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Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Call For Vigilance Following Spate Of Burglaries Across Cheshire

Cheshire residents are being urged to be vigilant following a spate of burglaries across the county.
A series of homes, sheds, garages and businesses were targeted by burglars over the weekend.
Vehicles parked in front of homes were also targeted, with keys to the cars stolen from inside the properties.
The majority of the burglary incidents occurred in Warrington.
There were also a significant number of burglaries in Widnes, Runcorn, Crewe and Ellesmere Port over the weekend.
Burglary incidents also took place in Winsford, Wilmslow, Congleton, Macclesfield, Mere, Smallwood, Alsager, Chester and Frodsham.
Police are investigating the burglaries and are assuring residents that they are doing everything they can to catch the people responsible and bring them to justice.
They are also urging anyone with information about any burglary incidents in Cheshire to come forward and are appealing for residents to take action to reduce their chances of becoming victims.
Chief Superintendent Bill Dutton said: “The public can aid our fight against such crimes by contacting us if they see burglaries being carried out or anyone acting suspiciously in their area.
“Information in relation to anyone carrying out, or suspected to be carrying out, burglaries will also be gratefully received.
“Cheshire residents can also help us and themselves by making it as difficult as possible for criminals to break into their homes, sheds, garages and businesses.
“They can do this by following our anti-burglary advice.”
The force’s tips for deterring would-be burglars include:
Homes and vehicles
• Ensure that all windows are closed and doors are locked at your property, even when you are at home or in the garden
• Use security devices, such as steering locks, to keep vehicles secure
• Never leave your car keys, house keys, purse or wallet on display near a door or window
• Use the security measures on modern windows, which allow them to let some air in but still be locked
• Keep all valuables out of sight of prying eyes
• Always avoid keeping large amounts of cash in your home
• If you are replacing or fitting new doors and windows, get ones that are certified to British Standard BS7950 (windows) or PAS 24-1 (doors)
• Fit mortise locks (Kitemarked BS3621) to all front and back doors, as well as locks to all windows which are easy to reach
• Have a burglar alarm fitted, but make sure that it is installed properly and works.
• Never leave a garage, shed or other outbuilding unlocked and easy prey for opportunist thieves
• Fit strong padlocks to outbuilding doors and make sure that the doors are solid enough not to be kicked in
• Good external security lighting can put off or draw attention to a thief – the most appropriate form is high efficiency low energy lighting controlled by a dusk-to-dawn switch so that it only comes on when it is dark
• If you have external security lighting that comes on when sensing movement, make sure that the lights are directed downwards to prevent them from being annoying to neighbours and dangerous to passing traffic
• Strong fencing or gates will make it difficult for intruders to get onto your land
• Solid fences or walls, particularly those with a flat or rounded top, are relatively easy for a burglar to climb over – fixing trellising to the top can make it more difficult
• Check for weak spots where a thief could get onto your land, such as a low or sagging fence or a back gate with a weak lock
• A thorny hedge along the boundary of your property can put thieves off, as can gravel areas due to the noise of walking on them.
• Be aware of people loitering near your premises
• Be suspicious of people in vehicles watching the business, particularly if this happens more than once
• Be alert for the unusual, such as people looking nervous and anyone showing unreasonable interest in security or staff numbers
• Check the identity of non-customer visitors, such as alarm engineers, surveyors etc, and call the organisations they claim to represent before allowing access
• Encourage staff to think critically about weaknesses in security and discuss them with management
• Seek advice from specialist insurers and brokers
• Keep as little cash as possible in the premises
• Do not count cash within the view of anyone else
• Locate any tills away from entrance/exit doors – this lessens vulnerability to till snatches
• Transfer excess cash to somewhere safe – you do not need a large number of notes in tills
• Restrict access to the rear of counters by always securing lockable doors and counter flaps
• If large amounts of cash need to be banked or collected on a regular basis, the safest method is to employ a recognised cash carrying company
• Consider extra security equipment such as plastic till guards, smoke and dye money packs, a pneumatic cash transfer system, external access and time delay safes, counter caches, anti-bandit or bullet resistant glass and fast-rising screens.
Anyone with information about burglary incidents in the county should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101 or give the details via .
You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

European Parliamentary Elections: North West region polling day arrangements

Voters across the North West go to the polls this Thursday, 23 May, to elect the region’s eight Members of the European Parliament (MEPs.)

Thousands of polling stations will be open in Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside from 7am to 10pm on the day.

People who have received their postal vote are being encouraged to complete and return it as soon as possible. Anyone who leaves it too late to post can still drop it off at any polling station in the local authority area where they are registered between 7am and 10pm on Thursday 23 May.

MEPs represent the whole of the North West region and so everybody who is eligible to vote in the region will be voting from the same list of parties and individual candidates.

The European Parliamentary Elections are conducted using a form of proportional representation. Each elector has ONE vote, which can be cast for a political party or an individual candidate. The allocation of the eight MEP positions will depend on the overall share of the vote that a party or individual candidate receives across the region.

Counts will take place across the North West on Sunday 26 May, with the overall regional result being declared in Manchester on the night.

Joanne Roney OBE, Regional Returning Officer for the European Elections in the North West, said: “There are more than five million eligible electors across the North West in 39 different local authority areas. Some have already voted by post. We don’t want anyone who wants to vote to miss out and are keen to ensure that those who are voting in person are aware of polling day arrangements.

“Your poll card will show which polling station you need to vote at, or you can check your local authority website. You will only be able to vote in person at this polling station. But you don’t need to have your poll card with you to be able to vote.”

For more information visit

Sydney Road Bridge reopening

Work on an £11m scheme to replace Sydney Road Bridge in Crewe will continue for a further few weeks, with the road expected to reopen to traffic at the end of June.

The later than planned opening is due to the poor weather conditions experienced earlier in the year and delays with works carried out by utility companies, to divert their services.

Cheshire East Council and Network Rail, which is delivering the scheme on behalf of the authority, are working hard to ensure the road can be reopened as soon as possible. More information will be released over the coming weeks, once the exact opening date is confirmed.

The council would like to reiterate its thanks to residents and motorists for their patience and understanding while the works are being carried out.

The opening of this key project forms part of a package of works in the north of Crewe, which also includes the Crewe Green Roundabout upgrade.

Sydney Road Bridge has been replaced with a new, wider structure capable of taking two-way traffic. It will include a shared cycleway and footway over the bridge, a signal-controlled pedestrian crossing and an improved cycle path along Sydney Road.

Once open it will remove a major traffic ‘pinch point’ in the town, on a route serving Leighton Hospital and the Bentley factory.

Advance notice of the closure of Sandy Lane, Congleton for a nine-month period

A vital phase of the Congleton Link Road construction project is about to start which requires the closure of Sandy Lane.

Located between Sandbach Road and Holmes Chapel, Sandy Lane will be closed initially for nine months from Tuesday 28 May 2019 until February 2020.

The closure is essential to allow the construction of two new roundabouts and to divert and install new utility services.

A map showing the diversion route during the Sandy Lane closure is available to download via this link:

Drivers are advised to plan ahead for their journey during this closure.

If you would like more information on the Congleton Link Road construction, please email the construction project team directly at

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Weaver Wander celebrates a decade of fund-raising journeys

Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston
Weaver Wander celebrates a decade of fund-raising journeys
The tenth annual 'Weaver Wander' charity classic & sports car rally - - took place from Nantwich on Saturday 18th May 2019.
Over 150 car and motorcycles assembled for viewing from 8am at Nantwich Football Club car park and departed at 10am. There were numerous MG's, Porsche’s, Triumph’s, Mini’s, an AC Cobra, and Bentley’s. Vehicle owners could follow a 70 mile route or a 40 mile route through local countryside to Hankelow Hall in Hankelow. Nantwich Mayor Councillor Arthur Moran flagged-off each vehicle.
The main sponsor was ‘Carole Nash’ classic car insurance. Fuzz Townshend - motoring journalist and TV presenter from Car SOS - was present at the event and interviewed for Facebook Live during the depart by a representative of Carole Nash.
The event was organised by the Rotary Club of Crewe & Nantwich Weaver - The nominated charities for the 2019 Weaver Wander are Supported Community Business (Special Needs) Ltd, St Luke’s Cheshire Hospice, CHANCE homeless project and other local Rotary Club charities.

