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Volunteers wanted for IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire

IRONMAN volunteer

Staffordshire’s biggest triathlon is calling out for volunteers to help make the 2017 race a great success. IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire is looking for volunteers and volunteer groups to help out at athlete registration, marshalling the course, assisting in transition and handing out medals and t-shirts at the finish line. Groups of volunteers are also needed to help out at feed ...

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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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Clear-up operation of illegally dumped commercial waste ends

Madeley Heath after

Hundreds of tonnes of illegally dumped commercial waste have been cleared from the countryside. Staffordshire County Council, working with the Forestry Commission and Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, coordinated the removal from a car park and public footpath at Gladings Wood, Madeley Heath, west of Newcastle. An excavator loaded 15 lorries over three days to take away 175 tonnes of rubbish for ...

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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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Countdown on for Staffordshire Day

Staffordshire Day

With less than a month to go until Staffordshire Day on Monday 1 May, organisers are asking families to clear their diaries for a countywide day of celebrations. A vintage market, music and food festivals and dozens of other events are running throughout the weekend in what has become an annual fixture in the county’s tourism calendar. Joining in are ...

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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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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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