*Sadly, there has been 3 more deaths at the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, which runs the Royal Stoke and Stafford’s County Hospital, taking the death toll there to 304.

 

Latest data released by Public Health England shows the total number of confirmed Corona virus cases across Staffordshire stands at 2,249, an increase of 20 from Friday.

 

 

*Around three quarters of the county’s 313 primary schools in Staffordshire were expected to open to more pupils today, with nearly all primary schools expected to open in the next two weeks.

 

Social distancing, staggering the start and end of the school day, and reduced pupil numbers in classrooms are just some of the measures being put in place to help keep pupils and staff safe.

 

This is on top of well-established methods of containing the virus such as washing hands for 20 seconds, and following catch it, bin it, kill it when it comes to coughs and sneezes.

 

After being open throughout the pandemic to the children of key workers, primary schools in the county will now be open to children in nursery and reception (4 year olds), Year 1 (5 year olds) and Year 6 (11 year olds).

 

Staffordshire County Council has worked with schools to give them the support they need to open safely. This support includes advice and guidance on social distancing, as well as packs of personal protective equipment for all schools.

 

 

 

*Staffordshire Police has put a dispersal order in place on Marquis Drive in Cannock following reports of anti-social behaviour in the area.

 

Police received reports of large gatherings, off road bikes and uninsured vehicles have been received across the weekend.

 

The powers, under Anti-social behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, give officers the power to disperse anyone for the purpose of or reducing the likelihood of members of the public in the locality being harassed, alarmed, distressed or the occurrence of crime and disorder.

 

The order is in place until tomorrow. It applies to Penkridge Bank Road, Broadhurst Green, Bradbury Lane, Rugeley Road, Hednesford Road, Slitting Mill Road and Penkridge Bank, back towards where it joins Broadhurst Green in Cannock.

 

Officers will be in the areas and carrying out high visibility patrols. Anyone that fails to leave will be arrested.

 

And, almost 300 motorists  – including some travelling at double the speed limit – have been caught speeding during a crackdown by motorway officers.

 

Central Motorway Police Group launched a month-long speeding operation on 8 May on the M6 and A500 in Staffordshire and have recorded 279 speeders.

 

Those speeding were above the limit where a driver would qualify for a speed awareness course and were caught by officers patrolling the motorway and roadside cameras.

 

A total of 279 motorists caught were given either three points and a fine or reported for summons. Five vehicles were also stopped and seized for having no insurance.

 

The highest speed recorded at 141mph on the M6 Toll and another motorist driving at 140mph on the M6 between junction 12 and 13.

 

Central Motorway Police Group, who cover both Staffordshire and West Midlands, caught 575 in total across both regions.

 

 

*Firefighters were called out after a car was engulfed in flames in Stafford yesterday afternoon.

 

A crew from Penkridge was dispatched to Silkmore Lane at 2.14pm on Sunday following reports of a car fire.

 

Eyewitnesses described the blaze as ‘huge’ and said the road had been closed in both directions while the incident was dealt with.

 

A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman confirmed the fire was quickly dealt with and the situation brought under control. The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental

 

 

*Severn Trent Water are reporting that some parts of the community are experiencing low water pressure and have apologised for any interruption to supplies. This is happening because there is huge demand on the water network across the UK.

 

The recent sunny weather has really helped many of us get through this difficult time and helped to lift our spirits, but it’s also meant Severn Trent are seeing an even higher demand for water, some of the highest demands on record.

 

Keyworkers have been out keeping the network flowing throughout the lockdown and are continuing to work round to clock to make sure there’s enough water for everyone to use.

 

There is plenty of water in our reservoirs, but Severn Trent are asking everyone to help save water where they can.

 

Last evening there was no water, or low pressure, affecting several parts of Stafford. Severn Trent engineers restored supply around midnight and have thanked customers for their patience and understanding.

 

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