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Saturday, 1 December 2018

Week Ending 12-11-18 - Cheshire News And Appeals

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Week ending 25th November 2018

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Three men have pleaded guilty to burglary offences

Three men have today (Friday 23 November) pleaded guilty to two burglaries.
At Chester Crown Court Danut Ciocanaru, aged 27, of no fixed address pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary. Christian Ion, aged 23, of Roundthorn Road in Oldham pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary and one driving without insurance offence. Mard Mitrache, aged 27, of no fixed address admitted to two counts of burglary.
Two burglaries took place on Wednesday 21 November. The first was at an address on Reddy Lane in Millington and the second was at a house in The Rock in Helsby where jewellery was stolen. The jewellery has been recovered and reunited with both its owners. All have been remanded into custody to be sentenced on Friday 21 December at Chester Crown Court.

Get into the festive spirit with the Emergency Service Christmas Carol Concert

https://www.cheshire.police.uk/media/198583/38729651042_3ae36a1d9a_z.jpg?width=280Next Tuesday sees the Emergency Services Christmas Carol Concert take place at Chester Cathedral.

The magical night on 4 December and will see Cheshire Constabulary, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and North West Ambulance Service join forces to provide a free evening of traditional Christmas carols and Yuletide music, in the magical setting of the Cathedral on Abbey Square.

The evening promises something for all the family with renditions of festive favourites sung by the heavenly voices of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service Choir, North West Ambulance Service Choir and children from Davenham CE Primary School. The Cheshire Constabulary band will also be there playing brass and drums to entertain the audience.

The concert, which starts at 7.30pm, has an exciting programme with favourite carols such as O Come, All Ye Faithful and Once in Royal David's City mingled in with traditional readings, and lasts for approximately one hour.

Chief Fire Officer Mark Cashin said: "We have been running the concert in conjunction with our fellow emergency services for the last 14 years now and have found it to be extremely popular. The concert is a fantastic opportunity for people to get into the Christmas spirit by joining in with the festive music in the magnificent surroundings of Chester Cathedral."

Acting Chief Constable Janette McCormick said: “In protecting people and responding to emergencies our staff increasingly work together in partnership. It is only fitting therefore, that we also join together outside our day to day work for this seasonal celebration. Chester Cathedral is a wonderful setting for our joint event and we hope everyone comes along to enjoy the festive atmosphere."

Representatives from each of the emergency services will be there in uniform along with local dignitaries and anyone else who would like to attend the free evening.

The Cathedral doors open at 7pm for the concert which starts at 7.30pm.

Renewed calls for vigilance following second attempted distraction burglary in Northwich

Northwich officers have renewed their calls for vigilance following reports of a second attempted distraction burglary over the past week.
At around 1.45pm on Wednesday 21 November an unknown man knocked at a house on Mere Lane, Cuddington, and told the victim, a 79-year-old woman, that he needed to access the back garden to check the fence on behalf of the council.
The woman asked the man to meet her at the side of her home, saying she would open the gate and allow him into the garden. She then closed the front door, but did not lock it. The woman then allowed the man into her garden and he began to talk to her about the fencing, claiming that the council is planning to replace the panels. As she was being distracted in the garden, a second unknown man entered her home via the front door and began to walk upstairs.  He was then confronted by the victim’s friend, a 75-year-old man, who was in the hallway.
The intruder then left the house empty handed and both of the offenders drove away from the scene in a white van which had ladders on the roof. The man who claimed to be working for the council is described as white, around 5’ 8” tall, of slim build and approximately 25-years-old. He was wearing a black anorak and dark coloured trousers. He was also carrying a white clipboard.
The man who entered the property was also white, around 5’ 8” tall and of larger build. He was around 30-years-old, had dark hair and was wearing jeans and a light green or blue pullover. The incident follows another attempted distraction burglary in the Northwich area, which occurred on Penrhyn Road, Winnington, on Wednesday 14 November.
Detective Constable Richard Green said: “There have now been two attempted distraction burglaries over the past week and we are committed to doing all we can to trace the people responsible and bring them to justice. On both occasions the offenders were disturbed before they managed to steal anything. Enquiries in relation to these incidents are ongoing and at this stage we are keeping an open mind as to whether they are linked or not. I urge anyone who recognises the descriptions of the men and thinks they may know their identities or has any information in relation to the incident, no matter how small, to contact the team here at Northwich. I would also like to take this opportunity to remind residents to be vigilant of anyone who comes to their door offering to carry out work and to urge people to report any suspicious activity to us immediately on 101.”
Anyone with information in relation to attempted distraction burglary in Cuddington should call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting IML 247533. Information can also be reported online at https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

