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06.12.21 – Welcome to PD Tono, Avian Flu, Electrical Item Repairs, Flu Jabs

Written by on 6 December 2021

The Staffordshire Police Dog unit have welcomed another dynamic duo into their crime fighting team..
Last week, Dog Unit Inspector Dave Kelsall presented PC Sarah Haycock with a certificate for completing her General Purpose Police Dog course.  PC Haycock and her four-legged companion, PD Tono, completed 13-weeks of intensive training – ready for deployment into the real world.
Czechoslovakian Shepherd Tono, who is just 16-months-old, was imported from Poland and placed under the care of PC Haycock – who is an Authorised Firearms Officer with ten years of experience in the force – and she has always wanted to work with the Dog unit.


People who keep birds and poultry are now being asked to keep their birds indoors to help limit the spread of avian flu.

The new measures, which came into force last week mean that it’s now a legal requirement for all bird keepers to keep their birds indoors and to follow strict biosecurity measures.  The new rules apply to anyone keeping birds, whether it’s a few hens in a back garden, rearing game birds or a large commercial farm

Further information on how to help prevent the spread of avian flu can be found on the government website under avian-influenza-bird – flu



Have you got a broken electrical item that you don’t want any more but just needs fixing? Staffordshire County Council are on a mission to give your broken electricals a new lease of life!

Simply drop off your broken items in the electrical repair container at one of your local household waste and recycling centres and they will send them item off to prisons to be repaired and PAT tested by trained prisoners. It will be mended, made safe and sold to raise money for charities and other great causes.


People in Staffordshire are urged to get their flu jabs and protect themselves against winter illness. You can get vaccinated at any point during winter but the sooner the better.

People particularly vulnerable are offered the vaccine for free by the NHS each year to help reduce the risk of becoming seriously ill. These include people over the age 50 and those with certain health conditions.

Frontline health and social care workers can also receive a free vaccine to help protect themselves and the people they care for, this includes those who work in care homes.