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Tuesday 26 March 2019

Parents encouraged to check their eligibility for free school meals and support their school

Cheshire East Council is raising awareness of the eligibility for free schools meals and the pupil premium that comes with this.

For every child registered for free school meals their school receives a pupil premium. For each primary school, this could equate to up to £1,320 per child per year, or up to £935 for each secondary school.

For children in Year 3 through to Year 13 there is an eligibility criteria to meet in order to qualify for free school meals. This is to be in receipt of one of the following benefits:

● Income support; 

● Income related job seekers allowance;  

● Income related employment and support allowance;  

● Universal credit with wages of £616.67 or less each month;

● The guarantee element of state pension credit;

● Child Tax credit with an annual income which does not exceed £16,190 and no working tax credit; or 

● Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

Children in reception through to Year 2 are automatically entitled to a free school meal through a universal scheme, regardless of your income. But if parents are receiving one of the qualifying benefits, they could also get the pupil premium for their school by applying online.

Mark Palethorpe, Acting Executive Director of People, Cheshire East Council said: “It’s really important that parents are aware of the criteria for free schools meals and take advantage of a benefit they may be entitled to.

“It may not be common knowledge that for every pupil registered for free meals the school receives a pupil premium. This is invaluable to schools and could make a real difference to its pupils through additional equipment or resources. This could be a double win for parents, utilising a benefit they are entitled to and supporting their school in the process.”

Find out now if you are eligible and make an online application (quoting FSM2019) at: If you require assistance completing an online application, call 0300 123 5012.

Britain’s Got Talent comedy duo in lineup for Pride in the Park 2019

Britain’s Got Talent’s ‘Bosom Buddies’ have been confirmed as one of the headline acts at this year’s Pride in the Park, which will take place on Saturday 29 June at Queens Park, Crewe.

The musical comedy duo will join a variety of performers in celebration of the LGBT+ community, including ‘Confide in Kylie’ - a Kylie Minogue tribute act, the Abba Twins, local choir group Proud Mary’s, and popular BBC radio presenter and songwriter, Claire Mooney, who will be hosting the event.

Pride in the Park is a free event open to individuals of all ages, and guests can soak up the carnival atmosphere from 2-8pm. There will also be activity stands and a parade for visitors to get involved with on the day.

In addition to vibrant performances and entertainment, visitors will also be able to receive information and support from LGBT+ organisations and charities, including Body Positive, Utopia and Silver Rainbows.

Pride in the Park will also be accommodating ‘Mobiloo’ for disabled guests, a pop-up changing places facility, making the event fully accessible for disabled visitors.

Kath O’Dwyer, acting chief executive at Cheshire East Council said: “It’s great to see such a fantastic range of entertainment and performers on offer for visitors to Pride in the Park, there really is something for everyone.

“This is only our second year of hosting the event and I have no doubt that it will once again provide a fantastic and memorable day for everyone who attends.

“Queens Park is the perfect location for this year’s celebration of the LGBT+ community, and we look forward to welcoming guests from far and wide on Saturday 29 June.”

Ahead of the celebration, Cheshire East Council is calling on businesses to invest in diversity and get their brand seen, by supporting the event and becoming a sponsor for Pride in the Park 2019.

There are a range of sponsorship packages available to those who are interested in getting involved, starting from £300 up to the value of £10,000.

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please email

To find out more general information, visit: or register your interest in attending on Eventbrite:


Cake lovers across Cheshire will be decorating, baking and icing next month as part of the Hope House and Ty Gobaith Eat Cake Week from April 8th to 15th.
Dozens of cafes, restaurants, schools, clubs, businesses and individuals have already signed up to take part including Nantwich Library who are holding a coffee and cake morning in the run up to Eat Cake week on Thursday 4th April. Join Nantwich library and Hope House shop staff from 10.30am-12noon for some delicious cake, a coffee and a chat! There will also be a children’s tombola running throughout the morning too.
Last year’s Eat Cake week raised over £12,000 which enabled Hope House and Ty Gobaith to provide vital respite and end of life care to terminally ill children from across Cheshire and support to bereaved families too.
No charge is ever made to families for the help provided – So the charity needs to raise at least £6.3 million every year to make sure it can fund its crucial services.
“If hundreds of schools, community groups, businesses and cafes join in the fun of Eat Cake Week we could smash our total from last year and that would be wonderful,” says Hannah Robinson, Area Fundraiser.
“It is a really simple and fun way to help us make a real difference to children and families, and who doesn’t like cake! You can organise a cake sale, your very own bake off – the choice is completely yours!”
A special Eat Cake fundraising pack has been produced which includes banners, stickers, posters, cake toppers and balloons to help you theme your event, and top tips on making it go with a bang!
Children and staff at Hope House are also getting involved in the baking bonanza, and staff and volunteers in the charity’s shops in in Bangor, Denbigh, Llandudno, Wrexham, Chester, Nantwich, Bridgnorth, Church Stretton, Ludlow, Shrewsbury, Oswestry, Wellington and Welshpool are creating cake themed windows too.
We would love you to join the party - phone the fundraising office on 01244 340759 or sign up online at to receive your free Eat Cake pack today!

Cheshire East invites public to comment on HS2 consultation

Cheshire East Council is nearing the end of its six-week consultation on the type of development that could be seen around Crewe railway station following the arrival of HS2, and is urging the public to have their say on the proposals.

The draft plans, set out an emerging development strategy and key policies as the next step in preparing an area action plan around Crewe station, and once fully agreed, they will allow the council to manage development and support the regeneration of the area prior to HS2’s arrival.

The concept of a new road bridge, south of Crewe station, is one of the transport ideas currently being proposed within the plan. The bridge is proposed following consultations that took place at the end of 2018, and seeks to address a number of matters raised such as; traffic congestion, a poor environment and difficulty accessing the station from Nantwich Road. Concerns were also raised about how these matters impacts access to Crewe town centre.

The bridge proposal, which is subject to the consultation and one of a series of potential measures to improve accessibility for pedestrians, cyclists, public transport and motorists, would provide a new link between Gresty Road and Weston Road.

Frank Jordan, Cheshire East Council’s executive director of place, said: “The area action plan development strategy was discussed and endorsed by the cross party strategic planning board before being approved for consultation. It contains a number of potential proposals for new development and infrastructure around Crewe station.

“I would encourage everyone to take a look at the draft plans and contribute to this consultation.

“With regards to the new road bridge proposal, this is at a very early stage – and is subject to consultation now, along with other proposals, to ensure we receive public feedback.

“There is no suggestion that houses will need to be demolished to create a road bridge – it is one proposal to improve access in and around the station, in particular taking pressure off Nantwich Road, and free routes that serve the town centre.

“Most people would agree that the current station entrance does not work very well for anyone at the moment – with HS2 on the way we therefore need to think about new transport solutions.”

