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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.

Man fined for attacking three paramedics

A man has been fined for attacking paramedics Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

A man has been fined and ordered to pay compensation after assaulting three paramedics.

Joshua Mason, 21, from Stafford, was sentenced on March 4th to a fine of £185, ordered to pay £200 in compensation and £100 in costs after pleading guilty to three counts of assault by beating.

It happened when West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Wildwood Drive and Chepstow Drive on July 26th last year.

All three members of staff were initially treated on scene, though one did receive follow-up hospital care the following day.

“I am pleased to see that both the ambulance service and police have taken such a strong stance regarding this matter.

“It is extremely disappointing to suffer physical abuse when we are trying to help members of the public with medical emergencies."

– Emergency Care Assistant Christopher Shirley

“The Trust welcomes the sentence that has been passed on this occasion, it is completely unacceptable that ambulance staff, who are responding to help people who have serious medical conditions or injuries, should have to face violence and verbal abuse.

“The Trust has a zero tolerance policy in place and works extremely hard to bring the full weight of the law to bear on anyone who attacks our staff.

"It is simply not acceptable that staff who are there to help people, suffer at the hands of patients, their relatives or other people at the scene. Any type of assault against our staff will not be tolerated.”

– Steve Elliker, West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Head of Security and Safety

“I will not tolerate any attack or abuse on staff and we will always pursue attackers and push for the toughest possible sentence."

– Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh


Universities General Election-themed fairground

Staffordshire University Students' Union are launching a General Election themed fairground.

In a recent poll, more than 70% of the University's students have stated their intention to vote. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

It is designed to engage young people in the General Election, and students will be encouraged to register to vote throughout the day.

In a recent poll, more than 70% of the University's students have stated their intention to vote. However, less than 40% know which Party they intend to vote for.

The fair's attractions have also all been given a political twist.

They include:

  • Earth Shaker - showing students have the ability to shake things up,
  • Welly toss - representing students who give a toss about politics,
  • Three-legged race - symbolising a possible coalition
  • Waltzers - politicians dancing around the issues.


Prisoner absconds from HMP Sudbury

Daniel Kirkland Credit: Derbyshire Police

A prisoner has been missing from HMP Sudbury since Friday.

Daniel William Kirkland, 29, absconded from HMP Sudbury on 10th April 2015.

He is serving a sentence for GBH and was sentenced at Stafford Crown Court on 13 October 2006.

He is described as white, six feet one inch tall, of slim build, with brown hair. He has a tribal tattoo on his right leg.

Kirkland has connections to the Stoke area of Staffordshire.

Police appeal for witnesses after Cannock hit and run

Police are appealing for witnesses in Cannock. Credit: PA Images

Police are appealing for witnesses following a hit and run collision in Cannock, Staffordshire in the early hours of this morning.

Officers were called to the top of Green Heath Road just after 1am following the report of a man lying in the road.

The 21-year-old was walking home from Cannock town centre when a dark-coloured vehicle, described as green in colour, failed to stop.

The vehicle is believed to have turned left on Broadhurst Green towards the Pye Green Road.

The man was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital with suspected leg injuries.

The driver has shown little regard for the pedestrian by leaving the scene and would have known a collision had occurred.

I would ask anyone with information, or who knows the identity of the vehicle or its driver, to come forward.

– Chief Inspector Steve Morrey

Stephen Sutton's mum says son is with her in spirit

Stephen Sutton's mum says her son is with her in spirit as she trains for the London Marathon.

Stephen Sutton Credit: Stephen's Story/Facebook/PA Wire

In an interview with the Sunday Mirror Jane Sutton describes how the teenager from Staffordshire is her driving force.

My son was an athlete himself who participated in cross country and track events. Despite being diagnosed with cancer he continued to run and he was determined to complete a marathon. He never managed that – but now his determination is helping me.”

– Jane Sutton

The inspirational 19-year-old became known around the world as he raised millions of pounds for Teenage Cancer Trust before his death last year.

Next month marks the first ­anniversary of Stephen’s death.

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