PCSO BLOG – Yaxley Ward – Yaxley & Farcet. 25/01/2019 – 01/03/2019

The Parish Council have been the victim of several ASB and criminal damage incidents over the last month, mainly graffiti at the skate park on Middleton Road in Yaxley. Please note, this area is covered by CCTV and I am working with all the schools to identify the offenders with visits to parents imminent. As you can imagine, not only is it upsetting, but extremely costly to the Council to deal with vandalism, a cost that may be incurred by the parents of any child positively identified. We ask parents to be observant, to know what your kids are up to when they go out, and if you have any information, please call 101 or Crime Stoppers.

There has been a spate of shop lifting within the centre at Malting Square, with the two supermarkets being targeted. If you have any information with regards this, please come forward.

In Farcet, I am going to repeat what I said in last month’s blog “There have been a few incidents involving vehicles, namely items being stolen from inside the vehicles. Please make sure you lock your vehicles, you live in a beautiful village away from the main hub and it can easily happen that you stop locking your vehicles because you feel safe, however, thieves rely on this and purposely target quiet, out of the way streets.” Do not leave anything of value in your vehicle overnight and certainly don’t leave it where it can be seen. Two Landrover Discovery’s were also stolen off the drive. There has been an increase in the number of villages and vehicles being targeted in the last month, if you see or hear anything suspicious, please report it either on-line, by phone on 101 or call Crime Stoppers.

GOT A MODERN, KEYLESS ENTRY VEHICLE? HERE’S SOME TIPS TO KEEP IT SAFE AND SECURE.

Contact your dealer and talk about the digital features in your car. Have there been any software updates you can take advantage of? Check if your keyless entry fob can be turned off. If it can, and your dealer can also confirm this, then do so overnight. Store your keys away from household entry points such as your front and back doors or windows and consider using a signal blocker pouch to store your keys. Keeping your keyless entry fob out of sight is not enough – thieves only need to get near to the key to amplify the signal. If you park your vehicle on your driveway we advise investing in a driveway alarm, these are very easy to use and do not require any DIY skills to install. Be vigilant. Keep an eye out for suspicious activity in your neighbourhood – and report anything unusual to police online at www.cambs.police.uk/report or call 101 (or 999 in an emergency) Review your car security. Check for after market security devices such as mechanical locks and trackers, which are proven to deter thieves.
For more information please see – www.cambs.police.uk/A-Z/Vehicle-security

Help us catch burglars operating in your area
Offenders will often visit an area in the days leading up to a burglary to scope out potential targets. If you believe someone knocking at your door could be a burglar then contact the police immediately.

Keep a note of anything unusual: such as description and registration number of unknown vehicles parking in your area; as much information as possible about suspicious incidents e.g. dates and times; descriptions of anyone you believe may be involved; details of any witnesses.

Report suspicious activity by calling: Police non-emergency 101; Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111; or if a crime is in progress, call 999.

Securing entry points: Don’t leave any windows or doors unlocked or ajar as these can be easy access points for a burglar. If you are going away: Make your home look lived in and ask neighbours to keep an eye out. Install light timers as burglars are less likely to target homes if there is a risk of being seen. Alarms: Consider installing an alarm. Always obtain a number of quotes from approved companies.

Lock up your shed: Offenders often raid sheds to find break-in tools. Strong communities: Make friends with neighbours or join your local Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.

Call: 101; Textphone: 18001 101; Visit: www.cambs.police.uk Follow: HuntsCops; Subscribe: .org.uk

Stats – 13 reports of ASB nuisance; 12 reports of suspicious activity; 0 report of Poaching; 4 neighbour disputes; 0 arson; 5 nuisance vehicle reports; 10 reports of Criminal damage; 2 vehicle interference/theft from; 27 concern for welfare/missing.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Be safe out there.
Sent on behalf of PCSO 7230 Dawn Hodgson

PCSO BLOG – Yaxley Ward – Yaxley & Farcet 24/12/2018 – 25/01/2019

Over the course of the last five weeks in Yaxley, there have been several reports of youths climbing on the roof top at Landsdowne Road Health centre. Due to vigilance of our residents, we were able to get there in time and speak to a couple of the young males responsible, their parents were also spoken to about their child’s behaviour. Not only is this dangerous for the youths responsible, but it is distressing to anyone witnessing it because as adults we are aware of the dangers that such activities can cause. I again appeal to parents to know where your kids are when they go out and what it is they get up to, this could well have had a different outcome. There have also been reports of young teens smoking an unknown substance in the children’s park on Shackleton Road. This is supposed to be a safe place for small children to play, and I have received several complaints from parents who now feel they cannot take their little one to the park.

