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31.05.23 – Redevelopment of Yorke Place, Illegal Vapes seized in Staffordshire

Written by on 31 May 2023

A multi-million project to regenerate part of Newcastle town centre is poised to take a huge step forward.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council’s Cabinet will be asked next week to approve a series of measures which will pave the way for the redevelopment of York Place with public open space, shops and offices, a 450-space multi-storey car park and  a 100-bed hotel.

The projects jointly form part of a £30 million regeneration of the Ryecroft area, which also includes an Aspire development.

In 2020 Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council secured £11 million from the Government’s Future High Street Fund for the Ryecroft development blueprint, with £3.5 million allocated to the car park development and £3 million for York Place.


More than 6,000 illegal and oversized vapes have been seized in Staffordshire.

Trading Standards officers from Staffordshire County Council made the discovery when a van travelling on the M6 motorway between Stafford and Manchester was stopped by Staffordshire Police.

Officers from Trading Standards responded to the intelligence report and seized the items worth an estimated £72,000. The items have been confiscated and an investigation will follow.

Officers made the seizure on Sunday 21 May.  Over the last 12 months, Trading Standards officers in Staffordshire have seized over 9,400 illegal vapes with a street value of £113,000.

People can report the sale of illegal or counterfeit products on the Trading Standards confidential helpline on 01785330356.