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A Staffordshire paramedic who suffered mental health problems for years is encouraging colleagues to talk about their problems.John Millard was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder following a call-out to the deaths of two young children.Last year, a survey by the mental health charity Mind estimated nearly two thirds of emergency services workers have suffered some form of mental health problem.

Stoke City midfielder Dan Jarvis has joined National League side Wrexham on an 18-month contract.The 21-year-old has come through Stoke’s academy and has been a regular in their Premier League 2 side.”I can’t wait to get playing football and give the fans something to shout about,” he said.

“It’s a brilliant bunch of lads and a really good standard of football and, honestly, I think we can get back up the table.”Jarvis is Wrexham’s second signing of the January transfer window following the arrival of fellow midfielder Davis Keillor-Dunn.Keillor-Dunn, 22, has joined the Dragons until the end of the season.

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Olympic and world champion Adam Peaty tops a high-class entry for the McCullagh International in Northern Ireland next month. The multiple world record holder from England will be joined by Olympic silver medallists Duncan Scott and Siobhan Marie O’Connor.World Championship medallists Hannah Miley, James Wilby, Ross Murdoch and Luke Greenbank will also compete.

European medallists Mona McSharry and Shane Ryan are among the Irish racers.The format of the event is attracting a host of international swimming stars as preparation for the Olympic Games gears up. It also serves as a key racing opportunity ahead of the Irish Open in April, which will be a sole Olympic and Paralympic trials.World Championship semi-finalists Brendan Hyland and Darragh Greene are also among the Irish contingent for the 20-23 February meet.Northern Ireland swimmers Danielle Hill, Conor Ferguson and Jordan Sloan will be in action in the four-day competition.

Millwall have signed Stoke City midfielder Ryan Woods on loan until the end of the season.The 26-year-old becomes Gary Rowett’s first signing as Lions boss.Woods made 103 appearances for Shrewsbury Town before moving to Brentford in 2015, where he gained Championship experience.

A popular figure at Griffin Park, Woods won the Supporters’ Player of the Year award in 2017-18, before joining Stoke last January.He has made eight Championship appearances for the Potters so far this season, and most recently played against former club Brentford in the FA Cup.Find all the latest football transfers on our dedicated page.

Crewe Alexandra have signed defender Michael Nottingham from League One side Blackpool on loan until the end of the season.The 30-year-old Saint Kitts and Nevis international joined Blackpool from Salford in 2018 and has made 45 appearances for the club.Blackpool chief executive Ben Mansfield said: “We wish him all the very best.

“This is a good move for Michael and one where he’ll get the opportunity to play on a more consistent basis again.”Find all the latest football transfers on our dedicated page.

A dog walker accused of losing several pets in her care is to be prosecuted for animal welfare offences.Louise Lawford is alleged to have been looking after at least five dogs when they went missing during a walk in woods in Staffordshire, in June.Owners said Ms Lawford, who operated Pawford Paws in Sutton Coldfield, had not revealed what happened to the pets.The case, brought by Birmingham City Council, is due to be heard at the city magistrates’ court on 23 January.Ms Lawford, 49, of Flackwell Road, Erdington, is accused of nine animal welfare offences, including five counts of undertaking group walks without ensuring each dog had been vaccinated, allowing dogs off the lead without written consent and failing to contact the owners or dog warden immediately when dogs were lost.She is also accused of three counts of breaching conditions of the licence to operate a business providing home boarding for dogs and one further charge of failing to provide veterinary treatment for a skin infection for a dog.The council said Ms Lawford’s dog boarding licence was revoked on 28 June.Latest news from the West MidlandsIt is claimed the dogs vanished in Hopwas Woods near Tamworth, on 23 June.April Lock, who owned pugs Charlie and Ralph, said she was on holiday when Ms Lawford contacted her about the disappearance.”I thought originally maybe that they’d got stolen. She let us search for about two weeks,” said Ms Lock.Ms Lock and two other pet owners whose dogs disappeared on the same day have been crowdfunding to take civil action against Ms Lawson. West Midlands Police said it had investigated allegations of theft relating to the missing dogs but there was insufficient evidence to consider charges. Follow BBC West Midlands on Facebook, on Twitter, and sign up for local news updates direct to your phone.

James McClean has praised Michael O’Neill’s man-management skills after an upturn in form for Stoke City.A shift from a left back to a left winger by O’Neill has resulted in McClean contributing four assists and two goals in 11 matches.”He’s been brilliant with me and hopefully I’m repaying that faith he’s shown in me with my performances,” McClean told the Potters’ website.

“Hopefully I can give more of that between now and the end of the season.”Since O’Neill’s arrival at the bet365 stadium in November, Stoke have won five of their 12 games under his tenure and are one point above the relegation zone in the Championship.James McClean offered Kick It Out support after ‘abuse'”When you’re playing with confidence then you’re a better player and you feel like you can do a lot more, so as a man manager he’s been brilliant,” added McClean on O’Neill’s impact.”The main thing for any footballer is that you want to be enjoying your football. I’m not saying I wasn’t enjoying my football beforehand but when you’re losing games it isn’t enjoyable.”Winning games breeds confidence, and with more wins that’s going to come, but I am enjoying my football and it’s credit to the manager for that.”While Republic of Ireland international McClean “enjoyed the challenge” of his defensive role, he says he has been given more licence to attack since the positional switch.”As an attacking player it’s always nice to score and set up goals,” he added.”I played earlier in the season at left back but I didn’t complain and I didn’t make any excuses.”I’ve been playing better, but I know myself that I can play even better again, so that’s to come and hopefully I can chip in with a few more goals this season and I back myself to do that.”

Burton Albion have signed West Ham United’s Joe Powell for an undisclosed fee on a two-and-a-half year contract.The 21-year-old midfielder made just one first-team appearance for the Hammers, but had a successful loan at Northampton Town last season, losing just one of the 10 games he played.”He’s a young player with a lot of potential,” said boss Nigel Clough.

“He wants to play first-team football and recognises that initially in order do that he needs to drop down.”Burton sign defender Shaughnessy on loan from LeedsPowell, who has featured for West Ham in their EFL Trophy side for the last four seasons, signed too late to make his Burton debut in Tuesday’s League One home game with MK Dons.”I’m here to learn some more,” he said. “I’m hard working, box-to-box, very good on the ball and I like to create moments in the game that lead to goals.”Clough’s Brewers are 11th in League One, just two points off the play-off places.Find all the latest football transfers on our dedicated page.

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