Neighbourhood Policing Newsletter 09/05/2019

Priority 1 – Burglary
There was an attempted break in at a building site on Arnolds Way, Botley overnight between 16th and 17th April. Please remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity especially outside of expected working hours such as weekends or late evenings.

Between midnight and 7.45am on 30th April unknown offenders broke into a property Bagley Close, Kennington. It is believed that they entered by an insecure front door. They stole a wallet and keys and then stole a black Audi A3 S Line from the driveway. If you saw anything please call 101 quoting reference 43190128853. We would like to urge residents to ensure that doors and windows are locked when not in use and car keys are kept out of reach and preferably out of sight. Use garages where possible and install alarms and CCTV.

Due to the recent spate of shed breaks in Radley, the team ran an operation over the weekend of 27th and 28th April. This was followed up by a mop up of locations that we were unable to get to on Saturday 4th May. Residents of Sugworth Lane were issued with Smartwater (security marking kit) that was purchased with a grant from the Community safety Partnership. As a result of this we are hoping this will become a Smartwater Street. Residents were also given crime prevention advice from the team at these events.

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Priority 2 – Violence
Following a Thames Valley Police investigation, a man has been jailed for 14 years after being convicted of grievous bodily harm with intent. David Evans, aged 50, of Turberville Close, was sentenced on Tuesday (30/4) at Oxford Crown Court after being convicted of one count of Section 18 GBH with intent on Friday 4 April at the same court, following a five day trial. It relates to an incident on 1 October last year in Bath Road, Abingdon, when Evans assaulted the victim, a 58-year-old man, leaving him with multiple fractures to his skull, facial area and a serious brain injury.

Priority 3 – Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB)
ASB was reported at a school in the Botley and Cumnor area when an unknown person was seen to padlock the main gate shut late one evening. The person’s motivation is as yet unknown but is suspected to be some sort of attempted prank. Fortunately, school staff were notified and were able to facilitate the removal of the lock resulting in only minor inconvenience and disruption. We encourage residents to report any suspicious activity especially around schools.

After reports were circulating on social media of ASB occurring in the Abbey Meadows, the neighbourhood team increased their patrols in the vicinity. The reports appeared to relate to older children being abusive and riding their bicycles in the play park. During our patrols over the last month we have only come across several groups of young people, we have engaged with them and advised them of the complaints being made.

There has been a small amount of ASB in Lady Place, Sutton Courtenay over the Easter holidays, where young people have been seen jumping over walls. Patrols have been increased.

It was also reported that there was some ASB outside Peachcroft shops, Abingdon. PCSO Selene Moquet has been visiting every shift to control the amount of people outside the shops and have since received no further reports.

We would encourage that if you suffer or witness any anti-social behaviour that you please do report it to us. We can then look at what actions we can take to deter and disrupt such behaviour.

Offender brought to justice
Following an investigation by Thames Valley Police a man has been given an adult restorative disposal following an incident of criminal damage. At around 1am on Sunday 24 March a man smashed a glass window of the Estate Agents on Bath Street. A 30-year-old man from Abingdon came forward and admitted to the offence. He was given an adult restorative disposal after paying for the victim’s insurance excess.

Community engagement
• On April 10th PCSO Miles Miller attended Tiny Toes Day Nursery for a talk about ‘People Who Keep Us Safe’ with the pre-school kids.
• PCSO Ali Blood security marked over 40 bicycles at the ‘Abingdon Cycle Festival which took place in The Market Place. If you wish to have your bicycle marked then please get in contact with the team via the details below.
• The team will be present at Fun in the Park and Music in the Park on Saturday 1st June at The Abbey Gardens.
• PCSO Clare Atkins and PCSO Lewis Quarterman will be attending a careers fair at Caldecott Primary School on the 22nd May at 1.30pm.
• PCSO Clare Atkins and PCSO Lewis Quarterman visited Cygnet Court to talk about personal safety. The residents that attended were very appreciative. The talk will be put into writing and put onto an information sheet to be left for residents that were unable to attend.
We are still getting reports that people are being scammed. Please be aware that the police would never asked you any personal banking details and they would never ask you to help them by going into the bank to withdraw money. If you get any phone calls where someone is saying  that your bank account has been compromised or money has been taken out of your account put down the phone and try and us a different phone to call your bank and the police (101) as they may still have the phone line open. Always tell someone that it has happened, if you need any more information please make contact with us.

Criminal damage
There has been a spate of criminal damage at the train station in Radley the team are working closely with British Transport Police and patrolling with them to ensure this is bought to the end and any offenders who are committing offences are bought to justice. If you have any information on this please call 101.

Abingdon Bridge
The Abingdon neighbourhood team are delighted that the Abingdon Bridge have been awarded funding from the Police Property Act, this will enable them to carry on the vital work they do for the young people in our community. The Bridge is a charity that offers free advice and guidance for young people aged between 13-25 years.  We have worked in partnership with them over many years to tackle underage drinking and anti-social behaviour and we look forward to this continuing.

Forthcoming events:
Please come along and speak to a PCSO about any local concerns:
• Have your Say with PCSO Miles Miller (Peachcroft/Northcourt): Saturday 25h May, midday – 1pm at Co-op/McColl’s,Northcourt Road
• Have Your Says with PCSO Sue Haynes (Drayton/Sutton Courtenay): Tuesday 14th May outside Drayton Village Hall, 3pm – 3.30pm and Wednesday 15th May, outside Costcutter, Sutton Courtenay, 3pm – 3.30pm.
• Have Your Say with PCSO Ali Blood (Abingdon Town): on Friday 17th May, Outside Waitrose, Abbey Close, 5.30pm – 6pm
• Have Your Says with PCSO Clare Atkins and PCSO Lewis Qaurterman  (South Abingdon):  Friday 17th 5pm – 5.30pm at Fairacres and  Saturday 25th May, 3pm – 3.30pm at Lady Eleanor Court.
• Community Show Case event (Sutton Courtenay): On 18th May, the Abingdon Neighbourhood Team and Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators will be attending the Community Show Case event on the village green in Sutton Courtenay. They will be there from 11am and they will have various information on crime reduction and how to become a Neighbourhood Watch member.

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