RIDGEWAY: Families in one of Stoke-on-Trent's smallest villages are demanding answers from Royal Mail after a two-year wait for their postbox to be returned.
Residents in Ridgeway were furious when their post box was seized under the cover of darkness in February 2010.
Royal Mail later agreed to reinstate the post box after receiving a 100-name petition.
But two years on, villagers are still having to travel one mile to send their letters.
Stoke-on-Trent North MP Joan Walley, who is backing the campaign, said: "We have spent the last two years pleading with Royal Mail to replace the post box and with a little bit of seasonal goodwill they could easily do so.
"I'm sending another gentle reminder to Royal Mail to give a bit more priority."
HANLEY: A vulnerable young woman with a chaotic lifestyle and drug and alcohol issues has asked to be jailed so that she could sort herself out, a court heard.
Zoe Cox's solicitor Andrew Turnock told magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre she wanted to be sent to prison for as long as possible.
The 22-year-old, of no fixed address, made the appeal after pleading guilty to being drunk and disorderly in Hope Street, Hanley, on December 18; assaulting a police officer in the execution of her duty on December 27; and theft of a television belonging to the Plough Motel, Stoke, on January 5.
Cox was jailed for eight weeks yesterday of which she will serve four weeks.
DILHORNE: Christopher Whilock, aged 46, of Blakeley Lane, Dilhorne, is accused of using threatening, abusive or insulting words of behaviour with intent at Dilhorne on July 1.
Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre adjourned the case until January 18.