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Residents warned not to buy mattresses from the back of a van

Residents in Newcastle-under-Lyme are being warned not to buy mattresses from the back of a van in the town. The warning from Staffordshire County Council’s Trading Standards team, follows a report that a trader selling mattresses from the back of a van was spotted in the area yesterday (Tuesday, 22 October). This particular scam was first highlighted by Jeremy Vine ...

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Traders reminded of fireworks sales safety


Staffordshire Businesses are being reminded about the need for the safe storage and sale of fireworks. Staffordshire County Council’s Trading standards officers will be visiting premises across the county in the run-up to bonfire night celebrations to ensure items are being stored safely and only being sold to people over 18. Any company selling fireworks needs a licence and anyone ...

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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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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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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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Nature area under new management

A view of the site in Consall that the RSPB will be managing.

A Staffordshire beauty spot is to be managed by an internationally-renowned nature conservation charity. Staffordshire County Council and the RSPB has agreed a 100-year lease for the charity to take over the management and day-to-day running of the local authority-owned Consall Nature Park. The RSPB will be managing Consall Woods on a 100-year lease for the benefit of visitors, woodland ...

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