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Gnosall Parish Council

(Including the wards of Moreton and Knightley)

Our Mission is to improve the quality of life for those who live and work in the Parish of Gnosall and those who visit it.

Farm Theft - Haughton


Farm Burglary - Norbury

Sometime between the 15th &16th of August unknown offender(s) have broken a lock off to gain access into a farm building. The offender(s) have made an untidy search of the building and stolen powertools.

If you have any information regarding this burglary please contact Staffordshire Police on '101' and quote serial ref: SP-20190816-0763.

If you see any suspicious activity in your area please contact Staffordshire police on '101' Non Emergency or '999' Emergency if a crime is in progress.

We will be proactively patrolling this area and other rural areas.

Farm Theft - Haughton

Around midnight on Friday 16th August, unknown offender(s) have broken into a stable box on a farm in Haughton and stole a quad bike.The quad bike is red and black in colour, with a specially welded plate on the rear. The manufacture is Honda.

If you have information regarding this theft please contact Staffordshire Police on '101' and quote serial ref: SP-20190817-0194.

If you see any suspicious activity in your area please contact Staffordshire police on '101' Non Emergency or '999' Emergency if a crime is in progress.

Staffordshire Police Force open day - 8 September 2019

For a fun and free day out for all the family, come to the Staffordshire Police Open Day this September!We will be opening the gates to at 11am on Sunday 8 September for you to experience live demonstrations, high-speed driving, a chance to meet our gorgeous police dogs, see the latest police technology and hopefully enjoy lots of sunshine food and ice cream.MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW.For live updates please follow our social mediaTwitter: @staffspoliceFacebook: Staffordshire PoliceInstagram: @staffspolice

Local Policing Team Facebook pages now live!

Staffordshire Police have now got local Facebook pages make sure you follow your local policing team within your area!

Our main Facebook page: Staffordshire Police

Local Policing Team to search on Facebook -

Stafford Police

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Lichfield Police

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Tamworth Police

East Staffordshire Police

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Stoke Police

Make sure you follow our other social media accounts -

Instagram: @staffspolice

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Summer Holiday Sport Activities

During the school holidays there will be sports activities at various locations around Stafford and Stone for children between 8 and 17 years old.

Doorstep sports will be taken place wednesday afternoons at ;

Westbridge Park 1300-1400

Stone Common Plot (opposite Christ Church Academy) 1415 - 1515

Doxey Primary School 1600 - 1700

Rowley Park Unlimited Fun Pass – FREE passes giving pass holders off peak access between 10.00-16.00 to 3G pitch, tennis courts, MUGA, Crazy Golf; equipment provided. Passes available first come first served basis from Rowley Park kiosk on Monday 22 July, valid until Friday 30 August. On Thursday afternoons between 17.00-18.00 in Rowley Park pass holders can join in a session led by sports coaches using the Rowley Park facilities.

Glow Games, Stafford Leisure Centre, 13-17 yrs, Tuesday 23 & 30 July, Tuesday 6, 13, 20 & 27 August, 14.00 – 16.00


Xplorer orienteering sessions – on Thursday 25 July, Thursday 8  & 22 August between 12.30 – 15.00, suitable for families or groups of friends.

Follow the link below to get more information and to book sessions.

Livestock thefts increase

Over the past few weeks there has been an increase of livestock thefts.

We are warning farmers to be extra vigilant with livestock and also make sure farm machinery is secure and locked away when not in use.

There has been incidents in Yoxall, Uttoxeter, Stowe-By-Chartley and Market Drayton where stock has been targeted and taken in early hours of the morning.

  • CCTV is advised as well as enhanced security
  • Check on stock on a regular occurrence
  • Be a good neighbour

Prevention Advice - hot weather

It looks like its going to be a scorcher of a weekend - Here's a few tips to keep you safe and well: 

  1. Keep your windows and doors locked. Burglaries can be rife when opportunists make use of an open window or door on a hot, sunny day even when you're in the garden. 
  2.  Keep your cars locked (and don't forget about keeping dogs out of hot cars)
  3. Who doesn't love a beer garden in this weather? Just remember to drink responsibly and don't drink and drive.

Keep safe, take care and have a good weekend!

