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11.01.22 – Fatal House Fire in Hartshill, #DrinkORdrive campaign 21, SFRS Environmental Strategy, New Recruits for Staffordshire Police

Written by on 11 January 2022

A man has sadly died following a house fire in Hartshill.  Patrolling officers reported seeing excessive smoke coming from the chimney of a property on Grice Road at 5 o’clock on Sunday morning.

During a search of the property, a man in his 60s was located upstairs. First aid was provided at the scene and the man was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital by ambulance, but unfortunately, his life could not be saved.

Fire investigators determined that the fire was accidental due to smoking materials.


More than 100 drivers from across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent have been arrested in just one month as part of the force’s #drinkORdrive campaign 2021.

The campaign, which ran throughout December, saw a number of officers from Staffordshire Police carry out patrols across the main routes throughout Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.

During the month, a total of 111 people were arrested over drink-driving and failure to provide a sample.

A further 28 people were subject to a drugs test after being stopped by police, and out of those tested, 12 drivers were arrested after receiving a positive test.



Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has launched its latest environmental and sustainability strategy to build on the success of its previous plan and respond to the ongoing ‘climate emergency’.

The strategy is focussing on five key areas including:  Reducing waste … Reducing energy usage … Improving air quality … Being more sustainable during operational incidents …. And Generating more green space

This strategy which will be in place until 2027 aims to achieve change in line with the government’s aim to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

To read the strategy, visit:   and search environmental strategy


Thirty-eight new recruits to Staffordshire Police are to be sworn into their new roles tomorrow.

The new recruits will get on-the-job training and education through a programme delivered by the force and Staffordshire University. They will work towards a degree in professional policing practice.
After attending practical and theory-based teaching sessions and supported online learning, the new officers will join teams across the county to carry on their training.