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Homophobic killer of Walsall man Malcolm Benfold marries his gay lover in prison 

28 Mar

Family anger as Marc Goodwin and paedophile Mikhail Gallatinov given permission for same sex marriage in jail...


‘UFO sighting’ in Cannock Chase as hundreds report hearing loud noises from the sky 

28 Mar

Close encounter in Staffordshire could have been secret military drone...


Fine for company after sofa was dumped in Lichfield lay-by 

26 Mar

A company has been fined after a three-piece suite was spotted being dumped from the back of one of its vans in Lichfield.


Cannock businessman handed suspended jail sentence over ‘cut and shut’ stair lift scam 

25 Mar

Paul Nicholson, who ran Classic Stairlifts Ltd, based in Hednesford, convicted after Warwickshire Trading Standards probe...


Did Staffordshire inspire Tolkien’s Middle Earth? 

25 Mar

TODAY is Tolkien day did you know the author had links to Staffordshire?The Lord of The Rings author JRR Tolkien is long rumoured to have taken inspiration for Middle Earth from the magical landscape of The Roaches, near Leek.


County council’s chief executive sees best and worst of Burntwood during visit 

24 Mar

The best and worst of Burntwood have been shown to the interim chief executive of Staffordshire County Council during a visit to the town.


20 sightings of werewolf at Cannock Chase 

22 Mar

Paranormal Investigator Damon Simms explores the dingiest corners of some of Staffordshire's spookiest places.


Taxi driver who hid points for string of speeding offences is jailed 

22 Mar

Mohammed Qayam a black cab driver was clocked at 51mph in a 30mph zone...


Hottest ‘croc curry’ restaurant holds contest to find champion eater 

21 Mar

Eaterie which featured on TV show launches new competition...


Baddeley Green granddaughter raises more than £1,000 in… 

19 Mar

CARING Leanne Ashworth has raised more than 1,200 in memory of her bright spark nan by organising a musical variety show.


BMW theft gang jailed for 14 years after crime spree 

13 Mar

Trio were only arrested after high speed chase on M6 and M5...


‘Ay up, youth, dost wanna take a selfie?’ 

12 Mar

TAKING 'selfies' may be a hobby for many but two photographers are hoping to set a unique record with the phenomenon.


Stone woman Becky Tait’s inquest planned for today 

12 Mar

AN inquest into the death of a woman who died after being struck by a train is due to take place today.


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Sport »

Match Preview: Oxford City (H) 

28 Mar

Hednesford Town boss Rob Smith is determined his side will move on from the run of form that may cost them dear in the race for the Vanarama Conference North play-offs, culminating with last week’s disastrous second half showing against Tamworth...


Promotion for Ladies 3s 

25 Mar

Cannock Ladies 3s finished a fantastic season in style on Saturday with a 7-0 thumping of 3rd placed WATS at Chase Park on Saturday lunchtime.


Carl Froch heading to Cannock 

25 Mar

World champion boxer Carl Froch is to appear at a Cannock sports bar, organisers have revealed.


Satnall & Shugborough WM League event – Sun 29th March 

23 Mar

This weekend is our West Midland League event on Satnall & Shugborough.


Extra efforts given 

23 Mar

With the golden girls out at Futsal, Dodger at Wembley, Ben AWOL and Dynamo on his sick bed, the Dragons were left with a rather small handful of players.


Not the average 0 – 0 !!! 

23 Mar

The Meerkats planned to attack on a 24km (15 mile) front between Serre, north of the Ancre, and Curlu, north of Stafford.


Captain’s Weekly News 22nd March 

22 Mar

What a great event at Bentley Wood today.


U7 pumas! Week 22, Pumas Carry on Confident” 

22 Mar

Game 1 vs Wyrley Tigers Charlie Ashley Footes struck for the pumas with 4 stunning goals today with the pumas continuing on their path to improve every game possible with great passing a quick and effective closing down of play.


Tamworth 3 – 1 Hednesford Town 

22 Mar

Hednesford Town’s Vanarama Conference North play-off hopes took what could prove to be a critical blow at The Lamb as a Tamworth side, just a point ahead in fourth place before kick-off, scored three unanswered goals in a harrowing second...


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Walsall player 324. Donald Ralph “Don” Goodman 

28 Mar

Donald Ralph “Don” Goodman (born 9 May 1966) is an English former professional footballer who played as a striker.


Walsall player 323. William “Billy” Charles Goffin 

28 Mar

William “Billy” Charles Goffin (12 December 1920 – 15 September 1987), was a former English professional footballer best known for his time at Aston Villa.


Can you Help The Police? 

