Abingdon Neighbourhood Police Newsletter- April 2020

Anti-social behaviour (ASB): The neighbourhood team have been working in partnership with two local housing associations to tackle ASB in Abingdon. Recently, absolute possession was granted by the court for one property on the Vineyard and another at Southmoor Way, Abingdon. These possession orders follow months of work by officers on the neighbourhood team and demonstrate that reports of ASB are taken seriously and we will do our best to tackle and reduce these sorts of incidents.

There have been reports of drug use in the Carse Close area of Peachcroft. This is being closely monitored by PCSO Moquet.

Burglary: On Tuesday 24th March, a property on Bowyer Road, Abingdon was burgled. The victim was assaulted by being pushed inside her property, but was unhurt during the incident. Three offenders entered and searched the property before being chased away by the victim’s neighbours.

An attempted burglary occurred on Saturday 7th March on Mill Road, Abingdon. The offender was disturbed by one of the occupants and did not steal anything from the property.
If you have any information in relation to the above burglaries, please call 101.

Please report any suspicious behaviour by calling 101, or 999 in an emergency. If you would like any crime prevention advice, including a home security assessment, please contact the team by emailing

Offenders brought to justice
On Friday 27th March, a report was received of a male being abusive to staff and customers at Boots, Bury St. Upon officers’ arrival, the male became extremely verbally abusive and threatened to assault one of the Police Community Support Officers. The male was swiftly arrested and was subsequently charged to court for Public Order offences.

Following a report from a member of public, PCSO Selene Moquet identified a vehicle parked in the Peachcroft area that had no tax or MOT. Working with the on duty Vale of White Horse CCTV operator and officers from the Abingdon Roads Policing department, the driver was stopped after the operator saw the driver leave the area in the vehicle. The vehicle was then seized by officers.

PCSO Selene Moquet and PCSO Adi Wright spotted a male using his mobile phone whilst driving. Information about the vehicle was passed over the police radio. A short time later, a Roads Policing officer caught up with the driver and he is facing a possible 6 points on his license and a £300 fine.

Neighbourhood team engagement
Whilst the current situation surrounding the COVID-19 virus is unsettling and people may be feeling anxious about the social restrictions in place, the neighbourhood team will continue to police the community including spending time on foot patrol offering reassurance. The neighbourhood team have attended several incidents where people have been struggling with their mental health during the lockdown. If you need help and someone to talk to, speak to your GP, call 111 or contact a charity such as Mind. You could also consider the following:
• Keep in touch digitally- make plans to video call people or groups that you would normally speak to.
• Keep a routine- plan how you will spend your time and try to follow your ordinary routine as much as possible.
• Try to keep active- build activity into your daily routine. This could include seated exercises or dancing at home.
• Get as much sunlight and fresh air as you can- open a window or spend time in your garden if you have one.
• Find ways to spend your time- including relaxing and being creative.
• Manage your fears- write them down or talk them through with someone.
• Don’t watch too much news- distract yourself with another activity.

PCSOs Ali Blood, Sully Jawed and Maddie Highmoor have been conducting foot patrols in Kennington, focusing their patrols along the tow path. They have spent time engaging with members of the community, from a safe distance, and offering reassurance to anyone with concerns.

Unfortunately many of our planned engagement opportunities have not been able to take place over the last few weeks. However, the team have been out and about practising social distancing whilst on foot patrol. We have been supporting the local businesses that remain open, ensuring that people are polite and respectful to the key workers who are carrying out essential work during these difficult times.

Have Your Say meetings
Due to the current pandemic, face to face ‘Have Your Say’ meetings will no longer be held until it is safe to do so again. Please use the details below to contact the team about any concerns you have.

Staff changes
PCSO Jason Bauer leaves the team this month to begin his training, after joining up to become a police officer. We wish him the best of luck in his new role.

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Always phone 999 in an emergency

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