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Weekend picks: Blue Rodeo Country and Western Festival

Blue Rodeo Country and Western Festival Credit: Redditch Westerners

Some of the UK’s leading country and western artists will be heading down to Stratford-on-Avon Racecourse this weekend for the Blue Rodeo Country and Western Festival.

Not only will there be amazing live music but also arena displays, native American Tipi's, an American civil war encampment, western stalls and pioneers and settlers log cabins.

The Redditch Westerners 17th annual Blue Rodeo country and western festival, takes place this weekend at Stratford upon Avon Racecourse. Live country music on Saturday 11 am till 11pm and on Sunday 11 am till 6.30pm...

Also featuring authentic cowboy camps, log cabins, native American village, American Civil war camps and an array of western stalls”

– John Hopkins (chairman)


Medical student saves canoeist who has heart attack and capsizes boat

A general view of the newly rebuilt Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford on Avon. Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/PA Images

A defibrillator from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford was used by a third-year medical student on a canoeist who suffered a suspected heart attack and then a cardiac arrest.

It happened near the theatre and West Midlands Ambulance Service was called shortly after 8pm.

The man, who is believed to be in his fifties, became unwell in his boat which then capsized and he was submerged.

"Other canoeists got him out of the water and dragged him to the side. When our crews arrived, the medical student had used the defibrillator from the theatre and was giving CPR.

“Crews then administered advanced life support and he was sedated by the air ambulance doctor before being flown to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire and its awaiting trauma team.

“It’s another example of why we want as many defibrillators in public places as possible.”

– A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

Weekend what's on round up: Stratford-Upon-Avon Home and Garden Show

This weekend, the Home and Garden Show will take place at the Recreation Ground Stratford-upon-Avon.

Stratford-Upon-Avon Garden Show Credit: Blooming Marvellous Events

This weekend Stratford-upon-Avon will open it’s city centre to the annual Home and Garden Show. Situated on the banks of the beautiful River Avon, there will be an eclectic mix of the artisan, the unusual, the beautiful and ‘must have’ local crafts, fabrics and furniture.

Thousands of gardeners visiting the show can expect to see a mix of exciting merchandise as well as exclusive plants not found in your local garden centres.

Evacuation after possible artillery mortar shells found

Police have evacuated residents and cordoned off an area in Stratford-Upon-Avon after two suspected artillery mortar shells were found.

Police have cordoned off an area in Stratford-Upon-Avon Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A member of the public reported the discovery on Banbury Road to police at approximately 8.35am this morning.

The Banbury road between Trinity Way and Dale Avenue, as well as parts of Saturn Way and Mercury Drive have been evacuated whilst bomb disposal experts carry out a controlled explosion.

Three people charged with Stratford murder

Three people have been charged with murder following the death of a 36-year-old man in Stratford-upon-Avon on Monday.

Tristram Wallace, 36, was pronounced dead at the scene on Arden Street.

Neil Potter, 36, Peter Mallon, 41, and Tony Jelf, 39, will appear appear at Leamington Magistrates Court tomorrow charged with murder.

Two women - Florence Caines, 26, and 37-year-old Donna Windsor - have been charged with attempted theft.

Warwickshire Police said a post mortem examination conducted on Tuesday requires further analysis before cause of death can be confirmed.


Five questioned on suspicion of Stratford murder

Detectives investigating the death of a 36-year-old man in Stratford-upon-Avon on Monday have been granted a further 36 hours to question four people on suspicion of murder.

A 36-year-old man died after an incident on Arden Street in Stratford-upon-Avon on Monday Credit: ITV News Central

Two men and a woman from Stratford-upon-Avon, aged between 37 and 41, and a 26-year-old woman from Wellesbourne were arrested on suspicion of murder after an incident on Arden Street.

A fifth person, a 36-year-old man from Stratford-upon-Avon, who was initially arrested on suspicion of assault, has been arrested on suspicion of murder and also remains in police custody.

Four in custody after man dies in Stratford assault

Detectives are questioning four people after a man died in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Police were called to reports of an assault on Arden Street at about 4:15pm yesterday.

Police were called to Arden Street yesterday Credit: ITV News Central

Three men and a woman have been arrested and are in custody, Warwickshire Police said.

The remains closed in both directions between A3400 Birmingham Road / Clopton Road and Greenhill Street.

Police appeal for witnesses after fatal collision

Police are appealing for witnesses after a fatal collision on the Birmingham Road. Credit: DARRYL DYCK/The Canadian Press/Press Association Images

Warwickshire Police are appealing for witnesses after a fatal collision on the Birmingham Road, Stratford-upon-Avon.

The incident happened at around 2.45pm yesterday, when a motorcyclist was involved in a collision with an Audi A4 near to the Rybrook Mini Garage.

The accident involved a 42-year-old man from Solihull, who was taken to hospital by air ambulance and was sadly pronounced dead shortly before 5pm.

The driver of the Audi A4, a 31-year-old man, sustained minor injuries.

Police are eager to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision or the vehicles prior to the collision. To give information, please call 101 quoting incident 220 of Sunday 14 June.

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