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Bronze sculpture unveiled to honour women of WW2

The Bronze sculpture was unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum Credit: ITV News Central

A bronze sculpture to honour the work of 240,000 women during the Second World War has been unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum near Burton on Trent.

The sculpture was unveiled by The Countess of Wessex Credit: ITV News Central

The Countess of Wessex was joined by the women of the Land Army and Timber Corps, known as the lumber jills.

Some of the 400 or so land girls met The Countess of Wessex at the ceremony Credit: ITV News Central

Most of the 400 or so land girls who came along were in their 80s and 90s now, but braved the strong winds and rain from ex-hurricane Gonzalo to be there and remember friends on their special day.

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Ben Baddeley takes steps after major operation

The mother of a 10-year-old boy from Silverdale in Staffordshire who has cerebral palsy has posted a video of her son taking steps after a major operation to help him walk without pain.

Ben Baddeley's family raised thousands of pounds to pay for the surgery after it was cancelled by the NHS because of funding cuts. His mother, Amy, says he will now be able to take the stairs and not rely on a lift.

Video courtesy of YouTube/Amy Baddeley

Map of location where police officer was shot in the eye

The incident happened yesterday evening Credit: ITV News Central

A police officer has been injured after he was shot in the eye with a suspected air weapon during an incident in Rugeley in Staffordshire yesterday evening.

The officer, who is believed to be from Cannock, is being treated at a trauma unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

A 34-year-old man from Rugeley has been arrested.

34-year-old man arrested after police officer shot in eye

A 34-year-old man from Rugeley has been arrested after a police officer was shot in the eye with a suspected air weapon during an incident in Rugeley in Staffordshire yesterday.

"This is a distressing incident whereby one of my officers has been injured whilst protecting members of the public.

Whilst we are fortunate that incidents like this are very rare, it is a prudent reminder of the danger that officers face daily in their lawful duty to protect members of our communities. The Sergeant has done what the public would expect without hesitation, he should be commended for carrying out his duty in this way.

My thoughts are currently with the officer and his family hoping that the injury is not permanent. We are currently supporting his family and we are all hoping that he is able to make a swift recovery.

The incident is now being investigated by detectives and we are not seeking anybody else in relation to this matter. The local policing team and I will be supporting and reassuring the community as a result of the incident."

– Chief Inspector Stephen Morrey, the local policing commander for the district

Police officer injured after being shot in the eye

Breaking news Credit: ITV News Central

A police officer has been injured after he was shot in the eye with a suspected air weapon during an incident in Rugeley in Staffordshire yesterday.

The officer, who is believed to be from Cannock, is being treated at a trauma unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

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Grit and salt stockpiled as winter 'officially begins' today

Winter officially begins today - at least, according to Staffordshire County Council.

The authority begins its preparation period from today.

Staffordshire County Council begins its winter preparation period today Credit: PA

This means that gritting crews across the county will be on alert and weather stations will be kept up and running, while salt stockpiles will be monitored to ensure there will be enough to last until spring.

Staffordshire has the largest gritting network in the West Midlands.

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