Runcorn Local Policing Unit, Old Town-Mersey Area
Cheshire Police have four force priorities these are-Vulnerability, Violent Crime, Serious and Acquisitive Crime and Roads Policing. Therefore, this news bulletin will include details of how Runcorn Police Officers are meeting and dealing with these priorities in the Old Town/Mersey area.
Police were called to deal with an incident in the Old Town where it was reported that a male was in possession of a knife. Police arrived and male was detained and then arrested for possession of a bladed article in a public place. Please be cautious if you see a member of the public with a sharp or bladed article. Do not approach them or challenge them as this could put you in a very vulnerable position, instead call 999.
Police were called to deal with a violent incident that was ongoing outside one of the takeaways in the Old Town. A male was being restrained from hitting a member of the public but managed to assault the individual twice. Police arrived and were able to obtain details of the offender who had made off from the scene. Statements were taken and CCTV was seized, leading to the suspect being dealt with by officers at a later date.
Serious and Acquisitive Crime
Across the force there has been an increase in crimes at ATM machines. Suspects are approaching individuals at cash machines whilst they are trying to withdraw money, pushing them out of the way and are then stealing money. Please make sure you are being cautious around ATM machines and report any suspicious activity to Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.
A vehicle was identified as driving around the Runcorn area, specifically near to the bridge and on the expressways on cloned registration plates. This was seen by Crime Car officers and was tracked using ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition). Officers were able to stop and locate the vehicle, PNC checks revealed that the vehicle was stolen and was therefore seized by Police. If you have any suspicion that a vehicle is potentially stolen or being driven on cloned or altered registration plates please report this to us on 101 with vehicle details.
There have been a number of burglary offences reported to the police in September. I would like to remind the community to stay vigilant when locking your property of an evening and leaving the house, please check all window and door are locked and secure. If you would like any crime prevention advice please contact the Runcorn LPU mailbox through the Cheshire police website for advice.
PC 30105 Goddard, PCSO 21889 Thompson and PCSO 6957 Buckles