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First MoT Remain at 3 Years to Protect Road Safety 

18 Jan 18

Ministers put road safety first as they today decided to maintain the period before a car’s first MoT test at 3 years.


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Measles Outbreak in West Midlands and 4 Other Areas of England 

16 Jan 18

Outbreaks of measles have been confirmed in the West Midlands and four other areas of England with a total of more than 120 cases.


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Tax Free Childcare Scheme Now Available to Parents of Under 9s 

16 Jan 18

In April 2017, HM Revenue and Customs started rolling out Tax-Free Childcare, which helps working parents with the cost of childcare with up to £2,000 of support per child per year, or £4,000 for disabled children.


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Beware of Courier Fraud 

16 Jan 18

Staffordshire Police are reminding people to be aware of courier fraud where offenders are cold calling victims purporting to be police officers with the intention of obtaining personal and financial information.


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Council Opens New Play Area in Tamworth 

16 Jan 18

Young children and families can no…


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New Measures to Improve the Safety of Tenants 

14 Jan 18

Secretary of State for Housing Sajid Javid today confirmed government support for new legislation that will help ensure rented homes are safe and give tenants the right to take legal action when landlords fail in their duties.


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Retailers Sign Up to Voluntary Ban on Acid Sales 

7 Jan 18

Some of the UK’s largest retailers have agreed to voluntarily stop sales of acids to customers under 18 years old.


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Blue UK Passport to Return after EU Exit 

22 Dec 17

After Brexit, the UK travel document will no longer be required to conform to EU standards.


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Purse Thefts in the Tamworth Area 

17 Dec 17

Over the recent weeks, there has been a rise in purse and wallet thefts in Tamworth town centre and Ventura Park where organised groups are targeting unsuspecting victims in those areas.


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Fraudulent HMRC Calls to the Tamworth Area 

17 Dec 17

Staffordshire Police are reporting that there has been a current trend of calls being reported from Tamworth residents stating they have received calls from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.


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Birmingham Airport Fined After Young Child Injured 

15 Dec 17

Birmingham Airport Limited has been fined after a six-year-old boy became trapped in a baggage conveyor.


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Walking Football for the Over 50’s Coming to Tamworth 

12 Dec 17

A new initiative to help people aged 50 and over stay active and enjoy a kick-about is shooting into Tamworth in the New Year.


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New THINK! Road Safety Campaign Launched to Help Cut Child Deaths 

24 Nov 17

Road Safety Minister Jesse Norman has launched a new road safety campaign aimed at teachers and schools to help cut child fatalities.


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Men and Women Asked Not to Miss Out on Bowel Screening 

24 Nov 17

PHE is calling on all men and women, aged over 60, to get screened for bowel cancer after the latest figures show over 40% are not getting tested – with embarrassment over providing a stool sample one of the reasons, among men in particular, that …


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For the Fallen 

12 Nov 17

Solemn the drums thrill: Death August and Royal Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.


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Fake Remembrance Merchandise Seized by Border Force 

12 Nov 17

Border Force officers have seized fake poppy branded jewellery, key rings and scarves estimated to be worth approximately £150,000.


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Call for Women to Get Life-Saving Smear Test 

7 Nov 17

Public Health England (PHE) has issued a fresh appeal to young women to take up the invitation of a cervical cancer test as new figures published today show a fall in the number of 25 to 29-year-old women being tested.


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Views Sought on Reward and Return Schemes for Drinks Containers 

27 Oct 17

The Government today  invited views  on how reward and return schemes for drinks containers could work in England by issuing a call for evidence.


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Tyre Safety Blitz to Drive down Road Incidents 

27 Oct 17

Highways England is marking the end of Tyre Safety Month by revealing a series of initiatives it is developing or already delivering to help drive down the number of people killed and injured on the country’s motorways and major A roads.


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Fines to Double for Rubbish Thrown from Cars 

24 Oct 17

Litter louts will face on-the-spot fines of up to £150, almost double the current limit, the Government has announced.


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Single-Sex English Classes Introduced at Southampton School 

20 Oct 17

A head teacher who introduced single-sex GCSE English classes in September in a bid to improve exam results has said he is “very impressed” with the way it has been working.


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Life Sentences for Killer Drivers 

15 Oct 17

Killer drivers face life behind bars after plans to increase maximum sentences received resounding support from families and campaigners.


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Goodbye Round Pound – 7 Days Left to Spend Them 

9 Oct 17

As the round pound enters its final week, shoppers are today being reminded they have just seven days to use these coins before they swap the high street for the history books.


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Drugs, Weapons and Cash Seized in Police Raids in Tamworth 

3 Oct 17

Staffordshire Police have seized drugs, weapons, stolen items and cash in a series of raids at addresses in Tamworth.


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Bags for Life Can Pose Food Poisoning Risk 

2 Oct 17

Bags for life pose a food poisoning risk if they are used to carry raw foods such as meat and fish, a consumer watchdog is warning.