The consultation is open now and ends at midnight on 26 March 2019. Further details can be found on the council’s website at under ‘consultations’. 

Wednesday 20 March 2019

Crewe Town council election

Crewe Town Council was formed in 2013.In its first six years,the Labour Councillors who run the Council, have almost DOUBLED the Council Tax.It is going up by a massive 26% this year alone.Most people have not had a real increase in their wages for over 10 years.How do the Labour Councillors expect Crewe residents to pay for their doubling of the Council tax? They can only do so by cutting their spending for other essentials for life.In other words,Crewe residents have to cut their standard of living because Labour Councillors have been totally irresponsible in the spending of other peoples' money.

This year Crewe Town Council are spending a massive £736,000.

You might well ask what they are spending all that money on?

For a start they are spending £187,000 on just FOUR staff.

What do they do all day?

Crewe Town Council provides NO services to Crewe residents.

It is a 'Do Nothing' Council.

Crewe town centre is in freefall and the Town Council sits on their hands.

'For Britain' says  'Enough is Enough.'

The experiment of having a Town Council has failed dismally.

If I am elected as Crewe Town Councillor for the Crewe North Ward I will work to have the Council abolished.

That will save every Crewe household over £50 per year.

Before that happens, I will work to cut the Council Tax.

Yours faithfully,

Cllr. Brian Silvester

Crewe North Candidate.

For Britain Party

Chairman 'For Cheshire'

Middlewich Neighbourhood Plan referendum result

Middlewich residents have voted to reject the Middlewich Neighbourhood Plan.

The referendum took place on 14 March 2019. A total of 1,085 residents voted to reject the plan, while 1,063 voted in favour. This makes Middlewich one of only three neighbourhood plans in the country that have been developed and then not been passed at referendum.

Neighbourhood plans are used by the local authority alongside the borough’s Local Plan to inform planning decisions. They are developed by parish and town councils and contain a number of policies specifically designed to shape local development and safeguard the long-term development of each locality.

In Cheshire East to date, 22 neighbourhood plans have been ‘made’, including Knutsford, which passed its referendum on 14 March.

If a neighbourhood plan is not accepted via referendum it will not form part of the council’s development plan and, therefore, it can have no legal status in future decision making in the area it applies to.

This referendum decision also has an impact on the level of funding that can be secured locally from the Community Infrastructure Levy. Communities with a made neighbourhood plan are eligible for 25 per cent of this levy (uncapped). Communities without can receive 10 per cent capped at £100 per dwelling.

The Middlewich Neighbourhood Plan project began in 2014, with Middlewich Town Council forming a steering group to manage the process.

Cheshire East Council provided consultancy support to the group in the early phases of the plan-making process and has provided appropriate support and advice throughout.

A draft plan was put forward for initial public consultation over a six-week period, revisions were made and then the plan was submitted to Cheshire East Council on 19 October 2018. The revised document was then consulted on for a further six-week period, ahead of submission to independent examination.

Following successful completion of the independent examination process, Cheshire East Council proceeded to arrange a referendum on the plan, held on 14 March.

Frank Jordan, Cheshire East Council’s executive director for place, said: “Neighbourhood planning provides a powerful set of tools for local people to shape development in their communities.

“The council continues to be an enthusiastic supporter of plan making in communities across the borough and has resources to advise and support the development of plans by town and parish councils.

“Should Middlewich Town Council wish to pursue the neighbourhood plan project further, resource and advice remain available from the planning authority.”

Police Call For Vigilance Following Spate Of Burglary Incidents Involving Outbuildings

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Police Call For Vigilance Following Spate Of Burglary Incidents Involving Outbuildings

Cheshire Constabulary is advising residents across the county to be vigilant following a spate of burglary incidents involving outbuildings, including sheds and garages.
Such incidents occurred in Winsford, Northwich, Macclesfield, Wildboarclough, Alsager, Little Neston, Frodsham and Warrington.
Superintendent Laura Marler said: “The public can aid our fight against such crimes by contacting us if they see such burglaries being carried out or anyone acting suspiciously in their area.
“Information in relation to anyone carrying out, or suspected to be carrying out, such 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 sheds, garages and other outbuildings.
“They can do this by following our anti-burglary advice.”
The force’s tips for deterring would-be burglars and protecting your outbuildings are:
• 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
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.

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Firelink Enewsletter - March 2019

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Firelink Enewsletter - March 2019

Welcome to March edition of the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service e-Newsletter.

Firefighters honoured for their dedicated service

Long Service Good Conduct 2019
Dedicated firefighters who have served for 20 years were honoured at a ceremony at Carden Park.
The Long Service Good Conduct medal was presented to 19 serving firefighters and five fire staff members received the Continuous Service Medal from the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire David Briggs MBE.
The 24 members of staff have collectively given 560 years of service to keeping Cheshire residents safe.
Find out more - Firefighters honoured for their dedicated service

Safety Central wins national accolade

Safety Central wins national accolade
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service’s ‘Safety Central’ education centre has been recognised at a national level.
The state-of-the-art indoor safety village was contending against other top quality competition to win the silver award for Community Focus (People) at the iESE Public Sector Transformation Awards.
The award recognised projects which have done most to reinvigorate the local community by engaging with the local residents, building greater resilience and creating less dependency on public services.
Find out more - Safety Central wins national accolade

Pedal Smart

Pedal Smart
We're proud to be collaborating with British Cycling to present Pedal Smart, a course aimed at cyclists aged 14 and above. This free course aims to get cyclists thinking in a more informed way about their personal safety and, importantly, the safety of others.
Book onto one of our free courses now.
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Proud to Provide conference

Proud to Provide conference
In recent years many public sector organisations have taken huge steps towards becoming workplaces where LGBT+ people feel accepted, valued and able to give of their best.
Is the same progress evident, however, for LGBT+ people using the services they provide?
How much do our fire and rescue services, police forces, local authorities, social landlords and NHS organisations really tailor their interventions to the diverse needs of the LGBT+ community?
These are the questions to be explored by a range of speakers at Proud to Provide, a national conference being hosted by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, recently named by Stonewall as the UK’s most inclusive public sector employer. The event, at the Storyhouse in Chester on 15 May 2019, will be hosted by Graham Liver, presenter of BBC North West Tonight and BBC Radio Lancashire's award winning breakfast show.
Aimed at diversity and inclusion professionals, LGBT+ staff network leads, service managers and those involved in community engagement and empowerment across the public service, this lively and thought-provoking event
Find out more - Proud to Provide conference

