Anti-social behaviour (ASB)
We have received increased reports of ASB in South Abingdon predominantly in the area of Southern Town Park & Abingdon Rugby F.C. car park off Lambrick Way. This includes ASB with motor vehicles, stolen motorbikes and suspected drug misuse.
We have also received further reports of ASB in Peachcroft. Groups of young people have been entering the nature strip opposite Bowgrave Copse causing damage to the wall.
Extra patrols are being carried out in these areas and if you do witness ASB, or have an information on who is involved please call 101.
There has been an increase in reports of purses being stolen from elderly shoppers in the town centre. Since the beginning of March, there have been nine reported thefts. PCSO Blood has spent time handing out crime prevention literature and purse bells, and giving advice on how to avoid becoming a victim of theft. She has also conducted high visibility foot patrol in the town centre including during the weekly market and through the shops.
Offenders brought to justice
We previously reported that we had received an increase in reports of a male begging for money in the town centre. Due to the male’s persistent behaviour, he has been arrested for begging which is an offence under the Vagrancy Act 1824. Enquiries are ongoing at this time.
On Tuesday 20th March, two males and a female were arrested on suspicion of drug supplying from an address on the Vineyard, Abingdon. All three persons were charged with possession with intent to supply Class A drugs. The female and one of the males were remanded in custody and the second male was released from court on conditional bail.
On Friday 30th March, a male was arrested for an attempted robbery which occurred on Saturday 17th March on the Vineyard, Abingdon. The on duty Vale of White Horse District Council CCTV operator recognised the male from footage on the day of the offence, and was able to guide officers to the location of the male who was then arrested. The male was also arrested for drug possession and theft of a push bike. He has since been released under investigation.
Hidden Harm campaign
To mark the launch of the Thames Valley Police’s Hidden Harm Campaign, we attended an event held at John Mason School in Abingdon on the 16th March, giving year 7 pupils the opportunity to take part in an interactive theatre style play and workshop and learn more about online child abuse and how to protect themselves. Please visit www.thamesvalley.police.uk/advice/protecting-yourself-and-others/online-child-abuse/ to find out more about online abuse and how to protect your children online.
• The team also attended a careers evening at St Helen’s and St Katherine’s school on 16th March, where we had a stall and spoke to the young people about the different careers within the police force.
• On Monday 26th March, PCSOs Blood & Morley visited Trinity Church where pupils from Carswell primary school spent the morning participating in ‘Experience Easter’ workshops. The children took part in several reflective workshops which helped them to consider the emotions involved during Holy Week, in the lead up to Easter.
• PCSO Clare Atkins attended a meeting with Thrive South Abingdon (Thrive develop young people to bring hope and lasting change to disadvantaged communities) on Monday 9th April to discuss what work is planned and how the NHPT can work with them to benefit the young people in South Abingdon.
• On Wednesday 11th April the Neighbourhood Team will be at St Mary’s day Nursery to join in with their week of activates around ‘People That Help Us’. We will have a marked Police vehicle and officers there to speak to the children.
• On Thursday 26th April 2018 10am-2pm at The Day Centre, Broad Street, Abingdon there is a job fair being held to help discover the latest jobs in Abingdon. The Neighbourhood Team will be there to talk about careers in the police force.
• On Sunday 22nd April, the neighbourhood team will be in attendance at the Spring Cycle Festival. The event is being held in the Market Place from 9am. PCSOs Blood and Hopping will be on hand to offer crime prevention advice and security mark bikes throughout the day.
Have your say meetings – ‘Active Communities’
If you would like to speak to your neighbourhood officers about any local concerns please come and meet with them at the times and dates below. There is also an opportunity for you to get involved local policing by joining our Community Resilience Group. If you think you would like to get involved and give a small piece of your time to help us set our policing priorities and actions please email us using the details at the bottom of the page
• PCSO Joanne Hopping will be at Peachcroft Christian Centre, Lindsay Drive, Abingdon on Saturday 21st April from 10.30am – 11am.
• PCSO Miles Miller will be at the Northcourt Road shops on Sunday 22nd April 2018, from 10am – 11am.
• PCSO Ali Blood & PCSO Jo Hopping will be at the Spring Cycle Festival, Market Place, Abingdon on Sunday 22nd April from 9am.
• PCSO Clare Atkins will be in the Fairacres car park, Abingdon on Wednesday 25 April 2018, 11am-midday.
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.