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DOOR TO DOOR SELLERS SUSPECTED OF BEING LINKED TO BURGLARIES

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Police across Staffordshire are urging all residents to call 101 to report suspicious visitors to their homes following a handful of burglaries in different areas across the county.

In the last few days there have been five burglaries in different areas across the county, where in the preceding days residents have reported being visited by door-to-door sellers or where other suspicious incidents have been reported.

Detectives have issued the warning to residents in a bid to prompt them to report suspicious activity. The recent incidents happened in the daytime and items stolen include small portable valuables such as jewellery and laptops.

Police are reminding residents to be vigilant, keep their homes secure at all times and report suspicious activity immediately.

Whilst the recent offences can’t be formally linked directly to each other or the doorstep traders, detectives are keen to locate the traders to identify them about their work and the locations they have visited.

Residents can follow the below crime prevention advice to keep burglars at bay:

•​secure passageways and side entrances, make sure sheds and garages are fitted with proper security locks, and put tools away so they can’t be used to break in to your home
•​if you have to leave ladders outside, make sure they’re on their side and securely fixed to a wall or permanent fixture
•​keep wheelie bins secure and away from your property to stop thieves using them to get through first floor windows, or setting fire to them
•​when darkness falls close curtains and blinds to stop would-be intruders window shopping
• ​mark items with your postcode and house number using an ‘invisible’ pen available from DIY stores. This makes stolen property easier to identify
•​ensure valuable items, including Christmas presents and cards containing cash gifts, are not left in plain view and keep them away from windows and doors
•​fit mortise locks to all front and back doors and locks to windows that are in easy reach
•​keep house and car keys safe and away from doors, windows and letterboxes – NEVER leave your car running while it’s defrosting
•​keep garages and sheds secure
•​fit low cost security lighting as a deterrent.

For further information, visit the ‘advice zone’ section of Staffordshire Police’s website www.staffordshire.police.uk, or ring the non emergency number 101.

To report a crime in progress dial 999. To report a crime anonymously ring the independent charity CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.

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hit-and-run driver calls judge ‘f***ing p***k’ in shock court outburst

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The alleged driver in a hit and run than killed a two year old and six year old boy has appeared in court accused of their deaths.

During his appearance he called the judge a ‘f***ing p***k’.

Robert Brown, 53, and Gwendoline Harrison, 41, appeared at Coventry Magistrates’ Court today accused of two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

He appeared before the courts for seven minutes and during this time he had to be restrained after yelling ‘this is a f***ing kangaroo court’ in the bizarre outburst.

He also called the judge a ‘f***ing p***k”.

Both defendants had grey t-shirts as they appeared in the dock to confirm their name, date of birth and address.

Brown, of Attwood Crescent, in Wyken, Coventry, also faces charges of driving while disqualified, no insurance and otherwise than in accordance with a licence.

Harrison, of Triumph Close, also in Wyken, faces a further allegation of common assault.

They were remanded in custody after the case was adjourned by chair of the magistrates’ bench, John Martin.

The Two brothers Casper and Corey Platt-May aged two and six tragically killed following hit and run.

Police confirmed the death of the boys after being hit by a car in the Stoke area of the at 2pm on Thursday.

Both boys died after being rushed to the hospital, located near to the scene was a black Ford Focus with a smashed front windscreen and front right side.

They will appear next at Warwick Crown Court via video link on March 22.

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Two people charged after brothers killed in Hit and Run

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Two people have been charged over the deaths of two young brothers killed in a hit-and-run collision in Coventry.

Two brothers who were tragically killed after a hit and run in Coventry have been named as Casper and Corey Platt-May aged two and six.

Police confirmed the death of the boys after being hit by a car in the Stoke area of the at 2pm on Thursday.

Both boys died after being rushed to the hospital, located near to the scene was a black Ford Focus with a smashed front windscreen and front right side.

The car was abandoned, officers quickly worked to locate any possible driver for the car and arrested a 53-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman who are both being held on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and drink driving and have now been charged by the crown.

Robert Brown, 53, and Gwendoline Harrison, 41, are charged under joint enterprise of two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, West Midlands Police said.

Brown, of Attwood Crescent, Wyken, is also charged with driving while disqualified, no insurance and otherwise than in accordance with a licence, while Harrison, of Triumph Close,Wyken, faces a common assault allegation.

They will appear at Coventry Magistrates Court, sitting at Leamington Justice Centre, on Saturday morning.

Both boys were rushed to the local hospital with critical injuries, Sadly Casper aged could not be revived and died Emergency teams rushed Corey into surgery and did everything within their power during surgery to save his life. Sadly a short time later he died.

Both boys were with their mother at the time of the collision, but she was not injured.

Family and Friends have now launched a fundraising page to support the parents of Casper and Corey, Donations have already reached £3k.

Investigating Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes said: “Several witnesses have come forward and I am grateful to everyone who has spoken to us.

“Specialist family liaison officers are with the family, who are understandably distraught, and they are being kept fully updated.

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Police warning after fraudsters launch fake fundraising page for tragic six-year-old Daisy Dymyd

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A Fake fundraising page has been set up in the name of six-year-old Daisy Dymyd who died.

The fraudulent profile is claiming to be raising money for the funeral of Daisy.

Daisy Dymyd was found unresponsive at her home in Tuxford, Nottinghamshire on Monday and was pronounced dead after being airlifted to Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Nottinghamshire Police have now issued a warning after a user claiming to be Daisy’s uncle launched a fake JustGiving page, raising £140 before it was reported by her family themselves.

A spokeswoman said the family had not been raising money, and said officers were working to get the account removed.

In a tweet posted on Friday, the force urged people not to donate.

Daisy’s family have said she was our “happy little girl”

“Our beautiful daughter was the centre of our world and we can’t believe she’s gone,” they said.

“She will be so missed by everyone that knew her. She was a such a happy little girl who lit up our lives and made the world brighter.”

Police have made no arrests in relation to her death or the Just Giving Page.

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