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Calls for new laws to protect young people online welcomed in Staffordshire

Mark Sutton

Calls for New laws and a digital ombudsman to help protect children’s privacy online are being backed by Staffordshire’s Cabinet Lead for Children. Mark Sutton, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People has welcomed todays proposals put forward by Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield. The proposals, outline in the Growing Up Digital report, call for new laws to ...

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Staffordshire residents in 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. Olympians and Paralympians have been recognised for their golden achievements in Rio, while other county residents have been honoured with OBEs and BEMs for their services to charity, higher education and the community. Leading the way with a knighthood ...

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Businesses reminded of tobacco plain packaging laws in 2017

Staffordshire traders are being reminded that all tobacco products must be sold in plain packaging from May 20 2017. Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards team has issued the reminder as Public Health England launches a campaign to highlight the damaging effect smoking has on the heart. Plain packaging laws form part of a raft of legislation introduced recently to reduce ...

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Food outlets urged to be vigilant on allergen free orders

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Staffordshire food businesses are being urged to be extra vigilant with allergen free food orders following a rise in complaints from customers about service mistakes. The county council’s trading standards team has seen an increasing number of complaints about mistakes with orders which have led to reactions – some of which ending in hospitalisation. With over 4,000 food premises across ...

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Final Syrian refugee families welcomed to county

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Staffordshire has welcomed the final two refugee families into the county as part of the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Scheme (VPS). The scheme has seen a total of 11 families—51 individuals—settled in Staffordshire, including children ranging from one to 17 years old. The first families were welcomed to the county in March of this year, with the final 2 families arriving ...

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Know your consumer rights during festive shopping period

Gill Heath

People looking for bargains online throughout the Christmas and New Year sales period are being urged to get to know their rights and avoid scams. New consumer laws were brought in last year, giving people greater clarity when they shop in store or online. The Consumer Rights Act clarifies consumer law and includes legislation to allow people to obtain a ...

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Thousands of pounds worth of counterfeit goods seized from car on M6

Counterfeit goods with a retail value of over £15,000 if they were genuine were seized from a car on the M6 in Staffordshire. The seizure was made by officers from the Central Motorway Police Group on Sunday and the goods handed over to Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards team. Goods included potentially hazardous counterfeit perfume and electrical items. There were ...

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Lights to deter deer damaged in Burntwood

Deer sign

Lights designed to prevent deer from crossing the road and help keep drivers safe have been damaged in Burntwood. A series of 32 wildlife crossing guards had been installed along a 1km stretch of the Burntwood bypass, to deter deer from crossing the road next to a new housing development. The solar-powered crossing guards have a daylight sensor which activates ...

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County’s recycling centres ready for festive rush

Waste recycling centre

Staffordshire’s household waste recycling centres are ready to take the extra strain from Christmas over the holiday period. Normal service will continue for all of the county’s 14 waste centres apart from on December 25th, December 26th and January 1st. All sites will be open until 5pm on Friday, December 23rd and until 3pm on Christmas Eve. They will open ...

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Stay safe during festive season and avoid counterfeit alcohol

People are being urged to stay safe during the festive season and avoid dangerous counterfeit alcohol. Staffordshire County Council has been carrying out an ongoing operation to stamp out counterfeit alcohol sales using Government funding awarded through the Proceeds of Crime Act in recognition of its work. There have been a number of prosecutions and licence reviews and the largest ...

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