Cheshire Neighbourhood Watch Association
Latest Cheshire News - 26 Oct 2018
Stay safe this Hallowe'en
Cheshire police want everyone to feel safe and enjoy Hallowe’en this year.
To reassure the community there will again be an increased officer presence across the county this Hallowe’en period. However, this time we’ll have the Youth Advisory Group alongside us to make sure we get the balance right of providing reassurance and keeping young people safe and on the correct side of the law.
There are also double sided leaflets on our website that residents can put in the windows of their home to let trick or treaters know they are ok to knock or if they prefer to be left in peace.
Superintendent Richard Rees, who is leading on the policing operation said: “We understand the impact Hallowe’en can have on those who dread this time of year and the unwanted attention it brings. It can leave them feeling vulnerable and scared.
“We’ve been making sure that young people in our community are aware that sometimes, however unintentional their actions may be, they may be perceived by those who are vulnerable as concerning, or even upsetting.
“We’ve been spending time educating young people by visiting them in schools and talking to them while out and about in the community so that they can enjoy their hallowe’en safely, and without inadvertently impacting on others. If there is any intentional anti-social behaviour we will take action.”
Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, David Keane said: “Hallowe’en is a time of fun for many Cheshire residents but some communities have been plagued by anti-social behaviour during the Hallowe’en period.
“I’m pleased that police in Cheshire have been working hard to educate young people about how they can enjoy Hallowe’en without their actions impacting their local community and I hope we see the impact of this work over the next week.”
Anyone who believes they have been a victim of crime or suffered from anti-social behaviour over the Hallowe’en period do not hesitate in reporting it to Cheshire police via general enquiries for on the website or by phoning 101. For emergencies always phone 999.
Link to Hallowe'en leaflet: https://www.cheshire.police.uk/media/102059/halloween-yes-and-no-a5-flyers-2016.pdf
Appeal following fatal collision in Winsford
Officers from Cheshire Police are appealing for information from the public following a fatal collision in Winsford. The collision, which involved a cyclist and a Combo van, occurred at approximately 2.10pm on Wednesday 24 October at the junction of A54, High Street, and Moss Bank. The cyclist, a 44-year-old local man, was taken to the Royal Stoke Hospital; sadly he has since passed away. His next of kin have been informed and they are currently being supported by specialist officers. The driver of the van was uninjured. Enquiries in relation to the incident are ongoing and officers are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision or anyone who believes they have any dashcam footage of the incident. Anyone with any information in relation to the collision is asked to call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting IML 221416, give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. To submit dashcam footage go online at www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/roads-and-vehicle-safety/submit-dashcam-footage .
Serious collision in Macclesfield
At approximately 7.40am on Thursday 25 October, Officers were called to reports of a serious collision between a HGV and a motorcyclist on the A536 in Macclesfield. The collision occurred at the Congleton Road and Ivy Lane crossroads, near to Macclesfield College. Anyone with any information in relation to the collision is asked to call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting IML 222027, give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. To submit dashcam footage go online at www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/roads-and-vehicle-safety/submit-dashcam-footage .
Warning issued after distraction thieves target shop workers
Officers are warning residents to remain vigilant following multiple reports of distraction thefts across the county.
Over the past week officers have been called to four separate incidents where shop workers have been targeted by distraction thieves who have stolen mobile phones. In each case the victims have been approached by an unknown man who was holding a sheet of A4 paper with foreign writing on it. The man has then distracted the victims with the paper while stealing their mobile phones.
So far incidents have been reported in Knutsford, Alderley Edge, Congleton and Lymm.
Detective Chief Inspector Karen Jaundrill said: “Enquiries into these incidents are currently ongoing and I’d ask anyone with any information to get in touch. “While these incidents have all involved shop workers so far, this type of crime can happen to anyone which is why we’re taking the opportunity to remind the public to be on their guard. “Always ensure that your mobile is kept out of sight and if you are approached by a stranger in unusual circumstances, do not engage with them, particularly if they ask for directions or change. Be firm with them, walk away, and report any suspicious activity to the police.”
