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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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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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East Staffordshire counterfeit tobacco seller imprisoned

Illicit tobacco

An ongoing operation by Staffordshire Trading Standards to combat the sale of illicit and counterfeit tobacco has secured a conviction following the seizure of a quantity of cigarettes and rolling tobacco. On 13 December 2017, Officers accompanied by a specialist dog handler entered Smakus shop at 15 Derby Street, Burton and found a large quantity of Marlboro Gold cigarettes. Dilshad ...

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Counterfeit Golf merchandise seller sentenced to 14 months

A Kidsgrove man has been sentenced to 14 months imprisonment, suspended for 24 months, after selling counterfeit golfing goods on eBay. Steven Bowler, aged 48 of Shakespeare Close, Kidsgrove was found guilty of one offence of fraudulent trading and 9 offences infringing the Trade Marks Act between June 2015 and June 2017. Bowler was also ordered to carry out 50 ...

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New campaign to bust myths on fostering launches

‘No Myths, No Ifs, No Buts…’ is the latest campaign to help find foster families for some of the county’s most vulnerable children. The latest campaign, being led by Staffordshire foster carers aims to find families for the 1,200 children now in the county council’s care. As part of the month-long campaign, the team have set out to help bust ...

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Staffordshire Farmer sentenced for breaking cattle identification and TB rules

A Staffordshire livestock keeper from Great Wyrley has been sentenced to a 27-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months after pleading guilty to a string of animal health charges at Stafford Crown Court. John Sadler, 53, of Cannock Road, Great Wyrley was sentenced today after pleading guilty to offences relating to the failure to dispose of animal carcases, and failing ...

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Broadband speeds ‘blooming’ for Staffordshire garden designer

A Staffordshire garden designer is praising work to make faster broadband available as a county council partnership programme marks its five-year anniversary. More than 75,000 homes and businesses, including Trevor Stewart’s garden design business, can now benefit from faster speeds thanks to the county council’s £32 million Superfast Staffordshire partnership with Openreach and the government’s Building Digital UK (BDUK) programme. ...

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Over 3,000 children sign up for Summer Reading Challenge

Over 3,000 children from across the county have signed up for Staffordshire libraries Summer Reading Challenge in the first week. Activities have been running in the county’s libraries with this year’s theme ‘Space Chase, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Children are teaming up with futuristic family The Rockets for an exciting space mission as they ...

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Young people unite to tend to German war graves for the 57th year

Teenagers from across Staffordshire and Germany have teamed up to tend to the war graves at the German Military Cemetery on Cannock Chase. 24 young people, along with representatives from the Royal British Legion and Staffordshire Regiment Association spent time cleaning and tidying the graves ahead of a special wreath laying ceremony held on Wednesday 24 July. The annual exchange ...

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Fight against Tobacco crime continues

Sniffer dog Yo-Yo

More than 6 million illegal cigarettes and 350kg of hand rolling tobacco were seized last year by local authority Trading Standards services across the West Midlands region despite ingenious efforts to hide them. Sophisticated concealments using electronic magnets controlled by a switch, hydraulic compartments in floors and cavity wall compartments were all used by traders acting illegally in an effort ...

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