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“Thank you – true heroes”

By timesecholife on in All News, Leek news

A market trader has thanked a number of “true heroes” who came to her aid after an incident at a Moorlands market last week. Iona Robertson, who has had a jewellery stall at the outdoor market in Leek for eight years, has publicly praised those who attended the scene where a man has since been charged with a public order offence.

A market trader has thanked a number of “true heroes” who came to her aid after an incident at a Moorlands market last week.

Iona Robertson, who has had a jewellery stall at the outdoor market in Leek for eight years, has publicly praised those who attended the scene where a man has since been charged with a public order offence.

At around 10.30am last Wednesday (July 27), there was an incident in Derby Street, Leek, which resulted in Steven Cooper, aged 47, of Sandon Street in Leek, being arrested and subsequently charged with one count of being drunk and disorderly in a public place.

Iona said after the incident: “A huge heartfelt thank you to all who helped today at Leek Outdoor Market on Derby Street.

I have been there for eight years with no problems whatsoever.

Thank you Andy, Dave, Brett, Carol, Joe and so many hundreds of others for all standing against this person. They were all true heroes.

They made a wall of men against him in front of my stall so he could not get at me.

They had no thought for their own safety, they were all intent on keeping me safe and not let him get to me.

Other people came to support me, they were all real heroes who couldn’t do enough for me during and after the event.

It could have all ended very differently for me if I hadn’t had the good people of Leek around me.

There are so many other lovely people in Leek who know right from wrong and are prepared to stand up to the bad ones.”

Iona added: “I love Leek and its people, they are so decent.

We come to work on the market to graft, not be threatened and intimidated.

Thank you to all who helped. I’ve had many many messages of support.”

Iona is now calling for more police presence on market days in Leek.

She told the Leek & Moorlands Echo: “Lots of members of the public and myself are wanting more of a police presence.

It’s the busiest day of the week and they could only attend from Cheadle.

The police took 29 minutes to arrive from Cheadle due to getting a puncture.

It was horrific waiting that long. We were also told the PCSO’s would be about throughout the day but we didn’t see anyone.”

A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “Police were called at 10.29am on Wednesday (July 27) to Derby Street in Leek following reports of public order offences.
“Officers attended and a man was detained at the scene.
“Steven Cooper, aged 47, of Sandon Street in Leek has since been charged with one count of being drunk and disorderly in a public place.
“He has since been granted unconditional bail ahead of an appearance due before magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre on August 16.”

Regarding their delay in getting to the incident, the force spokesman said: “While on route to attend this incident, allocated officers travelling in a marked police car realised they had sustained a slow puncture to one of the vehicle’s tyres.

As a result, the officers were unable to activate the blue lights, for a more time-efficient response, as to do so would have risked the safety of the wider public.

Officers arrived as soon as they were able to.”

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