For some good news, 2 stolen vehicles were recovered the same night as they were fitted with trackers, and returned to the grateful owner.

Unfortunately, the Parish Council have been the victim of several ASB and criminal damage incidents over the last month, from bin fires to graffiti. We ask everybody to be observant, and if you have any information, please call 101 or Crime Stoppers.

Last Wednesday, myself and my colleague Clare Darbyshire held a surgery at the Co-Op in Yaxley and were pleased to note the amount of people wanting to talk to us. We wanted to say thank you to the lady that handed in a red purse, which we were able to reunite with its owner shortly after.

In Farcet, I have been contacted by Farcet Primary School to discuss the parking of parents outside the school during drop off and pick up times. I have advised that this is a nationwide problem, with every single school suffering from bad parking by parents, causing issues for residents that live in the same street. I appeal to parents to please show some common sense. “I’m only going to be 5 minutes”, is no excuse and I will patrol and I will give you a ticket. I have advised the school to send home a letter to parents asking them to please park safely before anyone gets hurt.

There have been a few incidents involving vehicles, from wing mirrors being kicked off to items being stolen from inside the vehicles. Please make sure you lock your vehicles, you live in a beautiful village away from the main hub and it can easily happen that you stop locking your vehicles because you feel safe, however, thieves rely on this and purposely target quiet, out of the way streets. If you see or hear anything suspicious, please report it either on-line, by phone on 101 or call Crime Stoppers.

GOT A MODERN, KEYLESS ENTRY VEHICLE? – HERE’S SOME TIPS TO KEEP IT SAFE AND SECURE.

Contact your dealer and talk about the digital features in your car. Have there been any software updates you can take advantage of? Check if your keyless entry fob can be turned off. If it can, and your dealer can also confirm this, then do so overnight. Store your keys away from household entry points such as your front and back doors or windows and consider using a signal blocker pouch to store your keys. Keeping your keyless entry fob out of sight is not enough – thieves only need to get near to the key to amplify the signal. If you park your vehicle on your driveway we advise investing in a driveway alarm, these are very easy to use and do not require any DIY skills to install. Be vigilant. Keep an eye out for suspicious activity in your neighbourhood – and report anything unusual to police online at www.cambs.police.uk/report or call 101 (or 999 in an emergency) Review your car security. Check for after market security devices such as mechanical locks and trackers, which are proven to deter thieves.

For more information please see – www.cambs.police.uk/A-Z/Vehicle-security

Help us catch burglars operating in your area

Offenders will often visit an area in the days leading up to a burglary to scope out potential targets. If you believe someone knocking at your door could be a burglar then contact the police immediately.
Keep a note of anything unusual: such as description and registration number of unknown vehicles parking in your area; as much information as possible about suspicious incidents e.g. dates and times; descriptions of anyone you believe may be involved; details of any witnesses.

Report suspicious activity by calling: Police non-emergency 101; Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111; or if a crime is in progress, call 999.

Securing entry points: Don’t leave any windows or doors unlocked or ajar as these can be easy access points for a burglar. If you are going away: Make your home look lived in and ask neighbours to keep an eye out. Install light timers as burglars are less likely to target homes if there is a risk of being seen. Alarms: Consider installing an alarm. Always obtain a number of quotes from approved companies. Lock up your shed: Offenders often raid sheds to find break-in tools. Strong communities: Make friends with neighbours or join your local Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.

Call: 101; Textphone: 18001 101; Visit: www.cambs.police.uk

Crime & incident statistics
15 reports of ASB nuisance; 6 reports of suspicious activity; 1 report of Poaching; 0 neighbour disputes; 2 arson; 4 nuisance vehicle reports; 11 reports of Criminal damage.

Many thanks for your continued support,
Be safe out there.

(Sent on behalf of) PCSO 7230 Dawn Hodgson

Yaxley Local Policing Blog – November 2018

Good afternoon readers, for those of you that have not seen my blog before, this is where I tell where I have been and what I have been up within your area over the last month. It may seem that I have not mentioned your particular area or village, which does not mean that I have not visited or taken you into account, it means that you have been able to live in peace and quiet for the last month – yay!