Cheshire Police target cross border criminals

https://www.cheshire.police.uk/media/198577/crossbow.jpg?width=280Criminals travelling across the border between Cheshire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester were greeted by more than a surprise last night, Wednesday 21 November, when they were targeted as part of Operation Crossbow. The Cheshire Police led operation was is aimed at disrupting criminal activity across the region and denying criminals the use of the roads.
Inspector Steve Griffiths said: “We are relentless in our pursuit of organised crime and will use a whole host of tactics to disrupt criminals working in our region. Criminals do not simply stop committing crimes when they reach the police border, but instead they rely on the road network to enable them to commit criminal offences. There is a strong link between the illegal use of vehicles and other serious and organised crime, which is why we are working together with our colleagues to target these criminals as they travel across the region.”
More than 30 officers from Cheshire Police forces took part in last night’s operation, assisted by colleagues from Greater Manchester and Merseyside Police.

By using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras officers were able to monitor virtually every vehicle that crossed between the three counties, stopping all vehicles that were on the roads illegally or were linked to criminal activity.
The operation resulted in:

  • 13 Traffic offence reports issued for a variety of offences, including speeding and driving without due care and attention
  • 5 People arrested for a variety offences- including three people suspected of being involved in burglary in the Frodsham area
  • 3 Vehicle seizures
  • Two drivers reported for driving without vehicle tax
  • One person issued with a warning for possession of a small quantity of Cannabis

By using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras officers were able to monitor virtually every vehicle that crossed between the three counties, stopping all vehicles that were on the roads illegally or were linked to criminal activity.
David Keane, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire said: “Operations like this are key to catching those criminals who think they can simply use our roads as a quick and easy way of committing crime. I’d like to commend the excellent partnership work of officers from the three neighbouring forces who are working together on a regular basis to tackle organised crime and make the whole North West region a much safer place.”
Inspector Steve Griffiths added: “Rest assured that this is not a one off. Work takes place 365 days a year to crackdown on criminality on the roads and by working alongside other forces and sharing intelligence, it’s only a matter of time before those causing misery are caught. The message is clear – if you use stolen vehicles, you drive illegally, you travel the roads to commit crime, we will target you.”
The public can also help keep our roads safe by reporting illegal use of vehicles to the police on 101. Alternatively information can be reported anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Detectives charge man with manslaughter following death of Audlem man

Detectives investigating the death of a man in Audlem have charged a 23-year-old man with manslaughter.

Samuel Thorpe, of Annions Lane in Wybunbury, is due to appear before Crewe Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 20 December. He was charged on Wednesday 21 November and has been conditionally bailed. A summons has been issued to a 35-year-old man who was also arrested in connection with the incident. He will appear at Crewe Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 20 December in relation to assisting an offender. Two other people were also arrested in connection with the incident.

A 44-year-old man from Market Drayton has been given a conditional caution for a public order offence. No further action is being taken against a 58-year-old woman from Market Drayton, who arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. The charges relate to an incident on Friday 25 May on Shropshire Street in Audlem where a 45-year-old man was found with serious injuries.  The man – Adam Lovatt - was taken to the Royal Stoke hospital where he died.

Man jailed for stealing a car in Widnes

https://www.cheshire.police.uk/media/198575/terry-winstanley.jpg?width=280A 31-year-old man has been jailed for sneaking into a house in Widnes and then stealing a car from the driveway.

Terry Winstanley, of Church Road North, Liverpool, pleaded guilty to burglary, stealing a car and driving it without insurance and was sentenced to 30 months in prison at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday 16 November. The charges relate to an incident on Blundell Road in Widnes. At around 9.20pm on Monday 20 August a woman noticed the rear lights on the car parked on her driveway come on. She went outside and saw Winstanley getting into the car. The homeowner tried to stop him from driving off but he shut the driver’s side door, hurting her elbow in the process, and sped off the driveway.

Around 20 minutes later police officers spotted the car being driven along Edge Lane in Liverpool. After turning around to follow the vehicle, they found it abandoned on Insall Road. A police dog was transported to the area and found Winstanley hiding in an enclosed yard nearby. Winstanley admitted to officers that he had been in the car and analysis of his mobile phone proved that he had been in the area that it was stolen from when it was taken.

