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Taplow Burnham and The Farnhams neighbourhood police update

Alert message sent 23/11/2020 09:30:00

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Taplow, Burnham and The Farnhams

Neighbourhood Team

Your neighbourhood team consists of

Sergeant 6792 Rachel Dale
PC 5099 Trevor Walker
PCSO 9715 Caroline Sampson
PCSO 9791 Angela O’Connell
PCSO 9345 Kam Benawra

Neighbourhood Priorities

The priorities for your Neighbourhood Policing Team (NHPT) will be decided by the Policing Issues Panel; comprised of representatives from Community Boards from the whole of Chiltern & South Bucks. The Police do not run the panel, although we do attend as representatives. This allows us to speak to a wide cross-section of the community, find out what you most want improved in the area and consider how we and others can accomplish these aims. The top three priorities are chosen by the forum every three months and are then assumed by your Neighbourhood Policing Team.

Priority – Speeding

Speeding has been an area concern to many residents within the community, especially this year when we saw the roads becoming less congested with traffic, due to more people working from home. Understandably, we have not been able to complete any Community Speed Watch Events during the pandemic. To address this, hopefully you would have seen from our social media pages, and we have increased speed enforcement. Over this period, we completed numerous events in Lent Rise Road, Hill Farm Road, Marsh Lane, Lake End Road, Dropmore Road, Templewood Lane and the A355 Beaconsfield Rd. 1722 vehicles passed our cameras, 26 of those exceeding the speed limit.

To support this, we are training more officers to conduct speed measurement; using enforcement devices. We are reviewing the information we are getting from these operations and using this data to guide future deployments. We work very closely with our Roads Policing Dept. and work with them when operational demand allows.

More of this work will continue over the festive period; including our annual Drink Drive Campaign.

Priority – Burglary

From September to November 2020 burglaries have seen a reduction of 70% with 7 this quarter compared to 23 this time last year. We have responded to this with intensive police operations, in areas of high burglary rates.

October saw the start of our Winter Burglary Campaign, which utilised crime analysis to predict where future offending may occur. We have targeted these areas; providing crime prevent advice, high visibility, deter & deter patrols, and general target-hardening of the wider environment.

Beyond local Neighbourhood and Response officers, recent police operations have also included colleagues from Metropolitan Police, Hertfordshire and British Transport Police; tackling cross-border offending. As a universal priority for respective communities, our collective resources have proven a highly effective means apprehending those suspected of being responsible.

The Neighbourhood team have been out and about carrying out targeted patrols and leaflet drops reminding residents that with the dark night’s drawing in.

Priority – Anti-Social Behaviour

We have seen a different trend in Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) this year, the community have been utilising open spaces where restrictions have limited their normal activities. Unfortunately, this has attracted those who have tried to disrupt communities. Over the Summer months, we identified areas that were becoming of a concern to us. We monitored reports for time parameters, completed Hi-Vis Patrols, took action against those causing most harm. Working in partnership with Buckinghamshire Council, dispersal orders were also occasionally utilised to support our joint aims.

Dorney Lake had authority to close its gates over the summer, whilst essential work carried out, to protect the area and the community. The Neighbourhood Policing Team would like to thank the community personally for their ongoing support and patience whilst we worked towards a solution to prevent any harm.

This did bring us concerns that we may displace Anti-Social Behaviour during the current climate. Unfortunately, Taplow was one of those areas to which we were required to utilise dispersal powers. We will continue to work with Buckinghamshire Council to monitor to the situation over the coming months, to ensure we are tackling the issues at hand and consideration for longer terms solutions.
With reports of ASB this also gave us the opportunity to identify four drug misuse offences, issuing the most appropriate positive outcomes. Never taking our foot off the accelerator, the Neighbourhood Policing Team worked hard to gather information, on three suspects for possession with the intent to supply, cannabis, after we executed a warrant at their address, this investigation is ongoing.

During October, we understandably focused more specifically on Anti-social Behaviour; when access to fireworks and other hijinks become more common. Yet, we were pleased to see so many sticking to guidelines and finding means to celebrate these events safely.
Recently, our attention has been directed towards open spaces and parks, as these areas seem to be attracting undesirable elements. You can help us by reporting issues to us on web forms, or via 101.

We are seeing more and more E-Scooters being ridden around the area and to date we have issued three section 59 warnings. Please remember these can only be ridden on private land with the owner’s permission.

Coulson Way, Burnham has also had a spruce with NH and Partner agencies arranged to have the bushes cleared back around by Lent Rise School after reports of litter and Antisocial Behaviour in the area which has opened up and made it less easy to hide

Other News

After reports of tents being pitched on the Jubilee River the neighbourhood team carried out joint patrols with the Environment Agency. The two sites located around the Dorney Wetlands have now been removed by the Environment Agency.

A female has been arrested for possession with intent to supply and a warrant was also carried out on an address in Burnham and cannabis plants were located.

Op Sceptre

In the week commencing 09/11/2020 we supported national efforts to address Knife Crime. This included officers conducting knife sweeps in communal spaces, knife surrender locations and our schools officer presenting themed presentations in local schools; offering help, support and guidance.

COVID Compliance

Over many months, our Neighbourhood teams have worked closely with colleagues in Buckinghamshire Council. You may have seen us out and about in various locations with the Environmental Health officers from the Council; challenging apparent non-compliance with COVID restrictions. Most locations across our neighbourhood have been supportive of the Government’s guidelines, and those where the public have voiced concerns have greatly improved safe business practice, with the right advice.

Recently we have visited Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Taplow Railway Station amongst other small or independent shops, restaurants and Public Houses to reinforce Government guidelines.

Offenders Brought to Justice
05/09/2020 – At Sainsbury in Taplow, an offender from Burnham has been found in possession of Cannabis, Adult Restorative Disposal issued.
22/09/2020 – An Offender from Burnham has been issued with a Community Resolution after sending threats to a victim via an email.
25/09/2020 – An Offender from High Wycombe was found in Possession of Cannabis in Farnham Royal. He has been issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice.
05/10/2020 – An offender from Slough was in Farnham Common with some Cannabis therefore received a Community Resolution.
12/10/2020 – An Offender from Buckinghamshire has been charged for a Burglary at a Church in Burnham.
15/10/2020 – A Shoplifter from Hayes has been charged following theft from Tesco Taplow.
11/11/2020 – Two offenders from Slough have been charged following a theft from Tesco.
Last week three offenders were arrested for Catalytic Convertors Thefts, this is an ongoing investigation at this time. These arrests were following Officer engaging with local scrap metal merchants to prevent this trending crime.

Have Your Say Events

During the Pandemic we have had to move away from ‘HAVE YOUR SAY’ Events as normally they encourage people to gather which we are looking to avoid. We understand some people still want to see us face to face, therefore we have been looking at ways we can still give people the opportunity to speak with officers, pass concerns, information or a smile and a wave to your children. To overcome gatherings we have identified areas for us to be present, visible and whilst completing our never-ending paperwork. We want the areas to be key points in each community where people are able to see us safely, varying times throughout the month and locations. Due to various reasons, on demand, operationally commitments and to prevent large gatherings we will not be publishing times and dates. however we wish to make the community aware of these locations and if you see a Police vehicle or officer at these locations, we are there for you to speak to us, please come and say hello and help us identify any concerns you have or any information, you may feel will assist us.

Taplow/Hitcham – The Parish Car Park, off Rectory Road.
Farnham Royal and Common – Car Park next to Broadway Autocentres.
Burnham – The Summers Road Car Park, Summers Road.
Dorney – The Dorney Lake Car Park off Court Lane

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