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People asked to unite in campaign to help tackle Child Sexual Exploitation

People are being urged to look out for the signs of child sexual exploitation and report it as part of national CSE awareness Day. The day, on Saturday 18 March is calling on parents, children, organisations and schools to unite in tackling CSE and aims to raise awareness and understanding of the issue, how to spot the signs and how ...

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People urged to plan their journeys as thousands expected for Midlands Grand National

As Staffordshire prepares to host the Midlands Grand National over the weekend, people are being reminded to plan ahead and allow extra time for their journeys. This Saturday (18 March) will see thousands of visitors descend on the county for this year’s Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter Racecourse. With the roads and traffic expected to be busier than usual, drivers ...

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New deal for youth club building

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The long-term future of a community building is set to be secured. Staffordshire County Council has agreed in principle to transfer the lease for the Stone Youth Centre to the Rising Brook Baptist Church. Not only does the Church want current groups to stay at the building, it plans to expand its appeal and attract more users. Ian Parry, Staffordshire ...

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Staffordshire celebrates two decades of the National Memorial Arboretum

Twenty years after the first trees were planted at the National Memorial Arboretum, the Staffordshire site is fast becoming the focus for the nation’s commemorations. Sited on 150 acres of former quarried land in Alrewas in Staffordshire, the national centre for remembrance has over 30,000 trees and over 330 memorials. It includes the famous Armed Forces Memorial, dedicated in 2007 ...

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New business developments set for Staffordshire as near full employment continues

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New developments are being planned for Staffordshire business parks as the county looks to showcase investment opportunities to an international audience this week. Staffordshire County Council is focusing on supporting the creation of higher value jobs as near full employment continues. The latest unemployment claimant count figure for Staffordshire announced today is just one per cent of the county population, ...

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Thousands of illicit cigarettes and tobacco seized in Tamworth shop raid

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Thousands of illicit and counterfeit cigarettes and a quantity hand rolling tobacco have been seized at a Tamworth shop by county council trading standards officers. Officers found approximately 8,000 cigarettes, believed to be fake or illegal, and 2.2kg of illegal hand rolling tobacco during the raid yesterday (Thursday). Some of the tobacco is thought to be illegally imported, while counterfeit ...

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Staffordshire apprentices recognized for National Apprenticeship Week

Twelve apprentices from across the county have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to business at this year’s Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Apprenticeship Recognition Awards. The awards, held as part of National Apprenticeship Week from 6 to 10 March gave apprentices, employers and learning providers a unique chance to celebrate their successes. Apprentices working in engineering, finance, hairdressing, business, technical crafts ...

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Road improvement scheme set to begin on main Stafford route

Councillor Mark Deaville

An improvement scheme at a main road junction in Stafford is set to begin this Sunday. Resurfacing, drain and kerb repairs will be carried out at the junction of the A34 Lichfield Road and Riverway. The main resurfacing work will be carried out overnight during the week beginning Monday March 20. All work is due to finish by Monday March ...

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People urged to return community equipment as part of countywide campaign

Alan White

People from across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are being urged to return any community equipment that they no longer need as part of a new campaign. Last year over 97,000 items of community equipment were loaned to people and while most items are returned and reused, around 20,000 remain out in the community. Now, this latest campaign is encouraging people to ...

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Staffordshire set to play key role in Midlands Engine delivery

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Staffordshire is ready to play an important role in driving the Midlands Engine and the Midlands Connect transport strategy, county council leader Philip Atkins has said. The county will see multi-million pound transport improvements as part of the 25-year transport strategy announced today, which forms part of the wider Midlands Engine that will aim to boost growth and productivity. Today, ...

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