Planning Meeting on 3rd August 2017

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The Parish Council will be holding a planning meeting on 3rd August at the Lower Peover School at 7.30pm.

 

The main item for discussion will be the Application 17/03048/REM – Land Adjacent And Rear Of 13 Holly Tree Drive Nether Peover Northwich

 

All are welcome to attend

Northwich Local Policing Unit

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Beware of Bogus HMRC Hoax Callers

Officers are reminding resident to remain vigilant following a multiple reports of hoax calls from people claiming to be from HMRC.
During the past week we have received three separate reports from residents in the Northwich area who have received calls from a man purporting to be from Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

On each occasion the victim was told they were being investigated by HMRC for an outstanding tax balance and if they didn’t settle the balance then they would be arrested. The caller was then informed that if they paid the balance within two hours they will not be arrested, and then told that the balance could only be settled using iTunes vouchers.

The victims were then advised to visit a high street supermarket or electronics store to purchase the vouchers and then call back the hoax caller and provide them with the serial numbers from the vouchers to settle their debt.

In each of these cases the victims have been told that they must purchase hundreds of pounds worth of vouchers or face the prospect of being arrested; which has caused anxiety and concern for all of the victims.

Thankfully in all three cases the victims did not fall for the scam and no money changed hands. However, having been made aware of these incidents we are working closely with local supermarkets and electronics stores to help prevent vulnerable residents from purchasing large quantities of vouchers.

I would also like to remind local residents that HMRC would never call you and ask you to settle a balance over the phone using vouchers. I advise anyone who believes that they may have been a victim to call us on 101.

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.

Don’t be driven to distraction by your mobile phone

It’s not fake news that using your mobile phone while driving is dangerous, but drivers appear to be choosing to ignore this fact.

Across Cheshire some motorists are being driven to distraction sending texts, making calls or updating their social media profile whilst on the move.

Cheshire Police is taking the opportunity to remind road users during the National Police Chiefs’ Council mobile phone enforcement week that they face a £200 fine and six points if they are caught in the act.

The campaign, which runs from 10th to 16th of July, will again urge motorists not to be distracted by their phone – the potential consequences of this can be serious which is why new legislation was introduced back in March, doubling the penalty you face if you’re caught.

Our officers are out on the roads 24/7 policing the county and targeting those who flout the law.  This week is our opportunity to reinforce the message that using a handheld mobile device is dangerous, completely reckless and will not be tolerated in Cheshire.

The safety of Cheshire’s roads is paramount and our Roads Policing Team will do all they can to enforce the law to keep our roads safe.

 

More than 250 dangerous drivers removed from the streets of Cheshire

More than 250 people are facing driving bans and large fines after getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or taking illegal drugs.

The operation, which ran throughout June 2017, saw officers from the force’s Roads Policing Unit carrying out additional checks on roads across the county in a bid to reduce the number of offenders and casualties.

In total 121 people were arrested for drink driving, while another 131 were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of illegal drugs. The figures compare to 141 arrests for drink driving and 73 arrests for drug driving in June 2016. All of those arrested are now likely to face driving bans and large fines.

It’s disappointing to see that so many people still believe that it is acceptable to drive under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.

The dangers of both drink and drug driving are well known – it affects your reaction time, making it harder for you to judge your speed, judge your distance between you and other vehicles and notice potential hazards. All of this means that you are more likely to be involved in a collision.

All of those arrested as part of this operation will now have to face the consequences of their actions, which will have a significant impact on both their personal and professional lives.

All roads policing officers in Cheshire are equipped with both alcohol testing kits and drugs wipes, which instantly detect whether a driver is under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is extremely dangerous and I cannot reiterate enough how much drivers are risking their own lives and the lives of others.

While this operation has now concluded, our commitment to removing dangerous drivers from the streets of Cheshire continues, and we will use all of tools available to help us achieve our goal.

I also want to urge people to help us by coming forward to report anyone they believe may be under the influence. Together we can help make the roads across the county safer for everyone.

