Burglaries In Runcorn

Burglaries In Runcorn

Detectives investigating four burglaries in one week at houses in Runcorn are urging the public to be vigilant and appealing for information.

Between Monday 6 January and Monday 13 January homes on Norton Lane, Goldcrest Close, Halton Brow and The Uplands were targeted by burglars either during the day or during the evening.

Once inside offenders have ransacked the house and stolen jewellery or cash from inside.

Officers believe all the burglaries are linked and are encouraging the public to take extra security measures as a precaution to help keep your home secure.

  • Close and double lock all doors and windows
  • Set your burglar alarm
  • Make sure all valuables are out of sight
  • In the evening, shut the curtains and leave lights on

Detective Sergeant Rob McLoughlin, of Runcorn Local Policing Unit, said: “Being burgled can be a distressing crime and while we continue with our investigation I want to take this opportunity to remind people to remain vigilant and take extra home security measures.

“We are currently following a number of lines of enquiry however, I am also keen to hear from anyone who may have seen people acting suspiciously around these areas or have information which could help the investigation, to get in touch.

“I am also keen to see if anyone noticed any vehicles near to the shop to come forward. If you have dashcam footage please submit it through to us.”

If you have information, either contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting IML 611359, through our website https://www.cheshire.police.uk/ by contacting Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their website https://crimestoppers-uk.org/

More information on how to help keep your home safe and secure from burglars can be found here https://www.cheshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/residential-burglary/leaving-your-home-checklist/

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Warning Due To A Rise In Courier Fraud Crimes

Warning Due To A Rise In Courier Fraud Crimes

We’re issuing an urgent warning to residents after three elderly victims were conned out of more than £60,000 by fraudsters posing as police officers and bank workers.

Courier frauds are mainly committed by organised crime groups (OCGs). A member of the OCG, known as the ‘victim communicator’ makes phone calls to vulnerable potential victims, usually the more elderly members of the community, telling them they are a police officer or work at the bank.

They persuade the victim to cooperate with an ‘operation’ designed to gather evidence or identify offenders responsible for a fictional offence. The victims are asked to withdraw money from their bank, purchase an expensive item and/or provide their bank details or card to assist with the operation.

The money, item or documents are handed over to another member of the gang, the ‘courier’, who attends the victim’s address or meets them nearby, on the promise that the money or item will be returned or compensation provided.

In the last 28 days alone, three Cheshire victims have been conned out of more than £60,000 in cash and goods. Two victims in Crewe both handed over more than £10,000 each after withdrawing cash and giving it to fraudsters in the mistaken belief they were assisting police officers. One victim in Alderley Edge has lost £20,000 cash and over £20,000 in goods while there was a narrow escape for a Congleton victim who tried make a withdrawal from the bank but, thankfully, the Banking Protocol* was followed which prevented them from losing their money.

In the other five cases the potential victims realised there was a potential scam in progress and informed the police.

Detective Sergeant Chris Jacques from Cheshire Constabulary’s Economic Crime Unit said: “Nationally, courier fraud is a growing problem with over 1000 offences committed in the last six months. A national awareness campaign is being launched this week to target offenders, which we will be supporting.

“I would strongly urge anyone receiving calls asking for money to be withdrawn and handed over to a courier to immediately phone the police on 101 or report the incident to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Police, banks or other such services don’t cold call so, if you do receive a phone call purporting to be from one of these organisations, don’t be taken in by what they say. They are not genuine.”

Officers have issued general advice on how to spot and avoid courier fraud:

  • Police officers, banks or other such organisations will never ask you for cash or your bank details.
  • If you do receive a potential courier fraud call us on 101 or report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
  • If someone is trying to rush you into doing something regarding your bank account it is likely they are involved in a scam.
  • Do you bank with one particular bank but the person on the phone is talking about a different one – even if they do have the right bank, it doesn’t mean it is legitimate.

*The Banking Protocol trains bank staff to spot when someone is about to fall victim to a scam and will try to prevent them from withdrawing cash to give to a fraudster, after which they can request an immediate police response to the branch.  52 payment service providers, including all the main high street banks and the Post Office, are now fully signed up to the Banking Protocol and have trained up their front-line branch staff in the steps that need to be taken when a customer is at risk. Since March 2018, the scheme has been implemented by all 45 police forces across the UK.

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Have Your Say on the Policing Precept For Cheshire

Have Your Say on the Policing Precept For Cheshire

Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner is asking residents and businesses for their views on how much council tax they pay towards local policing.

PCC David Keane has today (Tuesday 7 January) launched an online consultation to ask local people if they would be willing to support up to a maximum of £2 per month increase in the policing precept for the average band D household.

You can complete the online survey here: Have your say on police funding

There will also be a number of roadshows held across Cheshire where residents can talk to the commissioner directly about their views on the precept and complete the survey face-to-face.

