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New service for families affected by Bereavement

Families affected by bereavement in Perton will soon be able to get advice and support at their local library. The Perton ‘Star’ Café’ which launches on 4 November 2019 will take place from 9:30am to 11:30am on the first Monday of every month. The service will provide a friendly and welcoming opportunity for anyone affected by bereavement to get advice and support. ...

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Man charged with illegal money lending offences

A Burton upon Trent man has been charged with loan sharking offences following an investigation by the England Illegal Money Lending Team. The suspected loan shark was arrested after the team, who work in partnership with Staffordshire County Council Trading Standards and Staffordshire Police, executed a warrant at his home in July. During the search, cash, documentation and other evidence ...

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Shopworker fined for selling illicit tobacco

A Shopworker from Derby has been ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £635 for selling illicit tobacco. Fuaad Mohammed, aged 41 from Aviemore Way, Derby, pleaded guilty to the offences at North Staffordshire Magistrates Court on Friday 11 October 2019. Following a search of the premise Yum Yum, 12 Brewery Street in Rugeley, on 25 November 2016, Staffordshire County ...

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Adoption campaign launches to find loving homes for children in care

Outdoor adventures and singing and dancing together were high on the wish list for a brother and sister duo looking for a forever family home together. Now, thanks to adoptive parents Ruth and husband John from Stafford, the siblings have a loving family and are starting to fulfil their dreams. The children’s story is being highlighted by Staffordshire County Council ...

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Farmers fined for animal welfare offences

Two farmers from Meerbrook in Leek have pleaded guilty to a series of animal welfare offenses. Rhona Sherratt, 72, from Lea Farm and Joseph Sigley 69 from Frith Bottom Farm both pleaded guilty to the animal welfare offenses against cattle at the farm premises owned and operated by Sherratt in January 2018. On visiting the farm, animal health officers from ...

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Pupils target drivers in anti-idling campaign

Pupils from Heath Hayes Primary Academy in Cannock are urging drivers to switch off their engines outside school as part of a new campaign to reduce air pollution. The campaign, which started on Monday 7 October, will run for 3 days during the school runs to and from school and aims to reduce the amount of pollution around the school ...

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Staffordshire Poets Laureate appointed

Two budding writers have been appointed as Poet Laureate and Young Poet Laureate for the county. 39-year-old Mel Wardle Woodend from Stafford is the new Staffordshire Poet Laureate while Ollie Hulme aged 17 from Weston Coyney takes up the role of Young Poet Laureate. The duo were appointed at a special event in Stafford library as part of National Poetry ...

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Staffordshire Farmers sentenced for breaching TB rules

Four Staffordshire farmers have been sentenced for conspiring together in the fraudulent trading of calves and breaching TB restriction rules. The parties admitted they had conspired together in moving cattle from a premises under Bovine TB restrictions and to then fraudulently reidentify the animals to make it look as if they had been born on their farms. The court was ...

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Staffordshire’s best tourism and food businesses to be crowned

Winners of tourism awards

Staffordshire’s tourism businesses are preparing to battle it out in the annual Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism & Good Food Awards taking place on 24 October. Almost 50 businesses from across the county have been shortlisted, from more than 80 applications, and will find out if they were successful at the glittering black-tie event, which takes place at Aston Marina in Stone. ...

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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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