Here is the latest update from the Abingdon Town Neighbourhood Policing team.
Anti-social behaviour (ASB): The neighbourhood team continue to patrol and show a visible presence in areas across the town that are known for anti-social behaviour. Recently issues have arisen again at the site of The Upper Reaches, Thames St after a relatively few quieter months. On Monday 26th June a small group of young people were involved in an incident of disorder in the vicinity, during this two vehicles were damaged, one being a police vehicle. One young female was arrested at the scene and the investigation is ongoing. Officers from the team are patrolling the site and are in talks with the owners about securing the land further.
We have also received reports of young people causing issues in the Boxhill Park area, especially around the shelter near the basketball court. PCSO Miller dealt with four young males who were sat in the shelter causing ASB. The group’s details were taken and they were given words of advice and then dispersed. The team will continue to monitor the situation.
Shoplifting: Last month PCSOs Emma Vaux and Clare Atkins attended a meeting at Fairacres. The meeting was attended by various retailers and management. Many suggestions were put forward to reduce shoplifting which will be put in place over the coming months. The Police, Fairacres and Tesco on the Marcham Road, have a very good working relationship and will be working together to improve anti-social behaviour in the car parks and the shoplifting situation.
Parking: The team receive many complaints about illegal parking, in particular in relation to the town centre. PCSO Ali Blood and PCSO Susie Morley who police this area, monitor the parking situation every shift and issue £30.00 Fixed Penalty Notices when necessary. Recently time has been spent focusing on Lombard Street, Bath Street and the loading bays in Stert Street. These are the areas the most complaints are received about. During one hour of patrolling they issued 10 Fixed Penalty Notices alone. Please ensure you park legally, considerately and safely.
We have recently seen three separate thefts of lead from roofs in Abingdon. Offenders take the lead because of the rising value of scrap metal. Please consider the following if you have a lead roof (mainly schools and churches).
• Security marking – marking the lead will make the crime less attractive and make it harder for the offenders to sell on. If you use a DNA marking solution i.e. SmartWater it can be traced back to the owner if recovered.
• Keep gates locked and restrict vehicle access.
• Maximise surveillance levels i.e. cutting back tall trees.
• Encourage members of the local community to keep an eye on the building and report anything suspicious.
• Remove things that might help thieves get access to the roof, like water butts, bins and tall trees.
• Conduct regular checks of the roof so the theft is detected at the earliest possible time.
• Apply anti-climb paint to drain pipes and roof guttering to restrict access to roofing (warning signs must be displayed when using the paint and below a height of 2m)
• Install CCTV.
For further Crime Prevention advice please visit: http://www.buildingconservation.com/articles/lead-theft/lead-theft.htm
Offenders brought to justice
On Wednesday 21st June, a male was arrested for possession with intent to supply Class A drugs. Following his arrest, he has been charged with being concerned in the supply of heroin and crack cocaine, and remanded in custody.
On Saturday 17th June, PCSOs Ali Blood & Susie Morley were on duty for the annual ‘Election of the Mayor of Ock Street’. The event saw Abingdon Morris dance throughout the day and concluded with the election of the town’s ‘mock’ mayor.
PCSOs Ali Blood and Susie Morley also attended the ‘The Great Get Together’ on Sunday 18 June, which was held at St Elthelwold’s House in Abingdon. The event was inspired by MP Jo Cox, who was killed last June. The get together was very well attended throughout the afternoon, including by Abingdon’s mayor, Jan Morter and Layla Moran, the new MP for the area.
Have Your Say meetings
Please come along and talk to a PCSO about any local issues or concerns:
• Saturday, 15 July 2017, 11am – midday at outside Fitzharris Tesco, Thornhill Walk with PCSO Miles Miller
• Monday, 24 July 2017, 10 am – midday am at Fairacres with PCSOs Emma Vaux and Clare Atkins
PCSO Susie Shepherd recently became PCSO Susie Morley, the neighbourhood team would like to congratulate her on her marriage and wish her much happiness!
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: AbingdonTownNHPT@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk. 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: www.thamesvalley.police.uk. Receive free local crime alerts and crime prevention advice by registering at www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk 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