Two men have been arrested as part of a major operation to crackdown on the supply of a class B drug known locally as Monkey Dust after officers raided two houses in Stoke-on-Trent this morning (17 April 2019).
Two addresses, one on Rochester Road in Longton and one on Burt Street in Weston Coyney, were raided just after 7am this morning and class B drugs, mobile phones, cash and a baton were seized
The operation is part of Staffordshire Police’s commitment to tackling the supply and distribution of the drug across the county.
A 48-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of importation of drugs, supply of drugs and money laundering. A 26-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of money laundering and possession of controlled drugs with intent to supply. Both remain in custody.
Superintendent Martin Brereton, Head of Neighbourhood Policing, said: “These significant arrests have come from an extensive investigation by our officers and is part of our partnership commitment to disrupting the supply and distribution of the drug known locally as Monkey Dust.
“A multi-agency partnership is in place to tackle the issue across Staffordshire and we’re continuing to work together to tackle the issue head-on.
“I would ask that anyone that wants to report activity about the supply of drugs in their local area to call 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
A spokesperson for Stoke City Council said: “Our partnership work, including enforcement action like today’s by Staffordshire Police, to help those who are impacted by illegal drugs is paying off. We are working to combat the use of the drug in the city, which causes untold harm and damage to our communities, and that is extremely positive for Stoke-on-Trent. Anyone who wants help locally should contact 01782 283113 for support.”
Officers from Staffordshire Police have issued a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in connection with a sexual assault on a towpath near Stoke City Football Club ground.
The incident happened between 6.50 and 7.30pm on Saturday (13 March) when a teenager was approached by a man on a bicycle in red shorts. The man spoke to the girl and then tried to grab her before she managed to make off.
Fortunately, she was not injured, but has understandably been left shaken and upset.
The man is described as white, wearing red shorts, a blue coat and a black cycling vest. He also had something covering his face.
Anyone with any information, or anyone who may have seen the man pictured on CCTV, is asked to call 101 quoting incident number 745 of 13 April.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Safety conscious pupils at a Burslem school have been helping a PCSO take action to discourage dangerous parking.
PCSO Connor Baxter enlisted the help of police cadets at Moorpark Junior School to produce posters highlighting the dangers caused by drivers parking inconsiderately near the school. During a day of action, PCSO Baxter supervised the pupils as they placed their posters on parked vehicles potentially posing a danger to pedestrians. The pupils were also joined on the day by parking wardens from Stoke-on-Trent City Council.
PCSO Baxter said: “The cadets were really keen to get involved with the initiative. They were very enthusiastic and produced some great posters. School drop off and pick up times are really busy with lots of people arriving at and leaving the premises. If you add in dangerous parking then you have the potential for a tragedy. The children all appreciated this and wanted to do something to help. I approached the school as I thought parents may listen to their children if they pointed out the road safety issues involved. Having the Parking wardens from the City council there helped add a bit more weight to the initiative, as well.
“The cadets did a really good job and both they and I hope their efforts will help to improve safety near the school.”