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Travel update: Reduced speed trains from Snow Hill

London Midland trains are running at a reduced speed from Snow Hill station in Birmingham after heavy flooding closed part of the line.

The train operator has warned that the service is still subject to delays and alterations in the aftermath of severe weather.

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Services between Rugeley and Hednesford are also up and running again after it was closed due to the weather.



Dog 'thrown from car' in Hednesford

Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog was thrown from a car on Wednesday morning in Hednesford.

The dog, which is now being cared for by the RSPCA, was found 'in a very sorry state'.

"When I saw her, she was extremely emaciated. Her claws are extremely overgrown to the point where they were growing back into the pads. She had no collar or micro-chip either so we don’t even know her name," said RSPCA Inspector Jayne Bashford.

The dog was dumped out of a white BMW on Rawnsley Road, Hednesford, at the junction with Stringers Hill.

Anyone with information is urged to call the RSPCA.

Pigeon racing to be added to curriculum in Staffordshire

Pigeons can fly distances of 1000km in one race Credit: RPRA

A school in Staffordshire is adding a new subject to the curriculum that is sure to get pupils flapping.

Kingsmead Technology College in Hednesford, Staffordshire, is introducing pigeon racing as a subject for pupils to study.

The sport has been trialled over the last 18 months among a small group of children - and has proved to be a massive hit.

Richard Chambers, the teacher behind the sport, says the topic will help children with maths and working out velocities by calculating distance and time.

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