Detective Constable Nicola Dolan said: “I am delighted that Winstanley has been brought to justice for his actions and I hope the custodial sentence that has been handed down by Liverpool Crown Court deters others from committing similar offences. He must have sneaked into the house on Blundell Road and stolen the car keys while people were at home. A woman inside the house saw him stealing the car and tried to stop him, but she was unable to do so and was left with a minor elbow injury and in shock at what had happened. It is particularly upsetting when you are the victim of a crime in the place you should be able to feel most safe – your own home. At Cheshire Constabulary we are always determined to catch those who commit such offences and make them face the consequences of their actions. I hope the fact that Winstanley is now behind bars brings some closure to the victims in this case.”

As well as being jailed Winstanley was ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge and given six points on his driving licence.

Cheshire Constabulary offers the following advice to reduce your chances of falling victim to such crimes:

  • Make sure all your doors and windows are secure at all times
  • Do not leave valuables, including purses, handbags and car keys, on display or near external doors
  • Do not leave house keys near the door or in view
  • Consider using a timer to set your lights and radio to come on while you are out
  • Consider security marking valuable items with your house number and postcode with a UV pen, or mark it using property marking kits which consist of a traceable liquid to forensically mark valuables
  • Ask neighbours to keep an eye on your property while you are out, and do the same for them.

https://www.cheshire.police.uk/media/198574/callum-scanlan.jpg?width=280Convicted drug dealer’s ill-gotten gains seized

More than £3,500 has been seized from a convicted drug dealer following a Proceeds of Crime investigation by Cheshire Police.

Callum Scanlan, from Winsford, was jailed for six years at Chester Crown Court on 20 June 2018 after police discovered drugs with a street value of around £20,000 at a property in High Legh. On the morning of 9 June 2016 Knutsford Beat Management officers executed a search warrant at an address in Rensherds Place, High Legh, near Knutsford. They found buckets and large bags filled with class B drug cannabis and a substantial quantity of class A drug cocaine. They also found 23.2 kilograms of benzocaine, a cutting agent used in the supply of cocaine, as well as a Taser stun gun and £1,672 in cash.

Scanlan, 27, admitted that the drugs belonged to him and was arrested at the property. He was released under investigation pending forensic enquiries and then on 26 September 2016 he was arrested by officers on Toft Road, Knutsford, for driving a vehicle whilst under the influence of cocaine. Some cannabis and £2,065 in cash was found in the car and a subsequent search of Scanlan’s home address discovered a large bag of the class B drug. Scanlan was subsequently charged with three counts of possessing a class B drug with intent to supply, one count of possessing a class A drug with intent to supply and two counts of drug driving. He was also charged with possessing a prohibited weapon (the Taser) and ammunition without a firearm certificate.

Scanlan pleaded guilty to all of the charges at Chester Crown Court and on top of his six-year prison sentence he was banned from driving for four years and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £170. The total amount of £3,737 seized from Scanlan has now been subject to a civil forfeiture at Warrington Combined Court. The hearing was held yesterday, Wednesday 21 November.

Scanlan claimed that the bulk of the money seized was raised through the sales of puppies but there was no evidenced provided of this and magistrates concluded that the entire sum represented the proceeds of Scanlan’s drug related criminal conduct. Some of the forfeited money will come back to Cheshire Police to be used in the continuing battle against drug related crime.

Sergeant Lynsey Jackson said: “Scanlan was brought to justice and his ill-gotten gains were seized following the extensive work that the Knutsford Beat Management team put into this investigation and the activities at the property in Rensherds Place. Drugs have blighted communities across the UK and cause untold damage to the lives of both people who get addicted to them and the wider community who suffer from the resulting crime. Cheshire Police will not stand by and let this happen.”

If you have any concerns relating to drugs activity in your community please call Cheshire Police on 101, give us the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Widnes nail bar owner jailed for sexually assaulting customers

https://www.cheshire.police.uk/media/198573/loi-van-ha.jpg?width=280The owner of a Widnes nail bar who sexually assaulted his customers has been jailed.
Loi Van Ha, 35, was sentenced to seven months in prison at Liverpool Crown Court on Tuesday 20 November after pleading guilty to six counts of sexual assault of a female. Ha, from Rainhill, Merseyside, was also ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.  The charges relate to incidents which occurred between May 2017 and August 2018 at US Nails on Albert Road in Widnes, a business which was co-owned by Ha.
Each case involved customers who were being given manicures or pedicures by Ha. The treatment would initially begin as normal before Ha inappropriately touched and stoked the customers in order to sexually arouse himself.
Police Constable Emily Ashcroft said: “The nature of Ha’s behaviour should not be understated. These woman trusted him but he abused his position and acted in a sinister manner. I would like to take this as an opportunity to thank all of the victims in this case for the dignity and courage that they have shown throughout the investigation. As a result of the information they provided, Ha is now behind bars and won’t be able to sexually assault any other women.”

