CNWA - we 20 January 2019 - Cheshire News and Appeals
Alert message sent 21/01/2019 12:27:00
Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch
Cheshire Neighbourhood Watch Association Week ending 20th January 2019 Cheshire News & Appeals Latest Cheshire News
Student given six years for deliberately setting fire to wheelie bins he placed outside ex-girlfriend's home
A Chester student who put his ex-girlfriend and her six housemates in danger by deliberately setting fire to wheelie bins placed against her house in a bid for her to take him back has been given a six year detention.
Connor Egan, 20, of Butt Lane in Beverley, East Yorkshire pleaded guilty to arson with being reckless to endanger life at Chester Crown Court on Monday 7 January. The court heard how Egan’s behaviour changed for the worse after his 19-year-old girlfriend ended their relationship after he became possessive and jealous of her. Over a short period, Egan would constantly call and text her, follow her and often turn up at the same place as her without being invited.
During the early hours of 26 May 2018 Egan set fire to a wheelie bin outside the victim’s address on Lorne Street, Chester before setting fire to another wheelie bin outside the same property an hour later. At 3.30am the same day the victim saw a man in the front garden of her home as she returned home, police believed this was Egan. Half an hour later she spoke to Egan on the phone, unaware of his involvement in the wheelie bin fires, she told him she was scared and he came to see her. Three days later in the early hours of the morning another wheelie bin was reported on fire outside the front door of the victim’s home. The victim rang Egan to tell him about the fires and he called her to see if she wanted to stay with him instead, which she declined. At 7.36am the same day Egan set fire to a bag full of rubbish placed at the back door of the house. The fire was extinguished by residents before firefighters arrived.
Detective Constable Tom Philpotts, of Chester CID, said: “Egan’s behaviour caused the victim to feel harassed and upset leaving her wondering what he was going to do next. Unbeknown to her Egan’s actions had become dark and manipulative. In an attempt to make her feel frightened, he set fire to the wheelie bins placed next to her house and then offered to provide comfort to her when she confided to him how scared she was. Egan’s actions could have seriously injured, or worse killed, his girlfriend and her flat mates inside if the fire had spread to the house. I have no doubt Egan would have continued with this behaviour but we were able to stop him before he did even more harm.” Police were able to locate Egan near the property at the time the fires took place and he was swiftly arrested on 29 May. DC Philpotts added: “Nobody should be made to feel frightened or scared by the actions of others. If you feel you may be the victim of harassment please come forward and speak to us.”
Family pay tribute to Wirral man who died in a collision in Whitchurch Road
The family of a Wirral man who died in a collision on the Whitchurch Road in Edge, Malpas have paid tribute to him.
On Wednesday 9 January at 6.48am a collision occurred involving two HGVs and a car on Whitchurch Road, Edge, Malpas. Sadly, the driver of the Kia Ceed, Phillip Edwards, 38, from the Wirral died at the scene. His family are being supported by specialist officers. His family said: "It is with great sadness that Phillip Edwards passed away on Wednesday following a road traffic collision. Phill was a much loved husband, son, dad, brother and uncle and this tragic event will leave a huge hole in our lives. We ask that our privacy is respected at this difficult time."
Egan previously pleaded guilty to two counts of arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered on Thursday 28 June. Egan was also given a restraining order banning him from contacting his victim.
Fraudster jailed after siphoning more than £70,000 from his company's account
A fraudster from Warrington has been jailed after admitting embezzling more than 70,000 from his employer.
David James, of Bowness Avenue, initially pleaded not guilty to 12 counts of fraud by abuse of position but the 43-year-old did a U-turn around a month before his trial was due to start. After admitting all of the charges, he was jailed for three years and four months and ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge at Chester Crown Court on Thursday 10 January. James committed the offences from October 2016 to July 2017 while employed as a finance manager for a manufacturing company.
Based at Manor Park in Runcorn, he was responsible for 18 fraudulent transactions that saw him siphon a total of £72,624.88 from the company. James set up fake account numbers connected to 12 firms to enable him to carry out his scam. He would pay suppliers via his company’s account and then pay the same amount into one of his own bank accounts after duplicating the invoice. The scam came to light following invoice enquiries the company received from suppliers while James was on holiday. After it was discovered that he had been fraudulently taking money out of the company’s account despite him having an annual wage of £35,000, James was sacked for gross misconduct on 24 July 2017. His offending was reported to the police and detectives carried out an extensive investigation into James’ fraudulent activities.