Over the course of the last five weeks in Yaxley, there have been several reports of vehicles being damaged and broken into, with tools and personal items being stolen. Not only is this expensive to repair, but is heart breaking to those tool owners who work so hard to buy their expensive bespoke equipment. Some of those tools having been handed down through families for several generations. We ask everybody to be observant, whether your vehicle has been affected or not, and if you have any information, please call 101 or Crime Stoppers.

Unfortunately, 2 Charity boxes have been stolen from the Vets on Malting Square and another from the Royal British Legion, it never ceases to amaze me how brazen thieves are, but it does go to show that you need to keep an eye out at all times and can never be too careful. Again, if you have any information, please report it.

At the beginning of the month I got a call from the Parish Council about some steel play equipment that had been sawn clean through at Allard Close Recreation Ground, and was surprised to find that they had just cut through the steel spring under the equipment, but left the poor metal horse in the playground. I ask the residents that live on the boundary of the park – if you heard anything suspicious to please report it, the equipment cannot be repaired and now has to be made safe and removed. Who would do this to a child’s playground? Was the thief disturbed by a dog walker or morning jogger? Did you hear or see anything? Call 101 or Crime stoppers if you have any information.

In Farcet, 2 industrial hydraulic breakers have been stolen from a farm yard this last week and would have taken some serious lifting equipment to remove them. Did you see or hear anything suspicious? Have you heard any gossip that may lead us to the thieves? Please call with any information.
Yaxley Football Club has had some unwelcome visitors of an evening, pulling into the Club grounds to commit Anti-Social Behaviour once it gets dark. These grounds are Private property and are expensive to maintain, they have made it plain your behaviour is not acceptable, please do not return. All information has been passed onto the Police and you will be dealt with in due course.

Stats – 10 reports of ASB nuisance; 12 reports of suspicious activity; 4 reports of Poaching; 2 neighbour disputes; 1 arson; 7 nuisance vehicle reports; 29 reports for concern for welfare/missing; 8 reports of Criminal damage.

I will be attending the Community Café in the Library on Main Street in Farcet on Saturday 1st December for those of you that would like to come down for a chat from 10.30am, all are made to feel extremely welcome. I look forward to seeing you all.
Many thanks for your continued support,

Be safe out there.
PCSO 7230 Dawn Hodgson

Yaxley Local Policing Blog – October 2018

Hello readers,

This last month has been a busy one as usual, here is what I have been up to, where I have been and what has been happening in your neighbourhood over the last four weeks.

At the beginning of the month we had several fake £50 notes being given to the shops on Landsdowne Road, Yaxley, these have been collected and sent off for testing. We have CCTV footage of those responsible and the case is still under investigation. This has been happening all over the County with small businesses being the innocent victims. If you have any information that could lead to the identity of the perpetrators, please call 101 or Crime Stoppers.

Our lovely Lollipop lady on Landsdowne Road was verbally abused and threatened by a parent she scolded for parking dangerously near the school earlier in the month which is really not acceptable. These wonderful people stand out in all weathers to provide us and our children safety crossing the road to school. They deserve our thanks, not abuse and it will not be tolerated. All abuse will be directly reported to us and the abuser will be contacted. Please set a good example for your child by acting responsibly while parking for school drop off and collection.

Once again the young men on the mini moto’s caused havoc in the villages, but thanks to many people calling in, we have now identified them and they will be dealt with in due course.

Last week, Broadway Stores had unwanted visitors in the night and they were burgled with the thieves getting away with cigarettes, alcohol and cash. Having spoken to the owners, who are remarkably calm about it, I would urge anyone with any information to call 101 or Crime Stoppers.
We have some exciting events coming up in the next few days from Halloween to Bonfire Night so here is where to find your local Bonfire and Fireworks and when –

FRIDAY 2nd November – ALCONBURY Sports and Social Club start with a mini disco at 6.30pm, fireworks at 7.30pm and music and a BBQ. (NO SPARKLERS ALLOWED).

SATURDAY 3rd November for Yaxley Scouts and Guides event at the THREE HORSESHOES with the gates opening at 6pm and the fireworks at 7pm.

SUNDAY 4th November – SAWTRY Greenfield display starts with gates open at 5.30pm, bonfire being lit at 6.30pm and fireworks at 7pm.

Whichever of these events you are attending, please put safety first. And let’s not forget the safety of our pets!

• Don’t bring your pets to a fireworks display, even a small one.
• If fireworks are being used near your home, put your pet in a safe, interior room to avoid exposure to the sound.
• Make sure your pet has an identification tag, in case it runs off during a fireworks display.
• Never shoot fireworks of any kind (consumer fireworks, sparklers, fountains, etc.) near pets.