Detective Inspector Ian Whiley added: “Sexual assaults are among the most traumatic of crimes and we want victims to be assured that we are here to help. Anyone who has been subjected to this type of crime should feel confident that they will receive the help and support they need from our specialist officers and other support agencies we work alongside. Any victim of a crime such as this will be treated with the dignity and respect they deserve and any allegations will be thoroughly investigated, with the wishes and the needs of the victim as our main priority."
Anyone who believes that they have been a victim of a sexual assault is urged to contact Cheshire Police on 101.

Four men given criminal behaviour orders in Chester

A policing operation targeting people using psychoactive substances in Chester has seen four men receive criminal behaviour orders (CBOs).

Steven Leasor, Wayne Galland, Hamish Nimmo and Jamie Crawford, all of no fixed address, have been handed CBOs by Chester Magistrates’ Court after taking Spice in the city centre and suffering from the effects of the drug in a public place.

While under the influence of the psychoactive substance, Leasor exposed himself and urinated in full view of members of the public and Nimmo assaulted police officers. Leasor was handed a five-year CBO on Tuesday 13 November. Under its terms, the 32-year-old must not pester anyone for money in Cheshire and cause them distress, annoyance or nuisance. He has also been banned from entering any car park in the county other than for the purpose it is designated to be used for. The CBO also stipulates that Leasor cannot go into Chester city centre unless he is visiting Jobcentre Plus on City Road or St Werburgh’s Medical Practice For The Homeless on George Street (and has an appointment to do so) or Chester Railway Station on City Road (unless he has a valid ticket to use the station to travel by train).

Wayne Galland, 51, was handed a three-year CBO on Monday 29 October. The order prevents him from associating with a named 30-year-old man in England and Wales. He is also not allowed to enter Chester city centre unless he is attending Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) officers via Francis Street and Crewe Street with either a written appointment or the consent of a police officer.

Hamish Nimmo, 30, is also banned from going into Chester city centre, as part of a five-year CBO he received on Wednesday 17 October. Under its terms he is prohibited from using foul, abusive, insulting, offensive, threatening or intimidating language or behaviour in any public place in Cheshire.

Jamie Crawford, who is also known as Jamie Fisher, was given a three-year CBO on Monday 6 August which stipulates that the 25-year-old cannot enter Chester city centre or be found in an intoxicated state or under the influence of, or in the possession of, any psychoactive substance in any public place in Cheshire.

https://www.cheshire.police.uk/media/198572/the-four-men-who-have-been-given-criminal-behaviour-orders.jpg?width=651&height=281&mode=max

Sergeant Alex Jackson, of Chester Local Policing Unit, said: “Operation Mulled saw officers target those using and dealing Spice and other psychoactive substances in Chester. As part of the operation Steven Leasor, Wayne Galland, Hamish Nimmo and Jamie Crawford were identified as using Spice in the city centre and displaying anti-social behaviour while under the influence of the drug. These men have repeatedly been offered help by various agencies and voluntary sector organisations but chose to turn down this help and to continue to blight our communities with anti-social behaviour. Our communities should not be subjected to such behaviour and the CBOs that have been imposed by Chester Magistrates’ Court are a boost to our mission to make the city a nicer place to live and work.”

Operation Mulled was conducted by Cheshire Police officers with support from the Chester Anti-Social Behaviour Unit, a partnership between Chester Local Policing Unit and Cheshire West and Chester Council. The operation was launched to address the concerns of the community and prevent anti-social behaviour being committed in the city centre.

Cheshire West and Chester Community Safety Officer Sam Chapman said: “CBOs are only ever applied for and issued as a last resort. The process of interventions follows a pathway of street warnings, advisory letters, acceptable behaviour discussions and contracts and community protection notice warning letters prior to any applications to the courts. CBOs are preventative orders which are designed to stop individuals committing further anti-social behaviour and offences. The four men who have been given CBOs as part of Operation Mulled have persistently shown no consideration at all for the effect their behaviour has on the people of Chester. As such we were left with no option but to apply for these orders to protect the people of Chester, who have a right to feel safe.”

Anyone who sees Leasor, Galland, Nimmo and Crawford breach the conditions of their CBOs is urged to contact Cheshire Police on 101.

Man arrested for burglary by officers in Weaverham after local community quickly alert police

A Wigan man has been arrested by officers after he was disturbed breaking into a house in Weaverham.

Shortly after 8pm on Tuesday 20 November a local resident spotted two men breaking into an address on Leigh Way after they saw the back door had been damaged. Officers swiftly attended to the scene to find three sets of keys missing including a car key however the car had not been stolen. A 31-year-old man was located by a member of the public nearby and then arrested by officers on suspicion of burglary and is currently in custody.

Detective Constable Paul Matchett, of Northwich BIT, said: “This swift arrest was only made thanks to the local community who disturbed the burglars in action. Thankfully no one was in the home at the time and it’s down to information from the residents who raised the alarm that we were able to ensure an arrest was made. I would appeal to anyone else who was in the area at the time and may have seen anything suspicious to come forward and call 101.”

You can also give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If you have dashcam footage from the area around the time of any of these incidents it may be useful to our enquiries. Please submit it by following the instructions in this link https://www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/roads-and-vehicle-safety/submit-dashcam-footage/ making sure you quote IML 246919.

Constabulary ranked 13th most inclusive UK employer for 2018/19

Cheshire Constabulary has been ranked 13th in The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List for 2018/19. The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List recognises the efforts of organisations attracting and retaining a diverse workforce, to achieve equality, diversity and inclusion. The list was compiled by a panel of judges, who made the selection using evidence from a combination of topics, including recruitment procedures, training and a host of diversity related initiatives. The results were announced at the Inclusive Companies Awards in Manchester on 15 November 2018.
Acting Chief Constable Janette McCormick said: "We are really proud to be named in the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers list for another year. This is an exceptional achievement which showcases to members of our communities how committed we are to increasing diversity in force. This is great recognition for the Constabulary and I am extremely pleased that our commitment to attracting and retaining a truly diverse and inclusive workforce has been recognised nationally."
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, David Keane, added: "This is a fantastic achievement for the Constabulary and is testament to their commitment to increasing diversity within the workforce to ensure the make-up of police officers, staff and volunteers is truly representative of the communities it serves. Having a diverse workforce increases the Constabulary's potential to build trust with all communities throughout Cheshire, which will improve its ability to tackle crime and support victims."
Founder and CEO of the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List, Paul Sesay, said: "The most successful and prosperous employers understand the value and rewards of harnessing diverse talent. Those featured on the definitive list of the UK's most inclusive employers are leading the way in providing inclusive workplaces where everyone feels empowered to be the very best they can be".

Man charged in connection with indecent exposure in Warrington

Officers have charged a 41-year-old man in connection with indecent exposure at a park in Warrington.
Christian Taylor, of Percyvale Street, Macclesfield, was arrested at around 3.30pm on Sunday 18 November following an incident at Peel Hall park.
Taylor was subsequently charged with engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child and one count of breach of a sexual risk order; He has been remanded in police custody and is due to appear at Warrington Magistrates’ on 19  November.

Man charged following stabbing incident in Widnes

A 38-year-old man from Widnes has been charged following a stabbing incident in the town.

Shortly after 3am yesterday, Sunday 18 November, police were called to an address on Lea Street. They found that a 33-year-old man from Widnes had sustained serious injuries. He is currently being treated in hospital.

Stephen Melbourne, of Downside, Widnes, was subsequently arrested and has been charged with wounding with intent, assaulting a person and causing them actual bodily harm, causing criminal damage, theft and breaching a non-molestation order. The 38-year-old appeared at Chester Magistrates’ Court today, Monday 19 November.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Liverpool Crown Court on Monday 17 December.

Week of action to tackle loan sharks in Runcorn

Cheshire Police and the England Illegal Money Lending Team have undertaken a week of action to tackle loan sharks in Runcorn.
The aim of the partnership operation was to warn residents about the pitfalls and dangers of illegal money lending and provide them with the help and support they require.
Police Constable Ian Hampson said: “With Christmas fast approaching now is often the time when people find their finances most stretched – meaning it is also the time when loan sharks are most likely to strike. While the thought of some extra cash might sound good, borrowing money from an illegal money lender can be extremely dangerous. These people have no thought for their victims. They are criminals who prey on some of the most vulnerable members of the community and often make threats and use violence in order to enforce payments, which is why we are keen to warn residents about the dangers.”
Throughout the week of action officers from Cheshire Police, Onward Housing and Riverside Housing hosted a number of engagement events across Runcorn, providing residents with advice and support to help stop them from falling victim to illegal money lenders. The events were hosted in partnership with a number of local agencies, including the Illegal Money Lending Team, Halton Credit Union , Halton Trading Standards and local schools and MPs.
Tony Quigley, Head of Service for the Illegal Money Lending Team said: “We’re pleased to be running this awareness campaign with support from our Cheshire partners. People so often feel the pressure to spend more than they can afford on Christmas. It’s important that residents stay away from loan sharks and only borrow from responsible lenders such as a credit union. We urge victims of loan sharks to contact us in confidence on 0300 555 2222 and help us bring unscrupulous lenders to justice.”
The week of action was part of PC Hampson and Police Community Support Officer Georgie Griffiths’ ongoing operation targeting loan sharks.
PCSO Georgie Griffiths said: “When people are short on money they often don’t know which way to turn, which is where we can help. Throughout this operation we have been able to provide residents with the information they require, helping to ensure that people are aware of all the support that is available. As well as supporting residents, we’ve also been able to gather intelligence from the community, helping us to have a better understanding of illegal money lending in the area.  We hope that we’ll now be able to use this intelligence to directly target the unscrupulous loan sharks who are operating in Runcorn.”
As part of the operation Cheshire Police and the England Illegal Money Lending Team are currently running a ‘Spot the Shark’ competition on Facebook which is open to anyone who lives in the Runcorn area.
Anyone looking to take park in the competition should visit www.facebook.com/stoploansharksproject for more details.
Anyone who believes that they have been a victim of an illegal money lender is urged to contact the Stop Loan Sharks national hotline on 0300 555 2222 or visit www.stoploansharks.co.uk.

Two charged with drug offences in Winsford

Police in Northwich have charged two people with drug offences.

A 43-year-old woman has been charged with two counts of possession with intent to supply heroin and crack cocaine and one offence of being in possession of a controlled drug (cannabis). A 40-year-old man has been charged with being in possession of heroin. Evelyn Yendle of Swanlow Lane in Winsford, has been remanded into custody and will appear at South and East Cheshire Magistrates Court on Monday 19 November. Stephen Whiteland, of Snowdonia Way in Winsford has been bailed to appear at West Cheshire Magistrates Court on Monday 3 December. The charges relate to a warrant executed at an address on Swanlow Lane, Winsford on Friday 16 November where 150 bags of class A drugs were seized. Following the execution of the warrants local police community support officers carried out high-visibility patrols to offer reassurance to local residents.

Latest Cheshire Appeals

Appeal for witnesses following a serious collision in Elton

Police investigating a serious collision in Elton are urging witnesses to come forward.

At 8.42pm on Saturday 24 November a collision took place in Meadowview between a black Mercedes Estate and a red Range Rover. Sadly the passenger of the Mercedes, a 37-year-old local woman, was taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital (COCH) by ambulance where she sadly died. Next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers. The driver of the Mercedes made off on foot in an unknown direction before police arrived at the scene. The driver of the Range Rover, a 56-year-old woman, suffered minor injuries.

Detective Chief Inspector Mike Evans said: "The investigation into the collision is currently in its early stages and we are following a number of lines of enquiry to find the driver of the Mercedes. I want to take this opportunity to appeal directly to the driver to get in touch and contact officers immediately. I am also keen to hear from anyone who may have seen the Mercedes driving around Elton and the surrounding areas. If you have any information – no matter how small – please call 101.”

Anyone with any information in relation to the incident should contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting IML 250716, give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If you have dashcam footage from the area around the time of any of these incidents it may be useful to our enquiries.  Please submit it by following the instructions in this link https://www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/roads-and-vehicle-safety/submit-dashcam-footage/ making sure you quote the IML 250716.

Appeal after Good Samaritan assaulted in Chester

Officers are urging witnesses to come forward after a Good Samaritan was assaulted in Vicars Cross.
At 5.40pm on Tuesday 20 November a 69-year-old man was driving along Queens Road, near to the junction with Melrose Avenue, when he witnessed a collision between two cars. Following the collision one of the drivers got out of his car and became aggressive towards the other motorist involved. Due to his concerns, the Good Samaritan got out of his car and began to take some pictures of the incident in case they were required for evidence. Suddenly, the aggressive driver ran towards the Good Samaritan and violently pushed him to the ground, causing him to sustain bruising to his chest and grazes to his knees. The offender then got back into a dark coloured small car, possibly a Vauxhall Corsa, and drove away from the scene. The offender is described as a bald man of heavy build and in his mid to late 40s.
Police Constable Steve Hannam said: “This was a serious incident and we are committed to doing all that we can to trace the man responsible and bring him to justice. This victim is an innocent pensioner who was simply acting as a Good Samaritan and as a result he has been assaulted. While he did not sustain any serious injuries he has been left extremely shaken up as a result of his ordeal. Enquiries in relation to the incident are ongoing and I’m keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone who recognises the description of the offender and thinks they may know who he is. I’d also like to hear from anyone who has any dashcam footage of the incident.”
Anyone with information that may help with the investigation, no matter how small, should call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting IML 246825, 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 after pensioner robbed at cash machine in Crewe

