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LOCAL NEWS UPDATES
Last updated Tuesday 21st March 2017

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Advice: Off Road Bikers Reminded to be Lawful and Considerate

We are reminding vehicle owners to be mindful and lawful when riding off road vehicles.
As the weather improves and daylight hours increase, we receive calls from residents complaining about off road motor bikes, quad bikes and other illegal motor cycles.
Riding off road bikes is enjoyed by lots of people, but they can only be ridden on private land and with the land owner's permission.
Such bikes are noisy, and sometimes dangerous, and more often than not are likely to be uninsured. 
Riders are reminded to wear suitable protective clothing including helmets when riding these vehicles.
Officers are reminding parents to ensure they know where their children are and what they are doing, and to make them aware of the potential danger of riding these vehicles.
If offenders are caught on public land, or land where they do not have the owner's permission, they face prosecution and, in some cases, parents will be held accountable for their child's actions.
Section 59 warning notices can also be issued to offending riders and their vehicles.  If the rider or vehicle is seen again, the police can seize and destroy the vehicle.
Anyone with information about persons responsible, including details of the vehicles involved, should contact us on 101 or anonymously via crime stoppers on 0800 555 111

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

A vision for older people in the Moorlands 

Support Staffordshire hosted a successful workshop on Tuesday 14 th March at Moorlands House with a range of local voluntary groups to consider what a good place for older people would look like, and how we could get there. It was clear that there is already an amazing variety of services and activities for older people including the diverse programme run by the Leek U3A to the Approach cafes for carers of people with Alzheimers and the Age UK North Staffordshire project for older men in Biddulph.

The fourteen different organisations represented at the workshop by twenty four people came up with some great ideas for enhancing the lives of older people. There was much discussion around digital resources that can be great for providing local information, and ways for people to connect with each other, but may not suit everyone. Examples from other areas included one of volunteers providing a Sunday afternoon tea for older people who live on their own to get together on a regular basis.

One of the participants, Andy Collins of Borderland Voices, commented: “It was a most stimulating morning.  It was very well structured and engaging and seemed to generate lots of ideas and enthusiasm.”

Organiser, Esther Jones of Support Staffordshire adds:”It was a really useful opportunity for local voluntary groups to network with each other and we will be following the workshop up with a meeting of interested groups to take forward some of the ideas we discussed.”

Participants at the workshop


Students learn about the challenges in policing

Students at Biddulph High School learnt about the challenges faced in policing during a visit by Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire, Matthew Ellis during cyber crime awareness week. 

Mr Ellis talked to the year 13 Psychology and Sociology students about how the nature of crime is changing and becoming more complex, including the increase of cyber-crime and the threats people now face online. He told the students that cyber criminals can target anyone online, and can often be based in another country or on the other side of the world.

The students were given examples of the various types of cyber crimes that take place including email scams such as HMRC suggesting you are owed a tax refund, false websites aiming to steal money from you and criminals hacking into computers to steal money and information.

He also spoke about the use of body-cams, which were provided to all frontline police officers, PCSOs and Special Constables in Staffordshire over two years ago, and explained how they have led to a reduction in the number of spurious complaints made against officers.

Mr Ellis said: ‘It was fantastic to talk to the students at Biddulph High School about policing in Staffordshire and some of the challenges Staffordshire Police currently face and will face in the future.

‘It was great to talk to them about the work currently taking place in Staffordshire around cyber crime. The perpetrators of these crimes are cowardly and faceless and often are not even on this continent. They are parasites that wreck the lives of decent, law abiding people, often leaving them financially and emotionally broken.'

Mrs Bowden, Head of Social Science at Biddulph High School, said:

‘The students at Biddulph High School thoroughly enjoyed the visit from the Police and Crime Commissioner. They were very interested to hear about the recent changes in the police force. Many of the students were unaware of the role and were impressed by the approach he has taken in developing and transforming the technological side of the police force.

‘Students were particularly intrigued by the use of body cams and the explanation provided by the PCC, which highlighted their importance in protecting the police in cases where allegations are made.

‘The students found the visit extremely interesting and appreciated the PCC making time in his busy schedule to visit the school.'

