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YOUNG people are being given the chance to improve health and social care services in Tamworth.

Young People’s Healthwatch is a new initiative that will gather the views and experiences of under-25s and ensure they have a voice on issues that affect them.

It has been developed by watchdog Healthwatch Staffordshire in partnership with fellow community interest company Sporting Communities.

And they’re keen to ensure work of the programme, launched ahead of National Volunteers Week (June 1-7), is led by young people themselves.

Jan Sensier, chief executive of Engaging Communities Staffordshire, which delivers Healthwatch, said: “Children and young people face a range of disadvantages and inequalities just like the rest of society and their problems are often significant and complex.

“Health and social care needs to work effectively for them and, if there’s anything that needs to be improved, we need to know about it.

“Young People’s Healthwatch will provide a platform to find out what young people think about services in their area and, by listening to their views, we can better understand the issues and barriers they face.

“The feedback will be used to make services more suitable and accessible for young people as well as reducing the resources spent on those that are not meeting their needs.

“It will also reveal patterns and trends which can identify areas that need to be addressed.”

The initiative will deliver a raft of practical benefits too, according to Ms Sensier.

She added: “It will act as a central hub delivering vital information, support and advice to help young people in their day-to-day lives.

“We know from past experience that under-25s experience issues specific to their age group and that it’s sometimes difficult for them to find out what to do or where to go.

“Now they’ll have direct access to that information and could also learn new skills through our training programme.”

Input from young people themselves is regarded as crucial to ensure the work of Young People’s Healthwatch is relevant.

Volunteers could become young ambassadors – to help spread the word about Healthwatch and represent the organisation at local events – or mystery shoppers, who go undercover to gather feedback about health and social care services.

They could also be ‘media gurus’ – charged with developing social media and other advertising resources aimed at young people – or researchers.

Ms Sensier said: “We want Young People’s Healthwatch to focus on issues that are most important to this particular age group so we’re looking for under-25s to make a genuine contribution towards improving life for themselves and their peers.

“Volunteers can come from any walk of life – the only criteria they need is to have an interest in the delivery of health and social care in their area.

“It’s a chance to make a difference to the community, meet new people, enhance skills and knowledge and access training and support. It can also add valuable experience to a CV and volunteers only give as much time as they can.

“Only by working together can we hope to ensure the services and support available is the best it can be.”

For more information, go to www.healthwatchstaffordshire.co.uk/young-peoples-healthwatch

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A MAN from the Earls Road area of Nuneaton has been arrested by Anti-Terror police in connection with the terrorist attack in Manchester this week.

Following the arrest, Warwickshire Police have said that they would like to reassure local communities that there are extra officers out on patrol, to offer reassurance and address any concerns from members of the public.

Assistant Chief Constable Martin Evans from Warwickshire Police said: “I know many people in our communities will be very concerned about the raised terror level threat and the recent arrest in Nuneaton, our colleagues from Greater Manchester Police are leading on this investigation .

“We will continue to have increased high visibility police patrols across Warwickshire to provide community reassurance.

“I continue to urge the public to be vigilant, to remain alert but not alarmed and to report any suspicious activity to the police by calling the confidential anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789321. In an emergency always dial 999.”

In a statement Greater Manchester Police have said: “These searches are connected to an attack on the Manchester Arena, but this is a fast moving investigation and we are keeping an open mind at this stage”.

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THE UK terror threat level has been raised from severe to critical – the highest possible – after the Manchester Arena bombing.

The move indicates that in principle at least, another attack could be imminent.

Prime Minister Theresa May announced the threat level change, saying military personnel could be deployed to support armed police officers.

This is the first time the threat level has been this high since 2007.

She said: “It is a possibility we cannot ignore that there is a wider group of individuals linked to this attack.”

The Prime Minister said members of the armed forces would boost security at key sites and military personnel might be deployed at public events such as concerts and sports events.

Twenty-two people were killed and 59 others were injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up in the arena foyer as concertgoers left after a gig by pop star Ariana Grande.

The suspect has been named by police as Salman Abedi.


READ MORE: Man arrested near to Birmingham vigil


Mrs May said the independent body which sets the threat level had recommended it be raised after the bombing.

She said: “It is now concluded on the basis of today’s investigations that the threat level should be increased for the time being from severe to critical.

“This means that their assessment is not only that an attack remains highly likely but that a further attack may be imminent.”


