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Staffordshire Police on rise in homophobic hate crime reports

Staffordshire Police say they are committed to reducing hate crime following the release of new figures which show a rise in reported hate crime across the UK.

Throughout Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent we work closely with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community to ensure that hate crimes are reported, either directly to Staffordshire Police or through the on-line True Vision reporting system. We are absolutely committed to reducing hate crime, repeat victimisation and the harm that it causes. We will continue to proactively support victims and deal effectively with the individuals committing this type of crime. We would actively encourage anyone who is being targeted in this way to report it to us and feel reassured that we will take positive action.

– Staffordshire Police spokesperson

Appeal to help find missing 16-year-old

Police in Staffordshire are appealing for help to find a 16-year-old missing from her home since last Thursday.

Courtney Bill Credit: ITV News Central

Courtney Bill, from Bentilee, was last seen wearing jeggings, a multi-coloured crop-top, grey ankle boots and a dark brown bomber jacket.

She is described as white, 5ft tall, and very petite with long dark hair. She usually wears dark-rimmed glasses.

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Brazen axe-wielding robbers raid city centre jewellers

Warning: Video contains some bad language

Axe-wielding robbers have raided a jewellers in front of stunned shoppers at a shopping centre in Stoke-on-Trent.

In the video posted by the Stoke Sentinel, the raiders can be seen smashing the windows of the Beaverbrooks jewellery store in the Potteries Shopping centre at 11 o'clock this morning.

Stolen lorry 'deliberately' crashed into side of house

A stolen lorry is believed to have deliberately been smashed into the side of a house in Stoke-on-trent.

The lorry crashed into the house in the early hours of the morning Credit: ITV News Central

That is according to police who have launched an investigation after being called out to Gordon Road just after 2am this morning to find the driver of the lorry had fled the scene.

The white Iveco was later found in Broadfield Road.

This matter will be thoroughly investigated by detectives who are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry. Anyone with information on the incident is encouraged to contact us as soon as possible. Local neighbourhood officers are on high-visibility patrols throughout today to reassure residents."

– Chief Inspector Adrian Roberts, from Stoke-on-Trent North Local Policing Team

Phil 'The Power' Taylor wins sixth Grand Slam of Darts title

Phil Taylor from Stoke has won his sixth Grand Slam of Darts title.

Phil Taylor Credit: gbrci/Geisler-Fotopress/DPA/Press Association Images

He beat Dave Chisnall 16-13 with a victory at Wolverhampton Civic Hall.

The Power, who was the defending champion, managed to secure the win despite Chisnall coming back from 5-0 down to level the match at 10-10.

Midlands road deaths figures revealed

More than 300 people were killed on roads in the Midlands last year, according to new figures from the road safety charity Brake.

The figures have been released as part of a new campaign by the charity Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The statistics have been released to try and encourage road users to look out for each other more.

The new campaign is being backed by Avril Childs, whose daughter Sarah was killed by a speeding driver.

Brake are also trying to how vulnerable pedestrians or cyclists are.

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