Cheshire Firefighter Challenge

Cheshire Firefighter Challenge
Cheshire Firefighter Challenge is a sporting event being organised to raise funds for the Fire Fighters Charity.
It is taking place on Saturday 1 June 2019, from 9am to 5pm and will be held at the University of Chester - Warrington Campus - Crab Lane, Warrington WA2 0DB.
The competition involves a course of eight challenges focused on firefighting activities. The course will test competitors’ strengths and abilities, both physically and mentally, and provide a day of entertainment for spectators.
Registration fee is £15 and all proceeds will go to the Firefighters Charity.
Find out more - Cheshire Firefighter Challenge

Hoping to raise bucketloads for charity

Charity car wash in Runcorn
Our firefighters will be splashing out with car washes throughout March and April in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity.
Crews will be rolling up their sleeves and taking to buckets and hoses to shine up the county’s cars along with providing drivers with vital road safety advice. Firmly established on the fire and rescue service calendar, the National Car Wash is the charity's largest national fundraising event of the year.
All funds raised go to The Fire Fighters Charity, the UK’s leading provider of life-enhancing services for serving and retired fire service personnel and their families.
Find out more - Hoping to raise bucketloads for charity

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Sunday 17 March 2019

George Formby’ Ukulele Society

Jonathan White, Wistaston
South Cheshire ‘George Formby’ Ukulele Society and the Crewe Movie Makers proudly present an event celebrating 70 years of Wistaston Memorial Hall & Community Centre on Tuesday 26th March 2019 (7:30pm start) at the Wistaston Memorial Hall & Community Centre, Church Lane, Wistaston.
The event will be a night of entertainment celebrating the Hall’s 70 years among the community will include live music, drama and a short film about the Hall.
Tickets = £5 per person, including light refreshments.
There will also be a prize raffle.
Tickets are available by phone: 07795821678 or pay on the door.
The Memorial Hall was built in memory of sixteen men from Wistaston who died in the Second World War and was officially opened on Saturday 26th March 1949.

Music’s ‘Come and Sing Fauré’s Requiem’

Jonathan White, Wistaston
The Royal School of Church Music’s ‘Come and Sing Fauré’s Requiem’ annual come and sing event takes place this Saturday 23rd March 2019 (rehearsal 2:45pm, performance 6:30pm) at St Mary’s Church, Nantwich.
Gabriel Fauré’s Fauré Requiem is one of the most well-known and beloved of choral masterworks.
Event Director: David Hill, Soloists: Alison Phillips and Thomas Clough, and Organist: Simon Russell.
Tickets = £5 including refreshments.
For further information please contact Simon Russell via email: or phone: 07909886997.
The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) are the heart and home of church music. They are an educational charity committed to promoting the study, practice and improvement of music in Christian worship. They are an open, life-long learning organisation, offering face-to-face and distance education and training through their programmes, published resources, courses and activities. The RSCM supports a world-wide membership of churches, schools and individuals, and is sustained by thousands of donors and volunteers worldwide. Founded by Sir Sydney Nicholson in 1927, the RSCM’s original emphases were English and choral. Now, in a diverse international context, the RSCM’s work is far broader and more diverse, and they aim to make all their work ecumenical in purpose, nature and content

Citizens Advice Cheshire East to relocate in Crewe as Royal Arcade development advances

Citizens Advice Cheshire East’s Crewe office will move in to its new home later this month – with the demolition of its old building signalling the first stage of the Royal Arcade redevelopment works.

After more than 40 years in their offices on Victoria Street, the service is relocating to the ground floor of the council’s Delamere House building and will open its new offices on Monday 18 March. Access will be via the Chester Street entrance.

Their old accommodation, which closed its doors on 8 March, will be demolished in the coming weeks.

Subject to planning consent, it is proposed that the site will be used to provide access to a new bus station, as part of the multi-million-pound Royal Arcade leisure and retail scheme.

Councillor Ainsley Arnold, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for housing, said: “The demolition of the old Citizens Advice offices in Crewe will be the first physical works of the Royal Arcade development.

“Plans for the scheme are advancing well and it is good news that by working closely with Citizens Advice and other partners, the branch has found a new home and will be able to move in to much more suitable accommodation – located just a few hundred yards away from its previous offices.”

Citizens Advice Cheshire East helps more than 5,000 people per year with issues such as debt, housing, employment, benefit and consumer problems.

This week, Citizens Advice Cheshire East will be operating drop-in information sessions at Crewe Lifestyle Centre, from 9.30am-noon, as well as providing additional services from its Nantwich offices. The advice line and email advice services will operate as normal.

Liz Shaw, chief officer of Citizens Advice Cheshire East, said: “Our current office was originally built as a temporary structure and although it has served us well, we are delighted to be moving into more suitable accommodation, which has been configured with our needs in mind.

“The new offices will offer both our clients and workforce a much more pleasant environment.”

Plans for further demolition works at the Royal Arcade site are well advanced. Subject to planning consent, it is expected that the demolition of most of the properties in the Queensway and Victoria Street part of the scheme will commence over the summer.

The Royal Arcade, which will also feature a new eight-screen cinema, gym, restaurants and shops and a multi-storey car park, is part of a £48.3m regeneration programme in Crewe town centre.

The regeneration programme is supported by the government’s Local Growth Fund, through Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership.

Major enhancements will also be made to the public realm, while the Market Hall will undergo a £3m programme of refurbishment and remodelling.

For more information about Citizens Advice Cheshire East, visit:

Over 50 residents from Cheshire East celebrate getting closer to employment.

On Friday 1 February 2019, 100 participants and employees from employment support programme, New Leaf, came together at the innovative Jodrell Bank to celebrate their achievements. New Leaf, part of the Building Better Opportunities programme, is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK

To date, New Leaf has helped get over 2500 people closer to employment. Over 25 organisations make up New Leaf, including Groundwork CLM, Disability Information Bureau, Cheshire East Citizens Advice Bureau and CVS Cheshire East. Working together, the partnership helps its participants to overcome their barriers to employment and get them closer to paid work. This includes access to free training, support with their mental health and help to find meaningful volunteer opportunities and work placements.

Surrounded by their friends and family, as well as their New Leaf mentors, participants shared how their lives have changed since joining the programme. For some, who not that long ago couldn’t leave the houses due to anxiety, this was a massive achievement.

Craig Johnson came to New Leaf not knowing where to turn, but knowing things had to change. His mentor from Acorn Recovery helped him to overcome his substance misuse issues and work on creating a career for himself.

Craig said, “I used to spend my Fridays at the pub, now I spend it at a youth club looking after kids with autism and it’s actually really fulfilling.”

Craig is now hoping to spend more time volunteering in his local community to give back and help give him focus in his life.

Not only did participants share their stories, they also listened to music from fellow New Leaf participant, Kerry Sheree, who is now helping school children tackle their own anxieties through the art of music as well as providing vocal training.

