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Last updated Wednesday 21nd June 2017

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Warm Weather Advice

As the warm weather continues, it is important to remember to keep safe as opportunist thieves will seize the chance to burgle your property.

We would remind all residents to ensure all doors and windows are closed and secure – even if you are in the garden or upstairs – thieves can ‘sneak in' and take your property.

Store valuables and keys away out of view of doors and windows.

Ensure all bikes, toys and garden furniture are securely stored away and/or suitable locking devices used.

Please ensure all sheds and garages are left secure – always use good quality locks.

Remember to keep hydrated – plan your journey and allow extra time for stops.

If you see an unattended child in a locked car or a distressed animal call 999 immediately. 

For further information about crime prevention and how to stay safe at home visit the force website at www.staffordshire.police.uk .

Always report any suspicious activity to us on 101 or 999 in an emergency or if a crime is taking place.

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

Counter Terror Advice for Businesses

Please find attached a document which provides links to further information and advice for businesses. 

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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

Gareth Morgan takes up new role of Chief Constable in Staffordshire

It's a new era at Staffordshire Police, with Chief Constable Gareth Morgan leading the force from today (Monday June 19th).

Chief Constable Morgan said: "I am delighted to join Staffordshire Police and look forward to working with colleagues and communities to keep Staffordshire safe".

"The threats facing the country from terrorism and the changing nature of crime mean that in Staffordshire we need to be equipped to deal with these issues. I believe that local communities are the bedrock of policing and working with our partners locally I am confident we can meet these challenges."

"The continuing reductions in budgets are an added factor as we seek to prioritise the resources we have available and we will be embarking on a significant change programme to ensure that policing meets the current demands we face with the budget available."

"Neighbourhood policing will be the bedrock of this force during my time in office because it is working within communities that we will best tackle the challenges confronting us".

"It's a genuine privilege to be appointed Chief Constable and I look forward to getting out and about and meeting the public to better understand their issues and concerns and seek their support in me leading Staffordshire Police."

Gareth embarked on his career in 1987 when he joined West Midlands Police. He has also worked in West Mercia and Warwickshire. He is joining Staffordshire from Avon and Somerset where he has been the Deputy Chief Constable since 2014.


Retiring Chief Constable Jane Sawyers to receive Queen's Police Medal

Chief Constable Jane Sawyers has been awarded the Queen's Police Medal for distinguished service in the Birthday Honours as she retires after 33 years of dedicated service to the communities of Staffordshire.

Jane Sawyers said “I am extremely humbled by this honour. Policing really is a job like no other, every day can be challenging or rewarding and often both. It has been my privilege to serve alongside hundreds of dedicated officers and staff, who all deserve recognition for their work.”

DCC Nick Baker said on behalf of Staffordshire Police: “It's fantastic news to hear that Jane's commitment and dedication to duty has been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours. This comes on the very weekend she retires from a fantastic career serving the communities of Staffordshire. I'm sure she will feel very humbled and honoured to be recognised. She has dedicated her career to protecting those at risk of harm and making a real difference to our communities."

Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire, Matthew Ellis, said: "Jane Sawyers has had a long and esteemed career in policing, serving the public for over 33 years from constable to Chief Constable in Staffordshire - which is an accomplishment few will follow with. The recognition of the Queen's Police Medal is well founded, extremely welcome and well deserved and I wish Jane every success in the future in whatever she chooses to do."

Minister for Policing and the Fire Service Nick Hurd said:

“Chief Constable Jane Sawyers has led Staffordshire Police with great dedication. I congratulate her as well as Gerald Peck for their impressive contribution to policing and commitment to their communities. I am very pleased that officers from all levels across policing have received awards and being recognised for the vital role that they are playing in protecting the public.”

Jane will receive the medal later this year.


Slavery not relegated to the past in Staffordshire

Businesses in Staffordshire Moorlands can play a part in reducing modern slavery by making sure their supply chains are “clean”, says Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire Sue Arnold.

