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Staffordshire Police are appealing for information, following a serious assault in Stoke-on-Trent.  At around 5.45 on the morning of Sunday 4th  February, there was a fight outside the Groove Castle club on Trinity Street in Hanley. A man, in his 20s, was left unconscious.  A 17-year-old boy, from Stoke-on-Trent, was arrested on suspicion of causing […]

Around 275 homes are being proposed for three brownfield sites in Newcastle town centre.  Three interlinked developments at the Ryecroft, York Place and the Midway will have also shops, offices and a hotel, as well as new public spaces and a possible music venue.  Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council’s Cabinet, which is overseeing the town centre regeneration, […]

Multi-million pound investment in town centres; job-creating business schemes; new waste collection vehicles and additional grass cuts on urban roads are all part of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council’s spending plans for the coming year. Cabinet is due to recommend its budget, including a maximum 8p a week council tax increase for 95 per cent of residents, […]

University Hospitals of North Midlands will start work this week on its commitment to achieve net zero emissions by 2040. The Trust’s Estates, Capital Development and Transformation and Sustainability teams will begin a two-year project to reduce carbon emissions at the Royal Stoke University Hospital by replacing four large industrial boilers used to heat the […]

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are issuing a safety reminder to people across the county to take extra precautions when using chimneys following two separate incidents recently, one in Newcastle and one in Leek.  Both fires were quickly extinguished and, thankfully, no one was injured. Station Manager Mark Tattum said: “Accidental fires caused by people […]

This week is National Neighbourhood Policing Week of Action. If you want to find out more about the team who cover your area you can go to the ‘Your Area’ page of the Staffordshire Police website – and there is lots of information on there about things going on across Staffordshire.  As well as face […]

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 […]

With thousands of workers in Staffordshire expected to submit online self-assessment tax returns by 31 January, people are being urged to be wary of scams. Staffordshire County Council’s Trading Standards service is working with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), who have issued the warning. Criminals are using scam emails, texts, phone calls and even bogus […]

Road verges in built-up areas of Newcastle under Lyme will be cut more often if a new deal is approved. The Borough Council is poised to take on the cutting of road verges in urban areas within its boundaries. The proposal comes because residents want the verges cut more often than at present by Staffordshire […]

Council Leaders are committed to improving Staffordshire children’s services after a critical inspection report. Staffordshire County Council is prioritising improvements after an Ofsted inspection of children’s services found that the service ‘required improvement to be good’. Following its inspection in November 2023, Ofsted praised provision for the 1,345 children and young people in care. However, […]