Three arrested, Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent

NEWS: Three men are currently in custody after being arrested at an address in Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent, this morning (Fri).

As part of a pre-planned operation both armed and unarmed officers were deployed to the address on Windermere Street.

At approximately 6am three men at the property, aged 22, 28 and 33, were arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm.

They have been taken into custody for questioning.

A detailed search of the property is now underway.

As a result of the increased police activity in the area local neighbourhood officers are on patrol to offer support and reassurance to the local community.

NEWS: TEENAGER CHARGED AFTER CANNABIS FACTORY DISCOVERED

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.

Road safety operation, Stoke-on-Trent

A road safety operation to tackle inconsiderate motorists has been carried out in the Cobridge area of Stoke-on-Trent.

On Tuesday 6 October officers from Stoke Central Local Policing Team (LPT), the force’s Road Crime Team and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) targeted vehicles using Century Street and Portland Street.

The operation, initially staged in May, addresses ongoing concerns from residents about commercial, large and heavy goods vehicles coming and going to premises on the two streets.

Numerous vehicles, including HGVs and cars, were stopped during the day and action taken against 22.

Seven delayed prohibitions were imposed by the DVSA, meaning motorists have time to fix the problem. This included three tachograph matters; one oil issue; one corrosion matter and two tyre issues.

Five drivers were issued with immediate prohibitions, meaning the vehicle was taken off the road immediately. This related to three overloads; one tyre matter and one lights issue.

The Road Crime Team carried out two stop searches and issued one Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme notice.

Traffic Offence Reports were also recorded in relation to one mobile phone matter; two MOT issues; two seatbelt matters; one vehicle driving on the footway and one motorist driving otherwise than in accordance to licence.

PC Chris Gifford, who helped to co-ordinate the operation, said: “This operation responded to residents concerns regarding inconsiderate motorists using these two streets.

“Motorists who are flouting the law and using vehicles that are not roadworthy will be dealt with accordingly.

“We will continue to stage such operations in the area to deal with what matters to the communities we serve.

“The drive on footway by a HGV could not have been better timed. I was speaking to a resident who had come to see what we were doing. He complained about the HGVs driving and parking on the path, as he spoke to me the HGV did exactly that and the resident saw him dealt with for the offence.”

 

UPDATED: Incident Resolved

Pic of cordon
Cordon Tape

UPDATE:

We have now finished all our work at the scene and the incident has been safely resolved with no issues or concerns. The scene has now reopened and we would like to thank everyone for their cooperation.

Officers from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal have now removed the suspicious item, which is believed to be an industrial firework and the cordon has now been removed.
We’d like to thank residents for their patience while this object was assessed and removed safely.

PREVIOUS UPDATE:

Police have cordoned off an area in Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent after we were alerted to a suspicious object in a walkway off Sneyd Street, Stoke-on-Trent, just before 6.05am on Thursday 13 August.

As a safety precaution the immediate area remains cordoned off while specially trained Explosive Ordnance Disposal officers attend to safely remove the object.

Officers from the Local Policing Team are in the area to provide reassurance to residents whilst the object is being assessed and we hope to resolve the situation very soon.