Browsing: Staffordshire

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A hard-hitting report into patient care at Stafford Hospital brands the scandal as “a damning indictment of NHS attitudes, practices and organisations”.

Robert Francis QC, who compiled the report, has made almost 300 recommendations, which he said today were designed to make sure patient interests were top priority.

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A memorial event is taking place in memory of two school friends to raise money for the Breath of Life Charity.

Sam Baker, 18, of Handford, died in a car crash after driving home from his girlfriend’s house, while Aaron Hall, from Blurton, died after battling with cystic fibrosis.

Football
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The club that launched the career of Port Vale prolific striker Tom Pope could be set for promotion to the North West Counties Football League.

Hanley Town, who play at Abbey Lane in Hanley, applied to join the Step 6 leagues after a number of title wins in the Staffordshire County Senior League.

Fenton
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Severn Trent Water customers in Staffordshire face a lower than inflation rise in their water bills.

New figures out today show residents across the county will continue to have the lowest average water bills in the UK.

Cheshire
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Comedian Jo Brand is to stage a special one-off performance in Hanley in aid of The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice.

The show at the Victoria Hall on March 14 and will raise money for the hospice, which provides care and support services for terminally ill children.

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Alcohol, tobacco and porn films have been sized after a police raid at an unlicensed shop in Stoke-on-Trent.

Police and Trading Standards officials found 40 bottles of vodka, cider and lager, 120 pouches of tobacco, 28 cases of 200 cigarettes and pornographic DVDs in the raid.

Business
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A chimney crashed off the roof of a Stoke-on-Trent house, wrecking a parked car below.

High winds have been blamed on the incident which happened at a student house on Carlton Road, close to Staffordshire University’s College Road campus.

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Two Stoke-on-Trent women have been jailed for their role in a drugs gang which imported cocaine from the Caribbean.

Shelly Ballard, 27, and Adele Hughes, 46, both of Furnace Road in Longton, were jailed for five years and two-and-a-half years respectively.