Operation Oaklands Phase Two – Update

Operation Oaklands – Tackling crime across South Cambs
The format for Operation Oaklands is changing this week; each Neighbourhood Sector team will be covering a village on their beat for a three week period. Three South Cambridgeshire villages will be included at the same time.

Officers will focus on crime prevention measures, and provide security advice to residents in order to combat burglary, vehicle crime and theft.
South Cambridgeshire is a large rural community, and crime analysis has shown the area does not follow an identifiable crime pattern, as you might see in an urban area. Therefore crime prevention and intelligence led patrols are key factors to reduce crime levels.
Regular information and updates will be posted via Ecops (www.ecops.org.uk) and Neighbourhood Watch messaging (http://www.ourwatch.org.uk) as well as on our twitter account http://www.twitter.com/southcambscops
Officers will be offering residents Smartwater property coding kits for a reduced price of £10, plus shed and window alarms at cost price.
Please find below a guide with dates when we will be visiting various villages and towns over the coming months. If you need advice on home, shed or vehicle security and don’t live in the villages listed below, please call 101 and to speak to your local PCSO.
Date Location
30/03/2015 – 19/04/2015 Cottenham, Whittlesford, & Barton

20/03/2015 – 10/05/2015 Bar Hill, Thriplow, & Gamlingay

11/05/2015 -31/05/2015 Longstanton, Great & Little Wilbraham, & Hardwick

01/06/2015- 21/06/2015 Milton, Sawston, & Haslingfield

22/06/2015 – 12/07/2015 Waterbeach, Ickleton & Hinxton, plus Great & Little Eversden

13/07/2015 – 02/08/2015 Girton, Fulbourn, & Harlton

03/08/2015 – 23/08/2015 Landbeach, Balsham, & Guilden Morden, Steeple Morden, + Litlington

N.B. This table will be updated each month, with new information. The deployment of officers may be changed in certain circumstances according to current policing needs.



“I’ve only got a few plants”


On the March 20 last year police attended the address of Darren Coventon (41) in Hall Court, Fen Drayton. There was a strong smell of cannabis coming from the property and Coventon was arrested as he came to the door stating “I’ve only got a few plants mate”.

Inside his flat we found more than 200 cannabis plants with a potential value of more than £100,000. We also found mixtures of cocaine and benzocaine worth £7,920, MDMA worth £6,650, cannabis resin worth £1,170 as well as quantities of crack cocaine and MKAT.

Coventon was released on bail whilst forensic and electronic investigation was conducted.

South Cambs Police share information and work closely with our partner agencies to tackle crime and disorder. In mid 2014 whilst on bail for the drugs offences Coventon’s Staffordshire Bull Terrier frequently strayed and attacked and killed three cats belonging to local residents which caused a great deal of distress to the village. Police assisted South Cambridgeshire District Council by providing evidence in support of a Dog Control Order under the Dogs Act 1871. South Cambs District Council obtained the order in October which ordered that Coventon keep his dog muzzled and on a lead in public and to pay a total of £600 costs.

We also shared information with Coventon’s letting agent Cambs Property Bureau who were unaware of any issues, and without hesitation began the process of having Coventon removed from his home for breach of his tenancy.

Coventon was arrested again in December when he was stopped by plain clothed officers driving on Milton Road, Cambridge. Inside his car we found a Tazer and CS incapacitation spray.

Coventon was then remanded in custody until he appeared at Cambridge Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to possessing the weapons and the drugs but denied possessing drugs with the intent to supply them. After just 30 minutes of deliberation the jury was unanimous in finding him guilty.

Coventon was convicted of the following offences:

  • Two counts of possessing a weapon for the discharge of a noxious liquid / gas / electrical incapacitation device.
  • Possession of a Class A controlled drug – Crack Cocaine.
  • Possession with the intent to supply a Class A controlled drug – Cocaine.
  • Possession with the intent to supply a Class A controlled drug – MDMA.
  • Possession of a Class B controlled drug – Cathinone Derivative (MKAT).
  • Produce a Class B controlled drug – Cannabis.
  • Possession with the intent to supply a Class B controlled drug – Cannabis.

He was sentenced to two years and three months in prison. We will be destroying all his drugs and weapons. Both Coventon and his dog have been evicted from Hall Court, Fen Drayton.


South Cambs Police bring stand-off to a peaceful end

It is likely that residents of the Meadows area of Impington would have seen a large concentration of police officers on and around Ellison Close yesterday afternoon and evening.

Officers from the impact team had attended an address in the area to arrest a suspect on behalf of another police force on suspicion of committing burglary. On arrival the suspect was threatening to harm himself and others.

More officers were deployed to the area and a cordon was put in place at the entrances to the street for the safety of members of the public. Armed officers contained the suspect within his house whilst negotiators talked him into surrendering.

The cordon which was in place for several hours may have caused some inconvenience to local residents but was necessary for everyone’s safety. Our negotiations were eventually successful and a man was arrested close to 6pm and taken peacefully to Parkside police station.

The local Sergeant Mark Rabel said:

“We regret any inconvenience caused for local residents and thank our community for their support.”

Sergeant Steven Phillips who was at the scene said:

“In such situations our first priority will always be to keep people safe. I’m pleased that we were able to resolve the situation peacefully and no one came to any harm”.

Steven Cuff convicted…again

You may remember this post for late last year where we conducted a search warrant at Eclipse Stud on Cow Fen Drove, Swavesey.  The part owner Steven Cuff (52) of Osborn Close, Willingham was later convicted of possession of the cannabis that we found on his land: https://southcambscops.org/2014/11/12/swavesey-drug-conviction/

Well, Mr.Cuff has been back to court again on Tuesday 3rd March for committing Assault and Battery on 18/10/2014.

On this occasion Cuff had been cycling in Swavesey in dark clothing and with no lights fitted to his bike. After narrowly avoiding an accident with a car that could barely see him, Cuff and the car’s driver entered into an argument over Cuff having no lights on his cycle.

As the dispute became more heated Steven Cuff picked his cycle off the ground and used it to push the victim against the side of Swavesey church where he has continued to repeatedly ram the bike into the victim causing a number of injuries to the victim’s head, hand and torso.

Steven Cuff pleaded guilty to the offence and was sentenced at Cambridge Magistrates Court to a 12 month community order and ordered to pay £200 compensation and a further £105 court costs.