He said: “Over the last decade police funding has been subject to stringent funding cuts from central Government. This has seen the policing budget in Cheshire decrease in real-terms year-on-year since 2010. In a decade where demand on policing has increased by one third, and become increasingly complex, the government’s programme of austerity has meant that Cheshire has suffered a big decrease in police officers, support staff posts and other essential resources as we’ve struggled with more than £60 million of real term cuts.

“Whilst imposing cuts nationally, central government has dictated the shift of the funding burden onto local residents, requiring commissioners to consult on raising the policing element of council tax. Whilst I believe that policing should be funded from government as the first responsibility of the state is keeping its people safe, I promised to protect our public and our public services and to carefully listen to the views of local residents.

“Historically, this annual consultation is set around the government’s Provisional Police Funding Settlement which local police services usually receive in December. Due to the late general election in 2019, police services are yet to receive their Provisional Funding Settlement for 2020/21 so we have to work on an assumption of the continuance of a flat-cash settlement from Government with no additional funding to support additional demand or to cover pay and price inflation. The chief constable has advised me to consult with Cheshire residents on a precept that enables him to deliver a police service which keeps our communities safe.

“At £200.44, the police element of band D council tax in Cheshire is currently the ninth lowest in the country. And thanks to the support of local residents in last year’s policing precept, we have delivered on our promise of locally recruiting 43 officers in the last nine months.

“We are also expecting to see some of the police officer posts, of the circa 21,000 that have been lost over the last decade, start to be replaced by the government funded national uplift programme. Cheshire are expecting to see 30 of these officers this year which will start to help us reverse the effects of austerity on policing but while these officers may be funded, there appears no protection for the current budget and for current officer numbers in Cheshire to be maintained.

“Therefore, the chief constable and I are asking residents and businesses in Cheshire if they are willing to support up to an extra £2 per month increase for the average band D household. This will enable the chief constable to invest in a number of areas which are operational threats for Cheshire Police including county lines, major crime and modern slavery and human trafficking.”

The public consultation events will be taking place at the following locations on the following dates:

  • Chester – Tesco, Frodsham Square, Thursday 9 January, 1pm-3pm
  • Runcorn – Runcorn Shopping City, Friday 10 January, 10am-12noon
  • Widnes – Morrisons, Green Oaks Way, Friday 10 January, 1pm-3pm
  • Warrington – Cockhedge Shopping Centre, Thursday 16 January, 1pm-3pm
  • Macclesfield – Sainsbury’s, Cumberland Street, Friday 17 January, 10am-12noon
  • Middlewich – Morrisons, Newton Bank, Friday 17 January, 2pm-4pm
  • Crewe – Tesco, Vernon Way, Thursday 23 January, 1pm-3pm
  • Ellesmere Port – The Market, Friday 24 January, 10am-12noon
  • Northwich – Asda, Leicester Street, Friday 24 January, 2pm-4pm

The consultation closes at midnight on Sunday 26 January 2020.

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Firelink Enewsletter – December 2019

Firelink Enewsletter – December 2019

Anti-Bullying Commission – Call for Evidence

To all Parish & Town Councils,

Anti-Bullying Commission – Call for Evidence

The Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, Mr David Keane, has brought together a team of community representatives to look into the issue of bullying which he describes as ‘an epidemic among all generations in our society’.

As part of this review, the Commissioner has opened a call-for-evidence to give victims of bullying and those with experiences of bullying the opportunity to tell their story. As you may be aware from previous correspondence, this call-for-evidence will close on Saturday 30 November 2019.

In order to continue to raise awareness of the Anti-Bullying Commission and ensure as many people as possible are able to able to tell their story, please can you share this e-mail with your contacts and local residents in your communities.

The short online survey that will enable people to articulate their experiences of bullying is available via the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3WJCP78

Kind Regards,

Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner

| 01606 364000

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


Website: www.cheshire-pcc.gov.uk | Twitter: Follow CheshirePCC | Facebook: Like Cheshire PCC


This communication is intended for the addressee(s) only. Please notify the sender if received in error. Internet email is not to be treated as a secure means of communication. The Constabulary monitors all Internet and email activity and requires it is used for official communications only. Thank you for your co-operation.

November Our News Out Today – the National E-Newsletter For Neighbourhood Watch Supporters

November Our News Out Today - the National E-Newsletter For Neighbourhood Watch Supporters

Dear Neighbourhood Watch supporters,

The November edition of Our News, the e-newsletter for Neighbourhood Watch supporters, is out today.  This exciting edition introduces the national winners of our 2019 Neighbour of the Year competition, inspiring member stories, national campaigns for you to get involved in such as Cyberhood Watch and Together for Good: The Neighbourhood Watch Big Curry, a new crime report, member offers, and updates from Neighbourhood Watch Network on what we are doing to support you!

Grab that cup of tea.. put your feet up.. and enjoy.

