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Monday, 12 November 2018

New YouTube Channel for Queens Park Crewe

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Queens Park Crewe Youtube channel now live

When the Light Goes Out

Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston

A free outdoor family arts event commemorating the First World War took place in Crewe on Saturday 10th November 2018. The event included a parade through the town inspired by Crewe’s 1918 Tank Week to Memorial Square, a speech from Mayor of Cheshire East - Councillor Lesley Smetham and live music performances from Foden's Brass Band and TCTC Group Band. A second event took place took place the following day at Tatton Park.

When the Light Goes Out draws together the four-year Cheshire East Reflects programme of activities and events created by Cheshire East Council to commemorate the First World War. For further information visit: https://cheshireeastreflects.com/

Mayor of Cheshire East - Councillor Lesley Smetham addresses the audience

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Audience on Memorial Square listen to Fodens Brass Band

'Ultra 90's'

Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston

'Ultra 90's' - http://www.ultra90s.com/ – returned by popular demand to the Crosville Club on Chester Street in Crewe on Friday 9th November 2018.

Ultra 90’s are the UK's first and only 90's dance tribute show. The band featured vocalists, a keyboardist, a guitarist, and a drummer. Musical genres covered during their two-hour set were dance anthems, club classics, old skool garage, house, happy hardcore, drum & bass and hip hop.

Their set recreated songs by artists including Rhythm Is a Dancer by Snap!, Technotronic's Pump Up the Jam, Beats International, Faithless, Robert Miles, Corona, 2 Unlimited, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Vanilla Ice, MC Hammer, Daniel Bedingfield, Craig David, Livin' Joy, Robin S, Ultrabeat, Urban Cookie Collective, Baby D and The Prodigy. The concert reached a crescendo with N-Trance’s ‘Set You Free’.

The show was accompanied by video projections and a light & laser display.

There was also a DJ set preceding and following the show.

This is Ultra 90’s tenth year of touring and they have performed alongside Chesney Hawkes, D:Ream, Damage, 911, East 17, Kelly Llorena, Livin’ Joy, N-Trance, Snap! and So Solid Crew.

Ultra 90’s will return to the Crosville Club in 2019.Ultra 90s - Kelly Borkertas entertains the audience


Ultra 90s - Kelly Borkertas and Chris Wade on vocals

Simon Weston CBE

Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston

Simon Weston CBE unveiled the new crest of the new national memorial engine at Crewe Heritage Centre on Saturday 10th November 2018.

Simon Weston CBE, the Welsh Guardsman who survived an attack on his ship the ‘Sir Galahad’ during the Falklands War and overcame his devastating burn injuries, has become a tireless charity worker, public speaker, author and businessman. Simon is a patron of The LMS-Patriot Project.

The new build Patriot class steam locomotive, numbered 5551 and named The Unknown Warrior, commemorates the lives of those lost in the two world wars and in more recent conflicts. On completion, it will be a lasting, moving memorial for the British public to see and cherish.

It is being built by The LMS-Patriot Project who have trial fitted the part-finished boiler to the chassis of the loco. The boiler is the first standard gauge boiler to be built in the UK since 1962.

It is hoped that the engine will be completed to re-enact the journey of the Cavell Van from Dover to London Victoria on its Centenary in November 2020. For further information visit: https://www.lms-patriot.org.uk/

There was also a ‘Rails and Remembrance’ exhibition telling the story of the role railways played during the Great War and how several Remembrance engines were built as a memorial to the employees of railway companies who gave their lives in the conflict.

Simon Weston CBE with dignitaries after the unveiling


Simon Weston CBE views the new crest after the unveiling

The Remembrance Sunday

Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston

The Remembrance Sunday parade and service in Crewe took place on the morning of Sunday 11th November 2018 - the centenary of the end of World War 1.

There was a parade through the town to Memorial Square led by Cheshire Drums and Bugles along with Crewe Brass, dozens of local cadets from the RAF, Army, Police, Fire and Sea Cadets plus local Scout groups, the Red Cross and a contingent from The Royal British Legion.

The Parade Marshall was M. Kay QCBC COLDM GDS RBL, the service was led by the Reverend Ken Sambrook, with a Bible reading from Councillor Brian Roberts, Mayor of Crewe. There was the sounding of the Last Post, a two minute silence, and hymns. Deputy Mayor of Macon (one of Crewe's twin towns) Mr Herve’ Reynard and Mr Jean-Claude Bernardet, president of the French War Veterans Association both gave speeches in French at the service. The Union Flag and French Tricolour were flown either side of the Crewe War Memorial.

Several local organisations, groups and schools were also present and placed wreaths at Crewe War Memorial during the ceremony.

The event commemorates the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts such as the Falklands War, the Gulf War, and other conflicts such as those in Afghanistan and Iraq.


Cheshire Drums and Bugles at Memorial Square

Cheshire Drums and Bugles lead the parade along Market Street


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Cheshire East Council spearheads key HS2 action plan


Cheshire East Council is spearheading an action plan to maximise the potential benefits of an enhanced HS2 hub station at Crewe.

The development framework, called the Crewe station hub area action plan, will support the growth and regeneration opportunities for the town and wider region.

As part of a consultation, the council will engage with residents, business and landowners to help develop this key planning document.

Councillor Rachel Bailey, leader of Cheshire East Council said: “The Crewe station hub area action plan builds on our previous work for the Crewe masterplan.

“This also continues to show government that the right hub at Crewe station will bring many opportunities to Crewe and the borough as a whole.

“As a council, we have not decided what the opportunities are going to be in the area when HS2 arrives. We want to work with the community and local businesses to identify them, so we have a plan that reflects the local area.

“This plan will then give us the framework we need to allow future growth when the station arrives.”

As part of the development of the area action plan, a HS2 issues paper has been published and the council will invite comments as to what the considerations should be, when planning for this nationally important infrastructure.

For local businesses with an interest in HS2, a business engagement breakfast session will be held on 16 November from 8am-9.30am at Crewe Alexander Football Club.

A community drop-in session will be held on 29 November 2018 between 4pm and 8pm at Crewe Alexander Football Club.

The council’s planning policy team will attend local meetings with a variety of other stakeholders.

The issues paper can be downloaded online and comments can be made in person at the events, or by visiting: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk and clicking on current consultations. Comments can be submitted until 5pm on 5 December 2018.

If you have any additional questions about document or the sessions taking place please email localplan@cheshireeast.gov.uk

Building communities – £2m in grants up for grabs


Community groups from seven areas across Cheshire East are set to benefit from a £2m pot of funding over the next two years – thanks to the New Homes Bonus Community Fund.

The fund is open to not-for-profit organisations, including town and parish councils as well as voluntary, community and faith groups in Congleton, Crewe, Knutsford, Macclesfield, Nantwich, Poynton and Wilmslow.

The scheme is designed to achieve positive benefits based on locally-identified needs. The priorities for each of the areas have been set by seven geographical award groups, made up of elected members and a representative from the town and parish councils.

Cheshire East Council’s cabinet approved a £2m New Homes Bonus (NHB) fund to assist communities where new housing developments have been built between 2011 and 2017. Each group can bid for a minimum of £10,000.

Councillor Paul Bates, portfolio holder for finance and communications, at Cheshire East Council, said: “This £2m fund is great news for the people of Cheshire East – seven areas are set to benefit considerably to the total tune of £2m over two years.

