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LOCAL NEWS UPDATES
Last updated Saturday 29th September 2018

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Staffordshire Police deliver road and public safety sessions in Moorlands

Staffordshire Police has begun a tour of schools and colleges to teach youngsters about the dangers of drink, drugs and driving irresponsibly.

Officers are currently visiting Year 11 and Sixth Form students across the Staffordshire Moorlands, to educate them on the many risks associated with young adulthood.

During the safety sessions, students will be shown an interview with a family who lost their son in a fatal car accident. The powerful interview reveals the raw emotion of losing a family member and the devastation it causes.

Chief Inspector Mark Thorley, Commander for Staffordshire Moorlands Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “I am humbled and in absolute admiration of the parents who have given their time and authority for the details of this tragic incident to be used in such a constructive way which will hopefully prevent other families having to go through the trauma they have. I have no doubt the message will be hard-hitting but if it saves one life it has been a success.”

Throughout the roadshow, officers will be joined by representatives from partners including Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and VOSA. The sessions run until 4 October.

 


Elderly Hartington residents to receive harvest festival gifts


Children in Hartington are busy preparing special produce boxes to give to senior members of the community at the annual harvest festival. The popular local event has been running for over five years, encouraging pupils at the village's primary school to live by th e ir vision statement “ C aring and sharing as part of God's family.” Youngsters are packing 30 boxes full of goods including food and drinks donated by village businesses, in preparation for the festival celebration on Sunday 7 th  October. A church service will take place before over 100 local residents enjoy a pea and pie supper followed by fruit crumble. Tracy Blackwell, Head Teacher at Hartington C of E Primary School, said: “Residents in the village aged 70 and older will each receive a harvest box, packed by school students. Some recipients prefer for their gift to be shared with people who're in need, so donations are made to Ashbourne Food Bank too. “The festival is a wonderful opportunity for the whole community to come together to share good food and create special memories, whilst celebrating the harvest; a very important time in the Christian calendar.” The harvest festival will start at Saint Giles' Church at 5.30pm, and everyone is welcome to attend.


Advice: Secure your vehicle

We are reminding vehicle owners to check their vehicle security following an increase in the number of thefts of, and from motor vehicles. Most vehicle crime is opportunist and therefore preventable. We would always advise and remind owners of the following:-

* Ensure your vehicle is locked and secure whenever left.  Always check your doors - don't rely on remote
locking fobs.

* Remove all valuables and possessions when the vehicle is unattended.

* Always garage your vehicle or park on a driveway, or in well lit areas, wherever possible.

* Consider installing tracker devices - in the event your vehicle is stolen - it can be located quickly.

* Consider blocking high value vehicles in with a second vehicle... simple but it works!

* Store keyless entry car fobs in a Faraday pouch to block signal from devices used by offenders to steal
your car.

* Store all vehicle keys out of view of windows and doors - thieves will often break into your home to locate
keys to steal your vehicle.

Lets not make it easy for them!

For more information and advice visit https://www.staffordshire. police.uk/article/2320/ Vehicle-Crime

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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