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Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 15/12/2010 by Luke

Snowfall over the weekend came at it’s earliest for over 17 years in Stoke-on-Trent, and weather officials are warning the worst is yet to come. 

1.5 inches of snow fell in parts of Staffordshire, with Tuesday and Wednesday predicted to bring around 8 more inches of snow.

The snow has already impacted upon people living in Stoke. Malkit Kang, 19, Queen Anne Street, Shelton said, “The snow has completely ruined my weekend. I was supposed to be going home Saturday, but my family couldn’t travel up because the snow was too bad.

“As a result of this I have missed a music concert I had paid to see months ago. If it snows anymore I will refuse to leave the house.”

The snow has also affected revenue for the local businesses and shops around the area. S.S. Dhanjal, who works in Sunny Store, Ashford Street, Shelton said, “People are not coming out due to the weather. It’s slippery and frozen so people are avoiding leaving the house.

“The only time people are leaving the house is to put gas or electricity on their meters, but if they can avoid this, then they will. The snow is very bad for business as no customers equals no money.”

Taxi firms are also being affected by the freezing conditions. Mr Ahmed, 32, who works for Hackney Carriages, refuses to work when it is snowing.

“If it’s heavy snow I won’t work. This is because of safety issues. You can’t guarantee the other road users will be in control of their vehicle, and if they crash into you not only does it cause problems for me and my fellow drivers, but also the passengers in the car.

“This of course has a negative affect on the revenue of the business but it is something outside of my control”

Over previous years snowfall has literally halted the country; with a harsh winter expected will Stoke be prepared?



Knife Crime In Decline?

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 30/11/2010 by Luke


Recent figures released from the government show that there has been a decline in the number of homicides involving knives or other sharp instruments in the United Kingdom.

However recently a man was stabbed outside Walkabout, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. The man later died, and the incident has sparked fresh debate about whether knife crime in the Staffordshire area is on the increase.

In 2007-08 the number of homicides were 270; this has fallen to 252 in 2008-09. However, this statistic is somewhat misleading as there has been an increase in the number of attempted murders with a knife or sharp instrument. This has risen from 245 in 2007-08 to 271 in 2008-09.

There were 219 recorded offences involving knives in Staffordshire alone between April 2007 and March 2009. This involves the tragic case of Christopher Deakin, the 36 year old father who was stabbed to death.

At the time Chief Inspector Dave Mellor of Stoke-On-Trent police division said, “Although it will come as little comfort to Mr Deakin’s family, knife crime of any sort is extremely rare in Staffordshire.”

Further figures from the government say that 80% of all knife crime happens in only a few areas, mainly London, Leeds and Glasgow. This raises the question about whether knife crime statistics are misleading when compared to the Staffordshire area.

James Marshall, of 8 Queen Anne Street, Shelton, who is a victim of violent assault, believes there is not enough protection on the streets of Stoke-On-Trent. “There are rarely any police patrolling the area. I don’t like walking around the streets of Shelton, in particular Hanley Park… something needs to be done to make the area more secure.”

Mr Marshall also added his fears over knife crime saying, “I believe this area has a problem with knife crime. I just genuinely feel unsafe.”