Police urge: Don`t leave your car keys on display

Four cars were taken from three addresses in Staffordshire between about 10pm Thursday 13 June and 6 am Friday 14 June. A VW Passat was stolen from a drive in Wombourne, a Range Rover was taken from Shareshill and two cars were stolen, a Mini and an Audi A4, from a house in Stone. In each case the keys to the vehicles were used to drive them away.Power and garden tools being stored in a shed were also taken during the break in at the house in Shareshill.DCI Rob Taylor from Staffordshire Police’s CID said: " As car manufacturers have improved car security, thieves have had to adapt their methods. The easiest way of making off with a car is to drive it away, which is why offenders now break in to properties to steal the keys."In each of these cases, the keys were used to drive away the vehicles. That's why we're reminding owners not to leave their keys in obvious places. They should be kept out of sight and away from doorways and windows."


There have been two burglaries reported in Gnosall yesterday. Both occasions the offenders smashed through patio doors & untidy search of upstairs rooms. A vehicle seen in the area  is possibly linked to the 2 incidents. It has been described as a Lime Green Renault Clio with black trim. If you have any further information that could help us with our enquiries, please contact us & quote either serial 264/09/05 or 491/09/05

Bogus Officials

Sometime on the Tuesday 30th April 2019, 3 x white males have arrived at a property in Eccleshall in a white van. 1 x male had a clipboard claiming to be from Stafford and Rural Homes. The victim believed this to be identification. The suspects have claimed they were their to repair the bedroom ceiling.

The suspects did enter the property, however on this occasion nothing was believed to be stolen.

Stafford and Rural Homes have been notified and were not aware of any visits scheduled for this property.

Please ensure you always ask for indentification for anyone asking to enter your property. If you are still unsure, decline entry and close the door. Please report any incidents like this to Staffordshire Police on '101' Non Emergency and '999' Emergency.

Graffiti and Damage

There was graffiti sprayed on the Cowley tunnell last night, and possibly damage caused to a narrow boat along that stretch of the canal. If you have any information as to who was responsible for this, please contact us and quote serial 158/18/04/2019.

Bird scarers

We are receiving several reports of what has been described as either "Bird Scarers" or Firecrackers being thrown from vehicles in Gnosall at pedestrians. One vehicle described as, a green Land Rover Deffender, has been mentioned on a couple of occassions, but no registration identified. If you have any knowledge of any of the offenders or vehicles, please contact us


Regarding the recent spate of "Firecrackers" being thrown from vehicles in the Gnosall area. We have identified one vehicle being involved and the keeper of this vehicle has been spoken to and advice given regarding his and his passengers actions!

Safer Neighbourhood Panels

Safer Neighbourhood Panels, set up by the Staffordshire Commissioner, are made up of local residents who meet regularly with their area’s local policing commander.

The panels shape local policing and community safety and shine the spotlight on the work done by police in their area to ensure greater transparency and help build public confidence. They examine the impact of policing, community resolutions and restorative justice, on their communities.

Panel members receive training to help them carry out their role so that they can be involved in innovative work such as examining body camera footage captured during “stop and searches” by local officers.

Panels are established in Cannock Chase, Staffordshire Moorlands, South Staffordshire, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Lichfield, Stafford, Tamworth, East Staffordshire and the two local policing team areas of Stoke-on-Trent.

Safer Neighbourhood Panels give local people the opportunity to hold policing in their area to account.

Suspicious Vehicle's - Gnosall

We have had a report of vehicle's acting suspiciously around the area of Gnosall. Your local officers are proactivley patrolling this area. However if you see anything suspicious please report it to Staffordshire Police on '101' Non Emergency or '999' Emergency.

Police Contact Advice:Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert.

Burglary - Coley Lane - Stafford

Sometime between the hours of; 10:30am & 12:30pm on Friday 22nd March unknown offender(s) have climbed on a roof and then entered the property via a small window which was left open. They have then made a search in the bedrooms for any valuables.

The unknown offender(s) have stolen a 9ct solid gold women's watch, 14ct gold art deco style women's watch, oval face solid gold women's bracelet watch and approx £250 in coins.

