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Cannock Chase black-eyed child: The hunt is on… 

25 Oct

As spooky phenomenon grips interest across the world, Mail reporter Mike Lockley joined paranormal experts on a ghost hunt across the Chase...

M6 Toll U-turn lorry driver in court 

25 Oct

A lorry driver appears in court accused of performing a U-turn on the M6 Toll motorway near Lichfield.

Cannock field cordoned off in search for missing man after clothes found 

24 Oct

Police have been hunting for Stephen Greatrix, 45, for six months...

Comic flees Cannock restaurant in alert sparked by world’s hottest curry 

24 Oct

Omid Djalili among 100 diners forced to leave Dilshad after chef set fire to liquid capcicum and filled building with fumes...

Rugeley police officer shooting: Gunman transferred to psychiatric unit 

21 Oct

Officer was injured while  investigating reports of a disturbance at an address in Wat Tyler Close...

Staffordshire Police officer shot in the eye in Rugeley 

20 Oct

A POLICE officer has been shot in the eye by a man armed with an air rifle in Rugeley.

Staffordshire police officer shot in the eye during 999 call in Rugeley 

20 Oct

It happened in Wat Tyler Close, Rugeley, at 7.30pm yesterday...

Firefighters tackling forklift truck blaze inside a property in… 

17 Oct

Fire crews are currently tackling a forklift truck blaze at a property in Stafford.

Cannock Chase Black Eyed Child: EXCLUSIVE ‘first photo’ 

16 Oct

The first ever image of the global phenomenon has been snapped close to Birches Valley visitors centre by Christine Hamlett...

Cheslyn Hay gardener bitten by snake as he worked on allotment 

16 Oct

Mick Astbury was at his allotment in Cheslyn Hay, near Walsall, when he was bitten by an adder which climbed up his trousers.

Has this Stoke-on-Trent mum captured the black-eyed child of… 

15 Oct

WITH Halloween fast approaching, The Sentinel recently reported on the notorious 'black-eyed child' of Cannock Chase - a ghostly sighting that has been spotted numerous times at the Staffordshire beauty sport.

Abbots Bromley students make donations to local food bank 

15 Oct

The Revd Vivienne Flanaghan with staff and pupils from Abbots Bromley School.

900 new homes on way to Hednesford 

14 Oct

More than 900 new homes have been earmarked for Hednesford after plans for a huge development including a new school, shops and road were expanded - leaving residents fearing the area cannot cope.

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Barton Night-O Results 

25 Oct

The 9th night-O of the 2014 series took place on Thursday night around Barton-under-Needwood organised by Neil Lawford.

Wyrley Girls off to Wembley! 

24 Oct

The Club’s girls’ section is taking nearly 110 players and parents to the England v Germany Ladies match at Wembley next month! Wow! Thanks Steve Willis for organising.

Thumbs up for Non League Day’s success as Vanarama donates thousands to Prostate Cancer UK 

23 Oct

Commercial vehicle leasing business Vanarama( www.

Newlife Santa Dash – who’s up for it? 

23 Oct

The club has a history of supporting charities – Meningitis UK, Acorns Hospice, RBL, Compton Hospice, Birmingham Children’s Hospital to name a few.

Transfer News 

22 Oct

Today we have completed the transfer of midfielder Richard Batchelor from Leamington FC.

Walsall Wood 2 – 1 Hednesford Town 

22 Oct

Storm Batters The Wood As Pitmen Shocked … Hednesford Town crashed out of the Staffordshire Senior Cup to Midland League Premier Division Walsall Wood as the game at Oak Park was played out in quite possibly the worst conditions in which...

We came, we scored and we nearly chucked it away!!!! 

19 Oct

Stoke Town Ladies 3 v Wyrley Meerkats 5 ‘Its a funny old game’ ain’t it! If a game was worthy of the cliché ‘A game of 2 halves’ this were to be it! The Meerkat troupe headed North to meet our northern rivals Stoke...

Penkridge Night-O Results 

19 Oct

Last Thursday saw the first night-O of the winter season.

Wyrley Juniors United weekend match report 19_10_2014 

19 Oct

Match Report:- Wyrley Juniors United U14’s Season 2014-15 Lichfield League Division 1.

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Walsall Born Player 58. George Garratly 

25 Oct

George Garratly Personal information Full name George Garratly Date of birth October 1888 Place of birth Walsall, England Playing position Defender Senior career Years...

A Little bit of History! 

25 Oct

Here are some of my brothers memorabilia from the last 70 years of Walsall Football club.

Walsall Born Player 57. Billy Gallier 

25 Oct

Billy Gallier Personal information Full name William Henry Gallier Date of birth 24 April 1932 Place of birth Tamworth, England Date of death 6 February 2011 (aged 78) Playing position Utility Youth career             West Bromwich Albion...

