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Cyclists urged to out-smart the thieves

Cyclists urged to out-smart the thieves

Cyclists across Staffordshire have been urged to check their privacy settings on smart phone apps used to record cycle routes after the police revealed that criminals may be using them to identify the location of high-value bikes. Between September and December last year over 370 cycles were stolen in areas including Stone, Stafford, Cannock, Rugeley,...

Flipt on top at Young Enterprise trade fair

Flipt on top at Young Enterprise trade fair

If you were in town last Saturday you’ll have seen the Stafford and Stone Young Enterprise trade fair in Market Square. On a really busy day in the town centre – the farmers’ market was also going very strong too! – teams of student entrepreneurs were showcasing (and selling) their products to the crowds....

Caroline and Daisy off to Crufts!

Caroline and Daisy off to Crufts!

Good luck to Caroline Clancy Harvey and her three-year-old Staffie-Jack Russell-cross Daisy, who will be at Crufts on Sunday 10th March demonstrating rally obedience. Caroline and Daisy were selected for the Crufts rally obedience demonstration team after winning a competition last November – and they’ve only been doing the activity since October! Caroline has...

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Praise for lifesaving fitness instructor Lee

Praise for lifesaving fitness instructor Lee

A Stone fitness instructor has been praised after he saved the life of a 55-year-old man who collapsed at Westbridge Park Fitness Centre. Russell Follows from Stone suffered a cardiac arrest in the changing rooms of the borough council-run centre on Westbridge Park on 19th February. Instructor Lee Nicklin used CPR and an on-site...

Two arrested on suspicion of badger baiting

Two arrested on suspicion of badger baiting

Two men have been arrested in Stone on suspicion of offences under the Protection of Badgers Act. Police were called to a wooded area “on the outskirts of Stone” just before 6.30pm on Sunday 3rd March after a report of suspicious activity at the site of some badger setts. Officers attended and located a...

Canal graffiti clean-up with Stone In Bloom

Canal graffiti clean-up with Stone In Bloom

A community clean-up of the graffiti alongside the canal takes place on Sunday 10th March from 10am – huge thanks to Stone In Bloom for organising. Meet at the canoe club on Westbridge Park. IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE ORGANISERS: With the graffiti being so close to the canal we cannot risk using chemical cleaning...

Graffiti sprayed down canal in Stone

Graffiti sprayed down canal in Stone

Really sad to report that there’s been a spate of graffiti down the canal in Stone over the weekend, including the ‘Welcome to Stone’ sign near the Westbridge estate. The graffiti is on all sorts of things along the towpath, including the new and old bridges at Whitebridge Lane and the canal milepost near...

Tom and Anne’s message on fostering

Tom and Anne’s message on fostering

A couple from Stone who have been fostering children for 15 years have spoken about their experiences to encourage other people to consider a career in foster care. Tom and Anne Wardle are featured in Staffordshire County Council’s ‘Seeing potential, changing lives’ video, which aims to find ‘resilience foster carers’ to look after some...

Police appeal after elderly couple are burgled

Police appeal after elderly couple are burgled

A man barged into an elderly couple’s home in Walton on Wednesday evening and stole gold cufflinks and cash. Police have appealed for information. At 6pm on Wednesday 27th February a male knocked on the door of the elderly couple’s home and barged in when it was opened. He made a search of cupboards...

Appeal over suspected stolen jewellery

Appeal over suspected stolen jewellery

Did you donate any of this jewellery to the Cancer Research UK, British Heart Foundation or Age Concern charity shops in Stone? Officers investigating the recent spate of shop burglaries in the town centre have released the photographs below of suspected stolen jewellery in a bid to identify it. The break-ins at the three...

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