“The fund will make it possible for local councils and the voluntary, community and faith sectors to apply for projects that can make a lasting difference to their community.”

The Community and Voluntary Services (CVS) has been working in partnership with Cheshire East Council on the New Homes Bonus and is offering free funding support to all organisations wishing to bid to the first round of this fund.

For further information please visit the CVS website www.cvsce.org.uk. Application forms for the NHB are available on the council’s website: https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/council_and_democracy/your_council/council_finance_and_governance/new-homes-bonus.aspx

Lollipop lady Pamela Pearson saluted for 40 years helping to keep children safe


Cheshire East lollipop lady Pam Pearson has collected her British Empire Medal – awarded in recognition of her 40 years helping children get to school safely.

She received the honour in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June and was presented with her medal by the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire at an investiture ceremony at Tatton Park (on 7 November).

Now nearly 80, Mrs Pearson still continues her crossing patrol duties for young children attending Parkroyal Community School, Macclesfield. She has been their regular lollipop lady for nearly 35 years and says she loves every minute of it.

Even on bitterly cold mornings in winter, the grandmother of four is stopping traffic on Bond Street, a busy commuter route in the town, and is back there again in the afternoon.

Mrs Pearson said: “We have a lot of protective clothing to wear, which is good in the winter but in the summer it does get a bit hot. The drivers are usually very good but the boys on bikes sometimes ignore me.

“I was encouraged to take it up by a policeman neighbour of mine. That was more than 40 years ago.

“Receiving the medal from the Lord Lieutenant was wonderful. The whole thing was just out of this world.”

Mrs Pearson is employed by Transport Services Solutions (TSS), a Cheshire East Council wholly-owned company. Councillor Gail Wait, chair of TSS, said: “We are very honoured to have Pam at TSS. She takes such pride in her work and genuinely loves helping the children and community.

“We have some fantastic, long-serving and loyal crossing patrols but we always need more people for these fulfilling roles.”

Councillor Jos Saunders, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for children and families, said: “I congratulate Mrs Pearson on her many years of loyal service. She is clearly well-deserving of this honour. 

“I echo Gail’s words – that we need more people like Mrs Pearson to come forward. The work of our school crossing patrols is extremely valuable to us and to the children and parents involved.”

Headteacher at Parkroyal Community School, Caroline Beaumont, said: “I would like to extend a huge Parkroyal thank you to Pam for the invaluable services she has provided to our families over the years.”

The British Empire Medal was introduced by King George V in 1917 and was awarded to people who had contributed outstanding services during the war effort.  It was reintroduced as part of the Queen’s birthday celebrations in 2012.

If you have the time to devote to being a school crossing patrol and road safety officer in Cheshire East then visit: http://www.transportservicesolutions.co.uk/jobs.aspx

Autumn Concert

Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston

An ‘Autumn Concert’ took place on the evening of Thursday 8th November 2018 at Wistaston Memorial Hall and Community Centre, Church Lane, Wistaston.

The concert featured Crewe Concert Band conducted by their new Musical Director, Adam Shilton, on his inaugural performance. Crewe Concert Band performed a variety of music including Royal Air Force March Past (Davies & Dayson, Arr: Harold R Gore), Songs of the Great War (a medley of popular songs 1914-1918, Arr: Rob Wiffin), and Nimrod (Edward Elgar, Arr: Alfred Reed). The audience was encouraged to wave their Union flags during Pomp and Circumstance (Edward Elgar). The evening finished with an encore of a medley of music from Queen. The band played in its usual enthusiastic, energetic and professional manner to the appreciative audience.

Welcome refreshments were provided during the interval by Audrey Astbury and her team.

There was also an information stall, staffed by George Edge-Robinson, for advice about the numerous groups and societies that use Wistaston Memorial Hall throughout the year.

A raffle was organised by Glenys White and Meurig Jones and raised £66.

This most memorable occasion was enjoyed by a responsive audience, who were able to participate with the well-known tunes.


Crewe Concert Band perform conducted by their new Musical Director Adam Shilton

Money raised will be shared between the Wistaston Memorial Hall and Crewe Concert Band.

A member of the hall’s management committee commented, “The concert showed what good, live music can do to inspire the players and audience to enjoy and appreciate popular tunes together.”

Crewe Concert Band rehearse on Thursday evenings from 7:30pm - 9:30pm at Wistaston Memorial Hall, Church Lane, Crewe, CW2 8EZ. For further information please visit: http://www.cwecb.co.uk/ or phone: 07933916212

Crewe Concert Band perform Pomp and Circumstance

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Autumn Colour in Crewe Town Centre

Cheshire East Council takes tough stance on anti-Semitism


Cheshire East Council has taken a robust stance on the blight of anti-Semitism.

The authority’s cabinet today adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Anti-Semitism.

It follows a notice of motion proposing the adoption by Councillor Stewart Gardiner and seconded by Councillor Martin Deakin at a meeting of full council on 18 October.

The motion, adopted in full by cabinet, stated:

“We call upon this council to adopt formally the definition of anti-Semitism adopted by the IHRA in 2016 and to ensure that the equality and diversity policies clearly state that there will be no tolerance of anti-Semitism by its officers or elected members.

“Additionally, we call on the council to declare that it stands four-square behind all Jewish people living in Cheshire East; together with their family members, in these difficult times for their community.

“Furthermore, we request that the director of people be charged with putting in place community cohesion strategies that will help and support any victims of anti-Semitism or other religious intolerances that may manifest themselves within this borough.”

Councillor Rachel Bailey, leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “The despicable attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue last week, in which defenceless members of the Jewish community were gunned down as they prayed, is a shocking reminder of the real threat posed to modern society by anti-Semitism, intolerance and hatred.

“Today, this council is sending out a clear message that anti-Semitism, or discrimination of any kind against any group or individual, is totally unacceptable, has no place in civilised society – and will not be tolerated by our officers and elected members.”

Unfortunately anti-Semitic incidents have reached a record level in the UK with 1,382 recorded nationwide in 2017.

Councillor Liz Wardlaw, Cheshire East Council cabinet member with responsibility for diversity and equality, said: “Adopting a clear and consistent definition of anti-Semitism supports the council’s equality objectives and equality and diversity strategy, providing our residents and visitors with assurance that hate crime of this nature will not be tolerated.

“There is no place for discrimination or hatred in our borough and we stand four square behind any individual or community that experiences prejudice, hatred and abuse of

any kind.”

The IHRA definition of anti-semitism states:

“Anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred towards Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed towards Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish institutions and religious facilities.”

‘Everybody’ delivers healthy annual report showing big upturn in leisure use across the borough


The trust that delivers sports facilities for Cheshire East residents has once again returned a healthy annual report showing a big increase in take up of leisure centre use and membership.

Now in its fifth year, Everybody Sport and Recreation has streamlined its service and reduced its overheads, increasing leisure membership and footfall.

Cheshire East Council is to extend the existing contract with Everybody for a further five years, until April 2029, after a year of increased revenue, customer use and improved facilities.  This follows efficiencies worth £7m in its first four years of operation. The trust’s existing contract continues to 2024.

Everybody was set up in 2014 to run the borough’s leisure services and has now expanded its delivery offer to include other public and private sector organisations on a purely commercial basis.

