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After the Prime Minister made a surprise announcement to call a snap general election on June the 8th, we asked voters in Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire what they thought about going to the polls once again...


Two men charged after laser shone at police helicopter

The National Police Air Service Barton helicopter which was targeted Credit: @NPAS_Barton

Two men have been charged after a laser was shone at a police helicopter in Stoke-on-Trent on Sunday night (16 October).

The pair from Stoke-on-Trent are due to appear before magistrates in Newcastle-under-Lyme next month following the incident in the Northwood area.

Ronnie Frost, aged 19, of High Street, Halmer End, and Joe Corden, aged 21, of Eastbourne Road, Northwood, are both charged with direct/shine light at aircraft in flight so as to dazzle/distract pilot.

They are both bailed to appear at North Staffordshire Justice Centre on November 17.

'Very distinctive' benches stolen from football club

'Very distinctive' benches stolen from football club Credit: Staffordshire Police

Two 'very distinctive' wooden benches have been stolen from the grounds of Silverdale Football Club in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

The theft took place on the evening of Wednesday June 22 and CCTV shows a white van was involved in removal of the benches from the club.

One of the benches is painted blue with 'Prestige Roofing Staffs Ltd' written in bold white writing with contact information for that company.

The second bench is painted white with the word 'Joules' written in bold red writing.

'Very distinctive' benches stolen from football club Credit: Staffordshire Police
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Weekend Picks: Jazz Festival

Jazz and Blues Festival: Fri 27th - Mon 30th May (Newcastle-under-Lyme Town Centre)

Jazz performer Roy Forbes Credit: Purple Sprout

Dozens of live jazz and blues bands will take over Newcastle-under-Lyme town centre to celebrate its 11th annual Jazz and Blues Festival.

More than 80 live bands will perform at the festival including leading acts: Courtney Pine, Tipitina and Kent Duchaine.

Gigs will take place across 20 venues in town from Friday right through to Monday.Some of the venues are The Old Brown Jug, Lymestone Vaults,Revolution, Bar Social, The Full Moon, The Blackfriar and Blakeys.

As well as music, there will be a record fair on the Sunday and a charity market & fun-day on the bank holiday Monday.

“From swing or funk, bebop to blues, Newcastle under Lyme’s Jazz and Blues Festival never fails to deliver and delight music lovers of all ages and genres - and this year’s event will be no different!”

– Eddie Leligdowicz, BID Chair

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