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Parents advised to review online media dangers A SANDBACH head teacher has issued a warning to parents about the dangers of online media, following an inquest into the tragic death of schoolgirl Lily Mae Sharp. Lily, aged 13, was found in her bedroom at home in Bradwall on May 19 last year. An inquest heard how Lily and her friends had made a prank video on school premises where she pretended to be hanged in the toilets. It is thought the video was related to the Netflix series, 13

Reasons Why, about a teenage suicide, which Lily had been watching. The inquest also heard how there had been some ‘unpleasentness’ on social media prior to Lily’s death. Recording a verdict of suicide, senior coroner for Cheshire Alan Moore said that nobody knew exactly why she hanged herself. Sandbach High School headteacher John Leigh told the hearing there was no evidence to support speculation she had been bullied.

In a statesment Mr Leigh said: “The passing of Lily represents a tragic loss to her family and

friends. “Our thoughts and prayers remain with them at this very sad and challenging time. “The police, having investigated the circumstances surrounding her passing and speculative suggestions of bullying in school, concluded that Lily was not bullied, a view supported by our own investigations. “Given the challenges that Lily was facing away from school, there is much to confirm that Lily was most at ease here in (cont. on p4)

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by Stewart Green AUTHOR Amanda Brooke visited Sandbach Library last month to talk about her latest work. She spoke to literature fans about her book The Bad Mother, which has just been released in her home city of Liverpool. The library’s Oksana Newman organised the event, the latest in a series which brings wordsmiths to the town to offer advice about writing and to give an insight into the stories behind their books. The Bad Mother is the latest of nine books published by Amanda with Harper and Collins. Her first book Yesterday’s

Son was written while her son Nathan had terminal cancer and died at the age of three and is based on his life. Since then her books have been inspired by events in her life including organ donation in The Goodbye Gift and the choices you have to make in life in the mystery novel The Missing Husband. Producing one book a year it is possible that Amanda will return to Sandbach to talk about her current endeavour. • The Library hosts an Easter crafts workshop for youngsters aged four to seven on Monday April 9 from 2.30pm to 3.30pm. The cost is £2 per child. Please book as places are limited.

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Cruel thieves prey on OAP DETECTIVES are appealing for information after thieves targeted a vulnerable pensioner in Sandbach. Sometime between 5pm and 5.20pm on Tuesday February 20 the victim, an elderly woman in her 90s, was visited at her home on Congleton Road by a man claiming to be a workman. The man told the woman that he needed to go inside the property to check the taps in the kitchen. While inside the kitchen a second unknown person then entered the address and stole a quantity of cash and valuable items. The suspect is described as a white man, aged 35 – 40 years old, approximately 5’8” tall and of slim build. At the time of the incident he was wearing a baseball cap and a high visibility vest. Detective Constable Richard Garrett said: “To stoop so low as to target a vulnerable

pensioner in her own home is as despicable offence and we are committed to doing all that we can to trace the people responsible. “Enquiries in relation to the incident are currently ongoing and I urge anyone with any information, no matter how small, to contact the team here at Crewe on 101. “I’d like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to remain vigilant of anyone who comes to your door offering to carry out work, and I urge people to report any suspicious activity to us immediately on 101.” Police advise that if residents have any doubts about callers being genuine, they should not let them in and ask that they call back later when they are not alone. Anyone with any information about the incident should call Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 682 of February 20.

Sophie hits the right notes SANDBACH Concert Series presents a performance by Sophie Rosa and Benjamin Powell this month. Sophie (pictured) is a regular with the series and was a judge in last year’s Young Musician of the Year competition. An accomplished violin player

who has played on BBC Radio 3, with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Manchester Camerata, Sophie is accompanied by Benjamin Powell on piano. Tickets for the show on March 28 are £9.50 adults, £3 children. Doors open at 6.30pm.

POLICE are appealing for witnesses following an assault in Sandbach town centre. At 8.25pm on March 11 a 22-year-old man was in Sandbec Way when he was assaulted by one of a group of young people who were gathered outside a newsagent.

The victim suffered a minor facial injury. Anyone with information should contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 7668. Information can also be given anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 08700 555 111.