Speed Enforcement

On 12/7/17 speed enforcement was carried out on Sandy Lane, Weaverham where 37 vehicles were caught exceeding the 30mph speed limit.

 

On the same day also on Station Road, Weaverham, 4 were captured exceeding the limit of 30mph speed limit.

 

On 13/7/17  on Northwich Road, Weaverham  6 motorists were captured exceeding the 30mph limit between 08:33hrs & 09:53hrs and later on  Station Road, Acton Bridge where 13 motorists were caught exceeding the limit.

 

Drugs Warning

 

Dangers of taking Psychoactive Substances ( Lethal Highs)

Officers in other areas of the County including Chester and Cheshire East are warning residents about the dangers of taking psychoactive substances following an increase in the number of incidents. We have had none reported in our area at this present time but would like to warn people of the dangers. Over the past month we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of incidents in both areas involving psychoactive substances.    We are extremely concerned these substances could have led to a number of people being hospitalized. We would strongly urge people not to take these drugs and for people to be aware of the dangers of taking these substances.
If people have taken any psychoactive substances and have concerns about their health they should contact the medical services as soon as possible. The drugs are highly addictive and known to leave users in a ‘Zombie’ state. It is believed that psychoactive substances have been linked to hundreds of hospital admissions across the UK.

For further information please visit Frank website http://www.talktofrank.com/drug/new-psychoactive-substances

 

Updated info regarding Snapchat

 

Snapchat is a picture sharing app that is hugely popular with young people. As of May 2017, the app was attracting 166m users a day.   It is often referred to as ‘the sexting app’ – even though there’s no research showing that to be true, and plenty of anecdotal evidence suggesting that isn’t the reason most teens use it.  The app focuses on capturing ‘moments’ quickly with users taking images and videos and sending them instantly.

The unique feature of Snapchat is that images disappear within seconds. Snapchat users can specify how many seconds they would like their images to be seen by the recipient(s). This can range from 1 to 10 seconds. Snapchat’s latest update, as of June 2017, is a location-sharing feature called Snap Map.  This feature has prompted some concern from parents and professionals working with children over privacy, and who can find out the exact location of their kids as you don’t need to be friends with a user for them to see where you are.

To combat this, users can specify who they share their whereabouts with – all their friends or just a select few. They can even set it to ‘ghost mode’, where they can see where others are without sharing their own location.  Thinkuknow – the education programme of The National Crime Agency’s child protection command CEOP –  has created a guide for parents and carers to help them understand the functions and features of Snapchat and ways to help young people stay safe while using it.

This information has been provided by:  http://parentinfo.org/article/snapchat-a-parents-guide

Click on the link below to read CEOP’s comprehensive guide to Snapchat.

snapchat

social media

Experts:

CEOP

Thinkuknow Parent’s Guide to Snapchat.pdf

 

Rugby Union players Wanted for this coming season

 

Winnington Park Rugby Football Club situated at Burrows Hill, Northwich are looking for senior players to play for the club. The club has fantastic facilities and run teams from under 8,s to three Senior men’s teams a ladies team and 3 girls teams.

The club would like to recruit players to support this year’s season. Training night are on every Tuesday and Thursday evenings 7pm to 9pm. It’s a great family club so gets your boots out and come along keep yourself fit and play some rugby.

 

 

 Keep up to date with policing issues in your local area by following @PoliceNorthwich on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

Inspector Dave Snasdell

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POLICE REPORT – Knutsford PoliceFebruary 2017

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05/02 Burglary at an address on Middlewich road – Toft. Occurred bet 09.30 and 13.00 hours. Offenders have smashed patio windows and forced rear door open and stolen computer and jewellery.
 

06/02 Theft from motor vehicle overnight. Caller had left transit van parked on Cranford avenue – Knutsford all secured. Offender has Broken into the vehicle by means unknown and have stolen 2 power drills.

 

06/02 Number plate and front grill from Ford focus vehicle stolen overnight on Warren avenue – Knutsford.

