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Thousands of illicit cigarettes seized from Staffordshire shop

Thousands of fake and illegal cigarettes have been seized in a large-scale raid at a Staffordshire shop. Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards team made the seizure in Rugeley town centre on Friday. They found 17,120 cigarettes, believed to be fake or illegal, and 10.35kg of fake hand rolling tobacco. The team was joined by tobacco detection dogs which uncovered hidden ...

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Staffordshire backs Uttoxeter’s Adam Peaty for BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Adam Peaty

People from across Staffordshire are being urged to get behind Uttoxeter swimmer Adam Peaty who has been shortlisted for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for the third year in a row. It’s been a fantastic year for the 21-year-old Uttoxeter sportsman who clinched 100m breaststroke gold in the 2016 Rio Olympics, smashing his own world record and scoring Team ...

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Funding To Help Tackle Staffordshire’s Potholes Announced

Roadmaster

Funding to help towards tackling the worst potholes on Staffordshire’s roads has been welcomed by the county’s highways chief. As part of the national Pothole Action Fund, Staffordshire County Council has been awarded almost  £1.6 million to help towards repairing potholes in the county in 2017/18 – an increase of around £500,000 on this year. Although the core grant for ...

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Get Switched On to consumer rights when buying electrical goods

Gill Heath

Staffordshire people are being urged to check their consumer rights when buying electrical goods as part of a national week-long campaign. The county council’s trading standards team is backing the National Consumer Week ‘Switched On’ campaign which highlights what people should consider when buying electrical goods and also to look out for counterfeit goods. The campaign focuses on any electrical ...

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Gritters ready as temperatures set to plummet tonight

Mark Deaville

Staffordshire County Council’s gritting teams are bracing themselves for a cold snap that could see temperatures plummet to as low as -6 in some parts of the county. The latest forecast from the Met Office shows that a widespread frost will occur over much of the county tonight and tomorrow, with temperatures dropping to as low as -6C in rural ...

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High court injunction order served on unlawful waste site operatives

Gill Heath

A high court interim injunction order has been served on two operatives of an unlawful waste site in Staffordshire – prohibiting them from importing or processing material there. Staffordshire County Council served the interim injunction order this week, meaning no material can be brought onto or processed at Oak Tree Farm at Slitting Mill near Rugeley. Waste material has been ...

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Young entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to county’s Dragons

Entrepreneurs on the Staffordshire Young Enterprise programme have been pitching their business ideas to some of the county’s business chiefs in a Dragons’ Den style event. The event on Tuesday 22 November at Michelin Headquarters in Stoke saw Years 10 & 13 pupils from 13 schools from across north Staffordshire and the city. Ideas pitched included a wood burner brick ...

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Appeal for foster carers for unaccompanied refugee children

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Staffordshire families interested in supporting or fostering young asylum seekers arriving in the county are being encouraged to come forward. The call-out follows the ongoing refugee crisis that is affecting children and young people, specifically those dispersed from Calais following the closure of the so-called Jungle camp. Staffordshire County Council is currently caring for unaccompanied minors and has pledged to accept ...

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Call for Funding Focus on Counties and Care

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A pledge by the Chancellor Philip Hammond to invest in supporting economic growth in English regions has been welcomed by the Leader of Staffordshire County Council. However, Philip Atkins said the omission of any announcement on funding for social care, also left counties like Staffordshire facing continued significant pressure to fund and support a growing ageing population. Philip said: “Staffordshire ...

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