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More 999 calls than a typical New Years Eve

Staffordshire Police are dealing with an unprecedented number of calls as weather conditions continue to affect the country.

Last night 425, emergency calls were made in the area and 691 calls to the non-emergency number.

The police say they have had more calls than a typical New Years Eve.

They have now set up a multi-agency response team to keep people safe during the floods involving:

  • Staffordshire Police
  • Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • Staffordshire Civil Contingencies Unit
  • Stoke-on-Trent City Council
  • Staffordshire Council
  • Highways Agency

Protect yourself from courier fraud warn Police

Protect yourself against courier fraud:

1) Your bank or police will never send a courier to your home to collect bank cards

2) Your bank or police will never ask for your PIN number

3) If you receive one of these calls end it immediately.

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Elderly 'don't be conned' by scams urge Police

Fraud investigators have reported a surge in reports from residents in the West Midlands who have been stung by a "Courier Scam" which sees tricksters talking vulnerable people into handing over bank cards and PIN numbers.

The scam involves callers posing as police officers and panicking targets into believing their bank account has been hacked and that they need to seize the cards and security details, including PIN numbers, to stop further fraudulent transactions.

Man found dead in canal identified as father-of-two

A man found dead in a Wolverhampton canal has been formally identified as father-of-two William Brittain.

The 64-year-old was rescued from the water on Saturday in the canal off Horseley Fields, but could not be saved by paramedics.

William Brittain
William Brittain Credit: West Midlands Police

Mr Brittain, who lived in the Heath Town area, had been out in the city the night before and was spotted on CCTV at around 1.25am in the early hours of Saturday.

He was seen walking towards Willenhall Road and Horseley Fields.

Officers say his distinctive stoop would make him noticeable and have appealed for anyone who spotted him that night to get in touch.

Police appeal for information after body found in canal

Our investigations so far have confirmed that the gentleman had been in Wolverhampton city centre on Friday night and was walking back out of town, towards the Willenhall Road and Horseley Fields at around 1.25am on Saturday morning.

That is the last time we have seen him alive and we want to hear from anyone who was heading out of town at around that time and may have seen him.

People will probably have been walking home themselves or maybe passed him by when in a taxi.

We need any information about this man to help us piece together his last known movements.

– Detective Inspector Gary Plant, West Midlands Police

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Appeal for witnesses after man's body found in canal

Police are appealing for witnesses who may have been out in Wolverhampton city centre over the weekend. It comes after a man's body was found in a local canal. The man, who is believed to have been in his 60s, was spotted in the water off Horseley Fields.

Emergency services attended the scene but he could not be saved. The death is currently being treated as unexplained.

Police dogs can be 'difference between life and death'

Police Dog Ska with handler PC Keith Bennett Credit: West Midlands Police

After a woman was saved by a police dog in Northfield in the early hours of this morning, Inspector Russ Evans from West Midlands Police Dogs Unit said:

"Our dogs are highly trained and are able to follow a scent over long distances, in all sorts of conditions - so when someone is in grave danger, they really can make the difference between life and death."

Police dog Ska, along with handler PC Keith Bennett, was called in to help locate the woman when police were alerted to concerns over her welfare.

Police dog saves seriously injured woman

PD Ska with handler PC Keith Bennett

A police dog has saved a woman after tracking her blood trail in the Northfield area of Birmingham.

The police dog, named Ska, led handler PC Keith Bennett to the woman's location by tracking her scent and a trail of blood.

The West Midlands Police Dogs Unit were called in the early hours of this morning after evidence of an injury was reported near the scene.

After being saved by Ska the woman, yet to be named, is recovering in hospital.

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