Author Louise Hill

Crime Collette Price
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A Leek woman has been sentenced today (1st October) at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court after she hid wraps of cocaine in her vest. Collette Price, also known as Collette Ferns, 49, was given a two-year sentence, suspended for two years, for possessing and supplying cocaine and possession of criminal property.

Hanley Fire Ringland Close
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Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has concluded its investigation today (25th September) following a Hanley flat fire that killed a mother and her son. The fatal fire, which occurred on 1st October last year, was contained in Ms Zainab Adam’s ground floor flat, claiming the lives of herself and her six-year-old child Tafaoul Fadul.

Crime Careless Crash Collision Investigation Unit
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A woman has been sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court today (24th September) of causing death by careless driving following a crash on the 25th June last year.

Emily Doyle-Gibbons, 20, of Warren Drive, Sedgley, was sentenced by Judge James Burbidge QC to a six month custodial sentence, suspended for two years for causing the death of 59-year-old Malcom Aplin, after being found guilty by jury in August of this year.

Crime Prisoner who trapped doctor and brandished blade sentenced to 3 years
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A 21-year-old prisoner who held a doctor against his will in his consultation room and threatened to kill himself, has been jailed for three years. 
Jonathan Ndila, originally from Tulse Hill in south London, was on remand at HMP Brinsford in Staffordshire, when the incident took place on March 31 2017.

News Labour MP, Gareth Snell criticises the Council budget for 2018/19
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Stoke-on-Trent Central MP Gareth Snell, has criticised Stoke-on-Trent City Council for their budget plans for the oncoming year.
In a letter co-written with Stoke-on-Trent North MP Ruth Smeeth, they stated that the council is ‘spending their cash reserves at a far greater pace than would ordinarily have been expected’.

Burslem Budgets are being changed for schools in Stoke-on-Trent
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Schools, colleges and academies in Stoke-on-Trent face changes to their budgets as government funding will affect them in the forthcoming year. Additional money has been added, or taken away, from schools as a new national funding formula has been introduced.