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Body found in Stoke believed to be missing man

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Location where body was found in Meir, Stoke-on-Trent Credit: ITV News Central

Police believe a body found in woodland in Stoke-on-Trent is that of missing man Paul Woodcock.

He had been reported missing from his home in Meir on 9th August.

The body was found in woods close to football pitches off Whittle Road in Meir yesterday morning.

A post-mortem examination proved inconclusive and further tests will be carried out over the coming weeks to establish the cause of death.

The two men arrested in connection with the death have been released without charge.

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Two arrested after man's body found in Stoke

Two men have been arrested after a body was found in Stoke-on-Trent.

Police have also confirmed in the last few minutes that the body is that of a man.

A 41-year-old and 26-year-old are being questioned by officers.

Police were called to woodland, near to football fields, on Whittle Road, in Meir at 10:15am this morning.

The area remains cordoned off.

Police cordon off football fields where remains found

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Map showing location where remains have been found in Stoke-on-Trent Credit: ITV News Central

Police say human remains have been found close to football fields in Meir in Stoke-on-Trent.

Officers and forensic investigators are at the scene on Whittle Road after being called at 10:15am this morning.

A police spokesman said: "The scene and a number of approaches to it have been cordoned off, for officers to assess the situation and begin their inquiries there. We expect work to continue at the scene. "

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Rising London rents sees mother 'evicted' to Midlands

by Chris Halpin

When it came to light two years ago that councils in London were moving tenants to the Midlands because of a social housing shortage, critics claimed it amounted to social cleansing.

In April 2012 it emerged local authorities in the capital were telling social housing tenants who couldn't afford London rents, they'd have to move to cities like Stoke-on-Trent and Wolverhampton.

Now mother-of-three Cecilia Bruce-Annan says because of Government benefit caps, she's in rent arrears and is being forced to move away from her family in Harrow, 150 miles to Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire

Her local council says that with rising rents, and shrinking benefits, her housing allowance is unsustainable unless she moves a place where rent is more affordable.

Chris Halpin reports.

Nelson takes bronze to make history

Ashleigh Nelson celebrates third place in the Women's 100m Final
Ashleigh Nelson celebrates third place in the Women's 100m Final Credit: PA

Ashleigh Nelson has become the first female british sprinter in 40 years to win a European 100m medal.

The 23-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent ran 11.22 in difficult conditions to win a bronze medal in the final at the European Athletics Championship in Zurich. She won a bronze as part of the 4x100m relay team at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow two weeks ago.

She ran a personal best in the semi-final earlier in the week to qualify for the final.

Lorry driver's lucky escape after smashing into garden

The lorry came to rest in a front garden
The lorry came to rest in a front garden Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

A man was lucky to escape serious injury after the lorry he was driving smashed through a wall, a tree and telegraph pole before eventually stopping in a front garden in Stoke-on-Trent.

It happened on the A53 Leek Road at around 10am, and two ambulances and a paramedic attended the scene.

Crews arrived to find a lorry in the front garden of a property. A wall, tree, telegraph pole and various other items had been damaged in the collision.

The driver of the lorry, a man in his 20s, was treated by ambulance staff for a minor head injury. A woman in her 70s, who witnessed the incident, was in shock and also required treatment. Both were taken to University Hospital North Staffordshire as a precaution.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman

Police officer threatens to "knock out" woman

A Staffordshire police officer has been suspended after a video emerged of him threatening to "knock out" a woman in Stoke-on-Trent.

The footage shows the officer dealing with a disturbance outside a nightclub in Hanley in the early hours of Sunday morning.

He can be heard swearing at the woman and warns her he will "knock her out".

The force says it is undertaking a "thorough and robust investigation" into the complaint.

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