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STAFFORD FM’s CRIMELINE :Woman named after Stafford fatal collision.

Police investigating the fatal incident that caused considerable traffic delays on Friday morning have named a local person who has lost her life.

The incident, which occurred on Park Street Stafford  on Friday 9 December, have now released the name of the woman who died.

She was Rita Randles 78, of West Way Stafford.  She suffered serious head injuries in the collision and passed away at the Royal Stoke Hospital.Specially trained family liaison officers are working to support her family at this difficult time.

Staffordshire Police would still like to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision at around 8am on 9 December on Park Street, off Wolverhampton Road, Stafford.

Anyone who can help with enquiries is asked to call Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident 100  of 9 December 2016.

Stop & Think: Keep Safe on a Night Out

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More police officers will be patrolling town and city centres to keep them safe for night-time revellers and businesses during this festive period, as part of Staffordshire Police’s wider #SaferXmas Stop & Think campaign. The campaign also includes information on crime prevention, drink/drug driving and domestic abuse.

A lot more people tend to go into town centres or to their local straight after work at this time of year as part of the Christmas celebrations and work parties, others meeting up with friends and colleagues later, with some over indulging in alcohol.

Research by the independent charity Drinkaware who work to help reduce alcohol misuse highlight there are many temptations and pressures for people to drink even more during the festive period. Alcohol lowers inhibitions and drinking too much can make some people aggressive leading to physical violence and/or sexual assault.

Chief Superintendent Jeff Moore said: “Alcohol unfortunately can be a catalyst for violence and disorder and we would urge people to Stop & Think – know your limits and drink sensibly. Walk away from anyone vying for an argument or fight. We will deal robustly with those few who do become involved in violence or disorder.

“It is common for people to pre-drink before a night out. Remember this means you will be drinking more during the evening and this extra alcohol can make you more likely to be a victim or an offender.

“If you come into a town or city centre already the worst for wear you risk officers immediately excluding you from the area for up to 48 hours.”

Officers work closely with licensees and partners to minimise the potential for drink related crime and anti-social behaviour. They ensure venues are operating lawfully and licence conditions adhered to. Keeping premises safe and not selling alcohol to underage young people are just two issues that are checked.

Licensees are geared up to keep revellers safe along with local safety partnerships. They will deploy early intervention tactics, highlighting issues before they arise and sharing information through their radio networks which also link in with taxi marshals, street pastors, CCTV and police.

“Alcohol reduces our ability to think straight, it narrows our focus of attention and gives us tunnel vision. If you are under the influence of alcohol you’re more likely to be a victim or perpetrator of crime, with potentially very serious consequences. Don’t feel bullied or cajoled into drinking more, how much you drink is not a competition.”

The severity of alcohol-related crime can vary widely from rowdy drunkenness and public order offences to serious offences including violence and sexual assault. People can fall or wander into the road and put themselves in vulnerable situations. All can have devastating consequences.

“Don’t ruin anyone’s night out by unwanted, intimidating sexual advances. Groping is a crime and unacceptable. You wouldn’t when sober, so don’t when you’ve had a drink.

“We would encourage friends to look after each other and don’t leave anyone in a vulnerable situation. Plan how you will all get home before you go out. Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Organise a designated driver between you or pre-book a taxi. Step in if your friend is about to go home with someone they’ve only just met, remind them of potential dangers and persuade them to meet them another day when they’re sober.

“Everyone should feel safe to be able to enjoy themselves in our town and city centres whilst being aware of the risk they pose to themselves and others if they drink too much.”

Revellers who feel they have a problem with their drinking or drug misuse can find help and support through One Recovery Staffordshire who operate throughout the county with main sites in Newcastle, Leek, Stafford, Cannock, Burton and Tamworth.

For information about the effects of alcohol visit www.drinkaware.co.uk

Visit www.staffordshire.police.uk for more information about #SaferXmas

Family of Carl Tindall Offer Reward

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The family of a man who died in Stafford in 2015 have put up a significant reward for fresh information that leads to a conviction.

Carl Tindall, aged 35, from Brocton, Stafford, was found seriously injured in Cull Avenue near its junction with Weston Road at around 10pm on Saturday August 22. As a result of his injuries he sadly died two days later at Royal Stoke University Hospital.

A detailed and thorough investigation into his death followed and as a result one person was charged with manslaughter and three people were charged with assisting an offender. However, following a trial in July 2016 they were all found not guilty.

Detective Inspector Glyn Pattinson from Staffordshire Police, said: “Carl’s family continue to demonstrate great strength, courage and dignity during what I can only imagine has been most difficult time of their lives. Their infinite love for Carl is clear for everybody to see.

“While our lengthy investigation is concluded, we are supportive of Carl’s family’s offer of a reward and will keenly review any new information that is passed to us.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 899 of 22 August 2015 or you can contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not need to go to court.”

Statement from Carl’s family:

We are issuing a reward of £10,000 for information that results in the conviction of Carl’s killers.

Therefore, once again we appeal to the community for help in solving what happened to Carl. We have appealed before and continue to plead for any information, no matter how seemingly small or trivial, regarding Carl’s death.

On the 22 August 2015, Carl was assaulted in Plant Crescent, Stafford, where he sustained catastrophic head injuries. Although Carl was still alive, he was put in a car and driven to Cull Avenue in Stafford where he was left at the road side to die.

We were at Carl’s bedside every second while he was in hospital, praying that he would recover. It never crossed our minds that we would be called into a room to be told there was nothing else they could do for him, that his injuries were so serious, that there was no hope of Carl making any recovery.

On the 24 August 2015 we stood and held Carl while the doctors turned off his life support machine. Our family is haunted every day by the horror of watching Carl take his last breath. We will never adjust to life without Carl.

As Carl’s family our belief is that those responsible live alongside us in our community. Since that night Carl’s death has been the topic of many discussions and conversations within the Stafford area, on the streets, in the clubs, restaurants, businesses and homes.

Someone out there has information and knows something that could help us and Carl’s friends to come to terms with his death. You may think that the small bit of information you have is irrelevant, but this may be the last piece of the jigsaw that may help bring the people to justice. We ask those people to search their hearts, souls and conscience to please help us find peace and closure.

We will never give up until we get a conviction for those responsible for Carl’s manslaughter.