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01.02.23 – National Education Union strikes, 14 year old boy arrested

Written by on 31 January 2023

A series of National Education Union strikes begin today.  Most local schools will have already notified parents if they are closed due to the strikes, and have been instruted by the government to prioritise vulnerable children, children of key workers and those due to take public exams if they need to restrict attendance.

Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education Jonathan Price said: “The decision to close rests with each individual school, where staff will take into account how many people are taking part in strike action and how many pupils they can accommodate.

If the school has notified the council, parents can check if their local school is closed via Staffordshire County Council’s dedicated website.


A 14-year-old boy has admitted assaulting and robbing another boy in Stoke-on-Trent in December last year.

Police were called at about 3pm on 26 December, to Bryan Street in Hanley, following reports of violence.

A 13-year-old boy was taken to hospital for treatment of neck and leg injuries. He has since been discharged.

A 14-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court last week where he pleaded guilty to a total of nine offences including wounding and robbery.

He was remanded in custody ahead of a sentencing hearing due at the same court on 24 March.