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Drivers warned as hundreds of cars are crushed

Police have crushed 350 vehicles across Staffordshire in the last few months because drivers had no insurance or licence. New figures from Staffordshire Police show that between 1st April and 30th September this year 948 vehicles were seized for having no insurance or licence and 350 of them were crushed. Chief Inspector Vera Bloor said: “Some vehicles with no tax ...

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Pupils urged to be bright and be seen this winter

Parents in Stone are being urged to make sure their children are safe and seen as the dark nights draw in. The Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership has funded 10,000 reflective dangle discs and wristbands which are being handed out to primary-aged children. County councillor Mike Maryon, Cabinet member for road safety, said: “The Be Bright, Be Seen campaign is a ...

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Look out for elderly this winter says fire service

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people in Stone to help their elderly friends and family members to stay safe from fire in their homes this winter. Statistics reveal more accidental house fires take place during winter than at any other time and last winter four elderly people died following fires in their homes, two of which involved portable ...

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Singing firefighters celebrate internet hit

Firefighters in Stone have played their part in making a fire and rescue service video an internet hit. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service launched their Push the Button spoof to help raise awareness of their smoke alarm campaign. And in its first week, the video – which features staff at the fire service headquarters in Stone – was viewed more ...

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Stone supermarket trap snared security guard

A security guard who stole £20,000 worth of takings he collected from supermarkets was caught red-handed after a trap was laid at Stone’s Morrisons supermarket. Group 4 van driver Stuart Grey would park up after collecting cash from Morrisons, Asda or Somerfield and remove a bundle containing £1,000, Stafford Crown Court heard on 28th October. He was caught when Morrisons ...

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Book festival makes £8,000 loss

September’s Stone Book Festival lost the town council almost £8,000 after disappointing ticket sales for some of the events. Despite attracting big names like Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and Labour peer Lord Hattersley, the festival failed to break even, as the town council had hoped. The council spent £13,000 on the event but made a net loss of £7,908. ...

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Morrisons applies for extended opening hours

Morrisons wants to extend the opening hours at its Stone store. The supermarket would be able to open from 6am to 11pm – and sell alcohol during that time – if the licensing application is granted by Stafford Borough Council. Current opening hours are 8am to 8pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays; 8am to 9pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; ...

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A34 roadworks start on 1st November

Roadworks on the A34 in Stone that are required ahead of the building of the new Aldi supermarket start on Monday 1st November. Motorists have been warned to expect delays at peak times between the Walton roundabout and the cemetery roundabout near Aston as a 40mph speed limit is introduced both ways. The works on Stafford Road are expected to ...

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We’re committed to Crown Wharf says county councillor

Stone’s county councillor today said the county is still committed to the Crown Wharf project in the town, after town councillors voted to return money raised for the project if plans don’t move forward by the end of the year. Local county councillor Philip Jones, along with Mark Winnington, the county council’s Cabinet member for assets and performance, reiterated their ...

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Wind turbine protesters win temporary reprieve

Protesters fighting plans for wind turbines on the outskirts of Stone have won a temporary reprieve. Severn Trent Water says that because of the strength of opposition from local residents it will delay its plans for a mast at Aston Hall Farm in Aston-by-Stone until 2012. It aims to use the time to find another site in the Midlands. Severn ...

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