Andy Rawlins, New Leaf programme manager said, “It’s great to be able to get some of our past participants together to see how far they have come. Everyone who works on New Leaf cares deeply about helping people who may have been previously overlooked by traditional forms of employment support. It’s incredibly rewarding to hear first-hand accounts of how life-changing being part of the New Leaf programme has been for people.”

If you, or someone you know, needs support getting back into work get in touch with New Leaf.

Scam Warning - Fake Tv Licensing Emails

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Scam Warning - Fake Tv Licensing Emails

Dear subscriber,
An ongoing TV Licensing phishing campaign, first identified by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) in September 2018, continues to be reported to Action Fraud in high numbers. Fraudsters are sending the public fake TV Licensing emails that are designed to steal their personal and financial information. Since April 2018, Action Fraud has received over 900 crime reports with victim losses totalling more than £830,000.

How you can protect yourself:

  • Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails and never respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial details.
  • Don’t assume a phone call or email is authentic, even if someone knows your basic details (such as your name or address). Remember, criminals can spoof phone numbers and email addresses to appear as companies you know and trust, such as TV Licensing.
  • Your bank will never call and ask you for your PIN, full banking password, or ask you to transfer money out of your account.

What to do if you’ve fallen victim:

  • Let your bank know as soon as possible and monitor your bank statements regularly for any unusual activity. 
  • If you suspect your identity may have been stolen you can check your credit file quickly and easily online. Use a reputable service provider and follow up on any unexpected or suspicious results. 
  • If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, report it to Action Fraud at, or by calling 0300 123 2040.

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Cheshire East unveils rural action plan

Cheshire East Council has developed a three-year rural action plan that seeks to highlight the opportunities and issues faced by rural communities and businesses.

The plan, which was agreed at a meeting of the cabinet on Tuesday (12 March 2019), explains the way the council considers rural areas when setting policy and strategic direction, at a local, regional and national level.

Around half of Cheshire East’s population (180,000 people) live in rural communities, including rural towns.  The rural area of Cheshire East is significant in terms of population, economic impact and its contribution to its ‘quality of place’ agenda – making Cheshire East a great place to live, work and do business.

There are strong rural employment sites, such as Alderley Park, Radbroke Hall, Waters (Wilmslow) and Jodrell Bank, and these sit alongside an agri-food sector (such as farm shops, breweries and cheese producers) and a growing visitor economy.

Frank Jordan, executive director of place, said: “While most would consider Cheshire as rural, very often Cheshire East is viewed in terms of the towns that sit within it. This plan sets out a way to address our thinking about rural policy and the way the council continues to address some of the opportunities and issues that rural areas may face.

“We must remember that a rural economy does not sit in isolation from a large range of factors, such as planning, affordable housing and public transport, access to health facilities, education, viable local services and fuel poverty.

“This plan is important as each factor can impact a rural community. For example, a lack of fibre broadband could prevent businesses from locating there or lack of affordable housing can lead to young people leaving. This work means issues like these can be addressed within the context of policies being adopted.

“This brings together into a single plan a framework for action that is a great example to regional and national networks of how local government can address the rural dimension that is often overlooked by others in policy development.”

The three-year plan seeks to identify opportunities and work on rural issues. Initial opportunities outlined include:

● Improving destination management and the opportunities for business tourism;

● Supporting communities and their wellbeing;

● Considering the availability of quality accommodation;

● Addressing the quality and sustainability of the environment, green spaces and access;

● Working with specialist sectors, such as creative industries, film locations, events, food manufacturing; and

● Supporting businesses to grown and invest in rural areas.

Work on the plan is set to continue until 2022. The rural area action plan can be viewed online by entering  into an internet browser.

Monday 11 March 2019

Celebrations as latest Connected Communities centres are unveiled

Residents of all ages came together to celebrate the opening of the two latest Connected Communities centres.

Local volunteers and organisations supported the events at Middlewich Methodist Church and Middlewich Victoria Hall (on 22 February).

Cheshire East Council’s communities team is providing ongoing support and guidance to the centres to ensure their continued success. Working with communities enables more residents to be offered improved access to services, as well as a place to meet, get support or learn something new.

Cheshire East Council has invested £150,000 in developing Connected Communities centres and each one is supported by a neighbourhood partnership representing local people as well as a range of agencies, including the police, health services and the voluntary sector. The council plans to establish 30 centres across the borough by the end of this year and 27 have been opened to date.

Mayor of Middlewich Councillor Bill Walmsley and his consort Bernice Walmsley, were joined by Councillor Liz Wardlaw and Councillor Janet Clowes from Cheshire East Council to officially open both centres.

Cllr Clowes, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for adult social care and integration, said: “It was fantastic to see so many people of all ages come along to the celebration event at the Middlewich Victoria Hall, which will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in September. My thanks and congratulations go out to all who have worked so hard to bring this project to fruition – it’s a wonderful achievement.”

A wide range of agencies and organisations were present to demonstrate the enormous breadth of information and support that has been brought together under the umbrella of Connected Communities. There was something for everyone, whatever their age.

Children from St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, led by Sophie Quinn Jones from the Performing Arts Academy, participated in a dynamic demonstration which showcased various styles of dancing.

Middlewich Methodist Church is now not only a place of worship for more than 60 parishioners but also an important hub for community activity, from weekly coffee mornings and monthly Saturday coffee mornings (many of which support national or local charities). It runs a popular parents’ and toddlers’ group, together with a number of fun activities across the year. All of these events are open to all.

Cllr Wardlaw, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for health said: “I am extremely pleased to see Middlewich Methodist Church become the latest of our Connected Communities centres.

“The church is part of Churches Together in Middlewich and supports the local foodbank as well as the Winsford Salvation Army in its work to support our community. I would like to thank all our partners for making the open day a wonderful event and I want to thank all the centres for all the brilliant work they do.”

Pupils of St Mary’s Catholic Primary School’s orchestra demonstrated their talents with a performance during the event.

Both of these venues are ideally placed to be great community resources for residents in Middlewich and will help combat social isolation. Anyone who lives locally is encouraged to pop in and discover more about the clubs, activities and facilities.

To find out more about Connected Communities in Cheshire East visit: or email:

People can also phone the council’s communities team on 01270 685880.

Businesses offered help to access finance for growth

Cheshire East Council’s arms length Skills and Growth Company is to hold an event to help local businesses source new investment funding.

The Access to Funding session is free to attend and will include expert advice on accessing funding from the British Business Bank, the operators of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, alongside case studies from three Cheshire East businesses who have sourced almost £2m in funding to fuel their growth.

The event will take place at the Alderley Park Conference Centre on 27 March. For more details see:

The three local businesses taking part are: My Digital Accounts, based in Wilmslow, who recently secured £1.25m from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF); JS Bailey Cheese, based near Nantwich, who received £400,000 from the Rural Development Programme for England; and Alderley Analytical, based at Alderley Park, who received funding of £300,000 from the NPIF.