As part of a cyber-crime awareness week launched in Staffordshire by the PCC's office earlier this week, Mr Ellis called for a review of Action Fraud and the wider efforts to tackle ‘everyday' online theft. He also highlighted the human cost with victims such as a 77-year-old former teacher from Stoke-on-Trent, who lost £147,000 to scammers over two years.

More information about the Cyber Safe Staffordshire campaign is available at www.staffordshire-pcc.gov.uk/ cyber-safe-staffordshire

PCC Matthew Ellis talking to students at Biddulph High School
Photos © of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire

Alert: Review Your Home and Vehicle Security

Residents are being urged to review car and home security measures following several reports of burglary overnight where the cars at the property are believed to have been the target.

Thieves are targeting homes with vehicles, not always high value, that are parked at the address.

After breaking into the house, they are searching for the car keys and then stealing the car.

We have seen an increase in the number of incidents being reported over the last few weeks, and offences are occurring across the county.

Officers are reminding residents to ensure their properties are left secure at all times and that items of value and keys are securely stored away out of view.

For more information about crime prevention and home/vehicle security visit: www.staffordshire.police.uk/ crimeprevention .

Anyone with any information, is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101.

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. 

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

Fake £50 notes

14th March 2017, 5:20 PM

We have had reports in the Biddulph area that there are two males with Irish accents one wearing a NY cap and a grey T-shirt going around shops trying to purchase items with fake £50 notes.

Please ensure you inspect all your bank notes you receive and if anything of this nature happens to you please make Staffordshire Police aware ASAP.

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

LOOKING FOR A JOB?

Howdens Joinery has been in Leek for just over 12 months and is expanding rapidly. We have a vacancy for a KITCHEN SALES DESIGNER at LEEKBROOK. We are a small team of 6 and only have 1 local member of staff and we would really like to appoint another local person from Leek.

Please email Andy on leek@howdens.com for details


Break-in to Business Premises in High Street, Alton

8th March 2017, 11:35 AM

We have received a report of a break-in to business premises in High Street, Alton. The incident took place sometime overnight last night, Tuesday 7th and this morning, Wednesday 8th March when unknown offenders have gained access to the property via the rear door and once inside have attacked the till and stolen a quantity of cash.

If you have any information which could assist Police with their enquiries, please contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 104 of March 8th.

Please be on your guard and take time to review your security at business premises and ensure CCTV and alarm systems are in good working order and switched on.  Please report any suspicious activity to the Police immediately.

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

Tractor Stolen From Compound in Draycott Cross Road, Cheadle

8th March 2017, 11:19 AM

A green John Deere tractor model number 30 36 E has been stolen from a compound in Draycott Cross Road, Cheadle.

The incident took place sometime during daylight hours on Tuesday 7th March.  Unknown offender(s) have accessed the site by forcing the lock on the gate.  They have then made off with tractor without keys.

If you have any information which could assist Police with their enquiries, please contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 119 of March 8th.

Please be on your guard and review security at premises.  Please ensure CCTV and alarm systems are in good working order and are switched on.

Please report any suspicious activity to the Police immediately.

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: Edgefields Lane, Stockton Brook

7th March 2017, 2:32 PM

A burglary was recently reported to have occurred in Stockton Brook, where offender/s gained entry to a garage via an unlocked door. Once inside, offender/s found house keys and let themselves in. An untidy search was conducted and stolen from the property was a watch worth approximately £1,200.

Please remain vigilant and ensure your property is completely secure before leaving it unattended. Any suspicious activity should be reported to the police on 101, or in an emergency, 999.

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

Purse Theft

There has been a purse theft on Leek Town centre which took place at approx 13:30hrs this afternoon. Offenders are discribed as Asian Male in his 50s wearing 3/4 length coat. Asian Female also 50s wearing a long beige coat.

