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!

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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!

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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“I’ve only got a few plants”

Coventon

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.