Sue Barnard, senior manager for the British Business Bank in the North West, said: “Although there have never been more sources of funding available to businesses eager to grow, finding the right fit, in terms of compatibility or managing risk with a fund, can be complex.

“This event has been designed to help showcase how different funds, including NPIF, can be used to source the optimum funding package to help drive growth for the region.”

Councillor George Hayes, chairman of the Skills and Growth Company, said: “Helping businesses to grow is paramount to driving our economy and creating jobs. We are delighted to showcase how three diverse local businesses have taken advantage of the investment available to grow and tell the story of their own individual funding journeys.”

Andy Devaney, business and innovation director at Cheshire and Warrington Growth Hub said: “We understand how critical it can be getting the right advice and the right finance for a business to achieve its growth plans.

“The success stories of the local businesses presenting are just a handful of those helped across Cheshire and Warrington. Their journeys show the difference that funding can make in achieving growth ambitions.”

Businesses can also use the event to network over lunch and have informal meetings with fund managers to discuss their options and the viability of their funding requirements.

The event is being held in partnership with the British Business Bank, the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund and the Cheshire & Warrington Growth Hub.

The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund project is supported financially by the European Union using funding from the European Regional Development Fund, as part of the European Structural and Investment Fund’s growth programme 2014-2020 and the European Investment Bank.

