Appeal for information following death in Hanley

Police are appealing for information after a man was found unconscious in Hanley in the early hours of this morning, Saturday.

At approximately 1am police were called to a disturbance at the Individual Bar, Trinity Street, Hanley. Upon arrival officers discovered an unconscious man. He was treated at the scene but sadly died at hospital a short time later.

The man’s family have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers. He has been formally identified. He was 29 and from the Sutton Coldfield area. A post mortem examination will take place in due course. 

The death is being treated as unexplained and an investigation is underway by detectives. A number of arrests have been made in connection with the incident.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident 40 of 24 October.

Alternatively please 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.

UPDATE:  Saturday Evening (Saturday 24 October)

A post mortem examination has taken place this afternoon but was inconclusive and further tests will be carried out in due course. The death will continue to be treated as unexplained.

The men, arrested for affray, have been released on bail pending further enquiries.

UPDATE: Sunday Afternoon

We are now in a position to confirm the name of the man who died after he was found collapsed at the Individual Bar in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, in the early hours of Saturday (24 October).

He has been formally identified as Matthew McSheffery, aged 29, from Sutton Coldfield.

Man charged with grooming

A man has been arrested and charged in connection with suspected grooming offences after a video was posted online.
The 37-year-old, Beniam Tsegay, of Century Street, Stoke-on-Trent will appear before North Staffordshire Magistrates Court on Thursday morning (22 October 2015) after he was arrested yesterday evening  on suspicion of grooming of a child.

He was arrested by officers from the force’s Operation Safenet team who are tackling online child abuse.

Detective Inspector John Owen, from the Operation Safenet team, said:

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“We are aware of the video posted online and we are in contact with the individual who posted it.
“The matter is now under investigation and a man has been arrested and remains in custody.
“We understand the desire to protect children but any member of the public who has information about suspected child sexual abuse, online or otherwise, is urged to contact the police.
“Please do not take the law into your own hands and carry out your own investigations. This is not the correct way to deal with such matters, it is our job to investigate and bring people to justice.
“Revealing the identity of suspected offenders gives the suspect the opportunity to destroy evidence before the police can investigate them.
“There is also the concern that someone could be mistakenly identified and put at unnecessary risk.”
Operation Safenet was launched in August with the aim of safeguarding children by detecting abuse and prosecuting offenders for the possession and distribution of indecent images of children.
This new approach brings together police officers and highly skilled digital forensics staff, to proactively seek out those using the internet to view and exchange these images in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
Latest figures show 35 suspects have been arrested so far and 56 children safeguarded. For more details please visit www.operationsafenet.co.uk

Police Surgeries in Stoke-on-Trent –

We are aware a number of inaccurate media reports concerning the police drop-in meetings at a travellers site in Stoke-on-Trent. It is important to note that despite what may have been reported by some media, we don’t have a police station or police caravan on the site.

Twice a month the local Police Community Support Officer attends the sites own community centre to meet with local residents. Similar meetings take place in other locations in the same ward and across the whole force area.

Chief Inspector Adrian Roberts, Commander, Stoke-on-Trent north local policing team (LPT) said: “We are always looking for good opportunities to engage with our local communities we serve and will make use of existing buildings as ‘drop in centres’ where appropriate in order to enhance and localise meeting venues for our officers and public. The use of an existing building at Linehouses which is a long standing and well established travellers site is among hundreds of similar neighbourhood policing initiatives across the county of Staffordshire.

 “A further example is that we are already utilising the nearby Goldenhill Community Centre which is in the heart of Goldenhill for regular monthly police drop in surgeries which is fully supported by local residents and the Residents Association. The Linehouses site which is on the extremities of the Ward area will afford a similar drop in surgery facility, again on a monthly basis, complementing this service and engagement with our communities.

“The Linehouses drop in surgery will be utilised by other partner agencies including education, health and social services as well as the police. Some of the other agencies have been holding regular drop in sessions on the site for quite some time. Local officers have always frequented the site on an ad hoc basis and the planned drop in surgeries will now provide more consistency and structure to our engagement.

“We hope that this will be more convenient to the local residents and would wish to highlight that this venue is not exclusive to only those who live on the site. It is open to any local resident who is seeking police advice or reassurance or who wishes to raise or report any concerns.

“The venue has not been adapted or refurbished by the police and no police funds have been spent in setting up the sessions. The building provides a main room plus a small room for anyone who wishes to speak to one of the agencies in private.”

Police appeal for witnesses following fatal pedal cycle collision in Birches Head

Police in Stoke-on-Trent are appealing for witnesses to come forward who may have seen a cyclist involved in a collision on Friday afternoon on Birches Head Road.