Anyone who sees suspicious activity or had any information should contact Cheshire Police on 101. Alternatively information can be given anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.
Man charged following police raid in Crewe
Officers have charged a man with drugs and firearms offences following a police raid in Crewe. Shane Patrick, 22, was arrested on Tuesday 23 October following a warrant at an address on Hughes Drive. He was subsequently been charged with possession of Class B drugs (Cannabis) with intent to supply and possession of firearms ammunition. Patrick, Of Hughes Drive has been remanded in police custody and is set to appear at Crewe Magistrates’ Court later today, Wednesday 24 October.
Cheshire Police take part in road safety week of action
Cheshire Police took part in a national week of action making sure commercial hauliers were travelling on our roads safely.
Between 15 and 21 October Cheshire Police officers assigned to the Regional Commercial Vehicle Unit patrolled the local motorway network ensuring drivers were taking sufficient rest breaks and that the vehicles were in a road worthy condition. They worked in conjunction with HM Revenue and Customs, the Driver Vehicle Standards Agency, the Constabulary’s Police bike unit and officers from Greater Manchester Police and Merseyside Police attached to the North West Regional Commercial Vehicle Unit.
PC Martyn Campbell, of the Constabulary’s commercial vehicle unit, said: “Vehicle examiners from the Driver Vehicle Standards Agency checked the vehicles we stopped to make sure they were roadworthy while we ensured drivers were complying with the drivers’ hours legislation and that they were taking suitable breaks.
“We targeted commercial vehicles which could have the potential to cause havoc on the roads, either because the driver was too tired because they hadn’t taken the correct driving breaks, or because their vehicle had defects that could render the vehicle not fit for purpose and a potential threat to roadusers. HM Revenue and Customs then ensured that they were running on duty paid fuel.
“Commercial vehicles have the potential to cause devastating consequences and we are determined to target a small number of rogue operators in order to make our roads safe.”
In total 53 Commercial vehicles were checked within the week of action. A three week old Volvo articulated goods vehicle was seized having been found to be running on illicit fuel, seven vehicles were prohibited immediately due to serious defects or drivers requiring rest breaks, 33 vehicles were in order and 28 tickets were issued.
David Keane, police and crime commissioner for Cheshire, added: “Improving road safety for the hundreds of thousands of Cheshire residents who use our roads every day is one of my most important priorities as your police and crime commissioner.
“The vast majority of drivers of commercial vehicles use our roads safely but there are a small number of rogue traders in operation who pose an increased risk to themselves and other road users by not abiding by basic safety regulations.
“I am pleased that this operation by Cheshire officers has taken unsafe vehicles off our roads and highlighted the dangers of driving a commercial vehicle that’s not fit for purpose and of being behind the wheel without sufficient rest breaks.”
Man who assaulted Crewe officers and shop staff sentenced
A man who assaulted police officers and a shop manager after stealing from a Crewe sports shop has been sentenced.
Connor Lamph, 22, from Nutfield Avenue in Crewe pleaded guilty to theft, violence with injury, assault with intent to resist arrest, assaulting a constable and racially aggravated section 4A public order at Crewe Magistrates Court on 17 October.
Lamph was sentenced to prison for 16 weeks suspended for 24 months. He was also ordered to carry out unpaid work for 100 hours within the next twelve months and pay compensation to the shop and to the victims of assault and racially aggravated public order.
On 3 October Lamph had been caught shoplifting by the manager of the store in Grand Junction Retail Park who confronted him. Lamph suddenly punched him before running off towards the town centre.
Staff alerted police who made a search of the area and located Lamph. While arresting him the officers were assaulted, and while being transported to custody, Lamph then went on to racially abuse one of the officers.
DI Claire Jesson said: “Lamph’s actions against my officers and the store manager were disgraceful, I find it incredibly upsetting that my staff are faced with such dangers from a small number of people within our community, a community they strive hard to serve and protect.
“I am really pleased with the sentence in this case and I think it shows a strong message from both the police and the courts that this behaviour will not be tolerated - Lamph was very lucky to avoid going to jail.