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Man charged following robberies at sandwich shops in Macclesfield
A 32-year-old man has been charged in connection with two robberies at sandwich shops in Macclesfield.
Paul King, of Oak View, Liverpool, was arrested on Wednesday 6 March. He has since been charged with two counts of robbery and one count of possessing a knife in a public place. King has been remanded in custody and is set to appear at Crewe Magistrates’ Court today, Friday March 8. The charges relate to incidents at Subway fast food outlets in Macclesfield. The first incident occurred in Tytherington Business Park at around 5pm on Wednesday 6 March and the second took place in Mill Street at approximately 8pm on Sunday 3 March. The possessing a knife in a public place charge relates to the first incident. who poured boiling oil over co-worker jailed for nine years
A chef who poured boiling hot oil over a co-worker during an argument has been jailed for nine years.
Sihung Hung Hoang, 57, of no fixed abode, was jailed at Chester Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday 5 March) after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily
harm with intent at the Beijing City Take Away, on Mill Street, Congleton.
On Sunday 22 July 2018 Hoang and the victim had an argument whilst working. When the victim was bent down Hoang poured boiling hot oil, which had been heating up on the gas hob, over the victim’s head and then poured more over his chest and arm. Hoang poured approximately four litres of the boiling hot oil over the victim before fleeing the scene. The victim was initially taken to Congleton Hospital by other workers at the takeaway, staff at the Hospital called an ambulance and he was taken to the specialist burns unit at Wythenshaw Hospital. The victim had to be placed in an induced coma for four weeks and came close to dying. As a result of the assault the victim received 35% full thickness burns to his body. He still receives daily care at hospital as a result and has life changing injuries.
Hoang was arrested in a betting shop in Birmingham on September 7th by officers from Macclesfield CID. In his interview with police he admitted pouring oil on the victim but said it was because he was “scared” during an argument.
Detective Sergeant Simon Mills said: “This was a truly barbaric act, like something out of the Middle Ages. Hoang’s cowardly attack has had a devastating impact on the victim who spent three months in Hospital and still has to have daily care for his injuries which have not healed. He has appalling injuries which will scar him for life and also have a significant impact on the rest of his life. I hope that the sentence handed down goes some way to providing some closure for the victim.” sentenced for multiple fraud offences
A married couple from Newcastle-upon-Tyne have been sentenced for multiple fraud offences.
Kevin Cairns, 45, and Gillian Cairns, 46, pretended to run kitchen and furniture companies and duped victims from Cheshire and America into paying large sums of money for work that was never carried out. The couple admitted seven counts of fraud between them, committed between 2014 and 2017. They were sentenced for the offences, which saw four victims scammed out of a total of more than £30,000, at Chester Crown Court on Monday 4 March. Kevin Cairns, who pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud by false representation, was jailed for three years and four months. His wife Gillian Cairns, who admitted three counts of the offence, was given a 10-month prison sentence suspended for two years.
The court heard that the couple set up websites for companies that were figments of their imagination, including Handcrafted in England, Mason Kitchens, Bautou and Mason and Lennegan and Marantz. The websites showed images of other companies’ kitchen refits and furniture and were merely a front to obtain sales for products that they did not have and work that would never be done. The couple demanded deposits before jobs were measured up or products were delivered, followed by requests for payment in full.  They admitted scamming £10,000 from a man in Tabley, Cheshire; £6,538 from a woman in New York, America; and £2,600 from a woman in Crewe, Cheshire.
Kevin Cairns also pleaded guilty to conning a Chester football coach he knew to be dying from a brain tumour into buying a new £12,500 kitchen. The court heard Kevin Cairns even took the man to chemotherapy and radiotherapy appointments after hearing that he had received a substantial critical illness insurance payment. The man died in March 2015, three months after his new kitchen was scheduled to be fitted. No work was ever carried out at his Chester home. The offences were committed whilst the couple were living in Burwardsley in Cheshire, Whitchurch in Shropshire, Wrexham in north Wales and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Sergeant Andrea Ellis, who led Cheshire Constabulary’s investigation into the couple’s fraudulent activities, said: “Kevin and Gillian Cairns set up and carried out an elaborate scam to boost their bank balance at their victims’ expense. The couple used victims’ money as a means to live their day-to-day lives. They stooped low enough to take money from a friend for work they had no intention of ever carrying out, and Kevin Cairns even scammed a dying man out of £12,500, just months before the victim died. I am delighted that the couple have now been punished for their despicable actions, and although the sentencing will not bring the victims their money back I hope that the punishments imposed by the court will give them some closure. This has been a long and complex investigation involving a number of police forces and I would like to thank all of my colleagues for the support they have provided. I hope that this case reassures people that the police treats fraud extremely seriously and we will take robust action against offenders involved in this type of crime. I also hope that it acts as a warning to other potential fraudsters.”
The court was told that Gillian Cairns, who gave an address of Lesbury Street, Lemington, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, had a lesser, more administrative role in the offences than her husband. On top of her suspended prison sentence, she was ordered to do 250 hours of unpaid work and adhere to a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement. The couple were also banned from being directors of a company – Kevin Cairns for 10 years and Gillian Cairns for four years. They will face a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing at a future date to address their assets and ill-gotten gains.
If you are an ongoing victim of fraud contact Cheshire Constabulary on 101 or give the details via . To report historic fraud offences call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. dealer who tried to banish phone and drugs while pursued by police jailed for almost five years
A drug dealer who tried to banish his phone and drugs while being pursued by police has been sentenced to almost five years in prison.
Kabo Masalila, aged 27, of Cherry Avenue in Manchester pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply and dangerous driving at Chester Crown Court. On Thursday 28 February Masalila was told he will serve four years and six months. On the morning of Tuesday 29 January 2019 officers made attempts to stop Masalila after he entered the car park of a gym at Handforth Dean Retail Park near Wilmslow, Cheshire. However Masalila refused to stop and instead locked himself inside the black Honda Civic and a short pursuit took place in the direction of Wilmslow along the A34 Bypass. While the pursuit took place Masalila threw heroin and cocaine as well as a phone out of the window onto the carriageway. When Masalila met heavy traffic he attempted to create a third lane along the nearside of the carriageway where he collided into hedges and bushes before coming to a stop. He was then detained and taken to custody to be questioned by officers.
Detective Sergeant Jon Ryder, of Macclesfield Local Policing Unit, said: “Masalila not only refused to stop for police but he tried to conceal high class drugs along with his mobile phone while driving at speed to avoid being caught. This could have led to a serious collision after he drove dangerously without any thought or care for those around him. After admitting to both his crimes we have seen justice served.” men sentenced to seven years after burgling Warrington pub
Two men who burgled a pub in Warrington have today been told they will serve a total of seven years.
Stephen Martin, aged 37, of Tapestry Gardens in Birkenhead was sentenced to four years and James Dean, aged 38, of Portland Street, Birkenhead will serve three years. Both were sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on Tuesday 26 February after pleading guilty. The court heard how in the early hours of Monday 28 January 2019 Martin and Dean caused damage to the property as they broke into the Horseshoe Inn on Smithy Lane in Croft. Although both men ran away from the pub as they heard police arriving, members of the public told officers at the scene that a blue Ford KA had been seen driving around a road close by. Officers quickly located the vehicle which had been left abandoned at the end of Browmere Drive close to Round Thorn where the local community had seen the men driving around. Checks made on the vehicle revealed Dean owned the KA and officers commenced an area search with the help of dog patrols and the police helicopter. Both Martin and Dean were found hiding in a farm outbuilding on Dam Lane a short time later and were arrested.
Detective Constable David Gerrard, of Warrington Local Policing Unit, said: “The fast response of all those involved in the initial stages of the investigation has helped get justice for the victim. “It goes to show how important it is for the local community to come forward with information. Due to this the officers were able to identify Dean and commence a full search which resulted in Martin and Dean being found quickly.” Behaviour Order for man who intimidated local community
A Crewe man who has been convicted of a string of offences has been handed a criminal behaviour order.
Paul Whyte, of no fixed abode, was handed the three-year banning order at South Cheshire Magistrates Court on Wednesday 27 February. His offences include assault and public order offences. The 48-year-old, known locally as ‘Spider’, is now forbidden from entering an exclusion zone bounded by Nantwich Road, Mill Street, Oak Street, Wistaston Road, and Stewart Street, into Valley Road, onto Broughton Lane, and into Crewe Road back to Nantwich Road. He must not use abusive, threatening or intimidating language, or abusive, threatening or intimidating behaviour, in front of any person in public or private; have an open drinking vessel in any public place; or enter Crewe railway station unless he is travelling. The order also stipulates that whilst walking his dog, Whyte must always keep it on a lead and under his control.
