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Update 2. November 2018 (note that articles more than one month old are generally deleted)

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TO CONTACT THE POLICE CALL THE NEW NON EMERGENCY NUMBER 101.
IN AN EMERGENCY ALWAYS DIAL 999

Your Neighbourhood Police Stations are:

Northwich Local Policing Unit, Chesterway, CW9 5EP - 0845-458-6378.
NPT Frodsham - Voicemail. 0845-458-6393 (Frodsham, Helsby, Milton Weaver, Cuddington & Sandiway, Kingsley, Forest)
NPT Dragon Hall - Voicemail. 0845-458-6377 (Tarporley & Oulton)
NPT Mickle Trafford - Voicemail. 0845-458-6394 (Mara)

All Incidents (And Important Information) Should Be Reported To The Main Call Centre : 0845 458 0000 open 24 hours, 7 days a week ; or you can call the new National non-emergency number on 101 which will put you through to Cheshire Police at Winsford [we are advised that calls cost a fixed 15p from a land-line or mobile phone].

If You Wish To Pass Information Via An Independent Anonymous Source You Can Call Crime Stoppers On 0800 555 111, OR E MAIL www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Contact
PCSO Nichola Devey
Image from Weaver and Cuddington Police

Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) - details of Surgeries are now published here.

Dates for PCSO Nichola Devey to hold Surgeries in the Acton Bridge Parish Rooms (Hill Top Road, CW8 3RA)...
24. November 2-3pm and 15. December 2-3pm.

Nichola has also asked us to advertise her surgery dates for Sandiway and Weaverham as well in case people from the community are able to attend them instead. These are :
Sandiway - 13. November, Sandiway Library 5-6pm; 14. December, Sandiway Library 5-6pm
Weaverham - 23. November, Weaverham Library 5-6pm; 03. December Weaverham Library 5-6pm

Residents with any issues or topics on Police matters are invited to raise them with the PCSO - no appointment is necessary.
Weaver and Cuddington Police now have a Facebook page.


We've received a letter from the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, David Keane, to celebrate Volunteers' Week, launching "a volunteer recruitment drive to give local people the chance to make a real contribution to keeping their communities safe". You can download the letter (as a PDF) by clicking here.

These are the most communications from Action Fraud, HomeWatch / neighbourhoodalert.co.uk and related sources, which the Police recommend be held no longer than 30 days, so we are deleting posts more than about a month old. This page also carries occasional warnings from Trading Standards.
Extortion Scam 29/10/2018 21:42:28 [242143]

Cyber criminals send victims their own passwords in extortion scam
Cyber criminals are attempting to blackmail unsuspecting victims by claiming to have used the victims' password to install spying malware on the victims' computer. The criminals claim they've recorded videos of the victim watching adult material by activating their webcam when they visit these websites. What makes this scam so convincing is that the email usually includes a genuine password the victim has used for one of their online accounts. We believe criminals obtain the passwords from data breaches.

What to do if you get one of these emails?
Don't reply to the email, or be pressured into paying. The police advise that you do not pay criminals. Try flagging the email as spam/junk if you receive it multiple times. Perform a password reset as soon as possible on any accounts where you've used the password mentioned in the email. Always use a strong, separate password for important accounts, such as your email. Where available, enable two-factor authentication (2FA). Always install the latest software and app updates. Install, or enable, anti-virus software on your laptops and computers and keep it updated.

If you receive one of these emails, report it to Action Fraud's phishing reporting tool. If you have received one of these emails and paid the ransom, report it to your local police force.
Message Sent By Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)


How To Keep The Cyber-Criminals Out 25/10/2018 14:18:52 [241564]

Cyber-criminals use weaknesses in software and apps to attack your devices and steal your identity. Software updates are designed to fix these weaknesses and installing them as soon as possible will keep your devices & data secure. Software updates don't have to get in the way of what you're doing. You can choose to install them at night, when your device is plugged in and connected to wi-fi. You can also configure most devices to automatically install software and app updates.