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(cont. from front) school, a view supported by her father. “In school, Lily was a happy and popular student who was kind and caring.” Mr Leigh advised parents to review their childrens’ online activity, adding: “Lily’s passing highlights the importance of parents knowing at all times where their daughters are and what they are accessing on the extensive platform of media outlets. “Parental controls to prevent access to such ‘instructional’ films, as can be found across a range of channels including Netflix, need to be activated to help protect our young people. “Let us not allow Lily’s passing to be in vain. “Please, review your approach to your children’s use of social media and media platforms to ensure they are not accessing inappropriate content. “We are currently constructing a new garden area in the heart of the school grounds and one peaceful aspect of that garden will be a place for family and friends to attend to reflect on the warmth and happiness that Lily brought in to all our lives.”

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DETECTIVES are appealing for information after a distraction burglary at a jewellery shop in Sandbach. Police have released CCTV images of people they would like to speak to in connection with the incident. At 3.14pm on February 24 three women and two men entered the shop in Congleton Road. Two of the men and two of the women distracted the assistant while the third woman went into the staff area stealing a number of items of jewellery.

They then fled the scene in a black VW Passatt. All suspects were described as of Eastern European origin. The first is described as male, with short shaved dark hair, dark stubble, in his late 20s or early 30s. He was wearing a dark blue jacket with white fur around the hood. The second was female, around 30 years old and wearing a dark head scarf. The thrid suspect was male, in his 30s, with short dark hair and short stubble He was wearing a

shiny blue jacket. The next was female, around 30, wearing a dark jacket with a top underneath that had a gold coloured shiny hood. The final suspect is described as female, around 40 years old and wearing a dark coat with the hood up. DC Simon Knowles said: “We’re urging anyone who recognizes the people in the CCTV, or has any information, to contact us.” Anyone with information should call DC Knowles on 101 quoting incident number 601.

THE Jersey Sounds make their way to Sandbach Town Hall on Saturday March 31. The show is a live tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

and the smash hit musical The Jersey Boys. It promises top quality lead vocals and harmonies, choreographed dance routines and

hits including Beggin’, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Sherry, Who Loves You and Rag Doll. Doors open at 7pm for an 8pm start. Tickets are £10.

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Sat Mar 31 - Charity Market St Mary’s Church Hall, 10am 12noon Sandbach Animal Rescue charity market and coffee morning to raise fund for cattery and animal care 50p entry Sun April 1 - Record Fair Sandbach Town Hall, 10am 4pm Record fair and memorabilia, hosted by Backtrax Music Free entry Call 07535 710 821 for details

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Mon April 16 - Flower Club Bradwall Village Hall, 7.30pm Elworth Flower Club demonstration A Floral Masterclass by Reaseheath College Tickets £5, call 01270 753302 Fri April 20 - Comedy Night Sandbach Town Hall, from 7pm Stand-up comedy featuring Adam Rowe, Maff Brown, Barry Castagnola and Ninia Benjamin £12 in advance, £14 on the door Sat/Sun April 21/22 - Transport Festival


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parade from the High Street to the Commons Car Park. For more details visit www. Sat/Sun April 21/22 - Art Exhibition Masonic Hall, all day Exhibition by Sandbach Arts Club Sat April 21 - Live Music Sandbach Town Hall, all day Sandbach Concert Series presents Young Musician of the Year final Free entry, visit Sat April 21 - Live Concert Wesley Centre, 7.30pm Performance by Crewe Male Vice Choir Tickets £8, call 01270 381441

Around the town, various times Displays of vehicles, live music, Fodens band, TruckTown Art Festival, by SparepArts artists. Sunday will see a full day of events from 10am - 5pm with

Wed April 25 - Live Concert St Mary’s Church, from 7pm Sandbach Concert Series presents piano and cello duo Rachel Hellevr-Simcock and Gwilym Simcock, featuring a spotlight on young musicians Tickets £8.50 adults, £3 children



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Stand-up comedy returns to Sandbach on Friday April 20. Comedy Hotspot presents a line-up of four comedians at the town hall, with doors open from 7pm for an 8.15pm start. This latest show features Adam Rowe, Maff Brown, Barry Castagnola and Ninia Benjamin. Adam Rowe (above) is widely regarded as one of the most exciting young comics to emerge in recent years. His laid back persona combined with his brutally honest, opinionated stand-up and his phenomenal ad-libbing ability make each of his performances unique and unpredictable. Adam’s 2017 solo show ‘Unbearable’ was a smash hit at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival selling out it’s entire month long run, leading to a sell-out UK tour.

