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Last updated Wednesday 18th October 2017

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Loan Shark Awareness Week in Leek re Illegal Money Lenders

This Week the Regional Illegal Money Lending Team are running an Awareness Week in the Leek area to highlight the dangers of borrowing money from illegal money lenders, often referred to as 'Loan Sharks'. There will be articles in the local press & local radio programmes, as well as leaflet drops and sessions with different community groups.

If you are aware of anyone who may be illegally lending money to people in your community, contact the team in confidence on 0300 555 2222 , email them on reportaloanshark@ stoploansharks.gov.uk , text them on 07860 022116 or visit the website @ www.stoploansharks.uk

They are ruining peoples lives - don't let them ruin yours!

Police Contact Advice:

Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.
If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert

Advice: Bogus officials/distraction burglars

We are reminding people to be wary when answering the door to unexpected callers, following a number of recent distraction burglaries involving bogus Water Board officials across Staffordshire.
The victims, aged between 86 and 101, were distracted by a
man ‘checking' the taps in the kitchen or bathroom, while a second man located and stole cash from the home.
Descriptions are of two white men aged 30-40 years old. 
DO NOT let anyone into your home unless you know who they are or what they are there for.
NEVER TRUST anyone calling at the door without a prior appointment. Should you receive such a call, leave the door locked. The caller will hear you through the door when you ask them who they are.
If they say they are from a utilities company, ask for your account number. They should have this if they are genuine. If not – do not let them in, tell them to leave and that you are calling the police.
ALWAYS ASK FOR ID, and check it. Even if someone claims to be an official – and that includes police officers and council  representatives – people must have their ID checked.
DO NOT allow anyone to carry out work on your home or sell you anything when they cold call at the door. If you require work to be done INSTIGATE IT YOURSELF, by phoning three companies and asking for like for like quotes. Then decide. 

Residents should also follow the STOP, CHAIN, CHECK rule when people call at the door.
STOP – If you are not expecting anybody and they don't have an appointment, don't let them in.
CHAIN- Use your door chain or bar before opening the door.
CHECK – Ask to see ID and double check this.
Always report any suspicious behaviour to the police. If you think it's suspicious, it probably is.
Keep your doors locked even when you are home.
Residents are encouraged to contact us if, and every time, they have suspicions about any caller to their door.

Police Contact Advice:

Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.
If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert

Police Crime Commissioner pays tribute to
Staffordshire Search and Rescue

Staffordshire Search and Rescue – helping to keep the region's residents safe and sound – is a crucial hub to the region's emergency service network.
That's the view of the Police Crime Commissioner, who was incredibly impressed by its work during his visit to the group's headquarters, having handed over £3000 towards its up-keep last year.
Situated just a couple of miles from Stafford town centre, few would know the rescue team even exists, let alone the crucial role it has in the county.
Made up of 72 volunteers – aged between 18 and post-retirement age – the Staffordshire Search and Rescue team works in partnership with police in helping to find missing people, mainly those who are vulnerable and high risk.
There were 3000 ‘missing person' calls to Staffordshire Police last year. Most were dealt with by the police and ended well. In some cases, often across more hazardous terrains, the Staffordshire Search and Rescue team was called out.
This year along, the rescue team has assisted 30 times. It is frequently required to tackle rough terrain, including water-bank searches.
Its equipment includes kayaks, canoes, a power boat, a 4x4 response vehicle, an ambulance, a control vehicle – to help coordinate searches with police – mountain bikes, medical provisions and other first aid equipment.
The volunteer ‘family' also includes three dogs, specially-trained to detect missing individuals using airborne scent.
Matthew Ellis was moved by the group's dedication and diligence to what can often be traumatic work.
‘These search and rescue volunteers are the little known heroes of Staffordshire –the emergency service you might have never heard of – and more people need to know about its work.
‘These are unpaid volunteers who give up their spare time and pass up the comfort of their own homes to help those caught up in life-threatening situations across our region.
‘We forget that Staffordshire has vast areas of open space, moorlands and rivers – all are potentially hazardous areas.
‘Staffordshire Search and Rescue saves lives, helps others and its personnel are ready to drop everything to tackle, quite often, the most unforgiving and treacherous places.
‘I am delighted to support this cause.'
Staffordshire Search and Rescue estimates that it costs in the region of £25,000 to support its service – mainly for the maintenance of equipment, insurance, fuel for vehicles and general costs.
Apart from OPCC assistance, its upkeep is reliant on fund-raising and public goodwill.
PR officer Rachel Good said: ‘We are extremely grateful to the OPCC for its financial commitment to Staffordshire Search and Rescue.
‘We are often called out to the most vulnerable people or those who are in the grips of the most distressing period of their lives.
‘Every penny we receive is crucial to our existence – it really is the lifeblood of our service. Without it we wouldn't exist.'

