CHEADLE: A royal oak tree is to be planted in a town's park to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee anniversary.
The tree will be planted at the Tean Road recreation area, Cheadle, on May 29, which was traditionally Royal Oak Day.
It was the date which commemorated the restoration of the English monarchy in May 1660 and Charles II became King of England.
The ceremony will be conducted by the town's mayor and the tree will be blessed by Reverend Ian Thurston, rector of the parish of Cheadle with Freehay.
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BURSLEM: Timothy Bloor has appeared in court to plead guilty to two offences of breaching a restraining order on April 22 and again on April 23 this year.
The 45-year-old, of Dartmouth Street, Burslem, had a charge of common assault on his ex-partner Yvette Young withdrawn by the Crown Prosecution Service.
North Staffordshire magistrates adjourned sentence for reports.
The defendant was remanded in custody until his nexthearing on May 17.
LONGTON: Arfon Morrell pleaded guilty to stealing a flat screen television worth £179 on April 11 and failing to answer to his bail when he appeared at North Staffordshire Magistrates' Court yesterday.
The defendant, of Dilhorne Grove, Longton will appear before the court again on May 22 so that pre-sentence reports can be prepared. He was given unconditional bail.