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POLICE in Tamworth have issued a warning after a rise in reports of youths riding their pedal cycles in an anti social manner.

Local officers have stated that there have been a number of reports of youths riding their bikes in an anti-social manner.

This mainly includes riding in large groups on roads pulling wheelies.

There has recently been a large group of youths who rode their bikes on the A51 from Kingsbury towards Dosthill on the 8th April where one male youth pulled a wheelie in front of on coming traffic.

There have also been reports or youths doing this whilst on their way to and from Wilnecote High School and near Wilnecote Junior school.

Police say that they will be monitoring this and will be dealing with anybody caught riding their bikes in an anti-social manner.

The Law

Under the Road Traffic Act 1988 (as amended by the Road Traffic Act 1991) it is an offence to ride recklessly on a road or in a dangerous, careless or inconsiderate manner.

Dangerous cycling on a road is an offence and is a more serious offence than careless and inconsiderate cycling. A person is to be regarded as riding dangerously if, and only if, “the way he rides falls far below what would be expected of a competent and careful cyclist, and it would be obvious to a competent and careful cyclist that riding in that way would be dangerous.”

The less serious offence of careless and inconsiderate cycling which states that a person is guilty of such an offence if a person “cycles on a road without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other road users”.

 

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THE death toll following an explosion in Manchester has risen to 22, and at least 59 people have been injured.

A number of people have been killed following a suspected terrorist incident in Manchester at around 1030pm last night, Monday 22 May.

The attack happened on the fourth anniversary of the murder of British solider Lee Rigby in Woolwich, southeast London.

Latest news suggests that children are amongst those dead and injured.

Witnesses to the incident have said that they heard a loud bang, after a pop concert by singer Ariana Grande and an explosion is said to have occurred in a ‘public area’ outside the arena.

Greater Manchester Police have said that 22 people have died and at least 59 people have been injured.

Prime Minister Teresa May will be chairing a meeting of the Governments COBRA committee this morning.

People concerned about loved ones can call the casualty bureau on 0161 856 9400 / 0161 856 9900.

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “This has been the most horrific incident we have had to face in Greater Manchester and one that we all hoped we would never see.

“Families and many young people were out to enjoy a concert at the Manchester Arena and have lost their lives. Our thoughts are with those 22 victims that we now know have died, the 59 people who have been injured and their loved ones. We continue to do all we can to support them. They are being treated at eight hospitals across Greater Manchester.

“This is a fast-moving investigation and we have significant resources deployed to both the investigation and the visible patrols that people will see across Greater Manchester as they wake up to news of the events last night. This will include armed officers as people would expect. More than 400 officers have been involved in this operation during the night.

“To remind you, we were called at 10.33pm to reports of an explosion at the Manchester Arena at the conclusion of an Ariana Grande concert. More than 240 calls came in and emergency services were very quickly on scene. Emergency numbers have been established for anyone who is concerned for loved ones who may not have returned home 0161 856 9400 or 0161 856 9900.

“We have been treating this as a terrorist incident and we believe, at this stage, the attack last night was conducted by one man. The priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network.

“The attacker, I can confirm, died at the arena. We believe the attacker was carrying an improvised explosive device which he detonated causing this atrocity.

“We would ask people not to speculate on his details or to share names. There is a complex and wide ranging investigation underway.

“Our priority is to work with the National Counter Terrorist Policing Network and UK intelligence services to establish more details about the individual who carried out this attack.

“We have received tremendous support from across the police services and partner agencies throughout the night.

“We regularly carry out exercises to test our ability to respond to such incidents and this has ensured a very swift response from local and national agencies. I want to thank all those members of the emergency services and other agencies who have worked tirelessly through the night in very difficult circumstances. Their response has been outstanding.

“There remains a large cordon in place around Manchester Arena and Victoria Train Station which will be in place for some time. The station will remain closed while a detailed forensic search is underway. People should plan their route to work and follow Transport for Greater Manchester for updates on social media.

