CCTV shoplifting appeal: Burton

Officers from East Staffordshire Local Policing Team (LPT) have issued CCTV images of a woman they want to speak to in connection with shoplifting from a Burton shop.

The incident happened around 5.30pm on Friday 5th February when a woman entered the NISA Local, Horninglow Road, selected a quantity of meats and left the store without offering payment.

The woman is described as a white female, aged late 20’s, of medium/stocky build with dark brown hair in a bun. She was wearing a dark blue jacket, with dark coloured jeans and carrying a black and white stripy handbag.

The CCTV images can be viewed here.

Anyone with any information, or who recognises the woman captured on CCTV, is asked to contact Staffordshire police on 101, quoting incident number 441 of 6 February.

You can also report crime by contacting 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.

 

 

Urgent police warning: Be aware of courier fraud

Residents are urged to be on their guard against cold callers at the door following continued reports of courier fraud.

We have received numerous reports of this criminal activity in the south of the county in the last week.

Most recently, on Monday 8th February, we received four reports from concerned residents in the Burntwood and Lichfield areas. They had received a phone call from a man claiming to be a police officer from the Metropolitan Police. The residents were told that a debit/credit card had been cloned and a suspect was in custody in connection with this in the London area.

Residents were then told someone would be calling at their address to collect the card. The man has asked lots of questions about account activity and on one occasion became verbally aggressive when the call taker questioned his motives.

THIS IS COURIER FRAUD.

The courier scam is when fraudsters call and trick you into handing your cards and PIN numbers to a courier on your doorstep. There are many variations of the scam, but it usually follows this method:

  • A fraudster will cold call you on a landline, claiming to be from your bank or the police. They state their systems have spotted a fraudulent payment on your card or it is due to expire and needs to be replaced.  This is not true – Hang up your phone now.
  • In order to reassure you that they are genuine, they suggest that you hang up and ring the bank/police back straight away. However, they don’t disconnect the call from the landline so that when you dial the real phone number, you are actually still speaking to the fraudster.
  • They then ask you to read out your PIN or type it on your phone keypad. They may ask for details of other accounts you hold with the bank or financial service provider.  DO NOT give them any information.
  • Finally, they send a courier to you to collect your bank card. The fraudster will have then obtained your name, address, full bank details, card and PIN.  DO NOT engage with anyone who calls to collect your card or pin.

If you receive one of these calls end it immediately.

Protect yourself against courier fraud:

• Your bank will never send a courier to your home
• Your bank and the police will never collect your bank card
• Your bank and the police will never ask for your PIN

Please share this advice with friends or relatives who may not have access to our updates, particularly elderly parents, grand-parents, friends and neighbours. In this instance the caller claimed to be from the Met Police, but on other occasions they have said West Midlands Police.

Fraudsters have targeted the Codsall, Burntwood and Lichfield areas recently but residents in all areas are warned to be on their guard as they can target any location.

Call us on 101 to report any suspicious calls or if you have any information.

To report fraud phone Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

Please visit the action fraud website for more information and advice: http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

 

Young people urged to Say No to Sexting in new campaign

#1Young people and parents across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are being reminded of the dangers of ‘sexting’ in a new campaign.

 

The ‘Say no to Sexting’ campaign is being run by Staffordshire County Council and partner agencies and launches as part of Safer Internet Day on 9 February 2016.

The two-week campaign aims to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation and in particular the dangers for young people around sexting.  A brand new website at www.knowaboutcse.co.uk has information and advice for both young people and parents. The website also includes access to a new App to help young people say no, along with useful videos and resources for parents, professionals and schools.

#2

Sexting is when someone sends or receives a sexually explicit text, image or video, usually in a text message or through other messaging services.  Sexting is on the rise, yet most young people think that it’s harmless fun.  Not only is it illegal but also puts young people at a much higher risk of being sexually exploited online or offline.

John Wood, Joint Chair of the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Children Safeguarding Board said: “We have made great advances with our partners in protecting children, bringing together public and voluntary agencies to tackle child sexual exploitation.

#3

“Sexting’ is an activity we have become increasingly aware of amongst young people and many may not realise that what they are doing is illegal or that it may be potentially harmful to them in the future.  So many think that it’s a normal part of a relationship and just don’t understand that images can end up all over the Internet, and this can lead to them being bullied, exploited or blackmailed.  Many young people also don’t know they could be breaking the law.

#4

“We all have a part to play in helping young people stay safe online  and I would urge everyone, especially parents, to visit the new website at www.knowaboutcse.co.uk/parents  to find out more about sexting and pick up a few tips to start the conversation with their child.”

18-year-old Katie O’Brien has helped develop the campaign and has starred in one of the sexting videos made especially for the campaign.  Katie said: “When we first got involved in the campaign we didn’t realise how serious an issue sexting really was.  We knew it went on amongst some young people, but from research we did, we quickly discovered that the issue was much more serious than we ever could of imagined.  We really enjoyed the project and making the videos. We hope that young people and their parents will watch them so they know about the consequences of sexting and avoid getting caught up.”

Mike Lawrence, Cabinet Member for Children at Staffordshire County Council added: “For young people it’s about knowing the consequences of sexting and staying in control of their online conversations. For parents it’s knowing how to start conversations with their children to help keep them safe – and there’s lots of helpful advice on the campaign website.  It’s also great that lots of schools are joining in the campaign on Safer Internet Day and I would encourage them to download the materials and resources from the website.”

