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Witness appeal after fatal car crash in Baddeley Green

Police are appealing for witnesses after a fatal car crash in Baddeley Green Lane in Stoke-on-Trent earlier this morning.

It happened at around 4:20am. A black Vauxhall Vectra hit a tree.

Two other people travelling in the car have been taken to hospital.

The road is expected to remain closed for most of the morning while an investigation takes place. Police are advising motorists to avoid the area.

Flight MH17 victim's donation page passes £10,000 mark

A charity appeal page set up by a victim of flight MH17, who was originally from Leicester, has passed the £10,000 mark after attracting new donations following his death.

More than 650 people have donated to the Kidasha charity on the JustGiving page set up by 20-year-old Richard Mayne.

Richard Mayne
Richard Mayne Credit: Facebook/Richard Mayne

Richard set up the appeal in January before travelling to Nepal for voluntary work in March.

Kidasha, which helps families living in poverty in Nepal with healthcare and other needs, said the proceeds from the page will be used to help repair a shelter Richard spent time at in Nepal.

"Richard was an incredibly enthusiastic and caring member of the group, who spent time organising art activities and games with children attending a drop-in centre for children living in one of the many slums in and around Pokhara, Nepal's second largest city."

– Kidasha's chief executive, Janice Miller

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Fourth man appears in court accused of murder

A fourth man has appeared in court accused of murder following a disorder in Sparkbrook in which a man died.

34-year-old Sardar Khattak, from Bordesley Green, was charged on Monday and appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court yesterday. He has been remanded.

28-year-old Ikram Ullah Khan died from a stab wound during fighting in Grantham Road and Farm Road in Sparkbrook on July 2.

Four men have now been charged with his murder and a further two remain on police bail following their arrest.

Another four men are on bail for attempted murder and a further four are on bail for a separate disorder.

A5009 Baddeley Green Lane closed in both directions

The A5009 Baddeley Green Lane in Staffordshire is closed in both directions because of a serious crash, police say.

It occurred in the early hours of this morning. It is likely the closure will remain in force for much of this morning's peak period.

Police are asking motorists to avoid the area.

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Midland hopefuls prepare for Commonwealth Games

The Commonwealth Games opening ceremony gets underway tonight in Glasgow.

Commonwealth Games 2014 facts:

  • 71 nations and territories are taking part in the games.
  • This is the 20th Commonwealth Games.
  • The Games were originally known as the British Empire Games until a name change in 1978.
  • 3,000 volunteers from all over Scotland are taking part in the opening ceremony at Celtic Park.
  • The Queen's baton, containing a message from Her Majesty, has travelled for 250 days, visiting all of the 71 nations represented on its way to the opening ceremony.
  • Although there will be 40,000 people watching the opening ceremony at Celtic Park, the global TV audience for the curtain-raiser is expected to be a whopping 1.5 billion.

Adam Dixon from Nottingham is in the hockey team for his second Games after narrowly missing out on a medal in Delhi four years ago.

19-year-old Omar Tafail from Birmingham is taking part in the wrestling event and is hoping to come away a winner.

Click here for the latest from the Commonwealth Games.

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