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Man charged following robberies at sandwich shops in Macclesfield
A 32-year-old man has been charged in connection with two robberies at sandwich shops in Macclesfield.

Paul King, of Oak View, Liverpool, was arrested on Wednesday 6 March. He has since been charged with two counts of robbery and one count of possessing a knife in a public place. King has been remanded in custody and is set to appear at Crewe Magistrates’ Court today, Friday March 8. The charges relate to incidents at Subway fast food outlets in Macclesfield. The first incident occurred in Tytherington Business Park at around 5pm on Wednesday 6 March and the second took place in Mill Street at approximately 8pm on Sunday 3 March. The possessing a knife in a public place charge relates to the first incident.

https://www.cheshire.police.uk/media/198831/sihung-hoang.jpg?width=280Chef who poured boiling oil over co-worker jailed for nine years
A chef who poured boiling hot oil over a co-worker during an argument has been jailed for nine years.

Sihung Hung Hoang, 57, of no fixed abode, was jailed at Chester Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday 5 March) after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily
harm with intent at the Beijing City Take Away, on Mill Street, Congleton.


On Sunday 22 July 2018 Hoang and the victim had an argument whilst working. When the victim was bent down Hoang poured boiling hot oil, which had been heating up on the gas hob, over the victim’s head and then poured more over his chest and arm. Hoang poured approximately four litres of the boiling hot oil over the victim before fleeing the scene. The victim was initially taken to Congleton Hospital by other workers at the takeaway, staff at the Hospital called an ambulance and he was taken to the specialist burns unit at Wythenshaw Hospital. The victim had to be placed in an induced coma for four weeks and came close to dying. As a result of the assault the victim received 35% full thickness burns to his body. He still receives daily care at hospital as a result and has life changing injuries.

Hoang was arrested in a betting shop in Birmingham on September 7th by officers from Macclesfield CID. In his interview with police he admitted pouring oil on the victim but said it was because he was “scared” during an argument.

Detective Sergeant Simon Mills said: “This was a truly barbaric act, like something out of the Middle Ages. Hoang’s cowardly attack has had a devastating impact on the victim who spent three months in Hospital and still has to have daily care for his injuries which have not healed. He has appalling injuries which will scar him for life and also have a significant impact on the rest of his life. I hope that the sentence handed down goes some way to providing some closure for the victim.”

https://www.cheshire.police.uk/media/198829/kevin-cairns.jpg?width=280Couple sentenced for multiple fraud offences
A married couple from Newcastle-upon-Tyne have been sentenced for multiple fraud offences.

Kevin Cairns, 45, and Gillian Cairns, 46, pretended to run kitchen and furniture companies and duped victims from Cheshire and America into paying large sums of money for work that was never carried out. The couple admitted seven counts of fraud between them, committed between 2014 and 2017. They were sentenced for the offences, which saw four victims scammed out of a total of more than £30,000, at Chester Crown Court on Monday 4 March. Kevin Cairns, who pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud by false representation, was jailed for three years and four months. His wife Gillian Cairns, who admitted three counts of the offence, was given a 10-month prison sentence suspended for two years.

The court heard that the couple set up websites for companies that were figments of their imagination, including Handcrafted in England, Mason Kitchens, Bautou and Mason and Lennegan and Marantz. The websites showed images of other companies’ kitchen refits and furniture and were merely a front to obtain sales for products that they did not have and work that would never be done. The couple demanded deposits before jobs were measured up or products were delivered, followed by requests for payment in full.  They admitted scamming £10,000 from a man in Tabley, Cheshire; £6,538 from a woman in New York, America; and £2,600 from a woman in Crewe, Cheshire.

Kevin Cairns also pleaded guilty to conning a Chester football coach he knew to be dying from a brain tumour into buying a new £12,500 kitchen. The court heard Kevin Cairns even took the man to chemotherapy and radiotherapy appointments after hearing that he had received a substantial critical illness insurance payment. The man died in March 2015, three months after his new kitchen was scheduled to be fitted. No work was ever carried out at his Chester home. The offences were committed whilst the couple were living in Burwardsley in Cheshire, Whitchurch in Shropshire, Wrexham in north Wales and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Sergeant Andrea Ellis, who led Cheshire Constabulary’s investigation into the couple’s fraudulent activities, said: “Kevin and Gillian Cairns set up and carried out an elaborate scam to boost their bank balance at their victims’ expense. The couple used victims’ money as a means to live their day-to-day lives. They stooped low enough to take money from a friend for work they had no intention of ever carrying out, and Kevin Cairns even scammed a dying man out of £12,500, just months before the victim died. I am delighted that the couple have now been punished for their despicable actions, and although the sentencing will not bring the victims their money back I hope that the punishments imposed by the court will give them some closure. This has been a long and complex investigation involving a number of police forces and I would like to thank all of my colleagues for the support they have provided. I hope that this case reassures people that the police treats fraud extremely seriously and we will take robust action against offenders involved in this type of crime. I also hope that it acts as a warning to other potential fraudsters.”