St Peter’s Church in Crewe hosts a special animal blessing service

Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston

An inaugural ‘Pet Blessing Service’ took place on the afternoon of Sunday 19th May 2019 at St Peter’s Church, Earle Street, Crewe CW1 2AG.
The service was led by Revd Catherine Cleghorn with support from Rev Jane Colley and included worship, singing, a bible reading, a short talk, and blessings to celebrate the place that pets have in our lives and in God’s Kingdom.
The congregation brought rabbits, cats, dogs and a bantam chicken to be blessed. Children brought cuddly toys and there were also people dressed as animals.
A Prayer during the service read, ‘Lord God, we thank you for all the wonderful animals that you created. We thank you that you chose us to be made in your image and that you gave us the responsibility of caring for the whole of your creation. We thank you especially for the pets that share our lives, for the joy that they bring and for the love that they teach us. We pray that you help us to love them as you love us. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.’
The final Hymn was ‘All creatures of our God and King’.
Refreshments including cupcakes with animal designs were available after the service.
Revd Catherine Cleghorn was also interviewed live on-air at BBC Radio Stoke headquarters by presenter Stuart George for the Sunday Breakfast show on morning of the service.
Event organiser Revd Catherine Cleghorn said, “It was great to see people of all ages enjoying spending time in church with their pets! We're so grateful to everyone who helped to organise and promote the service and to everyone who attended.”
Weekly services at St Peter's Church are: Sunday (9am) Holy Communion, Wednesday (9am) Morning Prayer and Wednesday (11am) Holy Communion.
For further information relating to St Peter’s Church, Crewe please contact Revd Catherine Cleghorn on 01270 560310 , visit or search St Peter’s Church Crewe on Facebook.

Have your say – by voting in the European elections

Don’t forget to ‘have your say’ – by voting in the European Parliament elections on Thursday 23 May.
More than five million people across North West England have the opportunity to vote in these elections to select the region’s eight Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).
The North West European Elections take place across the region on Thursday 23 May – with more than 300 polling stations across Cheshire East. The count of those ballot papers will take place on Sunday 26 May in Macclesfield, with the declaration taking place in Manchester on Sunday 26 May, after polls close across Europe.

European Union citizens living in the North West, who are registered to vote, can vote in either the UK or in their country of origin – but not both.

A full list of candidates for the European Parliament Elections is available online via the Cheshire East Council website:

Kath O'Dwyer, Cheshire East Council’s Local Returning Officer for the European elections in the borough, said: “It is important for the vigour and strength of our democracy that residents engage with the democratic process and that people, who are eligible, go out and vote on polling day and have their say.

“If you don’t vote, you don’t have a voice. So I would urge every registered voter to take the time to vote and be heard.”

The European Parliament Elections are run using a form of proportional representation. Voters have one vote only and this can be cast for either a political party or an individual candidate. Each political party puts forward a list of candidates for the North West and the number of MEPs that are elected will depend on the overall share of the vote that a party or individual candidate receives in the region.
MEPs represent the whole of the North West region – so everybody who is eligible to vote in the region will be voting for the same list of parties and candidates.

Cheshire East continues to plan for a greener future with HS2

Cheshire East Council is planning ahead for the arrival of HS2 and considering how an enhanced service and future development may affect the local environment.

As part of the preparations, a planning framework, called an area action plan, is being developed for land around the station. The plan will set out the type of development the community wants to see, and in time, will help the council to manage the growth in the area.

Paul Bayley, director of environment and neighbourhood services at Cheshire East Council, said: “Part of our ambition with this area action plan is to really improve the look and feel of land around the railway station. However, we must recognise that exciting prospects of regeneration and development brings a need to consider local environmental sensitivities.

“We will be writing to all land owners in the vicinity of the station to ask for permission to conduct environmental surveys over the coming days. This is because we need to check for any species or habitats that may need to be protected or re-homed in the area if development was permitted.

“We want to make the most out of the opportunity that HS2 can bring to our area, but we must also protect what makes it special, and these environmental surveys can help us to do that.

“We are in the early stages of this planning framework and I would urge all to get involved in the upcoming conversations so it is a clear reflection of our community.”

There will be a number of consultation events and opportunities to get involved in the area action plan’s development over the coming months. More information can be found on the council’s website at by searching for ‘area action plan’.

The final version of the plan is expected to be published by the end of the year.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

St Peter’s Church in Crewe to host special animal blessing service

If you want to take your pet to church, you'll soon be able to in Crewe at an animal blessing service later this month.

The inaugural ‘Pet Blessing Service’ takes place on Sunday 19th May 2019 (3pm) at St Peter’s Church, Earle Street, Crewe CW1 2AG.

The service will celebrate the place that pets have in our lives and in God’s Kingdom. All pets are welcome for a blessing. Please bring dogs on leads and other animals in suitable cages. You are also welcome to come dressed as an animal or bring a photo of your animal if you cannot bring them to church.

Event organiser Revd Catherine Cleghorn said, “Pets are really important to many of us. They're great companions and they teach us to love and to care better. We're really looking forward to welcoming pets and their owners into St Peter's.”

Weekly services at St Peter's are: Sunday (9am) Holy Communion, Wednesday (9am) Morning Prayer and Wednesday (11am) Holy Communion.

For further information please contact Revd Catherine Cleghorn on 01270 560310 , visit or search St Peter’s Church Crewe on Facebook.

I would like to thank all those who voted for me

I would like to thank all those who voted for me and helped with my campaign in Crewe North.

To get 31% of the vote and come second, to beat the Tories into third place,representing a party that has never stood in Crewe before, is a major achievement.The turnout was the highest in Crewe, showing that my energetic campaign, over several months, had an impact.

I would like to congratulate the Labour Candidates who won and commiserate with the Conservative Candidates who lost. The campaign was fought in a fair and good natured way.

I now look forward to serving on the Minshull Vernon and District Parish Council following my election unopposed to the Woolstanwood Parish.

Best wishes,

Cllr. Brian Silvester

For Britain Party

Cheshire East Council calls for more foster carers through a national campaign

Cheshire East Council is looking for people to take on a highly-rewarding career and register their interest in becoming a foster carer.

The appeal for more carers comes during ‘Foster Care Fortnight’ – a national campaign that the local authority is fully supporting.

Fostering is a deeply fulfilling way of life, which anyone who has a passion for giving children the best possible start should consider.

While the council is very fortunate that it can call upon many foster carers, who have already made this fantastically rewarding life choice, there is the need to recruit more.

Foster Care Fortnight takes place from 13- 27 May and is the UK’s biggest foster carer recruitment drive, led by the charity The Fostering Network. This year’s campaign theme is #changeafuture, which aims to highlight the positive differences foster carers can make to the futures of young people in care.

Foster4, the new shared foster carer recruitment service for Cheshire East Council, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Halton Borough Council and Warrington Borough Council, asked two young people, who were in foster care to tell their stories.

Sajana, from Nantwich, who is 19, said: “I lived with my foster carers, Sandra and Ian, from being 16. They welcomed me into their home and really got to know me and my needs, we always watched I’m a Celebrity together – just really typical stuff.

“They encouraged me to resit my GCSEs and spurred me on to do an apprenticeship in childcare, driving me to my placement in a nursery every day.

“They really did make sure I had the best possible chance of a happy and successful future.”

Naomi, from Sandbach, is 19. She said: “I was 17 when I spent six months in foster care. As soon as I met my foster carer Laura, I felt we got on really well – we have similar interests so I felt we were a good match. My first impressions were really positive; Laura was approachable, kind and caring.

“Laura was a single carer, so it was just us two and her cat. I enjoyed spending time with her –she brought me out of myself and made me feel more confident. I was given the freedom to spend time with my family if I wished.

“Laura was very supportive and helped me to find a job by helping with my CV and encouraging me to apply for roles. She also helped with practical things such as cooking and learning how to budget and pay bills, something which I’m grateful for now I’m living independently.

“More importantly, Laura helped me to be a better person. I still see her now and she remains a real source of support in my life.”

Mark Palethorpe, acting executive director of people at Cheshire East Council, said: “Choosing to become a foster carer is a fantastic, rewarding life choice and Cheshire East Council will continue to prioritise our search to recruit more local carers from all backgrounds and experiences across the borough.

“It’s heart-warming to hear such positive experiences from young care leavers like Sajana and Naomi, knowing that we have a team of brilliant foster carers and that through their compassion and commitment, they are changing the future of children and young people.

“I urge anyone who is considering becoming a foster carer to make that call to Foster4 and start making a difference to children and young people in Cheshire East.”

As part of the Foster Care Fortnight campaign, Foster4 is looking for people have a spare bedroom and can welcome a local young person to be part of their family on either a short or long term basis.

You could foster around your existing job, if you have one, as long as you can be flexible or you can make fostering your primary role.

You can read more stories from care leavers and request an information pack at:  or call 01925 444100 to find out more. Find Foster4 on Facebook: @foster4cheshire. Follow #changeafuture on social media.

