LEEK: Police are appealing for witnesses after a boy was assaulted on his way home after getting off the school bus.
The 11-year-old was approached by three teenage boys who assaulted him, causing him to fall to the floor.
The boy wasn't injured but was left shaken by the incident in Leekbrook, near to the A520 Cheadle Road, at around 4pm on Friday, February 8.
The offenders were white, aged 15 to 16, one had blond hair and wore a Helly-Hanson type coat and another had black hair. All three wore hooded tops, jeans and trainers. They ran off down steps leading to the railway line. Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Liz Greenhalgh at Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 95 of February 8.
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TRENT VALE: A 42-year-old man has appeared in court accused of dishonestly claiming more than £50,000 in benefits.
Ralph Longson, of Fremantle Road, Trent Vale, appeared at North Staffordshire Justice Centre charged with seven counts of benefit fraud.
He is said to have failed to notify the authorities that his partner was living with him, and that he was working, while claiming benefits.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council says he fraudulently claimed £55,760 over six years.
This exceeds the £35,000 limit that can be dealt with by magistrates, so Longson's case will be heard at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court. He was bailed to appear at North Staffordshire Justice Centre on April 17 for a committal hearing.
AUDLEY: John Steel stole meat from a shop on the anniversary of his mother's death and on the day he learned his father had cancer, magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard.
The 32-year-old, of Wereton Road, Audley, pleaded guilty to theft of meat worth £25 belonging to Tesco, Audley, on February 5. He was given a 12-month community order with 40 hours unpaid work and told to pay a £60 victim surcharge.