Crewe Neighbourhood Policing Unit News

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Message from Inspector Christian Watkins
I am pleased to update our communities that crime in our area continues to fall, and Crewe, Haslington and Shavington remain a safe place to live, work and visit.
I would like to take this opportunity to offer basic crime prevention advice to our residents and business owners. As the darker nights draw in, we traditionally see an increase in burglaries as longer dark evenings present more opportunity for criminal activity to take place. Ensure your doors and windows remain locked and secure, install a timer light if you are out for the evening, and security lighting or hedging around your property would deter any would be opportunist thief.
As the festive period draws ever closer, my officers and PCSO’s will be providing a high visibility presence in the town centre, to assist in reducing retail crime and to support the night time economy of our town.

Drugs seizure
Drugs with a street value in excess of £50,000 have been seized from an address on Coleridge Way, Crewe following reports made to police locally of suspicious activity. A warrant was executed under the Misuse of Drugs Act on the residential property in early October where officers discovered 20 mature cannabis plants and 60 blocks of what is believed to be cannabis resin. A 44 year old local woman was arrested and granted police bail until 6th January 2014 pending forensic examination of the drugs.

Woman sentenced for domestic assault
A 34-year-old Crewe woman has been sentenced to a year behind bars for assaulting her partner. The conviction came about after a significant amount of work by detectives to pursue a prosecution due to the victim’s unwillingness and fear of pursuing a complaint against his partner. Cheshire Police take any reports of domestic abuse extremely seriously and more information can be found about how to report issues that are affecting your relationship, or information about a third party via the Cheshire Police website.
Twista Sista
Officers from Crewe NPU are engaging with young people at local high schools as part of a new scheme whereby officers and PCSO’s offer a mentoring service to female pupils to discuss any issues they may have in their educational or personal life. The scheme involves one to one discussion after school hours in a safe, controlled environment. More information is available by contacting your local High School and asking to speak to the Twista Sista representative.

Crewe Alex Twitter account
Football fans can now follow the policing messages for forthcoming fixtures by following @CreweAlexPolice on Twitter. Receive police focused information on match safety, traffic, parking plans and other important information for those local fans and those travelling supporters.

Retail crime results
Almost 10 individuals from Crewe have been successfully processed through the criminal justice system within the last six weeks for theft from retail premises in the town centre. Traditionally, this crime is more prevalent in the run up to Christmas and the message from local police is clear – if you involve yourself in criminal activity – you will be dealt with by police and face justice. Sentencing for theft can range from fixed penalties, police cautions to imprisonment.

Cannabis result
A 23-year-old man will appear at Crewe Magistrates Court later this month charged with cultivation of cannabis following a drugs warrant executed on Chetwode Street, Crewe in September. Cannabis with a street value of over £4,000 was found at the premises at the time of the man’s arrest. He will appear before Magistrates on 12 November.

Car theft warning
Police are urging car owners to not fall prey to thieves as the darker nights draw in. There has been an increase in reports of car crime across the town, often car owners have failed to properly lock and secure their vehicle. Police offer preventative advice to avoid becoming a victim of this type of crime – properly lock and secure your car or van, use an alarm where possible and avoid placing valuable or desirable items such as laptops, handbags or sat-navs on display which may appear attractive to would-be thieves.