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LOCAL NEWS UPDATES
Last updated Sunday 16th December 2018

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ALERT: Increase of purse thefts

Staffordshire Police have received several reports over the county of purse thefts over the Christmas shopping period.

It's easy for pick-pockets and shoplifters to conceal themselves amongst the crowds in shopping areas at this busy time of year.

Often working in pairs or groups, pickpockets will use various ways to lift your purse or wallet out of your pocket or bag.

One can purposely bump into you, or sometimes distract you while another will adeptly help themselves to your money and cards. You won't feel them stealing from you.

Don't put your money or wallet in a back pocket. Carry your bag close to you and so it opens facing you, keep a hand on it.

Don't leave bags on a shopping trolley, wheelchair, motorised scooter, or pushchairs.

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: Following robbery in Cheddleton

Officers are appealing for witnesses after a teenage girl was threatened with a knife and had a ring stolen from her in Cheddleton. 

At around 5pm on Monday (10 December) an unknown offender approached the girl as she walked along Basford Bridge Lane, produced a knife and stole a silver Pandora ring. 

The offender is described as a white teenage boy, around 16-17 years old, approximately 5ft 7ins tall, and of slim build. He was wearing dark clothing and had his hood up. 

PC Daniel Meredith said: “This is a very concerning incident that has left the 16-year-old victim frightened and shaken. 

“We are appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time and who may have witnessed the robbery, to come forward and help us catch the offender.” 

Anyone with information is asked to call Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident 600 of 10 December.

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

Local charities benefit from generous trust fund
Midlands Air Ambulance Charity Paramedics Alistair McNeill and Sarah Folley with Ian Naylor of Bowcock & Pursaill Solicitors who are administering the local charity donation

Several charities are set to benefit from a generous trust fund which is being administered by Staffordshire solicitors Bowcock & Pursaill.
A client of the legal firm set up the trust several years ago which has a total value of £225,000 and is now being used to support several local charities including the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity who are receiving £30,000.
Ian Naylor, a partner at Bowcock & Pursaill Solicitors, who is administering the Trust funds, went to meet the Air Ambulance team at Burton upon Trent and see first-hand how donations support their service.
He said: “We felt it was important that local charities should benefit from this Trust, as the client was Staffordshire born and bred so wanted it to support local causes.
“The Midlands Air Ambulance Charity rely on public donations and each time their helicopter takes off it costs around £2,500.
“Their staff are incredibly well qualified and can carry out numerous medical procedures, so hopefully this donation will contribute towards those costs and will ensure this charity continues to operate.”
Jason Levy, fundraising and marketing director for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, said: “No one expects to rely on an air ambulance, but unfortunately between six to eight people a day are in critical need of our advanced medical intervention.
“We can swiftly take patients to the most appropriate hospital for their injuries and bring parts of the emergency department to the incident scene, helping to improve patient recovery and survival rates.
“However, our pre-hospital emergency service is completely funded by the generosity of the general public and local businesses. This generous donation through Bowcock & Pursaill Solicitors will help fund 12 of these lifesaving missions.”
Other charities set to benefit from funding from this Trust include The Donna Louise and The Douglas Macmillan Hospice.

For more information about the full range of legal services available at Bowcock & Pursaill Solicitors see their website at www.bowcockpursaill.co.uk or call 01538 399199


Christmas Shopping - Prevention Advice

Christmas Helpers...

We are reminding you to keep safe when out Christmas Shopping at this time of year.

Shopping with lots of bags can draw unnecessary attention. Always keep an eye on your belongings and ensure:-

****** Your car is parked in a well-let area

****** Have your keys at the ready and be aware of those around you

****** Avoid isolated areas

****** Avoid distractions from you looking at your phone or listening to music

****** Take your own carrier bags - thieves can quickly work out who is buying high - value items.

****** Don't leave your shopping in your car or in a plain sight

#KeepsafethisChristmas

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

New book shows Moorlands of more than a century ago

Scenes of Leek, Cheadle and neighbouring villages in the Edwardian era feature in a new book devoted to the works of a remarkable local photographer of more than a century ago. The book, entitled A Moorland Album, is the first of its kind dedicated to the photographs of William Henry Nithsdale, who lived and worked in the Moorlands between the years 1903 and 1908. It contains more than 200 images as well as a biography of the man himself. “Nithsdale was responsible for so many images which give us a real insight into life in local towns and villages before the First World War,” said the book's author, David Cliffe. “Nithsdale came to work in Leek as a tax collector and took his glass plate camera with him wherever he went. He would photograph whatever he came across – from children playing in the street and Leek livestock markets to village pubs and shops. “As well as street scenes, he would often take photographs of public events, such as processions through Leek or the well dressings at Rushton and Endon, and then publish them as picture postcards.” David has spent ten years tracking down photographs taken by Nithsdale and researching his life, as well as collecting together original documents and glass negatives which belonged to the photographer. Each photograph in the book has a descriptive caption, often quoting the photographer's own thoughts on local communities as well as information taken from contemporary newspaper reports. “I've managed to find a number of pictures which haven't been seen in public before and the book covers the complete Moorlands area including scenes of attractions at Rudyard Lake, the Manifold Valley and Dovedale which were very popular in Edwardian times,“ David continued. “Nithsdale was quite a pioneer photographer, so there are also action shots from events such as a school sports day, Longnor Races and Leek Agricultural Show. He also went inside the textile mills to record the different processes. “He became quite a well known figure in the area, writing articles and books about the Moorlands. He also put on lantern slideshows in Leek and local villages. It's been fascinating to discover just how much he achieved in a relatively short time.”