Following his sentencing, Detective Constable Katie Wardle said: “James took advantage of weaknesses in his company’s payment system to commit despicable acts of fraud whilst in a position of trust. As the finance manager, he should have been managing and supporting the company with those weaknesses, not using them for his own financial gain. James is a serial fraudster who shows no regard for people and companies trying to make an honest living. His offending has had a detrimental effect on the reputation of the manufacturing company, with potential clients going to other firms as a direct result of James’ fraudulent activities. The company has reviewed and updated all of its systems, procedures and processes to protect itself from fraudsters in the future and is continuing to work hard to repair the reputational damage that James has caused. I am delighted that he has been given a significant prison sentence as punishment for his fraudulent acts and hope that this case deters others from committing similar offences.”
Runcorn man charged with offensive weapon and criminal damage offences
A 41-year-old man from Runcorn has been charged with possessing an offensive weapon and causing criminal damage in the town.
Robert Stewart, of Grangeway, has been released on unconditional bail. He is set to appear at Warrington Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 31 January to answer charges of possessing a bladed article in a public place and causing criminal damage to property valued under £5,000. The charges relate to an incident in Grangeway, Runcorn, at around 8.30pm on Sunday 13 January. Having received a report of a man carrying a sword, armed officers were deployed to the scene. No-one was injured as a result of the incident but a wall was damaged.
Slight increase in drink drug drive arrests in December The year has not started well for 227 Cheshire drivers who have been arrested for drink or drug driving during a Cheshire police operation.
From 1 December to 1 January, 140 people were arrested for drink driving, with a further 87 arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of illegal drugs. All of those 227 people arrested are now likely to face lengthy driving bans and large fines.
David Keane, police and crime commissioner for Cheshire, said: “I am disappointed to see that some motorists on Cheshire’s roads have not followed warnings issued by Cheshire police to not drive whilst under the influence of drugs or alcohol. People know the dangers of drink and drug driving, yet we’ve still seen drivers put their own lives and the lives of other road users and pedestrians in danger over the Christmas period. Cheshire police are continuing to work hard to tackle this behaviour and I’d like to thank all the emergency services who worked hard over the festive season to keep our roads safe.”
All roads policing officers across Cheshire are equipped with both alcohol testing kits and drugs wipes which can instantly detect whether a driver is under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs whilst behind the wheel. There were 1,230 breath tests carried out, resulting in 140 arrests, and 123 drug tests leading to 87 arrests.
Superintendent Jo Marshall-Bell, of Cheshire's road policing unit, said: “There has been a slight increase in arrests over last year and it is astounding to see how many people continue to believe it is acceptable to drive under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs. Over the campaign period we took a much more focused, intelligence-led, approach, targeting the ‘who, when, where’, which has been borne out in the results. Driving under the influence of either alcohol or drugs is extremely dangerous; it affects your reaction time, making it harder for you to judge your speed, judge your distance between you and other vehicles and notice potential hazards. All of this means that you are more likely to be involved in a collision.
All of those arrested as part of this operation will now have to face the consequences of their actions, which will have a significant impact on both their personal and professional lives.
Superintendent Marshall-Bell added: “The consequences of drink and drug driving can be devastating, not only for the driver of the vehicle but their families and innocent members of the public. We are committed to reducing the number of alcohol and drug related deaths on our roads, and my officers will use all of the tools available to them to help us achieve our goal. I also want to reassure residents that, although this operation has concluded, it is an issue that we continue to target seven days a week, 365 days a year. The message is clear, if you drive whilst under the influence of drink or drugs in Cheshire, you will be caught.”
Wirral man charged with wounding with intent following altercation in Ellesmere Port
A 23-year-old man from Wirral has been charged with wounding with intent and possessing an offensive weapon in a public place following an altercation in Ellesmere Port.
Thomas Frazer, of Hoose Court, Hoylake, has been remanded in custody to appear at Chester Magistrates' Court today, Thursday 17 January. The charges relate to an incident at the junction of Whitby Road and Cromwell Road in Ellesmere Port shortly before 1am on Wednesday 16 January in which a 27-year-old man from the town sustained a serious head injury. He was taken via ambulance to the Countess of Chester Hospital, where he continues to receive treatment. A 24-year-old from Ellesmere Port who was arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent in relation to the incident has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.
Man charged following reports of a man having a machete at a Sandbach pub
A 32-year-old man from Sandbach has been charged with possessing a bladed article in a public place following an incident in the town.
