Have you seen rings stolen from Stafford?

Officers from Stafford Borough Local Policing Team (LPT) are appealing for information following the theft of jewellery in Stafford.

The stolen jewellery consists of two rings that are described as follows:

  • A platinum ring with a solitaire diamond on top that is raised in a platinum setting. This ring has several smaller diamond chips on the shoulders which are slightly raised from the surface.
  • A yellow gold ring with three small diamonds on the top in a flat setting.

These rings were reported missing from an address in Creswell Grove, Stafford on 26th December 2015.

Both of these rings are of significant sentimental value to the owner.

Anyone with any information on the above incident is asked to contact PC Anthony Wilkowski on 101, quoting incident number 378 of 26 December.

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.

 

APPEAL: CAN YOU HELP US FIND JOHNNY?

Officers are appealing for help to find a teenager missing from Stone.

Johnny Doherty, aged 15, was last seen at around 4pm on Thursday 28 January in the Stone area.

 

Johnny Doherty
Johnny Doherty

He is described as white, about 5 ft 8 ins tall, of small build with cropped brown hair. He has brown eyes and when last seen was wearing blue jeans, blue Nike trainers, blue polo shirt and a dark parka type coat with a fur trimmed hood.

He is believed to have links with the Wolverhampton, Leicestershire and Greater Manchester areas.

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for Johnny’s welfare and urge anyone who has seen him, or knows of his whereabouts, to get in touch immediately.

Anyone who has any information is asked to ring 101 quoting incident 858 of 28 January.

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 scooter stolen from Stafford?

Officers from Stafford Local Policing Team (LPT) are appealing for information following the theft of a scooter.

Between Monday 21 December and Wednesday 23 December 2015, the white and blue Lambretta was stolen from a garage in Enson, Stafford.

The stolen Lambretta is very distinctive – It has a leopard skin wheel cover, sports exhaust, white wall tyre on the front and lots of stickers from cities the owner has visited on the scooter.

Officers are following various lines of enquiry and are appealing to the public to contact them if they see the scooter.

Anyone with any information on the incident is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 623 of 23 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.

UPDATE: Road traffic collision in Stafford

UPDATE:

A 32-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving following this morning’s road traffic collision on Weston Road, Stafford.

The man, who is from the Stafford area, is currently in police custody while inquiries continue.

The collision involved a BMW car and a female pedestrian close to Copper Glade.

The woman, who is aged 40 and from the Stafford area, sustained leg injuries. She was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital by ambulance.

Weston Road was closed until around 10.30am today (Thursday, January 21) while officers dealt with the incident. A traffic diversion was put in place and there was heavy congestion in the area.

We would like to thank motorists for their patience.

We received a call just before 7am reporting the collision.  Weston Road was blocked both ways from the Town End to Beaconside and traffic diverted down Cull Avenue.

Anyone with any information on the incident is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 82 of 21 January.

Lorry sheds its load on A51 near Weston

We received a call just before 9am this morning (Wednesday 20 January) reporting a lorry that has shed its load on the A51 between Weston and Sandon, Stafford.

One lane is blocked towards Sandon from the Weston direction. Breakdown assistance is attending to move the vehicle blocking the road. There will be a short term road closure on the A51 from Weston Bank to Sandon whilst the vehicle is moved.

This is adding to the traffic congestion that had built up in the area after a three car collision on Beaconside earlier in the morning, but the road was open again by 9.45am.

Drivers are advised to avoid the area if they can as there are long delays building up.

Anyone with any information on the incident is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 107 of 20 January.

Road traffic collision in Stafford

We received a call just before 7am this morning (Wednesday 20 January) reporting a road traffic collision in Stafford.

The collision occurred on the junction of Beaconside and Paten Way near to the traffic lights.

A black Ford Fiesta, a blue Citroen and another car were involved in the incident and a lot of debris and oil have spilled onto the road.

Highways are attending to clear the carriageway and the road was closed causing delays in the area. One lane of Beaconside from Redhill is now open but the road remains closed travelling from Weston Road.

Ambulance services are also in attendance at the incident but only minor injuries have been reported.

Drivers are advised to avoid the area and seek an alternative route if possible.

Anyone with any information on the incident is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 65 of 20 January.

 

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.

MISSING STAFFORD MAN FOUND

Officers searching for missing Stafford man Robert Preston have located him.

Robert was found this afternoon, Thursday 7 January, in the Stafford area. He is uninjured and has been taken to a place of safety. His immediate family have been informed.

We’d like to thank members of the public, and media, for sharing our appeal to locate him. The Facebook appeal was shared over 500 times and reached just under 35,000 people.