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01.08.22 – Poet Laureate, Safer Streets Fund, Staffordshire Football Hate Crime Officer, Well done the Lionesses

Written by on 1 August 2022

Staffordshire Libraries and Arts Service are looking to appoint the next Staffordshire Poet Laureate & Young Poet Laureate.   These are two-year roles, which offer an opportunity to bring new ideas for raising the profile of poetry within Staffordshire through poetry performance and commissions. For more information, visit the Staffordshire Poet Laureate website  – Closing date for applications is 15th August 2022.

Pictured below is the current Young Poet Laureate – Erin Gascoigne-Jones


Three quarters of a million pounds (£750,000) is to be invested in tackling anti-social behaviour and violence against women and girls across Staffordshire as part of the latest round of the Government’s ‘Safer Streets Fund’, following a successful bid by the Staffordshire Commissioner’s Office.

The funding will be used for Additional lighting, gating, CCTV and environmental measures such as community clean-ups and removing graffiti in public spaces, also educational programmes and community awareness campaigns



Staffordshire Police has appointed its first ever football hate crime officer to help fans, players and clubs across the county ensure they have the best possible experience at games.

PC Rich Lymer took up his new role last Tuesday – the same day that England’s Lionesses pounced into the final of the Women’s Euros 2022.

The football hate crime officer post has been created as a result of the force’s continued work with football clubs across the county, including Stoke City, Port Vale, and many smaller non-league clubs around the area.

It comes as Staffordshire Police continues to carry out complex partnership working with local authorities, the Sports Ground Safety Authority and other emergency services, to ensure that the requirements of each match’s safety certificate are met while using best practices to improve match day experiences for fans, staff and the wider community.

Part of PC Lymer’s role will see him work both at football grounds and online to monitor those committing hate-related offences surrounding games.

To find out more or to report a hate crime, visit: What is hate crime? | Staffordshire Police.

Alternatively, contact us on Facebook, Twitter, or call 101.

Call 999 in an emergency.


And on the subject of football ….. congratulations to the Lionesses on their 2 – 1 win over Germany in the Uefa 2022 Championship final yesterday.  A great result for England and a great day for women’s football.