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Police issue warning after dangerous bike riding

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”.   The post Police issue warning after dangerous bike riding appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

Man arrested near to Birmingham vigil

A MAN has been arrested following a disturbance near a vigil in Birmingham city centre this evening (Wednesday 23 May 2017). The 39-year-old Birmingham man – who is known to police and is thought to have a history of mental ill-health – was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon. The event was being held in support of the victims of yesterday’s Manchester terror attack. Superintendent Andy Parsons, responsible for policing in the west of Birmingham, said: “Officers spotted the man acting suspiciously and spoke to him. At this point they have arrested him. “The man was carrying a bag, and as a precaution, Victoria Square where the vigil was being held was cleared for around 15 minutes. “A small axe was recovered along with a large stick. “We will be interviewing the man to understand his intentions after mental health experts have assessed his condition. “I’d like to thank people for the calm and collected way in which they responded to the incident. The professionalism of our officers who responded to the incident is also commendable and indicative of British policing.” The charity Mind is available around the clock to help people experiencing a mental health crisis. Visit their website for advice and support including information for loved ones: www.mind.org.uk The post Man arrested near to Birmingham vigil appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

Cannock Chase and role of WWI training camps to be commemorated

STAFFORDSHIRE is getting set to commemorate Cannock Chase history and the role of WWI training camps Plans to highlight the history of Cannock Chase and the role of the Great War training camps are being planned for the summer. The Chase’s two military camps trained over half a million troops for the trenches from across the UK and abroad and today survive as the most complete Great War archaeological sites in the country. Soldiers would have spent several months at the camps to learn the skills required on the Western Front. Now, 100 years on, a commemoration event being held on 24th and 25th June will pay tribute to the area’s history and role in the Great War. Visitors will get the chance to experience a WWI field hospital, take a tour of the Great War hut and watch films of the time in an authentic period cinema. The event will also host a full sized replica SE5A Fighter Plane with an opportunity to sit in the cockpit and experience something of the cramped conditions early pilots experienced. The Birmingham Pals will demonstrate mining techniques and infantry training methods from the period with a chance to enter a mine and experience what it was like to dig for victory on the Western Front. Gill Heath, Cabinet Member for Communities at Staffordshire County Council said: “Cannock Chase is steeped in history and we’re incredibly proud to have such a valuable heritage site right on our doorstep. “We’re looking forward to the event which will give people the chance to learn more about this important landscape and its history.  As well as a chance to experience what life was like on the training camps, the event will also show visitors what life would have been like for people living on the Chase thousands of years ago.” Cannock Chase Council’s  Managing Director, Tony McGovern said “The Chase has a truly special importance in the heritage, history and culture of our District. This event will help people to understand and appreciate how significant a role Cannock Chase has played, not only in the First World War but throughout history.” The event will also showcase results from the Heritage Lottery funded ‘Chase through Time’ project which is exploring the wider archaeology and history of the Chase.  Visitors can experience key periods of the area’s history from the Iron Age, right through to the Norman period and beyond.  People will have the chance to talk with local historians, including a Norman resident of the Chase who will explain about hunting during the medieval period. The event will take place at the Cannock Chase Visitor Centre, on Marquis Drive and is being organised by Staffordshire County Council alongside partners including Cannock Chase District Council, Cannock Chase AONB Unit, Friends of Cannock Chase and Historic England. People can find out more about the event on the Chase Through Time Facebook page (facebook.com/CTTProject) and can learn more about the county’s Great War commemorations at www.staffordshiregreatwar.com. The post Cannock Chase and role of WWI training camps to be commemorated appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

