Staffordshire Police Begin Annual Drink Drive Campaign

Staffordshire Police have started their Christmas clampdown on drink and drug drivers.

The campaign, co-ordinated by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), will run throughout Staffordshire and the rest of the country from today until 1 January 2012.

Many people socialise after work, in the evening or at the weekend through the festive season and the campaign aims to drive down fatal and serious road traffic collisions and protect other road users by enforcement and education.

Inspector Ian Hancock, Road Policing Team, said

Officers will be carrying out roadside stop checks across Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire on drivers during the campaign – both at night-time and the morning after.  Anyone suspected of being over the limit will be breath-tested. All drivers involved in road traffic collisions which the police attend are also tested.

If you’re going out for a drink with friends or family think of the consequences of drink driving and nominate a designated driver.  

Don’t forget that you could still be over the limit the next morning if you drink the night before.

Last Christmas we stopped thousands of vehicles and breath-tested over 1,800 drivers – arresting 118 people.  

We are committed to reducing the number of fatal and serious road traffic collisions in Staffordshire.

Driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs is both anti social and dangerous.

Staffordshire Police want to make it clear that It is against the law and the offences committed have both short and long term consequences

  • when you are caught you will be breath tested and if positive you will be arrested
  • you will be taken to a police station and if the station test is positive, or you fail or refuse to provide a blood or urine sample, you will be charged
  • you will attend court and if found guilty, you will be banned from driving for a period of at least 12 months. You will have to pay a hefty fine, court costs or even be given a prison sentence

What happens next?

  • losing your licence may mean losing your job and your standard of living
  • you could lose the respect of friends and family and you will have a criminal record
  • you may be excluded from travelling to some countries. When you can drive again you will pay a lot more for insurance cover.

If someone was to be seriously injured or killed as a result of your involvement in a road traffic collision, you could be charged with a more serious offence, the consequences from which will be much more serious and possibly in addition to those already stated

  • your driving ban will be longer
  • your fine will be bigger
  • you are more likely to go to prison
  • the families of those maimed by serious injuries, the injured themselves who may not be able to work again, and the relatives of anyone killed by your actions, will remember you for the rest of their lives

Insp Hancock added

Remember, drinking or drug driving is anti social, against the law and it can ruin lives and families. The family could be yours.  

Is drink or drug driving worth the risk of these consequences?

 

Police Surgeries – 11 in two days

A number of police surgeries and Partners and Communities Together (PACT) meetings are scheduled to be held across Stoke-on-Trent over the next few days.

Officers from Neighbourhood Policing Units (NPUs) across the division will be on hand to meet members of the community and offer crime reduction advice.

Residents are encouraged to come along to discuss any issues or concerns with their local officers.

On Thursday 25 February officers from Burslem NPU will be at the Burslem campus of Stoke-on-Trent College, Moorland Road, from 11am.

Residents in Smallthorne are invited to meet their local officers at Smallthorne Community Centre, Community Drive, between 12noon and 2pm on Thursday.

Officers who cover the Bucknall and Townsend areas will be working from the Community House, Theodore Road, between 6pm and 7pm on Thursday.

Residents in Berryhill and Eaton Park are invited to come and have their say at a PACT meeting on Thursday evening. Officers and representatives from partner agencies will be at Berryhill Community Centre, Arbourfield Drive, between 7pm and 8.30pm.

Officers from Stoke NPU are holding two PACT meetings on Thursday evening.
Residents in Blurton, Newstead and Hollybush can meet their local officers at Winifred Gardens Community Centre, Halton Green, between 7pm and 9pm.
The meeting for residents in Fenton, Mount Pleasant and Heron Cross will be held at Temple Street Methodist Church, Temple Street, Fenton, also between 7pm and 9pm.

On Friday 26 February officers from Longton NPU are holding two surgeries.
Officers will be at the town’s market between 9.30am and 12noon.
Their colleagues will be at the Gilani Noor Mosque, Chaplin Road, Normacot, from 1.30pm.

Officers who work in the City Centre will be in Subway, Festival Way, Festival Park, between 10.30am and 11.30am on Friday.

The local officers for the Northwood area of the city will be working from Northwood Court, Ringland Close, between 12noon and 2pm on Friday.

Officers from Burslem NPU are holding a street meeting in Avenue Road, Shelton, between 4pm and 6pm on Friday.

EDL & UAF Demo & Counter Demo In Stoke-on-Trent Part 2: During

EDL & UAF Demo & Counter Demo In Stoke-on-Trent Part 2: During

The EDL Protesters began arriving in Hanley from around 11 am. Our reporter Mike Rawlins was there to witness the arrival of the first demonstrators.

A small band of very vocal men had arrived at the Wetherspoons pub and had taken their beer outside with them and were drinking and chanting in the street. Camera-phone footage from the website ” A very Public sociologist” depicted the scenes inside the “Reginald Mitchell Pub”.

