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Police respond to Costa Coffee crash verdict  

WARWICKSHIRE Police today issued a statement explaining the force’s involvement in the so-called Cost Coffee crash case that resulted in former magistrate Alan Marks being found guilty of dangerous driving by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday. Mr Marks, aged 65 – who suffers from multiple sclerosis - was given a two-year conditional discharge, banned from driving for two years and ordered to pay £1,200 in costs. On 23rd April 2012 a Volkswagen Touran driven by Mr Marks, of Sh…

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Up to 50,000 fans heading to GlobalGathering

NEARLY 50,000 dance music fans are descending on Long Marston Airfield this weekend for GlobalGathering. Now in its 14th year, nearby residents picked up their discount £50 tickets for the two-day festival on Wednesday and Thursday. They normally cost £130. The festival organisers, MAMA and Company, increased the allocation from 1,200 to 1,400 for this year.…

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Man jumping in Avon sparks suicide alert

A POLICE helicopter and water rescue team were called to Stratford-upon-Avon on Tuesday afternoon to deal with a man seen jumping into the River Avon. Eyewitnesses saw the helicopter land in a field opposite the racecourse, while three ambulance vehicles, two fire engines, and police cars raced towards Stannell’s Bridge on the Greenway. The emergency services were turned out because at the time it was thought the man was a “suicide risk”.…

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Costa Coffee crash driver found guilty of dangerous driving

THE jury in the so-called Costa Coffee crash case at Birmingham Crown Court this afternoon found former magistrate Alan Marks guilty of dangerous driving. Mr Marks, aged 65, of Shottery, was given a two-year conditional discharge and disqualified from driving for two years. He was also ordered to pay £1,200 in costs.…

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Angie back on track: raceway marshal returns to drag strip after accident

A WOMAN hit by a car at a drag racing event in Long Marston made her return to the raceway at the weekend. Angie Woods was hospitalised for a month with serious injuries to both her legs after the accident on Saturday 3rd May. The 44-year-old ruptured the ligaments in her right knee, dislocated her left ankle, and suffered an open fracture, where the bone pierces the skin.…

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Missing Birmingham man spotted in Henley Street, Stratford

POLICE searching for a missing Birmingham man are making enquiries in Warwickshire after the 37-year-old was spotted in Stratford-upon-Avon. James Henderson has been missing from his Northfield home for three weeks and his family are concerned for his welfare. James, of Browning Tower, has had no contact with his family since the beginning of the month and they are extremely worried.…

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Prisoner on the run found and arrested in Stratford

A PRISONER on the run from jail was found and arrested in Stratford-upon-Avon last night. Martin Robinson has been put back behind bars after he was spotted in a vehicle on the Clopton Road at 7pm. The 29-year-old was released on licence from HM Prison Hewell in Redditch on 13th June.…

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Meet the Tiddington sound recordists with celebrities at the bottom of their garden

DOCTOR Who and Star Trek captain Jean-Luc Picard have been spotted in a Tiddington back garden. Actors such as Patrick Stewart, David Tennant and Antony Sher have made visits to the back garden, which is the location for a state-of-the-art recording studio belonging to local man Ed Walker and his wife Karen. Stars of stage and screen regularly make visits to the recording studio because it has all the facilities they need right on their doorstep.…

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Call for Shottery speed bumps after two cats are killed

A MUM-TO-BE with a four-year-old son wants speed bumps installed to stop cars racing through Shottery after two of her cats were run over. Last week Samantha Buckley’s three-year-old silver tabby, Lady, was killed on Church Lane. It comes just over a month after her sister’s 11-month-old black cat, Sherlock, was found dead on the same road.…

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GlobalGathering: what does it take to put on the festival?

THIS weekend nearly 50,000 dance music fans will descend on Long Marston Airfield for a weekend of partying, but behind the scenes of GlobalGathering is a mammoth team effort that makes it all possible. In under two weeks, nine staged arenas filled with the latest and greatest lighting and speaker systems spring up on the airfield. Work started last Monday and on that first day only a small team of a dozen or so people walk around the site, planning where everything goes.…

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