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July 11, 2019

Songstress hits the small screen

A SCHOOLGIRL from the Moorlands has made it through to the next round of a national television singing competition for children. Joslyn Plant from Cheadle appeared on The Voice Kids UK 2019 on Saturday June 29, screened on ITV. The 11-year-old performed “Run” by Snow Patrol with judges Danny Jones of McFly and solo artist Pixie Lott both turning their chairs after being impressed by what they heard.

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July 4, 2019

Burglar sentenced to prison

A MAN has been jailed after carrying out a spate of burglaries in rural locations of Staffordshire – including one at a house in Uttoxeter. Ross Underwood, aged 34, of Marans Croft in Birmingham, was sentenced when he appeared at Stafford Crown Court on Friday, June 28. At an earlier hearing, Underwood admitted a burglary at a house in Westward Close, Uttoxeter and another in Gallowstree Lane, Mayfield. He also pleaded guilty to an attempted burglary on Birchalls Close in Leek.

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July 4, 2019

Towers part of takeover bid

A STAFFORDSHIRE Moorlands tourist attraction is subject to be a part of a £6 billion takeover deal. The board of directors of Alton Towers owners' Merlin Entertainment has recommended an offer from Berkeley Bidco Limited to Merlin´s shareholders. Berkeley Bidco Limited is an entity owned by a consortium comprising Kirkbi Invest A/S, funds advised by Blackstone Core Equity Advisors L.L.C., and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board as co-investor.

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June 27, 2019

Deliberate fire at farm barn

A FIRE at a farm barn in an East Staffordshire village was deliberate – say fire service officials. The fire broke out at a building on a farm off Quee Lane in Marchington, near Uttoxeter, in the early hours of Sunday morning. An investigation later on in the day has revealed that the fire had been caused deliberately.

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June 27, 2019

APOLOGY FOR TOM

TOWNSFOLK have demanded a public apology on behalf of a school crossing patrol warden. An online petition has been launched after comments were made about the lollipop man in Tean Road, Cheadle at a meeting of the town's council. Now more than 220 people have signed to support calls for a public apology.

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June 20, 2019

Emergency services free two people from crashes

TWO people have had to be cut free from vehicles following two road traffic collisions in the Uttoxeter area over the past week. In the first incident, a female driver had to be cut free from her car after being involved in a road traffic collision at around 8.20am on Wednesday, June 12, in Croxden. The female driver was cut free from her vehicle by emergency services after the car had ended up in a ditch. After being freed the driver was treated at the scene by paramedics and then taken by ambulance to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

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June 20, 2019

TOWN COUNCIL DIVIDED OVER HOMES PLAN

CONTROVERSIAL plans to build 300 new homes on land off Froghall Road have divided the new Cheadle Town Council. At a meeting on Monday, new members pushed for a fresh vote on a hybrid application by Persimmon Homes for 300 homes and a new school. Cheadle Town Council had lodged objections to the proposals in May after a debate on the application, but the plans returned for further consideration following the inclusion of a new report on accessible housing.

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June 13, 2019

Fox’s distribution centre up for sale

A MAJOR Uttoxeter employer's distribution centre in the East Staffordshire town is up for sale. Lambert Smith and Hampton commercial estate agents are currently marketing the Fox's Biscuits distribution centre building and accompanying land at Dovefields Industrial Estate. Within the marketing particulars available online, a representative of Lambert Smith and Hampton said: “The property comprises a detached industrial warehouse unit of steel portal frame construction with sprinklers, warehouse lighting, two-storey offices, loading yard with canopy, car park, and potential expansion land (subject to planning permission).

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June 13, 2019

Gas fire on railway track

A PASSENGER train at a heritage railway had to be reversed back to a station after a fire on the track was discovered. The incident happened along the Churnet Valley Railway track, three quarters of a mile away from it's Froghall Station, at around 2.30pm on Wednesday, June 5. A gas main pipe had ruptured under the track and gas had risen to the surface which was ignited by a spark from a train passing over it – state Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service.

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June 6, 2019

Detached plan for extension of hotel

A REVISED planning application has been submitted for an extension of a town's hotel. East Staffordshire Borough Council has received a revised planning application from Whitbread PLC for the “extension to the existing hotel to provide additional bedrooms, a new access, and associated alterations to car-parking and landscaping” of the existing Uttoxeter Premier Inn hotel which is situated off the A50 at the junction with Derby Road. The hotel was last extended following planning permission being granted in 2009 for the expansion from a 41 bedroomed facility to 75 bedrooms.

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June 6, 2019

£270k CHARITY FRAUDSTER JAILED

A CHEADLE man has been jailed after abusing his position at a charity to fund luxury holidays and cruises. Dale Hicks, 35, of Tape Street, Cheadle, attempted to steal more than £330,000 in a Gift Aid repayment fraud. The former charity treasurer managed to claim £270,000 before coming under suspicion.

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May 30, 2019

“Houses are towering above our properties”

RESIDENTS have raised concern about a new housing development which they claim is being built higher than what was set out in the original plans. The concern surrounds the St Modwen Homes' Bramshall Meadows development in Uttoxeter – a planning application which was previously passed by East Staffordshire Borough Council. A number of residents from the area around the new development recently attended a Uttoxeter Town Council meeting to try and drum up support from newly-elected councillors.

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