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"Global issue" debates at literary festival

Mary Berry is speaking at the festival over the weekend Credit: Georgia Glynn Smith

One of the region's biggest literary festivals is highlighting "global issues" for its latest line-up.

Organisers of The Stratford Literary Festival say they're returning to their original roots with the theme of ‘Sharing Stories’. Talks range from the Romantic poets to the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria, wartime spies to The Great British Bake Off.

TV chef Mary Berry is among the guest list of speakers at the festival, which this year celebrates their 10-year anniversary. The event runs in Stratford until the 30th April.

"'The programme is packed to bursting.....I really hope that people will give some events a try that they might not believe are for them".

– Annie Ashworth, Festival Director


CCTV shows moment 'dangerous' lorry driver caused six-vehicle crash

Warwickshire Police has released dash cam footage of a six vehicle collision in Stratford after a lorry driver was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment for dangerous driving.

  • Warning: This video shows details of the moment the lorry crashed into the other vehicles.

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The drivers of the other vehicles were left with serious injuries some of which were deemed life changing.

Martin Gibson, 54, from Bathurst Road in Gloucester pleaded guilty on 25 April this year for the collision which occurred on the A46 at Bishopton, Stratford upon Avon on 21 May 2015.

He was sentenced at Warwick Crown Court, where he was also disqualified from driving for three years and one month, and ordered to take an extended driving test.

Credit: Warwickshire Police

We have issued the footage, with the agreement of the families of those affected by the incident, as a warning to drivers to pay attention when behind the wheel.

Mr Gibson's dangerous driving had caused substantial damage, and had the potential to cause loss of life of those within the vehicles that were struck in the space of a few seconds.

All of this could have been avoided if he had paid attention to the road and anticipated possible traffic conditions ahead involving actions of other drivers.

This just shows that not paying attention when behind the wheel of any vehicle can have life changing effects to those involved.

I hope the sentence handed down by the court sends a stark warning to anyone who takes irresponsible and dangerous risks on the roads - it is simply not worth it.

– Investigating Officer, PC Craig Marshall of Warwickshire Police' Operational Patrol Unit

Woman killed and child seriously injured in collision in Stratford

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A woman has died and a child seriously injured in a collision in Western Road, Stratford this morning (Friday 20 May).

The collision was reported at about 8.45am and involved pedestrians and a car transporter.

The woman was declared deceased at the scene. The little girl was airlifted to Birmingham Children's Hospital with serious pelvic injuries. Her condition is described as stable.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident to get in touch on 101.


Man trapped in wrecked car for two hours

A man in his forties was trapped in this car for two hours this morning Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

A man was trapped in his wrecked car for two hours after a smash near Stratford this morning.

Emergency services arrived on the A46 at Bishopston at 7:30am today, where they found that a car and a van had crashed.

Emergency services arrived on the A46 at Bishopston at 7:30am today Credit: Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service

“A man in his forties was trapped in his car for two hours before he was released by emergency services.

“He was treated for serious foot, leg, pelvic and arm fractures. The patient was given pain relief and immobilised with the use of splints, neck collar and orthopaedic stretcher before being airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

“Two men in their twenties who were travelling in the van were assessed at the scene and later released without further hospital treatment.”

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson


A signalling problem between Stratford-upon-Avon and Whitlocks End is causing disruption to journeys to Birmingham Snow Hill / Hatton.

Problems are is likely to continue until at least 17:00.

Trains are not running on some parts of the route or terminating early. For travel tips click HERE

Hundreds to attend Stratford badger cull protest

A protest against the cull is taking place in Stratford Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Hundreds of people are expected to take part in a protest against the badger cull today.

The cull is aimed at stopping the spread of the TB disease to cattle but speakers from The Badger Trust at the event tomorrow say a cull is very expensive and could lead to more cases of TB being recorded.

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