Mrs Arnold is reminding businesses of their social and corporate responsibility to help eradicate the scourge of modern slavery and human trafficking.

As part of the Modern Slavery Act (2015) businesses supplying goods or services in the UK with a turnover of £36 million or more a year, have a legal obligation to publish an annual statement showing the steps taken to ensure human trafficking is not taking place within any part of their business or supply chains.

Mrs Arnold said: ‘Sadly not all businesses realise that if their turnover is £36 million or more a year, they need to have this statement published and available to show the actions they have taken to make sure their business is free from human trafficking and modern slavery.    

‘This is an important opportunity to remind businesses of their responsibility to help stamp out modern slavery and raise awareness that this abhorrent crime is something that still affects people in 2017 – even in Staffordshire.'

Within their statement, as well as the steps taken to ensure “clean” supply chains, businesses are encouraged to include information on their policies relating to modern slavery and human trafficking and areas of their supply chains where there is a risk of this taking place.

In 2016 over 3,800 potential victims of trafficking were identified in the UK. This is an increase of 17% on 2015, but these are just the victims we know about. Slavery's hidden nature means actual numbers are likely to be much higher.

Increasingly more and more organisations are unwilling to do business with companies unless they know their supply chains are “clean” so Mrs Arnold is encouraging them to consider how to spot whether modern slavery is occurring in their supply chain and how to address it.

Modern slavery can take many forms including the trafficking of people, forced labour, servitude and slavery. Victims can be men, women and children but it is most common amongst the vulnerable, and within minority or socially excluded groups. Approximately two-thirds of victims are women, and a third are men with every fourth victim of modern slavery being a child.

Mrs Arnold has already made highlighting the issue of modern slavery a real priority in her role as Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner and held a successful conference in 2015 to highlight the threat. The conference was attended by over 500 delegates and included speakers from Gangmasters Licensing Authority, the UK's Anti-Slavery Commissioner and the UK Human Trafficking Centre. 

Slavery is closer than you think. It happens all over the world including the UK. Find out more at www.modernslavery.co.uk or call the helpline on 0800 0121 700. You can also find out more at www.staffordshire.police.uk/ MDS


Staffordshire Moorlands Volunteer of the Year 2017

 

Support Staffordshire celebrated the Moorlands unsung heroes with their very first Staffordshire Moorlands Volunteer of the Year Award.

Following an independent panel of judges' selection of the four finalists from 30 nominations, a public vote chose Sarah Gregory as the winner of this prestigious award.

Sarah said “I am overwhelmed and certainly didn't expect to win the award. I volunteer at Headway as I love to volunteer and spend time with the people who benefit from the service. Thank you to everyone who voted.”

Kathryn Bentham from Support Staffordshire said that “volunteers throughout the Moorlands tirelessly give their time to help others. Their generosity and spirit enables a wide range of organisations to provide support to those who need it most. These incredible volunteers deserve a huge thank you. With the prestigious Volunteer Awards, we have the opportunity to do this and to highlight the brilliant work that they do.” 

The Awards runners up were Steven Barber from Oakamoor, Robert Barclay, Churnet Valley Railway and Margaret Jackson the Royal Voluntary Service.

Alongside the main volunteer award, five of the thirty nominations were given Awards of Commendation to say thank-you for the time and dedication they give to volunteering. These certificates were awarded to Brian Hughes of Werrington Community Library; Bill Lomas, Leek Town Crier; Moyra Chadwick of Leek Stroke Club; and to Adrian Leek and Pauline Wood from The Beth Johnson Foundation Cancer Advocacy and Support Project.

Thank you to Sainsbury's Leek and the Hollybush Inn, Denford for kindly supporting the awards.

Some of those recognised by the volunteer awards and their colleagues: Ross Podyma, Margaret Jackson, Sarah Gregory, Caroline Evans, Steve Barber and Bill Lomas


Staying safe in Staffordshire this weekend

As we head into the weekend across Staffordshire we wanted to remind our residents to stay alert and vigilant, a week on from the terror attacks in London.

