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Chipping Norton Neighbourhood Management Update

Sgt Rosemary Dilsaver brings this month's update:

Neighbourhood News
“Residents in Chipping Norton and the surrounding villages are invited to a workshop to identify how local community safety issues can be tackled.

“A public community safety event will take place on Thursday 24 January at Chipping Norton School, Burford Road from 7.30pm to 9pm.

“Representatives from Thames Valley Police, Chipping Norton Town Council and West Oxfordshire District Council are hosting the evening and 60 places are available for local residents. An independent facilitator will run the event.

“The emphasis of the workshop is to identify the real issues within the community by inviting residents to tell us how they think these issues should be tackled by the police and other local agencies.”

“Elsewhere, while we do our best to investigate crimes around our neighbourhood and punish those responsible, our ability to do so is being hindered by some people being reluctant or simply refusing to give us vital information.

“Statements provided by witnesses can mean the difference between arrest and prosecution of the criminal or them getting away with it. Often we cannot prove our case without you and we want to encourage everyone to help us in any way they can.

Be Special
“Have you thought of becoming a Special Constable? By volunteering your services to become a fully trained police officer, you would become an integral part of the growing neighbourhood policing family along with regular police officers and PCSOs. More importantly, you would be providing a valuable service to the community. If you are interested, please contact Thames Valley Police on 0845 8 505 505.

Chipping Norton
“The Christmas period passed without serious incident and we would like to thank revellers in Chipping Norton for enjoying the festive period without taking things too far.

“However, there were two incidents of criminal damage at the Lido during Christmas and a break-in at the Greystones/rugby club/bowls club complex, which have been reported on in the local media. Can I repeat my appeal for anyone who knows anything to come forward.

“A 15-year-old youth was arrested and reprimanded for common assault on another youth in the Market Place on 14 September at the Mop Fair.

“The youths gathering at the rear of Edward Stone Rise in 'Back Alley' are still causing nuisance problems to the residents. This situation is being actively discussed with the various housing associations; however we cannot deal with this problem without the co-operation of the residents of Edward Stone Rise. It is our hope that in the very near future we will be inviting residents to a meeting to discuss ways in which we can all tackle this ongoing problem.”

(including Finstock, Spelsbury, Fawler)
“Among the incidents reported this past month in Charlbury town were several criminal damages, particularly to cars; again mainly in the Hixet Wood, Fisher's Lane, Poole's Lane and Sheet Street areas.

“Finstock suffered one criminal damage incident this month, again to a car.

“I am pleased to say we had no reported offences in Spelsbury and Fawler.”

The Wychwoods
(including Ascot, Shipton and Milton under Wychwood, Lyneham, Chadlington, Fifield, Chilson, Sarsden, Kingham, Churchill, Salford, The Rollrights)

“Chadlington and Kingham were hit by a spate of vehicle crimes on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Three vehicles were broken into in Chadlington on Christmas Day between 1pm and 8pm. One of them - a red Citroen AX was stolen and later found on fire in the field of Chipping Norton rugby club.

“On Boxing Day in Kingham, two cars were broken into between 7pm and 10pm. There was an attempt to steal a Vauxhall Cavalier, thwarted by the car's immobiliser, and a blue Rover Metro was stolen and found on fire on the B4026 Charlbury Road.

“All of these cases are being investigated by our detectives in Witney, who are appealing for anyone who witnessed anything to come forward.”

“Shipton and Milton-under-Wychwood, and Great Rollright saw not incidents of note. Ascott-under-Wychwood, Lyneham, Fifield, Chilson, Sarsden, Churchill and Salford had no reported offences.

The Bartons
(including Middle Barton, Sandford St Martin, Ledwell, Over Worton, Nether Worton, Great Tew, Little Tew, Swerford and Enstone)
“A man in his twenties from Hook Norton was arrested and cautioned following criminal damage to a car in Middle Barton that occurred in October.

“Middle Barton, Swerford and Enstone had minimal offences reported, while the remaining villages in this beat area had no reported offences at all.

“PCSO Chris Jones held his first drop-in surgery at the village shop in Worton Road, Middle Barton on the 17 December and had a few visitors. He reports it was a successful beginning and will hold his next one at 2pm on Thursday 17 January. If you have any questions or concerns you would like us to be aware of, please come along if you can and talk to Chris.

“If you wish to contact the Neighbourhood Team and get the facts straight from the neighbourhood mouth, would like advice or wish to report a crime please contact us on 0845 8 505 505 or e-mail to In an emergency please call 999.

“If you have any information regarding this update please contact us on 0845 8 505 505 or Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

“Finally, a very Happy New Year for 2008 to all our readers!”

Posted : 14/01/2008 21:11:21

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