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Teenager claims school is forcing her to use wheelchair

A teenager from Tamworth with a rare degenerative disease says she feels forced into using a wheelchair so she can go back to school.

Millie-Mae Ormsby has a condition called Fredreich's Ataxia, meaning that every day it becomes harder to walk, talk and control movement. She says she can walk with support, and last week the school carried out risk assessments, but the 14-year-old says they were designed for her to fail, and she felt humiliated in front of her friends.

The headteacher of Wilnecote High School says he must ensure the teenager is safe when she comes back, but they haven't said that she must be in a wheelchair to come back. Chris Halpin reports.


Man dies after Tamworth flat fire

Emergency services were called to the fire in Tamworth at 7.50pm on Wednesday. Credit: PA

A man has died after a fire at his home in Tamworth.

Emergency services were called to the blaze in the first floor flat in Edale, Stonydelph at 7.50pm on Wednesday.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said the man was taken to Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield where he later died.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.


Concern over 17-year-old missing for eight days

Sinead has been missing for eight days Credit: Staffordshire Police

Officers are increasingly concerned as to the whereabouts of a 17-year-old girl who has not been seen for eight days.

Sinead McCluskey, from the Bolehall area of Tamworth, was last seen at around midday on Sunday January 31.

She said she was going to stay with a friend but never arrived.

Sinead is described as a white, 5ft 1 inches tall with brown shoulder length hair that she sometimes wears in a ponytail.

She was last seen wearing a green parker-style coat with a hood, blue jeans and white trainers and has links to various areas of Tamworth and Warwickshire.


There are delays of up to one hour on CrossCountry trains between Birmingham New Street and Sheffield due to emergency services dealing with an incident at Tamworth.

Tickets being accepted on East Midlands Trains and London Midland services.

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