Ray Crowther

About Ray Crowther

Ray Crowther is here Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am with the mid-morning show – Stafford‘s community hub, a daily mix of consumer advice, topical local discussion, current affairs and good music.

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Costly cigarettes for Stafford smokers


 Four Stafford smokers will have to stump up a total of more than £1,300 after they threw cigarette butts on the ground.


The man and three women were given on the spot £75 penalties after being spotted discarding the fag ends on streets around the town centre by Borough Council officers. The littering offences came before the court yesterday (Wednesday) because none of them had paid their fines.


Fiona Woodward, aged 27, of Melrose Avenue, Tonia Tolley, aged 22, of Shepherds Bush Street, and 43 year old Paula Nevill, of Gray Walk were ordered to pay fines and costs of £382.15 each after being found guilty in their absence by Stafford Magistrates. Mark Gibson, aged 57, from Conway Road, Doxey was made to pay a total of £217.15 in fines and costs after he pleaded guilty to the offence.


All the offences took place in March and April of this year in the town’s Greengate Street, Market Square, and Princes Street.


Stafford Borough Council spends around £100,000 each year cleaning up litter within the town centre.


After the case, Cabinet Member for Environment and Health, Councillor Frank Finlay, said: “If you treat our area as a giant ash tray then expect to face fines or prosecution. Those who enjoy the environment they live in do not want inconsiderate people littering the streets of the borough.


“I hope the amounts these people will have to pay will send a clear message to any others who throw their cigarette butts onto the streets.”

Man sentenced to six years found with over £2 million worth of class B drugs.


A man has been sentenced to six years in prison after the van he was driving was found to contain over £2 million worth of class B drugs.

Simon Brown, aged 50, of Bower Hill, Epping, Essex, was jailed at Stafford Crown Court today, Friday 28 August, after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing.

He received four years imprisonment for posssesion with intent to supply Amphetamine (200kg) and 12 months for the further amount found at his home (817grams) to run concurrently. In addition, he was sentenced to two years for possession with intent to supply cannabis to run consecutively.

The discovery was made when officers from Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) carried out a routine stop of a vehicle on the southbound carriageway of the M6 near Stafford at around 10pm on Thursday 23 April.

Officers pulled the vehicle over at Stafford Services and upon searching the white Peugeot van they found nine boxes concealed amongst clothing stock. Each contained 10 to 12 packages of a suspicious substance, believed to be controlled drugs.

The driver, Brown, was arrested and taken into custody for questioning. He was charged with possession with intent to supply Class B drugs.

Tests confirmed the substance was Amphetamine, 200kg (wet weight) with the estimated street value believed to be around £2,000,000.

Further searches of Brown’s Essex home uncovered a further 817grams of Amphetamine in his garage, with an estimated street value of £8,170 and 18.5kg of Cannabis with a street value of approximately £92,500.

DC Sam Lainchbury, investigating officer, said: “This was an excellent piece of routine policing which uncovered a large amount of drugs which we believe were destined for the streets of Essex.

“Following CMPGs arrest of Brown we carried out intensive and detailed inquiries to gather the evidence against him.

“Staffordshire Police is committed to continuing the fight against drug dealers and we strive to bring them to justice. This investigation has removed a significant amount of drugs from the streets and will go some way to reducing the crimes associated with funding drug misuse, such as burglary and theft.

“Today’s sentence demonstrates our dedication to this area of policing and we hope it encourages anyone with information on drug misuse in their community to contact police, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 FREE.”

Chief Inspector Jed White, of Central Motorway Police Group, said: “Our officers patrol the regions motorways 24/7 and deal with a wide variety of offences, from minor vehicle defects right through to arresting those, like Brown, who are involved in serious organised crime.

“This is a great example of how CMPG contribute to the wider policing work in the region, tackling what matters to their communities and preventing criminals using our roads for illegal purposes.”


Please support Darren Westwood raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.



‘Brave the Shave!’ Darren Westwood has had long hair for the past 15 years! He’s been considering whipping it all off for a while now. Darren is pretty self conscious about is hair and is rarely seen without a hat! This has given him the incentive to do something for a great cause and for himself! Darren chatted to me about why he is having it all off! Please support him raising money for this very worthy cause – Macmillan Cancer Support. ……  Macmillian  work tirelessly to make sure every single person who needs it gets support from their nurses and therapists.  Support him, more info and please donate here, https://bravetheshave.org.uk/shavers/darren-westwood/

Listen to Darren’s interview again here,

Darren Westwood talks to Ray Crowther

Tribute to Carl Tindall

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The family of Carl Tindall, the 35-year-old Brocton man found with serious head injuries in Cull Avenue, Stafford on August 23, have issued the following tribute. Sadly, Mr Tindall died in hospital on the evening of August 24.
“Carl made our family complete. He was our world and we have been left with a huge void in our lives.

“He was a wonderful loving son, brother and uncle who brought great happiness and joy to all his family. He had an unique personality and character and made life full of laughter – and  that’s why he will be sadly missed by so many.

“We are deeply moved by the hundreds of tributes from all the people Carl came into contact with and we take take comfort in knowing how many hearts he touched.

“No words can describe our devastating loss. Our hearts have been broken that he has been taken from us so soon.  Always in our thoughts, forever in our hearts.”

Sadly, this incident has featured all week on Stafford FM’s Crimeline. If you can help Stafford Police with their inquiries with any information regarding the events of Saturday night at around 10pm at the junction of Cull Avenue and Weston Rd – please contact them on 101 quoting incident 899 of 22 August, or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on freephone 0800 555 111. 



Officers are appealing for help to trace the owners of a dog who bit a man in Stafford.

The incident happened on Wednesday 5 August at around 1pm near the old tennis courts to the rear of Second Avenue. The victim, a 77 year-old local man, was walking his own dog, when he saw two females in the tennis courts with a Staffordshire Bull Terrier running around off lead. As the man approached the tennis court to greet the Staffie, it managed to get through the fence and locked its jaws around the throat of his own dog. He intervened by trying to prise open the Staffie’s jaws to release his own dog and was bitten on both hands by the offending dog.

His injuries were so severe that he needed surgery to insert a pin in his left thumb. His dog was also injured and needed veterinary treatment.

The two females with the Staffie, which was black,  are described as white with one aged around 30 about 5ft 4 ins tall, of stocky build with dark hair and wearing a black coat. The second female was aged between 10 and 12 with short dark hair and wearing a red coat.

Anyone with any information is asked to ring 101 quoting incident 316 of 5 August. Alternatively, please call the independent charity crimestoppers on freephone 088 555 111 anonymously. More information regarding giving anonymous information here, https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information-online/