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01.11.22 – Thermal Road Repairs, Knife Point Robbery in Keele, Criminal Damage in Hanley, Breast Cancer Awareness

Written by on 1 November 2022

A new method of fixing road defects is being trialled by Staffordshire County Council over the next two weeks.

The Thermal Road Repairs machine uses thermal technology and solar power to heat the road surface to more than 4000C. This allows crews to re-lay the surface, adding more bitumen where needed to fix any defect.

By reusing existing tarmac, the method also cuts down on waste and is better for the environment.

If successful, the machine could be rolled out across the county, to help increase the amount of road maintenance that can be carried out during the winter months.

By heating up the road, this patching machine allows defects to be fixed in some of the coldest conditions. If this trial is successful, it has the potential to help the Council step up their winter maintenance programme and fix more defects throughout the season.


A man has been jailed following an attempted knifepoint robbery in Keele earlier this year.

55 year old Stephen Hammersley of no-fixed-address, was sentenced to six years behind bars having been found guilty of attempted robbery, two counts of threatening a person with a blade in a public place and affray. Hammersley was also convicted of assault by beating of an emergency worker . The court also heard how during the arrest, Hammersley bit an officer on the hand.


Two men have been arrested after a water sprinkler was deliberately set off at a block of flats in Stoke-on-Trent.
Emergency services were called to St Luke’s Court, off Well Street in Hanley, last Thursday  following reports of criminal damage.
On Sunday,  officers arrested two men, aged 25 and 34, both of no fixed address, on suspicion of criminal damage.
Staffordshire Police are continuing to appeal for anyone who saw any suspicious behaviour in or around St Luke’s Court, between 9.15am and 10.15am on Thursday morning, to contact Staffordshire Police on Social media or call 101, quoting incident number 509 of 27 October.



As we come to the end of October and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, doctors in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are reminding women of the importance of regularly checking their breasts.

With one in eight women diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime, it is vital women also book and attend their breast screening appointment when eligible.

Early diagnosis is important when treating breast cancer, and the sooner problems are discovered the more likely treatment will be successful.

Dr Mona Arora, a GP at the Village Surgery in North Staffordshire said: “Breast cancer affects millions of people and their families each year and is the second most common type of cancer in women.”

“If you’re aged between 50 and 71 and are registered with a GP as a female, you’ll be invited for NHS breast screening every 3 years.

“The good news is if breast cancer is detected early, chances of recovery and survival are high.