“Terrorists attempt to disrupt our lives and create distrust and fear in communities. We have a long history in Greater Manchester of communities standing together during difficult times. In the coming days we will be working closely with community leaders to address any issues.

“It is important that we all continue to remain vigilant, but also to go about our daily lives. We would ask people to be alert and report any suspicious activity to police on the Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789321 or dialling 999.

“As people are waking up to this tragic news on what is a sad day for Greater Manchester, the officers and staff from Greater Manchester Police and the other emergency services will continue to do all they can to help get us through the difficult days ahead.”

If you were in the area last night and have any images or footage from last night that you believe can assist police m then upload them to Ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk or Ukpoliceimageappeal.com

Manchester Victoria station, which is close to the concert venue, has been closed and all trains cancelled. The station is to remain closed all of today, Tuesday 23 May.

Police have now confirmed the item involved in a controlled explosion in Cathedral Gardens at around 130am, was not suspicious and was in fact abandoned clothing.

Manchester Arena, the largest indoor arena in Europe, opened in 1995 and is a popular concert and sporting venue.

Here’s what we know:

  • Greater Manchester Police have said that 22 people have died and at least 59 people have been injured.
  • Police believe the attacker was carrying an Improvised Explosive Device and acted alone.
  • Train services have been cancelled and roads have been blocked
  • A controlled explosion that was carried out turned out to not be suspicious.
  • The attack was carried out by one male suicide bomber who detonated an improvised explosive device.
  • It is the worst terrorist attack in the UK since 56 people were killed in the 7/7 London bombings in 2005.
  • The attack happened on the fourth anniversary of the murder of British solider Lee Rigby in Woolwich, southeast London
  • People concerned about loved ones can call 0161 856 9400 / 0161 856 9900.

The thoughts of Tamworth Informed are with all those involved in the incident, including the emergency services attending the incident and their families.

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A NUMBER of people have died and others have been injured following a reported explosion at Manchester Arena.

Witnesses to the incident have said that they heard a loud bang, after a pop concert by singer Ariana Grande and an explosion is said to have occurred in a ‘public area’ outside the arena.

Greater Manchester Police have said that initial numbers show that 19 people have died and more than 50 people have been injured.

The cause of the reported explosion is unknown but the police are saying that the incident is ‘being treated as a terrorist incident until police know otherwise’.

U.S. Officials are saying via American News Agencies that the incident was carried out by a suicide bomber.

It is reported  that counter-terrorism officers are assembling in London and are liaising with the Home Office. It is highly likely that a COBRA meeting will be called.

Manchester Victoria station, which is close to the concert venue, has been closed and all trains cancelled. The station is to remain closed all of today, Tuesday 23 May.

Police have now confirmed the item involved in a controlled explosion in Cathedral Gardens at around 130am, was not suspicious and was in fact abandoned clothing.

Manchester Arena, the largest indoor arena in Europe, opened in 1995 and is a popular concert and sporting venue.

Here’s what we know:

  • Greater Manchester Police have said that 19 people have died and around 50 people have been injured.
  • Incident is ‘being treated as a terrorist incident until police know otherwise’.
  • The arena was hosting an Ariana Grande concert and the “loud bangs” were heard just after the concert ended
  • The cause of the bang has not yet been confirmed
  • Train services have been cancelled and roads have been blocked
  • Bomb Disposal Units are at the scene

The thoughts of Tamworth Informed are with all those involved in the incident, including the emergency services attending the incident and their families.

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TWO men were arrested after a police pursuit ended in a three-vehicle crash close to Tamworth Town Centre.

A number of police cars, two of which were un-marked, an Ambulance and a TAME community first responder attended the incident at the ‘bell corner’ junction shortly after midnight in to the early hours of Sunday morning, 21 May.

A red Seat Leon failed to stop for a Police vehicle and sped away from officers before crashing in to a member of the public at the popular junction.

