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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.


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.

Body found in Stoke believed to be missing man

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.


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

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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