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Lee Rigby honoured at National Memorial Arboretum

Fusilier Lee Rigby has been honoured at a service remembering fallen servicemen.

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Lee Rigby was murdered near Woolwich Barracks in May 2013. Credit: ITV News

Rigby was murdered by Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale near Woolwich Barracks last year.

The soldier is one of 17 servicemen to have their names added to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

The annual event remembers fallen servicemen who have been killed on duty the previous year.

Family members will lay wreaths at the memorial after the service.

Johnny Depp apparently spotted in Staffordshire

Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp Credit: Lionel Hahn/ABACA/Press Association Images

American actor and film producer Johnny Depp was apparently spotted in Leek in Staffordshire over the weekend, according to the Stoke Sentinel.

The manager of Foxlowe Arts Centre, Ian Wilson, said his staff told him that the Pirates of the Caribbean star paid them a visit.

Excited fans took to Twitter when they heard the rumours.

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Four men injured in crash with lorry in Staffordshire

Four men in a car towing a caravan have been injured following a crash with a lorry in north Staffordshire.

It happened at the junction of the A50 and A521 at Blythe Bridge earlier this morning.

The car was trapped between the jackknifed lorry’s cab and trailer, smashing the caravan.

The driver suffered a chest injury and the passengers had minor injuries. The lorry driver was in shock but unharmed.

17 servicemen and women remembered at National Memorial Arboretum

The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire
The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The names of 17 servicemen and women who were killed on duty or through terrorism last year will be unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

The names of those who died were engraved onto the walls in May and will be read out in a special service for families later.

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£1m cash pledge for Armed Forces Memorial

The Prime Minister has announced an extra £1m funding for an Armed Services Memorial honouring veterans who have served in conflicts including Iraq and Afghanistan.

Downing St said the Government was committed to funding the monument, which is at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, until 2020.

Visitors at the Armed Forces Memorial in Staffordshire.
Visitors at the Armed Forces Memorial in Staffordshire. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The memorial commemorates over 16,000 people who have died on duty since the end of World War II.

There will be a dedication service on Monday for the 17 service personnel who died on duty in 2013.

Stafford Hospital campaigners write to Health Secretary

Campaigners for Stafford Hospital have invited Jeremy Hunt to visit the paediatric and maternity services
Campaigners for Stafford Hospital have invited Jeremy Hunt to visit the paediatric and maternity services Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A group which is campaigning against Stafford Hospital's maternity and paediatric services being transferred next year has sent an open letter to the Health Secretary, asking him to visit the departments.

They say the hospital should be a beacon of healthcare and have asked Jeremy Hunt to personally intervene and stop what they describe as a "rushed and flawed process".

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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