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Police searching for missing 14-year-old from Staffordshire

Police have launched an investigation after a 14-year-old from Staffordshire, who was last seen on a train that was going from Stoke to Manchester on 1st January, has gone missing.

Missing 14-year-old Credit: Staffordshire Police

Anouska was last seen boarding Carriage C or D of a Manchester Piccadilly train at 11.22pm.

She is described as mixed race, 5'7, with brown eyes and long black hair that is light brown at the ends. She was last seen wearing a dark green Parka, dark blue jeans with mud up to the knees and a thick bright blue scarf with purple converses.

Police are urging anyone with information to call Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting 910 of 1 Jan.

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Man arrested after body found in flat

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman's body was discovered at a flat on Christmas morning.

The victim, believed to be in her thirties, was found dead in Dibden Court, Honeywall in Stoke-on-Trent, after paramedics were called at 10.30am.

Despite the efforts of West Midlands Ambulance Service, the woman was pronounced deceased.

The 49-year-old suspect will be questioned by detectives from Staffordshire Police force's criminal investigation department (CID).

A detailed forensic examination of the scene is taking place and the flat is cordoned off.

"We are working to support the family of the woman at this very tragic and difficult time and I urge people not to speculate about the incident and allow the detectives to establish the circumstances which led to the death of the woman. "Local police officers are speaking to residents in the block of flats and surrounding areas to gather any information and to provide reassurance. I urge anyone with any information to call Staffordshire Police".

– Supt Jane Hewitt, Staffordshire Police

Police appeal to find missing woman in Stoke

Julia Jovanovic is described as white, 5ft 6ins tall of slim build with brown hair in a bob and green eyes. Credit: Staffordshire Police

Police are are asking for help to find a woman from Stoke on Trent. 33-year-old Julia Jovanovic was last seen on Saturday 13 December. Officers from Staffordshire Police are appealing for anyone who has seen Julia to contact them.

Julia is described as white, 5ft 6ins tall of slim build with brown hair in a bob and green eyes. When last seen she was wearing a beige coat, black leggings, black shoes and a black woolly hat.

A Staffordshire Police spokesperson said:

"We are continuing to make inquiries to locate Julia. We would ask anyone who has seen her, or had any contact, to get in touch."

– Staffordshire Police

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Taser gun death sounded like 'a domestic argument'

A resident at a block of flats where a man was shot by a police Taser gun and later died has told ITV News the incident sounded "like a domestic argument.

"I was asleep and I woke up, I think it was about 1.30. I heard this tremendous banging and shouting", said Mark Finney.

"I thought it was just a normal domestic argument. I went into the kitchen, made myself a cup of coffee, just sat there listening.

Mr Finney said he could hear someone saying "Calm down, calm down."

"There was banging, things being thrown around," he added.

Man dies after police shoot him with a Taser

A man has died after he was shot with a Taser by police responding to reports of a house burglary.

The man became unresponsive after he shot by the Taser Credit: PA

Staffordshire Police said officers discharged the weapon after being called to an address in Audley Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, just after 1am.

A force spokesman said the occupants were not at home at the time, but police arrive to find a man inside.

He said: "During the incident, a Taser was discharged by officers and the man was taken to a police vehicle."

The incident happened on Audley Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, just after 1am Credit: Craig Cotterill / ITV News Central

The man then became "unresponsive" and, despite treatment by paramedics, he died.

Staffordshire Police said that, as is normal in a case like this, the incident has now been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

A detailed investigation is under way at the scene, which remains under a police cordon.

In a statement, the IPCC said: "IPCC investigators have been deployed to Staffordshire to conduct an assessment."

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