Sunday, 26 June 2011

E-Cops - Your weekly news 24-JUN-2011

I have been patrolling as much as possible this week in Bar Hill and I have continued to do so all over the weekend.

On Friday, 17th June, there was a report of suspicious activity in Hackers Fruit Fram, Huntingdon Road, Lolworth.The compliant came through as several white vans kept turning up in the area looking for scrap metal, two men were seen helping themselves in some metal that was kept at the location. 
Please be aware of these people as they may help themselves in any other property they may find, if you come across these people report them immediately by ringing 0345 456 456 4. 

On Saturday, 18th June, there was a report of nuisance in Appletrees, Bar Hill. The complaint was a party, playing very loud music. Police attended and advised the occupant to keep the noise down.

On Saturday, 18th June, there was a report of criminal damage to a fence in Oatland Avenue, Bar Hill. Complainant had been away on holiday, when returned discovered the damage to his fence. I carried out the routine investigation, unfortunately there was no witnesses seen this happened and no CCTV in the area, therefore the crime has been filed.

On Saturday 18th June, as part of our current panel priority, Pc Reeves conducted some speed checks along Scotland Road in Dry Drayton. On this occasion, Pc Reeves was joined by four volunteers from the Scotland Road Speedwatch group. It was a good opportunity for them to see how the Police speed checks work and how our checks differ significantly from speedwatch. During our checks between 10am and 11:15am, two motorists were given a warning in relation to their speed and one motorist was issued with a fixed penalty ticket of £60 and three penalty points.

On Saturday, 30th of July, at 13:00hrs, we will be holding a skating competition in Bar Hill. Please do spread the word about this event.


PCSO Mani 7009
Histon Neighbourhood Policing

E-Cops - Have your say... on sharing information with police

How would you prefer to report information about criminal or suspicious activity in your area? 

The question is part of the second week of the ‘Have your say’ forum launch, an online tool that gives you the chance to help shape the future of policing in Cambridgeshire. All comments, questions and answers will be viewable and the forum will be live for at least the next three months.

As part of an ongoing review to improve the way the force receives and uses information the force is this week asking how the public prefer to report information about criminal or suspicious activity. The public are vital to fighting crime and it is important that we have good links with our local communities.

We are currently reviewing the way we receive and use information from the public and as part of that work we want to make this process as easy as possible for people. We’re asking if you would prefer to call, email or use the anonymous Crimestoppers service to report information about criminal or suspicious activity in your area.

Despite the cuts our priority remains bringing offenders to justice and keeping the people of Cambridgeshire safe.

I’d like to encourage you to visit the force website and have your say, and also share this opportunity with friends and family by forwarding this email.

Kind regards, 
Superintendent Paul Fullwood - Have your say forum

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Grass Cutting Update

Cambridgeshire County Council has notified the local Parish Council that it is changing the grass cutting plan due to lack of rain affecting the growth of the grass.

The original plan was for two cuts; May and July.

Following the first cut the County Council has reviewed the result and decided to defer the second cut from its planned start in July to Aug/Sept. The Council believes this change will be of the most benefit to Right of Way path users.

NOTE: A map of Public Rights of Way, across Cambridgeshire, is available by following this link;

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

E-Cops - Your weekly news 18-JUN-2011

I have had a very busy week, dealing with all sorts of enquiries, especially in Bar Hill. 

You may all want to know why the helicopter was in the air above Bar Hill on Tuesday, 14th June. There was an arrest attempt in Stonefield, the suspect did not comply with the police request and decided to run. This suspect was later arrested opposite Stonefield in the wooden area between Bar Hill and Lolworth, and is now waiting to be charged for various offences.

Also this week, a Lithuanian man was arrested in Milton for going round collection charity bags. It appear that he was working for a company called Junatex, who apparently operate by dropping stickers through people's letter boxes asking them to put any unwanted clothing etc into a bag and stick the sticker on the side for collection. It is possible that they may also steal other charities' bags and stick their stickers on to cover their tracks. The Junatex stickers do not ever say they are a charity, they only say they are a clothes collection company. 

I would like to remind you to look closely at any charity bags or stickers to see whether they really are for charity or whether they are actually companies making a profit from their donations.

On Monday, 13 June, there was a report of nuisance in Park Street, Dry Drayton. A group of youths were in the area playing football near by in the area, and they were seen kicking the football against residents property. Police attended and identified these youths and advised them about their behaviour.

On Thursday, 16th June, between 01:40 and 02:00, there was a burglary at the Bar Hill Social Club, in the Spinney involving two offenders. An enquiry is underway with the offenders not yet identified. If you were in the area at the time and saw this happening, please do get in touch, any information will be helpful.

Kind Regards
Histon Neighbourhood Policing Team

Monday, 20 June 2011

County Council Liberal Democrats Name Their New Team

Liberal Democrats have named their new front line team on Cambridgeshire County Council for the next year.

