Our September Our News Newsletter Is Out – Read It Here

Our September Our News Newsletter Is Out - Read It Here

We pleased to announce our September Our News newsletter is now available.

Click here to read our September Our News newsletter.

This month we have a look at how one group has tackled crime and disorder in Hackney, we introduce to you CrimeStoppers Domestic Abuse campaign #YouAreNotPowerless which launched on the 1st September, and Action Fraud’s anti-phishing campaign #MulletOver, which also launched on the 1st September.

In partnership with Avast we look at ways Cyberhood Watch is protecting our community.

We highlight and ask you to support some key events being held during September

  • The Countryside clean up on the 19th and 20th
  • Gas Safe Week running from 14th – 20th

And last but certainly not least, we are excited to announce that the Neighbour of the Year Awards, sponsored by Co-op Insurance is back for the 3rd consecutive year. Nominations open on the 21st September. Look out for more details on this coming soon.

And that is not all… read our newsletter here to discover more.

All the best


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Deborah Waller (NWN, Multi Scheme Administrator, England and Wales)

Police & Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable Stakeholder Bulletin

To all Parish and Town Councils in Cheshire


Dear Clerk,


Please find attached a stakeholder bulletin from David Keane, Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, and Chief Constable Darren Martland, Cheshire Constabulary.


In this special ‘Community Policing’ edition, you will find an update regarding some significant changes to how we police our local communities, which will position Cheshire as a leading police service for delivering community policing.


As a valued stakeholder, we hope you find this update useful and we would encourage you to cascade the content throughout your local community.


Please may I request that you forward the stakeholder bulletin to your Parish/Town Councillors for information?


Kind Regards,

Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner


Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner

Stockton Heath Police Station | Grappenhall Road | Stockton Heath | Warrington | WA4 2AF


Website: www.cheshire-pcc.gov.uk

Register for updates: Cheshire PCC Alert


August 2020 Enewsletter – Firelink

August 2020 Enewsletter – Firelink

Welcome to the May edition of the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service e-Newsletter.

Cheshire Fire Cadets determined to help Nepalese school children

A determined group of Cheshire Fire Cadets who raised over £50,000 before lockdown have vowed to continue their quest to secure enough money to finish building classrooms for village children in Nepal.

The team of 13 fire cadets and six leaders had spent nearly two years fundraising and were on track to make a trip out to Nepal this year to meet the schoolchildren using the classrooms, before it was unfortunately postponed due to coronavirus restrictions.

Firstly lockdown halted their fundraising activities and caused the price of the building to go up and then monsoons in the area hampered the construction progress.

Find out more – Cheshire Fire Cadets determined to help Nepalese school children

Mum and dad-of-four end up in hospital following fire caused by charging e-cigarette

A couple from Crewe ended up in hospital as a result of a fire in their home which was started by a charging e-cigarette.

Jennifer Brown, 35, and Scot Washington, 34, suffered from the effects of smoke inhalation after managing to extinguish the fire in an upstairs bedrooms.

They are fully aware that the consequences of the fire on Friday 31 July could have been far worse and are urging others to never take any chances when it comes to charging e-cigs.

Find out more – Mum and dad-of-four end up in hospital following fire caused by charging e-cigarette

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Ashley Lawton (Cheshire Police / Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Administrator, Corporate Communications)

Would You Like To Nominate Someone For A Neighbourhood Award?

Would You Like To Nominate Someone For A Neighbourhood Award?

Is there a Resident, Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator/Member, someone who works in your community, or a volunteer/group who you know and lives within Cheshire (including Halton and Warrington) who:

  • goes out of their way to ensure your neighbourhood is safe?
  • has done something amazing to help your neighbourhood?
  • has initiated action(s) in the community to overcome nuisance or criminal activity
  • has been an active coordinator for many years?
  • has stepped down as an effective coordinator after many years?
  • has stepped up to become a coordinator in a challenging environment?
  • volunteered to assist their community during the pandemic?

The Cheshire Neighbourhood Watch Association (CNWA) is looking for nominations for our second Neighbourhood Awards. If you know of anyone who has done any of the above, please complete the nomination form by clicking on the following link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3TP6QJH by midnight 30th September 2020 telling us what they have done, and why you think they deserve to win.

Winners will be decided by representatives of the Cheshire Neighbourhood Watch Association and invited to attend a virtual evening event in November to find out if they’ve won.

Julia Griffiths (Chair), Joan Gibbison (Treasurer), Graham Bushill (Secretary), Clare Harrison, Heather Thompson, Bob Marshall, Helen Kinnersley, Dave Brown
Cheshire Neighbourhood Watch Association
c/o Corporate Communications|Cheshire Constabulary HQ|Clemonds Hey|Oakmere Road|Winsford|Cheshire|CW7 2UA
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August E-Newsletter Edition of Ournews Is Here

August E-Newsletter Edition of Ournews Is Here

Dear Bernadette

We are delighted to announce that the August 2020 OurNews is now available to view and download from our website.( https://bit.ly/3fzCWCQ )

This month’s theme is Crime Prevention and we have highlighted our launch of our new “Safety In Neighbours” campaign, which launched at the tail end of July. This has been a great campaign and we have received lots of positive feedback.

