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Demand for ambulance services in Staffordshire increases

Staffordshire saw a rise in demand of 12% for ambulance services over the Easter weekend compared with last year
Staffordshire saw a rise in demand of 12% for ambulance services over the Easter weekend compared with last year Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

Demand on the ambulance service in Staffordshire has increased compared with last year.

The figures from West Midlands Ambulance Service show demand fluctuated in other areas of the region.

Staffordshire saw a rise in demand of 12% over the Easter weekend compared with last year but the West Mercia area saw a 12% drop during the same period.

Overall, the trust answered 10,821 999 calls during the weekend - up 1.7% compared to 2013.

Best ever year for West Midlands at business awards

The West Midlands has enjoyed its best ever year at the Queen's Awards for Enterprise which rewards outstanding achievement by a UK business or an individual.

The region saw seven companies and a professor from Aston University pick up prizes. for international trade, innovation and enterprise promotion. The winners, which also included Jaguar Land Rover, will be able to use the Queen's Award emblem on their products for the next five years.

Dr Ralf Speth from Jaguar Land Rover said the award would give the firm a boost.


85-year-old hits her first hole-in-one

Doreen Banks is a member of Oxley Park Golf Club Credit: Newsteam

A Midlands pensioner has hit her first ever hole-in-one after playing golf for more than 50 years.

85-year-old Doreen Banks is a member of Oxley Park Golf Club in Wolverhampton and managed to make the shot on the course's par three 110-yard sixth hole.

Doreen bought drinks in the bar for her fellow golf club members after making the shot Credit: Newsteam

Doreen, from Finchfield in Wolverhampton, said:

“Fellow golfers will laugh, but I actually used my five wood because I don’t hit the ball very far these days, but it does go straight, so I just gripped down the club shaft and hit it more in hope than judgement."

Wolverhampton disorder: teen questioned

Police are investigating reports that shots were fired Credit: ITV News Central

A 15-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of assault and possession of an offensive weapon following disorder in Wolverhampton City Centre.

Two people were injured during the trouble, which happened in the Lichfield Street area on Saturday night (19 April) at around 8:10pm.

The teenager was questioned and released on police bail pending further enquiries.

A young woman was assaulted and was taken to hospital with back and leg injuries.

A 15-year-old boy was also taken to hospital for a knife wound.


Villa boss Lambert: Benteke will be "bigger and stronger" after injury

Benteke is set to be out for six months following an achilles injury Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has said striker Christian Benteke will come back "bigger and stronger" from his achilles injury.

The Belgian is out for the rest of the season and will miss this summer's World Cup finals in Brazil.

Benteke is due to have an operation today before going to spend time with his family.

Lambert has promised the club will support Benteke through his rehabilitation process:

"The main thing is getting him back stronger.

"It's a nasty, nasty injury. But he will bounce back. He will come back bigger and stronger."

False alarm after 'grenade-like' device found in Stourbridge


"Grenade-like" device found by member of public off Woolescote Rd, Stourbridge, Sun morning was a car's hydro-pneumatic suspension cylinder

Police have said a device believed to be a grenade, which was found in Stourbridge, was a car part.

Experts were called out to Ludge Bridge Rook off Wollescote Road following the discovery, at around 10am on Sunday morning.

The area was closed off for several hours.

West Midlands Police have said the object was in fact a hydro-pneumatic suspension cylinder from a car.

Debate on controversial HS2 to begin April 28

HS2 trains could have this design
HS2 trains could have this design Credit: HS@/PA Wire

Legislation for the HIgh Speed rail link will be debated by MPs for the first time on April 28.

Phase one of the line will allow a 49-minute link between London and the West Midlands from 2025.

The debate will see MPs discuss the principle of the link between London and the West Midlands and vote on the legislation as a whole.

A two day debate has been put forward by Cheryl Gillan, the Tory MP for Chesham and Amersham, rather than the typical one.

She said:

So many people's lives and homes and livelihoods are affected, so much environment is damaged and there is such a high risk with this project, this House deserves two days' debate on the second reading.

The date for the debate is provisional and could change.

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