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Arrests made in connection with serious sexual offences

14 men aged between 14 and 41 have been arrested in connection with an ongoing investigation into serious sexual offences against two young people.

The arrests took place across five locations in the North Staffordshire, West Midlands and Chesterfield areas.

Today’s operation is to support an investigation into serious sexual offences and our first priority is safeguarding and supporting the victims, and the most vulnerable in our communities.

Together with our partners, we have already taken action to protect those we know are affected by this crime. It is vital we allow this sensitive investigation to establish the facts and we urge the public not to prejudge the outcome of the criminal justice process.

– Chief Superintendent Martin Evans, local commander for Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire

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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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.
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