Latest data released by Public Health England shows the total number of confirmed Corona virus cases across Staffordshire stands at 2,290, an increase of 1 from yesterday.

 

The Corona virus death toll across the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust stands at 315, this has not increased in the past 24 hours.

 

 

Stafford Borough Council are warning residents to check the credentials of people offering to remove rubbish from their homes after a woman from Stoke on Trent was fined.

 

The woman has been handed a £200 fine after bags of waste from her house were found dumped by the side of the road in the north of Stafford Borough.

 

She claimed she had paid £40 to someone on Facebook to remove the six black bags of waste. They were found by the roadside on Cocknage Road near Rough Close.

 

The council has provided some tips to avoid breaking the law,

 

Always check credentials of people offering to take rubbish, ask where they are going to dispose of the waste and always get a receipt.

 

The woman from the Normacot area of Stoke on Trent was given the £200 fixed penalty notice under ‘householder duty of care’ legislation for the offence last month.

 

3 other people have been fined in recent weeks for separate fly tipping offences in Stafford – a self-employed builder from Walsall, a man from the Stoke on Trent area and another from Telford.

 

You can report any information about fly tipping in confidence by email to grimewatch@staffordbc.gov.uk or phone 01785 619000. For more details go to www.staffordbc.gov.uk.

 

 

The grounds of one of Staffordshire’s top tourist attractions will reopen to the public today.

 

However, visitors to the Shugborough estate are being warned they must book in advance to be allowed entry.

 

The historic property has been shut following the Corona virus lockdown and only some outdoor facilities are available from today.

 

People can stroll round the gardens and parkland during their visit. But the hall itself, the play area, farmyard, and food, drink and retail outlets will remain closed for the time being.

 

A statement on Shugborough’s website says: “To open safely, we’re limiting visitor numbers and you’ll need to book your visit in advance. Sadly, if you don’t book, you’ll be turned away, even if you’re a member.

 

Please arrive within your 30-minute time slot. You’re then welcome to stay until closing time.”

 

National Trust members can get in for free, with non-members paying for entry. To book a ticket, visit the website – www.nationaltrust.org.uk/shugborough-estate

 

 

Charity fundraisers could be banned from Stafford town centre as part of proposals set to be approved by Stafford Borough Council.

 

Groups who are trying to get people to sign up to direct debits – often referred to as “chuggers” – could face fines of £75.

 

It comes after a consultation was held over the issue in a bid to make the town centre safer through the Public Spaces Protection Order.

 

The order prohibits alcohol and dog fouling and will also see groups urging people to swap their utility providers also banned.

 

Concerns have been raised by the Institute of Fundraising over the potential ban, which has called on the authority to impose a flexible restriction.

 

The agreement could see the council control the days, location and the number of fundraisers on the street.

 

A decision will be made by the council’s cabinet on Thursday.

 

And finally, new research suggests more than half of young people who said their wellbeing has been affected by the Corona virus lockdown have experienced loneliness.

 

An Opinions and Lifestyle Survey from the Office for National Statistics found that 50.8% of those aged 16 to 24 said they were lonely during the lockdown.

 

By contrast, just under a quarter (24.1%) of people aged 55 to 69 who reported their wellbeing as being affected by the lockdown said they had felt lonely.

 

The ONS said this echoes previous research exploring chronic loneliness, showing that people in younger age groups were most likely to report loneliness, while those in older age groups were less likely.

 

The oldest age band, those aged 70 and over, were no less likely than average to report lockdown loneliness.

 

 

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