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School children hurt as coach crashes en route to Alton Towers

Five school children have been treated by paramedics after a coach en route to Alton Towers in Staffordshire crashed into a central reservation.

Derbyshire Police said the children were not seriously injured but the driver of the coach, who is thought to have been taken ill at the wheel, was taken to Sheffield's Northern General Hospital.

Witnesses are being sought to the accident, which happened at about 9am on Thursday on the A6135 at Renishaw, near junction 30 of the M1.

The coach was one of three travelling in convoy to Alton Towers from the Scunthorpe area.

Appeal for missing man from Market Drayton

Andrew Morton was last seen in Market Drayton on Tuesday Credit: West Mercia Police

West Mercia Police are appealing for help from the public to find a man who has been missing since Tuesday.

39 year old Andrew Morton was last seen in Market Drayton on July 12 at around 5.30am.

He is 5ft 8ins tall, of slim build with short dark hair. He was last seen wearing a dark blue hooded top, grey jogging bottoms and white trainers.

He is possibly in Audley area of Staffordshire or Alsager area of Cheshire. Andrew also has links to the Mow Cop, Kidsgrove and Ball Green areas of Staffordshire.

Anyone who knows the whereabout of Andrew is asked to call 101.

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'Very distinctive' benches stolen from football club

'Very distinctive' benches stolen from football club Credit: Staffordshire Police

Two 'very distinctive' wooden benches have been stolen from the grounds of Silverdale Football Club in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

The theft took place on the evening of Wednesday June 22 and CCTV shows a white van was involved in removal of the benches from the club.

One of the benches is painted blue with 'Prestige Roofing Staffs Ltd' written in bold white writing with contact information for that company.

The second bench is painted white with the word 'Joules' written in bold red writing.

'Very distinctive' benches stolen from football club Credit: Staffordshire Police
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Weekend Picks: Lichfield Festival

Lichfield Festival: Fri 1st - Sun 10th July (Lichfield)

It’s the final weekend of the 35th Lichfield Festival but there is still lots to see and do.

Festival market Credit: Lichfield Festival

Highlights of the closing weekend include an evening celebrating popular songs from the golden age of Hollywood, a theatre performance spin on Speilberg’s classic Jurassic Park, lively, folk-inspired music, puppetry and inventive storytelling.

There’s also lots for the whole family at the Festival Fete with traditional games, crafts activities, live entertainment and a trail of 150 ragdolls across the city with a treasure hunt-style map to follow.

With a programme featuring major orchestras alongside star comedians, where big name authors rub shoulders with legends from folk and jazz, where all the family can enjoy a day out, and where you will laugh, sing and cry, this is a festival like no other!”

– Sonia Stevenson, Artistic Director, Lichfield Festival

For opening times and more information visit: www.lichfieldfestival.org

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Weekend Picks: Food Festival

Great British Food Festival: Sat 9th - Sun 10th July (Shugborough Estate, Stafford)

The touring Great British Food Festival stops off at Shugborough Estate this weekend.

Over 100 food producers and street food vendors will be at the event Credit: Great British Food Festival

The festival showcases cuisines from all over the UK from spicy Indian delights, Thai street food to the more traditional steak and chips.

Over 100 food producers and street food vendors will be serving pickles, preserves, jams, cheese, pate and lots of other tasty treats.

There’ll also be chef demonstrations, foodie talks, man vs food competitions and live music.

We look forward to everyone coming together to enjoy a fun foodie day out at Shugborough… And if you haven’t had enough of voting our Great British Cheese Off wants your choice for the events best Cheese!”

– Verity Sharples, Event manager

For opening times and more information visit: www.greatbritishfoodfestival.com

Police discover body after incident in Tamworth

Officers were called to the area last night by a member of the public, closing the road off between KFC and the A5 bridge. Credit: Google Maps.

Staffordshire Police say a body was discovered after they closed of Fazeley Road in Tamworth last night.

Officers were called to the area last night by a member of the public.

Ongoing enquiries continue to establish the identity of the body.

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