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Rugeley coal power plant to close by end of next month

Rugeley coal power plant in Staffordshire will close by the end of June this year because of worsening conditions for coal generation, operator Engie said on Friday.

General view of Rugeley Power Station and the sunset over Etching Hill, Staffordshire Credit: Edward Smith / EMPICS Entertainment

The 1 gigawatt plant in the West Midlands county of Staffordshire is jointly owned by French power and gas group Engie and Mitsui & Co and can provide enough electricity to power a million homes.

The company has ruled out compulsory redundancies before the end of June.

Engie is planning a staged reduction in the number of employees on site in line with its decommissioning plan.

– Statement from Engie

British power company SSE will keep open its Fiddler's Ferry coal-fired power station near Manchester until at least March 31, 2017, having previously said it was likely to close this year.

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Weekend Picks: Cheese and Ale Festival

Cheese and Ale Festival: Fri 21st - Sat 22nd May (Stafford town)

A demonstration involving chefs in the food tent Credit: Stafford Borough Council

Thousands of people are expected to descend on Stafford for the town’s third Cheese, Ale and More Festival.

Cheese makers, breweries and local food producers will fill the Market Square with a range of products and array of artisan food.

Festival goers will also be able to enjoy an alfresco bar throughout the weekend along with entertainment from music and street theatre.

And on the Saturday, members of the Staffordshire Chefs Forum will be getting the crowd's taste buds going with cookery demonstrations.

“The festival has had a phenomenal first two years, attracting tens of thousands of people to the town each time and this year it promises to be even bigger and better”.

– Cllr Frances Beatty, Cabinet Member for Planning and Regeneration

For prices, opening times and more information visit: www.stafford-towncentre.co.uk/cheeseandale

American Falcon found in Staffordshire

A falcon, similar to the one pictured was found in Staffordshire last night Credit: PA

Police are appealing to find the owners of a falcon that was found in a street.

The large bird of prey was found on Rough Close by a member of the public just after 7.30pm last night.

A local Bird sanctuary was contacted and they are assisting us with our enquiries to re-unite the bird with its owner.

If you have lost a bird of prey or know of anyone who might have lost one please call Staffordshire Police on 101.

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Queen sheds tear during service at Arboretum in Staffordshire

The Queen at the National Memorial Arboretum Credit: PA

The Queen was seen wiping her eye during a service at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire, yesterday.

It was in tribute to soldiers from the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment killed while serving in Afghanistan.

The Queen at the National Memorial Arboretum Credit: PA
The Queen at the National Memorial Arboretum Credit: PA

Video: Hundreds of motorbikes take part in Stephen Sutton ride

Hundreds of motorbikes and classic cars have taken part in the annual Stephen Sutton bike ride to raise money for charity a day after the anniversary of his death.

It was the fourth annual Stephen Sutton Ride Out, and his mother Jane led the way from Lichfield Rugby Club towards Burntwood.

Stephen raised more than £5.5 million for the Teenage Cancer Trust before he died.

Jane Sutton has been speaking to our reporter Lee Comley about the event.

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