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Stilton fight goes on

Stilton in Cambridgeshire Credit: ITV News Anglia

The North West Cambridgeshire MP Shailesh Vara says the fight to allow people in the village of Stilton to name the cheese they produce after the village will continue.

He joined a meeting between villagers and the food minister, and described the discussions as very useful. There are now plans for future talks.

Stilton's bid to make the cheese knocked back

The cheese makers in the village of Stilton are working out their next move, after having their latest bid to make the cheese in their own name knocked back, by the government.

As it stands, the law states that Stilton can only be produced in Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, where it's claimed the cheese originated.

But the villagers are not leaving it at that, saying the reasons for Defra's refusal are not justified. They will not stop until Stilton is made in Stilton.

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Cheesed Off: Campaign to allow Stilton to make Stilton

Campaigners say they're making progress in trying to reverse a ruling which prevents Stilton cheese being sold in the Cambridgeshire village from which it gets it's name.

At the moment the blue cheese can only be produced in Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire under a European ruling.

Villagers say its now been agreed to carry out a public consultation to see if that should be changed.

Stilton in Stilton?

Campaigners trying to reverse a ruling which prevents Stilton cheese being sold in the Cambridgeshire village from which it gets it's name say they're making good progress.

Campaigners want to sell Stilton in Stilton Credit: PA wire

At the moment the blue cheese can only be produced in Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire under a European Protected Designation of Origin ruling.

Villagers say DEFRA has now agreed to carry out a public consultation to see if it should be changed.

Cannabis grower ordered to pay back £50,000

A man who set up a cannabis factory in his home in Stilton has been ordered to pay back almost £50,000. 41-year-old James Hobbs was first caught in July 2010 after his fingerprints were discovered at a cannabis factory near Louth, Lincolnshire. Police found more than 100 cannabis plants.

Five months later he was arrested for possessing cannabis after he was stopped in a car in South Wales. As a result his new home, in Oak Road, Stilton, was searched and two rooms were found to have hydroponics set up with 126 cuttings and two mature cannabis plants.

He was jailed for 16 months in March this year. At Peterborough Crown Court on Friday (September 28), Judge Sean Enright made a confiscation order determining that Hobbs had a criminal benefit of £137,619. He was ordered to pay £47,341 within six months or face a further 13 months in prison.

"Hobbs refused to stop growing cannabis and was ultimately jailed for his offending. He made a huge amount of money through his criminality and we're pleased he now has to pay a large chunk of that back."

– Financial Investigator Detective Constable Mark Stratton, Cambridgeshire Police

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Ram-raid on shop

Police are investigating a ram-raid on a store at Stilton in Cambridgeshire. At 4:20 this morning, a 4X4 vehicle was driven into the store on North Street. The offenders failed in their bid to steal a cash machine. No one was hurt.