The Abingdon Area Neighbourhood Policing Newsletter by Sergeant Tim Pavey
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Priority 1 – Burglary
On October 12th officers responded to an incident in Cumnor Hill resulting in two men being arrested on suspicion of burglary
Priority 2 – Violence
We have recently seen an increase in reports of dog attacks. We would like to remind dog owners to take reasonable steps to keep your dog under control. There is a video on our Facebook site with images of just how nasty one of these attacks can be. Please remember to use leads and muzzles where appropriate
Priority 3 – Anti social behaviour (ASB)
Following an increase in Anti-Social Behaviour in Abingdon Town Centre and Abbey Meadows the Neighbourhood Team, alongside our colleagues from the Mounted Section, have been patrolling and identifying those responsible. Work is ongoing with people signing up to Acceptable Behaviour Contracts. We are determined to prevent this small minority of young people causing harassment for other people and businesses and are pleased to report very few incidents reported to us over Halloween.
What else have we been up to?
PCSO Adi Wright attended a ‘Fighting Crime and Prejudice with Pride’ conference, the first conference of its kind to be held by TVP. At this event Adi learned about many of the issues faced by members of the LGBT+ community. This training will be pivotal in building relationships and connections between the Police and the LGBT+ community.
PC Carl Bryant and PCSO Miles Miller assisted our colleagues in the Ambulance Service with First Aid Training with the students at Abingdon and Witney College. This included inputs in the recovery position, CPR and use of the defibrillator.
Many of the team were involved in patrolling the Michaelmas Fair. The vast majority of people were out to enjoy their evening but positive action was taken against those intent on causing disruption for others with an arrest made for Racially Aggravated Public Order, dispersal notices issued to those causing Anti-Social Behaviour and alcohol being seized.
The team were also involved in working with Trading Standards targeting rogue traders on a county-wide day of action.
A Test Purchase Operation was carried out across the Vale and South testing local hotels’ reaction to a plain clothes officer attempting to book a double room with a 14 year old child. This test for understanding of Child Sexual Exploitation ran alongside testing the reaction to the adult attempting to buy alcohol for the child at the bar. There was a mixed bag of results with some hotels previously tested and educated reacting really well but others clearly needing improvement. Training in this area will be delivered with our colleagues in Licensing and at the Council in the near future.
The team will be at Throwing Buns in the Market Square in Abingdon on 10th November marking the centenary of the end of the First World War.
We will also be at several Remembrance Day parades including Abingdon Town, North Hinksey War Graves, Kennington and Wytham.
We will be holding Have Your Say meetings at the following venues so please come and tell us what problems you are experiencing locally:
• Saturday 10th November from 2pm – 2.30pm at Fairacres, Abingdon
• Monday 19th November from 10am – 10.30am at Lady Eleanor Court, Abingdon
• Tuesday 20th November from 3.30pm – 4pm outside Drayton Village Hall
• Wednesday 21st November from 3.30pm – 4pm outside Costcutters, Sutton Courtenay
• Thursday 29th November from 10am -11am at Wooton Community Centre
Offenders brought to Justice
David Evans (50) of Turberville Close, Abingdon was charged with one count of s.18 GBH following an assault in Bath Street, Abingdon on 1st October.
Damani Fredricks (43) of Church Road, Northolt, London was jailed for four years and nine months for drug offences in Abingdon on 5th October after a three day trial.
Cheyenne Webb (24) of Majoram Close, Oxford was jailed following offences of possession of an offence weapon and disqualified driving in Abingdon on 24th October. He was sentenced to 4 months in prison.
There was a spate of criminal damages to a property in St Helen’s Court, Abingdon at the end of October, with incidents occurring on the evenings of 21st, 22nd and 26th. If anyone who lives in the area has seen anyone suspicious please get in contact with the team.
Crime prevention advice
An elderly lady in Kennington was subjected to ‘courier fraud’, whereby she received a phone call from someone pretending to be the police. She was asked to withdraw £6,000 from her bank, package it up and give it to a courier. The Police will NEVER ask people to withdraw money. If you receive a phone call of this nature, hang up, dial 1471 and obtain a number if one is left and then contact the police on 101.
PCSO Jason Bauer is the latest addition to the Abingdon Neighbourhood Team. Jason is very much looking forward to being out and about in your community and has a particular passion for tackling anti-social behaviour. Welcome Jason!
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