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28.07.22 – Illegal Sales of Vapes, Drug Arrest in Newcastle, The Diana Award for Sai Ram Pillarisetti, Covid Boosters for Over 50’s

Written by on 29 July 2022

Operations to tackle the illegal sale of vapes and e-cigarettes in Staffordshire are underway following an increase in seizures.

Trading Standards officers with Staffordshire County Council are responding to a rise in the availability and sale of illegal and unregulated vape products across the county.

Since April 2022 officers have seized over 3,500 illegal vapes with a street value of £27,000. In the year 2021/22 a further 4,700 vapes were also seized, due to them being either oversized or counterfeit.

As part of the crack down, Trading Standards are working with retailers to make sure that products are being sold responsibly.  Anyone with information on the sale of illegal or counterfeit products in Staffordshire is asked to contact Trading Standards.   The Trading Standards confidential helpline on 01785 330356.


A man has been arrested in connection with drug supply in Newcastle.
Officers from the Northern Disruption Team, working with Newcastle Local Policing Team, arrested the 22-year-old, from Newcastle, on St George’s Road, on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a controlled class b drug

During a search of his home address, officers discovered approximately £15,000 worth of cannabis vegetation and approximately £30,000 in cash.
Sergeant Rich Hudson, of the Northern Disruption Team, said: “This is an example of proactive team work between the Disruption Team and Newcastle Local Policing Team.  We are fully committed to tackling the problem of illegal drugs in communities and targeting those involved.”



A junior doctor from University Hospitals of North Midlands has been recognised with the highest accolade a young person can achieve for social action or humanitarian efforts.

Sai Ram Pillarisetti  (Pronounce – Pill-airy-setty) who will be joining the team in surgery at the Royal Stoke University Hospital in August, has been given The Diana Award, given out by Princess Diana Charity for going above and beyond in his daily life to create and sustain positive change.

After both of his grandmothers were diagnosed with breast cancer, Sai, at the age of 18, spearheaded the development of South Asia’s first mobile app on breast health. The app recorded more than 9,000 downloads within the first month and aims to empower women all over India with accurate information.

Then in 2020, while studying medicine in the UK, Sai recognised a gap in the representation of international medical students like him and founded the British International Doctors Association (BIDA) Student Wing– the very first organisation to represent international medical students studying in the UK.

Sai said:  “I feel humbled and honoured to have been chosen for this prestigious award which will serve as a great motivation for me and equally, I hope it inspires other young people to take up initiatives to support and empower others.”


Staffordshire residents aged over 50 will be offered a Covid booster vaccine this autumn to top-up their immunity and reduce the risk of becoming seriously ill.

The NHS will announce when and how eligible groups will be able to book an appointment in due course.

Full information on the autumn Covid booster can be found on the government website