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Police launch campaign to make Stafford safer at night

A campaign to keep people safe on a night out in Stafford is being launched today.

Police will be giving out booklets about guidelines for alcohol units. Credit: Johnny Green/PA Wire/Press Association Images

As part of the 'Be Aware, Be Safe' campaign booklets designed to fit into wallets and purses will be handed out, giving information on taxi rank locations and alcohol unit guidelines.

Body found in Stoke believed to be missing man

Location where body was found in Meir, Stoke-on-Trent Credit: ITV News Central

Police believe a body found in woodland in Stoke-on-Trent is that of missing man Paul Woodcock.

He had been reported missing from his home in Meir on 9th August.

The body was found in woods close to football pitches off Whittle Road in Meir yesterday morning.

A post-mortem examination proved inconclusive and further tests will be carried out over the coming weeks to establish the cause of death.

The two men arrested in connection with the death have been released without charge.

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Two arrested after man's body found in Stoke

Two men have been arrested after a body was found in Stoke-on-Trent.

Police have also confirmed in the last few minutes that the body is that of a man.

A 41-year-old and 26-year-old are being questioned by officers.

Police were called to woodland, near to football fields, on Whittle Road, in Meir at 10:15am this morning.

The area remains cordoned off.

Police cordon off football fields where remains found

Map showing location where remains have been found in Stoke-on-Trent Credit: ITV News Central

Police say human remains have been found close to football fields in Meir in Stoke-on-Trent.

Officers and forensic investigators are at the scene on Whittle Road after being called at 10:15am this morning.

A police spokesman said: "The scene and a number of approaches to it have been cordoned off, for officers to assess the situation and begin their inquiries there. We expect work to continue at the scene. "

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Growing concern as 13-year-old girl missing for 4 days

Bethany Hughes was last seen on the evening of Saturday 12 July Credit: ITV News Central

Police say they're becoming increasingly concerned for a 13-year-old girl from Stoke-on-Trent who's been missing for four days.

Bethany Hughes, from Gilman Street, was last seen on the evening of Saturday 12 July on Chorlton Road, Birches Head.

She is described as white, 5ft 5in tall and of medium build. She has very long black hair, blue eyes and a fair complexion.

She is thought to be wearing dark jeans, a black leather jacket, black trainers and a black and pink cap with the word ‘Brooklyn’ on it.

Anyone who has seen Bethany or anyone who has any information about her whereabouts is urged to call Staffordshire Police immediately on 101 quoting incident number 953 of 12 July.

Tractor given police treatment to tackle rural crime

The tractor was donated by local firm Hallmark Tractors. Credit: Staffordshire Police

This is Staffordshire Police's latest addition to help tackle crime in rural areas.

The tractor has been given the full police treatment - and it's hoped will increase the force's presence to deter countryside criminals.

Police say cases of rural crime is on a downward trend in the county, making up over 20% of reported crime at the start of 2011 to 13.7% at the end of last year.

Inspector Geoff Knight said:

"Staffordshire has some very isolated rural communities and rural crime is an issue that affects many who live and work in these areas. A tractor like this has great potential to help us highlight the issues of rural crime and what we can all do to help prevent it.”

The tractor was donated by Ashbourne-based distributors, Hallmark Tractors.

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