If you have any information or have seen anything suspicious around this time, in this area, please contact Staffordshire Police on '101' and quote serial ref: SP20190322-0496.

Please ensure you check all windows are closed and secure when you leave your house. If you do come across anyone suspicious on your premises please call '999' emergency or '101' non emergency. 

Local people invited to shine the spotlight on local policing

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent residents are being invited to join their local Safer Neighbourhood Panel to shine a spotlight on local policing and make Staffordshire’s Police Service the most open, transparent and ethical in the UK.

Safer Neighbourhood Panels, set up by Staffordshire’s Commissioner, Matthew Ellis in 2015, are made up of local residents who meet regularly with their area’s local policing commander.

The panels examine, challenge and shape the work of police at the most local level and hold Local Policing Team Commanders to account as well as looking at wider criminal justice and community safety issues in their area.

Mr Ellis said: “This is a real opportunity for local people to play a part in holding all responsible for policing in their area to account and I’d urge residents to get involved.

I make no apology for believing that truly local policing, and the public playing a part in influencing that policing, is vital.’Panel members receive training to help them carry out their role so that they can be involved in innovative work such as examining records and body camera footage captured during “stop and searches” and “use of force” by local officers.For more information and details on how you can apply visit



We are appealing to the public to get in touch if they have seen, or have any information on the whereabouts of three men we want to speak to following a series of distraction burglaries.John Purcell, aged 28, Michael Purcell, aged 31, and Johnny Delaney, aged 22, are wanted in connection with a series of distraction burglaries which occurred across Staffordshire and North Wales where vulnerable pensioners were targeted.

The men have connections to Staffordshire, Cheshire, West Midlands and North Wales.Anyone with information is urged to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 referring to incident number 413 of 4 March 2019.We are making a series of appeals regarding this case on BBC’s Crimewatch Roadshow.Alternatively, please call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Attempted Burglary - Haughton

Sometime around 0300 hours on the 4th March, unknown offender(s) have entered a farm and have smashed a lock of a container to gain entry. However in the process of doing this they have disturbed the owners of the property, which has caused the offender(s) to flee. Thankfully nothing was stolen on this occasion.

Please be aware, always make sure all outbuildings are locked and secure. If you do come across anyone acting suspicious who shouldnt be on your property please call '999' Emergency, or '101' Non Emergency.

Distraction Theft - Woodseaves

On the 28th February between 1430-1445 hours, a male offender has entered a public house in Woodseaves and called a lady for assistance, requesting some water for his car and whilst distracted, the offender has stole the purse which contained cash, bank cards, jewellery and car keys.

If you have any information regarding this theft please contact Staffordshire Police on '101' and quote serial ref: SP-20190228-650.

We urge people to keep their valuables safe, secure and out of sight. Please report any suspicious activity to '101' Non Emergency or '999' Emergency.

Burglary - Aqualate, Newport

Sometime overnight on the 8th February 2019, an agricultural building was broken into and chainsaws were stolen. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Staffordshire police on `101` and quote incident ref: 0190 09/02/2019.

Any suspicious activity should be reported to Staffordshire Police immediately on `101` or '999' if a crime is taking place or about to take place.

Secure your vehicle - spate of vehicle thefts

Police are urging owners of keyless entry cars and high-performance vehicles to protect themselves from theft following a spate across the county.

Thieves are targeting high-value performance vehicles such as Audi, Mercedes, BMW and Fords which are left parked on driveways or in the street.The majority of thefts occur overnight and the cars targeted tend to be only a  few years old.We would issue the following advice:• Keeping all keys out of sight and away from doors and windows• Installing a home security system and setting an intruder alarm at night• Installing and activating a tracking device on your vehicle• Install good outside lighting• Check if your keyless entry fob can be turned off. If it can, and your dealer can also confirm this, then do so overnight.• Store your keys away from household entry points and windows. Keeping your keyless entry fob out of sight is not enough – thieves only need to gain proximity to the key to amplify the signal. Drivers are also being urged to keep both sets of keys in a faraday cage or pouch which blocks the signal from the fob. Keep an eye out for suspicious activity in your neighbourhood – and report anything unusual to the Police.

