is the Abingdon area latest update from Sgt Tim Pavey
Priority 1 – Burglary
Nathan Bowell, 25, of Botley has been charged with 13 offences including two counts of theft of motor vehicle, two counts of making off without payment, eight counts of fraud by false representation and one count of theft from motor vehicle. These offences all stemmed from people leaving their vehicles insecure. Please remember to lock up your cars after removing any valuables.
A male, 31, of Nottingham has been charged and remanded for burglary and fraud. This is a case of fraudulent ‘cold calling’ whereby the suspect was invited into a house in Botley under the pretence that he was going door to door offering crime prevention advice. He has stolen cheques whilst at the address which he has then used fraudulently. Please remember to ask for ID of anyone knocking on your door and if in any doubt at all, do not invite them in.
Priority 2 – Violence
Adrian Stone, 45, of Abingdon was charged and remanded for assault, theft and possession of an offensive weapon following an incident in Abbey Close on 29th November.
Philip Knowles, 54, of Abingdon was charged and remanded to court for two counts of assault and two counts of criminal damages following an incident in the Market Square on 2nd December.
Priority 3 – Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB)
We are pleased to report a big decrease in anti-social behaviour in town following a joint effort between the Abingdon Neighbourhood Team, the Fire and Rescue Service, the mounted section and our colleagues on the Emergency Response Team. Please continue to make us aware of any young people that are causing disruption for you, your family or your business in town.
Offenders brought to Justice
Jason Tampin, 37, of No Fixed Abode was charged and remanded to court for Burglary following an incident in Abingdon Town Centre whereby he stole a handbag. He has also been issued with a Criminal Behaviour Order in relation to repeated anti-social behaviour. The conditions of this prohibit Tampin from drinking in a public place, entering Abingdon Town Centre, setting fire to anything in a public place and not to cause harassment, alarm, distress, nuisance or annoyance.
A 17 year old male from London was arrested following a Courier Fraud in Sutton Courtenay. A female had taken money out of four bank accounts after receiving false information over the phone that the ‘police fraud squad’ needed her to do so as the ‘notes were fake’. A swift response by police resulted in the arrest. Enquiries are ongoing.
What else have we been up to?
The team ran a Test Purchasing Operation on 17th October in local pubs. Seven pubs and five off-licenses were tested in their response to sales to under 18s with on the spot fines issued to the three premises that failed.
Miles Miller attended a Careers Fair for the year 8 students of John Mason
School where he was part of a ‘Human Library’!
PCSO Adi Wright has taken on an additional role as a Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officer. Adi can be consulted regarding crimes and incidents where an involved person’s gender or sexual orientation may have been a contributing factor or may impact on the aftercare required. Adi can be contacted by members of the public regarding any LGBT+ issues that may not require police involvement but to assist in connecting with third party agencies.
Crime prevention advice
There has been a spike in theft from vehicles in the outer villages. Please bear in mind the following advice:
• Look out for your neighbours when they are not home. If you see anything suspicious report it to the police and inform your neighbour.
• Ensure your car is always left locked and secure.
• Do not leave possessions in your car, whether valuable or not. A thief wouldn’t know the bag left on the back seat only contains a gym kit for example.
• Remove sat navs from your car, including the cradle and wipe the suction mark from the window. A thief will expect to find it hidden in the glove compartment or under the seat.
• Be mindful of who is watching you when you put valuable items in your boot when leaving your vehicle.
Have your Says with PCSO Sue Haynes:
• Tuesday 18th December 3:30pm – 4:00pm outside Drayton Village Hall
• Wednesday 19th December 3:30pm – 4:00pm outside Costcutter in Sutton Courtenay
your Says with PCSO Clare Atkins:
• Wednesday 5th December 5:00pm – 5.30pm at Fairacres, Abingdon
• Sunday 16th December 3:00pm – 3.30pm at Tesco, Marcham Road, Abingdon
PCSO Clare Atkins will also be attending the South Abingdon Children’s Centre Christmas Fair, Caldecott Chase on Saturday 15th December 2018.
The 3rd annual Abingdon Beer festival is taking place on the 7th and the 8th December in the historic Abbey Buildings and raising money for their upkeep. The team will be attending to ensure everybody is having a jolly good time!
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