WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO KILLING PARTNER IN STOKE-ON-TRENT

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.

APPEAL: Can you help us find car involved in serious collision in Stoke-on-Trent?

We’re appealing for the public’s help to trace a car which was involved in a collision in Hanley early yesterday morning, Friday 11 December.

The collision happened at around 12.10am in Potteries Way, near the junction with Bucknall New Road, and involved a pedestrian and car.

The pedestrian, who was using crutches as he used the pedestrian crossing, was in collision with a dark coloured saloon car. The vehicle didn’t stop at the scene and drove off towards Lichfield Street.

The pedestrian, a 54-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent, suffered a serious leg injury and was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

An investigation to trace the car involved is underway and we are also keen to speak to two white males who stopped to help the pedestrian. One was on foot and the other was in an unknown car. If this was you please contact us.

If you have any information please contact investigating officer PC Andy Hogan-Hughes at Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident 9 of December 11. Alternatively, you can pass information anonymously to independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or via their anonymous online report form at www.crimestoppers.org No personal details are taken and you won’t go to court.

NEWS: Three teenagers charged following incident in Hanley, S-o-T

Three teenagers have been charged following a firearms incident in Hanley in August.

The three males, who cannot be named for legal reasons, have each been charged with one count of possessing a loaded/unloaded firearm and suitable ammunition in a public place.
They are due to appear before magistrates in Newcastle on December 17.

They are a 16-year-old and 17-year-old from Manchester and a 17-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent.

The three were arrested in Hanley on August 4 after they were spotted acting suspiciously.

As a result of the information received both armed and unarmed officers were called to the city centre, along with colleagues from the dog support unit, to respond to the incident.

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

www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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.

CCTV APPEAL: Assault in Hanley

Officers have issued CCTV images of a man they want to speak to about an assault in Hanley.

The incident happened at around 7pm on Wednesday 25 March in Parliament Row near McDonalds when the victim, a 22-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent, was approached by three men.

One of the men assaulted the victim and made racial remarks towards him.

The main suspect is described as white, aged around 25, 6ft and had dirty blond hair.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Craig Milner at Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 665 of March 25. 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 they will not go to court.

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.

Police jacket
Police jacket

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.

Armed Officers deployed to report of incident involving a weapon.

1PaulPickard-020Just after 8pm on Monday 10 August police were called to a report of an air weapon being fired in the area of the Sagger Makers Bottom Knocker in Market Place, Burslem.

Due to the nature of the information that was passed it was appropriate to deploy armed response officers and, with assistance from the Air Support Unit, they carried out a thorough area search but no one was located.

It became apparent that there was no immediate threat to anyone’s safety and the circumstances that led to the call being made are being investigated.

Whenever there is a concern that a weapon may be involved we work to ensure the safety of the community and our officers.

Armed police respond to reports of teenagers with guns in City Centre

NEWS: Four males have been arrested in Hanley this afternoon after they were spotted acting suspiciously. Colleagues from the city centre’s CCTV control unit alerted us to the young males after they were seen to be in possession of what looked like a firearm.

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As a result of the information received both armed and unarmed officers were called to the city centre, along with colleagues from the dog support unit. With support from the CCTV unit the males were located and detained at approximately 4.15pm in the Stafford Street area. Officers have recovered what is believed to be two firearms.

These will now be subject to examination. The males have been taken into custody where they will be questioned in connection with the incident. Public safety is our top priority and as a result of the information we received the appropriate resources were deployed into Hanley this afternoon.

We are committed to keeping our communities safe and reassured. An investigation into this incident is underway and witnesses are asked to call us on 101 quoting incident 482 of August 4, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.