Did you see a car before a fatal collision in Stourton?

Police are appealing for witnesses to a fatal road traffic collision that occurred around 00:40 hours on Saturday 16th January 2016 on the A580 Bridgnorth Road at Stourton near to the turning for Stourbridge Rugby Club. 

The incident involved a blue ‘R’ registered Subaru Imprezza, which was believed to be travelling in the direction of Stourbridge, which collided with a tree and lamp post. The driver was found in the road near to the vehicle by passing motorists.  Despite the efforts of the members of the public and West Midlands Ambulance Service personnel the male was pronounced dead at the scene.  Specialist officers are supporting the family at this difficult time. 

Stock Photo: CIU Officer at a scene

Officers from the Collision Investigation Unit attended the scene and the road was closed until the early morning whilst a detailed examination took place.  Officers are appealing for any witnesses to the collision or anyone who saw the Subaru beforehand to contact them on 101 quoting incident 38. 

The male involved has been formally identified as Lee WASSELL, 24 years, from Clee View Road in Wombourne.  The family have asked that they be allowed time to come to terms with their tragic loss.

UPDATE: Wanted man arrested

UPDATE: Following an appeal on December 30, 2015 and again on January 11, 2016, we can confirm wanted man, David Warren Bailey, has been arrested.

He was arrested in the Fenton area of Stoke-on-Trent at around 9.30pm last night, January 12, and is currently in police cells.

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

MISSING PERSON APPEAL: Have you seen missing man Christopher?

We need your help to find a missing Stoke-on-Trent man.

Christopher Mcguckien, aged 35, was reported missing from his home in Meir, on Wednesday 23 December. He was last seen at around 5pm on Tuesday 22 December.

He is described as white, with a large build, shoulder-length black curly hair and a beard. He was last seen wearing black jogging bottoms with white stripes, a navy blue hooded top and white trainers.

We haven’t been able to locate a photo of Christopher at this time but will update the post if we are able to get one.

This is very out of character for Christopher and we are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare. A detailed search to locate him is underway.

Anyone who has seen Christopher or has any information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 520 of December 23

APPEAL: Detectives search for potential witness to aggravated burglary near Talke

Following a burglary victim’s emotional plea to the public last month detectives are investigating forty possible leads.

The investigation is into a burglary which happened at around 10.30pm on Wednesday 5 August in Peacocks Hay, Talke. The victim, 49-year-old Ian Alcock, was savagely attacked and a quantity of cash was stolen.

Ian worked with detectives to generate an e-fit of one of the suspects (see below video appeal) and independent charity Crimestoppers are offering a substantial reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person or persons responsible for the aggravated burglary.

Since the appeal around forty lines of enquiry have been identified as a result of information received and are being progressed by detectives.

However, detectives are keen to follow-up information passed by a woman who came into Stoke Police Station in Boothen Road at around 12pm on Monday 9 November.

The woman didn’t leave any contact details but detectives are keen to speak to her anonymously and are urging her to call them directly.

The suspects are described as four men dressed in dark clothing and balaclavas. It is believed they made off on foot across fields towards Reginald Mitchell Way. During the attack one of the men removed his face covering which allowed Ian to produce an e-fit of his face.

It is believed that a vehicle was waiting nearby but the men would have had to walk/run along roads as they fled the scene.

Detective Constable Liam Rider, investigating officer, said: “We received an overwhelming amount of information following our appeal and would like to thank those who came forward.

“However we are really keen to trace a woman who came into Stoke Police Station and speak to her in more detail about the information she passed. If this was you please get in touch.

“This was a very nasty attack on an innocent man who will be affected for the rest of his life and we will not rest until we have bought his attackers to justice.

“We are now working through the information methodically, with help from intelligence experts, and will keep Ian updated on our progress.

“I’d continue to urge people to look closely at the suspect in the e-fit. If you think you know him, or have seen him anywhere, please contact us immediately.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Liam Rider at Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 761 of August 5.

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers are offering a reward of up to £5,000 to anyone who offers information that leads to the arrest and conviction of any person or persons responsible for the aggravated burglary. To pass information to Crimestoppers anonymously please call 0800 555 111 or use their Anonymous Online Form at http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/ Details cannot be traced and you will not go to court.

APPEAL: Did you witness a burglary and arson in Tunstall?

We were alerted to a fire at a shop in Roundwell Street at around 6.40am today, Monday 21 December.

Officers attended along with colleagues from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service who were able to extinguish the fire.

An investigation at the scene established that the fire was started deliberately. It was found a number of electrical items were stolen from the property suggesting it was broken into before the fire was started.