 

08/02 White F registered Mercedes van seen in the area of Rostherne around 10am. Black male driver with foreign accent, chubby built wearing a black cap and a high vis jacket has been seen asking for scrap in the area.

 

08/02 x 2 males seen entering a farm on Church lane in Mobberley around 12.45 hours. Males were acting suspiciously and left their vehicle at the farm which has been recovered. Vehicle – White Mercedes F reg vito has been recovered by police.

 

10/02 Garden tractor – Orange Kubota G23 – high value has been stolen within the grounds of a property on Grotto lane Over Peover. Vehicle was attached to a trailer which has been dismantled.

 

10/02 Theft of front and rear registration plate. Vehicle – VW Passat left parked on Sugar pit lane overnight.

 

11/02 Criminal damage to motor vehicle. Offenders have pierced a tyre with a screw driver causing damage on Faulkners lane in Mobberley overnight.

 

22/02 Theft from motor vehicle on car park of pub along Warrington road Mere– Offenders have smashed the rear of vehicle window and stolen power tools.

 

Last updated 16/02 by PCSO 20632

News Bulletin Northwich Local Policing Unit

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  Policing the areas of Northwich, Winsford, Tarporley, Sandiway & Cuddington 15th December 2016

Crime Update

 

During the weekend period of 10th December 2016 a Shed was broken into at a farm in Well Lane, Little Budworth and property stolen including a Red Kawasaki Quad bike and a Stihl saw.

 

During the weekend period of 10th December 2016 a Blue Ford 4000 tractor and bright orange coloured Riko log splitter machine was stolen from a premise in Rode Street, Tarporley.

 

During the early hours of Sunday 11th December 2016 a Silver Vauxhall Astra had its window screen smashed whilst parked unattended in William Street, Northwich.

 

Overnight Monday 12th December 2016 two vehicles were entered and items stolen including Sat Nat and a purse including cash and credit cards on School Lane, Hartford.

 

 

Speed Enforcement

 

Middlewich Road, Rudheath – Enforcement carried out on 05/12/16 between 14:54hrs – 15:28hrs, 9 offences captured and submitted for summons.

 

Manchester Road, Lostock Gralam – Enforcement carried out on 05/12/16 between 13:46hrs – 14:43hrs, 10 offences captured and submitted for summons.

 

Middlewich Road, Winsford – Enforcement carried out on 06/12/16 between 13:42hrs – 14:28hrs, 11 offences captured and submitted for summons.

 

Cinder Hill, Whitegate – Enforcement carried out on 07/12/16 between 14:18hrs – 15:15hrs, 22 offences captured and submitted for summons.

 

Manchester Road, Lostock Gralam – Enforcement carried out on 14/12/16  between 09:18hrs – 10:05hrs, 16 offences captured and submitted for summons.

 

Middlewich Road, Rudheath – Enforcement carried out between 12:39hrs and 13:30hrs, 12 offences captured and submitted for summons.

 

 

 

Drugs Warrant

 

On the evening of Friday 9th December 2016 we carried out a drugs warrant at an address in Burnside Way, Winnington and recovered a significant amount of cannabis bush and seized £500 which we suspect is the proceeds of supplying cannabis. A 19 year old occupant of the house was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis and had been bailed pending forensic examination.

 

Drink and Drug drive campaign

 

Cheshire Police continue to target drivers for drink and drug driving over the festive period. Figures from 01/12/16 to 12//12/16 stood at 57 arrests for drink driving and 48 for drug driving.

This will continue throughout the month of December 2016.

 

On Tuesday 13th December 2016 I gave a security brief for the Winsford 1 to 5 Industrial Estate arranged by the Business Improvement Manager ID management to ensure their properties are kept safe and secure over the festive period.

The BID provides a Rapid Text Service. All businesses need to make their staff aware of this service. They can use this to report anything suspicious. The number is 01606 866826. Please do not hesitate in reporting anything you feel ‘is out of the ordinary’.  Alternatively you can ring Cheshire Police on 101 or 999 if it’s an emergency.

