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UKIP leader Paul Nuttall to stand in General Election

Credit: PA

Ukip leader Paul Nuttall has confirmed he will stand for Parliament in the General Election.

His announcement ends speculation about whether or not he would run for a Commons seat.

Mr Nuttall said he would be "leading the party into battle" in the June 8 contest, adding he will reveal which seat he will be running for in 48 hours.

"As the leader of the party I will be, obviously, leading the party into battle as I have done many times in the past," he said.

Mr Nuttall failed in his previous bid to become an MP, losing the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election in February.

Teenage girl hit by car air-lifted to hospital

The 14-year-old girl suffered severe leg injury Credit: PA

A 14-year-old girl has been airlifted to hospital after she was hit by a car in Longton, Stoke-On-Trent.

Witnesses said the incident took place around 3pm yesterday (22nd April) on Oakwood Road.

Staffordshire Police said the girl appears to have suffered a severe leg fracture following the collision and was taken to Birmingham Children's Hospital.


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Referee takes players off at Port Vale v Bolton

A fan was earlier taken off the pitch after invading. Credit: PA

The referee in the League One clash between Port Vale and Bolton Wanderers has taken the players off the pitch following fan clashes.

Carl Boyeson decided to take the players off when opposing fans clashed on the pitch after Bolton fans celebrated their opener from David Wheater which could send them into the Championship.

Visiting supporters invaded the Vale Park pitch but were quickly greeted by home fans, with clashes ensuing.

The players were brought back on after the stoppage.

Overturned lorry cause delays in Staffordshire

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The A50 in Staffordshire is closed eastbound between the A500 (Stoke-on-Trent) and the B5490 while Staffordshire Police deal with an overturned lorry and a shed load of empty plastic bottles.

The A500 southbound exit to the A50 is also closed.

Road users are advised to plan ahead, leaving plenty of extra travelling time and to consider alternative routes where possible.



A500 Northbound has been closed due to over running roadworks between A34 Newcastle Road / Peacock Hay Road (Talke Roundabout) and M6 J16 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent).

There is congestion on A500 D Road to A53 Etruria Road / Etruria Way (Basford Roundabout) and on A34 Congleton Road to A5011 Linley Road / Coalpit Hill (Talke Traffic Lights).

The road is expected to open around 08:30 after a broken down piece of plant machinery delayed the re-opening of the road earlier.

Severe delays after closure of M6

The M6 has been closed Credit: ITV News Central

There are severe delays today because of emergency bridge repairs on M6 in both directions.

The closure is expected to remain in place throughout the afternoon.

The road is closed between J14 A34 / A5013 Creswell Grove (Stafford North) and J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), with congestion on M6 to J13 A449 (Stafford South).

Roadworks overnight on the A51 found a defect in the bridge over the motorway so the M6 has had to be closed.

A diversion is in place, Highways England are advising people to follow the hollow triangle symbol Northbound and hollow square signs Southbound using the A500 and A34 past Stone.

Appeal to trace family of Stafford man after death

The man died on Sunday (19 March) Credit: PA

Her Majesty’s Coroner’s Office in Stoke-on-Trent is appealing for help to trace the family of a man who has died at the Royal Stoke University Hospital.

52-year-old David John Wheatley, who lived in Stafford, died on Sunday 19 March. His death is not being treated as suspicious.

HM Coroner for Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire needs to trace Mr Wheatley’s next of kin.

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