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Cllr Andrew James: Conservative - Mercian Ward

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Dementia Risk Now Included as Part of NHS Health Check 

16 Jun 18

Adding the dementia element to the NHS Health Check programme will enable healthcare professionals to talk to their patients about how they can reduce their dementia risk, such as by maintaining their social life, keeping mentally and physically …


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Walking to Work Could Cut Risk of Dying from Heart Disease 

26 May 18

Leaving the car at home and walking to work could cut the risk of dying from heart disease and stroke by almost a third, according to new research from Cambridge University.


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Tesco Fined £1.6m After Pedestrian Crushed Against Loading Bay 

26 May 18

Supermarket chain Tesco has been fined £1.6m following a prosecution brought by Ealing Council.


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Survey Says Mental Health Conditions and Stress on the Up 

7 May 18

Reported levels of “presenteeism” – or turning up for work while unwell or injured – have more than tripled since 2010, according to a survey of more than 1000 employers carried out by the CIPD and health insurance group Simplyhealth.


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DHL Fined £2m Over Worker’s Death 

2 May 18

Logistics company DHL has been fined £2 million over the death of a worker at one of its depots.


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Currency Stolen from Tamworth Business 

27 Mar 18

Over £3,000 in British and foreign currency has been stolen from a scaffolding business in Tamworth.


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Police Launch Investigation Following Suspicious Incident in Tamworth 

22 Mar 18

Staffordshire Police are investigating the report of a man stopping his van by a 12-year-old boy who was walking his dog and then attempting to grab the boy by his jumper.


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PHE Report says Water Fluoridation is Effective and Safe 

22 Mar 18

Public Health England (PHE) has today published its Water fluoridation: health monitoring in England 2018 report on behalf of the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.


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Hear the State of Tamworth Debate on Thursday 

20 Mar 18

Tamworth goes under the spotlight later this week when all 30 councillors take part in the annual State of Tamworth Debate on Thursday.


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Gold Falls from the Sky 

17 Mar 18

Tons of gold have fallen out of the sky in Russia after a cargo plane malfunctioned in mid-air.


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Meet Your Mercian Ward Councillors This Saturday 

8 Mar 18

Tamworth Rugby Club, Wigginton Park, Tamworth The monthly surgery will take place at Tamworth Rugby Club in Wigginton Park from 11am until noon on Saturday.


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£1.1 Million Fine for Company following Red Arrows Pilot’s Death 

4 Mar 18

An ejection seat manufacturer has been sentenced and fined £1.1 million following the death of a Red Arrows pilot in 2011.


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Drug Drivers Caught 25,000 Times within Three Years 

3 Mar 18

Almost 25,000 motorists in England and Wales tested positive for drug-driving within three years, figures have revealed.


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Research Suggests Diabetes is Five Separate Diseases 

3 Mar 18

Scientists say diabetes is five separate diseases, and treatment could be tailored to each form.


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Councillors Vote for to Give another Year of Free Swimming to Tamworth’s Residents 

27 Feb 18

Free swimming in Tamworth will continue for another year following a majority vote of the town’s Borough councillors that were present at the budget Full Council meeting.


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Cold Weather Prompts Further Health Warnings from PHE 

26 Feb 18

With much of the country experiencing very cold weather, and some places forecast to see conditions not experienced for several years, PHE doctors are again reminding people to take care.


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Food from Tamworth FC’s Postponed Match Donated to Homeless Shelter 

25 Feb 18

Big-hearted  Salford City FC  bosses made sure no food from the club’s postponed clash with Tamworth was wasted, by donating it all to a homeless shelter.


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Taxi Driver used Costa Coffee Lid as Fuel Cap 

24 Feb 18

An “irresponsible” taxi driver who used the lid of a Costa coffee cup as a fuel cap has had their Hackney Carriage licence suspended.


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Borough Council to Hold Public Briefing on Arkall Farm Application 

24 Feb 18

The public hearings for the appeal to the Planning Inspector have now finished, however the outcome of this inquiry will not be known for several months.


