Staffordshire Police

Andrew Harper: Police forces to hold minute's silence

BBC Midlands Today

Officers from across the West Midlands region will be joining forces around the country in observing a minute's silence today in memory of PC Andrew Harper.

PC Andrew Harper
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PC Harper, 28, was killed last week while responding to reports of a burglary in Sulhamstead, Berkshire.

Jed Foster, 20, of Pingewood, Burghfield, has been charged with his murder and was remanded into custody after appearing in court this week.

The silence is being held at 11:00.

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PD Cooper, a Staffie with Staffordshire Police, on tv tonight

A rescued Staffordshire bull terrier who went on to become a police dog with Staffordshire Police is featured on Channel 4's Animal Rescue tonight.

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PD Cooper is the force's first Staffordshire bull terrier recruit.

The show, hosted by Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick, airs every night at 20:00 BST for five days and encourages people to adopt rescue animals.

Dozens of number plate cameras put up to track criminals

Number plate recognition cameras are being installed across Staffordshire, in a bid to help police tackle crime.

There will be 47 of the cameras, but Staffordshire Police won't say where they will be located.

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The force says the cameras are very effective at tracking travelling criminals, as well as helping find missing people.

Knife crime 'nearly doubles' in county in eight years

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Joe Burn

Knife crime's nearly doubled in eight years in Staffordshire, latest police figures have revealed.

Knives seized in a recent knife amnesty
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The number of recorded cases have jumped from 367 in 2010-11 to 709 in 2018-19.

They also reveal Stoke-on-Trent accounts for 42% of all stop and searches related to knives, the most of any area in the county.

Responding to the figures, Chief Constable Gareth Morgan said nearly a quarter of the county's knife crime was domestic-related.

But he told a public police performance meeting that he believed visible policing with stop and searches, combined with following up on crimes, was needed to bring the figures down.

Arrest after police dog stabbed in the head

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

A man's been arrested after a police dog was stabbed in the head.

Staffordshire Police

The animal, called Audi, is at home and starting to recover after the incident on Town Road, Stoke-on-Trent, on Monday afternoon, Staffordshire Police said.

A 29-year-old man from Merseyside was arrested on suspicion of assaulting police officers, causing unnecessary suffering to an emergency service animal, possession of offensive weapons and an offence under the Public Order Act.

The force said he was still in custody last night.