Here is the latest update from Henley Neighbourhood Policing team.
Henley Sector comprises of Henley Town and the parishes of Goring, Woodcote, Goring Heath, South Stoke, Whitchurch-on-Thames, Nettlebed, Swyncombe, Pishill with Stonor, Bix & Assendon, Stoke Row, Highmoor, Checkendon, Rotherfield Greys, Sonning Common, Rotherfield Peppard, Kidmore End, Mapledurham, Harpsden, Binfield Heath, Shiplake, Eye & Dunsden.
‘You said we did’/ Priorities
Speeding: Following reports of speeding in Dunsden, PCSOs carried out a speeding awareness operation. Thirteen vehicles were above the speed limit and will be receiving warning letters.
Parking: The neighbourhood team are patrolling the town centre and enforcing the 20 minute only parking bays.
Rural Crime: This is a priority in the Henley Sector. We continue to be extremely busy attending incidents of Hare Coursing, Criminal Damage to farm land and theft of farm equipment.
Anti-social behaviour (ASB)
A Youth Restorative Disposal (YRD) given to a youth for criminal damage in Stoke Row. The YRD acts as warning and is an agreement between the offender and the victim that they will not behave like this again, and often includes a recompense for the crime. If the agreement is broken by the offender and the behaviour continues then they can be arrested. A YRD is considered the first level of intervention from the Police towards a child who starts to commit crime.
Offenders brought to justice
A Henley male was arrested at his home and charged with drug offences. He is due to appear in Court during October.
Crime prevention advice – Lead thefts
We have recently seen an increase in thefts of lead from roofs in South Oxfordshire and Vale of the White Horse. 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. Smart Water 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.
What the neighbourhood team have been doing
• PCSO Mark Bell has given a talk to the Goring Heath Brownies on road safety.
• PCSOs engaged with the Ways & Means Charity in Peppard Common.
• PCSO Claire Hewett attended the Gainsborough Resident’s Association meeting to discuss road safety and the low level anti-social behaviour at the Skate Park.
• PCSOs Claire and Janice carried out speed awareness on the Fairmile Henley, particularly speeding motorcycles.
• PCSOs continue to promote the use of the Storenet radio in the town centre which links shops to each other and police and allows effective and quick information sharing regarding shop lifters and other crimes.
• The neighbourhood team have been working together with Henley College.
• PCSO Claire attended Chiltern Court at Townlands Hospital for engagement with residents and staff.
Have your say meetings
Please come along and talk to a PCSO about any local concerns:
• Friday, 20 October 2017, 3pm – 3.30pm outside Woodcote Primary school, Woodcote
• Saturday, 21 October 2017,10.30 – 11.30 at the Christ Church Centre, Reading Road, Henley
• Saturday, 21 October 2017, 3pm – 3.30pm at Westholme Store, Wallingford Road, Westholme.
• Monday, 30 October 2017, 3pm – 3.30pm, at Whitchurch Primary school, Eastfield Lane, Whitchurch
• Tuesday, 31 October 2017, 3pm – 3.30pm at South Stoke Primary school, South Stoke.
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 HenleyNHPT@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