Abingdon neighbourhood policing newsletter- July 2020
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Priorities Anti-social behaviour (ASB): Over the last couple of months the team have received several reports in relation to motorbikes and quad bikes being ridden recklessly around the area of Lambrick Way in Abingdon. The area is being patrolled by the neighbourhood team when they are on duty however we would encourage members of the public to continue to report these incidents to us.
We have also received reports of motor bikes being driven around the area at the back of Lady Place, Sutton Courtenay. If you witness this behaviour, please report it by calling 101 as soon as possible, providing any rider and bike descriptions. PCSO Sue Haynes will be patrolling the area during the weekends when the incidents are happening more often.
Due to recent reports of anti-social behaviour, PCSO Maddie Highmoor has been conducting foot and mobile patrols around Barton Lane, Thrupp Lane and Radley Lakes. The patrols have been conducted at various times of the day, specifically targeting evenings and weekends, as these are reported to be the hotspot times. If you see anti-social behaviour taking place, please report it by calling 101 or online via our website.
Since the relaxing of the government legislation there has been an increase in the numbers of young people gathering in Albert Park. Unfortunately this bought with it an increase in littering in the park and vehicles being driven anti-socially in the surrounding streets.
PCSOs Ali Blood, Susie Morley and Maddie Highmoor have been tackling these issues. We have liaised with our Roads Policing Unit who have been assisting us with marked and unmarked patrols of the area. Details were obtained of the vehicles involved and warning letters were written to remind the drivers of the conditions under the Public Spaces Protection Order. To tackle the litter issue, we have been engaging with the groups present and encouraging people pick up the litter that has been strewn around them. We have also liaised with the Vale of White District Council Environmental wardens who are the lead agency in relation to littering. Whilst on patrol in the park, we have also dispersed large groups that were behaving anti socially, one evening over 50 people were moved on and another evening over 40. Our proactive patrols continue.
Burglary: On Wednesday 8th July at approximately 4.20pm a burglary occurred at an address in Westfields, Abingdon. Three males entered the property through the rear conservatory doors before being challenged by the home owner. The males left and met up with a fourth male who was outside, before heading in the direction of Spring Road. Enquiries into this incident are ongoing at this time.
On Thursday 11th June, an attempted burglary occurred in Robsart Place, Cumnor. Damage was caused to a rear door at the property by offender/s who were using tools to try and gain entry.
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 AbingdonNHPT@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
Offenders brought to justice
On Wednesday 3rd June, PCSOs Ali Blood and Susie Morley were on foot patrol in the town centre when they came across a male who was drinking alcohol and was shouting and swearing. They spent time trying to encourage the male to leave the area and to stop being verbally aggressive. As the male’s behaviour persisted, the PCSOs were assisted by a police officer who arrested the male for being drunk and disorderly. The male was taken into custody where he received a Penalty Notice for Disorder (fine) for his behaviour.
Robert Vaughan of Saxton Road, Abingdon was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment as a result of numerous driving offences and making off from police officers. This has been an ongoing issue in and around Abingdon for many months which the neighbourhood team have worked hard to tackle, in partnership with our Roads Policing department.
On Monday 6th July, a male was arrested for fraud offences after attempting to withdraw a large amount of cash from Nationwide, Abingdon using a card with account details that did not belong to him. Staff at the bank alerted the police and PCSOs Sue Haynes and Clare Atkins, who were in the town centre, managed to obtain the description of the male in time to see him leave the bank and get into a vehicle. The PCSO’s then positioned their vehicle in front of the offending vehicle to slow it down. They passed the location and direction of travel onto assisting officers who stopped the vehicle and arrested the male. The investigation is ongoing at this time.
Current crime trends
Over the last few weeks, we have received several reports of damage to the charter car park in the town centre. The damage caused has included the smashing of numerous light bulbs, graffiti and damage to the signs. The neighbourhood team are working with the security company to try and identify those responsible and prevent further damage from being caused. If you are using the car park and witness any damage being caused, please report it to us.
We have again seen more bicycle thefts reported across the area. Please lock your bike securely, both at home and out and about, by using a strong lock and an immovable object. You can also register it online and security mark it to help reduce theft.
What the team have been doing
On Tuesday 7th July, a serious road traffic incident took place on Ock Street, Abingdon. PCSOs Adi Wright and Selene Moquet were the first officers to arrive on scene and assisted staff from the South Central Ambulance Service with treating a male pedestrian who had been seriously injured after being hit by a car. The PCSOs then assisted with closing the road in order to provide a safe environment for the police and ambulance service to work in. A male was arrested on suspicion of driving whilst over the prescribed limit and dangerous driving. The pedestrian was taken to hospital but sadly passed away.
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