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LOCAL NEWS UPDATES
Last updated Monday 13th August 2018

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Staffordshire Commissioner praises firefighters and community

Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire and Rescue and Crime, has praised firefighters tackling major ongoing grassland fires in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Matthew Ellis visited the site on the Roaches at Blackshaw Moor, describing the scene as ‘something from another planet', with farms, grasslands and small holdings blackened and smouldering from the impact of the fires.

Mr Ellis said: ‘The actions of firefighters have been exemplary in arduous conditions. The location of the fires are difficult and the working conditions unpleasant. The smoke-filled atmosphere and hot, windy conditions I found difficult in only an hour of being there. The challenges faced by all involved are very significant.

‘The full-time and retained firefighters are working extraordinary hours and beyond what might be expected.'

As well as speaking to crews on the frontline, Mr Ellis also extended thanks to the businesses who had supported the fire service. 

Severn Trent provided water tankers to ensure residents of Leek would not be affected and Jon Beech Recovery supported the use of excavation equipment, to enable helicopters to be used to douse the ground with water from the air.

A number of voluntary organisations are also supporting the firefighters, including Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, Peak Volunteers and the rapid relief team.

‘Residents of the Staffordshire Moorlands and wider have shown real community spirit and I would like to thank them for all their support as they continue to show firefighters and, all involved the strength, of a community pulling together,' added Mr Ellis.

The Winking Man Pub and local residents have donated refreshments and allowed use of land for critical equipment to be stored. Residents in Leek have also donated cases of water and snacks.

The Commissioner will be writing formally to Cheshire Fire Service and Derbyshire Fire Service to thank them for the personnel and appliances they continue to provide in support of Staffordshire.


Vehicle damage in Houston Avenue, Endon

Unknown offenders have approached several vehicles in and around Houston Avenue, Endon causing damage to several wing mirrors during early hours of Sunday (12 August) if you have any CCTV  coverage please call us on 101 quoting incident number 296 -  12 August.

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

Farmwatch - Burglaries

Overnight Burglaries - Onecote and Calton villages have been targetted, outbuildings broken into, offenders disturbed times roughly between 00:30-02:00 -ensure all building are as secure as possible. please call 07890317826 if any information.

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

Community funding opportunity for road safety projects

The next round of Staffordshire's Road Safety Grant Fund will be open for applications from 1 August to 14 September 2018.

Applications for up to £5000 are invited from community based groups within Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.

Full information is available on the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership website:

www.staffssaferroads.co.uk/my- community/road-safety-grant- fund

If you have any questions about the Road Safety Grant Fund please email info@staffssaferroads.co.uk 

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/theft

Sometime between the hours of 18:30-20:00  on Wednesday 25th July or 08:00-12:30 on Thursday 26th July,  offenders have caused damaged to machines in a launderette in the Ball Haye Street area of Leek.

if anyone saw / heard anything or has any information please contact Staffs police quoting ref number 397-26/07/2018.

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

Purse theft

On Wednesday 28th July 2018, a purse was taken from a bag while the female was shopping in the market place area of Leek. 

Please ensure that your bags are securely closed and take your time to make sure that  purses are safely  out of sight when shopping.

Purse cables and bells are avaliable from the enquiry office at Leek police station.

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

Appeal: Search continues for Samantha Eastwood from Stoke-on-Trent

We are continuing our investigation into the disappearance of 28-year-old Samantha Eastwood from Stoke-on-Trent.

Samantha was last seen leaving work at Royal Stoke University Hospital at 7.45am on Friday morning (27 July) after completing a night shift. She didn't return for her next night shift later that day at 7pm, and colleagues raised concerns at 7.20pm.

She is described as white, approximately 5ft 3in tall, of medium build and with shoulder-length ginger hair. She has brown eyes and a fair complexion with freckles.

Liz Rix, Chief Nurse, Royal Stoke University Hospital, said: “We are appealing for anyone who has seen or heard from Samantha to get in touch with Staffordshire Police.

“Samantha is a much loved and valued member of the UHNM family and her Maternity Centre colleagues are very concerned.

“Samantha has worked as a midwife at Royal Stoke for six years and not turning up to work on Friday evening was very much out of character.

“We are working closely with Staffordshire Police to help find Samantha and we are providing support to her close colleagues.”

Anyone with information about Samantha's whereabouts is asked to contact Staffordshire Police immediately on 101, quoting incident 940 of 27 July 2018.

Further information and image can be found at   https://www.staffordshire.police.uk/article/9638/Police-investigation-for-missing-Samantha-Eastwood-continues

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

Suspicious Females- Biddulph Town Centre

On Thursday 12th July 2018 at 10:40hrs police received a call from a local shop to report two suspicious Eastern European women in the town. 

The women were both described around 5ft 7inc to 5ft 9inc tall and well dressed with black hair in ponytails. Both women were carrying large handbags. The women were reported to the police for trying to distract shop staff.

At Biddulph Domestics one of the ladies took the shop worker outside the shop while the other sneaked behind the till area before being disturbed by the manager walking in. No money was taken.

The British Red Cross charity shop also reported the women entering the shop and after leaving noticed 12 empty coat hangers where clothes have been taken.

Police are keen for any information on these two women and a witness spotted them leaving the town in a dark coloured car with partial vehicle registration LJ55.
If anyone has any information they are asked to call 101 and quote SP20180712-288

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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