NEWS: Three arrested in Operation Nemesis raid in Cannock

Officers have arrested three people after executing a drugs warrant this morning, Friday 8 January.

The raid was carried out at around 7am at an address in Stafford Road, Cannock, where a quantity of suspected class A drugs were discovered and seized.

Two men, a 37-year-old from Rugeley and a 38-year-old from Birmingham, and a 33-year-old woman from Cannock, were arrested on suspicion of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply. They remain in custody for questioning.

Operation Nemesis is the force’s ongoing commitment to tackling those involved in drug supply.

If you suspect drug supply in your area please contact us on 101 or you can

contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

MISSING STAFFORD MAN FOUND

Officers searching for missing Stafford man Robert Preston have located him.

Robert was found this afternoon, Thursday 7 January, in the Stafford area. He is uninjured and has been taken to a place of safety. His immediate family have been informed.

We’d like to thank members of the public, and media, for sharing our appeal to locate him. The Facebook appeal was shared over 500 times and reached just under 35,000 people.

STAFFORD RESIDENTS URGED TO STEP-UP SECURITY

Police are reminding residents to take simple crime prevention measures this winter to protect their homes against burglars.

The timely reminder comes following a number of recent burglaries across Stafford.

Between 12am and 10.15pm on Tuesday 29 December five burglaries were reported in Holmecroft Road, Kingsley Road, First Avenue and Churchill Way.

The offenders gained entry to the properties by forcing windows and via insecure patio doors and stole small portable items including cash, jewellery and electrical items.

Officers are carrying out investigations into each incident and working to establish if they are linked.

As part of their inquiries officers have arrested a 30-year-old man from Stafford. He was questioned on suspicion of burglary and remains on bail pending further inquiries.

30-year-old man from Stafford. He was questioned on suspicion of burglary and remains on bail pending further inquiries.

Inspector Mark Joynson, of Stafford Borough Local Policing Team, said: “We are urging residents to be extra vigilant and report any suspicious activity to us immediately.

“If you have any information on these burglaries please contact us on 101, quoting incident number 102 of December 29.

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

To keep burglars at bay:

  • secure passageways and side entrances, make sure sheds and garages are fitted with proper security locks, and put tools away so they can’t be used to break in to your home
  • if you have to leave ladders outside, make sure they’re on their side and securely fixed to a wall or permanent fixture
  • keep wheelie bins secure and away from your property to stop thieves using them to get through first floor windows, or setting fire to them
  • when darkness falls close curtains and blinds to stop would-be intruders window shopping
  • mark items with your postcode and house number using an invisible pen available from DIY stores. This makes stolen property easier to identify
  • ensure valuable items, including Christmas presents and cards containing cash gifts are not left in plain view and keep them away from windows and doors
  • fit mortise locks to all front and back doors and locks to all windows
  • keep house and car keys safe and away from doors, windows and letterboxes – NEVER leave your car running while it’s defrosting
  • keep garages and sheds secure
  • fit low cost security lighting as a deterrent.

To report a crime in progress dial 999. To report a crime anonymously ring the independent charity CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.

APPEAL TO TRACE DOG AFTER SHEEP WORRYING

Officers are appealing to trace the owners of a dog seen worrying sheep in Biddulph Moor.

The incident happened at around 11.50am on Tuesday 29 December in fields off Under the Hill.

The dog involved is described as a good sized black mongrel and is believed to be the same one involved in previous incidents at the location.

The sheep are all pregnant and this incident could have health implications for their lambs.

Anyone with information on the dog or its owners is asked to contact PC Clare Reynolds at Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 224 of December 29.

Dog owners are reminded to be vigilant when walking their dogs near livestock, always make sure it’s on a lead and under control. If using an extendable lead make sure you keep it short so the dog is by your side.

A dog doesn’t have to kill sheep, or even chase them, for its owner to be committing an offence. Letting a dog roam loose in an area where there are sheep can cause them stress and have health implications for their lambs.

Livestock are part of farmers’ livelihood and harm to them can cause them financial damage. In some circumstances farmers and livestock owners are entitled to shoot dogs that are loose amongst their animals.

MISSING PERSON APPEAL: Have you seen missing man Christopher?

We need your help to find a missing Stoke-on-Trent man.

Christopher Mcguckien, aged 35, was reported missing from his home in Meir, on Wednesday 23 December. He was last seen at around 5pm on Tuesday 22 December.

He is described as white, with a large build, shoulder-length black curly hair and a beard. He was last seen wearing black jogging bottoms with white stripes, a navy blue hooded top and white trainers.

We haven’t been able to locate a photo of Christopher at this time but will update the post if we are able to get one.

