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A NUMBER of people have died and others have been injured following a reported explosion at Manchester Arena.

Witnesses to the incident have said that they heard a loud bang, after a pop concert by singer Ariana Grande and an explosion is said to have occurred in a ‘public area’ outside the arena.

Greater Manchester Police have said that initial numbers show that 19 people have died and more than 50 people have been injured.

The cause of the reported explosion is unknown but the police are saying that the incident is ‘being treated as a terrorist incident until police know otherwise’.

U.S. Officials are saying via American News Agencies that the incident was carried out by a suicide bomber.

It is reported  that counter-terrorism officers are assembling in London and are liaising with the Home Office. It is highly likely that a COBRA meeting will be called.

Manchester Victoria station, which is close to the concert venue, has been closed and all trains cancelled. The station is to remain closed all of today, Tuesday 23 May.

Police have now confirmed the item involved in a controlled explosion in Cathedral Gardens at around 130am, was not suspicious and was in fact abandoned clothing.

Manchester Arena, the largest indoor arena in Europe, opened in 1995 and is a popular concert and sporting venue.

Here’s what we know:

  • Greater Manchester Police have said that 19 people have died and around 50 people have been injured.
  • Incident is ‘being treated as a terrorist incident until police know otherwise’.
  • The arena was hosting an Ariana Grande concert and the “loud bangs” were heard just after the concert ended
  • The cause of the bang has not yet been confirmed
  • Train services have been cancelled and roads have been blocked
  • Bomb Disposal Units are at the scene

The thoughts of Tamworth Informed are with all those involved in the incident, including the emergency services attending the incident and their families.

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BREAKING NEWS

A NUMBER of fatalities have been confirmed by Greater Manchester Police following an ‘serious incident’ at Manchester Arena.

Members of the public are being urged to stay away from the area after reports of a ‘huge bang’.

Reports on social media suggest that there was an explosion during an Ariana Grande concert at about 10.45pm this evening, Monday 22 May.

Here’s what we know:

  • Police have confirmed a number of fatalities after reports of an incident at Manchester Arena
  • The arena was hosting an Ariana Grande concert and the “loud bangs” were heard just after the concert ended
  • The cause of the bang has not yet been confirmed
  • GMP have not confirmed that an explosion has occurred
  • Train services have been cancelled and roads have been blocked
  • Bomb Disposal Units are at the scene
  • North West Terror Command are treating the incident as a ‘possible terrorist incident’

Details of the casualty bureau will be released by GMP shortly.

Network Rail said train lines out of Manchester Victoria station, which is close to the concert venue, are blocked.

A spokesman for the British Transport Police said: “Officers are at Manchester Arena following reports of an explosion within the foyer area of the stadium at 10.30pm this evening. Emergency services are at the scene and we are working to establish more information regarding the explosion and will provide further updates as soon as possible.”

West Midlands Ambulance Service are currently on Stand-by to assist the North West Ambulance Service if required.  North West Ambulance Service have asked people to only call them in an emergency.

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Evha Jannath

A post morton has revealed the cause of death of 11-year-old Evha Jannath who sadly lost her life last week.

Post-mortem results published today have revealed her cause of death as being a chest injury, as officials continue to investigate how the fatal injuries were sustained.

The 11-year-old had been on the Splash Canyon ride with friends when it’s believed she fell into the water after standing up to swap seats.

Year 6 student Evha was on a school trip with fellow students from Jameah Girls Academy on Tuesday 9 May when the incident occurred.

The South Staffordshire Coroner’s office said the cause death was “blunt force chest trauma” adding that a inquest into her death would open next Tuesday.

Yesterday about 600 mourners gathered at Leicester’s Saffron Hill Cemetery for her funeral.

Speaking after the service, Erfana Bora, head teacher of Jameah Girls Academy, told the BBC a fitting tribute would be made to Evha.

Her name will remain on the register at the request of the family.

