South Cambridgeshire police panel meetings

As you may be aware we hold panel meetings for each Sector every quarter, 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. Anyone can attend the meetings. The next South Cambs Police panel meetings are to be held as follows:

Cambourne Sector –  Panel Meeting –  to be held on 21/2/1017 at  7.30 p.m.  at the Common Room,  Melbourn Village College, The Moor, Melbourn, Royston SG8 6EF  

Histon Sector – Panel Meeting – to be held on 22/2/2017 at 7.30 p.m. at  Orchard park community centre, Central Ave, Cambridge CB4 2EZ  

Sawston Sector – Panel Meeting – to be held on 23/2/1017 at 7.30 p.m. at Sawston Village College, Room G5, New Road, Sawston, Cambridge CB22 3BP

At the meeting you will find out what South Cambs Police have been doing over the last quarter and you will have the opportunity to ask questions or tell us about a problem in your area. From your input, we then decide at the meeting which problems the police will prioritise for the next quarter.

If you are unable to attend in person you can follow us 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.

Please see a copy of the February 2017 panel document below.

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We look forward to seeing you there.

 

 

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Closure Order for Anti-Social Behaviour in Histon

On November 30th police attended Huntingdon Magistrates’ Court to obtain a Closure Order on 46 Bishop Way in Impington.

The first floor flat is managed by Suffolk Housing Society and police have been involved with the address for two years, dealing with anti-social behaviour from the resident and his visitors.

Since 2014 police have been receiving reports of excessive noise nuisance, aggressive behaviour, drunkenness, violence, an act of outraging public decency, and incidents of people trying to force their way into the homes of nearby residents. The number of reports increased dramatically in recent months.

The resident of the address, Neil Rumbelow (33), was issued with community protection warnings to deal with the behaviour but failed to comply with the conditions.

In order to protect the vulnerable victims living nearby, police decided to apply to the court for a Closure Order on the flat.

PC Gareth Tanner gave evidence to magistrates on behalf of police and the application was successful. The court granted the order for a period of three months, preventing any person at all (including Rumbelow) from entering the property without prior authorisation of police.

Suffolk Housing are currently seeking possession of the flat via court.

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!

Join the Histon Panel Meeting

Histon TeamThe Histon Panel Meeting takes place at 7:30pm on Tuesday 20th October 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 Isley and Sgt Rabel will present updates from the previous four months at Swavesey Village College.

you can read the panel document here: October 2015 Panel Document v2

Hope to see you at the meeting!

Drugs family convicted then evicted

The Impact Team covering South Cambs area are a proactive unit tasked with catching criminals and disrupting criminal activity in our area. They operate largely in plain civilian clothing using unmarked police vehicles to get close to criminal activity before pouncing upon it. The Impact Team also actively target known areas of crime and known offenders to prevent offences from taking place.

On 19/10/2014 members of the Impact Team were working in Willingham when they attempted to stop a male seen leaving an address in Haden Way. When they lit up the covert blue lights on their unmarked car the male fled but he wasn’t fast enough to escape them and he was found to be in possession of cannabis and arrested.

Following the arrest officers attended the house he had just left on Haden Way where they were able to clearly see through the window a large group of people in the process of taking drugs. Oops, should have closed the curtains!

Impact Team officers made entry to the house and detained the nine occupants whilst they and the building were thoroughly searched.

The house, which belongs to South Cambs District Council, was let to the tenancy holder Rachel Lomas (47) who lived there with her sons, including Steven Lomas (25). They were arrested at the scene.

There was a large amount of drug paraphernalia distributed throughout the house and officers located cannabis being stored in a kitchen drawer divided up ready to sell. Helpfully, Steven Lomas had left us a note to his brother reminding him to feed the cat and giving him instructions on how much cannabis to sell. The note was seized along with the drugs as evidence.

Mother and son were released on bail whilst forensic and electronic examination of some of the evidence was completed.

A little under two months later on 12/12/2014 whilst the family were still on bail, the Impact Team returned to the house on Haden Way to execute a search warrant issued by Cambridge Magistrates’ Court under Section 23 Misuse of Drugs Act. Having still not learned to close the curtains, a new cannabis plant was being stored in the front window of the house, clearly visible to anyone standing outside! The plant was seized as well as more cannabis that was found under Rachel Lomas’ bed.

South Cambs District Council evicted Rachel Lomas and her family from their property for breach of tenancy on 11/03/2015.

On 20/05/2015 at Cambridge Crown Court the following sentences were given:

Steven Lomas:

Possession of a class B controlled drug (cannabis) with the intent to supply

  • 6 month imprisonment, suspended for 12 months
  • 200 hours unpaid work
  • Victim surcharge of £85
  • Forfeiture and destruction of all drugs

Rachel Lomas:

Possession of a class B controlled drug (cannabis) with the intent to supply

  • 12 month Community Order
  • Activity requirement for 12 days
  • Victim surcharge of £60
  • Forfeiture and destruction of all drugs

The male who initially ran from police received a £90 penalty for possession of a class B controlled substance.

Three other males found at the address also received a £90 penalty each.

Another male also received a police caution for the production of a class B controlled substance.

Our priority is keep people safe

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.

Join us at the Histon Panel Meeting

Histon TeamThe 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!

Catalytic converter thefts from delivery vans

In the past 48 hrs there have been a total of six catalytic convertors stolen from delivery vans at a commercial business in Bar Hill, and also from a business in Waterbeach South Cambridgeshire.

The vehicles targeted are Mercedes Sprinter vans.

The sprinter van is a very popular fleet van, used by most delivery companies, van hire companies and supermarkets amongst others.

A catalytic converter controls and converts exhaust emissions from your vehicle into less toxic substances. They are being stolen and sold for the re-sale value of the four precious metals from which they are made.

Security advice

  • If you see anyone working under vehicles, and they are acting suspiciously, report it to the police
  • For business fleets, consider good quality, strong perimeter fencing and try defensive parking (If you have a fleet of vehicles, block those with high ground clearance using vehicles with low clearance to obstruct access underneath the vehicle). Install and monitor CCTV and / or compound alarm systems
  • Mark your catalytic converter with a marking and registration system (e.g. www.retainagroup.com). Alternatively contact your local police team by phoning 101 to find out when the next catalytic converter marking day is taking place in your area
  • Fix a catalytic converter security device (e.g. ‘Cat Clamp Maxx’ available from www.catsafe.org.uk). Or contact your local garage who may offer bespoke security fittings, such as clamps and cages for catalytic convertors.
  • Vehicles with a high ground clearance such as delivery vans are particularly vulnerable.
  • Contact Cambridgeshire Constabulary on 101 for site specific crime prevention advice
  • South Cambs Business Watch Officer, Leanne Fisher said: ” You may not know your catalytic convertor has been stolen because your vehicle’s engine will sound different. A catalytic convertor can be stolen in a matter of seconds and is worth a few hundred pounds in scrap value but the cost to your business can run into the thousands including repairs and disruption’’.
  • www.nsi.org.uk
  • www.securebydesign.com
  • www.soldsecure.com
  • http://www.commandersecurities.uk – also offer security devices for items such as Catalytic converters, they are a Secure by Design approved company.

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.

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