Attendance and leisure use has improved again, with an increase of eight per cent in the number of visits during 2017/18 from 3.1million to 3.3 million. When attendance at the new Holmes Chapel Community Centre is taken into account, the increase is 13 per cent.

Membership of leisure centres rose from 14,872 to 17,938 in the same year.

Independent sports clubs and local groups can access support from Everybody and the trust has given more than 7,000 volunteer hours to independent clubs and schools, while the government-funded ‘Bikeability’ scheme saw 6,020 young people learn safe cycling skills – an increase of 23 per cent.

More than 8,000 customers are involved in the ‘learn to swim’ scheme, which also gives them access to free swim times. But most rewarding for the trust is the number of people – 5,000 – signed up to the new ‘One You’ healthy lifestyle programme, aimed at encouraging the inactive to get active.

Councillor Liz Wardlaw, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for health, said: “We are extremely pleased with the performance of Everybody.  The trust continues to improve on its targets, year on year, helping the council to achieve a key core objective – that people should live well and for longer.

“I am particularly pleased to see the take-up in the One You programme. This is about helping people to stay fit and healthy, reducing the risk of ill-health and serious illness later in life.

“The trust, through the Everybody Foundation, a registered grant-making charity, is also delivering very important work in our schools, with a healthy eating programme, moves to tackle childhood obesity, grants to attend international sports trials and purchases of equipment for sports clubs. 

“This is a great success story for the council and the trust but, more importantly, for our residents too. The report demonstrates that people in Cheshire East take their leisure time seriously and want to be fit, healthy and active.  It also shows that the services and facilities on offer through the trust are delivering what our local residents want.”

Although the trust delivers the borough’s leisure services, it is the council which is responsible for repairs and maintenance of buildings. The year 2017/18 saw significant improvements at facilities in Macclesfield, Sandbach, Nantwich, Wilmslow, Poynton and Knutsford, with Congleton and Alsager leisure centres next in line for fresh investment.

Frank Jordan, Cheshire East Council executive director of place, said: “By extending this contract now, it will give the trust the confidence to invest further in the facilities and services being delivered.

“In turn, this will bring future benefits to both the council, in terms of value for money through a reduced cost for the service, and for our residents, who will have access to a high-quality leisure provision across Cheshire East.”

Councillor Andrew Kolker, chairman of the trust, which has a board of independent trustees, said: “Our purpose is to provide leisure for life – across all age groups. We want to help local people to take part in sport and recreation so they can enjoy a long and healthy life.

“I am delighted that we have a remarkable increase in the number and frequency of residents using our centres and services.”   

Read the 2017/18 annual report from Everybody Sport and Recreation

Council’s latest land supply figure a further boost to house building and home seekers in the borough


Cheshire East Council can now demonstrate a housing land supply figure of more than seven years – giving a further boost to the house building sector and home buyers.

It will mean greater opportunity for people wanting to get on the housing ladder, access affordable housing or move into a new home. It should also mean a smoother passage for planning applications and a ‘red line’ for unplanned, uncoordinated schemes in the wrong place.

The figure of 7.2 years supply of housing land places the council comfortably above the five-year threshold, which all councils are expected to demonstrate when contesting undesirable planning applications.

Under national planning policy, planning inspectors can approve controversial applications where a planning authority, such as Cheshire East, cannot prove that it

has a five-year housing land supply – an issue which has led to a number of unpopular housing schemes on green belt or in the green gap in previous years.

Assessments of housing supply normally take place annually and recent changes in national policy, together with a record number of housing completions in Cheshire East, have combined to create a far more favourable position for the council, when demonstrating its development land provision in 2018.

Councillor Ainsley Arnold, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for housing, planning and regeneration, said: “This assessment means we can properly provide for the market and the affordable homes that local people need, as well as maintaining a sustainable workforce for our thriving economy. This gives us a sufficient margin to ensure we have full control over our planning decisions in future.

“I’m encouraged that many house builders are working positively with us and cracking on with getting new homes built in a prompt and planned manner. We can now focus on ensuring that the remaining sites in our local plan are implemented as soon as possible.”

As of 31 March 2018, the council had a requirement of 12,630 new dwellings over five years. It is now able to deliver 18,250 new homes – the equivalent of a 7.2-year housing land supply.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

The annual Crewe and Nantwich Lions Bonfire & Fireworks Display

Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston

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The annual Crewe and Nantwich Lions Bonfire & Fireworks Display took place on Monday 5th November 2018 at Queens Park in Crewe.

The park gates were opened at 5pm, the bonfire was lit at 7pm and the fireworks started shortly after 8pm.

The weather was dry and clear and the crowd were treated to a twelve minute display involving over 1,000 fireworks. The fireworks were supplied and choreographed by the multi award-winning Crewe-based firework company Blitz Fireworks. Music played in sync with the fireworks during the display included the Thunderbirds TV theme tune, music from the movie Star Wars, Babylon Zoo’s Spaceman, Elton John’s Rocket Man, with the display reaching a crescendo with music from War of the Worlds – during which several aliens appeared! Blitz Fireworks also setup the fireworks display at the Nantwich Spooktacular at Nantwich Show Ground in late-October.

Local community radio station The Cat 107.9 FM kept visitors entertained throughout the event with a range of upbeat music.

The Friends of Queens Park sold sparklers to raise money for further projects and improvements within the park. 

Refreshments were available in the Park Life Cafe and numerous stalls and there was also a funfair.

The Bonfire and Fireworks Display was enjoyed by thousands of people.

The event was organised by Crewe and Nantwich Lions Club:  https://www.facebook.com/CreweAndNantwichLionsClub . All funds raised are distributed by Crewe and Nantwich Lions Club to the local community and worldwide.

A funfair ride

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The 41st annual Wistaston Fireworks Display

Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston

Bagpiper Reg Flower and drummer Rob Richardson

The 41st annual Wistaston Fireworks Display took place on Saturday 3rd November 2018 at the Eric Swan Sports Ground off Church Lane (behind Wistaston Church Lane Academy) in Wistaston.

It began with a parade - led by bagpiper Reg Flower and drummer Rob Richardson - from the Park Drive/Westfield Drive junction to the Eric Swan Sports Ground. The parade was supported by Dutton Contractors and Pochin Construction.

The judging of the children’s best pumpkin and best fancy dress competitions then took place and were followed by the fireworks display.

The results of the children's best fancy dress competition, judged by Dane Chaplow and RedShift Radio presenter Kelly-Ann Davies, were:

1st prize – Logan Siddall as a ‘Headless man’.

2nd prize – Poppy Tomkinson as a ‘Catherine wheel’.

3rd prize – Esme John as a ‘Zombie bride’.

Fancy dress costumes also included a pirate, cowgirl, unicorn, Honey Monster and a pumpkin.

The results of the children's best pumpkin competition, judged by and Eileen Bamber and Gwyneth Brown, were:

1st prize – Noah John who designed a wolf pumpkin.

2nd prize – Felicity Rolands with her pumpkin in a pram.

3rd prize – Annabel Johnston with her hedgehog design.

It was a double celebration for the John household as twins Esme and Noah, who are pupils at Wistaston Church Lane Academy, won prizes in both competitions.

Locally-based online community radio station RedShift Radio - https://www.redshiftonline.org/ - for the ninth year running generously provided, setup and staffed the PA system before the fireworks and played music during the display.

Professional fireworks display specialist Gekostar Fireworks - http://www.gekostarfireworks.co.uk/ - setup and operated the twelve minute fireworks display.

The 35th South West Cheshire, Wistaston Scout Group served hot and cold drinks and food, Coffee On Wheels served hot and cold drinks, Wistaston Community Council served candyfloss, and Glow’s North West sold children's flashing novelties.

Entry was by donation and several hundred people attended the event.

The event was organised by the Wistaston Community Council and supported by Wistaston Parish Council.

Dane Chaplow, Wistaston Community Council, said, "The whole Wistaston Community Council parade and fireworks display was spectacular – a fantastic evening. I would like to thank everyone from the Community Council and to myriad others who came to help and make it our most successful street parade and fireworks event to date – we could not do it without you. My thanks also to go Wistaston Sports and Leisure for the use of the Brittles Sports ground, Gekostar Fireworks for the fabulous fireworks display, RedShift Radio for providing the sound and commentary and Kelly-Ann Davies, our wicked witch. Finally, to the community of Wistaston who came in their many hundreds to watch.”

The Wistaston Community Council requires new members to help organise next year’s Fireworks Display, as well as other Wistaston-based events such as the Summer Fete, Flower and Produce Show and the Christmas concerts. Please visit http://www.wistastoncommunity.co.uk/ or search Wistaston Community Council on Facebook for further information.

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'Holly Fair'

Reporter Jonathan White

The annual 'Holly Fair' took place on Saturday 3rd November 2018 at Wells Green Methodist Church on Brookland Avenue in Wistaston.

In the entrance hall there was a Fairtrade goods stall with many food items, a hamper to be raffled, a book stall and Christmas cards for sale.

Santa Claus was kept very busy in his Grotto providing gifts to all the boys and girls with the help of his Elf helper.

The stalls in the church hall included toys, books, costume jewellery, a Christmas stall, cakes, a green & gold stall, crafts and preserves.

The cafe offered a wide variety of refreshments for sale, including soup, quiches, sandwiches, rolls, cakes, trifles and jellies.

Teresa Hoper and Myra Wood co-ordinated the refreshments and Pat Nott organised the publicity and the stalls.

The event raised £1,937.23 including donations, and over £280 was raised for Fairtrade from the sale of their goods.

Pat Nott, Wells Green Methodist Church, said, “Our annual Holly Fair is always held on the first Saturday in November. It's a very popular and traditional fair and people come back each year to find their Christmas bargains, sample our delicious refreshments and enjoy the fellowship. Setting up for the event is a team effort, whether it is arranging the stalls, making cakes and sandwiches, donating items for sale or coming along and enjoying the day. I am very grateful to everyone who helped or supported the event. Hope to see you next year!”

Future events at Wells Green Methodist Church include:

-Sunday 18th November (5pm) – a showing of the movie, ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’. Admission is free.

-Sunday 2nd December (10:30am) – Annual toy and gift service – donate toys and gifts to help ensure others are not without some joy at Christmas.

-Friday 7th December (7pm) – Wistaston Community Christmas concert with Wells Green Church Choir, the Shavington Academy Band and the Church Lane Academy Choir.

-Saturday 8th December (3pm) at Shavington – ‘A time to remember’ service recalling the love of those no longer with us. All welcome to come and place a named tag on a Christmas tree.

-Wednesday 12th December (7:30pm) – choir and young musicians present a concert in aid of Action for Children. Come and support them as they raise money to enable children in difficult circumstances to live a more fulfilling life.

-Sunday 23rd December (6pm) – Carol Service.

-Monday 24th December (4pm) – Nativity and Christingle Service – something for all the family.

-Monday 24th December (11:15pm) – Midnight Communion - at Shavington Methodist Church.

-Tuesday 25th December – Christmas Day family worship – join in to celebrate the birth of Christ. 9:15am at Shavington Methodist Church. 10:30am at Wells Green Methodist Church -

-Sunday 30th December (10:30am) – a united service with other churches in the area at St John’s Willaston Methodist Church followed by lunch and table games.

-Sunday 6th January 2019 (9:15am) – bacon butties followed at 9:30am by a lively Energise service. Annual covenant service at 10:30am.

For further information relating to Wells Green Methodist Church please visit: http://www.ropegreenmethodists.org , https://www.facebook.com/wellsgreenchurchwistaston or contact Rev'd Den Harding via phone 01270 666156 , revdenise@btinternet.com

Wells Green Methodist Church hall is available for hire for meetings, celebrations, displays etc. WiFi is installed. For further information please contact Doreen Jones on 01270 652458.

Grotto - Santa Claus and Elf helper


Green and gold stall - Gwyneth Brown and Sylvia Ashley

ZACK WINS GOLD IN NATIONAL GALA

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Crewe swimmer Zack Beeston won a gold medal at the Halliwick National championship at Sevenoaks, Kent, recently as part of the North West team who competed against swimmers from all over the UK.

Zack was one of ten swimmers from Seahorse Swimming Club, with many making their debut at national level. Three members of the team came away with medals and Seahorse chairman, Rob Dutton, was more than pleased with the Crewe swimmers.

He said: “The overall winners from Wales set very high standards, but it was pleasing that Zack Beeston gave a fantastic performance to win a gold medal in the Boys 25m race. Tracy Jones was impressive in the Ladies 100m race to win a silver medal, while Ethan Carroll was pleased with his performance to win a bronze medal in the Boys 100m race.

All Seahorse swimmers, who made up the North West team, also deserve to be congratulated as they gave an excellent account of themselves. They competed with lots of effort and enjoyed the experience."

The other Seahorse representatives were: Dan Adcock, Carson Bruce, Shea Dutton, Charlotte Hassall, Annabelle Marriott, Amelia Pirzadeh and Sean Savage.

Seahorse, who are based at the Lifestyle Centre, are affiliated to the Halliwick Association of Swimming Therapy. The club encourages people with disabilities to gain confidence in the water, learn to swim and develop their skills.

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Winter Wellbeing – prepare your home for winter


Cheshire East Council and its partners are offering a range of advice and support to residents on how to keep warm, well and safe this winter.

This week, we remind people that there are numerous checks that can be completed, which can minimise the effects of bad weather.

Our advice includes:

● Insulate pipes and drain off outside taps to prevent frozen pipes.

● Know where your stop tap is and make sure you can turn it on and off with ease.

● If you are going away, consider asking a friend or neighbour to check on your house regularly. That way, if you have a burst, it will be discovered early.

● Leave your heating on if the weather is forecast to be freezing.

● Insulate your loft or walls to keep the heat in. Free and impartial advice about energy saving measures, grants and discounts is available from the Save Energy Advice Line on 0800 043 0151 or visit: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/helpwithheating

● Fit draught proofing to seal any gaps around doors and windows.

● Get your boiler serviced regularly by a qualified engineer. Remember, for gas boilers, check that your engineer is Gas Safe registered. Oil-fired heating needs servicing too.

● Be prepared for clearing ice and snow this winter – have a snow shovel, brush and grit or salt ready.

● If a member of your household is of pensionable age, has a disability, is chronically sick, has hearing and/or visual difficulties or you have a child under eight-years-old, you may be eligible for free or priority services. You can contact your energy supplier to check.

● If electricity supplies go down in your area, do not assume that your supplier knows – call them and have your name, postcode, house number and telephone number handy.

