Woodstock + Dist. Neighbourhood Management Update

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Woodstock + Dist. Neighbourhood Management Update

Neighbourhood Specialist Officer PC Richard Conner and PCSO Phil Workman provide the August update for Woodstock and the surrounding areas:

"July has seen a few increases in stolen vehicles throughout the district. We have also had the reoccurrence of the distraction burglar, who preys on the most vulnerable in our community, this time by saying that there was a water emergency.

"If you are in any doubt about their legitimacy, please contact the relevant utility company before letting them into your home or even call 999.

"We are asking for the help of the community - if you see persons acting suspiciously, visiting our elderly residents and you think they could be pretending to be from a utility company, or bogus builders please take vehicle registration numbers and call us.
Do not put yourself in danger though.

"We have also had a burglary at the Co-op in Long Hanborough on the 22 July at approximately 10.30pm. If anyone has any information again ring 0845 8 505 505, or if you wish to remain anonymous, ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

Woodstock and Bladon

"A distraction burglary took place in Woodstock. The description given was of two white males, one in his 20s, clean shaven, short blond hair, English accent wearing a navy-coloured pinstripe suit.

"The other was 50-60 years old, stocky build and wearing a beige cap. They entered, saying there had been a water leak in a flat nearby and they had to turn on all the taps to get rid of the water. Please do not let anyone into your property without checking their credentials. If you are in any doubt, please ring the utility company or the police.

"A reported missing person has been found safe and well after good liaison work between the public and local police.

"A vehicle was stolen from Woodstock but later found in Nottingham. Scenes of Crime Officers are currently looking at it.

"An elderly lady, confused as to where she was, has been put in contact with her relatives again after good co-operation between the police and local residents."

Freeland and Hanborough

"Action has been taken against four known males after an incident of criminal damage. The Co-op in Hanborough was burgled on 22 July at approximately 10.30pm.

"Items have been recovered and a male is helping the police with their enquiries after good observational work by a member of the public.

"We had quite a few phone calls about the flooding as you can imagine and on the whole people coped admirably.

"An attempt was made to try to break into Freeland C of E School. No entry was gained and Scenes of Crime advice was given."

Stonesfield and Combe

"There has been a report of a theft of a car and two thefts from cars in Stonesfield. Ongoing enquiries have resulted in people being questioned about the incidents.

"We were called out to a reported burglary but it turned out to be a false alarm: a resident was breaking into their home after locking themselves out.

"Reports have been coming to us of people leaving gates open on footpaths across farmland, allowing livestock to roam; this could cause a terrible accident on our roads. We are asking everyone to be vigilant and make sure the gates are closed behind them.

"Mini motorbikes have been reported on public land around the villages, please report any incidents and we will issue warnings with a view to prosecuting the individuals concerned and confiscating their vehicles."

Tackley and Rousham

"We have had a report of a stolen motorbike from Banbury Road, Tackley. There has also been a theft of a car in Tackley which was very strange because the vehicle was reported as not being able to start.

"A rave in the woods of Rousham Park adjoining the A4260 was brought to our attention."

Kiddington, Glympton and Wootton

"We had a call from a resident to say that a large group of unruly youths were congregating on the playing fields in Wootton. We attended and names and addresses were taken.

"There has been an unusual case of a racist incident in the village, fortunately this is a very rare occurrence and the person in question is happy with the action taken by the police.

"There has been one report of an abandoned vehicle in Glympton.

"We are looking for volunteers to assist the police in the operation of the front desk of Woodstock Police Station. If you are interested please contact Rosie White on 01993 814065.

Posted : 03/08/2007 08:16:33

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