UPDATE:Family pay tribute to pedestrian who died in collision

We are now in a position to name the pedestrian who died following a road traffic collision at Mile Oak on Thursday, January 28.

Rosemary Robinson, aged 61, was in collision with a VW Golf on the A453 Sutton Road near to its junction with George Avenue shortly after 6pm.

Mrs Robinson, of Boldmere Road, Sutton Coldfield, sustained serious multiple injuries and was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham where sadly she died on Friday, January 29.

Her family has issued the following tribute:

“Rose was loved by all who knew her. A employee of Iceland, customers, colleagues, as well as the whole community have been left in shock by this tragedy. Rose was a devoted mother, loving sister and auntie and truly remarkable friend to all who knew her. She was an avid Cliff Richard fan and many friends described her as ‘Mommy Rose’ due to her loving, motherly nature. Rose’s two daughters as well as her family are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident on that day to come forward and are pleading for any information that could help them piece together the events of that fateful evening.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to call Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident 657 of January 28.

Appeal: Did you witness robbery in Tamworth?

Officers are appealing for information following a robbery in Tamworth in December 2015.

At approx 6.15 to 6.30pm on Saturday 12 December the offender approached a woman from behind, in Hospital Street and grabbed her handbag from her left shoulder, pulling it down towards her hands. They have had a tug-of-war over the bag with the offender managing to get away with it. The bag is described as old fashioned style in black leather.

The offender then ran off with the handbag which contained a pink leather ‘Pauls Boutique’ purse, HTC Desire mobile phone in a pink leather cover, cash and bank cards.

The offender is described as a white teenager, aged 16-18 years-old, with short dark hair. He was about 5ft 6 – 5ft 7 inches tall and of very skinny build. He was wearing dark blue jeans with white writing on the bum and a tracksuit type jacket which was dark in colour.

Anyone with any information on the above incidents is asked to contact PC Clare McNair on 101, quoting the incident number 680 of 12 December 2015.

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/

 

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

Car-key burglaries in Tamworth

Officers from Tamworth Local Policing Team (LPT) are appealing for information following car key burglaries in Tamworth.

We received a call at 2.30am on the morning of 6 February (Saturday), reporting a burglary at a house in Swallowfield. Offenders broke into the house and stole cash and car keys before stealing a locked and secure white VW Golf GTi from the driveway. (Incident number 98 of 6 February).

In a second incident, during the early hours of Saturday morning (6 February) offenders broke into another house in Swallowfield, through the conservatory and stole an iphone 5S, an iphone 5C, cash and car keys to numerous vehicles, including a blue Audi S3. They then stole the Audi from the driveway. (Incident number 142 of 6 February)

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.

 

Tools stolen from van in Tamworth

We received a call just after 9.30am this morning (4 February) reporting a theft from vehicle in Tamworth.

Between 8.10am and 8.45am this morning (Thursday), offenders broke into a white Ford Transit van parked in Bonehill Road by forcing open the rear doors.

Items stolen include:

  • A selection of Dewalt tools
  • 18 volt and 14 volt drills
  • Milwarke drill
  • Hilty breaker
  • Makita DAB radio (which is very distinctive as it has Peppa pig stickers all over it).

Anyone with any information on the incidents, or who is offered any such items for sale, is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, giving the incident number 142 of 4 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.

 

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.

 

Distraction burglary appeal: Tamworth

Officers are appealing for information following a distraction burglary in Tamworth.

The incident occurred at around 2.30pm on Friday 22 January in the Glascote area of Tamworth.

A man tricked an elderly lady into handing over a large sum of money after claiming he had carried out work for her neighbour and she was responsible for part payment. He followed her into her property and demanded that she pay him in cash. After further distracting her, he has then gone on to steal more money from the property.

The man is described as white, with a large build, aged in his 50’s and was wearing brown clothes. He was seen in the area driving a silver coloured Flat bed type van with blacked out back windows.

If you recognise the description of the man or the vehicle, or if you think you may have been a victim to this man in similar circumstances, officers are keen to hear from you.

Chief Inspector Steve Smith, Commander of Tamworth Local Policing Team (LPT), said:

“If you’re contacted out of the blue by a company/charity then be on your guard and do not get drawn into accepting a service you never sought. Likewise, if a cold caller knocks on your door, don’t let them in and don’t be afraid to ask for ID so you can check and verify who they are with the company themselves. Call the police on 101 if you are suspicious and please remind elderly neighbours and family so they can avoid becoming a victim”.

Anyone with any information on the incident is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 417 of 22 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.

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

 

Community engagement event in Wilnecote, Tamworth

Tamworth Police are carrying out Community Engagement in Wilnecote.

Tamworth Local Policing Officers will be joined by partners; Tamworth Borough Council, Community Wardens and the Community Cafe,  at the Brent Co-op between 12 and 3pm on Saturday 6th February 2016.

Local officers will be there to listen to your community issues and offer help and advice.

If you can’t make the event you can still contact Tamworth Police and your Local Policing Team (LPT) which consists of:

PC 5623 Alison Rowley
Alison.rowley@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

PCSO 8885 Deborah Harrison
Deborah.harrison@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

PCSO 23803 Jordan Hayes
Jordan.hayes@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Tamworth police are keen to find out your views and concerns and will strive to deal with what matters to you.

Please come along and help us to help you.