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Just in case you missed anything from today, here are three of today’s top stories:

Burton convict forced to sell his own home to pay the bill for clean-up of illegal waste site

Granville Academy closed for the rest of the week after sickness and diarrhoea outbreak

Urgent appeal in search for missing boy, aged 12

How you can help the police catch thieves who are stealing cash machines in daring raids

Police have issued an appeal for help from the public after gangs of raiders have been ripping cash machines from shops and banks across the area.

It comes after the latest raid at the Spar convenience store in Rosliston Road, Stapenhill, when thieves caused a large amount of damage. They used a telescopic handling machine to rip the ATM machine out of the side wall of the store in the early hours of Monday, October 2.

Read the full story here.

Urgent appeal in search for missing boy, aged 12

An urgent appeal has been launched by police searching for a missing 12-year-old boy.

Daniel Osei-Boakye was last seen on Monday, October 16, at 12.40pm in Taylors Lane in Matlock. The youngster, who is described as black, 5ft 3ins tall with black short curly hair, lives in Matlock.

Read the full story here.

Daniel Osei-Boakye has not been seen since Monday, October 16
Daniel Osei-Boakye has not been seen since Monday, October 16

Free Christmas cheer at Drayton Manor for serving and retired armed forces

Drayton Manor is to open its doors for free to serving and retired members of the armed forces on selected dates throughout the Christmas period.

This year will mark the 10-year anniversary of the Staffordshire theme park offering free Christmas days to members of the British Armed Forces.

Read the full story here.

Ashby woman truck driver swaps lorries for triceps as she ditches her job to become fitness instructor

A lorry driver from Ashby has left her job after a 13-year stint to turn her dream of becoming a fitness instructor into reality.

Claire Currie, 46, decided to go against the grain and take up the job when she passed her licence tests to drive a lorry in 2003. She then found herself the only woman driving for fuel company Texaco in the UK before going on to drive hazardous goods.

Read the full story here.

Honey Pots Day Nursery in Swadlincote 'requires improvement', say Ofsted inspectors

The boss at a Swadlincote nursery which saw its rating slip from good to ‘requires improvement’ during its latest inspection says staff are determined to turn things around for when inspectors next visit.

The Honey Pots Day Nursery, in Newhall Road, was visited by inspectors from education watchdog Ofsted. There are four ratings that they give out. The top is outstanding, followed by good, then requires improvement and then the lowest of inadequate.

Read the full story here.

Mum shares heartbreak after losing the treasured bracelet she wears for her stillborn son

A mother has been left heartbroken after a bracelet which had belonged to her stillborn son was lost by her husband in Burton.

Ashley Brown, 27, was devastated when she was told her first son, Jacob, had died at birth. He was born at 19 weeks, on January 10, 2016, weighing just 3.8 ounces.

Read the full story here.

A tyre-changing lorry is causing heavy traffic on the M1

There is heavy traffic on the M1 northbound, in Leicestershire after a lorry needed a tyre changing.

One lane, out of three has been shut at junction 23 for Loughborough.

Granville Academy closed for the rest of the week after sickness and diarrhoea outbreak

Parents have been told that Granville Academy in Woodville will be closed for the rest of the week after an outbreak of the sickness bug norovirus.

Yesterday, Tuesday, October 17, the secondary school said that a large number of students were sent home suffering with sickness and diarrhoea. Staff at the school have encouraged pupils to wash their hands and as well asking parents not to send them to school if they are showing symptoms of a bug.

Read the full story here.

Granville Academy has been closed after a recent sickness outbreak
Granville Academy has been closed after a recent sickness outbreak

Rallying cry to save school from closure amid funding crisis

A well-loved school which has educated young villagers for more than 150 years could be set to close its doors for good amid an “unsustainable” funding crisis.

Henry Prince First School and Nursery, in Mayfield, has only 40 pupils - not enough to be granted the money it needs to stay open.

Read the full story here.

Power cables on Staffordshire road after lorry accident

A Staffordshire road has been closed after a lorry collided with a pole and has brought down power cables onto the road.

