WARNING: Controlled drugs stolen from Stafford pharmacy

We’re issuing a warning after a large quantity of controlled drugs were stolen during two burglaries at Rowlands Pharmacy, Marston Road.

The latest break-in occurred in the early hours of this morning, Thursday 31 December.

The offender/s smashed a front window to get inside. A quantity of Pregabalin has been stolen, in unknown amounts of 25 mcg, 50 mcg, 75 mcg, 100 mcg and 150 mcg strength tablets.

If Pregabalin is taken, the user could pass out, it is used for nerve pain. Some of the side effects associated with this drug include hallucinations, palpitations, blurred vision, vomiting, speech disorder, euphoria.

If anyone has taken these drugs and experiences any of the above symptoms, they should go immediately to hospital.

The first break-in occurred at around 11.30pm on Tuesday 22 December. The offender/s smashed a pane of glass at the front of the shop to gain access. Five boxes of 28 tablets of Nitrazepam were stolen and an unknown amount of Pregabalin capsules.

Nitrazepam are Class C tablets, a Benzodiazepine. Pregabalin and Nitrazepam are prescription only medicines.

These drugs are dangerous and should only be taken when prescribed by a doctor. Anyone who takes them is at risk of overdose and should contact an ambulance immediately if they feel unwell.

An investigation into both break-ins is now underway. It is believed the same person/s are responsible.

If you’re offered any prescription drugs for sale or you find any please alert police immediately on 101 quoting incident number 805 of December 22, or contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their anonymous online report form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
Your details cannot be traced and you will not go to court.

APPEAL: Did you see non-stop traffic collision?

Police are appealing for witnesses to a non-stop traffic collision involving a pedestrian and a vehicle at a Stafford traffic lights yesterday, Tuesday, December 22.

The collision occurred at about 2.10pm at the junction of Wolverhampton Road and West Way.

A woman crossing the road received hospital treatment for a broken foot.

A vehicle, described as a grey coloured saloon, left the scene and police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident to call 101, quoting incident 615 of December 22.

Alternatively, they can contact the independent crime-fighting 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: Petrol stations targeted in Stafford

We’re appealing for the public’s help after two petrol stations were burgled.

The first break-in happened at Colwich Filling Station, Wolseley Bridge, at around 1am on Monday 30 November, but nothing was stolen.

The second premises was targeted at around 2.15am on Tuesday 1 December when entry was forced to Brockton Service Station in Cannock Road and a large quantity of cigarettes, alcohol and medication was stolen.

It is suspected that the incidents are linked as both involved offenders forcing entry through the roof.

If you have any information about these crimes please contact DS Kiley Round at Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 48 of November 30. 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.

STAFFORD BOBBIES NET TROPHY AT WORLD FOOTBALL COMPETITION

A team of footballing bobbies has scooped a fair play award at an international tournament held in Holland.

For the second year running a team playing as Stafford Police took part in the World Police Indoor Soccer Tournament in Groenlo. The 12-strong squad entered teams in both the over-35s and over-45s tournaments, with some playing in both.

This year 208 teams from 54 countries from all over the world took part in the competition which was eventually won by a team from Russia in the over 35s and the national police team of Croatia in the over 45s.

The team consisted of PC Keith Gordon, PC Matt Salt, PC Paul Smith, PC Nigel Clewley, PC Mark Napier, PC Gareth Hilditch, Sgt Daryl Kenny, PCSO Neil Williams, Sgt Jez Heath, PC Ian Deans , Ash Connor and Special Sergeant Rob Chell. All of the players covered their own expenses and took part in their own time.

They faced tough opposition as some Eastern European countries fielded national teams and Kazakhstan sent its Olympic squad. Despite this, they gave a decent account of themselves and played to the best of their ability. The over-35s team was awarded the Fair Play trophy, which was voted for by the referees and match officials who had presided over the group.

Sgt Jeremy Heath said: “Although we didn’t actually manage to win a match, we did make many friends and we were pleased to be awarded the Fair Play Trophy.

“There were 45 teams in the over-35s so it was an honour for us to be recognised in this way. No doubt it reflects Staffordshire Police in a very good light internationally.”
The team paid all their own expenses and the players took part in the tournament in their own time.
Pic cap: Stafford Police (in navy tracksuits) with their fair Play trophy and some new friends from Hanover Police.

APPEAL: Witnesses sought after two shop burglaries

Two Co-op stores were broken into overnight between Thursday 1 October and Friday 2 October 2015 in Burton and Stafford.

Officers responded to reports of a break-in at the Co-op in The Precinct, Main Street, Stretton near Burton, at around 3.05am and a second at 4.15am at the Co-op in First Avenue, Stafford. A large number of cigarettes were stolen from both stores.

Investigations are underway into both burglaries and officers will be making inquiries to establish if the incidents are linked.

Anyone with information on either incident is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 50 of October 2. 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.

INCIDENT IN STAFFORD: Man charged with manslaughter

A man has been charged with the manslaughter of Carl Tindall, who was found with serious head injuries on a Stafford street.

Jamie Sleigh, aged 35, from the Cannock area, was charged this evening (Thurs).

He will appear before magistrates in Cannock tomorrow morning (Fri). He is the fourth person to be arrested in connection with this incident.

Mr Tindall, aged 35, of Brocton, Stafford, was taken to hospital after being found lying in Cull Avenue shortly after 10pm on Saturday, August 22.

Sadly, he died in hospital on the evening of Monday, August 24.

Three people already arrested in connection with the incident remain on bail, pending further inquiries. They are a 32-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man from Stafford, and a 35-year-old woman from Cannock.

Appeal for information about an injured man in Stafford

Police in Stafford are appealing for information as after a man was found in Cull Ave, Stafford with head injuries last night. Police were called in the residential street in the town at around 10pm on Saturday 22 August, to a report of a man in his 30’s who was lying near the junction with Weston Road.

Colleagues from West Midlands Ambulance Service provided immediate treatment and the man was taken to Royal Stoke Hospital where he remains in a stable condition. At this stage it is not known how the man sustained his injury and anyone with information is urged to call Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident 899 of 22 August or call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.