Wilmslow West and Chorley police newsletter Apr to May 19

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 Wilmslow West and Chorley police newsletter
April/May 2019

Courier fraud has been the topic of focus across Wilmslow and neighbouring areas, with incidents occurring in the Wilmslow West and Chorley ward. The fraud involves the victim receiving a phone call purporting to be from their bank, stating that their banks cards have stopped working and that a courier will collect them for replacement. The courier then arrives, takes the cards and accumulates large expenditure using the victim’s money.
I have carried out leaflet drops and social media publications, delivering fraud prevention advice and police contact details across the community. Investigations by Macclesfield CID are currently taking place, the statement at the following link having been issued earlier in the month: https://cheshire.police.uk/news-and-appeals/news/cheshire-residents-urged-to-be-vigilant-after-elderly-couple-scammed-of-money/ More information on courier fraud can be found by visiting the Action Fraud website: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/a-z-of-fraud/courier-fraud
With longer nights now occurring, I will be increasing the number of anti-social behaviour patrols at currently identified and any future hotspots. These include Spring Street car park and the rear of the shops on Grove Street and Grove Way as some issues have been raised regarding the behaviour of children hanging around. It is believed that the children are acting innocently, unaware of concerns other may have; therefore, any children acting inappropriately will be educated on any unintended consequences of their actions.

Finally, I will be attending coffee mornings at the United Reformed Church’s Undercroft Café on Chapel Lane. This is so that members of the community can discuss local policing issues with me and is in addition to the weekly police surgeries held at Wilmslow Police Station (information on May’s surgery dates is included below). Although (due to shift patterns) I am unable to attend all of the mornings, I have published dates on the Cheshire Police website when I will be visiting. These can be viewed here:
https://www.cheshire.police.uk/local-policing/macclesfield/macclesfield-events/ The Undercroft Café opens Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am to 12pm.


This month's crime prevention tips focus on how you can prevent assist police by looking out for suspicious activity in your area:
  • Suspicious activity can take many forms, including out of place vehicles or people behaving unusually. There may be a perfectly legitimate reason for the activity, but if you genuinely believe that something is wrong, you should report it to police by telephoning 101 or 999 in an emergency. This report will then either trigger a police dispatch or will be used for intelligence purposes.
  • You may also wish to inform friends, family and neighbours of your concerns so that they are aware of any potential issues. They may also have seen something which links in to your observations.
  • When witnessing a person acting suspiciously you should try to gather and record as much information as possible. This could include their estimated height, hair style and colour, the likeness of their skin and the type and colour of the clothes they are wearing. A particularly useful identification to note is any distinguishing features, such as glasses, tattoos or items they were holding. Crucially, you must not put yourself in any danger.
  • With vehicles, the vehicle registration mark is the most specific characteristic which can enable police to potentially find a wealth of identifying information about the vehicle and people who may have been using it. It is also beneficial to try and identify the make and model of the vehicle, the colour of it and any special features, such as stickers, defects or modifications. Once again, do not put your safety at risk.
  • Suspicious activities could also include eventualities such as unusual markings, objects left in unexpected places or social media posts: people tend to be a lot more personal on websites such as Facebook and Twitter and may disclose information about their activities which could have a detrimental impact on the community.
  • The most important thing to remember when considering whether or not it is worth informing the police is that if something doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t.
  • For more advice visit www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/home-safety-and-security

How to contact the police:
  • Wilmslow Police Station helpdesk (open 9am – 5pm Mon to Fri, excluding Bank Holidays)
  • Telephone 101 for non-emergencies or 999 in an emergency
Police surgery dates (at Wilmslow Police Station):
  • 9th May 2pm – 3pm
  • 14th May 10am – 11am
  • 20th May 2pm – 3pm
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Twitter: @WslowWestChoPol and @PoliceWilmslow

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James Morris (Police, Community Support Officer, Macclesfield LPU, Beat B)

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