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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.

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.

Van driver suffers severe head injury in crash

A van driver suffered a severe head injury after crashing into a wall in Staffordshire this morning.

The woman, aged 42, was anaesthetised at the scene while emergency crews worked to free her from the van.

The female van driver suffered a severe head injury in the crash Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

She was then taken to the major trauma centre at University Hospital North Staffordshire for further treatment.

Paramedics were called to Draycott Lane in Tean, Stoke-on-Trent, shortly after 5.30am and found the van had left the road and smashed into a wall.

Over £250k worth of cannabis seized by police

More than £250,000 worth of cannabis has been seized from an abandoned building in Staffordshire.

Police were called to the building in Queen Street in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, yesterday morning after CCTV operators reported two men acting suspiciously nearby.

Some of the cannabis seized by police Credit: Staffordshire Police

Building inspectors were called to ensure it was safe for officers to enter the crumbling property - but after being given the all-clear, teams found around 1,700 plants spread across eight rooms.

Lee Tuong, aged 30, has been charged with producing cannabis and will appear before Newcastle Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Sgt Mark Churton, from Burslem police, removes the cannabis from the property Credit: Staffordshire Police

A 58-year-old man, who was also arrested at the scene, has been bailed pending further inquiries.

More than 100 large bags of compost were also seized, and will be donated to community groups for use in gardening projects. Anyone interested can call Sgt Mark Churton at Burslem police station on 101.

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