While there is no specific intelligence of any threat in Staffordshire, it is imperative our communities stay alert and report any suspicious activity to us.

There are, and will continue to be more officers on the streets, in town centres, crowded places and those areas of significance. You do not need to be alarmed by this, these measures are in place across the country to provide reassurance to our communities in light of the recent attacks.

Assistant Chief Constable Nick Adderley said: "The last few weeks have been a very testing time for policing and worrying for many of our communities. However I am immensely proud of the work our officers have done in neighbourhoods to keep people safe and reassured.

"In Staffordshire we will continue to work with our partners and stakeholders to promote community engagement and an inclusive society on all levels. Developing positive role models is essential. We have a huge part to play in this and are a key enabler in making much of this happen.

"You will continue to see more police officers and Police Community Support Officers on our streets, they are there to keep you safe. If you see them please engage with them and raise any concerns that you may have.

"We have been overwhelmed with support from the general public, hearing your stories and seeing your pictures. Please keep them coming in and remember, if you see or hear anything that you think could be terrorist-related, trust your instinct no matter how small, then ACT and call 999."

For more information about ACT visit www.act.campaign.gov.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

Man arrested following arson incident at Royal Stoke Hospital

We have arrested a 39-year-old man on suspicion of arson following two incidents in Stoke-on-Trent last night (June 7th).

Officers launched an investigation, working with colleagues at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, who determined the cause of the fires to be deliberate.

The man, who was detained in Manchester this afternoon, has been arrested on suspicion of committing arson with intent to endanger life at the Royal Stoke University Hospital and Staffordshire University's Beacon building in College Road, Stoke-on-Trent.

Fire broke out at the hospital's main building at around 6pm yesterday evening. Patients had to be temporarily evacuated. Earlier in the evening at around 4.45pm fire broke out in toilets at Staffordshire University. 

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

Alert: Car Key Burglaries

We are reminding residents to be on their guard and to review home and vehicle security following an increase in the number of burglaries where offenders have targeted the property with a view to stealing the keys and vehicle at the property.

We would urge residents to ensure their property is secure at all times, including all doors and windows and that items of value and keys are stored away out of view.

Offenders often target properties with high value/high performance vehicles on the driveway however this is not always the case! If keys are visible through windows and doors then offenders will break in; take the keys and make off in the vehicle.

Let's not make it easy for them!

If you have any information which could assist us with our enquiries, please contact us on 101 or anonymously via crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 .

For more home and vehicle security advice and information please visit the force website at www.staffordshire.police.uk/ crimeprevention .

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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Volunteers needed in Staffordshire Moorlands to make a difference to policing

Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire, Matthew Ellis, is calling for more volunteers in Staffordshire Moorlands to play an active role in keeping their community safe as part of National Volunteers Week.

Volunteers play an important role in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent and help to scrutinise Staffordshire Police, inspect custody and lead cadet units amongst many other roles.

Volunteers for the Ethics, Transparency and Audit panel (ETAP) examine policing in Staffordshire at every level, including examining the response of police to incidents and analysing the way they handle complaints about policing. The panel has received national recognition for its scrutiny of the police use of Taser, stop and search and crime recording in Staffordshire.

Following the success of ETAP, Safer Neighbourhood Panels were launched in 2015 with local residents volunteering their time to meet with local councillors and the local policing commander. The panel influence local policing and community safety, scrutinise the work done by police in the area, give feedback to their community and examine the impact of community resolutions and restorative justice where they live.

Other vital work undertaken by volunteers is unannounced visits to custody suites by Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs) to check on the wellbeing of people being held in custody. Their visits provide an independent check on people being detained by the police and the way police officers carry out their duties with regard to detainees.

Another way you can get involved is as a volunteer cadet leader who run cadet units across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. They make a difference in young people's lives by helping cadets gain confidence, a sense of purpose and responsibility and new skills, while developing leadership, confidence and communication skills of their own. 

