Man charged with murder following investigation in Abbey Hulton, Stoke-on-Trent

Detectives have this evening charged a 31-year-old man with murder following the incident yesterday at Cliveden Road, Abbey Hulton, Stoke on Trent.

Barry Knapper, 31 years old of Cliveden Road, Abbey Hulton will appear before magistrates in the morning.

Whilst the formal identification is still to be completed, detectives believe the victim to be Lisa Reynolds, 30 years old of that address. A cause of death is not yet known and a post mortem examination will take place tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon. 

UPDATE: Four charged following arrest at Porthill, Newcastle

Four men have been charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and possession of a Section 5 firearm following their arrest on Thursday night.

Andrew Pickerill, aged 32, from Heath Avenue, Newcastle; John Anderson, aged 38, from Dairyfields Way, Sneyd Green, Stoke-on-Trent; Gareth Fitzgerald, aged 32, Edmonton Grove, Stoke-on-Trent and Andrew Edwards, aged 35, Whitchurch Grove, Newcastle, will appear before magistrates in Newcastle on Saturday morning.

Edwards has also been charged with causing damage to a police cell.

All four were arrested by police on Thursday night after their vehicle was stopped in the Porthill area.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Could you make a difference? Police Staff Vacancies

We have just posted a range of opportunities to join Staffordshire Police as a member of police staff. We have a range of roles available including PCSOs, prison crime investigator, digital forensic coordinator and welfare officer. We also have two roles in our disclosure and barring service.

Check out the vacancies and join the Staffordshire Police family. Make a difference click here to find out more about joining us

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Digital Forensic Coordinator Vacancy
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Prison Crime Investigator Vacancy
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Welfare Officer Vacancy
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Disclosure and barring vacancy

Take extra care on the roads #StaffsSnow

Looks like the weather forecast was correct, with snow now falling in the north of the county and we can expect more areas to be affected overnight.

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STOCK PHOTO: Staffordshire Police car in the snow in the Moorlands area
If you are using the roads tonight for first thing tomorrow please take extra care and remember:

  • Leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front
  • Clear all snow from windows and lights before travelling
  • Make sure you have warm clothing and any supplies you might need if you get stuck
  • Allow extra time for your journey
  • Ensure your mobile phone is charged
  • Check your car is winter ready, lights, washer fluid, wipers, tyres etc
  • Don’t take risks

Click here for the weather forecast

Click here for the WINTER SAFETY page with links to information from our partners on gritter routes, winter health, keeping warm and much more.

Did you see a car before a fatal collision in Stourton?

Police are appealing for witnesses to a fatal road traffic collision that occurred around 00:40 hours on Saturday 16th January 2016 on the A580 Bridgnorth Road at Stourton near to the turning for Stourbridge Rugby Club. 

The incident involved a blue ‘R’ registered Subaru Imprezza, which was believed to be travelling in the direction of Stourbridge, which collided with a tree and lamp post. The driver was found in the road near to the vehicle by passing motorists.  Despite the efforts of the members of the public and West Midlands Ambulance Service personnel the male was pronounced dead at the scene.  Specialist officers are supporting the family at this difficult time. 

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Officers from the Collision Investigation Unit attended the scene and the road was closed until the early morning whilst a detailed examination took place.  Officers are appealing for any witnesses to the collision or anyone who saw the Subaru beforehand to contact them on 101 quoting incident 38. 

The male involved has been formally identified as Lee WASSELL, 24 years, from Clee View Road in Wombourne.  The family have asked that they be allowed time to come to terms with their tragic loss.

Have you got what it takes to join Staffordshire Police as a PCSO?

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Staffordshire Police is today, Friday 15 January,  starting the recruitment process for a number of new Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) to join the force later this year.

We have a number of vacancies across the force area, the majority are located in the south of the county. The new recruits will start in June and July 2016.

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ACC Nick Adderley said: “From day one the successful candidates will be helping to fight crime and protect the public of Staffordshire.

“PCSOs are key to our police family and they have a place in the hearts of the communities we serve. They are the familiar face on high visibility patrol and are well known by local residents, business leaders and communities.

“We need people who are good communicators with a calm, confident personality; problem solvers; team players; and people who easily build relationships, respect other people and appreciate views from communities across the county.

“You will need to be physically fit as there is a significant amount of walking involved as well as being emotionally resilient enough to deal with a variety of demanding issues.”

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Applications are welcome from all sectors of the community. This recruitment is for around 20 posts.

Application forms are available online – CLICK HERE

The closing date of receipt of applications is midday on Friday 5 February.