● If you have a burst pipe, collect the water in a bucket and switch off your central heating. Turn off your stop tap and turn on your sink taps to drain your water system. Do not touch wiring or switches which you suspect may have been affected. If in doubt, turn off your electricity at the mains and call a plumber. For more information, contact United Utilities on 0845 746 2200 or visit: www.unitedutilities.com

Councillor Liz Wardlaw, cabinet member for health, said: “We know that winter can be a daunting time of the year for some people but there are simple things that residents can do themselves, to help them stay warm, well and safe.

“For those that do need a little extra help, there is lots of support out there and we’ll be issuing advice and information throughout the winter period.

“I’d also like to encourage residents to keep an eye on friends, family members and neighbours during the colder weather, as some people can find it quite isolating.”

For further winter-related advice, visit: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk and scroll down to the winter wellbeing section. Advice can also be found on the council’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/cheshireeastcouncil and on Twitter: @CheshireEast

Residents can help friends and neighbours, who are unable to access the internet, by downloading and printing off information and giving it to them.

Halloween

Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston

I saw several ghoulishly good Halloween houses on 31st October in Crewe this year. They were all a spooktacular sight, but I particularly liked the houses on Capenhurst Avenue with its hanging corpses and monster maze, Nevis Drive with inflatables and animatronics, Barn Croft Road with a giant spider & web and projector showing different Halloween songs and Verdin Court - raising money for Cheshire Dogs Home - with its cauldron and tombstones. A special mention to the window displays at Blitz Fireworks on Hightown in Crewe - genuinely terrifying! House features included skeletons, witches, scarily-dressed mannequins - some headless, ghosts, clowns, cobwebs, coffins, elaborately carved pumpkins, and scary sounds. Dozens of families dressed up to trick or treat with costumes including ghosts, witches, bats, werewolves, skeletons, zombies and even a vampire dog!

Local events during the Halloween period included an adult party with live band and children’s party at The Woodside (Wistaston), Carnevil party and fireworks at The Sydney Arms (Crewe), spooky craft fair and the movie Goosebumps at Crewe Lyceum Theatre, Halloween Howler ten mile cross country run from Crewe Vagrants (Willaston) organised by South Cheshire Harriers, a Spooktacular fireworks display at Dorfold Hall (Nantwich), spooky art and tours at Nantwich Museum and Nantwich Police with a display of pumpkins and police officers handing out sweets.

Halloween Hellraiser 2018 - runners in costume

Verdin Court - coffin

The Woodside - adult Halloween party (1)

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Two men jailed for drug dealing in Blacon

Two men have been jailehttps://www.cheshire.police.uk/media/198515/daniel-meredith.jpg?width=280d for more than 13 years in total for dealing drugs in Chester.

Daniel Meredith, 31, of Blacon Point Road, Chester, was jailed for eight and a half years at Chester Crown Court on Friday 26 October for conspiracy to supply class A drugs, heroin and cocaine, and possession with intent to supply class B drugs, cannabis.

Steven Anstey, 51, of Nevin Road, Chester, was jailed for five years at the same court a month earlier for possession with intent to supply heroin and cocaine, and assaulting a police officer.

Meredith was supplying local drug dealers in the Blacon area of Chester with heroin and cocaine brought over from Liverpool. He was caught after Anstey was stop searched by officers on April 21, 2017, and found to have 37 deals of heroin and 26 of crack cocaine and a phone seized by police was linked to Meredith. Whilst on bail for the first offence Anstey was stopped again and found with 15 bags of heroin and two of crack cocaine and assaulted a police officer during his arrest.

On August 2, 2017 Meredith was stopped by police in the Mersey tunnel and found with four ounces of cannabis and £995 in cash. His mobile phone was seized and a number of messages related to drug dealing were found on his phone including messages to Anstey, confirming that Meredith was supplying him with drugs to sell on.

Detective Inspector Andy Smith said: “Meredith was responsible for a large amount of the supply of drugs into Blacon and he used street dealers to do his dirty work. “Drugs cause misery for communities across the country and the sentence Meredith and Anstey have received reflects the seriousness of supplying them.”

Man charged with driving offences after a police pursuit in Northwich

Officers have charged a 19-year-old man with driving offences in Northwich. Ryan Smith, of Bordehill Gardens in Liverpool, was arrested near Davenham following a police pursuit through the Northwich and Kingsmead area shortly after 11.30am on Saturday 27 October. He has been charged with dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, failing to stop for police and driving without insurance. Smith has been remanded and will appear at West Cheshire Magistrates Court Monday 29 October. No members of the public were injured or harmed during the incident.

Two arrests made by detectives from the Serious Organised Crime Unit into the conspiracy to supply cocaine

Detectives from the Serious Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) have this morning (Wednesday 31 October) made a number of arrests into the controlled supply of class A drugs.

A 31-year-old man from Altrincham and a 40-year-old man from Warrington have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply cocaine and are currently in custody assisting police with their enquiries. Today’s arrests are part of our ongoing commitment and dedication to disrupt organised crime groups from supplying class A drugs.

Detective Chief Inspector Mike Evans, from the Serious Organised Crime Unit, said: “The arrests made this morning come as part of our continued fight against those intent on committing serious and organised crime within our communities. Our priority is to protect vulnerable people and help to ensure our communities are a safe place to live and we will not stop until all those involved in criminal activity realise Cheshire is a very difficult place to operate.

“We can’t do this on our own and need the public’s support in coming forward with any information to help disrupt organised crime. If you have any suspicions or information please call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Number of people in the North West seeking help to stop looking at sexual images of children doubles in just six months

Increase prompted by major public awareness campaign across the region

The number of people in the North-West seeking help to stop looking at sexual images of children online has more than doubled in just six months. In the six months between July 2017 and January 2018 1,747 people from the North West contacted Stop it Now! (Stop it Now! is a child sexual abuse prevention project run by child protection charity The Lucy Faithfull Foundation), seeking help for either their own online sexual behaviour, or for that of someone they knew. In the following six month period that figure had leapt to 3,549, a rise of 103%. People seeking help and support were able to access it via specialist self-help online resources on the Stop it Now! Get Help website or via the confidential and anonymous Stop it Now! Helpline (0808 1000 900). There were particularly steep increases in Lancashire, Cheshire and Cumbria which saw increases of 146%, 193% and 186% respectively in the number of people seeking help from Stop it Now! over the six month period. (A full count- by-county breakdown of data is available in Notes to Editor.)

The dramatic rise in the number of people seeking help from Stop it Now! follows a major public awareness raising campaign launched by Stop it Now! in January this year. The campaign was supported by the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (NW ROCU) and police forces in Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Cumbria and North Wales. The campaign used traditional media, social media, posters and other public relations activities to:

  • raise public awareness of the growing problem of people viewing and sharing sexually explicit images of under 18s online
  • educate those offending about the harm caused to children in the images who are re-victimised each time their image is viewed online
  • highlight the increase in police activity across the North West to tackle the issue
  • drive home the consequences of their behaviour to offenders – including arrest, possible imprisonment, break up of family and being put on the Sex Offenders Register
  • make people aware that there is help available to stop such behaviour via the Stop it Now! Helpline and the Stop it Now! Get Help website.

