July 2016 Rural crime Newsletter. Hello

July 2016
Rural crime Newsletter.

Hello everyone- I’d like to start with some good news:

I am pleased to report that the first group of Hare Coursers caught by the RCAT since the unit was reformed appeared at court in Peterborough on 6th of July 2016. All entered guilty pleas at the first hearing and were fined between £300 and £400. As a team, RCAT officers have been working hard to make sure that the files that we submit to the CPS are of a very high standard leaving the defendants with no option but to plead guilty as soon as they can. I would urge you all to keep reporting incidents of coursing and rural crime to the police using the 101 (non-emergency) or 999 (it is happening now, emergency) service.

Hare Coursing

Month on Month: – June 2015 – 28 reported incidents.
June 2016 – 13 reported incidents (-47%). 6 Immediate, 2 Prompt, 5 No response.
East Cambs 6 (46%)
South Cambs 3 (23%)
Peterborough 3 (23%)
Fens 1
Huntingdon nil.

Whilst the monthly comparisons 2015/2016 is down 47% I want to assure you there is no risk of complacency with officers. We know and are as prepared as much as we can for what this season will bring us.

Church Lead Theft

I am sad to say that churches within Cambridgeshire have been the victims of theft again this last month with Meldreth Church being targeted on 12th July, Comberton on 14th and most recently Thornhaugh in the North of the county being attempted with lead lifted but not stolen.

The RCAT team have just finished two weeks of solid nights to try combatting this crime which is not only hurting Cambridgeshire but our surrounding forces as well.

We need every bit of help from anyone seeing suspicious activity during the hours of darkness in or around churches. This would be lights getting moved or broken, vans parked next to churches, convoys of 2/3 vehicles moving through villages together at night. If you see anything like this I urge you to ring 999 immediately.

We are working closely with the Diocese of Ely and Peterborough to alert people to the risk, connecting with all our surrounding forces to share intelligence and opportunities to stop this crime happening.
Trailer Theft

RCAT officers have also focussed on trailer theft also this month and thankfully trailer theft has significantly reduced over the county. They did however stop two caravans which had been stolen hours earlier from Huntingdon. Two offenders arrested and caravans returned to very grateful owners.

We have been working closely with Clive Harris from NFU Mutual with this trailer initiative and would like to thank him for his consistent support.
One of the stolen caravans from Huntingdon recovered by RCAT can be seen of on the next page.

Machinery Thefts

Theft of machinery across the county have been a constant with a John Deer compact tractor and Sisis scarifier being stolen from Emmanuelle College. Other thefts include Husqvarna, John Deere and MTD ride on lawn mowers being stolen from Littleport.

Again our message is record the details of machinery, photograph it, mark it and ensure appropriate security measures are put in place to prevent theft.
I have mentioned before that larger machines are being stolen to facilitate serious offences. A telehandler stolen from Winwick on 27/7 was used in the ATM burglary at Sawtry Post Office. It is worthy of note that an attempt had been made the same night at Woodwalton but the machine had additional security device fitted preventing its theft. A third telehander was also stolen but crashed in the same area on the same night. This clearly indicating offenders are scoping areas and doing reconnaissance before committing their primary offence to see where machinery can be located. Report any suspicious visit or activity please.
We currently have a JCB telehandler outstanding from Thorney stolen on 1st of month. Hypothesis is its been stored for later use or already shipped out of area.

Diesel Theft

A quantity or red diesel was stolen from an excavator in Ely, 3 tractors had red diesel syphoned from them in Willingham and some domestic heating oil was stolen from Great Staughton.

Officers did arrest a male stealing diesel near to Newmarket – he is now on police bail whilst officer collect additional evidence.


Two batteries were stolen from an electric fence near Glinton in the north of the county and really unusually some sheep were stolen from a field near to Six Mile Bottom. It is suspected offenders were looking to return for more as others had been corralled ready for collection.

Inspector Dick Turner- RCAT

Op Hunter – Crime Prevention Event at Melbourn

Op Hunter – Crime Prevention Event at Melbourn Village Hub

Last night (Tuesday 8th August 2016) we held another ‘Op Hunter’ crime prevention event in Melbourn. We’ve been running these for the last few months and we’ve worked out a successful formula. Following lots of pre-event publicity we saturate the village with as many members of staff as we can muster. We go door to door offering home security surveys in those streets we’ve identified as being at the most risk. At the same time we use a community facility to set up a drop in centre where anyone can come and get expert advice on home security- we also sell some simple security products (at cost- no profit made) that we think are useful and quality products. Finally we hold a crime prevention seminar which covers some of the big topics- how to criminals select their targets? How do you prevent burglary, shed breaks, vehicle crime and cyber crime?