EJG_4601Police and colleagues from West Midlands Ambulance Service responded to reports of an injured cyclist at around 2.35pm on Friday on Birches Head Road, near the high school. At this stage it is believed that the injured male had fallen from his pedal cycle. The cyclist, 46-year-old Martin Prendergast from Birches Head, was taken to the Royal Stoke Hospital with serious head injuries and has sadly died despite the efforts of the medical teams.

A trained family liaison officer is supporting the family at this very difficult time.

Anyone who saw the incident is urged to call the Senior Investigating Officer Sgt 4798 Perry at Hanley Police Station by calling 101 quoting incident 442 of 14 August.

Man detained and disarmed by officers using Taser

Officers were called to a report of a disturbance involving a distressed man at Sainsburys petrol station, Liverpool Rd, Newcastle-under-Lyme, at around 5.35pm on Thursday 13 August.

Police JacketPolice and ambulance attended. The man was taken into the ambulance for treatment but he ran off from the ambulance holding a pair of scissors to his neck threatening to self-harm.

Fearing for the man’s safety, and to protect other members of the public, an officer at the scene used taser to safely restrain and disarm the man. He was detained under the mental health act and taken to hospital for assistance.

However, after officers left the man at hospital they were called back at around 9.55pm following reports that the man had forced his way out of hospital and ran off armed with a chair leg.

2PaulPickard-027Inquiries established that the man had gotten into the car of a passing motorist in Newcastle Lane, Stoke-on-Trent, and demanded they take him to Cobridge where he ran off from them. They were not injured during the incident.

Officers, with assistance from the Air Support Unit and Dog Support Unit, carried out an extensive search of the area where he was last seen. The man, a 34-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent, was located at an address in Grove Street where he was safely arrested and taken into custody where he remains.

Insp Mark Barlow, Newcastle Borough Local Policing Team, said: “Officers acted swiftly to bring this incident to a safe conclusion and prevent any harm coming to the man or members of the public.

“We understand these incidents will have concerned and frightened those who witnessed them and we’d like to thank them for their cooperation and support.”

Police name man wanted for questioning in connection with attempted murder in Burton

Detectives in Staffordshire are asking the public for help in tracing a man wanted for questioning in connection with an attempted murder following an incident in Burton on Monday evening.

Rehan Akhtar, aged 27, is wanted in connection with the incident, in which a local 49-year-old man was involved in a collision with a car and had sustained very serious injuries. The vehicle left the scene.

Chief Inspector Steve Maskrey, Commander of the East Staffordshire Local Policing Team, said: “We have a number of Wanted appeal Rehan Akhtaractive lines of inquiry to trace Mr Akhtar, but I urge the public to call us with any information which would lead to his arrest.

“This is a fast moving investigation and the three men arrested last night will be questioned through the day by a team of experienced detectives from our Major Investigation Department.

“A detailed forensic examination is also taking place of a vehicle recovered yesterday afternoon in the Burton area and we continue to appeal to anyone with information to get in touch.

“The injured man remains in hospital in a critical, but stable, condition and specially trained family liaison officers continue to offer support to his family.”

Anyone with information about the location of Rehan Akhtar, or if any residents have any concerns, should call Staffordshire Police on 101 or the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. All calls will be treated in confidence.

Three men arrested by police investigating attempted murder in Burton

Three men were arrested yesterday by detectives investigating the attempted murder of a man in Shobnall Street on Monday evening and the investigation is progressing quickly.

One man was arrested in Burton-on-Trent yesterday evening (Tues) and two men were later arrested in the Walsall area.

Chief Inspector Steve Maskrey, Commander of the East Staffordshire Local Policing Team, said: “This is a fast moving investigation and the three men arrested last night will be questioned through the day by a team of experienced detectives from our Major Investigation Department. A detailed forensic examination is also taking place of a vehicle recovered yesterday afternoon in the Burton area and we continue to appeal to anyone with information to get in touch.

“The injured man remains in hospital in a critical, but stable, condition and specially trained family liaison officers continue to offer support to his family.”

The attempted murder investigation was launched following an incident at around 10pm on Monday 20 July, when emergency services were called to a report of an injured man in Shobnall Street, Burton.

A local 49-year-old man had been involved in a collision with a car and had sustained very serious injuries. The vehicle left the scene.

The man arrested in Burton in connection with the incident is a 26-year-old from Burton. The two arrested in Walsall are a 37-year-old man from Walsall and a 36-year-old man from Burton.

Chief Inspector Maskrey added: “Whilst the investigation is continuing I urge anyone with information or concerns to get in touch. Our detectives are working around the clock to establish the facts and to gather all the available evidence in order to bring those responsible to justice.

“The local neighbourhood policing team are maintaining a highly visible presence in the area to ensure the community affected are supported and reassured. We will continue with this over the coming days as the investigation progresses and we will be keeping all members of the community informed of any significant developments.”

Anyone with information about this incident, or if any residents have any concerns, should call Staffordshire Police on 101 or the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. All calls will be treated in confidence.

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