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Health Inequalities funding in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Beware whilst defrosting your car

Written by on 17 January 2024

Funding has been made available to improve people’s health in Newcastle.  The Borough Council has successfully bid to Staffordshire County Council for £410,000 remaining from Covid Outbreak Management Funding.

The money will be used by the Borough Council to tackle situations where there are ‘health inequalities’ in Newcastle under Lyme.  Examples include helping people whose health is affected by damp and mould at home, tackling infestations in accommodation, or targeted exercise for those recovering from illness.

Gill Heesom, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Community Safety and Wellbeing, said: “Good quality housing is particularly important in ensuring good health and its absence can be a key factor in the generation of health inequalities. This funding is a huge opportunity for the borough council to address such inequalities and expand our existing health and wellbeing programmes.”  Expenditure is earmarked for 10 wards where health equality is noticeable including Bradwell, Cross Heath, Kidsgrove & Ravenscliffe, Holditch & Chesterton, May Bank, Clayton, Crackley & Red Street, Silverdale, Wolstanton and the town centre.

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Staffordshire Police are reminding people not to leave their vehicles unattended whilst they are defrosting, following another spate of thefts across Staffordshire.  Yesterday morning three cars were reported stolen in Stoke-on-Trent. In each case, the owners left their vehicle running, unlocked and unattended.
All three owners described similar circumstances surrounding the thefts: whereby multiple offenders arrived in one vehicle, one of them jumped out, quickly got into the defrosting car and drove off.
A further two defrosting thefts were also reported yesterday one in Draycott-in-the-Moors and one in Cannock.  Enquiries are ongoing to track down all five vehicles, reviewing footage from the areas and finding those responsible.
Officers are urging all motorists to be particularly cautious when defrosting their vehicles. Opportunists can work in groups during the cold weather to target vehicles that have been left unattended and unlocked.