Northwich Neighbourhood Police Newsletter Dec 2016

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News Bulletin


Northwich Local Policing Unit

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

22nd December 2016

Crime Update
Northwich Officers are appealing for information from the public after vandals damaged a number of graves at a Sandiway cemetery.

Sometime between midnight on Thursday 15th December and 11.00am on Friday 16th December, vandals entered Gorstage Cemetery, on Weaverham Road.

Whilst inside they removed flowers from a number of graves and threw them across the cemetery, the also broke a number of pots & vases and smashed sentimental ornaments.

Investigating office PC Neil Wharmby said: “Christmas is a particularly difficult time for people who have lost loved ones and cemeteries are supposed to be places where they can go for quiet reflection.

“The actions taken by these selfish vandals are simply inexcusable and several people have been left extremely distressed as a result of the damage that they have caused.

“I’d appeal to anyone with any information in relation to the damage to call us on 101 so that the people who caused this damage can be brought to justice.

Anyone with any information in relation to the incident is asked to contact Cheshire police on 101 quoting incident number 405 of 17/12/2016. Information can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Speed Enforcement
Manchester Road, Lostock Gralam - Enforcement carried out on 18/12/16 between 12:16hrs - 14:07hrs, 23 offences captured and submitted for summons.
Middlewich Road, Rudheath - Enforcement carried out on 19/12/16 between 11:17hrs – 11:59hrs, 5 offences captured and submitted for summons.
Middlewich Road, Winsford - Enforcement carried out on 19/12/16 between 10:17hrs - 10:53hrs, 15 offences captured and submitted for summons.
Drugs arrest
At approximately 13:20hrs on Monday 19th December 2016 two men from the Merseyside area where arrested near to the river in Northwich Town Centre. The men aged 21 years and 33 ears where arrested on suspicion of concerned in the supply of class “A” drugs as a result of police suspecting them of being in the area to supply local people with class “A “drugs. The suspects made of into Furey wood area and the officers were supported by the police helicopter to identify their location and arrest them.
The pair where later bailed whilst forensic analysis is completed on items seized by the officers.
We continue to target street supply of class “A “drugs within the local area.
Drink and Drug drive campaign
Cheshire Police continue to target drivers for drink and drug driving over the festive period. Figures from Op Sparkles - Drink Drug Drive Update - 1st to 18th Dec 2016
Drink Drive arrests 94 and Drug Drive arrests 76.
 This will continue throughout the month of December 2016.
Enjoy your festive holiday but think about the consequences
This weekend thousands of people are expected to head out with friends and family to celebrate the festive season.
They will be joined by hundreds of Cheshire police officers, Special Constabulary officers and PCSOs who will be out on patrol, protecting our town and city centres.
This week’s message is simple “Christmas is always a busy time for us as traditionally we see an increase in the number of incidents such as drunk and disorderly behaviour and alcohol related incidents. That’s why we’re asking everyone to stay safe and take extra care while out celebrating the festive season.
“That doesn’t mean that you can’t go out and celebrate or have a few drinks with your friends and family. We’re simply asking people to drink responsibly and look after your friends when you’re out.
"Otherwise, the chances are, you could do something that you may later regret.
“It’s also important everyone behaves responsibly think about the people who live in our towns and city centres. Most people wouldn’t be happy if they got woken up in the early hours by people attempting to sing Christmas songs, so what makes it acceptable when you’re out celebrating?”
"Of course we want you to have fun, but anyone who breaks the law will be dealt with robustly.
Anyone arrested for anti-social behaviour or for being drunk and disorderly faces the prospect of a fine of up to £1,000 and could even receive a criminal record
, which could affect you for the rest of your life." 