If you have any information please contact police on 101 quote 407 of 07/03

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

Pupils box clever on World Book Day

THEY are growing up in an age dominated by mobile phones and iPads but pupils at Leek's Churnet View Middle School proved last week that you can't beat sitting down with a good book for entertainment.
All 450 pupils were set a special homework project to put together a `book in a box` presentation to illustrate their favourite book. And they rose to the World Book Day challenge so well that teachers decided to award prizes for the best efforts in two separate age groups.
Many dressed up as their favourite characters for the day. Staff too joined in the fun last Thursday with Maths teacher Ruth Ford proving a big hit as David Walliams' popular Gangsta Granny and Churnet View's Head of English Jonathon Windsor clad as President Snow from The Hunger Games.
Mr Windsor said: “World Book Day is growing every year and it's a great way for our children to celebrate their enjoyment of the books they have read, as well as the successes they have enjoyed in reading academically. Reading is a vital skill, including when it comes to examinations in other subjects because they all involve an element of reading. Beyond enjoying stories, reading helps children to understand more about people's emotions and feelings as well as allowing them to learn about other people's stories and backgrounds.”
To help pupils in their transition from primary to secondary school, all Year 5 and Year 6 pupils at Churnet View are now taught the Key Stage 2 Primary Curriculum by the same class teacher for the majority of their lessons with specialist teachers only for subjects such as PE, Maths and Design Technology. Years 7 and 8 enjoy the full secondary school experience with a different teacher for each subject.
Harry Potter fan Lucy Ackers, aged 10, from Alstonefield went to school on World Book Day dressed a one of her favourite fictional characters – Hermione Granger. Her box was on the theme of The Knight Bus from Harry Potter. She said: “I've enjoyed doing something creative by making my box and I love the Harry Potter books because you can go on an adventure when you read them.”
Maddie Smith-Chapman, aged 10, from Leek, chose David Walliams' Demon Dentist with her box containing a pair of false teeth – the `chattering teeth` - and sweets to remind her classmates of the toothache suffered by the storybook hero Alfie and his friends.
Oliver Platt, who arrived at school dressed as Harry Potter himself chose Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid for his box. He said: “I like reading books that are funny.”
Headteacher Steve Fryer had the tricky task of picking a winner from each of the Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 groups. Tyraleigh Barwise and Joshua Webster were named the two winners with each getting a prize. But all pupils went home with a World Book Day book token to put towards a new book of their choice.


General advice about doorstop callers

4 March 2017, 5:14 PM

Staffordshire police are reminding residents to be vigilant about passing information and/or money to those that knock on your door.

You should always ask to see some identification from the person if they are calling on behalf of a company. If you are unsure, ask for the phone number of the company and call them to confirm the identity of the visitor.

Similarly, you should not pass a stranger any money at the door step. If it is a service has been provided, ensure you are completely satisfied with that service before handing over any money. Ask for a receipt if possible which details money has been exchanged.

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 in Willow Drive, Cheddleton

1 March 2017, 10:49 AM

We have received a report of a burglary in Willow Drive, Cheddleton.  The incident took place sometime between 6:00pm and 8:45pm on Tuesday 28 February. Unknown offender(s) have gained access to the property via a rear door and stolen numerous items to include a DVD player, keys and jewellery.

 If you have any information which could assist Police with their enquiries, please contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 707 of February 28.

Please be on your guard and ensure your properties are secure at all times and items of value and keys stored away out of view.  Please report any suspicious activity to the Police immediately.

For more information and advice about crime prevention or information about your local policing team visit the Staffordshire Police website at www.staffordshire.police.uk .

Please encourage friends and neighbours to sign up to Staffordshire Smart Alert via www.staffordshiresmartalert.uk – together we can fight 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

University Spear-Phishing Alert from City of London Police

Fraudsters are sending out a high number of phishing emails to university email addresses claiming to be from their own HR department. These email addresses are either spoofed or in some cases using compromised university email accounts.  The email claims that the recipient is entitled to a pay rise from their department and to click on a link to claim the pay rise.

This link then takes you to a spoofed university website telling you to enter to your personal details (including university login details and financial information). These financial details can then be used by criminals, and the login details are usually passed around and sold for future fraud campaigns.

It is advisable that all universities prompt all staff and students change any password associated with their university email/IT accounts. Due to potential data breaches, it is recommended that universities discuss with the IT departments about issuing a mandatory password reset for all users.

