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24.05.22 – The Police Contact Survey, Test Your Smoke Alarm, Potters ‘Arf, SFRS Home Safety Heroes

Written by on 23 May 2022

Residents of Staffordshire are being asked to share their experiences of using the police 101 and 999 services, as well as their preferences for future modes of contact.

The Police Contact Survey, run by the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, is now open until midnight on Sunday 26 June.

The survey includes a series of questions exploring people’s understanding of emergency and non-emergency reporting systems, as well as newly emerging ways of contacting the police, such as web chat, online forms and messaging over social media.

Staffordshire’s Commissioner for Police, Fire & Rescue and Crime, Ben Adams said:  “Improving call handling is a key priority in my Police & Crime Plan. Staffordshire Police’s new Chief Constable, Chris Noble, is already driving significant work to address this vital area of business, and I hold regular progress meetings with the force to ensure this work remains on track”.

Commissioner Adams is very keen to better understand our communities’ views on police contact, and is urging as many people as possible to respond to the survey.

Complete the survey here:


A reminder from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service …. Don’t forget that a smoke alarm can save your life but only if it’s working. Push the test button on your smoke alarm now to check that the battery is working.


Local Race – The Potters Arf is drawing ever closer, but there is still time to register for any of the adult or childrens races.  It is a great way to raise vital funds for your favourite charitiy.   Also, the organisers are now looking for volunteers to help marshal the course on race day. Course Marshals will be located out on the route and help by cheering on the runners and walkers, informing vehicles that the road ahead is closed due to the race and being a point of contact for participants and spectators if needed. Volunteers will need to be available between 9.45am – 1.30pm and if you would like to help out on the day, please email

If you are travelling along the route on the 12th June, be aware that there will be road closures, and you will need to plan your journey in advance.

You still have time to sign up for the Potters ‘Arf!

We are just ONE month away from the iconic Hanley Economic Potters ‘Arf Marathon, which takes place on Sunday 12 June 2022!

We hope your training has been going well, and we can’t wait to see all on the start line come race day.

If you haven’t got around to registering yet, fear not, entries are still open but places are filling up fast.

Not sure, how to take part, here’s a quick breakdown –

  • Runners – Run the 13.1 mile course
  • Walkers – Walk the route with your friends or work colleagues
  • Relay teams – Sign up as a team of 2-4 and take on the challenging course
  • Youngsters – We have a 1k (5-11 year olds) and 2k (12-16 year olds) run planned with BeeActive through the City Centre

All participants who complete the course receive a goody bag and special Potters ’Arf medal, sponsored by Wade Ceramics. Junior runners will receive a special medal from BeeActive.

Runners, walkers, relay teams and junior race entrants can visit to book their places.


Road Closure Information

To ensure the safety of all runners taking part in the Potters ‘Arf, the following road closures will be in place between 9:30am and 1:30pm.


  • Full closure of Hanley Town Centre
  • Lane Closure on Potteries Way (inc. full closure for race start)
  • Full closure of A50 Lichfield Street
  • Full closure of A50 Victoria Road
  • Lane Closure on King Street from Victoria Place to Fenton Roundabout
  • Lane closure full length of King Street up to Times Square (all roads to the left closed)
  • Full closure of Market Street
  • Full closure of Anchor Road
  • Lane Closure on Dividy Road from bottom of Beverley Drive to Anchor Road roundabout
  • Full closure of Beverley Drive
  • Full closure of Malthouse Road
  • Full closure of Ruxley Road from and jnc. Malthouse Lane to and jnc. Townsend Place
  • Full closure of Fellbrook Lane
  • Full closure of Abbey Lane
  • Full closure of Abbey Road from junction of Abbey Road to junction with Leek Road
  • Lane closure of A5009 Leek Road (from and jnc. Abbey Road) to A5009 Adderley Green Lane (junction with Leonard Avenue)
  • Full closure of Leonard Avenue
  • Coning off of left hand lane of A53 Leek New Road from the junction of Leonard Avenue to the junction with Berwick Road
  • Full closure of Berwick Road from A53 to junction with Milton Road
  • Full closure of A5272 Hanley Road from junction of Milton Road to B5047 Town Road
  • Full closure of B5047 Town Road to Quadrant Road


And a reminder that Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has launched a competition for school children to become ‘home safety heroes’ and share advice with Staffordshire residents who are living alone who are nearly four times more likely to die or be seriously injured in a fire.

The competition is open to enthusiastic school classes, after school clubs, or groups like Brownies and Beavers to use their imaginative ideas to help someone to change their behaviour towards fire prevention.  But the closing date is getting very close – you need to submit your video by this Friday – FRIDAY 27th MAY

Full details of the competition, as well as the terms and conditions, can be found on the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service website:

If you think your group has what it takes to be Safety Stars, please send a link for your video (please use WeTransfer to generate a link and email this link), along with your names and age category, to