News Bulletin Castlefields, Halton Castle Area

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News Bulletin
Runcorn Local Policing Unit, Halton Castle
and Castelfields Area
January 2017

I hope 2017 has been off to a great start for you all.

This month I wanted to make you aware of the new rules surrounding mobile phone use while driving.

As of March 2017 any person caught using the mobile phone while driving will receive 6 points on their license and a £200 fine. Offend twice and expect a fine of up to £1000 and a 6 month driving ban.

This will include the use of mobile phones whilst stationary at traffic lights and if you are using one whilst supervising a learner driver.
Had your license for less than 2 years? Being caught just once will result in you being banned from driving.

I have written about the use of mobile phones whilst driving before but drivers can still be seen using them. A license to drive can be lethal in the wrong hands and the responsibility to drive safely should not be dependent on the risk of being caught.
 Zoe Bowden           &          Tracey Taylor
Crime Updates – January

Cheshire police have responded and attended 131 incidents in your area in January. These incidents varied in seriousness however include missing persons, road traffic offences, Suspicious persons, domestic incidents and anti-social behaviour.

Mobile Phone campaign

Carrying on from earlier, Between 1st and 7th March Cheshire Police will be running a mobile phone enforcement campaign to target those people using a mobile phone while driving.

There is no excuse for using your phone whilst driving without a lawful and adequate blutooth device. It might be 6 points on the license and a£200 fine or it might be a 10 year prison sentence and a lifetime of guilt.
Defrosting your car

On the day of writing this report I spent ten minutes defrosting my car to be able to drive to the police station to start work. I thought back to the number of frosty mornings over the years where I have driven through Runcorn stopping to advise persons ‘defrosting’ their cars by leaving them running and unattended while they make a brew.

I’ll write for you what I say to them:
By leaving your car running to defrost outside while you are inside you are committing a criminal offence (‘quitting’), you are more likely to have your vehicle stolen (we receive numerous reports every year of this very thing) and you may find it impossible to get your insurance company to pay out if the vehicle is stolen in this way.  Drivers should always be in control of their vehicle when the engine is running, even when they’re loading or unloading shopping or baggage.

Criminal Damage   
On 1st January 2017 a private address on Greenbridge Close had the back door window smashed with a stone around 8.30pm, then on 2nd January 2017 St Augustines Presbytery also reported a smashed window at the front of the church.  3rd January 17   
On both occasions nobody was seen causing the damage, anyone with information to assist the identification of the offenders please ring 101.
There has been an increase in Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) in the area of The Castle on Main Street any people caught acting Anti Socially will be spoken to about their behaviour by Police and housing and could risk Anti-Social Behaviour Contracts being issued and the housing tenancy threatened.  

Suspicious Activity in the area
Overnight 3rd January 2017, 3 or 4 males have been reported as trying to gain entry to address on Kingshead Close, this was followed by a report of a male seen trying to gain entry to a shed on Coppice Close in the early hours of 4th January. In the early hours of 22nd January 17 a male was also seen in the garden of an address on Kingshead Close, the male was wearing a hooded jumper and ran away when the occupant turn on the lights.
Anybody with any information is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 or via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555111. 
Taking of a motor vehicle
Overnight 3rd January 2017 a Kawasaki bike, 600 Ninja was taken from outside an address on Framlington Court and later recovered near to Centurion Row 
A Honda Motorbike DG13ERJ in White was stolen from Keepers Walk the evening of 26th January 2017, the bike was taken from the stairwell at the address, the owner still has both keys
Inc 902, 5th January 2017 relates to a Transit van been entered on Hadleigh Grove and a large Dewalt Hammer driller and two other cordless drills been taken.  Another theft from a van took place on 6th January 2017 again with tools being taken.  

Good News
Vehicle seized on Castlefields Avenue South, the female driver has been reported for driving with no insurance
Male arrested in the Astmoor area on 3rd January 2017 for unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle and theft after being found with a number of power tools in the vehicle was also arrested for theft.
Thank you to the lovely men that stopped to help officers move a fallen tree that was obstructing the High Way on Halton Brow.
The men from Ebsford Environmental quickly stopped to help officers using their work equipment to cut the tree up and move off the Highway quickly ensuring the road was back open within a very short period of time
Have Your Say Community Meetings
held at Castlefields Community Centre, The Village Square 
Thursday 9th February 2017 - Castlefields Councilors Surgery - 7.00pm
Monday 20th February 2017 - Castlefields Residents Association - 2.00pm
Thursday 23rd February 2017 - Castlefields Councilors Surgery - 7.00pm
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.
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Kind Regards

Beat Manager
Cheshire Constabulary, Runcorn Police Station - 2nd Avenue, Halton Lea, Runcorn, WA7 2HG
Tel – 01606-36-5509 | E-Mail –
Message sent by
Zoe Bowden (Police, PC, Runcorn LPU East Beat Mgmt)

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