A group of men have been charged by detectives investigating a number of violent incidents in Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme.
Over the past few weeks, detectives and officers from the Northern Serious Violence Reduction Team have been looking into a number of incidents where weapons and violence have been used to carry out a series of aggravated burglaries.
On Friday 11 June, officers from the Stoke South Neighbourhood Policing Team and the force’s Tactical Support Team made a number of arrests across the city. These three arrests related to an incident in Newcastle-under-Lyme on 1 June.
Three men, aged between 19 and 23, have since been charged with a number of serious offences.
Maik Horvat, aged 19 and from Trent Vale, has been charged with aggravated burglary, kidnap, false imprisonment and possessing a bladed article.
Lukas Olah, aged 23 and from Shelton, has been charged with aggravated burglary, kidnap, false imprisonment and possessing a bladed article.
Alex Myettis, aged 19 and from Shelton, has been charged with aggravated burglary, kidnap, false imprisonment, possessing a bladed article and resisting arrest.
All three remain in custody ahead of an appearance at North Staffordshire Justice Centre on Monday 14 June.
A fourth man, aged 23 and from Newcastle-under-Lyme, has already been charged on suspicion of aggravated burglary and possessing an offensive weapon in relation to these matters. Sami Fusiom has been remanded in custody following a court appearance.
Anyone with any information should message Staffordshire Police on Facebook or Twitter quoting incident number 837 of 1 June, call 101 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.