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  • Cane End
  • Chalkhouse Green
  • Gallowstree Common
  • Kidmore End
  • Tokers Green
Thames Valley Police

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POLICE SURGERIES

HAVE YOUR SAY MEETINGS

Have Your Say Meetings are regularly held in our neighbourhood. Please come along, this is your opportunity to speak with your neighbourhood officers to discuss any local issues of concern you may have. If you are unable to attend but wish to speak with your neighbourhood officers, please call 101.

See here for the latest times and dates.


Message from Chief Constable Francis Habgood

I write as Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police.

Over the last few years we have achieved many successes; crime levels remain low, with public confidence and victim satisfaction remaining high. We have also received formal recognition from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, which we are extremely proud of.

However, the policing landscape continues to change with the emergence of new and complex crimes such as cyber crime and modern slavery, the growth of others, including sexual offences, and the ongoing financial uncertainty facing the police service.

With this change comes challenge and opportunity. We will build on our previous success and deliver an effective and efficient core service which meets the needs of you, the public we serve. To do this we need to continue to transform and innovate so that we can meet policing needs now and in the future.

First and foremost we are a responsive emergency service that keeps people safe and brings offenders to justice. Where there is an immediate need, we will of course provide an emergency response; however we need to work with our partners to ensure that you receive the right service; this may not always be a police response.

We need to work together to build stronger more resilient communities. Many of you actively participate in your communities, problem solving to prevent and reduce crime and disorder. We are one community and I encourage residents, business and our partners to play their part in local problem solving and protecting themselves and others from becoming victims of crime.

We need to be a modern police force which meets the needs of our communities. We will maintain our presence within them, focusing on areas of greatest need. You will be able to contact us whenever and however is convenient to you, receiving a more tailored service that includes greater use of digital channels.

My officers, staff and volunteers take pride in delivering the highest professional standard in their service to you. We will be honest about what we, the police, can deliver and we will be accountable to you. If our service falls short, be reassured that we will take action.

We need to continue to be smart with our finite resources and over the coming years there will inevitably be difficult decisions to make; I will ensure that when we have to make them, we explain why.

As your Chief Constable I make a commitment to you that my officers, staff and volunteers will continue to work tirelessly, along with our partners and you the public, to make the Thames Valley an even safer place to live and work.

Francis Habgood

Francis Habgood QPM
Chief Constable, Thames Valley Police


POLICE NOTICES

For security-related notices, see Security

Burglary and attempted burglary – Gallowstree Common and Kingwood

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a burglary (non-dwelling) in Gallowstree Common and an attempted burglary in Kingwood.

Overnight between Sunday 5 June and Monday 6 June 2016 offenders jemmied a window to gain entry to a property in Horsepond Road, Gallowstree Common. Power tools were stolen.

Between 8.45am and 6.30pm on Monday 6 June 2016 offenders gained entry to a shed and attempted to gain entry to a house in Stoke Row Road, Kingwood.

Rear windows were smashed and tool marks found on a door believed in an attempt to gain entry to the house. Nothing appears to have been stolen.

If you have seen any suspicious looking people or vehicles in the area or have any information relating to this message please call the police on the 24 hour non-emergency telephone number 101.

Alternatively if you have information but wish to remain anonymous, please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or contact them online at crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.


Theft from vehicle – Gallowstree Common

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following theft from a vehicle in Gallowstree Common.

Between 1am and 7.30am on Sunday 14 February 2016, a vehicle in The Hamlet was broken into.

Offender(s) stole power tools.

If you have seen any suspicious looking people or vehicles in the area or have any information relating to this message, please call the Police via the 24 hour non-emergency telephone number 101.

Alternatively if you have information but wish to remain anonymous, please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or contact them online at crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.


Burglary – Chalkhouse Green Road

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a burglary near to Chalkhouse Green Road.

Overnight between Sunday 7 February and Monday 8 February 2016, offenders entered a property on Halla Farm Lane by cutting through security fencing. Once on the property, the offenders forced access to three outbuildings.

A Suzuki motorbike and a lawnmower were taken from the property.

We would like to ask anyone who saw or heard anything or has any information at all about this incident to please contact Thames Valley Police via the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 43160037819.

Alternatively if you have information but wish to remain anonymous, please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or contact them online at crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.


Suspicious Activity Kidmore End

A white transit van was seen at around 6 pm 5 February 2016 driving slowly round the Kidmore End area. The occupant(s) were seen looking into the windows of houses. Please be vigilant and report any suspicious incidents to police on 101.


Burglaries – Kidmore End, Peppard Common and Sonning Common

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following burglaries (non-dwelling) in Kidmore End, Peppard Common and Sonning Common.

Overnight between Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 February 2016, offender(s) forced entry to a garage in Kidmore Lane, Kidmore End and stole a chainsaw.

Over the same period, a property in Stoke Row Road, Peppard Common was broken into. Offender(s) forced a window to gain entry and stole tools.

Between Sunday 31 January and Thursday 4 February 2016, a shed in Chalkhouse Green Road, Kidmore End and a shed in Ashford Avenue, Sonning Common were broken into.

Two chainsaws were stolen.

For crime prevention advice on home and garden security please click on the following link which will take you to the Thames Valley Police website:

www.thamesvalley.police.uk/home-garden-security

If you have seen any suspicious looking people or vehicles in the area or have any information relating to this message, please call the Police via the 24 hour non-emergency telephone number 101.

Alternatively if you have information but wish to remain anonymous, please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or contact them online at crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.


Front counter services in Oxfordshire

Thames Valley Police is proposing to reduce the number of front counters in Oxfordshire.

In times of austerity the Force needs to look at ways to transform how it delivers services in order to be as effective and efficient as possible, whilst maximising every opportunity to prevent crime, protect the public and bring offenders to justice.

