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Roads 'extra busy' due to V Festival at Weston Park

People are being advised to plan their journeys and give extra time today as almost 100,000 people descend on Weston Park in Staffordshire for this year's V Festival.

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The roads are going to be busy due to @vfestival, plan for extra time and try and avoid the affected areas if you can #vweston

The M6 Northbound exit slip road is closed due to traffic management for the music festival at Weston Park at J12 A5 (Gailey).

The closure of the slip road may be lifted earlier than 6:00pm if traffic conditions allow.

Traffic on the M6 north heading to the V Festival should exit at J10a and take the M54.

READ: Travel advice for road users heading to V Festival

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Traffic building on M6 as people head to V Festival

Traffic is expected to be heavy on certain parts of the M6 today as around 90,000 people arrive for this weekend's V Festival.

Festival goers at Weston Park last year
Festival goers at Weston Park last year Credit: Katja Ogrin/EMPICS Entertainment

The M6 Northbound exit slip road is closed due to traffic management for the music festival at Weston Park at J12 A5 (Gailey).

The closure of the slip road may be lifted earlier than 6:00pm if traffic conditions allow.

Traffic on the M6 north heading to the V Festival should exit at J10a and take the M54.

One month on: Stafford Hospital protestors still there

This is what the campsite looked like last month
This is what the campsite looked like last month Credit: ITV News Central

Protestors who set up camp in the grounds of Stafford Hospital are still there after one month.

They've vowed to stay put until key services are saved. They are calling for the decision to dissolve the trust to be reversed.

Stafford Hospital is in the process of being downgraded following a critical public enquiry which was published last February.

Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust have issued the following statement:

We respect the rights of campaigners to express their views on the future of services. I have received reassurances from the organisers that there will be no disruption to patients or visitors.

– Maggie Oldham, Chief Executive at Mid Staffordshire NHS

READ: Protestors camp out at Stafford Hospital

Travel advice for road users heading to V Festival

V Festival
V Festival Credit: Katja Ogrin/EMPICS Entertainment

90,000 people are expected to arrive at Weston Park in Staffordshire this weekend for the Midland’s biggest music festival.

The Highways Agency have advised the following:

- Allow extra time for your journey and plan an alternative route

- Follow signs for V Festival which will direct you on a specific route to Weston Park

- Traffic will be heavy on Friday on the M6 and M54

- The ‘smart motorway’ on certain parts of the M6 will be open from Friday to Sunday to accommodate more vehicles

- Traffic is anticipated to be busy in the same areas on Monday morning as people head home from the festival

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German students head to Cannock military cemetary

Teenagers cleaning the graves during a similar project in 2012
Teenagers cleaning the graves during a similar project in 2012 Credit: ITV News Central

Students from Bremen in Germany are joining young people from Staffordshire and representatives from the Royal British Legion and the Staffordshire County Council to help tend war graves at Cannock Chase.

They will spend the morning tidying and cleaning graves at the German Military cemetery, which has almost 5,000 graves of German soldiers who died in Britain during both World Wars.

As well as tending the graves, the teenagers will develop language skills, and learn more about the history of the First World War and relations between Germany and Britain.

Young people have been annually visiting from Germany to help tend the military plots for many years.

The visit allows the young people remember those in the war and commemorate the many years of friendship between Staffordshire and the German state of Bremen, as well as help in the maintenance of a part of Staffordshire that is internationally important.

This being the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WW1 it is extremely important that we maintain these friendships, learn from the past and work together to build a better future.

– Cllr Mark Sutton, Staffordshire County Council

Ten-year-old's father delighted with his post-op progress

The father of Ben Baddeley, a ten-year-old with cerebral palsy from Silverdale in Staffordshire, has described his son as 'like a different child'.

Ben who has cerebral palsy is attending a rehabilitation centre this weekend after a major operation to help him walk without pain.

Ben's family raised thousands of pounds to pay for the surgery after it was cancelled by the NHS due to funding cuts.

He will be taking part in body strengthening and physio sessions to help re-build his muscles.

Man guilty of Newcastle-under-Lyme murder

Photo of Anthony Hughes. Smiling.
Anthony Hughes, 44, suffered a 'brutal' and 'sustained' attack according to police Credit: Staffordshire Police

A man has been found guilty of murdering a man who was attacked with a golf club in Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire.

44-year-old Anthony Hughes was found dead in Wilmot Drive in the town on Saturday, 28 December 2013.

A police photo of Yeomans.
Police believe the attack happened because Hughes had started a relationship with Yeomans' ex-girlfriend Credit: Staffordshire Police

Today, Steven Yeomans, 44, of Wilmot Drive, was found guilty of murder.

29-year-old Andrew Scott, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to murder at a previous hearing.

The three men had been drinking at Yeoman's home when it is believed an argument broke out.

Hughes suffered what police have described as a 'brutal and sustained attack' with weapons including a golf club being used.

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