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Crematorium owner fined again

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A crematorium owner who claimed he’d cremated a horse but actually failed to do so has been fined and given a suspended prison sentence. Allan McMaster, 52, owner of Swan Pit Crematorium in Gnosall, Staffordshire, pleaded guilty at North Staffs Magistrates Court yesterday (October 24) to making a false representation, as well as three animal by-product offences involving three other ...

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Stay safe at Halloween

Halloween kids

Young people, parents and guardians can have a safe and enjoyable Halloween by following a few simple tips, the county’s communities leader has said. They include ensuring costumes are safe and flame resistant, making sure adults accompany younger children when out and about and being careful if using candles. Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for communities and the environment Gill ...

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New bus service to help connect villages between Burntwood, Lichfield and Rugeley

pensioners on bus

People living in rural areas between Burntwood, Lichfield and Rugeley will soon benefit from an on-demand bus service that will pick them up right from their doorstep. The new ‘Rugeley and Lichfield Village Connect’ service will provide door to door journeys for people who have no local bus service or are unable to access local bus services. The service will ...

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Historic Listed Staffordshire bridge opens after year-long restoration

Ferry bridge

An historic Grade 2 Listed footbridge in Burton has opened to walkers and cyclists again after a year-long £1.5million restoration. Ferry Bridge, which crosses the River Trent from the town to Stapenhill, opened in 1889, replacing the ferry service. Staffordshire County Council maintains the bridge and strengthened its piers three years ago. A detailed restoration plan was drawn up by ...

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Statement from Leader of Staffordshire County Council on Children in Calais Camps

Philip Atkins

Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said: The Government has announced it is speeding up actions to accept children from the migrant camps in Calais and councils have been put on stand-by to expect their arrival at short notice. Initially these will be children who have relatives living here in the UK Our children’s services will be working with ...

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People urged to stay safe and only buy fireworks from registered shops


Staffordshire people are being reminded that they should only buy fireworks from registered shops in the run-up to bonfire night events. The county council’s trading standards team has been working with traders to ensure they are storing fireworks safely and are displaying registration stickers. Shops registered to sell fireworks in the county will have been visited by the team in ...

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Thirty months’ imprisonment for north Staffordshire fraudster

A fraudster has been jailed for 30 months for conning people out of money for window repairs which were not carried out. Anthony Mander, aged 54, of Hartshill Road, Stoke-on-Trent, was sentenced at Stafford Crown Court today for four fraud offences, which took place across north Staffordshire between May 2014 and August 2016. He gained over £4,000 from his victims, ...

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Blythe Bridge library open day to showcase services and reveal new name

Gill Heath

People are being invited to a celebration event to showcase the services and activities available at Blythe Bridge library on Saturday 8 October. The library, which is run by a dedicated team of volunteers from The Care and Fun Club charity, are also celebrating their 10th anniversary. As well as the chance to meet volunteers at the library and find ...

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Staffordshire shop managers reminded of e-cigarette age restriction


Staffordshire shop managers are being reminded that e-cigarettes should not be sold to under-18s after half of premises visited during a test purchase operation failed. The reminder comes one year after new age restriction laws were introduced and follows a test-purchase operation across all eight district and boroughs in Staffordshire. Fourteen of the 28 premises visited by county council trading ...

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Family scheme’s success pays for other initiatives

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A pioneering scheme helping troubled families improve their lives is changing lives, a report says. And not only does the project’s success save taxpayers’ money, because of the efficient way it is run the income from the Government’s payment by results is being invested in new community schemes. The Building Resilient Families & Communities scheme initially targeted families to get ...

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