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Neighbourhood policing newsletter

Alert message sent 11/10/2017 14:44:00

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

Anti-social behaviour (ASB)
We have seen increased reports of vehicle ASB at Fairacres industrial estate and Marcham Road. The neighbourhood team have organised another meeting with the owners of the industrial estate to discuss how we can prevent this ASB from continuing. We are pleased to report that the month of September saw fewer reports in ASB problems in the town centre which we hope will continue.

Over Halloween and Bonfire nights the team will be out on high visibility patrols in our key hot spot areas. If you do experience any ASB then please call us using the non-emergency number 101. 

In the early hours of Monday 25th September, an arson occurred at ACAICA UK situated in Bath Street. This fire caused extensive damage. A male has been arrested on suspicion of Arson and currently has been released under investigation whilst enquires are ongoing. This has obviously been devastating for the company and staff of the shop. Please do contact us if you have any information which may help in this investigation by either calling the police non-emergency number – 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Town centre ‘Condition of Entry’ operation
On Friday 16th September the neighbourhood team, in conjunction with Thames Valley Police’s licensing team and Abingdon Pubwatch, ran a ‘Condition of Entry‘ Operation. A drug itemiser machine, which can detect illegal substances, was set up in the entrance to the licensed premise. Anyone wanting to enter the pub had their hands swabbed. The swabs were then run through the machine which highlighted whether that person had been in contact with illegal drugs or not. Three pubs were visited during the course of the evening and over 250 people’s hands were swabbed. This resulted in four people being searched. However, no illegal substances were found during the evening. Running these operations and working alongside Pubwatch makes Abingdon a safer place for the community.

Offenders brought to justice
  • On 14th September a male from Saxton Road was trialled at crown court for being in possession of a bladed article in a public place, he was sentenced to six months in a young offender’s institution and to pay £150 victim surcharge payment once released. 
  • On Thursday 21st September a vehicle seen acting suspiciously in the town centre was stopped by officers, three males were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs. Subsequently one male was cautioned for possession of cannabis. One male was charged with possession with intent to supply cocaine and heroin. The third male has been released under investigation. 

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. 

Crime prevention advice
PCSO Emma Vaux and PCSO Clare Atkins organised a crime prevention survey on a female’s property after she reported a theft. If you would like your house or outbuilding surveyed please contact Abingdon neighbourhood team on the details at the bottom of the newsletter. 

What the neighbourhood team have been doing
PCSO Emma Vaux and PCSO Jo Hopping attended Long Furlong primary school who had a superhero week and the police were invited. Emma and Jo gave a talk to Years 1 and 2 about general policing. 

Future events/meetings
  • PCSO Ali Blood & PCSO Clare Atkins will be on duty & providing support to the Abingdon Marathon taking place on Sunday 22nd October. Good luck to everyone running!
  • PCSO Emma Vaux and PCSO Clare Atkins have organised a talk on personal safety and sexting to Years 10 and 11 at The Unicorn School in October. 
  • Abingdon neighbourhood team are supporting ‘Restart a Heart’ and attending Fitzharrys School and Abingdon and Witney College with the Ambulance and Fire service to teach students CPR. 
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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J Williams (Police, Neighbourhood Policing Admin, South Oxon and Vale)

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