ADVICE: Have a crime-free Christmas

When you're out shopping

  • Stay alert and be aware of what's going on around you.
  • Keep valuables in inside pockets of clothing or bags.
  • Only carry the cash and cards that you need. Always shield the PIN pad when entering your PIN.
  • Avoid going back to your car to leave your shopping part-way through your trip. If you have to keep presents in the car, make sure they are out of view in the boot, the car is locked, and keep the receipts with you.
  • Deter pickpockets and muggers. Don't overburden yourself with bags/packages. Be extra careful with purses and wallets.      Always carry a purse close to your body and not dangling by the straps. Put a wallet in an inside coat or front trouser pocket, likewise with your phone and keys.
  • Shopping with children? Make sure they learn to go to a store attendant or security guard if you get separated.
  • Never leave your bag unattended on your trolley whilst shopping and don’t leave it in your vehicle when returning your trolley.

At home

Never keep large amounts of cash at home.

  • Make sure you keep your doors and windows locked at all times.
  • Keys should always be kept out of sight and not left indoors or in view of windows.
  • Make your house look occupied, use a timer switch to operate lamps as it starts to get dark, leave a radio on.
  • Don’t open the door to anybody you don’t recognise. Not sure? Don’t open the door!

ALERT: Increase of purse thefts

Staffordshire Police have received several reports over the county of purse thefts over the Christmas shopping period.

It's easy for pick-pockets and shoplifters to conceal themselves amongst the crowds in shopping areas at this busy time of year.

Often working in pairs or groups, pickpockets will use various ways to lift your purse or wallet out of your pocket or bag.

One can purposely bump into you, or sometimes distract you while another will adeptly help themselves to your money and cards. You won't feel them stealing from you.

Don't put your money or wallet in a back pocket. Carry your bag close to you and so it opens facing you, keep a hand on it.

Don't leave bags on a shopping trolley, wheelchair, motorised scooter, or pushchairs.

ADVICE: Protect your property


Burglars are busy at this time of year. Make sure your Christmas presents go to those they intended for and....

- Keep presents and valuables securely stowed and out of sight 

- Lock windows and doors

- Keep sheds and garages secure 

- Avoid leaving your house darkness - leave lights on and TV's, radios where possible

- Make your property and register it through 

- Invest in security lighting 

- Set your alarms

- Look out for your neighbours

- Report any suspicious activity 

Keep safe this Christmas!

for more information visit 

My Staffs App - Advice & Support

The police are often asked for advice and support, and there is often expectation from members of the

public for us to provide all of the answers. We are not always best placed and are not always the right service to answer some of these questions.

MyStaffs is an online portal for people to access all sorts of services - council, police, fire and voluntary services, where members of the public can report issues such as abandoned vehicles, road defects, fly tipping, noise complaints, etc., and also pay fines, and find all sorts of advice and information for themselves.  

Drug and alcohol advice

  • Benefits support
  • Domestic abuse service and support
  • Mental health support
  • Voluntary and charitable organisations
  • Things to do – Leisure activities, community groups, lunch clubs
  • Volunteering, community, befriending groups and activities
  • Housing, financial, and legal advice
  • Health and wellbeing services
  • Children’s services
  • Parenting services
  • Keeping safe and crime prevention advice

This tool offers a multitude of services easily accessible in one place. We encourage familiarisation and use of this application, as it can provide you with lots of information to support and services across Staffordshire. Please signpost and encourage members of the public to use this online service too which can be easily downloaded as an App to any mobile device.  It can assist us to help people in accessing help and support for themselves at the earliest opportunity, enabling them to feel safe and supported, which is important for all citizens but especially those who are most vulnerable.

Neighbourhood Watch: Suspicious Activity

Overnight on the 4th November the following vehicles were seen driving around a field in High Onn - Church Eaton; A blue 65 plate transit van and black 65 plate volkswagon Golf. An unknown person was also seen shining a spot light into the field, this incident could be linked to poaching.

Do you want to become a Cyber Champion?

Introducing a cyber champion initiative within your workplace will not only raise awareness to cyber safety and security but it will also reduce the likelihood of data breaches and ransomware attacks.

Once you have completed the training, use our template to implement your own cyber champions policy within your workplace and keep up to date with essential cyber safe information.

So, what is Cyber Crime?

