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Protestors at Stafford Hospital packing up camp

People protesting over the protection of services at Stafford Hospital are packing up camp Credit: Wesley Smith / ITV News Central

The protesters at Stafford Hospital are packing up camp, but say their campaign is far from over.

The camp is being dismantled after some fell in the cold weather Credit: Wesley Smith / ITV News Central

A new shop is opening in the town centre and one member is standing for parliament.

Some have been on site in all weathers for more than 200 nights.

Campaigners say the fight goes on to protect services at the hospital Credit: Wesley Smith / ITV News Central

Hospital protest camp dismantled due to illness

A protest camp in the grounds of Stafford Hospital is being abandoned today, as some of the protesters have become ill.

The protest camp will be dismantled today almost 200 days after it was set up Credit: ITV News

The Save Stafford Hospital campaigners have been protesting about emergency surgery being moved to Stoke-on-Trent. NHS officials deny anyone will be at risk but the protestors disagree.

After a bitterly cold winter weather some in the protest camp have developed chest infections, flu and even pneumonia. The camp will be dismantled this morning, almost 200 days after it was set up.

The Save Stafford Hospital campaigners say they will carry on with their fight from a town centre office.

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Woman dies in fatal crash in Staffordshire

A woman has died following a road traffic collision in Burton this morning.

The crash occurred on Alrewas Road, just off the A38 in Alrewas, at 5.45am.

Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

“Crews arrived to find two cars that had been in significant collision.

“Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent nothing could be done to save the woman travelling in one car and sadly, she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“One other man, travelling in the second car, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Queens Hospital Burton for further assessment.”

– Spokesman, West Midlands Ambulance Service

Jordanne Whiley claims fifth Grand Slam title

Halesowen tennis star Jordanne Whiley wins the Australian Open wheelchair doubles title for the second successive year to land her fifth Grand Slam.

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