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Sandyford and Goldenhill Residents Association (S.A.G.E.)

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A residents association uniting the two villages of Sandyford and Goldenhill since 1999

An organisation that aims to improve the environment and lifestyle for all its residents who live in our community

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1960’s High Street Sandyford

Pictured below is High Street, Sandyford looking north to Goldenhill where you can see St Joseph’s Catholic Church in the far distance.

To the right of the picture you can just see the former Salt & Riley’s Builders Yard, and directly to the left the garage where the Cleveland petrol sign is positioned.

What is more striking about the picture is to see how there were fewer vehicles on the A50 road between Tunstall and Kidsgrove.

The two cars pictured to the left are the Mark 1 Ford Cortina and Ford Prefect, and to the right the very popular mini.

 

3 People Arrested After Reported Shots in Sandyford

A statement issued by Staffordshire Police confirms that a man was seen with a weapon after police were called to Cotton Road, Sandyford at around 3.00 p.m.

It has been reported that three people have been arrested, and residents are being reassured there are no further threats to the public.

Staffordshire Police confirm they are continuing to carry out further inquiries at the the Cotton Road address.

Reported Shots Fired in Sandyford Street

Residents in the Sandyford & Goldenhill area of Stoke on Trent have reported hearing shots fired in a nearby street.

A police helicopter was seen above the skies for well over an hour this afternoon as armed police and police dogs were seen in the area.

Response officers were seen attending Cotton Road in Sandyford as well as Wilson Way, Goldenhill.

Eyewitnesses have further reported to The Sentinel that the police helicopter was also seen over Bathpool Park in Kidsgrove.

https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/stoke-on-trent-news/police-helicopter-spotted-overhead-armed-4141096

Stoke on Trent Not Following Midlands Decreased Trend With Coronavirus

It has been reported on Midlands Today by BBC reporter Patrick Burns that although the midlands coronavirus infection rates have fallen to 0.68; the best now behind London that unfortunately in Stoke on Trent and Walsall there has been an uptick in the virus.

It is important to follow Government guidelines to make sure Stoke on Trent reported virus rates fall to a safer level along with the rest of the midlands.

Burslem Recycling Centre “Tip” To Reopen Soon

Burslem recycling centre “The Tip” at Federation Road is to reopen to the public on Friday 15th May, and will then be open every day apart from Wednesdays’ and Thursdays’.

The opening times at Federation Road will be from 9.00 a.m. until 4.00 p.m.

Visitors to the site are being told to expect delays due to restrictions on the number of visitors with a one-in-one-out system in place aimed at protecting staff.

 

Deep Cleaning Your Home: Preventing The Spread of Germs & Keeping Safe Through Coronavirus

With lockdown in place, many of us are looking into the best ways to keep our home clean. This is especially important if you’re self-isolating.

It’s safe to say that a lot of us don’t like housework. But lockdown could be the perfect opportunity to get some deep cleaning done.

Scientists are still unsure about how long the coronavirus can live on surfaces. But regularly giving your house a good clean could stop the spread, especially on areas that are used a lot.

Which areas should you prioritise?

Focus on high traffic areas, for example:

TV remotes, Taps, Handles to doors, fridges and other well-used appliances, Buttons and dials on appliances, Food preparation areas and Bathroom surfaces.

Do you need special products?

Usual household products like soap and/or disinfectants will work a treat when getting rid of germs.

But how do soaps and detergents kill the virus? Without getting into the science too much, the weakest part of the virus cell is made up of a fatty part, known as a lipid.

Soap or detergents destroys the lipid and the cell breaks down, killing the virus.

Police Warn of Cyber-Blackmail Scam

Police in Staffordshire are warning people of a cyber-blackmail scam currently targeting random people, which threatens to post intimate photos or video footage online if money isn’t paid.
Over the past few days police have seen a rise in so called ‘sextortion’ cases being reported and are asking people to report any blackmail attempts to them.
Sextortion (a combination of sex and extortion) is blackmailing a victim not to post sexually explicit photos or videos on social networking, photo-sharing or revenge porn websites.
People have reported receiving emails from fraudsters threatening to post or share videos on social networking and demanding payment.

