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02.12.21 – Wildlife and Rural Crime, Brownfield Site Grant, Covid 19 vaccinations, Holiday activities and food programme

Written by on 1 December 2021

Officers from Staffordshire Police are preparing for a week of action to tackle wildlife and rural crime in the community.

The week of action, which is due to commence next Monday, will see officers focus on anticipated seasonal crime trends which may affect rural communities.

Officers working on #OperationAppleorchid as part of the force’s Rural and Wildlife Crime Unit (RWCU), will concentrate on green routes.

This will involve officers patrolling areas including turkey, poultry and Christmas tree farms, to help prevent possible thefts from rural properties and poaching during the dark winter nights.

Police will also patrol rural routes to provide enhanced visibility to residents in order to provide reassurance and deter those looking to commit crime in these areas.

To report crime, message Staffordshire Police on Facebook, Twitter, or call 101, in an emergency always call 999.


Stoke-on-Trent City Council has been awarded £700,000 to bring forward a brownfield site for local housing.

The funding, which is subject to acceptance from the city council’s cabinet, will be used to clear an area of derelict land on Booth Street, in Stoke, ready for the building of new homes in the future.  Ground contamination and stability issues on the former waste disposal and depot site that currently restrict the site’s redevelopment will be put right.

Latest figures show nearly all the new housing built in Stoke on Trent in 2019/20 – 99.7 per cent – was built on brownfield land, up from 98 per cent in the previous year.


Two million COVID-19 vaccinations have now been given to people in Staffordshire to help protect them against the coronavirus.

Since the vaccination drive was launched in December 2020, a total of 2,003,171 vaccinations have been administered at vaccination centres across the region –. The two millionth jab was administered on Tuesday.

Appointments for vaccines can be booked online through the National Booking System by visiting, or by calling 119.

Up-to-date details and times for all Staffordshire COVID-19 vaccination walk-in clinics can be found at


Thousands of Staffordshire school children will receive free hot meals and access to a range of activities over the Christmas holidays, all funded by the Department for Education.

More than 20,000 children and young people, aged between five and sixteen, who are in receipt of free school meals, will be eligible for the winter holiday activities and food programme being organised by Staffordshire County Council.

The programme can be accessed through a registration system and activities will start on 20th and run until 31st of December

All those eligible for the holiday activities and food programme will receive a letter from their school.