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.

UPDATE: Two more charged over damage to house in S-o-T

Two more people have been charged in connection with damage to a house in Goldenhill, Stoke-on-Trent, last November.

Ian Lloyd, aged 30, from Middlewich in Cheshire, and Frederick Price, aged 51, from Tunstall in Stoke-on-Trent, have both been charged with conspiracy to destroy/damage property and conspiracy to steal a motor vehicle.

They are bailed to appear before magistrates in Newcastle on February 16.

The charges relate to an incident in the early hours of 5 November 2015 when a house in Broadfield Road was damaged. Vehicles parked in the road were also damaged. The occupants of the property were uninjured in the incident.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Three people have already been charged in connection with the matter and are going through the court process.


A teenager is due in court today (Thurs) following the discovery of a cannabis factory in Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent.

Officers were called to a former shop on Waterloo Road on Tuesday after information was received about suspicious activity at the address.

An 18-year-old was arrested at the property and subsequently charged with production of cannabis. Cung Simh Nguyen, of Cobridge, was due to appear before magistrates in Newcastle today (Thurs).

Following the discovery at the property officers from the West Midlands Cannabis Disposal Team cleared the property of cannabis. Approximately 350 plants were recovered.

An investigation into the matter is ongoing. Anyone with information, or who has seen suspicious persons and/or activity at the location, is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident 279 of December 8, or you can contact 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.

UPDATE: Wanted Stoke-on-Trent man arrested

Following an earlier appeal we can confirm wanted man Paul John Dale has been arrested.

The 28-year-old was arrested in Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent, yesterday (Tues) and subsequently charged with assault by beating, criminal damage, theft, fraud by false representation, wounding without intent and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.

He was remanded in custody to appear before magistrates in Newcastle today, Wednesday 9 December.

Staffordshire Police would like to thank the public and media for their assistance with this appeal.


A man has been charged following a short vehicle pursuit in Stoke-on-Trent.

The 21-year-old was arrested in Ubberley Road, Bentilee, around 3am on Friday morning (Dec 4).

Jordan Hunter, from Stoke-on-Trent, has been charged with failing to stop a vehicle when required by a constable; driving a motor vehicle dangerously; driving a motor vehicle otherwise than in accordance with a licence and using a motor vehicle on a road/public place without third party insurance.

He is due before magistrates in Newcastle on December 22.

Officers were on routine patrol in Victoria Road, Fenton, when they were alerted to the vehicle just before 2.30am. The vehicle failed to stop for officers and instead sped off through Longton to Bentilee.

The vehicle was abandoned in Washerwall Street and officers on the ground located and arrested Hunter in Ubberley Road.

NEWS: Man charged with drug supply offences in South Staffordshire

Officers have charged a man following on routine check of a vehicle in Upper Avenue, Brewood, at around 10.30pm on Monday 26 October.

Christopher Foster, 20, of Sedgefield Grove, Perton, was arrested and charged with drug driving, possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of class A (cocaine) and class B (cannabis).

He was released on bail to appear before magistrates at Cannock on Wednesday 13 January 2016.

If you have any information on drug supply in your area please report it to us on 101. Alternatively, you can contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form a www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

NEWS: Stoke-on-Trent man charged with numerous sex offences

Following a detailed investigation by detectives a man has been remanded after being charged with eight offences.

Clive Brown, aged 33, of Greenhead Street, Stoke-on-Trent, was arrested on Tuesday 1 December and has been charged with the following:

  • three counts of rape
  • false imprisonment
  • two counts of causing / inciting prostitution for gain
  • two counts of indecent assault on a girl under the age of 14

Brown appeared before magistrates in Newcastle-under-Lyme on Wednesday 2 December where he was further remanded to appear at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court on Monday 21 December.

A 44-year-old Stoke-on-Trent woman was also arrested on suspicion of causing or inciting prostitution. She remains on bail pending further inquiries.

The investigation was focused sexual offences towards females in the Stoke-on-Trent area from the mid 1980s onwards.

SECURITY WARNING: Keep your vehicles secure

Motorists in Stoke-on-Trent are being urged to keep their vehicles locked at all times.

In recent weeks offender/s have stolen a variety of items from vehicles parked up in the Florence, Lightwood and Trentham areas of Stoke South Local Policing Team (LPT).

In the majority of cases the vehicles had been left insecure with valuables inside – an open invitation to opportunist thieves.

More than 10 vehicles have had items stolen from them, including a sat nav; cash; an i-Pad; a mobile phone; a wallet and sunglasses.

An investigation into the thefts is ongoing by local neighbourhood officers and high visibility patrols have been increased in the areas.

Officers are actively talking to motorists about their vehicle security and checking what items may be left on display in vehicles.

Vehicles with shopping on view are easy pickings for opportunist thieves. If you are taking shopping back to your vehicle before doing more shopping, be aware of who is around you – make sure no one is watching what you are doing. Put shopping out-of-sight in the boot and check your vehicle is locked.

If you see anyone acting suspiciously around vehicles please call Staffordshire Police on 101, or the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

As part of the ongoing investigation officers have arrested and charged a man.

The 21-year-old, from Stoke-on-Trent, has been charged with two counts of vehicle interference following incidents on November 26. He is due to appear before magistrates in Newcastle on January 7.

NEWS: Two men remanded after fraudulent activity

Officers received a report of two men behaving suspiciously at two supermarkets in Stafford at around 11am on Sunday 29 November. It was suspected that cloned cards had been used to make high value purchases before the suspects left in a silver Skoda Octavia.

At around 11.40am the vehicle was stopped by colleagues from Central Motorway Police Group on the M6 northbound and the occupants arrested on suspicion of fraud. Upon searching the vehicle a large number of cigarettes and electrical items were seized.

Raffan Ali, 28, of College Bank Way, Rochdale, and Khalil Azam, 24, of Crawford Street, Rochdale, were arrested and charged with three counts of fraud by false representation (at Tesco in Stafford and Asda in Stafford and Cannock) and possession of cloned credit cards for use in the course of or in connection with fraud.

The men appeared before magistrates at Cannock today, Tuesday 1 December, and were remanded to appear at Stafford Crown Court on Tuesday 22 December.

APPEAL: Motorists in Mill Hill and Tunstall – has your car stereo been stolen?

Motorists missing their car stereo and/or sat nav are encouraged to contact police after officers recovered suspected stolen property.

PC Kevin Cook, based at Burslem, is looking to reunite motorists with the property, which is believed to have been stolen from vehicles in the Mill Hill and Tunstall areas of the Stoke North Local Policing Team (LPT).

An investigation into recent thefts from vehicles has resulted in the arrest and charge of a man.

An 18-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent has been charged with one count of theft from a motor vehicle and is due to appear before magistrates in Newcastle on December 15.

Motorists are reminded to keep their vehicles secure at all times, and not to leave valuables on display.

If you believe one of the items recovered may belong to you please contact PC Cook on 101.