*To donate to the Staffordshire Search and Rescue, please go to
https://mydonate.bt.com/ charities/ staffordshiresearchandrescuete am

For more details about its work please call Rachel at 07809482728

Staffordshire Police Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis meets the Staffordshire Search and Rescue volunteers, including rescue dog Jake

Volunteer Drivers Urgently Wanted

A VOLUNTEER car scheme is appealing for more drivers to help it cope with the demand from local people without their own transport who use it to get to medical appointments, shopping and social meetings too.
The Staffordshire Moorlands Voluntary Transport scheme, run by Support Staffordshire, is currently looking for drivers based in the Werrington area. Volunteer drivers help provide the vital service for people who are without their own vehicle and who find it difficult to access buses.
Peter Rowles, one of the current volunteer drivers, says, “We need more drivers to join the team and help us offer this vital service to those people in need, who would otherwise risk being isolated and missing out on essential services. Most of our trips are to take people to medical appointments but also to go shopping or to meet their friends''.
The scheme is operated by Support Staffordshire, and all volunteers are supported and asked to simply give as much time as they wish - it is your choice how much you do. All drivers receive out-of-pocket expenses, including mileage at 45p per mile.

To find out more about becoming a volunteer driver, please contact Sally Bentley, Community Transport Officer, on 01538 386888 Monday to Friday 9am – 1pm or email Sally at sally.bentley@supportstaffordshire.org.uk

Photo:- Volunteer driver Peter Rowles


Theft of Lancaster Machine Gun and Bayonet

A message to all readers, in the early hours of Friday 13th October 2017 someone has gained entry to a property on City Lane, Longsdon. Two items were taken, a deactivated Lancaster Machine Gun and a 3ft long bayonet.

If anyone has any information regarding this please contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting serial 0265 of 15/10/2017

Police Contact Advice:

Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.
If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert

Fraud Alert: Fraudsters purporting to be Police Officers

We have been made aware of a reoccurring crime where fraudsters are cold calling victims purporting to be police officers with the intention of obtaining personal/financial information and money. 

Victims have received a phone call from a fraudster who tells them they are speaking to a police officer and that they need them to assist in an investigation. The caller provides a collar number and states which Constabulary they are calling from - which makes the call more believable. 

The fraudsters tell the victim that they are in possession of a bank card in their name and asks them to confirm their bank account details.  The fraudsters advise them to ring another number and are then advised that they are at risk of being defrauded and are required to withdraw or transfer money in order to assist with the investigation. 

We would always advise the following:-

Never give out or confirm personal and/or financial information to anyone over the phone.

Banks and the police would never ask someone to aid an investigation by withdrawing or transferring money.

If you receive one of these calls, end it immediately and call us on 101 if they have stated they are coming to collect the money or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040

Police Contact Advice:

Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.
If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert

Criminal Damage to a Building

A message to all readers, on Thursday 5th October 2017 criminal damage was caused to a property on Barnfields Road, Leek. The damage happened approx late afternoon.

If anyone has seen anything in relation to this incident please contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting serial 0550 of the 05/10/2017

Police Contact Advice:

Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.
If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert

Theft of motorcycle

A motorcycle has been stolen from Westwood Park Avenue area of Leek, between 7pm on the 4th October and 6am on the 5th October.

The motorcycle has since been recovered and was located on Oakwood Road, Leek.

If anyone saw the theft of the motorcycle or the person disposing of it please contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quote serial no 102 of 05/10/2017

Police Contact Advice:

Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.
If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert

From 7 October until 4 November 2017

Service X32 (First Potteries) will operate between Stoke and Alton Towers on Saturdays, and also Monday to Friday between 20 and 31 October only.

From 20 October until 31 October 2017 only

Service X52 (Notts Derby) will operate daily between Nottingham and Alton Towers.

From 22 October 2017

Service 18 (First Potteries, Leek - Hanley) - Revised timetable.

From 29 October 2017

Service 32 (First Potteries, Uttoxeter - Hanley) - Revised timetable, and route of Schoolday journeys.

For further information please see our bus maps and timetables


Crime Prevention Advice

Following an incident in which a vehicle was left open over night and unknown persons have gained entry to that vehicle. We advise all people to check whether they have locked their vehicles whether it be at the roadside or on their driveways before locking up for the evening.

Always make sure that your vehicle is locked by trying the handles of the vehicle before walking away.

If anyone is the victim of car crime please call Staffordshire Police on 101 or in an emergency 999

Police Contact Advice:

Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.
If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert


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