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Rolf Harris due to be released from Stafford prison within 24 hours

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Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris will be released from Stafford Prison on Friday, a court has heard.

The Australian-born TV personality has been appearing at his indecent assault trial at Southwark Crown Court via video link from the prison.

But Judge Deborah Taylor told the jury that the 87-year-old was due for release, meaning he will appear in person for the remainder of the trial.

He is facing trial on four sex offence charges.

The jury has previously been told that Harris had already been convicted and sentenced for other offences in 2014.



Traffic on the M6 Credit: Highways England

Two lanes are closed and there's queueing traffic due to a broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound between Junction 14 A34 / A5013 / A5013 Creswell Grove (Stafford North) and Junction 13 A449 (Stafford South).


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Weekend Picks: A free Christmas at the Castle

Throughout December: Stafford Castle and Visitor Centre, Newport Road

First built by William the Conqueror to subdue the rebellious population, the Castle here has dominated the Stafford skyline for over 900 years, and over 900 Christmases.

Now you can uncover the secrets of the ancient site through the Norman times, the medieval period, the English Civil War and right up to the present day, as part of an alternative Christmas experience.

Take a walk through the castle woodland and solve a Christmas riddle for a chance to be entered in to a free festive prize draw.

Cookies and hot chocolate will be available in the visitor centre throughout the free event and there are some unique gifts available with all proceeds helping to maintain this impressive symbol of our regions heritage.

No trains at Stafford after signalling failure

All lines are blocked at Stafford train station due to a fault with the signalling system, causing serious disruption this evening.

Virgin Trains confirmed that coaches were being ordered for several services, and directed customers to their website for live updates.

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