Week 23rd October 2015
On Wednesday 21st October 2015 at Chester Crown Court a 22 year old male Jordan McKay of David Street, Northwich pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm on a 29 year old male and received 30 months imprisonment. The circumstances were that on the evening of 1st August 2015 an argument occurred between the two men in the Sir John Brunner Public House, Winnington resulting in the defendant hitting the victim with a glass across his nose causing a severe injury. The seriousness of the attack reflects on the sentencing.
At 07:05hrs Sunday 18th October 2015 a stabbing occurred in the communal area of a block of flats on Byley Way, Winsford.
A disturbance occurred between a number of people resulting in a 23 year old male being stabbed with a kitchen knife to the stomach area. A 47 year old resident of the flats was arrested at the scene and later charged with section 18 assault. The male was remanded in custody to appear at Crown Court on 4th November 2015. These incidents of serious assault with a weapon are rare and we are not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident.
Overnight Tuesday 20th October a number of sheds have been broken into in the Weaverham area and property stolen. A shed was broken into in Well Lane and golf clubs taken and a number of sheds forced open in Sandy Lane but nothing taken.
Approximately 11:45hrs on Tuesday 20th October 2015 a farm house was broken into off the A49 Warrington Road at Whitley and a short time later a vehicle was stolen from other premises at Lower Whitley. From police enquires so far the offenders appear to be looking to steal horse boxes and possible caravans. Can you please ensure that if you have this type of property you put as much security on them as possible? The first premises that was attacked had target hardened a horse box with a wheel clamp which appears to have prevented the offenders taking it away.
We have had further incidents reported this past week of Graffiti in the Winsford area both in the Wharton area and the park off the High Street. A vehicle was targeted in the Crook Lane area of Winsford. The tag appears to be “WYF” which we believe standards for Wharton Youth Firm. These tags are unsightly and damage the area. If anyone has any information to the identity of the offenders for this damage please contact the Police on 101 or CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111.
Beware of Recent Scams
Fraudsters have been phoning victims telling them that they have been placed in the wrong council tax bracket for a number of years and are entitled to a rebate. They normally say that this rebate should be worth about £7,000. Once the victim is convinced, the fraudster tells them that in order to receive the rebate they will need to pay an administration fee in advance. The payment they ask for varies between £60 to £350. The victim provides the details and makes the payment, but then is no longer able to make contact with the person they spoke to on the phone. When they phone their council about the rebate and the fact that they are in the wrong tax bracket, the council will confirm that they know nothing about it and that they have been contacted by fraudsters.
The fraudsters have mainly been targeting both male and female victims who are aged 60 and over and live in the Sussex area, but it is likely that the fraudsters will also start to target victims in other areas.
• Never respond to unsolicited phone calls.
• Your local council won’t ever phone out-of-the-blue to discuss a council tax rebate. If you receive a call of this nature, put the phone down straight away.
• No legitimate organisation will ask you to pay an advanced fee in order to receive money, so never give them your card details.
• If you think you have been a victim of fraud, hang up the phone and wait five minutes to clear the line as fraudsters sometimes keep the line open. Then call your bank or card issuer to report the fraud. Where it is possible use a different phone line to make the phone call.
If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone 0300 123 2040.
Community Support Required
We are now coming up to the school autumn term holidays and Halloween and bonfire period. Can I ask that you challenge your children and make sure they behave in an acceptable manner? We have in this period many reports of ASB and reports of fires being lit. Can you challenge were your kids are going and what they are up to?
Not all residents particularly the elderly like people calling at their addresses trick or treating please reinforce with your children that this sometimes causes fear to others. We don’t want to be coming home with your child advising you they have committed an offence and will have to be dealt with for it?
Enjoy the celebrations but think of others and the consequences of your actions.
Inspector Dave Snasdell