Group Leader, Councillor Kilian Bourke, who officially took over from Cllr Fiona Whelan on Friday (June 17) is supported by Cllr Lucy Nethsingha, who takes over as Deputy Leader from Cllr Peter Downes.

Cllr Graham Wilson has been elected Group Chairman, Cllr Michael Williamson, Group Secretary and Cllr Peter Downes, Group Treasurer.

Cllr Susan van de Ven will lead the Transport portfolio for the next year; Cllr Kevin Wilkins has been elected spokesman for Planning, Enterprise and Environment and Cllr Sarah Whitebread will head up Localism, Climate Change and Social Justice. 

Social Care for Children and Adults will be led by Cllr Fiona Whelan, Cllr Geoff Heathcock will lead on Health and Cllr Peter Downes will continue as Education spokesman.

Cllrs John Batchelor and Kevin Wilkins will continue on Cambridgeshire Police Authority and Cllrs Nigel Bell, Geoff Heathcock and Sue Gymer will be joined by Fiona Whelan on Cambridgeshire Fire Authority.

Cllr Tim Stone has been elected chairman of the Audit Committee.

Cllr Bourke said: “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to lead such a strong team of councillors. We have a wealth of knowledge, expertise and political experience among our front line."

“We will continue to be an effective opposition doing our best for our ward residents and people across the county.”

Friday, 17 June 2011

E-Cops - 'Have your say' on the future of policing in Cambridgeshire

You have the chance to help shape the future of policing in Cambridgeshire using a new online tool.

The ‘Have your say’ section on the force website will feature weekly projects being considered for a more efficient and effective policing model.

The force faces a number of challenges over the next few years as we work to balance the books and ensure we make the best use of resources.

Work is already underway to review the existing force structure to create a new policing model that provides the best possible service to the public. 

Our focus remains on frontline duties and a commitment to bringing offenders to justice and keeping people safe. 

Now you can get involved in helping us achieve this by having your say about the changes being made to the force. 

We are very interested in your opinions and will be taking the responses into account as we redesign the force’s structure. 

Each week a topic under review will be posted on the force website for people to comment on or post questions. All comments, questions and answers will be viewable and the forum will be live for at least the next three months. 

The first topic will be the review of all non-frontline duties carried out by police officers. This includes managerial, analytical, training and call handling. 

Over the life of the restructure we will look at each of the officers in these posts and consider which should be returned to the frontline and in what timeframe.

Kind regards

Chief Constable Simon Parr - 'Have your say'

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Have you seen a Tesco trolly?

As a responsible local company Tesco is aware that sometimes it's trollies don't stay where they are intended to. If you see a trolly that has found it's way into a bush, copse of trees, or ditch somewhere, then Tesco offer a free service to pick it up and return it to the store.

You have three options;
You'll need to give the village and location of trolly.

Let one of us know if the trolly doesn't vanish within a couple of days and we'll chase it up.

EDITED: Tesco contacted me to give me a better telephone number.

Monday, 13 June 2011

E-Cops - Weekly News 10-JUN-2011

On Monday, 6th June, there was a report of a vehicle nuisance in Appletrees, Bar Hill. One of the occupants in Appletrees was repairing his vehicle in front of a block of garages in the location, and in doing so, was preventing other occupants from being able to access their garages requirring the police to attend to resolve matters.

On Tuesday, 7th June, there was a report of shoplifting form Tesco Super Store in Bar Hill. A man was detained by security staff and returned into the store. Police attended and arrested the suspect, who was later charged with theft from the shop.

On Wednesday, 8th June, I and PC Reeves and other local residents attended the neighbourhood watch meeting at Bar Hill Parish Council Offices, I am pleased to say that there was a lot more people attending than I was expecting. The meeting went very well and we hopping that the NHW will be up and running very soon. Considering Bar Hill is a large village with 1800 houses, we still need more people to come forward and joying the Neighbourhood Watch. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, 13th July at 19:00, same place Parish Council Offices, Please do come along, if you not able to attend, but you still want to take part in NHW, just make me aware and I will put your name forward.

On Sunday, 5th June, I carried out a two hour door to door police surgery in Almond Grove, Bar Hill. I consulted with a number of residents, am pleased to say that the consulting went very well with no issues identified.

Many Thanks
Histon neighbourhood Policing Team

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Lib Dems welcome busway but fear huge bill for taxpayers

Cambridgeshire Liberal Democrats have welcomed the news that the long-awaited Guided Busway will be open finally on August 7.

But they are concerned that the county’s taxpayers could pick up a huge bill for the project after fears that the total cost could creep up to as much £187 million; in a worst-case scenario local people could be liable for up to £71 million.

The Conservatives insisted from the start of the project, which is more than two years late, that "not one penny" of taxpayers’ money would be needed to pay for the busway.

With a legal battle imminent and new contractors brought in to rectify defects to meet the August deadline, however, they have now resorted to promising to “get the best deal for taxpayers”.

Liberal Democrat Highways Spokesman, Kilian Bourke said: “It will be good to see the guided bus finally up and running but at what cost to local people?"

