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11.01.22 – Damage to buses in Chesterton, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Strategy (SEND), Collision in Newcastle under Lyme

Written by on 10 January 2023

Staffordshire Police have launched an investigation after £20,000-worth of damage was caused at a vehicle restoration business in Chesterton.
Police were called to Reliance Bus Works on Parkhouse Road East at 9.30am on Monday (9 January) after windows were smashed on eight buses and names had been spray-painted onto them. Some of the buses are vintage models.
A silver BMW was also extensively damaged. The roof had been jumped on, a hosepipe was left running inside it and it had been spray-painted.
The damage is believed to have taken place between 3pm and 5pm on Sunday 8 January, and It is believed six youths were involved as a result of enquiries so far.
Anyone with any information or CCTV should message Staffordshire Police on Facebook or Twitter quoting incident number 146 of 9 January, call 101 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Families and individuals who work with children and young people in Stoke-on-Trent are being urged to have their say on a new draft strategy which aims to help children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) to be the best they can be.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council and the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent NHS Integrated Care Board (which oversees NHS services in the area) are seeking the views of residents on its proposed nine priorities within the new draft strategy.

The draft strategy identifies a set of shared principles and priorities that will set a road map for all joint planning and commissioning decisions for SEND and has been developed with children, young people and adults with SEND, their parents and carers, plus partners and stakeholders.

There are 9 proposed priorities in the draft Joint Commissioning Strategy for 2023-2028.

  Understanding the needs of the local SEND population and current/future service demand and capacity.

  Meeting the needs of our neurodiverse population.

  Developing a joint graduated approach that meets the speech, language and communication needs of our SEND population.

  Improving access to therapy and integrated equipment provision

  Nursing provision for children and young people with SEND.

  Improve communication between agencies, professionals, children and young people and families.

  Ensuring the workforce is skilled, knowledgeable and feels supported and equipped to support children and young people with SEND.

  Children and young people with SEND are supported with their social and emotional mental health.

  Improve the early identification of SEND needs, in the early years, as well as intervening when issues start to arise.

The engagement period will run until Tuesday, January 31. It will be aimed at children and young people with SEND and their families in Stoke-on-Trent, as well as partners across education, social care and health.

Engagement will take the form of an online survey and virtual and in person engagement sessions. For more information on these sessions and to have your say visit:

Feedback gathered from this engagement will be considered and reflected within the final Joint Commissioning Strategy for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities 2023-2028.


Firefighters helped rescue a girl trapped underneath a van following a collision in Newcastle-under-Lyme on Tuesday morning

Fire Crews were called to Church Street at just after 8.15 along with Staffordshire Police and West Midlands Ambulance Service.

On arrival, crews found a 15-year-old girl underneath a white Ford Transit van and two sets of air bags were used to lift the vehicle and release her.

The teenager was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to hospital for treatment.