Kind regards

Deborah Waller | Senior Communications and Digital Manager
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK  | Building Safer and Stronger Communities

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November 2019 Newsletter

November Newsletter

News Letter

November 2019

Daresbury local Policing Unit (Moore, Sandymoor, Preston Brook, Daresbury, Windmill Hill)

Anti-Social Behaviour

The issues are still ongoing with youths throwing projectiles at busses causing damage to the bus, this is causing great stress and is effecting the way the service is being run due to the bus company cancelling route times.
We have had incidents on Phoenix Park where fireworks have been thrown at members of the public, please be safe when over the coming weeks.
There has been as expected a few incidents with fires in different areas of the beat but have all been dealt with efficiently.
2 white males were disturbed on windmill Hill trying to break in to a car no damage was caused and unfortunately they were not located.
We had an issue with door to door salesman over the whole area, these males caused great distress to some residents during their visit. Any information or further incidents please report this.

Off road bikes

the Off road bikes are still an ongoing issue across Runcorn, we are tackling this day to day and will continue to do so.
Please report any incidents or intelligence via 101.


We have had some successful stop checks and there has been a number of people arrested for possession with intent to supply drugs. We will carry on tackling areas of interest to stop the issue around drugs.

Roads Policing
Officers have been out with the TruCam (Speed Camera) in different areas this month with a number of drivers not adhering to the speed limits.
We have had a very high number in Preston Brook and Sandymoor so we will carry on in these areas every week.

Police Surgeries

We will be holding surgeries at Sandymoor School & Windmill Hill Children’s Centre.
If you have any issues or just want a chat then come along and see me.

Sandymoor School

23rd November @ 10:00
3rd December @ 10:00
19th December @ 14:00

Windmill Hill Children’s Centre

12th November @10:00
28th November @ 14:00
10th December @ 15:00

Parking Issues
Still issues with Parking and we will carry on educating and dealing with issues as we come across them.


Runcorn Police have teamed up with Sharks Community Trust to encourage young people to interact with local police through a rugby project in Runcorn.

The Cheshire Police, in partnership with Sharks Community Trust, have developed ‘Rugby in the Park’ which will use rugby to increase the participation for those not normally exposed to the sport. The aim is to encourage young people to interact with their local police and to join their local rugby club.

The project will be every Monday evening from the 18th Novemeber 4-7pm.
They will be held at Astmoor Primary School in Castlefileds due to Phoenix Park not being suitable playing Fields.

Christmas shopping has started so places are getting much busier please be careful when out and about and be sure to secure all property and vehicles.

PC Simon Saul 3959 & PCSO David Fallows 23083

Cheshire Constabulary | Runcorn Local Policing Unit, Second Avenue, Halton Lea, Runcorn, WA7 2HG
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Firelink Enewsletter – October 2019

Firelink Enewsletter – May 2019

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

Bonfire night – list of bonfires in Cheshire

It’s much safer to attend an organised community bonfire – so please attend an organised event this Bonfire Night.

Most injuries throughout the bonfire period occur as a result of people building their own bonfires, and setting off their own fireworks.

Find out more – Bonfire night – list of bonfires in Cheshire

Cheshire Burn Awareness Week

We joined forces with organisations from across the country to urge people to stay safe as part of Cheshire Burn Awareness Week (14th-18th October). This week incorporated National Burn Awareness Day, which took place on 16th October.

During Cheshire Burn Awareness Week our staff were out raising awareness of the main causes of burns and scalds and showing people that the majority of accidents are avoidable.

Burns can cause physical and emotional scars to both young and elderly victims and a potential hazard such as a boiling kettle or a saucepan full of hot fat can also cause lasting damage to a person.

Find out more – Cheshire Burn Awareness Week

Are you ready for winter?

Most incidents in the home can be prevented by using common sense and taking precautions.  Winter, particularly, can be a dangerous time with the higher than usual use of candles, electrical appliances and more hazardous roads.

Candle fire safety

With the days growing darker and winter setting in, a few candles scattered round the room can lend a warm glow to an evening. But with candle fires resulting in around 350 casualties each year, we would like you to take extra care with candles this winter – nearly 40% of all fires started by candles result in a death or injury.

Find out more – Candle fire safety

Get your chimney ready for the winter

With the colder, winter months looming, people will begin to start using open fires and their chimneys again.  In order to keep you and your family safe from fire, you need to take necessary steps such as ensuring your chimney is swept regularly, depending upon what fuel you burn and we would urge all householders to have a working smoke alarm in their home.

Find out more – Get your chimney ready for the winter

Is your car ready for winter?

Of all the seasons, winter requires the most care and preparation if you’re to stay safe.  Please be prepared in case the bad weather strikes in your area of Cheshire.

In snow or icy conditions, it will take longer to stop – always drive at a speed appropriate for the conditions.

In winter it’s even more important to check your vehicle is well maintained and serviced.

Find out more – Is your car ready for winter?

Change your clocks and check your smoke alarms

Cheshire residents are being urged to check their smoke alarms as they prepare to turn the clocks back.

The clocks go back at 2.00am on Sunday 27 October and, as summer time officially ends, we’re asking people to prepare for the autumn and winter by checking their smoke alarms.

Find out more – Change your clocks and check your smoke alarms

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