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Burton-on-Trent woman charged with IS membership

A woman from Staffordshire has been charged with inciting terrorism and being a member of Islamic State.

The 26-year-old, who is from Burton-on-Trent stands accused of sending tweets encouraging others to "commit, prepare or instigate" acts of terror.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has also been charged with belonging to a banned organisation, Islamic State, between October 2014 and January this year, according to West Midlands Police.


West Midlands Ambulance: Avoid M6 accident area

West Midlands Ambulance service are advising travellers to avoid the area of the M6 where a serious road accident took place earlier this morning.

Traffic has been halted to enable an air ambulance to attend the scene between Junction 11 A460 / A462 (Cannock) and Junction 10A M54.

Travel: Traffic halted on M6 Southbound and Northbound

M6 Southbound:

The M6 has been closed southbound with traffic currently stationary due to a serious accident involving a lorry and car. Traffic halted between J11 A460/1462 (Cannock) and J10A M54 as emergency services deal with them.

M6 Northbound:

Traffic has been stopped Northbound between J10A M54 and J11 A460/A462 (Cannock) to enable the Air Ambulance to land.


Man arrested after body of 69-year-old is discovered in Stoke-on-Trent

Police have arrested a man from Stoke-on-Trent in connection. Credit: PA Images

Police have arrested a man from Stoke-on-Trent after finding a body of a 69-year-old man at a property in the area.

Officers were called to an address in Victoria Road in Fenton, Staffordshire at around 2pm yesterday.

Staffordshire Police have arrested a 59-year-old also from Stoke-on-Trent in connection.

The death is being treated as suspicious and an investigation is now underway.

Police appeal for help for missing Telford woman

Veronica Stanley was last seen at her home in Shropshire. Credit: West Mercia Police

West Mercia Police are appealing for help from the public to find Veronica Stanley, who was last seen on Friday at her home in Wellington, Telford.

Officers are growing increasingly concerned for the 53-year-olds welfare.

She is described as a white female, with long grey hair, wearing black leggings, with white and pink Reebok classic trainers and is also possibly wearing a long baggy top.

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Alton Towers victim has leg amputated after surgery

A student who suffered life-changing injuries in the Alton Towers rollercoaster crash has had her right leg amputated, her lawyers have said.

Victoria Balch. Credit: Facebook

This morning, my client, Vicky Balch, has had her right leg amputated below the knee. Vicky has had a long and incredibly painful fight to retain her leg. Regrettably, her bravery has not been rewarded.

The step was taken to remove the leg following seven bouts of surgery. Further surgery will be required in the immediate future, which may involve a more acute amputation.

– Paul Paxton, Stewarts Law

Ms Balch is the second of the crash victims to lose a limb; Leah Washington had to have her left leg amputated earlier this month.

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