Gavin McLean, of Belmont Avenue, has been released on conditional bail to appear at Crewe Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 7 February. The charge relates to an incident at The George Inn on High Street, Sandbach. Police were called to the pub shortly after 11am on Thursday 17 January following reports of a man having a machete. McLean was subsequently arrested at an address in Belmont Avenue. A bladed weapon was recovered from the address.
Man charged with multiple thefts from shops in Warrington
A 37-year-old man from Warrington has been charged with 10 counts of theft from a shop.
Damian Wisedale, of Rowland Close, has been remanded in custody to appear at Warrington Magistrates’ Court today, Friday 18 January. The charges relate to incidents at shops in Warrington and a service station in the town. The incidents were between 13 September 2018 and Wednesday 16 January 2019.
Police warn about the dangers of shining laser pens at aircrafts
Cheshire police are warning about the dangers of shining a laser pen at aircrafts after a plane was targeted near John Lennon Airport.
Police are reminding the public of the dangers of shining laser pens at aircraft following an incident was reported recently, whereby a laser light was directed at passing aircraft on its descent into Liverpool John Lennon Airport. The shining of a laser light can have very serious consequences, endangering the crew, aircraft passengers, and the public. Cheshire Police and airport authorities are keen to trace anyone involved in these incidents.
Sgt Karen Brook said: "Such irresponsible and idiotic behaviour can have potentially serious consequences for airline passengers and crew. Similar cases have been successfully prosecuted and those found guilty of participating in such behaviour are liable to a term of imprisonment.”
We would urge anyone with any information on the latest incident, which occurred on 6 January, to come forward and contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting IML288306. Alternatively information can be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
An organised crime group who instilled fear and intimidation through firearms as they ran their Warrington drugs enterprise sentenced to 185 years
An influential organised crime group who instilled fear and intimidation into the local community in Warrington has seen its criminal enterprise dismantled.
20 men are now behind bars for a total of 185 years after Cheshire Constabulary’s Serious Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) uncovered their dangerous criminality as they supplied cocaine in the North West and used firearms to scare others and protect themselves.
Ringleader Anthony Cullen, aged 31, was today (Friday 18 January) sentenced to 27 years along with his associates at Liverpool Crown Court. Cullen ran the organised crime group and employed 19 men who flooded the streets with class A drugs. The criminal gang – described in court as being at or very near ‘the top of the tree’ in the scale of their drug dealing – made large cash profits as they supplied cocaine and cannabis in Warrington, Winsford and Bangor. It is also believed that they had links with the North East. With their supply of illegal drugs raking in up to £290,000 profit per month, Cullen’s criminal enterprise was ‘risky and often nasty’ as he, along with Chris Houghton, Sean Ryan, Jason Eastens and Michael Mason, began using firearms to protect themselves and intimidate others.
The court heard how during July 2017 Cullen, Houghton, Mason and Eastens attempted to supply a Ruger handgun to a customer in Liverpool for up to £3,000. The Ruger handgun was found by police, wrapped in cling film in a bag at a house in Oxford Street, Warrington just before it was due to be supplied to a customer in Merseyside. The following day five guns including ammunition were recovered hidden in the loft of an address on Rylands Drive, Warrington. A further gun was found along with two bullets in a wicker basket at the foot of a bed to be immediately available if needed. The prosecution believe the gun in the wicker basket was the replacement for the gun which was recovered in Oxford Street. They included a functioning AK-series rifle, a pump-action shotgun, automatic pistols and revolvers as well as a silencer to be fitted to one of the automatic handguns. The guns were used to threaten rival drug dealing gangs and scare those who owed money and were also made available for hire, loan or sale to other criminals.
To keep their criminal dealings under the radar, Cullen and the gang dealt with cash only transactions and did not use bank accounts. Instead they made written notes for budgeting and kept a record of who owed them money – known as tick lists. They included details of large transactions, debts and overheads as well as an outline of wages and rent money provided to their associates. Although they attempted to keep their dealings secret, their ultimate aim was to make money. The organised crime group used multiple phone numbers and handsets while regularly changing numbers to try and evade the police – with Cullen alone using up to 16 different phone numbers. During an 18-month investigation – codenamed Operation Samurai – the court heard how detectives witnessed Cullen and his associates carrying out their criminal activity by supplying cocaine, cannabis and firearms and couriering large amounts of cash.