A silver Volkswagen Golf was seen acting suspiciously in the area between 5am and 5.45am and detectives are keen to trace this vehicle.

If you have any information about this incident, or the vehicle, please contact DC Sarah Clancy at Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 82 of December 21. Alternatively, 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.

APPEAL: Did you witness any suspicious behaviour before a fire in Stafford?

We’re appealing for witnesses after a large fire at a disused pub was started deliberately.

Police initially responded to reports of anti-social behaviour near to The West Way, in West Way, Highfields, just after 4.20pm on Monday 7 December.

Officers attended and found no one at the premises but it was insecure. The company responsible for the premises were notified and asked to attend to secure it.

However, when the company attended at around 6.45pm police were called back to the pub due to further anti-social behaviour in the area.

Upon arrival officers found smoke coming from within the pub. Colleagues from the fire service were notified immediately and spent the night working to extinguish the blaze.

The road was closed as a safety precaution until the early hours of Tuesday 8 December and residents in the area were asked to keep their windows shut.

Police forensic investigators have worked with colleagues from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service to methodically examine the remains of the building and this investigative work at the scene has now concluded.

This examination has established that the fire was caused deliberately.

An investigation is ongoing and we want to hear from anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area prior to the fire.

If you have any information please contact DC Rob Booth at Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident 480 of December 7. Alternatively, you can contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online anonymous report form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org No details can be traced and they will not go to court.

APPEAL: Were you the good samaritans that stopped to help during Burton assault?

We’re appealing to trace three men who stopped to help during an assault in Station Street.

The assault happened at around 5.20pm on Friday 4 December near Balti Towers restaurant and left the victim, a 20-year-old man from Burton, with a serious leg wound.

The victim received treatment at Queen’s Hospital Burton but is now recovering at home.

A 17-year-old male arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm has been released on bail pending further enquires.

DS Neil Poultney said: “Our inquiries have established that three smartly dressed men stopped to intervene while the incident was ongoing.

“We are really keen to trace these good samaritans as it is likely they are witnesses to the incident.

“They’re described as two black men and a white man, aged in their 20s or 30s, and they were all dressed in smart office wear.

“They were walking from Burton town centre towards the railway station so it is possible they were commuters on their way home, going back towards either Derby or Birmingham.

“Our investigation into the incident is ongoing with continued enquiries in the area to secure CCTV evidence and speak to witnesses.”

If you witnessed the incident, or have any information, please contact DS Poultney at Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 670 of December 4. Alternatively, 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.

17-year-old being questioned following stabbing incident

appealing for witnesses and information following at incident in Station Street

10am: Saturday 5 Dec:  Detectives are questioning a 17-year-old man arrested in connection with the stabbing incident in Station Street, Burton last night. The injured male remains in a stable condition in hospital as the investigation progresses.

Police are thanking the witnesses who have already come forward and encourage anyone with information to call Staffordshire Police on 101.

8pm: Friday 4 Dec:  Detectives in Burton on Trent are appealing for witnesses and information following at incident in Station Street, Burton earlier this evening. Police were called to the location at around 5:20 pm on Friday 4 December to the report of an assault.

Stock Image: Cordon Tape

A 20-year-old man was treated by colleagues from West Midlands Ambulance Service and taken to Queens Hospital in Burton with a serious stab wound to his leg.

At this stage it is believed that two other men were involved a disturbance in nearby. Anyone with any information is urged to call Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident 670 of 4th December.

APPEAL: Did you witness a robbery in Newcastle-under-Lyme?

We’re appealing for witnesses after a robbery in Bradwell Lane last night, Thursday 3 December.

The incident happened at around 6.30pm when the victim, an 80-year-old woman from Newcastle, was pushed over near the Britannia Public House and a shopping bag containing her purse was stolen.

The purse is described as a red leather clip stud style purse and was within a black shiny canvas shopping bag.

Fortunately, the victim wasn’t injured but she was left shaken by the incident.

The suspect is described as a male wearing dark clothing and he ran off towards Oldcastle Avenue.

If you witnessed the incident, or have any information about who is responsible, please contact DC Pete Titley at Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 639 of December 3. Alternatively, 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.

APPEAL: Did you witness a fatal collision in Burntwood?

Officers were called to a single vehicle road traffic collision in Springhill Road, Burntwood, at around 8.45am on Sunday 8 November.

The collision involved an off-road style motorbike which was in collision with a tree.

Sadly, the rider, a 25-year-old man from Burntwood, died at the scene. His family have been informed and are being offered support from specially trained officers. Formal identification has not yet taken place.

The road remained closed until around 11.15am while a detailed investigation was carried out at the scene. Motorists are thanked for their patience.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 252 of November 8.