Vehicles broken into in Newcastle

Officers from Newcastle Local Policing Team (LPT) are warning residents to be aware of vehicle crime in the area.

Offenders broke into a van parked on a residential driveway in Springwood Road, between 4.30pm on Monday afternoon (22 February) and 7am yesterday morning (Tuesday), by smashing two windows. They stole a brand new Stihl saw. (Incident 81 of 23 February)

In another incident a black Peugeot Expert MPV taxi parked on a driveway in Snowgoose Way, was broken into sometime overnight on Monday 22nd into Tuesday 23rd February. Nothing was stolen from the vehicle. (Incident 141 of 23 February)

Chief Inspector Peter Owen, Commander for Newcastle Borough Local Policing Team (LPT), said:

“Local neighbourhood officers are conducting house to house enquiries in the area and we urge residents to take a moment to ensure their vehicles are kept secure.

When leaving your vehicle, don’t forget to check windows are firmly closed and all doors, including the boot, are locked. If you have an alarm and/or immobiliser, use them. Otherwise consider having them fitted.”

Anyone with any information on the above incidents is asked to contact Staffordshire police on 101, quoting 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.

 

Burglaries in Newcastle

Officers from Newcastle Local Policing Team (LPT) are appealing for information following a number of burglaries in the Newcastle area.

We received reports of a distraction incident at 1.20pm on Monday afternoon (22 February) after offenders knocked on the door of a house in Sparch Hollow. They took the occupant into the garden to explain work in relation to a boundary fence. The occupant returned to the house after becoming suspicious and heard another offender upstairs in the house. The occupant shouted to the offender upstairs who ran out of the house, pushing the occupant in the process. The offenders drove off in a red people carrier type vehicle. Nothing was stolen in the incident.

The first offender is described as a white man of medium/stocky build, about 5ft 9″ tall. The second offender is described as a very thin tanned man, about 5ft 10, wearing a brown anorak with a hood over his head. A third offender is described as a small man with black hair who had a foreign accent. (Incident number 378 of 22 February)

A house in Friesian Gardens was broken into overnight between 1am and 7.15am on the morning of 23 February (Tuesday). Offenders made a small hole in the door window then reached through for the key to unlock the door. Once inside they took two bunches of keys and used them to steal a silver Toyota Avensis and a blue VW Golf from the driveway. (Incident number 86 of 23 February)

Offenders broke into a house in Springwood Road between midnight and 7am on Tuesday morning (23 February), through the back door and stole items including:

  • Apple Ipad air
  • 2 x Apple Ipads
  • A quantity of cash
  • Beats headphones
  • Gents Omega watch (old style with round face)
  • Rose gold Michael Korrs watch
  • Pandora bracelet and charms
  • Ladies white gold engagement ring with diamonds and centre sapphire.

(Incident number 100 of 23 February)

Anyone with any information on the above incidents, or who is offered any such items for sale, is asked to contact Staffordshire police on 101, quoting 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 ww.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.

OPERATION NEMESIS UPDATE: 10 charged

Update: Wed 24 February

Ten men arrested as part of Operation Nemesis have all been charged with one count of conspiracy to supply class A drugs (cocaine).

One has appeared before magistrates this morning (Wed) and been remanded in custody, the other nine have been bailed to appear before magistrates in Cannock on a date to be fixed.

Marc Brookes, aged 40, of Moreton Parade, Newcastle, appeared before magistrates in Newcastle this morning and was remanded in custody to appear back at the court at a later date.

The following nine have all been charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs (cocaine) and will appear at court in due course.

Thomas Chapman, aged 26, of Heaton Terrace, Porthill, Newcastle.

Andrew Szulc, aged 51,of Easdale Place, Newcastle.

Anthony Colton, aged 29, of Chiltern Place, Newcastle.

Samuel Giliker, aged 29, of Moreton Parade, Newcastle.

Andrew Edwards, aged 35, of  Whitchurch Grove, Newcastle.

Andrew Pickerill, aged 32, of Heath Avenue, Newcastle.

Nicholas Hickson, aged 45, formerly of Moorfields, Stafford.

David Birks, aged 43, of Pear Tree Lane, Newcastle.

Robert Farrow, aged 43, from Trevithick Close, Bentilee, Stoke-on-Trent.

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Ten men have been arrested in connection with suspected drugs offences as part of Operation Nemesis.

As part of a pre-planned operation by Staffordshire Police and the National Crime Agency the 10 were arrested at various locations this morning, Tuesday, at approximately 7am.