#5

Louise Rees, Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Executive Director – People, said: “Child sexual exploitation can have devastating consequences on people’s lives and raising awareness of aspects of it like ‘sexting’ is incredibly important. The Say No To Sexting campaign is aimed at educating young people and their parents about these dangers, and how to stay safe.”

Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis said: “Sexting is a serious concern because it leaves children and young people in danger of being sexually exploited. That’s why this campaign is so important. I’d urge parents to use the new website to get some practical tips so they can help their children to say ‘no’ to sexting.”

The campaign is being supported by the partners of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Safeguarding Children Boards, including Staffordshire County Council, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Staffordshire Police, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, health organisations and schools. The new website also has advice and guidance on other ways to keep children safe online.

Anyone concerned about ‘sexting’ can go to the website at www.knowaboutcse.co.uk, talk to an adult they trust or call NSPCC on 0800 800 5000, it is free and available 24 hours a day and the number won’t appear on a telephone bill.  If you think that your child has been forced to send or receive an indecent image or video, or is engaging with them  inappropriately you can contact Staffordshire Police on 101 or report it online to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEO) at www.ceop.police.uk

Have you seen snowboards stolen in Burton?

Officers are appealing for information following a burglary in Burton-on-Trent.

Between 9pm on Friday evening (5 February) and 7am Saturday morning, offenders broke into a garage at a property in Church Hill Street.

After making an untidy search they stole items including:

  • Snowboard – Green and orange *NUG*
  • Snowboard – Sand yellow with orange symbol
  • Snowboard binding
  • Mountain bike
  • Power tools.

Photos of some of the stolen items can be viewed at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/staffordshirepolice/albums/72157664284553302

Anyone with any information on the incident is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, giving the incident number 195 of 6 February.

You can also report crime by contacting 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.

If you have been a victim of crime click here for help and information.

 

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.

Car stolen from driveway in Burton

We received a call just after 8am this morning (Thursday 4 February) reporting the theft of a motor vehicle in Burton-on-Trent.

Between 10.20pm last night (Wednesday) and 8am this morning, offenders stole a black Land Rover Freelander, which was parked securely on a residential driveway on Beam Hill Road.

Anyone with any information on the incident is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 101 of 4 February.

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

If you have been a victim of crime click here for help and information.

UPDATE: Pedestrian who died in Burton collision is named

We are now in a position to name the pedestrian who died following a collision at Burton-upon-Trent on the evening of Tuesday, February 2.

She was Miss Virve Sidron, aged 67, of Elizabeth Avenue, Rolleston-on-Dove.

A specially-trained officer is supporting her family.

Miss Sidron was in collision with a Renault Scenic car on Rolleston Road at its junction with Harehedge Lane at around 5.45pm. She sustained head injuries and was taken by ambulance to the Royal Stoke University Hospital where, sadly, she died late that night.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident 560 of February 2.

 

 

Road traffic collision on A38, Burton

We received a call at 11.43am this morning (Wednesday 27 January) reporting a road traffic collision in Burton.

A silver Vauxhall Corsa and a bronze Ford Fiesta were involved in the collision on the northbound carriageway of the A38, near Shobnall Bridge.

Ambulance and Fire and Rescue services are in attendance at the location and both lanes have been blocked off by the emergency services while they remove a passenger from one of the vehicles as a precaution, there are no reports of serious injuries.

One passenger has been taken to Derby hospital and the road was clear by 1.30pm.

Anyone with any information on the incident is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 243 of 27 January.

 

Charity shops broken into in Uttoxeter

We received three calls yesterday morning (Tuesday 26 January) reporting burglaries at charity shops in Uttoxeter.

The break-ins all happened between 5.10pm on Monday 25th January and 8.30am on Tuesday morning, 26th January at The Maltings in the town centre.

Offenders smashed the glass on the front door to Barnardo’s Charity Shop and stole an electronic coded wall safe and contents, including cash and keys. Other items stolen include:

  • A silver Tiffany & Co necklace
  • A Nikon camera
  • A green coloured Sylvac bird ornament
  • Various items of jewellery.

(Incident number 144 of January 26)

Offenders forced the lower glass pane to the front entrance door to Katharine House Hospice Shop and attempted to rip the safe from the wall, before damaging the door in an attempt to open it. Ten necklaces were stolen.
(Incident number 119 of January 26).

Offenders attempted to break-in to the British Red Cross Shop by smashing the front window. Entry was not gained and nothing was stolen.
(Incident number 121 of January 26)

Chief Inspector Steve Maskrey, Commander of East Staffs Local Policing Team (LPT), said:

“I urge anyone offered goods for sale in suspicious circumstances to call the police, that gives us the opportunity to investigate and work to return stolen property to the rightful owner”.

Anyone with any information on the incident, or who is offered any such items for sale, is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, giving the relevant incident number quoted above.

You can also report crime by contacting 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.

If you have been a victim of crime click here for help and information

 

 

CCTV theft appeal: Burton

Officers from East Staffordshire Local Policing Team (LPT) have issued a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in connection with a number of thefts from TK Maxx in Burton.

The incidents have been over the last couple of weeks when a man entered the store in the Octagon Centre, and on each occasion has selected women’s bags or purses and left the store without offering payment.160126 TKMAXX

The man is described as being white, aged 20-25 years, 5ft 11in tall, of slim build with short brown hair. He carries a black and purple backpack and wears a black jacket and black adidas trainers.

Anyone with any information, or who recognises the man captured on CCTV, is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 255 of January  9.