“Police officers are human beings, we hurt and have feelings the same as everyone else and deserve to be able to go home to our families at the end of a shift safely and without visible injuries.
“Let this be a strong message to anyone out there who feels it’s acceptable to cause harm to my staff, either physically or mentally, with verbal insults or racial abuse we will ensure you are brought to justice.”
Security warning for residents as the clocks go back
Cheshire Police is urging residents to think about security in the home as the light nights come to an end as the clocks go back this weekend.
The dark nights mean there is more opportunity for criminals to commit crimes without being noticed.
Superintendent Peter Crowcroft said: "We're urging residents to remain security conscious and to take a few simple steps to ensure their home is secure - especially as the darker nights draw in. "Burglars will always be on the look-out for any lapses in security - such as homes left in darkness - so it is important that people do all they can to protect both their home and their prized possessions. "If people are going to be late home from work or out of the night they need to ensure their home looks lived in, is properly secured and not a target for thieves.
"By taking a couple of minutes to follow these simple steps it will greatly help householders in reducing their chances of becoming a victim."
- Consider buying timer switches to turn on table lamps, standard lamps and radios around the home as it gets dark to make it look as if someone is at home.
- Fit external security lights around your home, garage or any sheds etc.
- Ensure that your home is kept secure at all times - even when you are at home.
- Keep desirable items out of view to passers-by - valuables should not be visible from windows and doors in your home.
- the same applies to valuable items stored away in garages or sheds - ensure that garages and sheds are locked with strong padlocks and, ideally, fitted with an alarm.
Drivers are being urged to play their part too - by keeping their car keys safe and secure at all times. There have been a number of car and key burglaries - where thieves have got into a house and stolen the car keys before taking the vehicle from the driveway.
- Ensure your car keys are not left on view and are kept safe and out of sight.
- Insecure vehicles are also an easy target for thieves who often check door handles until they find a car that is unlocked and then steal any valuable items from inside - or steal the car itself.
- Never leave your car running and unattended when defrosting the vehicle.
Superintendent Crowcroft added "We're committed to doing all that we can to tackle this type of crime and as part of this we need the continued support of the local community . I would ask all residents to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity - especially when it is dark - to the police immediately. Even the smallest amount of information can be useful when piecing together a case. "I would also urge them to address their own home security measures to help make life even more difficult for thieves."
Anyone with information about this type of crime is urged to call Cheshire Police on 101 or online at https://www.cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries. Information can also be passed on anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555111.
Latest Cheshire Appeals
Man wanted in connection with thefts in Macclesfield
Macclesfield officers are appealing to the public for help in tracing the whereabouts of Ian McIntyre.
McIntyre, aged 40, is wanted in relation to thefts from a local supermarket and is believed to be in the Macclesfield area.
If you have any information on his whereabouts please call 101 quoting 18100274414, give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Police appeal for missing Crewe teenager
Officers from Cheshire Police are appealing to the public to help locate a missing teenager.
Cameron Brookshaw, 15, has been missing from Bala since Sunday 23 September but has links to Crewe and is believed to be in the area.
Cameron is described as white, 5’7”, slim build, and short, mousey brown wavy hair.
Sergeant Darren Varley said: “We are very concerned about Cameron and we would ask that if anyone has seen him to please get in touch with police.
“We would also appeal directly to Cameron and ask him to make contact with us as your family are very worried about you.”
Anyone with any information is urged to call Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number IML 192148.
Police release CCTV following assault outside Warrington pub
Police have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to following an assault outside a pub in Warrington.
At 2am on 2 September an 18-year-old man was leaving the Friar Court pub in Barbauld Street when he got into an altercation with another man.
The victim was then set upon by the man and around five of the suspect’s friends. He suffered serious injuries and had to go to hospital to be treated.
DC Michael McDermott said: “This was a shocking display of violence which left the victim with serious injuries. If you recognise the man in the picture or you have any information I would urge you to contact me so that I can progress with my enquiries.”