Cyber crime is a crime such as fraud, bullying, theft or grooming that is committed online (on the internet) using a device that can access the web, such as smartphones, tablets or other devices. Cyber crime also includes crimes against your computer or device such as contaminating or corrupting it with viruses or taking-over your social media profile, email account or your website.


It’s nearly Halloween and the tradition of 'trick or treating'. Although for many this is an enjoyable activity – it isn’t for everyone in our community.  Some residents may not welcome numerous callers to their door and they can find it very unnerving and stressful time.

suspicious Vehicle in Eccleshall

Please be on the look out for a silver Skoda saloon car that was parked up off the High Street in Eccleshall this afternoon around 1300hrs. The occupants of the vehicle claimed to be collecting for charity but left shortly after being challenged by local residents, the occupants spoke with an eastern European accent. If you see a vehicle fitting this description them please call Staffordshire Police on 101.


We have received a report of a theft of a caravan from an address in Adbaston today between 09.30-13.30. It is described as a 20 year old white Swift Corniche, & having a registration plate OE62HGJ, although this may have been removed by now. If you have any information about this, please call us on 101 and quote serial number 326/23/2018.

Warning - world cup online lottery SCAM


We have received several reports of local residents from Uttoxeter and Stafford regarding a letter that has come through the post claiming they have won the International Fifa World Cup lottery.

- Please see the attached

Please be aware this is a scam and do NOT give your bank details out.

If this has happened to you, please report this to Action Fraud 

Tel: 0300 123 2040

Secure your vehicle

We are reminding vehicle owners to check their vehicle security following an increase in the number of thefts of, and from motor vehicles.

Most vehicle crime is opportunist and therefore preventable.

We would always advise and remind owners of the following:-

* Ensure your vehicle is locked and secure whenever left.  Always check your doors - don't rely on remote locking fobs.

* Remove all valuables and possessions when the vehicle is unattended.

* Always garage your vehicle or park on a driveway, or in well lit areas, wherever possible.

* Consider installing tracker devices - in the event your vehicle is stolen - it can be located quickly.

* Consider blocking high value vehicles in with a second vehicle... simple but it works!

* Store keyless entry car fobs in a Faraday pouch to block signal from devices used by offenders to steal your car.

* Store all vehicle keys out of view of windows and doors - thieves will often break into your home to locate keys to steal your vehicle.

Lets not make it easy for them!

For more information and advice visit





Cyber security events

October is European Cyber Security Awareness Month and our Digital PCSO will be travelling around the county in our mobile police station to raise awareness of cyber crime and cyber security to members of the public and local businesses.

Advice and support will be available so please come along and say hello! at ??

Thursday 11th October ...

??Hanley, Tontine Square: 09:30 - 11:30

??Newcastle, High Street: 11:30 - 13:00

??Stafford, Market Square: 14:30 - 16:00

Friday 12th October

??Burton, Station Street: 09:30 - 10:30

??Tamworth, George Street: 11:30 - 13:00

??Lichfield, Market Square: 14:00 - 15:30

M6 Closure this weekend Junction 14 Stafford & 15 Stoke on Trent (both directions)

Staffordshire Police are reminding road users to avoid the M6 between junctions 14 (Stafford) and 15 (Stoke-on-Trent), in both directions from 8pm this Saturday (22 September) due to the demolition of the Creswell Home Farm bridge.If you are planning on using this stretch of the M6 Saturday/Sunday, please be advised to:• Plan alternative routes• Allow additional travelling time and expect slower traffic on diversionary routes• Listen to UK and local radio for motoring updates• If you can’t avoid the M6 follow the signed diversion routes not your sat nav.• Or if it is at all possible, avoid travelling on the M6 on Saturday night.The road will reopen on Sunday 23 September as soon as work is completed, and it is safe to use the carriageway.


There's an email doing the rounds claiming to be from BT advising that your email address will require upgrading, otherwise your service will be disconnected from 12/09/18.

BT has confirmed that this is a scam!

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address:

Supicious activity

We received a report of 3 males & 3 females seen acting suspiciously in Chestnut close Sunday 09/09/18. They appeared to be taking photos of houses, 1 of them was walking & pointing a mobile phone at the houses & appeared to be filming. When challenged, they left. Only description 1 male wearing a blue & black hoody, 1 female wearing white top & black jacket.