 

Witness appeal after serious collision

 

Officers from Cheshire roads policing team are appealing for information from the public following a serious collision near Davenham.

The collision, between a blue Vauxhall Corsa and a Ford Transit van, occurred shortly after 6.30pm on Friday 9th December at the junction of Jack Lane on the A533 Davenham Bypass near Moulton.

As a result of the collision the driver of the Corsa, an 18-year-old- man from Crewe, suffered serious injuries and was taken to the Royal Stoke Hospital. His condition is currently described as critical but stable.

The driver of the transit van was uninjured and following the collision he was arrested on suspicion of drug driving. The 33-year-old man from Rudheath has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Investigating officer Sergeant Paul Marsh: “The Davenham Bypass is a busy road and I’m keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident and believes that they may have seen the collision occur.

“I’m would also like to speak to anyone who believes that they may have seen any of the vehicles involved on in the incident prior to the collision occurring.”

As a result of the collision the road was closed from 6.40pm until shortly after 10.30pm on Friday evening.

Anyone with any information in relation to the collision is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 850 of 9/12/2016. Information can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 

 

 

 

Community information

 

 

 

Could you be a Police Community Support Officer?

 

Cheshire Constabulary are seeking expressions of interest for the role of PCSOs. We will contact you with further information and update you as and when the recruitment window for PCSO’s opens in early 2017.

For further information about the Police Community Support Officer Recruitment process then please visit the Cheshire Police Website.

The Constabulary is an equal opportunities employer and we aim to have a workforce which is representative of the communities we police and serve. As well as information on the role and recruitment process we are also keen to discuss with potential candidates any factors which are preventing or have prevented them from considering a career in policing.
If you have questions on the process then please e-mail our Positive Action Mailbox (positive.action@cheshire.pnn.police.uk) and a member of our team will get back to you.

Hours of Work Full-time, Advertised Salary £19,521 – £21,618, Shift Work, Closing Date, 17th March 2017

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POLICE rural report – Knutsford Police December 2016

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KNUTSFORD RURAL

 

30/11 Male issued with cannabis warning 22.30 hours on Lady lane – Mobberley.

02/11 Theft of heating oil from a property on Reddy lane Little Bollington. Offenders have removed oil from oil tank and made off.

06/12  Male knocking on doors near Tabley lane pretending to be working for the probation service selling small items.

05/12 -2 x males trying to sell small items to privates dwelling near the Lilac avenue area of Knutsford. The males were claiming to have just been released from prison and were working for the probation services. No such service exits.

07/12  Theft of front and rear vehicle registration plates to Hyundai vehicle parked on Tabley hill lane.

16/12 Female on Mere hall drive given cannabis warning for possession for cannabis 19.45 hours.

19/12  Burglary at a property on Pevensey drive Knutsford. Offenders have used a large plant pot to smash rear patio windows. Untidy search in all rooms. Unsure what has been taken at this stage. Occurred overnight.

 

Last updated 19/12 by Lindsey.

 

Police Report 4th April 2016

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Northwich Local Policing Unit

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

Voicemail: 0845-458-6378

 Robbery Offence

 At approximately 21:30hrs on Sunday 13th March 2016 a robbery occurred at Bargain Booze, High Street, Winsford. A male entered the store with a knife and demanded cash he fled with a quantity of alcohol and cigarettes. Police were quickly on the scene and Lee Stewart 30 years of age from Alamein Drive, Winsford was arrested nearby. He was later charged and remanded in custody.

Drugs Activity

 On the evening of Thursday 24th March Police officers executed a search warrant at an address in Ash Road, Sandiway. Recovered in the property was a large amount of cannabis and over a £1000 in cash.

Crime update

 Overnight on 21st January 2016 a house was broken into on Emmett Street, Barnton and they keys to a Ford Fiesta were stolen. The vehicle was then taken from outside the address. 4 males were arrested in connection with the burglary from the Merseyside area. A 17 year old and a 16 year old male from the Merseyside were charged with burglary last week and will appear before Chester Magistrates court on 15th April 2016.