Remember: Don't click on links or open any attachments you receive in unsolicited emails or SMS messages. Remember that fraudsters can ‘spoof' an email address to make it look like one used by someone you trust. If you are unsure, check the email header to identify the true source of communication. Information on how to locate email headers can be found at https://mxtoolbox.com/Public/ Content/EmailHeaders/

Use strong passwords which include a mixture of letters, numbers and special characters, and include both upper and lower case characters. Use random words as opposed to passwords with personal meanings.  Always install software updates as they will often include fixes for critical security vulnerabilities.

If you think your bank details have been compromised, you should immediately contact your bank.  If you have been affected by this, or any other fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk .

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

Appeal: Missing Person: Have You Seen Daniel?

Staffordshire Smart Alert Police and Crime Commissioner of Staffordshire

Update: Missing Person Found - 28th February 2017, 8:49 AM

We can confirm Daniel Kirton, aged 31, was found safe and well in the Hanley area of the city last night (Mon).

Thank you for your assistance with the appeal.

Staffordshire Police is appealing for the public to report any sightings of a missing man.

Daniel Kirton, aged 31, was reported missing from an address in the Hanley area of Stoke-on-Trent last night (Sun).

He is described as white, 5ft 7in tall with a slim build, dark-coloured eyes, a pale complexion and short, black hair. He has a number of scars on his face/neck.

It is believed Daniel may be wearing a dark green and blue coat.

A Staffordshire Police spokesperson said: "We would urge anyone who thinks they have seen Daniel to get in touch as we are growing concerned for his welfare.

"Detailed searches to find Daniel are now underway. If you have any information on his whereabouts please contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 748 of February 26th"

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 in Ball Haye Green, Leek

27th February 2017, 8:48 AM

We have received a report of a burglary in Ball Haye Green in Leek.  The incident took place sometime between 7:45am and 4:00pm on Saturday 25th February. Unknown offender(s) have gained access to the property via a ground floor window and once inside have conducted an untidy search of rooms and made off with a quantity of cash.

If you have any information which could assist Police with their enquiries, please contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 586 of February 25th.

Please be on your guard and ensure your properties are secure at all times and items of value and keys stored away out of view.  Please report any suspicious activity to the Police immediately.

For more information and advice about crime prevention or information about your local policing team visit the Staffordshire Police website at www.staffordshire.police.uk .

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

New Custody visitors needed

North Staffordshire volunteers from all walks of life and backgrounds are being sought by the Police and Crime Commissioner to do spot checks on police custody units.

The role is vital to ensure public confidence in Staffordshire Police treating the public with dignity and respect if they happen to end up in custody.

Volunteers are needed from a variety of backgrounds, from 18 years and over for the northern panel, which visits the 24/7 northern area facility in Etruria.

Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs) make unannounced checks to examine the conditions in police cells and the welfare of people in custody, as part of the PCC's statutory duty and important scrutiny of policing in the county. Other measures to ensure greater transparency include Safer Neighbourhood Panels and the Ethics, Transparency and Audit Panel.

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Arnold urged people to come forward to find out more about the important roles.

‘Holding the police to account for their actions and ensuring they are subjected to the right level of scrutiny is a fundamental part of the police and crime commissioner's office. 

‘But independent custody visitors also provide a vital link between the community and police and help maintain public confidence in the custody system.

‘We're looking for people from varied backgrounds to give a balance when dealing with detainees and ideally we'd like to more people from different cultures and more young people to take part.'

Visitors work in pairs and can check police cells - where they are granted access to detainees - at any time day or night to make sure custody rules are being observed. They follow a code of conduct and are fully trained before they start.

Volunteers, who receive training and travel expenses, are expected to make a minimum number of visits a year and regularly attend panel meetings.

Anyone who would like an application form or more information should ring Jane Milgate 01785 232245 or visit http://www.staffordshire-pcc. gov.uk/independent-custody- visitors

The closing date is 17 March 2017.

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A VISION FOR OLDER PEOPLE

The Moorlands is a great place to live but perhaps there are aspects to life here for older people that could be better? So what would a good place for older people look like in the Moorlands and how could local voluntary and community groups help to make this happen?