Crime prevention is a big topic, but here are the key facts:

1. It’s not bad luck- criminals select their targets based on risk vs reward, not randomly. This means that it’s important to try to change the calculation they make when looking at your property.

2. The risk goes up if someone is home- if your home is unoccupied, make it look (and sound) like someone is at home- timer switches, dummy TVs, leaving the radio on a talkie channel are all very cheap and effective ways of deterring a burglar.

3. The harder it is to get in- the bigger the risk. Physical security is the foundation for crime prevention- *good* window and door locks that are actually used (without the keys being left in the lock) are an absolute must.

4. Most burglaries take place to the rear of the property- if you have a side gate then this is your first line of defence- lock it and make it harder for the burglar.

5. Lighting- burglars don’t like to be seen: motion activated or timed external security lighting is effective.

6. Burglar alarms. Actually not a clear cut issue- In my personnel opinion you should only consider this *after* you’ve done the other things first. If you are considering an alarm, do your research, get the best one you can afford and if you are going to pay for installation- make sure you get a range of quotes. And NEVER buy from a door-to-door salesman: they might not be competitive rates, could be scam artists and sometimes use pressure tactics.

Finally, take the Bad-Wolf-Test- a 2 minute check of your home security. If your security isn’t up to scratch we’ll point you in the right direction for help or come out to see you.


Here’s a photo from last nights event. I’d like to thank Melbourn village hub for supporting us and letting us use their great facility and for the fantastic support we received from local Cllrs and residents: it was great to see so many of you. My team of PCSOs and staff really care about crime prevention and I’m pretty blooming proud of them at events like this

Chief Inspector James Sutherland
Area Commander- South Cambs http://ow.ly/i/lZ6c6

Arrests made for fake gold scam


On Friday the 6th August four arrests were made following a call from a member of the public about people flagging them down at the side of the A505 and asking for money in exchange for gold.  Two of the males were subsequently charged with possession of an article for use in fraud and appeared before Cambridge magistrates on Saturday the 9th August.  They pleaded guilty and were subsequently fined £335 each.

The two males charged were Gheorghe Miclescy and Flavius Miclescu,

Cambridgeshire police urge members of the public to call us on 101 if they see this activity occurring, often people are flagged down and asked for cash to buy fuel in exchange for some fake gold or jewellery.



Sawston Area Panel Meeting – today at 7.30 p.m. (15th June 2016)


1. Welcome! This document is presented prior to the next public meeting for the Sawston area to be held on Wednesday 15th June at Sawston Village College, New Road, Sawston. The meeting will start at 7:30pm.
2. If you are unable to attend in person you can follow us on twitter on twitter @southcambscops. Just before the meeting starts we will post a link on our twitter feed. Click on this link and it will take you straight through to the live-stream of the meeting.
Crime and ASB data for your neighbourhood can be found at http://www.police.uk and can be accessed by anyone. The aim of a panel area meeting is:-
• For the Police to highlight trends in crime and anti-social behaviour, and be available to discuss these in a public forum.
• Listen and take note of concerns presented by individuals, parish councils, volunteer organisations such as Neighbourhood and Speed Watch, elected members and other residents or local associations.
• For the panel to decide areas of concern for the community and Police to consider prioritising as part of local Policing.
• To provide an update on the actions taken in regards to chosen priorities or other emerging trends.
1. Update from Chief Inspector Sutherland
2. Update on current neighbourhood issues and local concerns:
At the last panel meeting concern was raised in relation to Lorries parking at the Four-Wentways roundabout by the garage. We have checked the area on a number of occasions and although there have been Lorries parked around the roundabout it has never been considered dangerous. We consulted with garage staff who had no issue with them being there, and the benefit for the lorry drivers is improved security as there is less opportunity for fuel thefts.

At the last meeting we spoke about the Community Parking Fund, where Parish Councils could pay into the fund to pay for PCSOs to work overtime to deal with specific parking issues. This scheme has now run for its first 6 month period, with 2 Parish Councils opting to pay into the scheme, both of them within the Sawston panel area, Great Shelford and Linton. Since the beginning of the year, PCSOs who have volunteered for the overtime have been conducting patrols for 2 or 3 hours in both villages, concentrating on roads identified by the Parish Councils as problematic because of parking issues. A total of 42 hours of patrols have been completed in each village with 26 tickets issued in Great Shelford and 15 in Linton. This scheme is currently under review and will be discussed at the panel meeting.
We have continued with Operation Hunter a force wide crime prevention initiative focussing predominantly on dwelling burglary. In South Cambridgeshire we have arranged special crime prevention events every month in a different village. All the available PCSOs supported by special constables and our crime prevention officer are in the village for the evening offering advice on how to make your property more secure. We were in Balsham in April and will be in the Sports’ Pavilion in Great Shelford on the 19th of July from 5pm. Anyone is welcome to come along and if you can’t make it you can do the on line home security assessment test, Bad Wolf, to see how secure your property is. You can find the test at: http://tinyurl.com/bad-wolf-test or on the Policing South Cambridgeshire Facebook Page.
Crime Prevention
3. Update from partner agencies
4. Date of next panel – Tuesday 18th October at Fulbourn Institute

