Man charged with murder following investigation in Abbey Hulton, Stoke-on-Trent

Detectives have this evening charged a 31-year-old man with murder following the incident yesterday at Cliveden Road, Abbey Hulton, Stoke on Trent.

Barry Knapper, 31 years old of Cliveden Road, Abbey Hulton will appear before magistrates in the morning.

Whilst the formal identification is still to be completed, detectives believe the victim to be Lisa Reynolds, 30 years old of that address. A cause of death is not yet known and a post mortem examination will take place tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon. 

APPEAL: WITNESSES SOUGHT FOLLOWING SUSPECTED ROAD RAGE INCIDENT, S-o-T

Police are appealing for witnesses following a suspected road rage incident which resulted in a hit-and-run in the Trent Vale area of Stoke-on-Trent.

Officers have launched an investigation following the incident, which occurred at approximately 7pm on Wednesday 9 December at the junction of Clayton Lane and Godwin Way.

A white BMW 1 Series was involved in a minor collision with a red Citroen C3 Picasso.

Inquiries so far have established the driver of the BMW then drove off into Godwin Way. He went on to drive the vehicle at the driver of the Picasso, who had got out of his vehicle with a view to exchanging details following the collision.

The driver of the Picasso sustained a number of injuries, including a dislocated and fractured left shoulder; swelling and bruising to his face; a cut to his nose; concussion and shock. He was treated at the Royal Stoke University Hospital and is now recovering at home.

Officers are now working to trace the white BMW which may have sustained damage to the front nearside bumper and/or bonnet area.

Witnesses to the incident are encouraged to contact DC Dave Morgan at Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 665 of December 9, or 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.

As part of the ongoing investigation a 28-year-old man from Uttoxeter has been arrested in connection with the incident. He has been bailed, pending further inquiries, until a date in January.

MAN CHARGED AFTER PURSUIT IN STOKE-ON-TRENT

A man has been charged following a short vehicle pursuit in Stoke-on-Trent.

The 21-year-old was arrested in Ubberley Road, Bentilee, around 3am on Friday morning (Dec 4).

Jordan Hunter, from Stoke-on-Trent, has been charged with failing to stop a vehicle when required by a constable; driving a motor vehicle dangerously; driving a motor vehicle otherwise than in accordance with a licence and using a motor vehicle on a road/public place without third party insurance.

He is due before magistrates in Newcastle on December 22.

Officers were on routine patrol in Victoria Road, Fenton, when they were alerted to the vehicle just before 2.30am. The vehicle failed to stop for officers and instead sped off through Longton to Bentilee.

The vehicle was abandoned in Washerwall Street and officers on the ground located and arrested Hunter in Ubberley Road.

SECURITY WARNING: Keep your vehicles secure

Motorists in Stoke-on-Trent are being urged to keep their vehicles locked at all times.

In recent weeks offender/s have stolen a variety of items from vehicles parked up in the Florence, Lightwood and Trentham areas of Stoke South Local Policing Team (LPT).

In the majority of cases the vehicles had been left insecure with valuables inside – an open invitation to opportunist thieves.

More than 10 vehicles have had items stolen from them, including a sat nav; cash; an i-Pad; a mobile phone; a wallet and sunglasses.

An investigation into the thefts is ongoing by local neighbourhood officers and high visibility patrols have been increased in the areas.

Officers are actively talking to motorists about their vehicle security and checking what items may be left on display in vehicles.

Vehicles with shopping on view are easy pickings for opportunist thieves. If you are taking shopping back to your vehicle before doing more shopping, be aware of who is around you – make sure no one is watching what you are doing. Put shopping out-of-sight in the boot and check your vehicle is locked.

If you see anyone acting suspiciously around vehicles please call Staffordshire Police on 101, or the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

As part of the ongoing investigation officers have arrested and charged a man.

The 21-year-old, from Stoke-on-Trent, has been charged with two counts of vehicle interference following incidents on November 26. He is due to appear before magistrates in Newcastle on January 7.

NEWS: Stoke-on-Trent man jailed for sisters murder

A man has been jailed for life after admitting killing his sister.

Gareth Hindmarsh, 35, of Tawney Crescent, Meir, Stoke-on-Trent, was sentenced at Stafford Crown Court today, Friday 6 November, after he pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.

He received a life sentence, to serve a minimum of 22 and-a-half years.

Gareth Hindmarsh
PHOTO: Gareth Hindmarsh

Emergency services were called to Beckett Avenue, Meir, at around 1pm on Sunday 28 June, following the discovery of Linda Norcup’s body.

Sadly, Linda, aged 46, was pronounced dead at the scene and a murder investigation was launched. Detectives arrested Hindmarsh and he was later charged with Linda’s murder.

The court heard that on Saturday 27 June, Hindmarsh spent the evening drinking with Linda at her home in Beckett Avenue. He admitted that after leaving at around 11.50pm he went home and decided he was going to kill her.

