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New Affordable housing nearing completion in Togston 

29 Jul

A £2.7 million housing scheme which will provide in total 26 new affordable homes is nearing completion in Togston, Northumberland.

Woman, 30, twice over drink-drive limit died in crash 

28 Jul

THIRTY-year-old Erif Wade was more than twice the drink-drive limit when she was killed in a car crash.

VIDEO: ‘Disgusting’ subway becomes gallery 

26 Jul

An underpass in Cannock which local people once described as "disgusting" has been turned into an art gallery.

Cannock Chase medics treat horse rider and cyclist after falls 

23 Jul

Ambulance crews on way to treat young horse rider get diverted to help bike rider with broken arm...

Castle Vale thug jailed over Bel Air New Year violence which left club boss needing 21 stitches 

20 Jul

Martial arts expert Steven Delaney lashed out in fracas after pal was stabbed inside posh Belfry nightspot...

Castle Vale thug jailed over Bel Air New Year violence which left club boss needing 21 stitches 

20 Jul

Martial arts expert Steven Delaney lashed out in fracas after pal was stabbed inside posh Belfry nightspot...

Fish killed by pollution from lorry blaze that shut M6 for 16… 

19 Jul

A lorry fire which caused chaos for motorists using the M6 resulted in pollution of a nearby river and the death of around 150 fish, Environment Agency officials have revealed.

UPDATE: M6 reopens between Stafford and Cannock after lorry fire 

18 Jul

THE M6 has fully reopened this evening after a lorry fire left the southbound carriageway closed for most of the day.

Summer getaway grinds to halt as M6 closure leaves families facing THREE HOUR delays 

18 Jul

Road surface needed repairs after huge lorry trailer fire caused surface to melt...

Church group children injured in M6 crash as five taken to hospital 

18 Jul

Ambulances ferried injured to hospital after church minibus was in shunt with lorry near Junction 14...

M6 stretch closed as lorry blaze melts road, causing delays misery for summer getaway families 

18 Jul

Motorway shut southwards from Junction 13 at Stafford after fire drama in early hours...

Car-key burglars who raided homes while children slept in bed jailed for 11 years 

16 Jul

Birmingham brothers Aidan and Mark Jolley and Vernon Hastings-Spaine broke into properties to steal high-performance cars...

NFA conference blog: We don’t have big publicity budgets but we’re challenging perceptions 

15 Jul

Louise Huntington, Communications and Production ManagerNorthwards Housing The perception of social housing tenants is at an all-time low.

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Hednesford Town 4-1 Stoke City U21 

29 Jul

Hednesford Town rounded off their home pre-season campaign with a convincing victory over a young Stoke City U21 side.

Bas and Bailey are up to speed as stars turn on the style 

29 Jul

Around 1,000 motocross fans flocked to Staffordshire for a weekend of action organised by Cannock Motorcycle Club, writes Matthew Viney.

Tournament Feedback 

28 Jul

Landon Manager of Leek Town Girls U8s messsaged us with: - ‘Just a quick note to say thanks.

Fantasy Footy is back! 

28 Jul

The hockey season is fast approaching, which means the football season will soon be upon us as well! Last year we ran a great Premier League Fantasy Football League in which around 70 people got involved.

Match Preview: Stoke City U21 (H) 

28 Jul

Hednesford Town’s last home pre-season fixture sees them taking on Stoke City U21s at Keys Park this evening.

Williams joins on loan 

27 Jul

We are pleased to announce that following a trial period over the pre-season, defender Tyrone Williams has joined the ranks at Keys Park on a half season loan deal.

Hednesford Town 1-4 Wrexham AFC 

26 Jul

Having lost narrowly to National League side Chester in midweek, Hednesford Town faced another stiff challenge against their near-neighbours from the same level, as Wrexham came to Keys Park on Saturday and again the difference in class eventually...

Match Preview: Wrexham AFC (H) 

24 Jul

Hednesford Town have turned for home in their pre-season programme: five games gone, four to go and with a rather eclectic mix of challenges ahead in the shape of a home game against Stoke City under 21s and then away trips to Rhyl and Stafford...

Hednesford Town 1-2 Chester FC 

22 Jul

Hednesford’s new-look side tasted defeat for the first time as National League side Chester FC narrowly edged a well-fought match thanks to ex Pitmen Loanee Tom Peers, as the forward’s clinical strike proved to be the difference between...

