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Chelsea confirm they will co-operate with police

Chelsea say they will co-operate with police if it is found supporters of the club were racially abusive on a train from London to Manchester on Sunday.

Four men were asked by the British Transport Police to leave the train at Stoke after a complaint was made.

Chelsea will co-operate. Credit: PA

"We are aware of the reports but it is not clear at this time if this incident involves Chelsea supporters," the club told Press Association.

"If it did then we will assist the British Transport Police with their enquiries."

Bishop of Lichfield announces he is retiring

The Bishop of Lichfield has announced he's retiring.

The Right Reverend Jonathan Gledhill will stand down in September after twelve years.

He's the 98th Bishop of Lichfield and oversees the clergy of Shrewsbury, Stafford and Wolverhampton.

In an exclusive interview with ITV News Central, Bishop Jonathan had this advice for his successor, who, since recent changes in the Church of England rules, could be a woman.

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Police launch investigation into Chelsea fans racism

Eight people left the train at Stoke after police were called. Credit: PA

Police have launched an investigation after reports of racist and abusive behaviour from Chelsea football fans on a train from London to Manchester last night, British Transport Police said.

Four men were ordered off the train at Stoke by British Transport Police and four others left of their own accord.

Shortly after 10.30pm on Sunday, 1 March, officers were called to meet a Euston-to-Manchester Piccadilly train at Stoke, following reports of racist and abusive behaviour by a number of passengers, said to be football fans.

Colleagues from Staffordshire Police also attended. Officers asked four men to leave the train at Stoke. We have spoken to two witnesses, and investigations continue.

Rail passengers and staff have the right to travel and work in peace. Abusive behaviour on trains and at stations is unacceptable, and we will not hesitate to investigate any such incidents.

– British Transport Police statement

ROADS: A50 closed at Uttoxeter

Two HGV's have been involved in a collision on the eastbound carriageway (towards Derby) and on the westbound carriageway (towards Stoke) a car and HGV have also collided.

Fire service and paramedics are dealing with the incident involving the two HGVs as the drivers of both vehicles has sustained injuries, one believed to the seriously.

The air ambulance is currently also at the location.

It is likely that the road will remain closed for a consideration time.

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