Did you witness collision on Sandon Road, Meir?

Police are appealing for witnesses to a serious collision involving a motorcyclist and a car on Sandon Road at its junction with Ednam Place, Meir.

The incident happened shortly after 6pm on Friday, February 5.

A 50-year-old male motorcyclist from the Stoke-on-Trent area sustained a serious leg injury and remains in hospital.

The car failed to stop at the scene.

If you have any information on the collision please call 101, quoting incident 615 of February 5.

Alternatively, you can call the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or use their anonymous online form at http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org. Details cannot be traced and you will not have to go to court.



Two charged in Cannock under Operation Nemesis

A man and a woman have been charged as part of Staffordshire Police’s campaign Operation Nemesis targeting those suspected of drug dealing.

Rohan Baig, aged 23, of no fixed address, and 20-year-old Grayce Jodie Gittings, of Mozart Court, Cannock were arrested on Eskrett Street, Hednesford, Cannock at around 2pm yesterday, Tuesday, February 16.

They have been charged with being concerned in the supply of Class ‘A’ drugs.

Both have been remanded in custody to appear before Magistrates tomorrow, Thursday, February 18.

Detective Sgt Stuart Carter, from Cannock Local Policing Team (LPT) said: “Yesterday’s operation was an immediate response to information received from the local community about suspected drug dealing in the area. We responded to these concerns and we remain committed to acting upon the information we receive.

“Operation Nemesis is the force’s commitment to tackling drug dealers and bringing them to justice; we do not tolerate drug dealing and drugs misuse in Staffordshire.”

Two officers were injured during the incident. An officer was treated at hospital for minor leg injuries and discharged. A second officer received treatment from paramedics at the scene but did not require hospital treatment.

Anyone suspecting drug dealing in their community is asked to call Staffordshire Police on 101. Alternatively, contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their anonymous online form at http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, calls cannot be traced and you will not have to go to court.

Anyone who may have witnessed the Hednesford incident is asked to call 101, quoting incident 393 of February 15.

UPDATE:Family pay tribute to pedestrian who died in collision

We are now in a position to name the pedestrian who died following a road traffic collision at Mile Oak on Thursday, January 28.

Rosemary Robinson, aged 61, was in collision with a VW Golf on the A453 Sutton Road near to its junction with George Avenue shortly after 6pm.

Mrs Robinson, of Boldmere Road, Sutton Coldfield, sustained serious multiple injuries and was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham where sadly she died on Friday, January 29.

Her family has issued the following tribute:

“Rose was loved by all who knew her. A employee of Iceland, customers, colleagues, as well as the whole community have been left in shock by this tragedy. Rose was a devoted mother, loving sister and auntie and truly remarkable friend to all who knew her. She was an avid Cliff Richard fan and many friends described her as ‘Mommy Rose’ due to her loving, motherly nature. Rose’s two daughters as well as her family are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident on that day to come forward and are pleading for any information that could help them piece together the events of that fateful evening.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to call Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident 657 of January 28.

NEWS: Driver jailed for attacking motorist at M6 services

A driver who stabbed another motorist after a road rage incident on the M6 motorway in Staffordshire has been sentenced to four years imprisionment.

Peter Bentley, aged 56, was sentenced at Stafford Crown Court on Monday, February 8 for Section 18 wounding with intent to cause grevious bodily harm and to being in possession of a bladed article.

He had pleaded guilty to both charges at a hearing on November 6, 2015.

At the earlier hearing, the court was told that following the road rage incident on the night of August 5, Bentley followed 21-year-old Lewis Worrallo from the M6 on to the northbound services at Hilton Park, Cannock.
Both drivers parked up and Bentley got out of his Hyundai estate with a lock knife he had used for work. He calmly approached Mr Worrallo’s BMW and without warning stabbed him with the knife several times through the open driver’s window.

Mr Worrallo sustained injuries to his head and neck and suffered a large loss of blood. Bentley stopped his attack only when Mr Worrallo’s girlfriend, who was in the front passenger seat of the BMW, shouted at him.

