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Chester Rural Newsletter May 2016
Message from Sergeant Wilson. Welcome to the Chester Rural policing newsletter for May 2016. This newsletter is a roundup of local news and information gathered over the last month from your local officers.
Your local officers continue to work hard to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the rural areas and always pay particular attention to those issues designated as monthly priorities. We will continue to target the affected areas with high visibility patrols.
I would encourage you to approach your local officers when you see them in the area. It is only through effective listening that we can truly understand the issues that are important to you as residents. If you would rather speak to your local officer by phone, please contact 101 or via email using the details below. My staff are always happy to make themselves available to speak with you.
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Regards, Sergeant Ian Wilson,
Elton Ward Your local PCSO is Debbie Netherton.
PCSO priority for June Topic:Speeding on Ince Lane, Elton. Description:In response to complaints received from residents, local officers will continue to give attention to speeding. Motorists are reminded the speed limit is 30mph.
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You Said:There is a male begging outside the shops in Elton. We Did: PCSO Connolly has been spoken to the male mentioned and is working with partner agencies to address issues he has which cause him to beg.
News for the area Speed watch is still continuing in the area of the Elton ward. ‘Community Speed Check’ signs will soon be erected around the village to remind residents and especially visitors to the area to abide by the speed limits. The Community Speed Watch team will be out to spot check various locations.
We are pleased to announce that PCSO Jake Connolly has been successful in the Police Recruitment Process to become a Police Officer and will be starting in July. He will be leaving the Elton ward at the end of June. He is extremely proud to develop his career further and would like to thank local residents and members of the Parish Council for making Elton ward an enjoyable place to work. PCSO Debbie Netherton will be covering the Elton Ward until a replacement has been identified.
Chester Villages Ward Your local PCSO is Debbie Netherton.
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You Said:Youths are causing anti-social behaviour in the Christleton area. We Did: Patrols have been providing a high visibility presence in the area. No youths have been located as causing issues but we will continue to respond to calls and reports.
News for the area
Between the 21st and 24th May a property was broken into in Cinder Close in Guilden Sutton, a downstairs window was believed to have been left open. Please ensure your property is locked and secure to prevent opportunistic criminals. On the 5th May there was a theft of coach batteries reported from a garage in Mickle Trafford. The offenders and the vehicle were caught on CCTV and enquiries are ongoing. There is an anti-fracking protest camp set up in a lay-by on the A56 Warrington Road opposite the junction with Ince Lane. The protestors state they are there to raise the communities awareness of the potential impact that fracking can have on the area. Following a report of a theft from Christleon shop on Village Road, the offenders were caught on camera and have been identified. Officers are dealing with the offenders with support from the store. A suspicious male was reported on Badgers Close knocking door to door and selling car cleaning products. Officers attended and stopped the male and checked he was a legitimate salesman. We would like to remind residents to not allow anyone access to their property if you feel unsure, always ask them to provide identification. The Speed Indication Device has been placed in several areas over the last month including Guilden Sutton, Waverton, Littleton and Mickle Trafford. Various community speed watch groups have been working in the area. PCSO Netherton will be holding numerous police surgeries; Waverton Shops. Guy Lane: 15/6/2016 at 10.00. Christleton Stores, Village Road: 22/6/2016 at 10.00. Mickle Trafford Post office: 15/6/2016 at 11.00. Guilden Sutton Post office: 22/6/2016 at 11.00.
Frodsham Ward Your local PCSO is Neil Flanagan.
PCSO priority for June Topic:Anti-social behaviour on Eddisbury Square Description:Following an increase in reports of anti-social behavior in the area of Eddisbury Square and surrounding area. Residents have expressed their concerns in regards to groups of youths loitering on the bench, reports of drinking, smoking and noise nuisance. Officers will be in the area to deal with incidents.
