Northwich Local Policing Unit
Policing the areas of Northwich, Winsford, Tarporley, Sandiway & Cuddington
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Inspector Dave Snasdell