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Gunshots heard in Kidsgrove, New Cohort of Staffordshire Firefighters

Written by on 13 June 2024

Staffordshire Police are  investigating an incident in Newcastle-under-Lyme following reports of gunshots.

At 3.10 on Tuesday afternoon Police received a call that suspected gunshots were heard near a school on Rutland Road in Kidsgrove.  As a precaution, the school went into lockdown whilst officers carried out enquiries in the area.  It was established that an incident had taken place on Lamb Street involving an altercation between a group of three men and a car, during which a loud bang was heard, prompting people to report gunshots.

The three men appeared to be arguing with the driver of the car, who drove away after it happened. The three men also left the area on foot.

No-one has been reported injured and no evidence of any firearm being used has been found.

Anyone with any information, particularly CCTV, dashcam or doorbell from the area at the time are asked to call 101, quoting incident 455 of 11 June, or use the Live Chat function  on the Staffordshire Police website.

To report anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has welcomed a new cohort of firefighters to their teams across the county as part of a special ceremony marking the completion of their initial training.

The 16 newly-qualified firefighters took part in a passing out parade at the Fire Service headquarters last week. The ceremony, which was attended by friends and families of the trainees, saw the new firefighters demonstrate their skills and teamwork in a range of simulated incidents. It was held following the conclusion of 15 intense weeks of training.