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Two lanes closed on M6 Southbound after collision

There are currently delays of up to an hour and two lanes closed on the M6 southbound between Junction 14 (Stafford North) and 13 (Stafford South) because of an accident.

Police appeal for witnesses after robbery in Staffordshire

Police are appealing for witnesses after a robbery in Stafford Credit: Staffordshire Police

Staffordshire Police are appealing for witnesses after a robbery in Stafford early this morning (December 29).

Officers were called to the CO-OP on Market Place, Brewood, after reports that an unknown hooded male had entered the store at around 05.55 holding a bread knife. The male wearing a balaclava then threatened store staff.

He stole cigarettes and a quantity of cash, believed to be around £700 pounds, before making off on a motorbike.

The staff, although very shocked, were unhurt.

The male is described as wearing black clothing, a grey saggy beanie hat, a high visibility jacket and had thick woolly socks over his footwear.

CCTV is now being studied and forensic examination of the scene is underway.

Police investigate theft of church donations in Staffordshire

Police investigate a theft of donations at a church Credit: Staffordshire Police

Staffordshire Police are investigating a theft of donations at a church over the Christmas period in Burton upon Trent.

Between 23 and 24 December, unknown offenders entered the Catholic Church on Wales Lane in Barton-under-Needwood where they stole the contents of the Votive candle box.

Officers are also appealing for anyone who may have CCTV from surrounding houses and businesses to make contact with them.

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98-year-old woman robbed in own home dies in hospital

Police investigated the burglary Credit: PA

A 98-year-old bed-ridden woman who was burgled in her own home earlier this year has died in hospital.

Elsie Bird had the rings stolen from her hands, leaving her with badly bruised and in a shaken condition. Jewellery and cash were also stolen.

The burglary happened at her home in Stone Road in Trentham between 10am and 11:30am on Friday 21 October.

Jason O’Connor has now been charged with the robbery of Mrs Bird along with a further offence of burglary in Trentham, a robbery on an elderly man in his home in Stafford and another burglary in Stafford.

Staffordshire Police have extended their condolences to Mrs Bird's family.

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