Please ensure you keep your property & vehicles secured & keep all valuables out of sight

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address:

Online chat for all residents of Stafford - Thursday 20 September

We will be hosting an online surgery for residents in the Stafford Borough on Thursday 20 September.  This will be your opportunity to chat to local officers about any issues or concerns you may have in your community.  The chat will go 'live' at 7pm - so make sure you follow the link to join the chat and speak to your local officers of stafford!

Advice: Secure your vehicle

We are reminding vehicle owners to check their vehicle security following an increase in the number of thefts of, and from motor vehicles.

Most vehicle crime is opportunist and therefore preventable.

We would always advise and remind owners of the following:-

* Ensure your vehicle is locked and secure whenever left.  Always check your doors - don't rely on remote locking fobs.

* Remove all valuables and possessions when the vehicle is unattended.

* Always garage your vehicle or park on a driveway, or in well lit areas, wherever possible.

* Consider installing tracker devices - in the event your vehicle is stolen - it can be located quickly.

* Consider blocking high value vehicles in with a second vehicle... simple but it works!

* Store keyless entry car fobs in a Faraday pouch to block signal from devices used by offenders to steal your car.

* Store all vehicle keys out of view of windows and doors - thieves will often break into your home to locate keys to steal your vehicle.

Lets not make it easy for them!

For more information and advice visit

Bike thieves targeted in Stafford

Officers from Stafford’s Neighbourhood Policing Team have arrested and charged a man with theft following a crackdown on Monday night (6 August) aimed at targeting bike thieves in the town centre.

Wayne Sweeney, 26, of Barnes Road, Stafford was charged with a number of theft offences and appears at Cannock Magistrates Court today (7 August).

Police also arrested a 36-year-old man from Stafford on suspicion of theft, possession of an offensive weapon and burglary. The bike he was riding was also seized. He remains in police custody and enquiries are on-going.

Following the initiative, a number of other bikes that are believed to be stolen were recovered. Officers are asking the public for help in identifying the rightful owners, so that other offences can be dealt with and property can be returned.

If you have any information or can help to identify these bikes, please call 101 quoting incident 107 of 8 August, or email


A quad cycle has been reported as being stolen from an out building from a farm in Church Eaton today. The vehicle is described as a red Honda, with a registration of DX11CUG, which was taken last night, or early hours this morning. If you have any information as to the whereabouts of this vehicle, or witnessed any suspicious activity, please report it to us.

Alert: Public warning about vishing fraud

We are asking people to make their elderly family members and neighbours aware of phone scammers, after reports of fraudsters targeting vulnerable people in the area this week.

These cold-call scams, known as vishing, typically involve fraudsters deceiving people into believing they are speaking to a police officer, a member of bank staff or a representative of another trusted company or agency.

It is easy for them to sound convincing, since they can both fake the telephone number on the screen and do their research to find out some of your basic bank and personal details.

Usually, the fraudster will try to convince an individual that they have been a victim of fraud and will ask for personal and financial information in order to gain access to their account.

However, another variation of a phone scam involves the fraudster persuading people to transfer money to other accounts or to hand over cash directly to a courier.

To ensure you don’t fall prey to this type of phone scam, remember that in no circumstances would your bank or the police ask you to take such actions, and never disclose the following details:• Four-digit card PIN• Full password or online banking codes• Personal details, unless you are sure who you are talking to is legitimateThis advice follows two incidents in the county yesterday, where fraudsters had convinced elderly couples to withdraw large amounts of money from their bank accounts. Fortunately, staff members were vigilant and felt that the transactions were suspicious so contacted the police.

If you experience a similar call, or have been victim of this type of fraud, please contact 101 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or

Advice: Secure your vehicle!

We are urging residents and business owners to be extra vigilant following a number of vehicle thefts and attempted breaks across the county.

We have received reports of both cars and vans being targeted.

We would remind owners to ensure their vehicles are locked and garaged wherever possible, or parked on a driveway or in well-lit areas.