After the collision, a male was seen to run away from the scene and a short foot chase ensued, with the male being detained a short distance away.

Witnesses say that they saw a second man being held down on the floor, next to where the collision occurred.

A witness told Tamworth Informed: “I was in the BP garage when I heard a loud bang, I went outside and it was like something you see on TV.  A red car was sideways across the road and a small blue car had lots of damage to it’s front. There was another car, a small red one which looked damaged. I could see that there was an undercover police car with lights flashing and the siren going.  This didn’t appear to be damaged.

“Other police cars and an ambulance car arrived – there was lots of people about.  I hadn’t really seen anything like it before.”

As well as damage to the Seat Leon, two other vehicles could be seen to have been damaged.

A spokesperson for Staffordshire Police said: “Two men were arrested following a vehicle pursuit in Tamworth in the early hours of Sunday morning.

“A red Seat Leon, failed to stop at around shortly after midnight in the Upper Gungate area of Tamworth and a pursuit followed. The vehicle was abandoned but the two men were quickly arrested.

“Two other vehicles were damaged during the pursuit. Fortunately, there was no serious injuries reported.

“The men aged 23 and 28 are both from Tamworth. The 23-year-old was released under investigation and the 28-year-old was released without further action.”

Anyone with information or who witnessed the collision is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101.

 

Counterfeit Goods

Buying counterfeit goods can seriously damage people’s health and wellbeing, the county county’s communities leader has warned ahead of this weekend’s bank holiday market events.

Gill Heath said that at this time of year, there is particular concern around the sale of counterfeit sunglasses and even counterfeit branded sunscreen. Counterfeit sunglasses often have little or no protection against UV rays – meaning people’s eyes could be damaged.

Fake branded sunscreen is not likely to contain any of the necessary protective elements. Furthermore counterfeit cosmetic products have been found to contain toxic chemicals.

While providing a family day out where people can pick up a bargain, car boot sale and market events can attract traders selling counterfeit and illicit goods. The county council’s trading standards team coordinates the national Real Deal markets campaign in Staffordshire as part of the operation to stamp out the sale of counterfeit goods.

Gill Heath added:

“While we often issue reminders to people to avoid counterfeit goods, at this time of year we want to draw people’s attention to the real risks of counterfeit sunglasses and fake branded sunscreen. With sunglasses, people’s eyes will let in more light due to the dark lenses, though this does more harm as more UV light will enter the eye.

“Counterfeit sunscreen will often little or no protection at all, risking skin damage from the sun. We’d like to reiterate the fact that these products do not present a bargain and can damage health. Products like designer sunglasses and sunscreen are more often sold at high street retailers. Price is usually a good indicator – if something is too good to be true, it usually is.”

Some of the dangers of counterfeit goods include:

• Counterfeit alcohol such as vodka contains dangerous chemicals which can cause may health problems such as blindness
• Fake electrical goods such as hair straighteners or phone chargers will not have been tested and could be a fire hazard or put people at risk of electrocution
• 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
• Fake or illicit tobacco often contains unknown chemicals, higher tar levels 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.

Legitimate traders suffer as a result of counterfeit sales; harming the local economy in the process. Money made also goes into the pockets of organised criminal gangs.

Anyone wanting to report counterfeit goods sales can call the anonymous Staffordshire Fight the Fakes line on 01785 330356.

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A DORDON resident, who harassed neighbours by playing loud music  for up 32 hours at a time, has been fined £16,000 following a prosecution by North Warwickshire Borough Council-  one of the largest fines in the Council’s history.

Mr Jason Duffield of Hall End Cottages was originally convicted by Police and received a restraining order in 2016.  After complaints that he was continuing to play loud music, the Borough Council issued a noise abatement notice in November 2016.

Environmental Health staff continued to monitor Mr Duffield’s property with recordings revealing that he was playing music continually for between 28 -32 hours. As Mr Duffield had breached the noise abatement notice, staff then confiscated all his sound equipment in December.   In April, he was convicted of five breaches of the Noise Abatement Notice at Nuneaton Magistrates Court. The sentencing hearing was held on 9 May when the Court imposed the penalty.

