A Peregrine Falcon has been killed in North Staffordshire.
The bird was found dead on May 7 and police are appealing for information about what happened.
"Peregrine Falcons are a rare species which means the birds, their nests, and eggs, are fully protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
"It is a criminal offence to intentionally or recklessly kill, injure or take a Peregrine, or to disturb it whilst nesting.?
"Officers are working closely with colleagues at the RSPB and inquiries into this incident are ongoing."?
"Peregrines are magnificent birds and to shoot one is not only cruel, but needless and selfish.
"It has taken decades for the Peregrine population to recover from the devastating effects of pesticide contamination in the latter half of the last century, and yet we still find them targeted year on year by people who hold a grudge against them.
"The RSPB is offering a £1,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person responsible." ?
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 200 of May 9.
Dozens of yellow balloons have been released in Burntwood in Staffordshire to mark the first anniversary of the death of Stephen Sutton.
The teenager's friends and supporters also gave his trademark 'thumbs up' sign at Chasetown Football Club this afternoon.
“The tribute ‘thumbs up’ moment today is so appropriate as Stephen made his trademark thumbs up sign a symbol of his positive attitude. That’s the image people remember, that gorgeous smile and the thumbs up.
“The yellow balloon release is such a beautiful way to remember Stephen and celebrate his life.
“The actual release of the balloons will, for some, be seen as a celebration of life. For some it might be viewed as a release of grief – and it also has a fun element that Stephen would have approved of. Let’s not forget the colour yellow and its association with warmth and happiness.
“That’s how Stephen would want to be remembered. Today, May 14, marks the end of one chapter, and the start of a new chapter in Stephen’s journey."
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The Coroner's office in Stoke-on-Trent is appealing for help in tracing the family of a Cannock man who has died.
Mr Graham Waterworth died at the Royal Stoke University Hospital on 4 May at the age of 77. His death is not being treated as suspicious.
The Coroner for Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire needs to trace Mr?Waterworth’s next of kin.
Any family members or friends of Mr Waterworth are asked to contact Hartshill Coroner’s Office on 01782 234793.
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This is the moment Jeremy Lefroy held his Stafford seat for the Conservatives.
It was filmed with the help of students from Staffordshire University.