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One month on: Stafford Hospital protestors still there

This is what the campsite looked like last month
This is what the campsite looked like last month Credit: ITV News Central

Protestors who set up camp in the grounds of Stafford Hospital are still there after one month.

They've vowed to stay put until key services are saved. They are calling for the decision to dissolve the trust to be reversed.

Stafford Hospital is in the process of being downgraded following a critical public enquiry which was published last February.

Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust have issued the following statement:

We respect the rights of campaigners to express their views on the future of services. I have received reassurances from the organisers that there will be no disruption to patients or visitors.

– Maggie Oldham, Chief Executive at Mid Staffordshire NHS

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Travel advice for road users heading to V Festival

V Festival
V Festival Credit: Katja Ogrin/EMPICS Entertainment

90,000 people are expected to arrive at Weston Park in Staffordshire this weekend for the Midland’s biggest music festival.

The Highways Agency have advised the following:

- Allow extra time for your journey and plan an alternative route

- Follow signs for V Festival which will direct you on a specific route to Weston Park

- Traffic will be heavy on Friday on the M6 and M54

- The ‘smart motorway’ on certain parts of the M6 will be open from Friday to Sunday to accommodate more vehicles

- Traffic is anticipated to be busy in the same areas on Monday morning as people head home from the festival


German students head to Cannock military cemetary

Teenagers cleaning the graves during a similar project in 2012
Teenagers cleaning the graves during a similar project in 2012 Credit: ITV News Central

Students from Bremen in Germany are joining young people from Staffordshire and representatives from the Royal British Legion and the Staffordshire County Council to help tend war graves at Cannock Chase.

They will spend the morning tidying and cleaning graves at the German Military cemetery, which has almost 5,000 graves of German soldiers who died in Britain during both World Wars.

As well as tending the graves, the teenagers will develop language skills, and learn more about the history of the First World War and relations between Germany and Britain.

Young people have been annually visiting from Germany to help tend the military plots for many years.

The visit allows the young people remember those in the war and commemorate the many years of friendship between Staffordshire and the German state of Bremen, as well as help in the maintenance of a part of Staffordshire that is internationally important.

This being the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WW1 it is extremely important that we maintain these friendships, learn from the past and work together to build a better future.

– Cllr Mark Sutton, Staffordshire County Council

Ten-year-old's father delighted with his post-op progress

The father of Ben Baddeley, a ten-year-old with cerebral palsy from Silverdale in Staffordshire, has described his son as 'like a different child'.

Ben who has cerebral palsy is attending a rehabilitation centre this weekend after a major operation to help him walk without pain.

Ben's family raised thousands of pounds to pay for the surgery after it was cancelled by the NHS due to funding cuts.

He will be taking part in body strengthening and physio sessions to help re-build his muscles.


Man guilty of Newcastle-under-Lyme murder

Photo of Anthony Hughes. Smiling.
Anthony Hughes, 44, suffered a 'brutal' and 'sustained' attack according to police Credit: Staffordshire Police

A man has been found guilty of murdering a man who was attacked with a golf club in Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire.

44-year-old Anthony Hughes was found dead in Wilmot Drive in the town on Saturday, 28 December 2013.

A police photo of Yeomans.
Police believe the attack happened because Hughes had started a relationship with Yeomans' ex-girlfriend Credit: Staffordshire Police

Today, Steven Yeomans, 44, of Wilmot Drive, was found guilty of murder.

29-year-old Andrew Scott, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to murder at a previous hearing.

The three men had been drinking at Yeoman's home when it is believed an argument broke out.

Hughes suffered what police have described as a 'brutal and sustained attack' with weapons including a golf club being used.

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.

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.

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