Uttoxeter Road, in Blithbury, has shut in both directions because of the fallen power cables.

Traffic monitoring website, Inrix has confirmed that there is slow traffic on the road between Blithbury Road and Newlands Lane.

Cost of burials to rise by £150 in East Staffordshire

Burial costs in East Staffordshire are to rise by £150 - but charges to bury under-16s have been scrapped.

Families now face paying 30 per cent more to bury their loved ones in the borough’s two cemeteries in Rolleston and Stapenhill following a decision by councillors.

Read the full story here.

'Persistent petty offender' Wesley Beard avoids immediate jail sentence to attend rehab

A 32-year-old fraudster described as a ‘persistent petty offender’ narrowly avoided an immediate jail sentence to enable him to attend rehab.

Wesley Beard, of Shakespeare Road, Horninglow, appeared at Cannock Magistrates’ Court to answer guilty pleas to a list of fraud charges involving stolen credit cards.

Read the full story here.

The work on repairing Burton Bridge will be delayed until the SUMMER after overwhelming pleas from the public

A lengthy closure of Burton Bridge will now take place in the summer holidays after previous plans to do the works in the New Year sparked fury, it has been confirmed.

Staffordshire County Council sought permission from the government to move the date of the works after the ongoing three-month closure of St Peter’s Bridge caused chaos.

Read the full story here.

Body is found in river after search for missing Derbyshire pensioner

Officers searching for a missing Derbyshire pensioner have found a body in the River Derwent.

Although a formal identification has not yet taken place, police believe that the body is that of Manjit Kaur who was last seen at her home in Allenton, in Derby, at 9am on Saturday, October 14.

Read the full story here.

Police have found a body in the search for Manjit Kaur,77
Police have found a body in the search for Manjit Kaur,77 (Image: Derbyshire Police)

Urgent appeal in search for missing boy, aged 12

An urgent appeal has been launched by police searching for a missing 12-year-old boy.

Daniel Osei-Boakye was last seen on Monday, October 16, at 12.40pm in Taylors Lane in Matlock. The youngster, who is described as black, 5ft 3ins tall with black short curly hair, lives in Matlock.

Read the full story here.

Daniel Osei-Boakye has not been seen since Monday, October 16
Daniel Osei-Boakye has not been seen since Monday, October 16

Man jailed after attacking two police officers at a house in Hartshorne

A man from Norfolk has been jailed after he was found guilty of assaulting two police officers after they attended a house in Hartshorne.

His case was among the latest criminals to have been dealt with at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court.

Read the full story here.

Burton convict forced to sell his own home to pay the bill for clean-up of illegal waste site

A convict who blighted land near Burton by running an illegal waste site has had to sell his own home to pay for the land to be cleaned up.

Robert Murphy was jailed for seven months in May 2015 at Stafford Crown Court for operating a rubbish site off the A38 at Egginton, for which he did not have a permit.

Read the full story here.

Cost of burials to rise by £150 in East Staffordshire

Burial costs in East Staffordshire are to rise by £150 - but charges to bury under-16s have been scrapped.

Families now face paying 30 per cent more to bury their loved ones in the borough’s two cemeteries in Rolleston and Stapenhill following a decision by councillors.

Read the full story here.

Warning after hundreds of counterfeit mobile phones with hazardous chargers are seized

The council have issued a warning after hundreds of counterfeit mobile phones with potentially dangerous chargers were seized in Burton.

Hundreds of fake Nokia 3310 phones were seized at an industrial unit in Burton and a property in Newcastle-under-Lyme following a tip-off to trading standards officers.

Read the full story here.

'Persistent petty offender' Wesley Beard avoids immediate jail sentence to attend rehab

A 32-year-old fraudster described as a ‘persistent petty offender’ narrowly avoided an immediate jail sentence to enable him to attend rehab.

Wesley Beard, of Shakespeare Road, Horninglow, appeared at Cannock Magistrates’ Court to answer guilty pleas to a list of fraud charges involving stolen credit cards.

