Runcorn Town Park-Cheshire Police Community Safety Update

Alert message sent 02/10/2015 12:38:00

Information sent on behalf of Cheshire Constabulary

In response to the story in the Runcorn Weekly News dated 24th September (‘Shock Rate of Sex Crimes in Vicinity of Park Revealed’), it is important to remember that the majority of these incidents do not relate to Town Park itself and in fact cover a very large geographical area encompassing hundreds of properties and the park.
The vast majority have also taken place within a private property (and were completely unrelated to the park), where the victim and offender are known to each other (in the case of sexual offences) or within business premises (in the case of robberies).
Whilst these incidents are taken just as seriously as those that have happened in a public place, we were advised that this story related to safety in the park – therefore the fact that the majority of these incidents took place outside of the park is an important factor.
The headline states ‘shock crime wave’ but the paper has absolutely nothing to base this on – had it taken the time to fully research the story they could have asked for figures for previous years to enable them to do a meaningful comparison. 
The reality is that Town Park is not a problem area for the local policing unit.  Neighbourhood officers have detailed management and knowledge of incidents in that area and it would be clear to them when there is a series of incidents within the park itself or a particular issue that needs addressing.
When any incidents are reported in that area officers are committed to tackling them and ensuring that those responsible are traced and dealt with and that vital reassurance is provided to the local community.
Of course, if anyone experiences any issues or concerns about the Town Park area I would urge them to speak to one of their local officers or call 101.  We would always urge people to follow basic safety advice when out and about - remain vigilant when walking alone at night, maintain an awareness of your surroundings and try and stick to well-lit areas and keep your valuables safe and secure at all times.

Chief Inspector Debbie Hooper, Runcorn LPU
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Liz Biddle (Police, Community Engagement Officer, Chesh Engagement Unit)

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