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cctv stills of three offenders from Wilnecote motors

STAFFORDSHIRE Police are appealing for help from the public to identify the three people captured on CCTV, after a number of vehicles were damaged in Tamworth on the 8 December.

At around 12.45am, offenders walked on to the forecourt of Wilnecote Motors on Watling Street, Wilnecote.

They caused approximately £1,500 worth of damage to five vehicles by jumping and sliding on the bonnets.

CCTV images of the youths were captured from the nearby McDonalds store.

CCTV Images of three youths

Image thanks to Staffordshire Police

Anyone with any information, or who recognises the individuals, is asked to call 101 quoting incident number 362 of the 8 December.

You can also report information about crime by contacting 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 go to court.

Nuneaton Bowling Alley

A NUNEATON man has admitted to imprisoning two people at gunpoint at a Nuneaton bowling alley in October 2017.

Appearing at Warwick Crown Court today (Friday 12 January), David Clarke, aged 53, of Ryde Avenue, Nuneaton pleaded guilty to two counts of false imprisonment, one count of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, one count of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence, two counts of possession of a bladed article in a public place and one count of criminal damage.

On the afternoon of 22 October 2017, Clarke went into a bowling alley on Bermuda Park, Nuneaton, with a decommissioned sawn-off shotgun, samurai sword and knife looking for someone with whom he’d had a dispute. He could not find the person he was looking for and instead took two other people hostage.

Reports started to come into police at 2.32pm and armed officers were deployed to the scene. The large-scale policing operation was led by the Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police Tactical Firearms Unit.

At 6.33pm, as concern for the hostages increased, armed police stormed the building, arresting Clarke and releasing the two hostages unharmed.

Guilty - David Clarke. (credit: Warwickshire Police)

Guilty – David Clarke. (credit: Warwickshire Police)

Chief Superintendent Alex Franklin-Smith said: “Clarke will have realised the impact his selfish actions would have on the victims and the many people and families who were out enjoying the start of the school half-term holiday.

“Fortunately, incidents of this nature are extremely rare, but our officers train for such events and when they were called upon to put their training into practice they most certainly did with the utmost bravery, skill and professionalism. On behalf of Warwickshire Police I would like to thank all of the emergency services who were involved in bringing this incident to a safe conclusion.

“I’d also like to recognise the investigation team who worked around the clock to ensure Clarke was promptly charged and remanded in custody. The thoroughness of their investigation and the strength of evidence they presented has led to today’s guilty plea.

“Finally, I would like to thank the many people who were caught up in this event for their calmness, cooperation and support on the day. The situation was fast moving, dynamic and attracted significant local, national and international interest. The incident brought out the best in the people of Nuneaton. Local businesses providing refuge for people caught up in the events and local taxi and bus companies providing people with free lifts home were just some of the examples of how the local community pulled together.

“The many messages of thanks and support we have received from the public have been overwhelming and today’s sentencing is a testament to the work of everyone involved in bringing Clarke to justice.”

Judge Andrew Lockhart QC adjourned for pre-sentencing reports ahead of sentencing on 2 March 2018. Judge Lockhart warned Clarke to expect “a significant and lengthy prison sentence”.

PC Emma Agyei

ONE of the country’s top cops is personally taking steps to highlight the impact of officers or police staff being assaulted or abused on our streets.

Two officers or police staff report being assaulted or racially or verbally abused every day in the West Midlands.

Between April and December 2017, 669 assaults on West Midlands officers and staff were recorded. As a result, 356 days were lost as the brave bobbies recovered from their injuries with a cost equivalent to around £65,000 in sick pay. And the problem is growing.

PC Emma Agyei was assaulted in May 2017 after being called to a domestic incident on Chapel Street, Bradley.

The footage below, from her body-cam shows the moment she is forced to the floor by a 24-year-old man who beats her and rips out a large chunk of her hair.

Emma’s attacker pleaded guilty to assault and was given a 12 weeks suspended sentence.

Chief Constable Dave Thompson, said: “I am stepping up to highlight the impact of assaults on our communities. Officers, PCSOs and staff are often the first and last line of defence.

“Our officers will always do the right thing and routinely put themselves in harm’s way to protect the public, but we need to bring to justice criminals who think that it is okay to abuse and hit out.

“Time off recovering from a senseless attack is time taken away from the very communities that need them policing their streets and protecting them.”

From 2018 cases where cop attackers are brought before the courts will include a personal statement from the Chief.

In the document – known as an impact statement – Dave Thompson will personally outline to the magistrate or judge and jury the effect the attack has had on the force, and its wider implications for the people of the region by having one of their protectors off patrol because of their injuries.

