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LOCAL NEWS UPDATES
Last updated Friday 8th December 2017

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CRIME PREVENTION

Please be mindful while out shopping as there has been an increase in the number of purse thefts in Leek Town centre. Ensure that your bag is secure and that your purse is out of sight. Leek police do have purse cables and bells which anyone can have if they call into the station.

Police Contact Advice:

Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.
If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert

Theft of Motor Vehicle, Quarnford

Between 20:00 hours on Tuesday 5th December and 06:30 hours Wednesday 6th December unknown offender/s have stolen a Silver Toyota Hilux from the Quarnford area.

Anyone with any information please make contact on Tel 101, quoting 0092-06/12/2017.

Please remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity.

Police Contact Advice:

Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.
If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert

Let's share safety tips at Christmas

Christmas is a time for sharing and so we're making it our mission over the next two weeks to share with you how to keep you, your children and your possessions safe and secure this Christmas.

This week sees the start of our Christmas campaign, which we're focusing on providing advice on how children can avoid unwanted attention online and enjoy their time online safely, crime prevention advice to keep you and your possessions safe, and timely reminders about making the right decisions that do not endanger you and others around you.

We are using a variety of approaches to share these messages, both online and offline, and will be spreading the messages across the county to make sure as many of the 1.1 million people in Staffordshire are well-informed. Through a mixture of town centre events, specially created video clips and partnerships with local businesses, we will be sharing advice and information far and wide during the festive period.

All our advice will be available at www.staffordshire.police.uk/ christmas . Throughout the campaign we will be using a lot of social media and you can join in the conversation using the hashtag #saferxmas for our crime prevention
advice.

Follow us on Twitter: @staffspolice and like us on Facebook and we ask that you share the information and advice with family and friends both online and offline to ensure everyone has a safe Christmas.

Police Contact Advice:

Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.
If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert

Theft from Church

Theft from St.Bartholomew's Church at Blore with Swinscoe - Unknown offenders have targeted the donation box from inside the church - Please monitor your local churches and contact the police via 101 with any suspicious activity.

Police Contact Advice:

Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.
If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert

Criminals impersonate police in fake investigation fraud

We are warning people, particularly the elderly, to be wary of a growing fraud in which criminals pose as police officers and ask their victims to take part in a fake undercover operation.

Seventeen offences have been reported to us with two losses totalling approximately £20,000. Four further reports were reported directly to Action Fraud but did not report a loss.

Fraudsters are contacting the public, usually by phone, claiming to be from the police, or in some cases their bank's fraud team. They claim they are investigating a fraud at a local bank branch where staff are suspected of being complicit, including issuing fake bank notes, and ask their target to help in the operation.

As part of the fraud, the individual is asked to visit their bank and withdraw a large sum, often thousands of pounds, of the supposedly counterfeit cash to hand over to the ‘police' for analysis. The victim is assured that the money will be put back into their account after the operation is complete. However, once the money is passed over the fraudster disappears with the cash.

Detective Inspector Rob Harvmann, of the force's Fraud and Financial Investigation Unit said: “Fraudsters will use whatever way they can to get people to believe in them. Impersonating a bank official or a police officer reinforces that belief.
“It's important to remember neither the bank nor the police will cold call you asking you to act on their behalf. Be vigilant, do not engage in conversation, put the phone down and tell someone you trust. If you have been a victim of such a fraud and you have handed money to someone, please contact 101 or Action Fraud.”

• The police will never ask you to become part of an undercover investigation or for you to withdraw cash and hand it to them for safe-keeping.
• Be wary of any calls, texts or emails purporting to be from the police asking for your personal or financial details, or for you to transfer money.

Police Contact Advice:

Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.
If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert

Vehicle safety

A message to all readers, over the weekend we have had an incident occur where somebody has gained access to another persons vehicle via an unlocked door.

I would like to advise that when leaving your vehicle unattended, please ensure that you remove all valuables from the vehicle and ensure that it is locked.

Police Contact Advice:

Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.
If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert

Be aware - Bogus officials

We are urging residents, particularly the elderly and vulnerable, to be on their guard as we continue to receive reports of bogus officials and distraction burglaries across the County.

We are reminding residents to never allow any unsolicited visitors into their home, however convincing they may sound.  Always check the identity of callers first and, if you are unsure, or suspicious about their intent, please contact us immediately on 999.

Also known as distraction burglars, bogus callers trick their way into people's homes to steal money and valuables. They make themselves seem genuine and plausible while your attention is elsewhere.

Examples of this would include bogus officials, people claiming to come from the council, water-board or tradesmen/workmen claiming that the property or garden needs essential/urgent maintenance.

