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10.02.23 – JCB produce world first, Burnt out car in Stoke-on-Trent, Covid Vaccination Programme

Written by on 10 February 2023

The world’s first digger, powered by a hydrogen combustion engine, will soon be on UK roads and building sites following recent Government approval, helping to decarbonise the UK’s construction industry.

The UK Government has given special dispensation, under a Vehicle Special Order, that allows local construction equipment manufacturer, JCB, to test and use its world-first hydrogen-powered backhoe loader on UK roads.

This equipment is the first of its kind and offers a pioneering solution to help reduce emissions on construction sites.



Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have extinguished a car fire on a country lane in Stoke-on-Trent

Just before 1.30am on Tuesday a fire crew was sent to Belmont Road following reports of a vehicle fire, which was extinguished by 2.10am

The car had been completely burned out and was almost unidentifiable as a result of the damage.  No one was injured.

Following inspection of the car by firefighters the cause of the fire was deemed to be deliberate.  Staffordshire Police are now investigating.


The Covid vaccination programme for 2023 is changing after advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination & Immunisation (JCVI).

The current autumn booster & initial boosters for 16-49 year-olds not in a clinical risk group will end in England on Sunday 12 February.

This year, autumn boosters and spring boosters will be offered to those at higher risk of severe disease.

Anyone across Staffordshire who has not yet had their Covid booster, is encouraged to get their jab as soon as they can.

You can book online or go to a walk-in vaccination site.