March Monthy Update
The Hungerford and Lambourn District Neighbourhood Team covers the areas of Hungerford, Lambourn and Kintbury.
The team have had a busy month but we are pleased to say that our reported crime has decreased this March by 30% compared to the same period of time last year.
PC Drewitt enjoyed her time at Kintbury Primary School at the beginning of the month talking to the students about staying safe outside of School. She was welcomed by the staff and pupils and it was a joy to speak at their assembly.
On the 18th April, the team worked alongside local landowners to assist in tackling rural crime. We had a number of sightings during the operation on byways. We are confident that our presence in the area prevented crime from happening. We are also working alongside Wiltshire Rural Crime Team after increased reports of poaching on the border.
Poor Willow was a little whippet that went out for her night time comfort break on the 19th March at an address in Woodlands St Mary. Little Willow didn't return to the house and found the following day led on the ground in the area after being shot. We are asking for anyone with information to call 101 and quote ref number 1263 20/03 and we are also asking for local residents to be extra vigilant at this time. We want to reassure the public by stating that this is an isolated incident at the moment and we have not received any other similar reports.
This month we have received 4 burglary reports to outbuildings and sheds belonging to rural estates in the Lambourn area. The usual machinery and tool items have been stolen such as chainsaws, hedge trimmers and mowers. These occurred between the 19th- 23rd of March.
Two drug warrants were executed on the area this month. PC Hughes arrested a male from an address in The Old Station Yard, Lambourn on 19th March. This male has been charged with drug offences and on bail awaiting a hearing at court.
A second drug warrant was executed at an address on 24th March in Freemans Close, Hungerford. No persons were arrested from this property and no items were seized.
A flymo lawnmower and a metal detector has been stolen from a shed overnight on Hungerford & Lambourn District Neighbourhood Team
7th March from an address in Leyland's Green, Kintbury. Offenders used force to gain entry.
Two males have been arrested in connection with a burglary which occurred on 6th March in Woodbury, Lambourn. No further action has been taken on either male and police are still encouraging anyone with any information to come forward.
At 11.30am on 23rd March two offenders drove a silver Ford Transit partial index LT13R** into the compound of a business in Ermin Street, Lambourn Woodlands. One of the males then climbed over into the compound containing the lawn mowers and attempted to steal lawn mowers and accessories. After being challenged by staff,they then entered the main store and attempted to steal a chain saw. Both males were wearing hard hats and had Irish accents. The back of the van had Highway Maintenance written on it.
Lambourn & Hungerford District
Police Update News letter
HUNGERFORD & LAMBOURN DISTRICT
I cannot believe that we already into February. The start of the year was a quiet one with little fallout from Christmas but we have been very busy for the last two weeks.
We have had 5 burglaries in the Lambourn Area . Namely;
.Tubbs Farm Close
.Malt Shovel Lane
We believe that they are linked. We have a period of 12th Jan to the 26th Jan when they could have occurred. Our local CID team are positively progressing with enquiries but will urge for people to contact us if they have any information that could assist us.
Between 11am on the 17th January and 11am on the 18th January a BMW parked in Tarrant's Hill, Hungerford was vandalised. Two deep scratched were found on the bonnet of the vehicle.Between 16th - 19th Jan someone broke into a vehicle and stolen a leaf blower, two shovels, chainsaw, helmet and trousers. This occurred in Atherton Crescent.
Between 9th - 12th Jan, Kintbury Surgery discovered that someone had attempted to remove lead from the roof. Overnight on 14th Jan, two vans were targeted in the Village, one in Queens Way and one in Laylands Green. The doors were forced open and tools were taken from inside. Two males were found in possession of Cannabis on the 27th Jan in The Haven whilst police were on patrol. Both have been issued police cautions.
A post-box was damaged in Inkpen on 31st Dec. 3-4 youths were witnessed running along Weavers Lane. We have had no reported crime in Inkpen, Shefford Woodlands, Welford and Wickham in the month of January.
I reported last month that we had been receiving reports of ASB on The Market Square in Lambourn again. On Friday 23rd Jan, police ran an operation to tackle the issues. We were gathering evidence on the individuals involved. We are also working closely with Sovereign Housing to look at long term resolutions.
Great Shefford have had a spate of theft from vehicle crimes in the village over the past few weeks. PCSO Bremner is conducting regular patrols and ran an operation on Saturday 4th Jan in the village to try and educate the residents in ensuring that their vehicles are secure and items are not left on view. Please make sure that you lock your doors. It will be one of the first questions that your insurance company will ask. We have had 2 reports of criminal damage and 1 report of a burglary in the village. The burglary occurred overnight on the 9th Jan to a house on the A338.
On Wednesday 21st Jan, local officers were on foot patrol in Hungerford. An uninsured and unlicensed driver was spotted driving on Church Street. The driver was reported to court for the offences and also had their car impounded.
Two Drugs warrants were conducted by local officers in Lambourn on Thursday 29th Jan. One male was arrested for a separate offence. We are very keen to hear from anyone who would like to speak to us about drug use and activity. The information that you provide us with is confidential.
