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02.10.23 – Blurton man sadly dies, Fatal Accident in Madeley,10 Years of the Staffordshire Poet Laureate

Written by on 1 October 2023

A man found with injuries in Blurton on Thursday afternoon has sadly died.
Police were called at 3.40 to a property on Garside Crescent.
The man was taken to hospital by ambulance, but lost his life in hospital on Friday night.
A 30-year-old woman, from Stoke-on-Trent, who had been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent on Thursday has been further arrested on suspicion of murder. She has been released on conditional bail while officers continue to investigate.
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Staffordshire Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman died as a result of a collision in Madeley Heath.

At 7.15 yesterday morning, Police were called to Bowsey Wood on Main Road, the A531, to reports of a single-vehicle collision.   Officers attended the scene with paramedics from West Midlands Ambulance Service and the air ambulance.

The driver of the car, a woman in her 80s, was found with life threatening injuries. Sadly, she died at the scene. Her next of kin have been informed and will be supported by specially-trained officers.

We are keen to speak to anyone with any CCTV or dashcam footage from the area or those with any information which could help collision investigators.

Call us on 101, quoting incident 175 of 1 October, or message us using Live Chat on our website –

You can also get in touch with collision investigators directly by emailing


Lovers of poetry in Staffordshire are being invited to join in celebrations to commemorate 10 years of the Staffordshire Poet Laureate.

A special evening of poetry will be held at Stafford Library on National Poetry Day where the current Staffordshire Poet Laureate, Dawn Jutton, will be reading poems alongside previous laureates and looking back at their achievements over the years.

Dawn will also be announcing the new Young Poet Laureate on the night and paying tribute to the county’s very first laureate, Mal Dewhirst, who sadly passed away in 2021.

Mal was appointed to the role in 2013, along with the first Young Poet Laureate, Natalie Cotterill.  Since then, six poets have been appointed to the role, who have in turn, supported and mentored a further eight young people.

A rich and varied collection of poetic work has been developed over this time, including poetry, imagery and film, inspired by the diverse nature of the county’s landscape, heritage, people and places.

Libraries Chief at Staffordshire County Council, Victoria Wilson said: “This is a wonderful celebration of all our poets laureate and I’m still amazed at the wealth and breadth of what each of them have achieved over the last 10 years. The initiative has helped create and promote a real love of poetry across the county.  Over the years, many people have taken part in a diverse range of activities, at schools, in the community, at festivals, exhibitions and online.

“Bringing about this appreciation and enjoyment of poetry and creative writing to wider audiences is something for the county to be proud of and we are really look forward seeing what the next 10 years brings!”

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Photo caption: Former Staffordshire Poet Laureate Mel Woodend with Dawn Jutton the current laureate