APPEAL: Detectives search for potential witness to aggravated burglary near Talke

Following a burglary victim’s emotional plea to the public last month detectives are investigating forty possible leads.

The investigation is into a burglary which happened at around 10.30pm on Wednesday 5 August in Peacocks Hay, Talke. The victim, 49-year-old Ian Alcock, was savagely attacked and a quantity of cash was stolen.

Ian worked with detectives to generate an e-fit of one of the suspects (see below video appeal) and independent charity Crimestoppers are offering a substantial reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person or persons responsible for the aggravated burglary.

Since the appeal around forty lines of enquiry have been identified as a result of information received and are being progressed by detectives.

However, detectives are keen to follow-up information passed by a woman who came into Stoke Police Station in Boothen Road at around 12pm on Monday 9 November.

The woman didn’t leave any contact details but detectives are keen to speak to her anonymously and are urging her to call them directly.

The suspects are described as four men dressed in dark clothing and balaclavas. It is believed they made off on foot across fields towards Reginald Mitchell Way. During the attack one of the men removed his face covering which allowed Ian to produce an e-fit of his face.

It is believed that a vehicle was waiting nearby but the men would have had to walk/run along roads as they fled the scene.

Detective Constable Liam Rider, investigating officer, said: “We received an overwhelming amount of information following our appeal and would like to thank those who came forward.

“However we are really keen to trace a woman who came into Stoke Police Station and speak to her in more detail about the information she passed. If this was you please get in touch.

“This was a very nasty attack on an innocent man who will be affected for the rest of his life and we will not rest until we have bought his attackers to justice.

“We are now working through the information methodically, with help from intelligence experts, and will keep Ian updated on our progress.

“I’d continue to urge people to look closely at the suspect in the e-fit. If you think you know him, or have seen him anywhere, please contact us immediately.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Liam Rider at Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 761 of August 5.

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers are offering a reward of up to £5,000 to anyone who offers information that leads to the arrest and conviction of any person or persons responsible for the aggravated burglary. To pass information to Crimestoppers anonymously please call 0800 555 111 or use their Anonymous Online Form at Details cannot be traced and you will not go to court.