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Man jailed for kidnap and sexual assault of 14-year-old girl

A Stoke-on-Trent man has been jailed for six years for the kidnap and sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl in March.

Mark Baddeley, 31, of Station Road, Stoke-on-Trent, was sentenced at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court after pleading guilty to four offences on Monday (29 April).

He pleaded guilty to meeting a girl under 16-years-old following grooming, possession of a knife in a public place, kidnap and kidnap/false imprisonment with intent to commit a sexual offence.

Baddeley has been sentenced to six years with an extended license for five years. A Sexual Harm Prevention Order has been imposed on Baddeley indefinitely. He will also be required to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.

The offences relate to an incident that took place in Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent, on 24 March 2019. A girl was approached by Baddeley at 2.20pm and threatened with a knife. He pulled her towards a pathway but then let her go. She was not injured. Following the release of a CCTV image Baddeley was arrested on 27 March.

DC Andrew Rushton, of Staffordshire Police’s Child Protection and Exploitation Team, said: “This was a terrifying incident for the victim. I hope this result has provided her with some justice when coming to terms with what she experienced.”

NEW Slides For WaterWorld !

WaterWorld in Hanley is undergoing a massive £10m expansion and introducing four new rides. Take a look at the image below, the new rides look amazing, and we cant wait to try them out.

Owner Mo Chaudry said: “Waterworld is already one of the largest leisure attractions of its kind, but you don’t get anywhere by standing still; you always have to be thinking of the next big innovation. The new rides are something really special. The tallest of them will be fully four metres higher than anything we have had here before, which is why we are having to raise the roof.”

Mo has been behind the growth of Waterworld since he took over in 1999. The previous loss-making operation was ran by The Rank Group.

Plan of the new slides – Image WaterWorld
Construction of the new slides – Image WaterWorld

Royal Stoke University Hospital Introduces Car Park pay-on-exit Barriers

Royal Stoke University Hospital have introduced a new pay-on-exit system for public car parks H and I, which will go live on Wednesday 1 May 2019 at 7am.

The new system means that the public will not need to pay on arrival, instead visitors will need to enter their full vehicle registration via the pay machines which are located on the car park, after their visit to the Hospit​al has finished but before they exit the car park.

The pay machines will bring up the total amount of money to pay dependant on how long you have been parked at the hospital. Payment can be made at the pay machines by cash, card or contactless methods. 

Once paid the barrier system will automatically recognise your vehicle registration and allow you to exit the car park. 

If you require advice please contact the multi-storey car park on 01782 671402. Should you require assistance upon exit please press the intercom button on the barrier. 

More information on parking at University Hospitals of North Midlands can be found here