Support Staffordshire, working with Staffordshire County Council, is hoping to get some of the answers to these questions at a workshop being held on Tuesday 14 th March 2017 in Leek. As local Support Staffordshire manager, Jill Norman explains: “this is an opportunity to think widely about what we might aspire to in the Moorlands for older people living and working here to be able to experience the best quality of life. And a healthy, active, financially secure and independent older age probably starts with life choices and opportunities made much earlier in life too, so we want to think about what would be useful for people approaching their older years. We are hoping that voluntary and community groups that either already provide activities and support for older people, or have ideas that could enhance or extend these, will come along on 14 th March and take part in the discussions.”

Any local organisations, or interested individuals, who would like to book a place at the workshop can find out more by contacting Carol Sheldon or Esther Jones at Support Staffordshire on 01538 381356 or email esther.jones@supportstaffordshire.org.uk


CHURNET VALLEY MEMORIES

Drop in and say hello at one of the Churnet Valley Living Landscape Partnership (CVLLP) open events. The CVLLP want local people to come and share their memories and facts about the Churnet Valley. We would love people to bring along any interesting local historical items, relating to the valley, for the archiving team to look at too.

There will be an exhibition entitled “People Who Shaped the Valley” and refreshments will be available. Local residents will also get chance to give their views on the future of the Valley, both to the facilitators at the events but also through filling in a short questionnaire.

People can drop in to any of the events, any time between 3pm until 7pm. The events are taking place on Tuesday 7 th March at Oakamoor Village Hall; Wednesday 8 th March at Cheddleton Community Centre and Thursday 9 th March at Denstone Village Hall.

For more information please visit http://churnet-valley.guide/news/drop-in-and-say-hello-to-cvllp or call Sally Bentley, CVLLP Development Officer, on 01538 381356 or email sally.bentley@supportstaffordshire.org.uk
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ROBBED, SUBSTANTIAL REWARD!!!

On the 17th February,someone broke into my home on Ashbourne road, Leek. They stole several items but mainly documents presumably intended to use for identity fraud.
HOWEVER they also stole ALL MY FAMILY PHOTOS STORED IN A 1930'S, LEATHER SUITCASE SIMILAR TO THE ONE IN THE PICTURE!

We have found several stolen discarded items close to home (Springfield Road) already, but the photographs are what are important to me. PLEASE check skips, bins, gardens etc ....for this case as it contains ALL my photos of my Mum (Janet Bailey) deceased, my sister (Sue Bailey) deceased, and my Dad (Maurice Pop Bailey) who has dementia. They are all Leek born, living on Ashbourne Road most of their lives and well known in the town, they are my family. Also my own Wedding photos are in the suitcase!!!
There is a substantial reward for anyone who supplies information proving and leading to the identification of this person who burgled our family home and the return of the photos.
But more IMPORTANTLY please LOOK FOR THE PHOTOS and give me back my family if not my identity......

PLEASE SHARE AND HELP......THANK YOU

My indoor cat also excaped thanks to these burglars but he has thankfully, now been found safe and well.

Please contact me with any information, thank you.
Jane Brine
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=532966865


Farmwatch suspicious vehicle

14th February 2017, 9:15 PM

Farmwatch - Suspicious vehicle seen on a number of occassions this week around the Longnor and Sheen area.
Please call 101 should you see a White ford Transit with a Blue flat bed tipper partial registration T900.

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


Prowler on the loose in Werrington and Bucknall


13th February 2017, 11:14 AM

A resident of Moss Park Avenue, Werrington woke at 1:15am this morning Monday 13th February to discover a male attempting to get through the bedroom window.

On being disturbed the male ran off down the Avenue and up Washerwall Lane.

Shortly afterwards at 2am this morning there was a similar incident at a property in Gaskell Road, Bucknall where the male was once again disturbed and made off towards Werrington Road.

In both cases the male is described as being young and wearing a grey hooded top.

Anyone with any information regarding this male is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident numbers 20 or 30 of 13th February.

Could you also please be on your guard and report any suspicious activity to the Police immediately.

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

'Bogus Officials' in Leek

2 males purporting to be from the 'Water Board' visited the bungalow of an elderly resident in Wellington Court, Leek on Friday 10th February.

