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Last updated Tuesday 28th March 2017

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Theft Of Motor Vehicle - Colliers Way, Biddulph

25th March 2017, 1:12 PM

Police have been informed of a theft of a White Ford Transit from Colliers Way, Biddulph. The vehicle was parked up near to the roundabout linking Dorset Drive and Wharf Road. 

The theft has taken place sometime during the morning of Friday 24th March 2017.

Police are keen for any information. Please call 101 quoting SP20170317-319.

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: Review your security on sheds, garages and outbuildings

We are urging residents to review their security on garages, sheds and outbuildings following a number of break-ins.

Residents are reminded to ensure their sheds and garages are fitted with good quality padlocks/bolts and if you store valuable items within, then these items should be secured too! 

Anchoring devices can help secure motorbikes and bicycles and chains looped through handles of tools and lawnmowers fitted with a padlock will help to deter would be thieves.

Consider fitting contact sensors to doors and windows and motion activated security lighting around your property.

It is advisable to property mark your items and you can register your power tools for free at www.immobilise.com

Remember any security will help act as a deterrent.

For more information about crime prevention and securing your property visit our website at www.staffordshire.police.uk/ crimeprevention

Please contact us on 101 if you have any information or see anything suspicious. 

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: Off Road Bikers Reminded to be Lawful and Considerate

We are reminding vehicle owners to be mindful and lawful when riding off road vehicles.
As the weather improves and daylight hours increase, we receive calls from residents complaining about off road motor bikes, quad bikes and other illegal motor cycles.
Riding off road bikes is enjoyed by lots of people, but they can only be ridden on private land and with the land owner's permission.
Such bikes are noisy, and sometimes dangerous, and more often than not are likely to be uninsured. 
Riders are reminded to wear suitable protective clothing including helmets when riding these vehicles.
Officers are reminding parents to ensure they know where their children are and what they are doing, and to make them aware of the potential danger of riding these vehicles.
If offenders are caught on public land, or land where they do not have the owner's permission, they face prosecution and, in some cases, parents will be held accountable for their child's actions.
Section 59 warning notices can also be issued to offending riders and their vehicles.  If the rider or vehicle is seen again, the police can seize and destroy the vehicle.
Anyone with information about persons responsible, including details of the vehicles involved, should contact us on 101 or anonymously via crime stoppers 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

A vision for older people in the Moorlands 

Support Staffordshire hosted a successful workshop on Tuesday 14 th March at Moorlands House with a range of local voluntary groups to consider what a good place for older people would look like, and how we could get there. It was clear that there is already an amazing variety of services and activities for older people including the diverse programme run by the Leek U3A to the Approach cafes for carers of people with Alzheimers and the Age UK North Staffordshire project for older men in Biddulph.

The fourteen different organisations represented at the workshop by twenty four people came up with some great ideas for enhancing the lives of older people. There was much discussion around digital resources that can be great for providing local information, and ways for people to connect with each other, but may not suit everyone. Examples from other areas included one of volunteers providing a Sunday afternoon tea for older people who live on their own to get together on a regular basis.

One of the participants, Andy Collins of Borderland Voices, commented: “It was a most stimulating morning.  It was very well structured and engaging and seemed to generate lots of ideas and enthusiasm.”

Organiser, Esther Jones of Support Staffordshire adds:”It was a really useful opportunity for local voluntary groups to network with each other and we will be following the workshop up with a meeting of interested groups to take forward some of the ideas we discussed.”

Participants at the workshop


Students learn about the challenges in policing

Students at Biddulph High School learnt about the challenges faced in policing during a visit by Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire, Matthew Ellis during cyber crime awareness week. 

Mr Ellis talked to the year 13 Psychology and Sociology students about how the nature of crime is changing and becoming more complex, including the increase of cyber-crime and the threats people now face online. He told the students that cyber criminals can target anyone online, and can often be based in another country or on the other side of the world.

The students were given examples of the various types of cyber crimes that take place including email scams such as HMRC suggesting you are owed a tax refund, false websites aiming to steal money from you and criminals hacking into computers to steal money and information.

He also spoke about the use of body-cams, which were provided to all frontline police officers, PCSOs and Special Constables in Staffordshire over two years ago, and explained how they have led to a reduction in the number of spurious complaints made against officers.

Mr Ellis said: ‘It was fantastic to talk to the students at Biddulph High School about policing in Staffordshire and some of the challenges Staffordshire Police currently face and will face in the future.

‘It was great to talk to them about the work currently taking place in Staffordshire around cyber crime. The perpetrators of these crimes are cowardly and faceless and often are not even on this continent. They are parasites that wreck the lives of decent, law abiding people, often leaving them financially and emotionally broken.'

Mrs Bowden, Head of Social Science at Biddulph High School, said:

‘The students at Biddulph High School thoroughly enjoyed the visit from the Police and Crime Commissioner. They were very interested to hear about the recent changes in the police force. Many of the students were unaware of the role and were impressed by the approach he has taken in developing and transforming the technological side of the police force.

‘Students were particularly intrigued by the use of body cams and the explanation provided by the PCC, which highlighted their importance in protecting the police in cases where allegations are made.

‘The students found the visit extremely interesting and appreciated the PCC making time in his busy schedule to visit the school.'