“I’m happy to do so as Evha will always be in our hearts and a part of our school”, she said.

It is understood that Evha’s family have requested CCTV footage from the theme park to see her final moments.


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Speaking last week, not the day of the incident, one of Drayton Manor’s director’s, George Bryan, said staff were immediately on the scene after the girl fell in. Clearly in shock and fighting back tears, Mr Bryan said:

“Further to the police statement which has been issued to yourself and your colleagues a few moments ago, it is with great sadness that we have to report that a young girl has passed away at Birmingham Children’s Hospital following an incident at one of our rides this afternoon.

“Our staff were alerted that an 11-year-old girl had entered the water.

“Trained park staff were immediately on the scene attending to the patient and West Midlands Air Ambulance arrived and airlifted her to hospital.

“We are truly shocked and devastated, and our thoughts are with her family and friends at this tremendously difficult time.”

Our thoughts remain with all those involved.

 

ninian way fire

LOCAL residents are being asked to keep their doors and windows closed and motorists are being asked to avoid the area after a large chemical fire in Wilnecote, Tamworth.

Staffordshire Police are urging people in the Wilnecote area of Tamworth to keep their doors and windows closed after the fire broke out on a nearby industrial estate today (May 4).

Emergency services are currently in attendance at a commercial premises on Tame Valley Industrial Estate after receiving reports of the fire at 3.20pm this afternoon.

The fire is said to be in a chemical shed behind Surface Technik on Ninian Way.

Traffic should also avoid the area as there are road closures in place from Ninian Way with Watling Street and Ninian Way with Hedging Lane.

Flames could be seen FORTY feet or more in the sky and plumes of black smoke are filling the sky.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have an Aerial Platform Ladder and 6 fire engines in attendance. Three main line jets and four  breathing apparatus are currently in use. Crews are being deployed from across the region.

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service and West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service are also in attendance at the location.

An ambulance, a Paramedic Officer and personnel from the Hazardous Area Response Team are also in attendance at the location.

It is understood that one person has been taken to hospital due to burns.

Trains between Birmingham New Street and Derby are also expected to be delayed or cancelled in to the early evening. Some routes are being diverted via Lichfield Trent Valley.

Our thoughts are with all involved.

BREAKING NEWS

A LARGE industrial fire has broken out on a Tamworth Industrial Estate this afternoon.

The fire broke out close to Surface Technik on Tame Valley Industrial Estate on Thursday 4 May.

Ninian Way and Hedging Lane as well as surrounding roads are affected by the traffic disruption.

Flames can be seen FOURTY feet or more in the sky and plumes of black smoke are filling the sky.

A number of fire appliances are currently in attendance.

It is not known at this time if anyone is hurt.

Our thoughts are with all involved.

Factory fire

Image thanks to reader, Richard Frost

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Residents have been safely evacuated from an elderly care home in Tamworth following a fire late last night.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service (FARS), Staffordshire Police and West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) were called Standon House Care Home on Ashby Road, at 11.00pm last night Saturday.

All 28 residents were safely evacuated from the premises in Ashby Road and moved to alternative accommodation. Six residents have been taken to Good Hope Hospital and one to Queens Hospital, Burton, to be assessed after smoke inhalation.

The residents were assisted from the premises by staff from the care home and Police Officers without any safety equipment who assisted firefighters wearing breathing apparatus.

A rapid response vehicle was first on scene from WMAS and quickly asked for multiple other resources to be sent. In addition, 5 ambulances were sent along with the MERIT Trauma Doctor, The Air Ambulance Service Critical Care Car, the Hazardous Area Response Team, two paramedic officers and an emergency preparedness manager to act as a national interagency liaison officer.

A temporary closure was put in place on the Ashby Road near to Landau Forte School, but the road was reopened at 4.30am.

Police Officers from Tamworth, Lichfield and Burton worked closely with colleagues from FARS, helping to evacuate and transport the residents and providing blankets and hot drinks.