PCC’s thoughts are with people of Manchester

STAFFORDSHIRE Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis expressed his horror at the attack in Manchester Arena and said his thoughts are with all those affected. He emphasised the need for communities to stand together and for everyday life to carry on as normal, while highlighting the need for everyone to be vigilant. Speaking to Tamworth Informed, Matthew Ellis has said: “We cannot allow the cowardly actions of extremists to change the way we live our lives. I’m reassured by the briefing I’ve received today following the events in Manchester. “Communities across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent must remain vigilant and it is vital that all of us, no matter how hard it might be, support our police and security services with information.” Greater Manchester Police have said that 22 people have died and at least 59 people have been injured. Prime Minister, Teresa May has this morning chaired a COBRA committee meeting and the threat level in the U.K. remains as SEVERE. This means a threat is highly likely. People concerned about loved ones can call the casualty bureau on 0161 856 9400 / 0161 856 9900. 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 The post PCC’s thoughts are with people of Manchester appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

22 dead after Manchester suicide bomber attack

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 Aren

Manchester emergency treated as ‘possible terrorist incident’

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. We are working to provide a number for anyone concerned about loved ones to contact which will be released as soon as possible — G M Police (@gmpolice) May 22, 2017 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. Tweets from Greater Manchester Police Tweets by gmpolice The post Manchester emergency treated as ‘possible terrorist incident’ appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

‘Number of fatalities’ confirmed following incident in Manchester

A NUMBER of fatalities have been confirmed by Greater Manchester Police following an ‘serious incident’ at Manchester Arena. Members of the public are being urged to stay away from the area after reports of a ‘huge bang’. Reports on social media suggest that there was an explosion during an Ariana Grande concert at about 10.45pm this evening, Monday 22 May. Here’s what we know: Police have confirmed a number of fatalities after reports of an incident at Manchester Arena 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 GMP have not confirmed that an explosion has occurred Train services have been cancelled and roads have been blocked Bomb Disposal Units are at the scene North West Terror Command are treating the incident as a ‘possible terrorist incident’ Details of the casualty bureau will be released by GMP shortly. Network Rail said train lines out of Manchester Victoria station, which is close to the concert venue, are blocked. Emergency services continuing to work at the scene of incident. Please continue to avoid the area and follow @gmpolice for updates — G M Police (@gmpolice) May 22, 2017 A spokesman for the British Transport Police said: “Officers are at Manchester Arena following reports of an explosion within the foyer area of the stadium at 10.30pm this evening. Emergency services are at the scene and we are working to establish more information regarding the explosion and will provide further updates as soon as possible.” West Midlands Ambulance Service are currently on Stand-by to assist the North West Ambulance Service if required.  North West Ambulance Service have asked people to only call them in an emergency. Currently clearing crews for standby to assist @NWAmbulance with this incident Please only call 999 in an emergency #ManchesterArena https://t.co/TNOsjoRPzL — Jo Bird (@wmasjobird) May 22, 2017 Tweets from Greater Manchester Police Tweets by gmpolice The post ‘Number of fatalities’ confirmed following incident in Manchester appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

Two arrested after police pursuit

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.   The post Two arrested after police pursuit appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

Appeal for witnesses after fatal collision on A5, Watling Street

OFFICERS are investigating a collision which happened on the A5 Watling Street near Higham on the Hill, Nuneaton, on Sunday 14 May, that sadly resulted in the death of local man Connor Elund. A statement issued on behalf of the family reads: “It is with great sadness that the family announce the death of Connor Elund, aged 22, on Saturday 20 May in the critical Care Unit at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire, six days after a tragic accident on the A5 in Nuneaton.” The incident happened outside the entrance to The King’s Lodge around 11.15am when the silver Renault Clio Connor was driving in the direction of Hinckley was involved in a collision with a red Ford Focus and red Vauxhall Astra. The driver of the red Focus that was travelling north towards Atherstone, a man in his 40’s, was taken to hospital with hip and chest pain and later discharged. Police would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision itself and anyone who may have seen the vehicles involved and the manner in which they were being driven prior to the collision. If you have any information, please call Warwickshire Police on 101 and quote incident number 153 of 14 May. We ask that people respect the family’s privacy at this difficult time.  Our thoughts are with all involved. The post Appeal for witnesses after fatal collision on A5, Watling Street appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

Stay safe and avoid counterfeits this bank holiday

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. The post Stay safe and avoid counterfeits this bank holiday appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

 

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