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Two men seriously injured in woodland crash in Staffordshire

Two men have been left seriously injured after their car veered off the road. Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

Two men have been left seriously injured after their car veered off the road, before crashing through a woodland and into a ditch in Silverdale in Staffordshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service were called to Scot Hay Road, just after 10.30pm yesterday, after a passing motorist noticed debris in the road and went to investigate.

The driver who is believed to be in his thirties sustained serious head injuries.

Whilst the other man, a passenger in his twenties, also sustained head injuries and multiple fractures.

Both were taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital for treatment.

M6 to remain closed until 4pm

Police say the M6 in Staffordshire will remain closed until around 4pm this afternoon after a lorry fire in the early hours of the morning.

Drivers are being told to expect delays on all surrounding routes of the M6 south from junction 13 to junction 12 near Stafford.

Drivers are being told to use the M1 as a diversion.

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Four more charged with Burton murder

Four more people have been charged with the murder of a man in Burton.

Police forensics work on All Saints Road where a 29-year-old man was found unconscious in Burton-upon-Trent. Credit: ITV News Central

The men, who are all aged between 29 and 35, are due before magistrates in Cannock.

A 31-year-old man from the Branston area of Burton is also charged with murder and appeared in court on Friday.

13 people have been arrested in connection with the death of Tomaz Bachta who was found unconscious on All Saints Road on Wednesday morning. He died after being stabbed in the neck.

Eight people have been released on bail.

Burton murder victim named by police

A man who was stabbed to death in the street in Burton on Trent has been named by police.

Police name Burton murder victim Credit: DARRYL DYCK/The Canadian Press/Press Association Images

29-year-old Tomaz Bach-ta was found unconscious on All Saints Road on Wednesday morning. He died later that day.

Mr Bachta's family are continuing to receive support from specially trained officers.

A post-mortem examination took place on 16 July and the cause of death was given as a stab wound to the neck.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Tomasz at this difficult time and we will ensure they get all the support they need.

"An investigation to understand exactly what happened in All Saints Road yesterday morning is ongoing and detectives are pursuing a number of positive lines of inquiry.

"I would like to reiterate my thanks to the residents of All Saints Road, and the wider community, for their continued patience and understanding whilst necessary investigation work goes on.

– Chief Inspector Steve Maskrey

Twelve people have been questioned by detectives. Five have been released on bail.

Three more arrests have made in relation to Burton murder

Three more people have been arrested in connection with a murder in Burton, which involved the death of a 29-year-old man on 16 July.

Police have arrested three more people in relation to a murder in Burton. Credit: DARRYL DYCK/The Canadian Press/Press Association Images

The three men are currently in custody where they will be questioned by detectives, which takes the total number of arrests to nine.

A post-mortem examination took place yesterday and the cause of death was given as a stab wound to the neck. The man has yet to be formally identified.

Of the nine arrested five remain in custody and four have been bailed, pending further inquiries.

Anyone with information, or is concerned about this incident, is asked to speak to local officers on patrol in the area or by calling Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident 84 of July 15.

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Staffordshire Fire and Rescue service face possible cuts of £5.7 million

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue service face possible cuts of £5.7 million by 2019. Credit: David Jensen/EMPICS Entertainment

The Staffordshire Fire Brigades Union is due to stand up to possible fire service cuts.

Members of the Fire Brigade Union in Staffordshire are fearing for the safety of their communities ahead of a meeting of the fire authority on Monday 13 July where the fire service are expected to announce cuts of £5.7 million by 2019.

Firefighters here are extremely concerned at the prospect of further cuts. It's a slap in the face for the taxpayer who has suffered a council tax increase this year and in return will get slashed fire cover and reduced resilience.

– Rich Williams, Chair of the FBU in Staffordshire

The announcement will follow a thorough discussion, yet the FBU claim that their "plead for less draconian options that won't compromise public safety have fallen on deaf ears."

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Ambulance: Girl bitten by dog suffered 'nasty wounds'

West Midlands Ambulance Service said a young girl was airlifted to hospital after emergency crews were called to a property in Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent.

"The girl, who was understandably upset, was given pain relief to help ease her discomfort before ambulance staff assessed her nasty wounds and carefully applied dressings."

The girl was then airlifted to Birmingham Children's Hospital for further emergency care and surgery, and is said to be in a serious but stable condition.

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