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Staffordshire: Businesses ordered to evacuate as 10 fire engines tackle Cannock parcel centre fire | UK News

Staffordshire: Businesses ordered to evacuate as 10 fire engines tackle Cannock parcel centre fire | UK News

[ad_1] Businesses have been evacuated and 10 fire engines sent to the scene after a fire broke out in a Staffordshire parcel centre. Firefighters are tackling a blaze at Super Smart Services – a distribution warehouse “which contains a variety of different materials for delivery” – near the A460 Orbital Island in Cannock. Plumes of black smoke were seen billowing out from the centre on Thursday morning, with some on social media claiming it could be seen 10 miles away. Image: Pic: Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service / PA Rob Humphries, who lives in Abbots Bromley, told PA he saw the “huge plume of smoke in the distance” while walking his dog in the morning. A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said its firefighters were called out at 6.15am, and that no one was in the parcel centre at the time of the fire. Other businesses on the estate were also ordered to evacuate and nearby residents were told to close their windows. Image: A view taken from a drone of the fire. Pic: …

‘Tornado’ overturns caravan and damages buildings in Staffordshire as high winds batter UK | UK News

‘Tornado’ overturns caravan and damages buildings in Staffordshire as high winds batter UK | UK News

[ad_1] A tornado has appeared to overturn a caravan and leave buildings and vehicles damaged in northwest England, as strong winds batter much of the UK. High winds and heavy showers have been sweeping across the England, Wales and Northern Ireland, with coastal areas experiencing gusts of up to 55mph. Pictures showed an overturned caravan in St Giles Road, in the Staffordshire village of Knutton, with the conditions also leaving roofs, sheds, fencing and cars damaged. Check the forecast in your area David Hemming said he was at work on Monday when the strong winds hit his home, pushing his caravan onto its side on his driveway and smashing it into his camper van. “It was just one big gust of wind,” he said. “I was at work, I was just leaving and I looked at the camera on the house before I left, and my caravan was on its side and had smashed into my van. “There are two sheds gone at the back. It has destroyed all the fence panels. It was just …

Owners of Crooked House pub appeal against order to rebuild | Staffordshire

Owners of Crooked House pub appeal against order to rebuild | Staffordshire

[ad_1] The owners of the Crooked House pub in Himley have appealed against an order to rebuild the 18th-century building, which was demolished days after a fire last year. The blaze on 5 August, which is being treated by police as arson, and the subsequent demolition of the famously wonky Staffordshire pub prompted a national outcry. The fire broke out just nine days after the pub was bought by ATE Farms Ltd. An enforcement notice to rebuild was issued last month to the company, as well as to its director George Adam Taylor and former director Carly Taylor, who stepped down in December. The enforcement notice for unlawful demolition issued by South Staffordshire council was seen as a huge win for local campaigners and politicians who wanted to see the pub returned “brick by brick” to its original state. The mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, said the notice marked a “monumental day” in the push towards that happening. The Crooked House pub before the fire. Local residents and politicians have been calling for …

‘It’s a monkey’s puzzle’: is it possible to rebuild the Crooked House pub? | Staffordshire

‘It’s a monkey’s puzzle’: is it possible to rebuild the Crooked House pub? | Staffordshire

[ad_1] Rebuilding a 260-year-old building that was burned to a shell and then bulldozed to a pile of rubble is no mean feat in any scenario. But rebuilding the Crooked House pub, a lopsided structure that had sunk 4ft into the ground, is even trickier. “It’s a bit of a monkey’s puzzle, with no right angles,” said Stephen Levrant, who runs a heritage architecture firm. “Because everything is out of kilter and you’ve got gravity acting in a completely different way, it will have to be approached as if it was quite a sophisticated modern structure.” Last week, the owners of the Crooked House pub in Himley, Staffordshire, were served with an enforcement notice demanding that they rebuild the venue to exactly how it was before a fire – which is being treated as arson – gutted the property. They have three years to get the job done, if they don’t appeal against it. Experts say rebuilding the pub in its original wonky form will be tough and probably very costly, but not impossible. The …

National Trust to introduce ‘wee poles’ for dogs at historic sites | UK | News

National Trust to introduce ‘wee poles’ for dogs at historic sites | UK | News

[ad_1] The National Trust is reportedly planning to bring in “wee poles” to stop dogs from urinating on historic buildings and trees. According to The Telegraph, a “small handful of sites”, including the Shugborough Estate near Stafford in Staffordshire and Attingham Park in Atcham, Shrewsbury, will see the 3ft wooden posts put up as part of a trial. The Trust says high amounts of dog urine increases the acidity of soil and can affect plants and the surrounding environment. The trial will see wee soaking into permeable gravel underneath the oak poles, instead of remaining on the surface. Pheromones releaed in the urine will then encourage other dogs to use the same spot. Signs will be placed closed to the poles to explain what they are for. The move comes as the National Trust faces calls from 43% of its members to let dogs roam free in and around properties. It says it now wants to strike a balance between those who want sites to be dog-free and those who want pooches to have full …

Man arrested after two women found dead in Staffordshire | Staffordshire

Man arrested after two women found dead in Staffordshire | Staffordshire

[ad_1] A man has been arrested after two women were found dead at a house in Cheadle, Staffordshire, on New Year’s Eve. The 68-year-old was arrested on suspicion of two counts of murder, Staffordshire police have said. Officers were called to an address in Park Lane at 3pm on 31 December after one woman was found dead, while another was injured. The force said in a statement: “We have arrested a man after the deaths of two women at a house in Cheadle. “We were called to reports a woman’s body had been found and another woman was injured. Both women were pronounced dead at approximately 3.50pm. “A 68-year-old man, from Cheadle, has been arrested on suspicion of two counts of murder.” Staffordshire police urged anyone with information or footage to come forward. A spokesperson added: “Anyone with information, CCTV, smart doorbell or dashcam footage should contact 101 quoting incident number 340 of 31 December, or message us using live chat on our website.” [ad_2] Source link

Man arrested on suspicion of murdering two women in Staffordshire | UK News

Man arrested on suspicion of murdering two women in Staffordshire | UK News

[ad_1] A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of two women in Staffordshire. Police were called to a home in Cheadle, near Stoke-on-Trent, at 3pm on New Year’s Eve to reports that a woman’s body had been found, and another woman was injured. Both women were pronounced dead at around 3.50pm. A 68-year-old man, from Cheadle, has been arrested on suspicion of two counts of murder. [ad_2] Source link