Steve Maxey, Assistant Chief Executive and Solicitor to the Council said:

“ This fine reflects the severity of the offence.  Jason Duffield repeatedly ignored the warnings from the Police and from the Council, which not only constituted a flagrant breach of the law but also caused undue distress and upset to his neighbours in Dordon. “

The £16,170 fine consists of a £10,000 fine, £6,000 investigation and legal costs and £170 victim surcharge.

The Court also imposed a Criminal Behaviour Order on Mr Duffield and ordered that items seized by the Borough Council including TVs, a Hi-fi and speakers should be destroyed.

Fake UGG boots store

A MAN who sold fake Ugg boots from a Birmingham shopping centre − conning shoppers in the run up to Christmas − has been hit with a court fine after being convicted of trademark violations.

cott Sutton opened a unit in The Pavillions on Christmas Eve 2014 and lured customers in with branding identical to that used by the iconic Aussie bootmaker, plus an eye-catching 70 per cent discount offer.

He sold pairs at £50 each − all cash purchases as Sutton rejected card payments − during a four-day sales spree before officers acted on concerns raised by a city centre PCSO to move in and close the shop down.

Enquiries were made with Ugg ’s brand protection and legal advisors − who confirmed the store wasn’t legitimate − and officers traced several customers tricked into believing the boots were genuine.They included one 15-year-old girl who parted with her Christmas cash after being told by a sales assistant the boots were genuine but could be sold at knock-down prices as “they weren’t made at the real Ugg factory”.

Sutton, formerly of Newfield Road in Hagley, was behind the till on 27 December 2014 when police swooped and in interview claimed he hadn’t committed a criminal offence and that it was a matter for trading standards.

However, West Midlands Police investigators eventually secured three charges of unauthorised trademark use against the 49-year-old.

Sutton admitted the offences and at Birmingham Crown Court on Tuesday (May 2) was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £980 in costs; he faces being jailed for three months if he fails to pay the fine.

PC Min Patel, from Birmingham Police’s Investigations Team, said: “It was a brazen fraud: he rented a unit in one of Birmingham’s most prestigious shopping centres and placed Ugg signage in windows and above the door to add further credibility to the deception.

“The packaging was professional and Ugg labels had been stitched onto the boots…most customers were left convinced this was a reputable business.

“Some shoppers may have suspected the boots were fake but were happy to part with their money for the name and not the quality.

“However, many customers felt ripped off that they had spent £50 or £100 on fake goods − and many of the purchases were Christmas presents for friends and family.

“Shoppers should always be wary about offers that appear too good to be true, both when shopping in the high street or online. Many of Sutton’s victims were upset at being conned…I hope the action taken by West Midlands Police shows frauds of this type won’t be tolerated.”

Police seized £7,000 in cash from Sutton’s car while 100 pairs of Ugg boot fakes were recovered from the Pavillions store.

In interview, Sutton denied giving shoppers the suggestion the boots were genuine as that would “insult their intelligence”.

He refused to name the supplier and said he was “out to prove a point” to trading standards having previously had a greetings card shop closed down by them.

CCTV of robbery suspect

WARWICKSHIRE Police has released CCTV images as part of their on-going appeal for witnesses or information following an armed robbery in the Wingsfield Rd area of Coleshill.

At around 10:15pm on Wednesday 3 May, a white man wearing dark clothing with his faces covered, entered the Coleshill food and wine store located on the corner of Wingsfield Road and Green Lane.

It is reported that he threatened the shop keeper with a crow bar and made off towards the residential area with some of the shop’s takings.

The offender is described as a white man, early 20s, 6ft in height. He was wearing a dark puffer style hooded jacket, dark trousers and white trainers.

