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Family tributes to father who died in crash with tree

The family of a father who died when the car he was driving crashed into a tree in Staffordshire, have paid tribute to a "kind-hearted" man.

William Marren died on Sunday morning Credit: Staffordshire Police

William Marren was driving along the B5030 at Crakemarsh near Uttoxeter in thick fog when the car crashed into a tree.

A five-year-old girl in the car survived the crash with minor injuries.

William was a young man with his whole life ahead of him. He worked really hard to support his family and adored his two little girls, Jessica and Freya. He was the partner of Lucie and also the loving son of Carl and Julie and brother of Kieran and Alex.

William had a kind-hearted, positive and fun personality. He was an experienced driver, having passed his driving test seven years ago and a keen sportsman. If he had been able to, he would have worked seven days a week.

His loss leaves a huge gap in all our lives and he will be greatly missed by his family and friends. We want to thank everyone for their kind messages, flowers and support at this very difficult time.

We would particularly like to extend a special thank you to the two cyclists who discovered the car on Sunday morning and hope that we will be able to meet them to thank them personally.

– Family statement

Child found hurt in Uttoxeter crash there for 'some time'

The car was discovered on Sunday morning Credit: ITV News Central

A five-year-old girl who was found in a car that had hit a tree and ended up in a ditch had been stranded there 'for some time'.

The driver of the car died in the crash, which discovered on Sunday morning by two cyclists in Crakemarsh in Uttoxeter.

The car was seriously damaged when discovered in very foggy conditions.

“Unfortunately, it was immediately obvious that the man driving had passed away."

“A five year old girl was found in the back of the car. She was complaining of abdominal and back pain. After being fully assessed on the back of the ambulance, she was taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital."

“This was an extremely difficult incident for all involved including the two cyclists who made the discovery.”

– West Midlands Ambulance Service


Appeal for witnesses after fatal crash in Uttoxeter

The crash happened on Sunday morning Credit: PA

Staffordshire Police are appealing for witnesses after a fatal crash in Crakemarsh in Uttoxeter.

Emergency services were called to Ashbourne Road at around 9.40am on Sunday morning.

The officers found a black coloured Ford Fiesta that had crashed into a tree.

The driver, a 25-year-old man from the local area, had sustained fatal injuries. A five-year-old girl, the man’s daughter, was taken to the Royal Stoke Hospital for observations and treatment for what were described as minor injuries.

Officers are keen to speak to any witnesses who may have seen the black Fiesta before the collision. It's not yet known when the crash happened.

Woman suffers serious head injury in car collision

A pedestrian is in hospital after being involved in a collision with a car in Staffordshire.

Ambulance teams say the woman was taken to a major trauma centre with serious injuries after the collision. Crews were called to New Road in Uttoxeter just after 5:30pm today.

"Crews arrived to find a woman, believed to be in her 60s, with a reduced level of consciousness following a collision with a car.

Ambulance staff quickly began giving treatment for a serious head injury as well as chest and ankle injuries.

“In order to stabilise her condition she was anaesthetised at the scene before being transported to Royal Stoke University Hospital. The doctor travelled on the back of the ambulance to continue treatment en-route.

The driver of the car, a man, was treated for the effects of shock at the scene but did not suffer any injuries.”

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

Bowling ball and biscuits stolen in nighttime raid

Thieves broke into the Royal British Legion club in Uttoxeter and made off with a bowling ball and a tin of biscuits Credit: PA

Police are investigating after a bowling ball and a tin of biscuits were stolen from a social club in Uttoxeter.

Thieves broke into the Royal British Legion's lawn green bowling hut on Bradley Street during the night of 6 September. They managed to get in by pushing at the only door, which was locked with a Yale lock.

They searched the hut, and made off with only a tin of biscuits and a lawn bowling ball.

Staffordshire Police are asking anyone with information to contact them on 101.


Uttoxeter Racecourse attracts 16,000 for Midlands Grand National

The Midlands Grand National, is an endurance race over 4 miles, one furlong and 110 yards Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Archive/Press Association Images

There will are eight races scheduled at Uttoxeter Racecourse today, with the Midlands National being the course's biggest fixture of the year.

With around 16,000 attending the event, spectators will see AP McCoy compete, riding favourite to win 'Catching On'.

Jockeys are competing for a prize of £56,000.


There are delays, a road closed and queueing traffic for four miles due to an accident involving two lorries on the A50 Eastbound between A522 (Uttoxeter / Upper Tean) and B5030 Ashbourne Road (Little Chef roundabout).

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