Detectives are appealing for information from the public after a pensioner was robbed at a cash machine in Crewe.
At around 2.15pm on Friday 16 November a 72-year-old woman was withdrawing money from an ATM outside Morrison’s on Dunwoody Way when she was approached from behind by an unknown man. The man initially began to talk to her about the weather. However, as she collected the money from the machine he grabbed her by the wrist and twisted her arm before stealing the cash. The man then fled on a bicycle in the direction of Eagle Bridge Medical Centre.
The offender is described as white, aged approximately in his mid-30s and around 5’ 9” tall. He has a very slim build, dark facial hair, a gaunt completion and a protruding chin. The man spoke with a local accent and was wearing a plain black baseball cap, a black all-weather jacket which was zipped up to his neck, jeans and trainers. He was also carrying a black rucksack with white stripes down the back.
Detective Constable Marshall-Bowater, of Crewe CID, said: “This was a serious incident and we are committed to doing all that we can to trace the person responsible and bring them to justice. The victim in the case was a vulnerable pensioner. While she did not sustain any physical injuries she has been left extremely shaken up as a result of her ordeal. Enquiries in relation to the incident are ongoing and I ask anyone with any information which may assist our investigation, no matter how small, to get in touch. I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone who recognises the description of the offender and thinks they may know who he is.”
Anyone with information that may help with the investigation should call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting IML 242972, give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Officers investigating the murder of Ann Marie Pomphret appeal to the public for help

Detectives investigating the death of Ann Marie Pomphret have called on the public to help them track down an item of clothing that could be critical to their enquiries.

Ann Marie, 49, was found dead at the stables off Old Alder Lane on 2nd November 2018 and a murder investigation was launched. Extensive enquiries have continued since that day and as part of the enquiries officers have released an image of an identical top, which may have been discarded in the area.

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DI Adam Waller said: “If you recognise this top, have seen anyone wearing it in the Winwick or Burtonwood area on the evening of the 2 November 2018 or discarded around that area in particular, please contact us as we feel it may be very important to our investigation. I’d like to reassure residents that we have been following a number of lines of enquiry and are leaving no stone unturned. I’d particularly like to thank the public for their help with providing information, particularly on the Friday evening when we were out and about in Burtonwood canvassing witnesses and speaking to residents. If you think you have seen something suspicious please continue to feed in the information to us.”

A 50-year-old man was arrested as part of police enquiries and has since been released on conditional bail.

Anyone with information should contact Cheshire Police on 101 or via  https://mipp.police.uk/quoting IML230241.

If you have dashcam footage please submit by following the instructions in this link https://www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/roads-and-vehicle-safety/submit-dashcam-footage/ making sure you quote IML 230241.

Alternatively information can be given anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Witness appeal after two houses are burgled in Nantwich

Detectives are urging witnesses to come forward after two houses were burgled in Nantwich.

Between 2pm and 3pm on Thursday 15 November adjoining properties on Broad Lane in Stapeley were broken into and a quantity of jewellery was stolen. No-one was in the houses when they were burgled. Enquiries into the burglaries are ongoing and detectives are appealing for anyone who witnessed anyone entering or exiting the houses or anything suspicious in the area to get in touch. They are also keen to hear from anyone who believes they may have dashcam footage of the offenders.

Detective Constable Marshall-Bowater said: “Burglary is a serious offence in which people are targeted in their own home, which is the place you should be able to feel most safe. In this instance the offenders targeted adjoining homes on a main road into Nantwich from the Audlem area. The jewellery that was stolen had great sentimental value to its owner and having it stolen from her house has left her extremely upset. We are determined to catch the offenders and make them face the consequences of their actions and I urge anyone who was walking or driving along the A529 between 2pm and 3pm on Thursday 15 November that thinks they may have witnessed something relevant to our ongoing investigation to come forward. The same goes for anyone who believes they may have dashcam footage that could aid the investigation.”

