Sawston Panel Meeting 1st July 2013

The next sawston panel meeting is next Monday the 1st of July at Sawston Village College starting at 7:30pm. The above link takes you to the panel document giving an update on crime and ASB figures for the past 3 months and police activity around the panel priorities set at the previous meeting.


At the meeting on the 1st of July the feedback on the number of speed checks carried out in the villages and the details of fixed penalty notices issued for speeding and other motoring offences including drivers using their mobile phones was well received and the general consensus was that we should continue to focus on this issue over the next 3 months.

It was also felt that given the imminent commencement of the school holidays and a couple of recent incidents of criminal damage to sports facilities in the Shelfords we should continue to concentrate on anti social behaviour on green spaces across the area. We will carry out regular patrols and monitor any calls we get from the public to identify areas to focus on.

In June there was a noticeable increase in crime in Great Shelford including 4 dwelling burglaries and 2 shed burglaries all occurring wihtin a very small geographical area. The attendees at the meeting wanted the police to monitor this closely and try and establish whether there was a local connection to these offences.


These have therefore become our 3 priorities for the coming months and we will be feeding back our activity in these areas at the next panel meeting on Monday the 7th of October 2013. This will take place at Sawston Village College starting at 7:30pm.


Linton – Panel Meeting

Below is the profile for the Linton and Fulbourn Neighbourhod area for the last 3 months prepared for the panel meeting to be held this evening.

Linton Panel Profile June 2013



Linton and Fulbourn area Panel meeting was held yesterday evening at The Swifts in Fulbourn. Details of police activity on the 3 priorities adopted at the previous meeting were provided, as well as a general update on crime and ASB figures across the villages for this panel area. The details can be found in the document above. Following discussion it was agreed that for the next 3 months we would focus on the priorities of ASB in green spaces and road safety looking at parking and speeding issues. We will be patrolling the areas where vandalism and other anti social behaviour has occurred in the past and any other areas highlighted to us. Spped checks will be carried out across the area and we will deal with any anti social or illegal parking brought ot our attention.

Sawston PCSOs trained as Community Navigators

Care Network, a local based charity serving the residents of Cambridgeshire, have recently set up a scheme called The Community Navigators Project. The aim of the project is to train local volunteers  and members of organisations to be able to signpost older people to activities or services which they would find enjoyable or useful. This might be a local friendship club or activity group, or somewhere they can get a financial health check or help with mobility aids.

All the PCSOs working out of Sawston Police station have received the training required to add the title Community Navigator to their role. They already have a good knowledge of local services and community activities but now have an even greater number of contact details to pass on where needed.

Community Care are looking for local volunteers across Cambridgeshire to be a Community Navigator in their own local community. If you feel this is something you would like to get involved with you can contact them on 01954 212100 or on The local co-ordinator for South Cambridgeshire, Rob Wallace, is coming to speak at our next panel meeting which is being held at The Fulbourn Centre, Home End, Fulbourn at 7:30pm on Tuesday the 18th of June. It would be great to see you there.

Rave prevention – We need your help!

May bank holiday is fast approaching and recent intelligence has led us to believe rave sites are potentially being identified in South Cambs.  The South Cambs region had three raves in four months at the end of last year and due to the recent good weather and our rural landscape South Cambs is an ideal candidate for another visit.

Police will be patrolling our rural countryside to proactively prevent such illegal events setting up over the holiday period and we are asking the community for their assistance too.

Please call the police if you see any rave associated, suspicious activity for example;

–       Gates & padlocks being removed or cropped.

–       Changes to farm buildings/fields access points.

–       Suspicious or out of place individuals near said gates, barns or fields.

–       Unusual or increased traffic in rural locations, particularly in hours of darkness.

–       Vehicles accumulating at service stations.

–       Social networking rumours.

The impact on the community and demands on Police resources are significant.  If Police and the Community work together to prevent a rave before they set up, this sends a clear message to the organisers that this illegal activity is unacceptable.

There have also been a high number of gas cylinder thefts over the past week from businesses such as hospital sites and farm buildings.The medical cylinders in particular can contain nitrous oxide and have previously been used to intoxicate individuals on the rave scene.

Please be extra vigilant at this time with your gas cylinders ensuring that they are securely stored and have identification markings where possible.

This is a timely reminder to all that you know your own communities and what is outside the norm. If you suspect that a rave may be setting up over the weekend – please call us immediately on 101 or 999 if you witness any offences being committed.

Sawston Panel Priorities April-July 2013

Three priorities were agreed at the April meeting. Views from those in attendance and those who had completed an online survey, including some pupils from Sawston Village College, helped to decide what the priorities should be. Details of crimes and ASB incidents from the previous 3 months were also available via the panel profile which was posted prior to the meeting.

1) Road safety: the representatives from all villages were concerned about speeding through villages, and this was repeated in the responses to the on-line survey. Roads highlighted for attention were:
New Road and Babraham Road,Sawston; Pampisford Road and High Street, Abington; High Street, Babraham; Brewery Road and London Road, Pampisford; Whittlesford road, Little Shelford; Tunwells Lane and Hinton Way, Great Shelford; London Road and Haverhill Road, Stapleford; Duxford road, Whittlesford and Ickleton Road, Duxford. We will be carrying out speed checks in these areas.

Parking issues were also raised. There was concern about parking in Church Lane, Sawston when the church has events on. It was agreed that we would monitor this and speak with the organisers to try and ensure people parked considerately and legally. Cllr Stone mentioned problems for the new bus service in Station Road East in Whittlesford. The bus has to turn in the road and sometimes illegally parked cars make this very difficult. We have already been and assessed the situation and spoken to a bus driver who explained the problems that occur. We will check this on a regular basis and record any action taken.

2) Anti Social Behaviour: A respondent to one of the surveys had mentioned problems outside the gates of Sawston Village College where some pupils were gathering and smoking and generally intimidating others. Several young people who completed the survey stated they sometimes felt intimidated by older youths gathering in groups in the villages and asked for police presence to help them feel safe. It was agreed therefore that, particularly with the lighter evenings, we would patrol areas where young people gather and offer reassurance to the young people and local residents.

3) Burglary: This is a continuation of a priority from the previous 3 months. Burglary is understandably a concern to all, and was mentioned by several respondents to the on-line survey. We are looking to set up more Neighbourhood Watch Schemes across the area and we are working to inform the public of current crimes via E-Cops and other means so that they can be alert to any suspicious incident.

Other issues raised.
Local residents in Station road, Whittlesford have raised concerns about lorries attending and leaving the Scrapyard there with large loads of scrap that may be insecure. PS Davidson stated she had already asked the roads policing unit to check any such vehicle seen in the area if they suspected the load was insecure. Cllr Shelton stated he would raise the issue with the head of Environmental Services.

The issue of scam phone calls and e-mails was raised and it was agreed that an article with advice would be prepared and sent to editors of local magazines so that it reached a wide audience.

Next Meeting:
The next Sawston panel meeting will be held on Monday the 1st of July at 7:30pm. This will be at Sawston Village College.

In the meantime if you wish to raise other issues call 101, tweet us @SouthCambsCops or e-mail