Bentley then walked calmly back to his car before driving away from the scene. He was arrested in the early hours of August 6 at his home in Redwing Drive, Cannock.

DC Ian McDonack said: “This was a very serious and unprovoked assault with a prohibited weapon. It is only by luck that Mr Worrallo’s injuries were not more serious. They could easily have proved fatal. It was also good luck that a passing off duty doctor came to his aid prior to the arrival of the ambulance service.”

Mr Worrallo, who is from the Willenhall area, was treated at the Royal Stoke University Hospital and has made a full recovery.

Don’t be tricked by bogus police calls

We are again reminding people to be vigilant after receiving several calls today, Monday, February 8, from concerned residents in the Burntwood and Lichfield area saying they have had a phone call from a police officer.

The residents are told that a debit/credit card has been used in London and they are investigating. Residents are then invited to call 161 to verify the caller is from the police.

This is a scam designed to obtain banking details and/or personal information and access to your bank accounts.

Protect yourself against fraud. If you receive one of these phone calls end it immediately.

And always remember that the police and your bank will NEVER ask you for your PIN.

Please share this advice with friends or relatives, especially those who live in the Lichfield and Burntwood area.

Call us onĀ 101 to report any suspicious calls, quoting incident 270 of February 8.

APPEAL: Did you witness Ladderedge collision?

Police are appealing for witnesses to a single-vehicle collision at Ladderedge, Leek in the early hours of yesterday, Sunday, February 7.

The vehicle, a blue Nissan coupe was in collision with a lamp post close to the Westwood golf course at around 1.15am. The vehicle had been travelling from Leek on the A53.

A 26-year-old female passenger in the vehicle was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital by ambulance with minor injuries and discharged after treatment later in the morning. The 25-year-old male driver was not injured.

Both are from the Stoke-on-Trent area.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to call Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident 59 of February 7.

UPDATE: Second male found at Branston warehouse is identified

We are now in a position to name the second of the two males whose bodies were found in a transit crate at a Branston warehouse last November.

Mostafa Khaziravi, a 27-year-old male from the city of Ahvaz in Southern Iran, has now been formally identified and arrangements are being made to repatriate him back to his family.

Mostafa was identified through comparing DNA samples provided by his sister with his DNA profile.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Giles of Staffordshire Police, said: “We extend our condolences to Mostafa’s family. The circumstances in which they lost a member of their family are tragic, although we are pleased to have been able to give them some answers as to what had happened to him.

“We have now been able to formally identify both of the males found in a crate at Ferroli. The body of other male, teenager Khalid Sorki, has already been conveyed back to his family in the Turkmen Valley area of Afghanistan.

“Our inquiries are ongoing. Identifying the two males and returning them to their bereaved families was our priority. The investigation is now concentrated on identifying the person or persons who helped them to conceal themselves in a crate amongst a delivery load and who may be facilitating the illegal movement of people into the UK.”

Police were called to a warehouse at Ferroli in Lichfield Road, Branston, just before 9am on November 17, following the discovery of two bodies within a wooden transit crate.

The wooden crate had been part of a consignment of commercial boilers which left northern Italy on October 5 and entered the UK by ferry from Dunkirk to Dover three days later. It was delivered to Ferroli in Branston later the same day where it remained untouched until staff became suspicious due to its unpleasant smell and appearance. Upon investigation they discovered the bodies inside the crate and notified police immediately.

Have you seen Johnathan?

Officers searching for a man missing from the Newcastle area are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare.

Johnathan Carroll, aged 29, from Fenton, was last seen at around 3pm on Friday, January 15, in the Hilton Road area of Newcastle.

Johnathan is described as being white, about 6ft tall and of stocky build. He has blue eyes and is mostly bald but with some dark hair. He was last seen wearing jeans with writing on the back pocket, a black top and a dark coat. He has the names ‘Kai’ and ‘Spencer’ tattooed on either side of his neck and a tribal one on his right forearm.

Officers are anxious to find him as he has now been missing for three weeks.

Anyone with any information as to his whereabouts is asked to call 101 quoting incident 707 of January 15.