13.04.23 – Petrol Pump damaged in Chesterton, Burglary Crime Squad
Written by Hitmix Local News on 13 April 2023
A man has been arrested after a petrol pump was damaged in Newcastle-under-Lyme.
Police were called to a petrol station on Talke Road, Chesterton, at 11.15 on Friday night following reports of criminal damage.
A black Nissan Nivaro was seen entering the petrol station at just after five past 11, Shortly afterwards, a white Ford flat-bed tipper vehicle was seen reversing at speed into a petrol pump.
The Nivaro and the Ford tipper vehicle left the scene in convoy,
No one was reported injured, however, the damage caused to the pump was in excess of £30,000.
A 34-year-old man, from Newcastle-under-Lyme, was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage to property and dangerous driving. He has since been granted conditional police bail while inquiries continue.
If you have any information or relevant CCTV or dashcam footage that could help police, please message them on LiveChat via the Staffordshire Police website or call 101, quoting 938 of 7 April.
A dedicated burglary crime squad has been assembled as Police continue to tackle community priorities in Staffordshire.
Since February, a team of specialist officers based in the Criminal Investigation Department have been working alongside neighbourhood teams in Stoke-on-Trent to investigate burglary dwellings in the City.
They have been recruited following a robust selection process – making sure they hold the relevant expertise in vital policing practices such as forensic examination, intelligence gathering and criminal investigations.
In the short space of time since they’ve been operational, more than 20 suspects have been arrested and six people charged with burglary dwelling offences in Stoke-on-Trent
Chief Inspector Scott McGrath, of the Stoke North local policing team, said: “This is a significant step in the right direction and will give us greater capability to target thieves in Stoke-on-Trent and protect people’s hard-earned belongings.
“We know through experience and local crime surveys that residential burglary is a key concern for our communities – being a crime that is invasive, devastating and often affects some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
“Officers in the Stoke North LPT are committed to tackling these concerns and will continue to work closely with our colleagues in Stoke South, local partners and the new burglary squad to deal with the issues that matter most to our communities.”
To find out who your local officers are and for the latest crime figures and advice, visit our website: www.staffordshire.police.uk