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15.02.23 – Assault in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Tyre Fire in Stoke on Trent, Green Up your Garden

Written by on 15 February 2023

Staffordshire Police are appealing for information following an assault in Newcastle-under-Lyme which resulted in a man sustaining a fractured jaw.  The victim, a man in his 20s, said he was assaulted in the Ironmarket area at just after 3am last Friday.  He was treated at the scene by paramedics and taken to hospital by ambulance for further treatment.  His injuries are neither life-changing nor life-threatening.  Inquiries are ongoing and Police are reviewing CCTV of the area at the time of the attack.  Anyone with information should message Staffordshire Police on LiveChat via the police website or call 101, quoting incident number 600 of 11 February.


A single crew from Hanley extinguished a fire at the weekend involving 80 rubber tyres in Stoke-on-Trent.  At around 11pm on Saturday night, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to Black Horse Lane following reports that a large pile of tyres was well alight outside of an industrial building.  Despite heavy amounts of smoke, there was no risk to nearby residents and businesses as a result and no one was injured.  The cause of the fire is unexplained at this time.


People in Staffordshire are being invited to collect a free tree to plant in their garden in efforts to make Staffordshire even greener.  Staffordshire County Council is making 5,000 free trees available for residents to plant in their gardens at home.  The trees, a mix of rowan, hazel, wild cherry and crab apple will be available to pick up on Thursday 23 February, between 11am and 3pm from  Chasewater, Apedale, Deep Hayes and Greenway Bank Country Parks.

Simon Tagg, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Infrastructure and Climate Change said: “This is a fantastic project that will help get more trees planted in people’s gardens and help make Staffordshire sustainable“Small actions when combined can have a big impact. We know that there are huge environmental benefits from having more trees, And we know, in planting more trees, we’ll help create greener communities here in Staffordshire and help us all breathe cleaner air.”

The project is part of a wider campaign by the county council to tackle climate change and reduce the county’s carbon footprint. Since declaring a climate change emergency in 2019, the authority has reduced their carbon emissions by 43%.

Park rangers will be providing advice to people on how and where to plant the trees for best results.  Trees will be given on a first come, first served basis and one tree per household will be allocated. Residents are also advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Information on other ways to make gardens at home sustainable and  how to tackle climate change and help wildlife is available at