Crewe South local beat manager PC Tom Towe said: “Paul’s actions have caused significant alarm amongst members of the public, who called us for assistance. This CBO means that, amongst other conditions, Paul Whyte will now be unable to enter certain parts of the Crewe area. No-one should feel intimidated by the actions of other people and we will use whatever powers we have at our disposal to ensure that public areas such as Nantwich Road remain a pleasant place to live, visit or run a business. If you see him breaching these conditions, we encourage you to report it.”
Anyone who encounters Whyte breaching any of the above restrictions is asked to contact Cheshire Constabulary on 101 to report it.
Latest Cheshire Appeals
CCTV images released following burglary at a pub in Chester
Detectives have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to in connection with a burglary in Chester.
A quantity of cash and alcohol were stolen from the Ye Gardeners Arms on Christleton Road on Sunday 24 February. The pub was closed at the time, with the incident occurring between 5am and 7am. Enquiries in relation to the burglary are ongoing and detectives believe that the man in the CCTV images may be able to help with their investigation. They are urging anyone who recognises him or thinks they may know who he is to get in touch.
Detective Constable Karina Monks, of Chester CID, said: “We believe that the man in the CCTV images may have important information to help with our ongoing investigation into a burglary at a pub in Chester. If you think you recognise the man in the images or may know who he is please contact the team here at Chester CID on 101, quoting IML 331209. Alternatively you can give us the details via or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. I would also like to appeal directly to the man in the CCTV image to get in touch.”
Appeal following armed robbery at Widnes shop
Detectives are appealing for information and footage from the public following an armed robbery in Widnes.
At around 9pm yesterday, Thursday 7 March, a man brandishing a knife and wearing a face covering entered the Bargain Booze shop on Derby Road. The offender threatened members of staff and demanded cash. He ran out of the shop via the front door with a quantity of cash and cigarettes. The man is described as white, around 25 years old and approximately 5’ 5” tall with a proportionate build. He was wearing a black hooded jacket with the hood up, grey bottoms, black gloves and blue and grey Nike trainers. He was carrying a shoulder bag and spoke with a Widnesian accent. Enquiries in relation to the incident are ongoing and detectives are urging anyone who thinks they may have seen the offender, either before or after the robbery, to come forward. They also want to speak to anyone who believes they may know who the offender is or have CCTV or dashcam footage of him.
Detective Sergeant Alison White, from Widnes CID, said: “This was a terrifying incident and the shop workers who were threatened by the offender have understandably been left extremely shaken up. I would like to reassure them and the rest of the community that we are doing everything we can to identify the offender and bring him to justice and that we are determined to achieve that goal. Enquiries in relation to the incident are ongoing and as part of our investigation I am appealing for anyone who was in the area and thinks they have seen the offender, either before he carried out the robbery or as he was fleeing the scene, to get in touch. The same goes for anyone who thinks they have may CCTV or dashcam footage of him or know his identity. If you can help or have any other information that may aid our investigation please contact the team here at Widnes Police Station.”
Anyone with information or CCTV footage that may be relevant to the investigation should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 341019, give the details via or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. To submit dashcam footage go online at .
Appeal after knifepoint robbery in Runcorn
Detectives investigating a knifepoint robbery in Runcorn are appealing for information and footage from members of the public.
Between 1.50pm and 2pm on Tuesday 5 March an 18-year-old was accosted by another man in Mooring Close, Murdishaw, Runcorn. The offender, who was armed with a knife, threatened the man and demanded his blue and white Yamaha YZ 85 off-road motorbike. The victim got off his bike and handed it to the offender, who pushed it to the nearby Runcorn Amateur Boxing Club car park before riding off into the wooded area that leads to Goreswood Road. The offender is described as white with a tanned complexion, around 18 to 20 years old and approximately 6’ tall. He had a slim build, brown cropped hair and was clean shaven and he was wearing a brown hooded tracksuit with the hood up. Enquiries in relation to the incident are ongoing and detectives are urging anyone who was in the area and witnessed, or has CCTV or dashcam footage of, anything that may help their investigation to get in touch. They also want to speak to anyone who believes they may know who the offender is.
Detective Constable Phil Brown said: “This was a terrifying incident that has understandably left the victim extremely shaken up. I would like to reassure the community that it is believed to be an isolated incident and we are determined to establish the identity of the offender and bring him to justice. Enquiries are ongoing and I urge anyone who was in the area and believes they may have seen the offender, either before the robbery or as he was fleeing the area with the stolen motorbike, to contact the team at Runcorn Police Station. The same goes for anyone who thinks they may know who the offender is or have CCTV or dashcam footage of him.”
The stolen motorbike was recovered in the Murdishaw area on the day it was stolen.
Chief Inspector Sarah Heath added: “We are committed to doing all that we can to tackle knife crime in Runcorn. It is an issue that we take extremely seriously and Runcorn Local Policing Unit will ensure that anyone found to be carrying a knife or committing a knife related offence in the town is brought to justice. But the police cannot beat knife crime without the help of the local community and we urge anyone with information about people who may be carrying knives to come forward and speak to us or Crimestoppers.”
Anyone with information or CCTV footage that may be relevant to the investigation into the robbery in Murdishaw should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 339048, give the details via or contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Dashcam footage can be submitted online at .
To report any type of knife crime call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, or 999 in an emergency.
Witness appeal following two robberies in Warrington
Detectives are urging witnesses to come forward following two robberies in the Sankey Valley Park area of Warrington on Wednesday 6 March.
The victim of each incident had their bicycle stolen. At around 5pm a 22-year-old man from Warrington was accosted by three males that came from the opposite direction as he cycled on a path that runs alongside Nansen Close. One of them was riding a bicycle and the other two were walking. One of them threatened the victim and demanded his white Carrera Kraken mountain bike. After stealing the bike the offenders fled in the direction of Old Hall and Westbrook. The victim left the scene in the direction that he came from, towards the railway above the path. Around an hour-and-a-half later, at approximately 6.30pm, a 14-year-old boy was walking with his bicycle and a 13-year-old girl along the ‘sand path’ near to Sankey Valley Park towards Lilford Avenue. When they were near to the low and high bridges above they were accosted by two males who had come from the park. One was on a bicycle and the other was walking. The 14-year-old victim, who is from Warrington, was threatened by one of the males. He then grabbed the victim’s dark blue Carrera Hellcat mountain bike off him before the offenders rode off towards the park. Cheshire Constabulary believes that the incidents may be linked.
Enquiries are ongoing and detectives are appealing for anyone who was in the area and believes they may have seen something that could be relevant to their investigations to come forward. They are particularly keen to speak to anyone who was cycling in the Sankey Valley Park area whilst wearing a helmet camera, as well as to anyone who thinks they may know the identities of any of the offenders.
Detective Sergeant Darren Reid, of Warrington CID, said: “These incidents have understandably left the victims extremely shaken up and I would like to reassure the community that we are stepping up patrols in the area. Anyone with any concerns should speak to an officer. I would also like to reassure Warrington residents that we are determined to find out who the offenders are and make them face the consequences of their actions. We believe that the incidents may be linked and as part of our investigations we want to hear from anyone who was in the Sankey Valley Park area and thinks they may have seen the offenders before, during or after either of the robberies. The same goes for anyone who may have footage of the offenders from a cycling helmet camera.”
The three offenders in the first robbery are described as white and looked to be in their late teens. The male on the bike was around 5’ 9” tall, of proportionate build and was wearing a dark coloured cotton-style hooded top with the hood pulled up over his head. He had a black zip-up jacket over the top of his hoody and also had dark cotton jogging bottoms on.
The male who threatened the victim looked between 5’ 10” and 6’ tall. He had a slim build and was wearing a black hoody with the hood pulled up. He had a neck warmer underneath this, which was pulled up and covered the lower half of his face. He also had black jogging bottoms and dark coloured Nike-style trainers on and was carrying a drawstring bag over his back.
The other male who was on foot was also wearing dark clothing including a hooded top with the hood up. The two offenders in the second robbery were also white. The male on the bike had blond hair and is described as wearing a hooded top with the hood up and grey jogging bottoms. The male on foot had dark hair and is described as wearing black clothing.
DS Reid added: “If you think you recognise the descriptions of the offenders and may know who they are or have any other information that may aid our investigation, no matter how small, please get in touch with us here at Warrington Police Station. That includes any information regarding the stolen bicycles. Perhaps you have seen them since they were taken from the victims or been offered the chance to buy them.”