Walsall Born? Defin a Walsall Player 56. Reg Foulkes 

25 Oct

Reg Foulkes Personal information Full name Reg Foulkes Date of birth Place of birth Playing position Defender Senior career Years                                          Team...

Walsall Born Player 55. Mel Eves 

24 Oct

Mel Eves Personal information Full name Melvyn James Eves Date of birth 10 September 1956 (age 58) Place of birth Darlaston, England Playing position Attacker Senior career Years...

Walsall Born Player 54 Neil Davis 

24 Oct

Neil Davis Personal information Full name Neil Davis Date of birth 15 August 1973 (age 41) Place of birth Bloxwich, England Playing position Striker Club information Current team Coleshill Town Senior career Years...

Walsall Born Players 53. Richard Davies 

24 Oct

Richard Davies Personal information Full name Richard Peter Davies Date of birth 15 May 1990 (age 24) Place of birth Willenhall, England Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Playing position Midfielder Club information Current team Barrow Youth career ?–2008 ...

For Whom the Bell Tolls 

24 Oct

The site of the Old Tollgate Cottage, near Orgreave.

Walsall Born Walsall Player 52. Kelvin Clarke 

23 Oct

Kelvin Clarke Personal information Full name Kelvin Leslie Clarke Date of birth 16 July 1957 (age 57) Place of birth Willenhall, England Height 6ft1 Playing position Defender Youth career – Walsall Senior career Years...

Walsall Born Walsall Player 51. Derek Clarke 

23 Oct


Walsall Wood in Wonderland… 

23 Oct

There was a real treat for the Walsall Wood fans on Tuesday Evening last (21st October 2014) as a patchy home team were proven unexpectedly superior to their visitors, and the Woodmen fought to a very respectable victory over Hednesford.

Whitehall Infant School 1899-1923 (part 2): The Sarah Jane Parker Story 

22 Oct

Whitehall Infant Department, 1926 photographed by W Bullock.

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Destination Christmas has arrived at Selfridges 

25 Oct

When do you officially start your countdown to Christmas? Is it when you first realise that every advert on TV is for some sort of toy? Is it when you see the giant tins of Quality street have arrived in your local supermarket? Maybe your countdown ...

Steam Railways in Preservation in the 1980-90s August 26 – September 2 1988 – ‘Bahamas’ 

25 Oct

Steam Railways in Preservation in the 1980-90s August 26 – September 2 1988 – ‘Bahamas’ 45596 Bahamas   13 December 2012  Thomas’s Pics Licensing:  Creative Commons  attribution This file is licensed under the Creative ...

Another triumphant Return for Disney on Ice 

24 Oct

The latest Disney on Ice show ’100 years of magic’ landed in Birmingham on Wednesday night, and once more proved that when it comes to enchanting adults and children alike, Disney has no equal.

For Whom the Bell Tolls 

24 Oct

The site of the Old Tollgate Cottage, near Orgreave.

Another couple of Half-Term Events – Hednesford, Staffs 

24 Oct

Another couple of Half-Term Events  Hednesford, Staffs And don’t forget – Chasewater Railway’s diesel Service on Thursday...

Canal News – October 25-26, Middlewich Floating Market, The Wartime Port – 1940s Event 

23 Oct

Canal News – October 25-26 Floating market in Middlewich 24 – 26 Oct 2014 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Address Situated off Salinae Field/Lewin Street, Town Bridge, CW10 9AS Find a unique christmas gift at Middlewich’s floating market ...

Deceptive bus station 

23 Oct

Like all bus stations, the main feeling on entering the main bus-hub in Stoke on Trent is of encountering an atmosphere of lost hope.

Spooky style from Topshop 

23 Oct

It’s a fact – Halloween dressing up is no longer just for the kids.

Michelin Winter Driving Campaign 

23 Oct

As the Autumn days continue to drift away, our thoughts turn to winter.

Forthcoming Events – October Half-Term – Chasewater Railway, Lichfield,Walsall 

22 Oct

Forthcoming Events – October Half-Term Chasewater Railway Half Term – A diesel hauled train service will be running on Thurs 30th October, departs Brownhills West station at 11am, 12:15, 13:30 and 14:45.

A touch of Halloween from Sainsburys 

22 Oct

The witching hour (OK day) is almost upon us, and it seems that Halloween is now a big event on every little boy or girls social calendar.

Top Hat brings Hollywood Glamour to the Wolverhampton Grand 

22 Oct

The glamour and elegance of the Hollywood musical came to the Wolverhampton Grand last night, for the opening of the award-winning musical delight that is Top Hat.

October 21st – A dreadful wind and threatening rain menaced me… 

22 Oct

October 21st - A dreadful wind and threatening rain menaced me on the way to work, but fortuitously, it also blew me back.

Seighford angel flies 

21 Oct

This grave angel appears about to fly; it really is a fine piece of stonework.

