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Over 60 Royal Marines to speed march to Birmingham

More than 60 Royal Marine Commandos will speed march from the National Memorial Arboretum
More than 60 Royal Marine Commandos will speed march from the National Memorial Arboretum Credit: ITV News Central

More than 60 Royal Marine Commandos will speed march from the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire to Birmingham City Centre today.

They're hoping to complete the 22-mile journey in four and a half hours.

It's part of their 350th anniversary celebrations.

Patient safety to be assessed at Stafford Hospital

Patient safety is to be assessed at Stafford Hospital following staff shortages
Patient safety is to be assessed at Stafford Hospital following staff shortages Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Health inspectors will be assessing the safety of patients at Stafford Hospital later because of staff shortages.

The special administrators running the Hospital Trust say recruiting and keeping staff has become a "significant challenge".

They've asked the Care Quality Commission to review patient safety.

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Hundreds pay respects at National Memorial Arboretum

Hundreds of people attended a ceremony at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire today.

The names of those who have been killed in recent conflicts are carved on the wall around the memorial.

Chuck Hall, a veteran of 20 years service, said:

I've come from Derby today but actually I've come from Canada, to Derby, for today... I've come to remember my buddies... I served 20 years.

Bert Hayward served in Korea and said:

I come here three, four, five times a year to pay my respects for those that have gone and those that are still serving.

A motorcycle group called Ride To The Wall has raised more than £300,000 to help with the upkeep of the arboretum which attracts thousands of visitors every year.

Blaze at former Royal Doulton factory

Four fire crews are currently tackling a blaze at the former Royal Doulton factory in Staffordshire.

A fire has taken hold of the former Royal Doulton factory in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent
A fire has taken hold of the former Royal Doulton factory in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

People are urged to avoid the area around Nile Street in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, while the incident is ongoing.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is also in attendance but report that nobody has been injured.

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Fire at Mr Big Deal in Tunstall was arson

Fire at Mr Big Deal has been confirmed as arson Credit: ITV News Central

Staffordshire Police have confirmed that a fire at a shop in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent was started deliberately.

Officers have launched an appeal for witnesses as part of the investigation into the fire that started late on Sunday evening.

The building has been left severely damaged as a result of the fire and diversions have been in place. Firefighters are expected to leave the scene on High Street later today.

Boy who has never been able to wear shoes gets first pair of trainers

A boy from Staffordshire who has never been able to wear shoes has been fitted with his first pair of trainers.

Ben Baddeley from Silverdale has cerebral palsy. He is due to have life-changing surgery next month that will mean he can wear shoes for the first time. His mother, Amy, has raised the money to pay for the expensive operation.

Tunstall High Street still closed after Mr Big Deal fire

Tunstall High Street in Stoke-on-Trent remains closed to traffic this morning after a major fire ripped through a bargain store.

Crews were called to Mr Big Deal late on Sunday night after the blaze broke out in the basement.

The fire broke out at Mr Big Deal in Tunstall late on Sunday night
The fire broke out at Mr Big Deal in Tunstall late on Sunday night Credit: ITV News Central

More than 60 firefighters tackled the blaze at its peak. The road is due to open this afternoon at the earliest.

Full story: Huge fire closes off main road in Tunstall

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