And most of all, wrap up warm and have fun!

Thank you for your continued support,
Be safe out there,

PCSO 7230 Dawn Hodgson

Yaxley Local Policing Blog – September 2018

Good news, the crime rate in Yaxley has fallen!

At least that is what the latest figures show, though in reality they have not, with many residents choosing to post things on Facebook, email the Parish Council or pass information to myself over the phone or in person rather than call 999/101. If you don’t report any incidences or crimes, the statistics are inaccurate and in turn the Police resources you have available. We are grateful for all the information that is passed to us and ask that this continues, but it must be reported officially also or we cannot act.

If you report the crime, there’s more chance that the offender will be caught or brought to justice for what they’ve done. The police also keep records of all reported crime and this information goes into government statistics and reports. These can change the way crime is dealt with by the police and other parts of the criminal justice system.

You can report a crime in several ways:

  • If it’s an emergency and the crime is still taking place, call 999 and ask for the police.
  • If it’s not an emergency, do not call 999. This doesn’t mean the crime is not important – it just helps the police to make the best use of their resources. Many police forces use the 101 non-emergency number, so you can ring that number instead.
  • You can go to your local police station (Huntingdon/Thorpe Wood) and report the crime there. You can find the address and telephone number in the local telephone directory or online. Check what time your local police station is open, as not all stations are open all the time.
  • You can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you want to remain anonymous.
  • If you’ve experienced hate crime, you can also report the incident online through True Vision.

There has been a reduction of reported crimes and incidences in Yaxley and Farcet, Holme and Conington, but I have been as busy as ever clearly showing the gap in information received. You, the public are far more switched on to suspicious and criminal behavior and I’m always impressed to see the amount of information that comes through via Facebook, The Parish Council and my email, but it must also be reported to 101/999 to keep the crime statistics accurate.

I am very grateful for all the information and assistance I have received from Yaxley and its residents.

Be safe out there,

PCSO Dawn Hodgson 7230

Yaxley Local Policing Blog – August 2018

Hello again.

This week I have met with upset and angry parents, who are finding out that their teenage children are causing problems within the village. As you know, over the last few months I have been observing and dealing with the issue of anti-social behaviour in public spaces in the village by groups of youths/young adults. Some of those issues have been littering, criminal damage, drugs taking, and the bullying of younger children.

I have been engaging with them and made it clear that their behaviour is not acceptable, however my words of advice have not been listened to and the peer pressure associated among these young people seems greater than ever.

With the school summer holidays comes the issue of child care and dealing with the boredom that often sets in at this time of year.

Unfortunately things have changed considerably since we were that age and youngsters are exposed to quite a few things that we probably weren’t and sadly that includes drugs.

So I ask the parents reading this – “Do you know where your kids are?” Do you know where they go, with whom and what they get up to once they leave the house? “When I was a kid my parents didn’t know where I was, but there was a respect for the law and other people.” I hear this day in and day out when talking to people/parents but those days are behind us and we have to remember that we live in a different society today. Our kids are exposed to more hazards than we wish to think about – from gangs, to cyber bullying, to drugs etc.

During my work, it has become apparent that not everybody knows what their children are up to and who they are hanging around with and the potential harm their children are exposed to.

We are all responsible for our children until they are 18 years old, and while there are plenty of support organisations available, if you can see your child is heading in the wrong direction, what should you do? Seek advice. Contact the School. Talk to other parents/family. Talk to the family Doctor. There is also advice and Counselling available at the Annabelle Davis Centre on Broadway. For the young person who is suffering peer pressure from the older youths who may lead them into trouble, or just want someone to talk to about what is going on in their lives, please see their website for more information https://ypcs.uk/

If they are bored, why not check out the Gazette website for activities during the summer holidays, or visit their Facebook page.

Please help us to tackle this issue and begin by asking the question, ‘Do you know where your kids are?’

Be safe out there,
PCSO Dawn Hodgson
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Yaxley Local Policing Blog – July 2018

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Hello again.

In this month’s blog, I wish to discuss the dangers of swimming in open water such as rivers, lakes, canals, reservoirs, ponds and lochs. This is one of the hottest Julys’ on record and I know the water looks tempting and refreshing, but with the recent drowning of a young man in Cambridge last week and reports of youths swimming in the local rivers and lochs I feel I need to address the issue. Around 85% of accidental drownings occur at open water sites. Many of these drownings occur due to a lack of knowledge and understanding of open water safety. The basic principles of open water safety, combined with knowledge and understanding of the hazards, can increase enjoyment of open water and significantly reduce the number of incidents that occur each year.