Read the full story here.

Body is found in river after search for missing Derbyshire pensioner

Officers searching for a missing Derby pensioner have found a body in the River Derwent.

Although a formal identification has not yet taken place, police believe that the body is that of Manjit Kaur who was last seen at her home in Allenton at 9am on Saturday, October 14.

Read the full story here.

Police have found a body in the search for Manjit Kaur,77
Police have found a body in the search for Manjit Kaur,77 (Image: Derbyshire Police)

Urgent appeal in search for missing boy, aged 12

An urgent appeal has been launched by police searching for a missing 12-year-old boy.

Daniel Osei-Boakye was last seen on Monday, October 16, at 12.40pm in Taylors Lane in Matlock. The youngster, who is described as black, 5ft 3ins tall with black short curly hair, lives in Matlock.

Read the full story here.

Daniel Osei-Boakye has not been seen since Monday, October 16
Daniel Osei-Boakye has not been seen since Monday, October 16

Couple caught having sex in takeaway pizza store banned from spending the night with each other

The couple who were caught on film having sex in a Domino’s pizza restaurant have been banned from seeing one another for 23 weeks after being handed home curfews.

Daniella Hirst and Craig Smith were caught on the shop’s CCTV on Tuesday, February 28, engaging in a sex act and having sex in the Scarborough delivery shop. The video of the pair then went viral.

Read the full story here.

Burton man is awarded MBE at Buckingham Palace for 29 years of voluntary service with Staffordshire Police

A stalwart volunteer who has worked alongside police for a marathon 29 years received an MBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Gerald Peck, who is one of Staffordshire Police’s longest-serving civilian volunteers, was given the honour for services to policing and local communities.

Read the full story here.

Gerald has volunteered with Staffordshire Police for more than 29 years
Gerald has volunteered with Staffordshire Police for more than 29 years (Image: Yui Mok/PA Wire)

Traffic is easing on A38 southbound after earlier accident

Traffic is clearing at the scene of an earlier accident in Barton which involved a Honda Civic and VW Scirocco.

A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said the Honda Civic has now been recovered and nobody is thought to be injured.

Swadlincote children have their playground back after coal mine from the past led to hole which got bigger

Over 200 youngsters at a Swadlincote school have their playground back - five months after a sudden hole in the tarmac sparked safety fears.

A small dip in the surface turned into a sizeable hole within days back in May, leaving 217 children at Elmsleigh Infant and Nursery School in Queens Drive without any playground space. The hole was blamed on subsidence due to coal mining activities in the area in decades gone by.

Read the full story here.

The playground at Elmsleigh Infants in Newhall has been repaired by the Coalboard after a section of the playground fell into a sinkhole. Reece Lambert and Phoebe Robinson of the School Council and Michael Horton, who helped to design the markings that are being placed on the playground.
The playground at Elmsleigh Infants in Newhall has been repaired by the Coalboard after a section of the playground fell into a sinkhole. Reece Lambert and Phoebe Robinson of the School Council and Michael Horton, who helped to design the markings that are being placed on the playground.

Asthma sufferers urged to stay indoors after Saharan dust poses 'severe risk' of deadly attacks

A charity has warned that the Sahara dust that covered Britain yesterday could lead to deadly attacks for asthma sufferers across the country.

People from across the country were quick to snap photos of the deep red colour that filled the skies on Monday, October 16, but health experts have encouraged people who suffer with severe asthma should stay indoors to avoid the dust.

Read the full story here.

Neil Wilson took this photo of the red run at Alvaston Castle
Neil Wilson took this photo of the red run at Alvaston Castle

Travel time is now 30 MINUTES in some areas after accident in Barton

Traffic and travel operator Inrix has estimated that those stuck in congestion at Clay Mills southbound, will have an additional travel time of 30 minutes following an earlier accident at the B5016 for Barton. The A38 Southbound is still partially blocked.

Slow traffic in Willington

There is currently very slow traffic in Willington at the B5008 Repton Road. The tailbacks are in both directions around Bargate Lane.