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Operation Safenet – Continuing to keep our young people safe

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Staffordshire Police have a dedicated proactive online child abuse investigation team, Operation Safenet, to protect vulnerable young people.

The team actively pursue those who present a risk to children online across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. Such is the team’s success that Operation Safenet was adopted across the region and is now a well-established part of everyday policing.

Since its creation in July 2015 they have been involved in 532 incidents, these are made up of criminal investigations, intelligence gathering and safeguarding.

Each week the team uses the latest digital investigative techniques to identify where illegal images are being viewed, then using this intelligence apply to a magistrate for a search warrant, to allow the police and digital forensic experts to raid the home address to seize evidence and arrest those involved.

Since its launch 183 warrants have been obtained from the courts and actioned across the county.

The 532 incidents the team have been involved in have led to 168 arrests, with an additional 41 suspects being interviewed under police caution.

DS Steve Chadwick, from the team, said: “The investigations have led to 106 offenders being convicted with offences against children with a further 58 suspects still being currently investigated.

“My officers have gained significant skills in this area of policing and working with Digital Forensic Experts and the Crown Prosecution Service have been able to present evidence to such a standard that we have achieved a 100% conviction rate at court.

“Furthermore the efforts of my officers have identified 75 suspected offenders who reside out of Staffordshire with this information being passed to colleagues to action.

“Whilst we hope these figures reassure the public that those individuals who pose a risk to children are being rooted out and held to account, without doubt the most important aspect of this work are the children who have been safeguarded as a result of our proactive approach.

“Of those suspects dealt with, 275 children were identified as being in direct contact with the suspect and were therefore referred to children’s services.  What we cannot measure, but equally as important, are those children that we have prevented from becoming future victims.”

If you have any concerns about a young person, or wish to report a crime, please call Staffordshire Police on 101, or alternatively call CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111. You can also use the anonymous reporting form here,

For help and advice please see the following websites:

https://www.staffordshire.police.uk/operationsafenet

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk

https://www.nspcc.org.uk

Stafford FM’s Crimeline: Do You Recognise this Man?

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We need your help to find this man who Stafford Police would like to speak to in connection with a suspicious incident in Stafford.

At 5:30pm on Thursday 19 January a 15-year-old girl was walking along St Leonard’s Avenue when she walked past a man who was standing on the footpath.

As she walked past him, the man grabbed the girl. She screamed, pushed the man, and ran away.

The man then ran off along St Leonard’s Avenue back towards Fairway.

The girl was not injured, but left shaken by what happened.

The man is described as white, 5ft 7in tall with a slim build and aged in his late 20’s. He had stubble. He was wearing a dark coat and dark-blue jeans.

Stafford Police want to hear from anyone who may have seen this man in the area or who may know who he is and would urge anyone with information to contact them.

Anyone who recognises this man is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

 

Appeal: Serious collision, Milford

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Stafford Police are appealing for information after a cyclist was seriously injured as a result of a road traffic collision.

The incident occurred on the A513, Main Road, Milford, near to the junction of School Lane, on Thursday 16 March around 5.50pm and involved a cyclist and a turquoise Vauxhall Zafira.

The cyclist, a 50-year-old local man, was treated by paramedics before being taken to County Hospital, Stafford, with a suspected head injury. He was later transferred to the Royal Stoke University Hospital where his condition is described as serious but stable.

The driver of the Vauxhall was uninjured.

An investigation into the circumstances of the collision is now underway.

Anyone who can help with any information is asked to contact Stafford Police on 101 quoting incident number 678 of March 16th, or call CRIMESTOPPERS anonymously on 0800-555-111

STAFFORD FM’s CRIMELINE: Appeal for information – armed robbery in Stafford

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Stafford Police are appealing for information after an armed robbery occurred in Stafford on the evening of Sunday 15 January.

The incident occurred at just before 9pm at the Cooperative Food store on Holmcroft Road.

Three white men in balaclavas, one believed to be in possession of a firearm and another with a bladed weapon, approached the store on foot. The three suspects took a large quantity of cash, alcohol and cigarettes. They then made off on foot and were seen heading towards Eccleshall Road.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident 658 of 15th January. Alternatively, you can contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not need to go to court.

