Appeal for information – Suspicious incidents, Longton


Officers are appealing for witnesses following a suspicious incident in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, on Sunday 6 September.

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At approximately 7.45pm a teenage boy made threats to an elderly couple from outside their house on Spring Road, Longton. He was in possession of what is believed to be a BB gun.

The couple were not injured but were left shaken.

The offender is described as having olive skin, aged between 15-16, 5ft 7 tall and of stocky build. He was wearing a grey long sleeved hooded top with the hood up, black tracksuit bottoms and white trainers.

The teenage boy is believed to have been involved in a suspicious incident in Queens Park, Longton, on the same afternoon (6 September) at approximately 5.35pm. He was seen in possession of what is believed to be a BB gun and described as wearing a black baseball cap, a neckerchief, a grey short sleeve top and black tracksuit bottoms.

On 7 September (Monday) a teenager matching the same description was reported to police after an incident at around 7.25pm on Belgrave Road, Longton, where he was described as wearing a blue t-shirt and black shorts. Again the individual was in possession of what was described as a BB gun.

Inspector Phil Eaton, from Stoke-on-Trent South Local Policing Team (LPT), said: “We are appealing for anyone who knows this individual to come forward. His actions are causing concern in the local community.

“Anyone who chooses to carry BB guns, or imitation firearms, needs to understand they could be challenged by firearms officers at any time.

“They could be faced with a real firearm pointed at them and an officer shouting instructions. The officers have to make a split second decision about if a threat is real or not from a distance.

“The actions of those carrying such weapons for fun causes fear amongst other people. It is not a game.

“We are investigating the circumstances of all these incidents and are working to identify the individual concerned. If you can help please contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Jon Ash at Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident 669 of September 6, or the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at

http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Author: sp16394

Press Officer at Staffordshire Police