Despite pledging to find savings in the expensive High Speed 2 train line, the project's boss has failed to find significant financial cuts.
A terrified family had to leave their home for three days after finding the spiders - which are feared to have been the world's most toxic.
The world's first black professional footballer is to be memorialised as a statue at England’s St George’s Park base in Staffordshire.
A motorcyclist suffered back and internal injuries after crashing into a lamppost in Staffordshire overnight.
The man, who was in his 20s, was travelling along Silver Link Road in Glascote, Tamworth, shortly before 10pm when the crash happened.
Paramedics found him lying on the ground near the lamppost with the bike nearby.
He was immobilised using a neck collar and spinal board before being rushed to the major trauma centre at University Hospital North Staffordshire.
A report by MPs today argues that the Government should overhaul its complaints system, bringing in a number of new measures to ensure people feel their concerns are being addressed.
Among the recommendations put forward by the Public Affairs Select Committee today are:
- A ban on using alternative words to "complaint" to make the system less complex
- Appoint a minister to oversee complaints handling
- A change in attitude and behaviour towards complaints
- Ensure complaints raised by MPs on behalf of constituents are investigated fully by ministers and are not delegated
- Create a single point of contact for people to make complaints about government departments and agencies
Euphemisms used to replace the word 'complaint' in the healthcare system should be banned as part of an overhaul in the wake of the Mid-Staffs scandal, a report by MPs claims today.
The report - entitled More Complaints Please - argues that a culture of denial and leadership failures in the healthcare system led to the Mid-Staffs scandal, and warns that lessons should be learned by the whole government.
The Public Administration Select Committee says that leaders' reluctance to listen to patients, their families or staff led to "unspeakable disaster" at the trust.
And it criticised the complaints process for being too complex and confusing, with words such as "appeal", "review" and "feedback" used instead of "complaint", concluding: "A complaint is a complaint. Nobody should be shy of the term 'complaint'. Other euphemistic terms should be banned."
A 26-year-old man has been charged with murder, after an investigation into the death of a man in Stone, Staffordshire, on Saturday morning.
22-year-old Connon McLeod, from Stone, was found in Whitemill Lane early on Saturday morning.
Daniel Alllot, from Bagots Oak, Stafford, is due to apear at Cannock Magistrates' Court this morning, charged with his murder.
Detectives have arrested a man in connection with the murder of 22-year-old Connan McLeod in Stone, Staffordshire yesterday.
Police were called to Whitemill Lane just after midnight after reports a man had suffered a serious stab wound.
A murder investigation is underway after the death of a man in Stone this morning.
Police were called to Whitemill Lane just after midnight after reports a 22-year-old man had suffered a serious stab wound.
The victim was confirmed dead at the scene. A 29-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident.
A murder investigation has been launched in Staffordshire after the death of a man in Stone this morning.
Police were called out to Whitemill Lane at 12:20am to reports that a 22-year-old man had suffered a serious stab wound.
The man was confirmed dead at the scene.
Officers say a weapon was also recovered and an autopsy will take place later today.
A 29-year-old man from Stone was arrested in connection with the incident at around 2:50am this morning.
A man has been jailed for 18 years today after being found guilty of raping both a small child and a young woman.
Stoke-on-Trent man Francis Gilbert, aged 48, raped the 25-year-old woman and the youngster - who was under six years old - in 2012.
Gilbert, of Ridgway Road, Hanley, denied the charges but was found guilty after two separate trials.
Detectives today welcomed the lengthy prison sentence.
Det Insp Adrian Scott said he hoped it would encourage other victims - no matter their age - to come forward.
Today’s sentence is to be welcomed and I hope it provides some comfort to Gilbert’s two victims, who bravely spoke out about what happened to them and gave evidence.
All allegations of sexual abuse, including historic offences, are thoroughly investigated and we work with partners to tackle these very serious crimes in a sensitive manner. I commend all victims for coming forward and reporting these crimes.
We are also determined to bringing the offenders of such crimes to justice.