The move comes with the backing of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) who are the independent prosecutors in criminal cases in England and Wales. Their job is to make sure the right person is prosecuted for the right offence and offenders are brought to justice.

The personal statement, written by the Chief, will be used during sentencing and allows the judge to take into consideration the impact the assault has had on the force, the officer’s family and the public. It will be used in conjunction with statements from the victim.

“When it comes to prosecuting suspects, we have been working closely with CPS in our region.” said Dave Thompson.

“We will be making sure that for each prosecution of an assault on one of our officers or staff, the court understands the impact this has on us, our families, our workplace and the policing of the West Midlands.”

In the last three years, 2,336 assaults on police officers have been recorded. Of these, 89 were police community support officers and 131 were custody staff.

“The figures are unacceptable and we must work harder as a force to protect our officers and staff.

“No officer or member of staff should come to work and accept that being assaulted or abused is simply part of the job.

“As a victim of crime, they will be offered the same service any member of the public would expect. As an employer, we’re doing the right thing and adding in an additional layer of support.”

Dave Thompson became Chief Constable in January 2016 and pledged to do more on staff wellbeing. As well as introducing more staff welfare support services, he has backed the Police Federation’s Protect the Protectors campaign and overseen the introduction of spit guards, body worn video and double-shot Taser to help with officer safety.

He added: “All too often police officers and staff are subjected to assaults and threats. While the severity of such attacks changes, the impact upon society does not. It is never acceptable to assume that assaults upon police officers and staff should be tolerated, they are not ‘part of the job’.”

Backing the Chief Constable’s tough stance, Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said: “I am pleased that the Chief Constable is getting tough on these unacceptable crimes.

“The police protect the public, it is therefore important we protect our officers, PCSOs and staff too.

“Officers and staff should not have to put up with violence and assaults whilst keeping the public safe.

“West Midlands Police takes assaults against its staff and officers incredibly seriously. The force will do all in its power to bring those who commit such crimes to justice.”

POLICE are appealing to the public for information after a number of incidents in Two Gates and Wilnecote over the weekend.

A chip shop, a burger van and lorries were all targetted in the incidents which occurred between Friday 5 January and Monday 8 January.

In the first incident, a Burger Van was broken into on Tame Valley Industrial Estate, Wilnecote. Between 3:30 pm on Friday 5 and 7:15 am on Saturday 6, offender(s) have stolen food including burgers, crisps and drinks before making their escape.

Anyone with any information regarding this is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 0152 – 06/01/2018.

The second incident was a theft at Pickfords, Tame Valley Industrial Estate.  Over the weekend between Friday 5 and Sunday 7,  offenders who were driving a dark coloured vehicle have forced the metal fencing before going into the compound and stealing batteries from the lorries. One lorry has also had the fuel syphoned.

Anyone with any information regarding this is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 0073 – 08/01/2018.

In the third incident, there was a break in at the Dug Out Fish Bar in Two Gates.  Between the hours of 12:30 am and 10:30 am on the 8 January, unknown offender(s) have smashed a window and have then gone to the rear of the property and gained access via a window. Offender (s) have then left the premises via the same window without taking anything or damaging anything further.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 0268 – 08/01/2018

You can also report information about crime by contacting 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 go to court.

Courier Fraud / West Midlands Police

POLICE are warning resididents to be on theig guard after being made aware of a reoccurring crime where fraudsters are cold calling victims purporting to be police officers with the intention of obtaining personal/financial information and money.

In the latest twist of the crime, Victims have received a phone call from a fraudster who tells them they are speaking to a police officer from Greater Manchester Police and that they need them to assist in an undercover investigation.

Victims are requested to withdraw cash from their bank accounts which is then collected by a courier later that day.

Residenrs should keep the following in mind:

  • The police or your bank would never ask someone to aid an investigation by withdrawing or transferring money.
  • Never give out or confirm personal and/or financial information to anyone over the phone.

If you receive one of these calls, end it immediately and call your local police on 101 if they have stated they are coming to collect the money or if this is not the case, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

You can also report information about crime by contacting 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 go to court.

WARWICKSHIRE Police are appealing for help to locate a wanted man with connections to Atherstone.

Lee Hiatt is currently wanted on suspicion of a number of burglaries within the Warwickshire and Staffordshire areas.

The 44-year-old has short, dark-coloured hair and is described as being of medium build and around 5ft 9in tall.

Anyone who has seen Hiatt or knows of his whereabouts is asked to call Warwickshire Police on 101.

