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Closure Order in Meir, Man banned from Port Vale Matches

Written by on 15 May 2024

Staffordshire Police have secured a closure order at a property in Stoke-on-Trent following persistent anti-social behaviour and drug use reports.  The property, on Pinewood Crescent, Meir, was closed on 13 May until 12 August 2024.
Officers were able to secure it after gathering evidence of criminal activity at the location and acting on the concerns of the local community.
It now means that no one can go inside the address for the next three months. Anyone who enters the address without permission from Staffordshire Police or the North Staffordshire Justice Centre could be arrested.

PC Naomi Owen, of Stoke South local policing team, said: “I hope this outcome provides some reassurance to the local community that we, along with our partners, will take action and use all available powers to address issues affecting them.
“Over the last few months, we’ve received reports of drug use and ASB at the address and this has had a detrimental impact on the lives of those living in the area.

Councillor David Williams, cabinet member for community safety and resilience, said: “Everybody should be able to feel safe in their local area and we are committed to ensuring that we tackle any type of anti-social behaviour swiftly and successfully with our partners.

“Our antisocial behaviour team worked closely with the police on this case to share intelligence and reassure the local community and I’m pleased that we’ve been able to now close the property.

“This isn’t just a one off, we are on a mission to reclaim our streets and build a safer, stronger and more confident city for everyone. An ever-closer partnership approach which brings together the council, partner agencies and our local communities shows that together we can tackle the root causes of crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour.”

If you have information about suspected criminal activity and anti-social behaviour in your neighbourhood, please don’t hesitate to report it to us. You can contact us through Live Chat on our website, or call 101.

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


A man has been banned from attending all regulated football matches for the next five years after going onto the pitch at a Port Vale Football Club home fixture.

The 63 year old from Stoke-on-Trent, ran onto the pitch during the team’s clash with Portsmouth on 27 January this year.

He is now banned from attending Port Vale and international fixtures for the next five years after pleading guilty to going onto the playing area at a football match. He has also been ordered to pay a fine of £253.

PC Tim Moss, the dedicated football officer for Port Vale Football Club, said:  “This outcome is the result of positive work being done by Port Vale Football Club, Staffordshire Police and the courts to combat unacceptable behaviour.

“We will continue to take positive action and work alongside football clubs in Staffordshire to proactively police football matches in the area.”