Join the Histon Panel Meeting

Histon TeamThe Histon Panel Meeting takes place at 7:30pm on Tuesday 14th June and provides everyone with an opportunity to discuss local issues.

Residents and business owners are encouraged to attend and share their crime and disorder concerns, thereby influencing local policing priorities for the next four months.

If you can’t attend you can now join in meeting live, online. Simply follow @southcambscops on twitter. Shortly before the meeting starts we will post a link on our news-feed. Simply click the link and it should take you to a live-stream of the meeting. During the meeting you can post questions and comments to us on Twitter and we’ll do our best to answer them during the meeting. Alternatively you can email us prior to the meeting via the local pages of our main website www.cambs.police.uk

Covering the villages of; Bar Hill, Boxworth, Chittering, Connington, Cottenham, Dry Drayton, Elsworth, Fen Drayton, Girton, Graveley, Histon, Impington, Knapwell, Landbeach, Lolworth, Longstanton, Milton, Oakington, Orchard Park, Over, Papworth Everard, Papworth St Agnes, Rampton Swavesey, Waterbeach & Willingham.

Insp Drury and Sgt Rabel will present updates from the previous four months at Orchard Park Primary School.

You can read the panel document here: Histon Panel June 2016

Hope to see you at the meeting!

‘Op Hunter’ Crime Prevention Event Papworth Everard 07-06-2016

Policing in South Cambridgeshire

The first Histon ‘Op Hunter’ crime prevention event will be held in Papworth Everard on Tuesday June the 7th 2016 at the village hall on Ermine Street South between 17:00-20:00hrs. Cambridgeshire Constabulary are encouraging residents to get involved. We are giving the community the opportunity to meet their local policing team and receive security advice on how to protect their home. There will also be the opportunity to buy security products at a discounted price and get your property coded. If you would like more info please contact me via email (thomas.baugh@cambs.pnn.police.uk).

We look forward to seeing you there.


PCSO Baugh 7048

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Haslingfield Crime Prevention Event

Please come along to the #Haslingfield Crime Prevention Event.

Tuesday 24 May 10:30 – 12:00

Haslingfield Village Hall, New Road, Haslingfield, Cambridge, CB23 1JP

Find out more about home security and simple crime prevention measures.

Attendees include local PCSO Alex Giltinane, Rachel Carr Crime Reduction Officer, John Fuller Neighbourhood Watch Chairman, and Theresa Harrold Neighbourhood Watch village co-ordinator.

Come along to discover how you can protect your property and reduce crime.

There will be the opportunity to purchase property coding kits at a reduced price, plus shed and window alarms. We look forward to seeing you there!

An Update on the Rural Crime Team

As some of you will have seen in the press-  last month we re-launched the RCAT.  I’m pleased to say that they have had a very busy first month.  The below is the rural crime newsletter from the RCAT Inspector Dick Turner. Hare coursers arrested,  fuel-cheats caught and a big clamp down on stolen trailers.  Not bad for a first month…

Chief Inspector Sutherland- Force Lead Rural Crime.


April 2016

Hare Coursing

Comparisons –

April 2015, 20 reported incidents.

April 2016, 53 reported incidents. Of those reported we responded on immediate grade to 24 incidents, 6 were responded too under a prompt grade, 5 were other force reports and remainder were repeat calls for incidents already reported.

Last month highlighted a problem in the Thorney area. This appeared to move to the south of the county towards the end of the month. We have noticed that of the incidents reported the ‘offending’ is happening towards the end of the day in to early evening. In response RCAT officers have moved their start / end times to match this pattern.

The good news is that 10 people have been stopped and reported/summonsed for hare coursing offences. Other investigations remain live so hopefully this number will increase.

Trailer Thefts

We have had a further 6 trailer thefts this month. Although the thefts have occurred across the force area they are slightly higher in the Fenland area than in other areas. Trailer types vary from small farm trailers to caravans from driveways.

