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Thousands of illicit cigarettes and haul of tobacco seized in Stafford raid

Sniffer dog Yo-Yo

Thousands of illicit cigarettes and a quantity of hand rolling tobacco have been seized from a Stafford shop. Staffordshire County Council trading standards officers, aided by a sniffer dog, raided the shop in addition to two residential properties. The premises were targeted as part of an intelligence-led operation to tackle illicit tobacco sales. In total, they found approximately 9,880 cigarettes, believed to ...

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Staffordshire mums encouraged to breastfeed with help of online tool

Mum and baby

New mums in Staffordshire can now have access to more help and guidance to support breastfeeding. Public Health England (PHE) has launched the Start4Life Breastfeeding Friend (BFF), an interactive chatbot tool to help guide new mums through their first weeks of breastfeeding. The chatbot, which can be accessed through Facebook messenger, works as a live chat tool via one-to-one messaging ...

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Staffordshire welcomes Prince William to the National Memorial Arboretum

National Memorial Arboretum

People in Staffordshire have gathered to welcome Prince William on his visit to the National Memorial Arboretum where he will oversee the official opening of the new Remembrance Centre. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge met members of all three armed services at the Staffordshire site before taking a tour with local school children and volunteers. As well as unveiling a ...

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Funding available to support Staffordshire’s Armed Forces communities

Organisations from across Staffordshire are being invited to apply for funding to help support their local Armed Forces communities. A new round of the £10 million annual fund available through the Ministry of Defence’s Armed Forces Covenant Fund is now open until the end of 2017. The funding offers financial support to organisations and projects to help bring together Armed ...

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Staffordshire volunteers contribute to help others

Thousands of people are volunteering in Staffordshire to make their community a better place. New figures show the breadth of involvement, particularly among youth organisations, libraries and groups supporting young families. Staffordshire County Council commissioned a consortium to support and expand the voluntary sector so it can help reduce public demand on local authority services, for example by supporting older ...

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New app launched to inform Staffordshire people of roadworks on their usual routes

Roadzwork app

A new smart phone app which will alert Staffordshire people to roadworks and delays on their daily travelling routes has been launched. The Roadzwork app has been developed locally to serve Staffordshire initially and is set to be rolled out wider. It has been designed to help road users avoid roadworks and other incidents on their local, regular routes by ...

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Clear-up operation of illegally dumped commercial waste now under way

Fly-tipped waste Madeley

Over 300 tonnes of illegally dumped commercial waste in Staffordshire countryside is being cleared. The waste, which included shredded paper and bandages, was dumped in Gladings Wood, Madeley Heath, west of Newcastle under Lyme, on January 29. It has blocked a car park and the right of way into the wood. The offenders broke open a gate to access the ...

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New stretch of road to open after weekend closure

Road Closure generic

Part of the A522 near Uttoxeter will be closed this weekend to complete a new stretch of the A-road. It is scheduled to be closed completely from 3am Saturday 25th  March, until 5am on Monday 27th, between the junction of Tunnicliffe Way, Uttoxeter, and the main entrance to JCB World Parts. The eastbound A50 junction at this point will also be ...

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Staffordshire to back Stoke-on-Trent’s bid for City of Culture

Staffordshire County Council is the latest organisation to back Stoke-on-Trent’s bid to become City of Culture 2021 Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council added his support to the City’s campaign. Philip said: “Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent have always been closely linked and are steeped in history with a proud and rich heritage going back many years. I am delighted to ...

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Horse dealer fined for causing unnecessary suffering

Stadmorslow farm

A Staffordshire horse dealer who allowed horses and donkeys to be kept in squalid conditions has pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering. Jackie Johnson, 54 of Stadmorslow Farm in Harriseahead, appeared before North Staffordshire Magistrates Court yesterday, charged under Section 9 and Section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 for animal cruelty and failing to provide a duty of ...

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