Ray Crowther

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Ray Crowther is here Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am with the mid-morning show – Stafford‘s community hub, a daily mix of consumer advice, topical local discussion, current affairs and good music.

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Have you a question for our Prospective Parliamentary Candidates?

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As Election Day approaches, I will be interviewing all the Prospective Parliamentary Candidates for Stafford on my mid-morning show prior to polling day on Thursday 7 May 2015.
Have you a question you would like me to put to them for you live on-air? I will be talking with Kate Godfrey (LABOUR) on Monday 27 April, Jeremy Lefroy (CONSERVATIVE) on Tuesday, Mike Shone (GREEN) Wednesday, Karen Howell (THE NATIONAL HEALTH ACTION PARTY) Thursday, Edward Whitfield (UKIP) Friday and finally on Monday 4 May Keith Miller (LIBDEM).
Have you a local issue that concerns you, what would you like me to ask any of the PPC’s on your behalf? Please e-mail your question to [email protected] and don’t forget to join me for the mid-morning show every weekday 10am -1pm on 107.3 Stafford FM.
Stafford FM will be live at the count bringing you the results as they come in with Maurice Blisson and Rich Bishop live from MOD Stafford and Ian Beddow and Gary Hazlehurst hosting a special programme from the studio from 11pm after the polls close.

26-year-old man from Stafford to lock himself in glass box for 50 hours

26-year-old Jordan Bond from Stafford, has agreed to join the growing number of people who have spent 50 hours locked in a glass box in order to raise awareness of autism and the support that Caudwell Children, the Staffordshire based charity, gives to children with the condition.
Jordan, who works in the Phone Shop at the Tesco Extra store, Newport Road, Stafford, ST16 2HE, has agreed to take part in the ‘Locked in for Autism’ campaign, at the branch, and also hopes to raise funds for the charity by completing the challenge.
Jordan will enter the two metre square structure, located in the foyer of the store, at midday on Tuesday 21st April 2015, and will make his exit, if successful, at 2pm on Thursday 23rd April 2015.
The former Weston Road High School pupil admits has a good understanding of autism having been diagnosed with the condition whilst a student at the University of Staffordshire.
He’s hopeful that those with or without the condition will discuss autism with him, whilst he’s in the box. He said: “I’m determined to use ‘Locked in for Autism’ as a platform for individuals and families to discuss the challenges faced by those living with the condition.
“I want people to come into the store and tell me how the condition has affected their lives.
“I know other parents of autistic children have told the charity that the box is a really powerful metaphor for the condition. Being seen and stared at from all directions, whilst being isolated, and finding it difficult to communicate, is often how those living with the condition feel.”
Jordan is unsure of how he is going to amuse himself whilst in his self-imposed solitary confinement, but is considering bringing in a large, 1000 piece jigsaw.
Jordan says that he has always been aware that he had social issues as he found it extremely difficult to talk to people, however working within the Customer Services department at the Tesco Extra Stafford store and constantly engaging with the public has helped him to improve this.
Although Jordan is confident that he will complete the challenge, he believes that he may have to overcome some obstacles. He said: “My condition means that I can come across as anxious. I often combat this with humour and sarcasm so I’m determined to strike the right balance.”
One thing that he’s sure won’t bother him is sleeping under the gaze of the public. As he explained: “It’s a 24 hour store but that doesn’t faze me as I can sleep through anything. Even if I need a nap during the day I’ll be out like a light.”
Jordan says that his wife, parents and two sisters are supporting his efforts and are looking forward to welcoming him out of the box. As he concluded: “They hope that the challenge will help people to understand the support that they can get through Caudwell Children’s Autistic Children’s Therapies programme, which provides a series of therapies, education, dietary and nutritional interventions to autistic children. And if I can raise additional funds, to help even more children access the programme, then we will all be delighted.”
You can find out more about Locked in for Autism here!

You can support Jordan through his Just Giving page at: http://www.justgiving.com/JordanBondLIFA/ or by texting LIFA88 £3 to 70070

Stafford fly tipper caught on camera

A Stafford man was caught on camera dumping rubbish on a popular footpath.

Anthony Wilson was ordered to pay more than £560 by Stafford Magistrates for tipping soil and rubble on to the Isabel Trail – a popular route for cyclists and dog walkers.

The court was told Mr Wilson had been carrying out work in his back garden and was filmed by a neighbour throwing rubbish over the fence at the rear of his property in Izaak Walton Close.

Julie Simpson, prosecuting, said: “These cases are taken very seriously and fly tipping can cause harm to amenity and distress to local residents.”

The ‘Trail’ is a disused railway line and has been developed as a cycle way and pedestrian route. It runs along the rear of the properties in Izaak Walton Close connecting Beaconside to the award winning Victoria Park.

Mr Wilson, 26, admitted depositing waste on land contrary to the Environmental Protection Act in July. He was fined £200, ordered to pay costs of £342.50 and a victim surcharge of £20 when he appeared before the court on Wednesday (8 April).

Mark Harrison, defending, said it was a “foolish thing” for Mr Wilson to do and that the rubbish had been cleaned up by the defendant.

Head of Environment at the Borough Council, Howard Thomas, said: “Fly tipping is a blight on our area and those who enjoy the environment they live in do not want inconsiderate people treating the borough as a giant dustbin.

“Our message is clear – if you do discard your rubbish illegally then be prepared to face fines or even prosecution.”

There were more than 350 reports of fly tipping in the borough in 2014. Over the last five years the cost to local tax payers of cleaning up incidents has been put at around £140,000.
Stafford Borough Council has a dedicated page http://www.staffordbc.gov.uk/grimewatch where they post pictures of rubbish dumped illegally and ask people for help in a bid to catch offenders.

To report fly tipping email [email protected] or 01785 619401. If you have information about fly tipping offences you can report it in confidence at [email protected]

Householders have a duty to ensure rubbish removed from their homes is disposed of properly. So you should always ask for the waste carrier to provide you with their full address, phone number and vehicle registration. For further advice call the borough council on 01785 619000 or you can contact the Environment Agency on 08708 505 506 and ask for a free instant waste carrier check or go to public registers on http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk.