Neighbourhood PolicingThu, 23rd May 2013
Your Local Police
A police surgery is held at 7pm prior to each PC meeting, please feel free to come along and listen to the Police report and pose ANY question or concerns you may have. Please report ANY unlawful behaviour to the
Our new local PCSO is PCSO Lindsey Whitehead who regularly visits our Parish. To contact Lindsey, email email@example.com or call 0845 458 6380 to contact Knutsford directly. Check the PC website calendar for details of local police surgeries.
Some roads have Homewatch schemes and co-ordinators receive regular emails from the police. Contact Jane Thirsk for details.
We would like to ensure that all areas of the village are covered by the Homewatch Scheme and have been trying to find out who are the Homewatch Co-ordinators in the village. Jane Thirsk is able to tell us which areas are covered but not who the co-ordinator is. Could you please let Doreen Walker know if you are a co-ordinator on firstname.lastname@example.org .
This is a similar scheme to Homewatch and is aimed at reducing crime in rural areas. Contact Knutsford CAT team on 0845 458 6380 or email for for further details.
Recent Rural and Homewatch News
A blue landrover Discovery has been sighted in rural locations on a couple of occasions. The registration number is R716 WOO and is on false plates.
A black landrover discovery is thought to be involved with a rural theft but the vehicle was distinctive it had a sump guard and part of the front bumper was removed exposing the front suspension including yellow road springs.
These vehicles have been seen in Macclesfield, Knutsford and Middlewich. Pls call 101 if you have information
There have been a number of internet scams reported to Cheshire Police which involve viruses or spyware. One member of the public recently reported a virus which attacked their computer by blocking all access once they turned it on. A page was displayed appearing to be from Cheshire Police because it showed the police authority logo and the address for police headquarters in Winsford.
There is a government funded website called www.getsafeonline.org which is a ‘go to’ guide for the general public outlining all issues relating to the internet if you want to read more or go to the fraud page of cheshire.police.uk
Since the launch of Action Fraud across Cheshire on 18th February, victims of internet fraud are being advised to contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit their website at www.actionfraud.police.uk where the incident will be referred to the police force concerned.
Message from Jane Thirsk:
We have had numerous reports from across Cheshire about foreign nationals (possibly Asian or Eastern European) flagging cars down and offering to sell gold jewellery in exchange for petrol money. This ‘gold’ jewellery subsequently turns out to be worthless trash. A description of offenders and their vehicle varies, suggesting that a team is working the area, but a Silver Mercedes features quite prominently.
Police are keen to identify these people, so if you see them, please phone as soon as possible.
Between 29.1.2013 and 10.2.2013 there has been an increase in car crime around the Knutsford area. This is mainly associated with out of town pub car parks and laybys. There have been ten jobs during this time. In all cases vehicles are targetted to steal tom toms, computer laptops, handbags and number plates. Incidents have occurred between 6pm and 22.30pm.
Please do not leave any valuables in your vehicles and can I remind you to call 101 and report anyone acting suspiciously around vehicles.
Message from Jane Thirsk: I have received the folllowing email from one of our Homewatch coordinators who has asked that I circulate the information as a warning :
I received a phone call today from friends, a married couple in Wilmslow. They are both in their nineties and are frail. Shortly before they called me, the husband had taken a call from a woman named Anna claiming to be from Cheshire East Council and wanting to arrange a visit to my friends with a view to reviewing and getting a reduction in their council tax. Regretably, with hindsight, my friend acceded to their request and accepted a visit time of 1.45 pm tomorrow. Apparently two men will turn up (why two for a council tax review?). My friends have since become very nervous about the visit, hence their call to me.
Security warning for residents as the clocks go back...
On 25.10.2012 property was stolen from a vehicle parked in the Northwich Road area of Knutsford . Entry was gained by causing damage to the passenger side sliding door lock.
An attempt to steal fuel was made by thieves when two unknown males climbed over a compound fence situated in the Mowpen Brow area of High Legh and removed the cap from a fuel tank. Site security disturbed the males who made off in the direction of M56 motorway
At 15:30hrs on 30.10.2012 a male was disturbed trying to steal equipment from the back of a van. When he was confronted he hit the owner of the vehicle with a weapon described as an iron bar or a piece of wood. The offender was seen to jump in the back of a white pickup which drove off towards Holmes Chapel. The incident occurred on the A50 50 metres from the garage.
Between 27th and 29th October three burglaries have occurred at units at a business park in the Alderley Road area of Chelford .
Two males wearing balaclavas smashed a ground floor window to enter licensed premises in the Lymm Road area of Little Bollington. The staff inside confronted the males and they ran off.
On 1.10.2012 a vehicle was parked on a hotel car park in the Warrington Road area of Mere when offenders smashed the rear window in order to gain entry and steal property from within.
A mobile phone was taken from the front seat of an insecure vehicle parked in the Knutsford Road area of Chelford on 5.10.2012
A sat nav was stolen from a vehicle parked in a compound in the Modd Lane area of Mobberley on 2.10.2012.
Catayltic converters were cut from three vehicles whilst parked on a garage forecourt in the Chester Road area of Mere on 12.10.2012
Another catalytic converter was taken from a vehicle parked in the Tabley Hill Lane area of Tabley on 17.10.2012
On 18.10.2012 a burglary occurred at a house in the Cranford Avenue area of Knutsford on 18.10.2012. Offenders forced wooden kitchen door to gain entry and then stole jewellery from the bedroom before making their escape
Catalytic converter stolen from a van parked in the Swineyard Lane area of High Legh on 19.10.2012
At 15:30 on Sat 20/10/2012 a male entered a coffee shop in the Alderley Road area of Wilmslow and stole an iphone from the table. He is described as mixed race, 5ft 6ins, average build, 20's wearing a grey hoody and dark trousers. Please be alerted to this male as he might come to knutsford to do the same !!
Increase in the theft of york stone in the Knutsford and Wilmslow areas in the last few weeks.If you are having driveways laid in the next few weeks make sure that your nearest neighbours are informed so anyone acting supiciously in the neighbourhood can be reported on 101
We had several calls yesterday from areas in Knutsford regarding a male selling cleaning materials door to door claiming he was an ex offender on a government scheme. As you are all aware there is no such scheme in operation so don't answer the door unless you want to buy something from him
- 340 litres of diesel was taken from the tank of an articulated lorry parked in the Swinyard Lane area of High Legh on 25.7.2012
- Over the weekend we have been contacted by a member of the public in the Westhall Court area of High Legh. It was reported that several males, during daylight hours, have been entering gardens and taking photographs of houses and gardens. Patrols were sent out but the males had gone. Please can I ask that, if you see a similar incident in your area, then call police immediately on 101. If you have any information with regard to the incident reported then we would ask that you also contact us.
One of our Homewatch members has asked us to relay to you information about a scam he has just been a victim of. The scam appeared on Facebook purporting to be a Tesco's special offer of a chance to enter a draw for a £375 voucher, in return for a answering a short survey, using the victim's mobile phone. Shortly after concluding the survey the victim was contacted by his mobile network who informed him he had gone £25 (plus VAT) over his limit. He contacted Tesco's who confirmed they are aware of this scam.
Jane Thirsk, Watch Officer 01606 362725