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Fraudster who conned residents for non-existent building and landscaping handed suspended prison sentence

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A rogue trader who fleeced £9,000 from a Staffordshire couple after claiming to carry out garden landscaping and building has been handed a nine-month suspended prison sentence and ordered to repay the total amount to the victims. Darren Woodley, of Meadow Lane, Newhall, Swadlincote, was sentenced at Stoke Crown Court on September 13. He had pleaded guilty to fraud offences ...

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Gulf War veteran gets help to turn his life around

A Gulf War veteran has had help to turn his life around thanks to a new service supporting ex-service men and women and their families Stuart Burton, 47 from Stafford is a former soldier who praised the organisation for their support in getting his life back on track after suffering from years of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Stuart was supported ...

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Foster families urge people to try short break fostering

Staffordshire’s foster families are taking to the road in a new campaign to encourage more people to try short break fostering The latest campaign from the county’s fostering service wants to find people who could foster a child for one weekend a month. Short break fostering involves looking after a child for a short period, usually over the weekend but ...

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Tamworth sees near total superfast broadband coverage thanks to county roll-out

Tamworth now has near total superfast broadband coverage thanks to a county council scheme that’s making faster download speeds available to most of Staffordshire. The Superfast Staffordshire programme, run jointly with BT Group and the government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme, has helped to bring download speeds of at least 24 Mbps to virtually all homes and businesses across the ...

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Stay safe and avoid counterfeits this bank holiday

Gill Heath

People are being urged to be vigilant and avoid buying counterfeit goods if they’re heading to one of Staffordshire’s August bank holiday markets or car boot sales. While providing a family day out where people can pick up a bargain, market events can attract traders selling counterfeit and illicit goods. The county council’s trading standards team coordinates the national Real ...

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Staffordshire celebrates 15 years of Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Voluntary and community groups from across Staffordshire are celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The honour was created by Her Majesty to mark the occasion of her Golden Jubilee in 2002 and recognises outstanding voluntary contributions in local communities. To date, 88 groups from Staffordshire have received this annual award with 16 scooping the award ...

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Superfast Staffordshire celebrates four year anniversary by extending reach to more rural communities

Mark Winnington

The number of Staffordshire households and businesses using superfast broadband has doubled in the past two years thanks to the Superfast Staffordshire roll-out – with many of the county’s smallest rural communities getting access to the technology for the first time. It’s four years since Kings Bromley and Yoxall became the first villages in the county to ‘go live’ as ...

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Stay safe in the countryside this summer

Families enjoying day trips and outings to the countryside during the summer holidays are urged to stay safe. With the school holidays beginning and parents taking advantage of the sustained dry spell to enjoy Staffordshire’s beautiful countryside, the need to take care is greater than ever. Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Communities, said: We live amid the ...

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Private foster carers urged to find out about the support available

Carers from across Staffordshire who privately foster children are being reminded that help is at hand in a new campaign. Private Fostering Week runs from 9 to 16 July 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 they have ...

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