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Doctor fined £4,000 for poisoning 'magnificent' trees

The black leaves are a symptom of the poisoning Credit: Stafford Borough Council

A doctor has been ordered to pay more than £4,000 for killing large trees by poisoning them at his property at Stone in Staffordshire.

Dr Stephen Hearing admitted three charges relating to the poisoning of a Lime and a Copper Beech tree and to damaging another Copper Beech tree, which were the subject of Tree Preservation Orders.

Dr Hearing, 47, who is now living in Derby, pleaded guilty to charges under the Town and Country Planning Act.

Stafford Borough Council was contacted by a tree surgeon who was asked to do some work on trees at the property and suspected they were subject to a preservation order.

The 47-year-old told the council in interview that he had poisoned the trees but his intention was to limit the growth of leaves to allow more light into his home.

Sentencing him, magistrates' chairman Richard Thomas, said the defendant had caused the loss of “magnificent trees”.

Family 'at a loss for words' after stab death

The family of a 22-year-old who died after being stabbed have said they are at a "loss for words" as they struggle to cope with the tragedy.

Connan McLeod, from Stone, Staffordshire, died from a serious stab wound after an incident in Whitemill Lane in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The scene of the stabbing on Saturday Credit: ITV News Central

Stafford man Daniel Allott, 26, of Bagots Lane, has been charged with his murder and has been remanded in custody to appear at Stafford Crown Court tomorrow.

Connan's father Robert thanked police for their quick response, and everyone who shared information to help with the investigation.

Words cannot explain how we feel at this moment in time, at the loss of Connan. Family and friends are at a loss for words.

We would like to thank [everyone] for their words of condolence and support at this tragic time.

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Man charged with murder in Staffordshire

A 26-year-old man has been charged with murder, after an investigation into the death of a man in Stone, Staffordshire, on Saturday morning.

22-year-old Connon McLeod, from Stone, was found in Whitemill Lane early on Saturday morning.

Daniel Alllot, from Bagots Oak, Stafford, is due to apear at Cannock Magistrates' Court this morning, charged with his murder.

Murder investigation after stabbing in Staffordshire

Police were called to Whitemill Lane just after midnight. Credit: ITV News Central

A murder investigation is underway after the death of a man in Stone this morning.

Police were called to Whitemill Lane just after midnight after reports a 22-year-old man had suffered a serious stab wound.

A 22-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene Credit: ITV News Central

The victim was confirmed dead at the scene. A 29-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

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Arrest after man murdered in Staffordshire

Officers were called out to reports of a man with a serious stab wound Credit: Staffordshire Police

A murder investigation has been launched in Staffordshire after the death of a man in Stone this morning.

Police were called out to Whitemill Lane at 12:20am to reports that a 22-year-old man had suffered a serious stab wound.

The man was confirmed dead at the scene.

Officers say a weapon was also recovered and an autopsy will take place later today.

A 29-year-old man from Stone was arrested in connection with the incident at around 2:50am this morning.

Police say fire was 'tragic accident' as couple named

An elderly couple who died in a house fire in Stone, Staffordshire, have been formally identified as 86-year-old Peter Goffe and his wife Beryl, who was 85.

The pair died yesterday evening after fire crews were called to reports of a blaze at their home in Lichfield Road.

Det Sgt Stuart Carter from Staffordshire Police said the fire, thought to have started in a bedroom, was not being treated as suspicious.

Our joint inquiries at the scene with fire investigators have now concluded and have established that this was a tragic accident. The exact cause of ignition will be subject to further investigation. The deaths are not being treated as suspicious and a full report will now be prepared for HM Coroner.

Flowers left for elderly couple killed in fire

Flowers have been left outside a house in Stone, Staffordshire, where an elderly couple were killed in a fire overnight.

Emergency crews were called to reports of a fire at a house on Lichfield Road at 6.45pm yesterday.

A tribute left outside the home where an elderly couple died in a fire Credit: ITV News Central

A man and a woman, aged in their 80s, were pulled from the smoke-filled property but could not be resuscitated, and were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are now investigating the cause of the blaze.

A police car outside the house in Stone today Credit: ITV News Central
The house in Stone Credit: ITV News Central

Police statement on fatal Staffordshire house fire

Police are investigating the deaths of a man and a woman who died in a house fire in Stone in Staffordshire.

Emergency crews were called to a property in the town yesterday evening, but the two people could not be saved.

Staffordshire Police are now investigating, and have released this statement.

"Officers were called to a report of a house fire in Lichfield Road, Stone, by colleagues from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service at around 6.25pm on Tuesday 24 September.Officers attended to assist with closing the road while fire officers extinguished the fire.Sadly, the two occupants, an elderly man and woman, were pronounced dead at the scene.Their immediate family have been informed and are being offered support.A joint investigation to determine the cause of the fire is now underway. The road remained closed while inquiries are carried out, for some time but is now reopen."

– Staffordshire Police
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