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.


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.


Burglary, Oakhill, Stoke-on-Trent

Officers are asking for help to recover some distinctive jewellery taken in a burglary in Stoke-on-Trent.Stolen earring

The items were taken between 12.50 pm and 3.30 pm on Friday 12 February while the resident of the house in Oakhill was out. She returned home to find a window had been smashed and the jewellery  taken. The items including rings and earrings, were of great sentimental value to the woman.

If you have seen these items or have been offered something similar please ring 101 quoting incident 506 of 12 February.

Stolen drop earringAlternatively you can contact 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.


Man charged with murder following investigation in Abbey Hulton, Stoke-on-Trent

Detectives have this evening charged a 31-year-old man with murder following the incident yesterday at Cliveden Road, Abbey Hulton, Stoke on Trent.

Barry Knapper, 31 years old of Cliveden Road, Abbey Hulton will appear before magistrates in the morning.

Whilst the formal identification is still to be completed, detectives believe the victim to be Lisa Reynolds, 30 years old of that address. A cause of death is not yet known and a post mortem examination will take place tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon. 

Did you witness collision on Sandon Road, Meir?

Police are appealing for witnesses to a serious collision involving a motorcyclist and a car on Sandon Road at its junction with Ednam Place, Meir.

The incident happened shortly after 6pm on Friday, February 5.

A 50-year-old male motorcyclist from the Stoke-on-Trent area sustained a serious leg injury and remains in hospital.

The car failed to stop at the scene.

If you have any information on the collision please call 101, quoting incident 615 of February 5.

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



UPDATE: Incident in Meir, Stoke-on-Trent

NEWS: A sixth male has been arrested in connection with disorder in Meir, Stoke-on-Trent last night (Sunday).

The 19-year-old was arrested this morning (Mon) in connection with last night’s incident. Five other males remain in custody. They are aged between 12 and 16.

A detailed investigation into last night’s incident is now underway and detectives ae working to piece together exactly what happened and who was involved in the disorder.

As part of the investigation, officers will be taking witness statements; studying CCTV from the locality and making inquiries at a number of premises in the Meir area.

Residents within the area of Meir Road reported seeing two groups of local youths looking to confront each other. Two members of these groups are reported to have sustained minor injuries.

Local neighbourhood officers are already providing an increased visible presence to reassure the local community.

An air weapon recovered last night will now be subject to a detailed forensic examination.

Inspector Phil Eaton, from Stoke South Local Policing Team (LPT), said: “I would like to take this opportunity to reassure the public we are working hard to get to the bottom of this incident.

“Early inquiries have established the individuals caught up in last night’s disorder are believed to be known to each other.

“A detailed investigation is now underway to determine exactly what happened and we want to hear from anyone with information.”

If you can help please call Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident 553 of February 14, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.



A woman has pleaded guilty at Leicester Crown Court today (Thurs) to killing her partner in Stoke-on-Trent.

Sophie Lou Butler, aged 20, pleaded guilty to manslaughter just days into a trial.

Sophie Butler
Sophie Butler

She was on trial for the murder of her boyfriend, 33-year-old Norasab Hussain, at their flat in Bromley Court, Hanley, on Saturday 30 May 2015.

The trial was halted when she entered a guilty plea to manslaughter. This was accepted by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Butler will be sentenced at the same court on Monday 15 February.

DCI Dave Giles said: “Today’s plea of guilty to manslaughter is a positive outcome, which fully takes account of Sophie Butler’s actions, in that she unlawfully killed Mr Hussain.”

Following this incident a referral was made to the Independent Police Complaints Commission to review the circumstances around the force’s response to the incident. An independent investigation is ongoing.

WITNESS APPEAL: Serious collision in Hanley

We received a call at 1.15pm yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 10 February) reporting a road traffic collision in Hanley town centre.

A blue Vauxhall Vectra was in collision with a pedestrian at the junction of Potteries Way and Bucknall New Road.

A 35 year-old male pedestrian was treated at the scene for serious head and leg injuries by the ambulance service before being transported to the Royal Stoke University Hospital where his condition is described as critical.

The driver of the Vectra received minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

The road remained closed for three hours whilst specialist officers examined the scene.

Motorists and pedestrians are thanked for their patience whilst the road remained closed.

Witnesses are asked to contact Staffordshire police on 101 quoting incident number 314 of 10 February.


Have you seen car stolen from Fenton?


The Nissan Micra stolen on Wednesday (10 February) has been found in Poplar Drive, Blurton, Stoke-on-Trent.

We received a call at 11.20am yesterday morning (Thursday 11 February) from a member of the public who had seen the vehicle parked up with the keys still in the ignition.

Officers from Stoke-on Trent South Local Policing Team (LPT) are appealing for information following the theft of a car in the Fenton area of Stoke-on-Trent this morning (10 February).

At 5.50am this morning (Wednesday) a man delivering newspapers in Duke Street left his red Nissan Micra, registration number DK05ZTM, running in the street with the door closed when a man jumped into the driver’s seat and drove away in the direction of Heron Cross.

The owner did sustain injuries to his shoulder and grazing to his hand and leg as a result of the vehicle theft.

The offender is described as a man of slim build, about 5ft 5inches tall, wearing a dark coloured hoody with the hood up.

Anyone with any information on the above incident is asked to contact PC Paul Massey on 101, giving incident number 60 of 10 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.


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.


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.


“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.


“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.”


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

Appeal for witnesses: Road traffic collision, Fenton, S-o-T

Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal road traffic collision in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent.
The collision occurred at approximately 5.55pm on Saturday 6 February on the service road to Aldi and McDonald’s on Victoria Road, Fenton, and involved a silver Ford Ka and a 51-year-old male pedestrian from the local area.

The pedestrian sustained serious injuries and was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital. Despite the efforts of medical staff the man sadly died late on Saturday night.

He has been named as Gyorgy Bator, a Hungarian national, who had been staying in the Stoke-on-Trent area. Specially trained officers are supporting Mr Bator’s family at this difficult time.

Officers are wanting to speak to anyone who saw the silver Ka (59 plate) or Mr Bator prior to the collision, and an investigation to establish the exact circumstances of what happened is now underway.

PC Carl Matthews, investigating officer, said: “It was a busy Saturday evening and there would have been people using Aldi, McDonald’s and Gala Bingo who could well have seen this incident or the events beforehand.

“I would ask anyone with information to contact me on 101, quoting incident 623 of February 6.”