Northwich Local Policing Unit
Policing the areas of Northwich, Winsford, Tarporley, Sandiway & Cuddington
28th January 2016
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.
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.
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:
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’
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
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