 

On 13th March 2016 the Old Fire Station Chocolate shop on High Street, Tarporley was entered and property stolen. On 3rd April a 22 year old male from the Ridley area was arrested for the offence and has been bailed whilst the investigation is concluded.

 

At approximately 23:30hrs on Friday 1st April 2016 a 24 year old male was assaulted outside the Top House public house Winsford. The victim received a broken jaw fractured eye socket and broken nose in the incident. A 19 year old male Harry Ellwood from Crook Lane, Winsford was arrested and charged with Grievous Bodily Harm and breach of an Anti-Social Behaviour Order. He has been remanded in custody.

 

Overnight Saturday 2nd April into 3rd April 2016 a shed was broken into in Alundale Road, Winsford. The rear fence was removed and entry forced to the shed and a quantity of fishing rods and equipment was stolen.

 

On Friday 1st April 2016 a house was targeted on Chester Road, Hartford near to the railway station. The front door was forced open and an untidy search of the house was made with jewellery being stolen.

 

During the day on Sunday 3rd April 2016 a house was burgled in Flower Street, Northwich entry was gained by the front door and a quantity of cash stolen.

 

Court Results

 Callous burglar sentenced to 5 years in custody on Friday 1st April 2016.

 John Thomas Price aged 28 years from Park Hall Caravan site, Oswestry was convicted after a trial for burglary and 2 counts of fraud by false representation at Chester Crown Court.

The circumstances of the three incidents are that on 28th September 2015 Price travelled to the Moulton area allegedly to look for work. Price then tricked his way into a 93 year old females address in Meadow Lane and stole £22 from her purse leaving the victim distressed and upset..

Price then targeted a 76 year old female in Beechfield, Moulton. Knocking on the door alleging he had been doing work next door and had damaged her guttering and would cost £50 to repair. He then continued to challenge the victim when she said she had no money. He eventually took £20 off her and left. No work had been done to the guttering and the victim was left scared and distressed by the incident.

Price then went on to target an 80 year old female in the same road stating he would cut her hedge for £60. The victim refused saying she did not want the hedge cutting but Price again continued to lie stating he had spoken with her relative who had asked him to do the work. Eventually the victim got Price out of her home and he left empty handed leaving the victim distressed.

On 6th October 2015 Price was arrested and charged with the offences.

 

These were terrible crimes targeting elderly female victims which have had a lasting effect on them. To put the victims through having to give evidence has caused even more stress on them.

The sentence reflects how serious the judge thought to the actions of this offender.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Casual Vacancy

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Vacancy Notice April 2016

Following the resignation of Cllr Simon Nuttall from the Parish Council a Notice of vacancy has been published.

 

Should you require any further information about this please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Parish Council

Lower Peover WI April 2016

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Lower Peover WI meet the first Tuesday of each month in the school hall in Lower Peover. We welcome any visitors or guests.

For our April meeting, Brain Green gave an excellent theatrical presentation of the life and times of Andrew Lloyd Webber. To enhance the presentation he included personal anecdotes from Lord Webber’s family and friends and we listened to renditions of songs from the musical theatre including Cats, Starlight Express and Phantom of the Opera. Lloyd Webber is heavily involved in collecting works of art including Pre Raphaelite paintings and a Canaletto. He supports important architectural buildings and his company owns several theatres and even a church. The singing was superb and the evening a great success.

The competition was to bring a theatre related item, so signed programmes were brought in together with beautiful fans not forgetting Sooty and his magic wand. The opera memorabilia, including opera glasses and collapsible opera top hat were a find but the hit of the night was the ‘Cats‘ display.

Last month Christopher Smith spoke about Canals of the North West, very important historical and current engineering achievements to extend trade and community movement. It was a fascinating evening and resonated with everyone as canals were the lifeline of the country at one time and now are an important and treasured part of our leisure activities.