Anyone with information should contact DC Michael McDermott on 101 or via https://www.cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries/ making you quote IML 147042. Alternatively information can be given anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.
Appeal after motorcyclist dies following rush hour collision in Macclesfield
Officers are appealing for witnesses to come forward following a fatal collision in Macclesfield. The collision, which involved a HGV and a motorcycle, occurred on the A536 Congleton Road at the Flower Pot crossroads at approximately 7.40am today, Thursday 25 October. Sadly the motorcyclist, a 30-year-old local man, passed away at the scene. His next of kin have been informed and they are being supported by specialist officers. The driver of the HGV was uninjured. Police Constable Andy Evison said: “Enquiries in relation to this incident are ongoing and I’m keen to hear from anyone who believes they may be able to help with our investigation. “The Flower Pot crossroads is a busy junction and I believe there may have been a number of motorists and pedestrians in the area at the time of the collision who may be able to assist. “I’m particularly keen to hear from anyone who believes they have any dashcam footage of the incident.”
Anyone with any information in relation to the collision is asked to call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting IML 222027, give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. To submit dashcam footage go online at www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/roads-and-vehicle-safety/submit-dashcam-footage .
A 39-year-old-man from St Albans, Hertfordshire, has been arrested as part of the investigation. He is currently in police custody assisting officers with their enquiries.
UPDATE - Investigation launched following armed robbery in Crewe
Update: A 35-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of two robberies in the Crewe area. He is currently in police custody.
Officers have launched an investigation following an armed robbery in Crewe. At approximately 9.25am today, Wednesday 24 October, officers were called to reports of a robbery at a shop on Market Street. The suspect, who was armed with a firearm, entered the store by the main entrance and threatened the staff with a firearm demoing that they opened the safe. He then fled the scene with a large quantity of cash and a game console. The offender is described as a man, he was wearing a yellow high visibility vest, a beanie hat and had a bandanna on his face.
Detective Inspector Claire Jesson said: “This was a terrifying ordeal for all those involved and we are committed to doing all that we can to trace the person responsible. “The investigation is currently in the very early stages and we are following a number of lines of enquiry. At this stage we are keeping an open mind as to whether the incident is linked to a previous incident at Subway. “As part of the investigation I’m keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident and believes they may have witnessed anything suspicious. “This incident occurred at a time when a number of shops would have been opening, so there would have been plenty of people in the area who may be able to assist our investigation. “I’d ask anyone with any information, no matter how small, to get in touch with the team here at Crewe.”
Anyone with information that may help detectives with their investigation, no matter how small, should call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting IML 221207, give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Detectives appeal for information following aggravated burglary and robbery in Chester
Detectives in Chester investigating an aggravated burglary and robbery are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
At 8.30pm on Tuesday 23 October two men entered an address on Nevin Road in Blacon with their faces covered and each brandishing a knife.
Once inside the house, the men made the two victims lie on the floor and hand over their mobile phones while making threats. The men then attacked the two victims before running away from the house.
One of the victims sustained burn injuries to his back after hot water from a kettle was poured onto him as well as an injury to his eye. The other victim also sustained an injury to his eye. The victims were taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital for treatment with injuries described as serious injuries.
One of the men is described as white, with a large build of around 18 stone, 5ft 9 to 5ft 10 in height and aged in his early 20s with a shaved head and stubble on his side burns. He was wearing a red or orange ski mask, a black hoody, grey jogging bottoms and black Nike shoes.
The second man was white with a neatly trimmed beard, of a medium build, 5ft 11 to 6ft in height and in his early 20s. He had black hair which was longer on top and was slightly stuck up. He was wearing a black top, black walking trousers and black shoes.
Detective Sergeant Simon Owen, of Chester CID, said: “This was a terrifying incident leaving the two victims shaken and suffering horrible injuries.
“While we continue to establish the circumstances around it, I am keen to hear from anyone who may have any information which could help lead us to those responsible and would urge them to call 101.”
Please call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting IML 220931, give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.