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23.05.22 – Plant a Bloomin Tree, DCI Zoe Kelsall on Hunted, Emmaus North Staffs, Landlord New Smoke Alarm Regulations

Written by on 23 May 2022

Green-fingered gardeners in Newcastle-under-Lyme are being invited to enter the Council’s annual gardening competitions this summer.

The Council is once again running a range of floral contests to help the borough look its best as part of this year’s Heart of England in Bloom entry which has a “Plant a Bloomin’ Tree” theme.

The categories are allotments, community gardens, community projects (schools), licensed premises/businesses and residential gardens.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday, 10 June and judging takes place towards the end of June and during July.

The competitions are sponsored by local businesses in recognition of the economic benefits that an attractive environment brings.


Staffordshire Police’s own Detective Chief Inspector, Zoe Kelsall, is showcasing her expertise on national television in the fourth instalment of Channel 4’s Hunted series.

She has teamed up with a carefully-selected team of Hunters, all specialists in their own field, in view of tracking down and stopping a group of fugitives on the run, where contestants must avoid capture from the Hunters over a period of 25 days

We saw the first episode of the series yesterday with DCI Kelsall showcasing her specialist investigation skills – honed over an impressive 24-year career.

DCI Kelsall, who currently operates as the head of specialist investigations in Staffordshire Police, features in the programme as a ‘ground hunter’, responsible for catching the fugitives first-hand.  The programme puts DCI Kelsall’s policing experience to the test, across a series of fast-paced and demanding operations


A North Staffordshire charity is opening a brand new store in the City Centre.

Emmaus North Staffs is moving its social enterprise from Cannon Street to a larger shop on the lower-ground floor of the Potteries Centre which will specialise in quality second-hand items including furniture for the home.

Funds raised at the store will help Emmaus North Staffs continue to tackle furniture poverty in the local area. Each year the charity partners with local councils and housing associations to offer free items to more than 800 households who are without access to essential furniture and appliances.

The charity’s Executive Lead, John Webbe, said: “we cannot wait to welcome customers to experience our new store from Today”.

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities (DLUHC) is urging all private landlords and registered providers of social housing to start fitting smoke and carbon monoxide alarms before new regulations come into effect which could be as early as Autumn 2022.


The new regulations will require all private landlords and registered providers of social housing to provide a smoke alarm on every storey of their properties where there is a room used as living accommodation.

As soon as these regulations come into force, Landlords risk being fined for breaches.