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Shenstone roof protest: nine people charged

12 anti-war protesters climbed to the roof of UAV Engines in Shenstone
12 anti-war protesters climbed to the roof of UAV Engines in Shenstone Credit: Twitter/@LDNPalestine

Nine people have been charged with aggravated trespass following an anti-war protest on the roof of a factory in Staffordshire.

12 members of the London Palestine Action group climbed to the top of UAV Engines in Shenstone on Tuesday.

They were demanding the factory stops providing parts for drones used by the Israeli army in the Gaza conflict.

All nine people have been released on bail and will appear before Cannock Magistrates' Court on 20 August with conditions not to enter Staffordshire.

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Man jailed after trying to hire 'hit man' to kill his wife

Graham Burgess photo
Graham Burgess Credit: Staffordshire Police

A man has been jailed for six years for attempting to hire a hit man to kill his wife.

Graham Burgess, 45, agreed to pay £10,000 to a man he thought was a hit man. Staffordshire Police became aware of his plans and deployed a police officer posing as a contract killer.

Warren Stanier, Senior Crown Prosecutor from the West Midlands CCU, said:

Throughout this prosecution Graham Burgess maintained that he knew the ‘hit man’ was an undercover police officer and that he only continued with the meetings and discussions for the thrill of the experience. However, by his own admission this was not the case.

The Complex Casework Unit worked closely with Staffordshire Police to ensure that Mr Burgess was brought to justice. Whilst the motive behind these plans may never be fully known what is clear is that Burgess encouraged his partner to take out a substantial life insurance policy shortly before all of this happened.

It is hoped that the conclusion of the case may bring some closure to what can only have been a very harrowing experience for the intended victim and her family.

Police statement over Staffordshire arms factory protest

Palestine campaigners on the roof of an arms factory in Staffordshire
Palestine campaigners on the roof of an arms factory in Staffordshire Credit: Twitter/@LondonPalestine

Palestine campaigners have climbed a roof of an arms factory in Staffordshire over claims it is owned by an Israeli military company.

A group of 12 campaigners scaled the building on Lynn Lane in Shenstone.

Police were called to a business premise on Lynn Lane, Shenstone, just after 5.20am this morning, Tuesday, following a report of a public protest on top of a building. Officers are in attendance to ensure the protest remains peaceful and safe and we are working closely with the business and the protestors. As a result of this activity we have cordoned off Lynn Lane. The safety of our officers, the business staff and the protestors is our priority."

– Staffordshire Police spokesperson

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Palestine campaigners chain arms factory doors shut

Palestine campaigners have climbed a roof of an arms factory in Staffordshire and chained the doors shut.

A group of 12 campaigners scaled the building on Lynn Lane, in Shenstone at around 5am.

They say it is owned by an Israeli military company and manufactures engines for drones that have been exported to Israel.

Protesters on top of factory roof in Staffordshire

Protesters have climbed onto a roof in Staffordshire, forcing the road to be closed off.

Police are directing traffic and say there are a number of resources at the scene in Lynn Lane, in Shenstone.

Peppa Pig's message to toddler with leukaemia

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Peppa Pig has delivered a special message to two-year-old Margot Martini from Staffordshire Credit: Birmingham Mail

Peppa Pig has delivered a personal and moving message to Staffordshire toddler Margot Martini, who is bravely fighting a new cancer battle.

In the touching cartoon message Peppa talks directly to the two-year-old leukaemia patient and tells her to wear her boots if she ‘jumps in muddy puddles’.

Two-year-old Margot was diagnosed with both Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia and Acute Myeloid Leukaemia in October and sparked a worldwide appeal to find a matching stem cell donor.

She underwent a new bone marrow transplant in February after a match was found, but the cancer has now returned.

READ MORE: Parents of cancer tot say time is running out

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