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Chester Rural Police August Update

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Chester Rural End of Month Update

August 2015

Welcome to the first edition of the Chester Rural Police update. These reports, which will be circulated fortnightly (mid-month and end of month), will update you on crime/anti-social behaviour in your local areas, as well as highlighting what my staff are doing to support communities and target those responsible. The End of Month Updates will also highlight Chester Rural’s three major priorities for the next month.
I am trying to communicate with as many of our rural residents as possible with these updates and I am looking to increase our subscribers to Cheshire Alert, so please highlight the advantages of signing up to friends/relatives in the area. Also, (as I know many of you already do) please circulate the updates to those who don’t have computer/e-mail access.
As well as the regular Cheshire Alert updates, please be aware of further rural information on the Chester Local Policing Unit twitter page (@PoliceChester) and the Cheshire Police website (

Elton Ward
Over the past month, one burglary offence was reported to police on the Elton ward. This occurred on a commercial premises on Oil Sites Road. Please be vigilant and report any suspicious activity immediately.
We have had a number of reports of anti-social behaviour at the Elton Shops, with youths shouting and swearing in the area. Local officers have increased patrols in the area to re-assure shop owners and local residents. Officers will be looking to use new dispersal powers if the problem persists.
There were a number of reports of quad bikes and scramblers riding anti-socially in the local area. Officers increased patrols and located and stopped those responsible. This has seen an immediate decrease in reports of this type to police  
PCSO Connolly has worked closely with the Community Speed Watch team over the past few months. However, the area still has ongoing issue with excessive speed. To combat this, PCSO Connolly has highlighted the issue to Roads Policing and you will notice local officers out and about with speed gun in coming weeks. Please remember that the speed limit it is set for a reason.

Chester Villages Ward
Over the past month there have been two burglary dwelling offences on this ward, one in Mickle Trafford and one in Rowton. Both are believed to have been committed in the afternoon/evening time, so please be vigilant and do not hesitate to contact us if you witness suspicious activitiy. We have a number of positive lines of enquiry in relation to these burglaries and detectives from our Beat Initiative Team are currently working to identify and arrest named suspects for the Rowton offence.
There has been a slight increase in pedal cycle thefts in the Waverton area. Please make sure all bikes are secured and out of sight of possible offenders. If you do witness anything suspicious, please call 101 and report it straight away. Local officers are aware and are increasing patrols.
In the Christleton area, there have been a number of suspicious vehicles reported. If you do see any vehicles whose occupants are acting suspiciously, please try and gather as much information as possible, including registration numbers and descriptions of any occupants and report to police immediately.
There has been an increase in cold calling via telephone land lines. Callers are requesting bank account details, stating that they are entitled to compensation. It is very important that you do not pass any personal details over the phone.

Frodsham Ward
Residents have been increasingly concerned about possible drug activity taking place in Frodsham, particularly the Ashton Drive area. This issue is one of our priorities in September and both plain clothed and high visibility patrols have been increased in the area to reassure communities. Please continue to contact police with details of individuals/registration plates to allow us to gather intelligence. One such call recently resulted in the swift attendance of a patrol and arrest of a male for drugs offences.
There have been two shed burglary offences in the Fluin Lane area over the past month. Please be vigilant and contact police if any suspicious activity is witnessed.
After local residents expressed concerns about youths causing a nuisance on off road bikes, officers have increased patrols in the area. This has resulted in a number of off road bikes being seized for no insurance and other riders being issued with a Section 59 Warning notice for riding in an anti-social manner. We are aware this problem is ongoing and will continue to deal robustly with those responsible.
Complaints have been received about groups of teenage boys and girls who are playing football on the tennis courts and not moving off when requested. This area receives regular police patrols and youths have been and will be moved on and dispersed where appropriate. This will continue over the coming months.
Enthusiastic volunteers are required to join the Community Speed Watch scheme in Frodsham. Officers are searching for a number of willing volunteers in the area to join the already established initiative. For further information please contact PCSO Neil Flanagan via email

Helsby Ward
There have been a number of reports of possible drug dealing activity in the Smithy Lane, Vicarage Lane and Lower Robin Hood Lane areas. Please contact police with details of individuals/registration numbers as we look to gather intelligence and increase patrols in these areas.
A number of complaints have been made regarding speeding on Primrose Lane, the A56 and more recently the Rock. Please can everyone show respect to other road users and other members of the community. Speeding can be extremely dangerous and positive action will be taken by police. PCSO Finchett and local officers will continue to use the speed gun to make the roads safer. Our Speed detection device has also been deployed on the A56 and figures gathered sent to the local council. Roads Policing Officers will also be deloyed to these “hotspot” areas.
PCSO Finchett has arranged a bike marking initiative, which will be in action near to the library in Helsby. Please feel free to attend and posters will be put up the village with initiative dates.
Following reports of a suspicious vehicle on the A56, Helsby, patrols attended and swiftly stopped the vehicle. One of the vehicles occupants was shown as wanted by West Yorkshire Police and was promptly arrested.
Burglary offences in the ward are down, with NO burglary dwelling or burglary other (commercial/shed) offences recorded in the whole of August.

