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Rogue trader handed suspended prison sentence for money laundering

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A rogue trader who carried out unnecessary maintenance work on a Tamworth property has been handed a two-year suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay £5,000 victim compensation after pleading guilty to money laundering offences. Brian Hems, 44, from Buxton Close, Bloxwich, was sentenced on Monday for offences relating to laundering £34,250 in cheques from a single victim after carrying ...

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Helping More Staffordshire Families Own Their Dream Home – Key Priority For The County Council


Strong reform of planning policy is needed to help speed up the building of more homes in Staffordshire, Philip Atkins the Leader of Staffordshire County Council has said. Speaking after the Prime Minister Theresa May pledged that planning rules will be re-written to: Cut red tape, use land more efficiently, fast track planning permissions and put local plans in place ...

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Responsible knife sales vital to communities, says county trading standards leader

Gill Heath

Responsible knife sales are vital for community safety, Staffordshire’s cabinet member for trading standards has said following a test purchase operation. During a week-long operation in Stafford, underage volunteers working with the trading standards team were able to buy knives from six shops out of a total of 14 visited. In the coming weeks, trading standards officers will be visiting ...

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Tens of thousands of illicit cigarettes and haul of tobacco seized in Burton raids

Sniffer dog Yo-Yo

Tens of thousands of illicit cigarettes and 10 kilograms of hand rolling tobacco was been seized from Burton shops on Saturday. Staffordshire County Council trading standards officers, aided by sniffer dogs, visited shops in Burton on February 10. Four premises were targeted as part of an intelligence-led operation, with illicit tobacco found in two of them. In total, they found ...

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Couples encouraged to book their wedding on the myStaffs App

With love in the air and Valentine’s Day just around the corner, couples are being reminded that they can now plan their Staffordshire wedding on their smart phone. The myStaffs App, available on the App Store or on Google Play now allows people to plan their big day from ceremony choices right through to choosing their favourite music once the ...

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Superfast Staffordshire partnership reaches out to more rural communities on the day Britain achieves a major superfast milestone

The Superfast Staffordshire partnership – spearheaded by Staffordshire County Council and BT Group – today announced a major expansion which has seen it bring superfast fibre broadband to even more of the county’s smallest, most remote communities. The latest communities to benefit from the Superfast Staffordshire roll-out include: Blithbury, Brereton Cross, Brocton, Clifford’s Wood, Copmere End, Morston Court and Wetwood, ...

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Yoga studio wins first People’s Business Award Burton

People's Business Award

A yoga studio in Burton which operated from various community venues before setting up its permanent base in the town has won an inaugural award to champion local business. Calm Yoga was selected by judges of the People’s Business Award as overall winner after receiving public nominations and being praised by customers. The award, part of Staffordshire County Council’s Get ...

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Foster children highlighting the difference fostering can make

Being a lawyer and a business consultant are amongst the dreams being realised by two former children in care thanks to their foster families. The duo are now urging more Staffordshire families to come forward to help children in care achieve their potential. Jess Rees and Marvin Campbell have joined Staffordshire County Council’s latest campaign to highlight the positive difference ...

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Community Food project transforming lives in Staffordshire

A Staffordshire pig farmer and community food project have been commended for their work to get local families eating more healthily. Rob Mercer from Farm Fresh Revolution and a fourth-generation free-range pig farmer is giving fresh food including free-range sausages and chicken away to families at primary schools in Staffordshire. Every Friday afternoon during term time, a van, packed with ...

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Staffordshire residents in Queen’s New Year’s Honours List

People from Staffordshire take their place alongside household names from sports, entertainment and the arts in the New Year’s Honours List. Residents have been honoured with OBEs, an MBE and BEMs for their services to education, health, the community and to football. Recipients include Gordon Evans BEM, chairman of Stafford Town FC, which has provided sporting opportunities for hundreds of ...

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