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Sunday, 3 October 2021

Burglary Alert

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Cheshire Constabulary

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Burglary Alert

Dear Resident
This letter is to inform you that unfortunately a house burglary has occurred at a premises within your local area. This incident occurred on 18th September  2021 Eardley Court, Rigg Street Crewe.
I would like to take this opportunity to point out that the Crewe Local Policing Unit, which covers both the town centre and the large rural area surrounding it, experiences a very low number of domestic house burglaries.
In an effort to ensure it is an isolated incident we would ask you to review your home security and take sensible precautions like checking all premises and outbuildings are secure, house alarms set and vehicle keys stored away etc.
If you have seen any suspicious persons, vehicles or have any other information, please contact us on 101.  Or call in to Crewe Police Station between 8am-8pm, 7 days a week.
Your call will be dealt with in complete confidence and the information you supply may help us to further reduce burglary and other offences in your area
Please see link below and the link for Cheshire Police Resident Voice.
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September 2021 Enewsletter - Firelink

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Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service

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September 2021 Enewsletter - Firelink

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

Annual Report 2021 published

Cheshire Fire Authority has published its 2020 Annual Report. 
The Annual Report sets out how the Service has performed over the last 12 months, looks at some notable achievements and it also takes a look at what the future might hold for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service. 
Read the Annual Report

New Scorpion appliance will help firefighters to save lives

Macclesfield firefighters have a new weapon in their armoury that will be ‘invaluable for challenging incidents’ and saving lives.
The Scorpion High Reach Extending Turret (HRET) is replacing a fire engine and an aerial ladder platform at Macclesfield Fire Station.
Built by Emergency One, it is a fire engine that has the ability to deliver water and foam from height, which is crucial when dealing with building fires and fires in industrial yards.
Read more - New Scorpion appliance will help firefighters to save lives

Fire Chiefs officially welcome new staff to the Service

At a special awards evening at De Vere Cranage Estate recently, 10 firefighter and community apprentices, two High Potential Development Scheme (HPDS) graduates and 12 migrating on-call to wholetime firefighters were officially welcomed into their new roles with Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Families and friends, the High Sheriff of Cheshire, Robert Mee DL, and Chair of Cheshire Fire Authority Cllr Bob Rudd joined CFRS officers and staff to see them receiving their certificates from Chief Fire Officer Mark Cashin.
The 10 firefighter and community safety apprentices have been working in the community with CFRS Prevention teams and undertaking firefighter training. Work in the community is an essential part of the Service’s commitment to keeping the residents of Cheshire safe. This is an integral component of the apprenticeship scheme but, for this team, they have had the additional impact of Covid and the effect it has had on Service delivery and rose to the challenge admirably.
Read more - Fire Chiefs officially welcome new staff to the Service

Crewe pizza parlour owner sentenced for failing to comply with fire regulations

The owner of a takeaway and restaurant in Crewe was sentenced for putting lives at risk by failing to comply with fire regulations.
Abdul Magid Mohammad Ben Rajab, owner of Mr Pizza appeared at Chester Crown Court for sentencing on Friday 17th September after previously pleading guilty to 10 breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
Mr Rajab received between 6 and 12 months custodial sentence for each breach of the fire safety order (to be served concurrently), suspended for 18 months, along with 200 hours unpaid work in the community.
Cheshire fire authority were also awarded £6,500 costs.
Read more - Crewe pizza parlour owner sentenced for failing to comply with fire regulations

Howdens Runcorn recognised for on-call firefighter support

Howdens of Runcorn have been formally thanked by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) for supporting the on-call firefighter initiative.
On-call firefighters Brad Baig and Ricky Goff, both stationed at Runcorn Fire Station, primarily work for Howdens but are able to leave their place of work when they receive an alert to an incident to be attended by the Runcorn on-call fire engine.
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Increase in COVID-19 cases in Crewe and Sandbach

There has been a significant increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Crewe and Sandbach areas.

There are various outbreaks, largely related to educational settings, and the council is working closely with schools as well as carrying out additional testing in these areas.

Residents and young people can be reassured that schools across the borough all have effective measures in place and are working hard to ensure pupils can continue to attend school and reduce any further impact on their education.

The council has identified two areas of concern. These are in Crewe which accounts for one in five of all COVID-19 cases in the borough (697 cases per 100,000) and Sandbach (816 cases per 100,000).

The latest case rate for Cheshire East is 472 per 100,000 population, which is higher than the North West rate of 359 per 100,000 and rate for England of 322 per 100,000. In the seven days up to 24 September there were 1,831 positive cases in Cheshire East.

Around half of the people who have tested positive are children and young people aged 0-19 years, with another concerning group being those age 40 to 49, who may well be parents, relatives, or close family friends.

More testing sites will be available in Crewe and Sandbach over the coming weeks. This will be for both symptomatic (with symptoms) and asymptomatic (without symptoms) testing.

Residents in these two areas are strongly encouraged to continue regular twice weekly lateral flow testing, to maintain social distancing, wear a face covering where required to do so and follow the latest public health guidance to protect themselves and others.

Information will be provided as to where testing sites will be located and these can also be found on the council’s testing pages, at:

Residents are reminded that if they develop any symptoms of COVID-19, which include a new continuous cough, high temperature or loss or change to their sense of taste or smell, they should self-isolate immediately and book a PCR test via

Council makes assistive technology charging fairer for all

At a meeting on Monday 27 September, Cheshire East Council adults and health committee agreed to implement standardised charging for assistive technology.

Assistive technology (also known as telecare) is used to describe a range of electronic devices which can support residents’ independence to carry on living in their own home and in their local community.

Following an extensive consultation between May and July 2021, it was recommended that people aged 85 and over who are living alone are to be charged £5 per week for the assistive technology service. This is the same charge as all other users currently pay.

The council currently supplies a free service to about ten per cent of the over 85 population in Cheshire East. For the majority of the over 85 population who use other providers or don’t use a telecare service there will be no change.

Anyone who cannot afford to pay will have the opportunity to ask for a financial assessment which may result in them continuing to receive the service for no charge.

The council will support any individual with reduced capacity, to ensure that they would be supported to access a financial assessment should they need to.

Councillor Jill Rhodes, Cheshire East Council’s adults and health committee chair, said: “We are actively supporting older people to achieve a better quality of life by using assistive technology equipment to enable the more vulnerable members of our community to have improved safety, care and independence, all in their own homes.

“When we reviewed the existing charging policy, it was clearly unfair to others to single out those 85 years of age and older and who are living alone for this free benefit.

“The decision to make a comprehensive charging policy means that all users who can afford to pay will pay the same fee and this meets the spirit of the 2014 Care Act which said that charges should be fair. The charge the council makes is cheaper than some private providers and no other council offers a free telecare service.

“With demand increasing each year due in part to the increase of our ageing population, the service also needs to be financially sustainable in the long term.

“By amending the charging policy, it will allow more people to take up the service, and for the scope of the technology to be broadened”.

The council is still looking at the implementation plan for this project, but it is likely letters will be sent out to those affected in October to inform them of the committee decision and provide a timescale for implementation.