Anyone with information or footage that may help detectives with their investigations should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 339969 (first robbery) or IML 340052 (second robbery), give the details via or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Police are continuing to appeal for help in finding Gawsworth missing man
Police continue to be concerned for the welfare of 65 year old John Dyer from Gawsworth.
The last confirmed sighting of John was at 8pm on Wednesday 20 February at Macclesfield Train Station. He is described as white, of slim build with short, curly grey hair. The clothes he is wearing are a blue jumper, blue jeans and walking type boots. He is believed to be on foot and has previously visited the Bollington, Macclesfield Forest, and Buxton areas.
Insp Penny Jones said: “We have been searching the Macclesfield Forest area with the help of Cheshire Search and Rescue and are continuing to following lines of enquiry but we still haven’t had any confirmed sightings since he was captured on CCTV at Macclesfield Train Station on 20 February. We are continuing to appeal to the public for any help in locating him and are requesting members of the public to check their CCTV or Dash Cams if they were in the area at the key times. Please keep your eyes peeled and make contact with us if you think you have seen him. I would also appeal directly to John, please get in touch, your family are worried about you and want to know you are okay.”
Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or via the Cheshire Police website quoting IML 329769.
Appeal after attempted knifepoint robbery in Winsford
Detectives are urging members of the public to come forward with information following an attempted knifepoint robbery in Winsford.
The victim – a 17-year-old boy from the town – was walking alone on what is known locally as the ‘Old High Street’ at around 6.30pm on Sunday 3 March. Travelling from the direction of the River Weaver towards Collingham Way, he was accosted by a man who appeared from an alleyway near the takeaways on the ‘Old High Street’. The man, who was holding a glass bottle and a knife, threatened the victim and demanded his mobile phone. At that point the offender was disturbed by a man and a woman who are believed to have come out of one of the takeaways. He then ran off empty handed towards the housing estate at the back of the fast food outlets. The offender is described as white, around 20 years old and approximately 5’ 11” tall. He had blond curly hair with a long fringe and was wearing a black jacket with the hood up as well as dark trousers and dark shoes.
Enquiries in relation to the incident are ongoing and detectives are appealing for anyone who witnessed, or has CCTV or dashcam footage of, anything that may help their investigation to get in touch. They particularly want to speak to the man and the woman carrying takeaway food who disturbed the offender. Detectives also want to hear from anyone who believes they may know who the offender is.
Detective Constable Duncan Antrobus said: “Thankfully the offender was disturbed and the victim was not injured in any way and did not have anything stolen from him, but what happened was terrifying and has understandably left him extremely shaken up. We are determined to establish the identity of the offender and make him face the consequences of his actions. Enquiries are ongoing and as part of our investigation I am appealing for the man and woman who may have unknowingly disturbed the offender to come forward. I also urge anyone else who was in the area and believes they may have seen the offender, either before the attempted robbery or as he was fleeing on foot, to contact us. The same goes for anyone who believes they may know who the offender is or has CCTV or dashcam footage of him.”
Inspector Andy Smith, of Northwich Local Policing Unit (LPU), added: “I would like to reassure the community that this is believed to be an isolated incident and we have stepped up patrols in the area. Knife crime is an issue that we take extremely seriously and Northwich LPU is committed to ensuring that anyone found to be carrying a knife or committing a knife related offence in the areas we police is brought to justice. But the police cannot beat knife crime without the help of the communities we serve and we urge anyone with information about people who may be carrying knives to come forward and speak to us or Crimestoppers.”
Anyone with information or CCTV footage that may aid detectives with their investigation into this incident should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 337666, give the details via or contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Dashcam footage can be submitted online at . To report any type of knife crime call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, or 999 in an emergency.
Police appeal following aggravated burglary in Hale
Detectives are appealing for information and footage from the public following an aggravated burglary in Hale village.
At around 10.30pm on Sunday 3 March a man was pushed over from behind as he entered the front door of a house in Church End Mews. At that point two men entered the property and threatened him at knifepoint. The offenders then searched the house before stealing a quantity of jewellery and a mobile phone and fleeing via the front door. They were all wearing dark clothing. One of them spoke with a north west accent. Enquiries in relation to the incident are ongoing and as part of their investigation detectives are appealing for anyone who was in the area and believes they may have seen the offenders, or have CCTV or dashcam footage of them, to come forward. They also want to hear from anyone who thinks they may know who the offenders are or have any other information that may be relevant to the investigation.
Detective Sergeant Roberts said: “Thankfully the victim was not injured as a result of the incident, but he has understandably been left extremely shaken up following what was a terrifying ordeal. Burglary is a serious crime in which victims are targeted in their own home, which is the place they should be able to feel most safe. Being the victim of a burglary is always a deeply upsetting experience, but in this instance it was particularly traumatic as it occurred when the victim arrived home and saw him be threatened at knifepoint. I would like to reassure the community that this is believed to be an isolated incident and we are determined to catch the offenders and bring them to justice. Enquiries are ongoing in a bid to establish their identities and I appeal to anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area to get in touch. Perhaps you saw the offenders before they entered the house or fleeing the area afterwards, either on foot or in a vehicle. If so, please contact the team here at Widnes Police Station. The same goes for anyone who thinks they may know who the offenders are or have CCTV or dashcam footage of them, either on foot or in a vehicle.”
Anyone with information or CCTV footage that may help the investigation should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 337824, give the details via or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Dashcam footage can be submitted online at .
Appeal after six motorbikes stolen in Christleton burglary
Detectives investigating an overnight burglary in which six motorbikes were stolen are appealing to the public for information.
Between 5.30pm on Saturday 2 March and 8am on Sunday 3 March a shipping container at The Ride Academy on Whitchuch Road in Christleton, near Chester, was broken into. Six Honda motorbikes – a red CB500, a blue, a white and two red CB650s and a black NC750 – were stolen from the container. Enquiries in relation to the incident are ongoing and detectives are urging anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area to get in touch. They also want to hear from anyone who believes they may know who took the motorbikes or have CCTV or dashcam footage of them, as well as from anyone with information regarding the stolen bikes.
Detective Sergeant Andy Smith said: “We are determined to find out who stole the motorbikes and make them face the consequences of their actions. Enquiries are ongoing and we are appealing for anyone who was in the area and witnessed anything that may be relevant to our investigation to come forward. The same goes for anyone who believes they may know who stole the bikes or have CCTV or dashcam footage of them, either on foot or in a vehicle. We presume that the bikes were driven away in a van or another large vehicle. If you saw such a vehicle on Whitchuch Road on Saturday night or Sunday morning please get in touch. We also want to speak to anyone who has been offered the chance to buy a Honda motorbike or thinks they may know where the stolen bikes are.”
Anyone with information or CCTV footage that may aid the ongoing investigation should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 337267, give the details via or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Dashcam footage can be submitted online at .
Detectives appear on Crimewatch after elderly lady was robbed of walking frame in Warrington
Detectives investigating the robbery of an elderly woman's walking frame in Warrington have today (Monday 4 March) appeared on Crimewatch to appeal for information.
Detective Constable Rob Thorpe spoke live on the BBC programme along with the victim, 80-year-old Elizabeth Clutterback, to urge witnesses to come forward. It was between 5.30pm and 5.40pm on Sunday 30 September 2018 when Elizabeth was approached by a man as she walked with a wheeled walking frame along Whitecross Road in Bewsey and Whitecross. The man pushed her to the ground and stole her walking aid as well as her purse and handbag.  The walker, silver in colour with three wheels and yellow tape on the centre bar and two side bars, was found nearby by officers.  The ladies purse, described as black faux leather with two straps on the outside contained a pink post office card, a bus pass and a small amount of cash. Her handbag is described as an oatmeal canvas bag with a photo of a black Jack Russell on the front. 
Speaking after the programme, Detective Sergeant Mark Naylor, of Warrington CID, said: “This was a cruel and horrible crime on a vulnerable lady who was understandably left shaken and we are still determined to find the person responsible but we need the public's help. I hope hearing Elizabeth and DC Thorpe on Crimewatch will have jogged people's memory to come forward with information - no matter how small.  I would also like to take this opportunity to urge the man who stole the walking frame to do the right thing and get in touch."
A 19-year-old local man was arrested on suspicion of robbery and has since been released with no further action.
Please call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting IML 199465, give details via or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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