HALE VILLAGE PARISH COUNCIL MEETING 21st January 2019
From p.m.18th November 2018 to midday 21/01/19 the following entries are recorded on our systems for Hale Village. They are not always in date order and details are omitted as needed. The date shown is usually the reported date and not necessarily the date of the incident though it often is. The figure in the bracket, if shown, is the preceding months report. A reminder any person can contact us 24/7 via 101 or any of the options below if preferred.
2 (1) Alarms all in order – Church Road & Hale Road
2 (0) ASB Personal Nuisance & Anti-Social Behaviour Drunks refusing to leave pub 01/12/18
1 (0) Violence/Harassment/Threats Cocklade Lane 26/11/18 domestic related.
0 (0) Sexual Offences related
0 (0) Burglary Dwelling
0 (0) Burglary other than in a dwelling
0 (1) Theft of a Motor Vehicle
1 (0) Theft from a Motor Vehicle Church Road bottom bit 18/11/18 car broken into.
0 (0) Theft / Other
0 (0) Criminal Damage
0 (0) Drugs
0 (0) Fraud
4 (2) Admin-Messages to Pass & Misc. Prison related Simple Advice, Police Generated
0 (0) Complaint against Police
4 (3) Intelligence Reports Info. Received from various sources
0 (1) Concern for Safety
6 (0) Domestics 3 from same address
4 (3) Suspicious person/vehicle/Activity 04/12/18 Town Lane males acting suspiciously no trace. 10/12/18 Hale Road off road bike, 29/12/18 High Street – vehicle of no police interest and same for one on Hesketh Road 05/01/19
1 (0) RTC’s Injury/Damage. Ireland Road 14/12/18
0 (0) Damage Only RTC
3 (1) Highway Disruption Ramsbrook Ln 08/12/18 x2 horses, PearTree Cl. 08/12/18 obstruction
0 (2) Vulnerable Person reports persons visited who the visitor suspects as being vulnerable.
0 (0) Civil Dispute
0 (0) Missing Persons .
0 (0) Stop/Searches
0 (0) Search Warrants
0 (0) Fail to Appear Warrant
0 (0) Distraction Burglary.
0 (0) Animal Domestic
0 (0) Prevent Breach of the Peace
0 (0) Property Lost /Found
5 (0) Abandoned phone calls.
0 (0) Wildlife matters
0 (0) Road related Traffic offences
1 (1) Firearms 11/01/19 air weapon being used, advice only.
0 (0) Sudden Death
(0) Bail breaches etc. see misc
0 (0) Found Stolen Motor Vehicle
4 (0) V.P.A – Vulnerable Persons Assessment a report submitted by the officer or agency to other agencies
0 (0) Assist other Agencies – see misc.
Overview and Crime
There are a number of repeated points generated in the reports. I do think these are an important part of the report especially for first time readers. I want to record my/our appreciation to HaleVillageOnline website for posting these reports for publicity to a wider audience.
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We do our best to ensure as much crime and anti-social behaviour is prevented and where it occurs to try and get those responsible. The villagers are increasingly helping us to achieve this objective by reporting matters such as suspicious persons, vehicles etc. A number of the calls are testimony to the fact villagers do have the confidence to call us and allow us to deal with the incidents, hopefully preventing more serious incidents occurring.
You do not need to remain anonymous. This is obviously your choice but we can assure you your details are secure.
I patrol across the village as much as my duties allow. I also do some patrolling in the Halebank area. Police Officer colleagues also pay attention to the area when I am on leave or rest days.
I have tried to cover some of the smaller, quieter inner roads as well. I have conducted patrols across the village from up near the border with Speke to Halegate Road and including the arterial routes. I also try to call into some of the residents or businesses in the remoter areas such as Ramsbrook Lane, Baileys Lane etc. If you see me say hello!
As always we aim to be visible to you but if you find an issue occurring that we have not noticed or has not been brought to our attention please get in touch (see below).
I want, and the supervision want us, to be able to engage and update the residents who are unable to come to the parish council meetings perhaps due to age or disabilities so, if you know of any who would like a visit get in touch. If you have relatives in the area that may be elderly or disabled I can visit them and update them etc. I am pleased to say the Parish Council has allowed us the use of the hall so residents and others are able to come and see me here on an even more regular basis and discuss any concerns or hear about issues that we may want to highlight. I am at the village hall on a regular basis and the dates and times are posted outside the hall and more dates and times are to be added. (see our website below for local dates and times) Remember I can also visit you if you prefer.
The statistics in this report are again the lowest period on record. Remember this report covers a two month period as we did not have a Parish Council meeting in December 2018. I cannot recall in all my time covering this area, which is very many years indeed, a lower set of figures. For the past three months there were 50 “incidents” for the Hale Village area. Again down from the previous three months of over 59. In many of these cases it does not indicate a crime at all. You may not realise just how much you keep the statistics low. You, the residents and your families, the school including teachers and pupils, businesses, St. Mary’s church and congregations and visitors alike. By being crime aware, looking out for each other and for reporting suspicious activity. Thank You from all of us here at Cheshire Police and those residents who may have been fearing the evening times around these occasions.
