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Recycling plant fire started deliberately

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An investigation into a fire at a plastics recycling plant in Stoke on Trent has found the blaze was started deliberately.

53 Firefighters attended the incident at Hanbury Plastics at the height of the fire on Sunday.

Firefighters have continued to tackle the fire from the outside of the building and operations have now been scaled down to just two engines.

Fire Investigation Officer Ian Broadhead said:

“We have worked closely with Staffordshire Police during the investigation and concluded that the fire was started deliberately. The Service will now be helping police with their investigation and further enquiries.”

– Fire Investigation Officer Ian Broadhead.

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Appeal to find family of 76-year-old who died alone

Police are appealing in Stoke-on-Trent are appealing for help to trace the family of a man who has died in the Newcastle-under-Lyme area.

76-year-old Maurice Spender who lived alone in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, died at his home address on 5 February 2017. His death is not being treated as suspicious.

HM Coroner for Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire needs to trace Mr Spender’s next of kin.

Any family members or friends of Mr Spender, or persons who can provide information as to possible relatives, are asked to contact Hartshill Coroner’s Office on 01782 234793.

Car submerged following lorry park flooding

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The lorry park at Doxey in Stafford has been closed this afternoon following intense flooding.

As well as closing of the area the council are warning residents and motorists not to attempt to travel through the water either on foot or by car.

The entrance at Pans Drive is expected to remain closed until the waters subside.

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