Mr Ellis said: ‘Volunteers play a huge part in society and local communities and I would like to thank all of them for their hard work and dedication. Their work has gone a long way towards making Staffordshire Police the most open and transparent service in the country.

‘I would love to see more people get involved in volunteering and we have many opportunities available to help us improve policing in Staffordshire.

‘Public confidence in policing is a priority and the extra layers of scrutiny from Safer Neighbourhood Panels, ETAP and ICVs ensures transparency at the most local level. It promotes public confidence in the system, which is essential to making Staffordshire safer.'

You can find out more about volunteering opportunities with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire on the website: https://www.staffordshire-pcc. gov.uk/volunteer/


Appeal: Did you witness an assault in Leek?

We are appealing for witnesses following a report of an assault in Leek at around 11.15pm on Sunday 4 June.

A woman was walking her dog along Ball Haye Road from the entrance to the swimming baths car park towards the direction of Ball Haye Green when she was approached by a man who tried to stroke her dog and then assaulted her.

The woman managed to break free but the offender continued to follow her to the Novi Lane junction where she was further assaulted. The woman's dog jumped up at the offender and she managed to escape towards Furmston Place.

The offender is described as a white male, aged approximately 30-years-old, 6ft tall, tanned skin, medium build with a large chest, short brown hair and a light moustache. He spoke with a light Stoke accent.

He was wearing a grey hooded jacket with a blue band around the hood, dark tracksuit bottoms, white trainers and a green woolly hat with the word ‘Dior' on the front in yellow letters. He was also wearing a gold sovereign ring with a silver centre, possibly a coin, on his right hand.

An investigation into this incident is currently underway.

If you witnessed this assault or have any information please contact us on 101 quoting incident number 2 of 5 June.

Alternatively call independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111

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

News: Motorcyclist doing wheelies on M6 to appear in court

A motorcyclist has been reported for summons to appear at court after being stopped for dangerous riding on the M6 in Staffordshire.

An officer from the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) was on routine patrol on Saturday afternoon (June 3) when he came across the rider travelling northbound on the M6 at around 2pm.

The rider was seen doing wheelies, taking a selfie and ultimately riding his Yamaha R6 in a dangerous manner. He was also travelling above the speed limit at times.

He was pulled over at Yarnfield, between junctions 14 and 15.

The 27-year-old man, from Harlow in Essex,  has been reported for summons for several road traffic offences and will appear at court at a later date.

Video footage of him, captured by police vehicles, will be played for the magistrate at court.

Acting Sgt Steve Millward, from Central Motorway Police Group, said: “This kind of behaviour on our motorways will simply not be tolerated. It is dangerous.

“We are committed to keeping all road users safe and will continue to take action against those who disregard the law.

“This rider will now face a magistrate to explain his behaviour.”

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: Be Aware - Bogus Officials

We are urging residents, particularly the elderly and vulnerable, to be on their guard following an increase in the number of bogus officials and distraction burglaries being reported across the County.

We are reminding residents to never allow any unsolicited visitors into their home, however convincing they may sound.  Always check the identity of callers first and, if you are unsure, or suspicious about their intent, please contact us immediately on 999.

Also known as distraction burglars, bogus callers trick their way into people's homes to steal money and valuables. They make themselves seem genuine and plausible while your attention is elsewhere.

Examples of this would include bogus officials, people claiming to come from the council, water-board or tradesmen/workmen claiming that the property or garden needs essential/urgent maintenance.

They often work in pairs; one to keep you talking at the front door while the other tries to access your house from a back door or window. Some might even plead for help, such as asking for a glass of water.

Remember - it's your home and you can say 'no' and ask them to leave.

These types of criminals often target the elderly and vulnerable so we ask that you also remind your relatives, friends and neighbours of the need to be wary of these types of callers.

We take this type of crime very seriously and are working hard to catch these criminals, which is why it is important that anyone with any information is asked to contact us on 101.

