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07.12.21 – Road Collision on M6, Newcastle in Bloom, Non stop Collision in Bentilee, Kidsgrove Sports Centre

Written by on 6 December 2021

Officers from the Staffordshire and West Midlands Serious Collision Investigation Unit are appealing for witnesses after a serious road traffic collision on the M6 southbound carriageway, last Friday morning (Friday 3 December).

Two cars – a silver Vauxhall Astra and a silver Renault Clio – were initially involved in a collision on the northbound carriageway, near to junction 10a, at approximately 6am. One of the drivers, a man, was then involved in a second collision with a van on the southbound carriageway.   The man was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital with serious injuries.

Witnesses who may have seen the Vauxhall Astra travelling north before the collision or anyone with relevant dashcam footage are asked to message Staffordshire Police on Facebook or Twitter or dial 101


The Newcastle in Bloom ‘Plant a Bloomin Tree’ initiative has now begun in earnest in Newcastle-under-Lyme.  Last week, Council Leader Simon Tagg and Mayor of Newcastle Ken Owen planted 16 trees on Sandy Lane.  Also Children from ‘Thursfield Primary School’ planted  trees at Newchapel Recreation Ground.

Newcastle Council will be encouraging schools, community groups and Borough residents to plant trees in their own community spaces and gardens as well as a number of upcoming projects in parks and open spaces.

You can check out their Tree totaliser which will be updating and recording the number of trees that are planted as part of this campaign.   Just go to the Newcastle Council website and search plantabloomintree.




Officers from Staffordshire Police are appealing for information after an 11-year-old girl was hurt following a non-stop collision in Bentilee.

Police were called at just after 7.30 on the evening of Tuesday 30 November to Beverley Drive,  where witnesses described a non-stop collision involving a black Ford Fiesta travelling from the direction of Bucknall, colliding with the child as she crossed the road, before driving off in the direction of Longton.

The 11-year-old girl was taken to hospital with facial injuries and concussion and was discharged the next day

Police are currently reviewing CCTV footage of the area at the time of the collision and ask anyone who may have seen what happened or who has dashcam footage of the area at the time to get in touch, via social media or by dialling 101


Kidsgrove Sports Centre Community Group is celebrating after being awarded £9720 in funding from The National Lottery Community Fund.

The Group will use their funding to install free Wifi throughout the building, as well as a community based Café within the centre reception where the community will be able to socialise and relax in a safe and secure environment. Also as part of the application, there will be onsite digital tablets aimed at improving digital literacy and reducing digital exclusion, something that affects many people within our community.