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LOCAL NEWS UPDATES
Last updated Wednesday 26th July 2017

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Multiple arrests and charges made following
drugs operations across the county

Eight people have been arrested following proactive pre-planned drugs operations across the county over the weekend. Six of those appeared in court on Monday (24th July).

Male, aged 30, from the West Midlands, was arrested in Burton and later charged with two counts of possession with intent to supply. Male was remanded in custody.

Further arrests in Burton involved a trio from the West Midlands. Male, aged 49, was charged with supplying Class A drugs, possession of cannabis, vehicle offences and being possession of an imitation firearm. Female, aged 31, and Male, aged 24, were both charged with supplying Class A drugs and being in possession of an imitation firearm. All three appeared in Cannock magistrates yesterday.

In addition, a 28-year-old man from Burton was arrested for two knife point robberies in the area, one at the Jet petrol station on Stanton Road on Friday evening and the other at The Money Shop on Station Street on Saturday afternoon. He remains in police custody.

In Stoke-on-Trent a 27 year old from London was charged with possession with intent to supply cocaine. 27 year old appeared in magistrates yesterday at the North Staffordshire Justice Centre in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Male, aged 28, from Etruria Vale Road, Stoke-on-Trent, was charged with possession with intent to supply cocaine and driving offences. Male, aged 20, from Dundee Road, Stoke-on-Trent, was charged with possession with intent to supply cocaine. Both appeared in magistrates yesterday at the North Staffordshire Justice Centre in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

All these arrests and subsequent charges are indicative of the good work being carried out by Staffordshire Police in relation to drugs offences.

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

Cadets are racing ahead with Uttoxeter partnership

Uttoxeter Racecourse is the latest business to support the Staffordshire Police Cadets after donating 50 tickets to the BBQ Family Fun Raceday and a voucher for a table in the 1907 restaurant.

Staffordshire Police Cadets have been busy raffling the 50 BBQ Family Fun Raceday tickets in order to raise funds for the cadet units. The event, which takes place on 30 th July, will include a great British BBQ and family entertainment including a Burton Albion shoot out, Wildlife displays, assault courses and inflatables.

Uttoxeter Racecourse have also invited the cadets to attend the Beer Festival Raceday on Saturday 18 th November to promote the cadet programme and do a collection to raise funds for new units.

The Staffordshire Police Cadets have in return offered their services to Uttoxeter Racecourse and will be available to provide assistance at raceday events, including traffic management and assisting members of the public.

Mrs Arnold said: ‘This is wonderful news for the ongoing success of the Cadets in Staffordshire and I would like to say a big thank you to Uttoxeter Racecourse for their generosity.

‘The money we raise from raffling the BBQ Family Fun Day tickets, the table for four in the 1907 restaurant and the collection day will allow us to plan activities and training for the cadets. This will help the scheme to be as effective as possible, and allow more and more young people the opportunity to become a Cadet.'

David MacDonald, CEO of Uttoxeter Racecourse, added: ‘Uttoxeter Racecourse are proud to support Staffordshire Police Cadets. Their work is providing the youth of the county with skills they will need in future years.

‘It is humbling to hear stories of youngster's lives being transformed since joining the cadets, getting themselves back on track and giving them a new found confidence and a purpose.”

The Staffordshire Police Cadet Service was launched by Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis in 2013 to strengthen links between the police and young people and promote good citizenship. Successful Cadet units have been launched in Stafford, Cannock, Burslem, Tamworth, Longton, Codsall and Burton with more planned for 2017.

The Police Cadets work towards several nationally recognised qualifications including team-working and citizenship. Many of the Cadets have found that through the scheme they are becoming not only more confident and outgoing, but that they are also benefiting both socially and academically, all while helping to build links between the police and young people.

Businesses are invited to become Patrons or Sponsors to help fund uniforms and equipment for the Cadets. In return for becoming a Patron, businesses' contributions are recognised through publicity, a framed certificate and other opportunities. More information is available at www.staffordshire-pcc.gov.uk/ police-cadets

DPCC Sue Arnold, DCO Graham Smout, Uttoxeter Racecourse CEO David MacDonald and Staffordshire Police Cadets

Horseboxes, Trailers & Caravans

As with other equipment photograph your horsebox/trailer. Ensure it is immobilised when parked, but that it can be brought into use quickly in the event of an emergency. Use wheel clamps, hitch locks, car alarms or immobilisers.

Consider having your trailer security marked with you post code. Personalise your vehicle(s). Park them where you can see them, preferably in an area which is lit up at night or has intruder security lighting. Thefts of horseboxes, trailers and caravans have presented more of a problem over the past few years but with modern security devices fitted they are certainly a lot harder for the thief to steal.

1 Wheel clamp

2 Hitchlock with chain

3 Car Alarm

4 Security marking

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 Horsewatch


Staffordshire Horse Watch was started after a meeting at the Staffordshire County Showground in September 1993.

The group was formed following some horrific attacks on horses in other parts of the country and also a general increase in horse related crime, such as tack and horse trailers being stolen.

The scheme, which has the full support of Staffordshire Police, is primarily organised and run by a horse owner for horse owners.

The aims of Horse Watch are:

  • To encourage all owners to protect their own animals and property.
  • To help foster a community spirit among equine enthusiasts.
  • To encourage every owner to make their animals and property identifiable.