Make sure you’re registered to vote in the European elections

Don’t miss the deadline to register to vote and ‘have your say’ in the European Parliament elections on Thursday 23 May.
People will not be able to vote unless they have ensured they are on the Electoral Register. If you are not registered already, visit and register by the Tuesday 7 May deadline.

More than five million people across North West England will have the opportunity to vote in these elections to select the region’s eight Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).
The North West European Elections will take place across the region on Thursday 23 May 2019, with 300 polling stations across Cheshire East. The count of those ballot papers will take place on Sunday 26 May in Macclesfield, with the declaration taking place in Manchester on Sunday 26 May, after polls close across Europe.

European Union citizens living in the North West, who are registered to vote, can vote in either the UK or in their country of origin – but not both. To vote in the UK, they must be registered to vote and have completed an additional form available at:
The deadline for the return of this form is also Tuesday 7 May.
Anyone who is on the electoral register can choose to register to vote by post. Applications for a postal vote in this election must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 8 May. The deadline for proxy votes is 5pm on Wednesday 15 May. To find out more, visit:
A full list of candidates for the European Parliament Elections is available online via the Cheshire East Council website:
Joanne Roney OBE, Regional Returning Officer for the European Parliament Elections in the North West, said: “While the circumstances around these elections are somewhat unexpected, this election gives people the opportunity to elect the politicians who will represent them in Europe until such point as the UK leaves the European Union.
“Election teams across the North West are focused on the effective organisation of these elections and we don’t want anyone to miss out on their right to vote because they are not registered.”

Kath O'Dwyer, Cheshire East Council’s Local Returning Officer for the European elections in the borough, said: “I would urge everyone to check that they are registered to vote and to register now if they have not already done so.

“It is important for the health and vitality of our local democracy that people, who are eligible, register to vote and then go out and vote on polling day and have their say.

“If you don’t vote, you don’t have a voice. So I would urge everyone, who is eligible, to take the time to register to vote and be heard.”

The European Parliament Elections are run using a form of proportional representation. Voters have one vote only and this can be cast for either a political party or an individual candidate. Each political party puts forward a list of candidates for the North West and the number of MEPs that are elected will depend on the overall share of the vote that a party or individual candidate receives in the region.
MEPs represent the whole of the North West region – so everybody who is eligible to vote in the region will be voting for the same list of parties and candidates.

Sunday, 5 May 2019


The Shires Symphonic Wind Orchestra recently held their first two concerts which raised over £1,000 for Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity ‘Everybody Knows Somebody’ dementia appeal. The first concert took place on Saturday 2nd March in the Leighton Hospital Treatment Centre followed by Saturday 9th March at St Andrew’s Church in Crewe.
They began meeting to rehearse at Leighton Hospital in November 2018 and have already put together a stunning programme consisting of music from the stage, film, classics and modern symphonic repertoire.
For both concerts the orchestra was joined by ex BBC Philharmonic orchestra violinist, Shirley Richards, who played beautifully in John Williams’ moving Spielberg movie classic, Schindler’s List.
Manoj Kulshrestha, Shires management committee member said, ‘The Orchestra is delighted to be able to support the dementia appeal with our concerts.  We are now busy rehearsing for the next performance on Saturday 6th July at Richmond Village in Nantwich.’
Carole Salmon, MCH Community Fundraiser said, ‘We’re so pleased that the Symphonic Orchestra has chosen to support our dementia appeal with their performances. I was lucky enough to be at their inaugural concert held at Leighton Hospital and was very impressed with their performance. The music was beautiful and everyone there really enjoyed it.’
The Orchestra is open to all wind, brass and percussion players, adults and children, the current youngest being only 10 years old. For more information about the Shires Symphonic Wind Orchestra and eligibility to join, please visit the website
The charity offers lots of opportunities for the community to get involved with supporting any area of the Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. For more details contact Carole Salmon, Community Fundraiser on 01270 273248.

The Flying Scotsman

A MEMORABLE day out aboard Britain’s most luxurious train being hauled from Crewe this summer by the world’s most famous steam locomotive has almost sold out – despite places costing £300 each.

Only 20 tickets are left for the “Spirit of Travel” lunch when the Flying Scotsman pulls Northern Belle’s seven 1930s-style Pullman carriages on a four-hour round trip to Carnforth on Saturday July 20.

Jeanette Snape, managing director of Nantwich-based Northern Belle, said: “We knew this would be popular but were amazed at how quickly tickets sold.

“All 300 places on a trip that same evening from Manchester have already sold out and we only have a handful left from Crewe. Anybody wanting to go needs to contact us immediately.”

The Flying Scotsman was the first steam locomotive to reach 100mph and the first to run non-stop from London to Edinburgh before being withdrawn from service by British Rail in 1963.

The Northern Belle train is Britain’s equivalent of the iconic Orient Express and harks back to the golden days of 1930s rail travel when nothing was too good for passengers.

Diners settle into plush armchairs, surrounded by exquisite marquetry and tapestries, while eating meals prepared by the on-board chef off the finest china and sipping wine from cut-glass goblets.

Both the special trains will be steam-hauled along one leg of the return journey to Carnforth, station, which has now been carefully restored to the state when 1940s classic weepie Brief Encounter was filmed there.

Passengers will have the chance to dance on the platform to the train’s resident band before puckering up under the iconic station clock where Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson stole an illicit kiss in the movie.

Jeanette said: “These should both be wonderful trips. What could be better than travelling on one of the world’s most luxurious trains while being hauled by the world’s most famous locomotives?

“Throw in a delicious meal followed by a snog under the Brief Encounter clock at Carnforth and it all adds up to a never-to-be-forgotten day!”

The Northern Belle will also operate from Crewe this month to Bristol on Friday May 17, to the Chelsea Flower Show the following week on May 24, and to the Western Lakes on May 31. Then on June 20 there is a top hat and tails trip to Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot.

For more details, see or phone 01270 899681.


Staff at Marks and Spencer’s Simply Food, Nantwich chose to support the Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity ‘Everybody Knows Somebody’ dementia appeal as their ‘charity of the year’ for 2018/2019.
As well as collection boxes on their till points, which raised over £1,300 they provided staff members to help with various fundraising projects. They hosted an awareness stand in their coffee shop and provided a range of delicious food items for the charity’s hugely successful Fashion and Fizz event held in March 2019.
Ed Fletcher, Store Manager said, “We were delighted to be able to support the ‘Everybody
Knows Somebody’ dementia appeal as our Charity of the Year for 2018/2019. Our staff and customers really got behind the cause knowing that all the elements of our support would help local people.
Carole Salmon, MCH Charity Community Fundraiser said: “I’d like to thank Ed and the team for all their support which they enthusiastically embraced in a multitude of ways. The money raised will support multiple projects across our hospitals that will improve the care and experience of people living with dementia.“
Mid Cheshire Hospitals charity are keen to support more local groups and businesses with their fundraising. Whatever you choose to do, they can support you through your fundraising journey and can offer lots of resources and support to help make whatever you do a huge success. For more information contact Carole Salmon, Community Fundraiser on 01270 273248 or

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Primary school offer day gives first choice to 93 per cent of parents

Cheshire East Council has worked with local schools to offer 98.4 per cent of Cheshire East residents a place at a school of their choice for September – with nearly 93 per cent being offered their first preference.

Mark Palethorpe, acting executive director of people at Cheshire East Council, said: “The number of parents receiving a place at a Cheshire East school of their preference remains consistently high and reflects the work done within the borough to ensure that there are sufficient school places available to meet the needs of families living in, and moving to, Cheshire East.”

Jacky Forster, director of education and skills at Cheshire East Council, said: “We strive to meet parental preference for a school place as we appreciate this is an important decision for families and understand the importance of being able to attend a local school.

“Cheshire East has a national reputation for excellence in education, with more than 90 per cent of primary schools rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted.”

Parents who have not received a place at a preference school have the right to submit an appeal and/or go on the waiting list for another school(s). Parents are advised to accept their child’s offer, even if they would prefer another school, until they have confirmed alternative arrangements for their child’s education.

For further advice, parents can look at the Cheshire East website, the website of their preferred school, e-mail or call 0300 123 5012.

Parents are also encouraged to follow the council’s family information service on social media for tips and advice.

Further information on primary school place decisions for September 2019 is available on the council’s website at:

Don’t lose your voice on elections day – check the location of your local polling station

Voters are being urged to check the location of their local polling station – so they don’t lose their voice on the day of the local elections.

Cheshire East Council will be responsible for running a total of 301 polling stations across the whole borough where votes can be cast on Thursday 2 May.

