Cheshire Independent Issue 136

MACCLESFIELD • TYTHERINGTON • BOLLINGTON ALDERLEY EDGE • PRESTBURY • WILMSLOW • HANDFORTH • POYNTON • BRAMHALL • DISLEY • ALSAGER • BIDDULPH • CONGLETON • SANDBACH ISSUE 135 Independent FREE CHESHIRE FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @CheshireIndy FREE YOUR LOCAL GOOD NEWS-PAPER Let us help. With great advice, home style, measure and planning service, plus quality fitting of top brands and designs. You will be glad you did. Visit our showroom: Tuesday to Saturday Thornycroft Farm | Pexhill Road | Siddington | Cheshire | SK11 9JN | T: 01260 224445 Flooring & Carpets Alternative Flooring, Bronte, Brintons, Ulster, Jacaranda, Cormar, Adam, Axminster, Telenzo Carpets, Crucial Trading, JAB, Ted Todd and more…. Modern & Traditional Carpets Natural Wood Flooring Laminate Flooring Stair Runners & Rods Luxury Vinyl Tiles Bespoke Rugs & Runners FREE SEE PAGE 9 AT BOTTLE OF PROSECCO OSEC THE Home Secretary has given Cheshire more than £400,000 to spend on a major project to tackle the root causes of violent crime among children and young people. The project will involve a new outreach team to work with youngsters involved in drug dealing across the Cheshire police force area. It will also work with schools and families to keep young people at risk of falling into crime in “mainstream settings and in positive alter- native activities”. A programme of training will be delivered to school staff so they are enabled to support and divert young people away from gang asso- ciated violence. Home secretary Sajid Javid said: “In order to put an end to this senseless violence we must have a long-term plan that stops young people from turning to a life of crime in the first place. “That’s why our Serious Violence Strategy combines both early intervention with tough law enforcement. “This money will play a vital role in providing vulner- able young people in Cheshire with support and opportuni- ties that will steer them away from a life of crime.” David Keane, Cheshire police and crime commis- sioner, welcomed the boost. He said: “I am really pleased that we have man- aged to secure a significant funding boost for Cheshire to support our objectives to pre- vent serious organised crime and protect the vulnerable. “The Home Office fund- ing will provide the capacity for enhanced preventative working with young people aged 11-to-17 years who are at high risk of exploitation by criminals as a consequence of ‘County Lines’ drug deal- ing, or other forms of violent organised crime in Cheshire. “This ambitious approach will focus on early interven- tions in the lives of young peo- ple; reducing their personal risk from violent crime and providing them with posi- tive ‘alternatives’ which will significantly enhance their future prospects as well as making our communities a safer place.” The funding for Cheshire is drawn from the final £3.3m allocation of the Early Inter- vention Youth Fund. The Home Secretary also announced an additional £1.5m of funding for the third year of the Anti-Knife Crime Community Fund. The money will go towards community projects to reduce knife crime and have positive impact on young people at risk of carrying a knife and committing crime. Mr Keane has also opened the latest round of his Safer Communities Fund making £100,000 available to commu- nity organisations who want to tackle issues in their area. He said: “I want to hear from small organisations, charities, community and voluntary groups across the county and my expectation is that in developing bids organ- isations will work with their local PCSOs and officers to ensure projects tackle crime prevention or community safety issues in their area”. GLAMOROUS guests flocked to mark the first anniver- sary of popular celebs hangout Parea in Alderley Edge. Co-owner Chantelle Heskeyandhusband, former England footballer Emile, enjoyed the party. •More pictures page 19 Party people! Youth crime fight boost £400,000 to protect vulnerable kids Poynton Branch 48 Park Lane, Poynton, Cheshire SK12 1RE 01625 858558 Congleton Branch 34 Wagg Street, Congleton CW12 4BA 01260 299866 OFFERING A WIDE RANGE OF WINDOW FURNISHINGS Tel: 01260 299866 0345 130 9866 Town vision is unveiled A MASTERPLAN for the future of Macclesfield’s town centre has been set out by Cheshire East Council. Its strategic framework sets out seven distinct ‘character areas’ with opportunities for office, retail and housing development. They include Chestergate, Churchill Way and the area around the railway station. The framework is set to go for council cabinet approval later this year. WORTH £27.90 Minimum 4 diners Indian Food Bar