Staffordshire Horsewatch offers Secure Saddles Tack Marking sessions, please get in touch with PCSO 16930 Lucy Hadfield ( Staffordshire Horsewatch Co-ordinator) regarding information on these sessions.

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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

CHARITY LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEER MINIBUS DRIVERS

A local charity is on the lookout for more volunteer minibus drivers to help bring fun, company and adventure to hundreds of local people who use the minibuses for regular trips or special days out. In the last year the three minibuses operated by Support Staffordshire's Community Transport Scheme made nearly 300 journeys equating to over 4400 single passenger journeys. Many of these are regular trips are to take elderly people to social activities such as luncheon clubs, but others include one-off trips, for example taking young people to a special event.

Keith Hambleton, a volunteer minibus driver for over 8 years, says ‘I really enjoy driving the minibuses for Support Staffordshire; there is no pressure on the volunteers and they have a great team already, but a few more drivers would enable even more journeys to take place. I feel it is important that people are able to get out and about and so I take great pride in helping to reduce social isolation by driving the minibuses.'

No experience of driving a larger vehicle is needed, as all necessary training will be given. Our minibuses are operated under a Section 19 Permit which means that no PSV licence is required, however there are certain restrictions based on age and licence type that we can discuss with you should you wish to become a volunteer driver.

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer driver should contact Sally Bentley, Voluntary & Community Transport Officer for Support Staffordshire on 01538 381356 sally.bentley@supportstaffordshire.org.uk

Photo : Keith Hambleton, Volunteer Minibus Driver.


SUPPORT STAFFORDSHIRE THANKS ITS VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers' Week happens at the beginning of June each year and it's a great opportunity to recognise and celebrate the work of volunteers who give their time to make a difference in our community. On the 14 th June Support Staffordshire held a volunteer thank you cream tea on the Churnet Valley Railway's steam train. The event was kindly funded by Leek United Building Society's customer foreign currency collection. Over 30 of Support Staffordshire's 90 strong Staffordshire Moorlands volunteer team attended the event. They included volunteer drivers who transport people who are not able to access public transport to hospital and doctor's appointments; work club volunteers who support job seekers with IT and employability skills; and our office volunteers and volunteer advisers who enable others to access volunteering opportunities throughout North Staffordshire.

Tony Benn, a Support Staffordshire Volunteer Adviser, has volunteered for the past four years whilst working part time. He comments that “It was lovely to be able to travel in to the heart of the Churnet Valley and the vintage carriages added a unique touch to the special day. Volunteering for Support Staffordshire provides me with a range of interesting opportunities and a very supportive network of colleagues and new friends. Combining volunteering with part-time paid employment has been the best of both worlds. As a volunteer, I have been involved with mentoring, helping out at Leek Work Club and helping new volunteers to get started on their volunteering journey. I have met some really interesting people and enhanced my CV adding new skills and experiences."

Support Staffordshire would like to thank all the Leek United customers who have donated their foreign currency to the building society's chosen charity and the brilliant volunteers at the Churnet Valley Railway who hosted the event.

Funding from Leek United – left to right - Aimee Fallows, Georgia Riley, Steve Edge, Julie Collins and Jeanette Mountford of Leek United with Support Staffordshire's Kathryn Bentham


Help shape the future of policing in Staffordshire Moorlands

People in Staffordshire Moorlands are being urged to step forward to join an independent panel to influence policing in their communities.

Anyone aged 18 and over in Staffordshire Moorlands is able to join their local Safer Neighbourhood Panel to help hold the Local Policing Team Commander to account as well as look at wider criminal justice and community safety issues in their area.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire Matthew Ellis, who launched the Safer Neighbourhood Panels in 2015, said:

‘This is a real opportunity for people in Staffordshire Moorlands to play a part in holding those responsible for policing in their area to account and I'd urge them to get involved.

‘I make no apology for believing that truly local policing, and the public playing a part in influencing that, is vital.

‘The spotlight and scrutiny on local policing performance that these panels bring is invaluable in adding to the rigour I have introduced to overseeing policing.'

Mike Lycett, Chair of Staffordshire Moorland SNP, added:

‘In the present climate it is essential that the public have a positive perception of our local Police Force.

‘The Safer Neighbourhood Panels, made up of members of the local community, have been set up to scrutinise the way each local station operates to fully serve that community, and to advise on any improvements that can be recommended.

‘The operation of these panels should help the local community to have confidence in the police. If you think that you could make a positive contribution why not apply to join your local panel.'

Safer Neighbourhood Panels are established in Tamworth, Stoke-on-Trent, Cannock, Lichfield, Newcastle, Stafford, South Staffordshire and Staffordshire Moorlands and East Staffordshire.

Local residents and members of the business community sit on the panels to influence local policing and community safety, scrutinise the work done by police in their area, give feedback to communities and examine the impact of community resolutions and restorative justice.

The PCC is interested in attracting people from all walks of life who are able to represent the views from a business perspective. This is a voluntary role but travel expenses will be paid.

Anyone interested in applying to join their local Safer Neighbourhood panel should register their interest at www.staffordshire-pcc.gov.uk/ safer-neighbourhood-panels/ or contact Sally Hampton, the Safer Neighbourhood Panel co-ordinator for Staffordshire Moorlands, on 01538 395429.


Advice: 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

Advice: Be Aware - Bogus Officials

We are urging residents, particularly the elderly and vulnerable, to be on their guard as we continue to receive reports of bogus officials and distraction burglaries 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

Counter Terror 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

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


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


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