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Cancer toddler in emotional video appeal for donor

A toddler from Staffordshire diagnosed with two types of leukaemia has made a heart-breaking video appeal to get 'just one more' person to sign up to the stem cell register.

Margot Martini sparked a worldwide appeal to find a donor, backed by celebrities such as Stephen Fry and John Bishop, which led to more than 50,000 people requesting swab kits from Delete Blood Cancer UK.

The two-year-old has had a bone marrow transplant but her father says the aggressive cancer has come back quicker than expected.

Read: Parents say 'time running out' for toddler with cancer

Three arrested following break-in at Dudley zoo

Dudley Zoo
Dudley Zoo Credit: PA

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of trying to break-in to Dudley Zoo.

A member of the public called police claiming to have seen a group scaling the wall at around 12.50am.

The police helicopter was launched and spotted the group running through the castle ruins.

A 22-year-old woman and two men, aged 24 and 26, remain in custody.


Penguins witness man's proposal to girlfriend at zoo

More than 60 penguins witnessed the proposal
More than 60 penguins witnessed the proposal Credit: PA

Dozens of penguins at Dudley Zoo witnessed a poolside proposal when a man dropped to his knee and asked his girlfriend to marry him.

28-year-old Dan Pearson and 29-year-old Claire Tedstone from Halesowen are season ticket holders at the zoo and he decided penguin bay would make the ideal romantic spot.

Dan and Claire
Dan and Claire Credit: Dudley Zoo

We both love Dudley Zoo and the penguins are my favourite animals. When he pulled out the ring and got down on one knee I was so surprised I forgot to say yes – I was too busy hugging him and squealing with delight!

– Claire Tedstone

Jodie Stimpson: 'missing London 2012 was the kick up the backside I needed'

Midlands athlete Jodie Stimpson says missing the Olympic Games was 'the kick up the backside she needed.'

She didn't compete in London 2012 but says it spurred her on to medal victory this year.

She won gold for England in the Women's individual triathlon at the Commonwealth games yesterday.

Drivers warned of extra traffic during summer holidays

Traffic on the M6
Traffic on the M6 Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Drivers are being warned that traffic levels will start to peak today, as the summer holidays are officially underway.

Traffic information provider Inrix says the extra vehicles on the road could increase travel time by up to 50%.

Today is due to be one of the busiest days. Although morning traffic is expected to be quieter than usual, traffic will start to build from midday, and peak by 4pm, leading to the extra travel time.

Inrix is also advising against travelling on Saturdays during the holiday period.

In the Midlands, the busiest routes are expected to be:

  • A40 between the M50 and Wales
  • A14 from the Midlands towards the East Coast
  • M6 between Coventry and Wolverhampton
  • M1 between Leicester and Nottingham
  • A6 between Crich and Buxton
  • A158 between Lincoln and Skegness
  • A46 between M40 and Stratford
  • A52 between Ashbourne and Kingsley


Police stop car travelling with three children in the boot

Traffic cops in the West Midlands have stopped a man driving his car with three children in the boot.

In total, 8 children were crammed into the Ford Mondeo that was stopped in Walsall this afternoon.

The force tweeted that the man would be 'straight to court' for the offence.


Just stopped a gent in Walsall who thought it was ok to carry 8 children in his Ford Mondeo.3 of whom were in the boot.Straight to court!!!

Followers on Twitter replied to the Police post in amazement:


@trafficwmp unbelievable. Thank goodness he was caught before any potential.incident.

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