OFFICERS from Staffordshire Moorlands Local Policing Team have stepped up patrols in a village following two serious incidents of anti-social behaviour.
The first incident in Cheddleton, near Leek, happened just before 2.25pm on Wednesday, August 28 in Cheadle Road and involved a group of three teens. The victim, a man in his 50s, was travelling down the road and stopped to speak to the teens about their behaviour. He was assaulted and suffered eye injuries which required hospital treatment, he is now recovering at home.
Three Cheddleton teens, two aged 15 and one aged 14, were arrested and taken into custody for questioning. Two were released without charge and one of the 15-year-olds remains on bail pending further inquiries.
A second report was received at around 12.45pm on Friday (August 30), when police were called to a disturbance in Dalehouse Road. A 15-year-old boy from Cheddleton was arrested on suspicion of affray and remains in custody for questioning.
Chief Superintendent Juliet Prince, Local Policing North, said: "These incidents are being linked as they both appear to have stemmed from anti-social behaviour and we believe they involved the same group of local young people.
"We are aware of residents concerns following these incidents and would like to stress that prior to this week we had received very few reports of anti-social behaviour in the Cheddleton area which is generally a very low crime area.
"We can reassure you we are taking these incidents seriously and they will be investigated thoroughly. We would like to stress how important it is for the community to report incidents to us immediately so we can respond and take positive action.
"Local officers and PCSOs are stepping up patrols in the area to tackle any issues and reassure residents. Anyone who has concerns, or information on either incident, is encouraged to approach them or contact us on 101. Always ring 999 in an emergency or if a crime is happening there and then."