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Investigation underway into what sparked HUGE woodland blaze at… 

27 Apr

An investigation has been launched into what sparked a huge woodland blaze.

Inmate found hanging in Featherstone Prison cell had given ‘no sign of bullying’ 

27 Apr

A prisoner found hanging in his cell at HMP Featherstone told a nurse he had been in a fight with a cellmate at another jail less than a month earlier, an inquest heard.

Boy, 12, among three people arrested over vehicle Kinver Edge break-ins 

22 Apr

Three people including a 12-year-old boy have been arrested following a string of vehicle break-ins around Kinver Edge.

£150,000 work heading to Himley Road traffic jam junction 

21 Apr

A notorious junction will undergo £150,000 worth of improvements to combat jams, it has been revealed.

Prolific criminal terrified hospital worker by trying to steal… 

19 Apr

Prolific offender Steven Barker terrified two women drivers as he tried to steal their cars.

Tamworth care home fire was caused by discarded cigarette 

18 Apr

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have called for people to take care disposing of smoking materials.

Lorry driver caught driving wrong way down M6 Toll Road 

18 Apr

A lorry driver was pulled over after heading down the motorway in the wrong direction.

Mobile CCTV plan for Essington to curb surge in burglaries and fly-tipping 

18 Apr

Big brother-style cameras could go up around a crime-plagued village battling against a surge in burglaries and fly-tipping.

Injured woman airlifted to hospital from Kinver Edge 

13 Apr

A woman had to be airlifted and helped by a 4x4 driver after suffering a nasty ankle injury while on a family walk.

Lloyds Bank to close Stafford, Brewood and Birmingham branches 

5 Apr

Lloyds Bank is shutting branches in Stafford, Brewood and Birmingham as part of a wave of 100 closures nationwide that will result in more than 200 job losses.

Warning after car keys fished through letterbox in Wombourne 

5 Apr

Police have warned residents of a village on the outskirts of Wolverhampton to be ‘on their guard’ following two burglaries in two days.

Stalker, 43, bombarded ex-partner with calls and followed her in… 

31 Mar

Stalker Terence Ball bombarded his ex-partner with phone calls, threatened her and followed her in his car following their split.

£46k raised for Bentilee baby Riley Clay to have cancer… 

31 Mar

Almost 50,000 has been raised towards the cost of funding revolutionary treatment in America for a baby struck down with cancer.

Dad kicked in head by son, 24 – in row over ‘loud’ TV 

31 Mar

Aggressive Samuel Hussey kicked his dad in the face - after they rowed about the television being on too loud.

Big Issue: Who is going to stay at the Hanley Hilton? 

30 Mar

Global hospitality giant Hilton has unveiled plans for a 140-bedroom hotel in Stoke-on-Trent city centre.

Hilton announces plans for Stoke-on-Trent city centre hotel 

30 Mar

Global hospitality giant Hilton has unveiled plans for a hotel in Stoke-on-Trent city centre.

VIDEO: The 13 North Staffordshire and South Cheshire drug dealers… 

30 Mar

An organised Crewe-based crime gang involved in the supply of cocaine has been jailed for almost 65 years.

Lichfield Canal tunnel appeal raises £200,000 in two months 

29 Mar

An appeal to raise money for a new tunnel under the cross city railway line has raised more than £200,000 in just two months.

To be Frank: Bruno pops into Penkridge chip shop 

25 Mar

Frank Bruno might be the former heavyweight champion of the world but he still tucks into a portion of fish and chips on a Friday night.

Great Wyrley crash: Driver faces jail after grandmother died and daughter seriously injured 

25 Mar

A driver is facing jail after admitting causing the death of a grandmother and seriously injuring her daughter.

Confirmation work to solve flooding on Chasetown High Street will start in April 

24 Mar

A notorious Burntwood flooding hotspot could be fixed – but not until next month.

Controversial Codsall commuter car park is backed 

23 Mar

A controversial car park for rail commuters will be built in a village – despite fierce opposition from campaigners.

Bosses rule out South Staffordshire College and Walsall College merger 

20 Mar

A formal merger between South Staffordshire and Walsall colleges has been ruled out by their principals and governors.

Shock as staff locked up by armed robbers during raid on Co-op supermarket 

17 Mar

Traders and residents spoke of their shock as armed raiders struck at a Co-op shop in a South Staffordshire village.

Town crier to take centre stage at Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust’s spring show 

13 Mar

The city’s town crier will be part of a group performing at the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust’s spring show.

Holy Wombourne watering hole is blessed by priest after revamp 

10 Mar

Alcohol is believed by many Christians to be a gift from God – so it was fitting that a priest should bless a pub following its six-figure revamp.

Ex-inmate reveals horrors behind bars at Featherstone Prison 

7 Mar

"When I got out of that place I swore I’d never go back.

The future of social work education in universities is under threat 

7 Mar

by June Thoburn, Brid Featherstone and Kate Morris Much attention has been paid to the climbdowns the government was forced into on key clauses in the Children and Social Work Bill last week, with critics labelling the handling of the bill a shambles.

Warning to drivers as Essington road floods 

3 Mar

Drivers in Staffordshire were facing a wet drive home today after an A road flooded near the M6.

DX Freight’s bid for £36m Essington super hub REFUSED again 

28 Feb

Controversial plans for DX Freight’s £36 million super hub have been refused for the second time.

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