28 Mar

This is the harrowing picture of the car that killed young Adam Jones (15) in Wednesbury the other night.


sounds of the gloaming 

27 Mar

sounds of the gloaming .


Walsall player 322. Thomas Godfrey 

27 Mar

Thomas Godfrey (15 January 1904 – 1983) was a Scottish footballer who played in the Football League for Stoke City, Swindon Town and Walsall.


Walsall player 321. Clifford “Cliff” Godfrey 

27 Mar

Clifford “Cliff” Godfrey (born 17 February 1909, date of death unknown) was an English professional footballer.


Walsall player 320. Anthony Leonard “Tony” Godden 

26 Mar

Anthony Leonard “Tony” Godden (born 2 August 1955) is an English former football goalkeeper who played in the Football League for West Bromwich Albion, Luton Town, Walsall, Chelsea, Birmingham City, Bury and Peterborough United.


Walsall player 319. Claude Gnakpa Johouri 

26 Mar

Claude Gnakpa Johouri (born 9 June 1983 in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône) is a French footballer of Ivorian descent who is currently plays for Salgaocar F.


Walsall player 318 Simon James Gillett 

25 Mar

Simon James Gillett (born 6 November 1985) is an English footballer who plays for Football League One side Yeovil Town.


Walsall player 317. Matthew James Gill 

25 Mar

Matthew James Gill (born 8 November 1980) is an English footballer who plays as a midfielder.


Wembley Pictures 22nd March 2015. 

25 Mar

Old Wembley Way(above) New W W (below) This one has to become our Official Saddlers Club Flag.


Walsall player 316. Colin John Gibson 

24 Mar

Colin John Gibson (born 6 April 1960) is an English former footballer.


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Features »

Arnold Bennett in Cyprus 

27 Mar

As regular readers know, I do like unexpected references to home whenever I leave Staffordshire.


Update that Kitchen with Lily Loray 

27 Mar

In fashion, when we can’t afford to buy a complete new outfit, we try an update with accessories instead.


Maximising your bedroom space 

27 Mar

It is a common problem.


The Top Two Plus-Size Online Fashion Catalogues for Women 

26 Mar

So, you’ve found the perfect dress for an upcoming event, but guess what? The shop doesn’t have your size.


Smiggle has a new website – Check out the goodies! 

26 Mar

Late last year I attended the opening of a new stationary store in Birmingham’s Bullring.


Wallis unveil their latest W Collection 

26 Mar

Following on from the success of previous ‘W’ Collections, Wallis have recently unveiled their latest range, and I think it might be the best yet.


Gudrun Sjoden – taking inspiration from the Far East 

25 Mar

This Spring, Scandinavian fashion legend Gudrun Sjoden is taking her inspiration from Far Eastern travels, with collections inspired by Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan and China.


A Beautiful Mind at Harvey Nichols, Birmingham 

25 Mar

There was a big night of beauty taking place at Harvey Nichols in Birmingham’s Mailbox last Thursday.


Supporting Your Breasts Throughout Pregnancy 

25 Mar

It’s hard to accurately explain the level of change your breasts will go through during pregnancy, even if their outward appearance doesn’t seem that affected.


Mass UFO Sighting At Cannock Chase 24/03/2015 

24 Mar

Credit Evening guys! This might be one of the fastest blog posts I've ever typed, and there is a pretty good reason for me wanting to get it online as quickly as possible.


All is not as it appears 

24 Mar

It is always incredibly disappointing for me whenever I happen to pass this 'ancient cross'.


How to properly heal after an injury 

24 Mar

All those that are doing sports can expect to be injured sooner or later.


Reviewed – Yellow Crepe Jacket from House of Fraser 

24 Mar

Last year saw House of Fraser launch it’s very first plus size offering, with a range that pulled from collections like Scarlett and Jo, Evans, Chesca and Marina Rinaldi.


Get the Emma Watson evening look with Esprit 

23 Mar

It is sometimes hard to believe that Emma Watson was once that little girl we were introduced to in the Harry Potter series of films.


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Business »

Aggreko scores at World Cup but sees profits dip 

5 Mar

PORTABLE power supplier Aggreko has revealed that its profit before tax dipped by 13% in the year ending December 31.


St Modwen buys South Staffordshire industrial park 

3 Mar

BIRMINGHAM-based developer St Modwen has bought an industrial estate in Great Wyrley, Staffordshire.


Toolmaker targets growth after new funding deal 

2 Mar

A STAFFORDSHIRE toolmaker has furthered its growth ambitions after purchasing two new pieces of equipment.


Goodfish acquires Powell & Harber thanks to Finance Birmingham funding deal 

27 Feb

Based in Cannock, Goodfish employs 30 people and has clients in markets including the USA, Ireland, Portugal, Hungary and Poland as well as the UK...