The court was told that Gillian Cairns, who gave an address of Lesbury Street, Lemington, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, had a lesser, more administrative role in the offences than her husband. On top of her suspended prison sentence, she was ordered to do 250 hours of unpaid work and adhere to a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement. The couple were also banned from being directors of a company – Kevin Cairns for 10 years and Gillian Cairns for four years. They will face a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing at a future date to address their assets and ill-gotten gains.

If you are an ongoing victim of fraud contact Cheshire Constabulary on 101 or give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries . To report historic fraud offences call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

https://www.cheshire.police.uk/media/198822/kabo-masalila.jpg?width=280Drug dealer who tried to banish phone and drugs while pursued by police jailed for almost five years
A drug dealer who tried to banish his phone and drugs while being pursued by police has been sentenced to almost five years in prison.

Kabo Masalila, aged 27, of Cherry Avenue in Manchester pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply and dangerous driving at Chester Crown Court. On Thursday 28 February Masalila was told he will serve four years and six months. On the morning of Tuesday 29 January 2019 officers made attempts to stop Masalila after he entered the car park of a gym at Handforth Dean Retail Park near Wilmslow, Cheshire. However Masalila refused to stop and instead locked himself inside the black Honda Civic and a short pursuit took place in the direction of Wilmslow along the A34 Bypass. While the pursuit took place Masalila threw heroin and cocaine as well as a phone out of the window onto the carriageway. When Masalila met heavy traffic he attempted to create a third lane along the nearside of the carriageway where he collided into hedges and bushes before coming to a stop. He was then detained and taken to custody to be questioned by officers.

Detective Sergeant Jon Ryder, of Macclesfield Local Policing Unit, said: “Masalila not only refused to stop for police but he tried to conceal high class drugs along with his mobile phone while driving at speed to avoid being caught. This could have led to a serious collision after he drove dangerously without any thought or care for those around him. After admitting to both his crimes we have seen justice served.”

https://www.cheshire.police.uk/media/198820/warrington-burglary.png?width=280Two men sentenced to seven years after burgling Warrington pub
Two men who burgled a pub in Warrington have today been told they will serve a total of seven years.

Stephen Martin, aged 37, of Tapestry Gardens in Birkenhead was sentenced to four years and James Dean, aged 38, of Portland Street, Birkenhead will serve three years. Both were sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on Tuesday 26 February after pleading guilty. The court heard how in the early hours of Monday 28 January 2019 Martin and Dean caused damage to the property as they broke into the Horseshoe Inn on Smithy Lane in Croft. Although both men ran away from the pub as they heard police arriving, members of the public told officers at the scene that a blue Ford KA had been seen driving around a road close by. Officers quickly located the vehicle which had been left abandoned at the end of Browmere Drive close to Round Thorn where the local community had seen the men driving around. Checks made on the vehicle revealed Dean owned the KA and officers commenced an area search with the help of dog patrols and the police helicopter. Both Martin and Dean were found hiding in a farm outbuilding on Dam Lane a short time later and were arrested.

Detective Constable David Gerrard, of Warrington Local Policing Unit, said: “The fast response of all those involved in the initial stages of the investigation has helped get justice for the victim. “It goes to show how important it is for the local community to come forward with information. Due to this the officers were able to identify Dean and commence a full search which resulted in Martin and Dean being found quickly.”

https://www.cheshire.police.uk/media/198821/whyte.jpg?width=280Criminal Behaviour Order for man who intimidated local community
A Crewe man who has been convicted of a string of offences has been handed a criminal behaviour order.

