Here’s an update of just some of what we’ve been doing over the spring.
This blog by PC Gareth Tanner, an officer in South Cambs, is part of the force’s May campaign to raise awareness of vulnerable adults and the risks they face.
Our number one priority is to keep people safe from harm. We do this by working with our partner agencies and this case was a great example of how it works.
Social services staff visited a bungalow in South Cambs District Council (SCDC) sheltered housing to provide care and medication to an elderly man but found themselves refused entry by his daughter who also lived there.
The man, his wife and the daughter were not in any immediate danger but it was clear that, in the long term, he would suffer significant harm.
The three agencies – social services, SCDC and police – got together and shared information to get a full picture of what was happening. Our enquiries suggested the daughter may have been abusive to her parents: controlling them with intimidation and threats of violence, restricting their use of the telephone and preventing them from using the whole of their bungalow, forcing them both to live solely in the small box room.
Together we were able to formulate a plan to deal with the complicated issues and safeguard the parents, who were too vulnerable to solve the problem themselves and too intimidated to call for help.
We booked a hearing at court and agency staff worked together into the night to prepare.
I attended Cambridge County Court with Claire Gilbey of South Cambs District Council and obtained an interim injunction with immediate effect to prevent any nuisance, abusive or threatening behaviour.
After serving the injunction later that same day, Claire and I explained to the whole family that their living situation was harmful and that the injunction was necessary to change it for the better, providing them all with freedom and independence.
The daughter left the bungalow voluntarily and accepted SCDC’s offer of temporary housing. On May 5, a court injunction was granted which forbids her from residing overnight or visiting her parents without their permission. It also orders her not to cause nuisance or annoyance or to harass, threaten or be abusive to anyone at the property.
Social services are now also free to provide appropriate care to the mother and father who have thanked agencies for restoring control of their home to them.
By working together with our partner agencies, we helped a vulnerable couple who weren’t able to help themselves.
Below is a short video released as part of our campaign, which runs throughout May.
Callum Fay, 22, of Church Lane, Sawston, was arrested on June 28, 2012 after police received information from the UK Border Agency (UKBA) about a suspicious package from India. The package was intercepted in a sting operation leading to the capture of Fay and an end to his international self-styled drug smuggling enterprise located in Rural Cambridgeshire.
Fay peddled his illicit trade by disguising Class A drugs inside the innocent façade of Pokémon trading cards and computer games from his South Cambs bedroom. The investigation led by DC Tanya MUTCH uncovered the extent of the global market exploited by FAY, this was as far afield as Australia. The full postal distribution set up for an international client base was discovered leading to a £29,000 money trail launder through the use of a ‘bitcoin’ e-currency company.
Fay was arrested after failing to answer Bail in respect of his global drug dealing and was that again found in possession of further Class A and acquiring criminal property to the amount of £29,000
Having pleaded Guilty, on 1st May 2015, Fay was sentenced to Six Years imprisonment.
Tack & Equestrian theft
Urgent message for those people owning tack or equestrian equipment.
A business premises in Oakington Road, Dry Drayton, Cambridge was broken into overnight on the 5th/6th May. Offenders broke into a locked metal container. Once inside they have dis-armed the alarm system and stolen the following items:- 10 x saddles, 22 bridles, 1 x non-road registered Honda 254 Track quad bike and 1 x strimmer and clippers. Enquiries are on-going. However if anybody saw anyone acting suspiciously in this area last night please let us know immediately. The crime reference number is CF 0177210515. It would appear that offenders used a vehicle and came across the back fields to gain entry to the site, If you have friends or family that own or use stables, please let them know of this crime and mention marking their property i.e. saddles etc so it can be identified if stolen. If anyone wants any further information about tack marking or other marking products, please do not hesitate to contact me direct. Keep reporting suspicious activity in your area, this information is valued.
PCSO 7239 Leanne Fisher
South Cambs Business Watch Officer
Sawston Police Station
4 Cambridge Road
Cambridge CB22 3DG
The Histon Panel Meeting takes place at 7:00pm on Thursday 18th 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 are welcome to tweet us your views @southcambscops or email us 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 Jon Hiron and Sgt Mark Rabel will present updates from the previous four months at Swavesey Village College.
Hope to see you at the meeting!