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Cowboy builders jailed for bullying and ripping off vulnerable customers

Four rogue builders from Newcastle-under-Lyme who took advantage of their customers have been jailed. The court was told how the group overcharged for home improvements, left shoddy work behind and in most cases didn’t finish the job. They would also demand money upfront and then ask for extra payments, but when customers objected they were bullied and threatened and given ...

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Highways improvements to support new homes to start in October

Helen Fisher

Highways crews are to work six days a week to deliver a major new housing scheme in Blythe Bridge as quickly as possible. St Modwen has been granted planning permission to build almost 120 news homes locally and needs to construct a site entrance, change the existing road lay out and install utilities as part of the scheme. A new ...

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Staffordshire’s economic growth programme gathers strength

IC5 Keel

More jobs are being created at business development sites with county council involvement and its skills programme is exceeding its target, a new report states. An economic growth programme update details progress and achievements since it started in 2014 and in particular recent successes. One site developed with county council investment – Innovation Centre 5 (IC5) at Keele Science and ...

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Farmer given jail sentence for animal neglect

A livestock keeper from Stoke on Trent has been given an 18-week jail sentence, suspended for 12 months and ordered to pay £1,500 in costs. Daniel Bowd, 28, of Old Stores Cottage, Lower Leigh, Stoke-on-Trent pleaded guilty to a catalogue of animal welfare offences against pigs and dogs. Mr Bowd admitted failing to dispose of animal bones correctly and failing ...

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Jail sentence for farmer who left lambs to die in freezing conditions

A Uttoxeter farmer who left livestock to die in a frozen field has been given a 16-week jail sentence suspended for 12-months. Stephen Croxall, 50, from Kingstone, near Uttoxeter pleaded guilty to breaching the animal welfare act. Charges ranged from causing unnecessary suffering to animals to failing to record the administration of medicines. When animal health officers from Staffordshire County ...

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Nature area under new management

A view of the site in Consall that the RSPB will be managing.

A Staffordshire beauty spot is to be managed by an internationally-renowned nature conservation charity. Staffordshire County Council and the RSPB has agreed a 100-year lease for the charity to take over the management and day-to-day running of the local authority-owned Consall Nature Park. The RSPB will be managing Consall Woods on a 100-year lease for the benefit of visitors, woodland ...

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Vast majority of Cannock shops demonstrate responsible knife sales

Cannock traders are demonstrating community responsibility by carrying out necessary checks when selling knives, a county council test purchase operation has found. The operation in Cannock on September 16 saw underage volunteers working with the county council’s trading standards team. They were only able to buy a knife in one out of a total of 9 shops visited. It followed ...

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Private foster carers urged to find out about on-hand support

Carers from across Staffordshire who privately foster children are being reminded that help is at hand as part of a campaign. Private Fostering Week runs from 23 to 27 September 2019 and will highlight the importance of notifying the council about private fostering arrangements. Private fostering is when a child under the age of 16 years old (under 18 if ...

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Round two National Lottery funding bid for history centre to be submitted

Staffordshire could be home to a brand new £3.9m modern history centre, if a new round two bid for funding submitted to The National Lottery Heritage Fund is successful. The project has been given initial support and has been awarded £36,000 development funding to develop the project plans and apply for a full National Lottery grant of £3,964,000 at a ...

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Counterfeit and illicit tobacco seized in Stafford

An ongoing operation to combat the sale of illicit and counterfeit tobacco in Stafford has seen the seizure of 3,280 cigarettes and 6,950g of hand-rolling tobacco. The seizure, with an estimated street value of £2,087 was made on Thursday 19th September by Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards officers. The raid at a retail premises and a residential property was supported ...

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