They knocked on the door at approx. 5:30pm stating there had been an explosion nearby and the water needed testing.

Although the males were allowed entry to the property nothing appears to have been stolen.

The males are described as white and aged in their 20's. The male who knocked on the door is described as being 5'5'' or 5'6'' tall, of medium build and was wearing a dark jacket and dark jeans.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 651 of 10th February.

Could you also please warn your neighbours to be on their guard, especially the elderly and vulnerable and remind them not to let anyone into their homes without a prior appointment and even then not without checking and verifying their I.D.

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

A BIG welcome to Leek And Surrounding Area Radio which has just started to broadcast and has a feature especially for ex pats, the best shows are played on a weekly basis on Saturday nights from 9pm - 6.00am UK time. LASER Radio is an online community Radio Station and listeners can find it by accessing the link from the website www.lasarradio.co.uk Happy listening!


STAFFORDSHIRE YOUTH COMMISSION ARE FINDING OUT WHAT MATTERS TO YOUNG PEOPLE

The Staffordshire Youth Commission are improving engagement with their peers across the county, by finding out young people's views on policing in Staffordshire.
The third meeting of the Youth Commission was held at Stoke-on-Trent YMCA on Saturday 28 January and saw members giving feedback about engagement events that have taken place in schools across Staffordshire so far.
During the course of the meeting members of the Youth Commission also took part in a debate about the pros and cons of hard punishment vs restorative justice. As part of the debate several of the members found themselves arguing for the side that they would normally disagree with. They found that this made them look at things from another perspective and take other views into consideration.
Over the next few months the Youth Commission will continue to meet and engage with their peers and other young people across the county to talk to them about the priorities that they have set out and find out their views on policing, crime and the criminal justice system.
Junaid Gharda, Head of Policy, Performance and Assurance at the OPCC , said: “It's wonderful to see the members of the Youth Commission take ownership of this project and come up with some fantastic ideas for getting the views of other young people across the county.
“I'm really impressed with the way they have all grown in confidence since the first meeting and worked incredibly well together to come up with their key priorities which will help the Police and Crime Commissioner better understand what matters to young people.”
Becky Snelgrove , from Stoke-on-Trent, said: “The Youth Commission is a fantastic project. I love getting out there and talking to other young people. The project has helped me build my confidence.”
The priorities set out by the Youth Commission support the development and delivery of the Police and Crime Commissioner's Safer, Fairer, United Communities strategy - www.staffordshire-pcc.gov.uk/saferfairerunited/
The strategy has four clear priorities including Supporting Victims and Witnesses, Early Intervention, Managing Offenders and Reducing Re-offending and Public Confidence.
You can find out more about the Staffordshire Youth Commission and their work, as well as how young people can get involved by following @StaffsPCC on Twitter.

More information about the Cyber Safe Staffordshire campaign can be found on Twitter @StaffsPCC and www.staffordshire-pcc.gov.uk/cyber-safe-staffordshire/. You can also find out more about cyber crime at www.staffordshire.police.uk/cybercrime

Staffordshire Youth Commission with Artwork created for the debate
© Photos copyright of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire

Biddulph - Fake £50 notes

1st February 2017, 12:03 PM

At approximately 1040hrs on 1/2/17 a male has entered a shop on Kingsfield Rd, Biddulph. He has then purchased goods with a £50 note, which has been discovered to be fake after he has left. The male is described as white, 40-50 years old, 5ft 4in, slim build, dark wooley hat, dark jacket, gingery beard and sounding to have an Irish accent. If you have seen anyone matching this decription or have knowledge of any similar incidents please call 101 quoting incident number  184 - 1/2/2017 .

May I take this time to encourage vigilance when receiving £50 notes, taking the time to check their authenticity where possible, and challenge/report 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

Attempted break in at Wetley Rocks?

1st February 2017, 9:16 AM

There was an incident at a property in Rownall Road, Wetley Rocks yesterday Tuesday 31st January where a window was smashed and a bronze statue was stolen from the window sill.

It's not known if this was an attempted break in to the premises and it is believed offenders were scared off by the owners dogs.

The incident occurred sometime between 8am and 4:15pm yesterday and anyone who was in the area at the time, and who may have seen anything suspicious, is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 513 of 31st January.

