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

Road traffic collision in Alsagers bank

We received a call just after 10am this morning (Wednesday 3 February) reporting a road traffic collision in Alsagers Bank.

A blue Fiat Punto was involved in the collision on High Lane and the road was blocked for a couple of hours, with traffic backed up in both directions.

Our initial inquiries indicate that the vehicle swerved and was in collision with a wall. The road was closed whilst the vehicle was recovered and the road was clear by 12.30pm.

Our colleagues at the ambulance service attended the incident and the driver was taken to hospital with suspected head and leg injuries.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Staffordshire police on 101, quoting incident number 157 0f 3 February.

Have you seen specialist bikes stolen from Cheadle?

Officers are appealing for information following the theft of bikes from Stoke-on-Trent.

Between 10pm and 11pm on Monday night (1 February) offenders broke into a secure garage in Cheadle and stole nine bikes.

Some of the stolen bikes are pictured below:

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All of the bikes are custom built and highly specialized. Amongst the stolen bikes are Santa Cruz downhill or cross country bikes and Eddie Merckx bikes.

Anyone with any information on the incident, or who sees any such specialist bike for sale, is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 850 of 1 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.

Did you witness incident at Cheadle shop?

A Cheadle shop owner was tied up by two males who entered the premises at closing time on Thursday, January 28.

The 48-year-old man was left on the floor of his TV and electrical shop on High Street at around 5pm.

He had been closing up when two males entered the shop, tied him up and taped his mouth. The man, co-owner of CES TV and Electrical, sustained brusing to his head and hip. He received treatment at hospital and was discharged.

The male offenders left the scene empty handed.

They are described as being around 5ft 6 inches tall. Both were wearing dark scarves over their faces and one had on a black hoody, the other a grey hoody.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or saw anyone behaving suspiciously is asked to call Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident 628 of January 28.

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

 

 

TWO ARRESTED FOLLOWING SERIOUS ROAD TRAFFIC COLLISION

Two people have been arrested following a serious collision in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

The one-vehicle collision occurred on the A52 Kingsley Road, between Cellarhead and Kingsley Moor, at approximately 6.10pm last night (Sunday).

A white Citroen Xsara rolled over and ended up in a field.

Emergency services attended the scene and a 34-year-old man was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital with serious head injuries. He remains in a serious but stable condition.

Two other men in the vehicle, aged 24 and 27 and from Stoke-on-Trent, were arrested in connection with the incident and have been bailed, pending further inquiries, to a date in March.

An investigation into the circumstances of the collision is now underway. Witnesses are asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 581 of January 17.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who saw the vehicle in use before the collision occurred.

Following the collision the road was closed for approximately three hours whilst specialist officers examined the scene.

Computer Scam Warning

Police are warning people to be vigilant of a computer scam.

The warning comes after a Cheadle resident received a telephone call from a man purporting to be from Microsoft Windows, claiming he needed to instruct the resident to do something on the computer.

Luckily the resident refused and the caller failed in his bid to try to obtain personal data from the computer.

If you receive such a call, please DO NOT follow the instructions given, but end the call immediately and contact the police on 101. Please help us to make everyone aware of this scam, particularly the elderly who may be particularly vulnerable.

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.

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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.