Parking & Traffic issues
I patrol on an Ad hoc basis around the school on both sides and drivers flouting the parking restriction will invariably receive a Fixed Penalty Notice. I would ask that you show restraint, civility and patience when driving near and around the school. On the occasions I have visited I had not had to issue any Fixed Penalty Notices on Hesketh Road outside of the school or on Ireland Road. I needed to give advice to a few drivers on the Pepper Street and Hale Road junction.
When you do park I would ask you to bear in mind Pedestrians first and foremost and then, when you have left ample room for disabled persons, wheelchairs, prams, buggies etc. then you can think about you and your vehicle. Don’t put your vehicle in a position where there could be doubt as to whether it could cause an obstruction. If you can, please walk and leave your vehicle a little further away if there is a better location. I have and will try to watch the situation again around this and other areas in case parking issues worsen. Please remember that the Childe of Hale public house has kindly given permission for drivers to park at both mornings and afternoons during term times so that parents and guardians can walk the short distance to the school with their children.
The ongoing Operational Order – Operation Scrambler which has and continues to be carried out by officers. An initiative is being used whereby Police Officers and PCSO’s can spray the offending motorbikes and riders with a view to obtaining future evidence of traffic offences. If you have any information that could identify the riders or their addresses please do make contact with us. This is an ongoing operation and officers have had some good successes recently. We do know the reports of illegally used motorbikes, quads etc. will continue and along with this our responses will increase too. This period we have had one report of off road bikes on Hale Road.
Albeit a Local Authority issue – fly tipping on our roads can cause a hazard and officers have been checking on two areas in particular, Ramsbrook Lane and Carr Lane to try and capture or deter the offenders.
We had a good turnout for the crib ceremony on Sunday 9th December 2018 and, from a policing perspective it went well with no incidents attributed to traffic.
On the run up to the colder weather we need to remind drivers again to NOT DEFROST VEHICLES WITH THE ENGINE UNATTENDED AND ENGINE RUNNING. Not only is this illegal if you had your vehicle stolen as a result you would almost certainly not get full insurance payment due to you not taking proper precautions.
As Hale Village has a 7.5t weight restriction I will keep an eye on this to try and maintain low levels of transgressors. Remember it is not a HGV ban! I must also highlight that we do have a farm within the village restriction and there will be vehicles over the limit but, needing access, this is allowed. No reports of any vehicles causing issues this period to me directly.
Speed enforcement is usually carried out on Hale Road and Ramsbrook Lane. Enforcement has been carried out a few times this reporting period most recently 10th January 2019 with no captures on Hale Road (near to the “S” bend). Done at 8am. Previous occasions were Ramsbrook Lane 29th December 2018 x 4 and Hale Road again 09th & 14th December with one activation on each occasion. In response to a number of requests I have varied the times of enforcement to try and have a broader capture period. Enforcement will continue and please do report any concerns you have. We have requested additional resources from HQ to combat roads policing issues. I have also had a response from Halton Borough Council saying basically there is nothing further can be done to assist with speed reduction on Hale Road. I have also recently enquired over the request to look at reducing the speed limit on the High Street down to 20mph but again this is not feasible.
Wildlife & Rural matters
We are keeping our eyes and ears open for any reports of illegal wildlife activity. Please do report any suspicious activity to us – often such activity is carried out under the cover of darkness, telephone us on 101 and we will check. Hale Estates ask persons not to trespass onto their land without permission.
Places of faith
It was so nice that I was able to call into St. Mary’s Church recently to watch the rehearsals for the up and coming Sinnerella show this coming Friday 25th evening. Amazing all these “cogs” in our village that keep the place special. Well done to all involved in this and other projects.
We want to encourage even more information – intelligence that we gather. If residents are not confident in passing their details to us they can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 – they won’t ask for your details and the information will still reach us. We would rather they have the confidence in us and the system as the callers’ details are “sanitized” from all the intelligence reports. I.e. suspicious goings on/suspicious persons/vehicles, smells of cannabis etc. if reporting vehicles or persons try and obtain details such as vehicle registration marks; clothing descriptions etc. – if you have a mobile with you many have voice recorders.
We are hoping the Parish Council, school, church, businesses and residents are encouraged and reassured by the report however if you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.
If you want up to date information about Hale Village policing matters we post messages on Twitter and Facebook – see below for details. We will post as often as we should/can when we are on duty. If any readers are local and they need any help with this I can also call along to set these up for you or show you how to tweet or post yourselves! It’s so easy - just like texting!
Another great communication tool is the Cheshire police’s internet site at
I would also like to promote the Cheshire police ALERT system further. We have 229 users on the combined Ditton & Hale areas – thanks! This Alert system is geared up similar to a homewatch scheme whereby businesses or households can choose to be alerted on matters that you want – such as scams, bogus callers, etc. and by which method you choose such as text, phone call, email etc. There is more information on our website or via https://www.cheshirepolicealert.co.uk I am more than willing to help any resident or business get set up.
A resource for obtaining information as to police related matters is https://www.askthe.police.uk (apps available)
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there is a danger to life
violence is used or threatened
a serious crime (violent crime/burglary) is in progress or likely to occur
a suspect for a serious crime is nearby
there is a road traffic collision involving personal injury or danger to other road users
a vulnerable person needs urgent attention
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