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Appeal to find family of man who lived and died alone in Stoke

72-year-old Alexander Cope, who lived alone, was found at his home address in Stoke on Trent Credit: PA

Her Majesty's Coroner's Office in Stoke-on-Trent is appealing for help to trace the family of a man who has died.

72-year-old Alexander Cope, who lived alone, was found at his home address in Stoke on Trent on 16 October 2016. His death is not being treated as suspicious.

HM Coroner for Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire needs to trace Mr Cope's next of kin.

Two men charged after laser shone at police helicopter

The National Police Air Service Barton helicopter which was targeted Credit: @NPAS_Barton

Two men have been charged after a laser was shone at a police helicopter in Stoke-on-Trent on Sunday night (16 October).

The pair from Stoke-on-Trent are due to appear before magistrates in Newcastle-under-Lyme next month following the incident in the Northwood area.

Ronnie Frost, aged 19, of High Street, Halmer End, and Joe Corden, aged 21, of Eastbourne Road, Northwood, are both charged with direct/shine light at aircraft in flight so as to dazzle/distract pilot.

They are both bailed to appear at North Staffordshire Justice Centre on November 17.

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Woman, 19, arrested after child's body found in house

Police at the scene. Credit: PA

A 19-year-old woman has been arrested after a child's body was found at a house in Stoke-on-Trent.

Officers were called to Packett Street in Fenton at 10am where they forced entry to the property by smashing a window in the front door.

A resident, who asked not to be named, said:

I don't know who lived there but I don't think they've been there very long.

We've not been told why the alleyway was closed. It's just a shock that they're investigating a death.

– Local resident
Police at the scene. Credit: ITV News Central

A police spokesman said an investigation into the death was under way and patrols had been stepped up to provide community reassurance.

The spokesman added:

Officers will be carrying out house-to-house inquiries in the area, and scenes of crime officers will be conducting a detailed examination of the property, and an alleyway behind, which have been cordoned off.

– Police spokesman
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