Further information support and guidance can be found on our website https://www.staffordshire. police.uk/article/2321/Bogus- Officials

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

Road safety reminder for young cyclists

As summer approaches and more people are out on the roads, we're issuing a timely reminder to cyclists on how to stay safe and cycle responsibly.

We've received a number of calls from parents and local residents recently regarding large groups of young cyclists riding their bikes in an anti-social manner on pavements and highways, and engaging in dangerous activities.

PCSO Jordan Hayes, who polices the Wilnecote and Trinity area of Tamworth, said, “We don't want to discourage young people from riding their bikes, but we do want to make parents aware of the dangers of such reckless activities and to ensure the safety of their children and other road users.

“As a cyclist, you still need to follow the Highway Code including observing ‘stop' and ‘give way' signs and traffic lights and remembering to wear the appropriate protective and reflective biking gear. But ultimately, ride positively, be sensible and stay safe.”

For more information on this subject please visit www.staffordshire.police.uk/ cyclists


Join us on Sunday for our Open Day

Due to the unprecedented success of the previous years we are once again hosting an Open Day at Police Headquarters, to give you the chance to take a look behind the scenes at Staffordshire Police. The event, this Sunday 4 June between 11am and 4pm, will be a family fun day packed full of activities for both adults and children.

Our Open Day is one of the highlights of the calendar for us and, based on past attendance levels, it is for our communities. It has been a truly heartbreaking week after the horrific events in Manchester. We have reviewed the security of the open day and taken all the necessary steps to allow the event to take place. Staffordshire Police Officers and staff have worked extremely hard over the last week to keep out communities safe and reassured and the open day will not affect the level of this policing.

This will be the fourth open day and hopefully the biggest and best yet. Following the amazing popularity of the Police Car Experience last year we have doubled the size of the track and increased the numbers of police cars. Children can have the opportunity to be driven around our test track with highly trained police drivers.

Some of our officers will be getting hot under the collar during the public order demonstrations. Officers in their protective equipment will be walking through fire and face a barrage of missile including water bombs thrown by children in the crowd.

The event is free of charge with a free park and ride service available from the County Showground. There will be a range of hot and cold refreshments available and souvenirs to buy.

All proceeds on the day will go towards the Police UK Memorial fund.

Visit our website for more information on the day - https://www.staffordshire. police.uk/article/7800/Join- us-on-Sunday-for-our-Open-Day


South West Peak Community Grants Scheme Looking for Grant Panel Members

 

The South West Peak Landscape Partnership is looking for volunteers to join a grant panel to make decisions on applications for a new community grant scheme worth £300,000 over four years. Panel members will attend about 4 meetings a year and will consider the applications for projects that will focus on the natural and built heritage of the South West Peak. All training will be provided, so you do not need any previous experience – just a passion for the South West Peak.

Stretching from Lyme Park in the north to Onecote in the south and from Macclesfield to Buxton, the beautiful and wild South West Peak has a special quality all its own and is adored by both residents and visitors. This “Landscape at a Crossroads” is characterized by the haunting sound of the curlew's call, expansive vistas and the rugged individualism of its residents.

Like all wild places the South West Peak faces challenges to both its cultural and natural heritage. Recently, the South West Peak Landscape Partnership was formed and, with the support of a £2.4m Heritage Lottery Fund Grant, has begun a 5-year plan to help strengthen these precious communities and resources.

As part of this plan, our ‘Engaging Communities' project (led by Support Staffordshire) is looking for people to get involved. This project aims to support communities in the South West Peak and help them celebrate and preserve their cultural heritage. Through the range of projects that make up the Landscape Partnership, volunteers and interested parties will be taught how to research their heritage and find the funding sources that are needed to continue to preserve it. Participants will also be guided in how to plan events and make improvements to their local built and natural heritage.

So if you would like to help community groups in the South West Peak to realise their dreams and ambitions by taking part in the Community Grants Panel contact Support Staffordshire by 26th June.