Paul Whyte, of no fixed abode, was handed the three-year banning order at South Cheshire Magistrates Court on Wednesday 27 February. His offences include assault and public order offences. The 48-year-old, known locally as ‘Spider’, is now forbidden from entering an exclusion zone bounded by Nantwich Road, Mill Street, Oak Street, Wistaston Road, and Stewart Street, into Valley Road, onto Broughton Lane, and into Crewe Road back to Nantwich Road. He must not use abusive, threatening or intimidating language, or abusive, threatening or intimidating behaviour, in front of any person in public or private; have an open drinking vessel in any public place; or enter Crewe railway station unless he is travelling. The order also stipulates that whilst walking his dog, Whyte must always keep it on a lead and under his control.

Crewe South local beat manager PC Tom Towe said: “Paul’s actions have caused significant alarm amongst members of the public, who called us for assistance. This CBO means that, amongst other conditions, Paul Whyte will now be unable to enter certain parts of the Crewe area. No-one should feel intimidated by the actions of other people and we will use whatever powers we have at our disposal to ensure that public areas such as Nantwich Road remain a pleasant place to live, visit or run a business. If you see him breaching these conditions, we encourage you to report it.”

Anyone who encounters Whyte breaching any of the above restrictions is asked to contact Cheshire Constabulary on 101 to report it.

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CCTV images released following burglary at a pub in Chester
Detectives have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to in connection with a burglary in Chester.

A quantity of cash and alcohol were stolen from the Ye Gardeners Arms on Christleton Road on Sunday 24 February. The pub was closed at the time, with the incident occurring between 5am and 7am. Enquiries in relation to the burglary are ongoing and detectives believe that the man in the CCTV images may be able to help with their investigation. They are urging anyone who recognises him or thinks they may know who he is to get in touch.

Detective Constable Karina Monks, of Chester CID, said: “We believe that the man in the CCTV images may have important information to help with our ongoing investigation into a burglary at a pub in Chester. If you think you recognise the man in the images or may know who he is please contact the team here at Chester CID on 101, quoting IML 331209. Alternatively you can give us the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. I would also like to appeal directly to the man in the CCTV image to get in touch.”

Appeal following armed robbery at Widnes shop
Detectives are appealing for information and footage from the public following an armed robbery in Widnes.

At around 9pm yesterday, Thursday 7 March, a man brandishing a knife and wearing a face covering entered the Bargain Booze shop on Derby Road. The offender threatened members of staff and demanded cash. He ran out of the shop via the front door with a quantity of cash and cigarettes. The man is described as white, around 25 years old and approximately 5’ 5” tall with a proportionate build. He was wearing a black hooded jacket with the hood up, grey bottoms, black gloves and blue and grey Nike trainers. He was carrying a shoulder bag and spoke with a Widnesian accent. Enquiries in relation to the incident are ongoing and detectives are urging anyone who thinks they may have seen the offender, either before or after the robbery, to come forward. They also want to speak to anyone who believes they may know who the offender is or have CCTV or dashcam footage of him.

Detective Sergeant Alison White, from Widnes CID, said: “This was a terrifying incident and the shop workers who were threatened by the offender have understandably been left extremely shaken up. I would like to reassure them and the rest of the community that we are doing everything we can to identify the offender and bring him to justice and that we are determined to achieve that goal. Enquiries in relation to the incident are ongoing and as part of our investigation I am appealing for anyone who was in the area and thinks they have seen the offender, either before he carried out the robbery or as he was fleeing the scene, to get in touch. The same goes for anyone who thinks they have may CCTV or dashcam footage of him or know his identity. If you can help or have any other information that may aid our investigation please contact the team here at Widnes Police Station.”

Anyone with information or CCTV footage that may be relevant to the investigation should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 341019, give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. To submit dashcam footage go online at www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/roads-and-vehicle-safety/submit-dashcam-footage .

Appeal after knifepoint robbery in Runcorn
Detectives investigating a knifepoint robbery in Runcorn are appealing for information and footage from members of the public.

Between 1.50pm and 2pm on Tuesday 5 March an 18-year-old was accosted by another man in Mooring Close, Murdishaw, Runcorn. The offender, who was armed with a knife, threatened the man and demanded his blue and white Yamaha YZ 85 off-road motorbike. The victim got off his bike and handed it to the offender, who pushed it to the nearby Runcorn Amateur Boxing Club car park before riding off into the wooded area that leads to Goreswood Road. The offender is described as white with a tanned complexion, around 18 to 20 years old and approximately 6’ tall. He had a slim build, brown cropped hair and was clean shaven and he was wearing a brown hooded tracksuit with the hood up. Enquiries in relation to the incident are ongoing and detectives are urging anyone who was in the area and witnessed, or has CCTV or dashcam footage of, anything that may help their investigation to get in touch. They also want to speak to anyone who believes they may know who the offender is.

