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30.11.21 – Gritters, Staffordshire Police Appeal, Grant for Tennis Courts, Audley and District History Society

Written by on 29 November 2021

Staffordshire’s army of gritters were out in force across the county during the weekend as strong winds, snow and freezing temperatures hit the region, coupled with numerous fallen trees, resulting in both day and night crews in action throughout the weekend.

With temperatures expected to remain low for some of the week and a risk of ice on the roads, drivers are being reminded to take particular care when out.

You can find out more about where the teams grit and how to prepare for winter at


Officers from Staffordshire Police are appealing for information after a man sustained life-threatening injuries in an assault in Hanley in the early hours of Sunday morning
Police were called at just after to Trinity Street, near to junction with Stafford Street, following reports of violence.   A 28-year-old man was found unconscious at the scene and was taken to hospital with significant head injuries, here he remains in a critical condition.

The offender is described as a white male, aged between 30-50, around 5ft 7inches tall, of stocky build, wearing a camouflage jacket, grey top and light blue jeans and a distinctive hat..

Officers are currently reviewing CCTV footage of the area and speaking to witnesses, but if you saw what happened please get in touch via 101 or through social media


Westland’s Sports Centre and Wolstanton Park tennis courts have been singled out to receive grant funding from the Lawn Tennis Association alongside capital funding from the Borough Council.

The funding, if approved, could allow the Council to deliver new and exciting tennis programmes across the borough as well as opportunities to work with partners to bring additional investment and income into the borough’s parks.

The Council currently owns and operates 18 tennis courts based at Westland’s Sports Centre, Wolstanton Park, Clough Hall Park, Silverdale Park and Bradwell Lodge.

The LTA has identified Newcastle as one of their priority areas to increase participation in tennis and Subject to the success of the new programme at the Westland’s and Wolstanton, Council officers would then look to develop tennis courts in other park settings.

Cabinet will consider the proposals at its meeting tomorrow – Wednesday, 1 December.


Audley and District Family History Society are holding a research afternoon tomorrow from 2.00pm at Audley Methodist Church, New Road, Bignall End.

The society holds extensive records covering the old Audley parish and surrounding area.  For beginners, help and friendly advice is always on hand from experienced researchers. Whether you are an experienced family historian, or thinking about starting your family history, a visit could prove worthwhile.