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Updates from the Cannock Chase Radio News Desk via BBC Stoke and Staffordshire From: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/50976049
“I was at my mother-in-law’s house and I stayed up to watch the Tyson Fury fight. I went to sleep and woke up in hospital with doctors around me. It was scary.”Port Vale captain Leon Legge is recalling one of the countless number of seizures he has endured since learning, 18 years ago, he has epilepsy.The defender has ended up in hospital numerous times as a result of the condition that affects the brain and remembers in detail the incident in 2001 which led him to being diagnosed at the age of 16.
“I was at a non-league team called Little Common,” Legge recalls. “I’d gone up for a header in training and as I came down I got light-headed. I lost all control of my body and fell back. “Luckily for me the manager, who had a daughter with epilepsy, knew how to deal with me. I woke up with all the players around me. An ambulance came and I spent the night in hospital.”On Saturday, Legge will lead League Two Port Vale out at holders Manchester City in the FA Cup third round (17:31 GMT).”Epilepsy will not get the better of me,” the 34-year-old, an ambassador for Young Epilepsy, a charity which aims to create better futures for young people with the condition, tells BBC Sport.’Your body is in trauma’According to charity Epilepsy Society, more than 500,000 people in the UK have epilepsy with around 87 people diagnosed with the condition every day. Most seizures happen suddenly without warning, last a short time and stop by themselves. Around 600 people die each year because of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP).At first, Legge’s seizures happened during the day – he was unable to drive until he was 21 – and were triggered by tiredness or when he was ill and his immune system was weak.Then the seizures developed a familiar pattern.”I started having them in my sleep,” says Legge, whose wife Christina has been a huge support as he battles the condition. “There’s been times when I’ve gone to bed at home and everything has been OK and then I have found myself waking up in hospital. “You cannot imagine what it’s like to wake up in a different environment to the one you went to bed in. “My wife doesn’t really get used to it and she says that it can be scary. She knows what to do and she’s become pretty composed, but when it randomly happens it can be worrying.”I used to bite my tongue during seizures and I’d get ulcers because I’d also bite the inside of my mouth. Your body is in trauma, it’s not nice, and it’s all a blur. I’ve visited a lot of hospital wards up and down the country as a result of epilepsy.”
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Police seem to have caused a carton controversy by stopping a motorway driver eating yoghurt at the wheel. Lifting the lid off the matter, they tweeted to say the sneaky snacker “wasn’t even using a spoon” – a licking they did not like.Officers branded the lack of cutlery “unacceptable” and soon had Twitter debating yoghurt etiquette.One person joined in to ask whether the driver was guilty of “a (fromage) frais”.Another added: “Appalling behaviour and manners. You can only eat Frubes without a spoon.”The car was stopped by Central Motorway Police Group on the M6 in Stafford on Friday.
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M6 through the roadworks this morning at Stafford a driver has been stopped and reported for eating a yogurt while driving, wasn’t even using a spoon. Not acceptable! 5433— CMPG (@CMPG) January 3, 2020
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It is unclear of which offence the driver was suspected. Staffordshire Police has been contacted for comment.Plenty on social media have been left scratching their heads by the move.
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So how WERE they eating it? With their fingers? Did they have a tongue like an anteater, or what? How about all the people who drive one-handed while holding a vat of scalding coffee, and obscuring their vision with the cup as they drink, while tilting their head back?— Ian Graham (@irgWR11) January 3, 2020
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Others thought they knew exactly what went on.The Highway Code states that safe driving needs concentration and motorists should avoid distractions such as eating and drinking.And according to the RAC, while it is not illegal to eat at the wheel, distracted motorists could be prosecuted for careless driving if not in proper control of their vehicle.The yoghurt-eating was not the only M6 incident in Staffordshire on Friday.Police also stopped and fined a man £100 after catching him watching a film on his phone while in transit.They said he was driving a people carrier between J15 for Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford services.Follow BBC West Midlands on Facebook, on Twitter, and sign up for local news updates direct to your phone.
