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Barcelona v Burton-on-Trent: In numbers

Barcelona's football team are currently in Burton-on-Trent for their pre-season training but how do the facts and figures compare?

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Stan Collymore's Twitter abusers spoken to by police

Four teenagers who sent racist and threatening tweets to former footballer Stan Collymore have been spoken to by police.

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Stan Collymore was the target of abuse on the social media site earlier this year. Credit: PA Wire

But Staffordshire Police said it had been unable to trace other abusive users after Twitter failed to pass on their details.

The ex-Liverpool player, who received the tweets between January and May, praised the police force for their response to the abuse.

"Cannock and Staffordshire Police have been exceptional. It's Twitter refusing to give info. Twitter, beyond UK law. For now," he tweeted on Monday.

Two arrested over 'assassination-style' attack released

 Jordon Banton
Jordon Banton Credit: Warwickshire Police

Two men arrested on conspiracy to commit murder have been released on bail following an assassination-style attack on a man in Rugby.

Jordon Banton was found shot dead in his car on Newton Road on Friday.

Three other men from the Rugby area aged 19, 28 and 34 arrested on suspicion of murder remain in police custody.

Barcelona footballers pictured training in Burton

 Iniesta, Xavi, Pedro, Jordi Alba and Gerard Pique
Iniesta, Xavi, Pedro, Jordi Alba and Gerard Pique Credit: ITV News Central

Barcelona's star-studded football team are the latest side to use the standard-setting facilities at St George's Park in Burton-upon-Trent.

Some of the stars who have made it to the pre-season training camp are Spanish internationals Iniesta, Xavi, Pedro, Jordi Alba and Gerard Pique.

Missing though were legends Lionel Messi and Neymar aswell as new signing Luis Suarez.

He is currently serving a four month ban from all football activities for biting an Italian player at the recent World Cup.

Legends Lionel Messi and Neymar were absent along with Luis Suarez
Legends Lionel Messi and Neymar were absent along with Luis Suarez Credit: ITV News Central

Gerard Pique shares selfie ahead of training in Burton

Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique
Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique Credit: Gerard Pique/Instagram

Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique has shared a selfie of him in his hotel room via social media site Instagram as the team begins training in Burton.

The team have travelled over for a pre-season training camp at St George’s Park, near Lichfield.

The footballer has also shot to fame for his relationship with popstar Shakira.

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Two more arrested in Rugby murder investigation

Two more men have been arrested on suspicion of murdering a man who was shot in Rugby.

23-year-old Jordan Banton was found dead inside a car on Newton Road on Friday morning.

Police have also been given a further 28 hours to question a 19-year-old man.

Six arrests have been made so far.

6-year-old has brake embedded in leg after bike fall

A 6-year-old girl has been rushed to hospital after a brake lever from a bike was embedded in her leg
A 6-year-old girl has been rushed to hospital after a brake lever from a bike was embedded in her leg Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

A 6-year-old girl has been rushed to hospital after a brake lever from a bike was embedded in her leg in a freak accident in Birmingham.

She had been cycling on a dirt track yesterday afternoon in a park off Pithall Road in the Shard End area when she fell and the brake lever went into her thigh.

The first crew on scene requested firefighters come and remove the handlebars from the bike so that the lever could be kept in place as she was taken to hospital. The girl was given pain relief and sedated by the doctor before he travelled with her to Birmingham Children’s Hospital where the lever could be removed."

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

Plane crash victims families to meet with Prime Minister

Richard Mayne, 20, was an undergraduate student at Leeds University.
Richard Mayne, 20, was an undergraduate student at Leeds University. Credit: Facebook / Richard Mayne

The parents of Richard Mayne from Leicester who was killed when a Malaysia Airlines plane crashed in Ukraine are expected to meet the Prime Minister today.

It's thought the family of Loughborough University student Ben Pocock, along with the families of the 9 other Britons killed, will also attend the meeting with David Cameron.

They died in the crash almost a fortnight ago.

Ben Pocock was studying at Loughborough University and originally from Bristol
Ben Pocock was studying at Loughborough University and originally from Bristol Credit: Facebook picture

More than 40 weapons handed over in gun surrender

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Gun surrender update: More than 40 weapons have now been handed in to police stations across the West Mids. The surrender ends this Saturday

West Midlands Police's gun surrender campaign has now seen more than 40 weapons handed in to police stations across the region.

It was launched earlier this month as the maximum sentence for gun possession changed to life in prison.

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