Sean Ryan drove to Crewe to instil fear into two dealers who had a drug debt to pay. He intended to threaten them with two bullets, a message often used by criminals as a sign to pay up or risk being seriously hurt. Ryan was later stopped by police, who recovered the two bullets, a knife and a list of addresses of those he intended to threaten in his car. He originally told officers he ‘found the bullets’ while out walking his dog but later claimed that ‘someone’ had thrown them into his van. Three days after carrying out a drugs transaction in Winsford during January 2017, Cullen’s associate Nigel Gerke was couriering money in his car when he was involved in a collision with two other vehicles. Cullen attempted to call Gerke while officers searched the car and recovered £43,700 from inside a sports bag. The vehicle also contained a manufactured ‘hide’, a sophisticated compartment often used to conceal or smuggle criminal goods.
The court heard how Winsford became a targeted area for the organised crime group to sell class A drugs – with Anthony McElligott, Steven Wood and Anthony Jones being the main suppliers in Winsford – until a quarter kilo of cocaine was seized in May 2017. Christopher Potter was arrested while on his way to deliver the drugs which made the gang realise they were under scrutiny. They changed their tactics and methods as their criminal activities were disrupted by the Serious Organised Crime Unit. The jury saw CCTV footage of Cullen and Houghton buying a safe from B&Q in June 2017 to store 1kg of cocaine at a house on Hunter Avenue in Warrington. By August 2017 the organised crime group had links to the North East when Matthew Spencer was stopped on the A1 as he travelled back to Cheshire. Officers spotted a large amount of cash behind his seat totalling £104,950.
Detective Chief Inspector Mike Evans said: “Today an influential and established organised crime group – one of the biggest in Cheshire – has been brought to justice after their criminal enterprise was dismantled. Their activity centred on wealth, intimidation and instilling fear into the local community. Cullen ruled the roost and gave out orders. He was clever and made sure he was one step removed from his crimes yet dealt with those who got in his way. The money they made from drug dealing was huge but it came with many risks and dangers as their attention turned to the use of firearms and ammunition. The cache seizure we recovered is the largest we have ever had in Cheshire. It is rare to recover a gun in our county but to seize six in one address is unheard of. The significant sentences handed to Cullen and his associates are not only down to the dedication and commitment from the Serious Organised Crime Unit who led a long, complex investigation but to the local community who came forward with information.”
In total Cheshire Police seized 3 ¼kg of cocaine and £205,680.00 in cash during the investigation. Cullen and his associates are believed to have supplied over 50kg of cocaine across the North West.
DCI Evans added: “The drugs and firearms taken off our streets have made our communities safer and this can only continue if we make disrupting organised crime everybody’s business. We cannot do this on our own. People living in the local community are crucial in helping us to combat organised criminality and by working together we can make a real difference by disrupting those who bring fear onto our streets. I would ask the public to look out for signs of organised crime and to report any concerns to us. Do you question what someone does for a living? Have you noticed an unexplained increase in wealth? If you have any information please call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Latest Cheshire Appeals
Appeal after two boys are assaulted in Chester robbery
Detectives investigating a robbery in which two teenage boys were assaulted in Chester are urging witnesses to come forward.
At around 7pm on Sunday 13 January the victims, aged 13 and 14, were approached by three older looking teenage boys on the cycle track behind the Total Fitness health club on Liverpool Road. The offenders assaulted both of the boys. They also threatened one of the victims before they stole his bicycle and fled in the direction of Blacon.
One of the offenders, who are all estimated to be aged between 15 and 16, was wearing a black bubble jacket, black combats and gloves. He had something covering his face and his hood up. Another had a blueish coat and grey tracksuit bottoms on and the final offender was wearing a black bubble jacket, combats and white trainers. Enquiries into the incident are ongoing ad detectives are appealing for anyone who was in the area and saw anything that may help their investigation to get in touch. They also want to speak to anyone who thinks they may have information regarding the identities of the offenders or dashcam or CCTV footage of them.
Detective Sergeant Stuart Needham said: “Thankfully the victims are believed to have only suffered minor injuries and they did not require medical treatment. But this was a terrifying incident that has left them shaken up, particularly the boy who was assaulted and threatened as he had his bike stolen. After being notified of the incident we conducted a thorough search of the area, with support from a police helicopter, and have recovered the stolen bike. But the offenders are still outstanding and I urge anyone with information or footage that may be relevant to our ongoing investigation to come forward. If you were in the area and witnessed the incident or anything else that may be of use to us please contact the team here in Chester on 101. The same goes for anyone who believes they may know who the offenders are or have CCTV or dashcam footage of them.”
