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Police enforce cordon around fire at firework store

Staffordshire Police have said that emergency services are attending a fire at a firework retailer in Stafford. They previously said they were responding to an explosion. A statement said:

Emergency services are dealing with an fire at a Fireworks retailer on Tilcon Ave, Stafford. A cordon is in place to protect the public and we are urging those in the area to remain indoors with windows closed whilst @StaffsFire deal with the fire.

A number of roads in the area and we are evacuating a number of businesses and homes in the area - Police will those approach affected.

Please avoid the area to allow emergency crews to deal with the incident.

– staffordshire police statement

Police 'investigating a number of offensive tweets'

Staffordshire Police have confirmed detectives "are investigating a number of alleged criminal offences in the form of offensive and racist comments made towards Stan Collymore via Twitter."

The former footballer turned pundit has spoken out against the abuse directed at him on the social network.

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Mother's joy as missing children found safe and well

The mother of two young children taken from a hotel has spoken of her relief after they were found safe and well.

Words cannot express how I felt when the police told me they had found my two babies.

I have just been numb these last few days. It was like a part of me was missing. No mother should have to go through this ordeal.

I would like to thank Staffordshire Police for their support, help and dedication in returning my children back to me.

Pair held over child kidnap probe

A father and grandmother to two young children have been arrested on suspicion of kidnap and attempted child abduction.

Police had appealed for information after two-year-old Na'llah Khan and her 10-month-old brother Sulailman Khan were taken from a hotel room in Stoke-on-Trent on Friday.

But the children were found safe and well in a guest house near Derby town centre at around 7pm today.

Their mother and wider family have been informed and the youngsters are being supported by specially trained officers before being re-united, police in Staffordshire said.

The children's father, Saleem Tahir, 40, and 67-year-old grandmother, Denise Smith-Sellars, both from Nottingham have been arrested on suspicion of kidnap and attempted child abduction.

The pair have been taken into custody where they will be interviewed by detectives.

Police believe missing toddlers are still in Birmingham

Two young children snatched by their father are believed to be hiding out in Birmingham, police have told ITV Central.

Na'llah Khan, two, and her 10-month-old brother Sulailman were last seen with their father Saleem Tahir and grandmother Denise Smith-Sellers on Bristol Road in Selly Oak, Birmingham.

Chief Inspector Jane Hewitt, from Staffordshire Police, said officers believe they have not left the city.

She urged anyone else with any information on the family's whereabouts to call police on 0300 123 4455.

Police seeking grandmother of snatched children

A handout photo of Denise Smith-Sellers. Credit: Nottinghamshire Police/PA Wire

Police have issued a photo of the grandmother who they believe may have the two children who were snatched from a hotel in Stoke-on-Trent by their father.

Denise Smith-Sellers, 67, was seen with Saleem Tahir, 40, in Birmingham at about 8pm, on Friday, around three hours after he abducted two-year-old Na'llah Khan and her little brother, 10-month-old Sulailman Khan.

Anyone who knows the children's whereabouts has been urged to call 0300 123 4455

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V Festival: 'We are saddened by this tragic incident'

We are all very saddened by this tragic incident, and we want to extend our deepest sympathies to the family of this young man.

Our team worked throughout the night to support those affected at the festival site and we want to thank everyone for their cooperation and support during the incident.

– V Festival spokesman
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