What we know about the Manchester attack

>> Threat level is raised from severe to critical

>> PM says military could be deployed on the streets

>> The suspected bomber has been identified as Salman Abedi 

>> The Islamic State group says it has carried out the attack after an Ariana Grande concert

>> Officials say 22 people were killed and 59 wounded, and many are still missing

>> The first victims have been named as Georgina Callander, 18, and Saffie Rose Roussos, eight, and John Atkinson

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STAFFORDSHIRE is getting set to commemorate Cannock Chase history and the role of WWI training camps

Plans to highlight the history of Cannock Chase and the role of the Great War training camps are being planned for the summer.

The Chase’s two military camps trained over half a million troops for the trenches from across the UK and abroad and today survive as the most complete Great War archaeological sites in the country. Soldiers would have spent several months at the camps to learn the skills required on the Western Front.

Now, 100 years on, a commemoration event being held on 24th and 25th June will pay tribute to the area’s history and role in the Great War.

Visitors will get the chance to experience a WWI field hospital, take a tour of the Great War hut and watch films of the time in an authentic period cinema. The event will also host a full sized replica SE5A Fighter Plane with an opportunity to sit in the cockpit and experience something of the cramped conditions early pilots experienced.

The Birmingham Pals will demonstrate mining techniques and infantry training methods from the period with a chance to enter a mine and experience what it was like to dig for victory on the Western Front.

Gill Heath, Cabinet Member for Communities at Staffordshire County Council said:

“Cannock Chase is steeped in history and we’re incredibly proud to have such a valuable heritage site right on our doorstep.

“We’re looking forward to the event which will give people the chance to learn more about this important landscape and its history.  As well as a chance to experience what life was like on the training camps, the event will also show visitors what life would have been like for people living on the Chase thousands of years ago.”

Cannock Chase Council’s  Managing Director, Tony McGovern said

“The Chase has a truly special importance in the heritage, history and culture of our District. This event will help people to understand and appreciate how significant a role Cannock Chase has played, not only in the First World War but throughout history.”

The event will also showcase results from the Heritage Lottery funded ‘Chase through Time’ project which is exploring the wider archaeology and history of the Chase.  Visitors can experience key periods of the area’s history from the Iron Age, right through to the Norman period and beyond.  People will have the chance to talk with local historians, including a Norman resident of the Chase who will explain about hunting during the medieval period.

The event will take place at the Cannock Chase Visitor Centre, on Marquis Drive and is being organised by Staffordshire County Council alongside partners including Cannock Chase District Council, Cannock Chase AONB Unit, Friends of Cannock Chase and Historic England.

People can find out more about the event on the Chase Through Time Facebook page (facebook.com/CTTProject) and can learn more about the county’s Great War commemorations at www.staffordshiregreatwar.com.

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STAFFORDSHIRE Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis expressed his horror at the attack in Manchester Arena and said his thoughts are with all those affected.

He emphasised the need for communities to stand together and for everyday life to carry on as normal, while highlighting the need for everyone to be vigilant.

Speaking to Tamworth Informed, Matthew Ellis has said:

“We cannot allow the cowardly actions of extremists to change the way we live our lives. I’m reassured by the briefing I’ve received today following the events in Manchester.

“Communities across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent must remain vigilant and it is vital that all of us, no matter how hard it might be, support our police and security services with information.”

Greater Manchester Police have said that 22 people have died and at least 59 people have been injured.

Prime Minister, Teresa May has this morning chaired a COBRA committee meeting and the threat level in the U.K. remains as SEVERE. This means a threat is highly likely.

People concerned about loved ones can call the casualty bureau on 0161 856 9400 / 0161 856 9900.

If you were in the area last night and have any images or footage from last night that you believe can assist police m then upload them to Ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk or Ukpoliceimageappeal.com

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THE death toll following an explosion in Manchester has risen to 22, and at least 59 people have been injured.

A number of people have been killed following a suspected terrorist incident in Manchester at around 1030pm last night, Monday 22 May.

The attack happened on the fourth anniversary of the murder of British solider Lee Rigby in Woolwich, southeast London.

Latest news suggests that children are amongst those dead and injured.

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 22 people have died and at least 59 people have been injured.

Prime Minister Teresa May will be chairing a meeting of the Governments COBRA committee this morning.

People concerned about loved ones can call the casualty bureau on 0161 856 9400 / 0161 856 9900.

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “This has been the most horrific incident we have had to face in Greater Manchester and one that we all hoped we would never see.

“Families and many young people were out to enjoy a concert at the Manchester Arena and have lost their lives. Our thoughts are with those 22 victims that we now know have died, the 59 people who have been injured and their loved ones. We continue to do all we can to support them. They are being treated at eight hospitals across Greater Manchester.