Appeal following overnight burglary in Widnes
Detectives are appealing for information and footage from the public to aid their investigation into an overnight burglary in Widnes.
The incident occurred on Barnes Road between 11pm on Monday 14 January and 5am on Tuesday 15 January. After gaining entry to a house while the occupiers were asleep upstairs, the offenders stole a safe and a trolley from the address. They are then believed to have wheeled the safe away using the trolley to a car park on Halton View Road via The Bongs. Enquiries in relation to the incident are ongoing and detectives are urging anyone with information or CCTV or dashcam footage that may help their investigation to come forward.
Detective Sergeant Roberts said: “Burglary is a serious offence in which victims are targeted in their own home, which is the place they should be able to feel most safe. In this instance the offence took place overnight while the victims were asleep inside their home. We are determined to find out who was responsible for the burglary and bring them to justice. Enquiries are ongoing and I appeal to anyone who was in the area and witnessed anything suspicious to get in touch. Perhaps you saw the offenders going into or leaving the house, or maybe you saw them pushing a trolley containing a safe measuring two foot by two foot after they had carried out the burglary. We also want to speak to anyone who believes they may know the identities of the offenders or have CCTV or dashcam footage of them.”
Witness appeal following knifepoint robbery in Warrington
Detectives are appealing for witnesses to get in touch following a robbery in Warrington.
At around 4pm on Saturday 12 January a male riding a bicycle approached three local boys from behind as the 12 and 13-year-olds walked along Station Road North in Fearnhead. He brandished a flick knife and demanded money. The offender then took a small quantity of cash from one of the boys before riding off in the direction of Fearnhead Lane. He is described as white, around 18 years of age with a heavy build. The offender was wearing a black Berghaus jacket with the hood up and spoke with a Warrington accent.
Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and detectives are appealing for anyone who was in the area and witnessed anything that may be relevant to their investigation to come forward. They also want to speak to anyone who believes they may know the identify of the offender or have CCTV or dashcam footage of him either before or after the robbery took place.
Detective Constable Jill Peggs said: “This was a frightening incident that has understandably left the boys shaken up and we are determined to catch the offender and make him face the consequences of his actions. Enquiries in relation to the robbery are ongoing and I urge anyone who witnessed it or saw anything else that may aid our investigation to get in touch. The same goes for anyone who believes they may know who the offender is or have CCTV or dashcam footage of him.”
Chief Inspector Simon Meegan said: “I would like to reassure the community that this is believed to be an isolated incident and we have stepped up patrols in the area. At Cheshire Constabulary we are committed to doing all that we can to tackle knife crime. We will respond robustly to any knife related incidents and ensure that anyone found to be carrying a knife or committing a knife related offence is brought to justice. But the police cannot beat knife crime without the help of the rest of the community and we urge anyone with information about people who may be carrying knives to come forward and speak to us or Crimestoppers.” To report any type of knife crime call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, or 999 in an emergency.
Appeal after two bicycles are stolen in Widnes robbery
Detectives are appealing for information from the public after two bicycles were stolen in a robbery in Widnes.
At around 6.10pm on Tuesday 15 January two boys from the town, aged 13 and 14, rode their bikes to the Londis corner shop on Halton View Road. The 14-year-old went into the shop as the younger boy minded their bikes outside. At this point two males approached the 13-year-old and demanded the bikes. They threatened the victim and pushed him off his bicycle. The offenders then stole the bikes and rode away on them in the direction of Ireland Street. They are described as white, around 5’ 7” tall with slim builds. One of the offenders was wearing an all black tracksuit and the other had an all grey tracksuit on. The mountain bikes they stole were a grey and orange VooDoo Bantu and an orange Carrera Vengeance.
Detectives have released photographs of the bikes and are urging anyone who was in the area and witnessed what happened or believes they saw the offenders to come forward. They also want to speak to anyone who thinks they may know the identities of the offenders or have CCTV or dashcam footage of them, as well as to anyone with information regarding the locations of the stolen bikes.
Detective Constable Joe McNally said: “The victims have understandably been left extremely upset and shaken up as a result of the incident. We are determined to get their bikes back and catch the offenders. Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and we are appealing for anyone with information or CCTV or dashcam footage that may help our investigation to get in touch. If you were in the area and witnessed the incident, or anything else that may be relevant, please contact the team here at Widnes Police Station on 101. The same goes for anyone who believes they may know who the offenders are or have footage of them, as well as for anyone with information that may enable us to recover the stolen bikes.”