A Moorland Album, which has 152 pages, is now on sale for £12.99 from local bookshops or email MoorlandAlbum@gmail.com

The Band of Hope parade in 1907 makes its way into Derby Street, Leek Youngsters playing with spinning tops in Cheadle High Street in 1906 Crowds of visitors at Rudyard Lake in around 1906

ADVICE: How To Improve Your Home Security

There are lots of ways you can secure your home to prevent criminals from gaining entry and stealing your possessions. Take 15 minutes and give your house a self-assessment using this guide by Secured by Design for lots of simple tips.

How To Improve Your Home Security

Do:

  • Follow our advice to decide what elements you need to improve in your home
  • If your budget is limited, focus on doors, locks, windows and perhaps a small safe for your valuables
  • Always identify 2 or 3 companies that provide the security you need to compare quality and price
  • Choose a supplier by:
  • Looking for products with the Secured by Design Police Preferred Specification logo, as these meet our high standards
  • Recommendation from friends
  • A member of a nationally recognised organisation specialising in security
  • Check ID before allowing visitors into your home
  • Suggest areas of home security you would like to improve to your potential suppliers and ask for a written quote detailing the work and the cost. Compare prices with competitors before agreeing
  • Save money by using your DIY skills to fit approved products

Don't:

  • Never discuss your security needs with doorstep or telephone callers
  • Do not agree to work without a written quote detailing the work and cost
  • You should not disclose personal information like health problems or high risk items including jewellery until you have decided on your supplier and believe it's essential for their work
  • Under no circumstances go to your bank or cash machine with an installer or salesman.
  • Only pay for the work once the job is completed to your satisfaction. You can ask a friend or family member for a second opinion.

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: Secure your vehicle at all times.

We are reminding vehicle owners to check their vehicle security following an increase in the number of thefts of, and from motor vehicles.

Most vehicle crime is opportunist and therefore preventable.

We would always advise and remind owners of the following:-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lets not make it easy for them!

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

Police Contact Advice:

Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.
If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert

Police issue new warning following latest HMRC scam

Officers from Staffordshire Police are reminding the public to remain alert following a recent HMRC scam.

Over the last few days, call takers have been contacted by a number of Staffordshire residents who have received phone calls from individuals claiming to be from HM Revenue and Customs.

The reported incidents relate to bogus calls from 0161 numbers to elderly homeowners. The caller will claim they are from HMRC, say that you are in debt, and that you are due in court unless you settle your debt by going to the shop and purchasing Google play cards to a high value. This person will stay on the phone whilst you do it, and ask you for the 16 digit code from the back of the cards. They will tell the victim not to call the police.

The advice is to stay vigilant and remember that no government agency, like HMRC, would ring demanding money over the phone and no legitimate company will ask you to buy vouchers to make or receive payment.

Please share this advice with friends or relatives who may not have access to Staffordshire Police updates, particularly elderly parents, grandparents, friends and neighbours.

If you receive a suspicious cold call, end it immediately and please contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Alternatively, if you are feeling under threat or unsafe, please call 101 or 999 in an emergency.

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

Rural crime online chat - NOW LIVE !!!
Specialist officers now taking questions

Staffordshire Police WE ARE NOW LIVE, for all residents who may have concerns around rural crime.

Specialist rural and wildlife crime officers are now available to answer any questions and chat about issues affecting you.

To join the chat and ask questions, please follow the link;

https://www.staffordshire. police.uk/article/2050/Rural- and-Wildlife

 

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

Darker nights crime prevention advice

Staffordshire Police is reminding residents to take simple crime prevention measures this autumn as burglaries often increase at this time of year.

This reminder comes following a spate of break-ins reported across the county in the past week, as burglars take advantage of the longer hours of darkness.

Crime prevention doesn't have to cost a lot of money, there are simple measures you can take to make your home look occupied and reduce your chances of being a victim.

To keep opportunist burglars at bay:


* Always keep doors and windows locked, even when you're in. Remove the keys from the lock and keep them out of view or reach.

* Use timer switches to turn lights on when you are out. Alternate the times and lights that you use.

* Make sure your alarm and any outside lights are in working order. Always activate your alarm when you leave the house and go to bed.

* Don't leave items of value on show through ground floor windows
(i.e. laptops, tablets, mobile phones, car keys etc.

* Lock your garden gates and side entrances. Keep ladders and tools securely stored away, don't leave them outside where they could be used to break
into your home.

* Look out for your neighbours, especially the elderly and report any
suspicious activity immediately.

* Consider joining our Smart Alert scheme when you can receive localised crime alerts and prevention advice from your local police officers.


For further advice and a comprehensive guide, please see: https://www.staffordshire. police.uk/burglary

To report a crime please call 101, or 999 immediately if the crime is in progress. You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 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

Staffordshire Police are now recruiting! - Police Constable Application

Can you see yourself as a police officer?

Do you want a career which is challenging, where no two days are the same and where your actions and decisions will help to ensure that Staffordshire is a safer place to live? Are you an existing graduate or interested in obtaining a degree or professional qualification and being able to "learn while you earn"?

If so, then a career as a police officer with Staffordshire Police may be just the job for you. Police officer recruitment is changing and new recruits will join policing as an apprentice or as an existing graduate. Student officers will learn on the job as well as studying at university for a degree or post graduate diploma whilst they are serving as officers. 

For more information and to apply TODAY please follow the link to our website https://www.staffordshire. police.uk/article/9823/Police- Constable-Application?utm_ source=Facebook&utm_medium= social&utm_campaign= SocialSignIn

 



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