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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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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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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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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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Growth plan to improve economy and wellbeing in South Staffordshire

Gestamp South Staffordshire

An agreement which builds on an established partnership to grow the economy in South Staffordshire and further strengthen communities has been formed by the county and district councils.  The South Staffordshire Growth Agreement follows on from two successful district deals between the councils over the last six years which set out a range of regeneration projects and initiatives to increase ...

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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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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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