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Firefighter speaks of difficulty of basement blaze

Firefighters tackling a blaze at a shop in Tunstall, Stoke-onTrent have been explaining how difficult the task is.

Crews say it is too dangerous to enter the building on the junction of High Street and Roundwell Street in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent.

Director of Response Rob Barber said: “We have used two aerial ladder platforms to tackle the fire at height and we have also used some special high expansion foam, brought in from West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service, which has been pumped into the basement area."

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Pictures from the scene of a huge shop fire in Tunstall

Factory fire in Staffordshire
Shop fire in Staffordshire Credit: ITV News Central

These are pictures from the scene of a major fire in Staffordshire.

Crews were called to the A50 High Street in Tunstall shortly before 11.30pm to reports of a blaze at the site.

The road is expected to be closed throughout today from the junction of Scotia Road and Haymarket.

The fire has forced the closure of the A50
The fire has forced the closure of the A50 Credit: ITV News Central
The A50 is expected to remain closed until tomorrow at the earliest
The A50 is expected to remain closed until tomorrow at the earliest Credit: ITV News Central

Hundreds of soldiers in homecoming parade in Stafford

The 3rd Battalion, The Mercian Regiment (Staffords) march through Lichfield, 2011
The 3rd Battalion, The Mercian Regiment (Staffords) march through Lichfield, 2011 Credit: Credit: PA

Hundreds of soldiers from 3rd battalion Mercian Regiment will march through Stafford later.

It's the first in a series of homecoming parades this week.

It's one of the last times the public will be able to pay tribute to the regiment which is being disbanded as part of Army restructuring.

Delays warning as fire engulfs Staffordshire factory

More than forty firefighters are on the scene of a major factory fire in Staffordshire this morning.

Crews were called to the A50 High Street in Tunstall shortly before 11.30pm to reports of a blaze at the site.

The road is expected to be closed throughout today from the junction of Scotia Road and Haymarket. Delays are expected during rush hour.

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One dead & 3 seriously injured in M6 services crash

View showing exit slip road from Stafford Services onto southbound M6 Credit: Google Street View

A woman has died and three others seriously injured in a crash at Stafford services on the M6 this morning.

All four people were travelling in one car which left the southbound exit slip road and crashed into a road sign at around 5.50am.

An official for West Midlands Ambulance said:

A woman who was travelling in the car was in traumatic cardiac arrest and CPR was being carried out by Police on scene. Medics took over resuscitation attempts and advanced life support techniques were carried out.

Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of everyone in attendance, nothing could be done to save the woman.

Three other people that were travelling in the car at the time of the crash all suffered abdominal injuries and received emergency treatment by ambulances staff.

The conditions of the man and two women was stabilised before they were transferred to University Hospital North Staffordshire by ambulance for further emergency treatment.

The hospital had been pre alerted to the patients arrival and their serious injuries.”

Huge portrait painted in tribute to Stephen Sutton

Portrait of Stephen Sutton painted in his memory
Portrait of Stephen Sutton painted in his memory Credit: ITV News Central

Art students from Leicester have paid tribute to teenage cancer sufferer Stephen Sutton by painting a huge portrait of him.

The art students in Leicester say they were inspired by Stephen
The art students in Leicester say they were inspired by Stephen Credit: ITV News Central

Callum Sholl and Mustafa Abdulkadir were inspired by Stephen, who raised more than £4million for charity before he died last month.

They spent three days working on the art work and now plan to auction the painting and donate the funds to The Teenage Cancer Trust, the charity Stephen raised money for.

They plan to auction the painting for The Teenage Cancer Trust
They plan to auction the painting for The Teenage Cancer Trust Credit: ITV News Central

Download Festival pays tribute to Stephen Sutton

Tens of thousands of music fans at the Download music festival have paid tribute to cancer fundraiser Stephen Sutton.

Organisers organised a mass 'thumbs-up' gesture, following the news that the 19-year-old from Burntwood in Staffordshire had accepted an MBE.

The main stage at the festival has also been named after Stephen.

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