The NW ROCU and the six police forces communicated these key campaign messages via their social media channels to large numbers of people in the North West. And police forces also worked to engage local partners such as local authorities to further amplify the campaign and its messages via their own social media channels. A major conference, co-ordinated by the NW ROCU, was also held in Leigh near Wigan in April. The conference brought together police, social workers, local authorities and other frontline child safeguarding professionals to discuss strategies for further deterrence and prevention work in the North West.

Assistant Chief Constable Alan Barr, North West Regional Lead for Serious and Organised Crime, said: “The problem of viewing indecent images of children online has grown exponentially in recent years. Technological advancements, increased accessibility, and the presumption of anonymity have all led to more and more people viewing and sharing illegal images.

“Every time a sexual image of a child is viewed, that child is re-victimised and further demand is created. It is vital, therefore, that we work closely with partners and use all available resources to protect children and, wherever possible, prevent offending.

“We have a duty to protect children from harm and to deter individuals from committing these types of horrific offences and we continue to seek to identify and convict those who engage in this behaviour. But as the results of this campaign show, we can also educate and stop individuals from continuing to offend – or from offending in the first place.

“Enforcement activity remains a high priority for police locally, regionally and nationally. And being arrested comes with life-changing consequences for offenders and their families. To those engaged in this behaviour, I would say consider your actions now and seek help to stop. If not, you should expect to face serious consequences.”

Detective Inspector Stuart York from Cheshire Constabulary’s Strategic Public Protection Directorate added: "Safeguarding and protecting children from sexual abuse is a priority for Cheshire Constabulary. We are committed to seeking out individuals who abuse children through online activity, to bring them to justice and hold them to account for their actions. We are very pleased with the success of the Stop It Now! campaign which has seen an increase of nearly 200% of people seeking help about their online viewing habits in Cheshire.

“We will continue to support the work of the Lucy Faithfull Foundation and urge anyone who is worried about their online viewing habits, or that of family members or friends, to seek help from the Foundation. They can provide advice and intervention work to help people manage their thoughts and behaviours, and to help them to live responsible, fulfilling and law abiding lives. It is also important to make it clear that viewing or sharing sexual images of children is illegal – it is child abuse - and behind every image is a victim.”

Reflecting on the success of police co-operation with Stop it Now! in the North West so far, Director of the Stop it Now! Helpline, Donald Findlater, said: “We are delighted with the success of the campaign so far, with nearly 600 people from the North-West seeking help with online sexual behaviour towards children every month. Mostly these will be men seeking help to manage their own behaviour in viewing sexual images of children. But a growing number of other adults – wives, partners and parents – are getting in contact because of concerns about the online sexual behaviour of someone they love.

“But there are thousands more people in the North-West continuing to view sexual images of children online. Just as there are thousands more wives, partners and parents who are, or who should be worried about the online behaviour of someone they love.

“Some of these those engaged in this behaviour will be reading these words now. All of them need to be clear that sexual images of children are illegal, that children are harmed when they are made, and also each time they are viewed. Those who come to the attention of the police for such online offending put at risk everything they take for granted or have worked hard to achieve – family, friends, work, their liberty. The Stop it Now! Helpline offers them a confidential place to get help so their illegal online behaviour stops and stays stopped. Getting help takes just a phone call.”

https://www.cheshire.police.uk/media/198519/karen-belton.jpg?width=280Warrington woman jailed for £200,000 theft

A woman from Warrington who stole approximately £200,000 worth of goods from her employers has been jailed.

Karen Belton, 41, of Gainsborough Road, Latchford, was jailed for 20 months at Liverpool Crown Court on Tuesday 30 October. She had earlier pleaded guilty to one count of theft on Thursday 11 October.

Between 2009 and 2015 Belton was employed as Business Service Manager in Warrington where she was responsible for the day-to-day management of the office. She left the job in 2015 when the company relocated. In 2017, two years after relocating, a routine review by auditors revealed than an unusually large amount of money had been spent on printer cartridges and postage stamps during Belton’s time as Business Service Manager. Their suspicions were aroused further when they discovered that all of the items had been ordered and approved by Belton. The company reported its suspicions to Cheshire Police, who launched an investigation. During their enquiries officers discovered that Belton had set up an eBay account in 2008 under the name Merlin from where she was selling stamps and printer cartridges at discounted prices.

Detective Constable Carl Davis said: “The audacity and arrogance of Belton is quite simply unbelievable. She stole stamps and printer cartridges on an industrial scale and even had the nerve to operate her eBay account from her work laptop during work hours. She had a number of clients that she dealt with on a regular basis, purchasing stamps and cartridges through her work account after receiving their orders through eBay. In total we estimate that Belton stole approximately £200,000 worth of goods during her time at the company, with one client paying £159,479 into her account. Thankfully, as a result of the routine audit and a thorough investigation from Cheshire Police, Belton is now facing the consequences of her actions.”

Officers urge all road users to take extra care on Cheshire’s roads

Cheshire police is urging all road users to take extra care on the county’s roads following a series of fatal collisions.

Over the past week the Roads Policing team have dealt with six fatal collisions across Cheshire, along with two serious incidents on the M6 which brought the local road network to a standstill.

Superintendent Jo Marshall-Bell said: “As the lead for Road Policing in Cheshire I am deeply saddened by the loss of life over the last week. Each and every fatality is tragic and bring with them heartache and grief to all family and friends that will last forever. Fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, siblings, grandparents and friends are lost in such instances and this is such a waste of lives. “Last week the Road Policing team dealt with six fatal collisions in six days and the same team are continuing to investigate a further two fatal collisions that occurred earlier in October. One of which resulted in the death of two young men, bringing the total number of deaths to nine in October alone. All these collisions are being thoroughly investigated so we can provide answers to their families as to why their loved ones with never be returning home. Specialist officers are supporting grieving relatives and will stay with them throughout the enquiries and beyond. The causation factors will be established and this is where we as police and our partners in the fire and rescue service will focus our efforts in the future to ensure we do all we can to educate drivers and robustly enforce laws designed to keep the road using public safe going about their day to day lives. I write this as a plea to everybody who uses the roads to take a real look at themselves as drivers, riders and pedestrians and please use our roads safely. You can all play your part by keeping to speed limits, not drinking or taking drugs before driving, wearing seatbelts, not using mobile phones and generally paying 100% attention to the roads and other users.  This way we stand a chance of reducing casualties and preventing the recently all too common knock on the door from a police officer bearing bad news that will change lives forever.”

If you are aware of road users who regularly break driving rules then please contact Cheshire Police on 101, Alternatively information can be reported anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

Cheshire Police also offer a facility on the website to upload any dashcam footage you may have of poor driving standards. Footage can be uploaded via the following link: https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries.

Three charged with drugs offences following Congleton drug warrant

Three people have been charged with drugs offences following a raid at an address in Congleton. At 6.48pm on 31 October officers carried out a warrant in Woolston Avenue and arrested two men and a woman. A 19-year-old man was charged with possession with intent to supply Class B drugs (Cannabis) and a 39-year-old man was charged with possession of cannabis. The 42-year-old woman was charged with permitting the use of premises for supplying cannabis. They were all bailed to appear at Stockport Magistrates on 19 November.

Two people from Cheshire honoured at Police Bravery Awards

https://www.cheshire.police.uk/media/198522/dsc09303.jpg?width=280Two people from Cheshire have been honoured at this year’s Police Bravery Awards.

Gareth Kendrick, 31, from Winsford, won a silver medal and 13-year-old Demi O’Sullivan from Ellesmere Port won a certificate for her bravery.

