NORTH STAFFS: More homes and businesses in Stoke-on-Trent are to benefit from faster broadband.
BT has announced Blythe Bridge, Milton Lee, Stoke and Trentham will become the latest communities to receive access to its 'next generation' broadband service delivered over copper lines.
Around 43,800 homes will benefit from the investment which will make download speeds of up to 20 megabits per second available – more than double the fastest speed previously available. The connection will be upgraded by the end of spring next year.
It will take the total number of premises with access to fibre broadband in Staffordshire to more than 360,000.
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John Dovey BT's West Midlands regional director, said: "This latest investment is a major vote of confidence in the future success of the region. It will be a key part of our economic revival."
LONGTON: Paul Holmes, aged 34, of Dundee Street, Longton, has pleaded guilty to possession of heroin on June 12 last year. But he denied possession of crack cocaine with intent to supply and possession of diazepam on the same date. His trial was placed in Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court's reserve list for the week starting May 13 and he was granted unconditional bail.
HANLEY: A 48-year-old man has pleaded guilty to theft of furniture, household goods and food belonging to The Range, Talke, between July 15 and September 23.
Alfred Awosusi, of Imperial Court, Hanley, admitted the charge when he appeared at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.
Katrina Screen, aged 23, of the same address, admitted handling stolen goods between the same dates.
The pair will be sentenced after reports are prepared on them by probation officers. They were both bailed.