They often work in pairs; one to keep you talking at the front door while the other tries to access your house from a back door or window. Some might even plead for help, such as asking for a glass of water.

Remember - it's your home and you can say 'no' and ask them to leave.

These types of criminals often target the elderly and vulnerable so we ask that you also remind your relatives, friends and neighbours of the need to be wary of these types of callers.

We take this type of crime very seriously and are working hard to catch these criminals, which is why it is important that anyone with any information is asked to contact us on 101.

Further information support and guidance can be found on our website:-
https://www.staffordshire. police.uk/article/2321/Bogus- Officials

Police Contact Advice:

Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.
If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert

FARM WATCH

OVERNIGHT WE HAVE HAD A NUMBER OF BURGLARIES ACROSS THE MOORLANDS-LONGSDON- WATERHOUSES-CAULDON-UPPER HULME. QUAD BIKE, SCRAMBLER BIKE HAVE BEEN STOLEN. PLEASE BE VIGILANT AND ENSURE THAT ALL VALUABLES ARE SECURE. PLEASE CALL 101 IF YOU SEE ANYTHING SUSPICIOUS.

Police Contact Advice:

Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.
If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert

Theft of block paving and bricks.

19 November 2017, 1:57 PM

We have received information that some block paving and bricks have been stolen from the Charles street area of Biddulph.

If you have any information regarding this please contact 101 and quote incident  324 19/11/2017

Police Contact Advice:

Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.
If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert

Burglary on Wardle Gardens, Leek

On the evening of the 13th of November 2017 at 8:30pm a Burglary took place on Wardle Gardens in Leek.

The offenders were disturbed and ran out of the property and drove away in a black megan type vehicle.

If any one witnessed the incident or saw the vehicle in question to contact Police on 101 and quote serial number 793 of 13/11.

Police Contact Advice:

Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.
If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert

STOLEN From Rangemore, Burton Upon Trent

Two Electronic clay pigeon traps!
During the course of the last few days, two Acorn 320 clay traps were removed from a trailer parked at Rangemore, two others were also on the trailer but these were left, presumably because they were more difficult to remove! The traps were the same as those in the attached pictures; neither was fitted with the yellow surrounding band but one has an additional, black riser motor attached under the body of the machine.
These machines are not very common and can be identified easily...

Police Contact Advice:

Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.
If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert

Six arrested across county on suspicion of drugs offences

We've made six arrests on suspicion of drug offences since Friday (Nov 10) as part of an on-going operation running across Staffordshire.

Yesterday (Nov 12) two men and a youth from south Birmingham were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs after a car was stopped in Shelton Road, Stoke-on-Trent.

A quantity of class A drugs, believed to be cocaine, were found in the engine bay of the car, which was stopped at 12.40pm. Two men, aged 20 and 43, and a 17-year-old youth were arrested and remain in custody.

On Saturday evening (Nov 11) a 22-year-old Birmingham man was arrested in Horninglow Road, Burton-on-Trent, for possession with intent to supply class A drugs. Wraps of heroin, cash and mobile phones were seized.

Earlier on Saturday a 22-year-old Hanley man was arrested for possession with intent to supply class A drugs following a search in St Ann Walk, Hanley.

Finally, on Friday, (Nov 10) officers arrested a 24-year-old Birmingham man for possession with intent to supply class B drugs after his car was stopped in Lichfield. A large amount of cannabis and a knife were seized.

Police Contact Advice:

Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.
If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert

Don't lose your wheels to opportunist
thieves this winter!

As winter approaches, we are appealing to motorists not to leave their keys in the ignition and engines running while they defrost their windscreens.

The appeal follows a recent theft of a vehicle when the driver left his engine running as he popped into his house to collect his bag – thankfully the car had a tracker, was quickly recovered and an arrest was made.

Many motorists have been caught out on frosty mornings and need to be aware that if they leave their car unattended, with the keys in the ignition that there is a significant risk that their insurance will be invalid leaving them without a car and out of pocket.

Motorists can make life difficult for opportunist thieves by taking a few simple steps:

Make time to defrost your car – don't leave clearing your windscreen until the last minute

Don't leave your keys in the ignition and engine running while you eat your breakfast or get ready for work – it makes your vehicle vulnerable and is bad for the environment

Prevent 'fishing' by keeping your keys out of view and reach from opportunists

Be a good neighbour – keep an eye out for your neighbours cars if you see them leave their car unattended make them aware of the risks.

Further advice is available on the Staffordshire Police website.

https://www.staffordshire. police.uk/article/2320/ Vehicle-Crime

Police Contact Advice:

Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.
If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert


Respect life - surrender firearms to keep
Staffordshire safe

We are appealing for people in Staffordshire to hand over any unwanted guns with a two week surrender of firearms and ammunition, starting on Monday 13 November 2017.