Voters can check on their polling cards, which will identify which polling station they should visit to cast their ballot. Any residents affected by changes to polling stations have also been written to by the council, informing them of where they will be able to vote.

Cheshire East Council’s acting chief executive Kath O’Dwyer, who is the Returning Officer for the local elections in the borough, said: “I would urge all voters to check the location of their local polling station before election day. It is worth bearing in mind that there are always a small number of our usual polling station venues unavailable due to refurbishment, repair works or unforeseen circumstances.

“It is really important for the vigour and health of our local democracy that people, who are eligible, exercise their right to vote and have their say.

“If you don’t vote, you don’t have a voice – so I would urge everyone, who is eligible, to take the time to vote and be heard.”

People should note that the deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on Wednesday 24 April. Completed forms must be received by the Cheshire East Council elections team before this deadline.

On polling day, Thursday 2 May, polling stations will be open between 7am and 10pm. Information about voting at this election is available at:

Could you be an enterprise adviser?

Cheshire East Council’s Skills and Growth Company is looking to recruit more ‘enterprise advisers’ to help schools and colleges inspire young people and prepare them for the world of work.

Enterprise advisers are volunteers with business experience, who are passionate about helping young people make informed career choices. Using their business experience and networks, they help schools and colleges develop and implement an effective careers strategy to maximise opportunities with local employers.

The enterprise adviser network across Cheshire East is delivered in partnership with the Careers and Enterprise Company –  an established and successful initiative made up of advisers from all types of businesses, the public sector and self-employed. These advisers help young people understand more about the skills local businesses are looking for and the range of job and apprenticeship opportunities available.

Ian Cottrill, business relations director at Franklyn Financial Management, in Congleton, has been an enterprise adviser since February 2018 and is passionate about helping schools and colleges learn more about a career in financial services.

He said: “I have found being an enterprise adviser very rewarding and inspiring, running events such as our stock market challenge for schools helped students understand more about how stocks and investments underpin our global economy, and how they can find a rewarding career in finance. I would urge anyone with business experience to join the network and raise the profile of their sector with our future workforce.”  

Julian Cobley, managing director of the council’s arms-length Skills and Growth Company, said: “We are immensely grateful for the time and effort our volunteer enterprise advisers commit to their roles on behalf of our schools and colleges. If anyone would like to join the network please get in touch and help us develop a stronger partnership between education and business.”

For more information on joining the enterprise adviser network please contact:

Cheshire Neighbourhood Watch Association Week ending 14th April 2019

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Drug driver jailed after travelling the wrong way down the M56
A 23-year-old man who drove the wrong way down the M56 while high on drugs has been jailed.
Hassan Waseem appeared at Chester Crown Court today, Friday 12 April, where he was sentenced to 12 months in prison. Waseem, of Broadstone Road, Heaton Chapel, had earlier pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, drug driving, driving without insurance and possession of a class B drug.
At around 4.30am on Thursday 10 January police received reports of a white BMW driving the wrong way on the M56 in Cheshire. Callers reported that the car was being driven erratically, changing speeds and drifting across the road between junctions 11 and 12 on the westbound carriageway near Runcorn. Officers from the Cheshire Police Taskforce team were dispatched and on arrival Sergeant Anton Sullivan saw the vehicle driving towards him at speed with its lights on full beam. Sgt Sullivan took evasive action, swerving onto the hard shoulder to avoid a head-on collision. A short time later the BMW was located parked on the hard shoulder, with Waseen sat in the driver’s seat. Waseem was arrested at the scene and a drugs test revealed that he had a cannabis reading of 5.5µg/l – more than double the legal limit.
Following today’s sentencing, Sergeant Anton Sullivan said: “To have a car driving towards me head-on was terrifying. Not only did I fear for my own safety but also for the safety of my colleagues and the hundreds of other motorists who were using that stretch of road. At the time of the incident there was moderate traffic on the carriageway, including a number of HGVs. Thankfully, Waseem pulled onto the hard shoulder before anyone was killed or seriously injured. However, this does not excuse his behaviour and I have no doubt that the consequences of his actions would have been far worse had it not been for other motorists taking evasive action.”
Superintendent Jo Marshall-Bell added: “This case highlights the dangers of driving while under the influence of illegal drugs. Upon his arrest Waseem had no recollection of the incident itself. He couldn’t even remember that he had driven on the M56, let alone the fact that he had driven the wrong way. It was only when he was shown footage of the incident that he realised the seriousness of his actions and the danger he posed to other motorists. Not only is he lucky to be alive, it is a wonder that no-one else was killed or seriously injured as a result of his reckless actions.”
On top of his custodial sentence, Waseem was banned from driving for three-and-a-half years. Once his ban has expired he will have to take an extended driving test to regain his licence.
To see a clip taken from Sgt Sullivan’s vehicle please click on the attached link
Six men jailed for total of 34 years for attacking cash machines
A gang of six men who rammed cars into shops to attack cash machines in Willaston and across the country have today (Friday 12 April) been jailed for a total of 34 years.
The group stole more than £42,000 and caused substantial amounts of damage as they travelled the country in stolen vehicles on cloned number plates, ram raiding shop windows and attacking ATM machines with tools, sledgehammers and saws.
John Kearney, 29, of Old Chester Road in Tranmere, was sentenced to five years. Benjamin Ollerhead, 21, of Prince Edward Street in Birkenhead, received five years. Benjamin Sysum, 30, of Victoria Fields in Tranmere, received five years and six months. Mark Fitzgerald, 25, of Violent Road in Claughton was sentenced to five years, Neil Piercy, 36, of Holme Lane in Oxton will serve five years and Peter Badley, 38, of no fixed abode received five years. Kearney was also sentenced to a further 18 months for burglaries in Lancashire and Teesside. Ollerhead was sentenced to a further six months for a burglary in Teesside and Sysum was sentenced to a further 18 months for the supply of cocaine in Merseyside. The men were sentenced at Chester Crown Court after all pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary and handling stolen goods.
Over a two month period the criminal enterprise used a series of vehicles fitted with false cloned registration number plates. They used high powered stolen cars and larger dispensable vehicles to carry out a violent entry to some of the premises by use of ‘ram-raid’ tactics. In some cases they used stolen vehicles to smash their way through shop fronts where steel shutters guarded the buildings. The gang involved in the enterprise were equipped with powered cutters and angle grinders, torchlights, lump hammers, crow bars, screwdrivers, jars of paint and bolt croppers. All those directly involved at the crime scenes wore balaclavas to prevent visual detection as they carried out their crimes. Between July and September 2018, the gang carefully planned and coordinated their attacks on ATMs in Willaston in Cheshire, Arrowe Park in Wirral, Queensferry, Garden City and Caergwrle in North Wales. They also targeted ATM’s in Oldbury and Small Heath in the West Midlands, Darwin in Lancashire and Ackworth in West Yorkshire. As well as these offences, this organised team stole vehicles during a commercial burglary in Bromborough, Merseyside. These vehicles were subsequently used in the Arrowe Park ram raid. They also committed another commercial burglary in Wigan, Greater Manchester.
It was during the early hours of 22 August 2018 that four of the men, all wearing balaclavas and gloves, descended on the village of Willaston to carry out a ram raid at McColls on Neston Road. They drove to the shop in a Kia Sedona as well as a stolen grey BMW bearing cloned plates. Two or three of the men got out of the cars and went to the front of the shop before the Kia Sedona was used to ram straight through the front of the shop causing huge damage. The car also reversed twice at speed. Two of the men climbed over the wreckage and entered the shop where the ATM was located inside. One man was armed with a large angle grinder and the other a sledgehammer and a crowbar. The court heard how within minutes the bright light and sparks generated by the grinder were put into action and lit the inside of the shop as the men smashed through the machine. The sounds of the car colliding into the shop and the power tools being used inside started to wake up residents close by with some being able to see what was happening from their bedroom windows. One local woman was left petrified and fearing for her own safety after she spotted the gang in action. One of the men threateningly told her to ‘get away’ while raising a 4ft long piece of wood at her causing the woman to run back to her house to call police. The men attempted to gain access to the cash machine for over three minutes while one paced around outside the doorway, occasionally peering in at their attempts, as he made a phone call. The two men then suddenly abandoned their attempts and ran from the shop, jumped into the BMW and drove off at speed. The damaged Kia Sedona was left behind along with jars of white paint found inside the shop. The Kia Sedona was later shown as uninsured and falsely registered to an address in Wirral. The manager of the store arrived at the scene to see police outside. It was said in court how ‘shocked and angered’ she was at the wreckage to her place of work. The damage was expected to cost thousands of pounds to repair as well as the shop losing revenue until it could be safely re-opened to the public.
Police recovered angle grinders, knives, electrical transformers and jars of paint at a number of the targeted attacks. At one petrol station in Oldbury the men placed tape and a plastic bag over a camera to avoid being detected. The gang had rented two containers at a storage facility in Birkenhead where police recovered a stolen vehicle and evidence relating to cutting equipment. The group, from the Wirral area, were caught following a proactive investigation conducted by detectives from Ellesmere Port local policing unit with support from the serious organised crime unit at Cheshire Police. Sentencing the men, the Judge said they were ‘a sophisticated and professional organised crime group and were determined criminals who undermined the welfare of the public’.
Detective Sergeant Graeme Carvell, of Ellesmere Port CID, said: “Over two months this criminal enterprise went to great lengths to plan and coordinate attacks on cash machines to gain significant amounts of cash. The men concealed their identities, stole cars and number plates from innocent members of the community and believed they were untouchable. The services they targeted were recognised as providing important services to our local communities and left a profound effect on the owners and their staff. With each attack they became more confident and expanded them across the country. Their attacks were often extremely dangerous, leaving the community terrified but they were determined not to let anyone get in their way.   Today’s sentences show no matter how many crimes you commit in different areas you cannot avoid being caught – we will relentlessly pursue you until you are captured. We are determined to disrupt all levels of serious organised crime within our communities and keep people safe.” class A drugs dealer jailed for three years
A 21-year-old man from Crewe has been jailed after being caught selling class A drugs.
Officers on patrol witnessed Brandon Davidson, of Elm Drive, selling drugs to two known drug users in an alleyway off Broad Street shortly after 2.30pm on Monday 11 March. They called for back-up and soon afterwards five officers arrested Davidson in Lime Tree Avenue. Whilst being detained he swung his arms violently in an attempt to break free. During the struggle one of the officers sustained a hand injury that requires ongoing hospital treatment.
A search of Davidson revealed 14 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine and nearly £60 in cash. Officers then executed a search warrant at his home, where they found a further 120 wraps of class A drugs, a quantity of cannabis, cash and various drugs paraphernalia. Davidson was subsequently charged with two counts of possession with intent to supply a class A drug (heroin and crack cocaine), possession of a class A drug (cocaine), possession of a class B drug (cannabis), possessing criminal property and resisting arrest. He pleaded guilty to all of the charges and at Chester Crown Court yesterday, Wednesday 10 April, he was sentenced to three years in prison.
PC Jay Burns said: “I am delighted that Davidson is now behind bars and no longer able to blight the area with illegal drugs. The case against him began when officers on patrol spotted two known drug users acting suspiciously before being met by Davidson. He arrived on a bicycle and gave the drug users illegal drugs in exchange for cash. Davidson was subsequently arrested on his way back home by plain-clothed officers. Subsequent searches of Davidson and his home in Crewe revealed quantities of class A drugs heroin and cocaine and class B drug cannabis with a combined street value of around £1,500. Drugs have a hugely detrimental impact on communities, causing widespread misery. As such, removing those involved in drug dealing from our communities is of paramount importance. They often think they are above the law and I hope that this case sends a strong message to those involved in, or planning to be involved in, the supply of illegal drugs that they are not invincible and will be caught. I also hope that the sentence that Davidson has been handed by Chester Crown Court deters others from getting involved in dealing illegal drugs.”
On top of his custodial sentence, Davidson was ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge and cash recovered during the search was subject to a forfeiture order.
PC Burns added: “While this investigation has now concluded our fight against drug dealers continues and I urge anyone with any information about suspected drug related activity in their community to get in touch. You will be listened to and we will investigate the matter. You can report suspected drug dealing to us directly by calling 101. Alternatively, information can also be given anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111. Together we can tackle those who cause so much damage to our communities through illegal drugs and help to stop them from being on our streets.”