Witness appeal after man sustains serious injury in altercation in Ellesmere Port
Detectives are appealing for witnesses to an altercation involving three men in Ellesmere Port to come forward.
Police were notified of the altercation at the junction of Whitby Road and Cromwell Road shortly before 1am on Wednesday 16 January. Officers attended the scene and discovered that a 27-year-old man from Ellesmere Port had sustained a serious head injury. He was taken via ambulance to the Countess of Chester Hospital, where he is currently receiving treatment. Officers arrested two men – a 24-year-old from Ellesmere Port and a 23-year-old from Wirral – on suspicion of wounding with intent. They are currently in custody helping detectives with their enquires. Other enquiries into the incident are ongoing and detectives are urging anyone who witnessed what happened or has CCTV or dashcam footage that may aid their investigation to get in touch.
Detective Constable Mark Hughes said: “With a man having sustained a serious head injury, we are determined to establish exactly what happened and are appealing for anyone who thinks they may be able to help us with our investigation to contact the team here at Ellesmere Port Police Station on 101. If you think that you witnessed, or have CCTV or dashcam footage of, anything that may be relevant to the investigation please get in touch.”
Police appeal for witnesses following Chester burglaries
Police are appealing for information following burglaries at three premises in the Chester area.
Two addresses in Station Lane in Barrow were burgled between the evening of Sunday 13 January and the following morning. In both cases offenders forced their way into outbuildings and stole quad bikes, trial bikes, saddles, drills and outboard motor. It is believed a vehicle was parked on Station Lane which the thieves would have loaded the stolen items. A third burglary took place at a farm in Manley Road in Alvanley between the evening of Tuesday 15 January and the following morning. Horse tack was stolen from the stables, and again, a vehicle had
been parked in Manley Road which may have been there for offenders to load the stolen tack.
DC Gareth Yates said: “If you have been in these areas and saw suspicious activity I would urge you to contact police. Also, be wary when you are buying bikes or tack gear and make sure
you are using official channels - if the price seems a steal, it probably has been stolen.”
Anyone with information should contact Cheshire Police on 101 or via https://www.cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries/ quoting IML 294184 and IML 294199 for the burglaries at Barrow. Anyone with information for the burglary at Alvanley should quote. IML 295774. Alternatively information can be given anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Appeal following attempted robbery in Runcorn
Detectives are appealing for information from the public in relation to an attempted robbery in Runcorn.
At around 1.10pm on Wednesday 16 January a woman from the town was walking up the steps from the Windmill Hill shops towards the busway when she heard a bicycle breaking behind her. The 22-year-old carried on walking and before she reached the busway a male riding a bike grabbed the purse she was holding. The victim managed to keep hold of her purse and fend the offender off. The male then fled on his silver bike, riding onto the busway in the direction of Castlefields and Phoenix Park. The offender was wearing a black coat with the hood up, a black snood and black tracksuit bottoms.
Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and detectives are appealing for anyone who believes they may have witnessed, or have CCTV or dashcam footage of, anything that may help their investigation to come forward.
Detective Constable Nathaniel Walkowiak said: “Although the victim managed to prevent her purse from being stolen, the incident has understandably left her shaken up. We are determined to find out who the offender is and make him face the consequences of his actions and urge anyone with information or CCTV or dashcam footage that may be relevant to our ongoing investigation to contact the team here at Runcorn Police Station on 101. If you were in the area and witnessed the incident, or anything else that may aid our investigation, please get in touch. The same goes for anyone who thinks they may know who the offender is or have any other information or footage relating to him or the silver bicycle he was riding.”
Fire at Wilmslow business premises sparks police investigation
Police are appealing for witnesses following an arson attack at business premises in Hawthorn Lane in Wilmslow.
At 2.23am on 17 January firefighters were called to a two-storey building well alight on Hawthorn Lane in Wilmslow. The fire is believed to have been started deliberately and police and fire investigation officers are investigating.
DS Matt Ashton said: “At 2.08am a man was seen arriving on a moped or scooter, which had an ‘L’ plate on the front. He was seen at the side door before the building is set alight. An abandoned moped was then recovered at 10.35am from Mount Pleasant in Wilmslow, which we believe is connected to the fire. I’d urge anyone who may have been in these two areas at the time and saw suspicious activity or have dashcam footage that may help to contact police.”