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Police appeal for car involved in serious collision in Stoke-on-Trent

Staffordshire Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace a car which was involved in a collision in Hanley early yesterday morning.

The collision happened at around 12.10am in Potteries Way, near the junction with Bucknall New Road, and involved a pedestrian and car.

The pedestrian, who was using crutches as he used the crossing, was in a collision with a dark coloured saloon car that drove off towards Lichfield Street.

The pedestrian, a 54-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent, suffered a serious leg injury and was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

Police are also keen to speak to two white males who stopped to help the pedestrian - one was on foot and the other was in an unknown car. If this was you please contact us.

If you have any information please contact investigating officer PC Andy Hogan-Hughes at Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident 9 of December 11.

Staffordshire Police respond to honour-based violence report

Staffordshire Police has responded to the report Credit: ITV News Central

Staffordshire Police has responded to a report which found it was not adequately prepared to tackle honour-based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM).

It pointed out that the research from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) was based on self-assessment the force completed earlier this year.

“The force recognises how important this area is to victims and we used the self-assessment tool to review our policies and practices to develop an action plan to improve our work in protecting those at risk of honour based violence.

“Whilst the work is still ongoing, the force is now in a far stronger position than the report indicates. There is however, still work to do. Thanks to the very critical way we assessed ourselves I believe we, like the majority of UK forces, are delivering a good initial service to victims and are continuing to develop our overall approach."

– Assistant Chief Constable Jon Drake

It added that it takes crimes of this sort 'extremely seriously' and that it was 'working hard' to tackle them.


Family pays tribute to teenager killed on A38

Helena Markey Credit: Staffordshire Police

The parents of a teenager from Burton who died after being hit by a lorry on the A38 have released an emotional statement following her death last Thursday.

17-year-old Helena Markey from the Belvedere area of Burton was struck by a lorry on the A38 northbound carriage, between Branston and Clay Mills.

She sustained critical injuries and was taken to hospital in an air ambulance but died shortly after.

"The sudden loss of Helena has left us totally devastated; no words could ever describe the hurt and emptiness we feel right now. Helena was a beautiful much loved daughter and was held precious in many, many people’s hearts."

"She was a bright, bubbly young girl with a beautiful smile. A million questions later, there are no answers, just total disbelief. We must all try to move on and accept what has happened, no matter how hard that may be."

"We just ask that people honour Helena in their memories and grant her the dignity and respect she so fully deserves."

"She will live on in our hearts forever."

– Glen and Sharron Markey

Police officer completes Great North Run just weeks after double mastectomy

Karen Bloor and Katy Sigley Credit: Staffordshire Police

A female police officer with breast cancer completed the Great North Run yesterday - just seven weeks after surgery for a double mastectomy.

52-year-old PC Karen Bloor, one of the force's dog handlers, was diagnosed with breast cancer in September last year.

She set herself the challenge of raising at least £1,000 for Breast Cancer Care by completing 12 events in 12 months. Since then, she has been taking part in fundraising runs and triathlons while still undergoing treatment.

Karen and Katy Credit: Staffordshire Police

She ran the course with her colleague Katy Sigley, completing the half marathon in three hours and 34 seconds.

Karen has now raised her target to £10,000 and has currently managed to raise £11,300 with the help of her friends and colleagues, who she refers to as her 'army of angels'.

Staffordshire Police appeal for help in daylight robbery

Police officers are appealing for witnesses to a burglary on Stone Road in Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent.

The house had been empty since 8.45am that day and unknown offenders gained access to the property and removed a large LED TV and other electronic equipment.

Investigating officer, DC Simon Beardmore said the offence would have taken place in broad daylight on a busy road and it's likely that someone would have noticed a large TV being taken out of a house.

Anyone with any information is asked to ring 101 quoting incident 535 of 28 August.

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