They have been taken into custody where they will be questioned.

The men are aged between 26 and 51 and live in the Newcastle, Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford areas.

Arrests at a number of addresses were followed by searches. Officers have recovered a quantity of powder, suspected to be class A controlled drugs. This will now be subject to a detailed forensic examination.

DI Lesley Fowler, from Staffordshire Police, said: “We are committed to tackling drug crime in the communities we serve.

“Today’s arrests form part of the force’s ongoing Operation Nemesis campaign, which specifically targets those suspected of drug crime.

“Thanks to information received from members of the public we were able to arrest a number of people suspected of being involved in such activity following months of investigative work.

“Operation Nemesis forms part of our daily business and we will continue to act on information received about suspected drug crime.

“If you suspect it, report it.”

Anyone with information on drug crime in their community is urged to report it by calling 101.

 

UPDATE: Serious incident at Newcastle store

UPDATE: We are now in a position to confirm a man injured at a Newcastle store this morning (Friday) has died.

The family of the 50-year-old, from Stoke-on-Trent, have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.

An investigation to understand the circumstances of what happened is now underway. The death is not being treated as suspicious and a report will be prepared for HM Coroner.

Nobody else was injured in the incident.

The shop will remain closed for the rest of the day.

Anyone with information, or who saw the man in the vicinity of the store, is asked to call Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident 124 of February 12.

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 Johnathan?

Officers searching for a man missing from the Newcastle area are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare.

Johnathan Carroll, aged 29, from Fenton, was last seen at around 3pm on Friday, January 15, in the Hilton Road area of Newcastle.

Johnathan is described as being white, about 6ft tall and of stocky build. He has blue eyes and is mostly bald but with some dark hair. He was last seen wearing jeans with writing on the back pocket, a black top and a dark coat. He has the names ‘Kai’ and ‘Spencer’ tattooed on either side of his neck and a tribal one on his right forearm.

Officers are anxious to find him as he has now been missing for three weeks.

Anyone with any information as to his whereabouts is asked to call 101 quoting incident 707 of January 15.

 

 

 

Unique hair products stolen in Newcastle

Officers are appealing for information following a burglary in Rookery, Stoke-on-Trent.

The incident occurred between midnight on 31 January (Sunday) and 9am on the morning of 1 February (Monday), when offenders gained entry to a secure site at a property in Alderhay Lane by damaging an electric fence, before breaking into a secure outbuilding.

Items stolen in the burglary include:

  • 2 small quad bikes
  • Silver apache 125cc quad bike
  • White Suzuki motorbike with a blue seat and stickers
  • Husqvarna strimmer
  • Orange Stihhl leaf blower
  • Chainsaw, hedge cutters, circular saw and 2 strimmers.

Also taken during the break-in is a range of hair care products of the make ‘TAHE’. This is a unique brand of products that are not widely available in the UK. Stolen items of this brand include :

  • 24 boxes of hair tints
  • 20 ‘s curl’ curling tongs
  • Shampoo

Anyone with any information on the incident, or is offered any such items for sale, is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 163 of 2 February.

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.

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

 

Have you seen stolen gold sovereign?

Officers from Newcastle Local Policing Team (LPT) are appealing for information following the theft of a gold sovereign in Newcastle.

The gold 18 inch rope necklace with a half sovereign 1929/1930 coin, was reported missing from an address in Old Hall Drive, Newcastle, on 22 December 2015.

half gold sovereignAnyone with any information on the incident, or is offered any such item for sale, is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 335 of 22 December 2015.

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.

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

 

NEWS: Incident at Porthill, Newcastle

PLEASE SEE THE LATEST UPDATE ON THIS HERE:

Four men are currently in custody after being arrested last night, Thursday.

The four were arrested in a vehicle on the slip-road off the A500 at the Porthill roundabout, at approximately 9pm.

They are aged 32, 32, 35 and 38 and all from the local area. They were all arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to rob.

The vehicle the men were travelling in was recovered for a detailed forensic examination.

The slip road was closed off to motorists whilst police were in attendance. We would like to thank people for their patience and understanding whilst this incident was ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident 740 of January 28, or 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.

Two small girls found safe

Police have tonight, Wednesday, January 27 been searching for two six-year-old girls who went missing from their Newcastle homes.

Happily, the girls were found safe and well shortly after 7.30pm nearby.

They had been reported missing by their parents at around 6.30pm.

Police would like to thank members of the public who helped search for the children.