For further details and an application form to join the panel please contact Sally Bentley, South West Peak Community Grants Officer by email at sally.bentley@supportstaffordshire.org.uk or phone 01538 381356.

Suspicious vehicle in Leek area

A vehicle has been seen to be acting in a suspicious manner on a farm in Leek Frith. The vehicle a white Ford transit van believed to be on false plates has entered the farm asked for scrap, before driving away. Two males in the vehicle one of whom is described as Asian. It is believed to be showing BV06JPX 

If you see this van or anyone approaches you in the van please dial either 101 or 999 quote serial 462 of 24 of 05.

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

Staffordshire Youth Commission sign up for a second year

After an impressive first year the Staffordshire Youth Commission has been asked to continue work in the Staffordshire Moorlands for a second year by Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis.

The Staffordshire Youth Commission was established as a pilot project in 2016 to provide 14-25 year-olds with the opportunity to help shape the future of policing.

The unique group immediately identified six areas of concern they wanted to focus on; hate crime and islamophobia, cyber-bullying and safety online, drug and alcohol abuse, stereotyping and trust in the police, knife and gang crime and changing lives away from crime.

Since identifying these priorities the members have gone on to speak with 1,500 other young people across Staffordshire to gain their views and opinions on policing, the criminal justice system and what they feel is important to their generation.

A year's worth of work cumulated with a ‘Big Conversation' allowing the Youth Commission to present its findings and recommendations to key organisations and influencers including PCC Matthew Ellis, Deputy Chief Constable Nick Baker and representatives from the Princes Trust, YMCA and Staffordshire County Council.

Recommendations included involving Youth Commission members helping police to run online safety sessions with their peers, the OPCC to encourage youth groups, schools and organisations to take part in educational sessions with those who have been directly affected by drug and alcohol abuse and providing more information to employers on criminal records so they can make an educated employment decision based on an individual's risk of reoffending.

The group is made up of people from across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent and includes those who have been victims or witnesses of crime and those with an interest in policing and related fields such as criminology and law.

Mr Ellis said: ‘The Staffordshire Youth Commission is a seriously impressive bunch of young people and I was blown away by their insightful and well thought out feedback.

‘I commissioned this group to carry out in-depth work to gain the views of young people but also to involve them in the work to improve the criminal justice system and to shape policing in Staffordshire.

‘It was fantastic to see the members of the Youth Commission take ownership of this project and come up with some great recommendations to improve relationships with the police.

‘I am incredibly grateful for all their hard work which is why I have commissioned them for a second year and agreed to provide £10,000 to help them put their plans into action. I'm looking forward to seeing what they come up with next.'

Deputy Chief Constable, Nick Baker said: ‘It was fantastic to hear the detailed feedback from the Staffordshire Youth Commission. They had some great recommendations on how we can work with young people to get a better understanding of the crimes that particularly worry them, how they view the police and how they suggest we can engage better with young people in the community.'

Olivia , a Youth Commission member from Cheddleton said: ‘I joined the Staffordshire Youth Commission to make new friends, gain confidence and make a difference. My involvement has made all of these three aims possible and made me hopeful that the future for policing in Staffordshire is changing for the better.'

You can find out more about the Staffordshire Youth Commission and their work, as well as

hashtag #StaffsYC.


Alert: Microsoft Tech-support Fraudsters

Action Fraud has received the first reports of Tech-Support fraudsters claiming to be from Microsoft who are taking advantage of the global WannaCry ransomware attack.

One victim fell for the scam after calling a ‘help' number advertised on a pop up window. The window which wouldn't close said the victim had been affected by WannaCry Ransomware. The victim granted the fraudsters remote access to their PC after being convinced there wasn't sufficient anti-virus protection. The   fraudsters then installed Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, which is actually free, and took £320 as payment.   

It is important to remember that Microsoft's error and warning messages on your PC will never include a phone number. Additionally Microsoft will never proactively reach out to you to provide unsolicited PC or technical support.   Any communication they have with you must be initiated by you.

