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Neighbourhood policing newsletter

Alert message sent 07/09/2017 13:20:00

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Here is the latest update from the Abingdon Town Neighbourhood Policing team.

Anti-social behaviour (ASB): In past newsletters we have mentioned the ASB problems at The Upper Reaches. Regular high-visibility proactive patrols have taken place and now fencing has been erected around the building and anti-climb paint has been applied. Since these measures have been introduced we have had no further ASB reports regarding this building.

The neighbourhood team have also managed to stop ASB reports in West St. Helen Street after working with partner agencies to resolve the issues.

Two Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABCs) were drawn up and will be issued to two young people after reports to Police that they have been involved in numerous ASB incidents. These ABCs are a written formal agreement, between the offender and the police, that the offender will not commit further ASB for a six month period and this often gives them time to change their behaviour.

The public are encouraged to report an incidents of ASB by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency.

Cycle thefts: In last month’s newsletter we reported that there had been an increase in bicycle thefts in Abingdon. After completing various enquiries, four people have been identified as being involved in the theft of bikes and are in the process of being dealt with. 

Please ensure you lock your bike using a good quality look to help deter would-be thieves. The PCSOs can offer further bike security advice and bike marking stickers. Please use the details at the bottom of the page if you would like more details.

Illegal parking: PCSOs Susie Morley and Ali Blood have continued to tackle illegal parking in the town centre over the summer period. The neighbourhood team receive regular complaints about vehicles parked illegally in several streets in the town, as well as drivers over staying in bays that are meant to be used for a limited time only. Vehicles will be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice if they are found to be parked illegally. 

Offenders brought to justice
•    On Monday 14th August, a warrant was executed at an address in Thames View, Abingdon following reports of drug dealing from the property. A male and a female were arrested when officers entered the premises, and a second male was arrested a short distance away from the address. The female has been charged with possession with intent to supply a Class A drug. The second male has been charged with possession with intent to supply cocaine, possession with intent to supply heroin and possession of cannabis. Following his arrest, he was remanded in custody. After the warrant, officers applied to the court for a full closure order on the address, which was granted. The closure order stipulates that no one is allowed to be at the address, either to live there or visit. If you suspect that there may be drug activity taking place near where you live, please report it by calling 101 or crime stoppers on 0800 555 111.
•    On Friday 25th August, a wanted male was arrested for eight theft offences (mainly purse thefts) across the area, including one that had taken place in Abingdon town centre in June. The male has been released under investigation whilst further enquiries are completed.

Community Engagement
On Saturday 19h August, PCSO Ali Blood and PCSO Sue Haynes went to the Oxfordshire Chilli Festival, which was held in the Market Place, Abingdon. Ali will be on patrol in the town centre during Heritage Weekend which takes place on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September.

Abingdon neighbourhood team organised a successful rounder’s match with children from South Abingdon at Lambrick Way Rugby Club, where the team showed off their catching and batting skills!

PCSO Emma Vaux and PCSO Clare Atkins attended the ‘Big build, holiday club’ at Thameside school this was organised by Thrive youth organisation. Emma and Clare got involved with their activities. 

Have Your Say meeting
Please come and meet with PCSOs Clare Atkins and Emma Vaux at Tesco’s Marcham Road on Friday 8th August at 13:30pm, to discuss any local issues or concerns.

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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