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Gnosall Parish Council

(Including the wards of Moreton and Knightley)

Our Mission is to improve the quality of life for those who live and work in the Parish of Gnosall and those who visit it.

GMK Autumn 2016

Neighbourhood Watch and Policing



Over the last few months there has been cause for concern over the lack of visible policing within the parish.  We have seen an increase in incidents of theft from properties and also from narrow boats moored on the canal, vandalism, fly-tipping of old mattresses and rubbish and cars racing around the village late into the evening.  Empty properties and the elderly have been targeted in particular, with garden ornaments and jewellery being stolen. Several empty properties have been damaged and also the steps behind the Grosvenor Centre have been smashed and will need to be replaced, yet another cost to the Parish Council. 

A particularly worrying incident was a firearms police raid on a property in the village where several knives and dangerous items were found and subsequently removed by police officers.  

Whilst we have a PCSO patrolling the village on a regular basis, it is evident that there needs to be an increased police presence in the parish. The Parish Council is so concerned about the escalation in crime that we wrote to Matthew Ellis, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire on 22nd June 2016 highlighting the serious problems we are facing and to make him aware of our situation.  Parishioners may recall that he spoke at length about his aim to improve rural policing at our Annual Assembly. We received an acknowledgement to our letter on 1st July; we are awaiting a detailed response from his office as to how he intends to deal with our concerns.

It seems the police reporting system takes note of crimes that ‘spike’ in each area which helps to inform where extra manpower and patrols are most needed.  What would be really useful in helping to flag up our increasing crime trend is for everyone to be extra vigilant and to report ALL incidents to the police individually rather than one person reporting on behalf of everyone else and sharing it on social media.  

Each report generates a new crime number and the more crime numbers recorded will help to influence where policing teams are to be deployed.  All emergencies should be reported via 999 as usual and all non-emergency crimes should be reported using the 101 telephone number. 

Another way of participating in helping to reduce crime is to join the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme; a couple of people in each location will be enough but the more people who are registered on the Scheme the better.

If you are interested and want to support your community, you can register online on the PCC website at, call them on 01785 232385 or email them at