UPDATE: A detailed investigation is continuing following an incident in Goldenhill, Stoke-on-Trent, this morning. (Thurs)
Police were called to Broadfield Road after a house was damaged in a targeted attack at approximately 1.35am.
The ground floor of the property, and an outside canopy, sustained severe damage after a stolen lorry, described as a flat-bed truck, was repeatedly rammed into the house.
This vehicle, which had been stolen from Rugeley last month, was found abandoned a few minutes later in Cotton Road and is now subject to a detailed forensic examination.
Six vehicles parked in Broadfield Road were also damaged during the incident.
Fortunately the occupants of the property, two adults and two children, were uninjured.
High-visibility patrols by neighbourhood officers have been increased in the area to offer support and reassurance to residents.
Chief Inspector Adrian Roberts, commander of Stoke North Local Policing Team (LPT), said: “This was a targeted attack and is part of an ongoing dispute.
“A detailed investigation is now underway and anyone with information is urged to contact us.
“I want to reassure the local community we are doing all we can to bring those responsible to justice. Such criminality will not be tolerated.”
Anyone with information is urged to call Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident 34 of November 5 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.
Police in Stoke-on-Trent have launched an investigation after a house was damaged in a targeted attack in the early hours on Thursday morning. Residents in Broadfield Rd, Stoke-on-Trent were awoken by noise of a stolen lorry being used to repeatedly ram into a house on the street at around 1:35 am this morning (5 November 2015). Witnesses and CCTV coverage tells us that the stolen vehicle repeatedly rammed into the property before making off. A number of vehicles in the street were also damaged.
The stolen lorry was found within a few minutes in Cotton Road and a forensic examination of the lorry and the house will take place this morning. It is believed that those involved made off in other vehicles immediately after the incident and none of the occupants of the house have reported any injury. Ch Inspector Adrian Roberts, Commander of the Stoke North Local Policing Team said “This was a very targeted attack, we believe the house and it’s occupants were specifically targeted as part of an ongoing dispute. Sadly this isn’t the first type of incident in this area and a detailed investigation is now underway. I urge anyone with information to speak to the police or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. My local policing team will be conducting highly visible patrols in the area to speak to local residents.”
Anyone with information is urged to call Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident 34 of 5th November.