For more information on how to stay secure online, visit www.cyberaware.gov.uk or follow @Cyberprotectuk on Twitter.

Message Sent By Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)


We've received the October 2018 Newsletter from Neighbourhood Watch - you can download it (as a PDF) by clicking here.
David Keane Joins Forces With Other Police And Crime Commissioners In Show Of Solidarity Against Hate Crime 15/10/2018 16:36:51 [240109]

Cheshire's police and crime commissioner (PCC), David Keane, today issued a rallying call to the residents in Cheshire to "stand up and be counted" as part of a powerful anti-hate campaign.

The commissioner is joining fellow PCCs, chief constables, justice partners and the general public to publicly condemn the scourge that is hate crime by taking part in a nationwide social media campaign called 'The Big Link-up'. The Big Link-up marks National Hate Crime Awareness Week and sees public figures, organisations and individuals demonstrating their support against hate crime by posting 'selfies' or group shots of themselves' holding a copy of the #NO2HATE sign. Cheshire's commissioner joined commissioners from across the country in a photo of defiance, shared across social media with the hashtag #NO2HATE.

David said: "The whole idea behind this campaign is to show our solidarity and unity in fighting hatred. With the nation's PCCs coming together as one, we are sending out a powerful message to our communities that those who breed hatred and contempt are the minority and will find no place in our society. Every year, National Hate Crime Awareness Week gets bigger and better and reaches a wider audience. It is a fantastic opportunity to show victims of this awful crime how serious we treat their experiences and encourages more people to come forward and get help if they haven't already done so. Equally, it highlights how repugnant society views this crime and leaves perpetrators in no doubt that their actions will be condemned and punished using the full arm of the law. I'm pleased to see 'The Big Link-up' receiving strong support and appeal to anyone who works with the public - including our youth leaders, volunteers and criminal justice partners as well as residents themselves - to join us throughout the week in this symbolic rejection of hate crime."

Hate Crime Awareness Week takes place between October 13 and 20.

Message Sent By Caroline Tozer (Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, Communications Officer, Police and Crime Commissioner)


Two More Dates For Consultation On Rural Crime Strategy Announced 04/10/2018 13:30:48 [238541]

Cheshire's police and crime commissioner, David Keane, is to hold two more public events to give local residents the opportunity to have their say on the county's new rural crime strategy. Following on from the events in Macclesfield and Warrington this week, two more events will be held in Nantwich and Tattenhall over the next couple of weeks. The events provide the opportunity for local residents to talk to their local policing team about issues in their area and to meet with the commissioner and the constabulary's rural crime lead, chief inspector Simon Meegan, to give them feedback on the draft rural crime strategy prior to its publication. The strategy has been developed in response to the local rural crime survey conducted in Cheshire over the summer and the recent national rural crime survey. It outlines the priorities for rural officers and sets out the ways police in Cheshire will tackle rural and wildlife crime from now until 2021.
David said: "This strategy has been heavily influenced by the views of local residents who took their time to give us feedback as part of the rural crime survey. We have listened to what they told us but we want to ensure the strategy takes into account their priorities. The survey told us that more than two thirds of residents who live in Cheshire's rural communities think police are doing a good job keeping their communities safe, but there is still more we can do to protect our more remote communities. Rural communities have their own unique crime related issues which can have a significant impact on residents or farming and businesses. It's imperative for police to be specially equipped and trained to tackle these issues. As part of the plan, I've set five priorities for police in Cheshire to deliver over the next four years to ensure we tackle rural crime head on."

Full details of the remaining events are detailed below:
Thursday 4 October, 7pm-8.30pm, Stockton Heath Police Station, Grappenhall Road, Stockton Heath, Warrington WA4 2AF
Monday 8 October, 7pm-8.30pm, Reaseheath College, Reaseheath, Nantwich, Cheshire CW5 6DF
Tuesday 16 October, 7pm-8.30pm, The Barbour Institute, High Street, Tattenhall, Chester CH3 9PX

Message Sent By Caroline Tozer (Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, Communications Officer, Police and Crime Commissioner)


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