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Man injured free-climbing on The Roaches in Staffordshire

A man has broken his collar bone and injured his back after falling around 10 metres when he was free-climbing on The Roaches in North Staffordshire today.

The Air Ambulance and mountain rescue teams were called in at lunchtime. A paramedic climbed up to help the injured man and immobilised him before he was carried to the waiting helicopter.

He was treated at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.

Woman dies after house fire in Staffordshire

Map showing location of Staffordshire house fire Credit: ITV News Central

A woman has died after a house fire in Milton near Stoke-on-Trent.

Police were called to a bungalow on Barrett Gardens shortly after 11.00am on Friday 18 April.

Firefighters had previously rescued the woman and she was taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire where she later died.

Barrett Gardens in Milton, Staffordshire, where the woman lived Credit: Google Street View

The woman is yet to be formally identified but her family has been informed and specially trained officers are supporting them.

Investigations are underway into the cause of the blaze but police say the death is not being treated as suspicious.

Advice given to schools in Staffordshire after scarlet fever rise

Staffordshire County Council has issued advise to school and nurseries in the county after it has seen a rise in the number of people reporting scarlet fever.

They say to reduce the risk of contracting scarlet fever, you should:

  • Wash your hands often
  • Not share cutlery
  • Dispose of tissues or wash handkerchiefs
  • Be aware it is an airborne illness, so can be picked up by infected person coughing near you

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Staffordshire has highest number of scarlet fever cases in West Midlands

Staffordshire has had the most scarlet fever cases in the West Midlands Credit: NHS Choices

Staffordshire County Council is warning schools and nurseries to be aware of the rise of scarlet fever cases in the county.

It comes after a huge rise in the amount of cases reported in the East Midlands in 2014.

Staffordshire has the highest number of reported cases in the West Midlands , with 94 between September 2013 and April this year.

Scarlet fever is mainly a childhood disease, most common between the ages of two and eight. There is no vaccine for scarlet fever, but it can normally be treated with antibiotics.

Staffordshire County Council are issuing advice to schools and nurseries in the county.

Man rescued from skateboarding park after 15ft fall

A man in his 20s has been rescued from a skateboarding park this afternoon after falling and injuring his knee.

Paramedics were called to the skate park at Hanley Forest Park in Birches Head, Staffordshire, shortly after 3pm.

The man fell around 15 feet at a skateboarding park in Staffordshire
The man fell around 15 feet at a skateboarding park in Staffordshire Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

It's thought he had been with his family at the park when he fell off a skateboard and tumbled around 15 feet into a tiered skateboarding bowl.

Due to his position, he had to be lifted down using ropes and ladders.

He was taken to Leighton Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

90% of parents offered 1st choice school in Staffordshire

Nine out of ten parents have been offered their first choice primary school in Staffordshire as primary school places are announced today.

These pressures on school places makes the fact that we have given over 92 per cent of parents their first choice school all the more remarkable. Our work isn't finished yet; as the population is set to rise again over the next ten years, we are drawing up more plans to ensure schools in Staffordshire have enough capacity to cope with increasing demand, and parents still have a choice when it comes to their child's education.

– Ben Adams, Staffordshire County Councillor, Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills
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