host of Comedy Store, Glees, Off the Kerb, Avalon and Highlights, as well as being the curator behind the award-winning chain of Outside the Box comedy clubs. Barry Castagnola (above) has been performing stand-up in the UK and internationally since the late 90s – when he blagged his way onto the stage at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. He has appeared in the Channel 4 show Experimental and presented The YES/NO Gameshow on cable channel Bravo. Armed with a wide smile, Ninia Benjamin is a tour-de-force of comedy - she’s rude and outrageous but above all sidesplittingly funny. Ninia (below) was catapulted to stardom as one third of

Maff Brown (above) has been a support act for Greg Davies, Andy Parsons, Terry Alderton, Michael Mcintyre and Jack Dee. He is a regular headliner and

BBC2′s 3 Non-Blondes and has appeared in various shows including Celebrity Masterchef but it’s on the live stage where her comedy talents really shine. Tickets are £12 in advance.

A SIX-week consultation is taking place on the preferred route for the Middlewich Eastern Bypass. The scheme would, if approved, unlock key sites for housing and employment. As part of the consultation, which began on March 19, Cheshire East Council will be hosting three public engagement events, where the project team will be available to discuss the options. The project is intended to relieve the town of serious traffic congestion while also unlocking land for new homes and employment sites. Completion of the road will be the realisation of a long-standing ambition to remove heavy through traffic from the narrow streets of the town centre. The council secured £46.8m government funding for the £58m scheme, with the balance to be met from the council’s capital budget and from developer contributions. Cheshire East Council proposes the construction of a 2.7km, 50mph, single carriageway from the Salt Cellar Roundabout, on the A54 to Booth Lane, to the south of Middlewich. It is hoped to see construction begin in 2020, with completion around the end of 2021. The project will be subject to the normal planning process.

FIREFIGHTERS tackled a blaze in Sandbach on March 15. Officers from Sandbach and Crewe attended the fire at Ordsall Close at 9.16pm. The fire was on the ground floor and crews, wearing breathing apparatus, used hose reel jets, a covering jet and a large fan to bring the fire under control. One person from the house was treated for smoke inhalation, along with a further four from neighbouring properties.

A NEW church in Sandbach is to welcome the public on Sunday April 1. At a time when many churches are closing or just about surviving, a brand new one is starting in the town. A double launch will take place on April 1, with services at 10.30am at Sandbach High School and at 4pm at Sandbach Town Hall. The new church called Grace Church Sandbach has around 50 members, originally from

Wheelock Heath Baptist Church at Winterley. It will meet for worship every Sunday at 10.30am at Sandbach High School. It will also hold afternoon events at the town hall on the first Sunday of every month at 4pm, starting on April 1 with an Easter Sunday celebration. People of all ages are welcome with facilities for young children available at both venues. Subsequent months at the

The road would incorporate a cycleway and footway and a limited number of junctions to strategic sites, including improved access to the new waste transfer station at Cledford Lane. Following a number of studies and surveys, the council is now in a position to make its preferred option available for public viewing. All comments and feedback received will help to refine the final scheme, which would be put before a planning committee in the summer of 2018. Constructing the bypass would unlock key development sites that would have the potential to create 1,160 new homes and up to 6,500 new jobs. Sean Hannaby, the council’s director of planning and environment, said: “Middlewich town centre suffers from severe traffic congestion due to the growth in heavy vehicle traffic using the A54 and A533, which meet in the town centre. “We are fully aware of the disruption and inconvenience suffered by residents and businesses in Middlewich as a result of this long-standing issue, which has been worsening over many years. “Cheshire East Council is determined to address this problem through a bypass option to the east of the town.”

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town hall will have different programmes including discussions on the 3 most asked questions about the Christian Faith by people in Sandbach today. Pastor Paul Gibson said: “Sandbach is increasing in size and we want to help the people in our community to hear the good news about what God has done for all of us.” A warm welcome is extended to all to attend the new services and events. For more information call Chris on 07739299676.