“This is a fast-moving investigation and we have significant resources deployed to both the investigation and the visible patrols that people will see across Greater Manchester as they wake up to news of the events last night. This will include armed officers as people would expect. More than 400 officers have been involved in this operation during the night.

“To remind you, we were called at 10.33pm to reports of an explosion at the Manchester Arena at the conclusion of an Ariana Grande concert. More than 240 calls came in and emergency services were very quickly on scene. Emergency numbers have been established for anyone who is concerned for loved ones who may not have returned home 0161 856 9400 or 0161 856 9900.

“We have been treating this as a terrorist incident and we believe, at this stage, the attack last night was conducted by one man. The priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network.

“The attacker, I can confirm, died at the arena. We believe the attacker was carrying an improvised explosive device which he detonated causing this atrocity.

“We would ask people not to speculate on his details or to share names. There is a complex and wide ranging investigation underway.

“Our priority is to work with the National Counter Terrorist Policing Network and UK intelligence services to establish more details about the individual who carried out this attack.

“We have received tremendous support from across the police services and partner agencies throughout the night.

“We regularly carry out exercises to test our ability to respond to such incidents and this has ensured a very swift response from local and national agencies. I want to thank all those members of the emergency services and other agencies who have worked tirelessly through the night in very difficult circumstances. Their response has been outstanding.

“There remains a large cordon in place around Manchester Arena and Victoria Train Station which will be in place for some time. The station will remain closed while a detailed forensic search is underway. People should plan their route to work and follow Transport for Greater Manchester for updates on social media.

“Terrorists attempt to disrupt our lives and create distrust and fear in communities. We have a long history in Greater Manchester of communities standing together during difficult times. In the coming days we will be working closely with community leaders to address any issues.

“It is important that we all continue to remain vigilant, but also to go about our daily lives. We would ask people to be alert and report any suspicious activity to police on the Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789321 or dialling 999.

“As people are waking up to this tragic news on what is a sad day for Greater Manchester, the officers and staff from Greater Manchester Police and the other emergency services will continue to do all they can to help get us through the difficult days ahead.”

If you were in the area last night and have any images or footage from last night that you believe can assist police m then upload them to Ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk or Ukpoliceimageappeal.com

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 22 people have died and at least 59 people have been injured.
  • Police believe the attacker was carrying an Improvised Explosive Device and acted alone.
  • Train services have been cancelled and roads have been blocked
  • A controlled explosion that was carried out turned out to not be suspicious.
  • The attack was carried out by one male suicide bomber who detonated an improvised explosive device.
  • It is the worst terrorist attack in the UK since 56 people were killed in the 7/7 London bombings in 2005.
  • The attack happened on the fourth anniversary of the murder of British solider Lee Rigby in Woolwich, southeast London
  • People concerned about loved ones can call 0161 856 9400 / 0161 856 9900.

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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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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Watling Street collision

OFFICERS are investigating a collision which happened on the A5 Watling Street near Higham on the Hill, Nuneaton, on Sunday 14 May, that sadly resulted in the death of local man Connor Elund.

A statement issued on behalf of the family reads: “It is with great sadness that the family announce the death of Connor Elund, aged 22, on Saturday 20 May in the critical Care Unit at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire, six days after a tragic accident on the A5 in Nuneaton.”

The incident happened outside the entrance to The King’s Lodge around 11.15am when the silver Renault Clio Connor was driving in the direction of Hinckley was involved in a collision with a red Ford Focus and red Vauxhall Astra.

The driver of the red Focus that was travelling north towards Atherstone, a man in his 40’s, was taken to hospital with hip and chest pain and later discharged.

Police would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision itself and anyone who may have seen the vehicles involved and the manner in which they were being driven prior to the collision.

If you have any information, please call Warwickshire Police on 101 and quote incident number 153 of 14 May.

We ask that people respect the family’s privacy at this difficult time.  Our thoughts are with all involved.

LADY JUSTICE STATUE

A MAN has been jailed for 12 months for dangerous driving on the A5 in Fazeley, in 2015.

Steven Porton, aged 29, of Boulevard Walk in Walsall, was convicted of dangerous driving.

This follows a fatal road traffic collision near to Ventura Retail Park, just before 3.12pm on Friday 20 November 2015.

The collision involved two motorcycles and resulted in the death of Philip Gray, aged 37, from the Oldbury area of the West Midlands.

Porton was sentenced at Stafford Crown Court this week (19 May).

He was sentenced to 12 months in prison; a three-and-a-half year driving ban and will have to take an extended retest.

A detailed investigation into the circumstances of the collision was carried out by the the regional Collision Investigation Unit.



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