Hindmarsh returned to Linda’s flat and strangled her using a piece of cord he had taken from his home as she slept in bed, he used such force that the cord snapped around her neck. He left the address in Beckett Avenue and returned home, on the way disposing of the cord in a nearby drain.

After a short time Hindmarsh returned to Linda and using plastic bags which he stretched into another ligature he again strangled her. He then moved Linda’s body from the bedroom into the bathroom and left her draped over the bath, he turned the taps on and left the property again to go home. The following lunchtime Hindmarsh returned to Linda’s body and called emergency services claiming to have just found her lifeless.

Hindmarsh was initially arrested on June 28 but, due to insufficient evidence to charge him, he was released on police bail while the investigation and evidence gathering continued. However, on Wednesday 1 July he returned to one of the force’s custody facilities to hand himself in and confessed to Linda’s murder. He was rearrested and subsequently charged with murder.

Linda’s family continue to receive support from specially-trained officers.

Linda Norcup
PHOTO: Linda Norcup

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Giles, who led the inquiry, said: “Hindmarsh callously murdered Linda, his half-sister, in circumstances which would have been difficult to predict and prevent. He is an extremely dangerous man.

“Linda was a vulnerable lady who did not offer any hostility towards Hindmarsh and moreover was incapable of defending herself. Hindmarsh carefully managed every stage; Linda’s murder, her discovery and his admissions to the Police and to the Court.

“He has failed to show any remorse or give a clear explanation as to motive. Linda’s death has devastated the family and I hope a substantial term of imprisonment will give those who loved Linda the opportunity to come to terms with this tragic event.”

Linda’s family said “We have lost, in the most tragic of circumstances, the best mother, grandmother and sister that anyone could possibly have.

“It is of some comfort for us to know that the man responsible for murdering Linda is being punished. We can only hope that he will never be able to inflict such sadness or put any other family through such a horrific ordeal. He has robbed us of a lifetime with Linda.”

Criminal Damage in Weston Coyeny

We received a report of criminal damage at 10.25am this morning (23 October) to a vehicle parked in Weston Road, Weston Coyney.

Offender/s had smashed rear windscreen of a car.

Chief Inspector Rob Taylor, Commander for Stoke-on-Trent South Local Policing Team (LPT), said: “This was a mindless act of vandalism and whoever committed this crime clearly doesn’t appreciate how much cost and inconvenience they have caused people.

“If anyone has any information or saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area please contact us on 101.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 191 of October 23.

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Taxis targeted for illegal pick-ups

Two taxi drivers have been found to have illegally picked up fares, as part of a targeted enforcement operation in the city centre.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council trading standards officers and Staffordshire Police officers staged a night of joint enforcement activities on Monday. They targeted taxis between 11pm and 2am, during a busy student night.

In total 12 taxis were stopped by officers, with two private hire vehicles having picked up fares without a prior booking. Doing so is illegal as it not only contravenes the terms of the licence but also means that passengers are not insured.

Four undercover city council licensing and police officers carried out the inspections, alongside two uniformed police officers. A further three council officers are now carrying out follow-up enquiries.

Councillor Randy Conteh, cabinet member for housing, communities and safer city, said: “The enforcement activities were deliberately unannounced and designed to check that taxis are operating correctly.

“I’m pleased to say that the vast majority were, but the inspections are also to serve as a sharp reminder that operators must obey the terms of their licence.

“Licensing conditions are there to protect drivers and passengers, and should be adhered to. The drivers who illegally picked up passengers are now having the terms of their licences reviewed.”

Staffordshire Police’s Head of Licensing, Inspector Neil Sherratt, said: “The enforcement activities demonstrate the strong partnership work that takes place between agencies. We are committed to improving the safety of our communities, and in working with colleagues from the city council, we have been able to act swiftly to target drivers who have broken the terms of their licences and send a strong message that this will not be tolerated.”

CCTV APPEAL: DO YOU KNOW THIS THEFT/FRAUD SUSPECT?

On the afternoon of Sunday 19 July the man (pictured) approached a woman on Tesco car park, Trent Vale, Stoke-on-Trent and distracted her by asking for directions.

Theft/fraud suspect CCTV
Theft/fraud suspect CCTV

The 76-year-old was later alerted to possible fraudulant activity by her bank and discovered her bank cards had been stolen.

Her cards had been used to buy a £1,000 watch from Beaverbrooks in Hanley and cash withdrawals from two ATM’s totalling almost £500.

The man is described as having olive skin and speaking with an Italian-sounding accent.

He is 5ft 10in tall, with a slim build, short dark hair and aged in his late 20s. The man was wearing dark-coloured clothing.

Anyone who recognises this man is asked to contact PC Scott Buckley at Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident 473 of July 24, or the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their anonymous online report form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.