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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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STAFFORD FM’s CRIMELINE: On the scent of offenders.

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Staffordshire Police are appealing for witnesses to a robbery at Boots the Chemist on High Street Uttoxeter yesterday, 28th December 2016.

At 3am yesterday, 28 December, officers were alerted to the fact that front windows of the store had been smashed.Officers attended the scene and deployed a dog unit to search the premises. No one was found on site.

Unknown intruders had removed a large number of fragrances from the display counters and window displays before making good their escape.

It’s believed that the intruders made off in a vehicle that had been parked outside the store.

CCTV was secured and is being studied by officers as part of the investigation.

The staff have now confirmed that over 2500 pounds worth of Boots No7 products and perfumes were taken during the raid.

Have you been offered perfumes for sale or seen them being sold locally?

Were you in the high street area in the early hours of Wednesday morning and see anything suspicious?

If you can help with enquiries, please call 101 and quote incident 65 of 28 December.

Alternatively you can ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Thousands of pounds worth of counterfeit goods seized from car on M6

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Counterfeit goods with a retail value of over £15,000 if they were genuine were seized from a car on the M6 in Stafford.

The seizure was made by officers from the Central Motorway Police Group on Sunday and the goods handed over to Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards team. Goods included potentially hazardous counterfeit perfume and electrical items. There were also fake branded clothes and trainers.

The car was stop checked on the southbound lane of M6 between junctions 14 and 13. All of the seized goods had been loaded at a Manchester warehouse earlier that day.

Staffordshire County Council’s communities leader Gill Heath said: “It’s pleasing to know that these potentially hazardous items will not be finding their way into people’s homes this Christmas or in the new year. We’d like to remind people that they need to remain vigilant about counterfeit goods sales all year.More and more counterfeit goods are now being sold online, particularly on social media sites. Counterfeit cosmetics and electrical goods can be dangerous.

“These items are increasingly hard to detect just to look at, so when something is being sold at a knock-down price, people should be extremely wary. It is always best to buy from reputable traders. We always say that if something is too good to be true, it usually is. In addition to damaging Staffordshire businesses, counterfeit goods sales help to line criminals’ pockets. These goods are substandard and can be lethal.”

Counterfeit goods are shoddy imitations that will leave people out of pocket and could cause serious harm. Fake electrical goods are hazardous as they can cause fires and electrocution. Harmful substances such as high lead levels in perfume are a risk with counterfeit cosmetics. They are increasingly sold online.

Some of the hidden dangers of counterfeit goods include:

• Counterfeit alcohol such as vodka contains dangerous chemicals which can cause may health problems such as blindness
• Counterfeit perfume can often burn skin or leave a nasty rash and may contain lead
• Fake sunglasses often offer no UVA protection, causing eye damage
• Illicit tobacco is unregulated and cigarettes can be a fire risk as they do not burn out like legitimate products
• Counterfeit children’s toys can often be unsafe with unsuitable small parts and children’s clothes may be inflammable

pic: Some of the counterfeit items seized from the car.

WITNESS APPEAL: Collision on Weston Road, Stafford

 

 

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Emergency services were called to a report of a road traffic collision on the A518 Weston Road just after 6:50am on Friday 16 December.

Two HGV lorries were involved in the collision just outside the County Showground and one of the vehicles jack-knifed, blocking the carriageway.

The road was closed between Blackheath Lane, at the Knot and Plough Pub roundabout, and Within Lane. Diversions were in place and there was heavy congestion in the area for some time while the incident was dealt with. The road was closed for around 6 hours to allow for recovery of both vehicles.

One man was taken to North Staffs University Hospital by ambulance with suspected leg injuries, which are not thought to be life threatening.

Were you in the area at the time? Anyone with information on the above incident is asked to call Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 102 of 16 December, alternatively call CRIMESTOPPERS anonymously on 0800-555-111