It has been three years since the last national firearms surrender, when police forces asked members of the public to surrender unlawfully held or unwanted firearms and ammunition to prevent them from getting into criminal hands.

Many firearms are held in innocence and ignorance of their illegality or are overlooked and forgotten in people's homes. Others are acquired and distributed by criminal networks to threaten or harm their local communities. The surrender gives you the chance to dispose of a firearm or ammunition by simply taking it to your local police station and handing it in.

Guns and ammunition can be surrendered at Hanley, Longton, Burslem, Leek, Cannock, Burton, Tamworth and Stafford Police Stations, but anyone handing in a firearm, ammunition or any other weapon during the surrender is advised to check the opening times in advance by calling 101.

If you know of anyone involved with illegal firearms call police on 101 or, for guaranteed anonymity, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. If you are a licensed firearm holder who wants advice please call 101. For more information about NABIS visit www.nabis.police.uk or follow them on Twitter @NABIS_UK


Advice: Online Fraud - Five ways to spot a cyber fraud

Can you tell the difference between an online fraud and a genuine email? Do you know when something online seems too good to be true?

It can sometimes be difficult to spot the difference, so take a look at our 5 ways to spot a cyber fraud to help protect yourself online in future.

https://www.staffordshire. police.uk/cybercrime/ spotascam?utm_source=smart% 20alert&utm_medium=smart% 20alert&utm_campaign=Silver% 20Surfer%20advice

If you have been a victim of cyber crime you can report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 .

You can check out the latest fraud alerts here:

https://www.staffordshire. police.uk/article/8201/Latest- Fraud-Alerts

Police Contact Advice:

Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.
If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert

Theft from Motor Vehicle

A male has been detained following a call to police stating that a male had been seen braking into a vehicle on Grosvenor Street, Leek.

The male was arrested a short distance away after good work by officers.   

Please could you always check your vehicles especially with the darker nights, to make sure that they are locked and all valuables are taken off show.

Police Contact Advice:

Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.
If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert

Advice: Winter Weather Road Safety

Now the cold weather is settling in, please ensure you stay safe when out on the roads.
If icy/snowy weather is predicted DO NOT drive/cycle in these conditions unless your journey is essential. If it is, take care, plan your route and allow more journey time.

Top tips:

•Dig out the scraper and de-icer so that you can de-frost your windows, or use a windscreen cover overnight.
•If you need to defrost your vehicle ensure you stay with it and don't leave it unattended with the keys inside.
Drivers should always be in control of their vehicle when the engine is running. Don't make it easy for
opportunist thieves.
•Ensure windows and mirrors are fully de-misted before driving off.
•Ensure vehicle lights are clear and working.
•Check your windscreen wash bottles are topped up with anti-freeze wash and windscreen wipers are in good
working order.
•Check vehicle tyre tread and pressures.


•Keep an emergency kit on board for long journeys consisting of:

  • de-icer/ice scraper
  • large torch - don't rely on your smart phone torch!
  • warm clothing including high visability items
  • boots
  • in-car phone charger
  • first aid kit
  • jump leads
  • shovel
  • blankets
  • reflective road triangles
  • empty fuel container
  • food and drink

If you are taking your bicycle out, ensure you wear warm protective and high visibility clothing/equipment.

Ensure your bicycle is in good working order - check brakes, lights and tyre tread - keep your bike serviced.

Allow extra distance for smooth braking and make yourself visible on the road - allow yourself and other road users plenty of room and take care around corners.

Remember whilst icy conditions may seem a fun challenge, these conditions remain unpredictable and no amount of skill will help you to stay upright - know when it's a non-cycle day!

Remember to take care and keep safe.

For more info visit:

https://www.staffordshire. police.uk/winter

https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/ barometer/advice/travel-advice


Arrests made as part of county-wide drugs operation

Two men were arrested last night (1 November) on suspicion of theft and drugs offences following a vehicle stop as part of an on-going county-wide police operation.          

Officers monitored a suspicious yellow Ford Focus and a stinger was deployed at junction 15 of the M6 at around 6pm.

An 18-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent and a 28-year-old man from Rugby were arrested on suspicion of theft of a vehicle and possession of controlled drugs with intent to supply. They remain in police custody at this time.

A large amount of cocaine valued at around £1,500, £700 cash and a number of phones were all seized during the stop and search. 

Detective Sergeant Jon Bradbury of Staffordshire Police, said: “These arrests are indicative of the good work being carried out by Staffordshire Police alongside CMPG in relation to drugs offences.

“We are committed to tackling drug crime in the county and will continue to take positive action against those who engage in such activity.”

Police Contact Advice:

Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.
If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert


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