You can also report information by contacting 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 go to court.

WANTED: Lee Hiatt

WANTED: Lee Hiatt

west midlands counter terrorism unit (CTU)

FIVE men and a woman have been arrested today (Wednesday 3 January) on suspicion of terrorism offences.

The men – a 26-year-old from Cambridge, a 21-year-old from Banbury, Oxfordshire, a 28-year-old from Wolverhampton, a 26-year-old from Leicester and a 24-year-old from Stockport – and a 37-year-old woman also from Banbury, have been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000; namely on suspicion of being a member of a proscribed organisation (National Action) contrary to sec 11 of the Terrorism Act.

The five men are being held in the West Midlands and the woman at a police station outside the force area.

The arrests were carried out with West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit in conjunction with North West CTU, South East CTU, Eastern CTIU and EMSOU-SB (previously EM CTIU).

A number of properties are being searched in connection with the arrests.

The arrests were pre-planned and intelligence-led; there was no threat to the public’s safety.

four police cars with lights APPEAL

POLICE in North Warwickshire are appealing to the public for information after a string of Burglaries and other thefts have occurred in the area in recent days, over the new year period.

Eleven burglaries occures at homes as well as a number of thefts where a Kayak with paddels, two Mountain Bikes and a wallet containing cash were some of the items stolen.

Residents are urged to ensure that their homes, vehicles and gardens are as secure as possible to make it more difficult for would-be thieves to commit offences.

Any suspicions activity should also be reported to the police on 101 or 999 if there is a crime in progress.

The incidents are as follows:

Theft, Riddings Gardens, Polesworth

Incident 142 0f 30 December – At some point before 12.20pm on 30 December, offenders entered the rear garden of a home in Ridding Gardens, Polesworth and stole a white Piranha mountain bike, a 10ft white Kayak and 2 paddles.  The offenders are believed to have stolen the items through the side gate.

Theft – Trentham Road, Hartshill

Incident 67 of 31 December – At some point before 8.30am on 31 December, an offender stole a wallet from a windowsill at a home in Trentham Road, Hartshill.  The wallet contained a large quantity of cash.

Theft –  Manor Court Road & Beaumont Road, Nuneaton

Incident 374 of 30 December – At around 10.30pm on 30 December, a witness saw two young male offenders break into a vehicle parked outside a home in Manor Court Road, Nuneaton.  When the offenders realised they had been spotted, they ran off towards the petrol station.  One offender was taller than the other and wore a dark grey tracksuit and the other had a slim build and wore a blue hoodie and tracksuit bottoms.  Both are described as being between 14 and 16 years of age.

Incident 7 of 31 December – At just before 12.30am on 31 December, the residents of a home in Beaumont Road, Nuneaton heard a noise outside and looked out of a window to see 3 male offenders stealing a bicycle from their garden shed.  The three offenders ran off towards Queens Road.

Burglary – Grendon Road, Polesworth

Incident 254 of 31 December -Between 4.30 and 6.50pm on 31 December, offenders broke into a home in Grendon Road, Polesworth through a rear conservatory window. Once inside the house, the offenders shut the family dogs in the lounge before carrying out a search of the rest of the house.  The offenders managed to open a safe and stole a quantity of cash from inside.

Burglary – Sidmouth Close & Holsworthy Close, Nuneaton

Incident 345 of 31 December – Between 6 pm on 26 December and 11.55pm on 31 December, offenders broke into a home in Sidmouth Close, Nuneaton after smashing through the rear patio doors.  Once inside, the offenders carried out a very untidy search of the house, searching through jewellery boxes before making off with the television and numerous items of jewellery.

Incident 98 of 1 January – Between 1.15pm on 31 December and 3am on 1 January, offenders broke through a side gate and then smashed the rear patio window of a home in Holsworthy Close, Nuneaton to enter the premises.  The offenders carried out a search before making off with three Kindles and a purple flowered tin containing a quantity of cash in coins.

Burglaries at home in Marlowe Close, Galley Common

Incident 21 of 1 January – Between 10.30 pm on 31 December and 12.30am on 1 January, offenders broke into a home in Marlowe Close, and carried out a very untidy search of all rooms before making off with items of jewellery and 2 laptop computers.

Incident 130 of 1 January – At just before 4.30am on 1 January, offenders broke into the same house in Marlowe Close.  The residents of the house and a neighbour saw a small vehicle driving off at speed, with the boot open and this is believed to be connected.

Burglary – Kingswood Road, Nuneaton

Incident 28 of 1 January – Just before 1am on 1 January, the resident of a flat home in Kingswood Road, Nuneaton returned home to discover offenders inside the flat.  The resident jumped out of a window and left the premises.  It is not clear if anything was stolen.