Police target road users using mobile phones as part of national campaign
Cheshire Constabulary is taking part in a national week of action against drivers who use their mobile phone behind the wheel.
The week of action begins on 15 April, with officers taking part in enforcement and educational activity in support of the National Police Chief Council’s country-wide campaign.  It’s a well-known fact that using a mobile phone while driving is one of the main contributory factors in a fatal collision so officers will be on the lookout for anyone taking a call, texting or scrolling through their phone while driving.
Head of Cheshire Police’s Roads and Crime Unit, Superintendent Jo Marshall-Bell said: “National statistics suggest that drivers who use mobile phones behind the wheel are four times more likely to be involved in a collision. Why drivers continue to use their phones while knowing this, utterly baffles me. I have no doubt in my mind that the majority, if not all, road users know that it is against the law to use their mobile phone while driving. Many people try and hide it down by their laps in a bid to avoid being caught. We will have covert vehicles and officers out and about on the lookout for people brazen enough to flout the law. These covert officers could be in vans, on motorbikes or pedestrians – can you be certain you’re not being spotted by officers? There is an absolute fundamental need to take road traffic offences seriously. People are dying on our roads as a result of people’s reckless decisions and it is an absolute tragedy for those families who have lost their loved one. There is no excuse. If caught using your mobile phone while driving, you will face the prospect of a £200 fine and six penalty points on your licence and, if you’re under 21, you could lose your licence.”
David Keane, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, added: “Making our roads safer is one of my key priorities and I am pleased that Cheshire police is taking part in this national campaign to reduce the numbers of drivers using a mobile phone in Cheshire. Using a phone whilst driving is completely irresponsible. Not only does it put the lives of the driver themselves at risk but could also risk of the lives of other road users or pedestrians. I am shocked at the sheer number of people who continue to use their mobile phone behind the wheel when they are well aware of the dangers and know they are breaking the law. Scrolling through social media or checking a text message is not worth the loss of someone’s life or a lengthy prison sentence.”
As well as enforcement, the campaign will focus on educating drivers about the dangers of driving whist using a mobile phone. Throughout the week-long operation the force will be issuing messages through the @CheshirePolice and @CheshPolTaskforce social media accounts. jailed for Middlewich arson attack
A Middlewich man who put lives at risk in a bid to get his ex-partner in trouble with the police has been jailed.
Robert Helm started a fire in stables at the back of a row of houses in Cledford Lane, Middlewich, at around 10.30pm on Monday 23 October 2017. The 47-year-old was living in one of the houses at the time. The fire damaged one of the properties and spread to a workshop close to the stables. It completely destroyed the stables, which had no animals inside, and smoke from the fire caused extensive damage to the workshop. The back of the house that was closest to the stables suffered heat damage but thankfully no-one was injured as a result of the fire. Helm admitted starting the fire, pleading guilty to a charge of arson with being reckless as to whether life was endangered at Chester Crown Court. He returned to the court for sentencing on Friday 5 April, where he was jailed for three years.
Detective Constable Liz Rankin, of Crewe CID, said: “At around 10.40pm on Monday 23 October 2017 Robert Helm flagged down officers to tell them that he had discovered a fire behind a row of houses in Cledford Lane. His ex-partner had visited his home earlier that night and Helm intimated to police that she was responsible for the fire and later told an officer that he had seen her starting it. However, our investigation into the incident showed that this was not the case and uncovered CCTV footage showing that it was Helm who went into the stables that night, and he eventually admitted starting the fire. Arson is an extremely serious offence with potentially fatal consequences. Thankfully, in this instance the fire was extinguished by firefighters before it could spread further than it did and no-one was hurt as a result of Helm’s actions. I hope that the custodial sentence he has been handed by Chester Crown Court deters others from committing similar offences and I would like to thank the firefighters from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service for their work on the night of the fire and for their support during the investigation.”
People living in Cledford Lane had to be evacuated from their home that night as a result of Helm’s actions.
Matt Barlow, Service Delivery Manager at Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Three fire engines – from Sandbach, Middlewich and Holmes Chapel – attended the incident and firefighters were at the scene for around three hours. They were able to extinguish the fire with a hose reel jet before it could spread beyond the stables and a workshop. Although no-one was injured as a result of the fire, it completely destroyed the stables, caused considerable damage to the workshop and also damaged someone’s home.  Fire spreads quickly and Helm’s reckless actions also put the lives of residents and firefighters at considerable risk. Arson is a terrible crime – costing taxpayers thousands of pounds as well as putting people’s lives in danger – and I hope that the case and Friday’s sentencing makes others think twice before starting fires.”
Seven arrests in operation to target county lines Widnes gangs
A week-long operation into county lines gangs in Widnes saw seven arrests made and one vulnerable adult safeguarded.
Officers working in partnership with Halton Housing arrested people for a range of offences including drug dealing and shoplifting while also recovering heroin, crack cocaine, cannabis and £450 in cash.  A vulnerable man was identified as being exploited by others who had used his property to take drugs.  A county line is operated by an organised crime group (OCG) who use a mobile phone, known as a ‘line’ or a ‘graft’ to extend their criminal activity business into new locations - usually from a city into rural areas.
Sergeant Rob Anderson, of Widnes Local Policing Unit, said: “Keeping people and our community safe from organised crime is our priority in Widnes. Last week we worked really hard to disrupt those who deal drugs in our community while also protecting those exploited by their activity. This type of criminality often means vulnerable adults and children are targeted by criminals to deliver and deal drugs on their behalf after being criminally exploited, coerced and manipulated. Breaking this cycle is very difficult and while we work with our partners it is important the public support us by knowing how to spot signs of criminal exploitation. We listen to the public when they provide us with information and I would encourage the local community to always keep an eye out and if you feel something isn’t right report it to us on 101.”
Stalking victim’s story shared to raise awareness of national campaign
Cheshire Police and North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s Integrated Anti-Stalking Unit (IASU) in Halton and Warrington is one of three in the country and the first of its kind in the North West.
The work of the unit involves police officers, mental health professionals, outreach workers and victim advocates working together to protect victims of stalking. The unit has received 260 case referrals since its launch in June 2018. Of the referrals, 83 were taken on by the unit for further risk management – which has included direct contact with the victim and/or offender. Partners have worked together on the other 177 cases to ensure they are effectively investigated and managed.
This week, (8-12 April), is National Stalking Awareness Week, and to support the campaign, Cheshire Constabulary and North West Boroughs Healthcare are sharing the story of a woman stalked by her friend, and left petrified - until the IASU stepped in. Pseudonyms have been used in this story to protect the identification of the victim.
Sarah and Andy, both in their early 30s, had been close friends. When Andy tried to become more intimate, Sarah broke off the relationship and things took a more sinister turn. Andy became fixated with Sarah. Bombarding her with unwanted gifts, sending her constant emails, messages and phone calls. He would also loiter near to her home, making her feel uncomfortable and extremely frightened. Sarah reported Andy to the police and explained to officers that she felt intimidated and scared by Andy – and often changed her own routines to self-manage her stress and anxiety.
The Local Policing Unit (LPU) referred the case to the IASU following a thorough review of the case and vulnerable person risk assessment - due to the nature of the complaint made to police. Subsequent discussions were had with the relevant agencies and it was agreed that the case was consistent with stalking. While it was believed there was no physical risk to Sarah, there was a psychological risk and a risk that Andy could potentially demonstrate future stalking behaviour with other victims.