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You Said:Frodsham town centre has recently experienced an increase in the number of shoplifting incidents within the town, which clearly has a detrimental effect on our local retailers. This particular type of offending also affects the wider community as the proceeds gained by this type of crime can be used for drug and alcohol misuse. We Did: We have identified some of the offenders involved and are actively looking to identify and deal effectively with the other offenders. News for the area Community Speed Watch is designed to increase awareness about the dangers of speeding. Speeding is one of the factors that most affects the quality of life within the Frodsham area, which in turn makes it one of the biggest community priorities. Until now the Local Policing Unit has been able to do some work to tackle this problem. However, because we are being told speeding is a big concern we want to work with you. We think that the Community Speed Watch programme is a good way to move forward. Community Speed Watch allows members of the community to volunteer and take action, helping us to educate drivers on the roads of concern in your area. The scheme is managed by Frodsham Town Council and Cheshire Police, but run by volunteers. Volunteers use equipment that monitors the speed of passing traffic and records the details, later adding them to a database. Vehicle checks are then undertaken by the police and letters are sent to the registered keepers advising them of the speed and reminding them of why it is a community concern. Speed Watch is not enforcement, it is education. It is important to know that Speed Watch now forms part of our response to speeding issues. It is the first tier in our response to dealing with this problem. If a problem persists, we escalate to tier two, meaning that enforcement can be undertaken by the police. A couple of years ago, Frodsham Town Council purchased their very own speed Indicator device and we have some trained volunteers, however we are looking for more volunteers to do some initial training for a couple of hours and then in at least groups of two take an active role in reducing speed on the roads in Frodsham. Think you can make a difference in your area? Get in touch via your local Police Community Support Officer Neil Flanagan at firstname.lastname@example.org PCSO Flanagan will be holding numerous police surgeries; Castle Park House, Castle Park, Frodsham Thursday 23rd June 9am – 10am Monday 27th June 6pm – 7pm
Helsby Ward Your local PCSOs are Phil Brandreth and Neil Flanagan.
News for the area Following reports of speeding along Robin Hood Lane, local officers will be attending in the near future with the speed gun and speed indication device to deter and/or catch any such driver. Damage has been caused to the bus stop on Chester Road near to the junction of Lower Robin Hood Lane. Enquires are ongoing with a possible description of offenders. Anyone who has any information regarding this please contact Cheshire Police on 101. We are pleased to announce that PCSO Jon Finchett has been successful in the Police Recruitment Process to become a Police Officer and will be starting in July. He would like to take the opportunity to thank all of the residents of Helsby that have helped him in his role and made me feel welcome. We wish him look in his new career. PCSO Brandreth and Flanagan have taken over his role as local officers for Helsby until a replacement has been identified.
Kinglsey Ward Your local PCSO is Phil Brandreth.
PCSO priority for June Topic: Parking at Aston By Sutton School Description:Parking is still an issue at Aston By Sutton school. PCSO Brandreth and the School Headteacher are working with the local council and parents advising on the issues of inappropriate parking. The main issue is parking on and around the yellow zig zags outside the school.
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You Said: There is a suspicious male knocking on doors in the Norley area. We Did: We would like to remind residents to not allow anyone access to their property if you feel unsure, always ask them to provide identification.
News for the area
In Norley we held a driver engagement day on High Street. In just over an hour 26 cars were stopped for traffic related offences such as speeding, no seatbelt and using a mobile phone whilst driving a vehicle. This was in the 30mph zone by the junction for the school.
PCSO Brandreth will be holding numerous police surgeries; 17th June Norley Stores, Norley 12pm 28th June Gibson Mill Café, Kingsley 12pm 28th June Kingsley Community Centre 1pm 29th June Gleaves Coffee Shop, Frodsham 11am (for Sutton Weaver residents) Gowy Ward Your local PCSO is Steve Edmonds.
PCSO priority for June Topic:Speeding/traffic issues outside schools in Ashton Hayes and Barrow. Description:In response to complaints received from residents and parents local officers will give attention to speeding and parking outside the schools above. Motorists are reminded not to park on the Zig-Zags outside the schools and to maintain within the speed limit. Barrow School and Ashton Hayes Schools both have a 30mph speed limit – this is to ensure the safety of everyone.
