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03.11.21 – Security Additions in NUL, Afghan Children start school, Norton Man charged, Poppy display at St. Margaret’s Wolstanton

Written by on 2 November 2021

Additional security measures are being introduced in Newcastle town centre to provide an extra level of reassurance for residents, shoppers, visitors and businesses as they return to the area following the pandemic.

The Borough Council is adding to existing community safety arrangements by launching two new initiatives.

Marshalls employed by one of the UK’s top-performing security providers – have started to patrol the town for the first time as part of a six-month pilot

In addition, an extra 39 cameras have been added to the Council’s high quality CCTV system. The cameras operate 365 days a year and are monitored live to help make the town more welcoming and safer.


Around 50 Afghan children living in short-term accommodation in Newcastle have had their first day in a Staffordshire school this week.

Since their arrival just over a month ago, Staffordshire County Council have been working with local schools to identify spare places.  School uniforms have been generously donated by local people and organisations, and the county council’s JustGiving fundraiser has been used to purchase school shoes, bags and PE kits for the children.

People can still donate to the JustGiving fundraiser by visiting just and searching Staffordshire Afghan Evacuees



A man charged after two teenagers were injured in Norton last Wednesday night has been remanded in custody.
The two 13-year-old boys received injuries consistent with the discharge of a shotgun. They were taken to hospital and were discharged the next day.
Kacy Flynn, aged 24, from Norton, was charged with two counts of possessing a shotgun with intent to endanger life and three counts of wounding with intent. He has been remanded in custody ahead of his next court appearance later this month.  It is being treated as an isolated incident and there is not believed to be a wider threat to the local community.

For more information contact Staffordshire Police

2021 is a special year for the Poppy and the Royal British Legion, as Red Poppies have been worn as a symbol of Remembrance to support the Armed Forces Community since 1921.

As we move closer to remembrance Day, work has started in many places to honour this memory, and locally, The Women Institute’s- ‘Let’s make Jam’ group have created a stunning display of poppies by the War Memorial outside St Margaret’s Church in Wolstanton.  The groups members have worked hard to knit, crochet and make over a thousand poppies and also to assemble the display, and they are thrilled with the finished result which is stunning and it is well worth a visit To St Margarets Church in Wolstanton High Street to see it.