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Neighbourhood Policing team newsletter

Alert message sent 09/05/2017 08:58:00

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Here is the latest Henley Sector neighbourhood update from PC Sue Bradshaw.  

Henley Sector comprises of Henley Town and the parishes of Goring, Woodcote, Goring Heath, South Stoke, Whitchurch-on-Thames, Nettlebed, Swyncombe, Pishill with Stonor, Bix & Assendon, Stoke Row, Highmoor, Checkendon, Rotherfield Greys, Sonning Common, Rotherfield Peppard, Kidmore End, Mapledurham, Harpsden, Binfield Heath, Shiplake, Eye & Dunsden.

‘You said we did’/ Priorities
Parking issues at Ancastle Green: You said that there were parking offences being committed at Ancastle Green. We increased high-visibility patrols of the area and issued parking tickets which has alleviated the problem. The neighbourhood team will continue to monitor the situation and support the residents. 
Speeding in Shiplake: You said that vehicles were speeding along Station Road. The neighbourhood team carried out a ‘Speed Watch’ operation and put up signs along Station Road about adhering to the speed limit. The residents have reported they have noticed that drivers are now slowing down along Station Road which is great news. 

As a result of residents’ concerns about speeding following our “Have Your Say” meeting the PCSOs carried out a Speed Watch on the Fair Mile, Henley. Over 40 drivers were found to be exceeding the speed limit and will be sent warning letters. 

Anti-social behaviour (ASB)
Further ongoing ASB has been reported in both Henley town and Sonning Common. The team are carrying out pro-active patrols in the areas of concern. Further work is ongoing with the families of those committing the ASB which will now involve further intervention with our partnership agencies. 

Land Rover thefts
There has been an increase in Land Rover thefts. Sometimes the entire vehicle is taken and other times just parts are removed. Land Rover Defenders are targeted because of their ‘classic’ status since production was ceased in early 2016. Please follow the advice below to decrease the risk of being a victim:
•    Fit a mechanical immobiliser such as a steering or pedal lock
•    Fit an alarm for added security 
•    Fit a tracking device
•    Thieves will target component parts so consider marking them using a forensic marking solution or system
•    Keep the vehicle in a lockable garage/building or park in well-lit areas, which are overlooked
•    Have the vehicle identification number etched on windows
•    Consider fitting a hidden battery isolation or a fuel cut-off switch
•    Take photographs of unusual features, modifications, damage or repairs which could aid identification if stolen
•    Ensure any valuables are removed from the vehicle

What the neighbourhood team have been doing
•    PCSO Davey has worked hard on setting up Shop Watch around Henley. He has visited all the shops and reviewed their security. He has been promoting the Store Net service which has met with a lot of interest. 
•    Three suspects who stole alcohol from Waitrose were apprehended by the town PCSOs. As a result arrests were made. The stolen items were returned to the store. Due to an increase in thefts from Waitrose we have been stepping up our patrols in and around the area.
•    PCSOs have been out in Woodcote, South Stoke, Rotherfield Peppard and Henley with the SID (Speed Indication Device). Those drivers caught speeding will be sent warning letters. 
•    Due to recent incidents of Fly Tipping in Wood Lane Sonning Common and Gallowstree Common the team carried out an operation with Trading Standards. 60 vehicles were pulled over and checked. 

Have Your Say meetings
Please come along and speak to an officer about any local concerns or issues. They will be available at the following times and places. Otherwise please email or call them using the details below:
•    Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 2pm – 3pm at the Market Place, Henley
•    Monday 22, May 2017, 10am – 10.30am at the Westholme Store, Wallingford Road, Goring
•    Tuesday 23, May 2017, 3pm – 3.30pm at South Stoke Primary School

Contact us
If you want any advice or would like to contact the neighbourhood team you can call us on the police non-emergency number 101 or if it is an emergency then dial 999. You can also contact us via email Please note this email address cannot be used to contact Thames Valley Police to report crimes or for any urgent matters. To view information on your neighbourhood team visit the Thames Valley Police website at: Receive free local crime alerts and crime prevention advice by registering at today. This allows anyone who signs up to choose what updates they receive and how they would like to receive it. The Thames Valley Police Twitter account is kept up to date with what we are up to; please follow us @TVPSouthandVale  

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Julia Williams (Police, Neighbourhood Policing Admin, South Oxon and Vale)

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