Central

His family and friends are being supported by specially trained officers.

Nine-year-old boy drowned near Burton-on-Trent

A nine-year-old boy has drowned after getting into difficulties on the River Dove on the Derbyshire / Staffordshire border.

Emergency Services were called to the Weir in Hatton, just after 18:00 last night.

There are reports that several children were playing together when the nine-year-old got caught up in a sinkhole. Staffordshire Police were not able to confirm this to ITV News Central today.

He was rescued by the Fire and Rescue Services and taken to hospital in Burton-on-Trent where he was confirmed dead.

An investigation has now begun to find out exactly what happened. Formal identification is expected to take place in the next few days. It is not being treated as suspicious.

His family and friends are being supported by specially trained officers.

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