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Find out more about fostering at information evening

People from Burton and surrounding areas interested in becoming a foster carer are being invited to an information evening where they can find out more. The event is part of Foster Care Fortnight, which runs from Monday 8 to Sunday 21 May to help raise the profile of fostering and highlight the urgent need for more foster carers. The information ...

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People and businesses reminded of food allergy risks during national awareness week

Generic food

People and businesses in Staffordshire are being reminded of the importance of clearly labelled ingredients during national Allergy Awareness Week. The county council’s trading standards team wants to ensure people remember to check food ingredients while businesses trade responsibly and clearly display ingredients in English. On pre-packed food ingredients and allergens must be labelled in English. In cafes, restaurants and ...

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By George – Dozens of Staffordshire Parents continue to opt for Princely Name

Mum and baby

The name George is continuing to court favour with Staffordshire parents since the birth of Prince George – with dozens opting for the popular boy’s name. And, as the country prepares to celebrate St George’s Day this Sunday (23 April), new figures show that the name is still proving a big hit at Staffordshire’s Register Offices. Since last St George’s Day, ...

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Stay safe and avoid counterfeits this bank holiday

Counterfeit goods

People are being urged to be vigilant and avoid buying counterfeit goods if they’re heading to one of Staffordshire’s Easter bank holiday markets or car boot sales. The first bank holiday of the year also marks the beginning of the car boot sale and markets season. While providing a family day out where people can pick up a bargain, they ...

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British Empire Medals for Staffordshire residents

Six Staffordshire residents have been awarded the prestigious British Empire Medal for their invaluable contributions to their local communities. The winners, announced in The Queen’s New Year’s Honours this year, attended a special ceremony at County Buildings in Stafford on Tuesday 4th April 2017. Medals were presented to winners by the Lord-Lieutenant, Mr Ian Dudson CBE KStJ on behalf of ...

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Year’s success in fighting the fakes and harmful products

Sniffer dog Yo-Yo

Over a quarter of a million counterfeit and illicit cigarettes and 56kg hand rolling tobacco with street value of around £150,000 were seized in Staffordshire in 2016/17 by the county council’s trading standards team. The county council invested money from its proceeds of crime funding to continue its work to combat the supply of illicit tobacco and alcohol. This funding ...

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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 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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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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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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