Detective Constable Phil Brown said: “This was a terrifying incident that has understandably left the victim extremely shaken up. I would like to reassure the community that it is believed to be an isolated incident and we are determined to establish the identity of the offender and bring him to justice. Enquiries are ongoing and I urge anyone who was in the area and believes they may have seen the offender, either before the robbery or as he was fleeing the area with the stolen motorbike, to contact the team at Runcorn Police Station. The same goes for anyone who thinks they may know who the offender is or have CCTV or dashcam footage of him.”

The stolen motorbike was recovered in the Murdishaw area on the day it was stolen.

Chief Inspector Sarah Heath added: “We are committed to doing all that we can to tackle knife crime in Runcorn. It is an issue that we take extremely seriously and Runcorn Local Policing Unit will ensure that anyone found to be carrying a knife or committing a knife related offence in the town is brought to justice. But the police cannot beat knife crime without the help of the local community and we urge anyone with information about people who may be carrying knives to come forward and speak to us or Crimestoppers.”

Anyone with information or CCTV footage that may be relevant to the investigation into the robbery in Murdishaw should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 339048, give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Dashcam footage can be submitted online at www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/roads-and-vehicle-safety/submit-dashcam-footage .

To report any type of knife crime call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, or 999 in an emergency.

Witness appeal following two robberies in Warrington
Detectives are urging witnesses to come forward following two robberies in the Sankey Valley Park area of Warrington on Wednesday 6 March.

The victim of each incident had their bicycle stolen. At around 5pm a 22-year-old man from Warrington was accosted by three males that came from the opposite direction as he cycled on a path that runs alongside Nansen Close. One of them was riding a bicycle and the other two were walking. One of them threatened the victim and demanded his white Carrera Kraken mountain bike. After stealing the bike the offenders fled in the direction of Old Hall and Westbrook. The victim left the scene in the direction that he came from, towards the railway above the path. Around an hour-and-a-half later, at approximately 6.30pm, a 14-year-old boy was walking with his bicycle and a 13-year-old girl along the ‘sand path’ near to Sankey Valley Park towards Lilford Avenue. When they were near to the low and high bridges above they were accosted by two males who had come from the park. One was on a bicycle and the other was walking. The 14-year-old victim, who is from Warrington, was threatened by one of the males. He then grabbed the victim’s dark blue Carrera Hellcat mountain bike off him before the offenders rode off towards the park. Cheshire Constabulary believes that the incidents may be linked.

Enquiries are ongoing and detectives are appealing for anyone who was in the area and believes they may have seen something that could be relevant to their investigations to come forward. They are particularly keen to speak to anyone who was cycling in the Sankey Valley Park area whilst wearing a helmet camera, as well as to anyone who thinks they may know the identities of any of the offenders.

Detective Sergeant Darren Reid, of Warrington CID, said: “These incidents have understandably left the victims extremely shaken up and I would like to reassure the community that we are stepping up patrols in the area. Anyone with any concerns should speak to an officer. I would also like to reassure Warrington residents that we are determined to find out who the offenders are and make them face the consequences of their actions. We believe that the incidents may be linked and as part of our investigations we want to hear from anyone who was in the Sankey Valley Park area and thinks they may have seen the offenders before, during or after either of the robberies. The same goes for anyone who may have footage of the offenders from a cycling helmet camera.”

The three offenders in the first robbery are described as white and looked to be in their late teens. The male on the bike was around 5’ 9” tall, of proportionate build and was wearing a dark coloured cotton-style hooded top with the hood pulled up over his head. He had a black zip-up jacket over the top of his hoody and also had dark cotton jogging bottoms on.
The male who threatened the victim looked between 5’ 10” and 6’ tall. He had a slim build and was wearing a black hoody with the hood pulled up. He had a neck warmer underneath this, which was pulled up and covered the lower half of his face. He also had black jogging bottoms and dark coloured Nike-style trainers on and was carrying a drawstring bag over his back.
The other male who was on foot was also wearing dark clothing including a hooded top with the hood up. The two offenders in the second robbery were also white. The male on the bike had blond hair and is described as wearing a hooded top with the hood up and grey jogging bottoms. The male on foot had dark hair and is described as wearing black clothing.
DS Reid added: “If you think you recognise the descriptions of the offenders and may know who they are or have any other information that may aid our investigation, no matter how small, please get in touch with us here at Warrington Police Station. That includes any information regarding the stolen bicycles. Perhaps you have seen them since they were taken from the victims or been offered the chance to buy them.”

