Staffordshire Police Begin Annual Drink Drive Campaign

Staffordshire Police have started their Christmas clampdown on drink and drug drivers.

The campaign, co-ordinated by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), will run throughout Staffordshire and the rest of the country from today until 1 January 2012.

Many people socialise after work, in the evening or at the weekend through the festive season and the campaign aims to drive down fatal and serious road traffic collisions and protect other road users by enforcement and education.

Inspector Ian Hancock, Road Policing Team, said

Officers will be carrying out roadside stop checks across Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire on drivers during the campaign – both at night-time and the morning after.  Anyone suspected of being over the limit will be breath-tested. All drivers involved in road traffic collisions which the police attend are also tested.

If you’re going out for a drink with friends or family think of the consequences of drink driving and nominate a designated driver.  

Don’t forget that you could still be over the limit the next morning if you drink the night before.

Last Christmas we stopped thousands of vehicles and breath-tested over 1,800 drivers – arresting 118 people.  

We are committed to reducing the number of fatal and serious road traffic collisions in Staffordshire.

Driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs is both anti social and dangerous.

Staffordshire Police want to make it clear that It is against the law and the offences committed have both short and long term consequences

  • when you are caught you will be breath tested and if positive you will be arrested
  • you will be taken to a police station and if the station test is positive, or you fail or refuse to provide a blood or urine sample, you will be charged
  • you will attend court and if found guilty, you will be banned from driving for a period of at least 12 months. You will have to pay a hefty fine, court costs or even be given a prison sentence

What happens next?

  • losing your licence may mean losing your job and your standard of living
  • you could lose the respect of friends and family and you will have a criminal record
  • you may be excluded from travelling to some countries. When you can drive again you will pay a lot more for insurance cover.

If someone was to be seriously injured or killed as a result of your involvement in a road traffic collision, you could be charged with a more serious offence, the consequences from which will be much more serious and possibly in addition to those already stated

  • your driving ban will be longer
  • your fine will be bigger
  • you are more likely to go to prison
  • the families of those maimed by serious injuries, the injured themselves who may not be able to work again, and the relatives of anyone killed by your actions, will remember you for the rest of their lives

Insp Hancock added

Remember, drinking or drug driving is anti social, against the law and it can ruin lives and families. The family could be yours.  

Is drink or drug driving worth the risk of these consequences?

 

Operation Nemesis One Arrested

Police arrested a woman at an address in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, in connection with drugs offences.

The 51-year-old was arrested at a property on Newfield Street last night (17 March), after officers executed a warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

A small cannabis factory was found in a bedroom at the location. The factory made up of approximately 12 plants was found during the search.

The woman was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the cultivation of cannabis and taken to the force’s Northern Area Custody Facility for questioning. She has been released on bail, pending further inquiries, until May.

Staffordshire Police is continuing to target those involved in the supply of drugs under its Operation Nemesis campaign, and anyone with concerns about drug misuse in their community is urged to get in touch.

The following are some of the tell tale signs of properties being used for growing cannabis.
They include:

    Windows permanently covered from the inside
    Visits to the premises at unusual times of the day or night
    People visiting just to “maintain” the house
    Daily or weekly calls at the house by people who stay for a short time
    Black bin bags or laundry bags being taken away
    Compost bags or gardening equipment left outside, usually at the rear of the premises
    Vents protruding through the roof or a rear window
    Strange, pungent smells from the premises
    Unusual noises from equipment such as cooling fans

Anyone with information about drug use in their community is urged to call police on 0300 123 4455 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Operation Nemesis – Cannabis Factory Uncovered In Etruria

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of being concerned in the cultivation of cannabis.

Officers were called to Mere Side Close, Etruria, yesterday evening (1 February) following a call from a concerned member of the public reporting suspicious activity at an address in the street. This property was also the only one which did not have a roof covered in snow on Sunday morning.

After attending the location officers arrested a 22-year-old male in the vicinity on suspicion of cultivating cannabis. He remains in police custody where he will be questioned.

Officers are at the address this morning and have recovered approximately 350 cannabis plants at various stages of cultivation. The loft, garage and upstairs rooms of the property have all been used to grow cannabis plants.

Inspector Martin Brereton, commander of Burslem Neighbourhood Policing Unit, which covers Etruria, said, ‘Thanks to a member of the public, who was rightly suspicious of the activities at this address, we have arrested a man at the scene. The fact that snow had melted so quickly from the roof of this address raised concern that intense heat was coming from the property. I would like to thank members of the public for letting us know their concerns about suspicious activity involving drug misuse in their community. We will endeavour to act on all information received.’

Police and Crimestoppers say the following are some of the tell tale signs of properties being used for growing cannabis.

- Windows permanently covered from the inside
- Visits to the premises at unusual times of the day or night
- People visiting just to “maintain” the house
- Daily or weekly calls at the house by people who stay for a short time
- Black bin bags or laundry bags being taken away
- Compost bags or gardening equipment left outside, usually at the rear of the premises
- Vents protruding through the roof or a rear window
- Strange, pungent smells from the premises
- Unusual noises from equipment such as cooling fans

Anyone with information about the supply of drugs is asked to call Staffordshire Police on 0300 123 4455 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.