PC Hayre from Warwickshire Police said: “We are hoping that the release of this image may help to trigger someone’s memory about events surrounding that evening. Thankfully no-one was hurt in the robbery, but it left the shop worker very shaken.

“We are extremely keen to track down the offenders and urge anyone who may have seen anything to contact police. Any information, no matter how small, could help our investigation.”

Coleshill Robbery Suspect

The suspect caught on CCTV in the store

Anyone with information is asked to call Warwickshire Police on 101, quoting incident 408 on 3 May.

You can also report 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.

LADY JUSTICE STATUE

A 43-year-old man from Atherstone has been sentenced to two years and four months in prison after pleading guilty to a robbery in which a woman was injured.

Mark Palfreyman

The incident happened in Abbey Street, Nuneaton on 12 March where the 47-year-old woman was assaulted and had her handbag, purse, cash and bank cards stolen.

Mark Palfreyman, of Gramer Court, was sentenced at Warwick Crown Court on Thursday, 4 May.

DC Matthew Bird, of north Warwickshire CID, said: “This was a very frightening incident for the woman and, although she was not seriously injured physically, she  was very shaken up by it. I am very happy that the offender has been identified and justice has been done.”

ethics, transparency and audit panel

AN independent group established by Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Staffordshire, Matthew Ellis, has scrutinised crimes which are sometimes perceived as ‘low level’ to establish the impact it can have on public satisfaction.

The Ethics, Transparency and Audit Panel (ETAP) were asked to review low level crime after Mr Ellis identified that crimes considered ‘low level’ were not being effectively dealt with, leading to low satisfaction levels and a potential lack of confidence in policing.

Panel members found that vulnerable victims of crime received ‘good’ support from Staffordshire Police, but improvement could be made by updating victims of low level crime with the progress of their cases.

ETAP also identified that the cases that are more likely to result in dissatisfaction are those where the crime is dealt with via telephone. The panel noted that under these circumstances there is a lack of visual contact between the call handler and the victim, meaning the call-handler is unable to detect disappointment or frustration and respond appropriately.

As part of their latest report ETAP had access to and examined different aspects of the process, including the way call handlers in the control room assess incoming calls and decide the appropriate response based on their severity and level of threat. The panel also examined the way information is entered into police systems to establish if there was existing records linked to the caller and then how this information was transferred to the local policing teams and Staffordshire Victim Gateway.

The panel also looked into the support provided by the Staffordshire Victim Gateway, which was commissioned by the PCC, by analysing quarterly performance reports and looking at the satisfaction of victims who have received support.

Following their scrutiny, ETAP made several recommendations in their report including:

  • Improving the communication between Staffordshire Police Control Room and the Staffordshire Victim Gateway so there is a better understanding of a victim’s satisfaction.
  • Improving Communication with victims of crime when a decision of ‘Resolution without deployment’ has been made so the victim understands why this decision was made.
  • More detailed reporting from Staffordshire Victim Gateway to highlight methods of contact, timings and victim satisfaction.

Mr Ellis said: ‘ETAP’s report is thorough and is precisely what I hoped for when establishing this independent panel 3 years ago. It is the latest in a series of valuable reports about the way Staffordshire Police go about serving the public.

‘At the heart of these findings is that good information provided effectively for victims of crime is crucial to their confidence in policing and satisfaction. When investigating complex or more serious crimes the flow of information appears to be working well.

‘It’s issues such as anti-social behaviour and low level crime where the police in Staffordshire need to do more to keep the victim or person who reported the incident properly informed. But it’s also that sense of customer service, rather than just providing information which is so important.

‘I will expect Staffordshire Police to examine the recommendations made by ETAP and provide an action plan to address the areas they could do better’

ETAP is currently recruiting for new panel members to help rigorously challenge aspects of policing that are critical to us all and assist in the work to hold Staffordshire Police and the OPCC to account. The deadline for applications is 31 May and you can find out more about ETAP and apply on the websitewww.staffordshire-pcc.gov.uk/eta/

 

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