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Police pledge to target anti social behaviour A NEW police commander for the north of Stoke-on-Trent has vowed to make anti social behaviour his top priority and is planning a raft of new initiatives to tackle the problem. Inspector Mark Hardern, who has helped police Tunstall and surrounding areas since 1991, says he will be stepping up highvisibility patrols, organising community meetings, working with partner agencies and sending officers into schools to educate youngsters. He said:“The message I have been getting from the public in Tunstall is that anti social behaviour is a big problem. We receive around 10 to 15 calls about it every day. I want the amount of incidents to be drastically reduced by this time next year and through working with the public and our partner agencies I think there are a number of steps we can take to achieve that.” More officers will be patrolling during the evening and night as part of the crackdown. Neighbourhood officers will be visiting secondary schools like James Brindley High and St Margaret Ward. And six bicycles are also being bought to help officers cover a greater distance on their patrols. Inspector Hardern said crime in Norton,

Stoke-on-Trent’s Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress open a new shelter at Carmountside Crematorium.

Public given insight into crematorium Inspector Mark Hardern on the beat in Tunstall. Tunstall, Goldenhill, Bradeley and Smallthorne has fallen in recent years. However, incidents of anti social behaviour have significantly increased. “People have the perception that hundreds of burglaries are occurring across Stoke-on-Trent every day – but that simply isn’t the case. The average is about four a day. “However, respect and discipline among the younger generation has fallen sharply – meaning anti social behaviour is one of our top concerns.”

Public have say on museums MUSEUMS in Stoke-on-Trent took on board the views of their visitors in consultation days to help develop and improve their futures. The Outreach team gave people the chance to have their say about Gladstone Pottery Museum in Longton, Etruria Industrial Museum and Ford Green Hall in Smallthorne. Each person was given post-it notes and a pencil and asked to write down what they thought, good or bad, about the museum and its staff. Outreach and Community Development Officer Victoria Martin said: “When we did this at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery we had many useful comments. Hopefully we can learn even more about our visitors and how they see the museums. All comments will be used to help develop the Museum Service over the next few years.” Have your say: Write to Freepost Our City or email

Brownies earn badges A HANLEY-BASED Brownie pack learned all about crime reduction after an informative visit from their local police officer. PCSO Lucy Stevenson and PC Samantha Casey, from the Bucknall Neighbourhood Policing Unit, visited the 7th Hanley group at their weekly meeting at All Saints Church in Kempthorne Road, Hanley. The officers helped the youngsters to obtain their crime reduction award by hosting a talk and discussion. She then presented badges to the Brownies. At the same time she helped raise awareness of the new non-emergency number for Staffordshire Police – 0300 123 4455.

AN AWARD-WINNING cemetery and crematorium has given residents a behind-the-scenes look at its new facilities. Carmountside – which was rated first in the country for its burial and cremation services out of 125 councils – staged an open day where locals could view facilities, remembrance tributes and features like the new Victorian shelter in the garden of remembrance. The shelter, which was officially opened by Lord Mayor Councillor Derek Capey, includes a specially designed seating area where families can lease plaques. Councillor Joan Bell, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Bereavement Care, said: ”We can help people select an option when arranging a funeral which best suits their needs.” Carmountside is the city’s largest cemetery and crematorium with areas including babies’ and children’s remembrance gardens and a natural woodland park area alongside the more traditional garden of remembrance and cemetery.

New sport and leisure access scheme spearheads drive for

more fit and active city A

NEW scheme aimed at giving tens of thousand of adults and children free and discount access to sport and leisure facilities is spearheading the city’s drive to be more active than ever before.