 How to protect yourself:

  • Don't call numbers from pop-up messages.
  • Never allow remote access to your computer.
  • Always be wary of unsolicited calls. If you're unsure of  a caller's identity, hang up. 
  • Never divulge passwords or pin numbers.
  • Microsoft or someone on their behalf will never call you.  

 If you believe you have already been a victim:

  • Get your computer checked for any additional programmes or software that may have been installed.
  • Contact your bank to stop any further payments being taken.

If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime,   please report it to Action Fraud at http://www.actionfraud.police. uk/   Tel: 0300 123 2040 .

For further advice and support about cyber crime visit the force website  www.staffordshire. police.uk/cybercrime

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

Bus service changes for the Staffordshire Moorlands area

From 12th June 2017

Services 32 / X32 (First Potteries) - One return X32 journey between Stoke and Alton Towers introduced, Monday to Friday.


Revised timetables should be available on Traveline (0871 2002233 www.travelinemidlands.co.uk ) two weeks before the amendment date or email publictransport@staffordshire. gov.uk for a paper copy of a timetable.



View more detailed information on bus service changes.


Advice: Wedding Services Fraud


With the upcoming “Wedding Season”, and for those individuals who are considering making plans for next year and beyond, you should be aware of the potential risks of fraud involved.

With wedding costs running into the thousands and involving multiple vendors, by following the prevention advice below could minimise the likelihood of fraud.

Paying by Credit Card will provide you with protection under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act, for purchases above £100 and below £30,000. This means that even if a Company goes into liquidation, you could claim a refund through your Credit Card Company.

Social Media - Some Companies run their businesses entirely via social media sites. Whilst many are genuine, some may not be insured or may even be fraudulent. There are a few things you can do to protect yourself;

•Ensure you obtain a physical address and contact details for the vendor and verify this information. Should you experience any problems, you will then be able to make a complaint to Trading Standards or consider pursuing via the Small Claims Court.

•Ensure you obtain a contract before paying money for services. Make certain you fully read and understand what you are signing and note the terms of cancellation.

Consider purchasing Wedding Insurance - this can protect you from events that would not be covered under the Consumer Credit Act.

Complete research on each vendor, ensuring you are dealing with a bona fide person or company. Explore the internet for reviews and ratings. You should do this even if using companies recommended by a trustworthy friend or source.

For services such as wedding photographers, beware of websites using fake images. Meet the photographer in person and ask to view sample albums.

Remember, if something appears too good to be true, it probably is!

If you suspect you have been a victim of fraud report to 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

Alert: Set-Top Box Fraud Alert

We have been aware of a new fraudulent trend that may impact the general public in relation to set-top boxes infected with malware intended to steal user's details to commit fraud.  

Safeguarding the public from illegal streaming services via set-top boxes is vital to the UK economy, the Creative Industry and the many people employed in the industry. There are ‘set-top' boxes imported from various foreign jurisdictions that are enabled so people can view illegal content.

We are aware that set-top boxes, although perfectly legal in their own right, are repeatedly adapted by criminals to unlawfully receive TV channels protected by intellectual laws.

The set-top boxes can come with many common features the person purchasing may be unaware of, such as   sites offering access to copyright infringing material and access to illegal sites. The set-top boxes may also contain infected malware that is disguised as something as innocent as a play button and is unknowingly initiated by the user; potentially impacting other electronic devices. The users will normally have used some personal details when setting up the set-top box, which could be used to defraud them. Consequently, what may appear to be a bargain for the consumer may quickly turn into a genuine problem by loss of personal data and or money.

Our advice would be to only purchase set-top/streaming boxes from recognised outlets. Contact your bank if you notice any suspicious transactions on your accounts. When signing up to websites/internet services, use a password or PIN you have not used elsewhere.

If you suspect you have been a victim of fraud you can report this to 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

Advice: Urgent - Ransomware Incident

Following the ransomware cyber attack on Friday 12th May, please find below some protection advice to keep safe.

