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Northwich Local Policing Unit

Policing the areas of Northwich, Winsford, Tarporley, Sandiway & Cuddington

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Week 6th November 2015

Court Results
On 2nd November 2015 at Chester Crown Court a 31 year old Northwich man Christopher Newton from Highbank Road pleaded guilty to a number of offences. Possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and heroin and received 30 months in custody. This was as a result of the suspect being detained on 29th July 2015 for a drugs search and subsequent drugs being recovered in a search at his home address. He also pleaded guilty to a house burglary that he committed on 29th June 2015 in Whitehall Drive, Hartford were he stole jewellery and computer equipment. He received 30 months imprisonment for this offence.
Northwich and Winsford had a safe a happy Halloween night, but a number of youths spoilt the  Bonfire night celebrations in the Wharton area of Winsford.
Halloween weekend celebrations passed peacefully in Northwich and Winsford, with fewer incidents than previous years.
We traditionally see an increase in calls to all emergency services during this period, particularly around Halloween when the activities of a small number ‘trick or treaters’ borders on antisocial or criminal in nature, and members of our community do not want the unwanted intrusion.
However, this year, we have had lower levels than usual due to the proactive and visible Operation Treacle presence which included officers on bikes in the Wharton area of Winsford and the use of Dispersal Orders in Leftwich and Wharton to support the policing operation.
Police received less than 20 calls over the weekend in relation to Halloween anti-social behaviour and officers out in the area were able to deal with any problems by being in the right place at the right time and issuing dispersal orders where appropriate.
‘Dispersal Powers’ were authorised for the entire weekend – a relatively new legislative tool in the police armoury – meaning that the power existed to direct anyone suspected of committing crime or antisocial behaviour to leave the area. In total, over the course of Friday and Saturday night, a total of 5 ‘Dispersal notices’ were issued.
Bonfire night saw calm in all areas of Northwich and Winsford except the Wharton Housing Estate.
A number of police officers were on patrol in the area as part of a pre-planned policing operation for bonfire night.  However, during the evening a police vehicle had a window smashed and a small number of individuals aimed fireworks at police officers and residential properties.
The actions of a small number of individuals caused danger to local residents and police officers.  Fortunately, no injuries occurred but the deliberate targeting of properties and people with fireworks is extremely dangerous
During the weekend period we have arrested 6 youths for offences of affray and criminal damage after the night’s incidents and will continue to identify and arrest others involved. All the 6 arrested have been bailed pending the conclusion of the investigation and we will seek to work with the local housing trust to also consider housing action against individuals who committed offences and disorder.
If anyone has information regarding the incidents on the Wharton Estate they should contact the Police on 101.  Police officers will be continuing additional patrols in the area during this period.
Community Engagement
Two Pizza and Smoothie events were held at the Community Bungalow on Finsbury Walk and Wharton Library Winsford on Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th November 2015 between 15.30 hours and 17 00 hours. With Bonfire Night looming PCSO Stephen Bishop and Localities Officer Patricia Johnson from Cheshire West and Chester Council thought it would be a way of intervention to target young people aged between 5 and 14, who are at risk of becoming involved in Anti - Social Behaviour on the estates. Over 60 youngsters turned up at each event to whip up some creative toppings for their own pizzas, whilst washing them down with a smoothie made from a variety of ingredients all promoting healthy eating. Representatives from Winsford Youth Forum, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Cheshire Constabulary and Cheshire Fire and Rescue all pulled together to help the afternoon’s event run smoothly. All the youngsters contributed to group discussions on the dangers of bonfires and fireworks on the estate and also Halloween, with plenty of fun had by all involved. The event was made possible by funding from Cheshire Fire Service. At recent feedback meetings it was agreed by all that this was ‘A good example of partnership working across the Winsford Area and great opportunity to engage with families in a relaxed environment’.
Crime update
At 16:20hrs on 30th October 2015 a disturbance occurred just off Middlewich Road, Rudheath at business premises opposite bargain booze store. Members of the public reported up to 15 males with weapons. As a result of the incident 3 vehicles were damaged and one male received minor injuries.  Police have arrested 6 local men from the Northwich and Winsford area and have been bailed pending the outcome of the enquiry. The incidents appear to be a dispute between two parties that has escalated.
At about 02:00hrs on Monday 2nd November offenders set fire to a fixed speed camera on the A556 Chester Road, Sandiway. A tyre was used to start the fire which was extinguished by the fire service.
If you have any information regarding the incident please contact the police on 101, or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
We have had a number of reports of purse dipping these past few weeks in both Northwich and Winsford areas both in the town centres and at local superstores.
The offenders both male and female work in teams are believed to be foreign nationals generally arrive in a vehicle to a local town go out on foot. During which time they identify a vulnerable elderly victim, observe them using their bank card to make a payment either at a cash machine or in a supermarket and then once they know the pin, they distract the victim and steal their card – they will ask for directions, drop money on the floor or in one case they squirted tomato sauce all over the victim as a distraction technique.
They will then immediately attend a bank and withdraw as much cash as they can before leaving town. They are getting away with thousands of pounds in some cases.
These offences are occurring throughout the country.
I would urge any member of the public seeing anything suspicious towards or near to elderly shoppers to contact the police immediately so we can check the individuals out.
Keep up to date with policing issues in your local area by following @PoliceNorthwich on Twitter.
Inspector Dave Snasdell
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