Anyone with information or footage that may help detectives with their investigations should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 339969 (first robbery) or IML 340052 (second robbery), give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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Police are continuing to appeal for help in finding Gawsworth missing man
Police continue to be concerned for the welfare of 65 year old John Dyer from Gawsworth.

The last confirmed sighting of John was at 8pm on Wednesday 20 February at Macclesfield Train Station. He is described as white, of slim build with short, curly grey hair. The clothes he is wearing are a blue jumper, blue jeans and walking type boots. He is believed to be on foot and has previously visited the Bollington, Macclesfield Forest, and Buxton areas.

Insp Penny Jones said: “We have been searching the Macclesfield Forest area with the help of Cheshire Search and Rescue and are continuing to following lines of enquiry but we still haven’t had any confirmed sightings since he was captured on CCTV at Macclesfield Train Station on 20 February. We are continuing to appeal to the public for any help in locating him and are requesting members of the public to check their CCTV or Dash Cams if they were in the area at the key times. Please keep your eyes peeled and make contact with us if you think you have seen him. I would also appeal directly to John, please get in touch, your family are worried about you and want to know you are okay.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or via the Cheshire Police website quoting IML 329769.

Appeal after attempted knifepoint robbery in Winsford
Detectives are urging members of the public to come forward with information following an attempted knifepoint robbery in Winsford.

The victim – a 17-year-old boy from the town – was walking alone on what is known locally as the ‘Old High Street’ at around 6.30pm on Sunday 3 March. Travelling from the direction of the River Weaver towards Collingham Way, he was accosted by a man who appeared from an alleyway near the takeaways on the ‘Old High Street’. The man, who was holding a glass bottle and a knife, threatened the victim and demanded his mobile phone. At that point the offender was disturbed by a man and a woman who are believed to have come out of one of the takeaways. He then ran off empty handed towards the housing estate at the back of the fast food outlets. The offender is described as white, around 20 years old and approximately 5’ 11” tall. He had blond curly hair with a long fringe and was wearing a black jacket with the hood up as well as dark trousers and dark shoes.

Enquiries in relation to the incident are ongoing and detectives are appealing for anyone who witnessed, or has CCTV or dashcam footage of, anything that may help their investigation to get in touch. They particularly want to speak to the man and the woman carrying takeaway food who disturbed the offender. Detectives also want to hear from anyone who believes they may know who the offender is.

Detective Constable Duncan Antrobus said: “Thankfully the offender was disturbed and the victim was not injured in any way and did not have anything stolen from him, but what happened was terrifying and has understandably left him extremely shaken up. We are determined to establish the identity of the offender and make him face the consequences of his actions. Enquiries are ongoing and as part of our investigation I am appealing for the man and woman who may have unknowingly disturbed the offender to come forward. I also urge anyone else who was in the area and believes they may have seen the offender, either before the attempted robbery or as he was fleeing on foot, to contact us. The same goes for anyone who believes they may know who the offender is or has CCTV or dashcam footage of him.”

Inspector Andy Smith, of Northwich Local Policing Unit (LPU), added: “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. Knife crime is an issue that we take extremely seriously and Northwich LPU is committed to ensuring that anyone found to be carrying a knife or committing a knife related offence in the areas we police is brought to justice. But the police cannot beat knife crime without the help of the communities we serve and we urge anyone with information about people who may be carrying knives to come forward and speak to us or Crimestoppers.”

Anyone with information or CCTV footage that may aid detectives with their investigation into this incident should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 337666, give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Dashcam footage can be submitted online at www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/roads-and-vehicle-safety/submit-dashcam-footage . To report any type of knife crime call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, or 999 in an emergency.

Police appeal following aggravated burglary in Hale
Detectives are appealing for information and footage from the public following an aggravated burglary in Hale village.

At around 10.30pm on Sunday 3 March a man was pushed over from behind as he entered the front door of a house in Church End Mews. At that point two men entered the property and threatened him at knifepoint. The offenders then searched the house before stealing a quantity of jewellery and a mobile phone and fleeing via the front door. They were all wearing dark clothing. One of them spoke with a north west accent. Enquiries in relation to the incident are ongoing and as part of their investigation detectives are appealing for anyone who was in the area and believes they may have seen the offenders, or have CCTV or dashcam footage of them, to come forward. They also want to hear from anyone who thinks they may know who the offenders are or have any other information that may be relevant to the investigation.

