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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.

Officers called to 'ongoing incident' in Bucknall

Officers are on the scene at the incident Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/PA Images

Officers from Staffordshire Police are currently dealing with an ongoing incident on Theodore Road in Bucknall in which a man in distress is refusing to leave an address following a domestic dispute.

There are also three dogs at the property, one of which is believed to be aggressive towards strangers.

Specially trained negotiators are on their way to try to resolve the situation.


Police appeal after bank robbery in Penkridge

Police are appealing for information about the robbery Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/PA Images

Police are appealing for witnesses to a robbery to come forward following an incident at Barclays Bank in Penkridge this afternoon.

Police were called by staff at just after 4:50 pm today reporting three males had appeared in the building and demanded cash.

No weapons were seen and none of the staff have been injured.

It is reported that the three men made off in a silver coloured hatch back car onto the A449. Police are urging anyone who may have seen anything suspicious to call the police immediately.

It is possible that the suspects will abandon their car and change into another vehicle soon after the incident so any reports of suspicious vehicles may help the police.

Anyone with any information is urged to call Staffordshire Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency. Police are currently responding and a full examination of the scene will take place.

Smart phone or tablet for every frontline police officer

Every frontline police officer in Staffordshire is to get a smart phone or tablet as part of a mobile technology programme which will "give them the information they need at their finger-tips".

Staffordshire Police hopes the technology will save hours of police time Credit: ITV News Central

Staffordshire Police said the initiative would "keep police on the beat" and mean fewer trips back to their offices to complete paperwork, submit reports or statements and access files.

It is hoped the technology will free up an extra 250,000 hours of police time on the beat a year - the equivalent of an extra 100 officers on duty.

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