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Heavy Snow to Hit Most of UK 

24 Feb 18

Heavy snow is expected to hit most of the UK next week as a cold blast of air known as “the Beast from the East” arrives from Russia.


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Vehicle Nuisance Prosecution 

22 Feb 18

Tamworth Borough Council has successfully prosecuted Vincent Turley of Brook Avenue, Wilnecote, for vehicle nuisance.


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Borough Council to Debate and Vote on Annual Budget 

22 Feb 18

Tamworth Borough Council’s elected members will meet on Tuesday evening to debate and vote on the Council’s budget for 2018/19.


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Government Backs Clamp Down on Rogue Parking Firms 

28 Jan 18

Drivers will receive new legal protections from unscrupulous private parking operators as Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, today confirmed that government will support new legislation aimed at raising standards in the industry.


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Bayeux Tapestry to Return to the UK After More Than 900 Years 

20 Jan 18

The unique 70-metre long tapestry that depicts the 1066 Norman Conquest of Britain will be put on public display in 2022.


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HMRC Scam in the Tamworth Area 

18 Jan 18

Staffordshire Police are receiving increasing calls in the Tamworth are regarding people ringing local residents posing as HMRC officials either stating residents are owed money by HMRC or they owe HMRC money.


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First MoT Remain at 3 Years to Protect Road Safety 

18 Jan 18

Ministers put road safety first as they today decided to maintain the period before a car’s first MoT test at 3 years.


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Measles Outbreak in West Midlands and 4 Other Areas of England 

16 Jan 18

Outbreaks of measles have been confirmed in the West Midlands and four other areas of England with a total of more than 120 cases.


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Tax Free Childcare Scheme Now Available to Parents of Under 9s 

16 Jan 18

In April 2017, HM Revenue and Customs started rolling out Tax-Free Childcare, which helps working parents with the cost of childcare with up to £2,000 of support per child per year, or £4,000 for disabled children.


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Beware of Courier Fraud 

16 Jan 18

Staffordshire Police are reminding people to be aware of courier fraud where offenders are cold calling victims purporting to be police officers with the intention of obtaining personal and financial information.


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Council Opens New Play Area in Tamworth 

16 Jan 18

Young children and families can no…


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New Measures to Improve the Safety of Tenants 

14 Jan 18

Secretary of State for Housing Sajid Javid today confirmed government support for new legislation that will help ensure rented homes are safe and give tenants the right to take legal action when landlords fail in their duties.


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Retailers Sign Up to Voluntary Ban on Acid Sales 

7 Jan 18

Some of the UK’s largest retailers have agreed to voluntarily stop sales of acids to customers under 18 years old.


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Blue UK Passport to Return after EU Exit 

22 Dec 17

After Brexit, the UK travel document will no longer be required to conform to EU standards.


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Purse Thefts in the Tamworth Area 

17 Dec 17

Over the recent weeks, there has been a rise in purse and wallet thefts in Tamworth town centre and Ventura Park where organised groups are targeting unsuspecting victims in those areas.


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Fraudulent HMRC Calls to the Tamworth Area 

17 Dec 17

Staffordshire Police are reporting that there has been a current trend of calls being reported from Tamworth residents stating they have received calls from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.


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Birmingham Airport Fined After Young Child Injured 

15 Dec 17

Birmingham Airport Limited has been fined after a six-year-old boy became trapped in a baggage conveyor.


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Walking Football for the Over 50’s Coming to Tamworth 

12 Dec 17

A new initiative to help people aged 50 and over stay active and enjoy a kick-about is shooting into Tamworth in the New Year.


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New THINK! Road Safety Campaign Launched to Help Cut Child Deaths 

24 Nov 17

Road Safety Minister Jesse Norman has launched a new road safety campaign aimed at teachers and schools to help cut child fatalities.


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Men and Women Asked Not to Miss Out on Bowel Screening 

24 Nov 17

PHE is calling on all men and women, aged over 60, to get screened for bowel cancer after the latest figures show over 40% are not getting tested – with embarrassment over providing a stool sample one of the reasons, among men in particular, that …


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For the Fallen 

12 Nov 17

Solemn the drums thrill: Death August and Royal Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.


