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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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Special Mother’s Day for Staffordshire mum who fostered over 100 children

Foster Carer Jean Foster

On Sunday, mums from across the country will be opening Mother’s Day cards from their children, if they haven’t forgotten.  But for one Staffordshire mum it means even more. Foster carer, Jean Foster from Burton-upon-Trent in Staffordshire has been fostering for over 32 years and has fostered over 100 children.  Having adopted two of the children, she has helped turn ...

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People urged to check salt levels after Staffordshire food survey

Sandwich photo

Eating a BLT with crisps at lunch would exceed a person’s daily recommended salt intake in just one meal, Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards team has warned after a sampling exercise. People are being urged to consider their salt intake and check food packaging where possible after varieties of lunchtime takeaway food were found to have high levels in the ...

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Find out more about fostering at information evening

People from Leek and the surrounding areas interested in becoming a foster carer are being invited to an information evening where they can find out more. The information session will be held at Westwood Golf Club in Leek on Thursday 6 April 2017, starting at 7pm. The evenings are informal and open to anyone and are a great opportunity for ...

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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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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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Thousands of illicit cigarettes and tobacco seized in Tamworth shop raid

Illicit tobacco

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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