Anyone with information that may be of use to detectives investigating the burglaries, no matter how small, should call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting IML 242072, 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/198565/widnes-burg-cctv2-2.png?width=280CCTV images released following burglary in Widnes

Detectives have released CCTV images of two men they want to speak to in connection with a burglary in Widnes.
The incident occurred on Gleneagles Drive at around 2.15pm on Tuesday 4 September. Enquiries are ongoing and officers believe that the two men in the CCTV images may have important information to help with their investigation.
Detective Constable Nicola Dolan said: “The victim in this case was left extremely shaken up and we are committed to doing all that we can to trace the people responsible.  As part of my ongoing enquiries I am keen to speak to the two men in the CCTV images as I believe they may hold vital information. If you think you recognise them or know who they are please call us on 101, quoting IML 174927, give us the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. I would also like to appeal directly to the men in the CCTV images to get in touch.”

Detectives appeal for witnesses following a number of burglaries in Davenham

Detectives are appealing for witnesses following a number of burglaries over the weekend in Davenham.

Between 3pm on Friday 16  November and 8.25am on Saturday 17 November a burglary took place at a bowling club on Laburnum Road. Offenders broke in through the front door and stole money from the till. At 11.52pm on Saturday 17 November offenders targeted a restaurant on Church Street via the back door and stole a quantity of cash before running away from the scene. Between 7.30pm on Sunday 18 November and 8.30am this morning (Monday 19 November) offenders broke into a lock-up on Eaton Lane and stole a number of tools. Officers at Northwich Local Policing Unit are currently investigating each burglary and are carrying out a number of enquiries in the area.

Detective Constable Chris Palmer said: “There have been a number of break-ins over the weekend and we are working hard to find those responsible.  We believe that these incidents may be linked and our enquiries are ongoing, we are appealing to the local community for any information that could help us trace those responsible. Were you in the area at the time of any of these incidents and have seen anyone acting suspiciously?  Any information - no matter how small – could help us to piece together each case.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting IML 243765 for the bowling club burglary, IML 244503 for the restaurant break-in and IML 245452 for the tools stolen.

You can also give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If you have dashcam footage from the area around the time of any of these incidents it may be useful to our enquiries.  Please submit it by following the instructions in this link https://www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/roads-and-vehicle-safety/submit-dashcam-footage/ making sure you quote the IML.

Witness appeal following burglary in which two vehicles were stolen in Widnes

Detectives investigating a burglary in which two vehicles were stolen in Widnes are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Between 4am and 4.30am today, Monday 19 November, a house on Norlands Lane was broken into. The offenders stole the keys to the two vehicles parked on the driveway – a blue Audi A6 Le Mans TDI saloon with an 07 number plate and a black and grey Ford Ranger XLT Thunder pick-up truck with a 45 plate. They then drove off in the vehicles towards Liverpool via Cronton Lane and then Hale Road.

Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and detectives are appealing for anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area or has any information regarding the whereabouts of the stolen vehicles to get in touch. They are also keen to hear from anyone who believes they may have CCTV or dashcam footage of the offenders or of the vehicles after they had been stolen.

Detective Constable Tim Brookes said: “The burglary took place in the early hours of the morning while the occupants were asleep inside the house. With both of the vehicles on the driveway having been stolen, we know that at least two offenders were involved.  We are determined to catch the offenders and bring them to justice and I urge anyone who believes they have any information about them, the burglary or of the stolen vehicles to come forward. The vehicles are distinctive and I would like people to keep an eye out for them. We also want to hear from anyone who thinks they may have witnessed something that may aid our ongoing investigation or have CCTV or dashcam footage of the offenders or the stolen vehicles after they had been taken.”

Anyone with information that may help with the investigation should call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting IML 245419, 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 .

Northwich officers appeal for witnesses to an assault

Police investigating an assault in Northwich are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

At 5.30pm on Sunday 11 November a 29-year-old man was attacked by a woman on Shipbrook Road at the junction of Brook Lane. The woman then walked away in an unknown direction.  The man received minor injuries to his head which didn’t require hospital treatment.

PC Andrew Mullin, of Northwich Local Policing Unit, said: “While we follow a number of lines of enquiry I am appealing to anyone who may have been in the area at the time and seen the incident take place to come forward. I believe a couple were walking a black dog around the time the assault took place. If this is you, I would urge you to get in touch by calling 101 as you may be able to help with our investigation.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting IML 23826, give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If you have dashcam footage please submit by following the instructions in this link https://www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/roads-and-vehicle-safety/submit-dashcam-footage/ making sure yo

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