As part of a cyber-crime awareness week launched in Staffordshire by the PCC's office earlier this week, Mr Ellis called for a review of Action Fraud and the wider efforts to tackle ‘everyday' online theft. He also highlighted the human cost with victims such as a 77-year-old former teacher from Stoke-on-Trent, who lost £147,000 to scammers over two years.

More information about the Cyber Safe Staffordshire campaign is available at www.staffordshire-pcc.gov.uk/ cyber-safe-staffordshire

PCC Matthew Ellis talking to students at Biddulph High School
Photos © of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire

Alert: Review Your Home and Vehicle Security

Residents are being urged to review car and home security measures following several reports of burglary overnight where the cars at the property are believed to have been the target.

Thieves are targeting homes with vehicles, not always high value, that are parked at the address.

After breaking into the house, they are searching for the car keys and then stealing the car.

We have seen an increase in the number of incidents being reported over the last few weeks, and offences are occurring across the county.

Officers are reminding residents to ensure their properties are left secure at all times and that items of value and keys are securely stored away out of view.

For more information about crime prevention and home/vehicle security visit: www.staffordshire.police.uk/ crimeprevention .

Anyone with any information, is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101.

Alternatively, you can contact 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

Fake £50 notes

14th March 2017, 5:20 PM

We have had reports in the Biddulph area that there are two males with Irish accents one wearing a NY cap and a grey T-shirt going around shops trying to purchase items with fake £50 notes.

Please ensure you inspect all your bank notes you receive and if anything of this nature happens to you please make Staffordshire Police aware ASAP.

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

LOOKING FOR A JOB?

Howdens Joinery has been in Leek for just over 12 months and is expanding rapidly. We have a vacancy for a KITCHEN SALES DESIGNER at LEEKBROOK. We are a small team of 6 and only have 1 local member of staff and we would really like to appoint another local person from Leek.

Please email Andy on leek@howdens.com for details


Pupils box clever on World Book Day

THEY are growing up in an age dominated by mobile phones and iPads but pupils at Leek's Churnet View Middle School proved last week that you can't beat sitting down with a good book for entertainment.
All 450 pupils were set a special homework project to put together a `book in a box` presentation to illustrate their favourite book. And they rose to the World Book Day challenge so well that teachers decided to award prizes for the best efforts in two separate age groups.
Many dressed up as their favourite characters for the day. Staff too joined in the fun last Thursday with Maths teacher Ruth Ford proving a big hit as David Walliams' popular Gangsta Granny and Churnet View's Head of English Jonathon Windsor clad as President Snow from The Hunger Games.
Mr Windsor said: “World Book Day is growing every year and it's a great way for our children to celebrate their enjoyment of the books they have read, as well as the successes they have enjoyed in reading academically. Reading is a vital skill, including when it comes to examinations in other subjects because they all involve an element of reading. Beyond enjoying stories, reading helps children to understand more about people's emotions and feelings as well as allowing them to learn about other people's stories and backgrounds.”
To help pupils in their transition from primary to secondary school, all Year 5 and Year 6 pupils at Churnet View are now taught the Key Stage 2 Primary Curriculum by the same class teacher for the majority of their lessons with specialist teachers only for subjects such as PE, Maths and Design Technology. Years 7 and 8 enjoy the full secondary school experience with a different teacher for each subject.
Harry Potter fan Lucy Ackers, aged 10, from Alstonefield went to school on World Book Day dressed a one of her favourite fictional characters – Hermione Granger. Her box was on the theme of The Knight Bus from Harry Potter. She said: “I've enjoyed doing something creative by making my box and I love the Harry Potter books because you can go on an adventure when you read them.”
Maddie Smith-Chapman, aged 10, from Leek, chose David Walliams' Demon Dentist with her box containing a pair of false teeth – the `chattering teeth` - and sweets to remind her classmates of the toothache suffered by the storybook hero Alfie and his friends.
Oliver Platt, who arrived at school dressed as Harry Potter himself chose Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid for his box. He said: “I like reading books that are funny.”
Headteacher Steve Fryer had the tricky task of picking a winner from each of the Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 groups. Tyraleigh Barwise and Joshua Webster were named the two winners with each getting a prize. But all pupils went home with a World Book Day book token to put towards a new book of their choice.


General advice about doorstop callers

4 March 2017, 5:14 PM

Staffordshire police are reminding residents to be vigilant about passing information and/or money to those that knock on your door.

You should always ask to see some identification from the person if they are calling on behalf of a company. If you are unsure, ask for the phone number of the company and call them to confirm the identity of the visitor.

Similarly, you should not pass a stranger any money at the door step. If it is a service has been provided, ensure you are completely satisfied with that service before handing over any money. Ask for a receipt if possible which details money has been exchanged.

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

Art in the Park at Brough Park, Leek
20th & 21st May 2017

 

This is a two day festival of art, craft, food and music at Brough Park in Leek.  The event takes place over the weekend 20th & 21st May.

The event provides an opportunity for artists, craft and food artisans (both local and otherwise) to exhibit and sell their work / produce.

If you are interested in the event the charge for a trading space is £30.00 for two days.  This will include supply of a 6 foot trestle table and chairs undercover of a marquee (on grass). Please download and complete the attached form and return with your cheque to the address on the form or to pay by card please call 0345 605 3010.

If you require more information please contact Gareth Knapper on 0345 6053010 ext 4506 or gareth.knapper@staffsmoorlands.gov.uk  




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