Inspector Beverley Rounds, of Staffordshire Police, said: “We are now awaiting further updates on the condition of the residents attending hospital.

“We’ve had a number of calls from people living nearby and we want to thank them for their vigilance and reassure them the residents have been evacuated.”

“Investigators will now be working to establish the cause of the fire.”

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The property has suffered very considerable damage, but fortunately, firefighters and staff were able to bring all of the residents out of the building.

“After assessment at the scene by ambulance staff and the doctors, six patients were taken to Good Hope Hospital with a further patient taken to Queens Hospital in Burton. Two of the patients taken to Good Hope were in a serious condition.

“A total of 16 other residents were rehoused within adjacent flats, but two residents were taken by ambulance to other care homes.

“There was excellent teamwork between the emergency services and the local authority.”

Fire crews are still in attendance at the scene.

Tamworth Informed wish all involved a speedy recovery.

BREAKING NEWS

SEVERAL pensioners have received treatment after a large fire at a care home in Tamworth.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, West Midlands Ambulance Service and Staffordshire Police were all working together at the location.

The fire is within the roof of Standon House Care home on the Ashby Road, and is believed to house around 30 residents.


UPDATE: Residents safely evacuated following fire at elderly care home


In total there are five pumps from Fire Services across the region attending to the blaze.

The fire broke out at around 1030pm on Saturday 15 April and the road was closed whilst emergency services deal with he situation.

Thankfully, all residents are safe and accounted for.

Tamworth Informed wish all involved a speedy recovery.

alvecote lane

A 35-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion section 18 wounding in connection with a man being stabbed in his head.

The injured man in his 50s is now in a stable condition in hospital. Police are continuing to investigate and appeal for information.

The man was taken to hospital with a stab wound to his head following an incident on Alvecote Lane, Alvecote.

Warwickshire Police received a call at 1.43pm yesterday (Monday 3 April) regarding a disturbance at the caravan site on Alvecote Lane involving a number of people.

Detective Inspector Neil Reader said: “Local people will see an increased policing presence in the area while we continue to investigate this incident and identity those responsible.

“I would like to reassure people that we believe that all those involved were known to each other and there is no wider threat to the community.

“If anyone has any information that could help us with our investigation or help us identify those involved I would urge them to contact us.”

Robey’s Lane and Alvecote Lane remained closed for some time whilst investigations were taking place.

The National Police Air Service is being used as part of the investigation and the air ambulance has attended the scene.

If anyone has information that could help with the investigation they should call 101 and quote incident 184 of 3 April 2017. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org

A man has been taken to hospital with a stab wound to his head following an incident on Alvecote Lane, Alvecote.

Warwickshire Police received a call at 1.43pm today (Monday 3 April) regarding a disturbance at the caravan site on Alvecote Lane involving a number of people.

The man, thought to be in his 50s, is currently in a serious condition.

Another man is receiving hospital treatment for lacerations to his arm.

Detective Inspector Neil Reader said: “Local people will see an increased policing presence in the area while we continue to investigate this incident and identity those responsible.

“I would like to reassure people that we believe that all those involved were known to each other and there is no wider threat to the community.

“If anyone has any information that could help us with our investigation or help us identify those involved I would urge them to contact us.”

Robey’s Lane and Alvecote Lane will remain closed while investigations are ongoing.

The National Police Air Service is being used as part of the investigation and the air ambulance has attended the scene.

If anyone has information that could help with the investigation they should call 101 and quote incident 184 of 3 April 2017. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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An image sent in by a reader.

A POLICE incident has closed Alvecote Lane, close to the border with Tamworth.

A Police presence has been seen in the area and at this time, 4pm on Monday 3 April, a helicopter from the National Police Air Service can be seen flying overhead.

Alcercote Lane is currently closed by Police, close to the junctions with Shuttington Road and Robeys Lane.

The circumstances surrounding the incident are not known at this time.

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