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Drowning Prevention Week, Staffordshire Police Appeals

Written by on 18 June 2024

This week is Drowning Prevention Week , the Royal Life Saving Society’s biggest campaign of the year, targeting families, carers, teachers and instructors of children aged five to fifteen years old with the aim of educating them about water safety.

The message is – No child should drown, and with the right water safety education – such as knowledge of the Water Safety Code – accidental drownings are preventable. Drowning Prevention Week is deliberately timed ahead of the school summer holidays when children spend more time outdoors and when vital water safety skills can help keep children safe.

Fenton Manor Sports Complex – Free swimming taster lesson

Tuesday 18 June (small pool)

Sessions and times:

  • Time: 4.30 – 5pm | Age: 3 – 5yrs non swimmers
  • Time: 5.15 – 5.45pm | Age: 3 – 5yrs confident swimmers
  • Time: 6 – 6.30pm | Age: 6yrs+ non swimmers
  • Time: 6.45 – 7.15pm | Age: 6yrs+ confident swimmers
  • Time: 7.30 – 8pm | Age: Adults non swimmers

New Horizons –  Free swimming taster lesson

Wednesday 19 June

Sessions and times:

  • Time: 4 – 4.30pm | Age: 3 – 5 years non swimmers (shallow water)
  • Time: 4.30 – 5pm | Age: 6-14 years 10m-25m (deep water)
  • Time: 5 – 5.30pm | Age: 6-14 years non swimmer (shallow water)
  • Time: 5.30pm – 6pm | Age: 6-14 years 25m+ (more than 1 length unaided) (lanes)

Dimensions Leisure Centre –  Free swimming taster lesson

Saturday 22 June 2024

Sessions and times:

  • Time: 4:30 – 5pm | Age: 3 – 5yrs new swimmers
  • Time: 5 – 5:30pm | Age: 3 – 5yrs confident swimmers
  • Time: 5:30 – 6pm | Age: 6 – 10yrs new swimmers
  • Time: 6 – 6:30pm | Age: 6 – 10yrs confident swimmers

The campaign encourages everyone to have the water safety conversation with their children which is critical in raising awareness and encouraging everyone to enjoy water safely.


Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service extinguished a car fire in Tunstall over the weekend.

A crew went to Hose Street  at 12.15 on Saturday afternoon and found a black Nissan Murano well-alight. The blaze was soon extinguish and no one was injured.

Shortly afterwards, the fire was deemed to have been caused deliberately and the incident has been left with Staffordshire Police.

If you were in the area at the time of the fire and have any information that could help Police with their enquiries, please message them on  LiveChat via the Staffordshire Police website, or call 101, quoting 303 of 15 June.


Staffordshire Police are appealing for information following a deliberate house fire in Cobridge at the weekend.

Officers accompanied Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service to an address on Cobridge Road at just before 3.30 on Sunday morning – where a kitchen was found well alight.

The blaze was extinguished by fire crews, and fortunately no one was injured, but investigations deemed the fire to be deliberate.

Anyone who was in the area at the time and has information that could help Police with their enquiries is asked to call 101, quoting incident number 086 of 16 June, or message them using Live Chat on the Staffordshire Police website.


An investigation has been launched after two men were stabbed in Fenton at the Weekend.  At about 1 o’clock in the early hours of Sunday morning officers were called to Victoria Road where two men were found with single-stab wounds. They were taken to hospital by West Midlands Ambulance Service and fortunately their injuries aren’t believed to be life-threatening.

It is thought that the incident may have followed on from a house party that was taking place in the area when it happened.   Officers are keen to speak to anyone with information that can help with the investigation. You can call 101, quoting incident 40 of 16 June, or message them using Live Chat on the Staffordshire Police website