Police Bulletins

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Northwich Local Policing Unit
Policing the areas of Northwich, Winsford, Tarporley, Sandiway & Cuddington
Voicemail: 0845-458-6378

28th January 2016

Crime update

Drugs Arrests

On the evening of Friday 22nd January 2016 Officers conducted two drugs warrants at two houses, one in Mallard Way Winsford and the second in Alundale Road. A quantity of both cannabis and cocaine was recovered at the first address and the 27 year old male occupant has been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply offences. He has been bailed pending completion of the enquiry. At the second address a small quantity of cocaine and cannabis was recovered and the 26 year old male occupant has been cautioned for possession offences.

On Tuesday 26th January 2016 two males aged 15 and 17 years old were arrested in the Rudheath area after reports of drug dealing activity in the Griffiths Park area just after 1pm. Quantities of class “A” drugs have been recovered and the two males from the Huyton area of Liverpool have ben bailed to return to Police custody on 24/02/16 whilst the investigation is concluded.

Affray
In the early hours of Saturday 23rd January 2016 a disturbance occurred on High Street, Northwich in which two men were assaulted. Three men were arrested at the scene two 24 year olds and a 25 year old. They have been charged with affray and one was remanded in custody.

Burglary and theft of vehicle

Overnight 23rd into 24th December 2015 a house was entered by forcing the patio doors on Marina Approach, Northwich. The keys to a £56000 Mercedes vehicle was stolen and the vehicle taken from the drive.
On Sunday 24th January 2016 a 37 year old male from Northwich was arrested for the burglary and theft of the vehicle and has been charged and remanded in custody for the offences.

Drugs Initiative

On Saturday evening 23rd January 2016 Northwich Officers teamed up with a Police dog handler and visited 5 local pubs with a passive drugs dog. The dog indicates for illegal drugs on people by sitting next to them. This is an effective search tool which we hope to utilise on a regular basis to prevent and detect drug offences. No offences were detected on this occasion but drugs wipes tested positive in two premises in the toilet areas for cocaine use. If you take or supply illegal drugs we will make life difficult for you.
Community support for local charity

St Luke’s Hospice needs your support as a volunteer

The hospice have a huge team of volunteers in the community doing various roles to raise much needed funds to keep the hospice running and its team of dedicated carers and support staff.
They are looking for volunteers who can assist at the furniture warehouse situated on Winsford 1 to 5 Industrial Estate. The role is for assisting with a busy house clearance operation. They require Drivers, Drivers mates, sales, sorting and Ebay volunteers.
Contact details are:
Pam Ford
Volunteer Support
01606 555690
Pamela_Ford@stlukes-hospice.co.uk

Social Media advice for Parents

Sexting: Know the Facts / Resources to raise Awareness

The National Crime Agency recently reported that child protection officers are investigating an average of one case involving “sexting” every day.

Sexting is defined as images of videos generated
by children under the age of 18;
or of children under the age of 18
that are of a sexual nature or are indecent.
When people talk about sexting, they usually refer to sending and receiving:
naked pictures or ‘nudes’
‘underwear shots’
sexual or ‘dirty pics’
rude text messages or videos.

They can be sent from a friend, boyfriend, girlfriend or someone you’ve met online. You might have also sent a sexual photo, video or text to someone else.
We understand how easily sexting can happen and how things can go wrong – even when children and young people didn’t mean for them to.
Sexting is a relatively recent phenomenon; however, with the growth of mobile phone ownership among young people (41% of 12-15 year olds have a smartphone) there has been an increase in the number of young people sharing and receiving images.
There was a 28% increase in calls to ChildLine in 2012/13 (compared to the previous year) that mentioned ‘sexting’ – nearly one every day.
Statistics from the children’s charity Beatbullying suggest the following:
85% knew the identity of the aggressor;
the majority were peers and only 2% indicated that it was an adult
Sexting and the Law
Under British law it is legal to have sex aged 16, but it is illegal and a serious criminal offence to take, hold or share “indecent” photos of anyone aged under 18.

