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16.12.21 – Roadside cover theft, Firearm incident in Abbey Hulton, Housefire in Hempstalls Lane, Counterfeit Goods

Written by on 15 December 2021

People in Staffordshire are being asked to report any incidents of missing or stolen metal roadside drainage covers following a spate of thefts in parts of the county.

The reminder, from Staffordshire County Council’s highways team, follows the theft of over 40 metal covers in areas which include Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Highways officers are now appealing for the public’s help to catch thieves operating in the area. People should remain vigilant and call the police if they witness an act of stealing.  Officers are also keen to point out that when covers are stolen, holes are left in the road or the pavement which can result in serious harm and injury to drivers, pedestrians, children and cyclists.

If anyone sees someone removing covers or grids, please report it to the police on 101. You can also report missing covers and other highways issues on the MyStaffs App or at”


A man has been arrested on suspicion of firearms offences following an incident involving an air gun in Leek Road, Abbey Hulton on Tuesday afternoon

A witness reported that a driver of a red Ford Fiesta pointed the air weapon at her in her car at the junction of Woodhead Road.

An 18-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent was detained a short time later and the air gun was recovered.  He was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm without a certificate.

Anyone with information should contact Staffordshire Police on Facebook, Twitter, or call 101, quoting incident number 394 of 14 December.



Firefighters were called to a house fire off Hempstalls Lane in  Newcastle-under-Lyme, last Sunday afternoon
A candle flame had spread to the surrounding area and caused a fire in the living room of the property.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue would like to take the opportunity to remind everyone of the dangers of using candles and insence – Although they create a great atmosphere in your home, never leave them unattended and keep out of the reach of children.


Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards officers are reminding people about the dangers of counterfeit goods when shopping in the run up to Christmas.

The sale of counterfeit goods is big business with much of it linked to organised crime. Buying fakes does not only help line the pockets of criminals but they can also be harmful, especially when it comes to things like alcohol or unsafe children’s toys.

Popular fakes this Christmas will include the latest children’s toys and dolls, branded sportswear, electronics, cosmetics and alcohol.

You  can report the sales of counterfeit goods on the Staffordshire Fight the Fakes helpline on 01785 330356.