The Unit provided an enhanced level of support for Sarah, ensuring her safety - as well as tackling Andy’s stalking behaviour to establish the root cause of his offending. Sarah also had access to the unit’s Independent Stalking Advocacy who supported her through the criminal proceedings - enabling her to articulate the psychological and emotional impact Andy’s action’s had on her in her statement, and ensure a robust restraining order was put in place. Andy was successfully convicted. He was given a community order and a restraining order – and was not to have any contact with Sarah or to attempt to communicate with her at all. Since conviction Andy has met with the unit’s outreach practitioners and agreed to work with the team, which formed part of the overall risk management. By working with the unit Andy was able to gain an understanding of the recklessness of his behaviour, and to work on strategies that would prevent him from reoffending.
Andy demonstrated an interest in understanding why he had engaged in the stalking behaviour and wished to understand how he could make changes in his life to avoid behaving in similar ways in the future. He is currently engaging in bi-weekly interventions with the IASU and is committed to adhering to all conditions of the restraining order and probation as set out by the court. Significantly, Andy reports he has no intention to seek out, contact, or communicate with Sarah - despite continuing to live in close proximity to her. The IASU is able to monitor and coordinate the wider policing response to enforce the restraining order and ensure any conditions are adhered to.
Although Sarah is aware of on-going risks, she feels empowered that her experience has been taken seriously by the police, and the involvement of the IASU has led to feelings of reassurance and reduced distress.
National Stalking Awareness week is about raising awareness of stalking and the stories behind the statistics. This year Suzy Lamplugh Trust and the National Stalking Consortium are focusing on the impact stalking has on victims' mental and emotional health as well as their physical safety. For more details visit:
Latest Cheshire Appeals
Detectives are appealing for the victim of a robbery in Warrington to get in touch
Detectives are appealing for the victim of an assault in Warrington to get in touch.
A witness reported a man had been assaulted at around 12.20am on 12 April in Knutsford Road near the Co-Op. The witness reported the incident to the police and officers attended the scene but the victim was not there. At 2am there was a further report of a street robbery in the same area, where a 22-year-old man was approached by three men and threatened with a knife. The men made off with his belongings.  Police have arrested two men aged 22 and one man aged 27 as part of the enquiries into the robbery.
Detective Sergeant Mark Naylor said: “The assault was seen by a witness but the victim has not reported the incident up to now. The second incident was reported only a few hours later and there is a possibility they could be linked. If you were in the area around these times and have dashcam footage or you witnessed anything that may aid our investigation, I’d urge you to contact us. I would like to appeal directly to the victim to get in touch to let us know that he is okay and to help us with our ongoing enquiries. We also want to speak to anyone who believes they may know who the victim is.”
Anyone with information that may aid detectives with their investigation should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 371842, give the details via or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Appeal for information and footage following incident in Warrington
Cheshire Constabulary is appealing for information from the public following an incident in Warrington.
At around 4.40pm on Thursday 11 April police were called to reports of a small firearm being seen and discharged near The Greenwood pub in Greenwood Crescent. The man with the firearm was witnessed being chased by two other males riding bicycles. As a precaution, armed officers attended the scene. They made a thorough search of the area and carried out house-to-house enquiries but there was no trace of anyone. There have been no reports of any injuries that could be linked to this incident and officers are trying to establish if the firearm was a genuine weapon or not. Enquiries in relation to the incident are ongoing and officers are urging anyone who was in the area and witnessed anything that may help with the investigation to get in touch. They also want to speak to anyone who believes they may have CCTV or dashcam footage of any of the males, or information regarding their identities.
Chief Inspector Simon Meegan, of Warrington Local Policing Unit, said: “We have launched an investigation following reports of a small firearm having been discharged in a public place during daylight hours. This has understandably caused concern in the local area and I want to reassure Warrington residents that we are taking this extremely seriously. We are doing everything we can to establish exactly what has taken place. At the current time this appears to be an isolated incident. There have been no reports of any injuries in relation to the incident and enquiries are ongoing to establish whether it was a genuine firearm or not. We have stepped up patrols in the area to provide reassurance and as part of our enquiries we are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area and witnessed anything that may be relevant to the investigation. We also want to hear from anyone who believes they may know who any of the males involved in the incident are or have CCTV or dashcam footage of them.”
The man who was being chased was white and is estimated to be in his late 30s. His hair is described as long, brown and scruffy and he was wearing high-visibility orange trousers and a grey T-shirt. The two males on bikes were also white. One had a stocky build, a bald head and was wearing a blue coloured Puffa-style jacket and the other had short dark hair. Anyone who believes they may know the identities of any of the males, or have any other information or CCTV footage that may aid the investigation, should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 371477, give the details via or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Dashcam footage can be submitted online at .
Appeal for information after burglars target children’s nursey in Runcorn
Runcorn officers are urging witnesses to come forward after burglars targeted a nursery in Sandymoor.
At around 4.45am on Thursday 11 April unknown offenders broke into the Little Manor Day Nursey on Manor Farm Road. Once inside they conducted a search of the premises and stole a quantity of petty cash and electronic equipment. An investigation into the incident has been launched and officers are following a number of lines of enquiry, including CCTV and forensics.
Detective Sergeant Rob McLoughlin said: “To target a children’s nursery is shameful and we are committed to doing everything we can to trace the people responsible and bring them to justice. As part of the investigation I am keen to hear from anyone who was in the area around the time that the burglary occurred and believes they may have witnessed something suspicious. If you think that you have information that could help our investigation, no matter how small, please call the team here at Runcorn Police Station on 101. I also want to hear from motorists with dashcams who were driving on Manor Farm Road between 4am and 5am.
Anyone with information that may be relevant to the investigation should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 371025, give the details via or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Dashcam footage can be submitted online at .
Police appeal for information after Holmes Chapel burglary
Police are appealing for information following a burglary in Holmes Chapel.
Sometime between 5.50pm on 7 April and 10am the following morning thieves entered a house in Sycamore Close taking a number of items including two new boxed televisions and two new boxed laptops. The occupants were not in the address at the time.
DC Scott Marshall-Bowater said: “I would urge anyone who saw any suspicious activity around these times or is offered for sale items in unusual circumstances to contact police.”
Anyone with information should contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting IML 368448. Alternatively information can be given anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. to help trace Wilmslow man
Police are asking the public to help them trace a 35-year-old man who is wanted for failing to appear at court. Gareth Morris Fitzgerald has recently been living in Handforth, Wilmslow and is believed to be in this area. He is described as a white, around 170cm in height and of a proportionate build. He has dark brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone who sees Fitzgerald is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting reference number 19100061395. Alternatively information regarding Fitzgerald’s whereabouts can be reported anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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Record numbers for PSA blood testing at Nantwich Civic Hall