Could you also please be on your guard and make sure your properties are as secure as possible at all times.

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



LOCAL STUDENT NAMED AS WINNER IN CYBER CRIME COMPETITION

Student Imogen Cooper who is 12 years old and attends Denstone College has been named as a winner in a cyber crime competition run by the Office of the Police and crime Commissioner for Staffordshire.

Schools and colleges across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent were asked to submit posters designed by students, highlighting how to stay safe from cyber criminals when people are online.

Cyber crime is a crime such as fraud, bullying, theft or grooming that is committed online using a device that can access the web, such as smartphones, tablets, computers or other devices. Cyber crime also includes crimes against your computer or device such as contaminating or corrupting it with viruses or taking-over your social media profile, email account or your website.

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Arnold said: “ The internet and its development brings opportunity but has also brought new, changing threats from crime and criminals.

“We received a number of fantastic entries from lots of schools across the county with key messages about how to stay safe online. But this poster really stood out to me because of the thought and effort that has been put into it.”

Student Imogen Cooper said: “Kids now have to be so vigilant on the internet and on their phones. I had fun working on this project”

Ms Morris, Assistant Director of Music, said: “At Denstone College we take cyber safety very seriously and there is a provision of education for all our young people. All the first form took part in this competition and many congratulations to Imogen on winning!”

The competition was part of the Cyber Safe Staffordshire campaign which aims to raise awareness about cyber crime and how people and businesses can protect themselves and their families online. The campaign was launched by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire Matthew Ellis and the Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police Jane Sawyers.

LOCAL 12 YEAR OLD BOY NEEDS YOUR HELP

My name is Amy and I am trying everything that I can to get my disabled son's medical treatment for Cerebral palsy because the vital treatment that Ben desparately needs is no longer funded on the NHS due to government funding cuts.This leaves me with medical bills of just under 2k every single month.

Without this treatment, Ben's muscles are unable to develop correctly which leaves my little boy suffering in pain on a daily basis.

This is Ben's facebook page

Could I please ask you to like his page and possibly share it with your friends?

I run as many fundraiser's as I can, but I am far from experienced in running events, so any advice would be very welcome.

I will work at anything and try anything to get Ben the treatment that keeps him pain free.

Thank you so much,

Ben's Mum Amy - #TeamBen

This is Ben's donation link, if you feel you could give something, however small, we would be so very grateful.


Ben's GoFundMe donation Page

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Art in the Park at Brough Park, Leek
20th & 21st May 2017

 

This is a two day festival of art, craft, food and music at Brough Park in Leek.  The event takes place over the weekend 20th & 21st May.

The event provides an opportunity for artists, craft and food artisans (both local and otherwise) to exhibit and sell their work / produce.

If you are interested in the event the charge for a trading space is £30.00 for two days.  This will include supply of a 6 foot trestle table and chairs undercover of a marquee (on grass). Please download and complete the attached form and return with your cheque to the address on the form or to pay by card please call 0345 605 3010.

If you require more information please contact Gareth Knapper on 0345 6053010 ext 4506 or gareth.knapper@staffsmoorlands.gov.uk  


New Year new start

It's that time of year when we start to spring clean and plan for the year ahead. As the nights are starting to get lighter it is a great opportunity to try something new.

Have you thought of volunteering? You can volunteer in lots of different ways – from administration to conservation volunteering, befriending to catering, art and craft therapy or volunteer driver to name a few.

Simply by getting in touch by phone (01538 381356), email NorthStaffsVolunteering@supportstaffordshire.org.uk or searching on line at www.do-it.org.uk you can find out about the huge array of opportunities available to you. You are more than welcome to meet with our friendly volunteer advisers and discuss your ideas further to find a volunteering opportunity that is right for you.

Helen Botham lives on a Dairy Farm near Waterhouses. For a number of years she had a successful career in retail, helping in the management of a garden centre and nursery. In 2014 Helen decided to leave the world of horticulture. “It felt it was time to do something different, and although I was still working on the family farm, I had the time to explore new areas. Volunteering seemed ideal because it would enable me to give something back to the community and could possibly lead to a new career”.