Do’s, Don’ts and the Dangers of Open Water

Don’t:

  • Swim at unsupervised (un-lifeguarded sites) including lakes, quarries reservoirs and rivers
  • Jump into the water until you have acclimatised to the water temperature
  • Jump into the water from heights or ‘tombstone’
  • Swim into deep water which will be colder

Do:

  • Swim at supervised (lifeguarded) sites
  • Swim parallel with the shore, where you can quickly get to safety
  • Be aware of underwater hazards
  • Swim with friends or family, so that you can help each other if you need to
  • Look for signs and advice about the specific dangers at the place where you are swimming
  • Think about what you will do if something goes wrong
  • Contact a reputable outdoor pursuits or coasteering centre if you want to take part in more extreme activities

Dangers of open water include- 

  • The height of the fall or jump if tombstoning
  • The depth of the water – this changes and is unpredictable
  • Submerged objects may not be visible such as shopping trolleys or bicycles
  • Obstacles or other people in the water
  • Lack of safety equipment and increased difficulty for rescue
  • The shock of cold water can make swimming difficult and increase the difficulty in getting out of the water
  • Strong currents can rapidly sweep people away
  • Uneven banks and river beds

Water quality e.g. toxic algal blooms and industrial/agricultural pollution can make you ill

All of these hazards can be controlled through proper organisation and planning.

If someone is in difficulty in the water –

  • Shout reassurance to them and shout for help and ensure the emergency services are on their way (call 999 inland or 112 if at the Coast)
  • Without endangering yourself, see if you can reach out to them, extend your reach with a stick, pole, item of clothing, lie down or stay secure. Alternatively throw something buoyant to them such as a ring buoy, part filled plastic container, ball or anything that will float.
  • Keep your eye on them all the time and shout reassurance urging them to propel themselves to safety.

TAKE SAFETY ADVICE!

Be safe in the sun this holiday season,
Dawn
PCSO 7230 HODGSON
JULY2018

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Yaxley Local Policing Blog – June 2018

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Hello again.

You may recall that I asked some of you to complete a survey for me on the ASB in Yaxley? Well I have the results for you as follows – 49% of you said you were affected by ASB where you live; 10% were affected where you work; 69% said you felt safe walking in the village alone; 67% said you felt confident talking to the Police about ASB; 16% said you had noticed an increase in Police presence/action within the village and several commented on ASB causing them anxiety, stress, interrupted sleep and fear. The types of ASB commented on were drug usage; large groups of youths; litter and speeding. I tried to address the speeding straight away and asked Speed watch to do some evening sessions which they did do and will continue to do through the summer months. The biggest “wish” the participants wanted was more “REAL” Police on the streets, not just PCSO’s who it was said have no powers.

I wanted to address some of the above issues if I may. Although 67% said they felt confident reporting ASB, we have not had that many ring through to report incidents to us, we cannot act without knowing what the issue is or where it is. We as the Police are aware of certain issues within Yaxley and we are doing our best to address these. All reports are taken seriously by ourselves, the Parish Council, along with assistance from Huntingdon District Council.~

PCSO’s do not have the same powers as “REAL” Police constables that is true. What we do have is knowledge – knowledge of our areas, the elements within our areas and the contacts. All information is gathered and passed onto our Intel where an accurate picture can be formed of the problems at hand and a plan formulated with the assistance of the above Councils to address said issues. The wheel turns slowly, but it does turn. If you have anything you would like to report, please call 101.

think-pedestrianAnother issue that has been raised by the survey is the amount of people parking on pavements thinking they are being helpful to other drivers, or assuming they have a right to block the pavement because they own the land. Please be considerate of pedestrians and the disabled – if you can’t get a double buggy through the gap, then you can’t get a wheel chair through it either.

Be safe out there,
PCSO Dawn Hodgson 7230

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Yaxley Local Policing Blog – May 2018

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Hello again.

One of the big issues at the moment is with online fraud and telephone fraud and it is causing a lot of fear among some of our older residents. They are concerned they will be scammed and do not know what to do to double check they are actually talking to who they think they are. Please see the below flyer for more information on how best to check, and if in any doubt, terminate the call, wait five minutes to ensure the caller has cleared the line and call the telephone number on the back of your bank card. Never telephone the number the caller gives you as this is part of the scam. Then call 101 immediately to report it. Or 999 if able to report it while the fraudster is on the other line.

