Neighbourhood Policing Newsletter For Abingdon Area
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Anti-social behaviour (ASB)
Last month we reported that 4 young males had been voluntary interviewed in relation to ASB in Park Road, Abingdon. They all admitted to causing ASB and are being dealt with through the Youth Justice system. They have been referred to the Youth Offending Team and there has been a marked decrease in issues in the area since they were spoken to by police.
A young male has been issued a Youth Restorative Disposal and placed on an Acceptable Behaviour Contract (ABC) after he was voluntary interviewed in relation to a criminal damage in the town centre. The male admitted breaking a glass door at Poundland, Abingdon.
Our work has been ongoing in deterring and disrupting the anti-social behaviour that has been occurring in the town centre. Further letters have been sent to parents of young people that have been spoken to in relation to their behaviour. We were invited by the head teacher of Larkmead School to discuss the ASB and to see how we could work together. It is positive to see a school wanting to work in partnership with the team to combat the issues.
We have seen a slight decrease in residential burglaries over the last few weeks. However, we would advise residents to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency. If you would like any crime prevention advice, please contact the team by emailing AbingdonNHPT@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
Offenders brought to justice
On Friday 31st January, officers from the Neighbourhood Team and Problem Solving Team attended an address on John Morris Road, Abingdon. During their visit, 3 males and a female were arrested for being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs. One of the males was wanted in connection with another offence and was remanded in custody. The other 2 males and female have been released under investigation whilst enquires continue.
On Saturday 1st February, a male was stopped by PCSOs Clare Atkins and Lewis Quarterman on Barton Lane, Abingdon. After completing some checks, the PCSOs discovered that the male had been attempting to steal fuel from a nearby business and was also wanted for several other offences. The male was arrested and has been released on bail.
On Sunday 2nd February, PCSOs Jason Bauer and Clare Atkins detained 3 females who were suspected of shoplifting following a report from staff at the store. The females were arrested on suspicion of theft and it transpired that they had also stolen items from another store. During the time the females were detained, one of them assaulted two officers and was further arrested for 2 assaults on emergency workers. All 3 females have been released under investigation.
Officers were made aware of a property that was being used to grow cannabis on Arthray Road, Botley. Neighbourhood officers assisted at the address with managing the scene. Enquiries are on going at this time.
PCSO’s Ali Blood and Maddie Highmoor came across a male that was wanted for failing to appear at court. He was detained by the PCSOs until officers arrived.
A male was arrested and charged for Public Order offences after being extremely abusive and aggressive towards PCSOs Ali Blood and Maddie Highmoor, whilst they were out on foot patrol in the town centre at the end of December. The male was found guilty at court and fined.
What the neighbourhood team have been doing
On Saturday 25th January the Neighbourhood Team were invited to attend the opening of the new Seacourt Hall in Botley. The building is now home to Botley Baptist church, the library, the parish council, Kumon study centre and the Botley community centre. The team had a great day meeting the public and engaged with over 100 people throughout the day. They also offered crime prevention and burglary advice.
PCSO’s Ali Blood, Maddie Highmoor and Susie Morley gave a presentation to the elderly people who meet at ‘Back to 35’ at Abingdon Baptist Church, on Thursday 16th January. The talk was centred on ‘Courier Fraud’ and included what to do if you have been a victim and how to prevent becoming one.
On Thursday 30th January, PCSO Sue Haynes and one of the South & Vale Police Cadets, gave a road safety talk to the reception class children at Sutton Courtenay Primary School. They were reminded how important it is to hold an adult’s hand when crossing the road, to always look both ways and listen to hear if there are any vehicles coming.
PC Barraclough and PCSO Atkins visited Caldecott Primary School on Tuesday 21st January during ‘People who help us’ week. They had a great time engaging with the children and speaking to them about what the police do.
Several members of the team were fortunate enough to be able to attend a ‘Deaf Awareness’ event at our TVP training college. It was a fascinating day with guest speakers from the Mary Hare School, who gave us the opportunity to learn some British Sign Language. This will be invaluable in our roles.
Have Your Say meetings
Please come along and speak to a PCSO about any local concerns:
• Monday 10th February 2020, 3pm-3.30pm outside Drayton Village Hall with PCSO Sue Haynes.
• Saturday 15th February 2020, 2pm-3pm at Dean Court Community Centre with PCSO Adi Wright.
• Monday 9th March 2020, 10am-12pm at the Monday Market, Market Place, Abingdon with PCSOs Ali Blood, Susie Morley & Maddie Highmoor who will be joined by NatWest Community Banker, Richard Anderson.
• Wednesday 11th March 2020, 1pm-2.30pm at Nationwide, Abingdon with PCSOs Susie Morley & Ali Blood who will be offering fraud prevention advice along with staff from the building society.
• Saturday 14th March 2020, 10.30am- 11am at Peachcroft Christian Centre with PCSO Selene Moquet.
• Tuesday 17th March 2020, time TBC at NatWest, Market Place, Abingdon with PCSOs Ali Blood & Susie Morley who will be assisting staff with their ‘Friends against scams’ event.
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