The Leighton Hospital Prostate Cancer Support Group had a tremendous turnout on the morning on Saturday 13th April when they hosted their annual PSA blood testing event at Nantwich Civic Hall.

494 men attended to have blood samples taken to help detect any problems with their prostate gland. The blood test is a private test undertaken by the Support Group in conjunction with the Graham Fulford Charitable Trust in Warwick. Any men with elevated PSA levels will be advised to contact their GP to discuss the results and ask whether further investigation is advisable.

Many of the blood samples taken were from men who attend for regular screening and who are being encouraged to keep an eye on their own prostate health. Of the men attending for the first time, many indicated that there was family history of prostate problems with their fathers or uncles, and that was what was encouraging them to have their own PSA level checked.

Volunteers from the Group worked alongside the phlebotomists and were all kept extremely busy for the whole of the 3 ½ hour session.

The Support Group would like to express their thanks once again to Nantwich Town Council for their continued help in arranging and hosting this event.

Borough’s ‘Little Bus’ service to be upgraded and protected

Cheshire East Council’s ‘Little Bus’ service is to be upgraded and extended across a wider area of the borough from August, giving reassurance to its 600 regular users

The council wants to make sure that Little Bus continues to support the elderly, the disabled and people who have no access to a scheduled service.

Proposed changes to the service last November were deferred to give the council time to assess any impact of the revised council-supported bus network.

The council’s cabinet has approved plans to revitalise the service, which is seen as a ‘life-saver’ for some residents with special needs or living in areas of the borough without access to other public transport.

Helping people to live active, independent lives and avoid social isolation is the primary reason for funding Little Bus and eligibility for accessing the service remains unchanged. Residents that are disabled, live beyond the reach of any scheduled service or are over 80 years of age, are entitled to use Little Bus.

Core hours will be between 9.30am and 2.30pm and this follows the strong preference expressed during public consultations.

Andrew Ross, Cheshire East Council’s director of infrastructure and highways, said:  “These proposals for Little Bus are an important step towards securing services for residents and delivering our savings plans. We have identified a genuine ‘spend less – deliver more’ opportunity.

“We fully acknowledge that staff at the existing operator will be affected by this decision and the council will fulfil its obligations through consultations supported by our HR personnel.”

As part of the proposals, Little Bus will now be operated by the council’s own transport company Transport Service Solutions (TSS) and users can expect to see newer, high-quality vehicles operating across a wider area of the borough.

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Crewe Passion Play

Crewe Town Council Allotments block property and put them in danger

Crewe Town Council are the owners of the Walker St and Ford Lane allotments in Crewe. The rear of Walker st as you can see in the video is reduced by 50%  by bushes and rubbish growing in the allotments not only that it block the drain so water cant run away everyone is in danger as brambles come out onto what left of the path. The Council claim its the allotments to sort this but speaking to them they say its the councils job. A few years ago there were problems with Ford Lane allotments using illegal guard dogs running free and they record CCTV which from there comments picks up people on the street and may record peoples conversation. They must be registered with CIO and have a data controller  which they haven't got or wont tell anyone who it is. The dog signs are back and dogs reported barking this backs onto peoples houses and if guard dogs are running free could enter private property see

Friday, 12 April 2019

Annual Nantwich Jazz, Blues & Music Festival

Reporter Jonathan White
Studio Nantwich on Castle Street in Nantwich are hosting two days of fund-raising concerts during the annual Nantwich Jazz, Blues & Music Festival,
On the first day of the Festival - Thursday 18th April 2019 - Studio Nantwich features 1980's Electronica tribute band 'Electro 80s', who will recreate songs by artists such as Depeche Mode, Gary Numan, Yazoo, Ultravox, Duran Duran, Soft Cell and The Human League. Doors open at 8:30pm.
On the second day of the Festival (Good Friday, 19th April) Studio Nantwich will have performances from musical duo ‘Baxter’ (7pm) and three-piece 70's alternative music band ‘Retrovibe’ (9pm). On the same night, on The Bank Stage, adjacent to Studio Nantwich, they host a performance from Queen tribute ‘QE2’ who, with over 20 years’ experience, will recreate the style and excitement of a Queen concert - marquee opens 7.30pm, QE2 finish at 11pm, with a free afterparty in Retro at Studio Nantwich until 3am.
Entry on Thursday and Friday is free with donations welcomed. Money raised will go to Macmillan Nurses - Macmillan Cancer Support,
Nigel Woodhouse, Director of Operations at Studio Nantwich, said, "We are so excited to be holding two nights of entertainment with such quality acts. Electro 80s have been kicking off the weekend on Easter Thursday for the last four years with a full house every year. A first for us is QE2 who will perform on The Bank Stage and recreate possibly the biggest band of all time. They will both be fun nights, whilst helping to support such a worthy cause in Macmillan Nurses - Macmillan Cancer Support. Cancer affects nearly all of us and having Macmillan Nurses on hand to help everyone involved is invaluable, so to help in this small way to support them makes us feel proud.”
For further information please search Studio Live Nantwich on Facebook.
The 23rd Nantwich Jazz, Blues & Music Festival will feature more than 150 bands at venues across the town over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend (18th-22nd April 2019).
The Nantwich Jazz, Blue & Music Festival was founded in 1996 by Phillip Martin, who sadly passed away in 2017. Philip’s daughter, Abbigail, took up the reigns at last year’s event.
The festival is expected to draw a crowd of over 40,000 music lovers to the town over its five-day period and boost the town’s economy by more than £1 million.

Council secures cash boost for road repairs

Cheshire East Council has received the maximum capital funding allocation from central government for highway repairs and flood resilience across the borough.

An allocation of £533,171 has been awarded – earlier than expected – which will enable the council to increase its capital investment programme for road improvements for the 2019-20 financial year.

The money is allocated from the £50m pothole and flood resilience action fund, distributed by the Department for Transport, to highways authorities throughout the country.

The funding will also enable the council to address further issues relating to flooding of highways and footways.

Frank Jordan, Cheshire East Council executive director of place, said: “This funding is to be welcomed at a time when the spring and summer seasons present the most suitable conditions for our highways service to carry out road surface repairs.

“The council’s focus will be on structural maintenance and preventative treatments.  This will enable us to do more permanent resurfacing work where that scale of work is most needed.

“Following this funding allocation, our programme of highways works for 2019-20 will now be updated and full details will be published on the council’s website.”

The council is responsible for 2,700 kilometres of highway and has a continuous programme of maintenance with a £15m capital budget for 2019-20, to include improvements to carriageways, footways, bridges, structures, street lighting, safety barriers and road signs. 

This does not include the extensive road-building programme the council has under way. To find out more about the council’s highways maintenance programme visit:

Council’s trading standards teams secure another prosecution in crackdown on illegal cigarettes

A shopkeeper who dealt in illegal tobacco and cigarettes hidden behind a false cupboard wall has been successfully prosecuted following a raid by Cheshire East Council.

Sniffer dogs detected the find in the Yum Yum sweet shop in Chestergate, Macclesfield, run by Nadaz Ahmed, of Church Street, who pleaded guilty to 17 counts involving the sale of illegal tobacco and cigarettes.

He was sentenced at Chester Crown Court to eight months in prison, suspended for two years, plus 200 hours of unpaid work following a successful prosecution by the council’s trading standards team. Ahmed was also ordered to undergo rehabilitation through the probation service.

The charges included fraudulent trading of trade mark and tobacco products over a 12-month period.

Ahmed received a stern warning from the judge that he was lucky not to be sent to prison. The court heard that he continued to sell counterfeit or illegal cigarettes and rolling tobacco despite previous convictions and warnings from Cheshire East Council’s trading standards officers.

Appearing before His Honour Judge Steven Everett at Chester on 9 April, Ahmed was told that had he not pleaded guilty at an earlier magistrates’ court hearing, he might have faced a much tougher sentence.

Ahmed sold up to 12 different brands of illegal cigarettes for up to £4 per packet and, when challenged by officers, he gave a false name. But the council’s team later found his passport, which proved he was also the shop owner.

