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18.01.23 – Etruria Valley fun Run, Motorbike Theft in Stoke, Theft in Newcastle under Lyme

Written by on 18 January 2023

More than 500 people turned out to help celebrate the completion of Stoke-on-Trent’s newest road at the weekend.

Families, individuals and runners from across the city took part in the Etruria Valley Fun Run along the Etruria Valley Link Road on Sunday.

The free event followed the postponement of the Santa Dash in December due to bad weather.

Participants were welcomed to the event by the Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent, Councillor Faisal Hussain, and treated to entertainment in the form of stilt walkers, a bubble performer and a singer.

Those taking part were among the first to experience the Etruria Valley Link Road – which links the A500 at Wolstanton to Festival Park – before it officially opens to traffic on Monday 23 January.

Councillor Abi Brown, leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said: “The Etruria Valley Link Road has been a huge project. It’s one of the biggest transport infrastructure projects delivered by Stoke-on-Trent City Council in decades.

“This new road is quickly going to become a key part of the city’s transport network and we are delighted to have been able to offer families and individuals from across Stoke-on-Trent and beyond the opportunity to experience it before anyone else.

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Staffordshire Police have arrested two boys after finding a motorbike within 20 minutes of it being stolen in Stoke-on-Trent.

At 9.42 on Monday morning two youths stole a Keeway RKF whilst it was parked on Park Hall Road.

Officers who were already patrolling the area were told about the theft and managed to quickly find the motorbike.  When it was spotted, two boys aged 15 and 14 from Stoke on Trent tried to run away but were caught and arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft

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A man has been arrested after a TV and an electric bike were reported stolen in Newcastle-under-Lyme last year.
Officers were most recently called on Saturday 10 December  to an address off Newcastle Road following reports of a man stealing a TV from a property.  The theft is believed to have taken place sometime between 3.50am and 4.15am
This followed another incident which took place on Wednesday 5 October when Police were called to a business near Newcastle Road. An electric bike, worth £1,000, was stolen by a man who was then seen heading in the direction of the A34 on the bicycle.
A 33-year-old man, from Penkhull was arrested in connection with both of these thefts on Monday. He remains in police custody while inquiries continue.