Beat Managers Update
After a relatively cold February we’ve entered, what seems to be, a much colder, and snow filled, March(!), which means that it is time for your monthly police update for Murdishaw and Brookvale.
Number of Incidents and Arrests
Over the last month police have responded to a total of 178 incidents across Norton, Murdishaw and Brookvale - 2 more than last month.
There have been 8 arrests in the last month, ranging from criminal damage to public order offences.
Neighbour Dispute – Criminal Behaviour Order Granted in Court
After a long ordeal for one street in Brookvale, a Criminal Behaviour Order was granted in court for an individual whose behaviour has become increasingly anti-social over the last few years.
A Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) is designed to tackle the most serious and persistent anti-social behaviour of an individual. As a lot of neighbour disputes start, the issue revolved around parking. This particular CBO contains conditions including:
- Not to drive or park any vehicle on another person’s property
- Not to place any items on another person’s property
- Not to photograph or film any person on the road that the order is in place
If the individual breaches these conditions then they can be arrested and potentially sent to prison. This order is in place indefinitely.
Neighbour Disputes Advice
As you can see from the above, neighbour disputes can escalate to a point where a Magistrates’ Court has to become involved and non-criminal behaviour (e.g. placing an item on another person’s driveway) becomes criminalized. If you have issues with your neighbour, consider the following:
- Talk to your neighbour about what has happened calmly: Something that might be a massive issue for you may not have even registered as a problem for them. For example, if your neighbour always parks there car slightly overlapping your driveway, calmly ask them to please move it forward and explain why it’s a problem for you – don’t start with an argument, most people react calmly if you treat them with respect!
- Try mediation: If the issues have been ongoing for a while, try professional mediation to resolve the problem. Most likely, your neighbour hates being in a long running dispute as much as you do! The police can potentially help to facilitate this.
- Speak to your housing association and local council: They may be able to give you advise about some issues such as noise complaints.
- Contact the police: If your neighbour becomes violent or threatening towards you and you fear for your safety ALWAYS contact the police. Call 999 in an emergency or 101 if there is no imminent risk.
There have been 4 reports of thefts across Murdishaw, Brookvale and Norton. These range from suspicious males pretending to be providing a service and then taking tools from a garden, to car headlights being stolen. Although 4 reports may not seem particularly significant, reports of suspicious persons trying car doors have risen this month in Runcorn.
Always remember to lock your car and make sure the windows are fully closed when you leave your vehicle. It’s easy in the current weather to want to just rush inside, out of the cold, but always do a final check that your vehicle is secure.
Advice Regarding Unsolicited Callers
In relation to people knocking on your door and offering a service: ALWAYS ask to see an ID card and, if you are considering employing their services, ring up employers and check they are who they say they are. For example, if someone tells you they are from British Gas, there to fix the boiler – CHECK – a legitimate service person won’t mind if you close the door for a few moments to verify their identity
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PC Hooton & PC Volp.