Although trading as a sweet shop, the business carried little confectionery and during a raid sniffer dogs found the stash of illicit products behind a false cupboard wall.

Frank Jordan, Cheshire East Council executive director of place, said: “The sale of illegal cigarettes and tobacco is to be condemned and the council wishes to send out a message that our trading standards team will pursue action where there is evidence of this practice taking place on our streets.

“What is disturbing about this case is that these goods were being sold from premises purporting to be a sweet shop.

“The sale of cheap, illegal tobacco by rogue traders in shops, private homes and through social media is funding organised criminal gangs and damaging legitimate traders.

“There is also a financial fraud on the government and taxpayer and, therefore, it is right that the council should take action to prevent this sort of crime.”

Don't lose your voice! Don’t miss the postal vote deadline

Cheshire East Council is urging people to act before the looming deadline if they want a postal vote in the May local elections.

The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on Monday 15 April. Completed forms must be received by the Cheshire East Council elections team before this time.

Cheshire East Council’s acting chief executive Kath O’Dwyer, who is the Returning Officer for the local elections in the borough, said: “I would urge every registered voter who wishes to have a postal vote in the local elections on 2 May to apply as soon as possible – and not leave it until the very last minute.

“It is really important for the health and vitality of our democracy that people, who are eligible, exercise their right to vote and have their say. But people can only do this via a postal vote if they don’t miss the deadline to apply.

“If you don’t vote, you don’t have a voice – so I would urge everyone, who is eligible, to vote and be heard.”

People who opt for a postal vote are advised to follow the instructions enclosed in their postal vote pack carefully. For a postal vote to be valid, electors must return both the ballot paper and the correctly completed postal voting statement.

Postal voters need to complete the postal voting statement accurately with their date of birth and signature.

People should note that the deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on Wednesday 24 April. Completed forms must be received by the Cheshire East Council elections team before this deadline.

Anyone looking for more information about voting should visit the website:

On polling day, Thursday 2 May, polling stations will be open between 7am and 10pm.

Information about voting at this election is available at:

Saturday, 6 April 2019

Nantwich Duck Race Press release

Mill Island and the River Weaver will turn yellow with the Nantwich Duck Race!

A new event to the town centre, will see children and families gather at Mill Island as a fleet of rubber ducks are released into the water in aid of Hope House Children’s Hospices.

The Nantwich Duck race taking place on bank holiday Sunday May 5th is being organised by members of the local Nantwich Lions club.

Enter by yourself, as a family, with friends or with your workplace and be part of this event.  

There are two categories, the original race duck at just £1 each for a baby duck which can be bought on the day or from the Hope House shop on Nantwich High street. You can buy 1 or 100 – it’s up to you! And you duck will be kept at Race HQ ready for the day.

The second category is the ‘Dress Up Duck Race’ with a bigger duck at 15cm for £30 each.

Buy one for your workplace, school, club or group, or just for fun! Get creative and decorate your duck with a chance of winning the Best Dressed Duck competition!

Once ducks have been judged, they will be entered into the water for their own race to also compete for the fastest duck trophy! Dress up ducks can be purchased at

You can bring your duck with you on the day, or if you can’t make it – drop it off at the Hope House Nantwich shop before 4th May race ready!

Registration and judging at 12noon with the first race at 1pm.

Hope House Children’s Hospices area fundraiser Hannah Robinson  says the charity is delighted the Nantwich Lions Club have chosen to support Hope House with this event.

She said: “Sadly, every week, three local families face their biggest fear and their child dies.  Hope House Children’s Hospices cannot stop children dying but we can stop families suffering on their own.

“When they are facing the most devastating loss of their lives we must be there. We need to reach every child, mum, dad, sister and brother and to do this we need to raise more money. Please join us at this event to help us reach more children and their families who need us.”

She added: “We need to raise in excess of £6m a year to support all the children and families we help from across Cheshire, Shropshire and also North Wales.

“It’s so sad three children die each week in our area from incurable illness but we can only afford to reach and help one of those children.

“That’s why it’s so important we have as much help as possible from communities and businesses across the region.”

She added: “I’m looking forward to the Nantwich Duck race, we have held them previously in other areas and they are great fun!’

To find out more about Hope House Children’s Hospices please visit

Cheshire East is best in the region for take up of free childcare

Cheshire East is top of the North West league table for the take-up of the 30 hours’ free childcare scheme.

The government’s free early education entitlement offers 15 hours of early education for 38 weeks each year to all children aged three and four and the most disadvantaged two-year-olds in England. The offer for three and four-year-olds was extended in September 2017 to 30 hours for children of eligible working parents.

Every school term, the Department for Education (DfE) measures children signed up to receive 30 hours’ childcare as a percentage of eligible families. Cheshire East has consistently scored highly each term at a regional and national level for take-up of the 30 hours’ entitlement.

In figures recently published by the DfE, the borough was ranked the highest in the North West with 106 per cent of children receiving 30 hours’ childcare. This compares with an average of 95 per cent for the region and 92 per cent for England. 

Cheshire East’s score exceeds 100 per cent due to the number of children attending nurseries or childminders exceeding the resident population with children from other local authority areas also using high-quality services in Cheshire East.

Mark Palethorpe, acting executive director for people at Cheshire East Council, said: “I am delighted that parents across Cheshire East are accessing the 30 hours offer, as we know that childcare costs can be a barrier preventing people from working. 

“It is also important that children across Cheshire East have every opportunity to achieve and reach their potential, preparing them for school and enjoying their learning experiences.

“This achievement is a credit to childcare providers, including schools, who work closely with Cheshire East Council to ensure parents can access this valuable entitlement.”

To find out if you are eligible to receive free 30 hours’ free childcare visit

Cllr. Brian Silvester has become the first elected Councillor for the For Britain Party.

The For Britain Party have gained a seat on the Woolstanwood Parish for the first time.

Cllr. Brian Silvester has become the first elected Councillor for the For Britain Party.

He was elected unopposed.

Brian said," I am very proud of the fact that I am the first ever elected 'For Britain' Councillor and that I have gained our first seat on the Woolstanwood Parish.I look forward to working with the other Councillors on the Minshull and District Parish Council.

I am pledged to use my long Council experience to keep the Council tax down and to improve the Council services provided to residents of the Parish.

I will now continue my campaign to gain a seat to represent Crewe North on the Town and Borough Council.

Photo  and Borough Council Statement attached.

Cllr. Brian Silvester

Local Government Spokesman

For Britain Party

Chairman 'For Cheshire'

07760 147609

Council launches new, whole family, domestic abuse service

Cheshire East Council has launched a new ‘whole family’ domestic abuse service.

It is a free, confidential and expert service for families, adults, children and young people who are affected by abuse.

Domestic abuse and sexual violence impacts the lives of many Cheshire East residents, families and communities, incurring substantial human cost. National figures show that one in three women and one in six men are harmed by such abuse.  In 2017/18 more than 2,500 referrals were made to specialist domestic abuse services across the borough. 

Launched this week at an event in Macclesfield, the Cheshire East domestic abuse service will be delivered through a partnership with the council and My CWA (formerly known as Cheshire without Abuse).

The service includes advice clinics, support groups, recovery programmes, a counselling service, crisis accommodation, support in staying safe in your own home and behaviour-change programmes for adults and children.

Mark Palethorpe, acting executive director of people at Cheshire East Council, said: “We have a strong history of recognising the human as well as the financial cost of domestic abuse across Cheshire East. This new service builds on the previous three years of work, where all agencies have been working together to ensure those affected get the right help at the right time.

“We want to ensure that no one is turned away from critical support services and we are working hard to provide support at an earlier stage so that fewer people will reach crisis point and need refuge, or other secure accommodation.

“As ever, I’d like to thank all those who have worked singly and together to make children and families affected by domestic abuse safer and stronger in Cheshire East.”

Saskia Ritchie, chief executive of My CWA said:  “We are very excited to be launching our new whole family service. Our vision is for a healthy community where adults and children can live free from the fear of domestic abuse.

“We know that, when we focus attention only on the victim and children, we are failing to tackle the root cause of the problem and often just shifting it to another family.

“Engaging with those who harm will be another critical element of our work, which, in no way reduces the need to hold offenders to account but offers a solution for the future.

“The new service will continue to give families, friends, colleagues and employers the information and skills they need to support people when they are concerned about them and promote where they can get specialist help, if it is needed.”

One survivor said: “I felt lost but family friends and CWA have helped me through.  Without their support, I would have been lost, alone and frightened about what the future held for me and my children.”

If you are affected by domestic abuse or concerned for someone else, please call 0300 123 5101 at anytime or visit: or in an emergency always call 999.