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Fake Remembrance Merchandise Seized by Border Force 

12 Nov 17

Border Force officers have seized fake poppy branded jewellery, key rings and scarves estimated to be worth approximately £150,000.


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Call for Women to Get Life-Saving Smear Test 

7 Nov 17

Public Health England (PHE) has issued a fresh appeal to young women to take up the invitation of a cervical cancer test as new figures published today show a fall in the number of 25 to 29-year-old women being tested.


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Views Sought on Reward and Return Schemes for Drinks Containers 

27 Oct 17

The Government today  invited views  on how reward and return schemes for drinks containers could work in England by issuing a call for evidence.


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Tyre Safety Blitz to Drive down Road Incidents 

27 Oct 17

Highways England is marking the end of Tyre Safety Month by revealing a series of initiatives it is developing or already delivering to help drive down the number of people killed and injured on the country’s motorways and major A roads.


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Fines to Double for Rubbish Thrown from Cars 

24 Oct 17

Litter louts will face on-the-spot fines of up to £150, almost double the current limit, the Government has announced.


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Single-Sex English Classes Introduced at Southampton School 

20 Oct 17

A head teacher who introduced single-sex GCSE English classes in September in a bid to improve exam results has said he is “very impressed” with the way it has been working.


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Life Sentences for Killer Drivers 

15 Oct 17

Killer drivers face life behind bars after plans to increase maximum sentences received resounding support from families and campaigners.


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Goodbye Round Pound – 7 Days Left to Spend Them 

9 Oct 17

As the round pound enters its final week, shoppers are today being reminded they have just seven days to use these coins before they swap the high street for the history books.


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Drugs, Weapons and Cash Seized in Police Raids in Tamworth 

3 Oct 17

Staffordshire Police have seized drugs, weapons, stolen items and cash in a series of raids at addresses in Tamworth.


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Bags for Life Can Pose Food Poisoning Risk 

2 Oct 17

Bags for life pose a food poisoning risk if they are used to carry raw foods such as meat and fish, a consumer watchdog is warning.


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Five Ways to Spot a Cyber Scam 

2 Oct 17

Here are five ways that you can clearly identify an online or cyber scam.


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Carrying the Shopping can Improve Strength in Over 65s 

29 Sep 17

Carrying the shopping, gardening, or vacuuming, can help older people to lead healthier lives for longer, according to leading physiotherapists.


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UK ‘Eliminates Measles’ for First Time 

29 Sep 17

The elimination of measles has been achieved in the UK for the first time, the World Health Organization says.


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Government backs Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Bid 

29 Sep 17

Birmingham’s bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games has been officially backed by the Government.


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Could You be the Next Black Rod? 

22 Sep 17

Lieutenant General David Leakey, the current Black Rod Parliament is advertising for a new Black Rod to replace Lieutenant General David Leakey, who is retiring.


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New Funding for Victims of Sexual Abuse 

21 Sep 17

Grant funding of £600,000 has been awarded to four charities to help victims of child sexual abuse.


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Cycle Safety to be Reviewed 

21 Sep 17

Transport Minister Jesse Norman has announced an urgent review into cycle safety, following a series of high profile incidents involving cyclists.


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New Government Rules Could See Councillors and Mayors Removed from Office 

19 Sep 17

New rules being laid out by the Government could see Councillors and Mayors found guilty of serious crimes removed from office and barred from restanding for election in England.


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Appeal for Witnesses Following Serious Assault in Tamworth 

9 Sep 17

Detectives in Tamworth are appealing for witnesses and information following a serious assault in Sorrel, Tamworth late last night.


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1 in 10 Men Aged 50 Have a Heart Age 10 Years Older Than They Are 

5 Sep 17

Heart Age Test  is the only known way of measuring our heart age, which shows how many years we can expect to live healthily without a heart attack or stroke.