Barnsley have been charged by the Football Association after Stoke City’s James McClean was allegedly subjected to sectarian abuse in the Championship game between the two sides in November.The Potters winger, 30, does not wear a poppy on his shirt for the games scheduled around Remembrance Day.McClean is from Londonderry, where in 1972 British soldiers shot civilian protestors during ‘Bloody Sunday’.
Barnsley have until Friday, 10 January to respond to the charge.They said in a statement: “Barnsley Football Club has a zero tolerance policy on any form of discrimination. As a club, we are saddened to have had this charge brought against us.”We will await and respect the outcome of the FA’s charge against us before communicating further on this matter.”The Potters won the game at Oakwell 4-2.On Wednesday, an announcement was made over the public address system at Huddersfield warning fans about “offensive behaviour” affecting the game between the Terriers and Stoke after it was alleged that sectarian chants were aimed at Republic of Ireland international McClean.The Professional Footballers’ Association has said it plans to hold talks with the English Football League and refereeing body Professional Game Match Officials Limited to discuss how to deal with the issue.
An estranged husband has appeared in court charged with murdering his wife and her new partner at a house in Derbyshire on New Year’s Day.Helen Hancock, 39, and Martin Griffiths, 48, were found by police in New Zealand Lane, Duffield.Rhys Hancock did not enter a plea at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court and was remanded in custody.The 39-year-old, of Portland Street, Etwall, is due to appear at Derby Crown Court on Monday.Latest news and stories from the East MidlandsThe court heard Mr Griffiths was found dead in a bedroom when police arrived at the property, while Mrs Hancock was gravely injured and paramedics battled unsuccessfully for 15 minutes to save her.Prosecutor Jeanette Stevenson said Mr and Mrs Hancock had separated “some time ago” and described Mr Griffiths as her “new partner”.’Huge shock’Further tributes have been paid to Mr Griffiths and Mrs Hancock, following statements from their families on Thursday.A statement on behalf of Fountains High School in Burton-upon-Trent, where Mrs Hancock worked as a teacher, said staff and students were “all deeply saddened” by her death.”She was a well-liked member of staff who made a real difference to the pupils she taught here at school,” the statement said.Chris West, director of design agency 22 Create Ltd, where Mr Griffiths worked in marketing, said he was “a highly valued colleague” and a “good friend to us all”.”This has come as a huge shock to us all,” he added.The Independent Office for Police Conduct confirmed it was investigating contact between Derbyshire Police and Mrs Hancock before her death, following a referral by the force.Follow BBC East Midlands on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Send your story ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Professional Footballers’ Association says it will talk to the English Football League and referees over “vile” sectarian chanting towards Stoke midfielder James McClean.Huddersfield are set to investigate after abuse was allegedly aimed at the 30-year-old in Wednesday’s 5-2 home defeat by the Potters.A warning about ‘offensive behaviour’ was made over the PA system.
“There is no justification for this or any other type of abuse,” the PFA said.”The PFA stands fully beside every player who faces discrimination.McClean sent abusive packages in poppy rowMcClean warned over Twitter comments after ‘years of abuse’Stoke City thrash Huddersfield Town 5-2″We will be talking with PGMO [Professional Game Match Officials Limited] and the EFL to ensure that match officials are vigilant to this type of chanting and hope to see future action taken proactively on James’ behalf.”McClean is from Londonderry in Northern Ireland, where British soldiers shot civilian protestors during ‘Bloody Sunday’ in 1972, and has been targeted in the past for his refusal to wear a poppy.The Championship game at the John Smith’s Stadium had to be halted and Republic of Ireland international McClean applauded when the announcement was made to supporters.”As with other forms of discrimination, it has become clear that this type of abuse is on the rise and is becoming a weekly occurrence for James,” the PFA statement continued.”The PFA has previously advised James to report sectarian chanting to match officials and we are satisfied that in this instance the protocol was enacted. However, this action in isolation is not sufficient.”We welcome that Huddersfield have committed to a full investigation to identify offenders; we hope that the perpetrators will face further consequences from both within and outside the game.”