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Weekend Picks: RideStaffs Festival

RideStaffs Festival 2016: Fri 1st - Sun 3rd July (Staffordshire)

People are being encouraged to get on their bike this weekend for the RideStaffs Festival.

The annual RideStaffs festival takes place this weekend Credit: Staffordshire County Council

Now in its 6th year, the event is the county’s biggest celebration of cycling. From kids and amateurs to some of the country’s top cyclists, the weekend offers a range of races for all skills and a fun sporting day out for spectators and families.

RideStaffs Sunday is a chance for all of Staffordshire’s cycling enthusiasts to get involved with a 22 mile and 68 mile sportive open to the general public.

Staffordshire has some great roads and miles of beautiful countryside for cycling.

The festival is not just a terrific chance to see some of the best riders in the country in action but also a fun weekend where Staffordshire’s cycling enthusiasts can compete in whatever sportive suits them.

– Mark Deaville, Staffordshire County Council

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Lanes closed on M5 Northbound in West Midlands Credit: PA

There are a number of problems on the M5 Northbound in the West Midlands this evening.

Two lanes are closed due to a crash near to J2 (Oldbury / Birmingham).

Meanwhile, two lanes are also closed on the M5 Northbound in Worcestershire due to a crash involving a lorry and a car between J5 A38 (Droitwich / Wychbold) and J4A M42.

Concern for missing 14-year-old girl from Burton-upon-Trent

Police are becoming increasingly concerned about the welfare of a girl who has gone missing from Burton-upon-Trent.

Credit: Staffordshire Police

Bianka Orsos, 14, from the Burton area, was last seen in Uxbridge Street on 21 June at approximately 4pm.

She is described as 5ft 2 inches tall, of large build with a tanned complexion. She has brown eyes and short straight black hair, but may be wearing a black hair extension. She has a Hungarian accent. She was last seen wearing a white shirt, grey trousers and black shoes.

It is believed that Bianka has connections in the Derby area.

Anyone who has seen Bianka or anyone who has any information about her whereabouts is urged to call Staffordshire Police immediately on 101 quoting incident number 264 of 22 June.

14-year-old killed after car collides with tractor

Stock photo of a tractor Credit: PA

A teenage boy has died and several other people have been injured after a collision involving two cars and a tractor in Stoke-on-Trent last night.

It happened on the A53 Leek Road, Endon at 8.00pm last night (Monday 20th June).

A 14-year-old boy was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital but was confirmed dead on arrival.

A 17-year-old girl and 19-year-old boy were also taken to hospital.

The driver of the tractor, a man in his 20s, was unharmed.

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