*The number of deaths linked to Covid-19 has increased overnight at the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust.

 

The latest figures released by Public Health England shows there have now been 243 deaths at the Royal Stoke University Hospital and Stafford’s County Hospital, this is an increase of 4.

 

There are now 1,961 confirmed cases of Corona virus in the Staffordshire County Council area.

 

*50 bikes have been seized in a crackdown against off-road bikers across the county.

 

The seizures have come as the force’s roads policing team continues to focus on anti-social behaviour and those driving dangerously, particularly during the lockdown period.

 

Off-road bikes, motorcycles and mopeds were seized between 1 March and 5 May. 17 were seized due to anti-social behaviour and 33 were seized due to no insurance or were unregistered.

 

Staffordshire Police are aware of hotspots in Stoke-on-Trent, Rugeley and in Stafford.

 

If people have any concerns, they are urged to call 101.

 

 

* Councillor Mike Smith, deputy leader of Stafford Borough Council has warned the coronavirus pandemic could leave the council more than £3 million out of pocket.

Loss of income from car parks and extra costs of providing accommodation for rough sleepers are among the financial challenges faced by the council during the lockdown period.

 

The authority is already forecast to face a £1.5m impact between March and June. And this could rise to £3.3m for the year, provided recovery begins by the end of June.

 

Stafford Borough Council have had increased costs of £78,000 through things like housing the homeless and delivering food parcels. Loss of income is £400,000, with the biggest loss being those of car parking fees. which stands at £200,000.

 

Calls for housing benefit and council tax support have trebled.

 

So far, the authority has awarded £22m in rate relief for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses, which means almost 2,500 will not have to pay rates.

 

*Stafford Borough Council is in the top third of local authorities in the country for distributing business support grant funding from the Government. Around £20m has been paid out so far to 80 per cent of eligible businesses.

Over 800 food parcels have been delivered to homes, of these parcels 265 have been paid for by local residents and 609 have been given to people unable to afford them.

 

 

*Finally, Stafford Police are appealing for information after a child suffered serious head injuries in a collision in Stafford.

 

Officers were called by West Midlands Ambulance Service to Common Road just at 12.05am yesterday morning following reports a motorbike had been involved in a collision.

 

A child had suffered serious head and facial injuries and was taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital by ambulance where he remains in intensive care in a critical condition.

 

A 42-year-old motorcyclist suffered head, chest and facial injuries and was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital by ambulance.

 

Staffordshire and West Midlands Serious Collision Investigation Unit are appealing for witnesses who may have seen the vehicles before the collision or anyone with relevant dashcam footage to contact the police on 101, alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

 

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