Two Jailed After Operation Nemesis Raids

Carl Moreton and Peter Rogers both from Winghay Place in Chell are waking up behind bars this morning after being convicted of serious drug offences at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court yesterday.

Moreton & Rogers were both arrested during high profile raids that took place early on the morning of Wednesday 19 May. Officers from the City’s police proactive unit supported by police dogs and local officers forced their way into a number of addresses in the Chell area of Stoke-on-Trent.

Within a few minutes of the coordinated raids six people were in police custody. Detailed searches of the properties soon resulted in the seizure of a significant quantity of illegal drugs. Forensic tests were carried out on the drugs which had a total street value of £138,420 and included heroin, crack cocaine, cannabis and an ecstasy substitute.

Operation Nemesis is all about bringing criminals like this to justice. We are very pleased that these men face a significant time behind bars. The communities of Stoke-on-Trent have continued to show their support for Operation Nemesis by calling Crimestoppers with information on drugs and crime affecting their communities. Crimestoppers passes that anonymous information to our officers who are then able to mount operations like the one that lead to these convictions.

Carl Moreton was sentenced to 4-years and Peter Rogers was sentenced to 6 years 8 months

Stoke Minster Metal Theft ““ Four in Court

Four men are expected to enter pleas at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court on Monday (2nd August) in connection with the theft of lead from the roof of Stoke Minster valued at £13,000.

The four men, aged 17, 22, 23 and 23 at the time they were charged on 13th May, were arrested in the vicinity of Stoke Minster Church, St Peter’s Close, Stoke, in the early hours of April 19.

72 sheets of lead were removed from the roof before the police were called causing several thousands of pounds of damage to the actual structure.

A subsequent appeal was launched to raise over £30,000 for repairs to the roof of Stoke Minster.

Although the Minster is fully insured, the underwriters will not insure churches for the theft of lead although the insurance company itself will pay £5000 towards the claim, leaving the church to find the balance of the cost of repairs itself.

The Court List gives the names of the defendants as Nikoladus Janouicius, Mykolas Serdiucenko and Spartakas Grachauskas.