POLICE are investigating a complaint of assault following an incident in a Moorlands village. The incident took place on Sunday, May 19, at around 5.15pm in the village of Blythe Bridge. A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “Officers are investigating a complaint of assault following a call at around 5.15pm on Sunday, May 19.
“A number of youths were reported near to the incident which occurred in the vicinity of the rec in Blythe Bridge .
“A 14 year-old boy and two 16 year-old boys were arrested to prevent a breach of the peace.
“They were de-arrested at their home addresses and issued with a section 35 notice to remain out of the area for 48 hours.
“A dispersal notice was implemented under Section 35 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014, as a result of the incident.”
The force spokesman added that officers are continuing to investigate the incidents reported and that “a strategic patrol plan working with the Staffordshire Moorlands, Stafford and Stoke South neighbourhood policing teams has been enacted to deter wrongdoing and provide reassurance to the community.”
Concerns were raised about the incident by community leaders at the Forsbrook Parish Council meeting on Monday, May 20.
Chairman Peter Jones said that he was concerned about residents being affected by these sorts of anti social behaviour incidents.
He said: “This was a very serious incident.
“People are worried when walking down an alleyway in the village, in the evenings.”
PCSO Daniel Nettleton, who attended the Forsbrook Parish Council meeting told councillors that the incident had been “a coming together of two groups”, one from the Blythe Bridge area and another from outside the area, and that “no one was seriously injured.”
He said that he understood cllr Jones’ concerns, and added: “That’s why, of an evening, we are about.
“Some days it’s generally people just out, as kids do, and sometimes it does go further which we do have to deal with.”
Anyone with any information about the incident in Blythe Bridge on Sunday can call Staffordshire Police on 101.
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