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I am one of the three Tamworth Borough Councillors for the Mercian Ward, first elected in May 2011.  Do you have an issue I or any of my colleagues on Tamworth Borough Council and Staffordshire County Council can help with?

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Currency Stolen from Tamworth Business

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

The commercial burglary happened at Haki Scaffolding in Magnus at around 5.45pm on Friday 16 February.  Two men gained access to the premises and stole the money from a cash tin.  The amount included Polish Zloty, Czech Koruna and Hungarian Forint, along with other European currencies and British pounds.

The two men left the building around twenty minutes later, and were seen wearing dark clothing, hats and facemasks.

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 762 of 16 February.

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Police Launch Investigation Following Suspicious Incident in Tamworth

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.

Luckily, the boy was able to kick him in the leg and run away.  However, the offender continued to pursue the boy but fortunately, his dog bit the offender on the leg.

The incident took place on Coton Lane, Tamworth, at around 9pm on Monday night (19 March).

The offender is described as a white male in his mid-40s, stocky build, approximately 5ft 8in tall and wearing a black bobble hat.

Chief Inspector Ashley Farrington, Commander for Tamworth Borough Local Policing Team, said: “We’d like to reassure parents that we are following all lines of enquiry and doing everything we can to locate the vehicle and offender.  We have also increased police patrols in the area.

“Can I stress though that this kind of situation is incredibly rare and at this point we are unsure why this happened.  We do though take it seriously and want to trace the man urgently.

“If anyone has any information that could assist with our investigation please call us on 101 quoting incident 794 of 19 March.  We encourage anyone who sees any suspicious activity in their community to report it to the police immediately.”

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PHE Report says Water Fluoridation is Effective and Safe

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.

Public Health England (PHE) has a duty under the Water Industry Act 1991 to monitor the effects of fluoride on people living in areas covered by water fluoridation schemes on behalf of the Secretary of State.  PHE will report on this at least every 4 years.

Today’s is the second such report; the first was published in March 2014.  The findings of both the 2014 and 2018 reports are consistent with the view that water fluoridation is an effective and safe public health measure.

Professor John Newton, Director of Health Improvement at PHE, said, “The evidence in this report shows water fluoridation is a safe and effective method to reduce tooth decay, especially among deprived communities.  We would encourage local authorities to consider this evidence carefully when deciding on their plans to improve dental health in their areas.”

The report found:

  • 5-year-olds in areas with water fluoridation schemes were much less likely to experience tooth decay, and less likely to experience more severe decay than in areas without schemes
  • the chances of having a tooth/teeth removed in hospital because of decay were also much lower in areas with water fluoridation schemes
  • children from all areas benefited from fluoridation, but children from relatively deprived areas benefited the most
  • dental fluorosis, at a level that may affect the appearance of teeth, was observed in 10% of children/young people examined in 2 fluoridated cities; however, there was no difference between children and young people surveyed in fluoridated and non-fluoridated cities when asked about their opinion on the appearance of their teeth, taking into account concerns which have resulted from any cause (for example, poor alignment, decay, trauma or fluorosis)
  • taken alongside the existing wider research, our results do not provide convincing evidence of higher rates of hip fracture, Down’s syndrome, kidney stones, bladder cancer, or osteosarcoma (a cancer of the bone) due to fluoridation schemes

The Water fluoridation: health monitoring report for England 2018 report is available online.  The next report will be due by March 2022 at the latest.

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Hear the State of Tamworth Debate on Thursday

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

The meeting will take place this week on Thursday March 22 in the Council Chamber of Marmion House, Lichfield Street, at 6pm.  Members of the public are encouraged to come along and listen to the debate.

Councillors will hold a lively discussion about Tamworth, taking a look back over the past 12 months and outlining plans for the future.

The debate will be split into three parts, following Tamworth Borough Council’s vision and priorities, which have been based on the issues that are of most importance to local residents.

They are:

  • Living a quality life in Tamworth
  • Growing stronger together in Tamworth
  • Delivering quality services in Tamworth

Around 40 minutes will be spent on each topic, following a two-minute introduction by Leader of Tamworth Borough Council, Cllr Daniel Cook.  Each councillor can then speak once for a maximum of five minutes per topic.

The State of Tamworth Debate will discuss achievements from the last 12 months and include feedback from this month’s Tamworth Listens Question Time event and various consultations carried out during the year.

Cllr Cook said, “The State of Tamworth Debate will once again put Tamworth under the microscope, where we will look back over the past 12 months and consider our plans for the future.

“It is a good opportunity for councillors of all political persuasions to have their say on what is important to them about Tamworth and to put forward their suggestions for the future of the town.”

The meeting is open to members of the public to attend and listen to the debate.  The council’s communications team will also be live tweeting during the meeting, using the hash tag #TamDebate and posting on Facebook.  Follow @TamworthCouncil or like the Tamworth Borough Council Facebook page for highlights of the debate.

Residents can also view the State of Tamworth Debate agenda and some of the feedback that will help inform the debate via the ‘Council’ pages of www.tamworth.gov.uk.

Anyone who would like to attend is asked to be in the Chamber by 6pm so that the debate can start promptly.  Please enter Marmion House via the side entrance on Orchard Street.

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Gold Falls from the Sky

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

The aircraft was carrying £265m worth of platinum, gold and diamonds when the hatch flew open – sending the precious metals plummeting back to earth.

According to the TASS news agency, Russian authorities have recovered more than 170 gold bars weighing 20kg each.

The plane was travelling from Yakutsk Airport – a major diamond-producing region – to Krasnoyarsk.  However, the Nimbus Airlines AN-12 cargo aircraft made an emergency landing in Magan after it began haemorrhaging valuables.

Reports suggest some bars of gold were scattered up to 15 miles away from the airport.

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RIP Stephen Hawking

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Meet Your Mercian Ward Councillors This Saturday

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.  The meetings are well attended by the three Mercian ward councillors and residents alike.

If you have a concern affecting the North side of Tamworth or just want to meet your elected representatives then why not pop into the rugby club.  Michael Greatorex, Andrew James and Richard Kingstone to support residents with their concerns.

Cllr Greatorex said, “If you live in Mercian ward and have any concerns, questions or comments about the area you would like to raise with your local councillors, please come along and meet us on Saturday.

“If residents cannot make the surgery we can be contacted by telephone, in writing or via email.  Our contact details can be found on the Borough Council website or by calling Tamworth Borough Council on 01827 709709.”

Mercian ward covers Lichfield Road, Riverside, Coton Lane, Coton Green, Leyfields, Comberford Road, Coton Lane Estate, Ludd Lane and Freville Close.

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