UPDATE: Man charged following Meir incident

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Stoke South Commander, Chief Inspector Rob Taylor, today thanked the Meir community for their co-operation throughout a lengthy police operation on Wednesday, January 27.

The incident occurred at a domestic property in Charnwood Road, Meir and surrounding streets were closed as a precautionary measure. The incident was resolved safely.

“The altercation was resolved peacefully and, thankfully, no officers or members of the public were injured,” he said.

“Officers are continuing to patrol the area to provide reassurance to local residents.”

A man was arrested at the scene and is due to appear at Newcastle magistrates court today, Friday, January 29.

Ricco Flaherty, aged 43, of Westwood Road, Stoke-on-Trent, is charged with affray.

Vehicle broken into in Great Wyrley

We received a report just before 08.30am this morning (2nd September) to a vehicle that had been broken into in St Marks Close, Great Wyrley.

The vehicle was parked up secure and locked last night but between 1830hrs last night and 0730hrs this morning, offenders broke into the vehicle. Nothing was stolen but boxes in the vehicle had been rummaged through, emptied and left in the street.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police by calling 101 and quoting incident 97 of September 2.

Alternatively, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via the anonymous online report form at http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org. Details cannot be traced and they will not go to court.

APPEAL: Did you witness a non-stop road traffic collision near V Festival in South Staffordshire?

Officers were called to a report of an injured man in the road on the A5 near Stretton and Gailey Island at around 1.10am on Monday 24 August. The man was walking along the road when he was in collision with an unknown vehicle which did not stop.


The man, a 47-year-old from Cosley, suffered head and leg injuries and was taken to the Royal Stoke Hospital where he remains for treatment. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

An investigation is ongoing to trace the vehicle, which is believed to be a Fiat.

The pedestrian was leaving the nearby V Festival site and it is believed the area was busy with others leaving the site.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact PC Carl Paton at Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 42 of August 24. Alternatively, they can contact independent 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.

FLOOD WARNING: Newcastle-Under-Lyme River

Flood Warning

The current level at the Newcastle under Lyme river gauge is 1.8 metres. The river level is rising quickly, with flooding expected this morning. Over the past 12 hours there has been 22 millimetres of rain. Further rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hour with totals of around 22 milimetres expected. For up to date information on river levels, go to the Environment and Countryside section of the GOV.UK official website.

Situation last changed 8:42am Friday 14 August 2015

APPEAL: Did you help after robbery in Hanley?

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a robbery in Stoke-on-Trent.

The incident happened at around 6pm on Monday 10 August when a 54-year-old woman from Stoke-on-Trent was walking from the town centre along Hope Street towards Waterloo Road.

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As the victim reached the bottom of the road, she was approached from behind and her handbag was snatched from her. The suspect ran off towards Forest Park but was chased by members of the public who were able to retrieve the handbag and return it to the victim.

The suspect is believed to be a white man in his 20s, 5ft 5 to 5ft 6ins with short fair hair and wore a white t-shirt and blue bottoms.

A 20-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and remains on bail pending further inquiries.

Witnesses, specifically those who were involved in chasing the suspect, are asked to make contact with DC Kerrie Alcock at Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 681 of August 10. Alternatively, they 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.

Fuel Theft CCTV Appeal: Tamworth

Officers from Tamworth Local Policing Team (LPT) have issued CCTV images of a man they want to speak to in connection with multiple thefts from a Tamworth petrol station.CCTV

Between April and August there have been 11 incidents where a man has pulled onto the forecourt of J Sainsburys petrol station, Bitterscote Drive, dispensed fuel and driven off without offering payment.

The man is described as being white, aged in his 40s, 5ft 10in tall, average build, with dark brown hair.

Anyone who has any information, or recognises the man captured on CCTV, is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 335 of August 1. Alternatively they can contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

M6 Lorry travelling the wrong way

Two men have received suspended prison sentences and been disqualified from driving after they were caught travelling the wrong way on the M6 Toll in Staffordshire.

Officers from the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) were called at around 7.50pm on Sunday 12 July to a report of a white HGV travelling the wrong way on the M6 Toll road.

The vehicle was travelling southbound on the northbound carriageway, near to junction T4.

The vehicle had allegedly been seen speeding and performing U-turns on the carriageway and it was stopped near junction T4 at Weeford near Shenstone.

Two men inside the vehicle were arrested  by CMPG officers and subsequently charged with driving a motor vehicle dangerously.

Both men appeared at Stafford Crown Court on Monday (3 Aug).

Nicusor Paun, aged 34, from Romania, was sentenced to eight months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months. He was disqualified from driving for two years.

Vasile Radoescu, aged 39, from Romania, was sentenced to four months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months. He was disqualified from driving for 12 months.

Chief Inspector Jed White, from CMPG, said: “We are committed to keeping the motorway network safe for all and will take appropriate action when motorists are acting dangerously.

“On this occasion these two individuals were clearly putting lives at risk, including their own.

“The sentences imposed by the court are to be welcomed. Although the men did not receive a custodial sentence they have been disqualified from driving and are off the roads.

“We will continue to work closely with our police colleagues across the Midlands region, and Midland Expressway Limited – which runs the M6 Toll, to keep the motorway network as safe as possible.”

James Hodson of Midland Expressway said: “We fully support the sentence imposed by the court for this dangerous behaviour.

 “Midland Expressway is committed to ensuring that the M6 Toll is a safe environment and has a zero tolerance approach to such behaviour. 

 “M6 Toll control room operators continuously monitor the motorway with CCTV cameras and work closely with CMPG to ensure the appropriate response.”

Police name man wanted for questioning in connection with attempted murder in Burton

Detectives in Staffordshire are asking the public for help in tracing a man wanted for questioning in connection with an attempted murder following an incident in Burton on Monday evening.

Rehan Akhtar, aged 27, is wanted in connection with the incident, in which a local 49-year-old man was involved in a collision with a car and had sustained very serious injuries. The vehicle left the scene.

Chief Inspector Steve Maskrey, Commander of the East Staffordshire Local Policing Team, said: “We have a number of Wanted appeal Rehan Akhtaractive lines of inquiry to trace Mr Akhtar, but I urge the public to call us with any information which would lead to his arrest.

“This is a fast moving investigation and the three men arrested last night will be questioned through the day by a team of experienced detectives from our Major Investigation Department.

“A detailed forensic examination is also taking place of a vehicle recovered yesterday afternoon in the Burton area and we continue to appeal to anyone with information to get in touch.

“The injured man remains in hospital in a critical, but stable, condition and specially trained family liaison officers continue to offer support to his family.”

Anyone with information about the location of Rehan Akhtar, or if any residents have any concerns, should call Staffordshire Police on 101 or the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. All calls will be treated in confidence.