We have noticed a slight increase in rural crime, it is still lower than past years but it is creeping up again and we are continuing to conduct our daily rural patrols, which incorporate burglaries, hare coursing, poaching and criminal damage. An estate in Lambourn Woodlands have reported that their deer fences have been damaged on two separate occasions. It appears to be the same suspect. Horse Blankets were reported stolen from horses in a field on 1st Jan in the same area and only ½ mile down the road, another estate reported damage had been caused to his trees after a vehicle had gone across his land.
COULD YOU GIVE A LITTLE TIME TO SUPPORT THAMES VALLEY POLICE IN HUNGERFORD?
We are looking for residents of the Hungerford area to join the Thames Valley Police Volunteer Team and help to cover our new Police Information Point.
The purpose of the Police Information Point is to enhance public access to Thames Valley Police by dealing with enquiries from members of the public and promote community safety and crime reduction initiatives in Hungerford.
If you have a few hours a week to spare and are over 18 years old then please contact John BRAMHALL on 01189 536412 if you would like to hear more about this opportunity to become a Citizen in Policing.
The Hungerford and Lambourn District Neighbourhood Team covers the areas of Hungerford, Lambourn and Kintbury.
Special Constable BINT joined PC MILLER & PC DREWITT on their tour of duty on Friday 6th December. The officers conducted a speed enforcement operation in Wickham and in Hampstead Marshall. One speeding ticket was issued to a local driver in Wickham and five tickets issued to local drivers in Hampstead Marshall. Please be mindful of your speed. It is a Neighbourhood Priority after consulting with the public, so we will be conducting frequent checks in various locations across the area.
On Sunday 1st December, we attended the annual "Christmas light Switch on" in Hungerford. It was wonderful to see just how many people supported the community event. I think I speak for the vast majority of the Town when I say that the trees and lights are outstanding and a huge congratulations and thanks go to the Town Council for taking the time and effort to provide them. We often see the gang working hard in the town a few months before hand. We have also seen many people stopping to take photographs.
Myself and SGT WARD were delighted to be invited to the Victorian Extravaganza Breakfast. We had fun trying to find uniform which fitted the brief and we managed to locate some tunics left at Hungerford Police Station by past officers who are well into their retirement period. Neil MARNEY and his team work tirelessly to bring the community a wonderful and enjoyable event.
We are still working hard to combat Rural Crime. We have held a meeting this month with Wiltshire and Hampshire officers to discuss recent crimes and to share information across the force boarder.
Our Dispersal Order is still currently in Place in the centre of Lambourn. We are patrolling the village regularly and this month we have found two males in possession of cannabis and one male in possession of a knuckleduster, which is illegal to carry. This male has been charged with the offence of carrying an offensive weapon and has been placed on police bail to attend court.
I know we have been asked on several occasions about the update on a theft which occurred outside Barclays Bank on the High Street on the 7th November when money tin was taken from a security worker. The case is still being investigated but anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact us on 101.
This month is always a worrying time for homeowners as there can be an increase in burglaries. We are really pleased to say that we haven't received a report of one burglary in the Hungerford, Lambourn or Kintbury area in the month of December. Please continue to keep up the good work of securing your properties and also looking out for your neighbours. We are always on the lookout for new Neighbourhood Watch members. If you wish to become part of your local watch group then please contact Debbie Morton on 01635 264718.
A Landrover Defender was stolen from Hungerford High Street between 3pm -3:30pm on Tuesday 17th December. We believe that the vehicle drove through the town towards the A4. The vehicle was in very good condition and had just been cleaned. If anyone has any information or witnessed this then please could they contact me on 07974 152102.
A business in Lambourn has been victim to a high value theft after diesel was removed from nine lorries parked in a compound. This occurred on Wednesday 18th December shortly after midnight. We believe that the offenders would have been in the compound for some time. Please keep eyes peeled when out late at night. If you feel something looks suspicious then please call us. If it is in progress and happening at the time then please dial 999.
PCSO Lee BREMNER will be at the Hungerford Market on 15th Jan from 10am-11am and PCSO Adam BURSON will be in Woodbury, Lambourn on 9th Jan between 11am-12pm and PCSO KING will be on Church Street, Kintbury also on 9th Jan between 12pm -1pm. Please pop along and say hello and they will be available to answer any questions you have.
If you want any advice or would like to contact the neighbourhood team you can call us on the police non emergency number 101 but if your call is an emergency then dial 999. You can also contact us via email: HungerfordandLambournDistrictNHPT@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk This e-mail address should not be used to contact Thames Valley Police to report crimes or for any urgent matters. If you have information about crime or Anti Social Behaviour in your area but you do not want to speak to the police, please call the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555111. To view information on your neighbourhood team you can visit the force website at: www.thamesvalley.police.uk
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Finally, Hungerford Neighbourhood Team would like to thank the public for their continuing support throughout 2013 and we look forward to working with you again in 2014. Have a safe and enjoyable New Year and all the best for 2014.