Anti-social behaviour (ASB): Following our last update, we are pleased to report that the ASB in North Abingdon has decreased following proactive measures and patrols by the team. Unfortunately we have had reports of some ASB at Gainsborough Green. We will be continuing our high visibility patrols of both areas; please remain vigilant and report any ASB by calling us on 101 and 999 is a crime is being committed.
Shoplifting: Unfortunately there has been in a rise in reports of shoplifting in the town centre since the start of the New Year. The neighbourhood team spend time each shift in the shops, working with staff to try and reduce incidents of theft. The Abingdon Shopwatch scheme continues to run in the town to try and tackle shoplifting offences. A radio link between the police, shops and CCTV is also utilised in an attempt to reduce offences.
On Monday 15th January a purse was stolen from a charity shop in town. PCSO Blood & PCSO Morley have delivered purse bells to all the charity shops in the town centre and the library. The bells are free to take and it is hoped they will prevent any more thefts from occurring.
On Saturday 3rd February PCSO Blood spent time in Waitrose giving out purse bells, leaflets on how to reduce theft and crime prevention advice.
Over the last few weeks, we have received reports of a male approaching people in the town centre and asking for money. We would strongly advise you not to give money to people you do not know and to report such incidents to the police by calling 101. We have also received reports that the male has been asking people to change money with him which has resulted in them being left short changed.
Offenders brought to justice
On the 5th February PCSOs Ali Blood and Clare Atkins conducted an area search following reports of a robbery at Ladbrokes, Stert Street. They recognised a man at a bus stop who was suspected to have stolen an elderly female’s bag a few weeks before. The PCSOs detained the man until officers could come and search him. He was found with the proceeds from the Ladbrokes robbery on him and arrested. He was later charged and remanded for both robberies.
Have your say meetings
Please come along and discuss any local issues with our PCSOs:
• Monday, 19th February 2018, 10am – 11am at Lady Eleanor Court with PCSO Clare Atkins.
• Monday, 12th March 2018, 11am - midday at 35 Ock St Café with PCSO Ali Blood.
PCSO Blood and PCSO Morley were invited to speak at the first ‘Back to 35’ meeting of the year at Abingdon Baptist church on Thursday 18th January. The PCSOs spent time speaking about community policing and the role of a Police Community Support Officer. The group then had the opportunity to ask questions.
Community Policing Awards
We would like to invite you to consider making a nomination for the Thames Valley Police Community Policing Awards 2018, which are now open. Help us to recognise the police officers, staff and volunteers that have helped your community. Categories include Community Police Officer, PCSO, Special Constable, Diversity Champion, Cadet, Volunteer and Community Volunteer, is a chance to recognise the work of those external to Thames Valley Police. External voting is via www.thamesvalley.police.uk/communityawards. Nominations close on Monday 26th February - don’t miss the chance to nominate someone who you think has gone above and beyond their role!
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