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28.04.23 – Bookmark and Seeds from Staffordshire Libraries, Monkey Dust found in Stoke on Trent

Written by on 2 May 2023

Staffordshire libraries will be giving away a specially created celebration bookmark and pack of wildflower seeds to customers as part of their celebrations for the King’s Coronation.

The bookmarks and seeds are free and will be available for collection from all Staffordshire Libraries and mobile libraries from Friday 5 May, whilst stocks last.

The project is being funded by Arts Council England who chose wildflower seeds to tie in with the coronation theme of sustainability and biodiversity.

Library staff want people to plant their seeds and then share photos of the growing flowers on social media.

During May, libraries are also celebrating Green Libraries Month with a range of educational and fun activities and events.  People can find out more at Staffordshire Connects | Service listings

People can also find details of coronation events taking place near them on


Staffordshire Police have seized more than two kilograms of monkey dust as they continue their efforts to tackle drug-related crime across the county.

On Wednesday 19 April, two suspicious packages which were due to be delivered to addresses in Stoke-on-Trent were seized, tested and found to contain the drgug.  Two men from Stoke-on-Trent were voluntarily interviewed about the findings.

The activity follows the ongoing commitment to tackling drug crime across the region and has seen officers targeting the supply of monkey dust alongside key local partners in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.

Chief Inspector Rob Hessell from the Stoke South local policing team said: “Results like this are vital in the long-term disruption of illegal drugs in Staffordshire.  Drug supply remains a priority for all ten of our LPTs who are working proactively to stop those responsible and to protect those most at risk of exploitation.  With a proactive focus, we can continue to act on new intelligence leads, support the most vulnerable and work alongside our partners to bring those responsible to justice.”