One of her first ventures was to host children from the Chernobyl area of the Ukraine. This area had been badly contaminated by nuclear fallout and the aim of the programme was to give the children experience of a different culture, fresh air and good food. Helen enjoyed this experience and contacted the volunteer centre in Leek to find out what else was available. “I was surprised by the range and number of volunteering opportunities out there, but eventually decided on two - The Beatrice Charity and volunteer driving.

The Beatrice narrowboat operates on two routes from the Cheddleton Flint Mill, one route to Consall Forge and on to Froghall, the other along the Leek branch of the canal. The Beatrice Charity aims to give children with special needs and older people including with disabilities a memorable outing in the Staffordshire countryside. Volunteers assist the skipper in crewing the narrowboat and with safety.

Helen comments: “I really enjoyed leaning how to helm the boat, work the lock system and help with the supervision of the children. Not only that, but you also get to spend a day in beautiful surroundings!”

Helen is also a member of a volunteer team that helps drive local people to their medical appointments and to the Waterhouses lunch club. She has done hospital runs to the Macclesfield, Derby and Stoke for people who might otherwise find it difficult to access their appointments. Not everyone can drive and many people are not on a bus route, so this performs quite a vital service for many individuals and the work of the volunteer driver is much appreciated.

As Helen reflects: “Looking back over the last few years I can certainly say I have enjoyed my volunteering experience. I've learnt new skills and met a lot of new people – there's some fascinating folks in the Staffordshire Moorlands!  If you've got a bit of spare time or are looking for a new venture in your life, I can certainly recommend volunteering”

For more information about Support Staffordshire please call into the Moorlands branch reception at Bank House,
20 St Edwards Street, Leek or call 01538 381356 and follow @supportstaffs and @suppstaffsmoor for the latest updates.


LOCAL STUDENTS NAMED AS WINNERS IN CYBER CRIME COMPETITION


Students Jack Copestake and Travis Holland who are both 11 years old and attend James Bateman Junior High School have been named as winners in a cyber crime competition run by the Office of the Police and crime Commissioner for Staffordshire.

Schools and colleges across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent were asked to submit posters designed by students, highlighting how to stay safe from cyber criminals when people are online.

Cyber crime is a crime such as fraud, bullying, theft or grooming that is committed online using a device that can access the web, such as smartphones, tablets, computers or other devices. Cyber crime also includes crimes against your computer or device such as contaminating or corrupting it with viruses or taking-over your social media profile, email account or your website.

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Arnold said: “ The internet and its development brings opportunity but has also brought new, changing threats from crime and criminals.

“We received a number of fantastic entries from lots of schools across the county with key messages about how to stay safe online. But these two posters really stood out to me because of the thought and effort that has been put into them.”

A spokesperson from James Bateman Junior High School said: “All Year 7 and 8 students at James Bateman Junior High School in Biddulph were recently set a homework project in their computing lessons to create a cyber safe poster for the cyber Safe Staffordshire competition.

“We are delighted that two of our students have been selected as winners in the competition. The two year 7 students both have a natural flair for designing and Jack based his idea on creating a super hero design whilst Travis chose a footprint theme to represent crime.”

The competition was part of the Cyber Safe Staffordshire campaign which aims to raise awareness about cyber crime and how people and businesses can protect themselves and their families online. The campaign was launched by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire Matthew Ellis and the Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police Jane Sawyers.

You can find out more information about cyber crime at: www.staffordshire.police.uk/cybercrime

Right - Jack Copestake's winning poster entry

 

Below - Travis Holland's winning poster entry


Leek & Moorlands Carnival Queen 2017/18

We are looking for attendants to form the Retinue for Leek & Moorlands Carnival Queen 2017/18 Ruby.  We are looking for girls and boys aged 3-9 years, who enjoy dressing up like a princess/princes, attending local competitions, and with their parents/guardians support help raise funds for local charities during the 12 months reign. 

Ruby's mum was Carnival Queen so Ruby is keeping the family tradition going.

 


If you are interested please email leekqueen.royalty@gmail.com leaving your telephone number and we will contact you as soon as possible.

Thank you

Karen Johnson

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