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Robert Huth: FA charges Stoke defender over tweets

Robert Huth Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Stoke City defender Robert Huth has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association over messages he posted on twitter.

Huth replied to a social media account which posts sexual images of individuals and asks users to guess their gender.

The FA has declared his messages in 'aggravated breach' of their rules because they made reference to gender or gender reassignment.

Huth has until 6pm on 21 January 2015 to respond to the FA's charge.

Petition to ban police tasers signed by 800 people

An online petition calling for police to scrap the use of tasers has been signed by more than 800 people Credit: Scott Heppell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

An online petition calling for police to stop using tasers has been signed by more than 800 people.

It was started after a man, named locally as Adrian McDonald, died when he was tasered by police officers responding to reports of a burglary in Chesterton, Staffordshire in December.

The petition says: 'Questions about the safety of taser stun guns used by police forces across the globe have been raging ever since the supposedly non-lethal weapons first came into use over a decade ago.'

The Independent Police Complaints Commission continues to investigate the incident.

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Man arrested after body found in flat

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman's body was discovered at a flat on Christmas morning.

The victim, believed to be in her thirties, was found dead in Dibden Court, Honeywall in Stoke-on-Trent, after paramedics were called at 10.30am.

Despite the efforts of West Midlands Ambulance Service, the woman was pronounced deceased.

The 49-year-old suspect will be questioned by detectives from Staffordshire Police force's criminal investigation department (CID).

A detailed forensic examination of the scene is taking place and the flat is cordoned off.

"We are working to support the family of the woman at this very tragic and difficult time and I urge people not to speculate about the incident and allow the detectives to establish the circumstances which led to the death of the woman. "Local police officers are speaking to residents in the block of flats and surrounding areas to gather any information and to provide reassurance. I urge anyone with any information to call Staffordshire Police".

– Supt Jane Hewitt, Staffordshire Police

Man dies and two injured in Stoke-on-Trent crash

One man has died and two other people have been seriously injured in a two-car collision in Stoke-on-Trent.

Emergency services were called to the scene on the A500 at the junction of Etruria Road in Hanley at 11.50pm last night.

One of the cars ended up the opposite side of the carriageway with its engine found several metres away. The driver, a man believed to be in his 20s, sustained a head injury, a fractured leg and a significant traumatic injury to his arm.

The two occupants of the second car were trapped due to the damage caused in the collision. The driver, a man, was declared dead at the scene.

The passenger, a woman believed to be in her 30s, was unconscious and transferred to Royal Stoke University Hospital with serious injuries to her abdomen.

The road remained closed for several hours.

Woman dies after being found injured in Shelton street: man arrested

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The woman was found injured in Cauldon Road in Shelton, close to the junction with Boughey Road, at around 21:30 yesterday evening.

She died at the scene. Another man was taken to hospital with leg injuries.

A man was arrested shortly afterwards and is being questioned by Staffordshire Police.

The woman has not been formally identified and her next of kin are being traced.

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Major report on HS2 to be presented today

HS2 Ltd's Executive Chairman David Higgins Credit: David Parry/PA Archive/Press Association Images

HS2 Ltd's Executive Chairman David Higgins is expected to make significant announcements about HS2 in Leeds this morning.

Mr Higgins will be presenting his report on the project, and will give recommendations on the second phase, which runs from Birmingham to Leeds and goes through the East Midlands.

It is believed he will announce that a suggested route for the high-speed service through Stoke-on-Trent will be dumped in favour of a hub at Crewe, on the western arm of the 'Y'-shaped northern route.

It is rumoured that he will recommend that plans for a high-speed rail link in Nottinghamshire should be moved to Derbyshire. It was originally proposed that the HS2 station should be at Toton Sidings, but there may be new plans to try to link HS2 to existing rail lines serving Nottingham and Derby.

Stoke-on-Trent man breaks record for fastest half-marathon time in fancy dress

Steven Bazell from Stoke-on-Trent has broken a new world record for completing the Birmingham half-marathon in fancy dress.

Steven ran the race to raise money for Birmingham Children's Hospital.

His son was born with a congenital heart condition and has undergone two life-saving operations.

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