Burglary – Eastfield Road, Nuneaton

Incident 210 of 1 January – At around 11.30am on 1 January, the resident of a home in Eastfield Road, Nuneaton noticed that the rear doors of a neighbouring home in Eastfield Road, Nuneaton had been smashed and could hear offenders inside the house. The witness could hear items of furniture being moved and called Police Officers.  The offenders made off before officers arrived and it is not clear at this time, exactly what was stolen.

Burglary, Hoggrills End Lane, Nether Whitacre

Incident 352 of 1 January – At some point before 6pm on 1 January, offenders broke into a home in Hoggrills End Lane, Nether Whitacre and stole a set of car keys.  The offenders  then used the keys to steal the vehicle from the driveway.

Burglary, Lichfield Road, Coleshill

Incident 417 of 1 January – At some point before 9.30pm on 1 January, offenders broke into a home in Lichfield Road, Coleshill by smashing through the rear kitchen door. Once inside, the offenders carried out a search.  it is not clear exactly what was stolen.

Burglary, Royal Meadow Drive, Atherstone

Burglary, Kingsbury Road, Curdworth

Incident 102 of 2 January – At some point before 11.45am on 2 January, offenders smashed a first floor window at a home in Kingsbury Road, Curdworth and entered the house to disable the intruder alarm system.  It is not clear if anything was stolen.

If you have information that you believe may be in connection with any of these incidents, please contact Warwickshire Police on 101, quoting the incident number given.

Police ask that residents remain vigilant around your area and report suspicious persons, vehicles or activity to the Police on 101.

Information can also be given anonymously to the Independent Charity, Crimestoppers, by calling 0800 555 111 or by visiting their website: www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

cash seized by police

WEST Midlands Police has seized more than £17 million from crooks in the last five years, latest figures have shown.

Financial investigators working in the Economic Crime Unit stripped a total of £17,026,411 – and 54 pence – from offenders since April 2012 under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).

Just over £9 million was recovered from criminals such as drug dealers and fraudsters following court convictions, while the best part of £8 million was taken from suspects after they failed to prove they’d acquired the seized cash legitimately.

West Midlands Police retained around £6.5 million of the total with the Home Office, CPS and courts also receiving a share.

And the millions retained by West Midlands Police is ploughed into the Police & Crime Commissioner’s Active Citizens fund and spent on crime prevention or community projects.

Detective Sergeant Adam Keen from the Economic Crime Unit, said: “POCA is a really important police power: not just because it allows us to put much needed money into police projects but because it sends out a strong message that crime doesn’t pay.

“Criminals may think they can ride out their time in jail and their ill-gotten gains will still be waiting for them upon their release. Wrong! Because securing a conviction is just the start for us and we will leave no stone unturned in our efforts to ensure they cannot benefit from crime.

“We will always investigate people who have made money from crime; it’s hugely satisfying to seize their money or assets – including property, cars or valuables – and spend that money for the common good in communities.”

The five-year total is from 605 POCA Confiscation Orders – imposed by judges following criminal convictions – and 191 Forfeiture Orders after West Midlands Police applied to the courts to seize cash found in suspicious circumstances.

Between April 2016 and March 2017 the force recovered £1,963,352 under POCA with another £733,579 still outstanding.

Any offenders refusing to pay up face extended spells behind bars. But the debt is never cancelled: it hangs over the person until it’s repaid and officers can recover cash and assets from them at any stage in the future.

West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner David Jamieson, who oversees the Active Citizens Fund, added: “It sends a strong message that we are taking money off criminals and funding worthy causes through my Active Citizens Fund with the money.

“Using criminals’ ill-gotten-gains we will be spending their loot to make communities safer.”

Appeal for bus incident

POLICE in Tamworth are appealing for information after a school girl has claimed she was inappropriately touched whilst waiting for a bus in Tamworth Town Centre.

The incident happened on Friday 8 December at 8:06 am, when a school pupil in Tamworth was approached by a male whilst waiting to board an Arriva bus on Victoria Road in Tamworth town centre.

She says she was then inappropriately touched by the male whilst on the bus.

There is CCTV image of the suspect and he is described as being aged between 20’s- 30’s, Eastern European with dark facial stubble, stocky build wearing a red body warmer, white jacket, dark coloured trousers and carrying a blue bag pack.

If you witnessed this incident or can help identify this man please contact 101 quoting incident number 136 of 8 December.

You can also report information about crime by contacting 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 go to court.

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