by Iain Roberts on 18 November, 2019
From Inspector Rob Hawksley
I am looking to restart my weekly updates on events in Cheadle and Bramhall. I am acutely aware that I have not sent any updates out since August. There are various reasons behind this and I am in a position to be able to send out more regular updates.
In terms of local crime and policing issues burglary remains the number one issue and priority. The number of burglaries, and in particular those where thieves are looking to steal vehicles remains a persistent problem. Bramhall is the target area at the moment, although there were three burglaries reported in the Heald Green area overnight. It is very much a moving problem. A team can target a local area one night, then move to another area a few days later. This is very much a problem being replicated around Manchester and not just Stockport, not that this makes it any more acceptable.
GMP and the Stockport Division have a robust plan in place to address the problem. It is having results and more and more offenders are being arrested. Three men were arrested this week following a raid on a house in Offerton where items from various recent burglaries were recovered. Another car was chased last night in the Cheadle Hulme area and the occupants arrested. This car was an outstanding stolen from earlier this year. Another vehicle stolen from the Stockport area was a chased in Oldham a few nights ago and the occupants arrested.
Neighbourhood officers have been working until 02:00 hours to patrol the area. The officers disturbed two thieves on Seal Road, Bramhall at around 01:00 hours on Friday morning. A foot chase followed, with other Divisional officers and a dog handler arriving. The helicopter was deployed and this picked up a car making off. A vehicle pursuit then followed involving the Tactical Vehicle Unit. The car which was an outstanding stolen vehicle, was stopped using a stinger device in Reddish and the driver arrested. The offender was a 17 year old youth who has been arrested several times before in the Bramhall area. He was once again charged with offences including breaching existing court conditions, and was remanded to court. We are again making strong representations to have him remanded in custody awaiting trial.
The message behind this is to reassure you that officers are out doing their best to arrest and disrupt offenders. I have outlined below what GMP and the Stockport Division are doing about burglary and car crime in the Cheadle & Bramhall Neighbourhood. Burglary, and vehicle crime burglary is the Divisional priority. This type of crime is endemic right across Greater Manchester, and is not just confined to Cheadle & Bramhall.
Superintendent Marcus Noden has dedicated officers and finances to tackling this crime. We are seeing results, offenders are being arrested and pursued through the courts and burglary rates are falling. Greater Manchester Police Response
GMP Stockport Divisional response
While burglary is our focus my team continue to be busy with other issues. We are still having problems with anti-social behaviour in the Cheadle Hulme area. Some good intervention work was done following some joint intelligence sharing with the Wilmslow Neighbourhood Team. We are again working with the local high schools. We have involved the Road Policing Unit and Traffic PCSO’s to do some speed enforcement work. There is on-going work with other agencies to support and safeguard local vulnerable people.
Please be assured that my team are doing all they can to look after the Cheadle & Bramhall neighbourhood.
Regards Rob Hawksley
Neighbourhood Inspector Cheadle, Gatley & Bramhall Cheadle Heath Police Station