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Weekend Picks: Kite Festival

Sun 4th Sept (Telford Town Park QEII Fields, Telford)

View from the top of the The Wreckin in Telford Credit: Jonathan Bridgewater

Thousands are expected to attend The Kite Festival in Telford this weekend to watch the skies filled with a dazzling array of colour and shapes.

There will be a range of activities for all the family to get involved with including, build your own kite workshops and special kite flying display.

“The Telford Kite Festival looks set to be a real feel good day. We just hope for blue skies and a decent wind! I am sure lots of families will come along but we are also getting interest from representatives of kite flying groups from as far afield as London so we are looking forward to a festival of kite flying.” - Councillor Liz Clare, Telford & Wrekin Council

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Fatal M6 crash victim named

Fatal M6 crash victim named as Anthony Marston Credit: West Midlands Police

A man from Telford who died in a collision on the M6 on Sunday (21 August) has been named as Anthony Marston.

The married 54-year-old father of two was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash between junctions 10 and 10A on the northbound carriageway at around 3pm.

The motorway remained closed for several hours while emergency services worked to clear the debris and repair the road surface.

In a moving tribute, Mr Marston’s family have said:

"Tony was a loving father to Laura and Luke and husband to Sue. He lived life to the full, he was one of life’s original characters who will be deeply missed by all who knew him."


IPCC investigation following death of Dalian Atkinson

IPCC Investigators are at the scene gathering information Credit: Tony Harris / PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating the death of a 48 year old man, reported to be Dalian Atkinson in Telford. In a statement the IPCC said:

At this stage the IPCC is aware a Taser was used on the man before he became ill...

IPCC Investigators are at the scene gathering the available information and are attending the post incident procedures to supervise the recovery of initial evidence.

The IPCC is conducting a full and thorough investigation into all of the circumstances surrounding his death including the use of force.

– The Independent Police Complaints Commission

Anniversary appeal for information into mystery death of man found by M54

The remains of the father of three was found close to the M54 last year. Credit: West Midlands Police

Detectives are renewing their appeal for information a year after the remains of a man from Oldbury, who had been missing since 2008, were found close to the M54 in Shropshire.

Surjit Takhar was 37 when he was reported missing from his home in October 2008. He was last seen by his family nine days before and a detailed investigation was carried out at the time of his disappearance.

Nearly seven years later maintenance workers found his remains at the bottom of an embankment next to the slip road of junction 4 of the M54 in Telford on 20 August 2015.

Now detectives are re-appealing for information which will help uncover how the father if three died.

Man who died after being Tasered by police reported as former Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson

Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson died after he was Tasered by police in Telford Credit: PA

A 48-year-old man who died after he was Tasered by police in Telford early on Monday (15th August) has been named locally as former Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson.

West Mercia Police have confirmed that officers responded to a report for the concern for the safety of an individual at around 1:30am today.

Picture from the scene of last night's disturbance in Meadow Close, Trench in Telford Credit: Paula Quinn

Upon arrival, a Taser was deployed and a 48-year-old man, who subsequently received medical attention, was pronounced dead at approximately 3am.

West Mercia Police are unable to comment any further as the incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

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