£1m funding enables Goodfish to snap up firm 

26 Feb

TOOLMAKING and injection moulding company Goodfish has acquired complementary business Powell & Harber after securing £1m in debt and equity investment from Finance Birmingham.


Healthcare firm charts growth after new funding deal 

6 Feb

A CANNOCK-based firm that provides services to healthcare professionals throughout the country is charting growth after securing a new funding deal.


22,000 sq ft letting for St Modwen at Staffs business park 

28 Jan

DEVELOPER St Modwen has secured a letting at its Watling Street Business Park site near Cannock.


APC Overnight to hold second recruitment day for former City Link employees 

13 Jan

PARCEL delivery company APC Overnight is set to host a second recruitment open day for former City Link employees.


Aggreko powers on with contract wins in South America and Africa 

7 Jan

PORTABLE power supplier Aggreko has signed a two year contract in Argentina and extended an existing contract in the Ivory Coast.


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LocalGov »

Dog fouling, 28th March 

28 Mar

Dog fouling on the pavement of Longstaff avenue and on the grass at the edge of the pavement on ironstone road (opposite the field and bus stop).


Backbench Business – Valedictory Debate | Elections for Positions in the House | Commons debates 

26 Mar

In the short time available, I want to take the opportunity to thank all the people who have made standing here, in this cockpit of the nation, possible for a humble lad from Birmingham.


Backbench Business – Valedictory Debate | Elections for Positions in the House | Commons debates 

26 Mar

In the short time available, I want to take the opportunity to thank all the people who have made standing here, in this cockpit of the nation, possible for a humble lad from Birmingham.


Churchbridge junction upgrade complete 

24 Mar

Cannock Chase Council have welcomed the recent completion of the Pinchpoint scheme upgrade at Churchbridge junction.


Cabinet Member for Economic Development visits Amazon Fulfillment Centre 

24 Mar

Councillor Gordon Alcott, Portfolio Leader for Economic Development and Planning has recently visited the Amazon Fulfillment Centre to see the improvements made to increase capacity at its store.


Transformation of Mill Street underpass is now underway 

24 Mar

Preparation works are now underway to transform the Mill Street underpass in Cannock.


Staffordshire Marketplace helps local people keep up with the Jones’ 

24 Mar

A new online directory that supports local organisations and helps people of all ages to find wellbeing support and activities has been launched in Staffordshire.


Winners of Easter art competition announced! 

23 Mar

Sixteen lucky youngsters from the District have been awarded with Easter goody bags after winning an Easter eggstravaganza art competition.


Local liaison group to be set up to improve resident issues 

23 Mar

Cannock Chase Council in partnership with Norton Aluminium Ltd are setting up a liaison group in Norton Canes for local residents.


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Can you help us catch man who carried out vicious assault in Cannock? 

23 Mar

Police are appealing for help to catch an offender who carried out a violent assault on a man in Cannock.


Cannock residents – do you recognise these suspected stolen items? 

23 Mar

We're trying to trace the owners of a Black & Decker angle grinder and a Lynx jet wash which were recovered during an investigation into burglaries in the Cannock area.


West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit 

19 Mar

The West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit (WM ROCU) is a collaboration between the police forces of Staffordshire, West Midlands, West Mercia and Warwickshire to fight organised crime across the region.


Statement from Temporary Chief Constable Jane Sawyers in response to the determination of Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner on Operation Kalmia 

18 Mar

Temporary Chief Constable Jane Sawyers: “I welcome the determination the Police and Crime Commissioner has reached and remain grateful for the support family, friends and colleagues have given me during the investigation.


Police launch next phase of Counter Terrorism campaign to prevent tragedies 

16 Mar

The National Police Counter Terrorism Network and partners have rolled out the next phase of an awareness raising campaign designed to reach out to families, to help prevent young people travelling to Syria.


Trio jailed after high value car thefts 

13 Mar

Three men have been jailed for a total of 14 years after their plot to steal high value cars in the south of Staffordshire was foiled by police.


Three men arrested on suspicion of burglary in Hednesford 

13 Mar

Three men were arrested on suspicion of burglary following an incident in Hednesford.


Did you witness an assault in Chadsmoor? 

5 Mar

Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault that happend in Sankey Road, Chadsmoor, on Saturday 28 February.


Three arrested after warrants in Cannock area 

5 Mar

Acting on concerns raised by the community officers carried out three search warrants in Bowes Drive, Chadsmoor, Mill Pool Road and Mount Street in Hednesford between 7am and 9am today, Thursday 5 March.


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