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27.01.22 – Public Performance Meeting, Fire in NUL, The Leopard, Cannabis plants in Burslem and Middleport

Written by on 26 January 2022

Staffordshire Police’s new operating model, crime levels and officer recruitment are among the topics Staffordshire Commissioner Ben Adams will discuss with new Chief Constable Chris Noble at his first Public Performance Meeting, taking place today.

At the meeting, which will be broadcast live online from 1pm, the Commissioner will hold Mr Noble to account on behalf of the public, covering a range of topics

Mr. Adams who is the Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire & Rescue and Crime, said: ‘My role is to oversee the work of the police and fire & rescue services to ensure they are delivering the best possible outcomes for the people of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

Find out more about the meeting and for details on how to watch the live stream here:


Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service were called at around 2.50 on Sunday afternoon to a property off Wolstanton Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme following reports of a kitchen fire.   On arrival, crews found the fire had been extinguished.

It is believed the fire was accidental and was caused by a frying pan left unattended.

Dan Keeling, Station Manager at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said that more than 50% of the fires they attend are caused by cooking, with distraction being the main cause of these fires.   Dan said “It’s really important that when preparing for meal times we pay close attention to the food we’re cooking, otherwise the consequences could be fatal.”



Detectives from Staffordshire Police are continuing to work alongside Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service to establish the cause of the fire at The Leopard in Burslem last weekend.
A small cordon remains in place, but Market Place, Brickhouse Street and Clayhanger Street have now re-opened.
Any witnesses or anyone who has CCTV or dashcam footage can message Staffordshire Police on Facebook or Twitter or call 101 quoting incident number 292 of 22 January,


Officers are appealing for information after an active cannabis grow – containing approximately 300 plants – has been found in Burslem.
At 10 o’clock on Monday night (24 January), police acted on intelligence and attended a property near Church Square.  Once inside, they discovered a substantial cannabis grow.
No suspects were present and the electricity company was contacted due to an electricity bypass at the site.  (incident 697 of 24 January).

Earlier the same day, a cannabis grow – containing approximately 60 plants – was found at a property, near to Newport Lane in Middleport. (incident 277 of 24 January)
Police are keen to speak to anyone who may have any information or relevant CCTV footage in any of these areas.
You can contact them on social media, or you can call 101, Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.