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500 apprenticeships for young people in Staffordshire

Businesses in Staffordshire have agreed to provide 500 apprenticeships next year for young people in the region.

It is part of an initiative called 'The Pledge' from influential business leaders Credit: Francesco Group

It is part of an initiative called 'The Pledge' from influential business leaders in the local community.

Those who agreed to take part are:

  • Francesco Group
  • The Lewis Partnership
  • Jeremy Lefroy MP
  • KMF Metal
  • Alstom
  • Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce
  • Wade Ceramics
  • HIT Training
  • Staffordshire County Council
  • National Apprentice Service
  • Perkins Engines
  • Rydale Roofing
  • The Ladder
  • Emma Bridgwater
  • Neida
  • Stafford College
  • BT

Survey reveals Midlands' infidelity hotspots

Beeston is the UK's top spot for affairs, according to a new survey Credit: PA

If you're a resident of Beeston in Nottinghamshire, a new survey shows you should be keeping a close eye on your partner.

The bustling market town has been named the UK's top spot for infidelity.

According to The Official Infidelity Index 2015, two and a half per cent of the town's population is having an affair, meaning 954 residents are seeing someone they shouldn't.

People in Beeston, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Loughborough should keep a close eye on their partners Credit: PA

Husbands and wives in Newcastle-under-Lyme were the sixth most likely in the country to be unfaithful, according to the study. It claims that 1.64 per cent of people in the town are having an affair, amounting to a total of 1,231 adulterous relationships.

Loughborough in Leicestershire comes tenth on the list, with researchers saying that 924 people in the town are cheating on their spouse. Residents in Tamworth, Staffordshire, come 13th on the charts, with 1.39 per cent of local people having an affair.

The research was compiled by Illicit Encounters, which calls itself 'the UK's largest married dating website'.

The research was compiled by 'Illicit Encounters' Credit: Katie Collins/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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Major fire on Tamworth industrial estate

Lichfield Road industrial estate Credit: Google Maps

More than fifty firefighters are dealing with a major factory fire at a building on Lichfield Road Industrial Estate in Tamworth.

The report was received at around 10.10am today, Wednesday 11 March.

There are no reported injuries but a number of nearby business premises have been evacuated as a safety precaution. Residents living nearby have been asked to stay indoors and to keep their windows and doors closed to avoid smoke inhalation.

Anyone who begins to suffer from breathing difficulties or irritation is advised to contact paramedics.

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Hasselbaink pleased after Burton win at Hartlepool

Burton Albion manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has praised his side after going top of League Two last night.

The Staffordshire club leapfrogged Shrewsbury in the table after beating Hartlepool United 1-0 with a 90th minute goal from Florent Cuvelier at Victoria Park.

Former Middlesbrough striker Hasselbaink said he was pleased with his team's performance against Pools.

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V Festival line-up announced

The line-up for V Festival on 22 and 23 August has been revealed.

Among the headline acts are Calvin Harris, Stereophonics and Kasabian.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 6 March.

For more on the line-up, visit the V Festival website.

Man seriously injured after crash destroys car

A man has been seriously injured after a crash on the A51 in Rugeley in Staffordshire this morning.

The car was badly damaged after the crash Credit: WMAS

It happened at about 7am, and an ambulance and an air ambulance attended the scene, as well as two off-duty paramedics who were on their way home from work at the time.

The man was taken to hospital for emergency treatment Credit: WMAS

Crews arrived to find a car that is believed to have left the road and been in a serious collision with a tree. The car had suffered considerable damage.

The driver of the car, a man believed to be in his early 30’s, suffered serious leg, pelvic and chest injuries.

He received emergency treatment at the scene and his condition was stabilised. The man was transferred by land ambulance to Royal Stoke University Hospital with the Doctor on board for further emergency treatment.

Considering the damage to the vehicle the man is fortunate not to be more seriously or even fatally injured.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman
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