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More than 100 arrests made during intensification, Community wealth building in Stoke-on-Trent

Written by on 13 May 2024

Staffordshire Police have arrested more than 100 people in their most recent intensification effort to tackle violence, abuse and intimidation against women and girls.

Between 15 and 21 April, Officers worked proactively during a week-long intensification period to visit and support victims, pursue offenders and work alongside partners to safeguard those affected.

It saw 110 people arrested in Staffordshire, 10 people being charged, 77 bailed with conditions and 50 victim referrals to dedicated support services.

Three Domestic Violence Protection Notices were also issued, which provide protection to victims by enabling the police and magistrates’ courts to put in place protective measures in the immediate aftermath of a domestic violence incident.

Local officers held talks at education centres, local supermarkets, hotels and businesses to share personal and online safety advice with local communities.

Detective Superintendent Victoria Downing, said: “It’s pleasing to see all the positive results from the intensification period – but we want to be clear that we’re proactively tackling violence against women and girls every single day and supporting those affected as much as possible.

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Leading figures from Stoke-on-Trent’s public, voluntary and commercial sectors have been involved in helping to design a brand new strategy to tackle deprivation and promote inclusive economic growth.

More than 30 delegates representing local businesses, community groups and institutions gathered at Stoke Town Hall last week for the Community Wealth Building Workshop event.

The workshop, which was chaired by Stoke-on-Trent City Council Leader Councillor Jane Ashworth, provided delegates with an overview of the community wealth building concept as a first step towards developing a strategy for the city.

Community wealth building is an approach aimed at creating inclusive economic growth in less affluent places, but making sure that communities can benefit directly from local economic prosperity.