Please ensure all valuables are removed when unattended - this includes tools and equipment, which are often targeted.  Leave a sign in the window advising that no valuables are left in the vehicle (see attached flyer for your use).

Store vehicle keys away and out of sight.  Thieves will consider breaking into your home to steal the keys and the vehicle!

If you have a keyless entry vehicle - ensure your car fob is stored away in a signal blocker pouch or container.

Visit or more information and advice.

ALERT: BT phone scam

We are urging residents to be on their guard following a report of a suspicious automated phone call, which claimed to be from BT. It stated that the home broadband would be disconnected, and to follow the options to either continue or cancel. Fortunately, the person receiving the call did not give any personal information or bank details away, and hung up. They contacted BT, and they confirmed that it wasn't them, and that they wouldn't make contact in this way.

We are reminding residents to never give any personal details to a cold caller. If you have any doubts as to how genuine they are, terminate the call and contact your provider through a verified method.

Please pass this message onto your neighbours and advise them to be on their guard and not to give any personal or bank details over the phone to cold callers.

Please support any suspicious calls or emails to Action Fraud, online at: or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Road closures in place for IRONMAN this weekend

Road closures will be in place for a major triathlon taking place in Staffordshire this weekend.

The IRONMAN 70.3, which takes place on Sunday 10 June, will see a variety of diversions and road closures in place in the south of the county to help keep the athletes and marshals safe.

The following areas will be affected:Abbots Bromley, Admaston, Brownhills, Burntwood, Cannock Chase, Chasewater, Colton, Draycott In The Clay, Fairway, Gentleshaw, Hanbury, Hednesford, King’s Bromley, Kingstone, Kingsway, Lichfield, Longdon, Marchington, Needwood, Newborough, Riverway, Rugeley, Stafford Town Centre, South Walls, Stubby Lane, Tixall, Wolseley Bridge and Yoxall.

Maps displaying all the road closures can be found on the event website: plan any travel in advance and be prepared to use alternative routes to minimise disruption to your journey. 

Vehicles stolen during test drives

Motorists are being warned after a number of cars have been stolen during test drives in Staffordshire.A man pretending to be an interested car buyer has been arranging to meet sellers for a test drive, and has then driven off in the vehicles.Seven offences have taken place since the 18 April in Lichfield, South Staffordshire and Cannock. The cars have all been advertised for sale on vehicle listing website AutoTrader.The offender is described as a white man, approximately 6ft tall, of stocky build with stubble. He arrives at the location on foot, and often wears dark clothing with a cap or hat.Detective Inspector John Quilty, Staffordshire Police CID, said: "We are reminding the public to be alert when selling their cars. Do not hand your keys over to a potential buyer, and be sure to ask for ID or confirmation of insurance before allowing a test drive to take place."If you do have an unusual meeting with a prospective buyer, or have any information in relation to these thefts, please report it to us on 101 quoting incident number 719 of 4 June."

Alternatively, to remain anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.              

Staffordshire Police Open Day in Virtual Reality

Visitors attending this year's Staffordshire Police Open Day will be able to take part in a virtual reality forensic science experience.

Members of the public are invited to download the HP Reveal and Staffs Uni VR apps (before visiting or during the event) from the Android or Apple app stores and then head over to the forensic science stand to help solve crime through an interactive experience.

Visitors to the forensic investigation activity will be able to take part in three activities. The first is a 360 degree virtual reality experience where your smartphone, with the Staffs Uni VR app installed, will be inserted into a VR headset. Then wearing the headset, visitors will see a mocked up crime scene in which they will be able to look for evidence and help solve the crime.

Our second activity uses Augmented Reality and will enable you to use your smartphone, with the HP Reveal app installed, to locate and log evidence and suggest the causes of the crime in front of you.

The third activity is another virtual reality experience, this time enabling you to actually move items around in a crime scene to gather evidence and help solve the crime.

The forensic investigation activity is just one of many free experiences aimed at helping the public learn more about policing in the county, including live demonstrations, community stalls and lots of family-friendly activities.

Staffordshire Police Open Day will be held on Sunday 3 June, 11am-4pm at our headquarters on Weston Road, Stafford, ST18 0YY.

The event is free and includes a free park and ride facility.  For more information about the Open Day visit, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @Staffspolice.