Another issue causing concern to Yaxley residents is the Anti-Social Behaviour within the village. I have spoken with many of you regarding this, but there are still those of you I have not been able to reach. Please could you take the time to complete the survey below and express your concerns if you have any so that I can collate all the information in one place. I am currently working with partner agencies to reduce the amount of ASB within the villages in and around Yaxley and this information is vital in getting the right resources in the right place at the right time. It will only take a couple of minutes and your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Click to complete our survey

Now onto some happy news! Yaxley had a month of family fun and adventures with the funfair and the Vintage steam rally. Both were so well organised, that we did not have a single complaint or incident reported regarding either of these events – hooray! The Parish Council were extremely happy with the organiser of the Funfair and how well it was all put together. Kevin Farrant, the Group Scout leader who organised the Vintage steam rally was very happy with the turnout, and congratulations must go to him and his team for such a well organised event.

Thank you for reading,
Be safe,
PCSO 7230 Dawn Hodgson

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Yaxley Local Policing Blog – April 2018

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Hello, my name is Dawn Hodgson and I am one of your local PCSO’s for Yaxley and surrounding villages. I joined Cambridgeshire Constabulary in May 2017 after a successful career as a Community based Horticulturist working for many Councils over the years. When I left the gardening world I wanted to remain within the Community based role as this is where my heart is, so I applied for the role of PCSO and luckily I achieved my goal. I strongly believe in the sense of Community and the comfort this brings to those that live within it. I am a firm believer in reaching out to the Community to aid those that require a little assistance from time to time and will aim to do everything in my power to achieve this.

This is my first ever blog, so please all do bear with me! This is going to be a monthly item, aimed at offering you news, hints and tips on keeping safe and local issues. The idea of this blog is to keep you informed on current matters that affect you as a Community, and to maybe answer some of those “what are the Police doing about it?” questions with relevant information.

You may have noticed me out and about on foot patrol within the village, not only do I enjoy this very much, but it gives the Community a chance to stop and talk to me, raise any concerns or just talk about the weather.

One of the biggest complaints I get on foot patrol is about the parking on LANDSDOWNE ROAD. I can assure you, I have issued many a ticket there, and we are aware there is an ongoing issue. As well as being on a bend, and double yellow lines, many people still park there. Those with a blue badge are perfectly legitimate to park on double yellow lines as long as it is safe to do so and they are displaying their blue badge, those who do not should expect to receive a ticket. I have noticed a lot of vehicles parked opposite the entrance and exit to the free carpark to the rear of the shopping centre.  It is illegal to park opposite here, blue badge or not. I have spent the last couple of months letting people know they cannot park opposite a junction and asking them to move, my next step is to issue a polite parking notice, if the driver then attempts to park there again, they will immediately get a ticket and a £30 fine. You will start to see POLITE PARKING ADVICE NOTICES appearing on windscreens in the near future, please take this as a polite warning and do not ignore it – your badge number and number plate details will have been logged and kept for future reference. While we cannot be everywhere at once, we do our best to listen and act on any information, and will continue to monitor the situation with the assistance of the local Community to resolve the issue.

For more information, please see the link – BLUE BADGE HOLDERS – www.gov.uk/blue-badge-scheme-information-council

Please take this seriously, safety is paramount!

Despite the best efforts of Law Enforcement and Neighbourhood groups, crimes are committed daily in communities everywhere. The best response is to remain vigilant by taking steps to secure your property and become involved by reporting suspicious activity. The police are always asking people to report suspicious behaviour but do you know how to recognize when something is suspicious? Perception of suspicious behaviour varies from person to person but it is usually based on a feeling that something doesn’t look right. It is about recognizing abnormal behaviour; it can be a fine line.

I have included a few guidelines below:

Individuals avoiding eye contact / trying not to be noticed.

Individuals departing quickly when seen or approached.

Individuals in places they don’t belong e.g. walking out of someone’s back yard.

Over dressed for the type of weather.

Individuals that appear to be paying particular attention to a certain property or location.

Strange vehicles moving slowly up and down the street or going door to door.

In order for us to know what is abnormal it is advisable to get to know who your neighbours are, what cars are normally in your neighbourhood and who is usually out and about in your neighbourhood.

Staying alert is not about becoming paranoid or developing an disproportionate fear of crime but hopefully by looking out for each other we can ensure that our community remains a safe place to live.

Best Wishes,

Dawn Hodgson

 

 

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