Gareth, a shop assistant, was given his award after he intervened when a suspected shoplifter became aggressive with staff at Asda on The Drumber, Winsford, on Monday 21 August 2018. The shoplifter threatened to kill a security officer and then began smashing bottles of spirits before brandishing a broken bottle neck towards staff. Gareth stood in between the man and staff and tried to calm him down. He persuaded him to go to the customer service desk for treatment on his hand which he had cut when smashing bottles. However, he began threatening Gareth again and Mr Kendrick then restrained the offender and removed the bottle from him and kept hold of him until officers arrived to arrest him. Gareth showed bravery, calmness and compassion when dealing with this vulnerable but dangerous individual. He put himself in the face of danger to protect others even when faced with the real possibility of serious injury.

After the awards event Gareth said: “After hearing some of the other people and what they won awards for I’m still surprised I got one! It is all a bit surreal. I had no idea about this until I won and I thought it was a scam to begin with. It still hasn’t really sunk in. I just wanted to make sure that everyone was ok, including the man who had been shoplifting because he was cut quite badly. I was the only manager there so I felt I had to do something. I was just trying to keep everyone safe and him calm.”

Demi O’Sullivan, who goes to Whitby High School, won her certificate after she helped a woman who had been the victim of domestic violence.

Demi was walking home from the park when she saw a woman sat on her doorstep who was upset and bleeding from a wound to her head. Demi went over to her and asked what had happened and was told that the woman's boyfriend had thrown a mug at her and thrown her out of the house along with some of her belongings. Demi called the police and ambulance she took her around the corner, away from the house, before running home to get the woman a cloth to give the woman first aid. Demi's mum, Bernie, said: "She was out the door telling me to quickly get a cloth and she was running off and trying to tell me what happened. I was made up with what Demi had done. Especially as three other people just walked past and didn't do anything. The girl was very upset and Demi was amazing with her." Demi and Bernie stayed with the woman until the police arrived and gave her first aid. Demi said that she helped because the woman was upset. She added: "She was crying and I didn't want to see someone hurt like that and I wanted to see something done about it."

Gareth and Demi were honoured at an event in London on October 30th.

https://www.cheshire.police.uk/media/198525/craig-warr.jpg?width=280Online sex offender from Chester jailed

A man from Chester who attempted to sexually exploit children online has been jailed.

Craig Warr, 41, appeared at Chester Crown Court on Friday 2 November, where he was sentenced to 12 months in prison. He had earlier pleaded guilty to four counts of attempted sexual communication with a child and four counts of attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act. The charges relate to online activity between June 2018 and October 2018, when Warr formed relationships with whom he believed to be four separate girls under the age of 13. In each case Warr contacted the girls through social media using a number of false profile names, including Jay Write, Jaywrite1, Boredjay, Moonstar (DayandNight1066) and Jay Jay. He then groomed the girls, making them feel special in order to gain their trust and coerce them into engaging in sexual activity.  However, unbeknown to Warr, the ‘girls’ he was engaging with were actually law enforcement officers from the South West, West Midlands and Eastern Regional Organised Crime Units. The teams presented their evidence to Cheshire Police, who arrested Warr on Thursday 4 October following a raid at his home on Flag Lane, Chester.

Detective Constable Andy Kent, of Cheshire's Paedophile and Cyber Investigation Team, said: “Warr’s conviction is a damning indictment of the level and volume of predatory behaviour he demonstrated towards children. Throughout this investigation it has been clear that Warr’s aim was to engage with girls, no matter how old they were, for sexual purposes. In each case Warr was well aware of the age of the girls he believed he was communicating with, yet he still sent them sexually explicit videos and images of himself in order to fulfil his own sexual gratification. It is quite simply remarkable that Warr was caught in the act by three separate law enforcement agencies at the same time. I would like to thank my colleagues at the South West, West Midlands and Eastern Regional Organised Crime Units. Due to their dedication and commitment, along with the work of the team here at Cheshire Police, Warr is now behind bars and will no longer be able to abuse children.”

Upon sentencing Warr, His Honour Judge Patrick Thompson said his behaviour was ‘utterly disgusting’ and stated that his sentence 'should serve as a deterrent to other men looking to engage with children online’.

In addition to his prison sentence, Warr was also ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years and handed a 10 year sexual harm prevention order.

DC Kent added: “This case highlights the dangers of social media and chat websites, demonstrating that people may not be who they claim be. I also hope that it acts as a reminder for all parents and guardians to warn their children of the dangers of communicating with people online and via social media, to check that they are using those things safely and to keep an eye out for any warning signs of sexual exploitation.”

For advice on identifying signs of sexual exploitation visit www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/child-abuse-and-neglect/child-sexual-exploitation/signs-symptoms-and-effects.

To report a sexual offence call Cheshire Police on 101. Information can also be given online at https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Latest Cheshire Appeals

Officers appeal for witnesses following a fatal collision in Runcorn
Officers are appealing for witnesses to come forward following a fatal collision in Runcorn.

At around 1pm on Sunday 28 October a collision took place on the A533 Southern Expressway involving a silver Renault Megane car. The driver of the Renault Megane, a 27-year-old local man, died at the scene. His next of kin have been informed and they are currently being supported by specialist officers. At the time of the collision the car was travelling in the direction of Murdishaw when it is believed to have collided with a bridge at the side of the carriageway.

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 225015, 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

Appeal for witnesses following a fatal collision in Northwich
Officers from Cheshire Police are appealing for information from the public following a fatal collision in Northwich.

The collision, which involved a blue Ford Focus and a blue Renault Kadjar, occurred at approximately 10.50am on Saturday 27 October on the B5153 Northwich Road near to the junction with Hodge Lane in Hartford. The driver of the Ford Focus, a 78-year-old woman from Northwich, died at the scene. Her next of kin have been informed and they are currently being supported by specialist officers. The driver of the Kadjar, a 76-year-old man from the Northwich area, received minor injuries while the passenger of the Kadjar, a 74-year-old woman received serious injuries. At the time of the collision the Ford Focus was travelling eastbound from Weaverham towards Northwich when it was involved in a collision with the Renault Kadjar, which was travelling in the opposite direction.

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 224015, 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

Appeal following fatal collision in Marston
Officers from Cheshire Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward following a fatal collision in Marston, near Northwich.

The incident, which involved a black BMW 318 and a white Vauxhall Insignia, occurred on Ollershaw Lane, Marston, at approximately 8.10pm on Friday 26 October. At the time of the collision the Insignia was travelling away from Northwich and the BMW was travelling in the opposite direction.  Sadly the driver of the BMW, 36-year-old Stuart Lowe from Northwich, passed away at the scene. His next of kin have been informed and they are being supported by a team of specialist officers. The driver of the a Vauxhall, a 43-year old man from Northwich, sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene by paramedics.

Enquiries in relation to the incident are ongoing officers are keen to hear from anyone who believes they may have witnessed the collision or has any information which may help the investigation.

Anyone with information in relation to the collision should call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting IML 223550, 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.

Witness appeal following supermarket burglary in Warrington
Detectives are urging witnesses to come forward following a burglary at a supermarket in Warrington.

