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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.

Stafford Hospital campaigners write to Health Secretary

Campaigners for Stafford Hospital have invited Jeremy Hunt to visit the paediatric and maternity services
Campaigners for Stafford Hospital have invited Jeremy Hunt to visit the paediatric and maternity services Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A group which is campaigning against Stafford Hospital's maternity and paediatric services being transferred next year has sent an open letter to the Health Secretary, asking him to visit the departments.

They say the hospital should be a beacon of healthcare and have asked Jeremy Hunt to personally intervene and stop what they describe as a "rushed and flawed process".

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Do you know this man caught flytipping?

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Man caught fly-tipping by body cameras Credit: Stoke-On-Trent Council

A man has been caught fly-tipping in a residential street in Stoke-on-Trent. The council have released a picture of him that was captured by a body camera worn by an enforcement officer.

The officer used the camera to video the man at a property on Bond Street in Tunstall just before 8am on Saturday 23rd August.

The man was challenged at the scene before making off on a bicycle.

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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Staffordshire man jailed for sex offences on children

Alex Drew
Alex Drew Credit: Staffordshire Police

A man from Burton has been jailed for a string of sexual offences on children.

Alex Drew had pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to 15 offences including targeting girls under 13.

Police were alerted in March 2012 after receiving a report of suspicious online behaviour.

The 29-year-old has been jailed for four years and eight months and has been placed on the Sex Offenders Register.

Drew preyed on, and exploited, vulnerable young girls. They believed they were talking online to another girl when in fact they were talking to a man. His actions have had a significant impact on the lives of his four young victims. Their bravery in speaking out is to be applauded."

– DI Becky Cawkwell from the Child Exploitation Team
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