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Tributes paid to three who died in Tamworth collision

The family of three people who died in a collision near Tamworth on December 6 have paid tribute to them.

Margaret Helen Stewart, 42, died when the car she was driving collided with a lorry.

Two teenage passengers, 16-year-old Damien Stewart of Kingsbury and 15-year-old Dion Walker-Smith of Tamar, Wilnecote also died in the collision.

Margaret Stewart, Damien Stewart and Dion Walker-Smith died in the collision Credit: Warwickshire Police

The family have issued the following statement:

"There are no words that can be said to explain the absolute devastation we feel right now, Our lives will never ever be the same, they were cruelly taken from us far too soon. We will miss them all so much, and they will be forever in our hearts.

"We have truly been touched by the support shown and wish to thank everyone."

Police continue to investigate the collision.

Midlands Matchday live: Tamworth out of FA Cup

Tamworth's Justin Richards (left) battles with Derrick Williams Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Tamworth have been knocked out of the FA Cup, following a 2-1 defeat at home to League One side Bristol City.

Sam Baldock scored in the 83rd minute, to add to Jay Emmanuel-Thomas' first half opener for Bristol City, to make it 2-0, and out of sight for Conference side Tamworth.

The home side did manage to score a late goal through Andy Todd, but it was not enough to put them into the Third Round draw, which takes place shortly.


Police appeal for witnesses after huge industrial fire

Staffordshire police are appealing for witnesses following a fire on an industrial estate.

Over 40 tonnes of baled plastic caught fire yesterday evening causing damage to materials stored in the yard.

Around 45 firefighters and five fire appliances were involved in tacking the blaze with five further appliances having to be drafted in from Warwickshire at the height of the blaze.

Staffordshire Police are asking anyone who saw or heard suspicious activity in the area around the time of the fire to contact them.

The main body of the fire was in an industrial estate in Tamworth Credit: @NemmyJames/Twitter


Man accused of stabbing friend is remanded in custody

A man accused of stabbing his friend repeatedly during an argument at a house in Birmingham has been remanded in custody by a court.

Emmanuel Cassie, aged 21, from Sykes Moor, Tamworth, was charged with wounding with intent after the incident in Gooch Street, Highgate, in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Officers were called to the house by paramedics who treated a 20-year-old man for multiple stab wounds. His condition today was described as serious but stable.

Cassie appeared before Birmingham Magistrates Court this morning and was remanded in custody until January 20.

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