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Stafford Hospital protestors promise to stay put

Protestors who've set up camp in the grounds of Stafford Hospital have vowed to stay put until key services are saved. A&E is no-longer available 24 hours a day and campaigners fear lives will be lost. Mid-Staffs NHS Trust say they respect the rights of the campaigners to express their views on the future of services and have been assured there'll be no disruption to patients or visitors. Wesley Smith reports.

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Bottle of weed killer forces hospital A+E evacuation

University Hospital of North Staffordshire
University Hospital of North Staffordshire Credit: ITV News Central

A hospital was forced to evacuate a busy Accident and Emergency department over a bottle of weed killer.

Fire crews were called to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire in Stoke-on-Trent just before 7 o'clock on Friday night, after a child suffering from an eye irritation was brought in.

Staff alerted the fire service as a precaution to help identify the substance affecting the child, to help ensure no hazardous material was brought into the hospital. Fire crews who evacuated the Accident and Emergency department, later identified the source of the irritation as a domestic weed killer.

Simon Craythorne, the station manager with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue service, said the child's parent had brought the bottle of weed killer into the hospital. The parent and child were "decontaminated" and the weed killer was removed from on-site.

A hospital spokesman confirmed it was standard procedure to evacuate an area when an incident arose involving a questionable substance.

Protesters camp out at Stafford Hospital

Campaigners angry about changes being imposed at crisis-hit Stafford Hospital have set up camp outside the building.

The campers are protesting change at the hospital trust
The campers are protesting change at the hospital trust Credit: ITV News Central

They are calling for the decision to dissolve the trust and move services elsewhere to be reversed.

One of them, Cheryl Porter, called the decision "ridiculous", and said the Trust Special Administrators had "not thought through" the plans.

Delays warning as big summer getaway begins

Drivers are being warned of a busy time on the roads as the summer getaway begins.

Heavy traffic is expected as thousands hit the roads for the summer getaway
Heavy traffic is expected as thousands hit the roads for the summer getaway Credit: PA

The roads are expected to be up to 25 per cent busier than normal on Saturdays throughout the summer, with the M6 between Coventry and Wolverhampton, the M1 through Leicestershire and the A52 through Derbyshire expected to be particularly congested.

Drivers are urged to leave early to allow for delays.

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ROAD: A500 closed north of Stoke-on-Trent due to fire

20 tonnes of hay caught fire on the lorry
20 tonnes of hay caught fire on the lorry Credit: Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service

The A500 is closed in both directions north of Stoke-on-Trent, after a lorry carrying hay bales caught fire.

The exact location is on the Shavington Bypass at the junction with the A5020 old Park Road and A531 Newcastle Road in Cheshire.

The road is still closed
The road is still closed Credit: Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service

It happened shortly after 2pm, and five fire engines are on the scene. The road is still closed.

Motorists travelling north-west out of Staffordshire are advised to avoid the area.

Stoke City sign Barcelona's Bojan Krkic

Barcelona winger Bojan Krkic has signed a four-year deal to join Stoke City, the club has announced.

Bojan Krkic has been signed by Stoke City
Bojan Krkic has been signed by Stoke City Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS

The 23-year-old left the Spanish team after 15 years, having started out at the club's La Masia Academy before going on to make 162 first team appearances.

He's the second FC Barcelona player to be snapped up by the Potters, who also signed Marc Muniesa last year.

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