TRENTHAM: Final preparations are underway to move a four-tonne statue of Greek mythological hero Perseus.
The 3.7-metre bronze sculpture, which sits at the head of the lake at Trentham Gardens, is to go on display at the Royal Academy of Arts (RAA) in London in the autumn.
Specialist contractors have been brought in to shift the statue using ropes and pulleys.
The sculpture will be lifted from the plinth on Thursday before making the 160-mile trip to the capital.
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It will return to North Staffordshire in December.
Persues is a true copy of a statue created by the Italian sculptor Benvenuto Cellini in Florence between 1548 and 1550.
It was made on the orders of the second Duke of Sutherland around 1840, and shipped over to Trentham.
DRESDEN: A pub will find out whether is customers are allowed to drink alcohol in its new smoking area today.
Licensee Graham Hotlon, owner of the Park Inn, in Carlisle Street, Dresden, has applied for alterations to the alcohol licence, so that it covers the outside of the premises.
He wants to be able to serve food and drink at the newly-refurbished smoking area until midnight every night.
But residents living near to the pub have objected to the proposal.
The application will be discussed by Stoke-on-Trent City Council's licensing sub-committee at 10am.
Currently, live music, recorded music and alcohol is available between 10am and midnight every day and the premises are open between 10am and 1am every day.
TUNSTALL: A 23-year-old carer is due to enter his plea at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court today after being charged with eight offences of ill treating or wilfully neglecting men and women in his care.
Kyle Smallwood, of Clandon Avenue, Tunstall, is alleged to have committed the offences between 2010 and 2011.
He was employed at Bradwell Hall Nursing Home at the time.