Energise Plus is a swipe card which gives holders the opportunity to take part in sports and recreational sessions and facilities at reduced rates at council-run leisure centres. It replaces the old Recreation Key scheme but it is available to more people than ever before as Stoke-on-Trent gears up to be more fit and active in time for the London Olympics of 2012. Anyone who is on low or no income, or is affected by a disability, could be entitled to one of the Energise Plus cards. Those entitled include: ● All 42,000 children up to the age of 16 in the city. ● Everyone aged over 60. ● Job seekers, people on income support and/or incapacity benefit. ● People registered with hearing and visual impairments. ● Householders on low income i.e. Tax Credits. ● Carers and foster carers. ● Students, people on youth training projects and enrolled on apprenticeship schemes. Service and Development Manager for Sport and Leisure Louise-Ann Smith said: “This is an exciting project which really broadens the accessibility of affordable sports activities to more people than ever before. “Our aim is to have 30 per cent of people in Stoke-on-Trent reasonably active

by 2012. By this we mean exercising for 30 minutes five times a week. “This is a real step forward in improving the health and well-being of everyone and with the London Olympics as a backdrop for this we believe it will inspire people to become more active.” The scheme also keys into the Lifestyle Support Programme – a large-scale partnership project involving the city council and NHS Stoke on Trent. Anyone completing the £2million project will be presented with an Energise Plus card. Councillor Debra Gratton, Portfolio Holder for Sport and Leisure said: “Stoke-on-Trent is committed to improving the health and fitness of Lord Mayor everyone living in the city. Councillor Derek “The Energise Plus scheme is part of Capey is presented our continuing commitment to ensure with a giant-sized access to sport and leisure facilities is Energise Plus card as widespread as possible.” by scheme mascot The Energise Plus cards cost £5 Fitzy the Fox. and have to be renewed every 12 months but open up a whole range of free and concessionary activities. These include free swimming sessions at one of the city council’s pools from Monday to Friday 10am until 4pm. Similarly, people can get access to free sports hall sessions and ENERGISE Plus was launched with a facilities – such as table tennis week of awareness-raising activities and badminton – during those and free giveaways all around the city. times. The scheme was unveiled at an open

Pools boost lessons for disabled swimmers STOKE-on-Trent pools can now offer more types of swimming lessons after three teachers successfully completed a disabled teaching qualification. Debbie Ralph, Dan Ralph and Janet Slack have all passed the ASA Level 2 Disability Qualification following a two-week intensive course in Cambridgeshire. They can now teach both children and adults with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and those recovering from illnesses such as strokes. Swimming Lesson Co-ordinator Debbie Ralph said: “Swimming is a great form of exercise for people with disabilities or those rehabilitating because the body is supported by the water. We can now offer one to one swimming lessons at Shelton Pool and Fenton Manor Sports Complex.” For more information, contact Fenton Manor Sports Complex 01782 233222.

Greenhouse offers Premier League blooms

Fitzy the Fox leads high-profile launch

Anyone wishing to apply for one of the cards can do so at their local sports centre. Alternatively details are available online by logging onto

event at Dimensions Leisure Centre in Burslem, before being rolled out around the city. Fitzy the Fox – the Energise Plus mascot – joined city council staff to publicise the card at the Britannia

Stadium for Stoke City’s Premier League clash with Arsenal in front of more than 25,000 fans and to nearly 6,000 supporters at Vale Park for Port Vale’s home game against Morecambe. It culminated in an event at Fenton Manor sports complex attended by Lord Mayor Councillor Derek Capey. And, being over 60, the city’s first citizen was presented with his own

giant-sized Energise Plus card by Fitzy. Louise Ann Smith said: “We decided to launch the scheme by giving the first 2,000 Energise Plus cards away free. “It is also being supported by a campaign of advertising on billboards around the city which is helping spread the message about the advantages of the card.”

GREENHOUSE 2000, the city council’s giant nursery at Festival Park, has teamed up with Stoke City FC to provide matchday flower displays at Britannia Stadium. The Premier League club’s supporters and visitors will be able to enjoy the floral arrangements in four troughs that separate the bar from the dining facility, as well as in corporate hospitality areas, the boardroom and chairman’s room. Greenhouse 2000 already supplies a number of events such as weddings, the Lord Mayor’s Ball and Keele University’s Graduation Ball – but this is the nursery’s first venture into sport. To make a booking call Greenhouse 2000 on 01782 235068.

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