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NEW Slides For WaterWorld !

WaterWorld in Hanley is undergoing a massive £10m expansion and introducing four new rides. Take a look at the image below, the new rides look amazing, and we cant wait to try them out.

Owner Mo Chaudry said: “Waterworld is already one of the largest leisure attractions of its kind, but you don’t get anywhere by standing still; you always have to be thinking of the next big innovation. The new rides are something really special. The tallest of them will be fully four metres higher than anything we have had here before, which is why we are having to raise the roof.”

Mo has been behind the growth of Waterworld since he took over in 1999. The previous loss-making operation was ran by The Rank Group.

Plan of the new slides – Image WaterWorld
Construction of the new slides – Image WaterWorld

Royal Stoke University Hospital Introduces Car Park pay-on-exit Barriers

Royal Stoke University Hospital have introduced a new pay-on-exit system for public car parks H and I, which will go live on Wednesday 1 May 2019 at 7am.

The new system means that the public will not need to pay on arrival, instead visitors will need to enter their full vehicle registration via the pay machines which are located on the car park, after their visit to the Hospit​al has finished but before they exit the car park.

The pay machines will bring up the total amount of money to pay dependant on how long you have been parked at the hospital. Payment can be made at the pay machines by cash, card or contactless methods. 

Once paid the barrier system will automatically recognise your vehicle registration and allow you to exit the car park. 

If you require advice please contact the multi-storey car park on 01782 671402. Should you require assistance upon exit please press the intercom button on the barrier. 

More information on parking at University Hospitals of North Midlands can be found here

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Stoke Murder Victim Named

Detectives investigating the murder of a woman in Stoke have named her as Megan Newton, aged 18. 

Megan, who lived in Fletcher Road, was found at a flat in Fletcher Road, at 3.20pm on Saturday (20 April). 

Her family, who are continuing to receive support from specially-trained officers, have paid tribute to her.  

“We just can’t believe what’s happened. Our hearts are broken and our family is devastated. 

“Meg was a beautiful young woman who had everything to live for. She was into sport in a big way. She loved playing football and used to give up her weekends to work as an assistant coach for the under 7s. She loved working with children and was studying sports at college as well as holding three jobs down at the same time. Meg had plans for the future – she was so independent and knew what she wanted to do with her life. We were all behind her every step of the way and would have done anything for her. 

“She was a young woman in the prime of life, so precious and loving and such a big part of our lives. We just adored her. Family meant everything to Meg and we’re all struggling with what’s happened. It just doesn’t feel real.”

Joseph Trevor, 18,  of Trentham, who was charged with the murder of Megan Newton,  was remanded in custody following his appearance at North Staffordshire Justice Centre in Newcastle this morning. He will appear at Stafford Crown Court on Thursday 2 May.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting incident number 510 of 20 April or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Megan Newton – Image via Staffordshire Police