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Walsall player 435. Stefan Leroy Moore 

29 Jul

Stefan Leroy Moore (born 28 September 1983) is an English footballer who plays as a striker for Solihull Moors of the Conference North.

Old family pictures 4. 

28 Jul

A few more old family photographs.

Walsall player 434. Tommy Mooney 

28 Jul

Thomas John “Tommy” Mooney (born 11 August 1971) is an English former professional football player who played as a striker.

Walsall player 433. Pablo Simeon Ishmael Mills 

27 Jul

Pablo Simeon Ishmael Mills (born 27 May 1984) is an English footballer.

Old family pictures 3. 

27 Jul

Here are just a few more pictures all pre 1930.

Perceptions and clarity 

27 Jul

I’ve always been careful not to make sweeping statements, particularly when I’ve been in leadership appointments.

Walsall player 432. John Metcalfe 

26 Jul

John Metcalfe (born 2 June 1935) is an English former professional footballer who played in the Football League for Birmingham City, York City, and Walsall.

Old Family Pictures 2. 

26 Jul

Bridgtown Class 1 circa 1913 Girl Guides circa1918 Pupils of Bridgtown School circa 1911 Walsall Road Infants School 1905.

Old Family Pictures. 1. 

26 Jul

Now I have to admit that most of the ancesters in these photos, I don’t know.

Walsall player 431. Paul Charles Merson 

25 Jul

Paul Charles Merson (born 20 March 1968) is an English professional footballer and manager, turned football television pundit.

Walsall player 430. David Mehew 

24 Jul

David Mehew (born 29 October 1967) is a former professional footballer who played in the Football League for Bristol Rovers, Exeter City and Walsall.

Celebrating our Apprentices at the County’s First Graduation Ceremony 

24 Jul

I am sure you will agree that making sure that young people get the right training to get quality jobs should be a key part of plans to grow our economy and as I have spoken about before, apprenticeships are vital to this.

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Features »

Stylish television – Partners in Crime 

29 Jul

It seems that Sunday nights at the BBC are determined to transport us back in time to the 1950s.

5 Ways to Help Save Money for Life 

29 Jul

Have you ever wondered what you would do if an emergency cropped up? Life is full of uncertainty and there are a wide range of things that can go wrong.

Alexa Chung for AG Jeans 

27 Jul

She’s done it again.

Sheltering garden 

27 Jul

The weather has suddenly switched.

Savvy mums do it online! 

27 Jul

We’re so used to having the internet at our fingertips that the virtual world has become our 21st century reality.

My handbag essentials 

26 Jul

What do you consider to be your handbag essentials? I don’t mean the usual – money, keys and phone – we all have to carry those, but what are the other things that you always have in your bag? I change the bag that I use everyday on...

Lamaloli – Clothes that Kids love 

26 Jul

If you are looking for fun and affordable children’s clothes that are perfect for play and everyday wear, then I would definitely suggest you take a look at the Lamaloli Website.

Travel – Cala’n Bosch Menorca 

25 Jul

Cala’n Bosch (also known as Cala’n Bosch or Cala en Bosc) is a lovely, family friendly beach, marina, hotel, and apartment resort  situated on the southwest coast of Minorca.

Traces of 300 year old sweat 

24 Jul

Much of the Peak District National Park in Staffordshire is now untouched countryside...

A day at the beach – What to take 

24 Jul

Even if you are not taking a trip abroad this year, the chances are you will have at least one day at the beach.

How I have created the perfect morning routine 

23 Jul

As you already know, I am not a morning person ! I do try, but it is hard.

Everyone needs a versatile dress in Summer 

23 Jul

What would your definition of a versatile dress be? For me, it is something that I want to have in my wardrobe because I will get lots of wear out of it, for lots of different occasions.

Who’d be a learner driver? 

23 Jul

At the age of 41 I am about to become a learner driver all over again, 20 years after I first started taking lessons.

Vintage at the Manor 

22 Jul

 The Manor House Museum is a jewel in the Midlands crown, a beautiful historic building in West Bromwich that was built in the 13th Century.

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Business »

Briggs Equipment cracks on with new North West facility 

23 Jul

CANNOCK materials handling specialist Briggs Equipment is investing in a new, purpose-built regional facility in Haydock, Merseyside.

Northgate announces chairman change 

30 Jun

VEHICLE hire firm Northgate has announced that Bob Mackenzie will be retiring from his role of chairman at the Company\'s AGM in September.

St Modwen refurbishes Cannock business park 

26 Jun

BIRMINGHAM developer St Modwen is investing in a programme of refurbishment at its Watling Street Business Park in Cannock.

Aggreko rings the changes in search of greater efficiency 

22 Jun

PORTABLE power supplier Aggreko has announced changes to its organisational structure which it believes will improve its operational efficiency.

Rugeley maintenance business snapped up by northern rival 

19 Jun

SPRAYBOOTH Maintenance Services, based in Rugeley, has been bought by Lancashires Beta Group for an undisclosed amount.

M6 Toll operator unveils new chief executive 

15 Jun

THE operator of the UKs only pay-as-you-drive motorway, the M6 Toll, has announced its new chief executive.

Cannock conwoman pays back £85k she embezzled from firm 

21 May

A Cannock based business which was conned out of more than £85,000 by a former worker has finally been repaid all of the money following an eight-year wait.


2 May

Former Blockbuster store in Cannock to become charity shop...


27 Apr

Ex on the Beach star opens mum's salon in Cannock...

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LocalGov »

MASH well placed to help vulnerable children during the summer holidays 

29 Jul

A safeguarding hub in Staffordshire will be helping to protect more vulnerable children during the summer holiday period.

Respect – It’s a two way street 

28 Jul

A Police force-wide summer anti-social behaviour campaign is underway in Staffordshire promoting the importance of all generations showing consideration and tolerance to each other.

Operation tackles proxy sales of alcohol 

28 Jul

An operation has taken place in Rugeley to highlight the serious issue of adults buying alcohol for under 18s.

Council is top performing for parks in the County 

23 Jul

Cannock Chase Council has become one of the top performing Council’s for Green Flag Awards for Parks and Open Spaces in the West Midlands and Staffordshire.

Chase Line Electrification 

23 Jul

Cannock Chase Council were pleased to hear the Government’s confirmation last week, that the £78.2m Chase Line electrification scheme is still on target for completion in December 2017.

Apprentices recognised at county’s first Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony 

23 Jul

Over 150 apprentices from across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent have been recognised for their achievements at the county's first ever Apprentice Graduation Ceremony.

Correspondence with Natural England regards Chasewater duck pond 

22 Jul

Response by Staffordshire County Council to Mr Carroll on 22 July 2015 .

Rugeley Miners Memorial nears completion 

21 Jul

Artist Andy De Comyn is working on the last of the four nine foot mining sculptures, in readiness for unveiling in September.

Correspondence with Natural England regards Chasewater duck pond 

17 Jul

Request to Staffordshire County Council by Mr Carroll .

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Staffordshire Police Open Day Sunday 28 June 

23 Jun

With just days to go until the Open Day this Sunday, Staffordshire Police are busy making final preparations as they set to throw open their gates and host a behind the scenes day at Police Headquarters.

Still time to have your say on Policing and crime in rural areas 

18 Jun

Staffordshire Police is encouraging residents to take part in the biggest ever poll on countryside crime before it closes next week.

Do any of these tools belong to you? 

18 Jun

We want to hear from you if you believe any of these items are yours...

Four arrested after suspicious incident near Cannock ATM 

10 Jun

At around 10.20am on Tuesday 9 June a woman reported experiencing issues at the ATM at the One Stop shop in Rose Hill.

Warning against home security scam 

5 Jun

Police have issued a warning about companies offering to install burglar alarm systems, which come with a hidden £3,000 bill.

We support the biggest ever National Rural Crime Survey 

4 Jun

Staffordshire’s residents urged to make their voices heard by taking part in the National Rural Crime Survey...

We support the biggest ever National Rural Crime Survey 

4 Jun

Staffordshire’s residents urged to make their voices heard by taking part in the National Rural Crime Survey...

Can you help us locate stolen bike? 

2 Jun

Officers from Cannock Chase Local Policing Team (LPT) are appealing for information following the theft of a bicycle in Rugeley.

First conviction for drug driving in Staffordshire 

27 May

Staffordshire Police have secured the first conviction in the county for drug driving.

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