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03.07.22- Mountain Biking on Cannock Chase, Staffordshire Police Apprentice event, Westport Lake re-opens, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Lionesses

Written by on 2 August 2022

Staffordshire is gearing up to welcoming thousands of spectators, as the Commonwealth Games 2022 mountain biking gets underway on Cannock Chase today.

The event will take place on the nationally-acclaimed trails at Birches Valley..

Spectators are being advised to enjoy their day, stick to the designated trails, and take their waste home with them to help preserve the natural beauty of the Chase.

People are advised that local road closures are in place so be sure to check your route before leaving home.

More information about the event can be found at


290 apprentices and kickstart employees were recognised for their valuable contribution to Staffordshire Police Force in a celebration event at the force’s headquarters in Stafford last week.

Most of these apprentices and employees are working to complete their Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) programme, with others working in HR, licensing, Estates, IT and Finance. Staffordshire police will also be welcoming their first solicitor apprentice in September.

Chief Constable Chris Noble said: “Apprenticeships are a really good way to bring in people in from different backgrounds, with different skillsets and different experiences.  Joining the force is your opportunity to serve the public, make a difference and contribute your skills to something that is worthwhile.


Stoke-on-Trent City Council have been carrying refurbishment works at Westport Lake play area, and it will reopen Tomorrow so that it can be enjoyed during the school holidays,

Cllr Carl Edwards, cabinet member for housing and environment has said: “Public playgrounds are an important feature in all communities, available for all to enjoy. Having access to quality outdoor space, with fresh air and a safe place to exercise is invaluable. We are extremely fortunate to have some beautiful parks in the city.”

Westport Lake now includes a brand-new play area, a new picnic area, woodland conservation area, wildflower meadow and is also an over winter site for many migrating birds.


Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is celebrating England’s roaring success at the European Championships on Sunday, and is proud to have two former Lionesses in the ranks.

Former England international, Assistant Chief Fire Officer Michelle Hickmott was previously a left-back for England. The former Lioness has been harnessing some of her competitive spirit into her work for the Staffordshire service since joining in May and has even helped to organise its five-a-side football team.

Left back, Rachel Unitt, a firefighter based in Hanley, made a total of 102 appearances for England as part of the national squad for five major tournaments –- and was crowned England’s International Player of the Year in 2004.

Rachel said: “The victory on Sunday was one that myself and I’m sure football fans across the country will never forget.  It is an amazing time for women’s football and I hope the win brings more girls into the beautiful game.