Staffordshire criminals find out crime doesn’t pay

A brothel manager, drug dealers and robbers have been ordered to pay over £191,000 during Proceeds of Crime hearings.

Throughout November 2016 detectives from Staffordshire Police’s Fraud and Investigation Unit brought successful Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) proceedings against 10 convicted criminals.

Cash generated from these hearings is used to benefit local communities.

The money goes to the Home Office, with a percentage being awarded to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) to be used to fund projects to prevent and detect crime in the county.

Detective Inspector Rob Harvmann said: “We welcome the results of the POCA hearings ordering criminals to pay back almost £200,000.

“Staffordshire Police continues to robustly strip criminals of their assets, working closely with the Crown Prosecution Service and the courts to demonstrate that crime really doesn’t pay.

“We also believe there is a strong link between hitting offenders in the pocket and cutting crime. We will continue to hit offenders where it hurts.

“Anyone with information about people making an unfair living from crime is urged to ring us on 101 or contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”

Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire, Matthew Ellis, said: “The police in Staffordshire are becoming more adept than ever at seizing the ill-gotten gains of criminals. Whether it is vehicles being used illegally or the proceeds from drug dealing and other crime, hitting criminals financially alongside custodial and other sanctions sends a clear message on behalf of local law abiding people.

“In Staffordshire, since I changed the rules in 2014, all of the money received through the Proceeds of Crime Act is recycled into local projects in communities that make people and our places safer. Over 50 have been funded since 2014.”

Details of POCA hearings in November 2016:
Waikin Chong, 48, of Wilnecote Lane, Tamworth, appeared at Stafford Crown Court where a Confiscation Order was made for £48,850. Chong has three months to pay with a default sentence of four years.
Chong was arrested and charged with managing a brothel after a search warrant was executed at his address on 16 November 2015, following information that the property was being operated as a brothel. He pleaded guilty at Stafford Crown Court on 8 June 2016 and was sentenced to eight months imprisonment.

Beverley Jenkinson, aged 51, of Anchor Road, Stoke on Trent , appeared at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court where a confiscation order was made in the sum £34,527.
This followed a search warrant by South Stoke Neighbourhood Action Team at her home address in Anchor Road. They found £12,840 worth of cannabis plants growing and £15,270 cash.
Jenkinson appeared at Stoke-on-on-Trent Crown Court in August where she pleaded guilty to cannabis production and money laundering and was sentenced to 20 months imprisonment. Financial investigators identified further assets including a car and £6,267 held in a bank account, resulting in the order detailed above.

Mohammed Saeed, aged 42, of Wombourne Park, Wombourne, was ordered to pay £79,950 at Stafford Crown Court.
Following his arrest in Wombourne in July 2016, officers found evidence of drug supply including a large number of deals of high purity cocaine together with 13kg of benzocaine, a cutting agent used to bulk up cocaine deals. The substances had a street value of £1,500,000. Saeed was charged with affray and possession with intent to supply cocaine, the affray charge relating to an earlier ‘drug’ related incident.. He appeared at Stafford Crown Court in August 2016 where he pleaded guilty to both offences and received six years imprisonment.

Eight confiscation orders, totalling £27,847, were granted against eight defendants jailed after being found guilty of a series of armed robberies.
Vehicles that were purchased from the proceeds of the criminality were seized, two high-powered Audi sports cars (pictured) and a Vauxhall Corsa will be sold at auction to pay off some of their owners POCA bill.
The eight men appeared at Stafford Crown Court in May 2016 where they were found guilty of a series of armed robberies in the West Midlands and  Staffordshire area. The men targeted a bank, several supermarkets and a licensed premises using violence and intimidation to steal cash, jewellery and cigarettes. Although the sentences at the time were substantial the matter went to the Criminal Appeal Court on 27 October where the sentences were increased, the combined total imprisonment for the eight men came to 100 years and two months, that’s an average sentence of twelve and a half years each.

 

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