Detective Sergeant Roberts said: “Thankfully the victim was not injured as a result of the incident, but he has understandably been left extremely shaken up following what was a terrifying ordeal. Burglary is a serious crime in which victims are targeted in their own home, which is the place they should be able to feel most safe. Being the victim of a burglary is always a deeply upsetting experience, but in this instance it was particularly traumatic as it occurred when the victim arrived home and saw him be threatened at knifepoint. I would like to reassure the community that this is believed to be an isolated incident and we are determined to catch the offenders and bring them to justice. Enquiries are ongoing in a bid to establish their identities and I appeal to anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area to get in touch. Perhaps you saw the offenders before they entered the house or fleeing the area afterwards, either on foot or in a vehicle. If so, please contact the team here at Widnes Police Station. The same goes for anyone who thinks they may know who the offenders are or have CCTV or dashcam footage of them, either on foot or in a vehicle.”

Anyone with information or CCTV footage that may help the investigation should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 337824, give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Dashcam footage can be submitted online at www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/roads-and-vehicle-safety/submit-dashcam-footage .

Appeal after six motorbikes stolen in Christleton burglary
Detectives investigating an overnight burglary in which six motorbikes were stolen are appealing to the public for information.

Between 5.30pm on Saturday 2 March and 8am on Sunday 3 March a shipping container at The Ride Academy on Whitchuch Road in Christleton, near Chester, was broken into. Six Honda motorbikes – a red CB500, a blue, a white and two red CB650s and a black NC750 – were stolen from the container. Enquiries in relation to the incident are ongoing and detectives are urging anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area to get in touch. They also want to hear from anyone who believes they may know who took the motorbikes or have CCTV or dashcam footage of them, as well as from anyone with information regarding the stolen bikes.

Detective Sergeant Andy Smith said: “We are determined to find out who stole the motorbikes and make them face the consequences of their actions. Enquiries are ongoing and we are appealing for anyone who was in the area and witnessed anything that may be relevant to our investigation to come forward. The same goes for anyone who believes they may know who stole the bikes or have CCTV or dashcam footage of them, either on foot or in a vehicle. We presume that the bikes were driven away in a van or another large vehicle. If you saw such a vehicle on Whitchuch Road on Saturday night or Sunday morning please get in touch. We also want to speak to anyone who has been offered the chance to buy a Honda motorbike or thinks they may know where the stolen bikes are.”

Anyone with information or CCTV footage that may aid the ongoing investigation should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 337267, give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Dashcam footage can be submitted online at www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/roads-and-vehicle-safety/submit-dashcam-footage .

Detectives appear on Crimewatch after elderly lady was robbed of walking frame in Warrington
Detectives investigating the robbery of an elderly woman's walking frame in Warrington have today (Monday 4 March) appeared on Crimewatch to appeal for information. 

Detective Constable Rob Thorpe spoke live on the BBC programme along with the victim, 80-year-old Elizabeth Clutterback, to urge witnesses to come forward. It was between 5.30pm and 5.40pm on Sunday 30 September 2018 when Elizabeth was approached by a man as she walked with a wheeled walking frame along Whitecross Road in Bewsey and Whitecross. The man pushed her to the ground and stole her walking aid as well as her purse and handbag.  The walker, silver in colour with three wheels and yellow tape on the centre bar and two side bars, was found nearby by officers.  The ladies purse, described as black faux leather with two straps on the outside contained a pink post office card, a bus pass and a small amount of cash. Her handbag is described as an oatmeal canvas bag with a photo of a black Jack Russell on the front.  

Speaking after the programme, Detective Sergeant Mark Naylor, of Warrington CID, said: “This was a cruel and horrible crime on a vulnerable lady who was understandably left shaken and we are still determined to find the person responsible but we need the public's help. I hope hearing Elizabeth and DC Thorpe on Crimewatch will have jogged people's memory to come forward with information - no matter how small.  I would also like to take this opportunity to urge the man who stole the walking frame to do the right thing and get in touch." 

A 19-year-old local man was arrested on suspicion of robbery and has since been released with no further action. 

Please call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting IML 199465, give details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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