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Taxi and mini-cab firms at loggerheads over new bus-lanes proposal in Hanley 

24 Oct

Mini-cab firms are to be given a one-year trial where they will be able to use some bus lanes in Hanley.

Briggs invests £10.5m in short-term solutions 

22 Oct

CANNOCK-based materials handling firm Briggs Equipment is investing £10.5m in its short-term rental fleet.

Traffic volumes rise along M6 Toll 

17 Oct

TRAFFIC volumes along the M6 Toll have seen an improvement as operators claim improved customer confidence in the route.

Jobs boost for Staffs as Amazon announces workforce expansion plans 

14 Oct

ONLINE retail giant Amazon has said it is to create another 1,000 jobs at its eight fulfilment centres in the UK, including its base at Rugeley.

Briggs secures £250,000 contract with Car Parts Industries 

2 Oct

CANNOCK-based Briggs Equipment has won a new contract worth £250,000 to supply materials handling equipment to remanufacturer of automotive parts Car Parts Industries (CPI).

Staffordshire accountancy firms merge to support growth 

26 Sep

TWO chartered accountancy firms in Staffordshire are to merge in order to strengthen their business offering to the region.

Further lettings secured at Gateway Retail Park 

17 Sep

TREBOR Developments and Hortons Estate have secured TK Maxx and Burger King as tenants for their Gateway Retail Park joint venture in Cannock.

Osborne announces new jobs in Cannock visit 

4 Sep

More than 900 jobs are being created by hardware and DIY retailer Screwfix, it was revealed today as George Osborne visited the West Midlands.

Sports Direct store to open in Cannock 

25 Aug

A new discount sports store is opening on a retail park in Cannock, creating 16 jobs.

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Translation Services, Face to Face Interpreting and Telephone Interpreting 

24 Oct

Response by Cannock Chase District Council to Harold Smith on 24 October 2014 .

Successful Halloween/Bonfire night campaign returns- Pumpkin Patrol is coming… 

22 Oct

Cannock Chase Council’s ‘THINK – be aware who you scare’ campaign is back this Halloween and Bonfire night.

Funding programme tailor made to help airfield lighting company 

20 Oct

A world market-leading company is relocating to Rugeley after receiving funding from the region’s leading business support programme.

Residents encouraged to get FREE flu jab 

20 Oct

Residents living in Cannock Chase District are being advised to have the seasonal flu vaccination as part of Public Health England’s ‘Flu Kills’ campaign.

Street clean, 19th October 

19 Oct

The street requires some attention from the local authorities.

Theatre Workshop with X-Factor Coach 

15 Oct

On Tuesday 28th October, 7 - 18 year olds can visit the Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock and take part in drama and music based workshops supported by Adam Seager of Ambient Night Productions...

Theatre Workshop with X-Factor Coach 

15 Oct

On Tuesday 28th October, 7 - 18 year olds can come along and spend the day taking part in drama and music based workshops, supported by Adam Seager of Ambient Night Productions.

Free ‘MOT’ health checks for cabbies and bus drivers 

10 Oct

Cabbies in the District got a free ‘MOT’ health check in Cannock and Rugeley at a recent event.

Firms in Cannock District urged to beat funding deadline 

9 Oct

Businesses in the Cannock District are being encouraged to beat a deadline if they want to secure grant funding from a leading business support programme.

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Firearms Surrender 

24 Oct

Staffordshire Police will be holding a two-week opportunity for people to surrender unwanted firearms and ammunition starting 27 October to 9 November 2014.

Sixth man jailed for child exploitation 

24 Oct

A sixth man was jailed today for his role in the sexual exploitation of a child in Staffordshire.

Police dog Alfie hangs up his harness 

24 Oct

One of Staffordshire Police’s most successful employees has retired after eight years loyal service, dog and pup.

Officer injured in the line of duty 

20 Oct

We received a call from colleagues in the ambulance service at around 7.30 pm on Sunday 19 October requesting assistance under the Mental Health Act at an address on Wat Tyler Close in Rugeley.

Euro Forces Reunite Against Cross-Border Crime 

20 Oct

Staffordshire Police taking part in the third collaboration between UK and European forces in tackling international criminality on the UK road network.

New Act Encourages Partnership Working on ASB 

17 Oct

New legislation will give power to victims of anti-social behaviour to request a review of how their cases have been handled.

County advocates join anti-cyberbullying campaign 

16 Oct

The Staffordshire branches of two national advocacy groups have pledged their support to a campaign led by Staffordshire Police to stem the tide of cyberbullying in the county.

Gearing Up to Drive Down Car Key Burglary 

9 Oct

Staffordshire Police is to roll out a series of high-tech devices to car owners who are at higher risk of having their houses broken into and the keys to luxury cars stolen.

Staffordshire Police Force Awards 

9 Oct

The Staffordshire Police Force Annual Awards take place tomorrow at the County Showground.

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