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Medal sparks rethink SOUTH Cheshire gymnast Charlie Fellows is reconsidering her decision to retire after a medal-winning performance at the British Championships. Charlie, 21, who began her career at Sandbach Gymnastics Club, had said the latest competition would be the ideal point to call time on a succesful career. But the combination of a sensational all-round bronze medal display on the national stage, and a potential lifeline to her Commonwealth Games hopes, have forced a rethink. She said she had been heartbroken when she was not selected for the Commonwealth Games but that her

latest performance might put her in contention. She said she will be making a decision in the next couple of weeks. Now a member of Park Wrekin College School of Gymnastics, Charlie was part of the GB squad which made history by winning bronze at the World Championships in 2015, She has suffered injury setbacks in recent years and missed out on the Rio Olympics in 2016, but won floor bronze at last year’s British Championships. Now her rertirement decision could be reversed after she reached three finals and won all-round bronze in Liverpool.

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Early errors fatal by Jack Beresford EARLY mistakes proved fatal for Sandbach United as they lost 2-1 at home to Prestwich Heys. Two first half goals from Lee Bruce and Jake Wood were enough to give Prestwich the victory as both teams struggled with the blustery conditions at the community stadium in the first leg of the Division One cup semi-final. Both teams struggled to get to grips with the strong winds in a scrappy first half that yielded few chances. Prestwich finally broke the deadlock when Sandbach gave the ball away in their own half allowing Prestwich’s Alfie Belcher to slide the ball in behind the defence for Lee Bruce to get on the end of. He finished clinically past the on-rushing Ryan Moss in the Sandbach goal. Both teams were trying to keep the ball on the floor but it was Prestwich who pressed the advantage. They doubled their lead with 10 minutes to go until half time when good work down the right from Dan White allowed him to drill in a cross along the six-yard box, which was missed by both

Moss and Cooper and was then bundled over the line by Prestwich captain Jake Wood. Sandbach worked hard to get a goal back before half time and almost succeeded when Luke Walley turned well on the edge of the box but fired his shot into the gloves of goalkeeper Baguley. Within ten minutes of the restart Sandbach had halved the deficit when Tulloch got to the by-line and crossed for Jordan Davies to volley into the roof of the net from 12 yards out. Sandbach were on the front foot as they tried to find an equaliser and both Tulloch and Walley had good efforts saved. Overall it was disappointing performance from Sandbach as their winning streak came to an end after six previous victories. Boss Andy Hockenhull said: “Apart from the two mistakes in the first half which led to the goals we played okay, both teams played better without the wind which was surprising. “But I’m glad that we’re still in the tie and it’s all to play for.” • Pictured is Jordan Davies under pressure against Daisy Hill (by Nigel Kirby Photography)



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Wintry clash sees Bach back on top SANDBACH RUFC returned to winning ways with their first ever victory at Liberty Way. They emerged from the arctic conditions away at Nuneaton as deserved 16-3 winners. Despite the freezing temperatures the boys in red and green gave a display to warm their supporters’ hearts. They were unfortunate not to win more emphatically, in a game they largely dominated. The weather however was the major feature, with a biting easterly wind sweeping across the field. This made handling and ball retention difficult in the extreme, but two Benny Elliot penalties and a try for Cam Crampton steered Sandbach into a 0-11 half time lead, while a late Ewan Ashman try sealed the victory.



Sandbach had a more familiar look again this week with seven changes to the starting line-up that included the welcome return of skipper Dan Stubbs. Sandbach had first use of the breeze and by and large were camped in the Nuneaton half as a result. Nuneaton for their part were just keen to frustrate the visitors, being content to just keep the ball and go into contact. Sandbach eventually took the lead after 25 minutes with fast hands releasing winger Jack Leech who popped a pass for scrum half Crampton to dive over in the corner. Benny Elliot missed the difficult conversion but was successful minutes later with a penalty from the half way line. He added a second penalty on the stroke of half time.

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Sandbach had much more of the ball after the break and put the match to bed when flanker Ashman was driven over from a lineout with three minutes to go. Both sides and supporters deserve credit for battling it out to the end but Sandbach always had the upper hand against an

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