It is a crime to;
take an indecent photograph or allow an indecent photograph to be taken
make an indecent photograph (this includes downloading or opening an image that has been sent via email);
distribute or show such an image
possess with the intention of distributing images
advertise
possess
indecent photographs (including pseudo images) of a person under 18 years of age.
Having sexting photos or videos on your phone or computer

If you are under the age of 18, the law sees you as a child. Therefore, if you have any indecent images or videos of somebody who is under 18 you would technically be in possession of an indecent image of a child – even if you are the same age. This is an offence under the Protection of Children Act 1978 and the Criminal Justice Act 1988.
Sending sexting photos or videos
If you are under 18 and you send, upload or forward indecent images or videos onto friends or boyfriends/girlfriends, this would also be breaking the law, even if they are photos of yourself (“selfies”). Sending a naked image of yourself via text message, or social media, when you’re below the age of 18 is technically illegal. It counts as an offence of distributing an indecent image of a child. These offences are something which a young person could receive a police caution for. They could even end up on the sex offenders register which would result in difficulty getting a job as it would show on a DBS check.
Worst case scenario
In July 2014 a schoolgirl was cautioned for sending a topless selfie to her boyfriend. Sexting could leave children with criminal record.

A teenager who sent a topless selfie to her boyfriend received a police caution.
The schoolgirl was investigated after being deemed to have distributed an indecent image of a child – and her boyfriend, who forwarded the image to friends after they split up, also received a caution.
The case emerged as schoolchildren were warned they could end up with a criminal record if they send explicit pictures of themselves by text message or over social media.
They could end up on the [sex offenders] register for a couple of years. When they come to getting a job this would then count against them.

Have Your Say
Cheshire West and Chester Council are reviewing there Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy – please take a look at the consultation and give your views on the below links.

Hackney Carriages generally known as Taxis (they have a “Taxi” sign on the roof), are available for immediate hire. They can be hired by being hailed in the street or from a designated rank or pre-booked in advance.
Private Hire vehicles can only be booked in advance through a licensed Private Hire Operator. They cannot be hailed in the street or booked via the driver.

Have your say on the review of the licensing policy for Hackney Carriages and Private Hire vehicles and view more about Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy consultation by visiting http://www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/your_council/consultations_and_petitions/council_consultations/hackney_carriage_and_private_h.aspx
Ways to get involved:

• Complete the online version at: www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/hackneyandprivatehirelicensing
• Contact Cheshire West and Chester Council to ask for a questionnaire: (Email: Licensing@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk, Telephone: 01244 972905, Writing: Licensing Consultation, The Licensing Team, 4 Civic Way, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0BE)

The closing date of the consultation is 21 February 2016.

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

WI November meeting report

November 9th, 2015 | Posted by Administrator in News | WI News - (Comments Off on WI November meeting report)

Our November meeting was held on Wednesday 4th November 2015 in the school hall of Lower Peover School. Our AGM was held, where the standing committee and officers all agreed to stay in place for another year. The financial statement was presented and agreed.Following the more serious part of the meeting, Olivia Norbury demonstrated how to construct a timely Christmas wreath and table top decoration. Olivia used all natural materials. If anyone would like a traditional Christmas tree from Chelford, Olivia and her family will have an excellent selection. Following Olivia’s motivating demonstration several members are planning to make their own seasonal wreaths within the next month.

We planned our Christmas events, including afternoon tea for the Book Club and an evening meal for the group. The darts team invited any members to join them, to practice and to have fun. We also discussed meeting the WI challenge, gathering together personal information of ‘A moment in time’. This will form part of a larger display in Chester, next year. We even organised our quiz team for the February group quiz event.

We held a minute’s silence for our friend and fellow member, Norma Leech, who has recently died. Norma has been an important part of our WI, being a member for over 60 years; she has held all offices at some time and has been on our committee. She will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go to her family.

Anyone who would like to join our group, for one meeting or to join us more regularly is very welcome. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month in the school hall in Lower Peover. It would be a great way to start the New Year, to make new friends and maybe meet old friends. 

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