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!

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!

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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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”.

SmartWater sign unveiled in Elsworth village

Smartwater for South Cambridgeshire villages to ward off burglars

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OFFICERS in South Cambridgeshire have been working with residents to put security measures in place to tackle burglary.
As part of Operation Oaklands, a police initiative to improve home security and reduce the risk of burglary, officers have been visiting a number of villages in South Cambridgeshire to offer advice and crime prevention products such as SmartWater property marking kits.
Each village will receive a SmartWater branded sign to advertise the fact that residents have protected their property with SmartWater technology and hopefully deter burglars.
Elsworth was the first village to receive their sign. Community representatives, Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators and parish councillors attended the launch event, along with police and SmartWater staff, at 11am on Monday February 9 2015 in the village.
Rachel Carr, Crime Reduction Officer for South Cambridgeshire, said:

“SmartWater is a unique coding system which has been used by police forces for a number of years, to tackle both commercial and domestic burglary. The product has helped Police forces to reduce domestic burglary by as much as 85% in some areas. It consists of non-toxic solution which can be painted onto virtually any surface. Once dry, under normal light it is not detectable, but under ultraviolet (UV) light it glows bright yellow. A huge benefit is that it is extremely difficult to remove and even the smallest of traces can be analysed to prove ownership of a marked item. Similar to DNA profiling, each unique solution can be identified and authenticated – there are millions of combinations available, each formula will be specific to a customer.
 The system includes a number of warning signs that are placed on doors and windows stickers to warn potential thieves that SmartWater is in use. It has proven to be a very effective deterrent to offenders where other forces have run similar projects.”

South Cambs Police investigate potential exploitation at A14 car wash

Police attended a car wash on the A14 at Swavesy last night (Monday), along with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), Health and Safety Executive and South Cambs District Council, as part of a joint investigation into potential exploitation.

Officers have been developing intelligence into potential human trafficking and labour exploitation in South Cambridgeshire.

The operation last night was set up to check on the welfare of people believed to be working and living at the hand car wash site on the A14, westbound in Huntingdon Road.

Officers spoke with people there to establish what their current employment and living conditions were. Each worker was interviewed and given the opportunity to be taken into voluntary protective custody in the form of the National Referral Mechanism.

Three men, aged 73, 29 and 20, have all been arrested on suspicion of labour exploitation. They currently remain in police custody at Huntingdon Police Station for questioning.

Five men and one woman, all of Romanian origin, were spoken to by officers last night and have been taken into voluntary protective custody in the form of the National Referral Mechanism. If you want information on the NRM then your best place to find it is here http://www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/about-us/what-we-do/specialist-capabilities/uk-human-trafficking-centre/national-referral-mechanism

Chief Inspector James Sutherland, Area Commander for South Cambridgeshire, said:

“Across the country there is widespread evidence of unscrupulous car-wash owners exploiting vulnerable migrant workers through low pay, human trafficking and dangerous living and working conditions.”

“A member of public has no way of telling if one of these ‘pop up’ car washes is doing this, therefore I would strongly urge the public to only use well established, legitimate car washes and if in doubt then don’t give them your business – a clean car is not worth dirty hands.”

Disqualified after traffic collision on A14

Just before 9am on 20 December 2014 a driver veered off the A14 at Swavesey crashing into a roadside sign.

Police officers arrived at the scene 6 minutes after being called to find a Vauxhall Astra van partially blocking the carriageway and the driver had left the area.

The driver, who once found appeared to be drunk was not difficult to identify. He was found about 500 metres from the crash wearing clothing marked with the same company name as marked on the side of the van he had crashed.

Nicholas Wade (32) from Peterborough was arrested for driving whilst unfit through drink but later failed to provide a specimen of breath for analysis at the police station.

Wade appeared at Cambridge Magistrates Court on 06/01/14 where he pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen of breath. His defence explained that he had been drinking the night before and did not consider the level of alcohol left in his system the following morning when he was driving to work. Wade has previous disqualifications for drink driving in 1996 and 2006.

He pleaded guilty and was banned from driving again for 3 years and ordered to pay £145. Wade was also given a community order with a 4 month curfew between 9pm to 5am except on Wednesdays where the curfew is between 10pm and 5am to allow him to attend alcohol addiction rehabilitation.

Caught with drugs leaving party in Swavesey

Jamie Stamp (21) from Chrishall was stopped by police officers in his vehicle leaving a large party on Cow Fen Drove, Swavesey on 9th November 2014.

Stamp tried to conceal illegal drugs in the groin area of his trousers but police at the scene were not fooled. The drugs were found and later identified as psilocin, cannabis resin, MDMA and diazepam.

Stamp was at Cambridge Magistrates Court yesterday where he pleaded guilty to possession of a Class C controlled drug, two counts of possessing a class A controlled drug, and possession of a class B controlled drug with the intent to supply.

He was ordered by the court to pay £578. All the drugs will be destroyed by police.