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East Midlands Train Credit: PA

East Midlands trains are unable to run between Stoke and Derby in both directions this afternoon due to a broken down train between Stoke and Uttoxeter.

A replacement bus service is in place with tickets being accepted on London Midland services between Stoke and Crewe.

Pottery-giant taken over by American investor

Pottery being shaped at Steelite International Credit: ITV News Central

It has been announced that Stoke-on-Trent pottery-giant Steelite International has been acquired by an American investor.

According to the Stoke Sentinel, the 1,000 people who work at the tableware manufacturer are being reassured that their jobs are safe.

The company has been bought out by Americas division President John Miles, and PNC Riverarch Capital. Mr Miles has also been appointed the CEO of Steelite International.

John Miles said:

We will continue the investment in the manufacturing sector to improve efficiencies, service levels and provide value added to our customers.

I look forward to working with our management team to grow and improve the business.

– John Miles


More than 38,000 illegal cigarettes seized in Stoke-on-Trent

Trading standards officers have seized more than 38,000 cigarettes and 17 kilos of hand rolling tobacco, worth more than £18,000 during a large scale operation in Stoke-on-Trent.

Out of the eight premises visited in Hanley, Longton and Stoke, seven were found to be selling illegal tobacco. Credit: Stoke-on-Trent City Council

Illicit products were discovered during raids over the last four months as part of Operation Henry 2, a nationally co-ordinated exercise by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) and the Department of Health.

People who deal in illegal tobacco are more likely to encourage others, especially children and young adults, to smoke.

All tobacco is harmful but the illegal tobacco market – and in particular the availability of cheap cigarettes – make it harder for smokers to quit and remain smoke-free.

Our trading standards officers are working hard to keep these illegal products off the streets and are cracking down on the businesses and individuals who flout the law.

Detection dogs can find tobacco and cigarettes in the most unlikely places, and in addition to having their stock confiscated, offenders could face unlimited fines and up to 10 years in prison.

– Councillor Randy Conteh, Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s cabinet member and chair of the Stoke-on-Trent Tobacco Control Alliance

The city council’s trading standards department is asking residents to help to keep these illicit products off the streets by reporting anyone selling illegal tobacco.

People should call the Fakes Hotline on 01782 238444 or go to their website.

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