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Please find Inspector Snasdell's Weekly Newsletter below.

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PC 4976 Rae
Northwich Local Policing Team

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Northwich Local Policing Unit

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

Voicemail: 0845-458-6378


 26th February 2016

Crime Update

Overnight 20th February 2016 we had three burglaries in the Hartford area.
On Chester Road keys were taken to a Ford Torneo, and the vehicle stolen from the drive.
Keys were taken from a house in St James Way off Chester Road and a Mini Convertible stolen from the drive. Neither vehicle have yet been recovered
A further burglary took place in Silverdale on the Pippins estate overnight, with entry to a bungalow via a bedroom window and jewellery stolen.
It is rare to have three burglaries overnight and these are likely to be linked.
We are increasing patrols in both Hartford and Kingsmead over the next week during the night time period to try and target those responsible.
Town Centre Assault
At approximately 1am on Sunday 21st February 2016, an incident occurred outside Retros Bar, High Street, Northwich. A 27 year old male was refused entry to the premises due to him being on the local pub watch banning list. In an unprovoked attack he head butted a 41 year old male and punched a 34 year old male who were stood outside. The 41 year old victim lost a front tooth in the incident. The suspect Jason Lord was arrested nearby and has later been charged with the two assaults and bailed to appear at Chester Magistrates Court on 9th March 2016 with conditions not to enter licenced premises and not to be drunk in a public place.
We will be seeking an alcohol exclusion order on this individual once he is dealt with by the courts.
Drug offences
Officers executed a search warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act at an address in Mallard Way, Winsford on the evening of 22nd January 2016.
A 27 year old man was arrested on suspicion of Possession with Intent to Supply Class A drugs and Possession of Cannabis.
Following subsequent enquiries on Monday 22nd February 2016 the male was charged with possession with intent to supply cocaine and possession of cannabis and will appear before South Cheshire Magistrates court on 6th May this year.
On the evening of 16th February 2016 officers stopped a Vauxhall Corsa on Castle Street, Northwich. The driver an 18 year old male ran off from the car but was shortly after detained. He was subsequently arrested for possession with into to supply cannabis after a search of the vehicle recovered a quantity of cannabis. He has been bailed till 12th April 2016 whilst forensic enquires are concluded.
Traffic issues
During the month of February 2016 the local PCSO for the Lostock area has been conducting speed enforcement on Manchester Road, Northwich after complaints from residents. A total of 42 motorists have been reported for exceeding the speed limit.
Court Result
On 19th January 2016 officers stopped a mini motor vehicle in Ann Street, just off Manchester Road, Northwich. The 27 year old driver Lewis Roberts from Norwyn Road, Merseyside was searched under the misuse of drugs act and a quantity of heroin and crack cocaine recovered. He was later charged with possession with intent to supply and remanded in custody. On 17th February 2016, Roberts was sentenced and received 32 months in custody.
Again this is a good result, we continue to target travelling criminals bringing drugs into the Northwich and Winsford community to make the area safe and protect the vulnerable.   
On line dating know the Danger Signs
Online dating fraud in the UK cost victims a heart-breaking £27 million last year, according to new figures from Get Safe Online and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB).
Online dating can be a great way to meet that special someone. However, it doesn’t hurt to place a little more caution when using these sites to start talking to someone, just as you would if you met a stranger in a bar or at a party.  There are a minority of people who use online dating as a forum to target vulnerable people, knowing if they invest a lot of time into building a relationship with someone, they could potentially steal a lot of money. The financial loss is one thing, but it’s the emotional impact this sort of crime has which is severe. When someone places a lot of trust and faith in a person who they think they know, they often don’t separate their emotional feelings from rationale. Often when victims do start to suspect something isn’t quite right, they’re already in deep, so it’s extremely easy to ignore those little niggles of doubt and choose to trust someone – it’s this factor which online criminals exploit.   It’s important to remember that it’s highly unlikely anyone legitimate would ask for any kind of financial assistance for whatever reason. Plus, if there are any immediate doubts, speak to a family member of friend to get a second, more objective opinion. If someone is keen to take contact off the dating site very quickly, this could be a sign that they have something to hide.
The impact on the victim whose confidence and trust in this online friend often escalates to them pledging their undying love through this electronic contact despite having not met the individual with whom they were corresponding with online.   The fraudster will use a number of various  techniques to illicit large sums of money from their victims such as requests for money to travel to meet the victim, they need releasing from military service abroad or they need to be released from dangerous persons requesting the victim not to notify anyone, as it would compromise their safety.  The offenders are often based outside of the United Kingdom, so please be weary of misspelt grammar or illegible sentences within the email or text exchanges.
If you think you have been subject of 'Romance Fraud' please contact Action Fraud urgently. 

Tell-tale signs your online date may be a fraudster:
  • They want to communicate with you through instant messaging and texts, rather than through the dating website or chat room where you met
  • They ask you lots of questions about yourself, but don’t tell you much about themselves
  • They don’t answer basic questions about where they live and work
  • Their profile picture is too perfect – for example they look like an actor or Miss World titleholder
  • They start asking you to send them money using a number of different scenarios such as:
    Claiming to be military personnel based overseas who require funds for flights home or early discharge from the forces.
    Citing medical related issues they need money for such as a sudden need for surgery, either for the fraudster or the fraudster’s family member.
    They’ve arranged to visit you but need money to pay travel costs.
Get Safe Online recommends the following tips to make sure you’re safe online:
  • Trust your instincts - if you think something feels wrong, it probably is
  • Choose a site that will protect your anonymity until you choose to reveal personal information and that will enforce its policies against inappropriate use
  • Do not post personal information, such as phone numbers, on dating sites
  • Never send money or give credit card or online account details to anyone you don’t know and trust
  • Wait until you feel comfortable with an individual before telling them things like your phone number, place of work or address
  • Be extremely wary about removing clothes or doing other things in front of your webcam that could be used against you - even if you think you know the other party
  • Use a dating site that offers the ability to email prospective dates using a service that conceals both parties’ true email addresses
  • Set up a separate email account that does not use your real name
  • Pick a user name that does not include any personal information. For example, “joe_glasgow” or “jane_liverpool” would be bad choices
  • Finally, meet for the first few times in a safe place with plenty of people around
If you think you have been a victim of fraud you should report it to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud reporting centre by calling 0300 123 20 40 or by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk. For further advice on how to stay safe online go to www.GetSafeOnline.org.
Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers needed at Shop mobility
Do you want to get out of the house to meet people and learn new skills?
We welcome volunteers aged 18 or over, with all levels of abilities and from all backgrounds. You can volunteer for as little as one day per week – all that VRDS asks of you is reliability, commitment and enthusiasm. 
Northwich Shopmobility & Winsford Shopmobility
CONTACT:  Telephone: 01606 288820   Email: northwich.shopmobility@vrds.org.uk   Website: www.vrds.org.uk
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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