Kingsley Ward
Following the report of theft from motor vehicle offences at Sutton Hall Golf Club and suspicious vehicles on Aston Lane, members of the community are asked to be vigilant and ensure valuable items are not left in view when the vehicles are unoccupied. Enquiries are ongoing in these cases and anyone with information is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101.
Following a shed burglary on Cedar Avenue, Sutton Weaver, where two push bikes were stolen and reports of suspicious vehicles on Station Road, Sutton Weaver, local officers are increasing patrols and highlighting the importance of ensuring sheds/garages are secure with appropriate locks. PCSO Phil Brandreth has set up a bike marking initiative in the local area and will be holding bike marking events.  He will circulate dates, times and locations via Cheshire Alert, village noticeboards and twitter.
Following parking complaints in Sutton Weaver and Kingsley, PCSO Brandreth has increased patrols at the relevant times and is working with Community Safety Wardens to pro-actively target repeat offenders.
After an overnight theft of garden furniture in School Bank, Norley, local officers are requesting vigilance in the area and stressing the importance of contacting Cheshire Police if they witness any suspicious activity.
Speeding continues to be a major problem, with reports being made from residents in Kingsley, Crowton, Norley and Sutton Weaver. Your local officer has utilised the speed gun in all of these areas and also deployed our speed activation device. We will continue to monitor and deal with offending parties robustly.

Gowy Ward
Following the report of a burglary on Ashton Lane on 04/08/15, local officers have arrested a male from the North Wales area having identified him on CCTV. The male has been charged with this and a further offence in Mickle Trafford. He is currently remanded in custody awaiting trial.
Between 20/08/15 and 23/08/15 a shed burglary occurred on Willow Bank, Alvanley with Garden power tools being taken. If you see anything suspicious then please do not hesitate to contact Cheshire Police on 101. 
In the early hours of the 20/08/15 police and the fire service were called to the area of Long Looms, Barrow following reports of vehicles on fire. Two vehicles were damaged beyond repair and investigating officers are requesting information from anybody who may have witnessed suspicious behaviour in the area.
Earlier this month, we received reports of suspicious activity relating to drugs in the area of Chester Road, Dunham Hill. Being more secluded, rural areas may be used as meeting points for drug dealers. Patrols have been increased in the area. Please do not hesitate to contact police with information and vehicle registration details if any drug dealing activity is witnessed.
Between 03/08/15 and 04/08/15 a number of theft from motor vehicle offences were reported on Manley Lane, Manley. Please be vigilant and contact police with any suspicious activity.

Tarvin and Kelsall Ward
In early August, there were two burglary offences in the Tarvin area, where garages were entered and pedal cycles and scooters stolen. Investigations are ongoing but local residents are advised to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity.
There has been an increase in theft from motor vehicle offences in the Delamere Forest car parks over the past month. On 24/08/15, the car park machines were also attacked with cash stolen. Investigations are ongoing but if anyone has any information then please contact Cheshire Police.
There have been a number of reports over the past number of weeks relating to suspicious persons or vehicles in the Kelsall area. Patrols have been increased in the area, but residents are asked to continue to report any suspicious vehicles or persons.
There have been a number of reports of criminal damage and ASB in the Kelsall area, specifically along Dog Lane football fields.  Local patrols are aware and monitoring the area. Persistent offenders will be dealt with robustly.

Farndon Ward
On 17/08/15 a burglary dwelling occurred on Lowcross Lane, Tilston. This burglary occurred in the day time and is currently being investigated by detectives. Residents are advised to report any
There have been reports of two bike thefts outside Farndon Primary School in the last week. Residents are asked to be vigilant and ensure all bikes are locked if left unattended.
We have had a number of reports of poachers running dogs after hares and rabbits in the area. Cheshire Police takes this very seriously. Please report any poaching incidents.
Following reports of speeding, PCSO Jon Hurst has deployed the Speed Indicator Device on Barnton Road and in Churton Village. This had a significant effect on the speed cars travel at. This attention will be on-going over the coming months.

Tattenhall Ward
The café and car park ticket meter at Beeston Castle have been subject to break ins over the past month. These offences are possibly linked to similar thefts at car parks in Delamere Forest. Please report any suspicious behaviour.
Over a period of time, there have been on-going thefts of poultry from a local farm in Tiverton. Please can any local farmers or residents be aware of this and report any suspicious activity immediately.
Following a garage burglary on Greaves Meadow, Tattenhall, a number of pedal cycles were stolen. This appears to be an isolated incident but residents are advised to be vigilant.
Following reports of a burglary on Ledgate Lane, Huxley on 31/08/15, a suspicious blue Citroen car derived van was sighted by witnesses. Please can local residents contact police with any suspicious sightings of this vehicle.

Malpas Ward
On 21/08/15 a burglary dwelling occurred in Bradley Lane, Malpas. The offence occurred during daylight hours and detectives from the Chester Beat Initiative Team are currently investigating this and suspect a number of males who are currently remanded in custody for offences in Merseyside. Enquiries are ongoing.
Three farm out-house burglaries have been reported over the past month in Malpas. Local farmers and residents are asked to be extra-vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour. Plain clothed and high-visibility patrols have increased.

Monthly Priorities
The three monthly priorities for Chester Rural in September are:
Road Safety – Speeding and parking issues remain a major priority for our rural communities and we will continue to use preventative and enforceable methods to improve the safety on our roads.
Drug Use/Supply in Frodsham/Helsby- We have received a number of reports of possible drug use/dealing and will pro-actively target these offenders and reassure local communities
100 Days of Rural Crime – PCSO’s and beat managers will partake in policing operations and attend rural events to champion this force wide operation, reassure communities and target those committing crime in rural areas.
In the September End of Month Update I will report on how we have actioned these monthly priorities.
Any feedback on this Monthly Update will be gratefully received.

Kind Regards
Sgt Graeme Carvell
Chester Rural Beat Management Sergeant
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Graeme Carvell (Police, Sgt, Chester LPU Rural & Frodsham)

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