Boys spike teacher's coffee

Police were called to a primary school in Warwickshire after pupils spiked their teachers coffee with a bleach-like liquid, The Sun said.

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Leamington Spa-inspired garden takes silver at Chelsea

A garden inspired by Royal Leamington Spa and made by people in the town has won a silver medal at the Chelsea Flower Show.

The Leamington-inspired garden and arbour
The Leamington-inspired garden and arbour Credit: Advent Communications

The exhibit was designed by Debbie Cooke and put together by florist Sarah Horne, with Warwickshire-based metal sculptor Clive Sanderson making its Regency-style arbour enclosure.

It is the first time they have combined their artistic efforts - and they hope that the garden will reflect the spirit of Leamington.

Some of the flowers which feature in the creation
Some of the flowers which feature in the creation Credit: Advent Communications

The ambitious project has been managed by BID Leamington, and around 70 local businesses have contributed.

Around 160,000 visitors are due to attend the five-day show, which runs until Saturday, and more than three million people are expected to tune in to the TV coverage.

Metal chairs covered in flowers feature as part of the design
Metal chairs covered in flowers feature as part of the design Credit: Advent Communications


Firefighters to be at Meriden fire for next three days


Meriden update: @solihullfire, @wardendfire, @sheldonfire still at scene. We're likely to be there for at least 2-3 more days...


... at least 10 stacks of wood chip to be allowed to burn out under supervision, to avoid excessive smoke pollution from wetting them...


... burning stacks described as 'mini volcanoes' by crews on site.

Crews still dealing with Meriden fire

Fire crews are still dealing with a fire at a recycling plant in Meriden in Warwickshire which broke out on Friday night.

The fire at Cornets End Lane, at A&A recycling Ltd, involved around 6000 tonnes of waste wood and chippings.

Two fire engines are still at the plant and water is being delivered as the fire is still not completely out.

Crews still tackling recycling plant fire in Meriden


Fire Control are still receiving calls to the large fire in Meriden. We still have a number of crews in attendance dealing with the incident


Meriden fire, crews still in attendance, smoke will be seen in the area, progress being made, further update mid morning.

Fire crews are damping down a blaze at a recycling plant in Meriden in Warwickshire which broke out on Friday night.

The fire at Cornets End Lane, at A&A recycling Ltd, involves around 6000 tonnes of waste wood and chippings.


Fire at Cornets End Lane, Meriden is at A&A recycling Ltd not LaFarge Tarmac as previously reported. Smoke will be in the area for some time

West Midlands Fire Service originally tweeted that the blaze was at the granite quarry next door to the recycling plant, but last night corrected the earlier error, after quarry operator LaFarge Tarmac issued a statement.

Read: LaFarge Tarmac confirm fire was not at its quarry

LaFarge Tarmac confirm fire was not at its quarry

LaFarge Tarmac has this afternoon confirmed the fire reported to be at its quarry near Meriden in Warwickshire, was in fact at a neighbouring recycling plant.

Earlier today West Midlands Fire Service tweeted its crews had been dealing with a blaze involving a large pile of wood chipping at the quarry itself.

In a statement, a spokeswoman form LaFarge said:

Media coverage today has incorrectly stated that there was a fire overnight in Lafarge Tarmac's Meriden quarry in Warwickshire. The fire was in fact at an adjacent site. Lafarge Tarmac's site is unaffected. We are assisting the fire service who pumped water from our site to tackle the fire.


Fire crews deal with large blaze at granite quarry


Currently dealing with a large fire at LaFarge Meriden involving wood chippings. In excess of 16 fire engines are in attendance

Around 80 firefighters have been dealing with a large blaze at a granite quarry in Meriden.

Sixteen fire engines were sent to bring the flames under control at the site owned by LaFarge Tarmac, which involved wood chippings and waste material.

West Midlands Fire Service Area Commander Simon Shilton has been tweeting pictures throughout the night, including shots of aerial mapping tools crews have to help them tackle large fires of this kind.

Man in hospital after house fire

A man has been taken to hospital this morning after a kitchen fire at his home in Rugby.

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to a house at Outram Avenue in Long Lawford just after 2:00 this morning.

Two fire engines attended and two firefighters put out the fire using breathing equipment.

The man was suffering from the effects of breathing in smoke.

Pupils disciplined after spiking teacher's coffee

Two primary school pupils have been disciplined after spiking a teacher's coffee with a "home-made concoction" thought to contain bathroom products.

Clapham Terrace Community Primary School in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, declined to say what punishment had been given to the boys involved in the incident.

The teacher, named in reports as Emma Place, is believed to have been warned not to drink the doctored flask of coffee by other pupils.

In a statement confirming that disciplinary action had been taken, Clapham Terrace's chair of governors, Philip Robbins, said the teacher involved did not wish to press criminal charges.

Mr Robbins said: "During the first week of the summer term, two of our older pupils added a home-made concoction, believed to be a mixture of bathroom products, to a teacher's drink on her desk in the classroom.

"The teacher was alerted to this and did not drink her drink.

"With the cooperation of their parents, the two pupils concerned were removed from their normal lessons and were disciplined by the school, in a manner consistent with the school's normal pastoral policy.

"Pupils will receive ongoing guidance and counselling within school."

Mr Robbins said Warwickshire Police have been informed of the incident and had liaised with the headteacher.

But he added: "Neither the teacher concerned nor the school intends to press charges.

"Clapham Terrace School is proud of its reputation as a caring school where pupils' behaviour and the school's pastoral care are of a very high standard.

"Our main concern, following this incident, is to protect the best interests of our children and their families, and to support the teacher concerned, and other members of staff so that the school can put this incident behind it and continue with its normal business."

Warwickshire Police said officers had been called to a school in Leamington Spa following concern for the safety of a person.

Advice and guidance had been provided by officers to children at the school, which had determined that the "isolated incident" could be dealt with by staff, a police spokesman said.

Four people and family dog rescued by neighbours

Neighbours rescued four people and the family's dog from their Warwickshire home after a blaze ripped through the property in the early hours of this morning.

Brave rescuers used a ladder to help the family out of a window at their home in Butler Crescent in Exhall, Bedworth, after flames took hold overnight.

Three fire crews were called to the property at around 1.50am.

Investigations have now been launched into what started the blaze, which is thought to have broken out on the ground floor.

Police, the ambulance and the British Red Cross Emergency Support Service also attended.

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