PitsnPots reporters Tony Walley and Tideswellman had just arrived back in the city after meeting EDL supporters at Keele Services on the M6. The EDL members there had been welcoming and friendly on the whole, adamant that they were not out to cause trouble and most definitely were not part of any racist organisation. They also took pains to state that they did not seek any wider political participation.

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Our reporters had been trying to contact the enigmatic leader of the E.D.L, Tommy Robinson for an interview, however, due to unforeseen events Mr Robinson was unable to give us a statement. The E.D.L media team did however make every effort to link us up with an Interview with someone senior from within the organisation. In the end, an Ex-Serviceman named Lee stepped forward, telling us he was only prepared to speak about Sharia Law.

Hear what he had to say in the video at the bottom of this article.

To begin with, the demonstration was noisy from the off but largely peaceful, there were people of all ages in attendance. As the time wore on though, the influence of alcohol seemed more apparent and large sections of the protesters began to get bolder. There was a prolonged episode of pushing against the police line as protesters tried to surge forward and get towards the U.A.F counter demonstration that was taking place just 150 meters down the road. A few youths managed to slip past police lines but were swiftly dealt with.

The demonstration began to turn ugly with protesters attacking the police with bottles, coins, placards and wood torn from nearby hoardings. Riot gear was then deployed to a police force who had started the day off wearing their traditional helmets, as part of the Police’s co-ordinated attempt to put protesters at ease.

The situation began to reach fever pitch when a youth clambered up onto of a police riot van much to the delight of his fellow protesters.
Not to be outdone, two more youths then clambered up onto the concrete veranda outside Argos and ran along it wearing a captured Police helmet, both youth’s were arrested.

The E.D.L’s plan for a peaceful demonstration seemed to evaporate before their eyes as hooligans and extremists seemed to orchestrate proceedings. At one point the EDL supporters were even heckling their own invited speakers, chanting ” who are ya?” at the Sikh speaker who’s presence had been widely publicised on the E.D.L website and Forums.
Although the police operation was very much one of Cat and Mouse with groups of protesters trying to slip past police lines and outflank them, we saw the police deal

with situations quickly and effectively every time. As the demonstrators began to head towards their buses and make for home, there were clearly some frustrated youth, they began to turn their anger towards us by verbally abusing us and trying to grab our equipment.

Wandering over to the U.A.F demonstration, the police had space of 10 meters or more between them and the protesters, even though trouble was anticipated from the UAF, they resembled a student peace protest and were well behaved. The Police tonight revealed to us that there had been no U.A.F associated arrests at all. Their demonstration consisted of a totally peaceful gathering with speakers chanting slogans through a microphone and the crowd willingly echoed the chants “Nazi Scum off our Streets” and “We’re Black , we’re white, together we are dynamite” echoed outside the town hall.

Tony Walley met up with the UAF’s national leader, Weyman Bennett(watch the Interview at the bottom of this article.

As they headed off, One wonders what must have been concluded by anyone who saw the demonstration. It’s hard to see how such an display could win the E.D.L much support in Stoke. Speculation was rife on the street that they had been infiltrated by far right extremists, and football hooligans. Whatever the truth is, the E.D.L’s public image took a very public battering today in Hanley.

Meet your local police officers

By Pits n Pots Reporter

A number of police surgeries and Partners and Communities Together (PACT) meetings will be held across Stoke-on-Trent over the weekend.

Officers from Neighbourhood Policing Units (NPUs) across the division will be on hand to meet visitors, and also offer crime reduction advice.

Residents are encouraged to attend the meetings to discuss any issues they have with their local officers.

On Saturday 24 October officers from Longton NPU will be at the town’s market between 9.30am and 12noon.

Residents in Birches Head are invited to a number of street meetings taking place on Saturday.

Officers will be at the King George V playing fields, Kelvin Avenue, between 1pm and 2pm and the fields on Derek Drive between 2.15pm and 3pm. They will then move on to a street meeting in Monsal Grove, which will take place between 3.15pm and 4pm, and then on to the final meeting at the shops on Diana Road between 4.15pm and 5pm.

On Sunday 25 October local officers from Longton NPU will be working from Tesco, Baths Road, between 2pm and 4pm.

On Monday 26 October officers from the City Centre NPU will be working from Tesco, New Hall Street, Hanley, between 10am and 11am.

Officers from Tunstall NPU are hosting a Partners and Communities Together (PACT) meeting on Monday. They will be working from the mobile police station on Hamil Road, by the Burslem Park gates, between 4pm and 6pm.

Officers from Longton NPU are also holding a PACT meeting on Monday. They will be at Normacot Grange Neighbourhood Centre, Bordeaux Road, Meir, between 5.30pm and 7pm.

Officers covering the Fenpark and Fenton East areas of the city are also hosting a PACT meeting on Monday evening at Clarice Cliffe Primary School, Goldenhill Road, between 7pm and 8.30pm.