UPDATE: Three more charged in connection with death

Three more people have been charged with offences in connection with the death of Carl Tindall in August 2015.

Louise Hurmson, aged 32, of Avenue Road, Cannock; Sarah Hurmson, aged 35, of Greig Court, Cannock, and Anthony Boddison, aged 25, of St Peter’s Gardens, Stafford, are all charged with assisting an offender.

All three have been bailed and will appear before magistrates in Cannock on January 13.

A fourth person, 35-year-old Jamie Sleigh, of St John’s Road, Cannock, was charged in August with the manslaughter of Mr Tindall and is due to appear at Stafford Crown Court in February.

Man gets suspended prison sentence for dangerous driving

A man whose stationary vehicle caused the death of a motor cyclist has  received a suspended two-year prison sentence.

David Gareth Woodcock, aged 38, of Dial Lane, Congleton, pleaded guilty at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court yesterday (December 14) to causing the death of Alan Horrocks on September 10, 2014 by dangerous driving.

He received a two-year prison sentence, suspended for two years. He was also banned from driving for two years and ordered to complete 240 hours of community service.

The court heard that Woodcock was stationary in a Case loading shovel, a heavy industrial vehicle used in quarrying, when it was in collision with a Triumph motorbike being ridden by 68-year-old Mr Horrocks along Dial Lane at 8.20pm.

The bike burst into flames on impact and Mr Horrocks, of Oak Tree Drive, Crewe, died at the scene, despite efforts by paramedics to resuscitate him.

Woodcock had used the loading shovel to transport a heavy container of water to animals in a field.

He had driven out of a farm entrance straight across Dial Lane to the field’s gate where he parked. However, one and a half metres of the dark-coloured vehicle was sticking out into the road and Mr Horrocks’ motorcycle was in collision with it as darkness fell.

After the verdict Sgt Ian Tanner of the West Midlands Collision Investigation Unit said: “Woodcock failed to appreciate the danger his stationary vehicle posed to vulnerable road users such as motorcyclists and this error had tragic consequences.

“We would urge all road users to ‘think bike’ as even a simple lack of judgement can prove fatal to a cyclist.”

Missing man found

Following our earlier appeal for help to find missing man Raymond Hassall we can confirm a body has been found.

Although formal identification has not yet taken place it is believed to be Mr Hassall, aged 84, from Meir Heath.

Officers were called to a field off Leek Road, Weston Coyney, just before 1.30pm today after a member of the public discovered the body.

Mr Hassall’s family have been informed and are being supported by officers.

The death is not being treated as suspicious and a report will be prepared for HM Coroner.

Staffordshire Police would like to thank all those people who shared our appeal to find Mr Hassall. Your support is greatly appreciated.


Appeal for information following death in Hanley

Police are appealing for information after a man was found unconscious in Hanley in the early hours of this morning, Saturday.

At approximately 1am police were called to a disturbance at the Individual Bar, Trinity Street, Hanley. Upon arrival officers discovered an unconscious man. He was treated at the scene but sadly died at hospital a short time later.

The man’s family have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers. He has been formally identified. He was 29 and from the Sutton Coldfield area. A post mortem examination will take place in due course. 

The death is being treated as unexplained and an investigation is underway by detectives. A number of arrests have been made in connection with the incident.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident 40 of 24 October.

Alternatively please contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at


No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

UPDATE:  Saturday Evening (Saturday 24 October)

A post mortem examination has taken place this afternoon but was inconclusive and further tests will be carried out in due course. The death will continue to be treated as unexplained.

The men, arrested for affray, have been released on bail pending further enquiries.

UPDATE: Sunday Afternoon

We are now in a position to confirm the name of the man who died after he was found collapsed at the Individual Bar in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, in the early hours of Saturday (24 October).

He has been formally identified as Matthew McSheffery, aged 29, from Sutton Coldfield.


A woman has been banned from driving and given a suspended sentence today after being found guilty of causing the death of a motorcyclist in Newcastle last year following a four-day trial at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

Diane Ball, 47, of Priam Close, Bradwell was driving a green Toyota Corolla when it was in collision with the Honda motorcycle being ridden by well-known local man, 57-year-old Michael, known as Mick, Thompson, at around 5.15 pm on Saturday 3 May 2014.

Mick Thompson
Mick Thompson at the finish of the London Marathon in April 2014.


Mr Thompson, of Priam Close, Bradwell, suffered severe injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene on Bradwell Lane near its junction with Clare Avenue and Arnold Grove.

The court heard that Ball was pulling out at the junction of Arnold Grove and Bradwell Lane to go straight across to Claire Avenue when she failed to see Mr Thompson on his motorbike and collided with him.

The jury found her guilty of causing death by careless driving. She was banned from driving for two years and sentenced to 26 weeks, suspended for 18 months and 150 hours of unpaid work.

After the verdict Sgt Ian Tanner of the West Midlands Collision Investigation Unit said: “This was a tragic incident which cost the life of an experienced motorcyclist. Ball’s inattention cost the life of another road user. Car drivers need to make sure they ‘think bike’ before making a manoeuvre as even a short loss of concentration can prove fatal to a biker.

“Ball is lucky, she walked away from the collision, whereas Mr Thompson was not as fortunate and his family will have to live with the consequences of her carelessness for the rest of their lives.”

Photo: Mr Thompson at the finish of the London Marathon in April 2014.

UPDATE: Missing man found

Sadly, we can confirm that missing man Michael Heath, from Blythe Bridge, has been found this afternoon.

His body was found in the Draycott area at around 12.10pm today (Wednesday 7 October).

His death is not being treated as suspicious and a report will be prepared for HM Coroner.

A heart felt thank you, from his family and officers, to everyone who has shared our appeals and helped in the physical search for him.