As well as continuing our theme across the newsletter, we are excited to launch our first ever Impact Survey, which we are pleased to say we have received over 21,000 responses.  We would like to congratulate West Midlands and Hampshire, which we have received the most responses from their members and members of the public.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank those that have already completed the survey and for those of that haven’t, we ask you to fill in the survey and ask others to do the same.

Please continue to share our newsletter with your coordinators, members, supporters, and partners across your networks.

Best wishes

Central Support Team

NB:  Please click on the links in the alert message

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Warning Issued Following Hoax Calls from Scammers Claiming To Be Police Officers

Warning Issued Following Hoax Calls from Scammers Claiming To Be Police Officers

Detectives have been made aware of a spate of hoax calls from scammers claiming to be police officers from Cheshire Constabulary acting on behalf of HMRC.

There have been several reports over the last two months whereby people have been receiving calls from someone purporting to be a police officer or from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

The first part of the call is automated and asks the victim to press 1 in order to be connected to HMRC.

A recorded message then then informs the victim that they have an unpaid tax bill and that there is a warrant out for their arrest unless they pay the balance immediately.

The fraudsters then ask the victims to make a bank transfer to pay off their supposed outstanding tax bill.

Scammers can also make calls appear as though they come from legitimate numbers and in one recent case the numbers traced back to a Cheshire based police station and HMRC.

Detective Sergeant Chris Jacques of the Economic Crime Unit said: “It is important to remember that police officers and HRMC will never call you and ask you to settle the balance of a tax bill over the phone.

“Telephone numbers can easily be spoofed and you should never trust the number you see on your telephone display.

“If you receive a suspicious call, do not give any information over the phone and end the call immediately.

“I would advise anyone who believes that they may have been a victim to this scam to please report it to us on 101 or via https://www.cheshire.police.uk/ro/report/.”

Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane said: “I am deeply concerned to hear about this recent spate of fraudsters claiming to be police officers.

“Fraud has a significant emotional and financial impact on victims so, as the Police and Crime Commissioner, I am committed to supporting those affected and to ensuring that action is taken.

“I am urging all residents to remain vigilant and tell their family, friends and neighbours to be wary of these scams in order to protect against fraud in Cheshire.”

Anyone who believes they have been contacted fraudulently or have been a victim of fraud should call Cheshire Police on 101 and Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

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Ashley Lawton (Cheshire Police / Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Administrator, Corporate Communications)

Neighbourhood Watch July Our News Enewsletter Is Here

Helpdesks To Open Across Cheshire For Residents Who Have No Other Way of Reporting Crime

Dear Neighbourhood Watch supporter,

Our July ‘Our News’ newsletter is here

Click here to read it

The time has come once again to grab that cup of tea, put your feet up and enjoy our newsletter. This month we reflect on perception of crime in lockdown and the successes of Neighbourhood Watch Week.

As well as looking at what we can learn from our experiences during lockdown we also look to our future and consider diversity in Neighbourhood Watch, summer seminars, the launch of a national burglary campaign, and how we can harness the power of volunteers post lockdown.

Kind regards


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Call For Vigilance Following Spate of Catalytic Converter Thefts

Call For Vigilance Following Spate of Catalytic Converter Thefts

Cheshire Constabulary is urging residents to be vigilant following an increase in catalytic converter thefts.

Since Wednesday 27 May officers have received six separate reports of thefts involving catalytic converters.

Honda and Toyota cars are particularly being targeted, and although thieves have stolen catalytic converters across Cheshire the most recent incidents occurred in Runcorn, Widnes and Northwich.

Inspector Anton Sullivan, of Cheshire Constabulary’s Roads and Crime Unit, said: “Investigations involving my unit and colleagues from neighbourhood policing teams are ongoing in relation to the thefts and we are following a number of lines of enquiry.

“While the investigations take place I encourage motorists to be vigilant and review any security measures they have in place.

“In recent times offenders have been predominantly targeting hybrid vehicles including Toyota, Honda and Nissan cars, but other vehicles may be at risk.

“Offenders use specialist tools to remove catalytic converters from vehicles and have been doing so in daylight at car parks and other areas where cars are left.

“If you see anyone using tools on cars in such places please let us know as soon as possible.

“I also ask scrap metal dealers to be mindful if they are ever offered catalytic converters or exhaust systems and to contact us if they suspect that they could have been stolen.”

There are a number of steps that motorists can take to reduce their chances of becoming a victim, including:

• If possible, park your car in a garage
• If your car is at high risk, consider marking the metal shell of the converter with a unique mark, so that if it is stolen it will be easier to trace back to your vehicle
• If your catalytic converter is bolted on, the bolts can be welded shut – this would not stop a determined thief but would slow them down
• Giving some consideration to the way your vehicle is parked could reduce the chances of your catalytic converter being stolen – high and low clearance vehicles being parked close together make it more difficult for a thief to gain access to converters
• Good quality lighting will improve natural surveillance and make a thief less likely to be able to remove a catalytic converter without being seen
• Leaving your car in an area covered by CCTV may also deter thieves – CCTV systems should be well signed.

If you have any information about the thefts, or if you see anyone removing catalytic converters or acting suspiciously in your community, please call Cheshire Constabulary on 101.

Alternatively, information can also be reported anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

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Daniel Millington (Cheshire Police / Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Media Officer, Corporate Communications)

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