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13.01.22 – Four boys arrested in Bentilee, NULBC Council Tax, NUL Local Plan, PC Tracy Robinson

Written by on 12 January 2022

Four boys have been arrested after failing to stop for officers from Staffordshire Police in Bentilee yesterday.  (Wednesday 12 January).

At 4am, officers attempted to pull-over a vehicle acting suspiciously on Dividy Road – and the offenders failed to stop.

Police continued to follow the vehicle until four occupants left the vehicle and fled on foot.

Following an area search all four suspects were located and detained.

A 13-year-old, two 15-year-olds and a 17-year-old – all from Stoke-on-Trent – were arrested on suspicion of taking a motor vehicle without the owners consent.


Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council Cabinet will this week consider an increase in Council Tax of just 1.99 per cent, which is less than in previous years, as part of the Council’s budget for the next financial year.

This would mean an increase of £4.10 a year, or 8p a week, for the majority of families in the borough – those in Band D properties.

Properties in tax bands A, B and C would pay an average of just three pence per week extra.

This will be discussed by Cabinet at this week’s meeting and subsequently taken to Full Council on 23 February for final approval.


Have you had your say yet on ‘The issues and strategic options consultation’ for the ‘Newcastle under Lyme Local Plan’.   The document sets out the main issues such as the need for housing, employment and other development as well as options such as where should new development go. This is an important stage because the plan will be developed in line with both evidence and the response to this consultation.

The plan includes proposed development on strategic sites and also green belt release in various areas, including Kidsgrove, Audley, Talke and Chesterton,

You can express your views up until Monday 24th January at 5pm.

To view the plan and to put forward your views go to


A student officer from Staffordshire Police has been featured in the Home Office’s latest national Uplift campaign to recruit 20,000 police officers.

Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) student, PC Tracy Robinson, was selected by the Home Office to talk about her experience balancing life as a police officer, student and being a mum.

Tracy joined the force as a Police Community Support Officer in 2009 and has been with Staffordshire Police since.

Whilst acknowledging being a police officer can be challenging, Tracy says the force understand the need for a good work-balance life and are fully supportive.