Detective Chief Inspector Dan Ison from Force CID, said: “Over the past week we have seen a rise in the number of cyber-blackmail offences reported to us, but I’m quite sure there is a lot of people who have received an email and haven’t told us and I would urge them to come forward and report it.

“This is a very distressing crime, which preys on people’s vulnerabilities and worries about any consequences. The welfare of victims is paramount and I want to reassure people that this is highly likely to be a scam, you have nothing to fear.

“Do not be too embarrassed to report it and do not attempt to respond to any threat or pay any money. Grab a screen shot of communication and please report it to us online and trust that we will then investigate.”

DCI Ison added: “Enquiries are going into these emails and we are working closely with partners such as the National Crime Agency and National Police Chiefs’ Council to crack down on offenders.”

You can report any crime via our website www.staffordshire.police.uk or via our Twitter and Facebook channels or call 101.

For further information about online safety you can also visit:
www.staffordshire.police.uk/cybercrime or www.getsafeonline.org

Warning Issued As Distraction Burglary Attempts Likely To Rise During Covid-19 Lockdown

Staffordshire Police are warning people to be extra vigilant if they get an unexpected caller to their home during the current government lockdown.
A distraction burglary is where someone calls at your home posing to be someone they’re not, normally an official or council worker. They then make up a story to get into your home; it’s predicted that the number of these bogus or distraction offences are likely to be on the rise over the coming weeks given that more elderly and vulnerable people are now isolated at home across the county.
Superintendent Tom Chisholm from Staffordshire Police, said: “We are asking people to be vigilant if they are approached at their home by anyone offering trade services or claiming to be from an organisation. Always ask for identification and if you are not expecting anyone and they don’t have an appointment do not let them into your home.
“Ensure all valuables and money are kept in a safe location. Local residents are encouraged to contact the police immediately if they have any suspicions about doorstep callers.”
To prevent yourself from falling victim to these criminals we ask that you listen to the following advice:

  • Make sure your front and back doors are locked at all times – even when you’re at home. If you’re answering the front door then make extra sure your back door is locked – as criminals could be working in pairs or groups
  • Before you answer the door it’s worth taking a second to think about whether you’re expecting anyone – if you can see who’s there before answering make sure you do
  • Don’t let anyone pressure you into letting themselves inside your house – even during lockdown call a neighbour or police to help if you’re uncomfortable
  • Public service employees and officials are required to show identification when they come to your home – make sure you take time to look at it carefully and check it isn’t fake. If in doubt – call the number on a utility bill or an official site and ask for confirmation. Any genuine worker will not mind waiting
  • If you have a chain on your door – use it. Don’t remove it unless you’re absolutely certain that person is genuine
  • Never agree to have work done by someone passing by – even if they seem legitimate
  • Put signs up to reduce the number of unexpected callers at your door

Take care and keep safe

Goldenhill’s Very Own “Gas Lamp Cleaner”

Pictured is a gas lamp cleaner in East Street, Goldenhill.

East street is aligned with Central Street and West Street where all three streets were between the present day Albany Street and Gilbert Street.

The terraced houses in the photograph were built in the middle of the 19th century before being demolished in the late 1960’s.

Before electricity, gas was the most popular method of outdoor lighting in Stoke on Trent. Clockwork timers were used to light the gas automatically every evening and would turn off every morning.

Every so often a man with a ladder (pictured right) would visit each lamp to wind up the clockwork mechanism and check the mantle.

The coach also pictured is a Bristol L6B which could carry about 35 passengers, and would have been used as a bus serving both nearby Sandyford and Goldenhill.

Play Area Signs Forbidding Children to Play Are Being Removed By Vandals

Goldenhill’s Brakespeare Street Children’s play area, which has been cordoned off by signs forbidding children to play there have been removed several times.

Stoke on Trent City Council has confirmed they have returned on three occasions to reinstate the signage, and emphasise the restriction put in place is to safeguard children and adults from the spread of coronavirus.

Sandyford & Goldenhill Residents Association (SAGE) supports the council in cordoning off children’s play areas whilst the coronavirus epidemic is in place as well as supporting the Government’s stance on guidelines to going out only when necessary, and to keep the two metres apart at all times.

Residents are being asked to report anyone found removing the signage to the police on 101 or anonymously to crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/stoke-on-trent-news/council-names-shames-stoke-trent-4038706