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Good Morning,

Please find Inspector Snasdell's Newsletter for 19th March 2016 attached below.

Apologies that we are a few days late sending it out.

Kind regards,

PC 4976 Jennifer Rae
Northwich Local Policing Unit.

News Bulletin


Northwich Local Policing Unit

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

Voicemail: 0845-458-6378

 19th March 2016

Spring Has Arrived

At last we have started to see some warmer weather and people getting out in the gardens. This warmer weather normally brings out not just daffodils but also criminals who target garages and sheds.
Make sure you keep your gardening equipment secure from would be thieves as lawn mowers and strimmer’s are usually on their shopping list.
You can purchase relevantly cheap battery operated alarms for sheds and garages which if activated will deter a thief. Don’t by second hand items unless you are happy of where it has come from you could find yourself being arrested for handling stolen goods. If it sounds like a bargain it could be stolen.

Overnight on the 4th February 2016 Williamsons Bakery on Chester Road, Castle was broken into and a quantity of cash stolen. On 10th March 2016 Police arrested a 37 year old male Kevin Cotgrave from the Birkenhead area for the burglary. He was later charged and remanded in custody.

Court Results
On 7th October 2015 officers executed a search warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act, at an address on Seaton Street, Winsford.
The suspects were arrested and released on bail to allow for further enquiries. In February two of the suspects were charged with Possession with Intent to Supply Crack Cocaine and Heroin.
On 14th March 2016, Robert TROW aged 40 years from the Winsford area and John FLYNN aged 23 years from the Merseyside area appeared before the Crown Court at Chester. Both pleaded guilty to all charges and were sentenced to 2 years and 8 months and 2 years and 4 months in custody respectively.

Laser pens the risk and the legislation
I thought I would take this opportunity to highlight the dangers of misuse of laser pens.
Owning a laser pen is not an offence. However, whilst owning a laser pen is not illegal, if a person had one in the street and was using it (or intending to use it) to shine in people eyes, at cars or aircraft etc. then they would be committing an offence and, in the case of cars and aircraft, a particularly serious offence.
Air Navigation Order 2009 outlines two offences - directing or shining any light at any aircraft in flight so as to dazzle or distract the pilot of the aircraft, and recklessly or negligently acting in a manner likely to endanger an aircraft, or any person therein.
The former offence could result in a fine up to £2,500, and the latter in a fine up to £5,000, and/or five years imprisonment.
Regarding vehicles, the Road Traffic Act 1988 Section 22A(1)(a) states that causing danger to other road-users could result in a fine up to £5,000, and/or a maximum of seven years imprisonment.   If such action results in a fatal accident, then consideration will be given to an offence of manslaughter.   In cases of assault, the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 states that causing actual bodily harm or grievous bodily harm could result in a fine up to £5,000, and/or five years imprisonment.

An update and schedule of road works for Northwich Town Centre
An update and schedule for Week 6 of these works is below…

Monday 21 March to Saturday 26 March 2016

 Main traffic disruptions:
·         The traffic management will continue as the previous couple of weeks with all lanes at the roundabout narrowed down to single lane approaches/exits to allow safe working space around the roundabout.   
·         The diversion route for pedestrians, away from Leicester Street, will remain in place.  The diversion will continue with the pedestrian crossing on A559 across to Station Road into Old Warrington Road and back into Leicester Street.
·         Hadfield Street Car Park will be closed due to this now being in the works construction area.  Users are now being directed to alternative parking on our new car park in Station Road (west of the A559 Chester Road)
Specific work areas:
·         Works continuing on the verge area between Station Road around into Leicester Street to carry out proposed new carriageway widening.  And also widening of both sides of Leicester Street working in the verge area.  Leicester Street will remain open to two-way traffic but lanes may be slightly narrowed down. 
·         Works will also continue on removing some of the existing splitter islands around the roundabout.
·         Also works preparing for Utilities diversions will continue in Hadfield Street Car Park area, together with starting on the new construction works area in this location.
·         BT will be in the old Station Road area carrying out diversion works.
Please note that no full road closures are proposed this week.
Anyone with any information to support the Cheshire Police in any crime or incident please call Cheshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.Keep up to date with policing issues in your local area by following @PoliceNorthwich on Twitter.
Inspector Dave Snasdell
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Jennifer Rae (Police, PC, Northwich LPU North Response)

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