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You Said:Youths are causing issues on Barrow Pavilion. We Did: After speaking with residents, PCSO Edmonds was made aware of issues on the Barrow Pavilion. He has been in the area to try and deter this type of behaviour and will continue to do so. Anyone found causing issues will be dealt with accordingly. News for the area Rural and Wildlife Crime Course Local officers have recently attended a Rural and Wildlife Crime Course at HQ Lancashire Police in Preston. The course was attended by officers from Lancashire, Cumbria and Cheshire Forces. PCSOs Jon Hurst and Steve Edmunds were two of the Cheshire officers who attended the course, Jon said “the course was excellent and will be a real help in relation to my role as a rural PCSO.” PCSO Edmonds responded to a report of off road bikes on Commonside in Alvanley. 7 males were spoken to and details of their bikes taken. The males were removed from the site and advised to find an alternative safe and legal place to ride them. If you have any concerns regarding off road bikes please contact us at the time so we can respond as soon as possible – unfortunately reporting after the event does not allow us to catch them doing this. PCSO Edmonds will be holding police surgeries; 8th June - Barrow community Shop: 15.30-16.30. Tarvin and Kelsall Ward Your local PCSO is Ryan Reid.
PCSO priority for June Topic:Speeding in Willington Road, Oscroft and Church Road, Tarvin. Description:Following numerous reports of speeding in this area, PCSO Reid has and will continue to deploy the speed indication device to make drivers aware of their speed. The speed limit on Willington Road is 30MPH and on Church Road is 40MPH.
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You Said:Youths are acting suspiciously near Church Street. We Did: Officers have been made aware of youths acting suspiciously in the area, possibly involved with drugs. Please contact us on 101 if you have any information about this kind of behaviour in your area – any information can be helpful and enables us to act more effectively and swiftly.
Tattenhall, Farndon and Malpas Ward. Your local PCSO is Jon Hurst.
PCSO priority for June Topic:Parking outside Schools Description:In response to complaints received from resident’s, local officers have given attention to problematic parking outside local schools and in particular this month at Clutton Primary, Bishop Heber and Alport School. In Malpas a number of motorists have been advised in relation to their parking and if the problem continues enforcement will be the next step. Motorists are reminded that outside Bishop Heber there are continuous and broken white lines in the centre of the road - this means there is no parking either side of the road however, drivers are allowed to drop off and pick up passengers. Officers will continue to monitor traffic issues as a priority this month.
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You Said: Cars are failing to stopping at the pedestrian crossing on Chester Road at busy times in the morning and there are parking issues in the area. We Did: PCSO Jon Hurst has given attention to the pedestrian crossing on Chester road. The attention to the crossing will be on-going and liaise with partner agencies if necessary. Local officers PC Ged Gigg and PCSO Jon Hurst also attended the location and advised a number of motorists in relation to parking on the junction – the next step taken will be enforcement.
News for the area Rural and Wildlife Crime Course: Local officers have recently attended a Rural and Wildlife Crime Course at HQ Lancashire Police in Preston. The course was attended by officers from Lancashire, Cumbria and Cheshire Forces. PCSOs Jon Hurst and Steve Edmunds were two of the Cheshire officers who attended the course, Jon said “the course was excellent and will be a real help in relation to my role as a rural PCSO.” Special Constabulary Rural Team: We now have a team of dedicated rural Special Constables for the area. The Specials, who are all un-paid volunteers with all powers as a regular officer, give their spare time to make where you live or work a safer place. The Special Constabulary is a valued edition to the area. PCSO Brandreth will be holding numerous police surgeries; Tilston Hub at the Village Hall 10-12 am on 1st June Malpas Parish Council Meeting 7 pm on 13th June at the Jubilee Hall
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