Masked gang of night prowlers target multiple homes across Stoke-on-Trent

Police are hunting a masked gang of night prowlers who targeted multiple homes in a one-night crime spree. Officers received multiple reports of a group of four to six males - all wearing balaclavas and dark clothes - trying to get into homes across Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire.

Among the areas targeted in the early hours of yesterday (May 23) included Lightwood, Meir, Rough Close, Meir Heath and Oulton Heath.

One of the suspects was wearing a black ‘Canada Goose’ Jacket with a emblem on the left sleeve. Now Staffordshire Police are asking for witnesses to come forward.

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A force spokesman said: "We are appealing for information from residents in the Oulton Heath, Rough Close, Lightwood, Meir Heath and Meir areas after we have received a number of calls overnight in relation to a group of up to four to six males, wearing dark clothing and balaclavas, approaching residential properties and attempting to gain entry.

"The group involved have initially been sighted in the Oulton Heath area at around 1.40am whereby they have removed a quad bike from a farm premises.

"Following on from this they have visited various other premises in the Hooks Green, Oulton area and then in the Knenhall area just off the A520 Longton Road shortly after.

"The group have then visited various properties along the A520 Longton Road, Rough Close at around 3.20am to 3.30am and then onto Windmill Hill , Rough Close and have been seen again at 3.41am at the Junction of Sandon Road, Meir Heath and Grindley Lane.

"At around 3.55am they have then been sighted on the Sandon Road and then onto Gravelly Bank, Lightwood at around 3.57am.

"We would like to hear from anybody in the local area that has any form of CCTV or doorbell footage or vehicle dashcam that may have captured anything i between the hours of 1.30am and 4am."

Anyone with information is aske to email lisa.powell@staffordshire.police.uk. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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