Chipping Norton Neighbourhood Management Update

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Chipping Norton Neighbourhood Management Update

Sgt Rosemary Dilsaver brings this month’s update:

Neighbourhood News
“As some of you may be aware the community safety workshop due to be held at Chipping Norton School on Thursday 24 January was unfortunately cancelled due to only ten people booking places to attend. The workshop was advertised through the local media, on local websites and by the distribution of flyers and posters in the communities.

“Those people who had booked were subsequently invited to attend and participate in a stakeholders meeting which was held the following night, Friday 25 January also at Chipping Norton School. The stakeholders meeting was attended by members of Thames Valley Police, West Oxfordshire District Council and Chipping Norton Town Council.

“The results from our neighbourhood engagement, which took place last autumn, are now available. These reflect the views of residents from the various communities across the Chipping Norton police area. The top three identified issues then become our neighbourhood priorities for the coming year, and will focused on by the Neighbourhood Action Group and Partners, including the police.

“The top three issues are:
• Speeding
• No Issues
• Anti Social Behaviour

“I am particularly pleased with the second item, no issues. This should be taken as a very positive sign in our continuing fight against crime and disorder. We are not treating these results lightly and we know things are far from perfect, so we shall continue to make improvements.

“Therefore, the third priority for the neighbourhood will now be parking.

“There are two things to mention that are neighbourhood-wide issues. The first is a recent spate of thefts involving lead and other metals. This is an increasing problem across the UK as international metal prices are soaring.

“We have had a number of incidents around the area ranging from building sites, to schools and houses. Can we ask you all to keep an eye on your neighbours and local buildings and if you see any suspicious then take a note of the vehicle registration and give the police a call? Look out for unexpected building work, where the builders are removing metal from the outside of the building: lead roofing, copper piping, that sort of thing.

“The second item concerns fly tipping. There seems to be an increasing amount of rubbish being dumped locally in lay-bys or on the roadside. This is an offence and West Oxfordshire District Council will prosecute offenders. If you see people fly tipping, take their registration number and report them, or if you see piles of rubbish dumped on the roadside then contact the council to get it removed.”

Chipping Norton town

“A man was arrested and received a final warning for criminal damage to a car in Walterbush Road.

“Stephen O'Leary, aged 49, of Cornish Road, was arrested and charged with two breaches of his anti-social behaviour order (ASBO). He is due to appear in court shortly.

“A local man, Anthony Simms, aged 21, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to six months imprisonment on 28/01 for a number of crimes committed in the Chipping Norton area, including the theft of a car, a Rover 45, stolen from New Road overnight on the 14-15 January.

He also admitted seven incidents of shoplifting in December and January, which were all at Chipping Norton Somerfield, except one at the Co-op in Milton-under-Wychwood.

(including Finstock, Spelsbury, Fawler)

“No incidents of note have been reported in this area, however minor criminal damage is still occurring in Charlbury.

“On 23 January the Roads Policing department conducted a speeding operation on The Slade. A number of motorists were stopped and either received a fixed penalty ticket or were educated about the dangers of speeding. One person stopped was found to have no insurance and he subsequently had his vehicle seized. Further operations are planned throughout the neighbourhood.”

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

“Beaconsfield village hall is still suffering mindless vandalism and we appeal for any witnesses to contact us.

“A vehicle in Chadlington had its windscreen smashed overnight on the 20 January, along with egg throwing at some houses on the same night. Events like these impact on the quality of life for people in the village and we encourage witnesses to come forward and report these incidents so that the offender(s) can be dealt with.”

The Bartons
(including Middle Barton, Sandford St Martin, Ledwell, Over Worton, Nether Worton, Great Tew, Little Tew, Swerford and Enstone)

“A second successful surgery was held in Middle Barton by PCSO Chris Jones on Thursday 17 January. Another surgery will be held on Monday 18 February between 2pm-4pm at Middle Barton Stores.

“If you wish to contact the Neighbourhood Team for advice or to report a crime please contact us on 0845 8 505 505 or email to In an emergency please call 999.”

Posted : 04/02/2008 13:25:20

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