RCAT carried out a joint operation last Monday at Cheffins auction site at Sutton with partners from HMRC and DVSA. The operation focussed on not only trailer theft but also vehicles using red diesel. In total officers checked 52 cars and 32 trailers. One of those trailers has been identified as possibly stolen but need more investigation. Officers were able to highlight this increase and give appropriate security advice to prevent further losses and victims.

The operation identified two vehicles using red diesel for which the drivers received on the spot fines of over £500 each.

Other offences identified were defective tyre, 1 x prohibition for unsafe vehicle, 1 x illegally tinted windows, 1 x no insurance (vehicle seized), 1 x no MOT, 2 X no seat belts and 2 x using mobile phone.

Metal Theft.

We have seen a spate of metal thefts from Churches over the last few weeks. In total there have been 6 reports of lead theft from church roofs with one church being attacked on two occasions. These unscrupulous thieves have no consideration for the cost of replacement and repairs or the huge risk it creates for possible internal damage to the church from wind and rain once the lead has been stripped off. The RCAT team have been in touch with the Diocese and have conducted visits to as many churches as possible telling them about the recent thefts and encouraging them to review their security.

We are asking everyone to be vigilant around church buildings. Report any suspicious vehicles and activity around church yards particularly at night. Offenders, we believe, have not only completed reconnaissance before committing the thefts but they have moved lighting away from the direction of the buildings to avoid detection. If you are up late at night or early morning and a drive by your local church isn’t an inconvenience please do it and report anything suspicious.

Below is an example from a recent theft showing what thieves have been leaving after their activity leaving it open to the elements and further damage. 

Fly Grazing

Officers from RCAT attended a fly grazing conference hosted by colleagues in Hertfordshire. This comes following legislation changes within the Animal Act 1971 and Control of Horses Act 2015. The changes will impact upon Local Authorities primarily, as they have primacy for dealing with such incidents, but also the responsibility of land owners when such an incident is reported. We are working out the finer detail with our partners to put in place a process everyone agrees too and understands.

Rural Crime Conference

Sgt. Jackson and I attended the National Rural Crime Conference this week hosted by NFU Mutual in Northamptonshire. The conference theme was ‘Utilising Technology in the prevention of crime’. The conference was opened by Chief Constable Simon Prince from Dyfed Powys who holds the National Portfolio for Rural Crime and really emphasised the importance of rural crime.

We saw presentations on crime prevention and security marking from Selecta-DNA and CESAR Datatag scheme and also how Police and owners can make best use of technology in preventing and detecting crime through modern alarms, cameras and lighting. Whilst the idea is not rocket science, the pace technology moves on is breath taking so if you have not completed a security review recently its worth just assessing what can be done at a reasonable fee to give you added protection. Our colleagues from Cambridgeshire Countryside Watch will be more than happy to assist as will any of my RCAT officers.



Kind regards Insp Dick Turner

‘Op Hunter’ Crime Prevention Event Papworth Everard 07-06-2016

The first Histon ‘Op Hunter’ crime prevention event will be held in Papworth Everard on Tuesday June the 7th 2016 at the village hall on Ermine Street South between 17:00-20:00hrs. Cambridgeshire Constabulary are encouraging residents to get involved. We are giving the community the opportunity to meet their local policing team and receive security advice on how to protect their home. There will also be the opportunity to buy security products at a discounted price and get your property coded. If you would like more info please contact me via email (thomas.baugh@cambs.pnn.police.uk).

We look forward to seeing you there.


PCSO Baugh 7048


Chelsea’s Choice a great way to raise awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation

So the Chelsea’s Tour 2016 finished last Friday,  myself and Cheryl Carter (PCSO for the City) have been involved in the  rolling out of  this production  over a 3 week period.  We organised a total of 33 performances to be shown in Schools and Community venues in South Cambs and Cambs City.   I have just been working on the stats for South Cambs   A total of 2,673 people saw the performance.   We still await the City stats.  Chelsea’s Choice  is a hard hitting theatre play raising  awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation.  The make  up of these people were:-

2,384 students in year 9 – together with some year 10 groups.
154 teachers
43 Professionals – including Social Workers, Youth Workers, Council Workers, Nurses and others.
16 Members of Cambs Police
55 Parents
21 Young people not attending a school setting.

The performances were greatly received by the schools and people attending the local community events.

National CSE awareness  day is  tomorrow –  18th March 2016


Say something is a free text and call service on 116 000 – 24 hours a day.  All staff are trained in CSE.  http://www.stop-cse.org/saysomething


Leanne Fisher – PCSO 7239 – South Cambs Business Watch officer based at Sawston Police Station