At around 2.10am on Saturday 27 October four men wearing dark clothing and balaclavas broke into the Sainsbury’s store on Rushgreen Road in Lymm. They smashed a window at the supermarket’s entrance and stole a large quantity of cigarettes. The offenders then fled in a white Volkswagen Golf GTi that had been stolen from Hale in Trafford.

Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and detectives are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the offenders entering or exiting the supermarket or saw anything suspicious in the area. They also want to speak to anyone who believes they may know who the offenders are or the location of the stolen car.

Detective Sergeant Thomas Hall said: “We are determined to catch the offenders and bring them to justice and I urge anyone with information that may help our ongoing investigation to get in touch. If you witnessed anything suspicious in the area or believe you may have dashcam footage of the offenders or the stolen Volkswagen Golf GTi we want to hear from you. Equally we want to speak to anyone who believes they may know the identity of the offenders or have information regarding the whereabouts of the stolen car.”

Anyone with information that may help detectives with their investigation, no matter how small, should call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting IML 223815, 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.Wt

Appeal for witness to farm burglary
Police officers from Warrington CID are appealing for information after a burglary at a farm in Culcheth.

The incident happened at 11pm on Friday 19 October at the farm on Wilton Lane, Culcheth. Two offenders have been captured on CCTV breaking into the property and stealing various items, including jewellery. They then got into a car and drove off towards Lowton.

Detective Constable Ian Morris said: “If you have any information about the incident or recognise the person in the CCTV still then please get in contact with Cheshire Police on 101, quoting incident number IML 217598.”

Appeal for information after a 93-year-old woman falls victim to distraction burglary

Officers from Warrington CID are appealing for witnesses to a distraction burglary where the victim was in her 90s.

The incident happened at approximately 11.30am on Wednesday October 31 when three men knocked on the door of the woman on Penkford Lane, Burtonwood. When she answered the door the three men were stood in her front garden and a fourth was sitting in a white van wearing a hi-vis jacket. The men claimed they were from the water board and asked to come into the property to check the water metre. The victim let one man into the address but left the door open. The man was shown the water meter and he then said he needed to see the kitchen to check the taps. He distracted the victim by asking her to remove some cleaning products from underneath her sink and whilst she was doing this she saw one of the other men enter her living room. She asked the man what he was doing and grabbed hold of his arm. A third man then came downstairs and all three men ran out of the address into the white van. The van then drove off in the direction of Burtonwood. The men stole approximately £100.

The first man is described as white, in his 40s, approximately 5’7”, medium build, with a local accent and wearing a hi-vis vest. The second male is described as white, in his early 20s with dark hair. The third male is described as white, in his 20s with light coloured hair.

Detective Constable Vicky Hancox said: “These men have used a vulnerable woman’s trusting nature as a way to steal money. It is utterly disgusting and we need the help of everyone in the community to catch the thieves. If you are unsure about whether to let someone in who calls do not let them in. Ask for identification and do not call any of the numbers they give you. Find a number in the phone book or online. If you have any doubts ask them to come back another time when you are not alone. There is no such thing as the water board any more. There are water companies but if anyone says they are from the water board please call the police.

“If you have any information about this incident please call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting incident number IML 227599.”

Appeal for witnesses following serious assault in Warrington

Officers from Cheshire Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after two men were seriously assaulted in Warrington.

At around 8.30pm on Tuesday 30 October two men, age 42 and 36, were walking along Toll Bar Road, opposite Warrington Storage King, when a dark coloured car pulled up alongside them.  Two unknown men then got out of the vehicle and began to violently assault the victims. The 36-year-old man was struck several times with a metal bar, while the 42-year-old man was punched in the face. Both men, who are from the Warrington area, sustained a number of injuries as a result of the attack; with the 36-year-old man requiring hospital treatment.

The suspects are both believed to be men, in their mid 20’s with Liverpool accents.

Detective Constable Sophie Davies said: “At the current time this appears to be an isolated incident and we are committed to doing all that we can to trace the people responsible. Enquiries in relation to the incident are ongoing and I’m keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident, or anyone who believes they have any information which may assist our investigation. I’m particularly keen to hear from anyone who was driving on Winwick Road or Toll bar Road between 8pm and 9pm on 30 October and believes they may have dashcam footage that could help our investigation.

Anyone with information that may help detectives with their investigation, no matter how small, should call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting IML 227228, 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.

https://www.cheshire.police.uk/media/198523/missing-man-mark-miles.jpg?width=280Appeal to help trace missing Runcorn man

Cheshire Police are appealing for information to help find a 49-year-old man from Runcorn.

Mark Miles was reported missing from his home in the Castlefields area on Monday 29 October. CCTV footage shows that he got on the 110 Arriva bus in Castlefields at 8.18am that day. He was still on the bus when it was on Moor Lane in Widnes. It was on the way to Warrington – its final stop was Warrington Bus Station in the town centre – but officers do not know which stop Mark got off at. Mark has not been seen since. Officers have released a CCTV image of Mark on the bus. They are concerned for his welfare and are appealing for anyone who has seen or spoken to him this week or has information regarding his whereabouts to get in touch.

Cheshire Police Inspector Darryl Jones said: “Extensive enquiries to locate Mark are ongoing and we and his family are becoming increasingly concerned for his wellbeing – it has been more than three days since he was last seen. We know that he got on a Warrington-bound bus in Castlefields in Runcorn on Monday morning and was still on it when it was in Widnes, but we do not know which stop he got off at. I urge anyone who has seen Mark, or anyone matching his description, in Widnes, Warrington or anywhere else to come forward. We are also keen to speak to anyone who believes they may have information regarding his whereabouts or anything else that may help us to trace him and reunite him with his family.”

Mark is described as white, around 5’ 8” tall with a medium build. He has short grey hair and brown eyes. On the day that he went missing he was wearing a black coat with a blue top underneath it, black trousers and black shoes.

Anyone with information that may help officers find Mark, no matter how small, should call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting IML 225879.

https://www.cheshire.police.uk/media/198524/scott-stevens.jpg?width=280Man from Warrington wanted for failing to appear in court

Police are asking the public to help them trace a 27-year-old man from Warrington who is wanted after failing to appear in court.

Warrington Magistrates’ Court has issued a warrant for the arrest of Scott Stevens, who was recently known to be living in King George Crescent, Padgate. The warrant was issued on Thursday 4 October after Stevens failed to appear at the court to answer an assault charge.

Stevens is described as white, around 5’ 11” tall with a slim build. He has brown hair and blue eyes and is believed to be in the Warrington or Newcastle upon Tyne areas.

Anyone who sees Stevens or has any information regarding his whereabouts is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101, quoting 18100311195, give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Detectives in Warrington appeal for witnesses to a serious assault

Detectives in Warrington are appealing for witnesses to come forward following a serious assault.

At 9.30pm on Wednesday 31 October a 19-year-old man was inside a flat on Folly Farm Close when two men entered the address and attacked him. The two men then ran away from the flat in the direction of Folly Lane. A 19-year-old man was taken to Warrington District General Hospital with serious injuries to his face and is in a stable condition.

Detective Sergeant Ian McNabb, of Warrington CID, said: “While our enquiries continue I am keen to hear from anyone who has any information to help with the investigation. Although the assault took place inside the flat I believe local residents may have seen or heard a disturbance shortly beforehand and I would encourage you to come forward and call police on 101. This was a vicious assault leaving the victim with serious injuries to his face and requiring hospital treatment.”

Please call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting IML 228173, give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.