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Neighbourhood policing newsletter

Alert message sent 13/09/2018 11:00:00

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You said we did:
Anti-social behaviour (ASB): You have reported an increase in (ASB) in Faringdon town. We have been in contact with the Community Safety Partnership Team at the Vale District Council and we have increased our patrols in the area that you have reported. We have adopted a zero tolerance with individuals involved and one male has been arrested for related offences in the town.

Rural crime: You have reported a large increase in rural crime offences including hare coursing and theft/burglary offences. We have supported our local landowners and gamekeepers with targeted patrols and shift changes to coincide with the typical offence times. We have seized two hare coursing dogs and provided crime prevention advice and surveys to victims in the area.

Thefts from vehicles: You have reported an increase in thefts from vehicles parked at our local beauty spot car parks. We have carried out dedicated patrols to identify vehicles involved and also to provide visibility to the public to increase reassurance. We have now identified possible vehicles involved and work is ongoing to target them and will be talking with our local National Trust Rangers regularly to tackle the problem.

Witness appeal
Approx £30,000 of garden machinery and tools were stolen from Haremore Farm, Faringdon in the early hours on 29TH AUGUST 2018 involving a white van. The offenders were disturbed and the offending vehicle sustained damage after colliding with a vehicle parked at the location with one of the rear doors hanging off by one hinge. Did you see any suspicious vehicles in the area or perhaps travelling the A420 between 1am and 2am on 29TH August 2018? Please call 101 if you have any information.

Crime prevention advice
Around 30sq metres of lead was stolen from the village Church in Sparsholt during August. This type of offence in the past usually involves a series of church locations targeted over a short period. Please ensure any suspicious activity is reported on 999 if happening at the time. Be vigilant and ensure that regular checks are completed. Look into protecting your churches and lead with Smart Water.

What the neighbourhood team have been doing:
The Faringdon Neighbourhood Police Team conducted a warrant at a location in Great Coxwell with support from our surrounding Neighbourhood Teams. The aim of the warrant was to recover stolen property and vehicles being stored at the location. During the warrant, we located a stolen Land Rover Defender from the Gloucestershire area, a stolen motorbike from the Bourton area, a stolen caravan and a large amount of red diesel suspected to be stolen from local locations including combine harvesters. This was after the team had already recovered another stolen Land Rover Defender the week before taken from the Wiltshire area.

Good News
After last month’s update appealing for information to locate Juan Clarke, he was located and arrested out of force area. He has been charged with harassment with fear of violence and subsequently recalled to prison.

Contacting us and reporting crimes online
Did you know that you can now get in touch with us online as well as by calling 101? Please visit where you can:
• Provide more information or request an update on a crime report
• Tell us if you recognise a face or description from one of our witness appeals
• Contact an officer or department directly, for example our Fixed Penalty Support Unit. This also helps you reach an officer or PCSO who may be working unsociable hours.

You can also use our new online reporting form on our Website to report any type of crime, traffic collisions involving an injury, a missing person and anti-social behaviour. If you click on the REPORT link it opens up a form which takes you through all the questions that you would be asked if you called 101 and is picked up by our dedicated team in the Contact Centre.

Knife surrender bin at Abingdon Police Station
Operation Sceptre is a campaign to raise awareness of knife crime that is running from the 18th – 25th September. Thames Valley Police will be visiting some of the schools in the area to talk to the children about the dangers of knives. We are placing a surrender bin at the front counter at Abingdon police station during this week where you can safely dispose of any unwanted knives.

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.  Please also follow us on Twitter @


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

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