This is very out of character for Christopher and we are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare. A detailed search to locate him is underway.

Anyone who has seen Christopher or has any information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 520 of December 23

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 http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/ Details cannot be traced and you will not go to court.

APPEAL: Did you witness a burglary and arson in Tunstall?

We were alerted to a fire at a shop in Roundwell Street at around 6.40am today, Monday 21 December.

Officers attended along with colleagues from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service who were able to extinguish the fire.

An investigation at the scene established that the fire was started deliberately. It was found a number of electrical items were stolen from the property suggesting it was broken into before the fire was started.

A silver Volkswagen Golf was seen acting suspiciously in the area between 5am and 5.45am and detectives are keen to trace this vehicle.

If you have any information about this incident, or the vehicle, please contact DC Sarah Clancy at Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 82 of December 21. Alternatively, you can contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

NEWS: New evidence recovery kits used to target deer poachers

A new evidence recovery kit will enable deer rangers and police to gather vital clues to trace deer poachers.

Officers from Staffordshire Police’s Rural and Wildlife Crime Unit have worked with ballistic specialists and partners from the rural community to produce a new DNA and NABIS (National Ballistics Intelligence Service) evidence recovery package.

The kits, which have been supplied to four deer rangers around the county for them to distribute, will allow forensic samples of DNA and ammunition to be secured from illegally killed deer.

This will mean that DNA from wounds suspected to have been caused by hunting dogs can be swabbed and recovered ammunition evidence can be sent off for analysis.

The introduction of these kits comes at a time of year which typically sees an increase in the number of poached deer, an issue that Staffordshire Police’s Rural and Wildlife Crime Unit is committed to tackling.

Superintendent Simon Tweats of Staffordshire Police said: “This piece of kit is a great example of how we can work together with our partners and rural communities to target those involved in deer poaching.

“Samples will potentially allow us to identify the weapon used to kill a deer and could provide the missing link between a crime and a suspect. Likewise, if a hunting dog is used it will possibly allow us to match-up a dead deer to the dog that killed it. Ultimately, the kit will help massively in gathering evidence for a prosecution case.

“This is just one example of how the Rural and Wildlife Crime Unit’s works closely with our rural communities to combat rural and wildlife crimes within Staffordshire.”

 

NEWS: Three arrested after disturbance in Burslem

At around 5.05pm on Wednesday 16 December police were called to reports of a disturbance in Market Place, Stoke-on-Trent.

Multiple calls were received stating that a number of males were fighting in the street and throwing objects at one another.

Officers attended and found one man had been detained by an off-duty officer. The man, a 20-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent was arrested on suspicion of affray.

Two further Stoke-on-Trent men, both 21, were arrested on suspicion of public order and one for obstructing a police officer.

All three men remain in custody for questioning.

There were no reported injuries to anyone involved in the incident.

Inspector Rich Simpson, of Stoke-on-Trent North Local Policing Team, said: “We are aware that a short video clip of the aftermath of the incident is circulating on social media. This footage only shows the restraint of a suspect and not the violent circumstances prior to his detention. Officers will be speaking to all parties involved today and checking CCTV in the area.

“The off-duty officer took positive action to intervene the disorder and restrain a violent and aggressive suspect. He put himself in danger to protect other members of the public and used an appropriate restraint technique to detain the suspect while surrounded by a group of hostile men.

“Several members of the public came to the assistance of the off-duty officer and we’d like to thank them for their actions and community spirit.

“We will be carrying out a full investigation into the incident which was witnessed by numerous members of the public.

“Anyone with information about the incident please contact us on 101, quoting incident number 540 of December 16.”

APPEAL: Can you help us find car involved in serious collision in Stoke-on-Trent?

We’re appealing for the public’s help to trace a car which was involved in a collision in Hanley early yesterday morning, Friday 11 December.

The collision happened at around 12.10am in Potteries Way, near the junction with Bucknall New Road, and involved a pedestrian and car.

The pedestrian, who was using crutches as he used the pedestrian crossing, was in collision with a dark coloured saloon car. The vehicle didn’t stop at the scene and drove off towards Lichfield Street.

The pedestrian, a 54-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent, suffered a serious leg injury and was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

An investigation to trace the car involved is underway and we are also keen to speak to two white males who stopped to help the pedestrian. One was on foot and the other was in an unknown car. If this was you please contact us.

If you have any information please contact investigating officer PC Andy Hogan-Hughes at Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident 9 of December 11. Alternatively, you can pass information anonymously to independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or via their anonymous online report form at www.crimestoppers.org No personal details are taken and you won’t go to court.