“A string of Conservative leaders promised not to spend one penny of taxpayers' money on the project but now they are only promising to get "the best deal for taxpayers."

"The watering down of the original promise is ominous when there is £71m at stake.  I suspect this is one "best deal" that local taxpayers could do without."

Sunday, 5 June 2011

E-Cops - Your weekly news 31-MAY-2011

Firstly, I wanted to let you all know that the enquiry office at Histon Police Station and Sawston Police Station will be closed next week (w/c 30th June 2011).

I have had a very busy week dealing with neighbourhood disputes incident reports and crime enquiries in Bar Hill.

On Sunday, 22 May there was a report of criminal damage in Gladeside Bar Hill. The report came through as a of group of 8 youths were seen smashing up the playpark and then trying to set up fire to the climbing ropes.

Police responded in less then 10 minutes, and found the 8 youths playing in the area, these youths were all checked by the police and none of them were known or wanted to us. There was no damage to the property, no offences committed. Youths were advised to keep the noise down, but they were not doing anything wrong.

On Tuesday, 24th May there was a respond of suspicious activity. The report came through as some youths were trespassing into the Primary School grounds. I was on duty and dealt with this report, after conducting a thorough area search round the school premises, there was no sign of any damage to the school gate or the fence.I then got into conversation with a group of people that were playing football in the village green close to the school, they admitted that the football went into the school premises and one of them went in to fetch the football back.

On Friday, 20th May I and PCSO Smith carried out speed check's in Oakington Road, Dry Drayton. As a result seven motorists were seen driving in excess of the speed limit. All these drivers have now been issued with warning letter.

Histon Neighbourhood Policing Team

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Fire service could be hit by another £700,000 worth of cuts

A further £700,000 worth of cuts could be made to frontline fire services in Cambridgeshire.

They could come on top of the £4 million worth of savings already agreed and the £1.3 million worth of cuts to frontline services to be discussed in October.

The extra cuts could lead to Cambridge’s second fire engine being taken out of service at night and the merging of two Peterborough fire stations.

Fire Chiefs claim that while the fire service currently needs to save £4.2 million by 2015, the Cambridgeshire Fire Authority needs to plan to save £6 million to cover the cost of higher than predicted inflation and other financial risks.  

Opposition Liberal Democrat members of the authority oppose cuts to frontline emergency services and voted against them at the recent meeting.

Opposition Leader Nigel Bell said: “We are the cheapest fire service in the country per head of population and have suffered the maximum 9.5 per cent cut in government grant, but frontline emergency services must be protected.

“This is a matter of life and death. With inflation now running at over 4 per cent the fire authority must revisit its decision to keep its council tax rises at 2.5 per cent for the next four years. The cheapest fire  service in the country should at least keep its remaining service budget in line with inflation.” 

The current level of Council Tax charged by the fire authority is £57.87p per annum for a Band D property and the planned 2.5 per cent rise would be £1.45p per annum for a Band D property.

Cllr Bell said; “I have serious concerns about the £4 million in cuts imposed so far where they affect the front-line, particularly the withdrawal of the turntable ladders, as the Combined Aerial Rescue appliances which are to replace them seem to have reliability problems.  

“But the extra £2 million of cuts which will see the closure or downgrading of stations and the removal of fire appliances is unacceptable. We cannot put lives at risk by increasing emergency response times to keep council tax rises well below inflation.”   

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Drink Driving Road Safety Event Coming To Bar Hill

County Road Safety Officers will be out and about across Cambridgeshire over the coming weeks handing out early 'Christmas cards' which spread the word that drink driving does not only happen during the festive season.

An exhibition trailer decorated as a 'Christmas Grotto' will be visiting Tesco stores in the county with leaflets spelling out the personal and legal consequences of drinking and driving and reminding people of the length of time alcohol takes to clear the body.

The roadshows will take place between 10.00-3.00 pm, at:
*       Huntingdon - June 3
*       Bar Hill - June 14
*       Wisbech - 27 June
*       March - 29 June
*       Ely - June 30

Visitors will also have an opportunity to win an iPod nano by filling in a questionnaire - people who cannot make the roadshows can also take part in the survey at:

County Council Cabinet Member responsible for Road Safety, Councillor Steve Criswell, said: "1,100 drivers were arrested across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough in 2010 for drink driving. There is no excuse for drinking and driving, any amount of alcohol affects a person's ability to drive. Drivers risk a fine of up to £5,000, a minimum 12-month driving ban and a criminal record.

"It's also important to remember the morning after. People who have been out drinking the night before may still be affected by alcohol the next day. Even though they feel ok, they may still be unfit to drive or over the legal alcohol limit."

The roadshows have been organised by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Partnership.

Tony Barrios, Casualty Reduction Officer for Cambridgeshire Constabulary, said: "it is important to reinforce the drink drive message especially at this time of year, with long summer evenings and many of us enjoying time in beer gardens and at BBQs. Many people don't realise that drink drive casualties occur all year round and not just at Christmas."