CCTV Appeal: Petrol thief suspect caught on camera

A garage has today offered a reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of a suspected petrol thief.

The incident happened at the Gulf petrol station, owned by JT Leavesley, in Rykneld Street, Alrewas, at 2.45pm on Sunday, February 7.

The man, who had dark facial hair and was wearing a black hat, dark coat and light tracksuit bottoms, pulled up in a dark red VW Polo with false registration plate KR59 ERM and filled his tank with £40.75 of unleaded petrol before driving off without paying.

The suspect was caught on the garage’s security cameras and an image has now been released to appeal for information.

Staffordshire Police is investigating the incident and are appealing for anyone with information to contact PC Neil Lawton on 101, quoting incident number 422 of 7 February.

Images of the suspect can be viewed here:https://www.flickr.com/photos/staffordshirepolice/albums/72157663883038309

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.

 

 

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/

 

Car thefts in Lichfield

Officers are appealing for information after two reports of stolen vehicles in the Lichfield area.

Offenders stole a black BMW 320 parked on a residential driveway in Minors Hill, Lichfield, between 10.30pm last night (Tuesday) and 6.20am this morning. (Incident number 63 of 10 February).

In a second incident, we received a call just after 10am this morning (Wednesday 10 February) reporting the theft of a white Transit van parked in Cedar Road, Burntwood, which had just happened. (Incident number 164 of 10 February).

Anyone with any information on the above incidents is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, giving the relevant incident number.

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.

 

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.

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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.

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“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.

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“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.”

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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 quad bike stolen from Rugeley?

We received a call just after 2pm this afternoon (Wednesday 3 February) reporting the theft of a quad bike from Rugeley.

Between 7.30pm last night (Tuesday) and 9am this morning, offenders have stolen the quad bike from an address in Yoxall Road.

Anyone with any information on the incident is asked to contact Staffordshire police on 101, quoting incident number 344 of 3 February.

Alternatively, they can contact 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.

 

Road traffic collision on A5, Mile Oak

We received a call at 8.20am this morning (Friday 29th January) reporting a road traffic collision between Lichfield and Tamworth.

A red Audi A1 and a Mercedes van were involved in the incident on the A5 at Mile Oak, with one vehicle overturning.

Our colleagues from the ambulance service attended the scene and took one person to hospital with reported slight injuries.

The road was closed for a short while but one lane is currently open and a rolling road block is in place whilst the vehicles are recovered.

Drivers are advised that there are delays in the area and to seek an alternative route if possible.

Anyone with any information on the incident is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 113 of 29 January.

 

Vehicles broken into in Lichfield area

We received two calls this morning (Thursday 21 January) reporting vehicles broken into in the Lichfield area.

Between 9pm last night (Wednesday) and 10.30am this morning a white Mercedes Sprinter van, which was securely parked in Hints Lane, was broken into by offenders cutting below the lock on the rear door and stealing a Stihl brick cutting saw. (Incident number 209 of 21 January refers).

A vehicle parked in Queen Street, Burntwood had a catalytic convertor stolen overnight. (Incident number 238 refers).

Anyone with any information on either of the above incidents is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting the relevant incident number.

 

Car stolen in Stonnall

We received a call just before 8.30am morning (Thursday 21 January) reporting a theft of a vehicle near Lichfield.

A BMW car had been parked on the drive of a residential property in Wallheath Crescent, Stonnall, with the engine running when the owner went back into the house. The car was then stolen.

Inspector Rob Neeson, Commander of Lichfield District Local Policing Team (LPT), said:

“Drivers can take a few simple measures to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of this sort of crime. Many criminals often just take advantage if an opportunity appears – don’t leave your vehicle with the keys in the ignition at any time, even when you’re loading or unloading shopping or baggage. And leaving the engine running to ‘warm up’ during the winter months not only risks having the vehicle stolen, it’s against the law. Drivers should always be in control of their vehicles when the engine is running.”

Anyone with any information on the incident is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 113 of 21 January.

 

 

Have you seen snowboard stolen from Burntwood?

Officers are appealing for information following a theft from vehicle in Burntwood.

The incident occurred at approximately 3.30am on Wednesday 6 January in Westwoods Hollow, Burntwood.

Two unknown offenders approached an insecure red Citroen C2 parked on a residential drive and after making an untidy search, stole a black and white ‘Yes’ snowboard with bindings from the rear of the vehicle.

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The offenders, who were accompanied by a small white dog, were captured on CCTV.

They are described as, one wearing a full white tracksuit and one wearing all black.

Anyone with any information on the incident, or who is offered any such item for sale, is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 194 of 6 January.

Alternatively, they can contact 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.

 

 

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

Stock Photo: PCSOs walking past a wall

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.

ACC Adderley
ACC Nick Adderley


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.”

Stock Photo: Local policing in a town centre

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.