Officers also have the power to issue dispersal orders to anyone who commits anti-social behaviour.
“We’re not trying to spoil the fun; we all like to celebrate Christmas, we just want to ensure that everyone who does goes out to celebrate stays safe.
“I’m sure the majority of people would much prefer to wake up at home in their own bed rather than get arrested and end up in one of our custody cells.”
Tips for the next few weeks driving whilst you enjoy the festive period and visit family and friends
During winter months it is important to check your vehicle and prepare for driving in a variety of extreme weather conditions. Some basic vehicle care and maintenance, coupled with raised awareness of the additional challenges that winter driving brings, should ensure that you remain safe during the colder months.
Firstly, make sure your car is ready for the extra demands that are about to be put on it.
  • Check the condition of your tyres. Your tyres are the only part of your car that is in touch with the road and are absolutely essential in maintaining grip on the road surface and keeping control of your car. Ensure you have sufficient tread depth, the legal limit is 1.6mm but in winter, we recommend at least 3mm. Tyre pressures are equally as important as tread depths. Make sure you know what they should be and check regularly to ensure maximum grip
  • Check that your lights and indicators are in good working order and clean. Lights not only ensure that you can see, but just as importantly, that you are seen by others.
  • Check fluid levels and make sure that there is enough anti-freeze in the engine cooling system to prevent freezing. Also check the windscreen washer bottle is full and has enough additive to prevent freezing and keep the windscreen clear.
  • Keep your windscreen clean. Winter driving is not only about poor weather. In winter time, the low sun can often dazzle drivers and a dirty windscreen will make the effects of the low sun worse.

Driving in extreme weather

If it is foggy, raining, snowing or icy, make sure you slow down and keep well back from the vehicle in front of you. Many collisions are caused through not braking in time when the roads are wet or slippery; allow sufficient distance between you and the vehicle in front. Watch out for locations where you may need to drive more carefully, either because of side winds or a greater risk of ice. Look out for:
  • Changes in road elevation or exposure.
  • Where the road passes under or over a bridge, or where traffic is lighter (e.g. slip roads).
  • Bends in the road where there is a greater risk of losing control.
  • Roads that may not have been treated

Driving through ice and snow

  • Thoroughly clear your entire windscreen and all other windows of snow, ice and condensation. All round vision is required at all times.
  • Clear any snow off the roof and bonnet of the vehicle before you drive away.
  • Watch out for icy conditions - look for clues such as ice on the pavement or on your windscreen before you start your journey and take extra care.
  • Look out for winter service vehicles spreading salt or using snow ploughs. They have flashing amber beacons and travel at slower speeds - around 40mph. Stay well back because salt or spray can be thrown across the road. Do not overtake unless it is safe to do so - there may be uncleared snow and untreated ice on the road ahead.

Driving in rain and floods

  • When the road is wet it can take twice as long to stop. Slow down and maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front.
  • If your vehicle loses grip or 'aquaplanes' on surface water take your foot off the accelerator to slow down. Do not brake or steer suddenly because you have less control of the steering and the brakes.
  • Try to avoid driving through surface water as you might flood your engine.
  • If you have to drive through floods, drive slowly, use a low gear and try to keep the engine revving at a high rate. Move forward continuously to avoid stalling the engine. When driving an automatic vehicle, engage and hold in a low gear.
  • Test your brakes after driving through water; they may be ineffective.

Driving in fog

  • Use dipped headlights so that other drivers can see you.
  • If it is foggy (less than 100m visibility), switch on your fog lights. Do not forget to turn them off when conditions improve.
  • Fog is often patchy so try not to speed up as visibility improves. You could suddenly find yourself back in thick fog further up the road.

Driving in windy weather

Though high-sided vehicles are particularly affected by windy weather, strong winds can also blow other vehicles off course. This can happen on open stretches of road exposed to strong crosswinds, or when passing bridges, high-sided vehicles or gaps in trees.
Above all, in any poor conditions reduce your speed and increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front. Try to avoid harsh braking, acceleration or steering movements as this is more likely to lead to lose of grip.
In extreme conditions, only make the journey if it is absolutely necessary. If it is necessary, allow extra time and make sure someone knows your route. Make sure you have your mobile phone fully charged in case of emergencies and that you carry warm, waterproof clothing with you.
And finally have a great Christmas and a prosperous and New Year! 
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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