  • Install system and application updates on all devices as soon as they become available.
  • Install anti-virus software on all devices and keep it updated.
  • Create regular backups of your important files to a device (such as an external hard drive or memory stick) that isn't left connected to your computer as any malware infection could spread to that too.
  • Only install apps from official app stores, such as Google's Play Store, or Apple's App Store as they offer better levels of protection than some 3rd party stores. Jailbreaking, rooting, or disabling any of the default security features of your device will make it more susceptible to malware infections.

Phishing/smishing

Fraudsters may exploit this high profile incident and use it as part of phishing/smishing campaigns. We urge people to be cautious if they receive any unsolicited communications from the NHS. The protect advice for that is the following:

An email address can be spoofed. Don't open attachments or click on the links within any unsolicited emails you receive, and never respond to emails that ask for your personal or financial details.

The sender's name and number in a text message can be spoofed, so even if the message appears to be from an organisation you know of, you should still exercise caution, particularly if the texts are asking you to click on a link or call a number.

Don't disclose your personal or financial details during a cold call, and remember that the police and banks will never ring you and ask you to verify your PIN, withdraw your cash, or transfer your money to another "safe" account.

If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, please report it to Action Fraud at http://www.actionfraud.police. uk/

For more information visit the force website at www.staffordshire.police.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

Staffordshire Police Open Day - Sunday 4 June

It's just under four weeks until the gates of Staffordshire Police Headquarters swing open for the 2017 Open Day and with four weeks to go we can reveal there will be FOUR different demonstration arenas this year.

There will be more grandstand seating to improve the view of the two different police dog displays, and we will be doubling the number of opportunities to see how we deal with public order incidents and road traffic collisions.

There will also be a separate demonstration arena showing how a door is no barrier to tackling crime and keeping people safe.

Last year around 15,000 visitors enjoyed a fantastic day free day out, so we have added more buses to the park and ride service which will ferry visitors direct to the open day from the car parks at the Staffordshire County Showground.

Find out more on the Staffordshire Police website at  www.staffordshire.police.uk


MARKETPLACE FOR THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR

Support Staffordshire is inviting voluntary and community groups, and those with an interest in the voluntary sector, from across the Staffordshire Moorlands to take part in a market place event at Leek Cricket Club, Highfields, Leek ST13 8SG from 6.30pm to 9pm on Tuesday 13 th June 2017.

The aim of the event is for local groups to showcase what they do and network with other voluntary and community groups in the Moorlands and the wider North Staffordshire. There will also be an opportunity to talk to advisors from Support Staffordshire and the Staffordshire Council for Voluntary Youth Services (SCVYS) who can help with all aspects of running an organisation including funding. Local organisations that support charity – such as Rotary and Round Table – are also being invited along to find out about local activity and causes they can support.

This market place event is one of the quarterly voluntary sector meetings that take place under the name of Staffordshire Moorlands VCSE Locality Forum. These are held to provide an opportunity for local voluntary and community groups to find out about key current issues and planned initiatives, generally by health or other public sector bodies such as Staffordshire County Council, that are relevant to the sector, to provide feedback on these, and to network and share good practice with other voluntary groups.

As Support Staffordshire's Jill Norman explains: “We are holding this meeting in the evening as we are particularly keen to attract those voluntary and community groups run by volunteers who perhaps work during the day and cannot normally take part in our day time meetings. It's an opportunity to highlight what your group is doing and find out about others in the local area. It's a chance to share ideas and explore working together. Our Support Staffordshire staff will also be on hand to offer advice and support.”

The event is also open to anyone with an interest in the local voluntary sector. Just come along and see what a huge variety of activity is taking place on your doorstep, with lots of opportunities to support local charities and to get involved!

For further information and to book a place contact Carol Sheldon or Sue Green at the Support Staffordshire Leek office on 01538 381356 or email carol.sheldon@supportstaffordshire.org.uk


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