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29.06.22 – Newcastle to Stoke Cycle Lane, Fire in Smallthorne, Green Walls in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Robotic Surgery at Royal Stoke

Written by on 29 June 2022

Work to install a new cycle lane between Newcastle and Stoke has started this week.

The three-metre wide track will be installed along the A52 George Street from its junction with Hassell Street and link up with the end of the existing cycleway in Stoke-on-Trent. Signs have been put up in the area warning motorists that they face long delays on this busy road as the 17-week project, which includes Three-way temporary traffic lights, gets underway.

The Government-funded scheme will provide cyclists with a safe link between Newcastle and Stoke-on-Trent.


Officers are appealing for witnesses following a fire in Stoke-on-Trent.

At around 7 o’clock on Monday night, police received a report of a fire at a historic building on Ford Green Road in Smallthorne.

A 16-year-old boy, and two 16-year-old girls, all from Stoke-on-Trent, were arrested on suspicion of arson.  They have since been released under investigation as enquiries continue.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has relevant CCTV or dashcam footage is asked contact Staffordshire Police on Social media or by calling 101, quoting incident 651 of 27 June.


Environmentally-conscious councillors are taking inspiration from schoolchildren from Hassell Community Primary School to make Newcastle town centre greener.

The Council has installed a series of demonstrator green walls to railings by Newcastle bus station on busy Barracks Road.

The pilot scheme – part of an ongoing programme to help the Council reach its ambitious goal to become carbon neutral by 2030 – could be introduced in other areas in the future if it’s proven to be successful.

The screens, created using live ivy, are designed to act as a natural barrier to traffic pollution, to provide a welcome habitat for many birds, bees and insects all year round  while enhancing the appearance of an urban environment.


A family have described how 84-year-old grandmother Rennett Burt is like “a new woman” following robotic surgery to remove a rare tumour.  Clinicians at Royal Stoke University Hospital were initially reluctant to operate on Rennett due to various factors including her age, but the octogenarian has stunned the hospital’s medical team and her own family with her quick recovery.

The robot system was funded by the Denise Coates Foundation as part of their support for the development of the Trust’s cancer services.