The way people interact with the police is changing; the public want to contact us at a time and place that's convenient to them – with more people engaging with us on the phone or online. A total of 86% people told us they prefer to contact police on the phone in a non emergency, based on a survey of 9,187 people.

Therefore, we are proposing to close a number of front counters in the county as we improve our communication with the public by other means while ensuring that in the main you will never be further than ten miles from a front counter.

The public can still contact the police by telephone, via our website, social media accounts or our community alert system.

The following changes are scheduled to come in on 1 April 2016:

  • Abingdon, St Aldates and Banbury front counters will now be open from 8am and 10pm, seven days a week.
  • Meanwhile, front counters at Witney and Bicester will be open from 10am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, while Kidlington will be open from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

(Previously, each front counter would offer a different level of service but these counters will offer all services to the public.)

  • Front counters at Cowley, Henley, Didcot, Thame, Wantage, Faringdon, Wallingford, Carterton, Woodstock and Chipping Norton are scheduled to close.

Thames Valley Police continues to review its estate and will relinquish buildings that are no longer fit for purpose or expensive to maintain. These overall changes are estimated to bring savings of £29m by 2021 and a combined revenue saving of approximately £1.7m per annum.

Deputy Chief Constable John Campbell said:

"The way people interact with the police is changing; the public want to contact us at a time and place that's convenient to them. We have found that more people are engaging with us on the phone, online or through our social media channels rather than visiting their local police station.

"Earlier this year we undertook a review of the varying services provided at front counters, the public usage and the associated costs. Analysis of demand has shown us that fewer people are visiting our front counters, especially overnight, therefore we are revising this provision.

"We are proposing to reduce the number of front counters available to the public across the force, with all front counters now offering the same service. In order to minimise the impact in the main the public will be within ten miles of a front counter.

"It is also proposed the counters will operate two sets of opening hours according to local need; a seven days a week provision or weekday provision.

"Staff at our front counters have been notified of our proposed changes and are being consulted with. At this stage no staff have been put at risk.

"Bricks and mortar has little to do with policing, therefore officers and staff are being empowered to be more mobile in their work with the use of smart phones, tablets, laptops and wifi connection in vehicles.

"These changes are part of a larger review of our estate, as part of a programme called asset management. We are relinquishing buildings that are no longer fit for purpose or expensive to maintain. These changes to our estate are estimated to bring savings of £29m by 2021 and a combined revenue saving of approximately £1.7m per annum.

"I wish to reassure the public we are by no means withdrawing from our communities and the availability and visibility of police officers to attend incidents is not affected by front counter opening times. Across the Thames Valley we have substantial resources to deploy to any incident."

The public can still contact the police 24-hours a day by calling 101 in a non-emergency call or 999 in an emergency. For the deaf, hard-of-hearing or speech-impaired you can contact the Force by texting 18000.

More and more of our services are moving online. The public can access information, crime prevention advice, report a crime or find contact details for local neighbourhood teams by visiting our website www.thamesvalley.police.uk

Anthony Stansfeld Police and Crime Commissioner said: "With a smaller budget and an ever increased demand on policing, it is vital that we look at ways we can improve the way we operate.

"We don't want to see our buildings sitting empty, unused and costing money when the funding that's saved can go into other areas where it is needed such as new technology, protecting vulnerable people, child abuse and domestic abuse.

"A review of our estate and the reinvestment of savings from the closing of assets that are underutilised will support the delivery of a more efficient and effective service to communities across the Thames Valley".


Restorative Justice available to victims of crime across Thames Valley

Victims in the Thames Valley are among the first in England to be able to routinely ask for the opportunity to open up communication with their offenders.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) has commissioned Thames Valley Restorative Justice Service (TVRJS) to provide Victim-Initiated Restorative Justice (RJ) across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.

RJ is the process of bringing together those affected by crime with those responsible, to help repair the harm and agree a positive way forward.

The process can help empower victims by having their voice heard, as well as helping perpetrators to face up to the consequences of their actions.

The Victim-Initiated service gives victims the opportunity to request RJ themselves, during any stage of the criminal justice process, or even if they haven't reported to the police.

Victims who have taken part in RJ have said:

"It has given me back the key to my life."
"There is nothing now that I cannot face or conquer."
"RJ helps you to face the problem you've feared."

Anthony Stansfeld, former Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley said: "RJ has proven to bring many benefits in aiding the recovery of victims of crime, and I have heard firsthand from victims the impact it has had in providing closure. I am delighted to be funding this service for the Thames Valley and to be supporting RJ Week."

Chief Inspector Mick Saunders from TVP's Criminal Justice department said: "Thames Valley Police fully supports the use of Restorative Justice and we would encourage victims of crime to use this service.

"People that have taken part in this process often find that it demystifies the reasons behind why they became a victim and their accounts have been shown to highly influence offenders away from future crimes."

For more information on the RJ process please visit the TVRJS website.


New police commander for South and Vale area

Superintendent Rory Freeman will be taking over as Local Police Area (LPA) commander for South and Vale LPA.

Superintendent Rory FreemanSupt Freeman joined Thames Valley Police in 1992 and worked as a patrol officer at High Wycombe, Bourne End and Aylesbury. In 2000, he moved to the Headquarters Public Order Department where he spent almost five years training police officers to manage public disorder and protest.

Since leaving the Public Order Department, he has led patrol, neighbourhood and custody policing teams across Oxfordshire as both a Sergeant and Inspector. He currently works as Head of the Criminal Justice Department.

He said: "I'm really pleased to be moving into this new role, and I'm looking forward to getting started on 1 December.

"The team at South and Vale is already really strong; we have some hard-working and talented officers and staff serving the area and acting Superintendent Jim O'Ryan, who has been an interim LPA Commander, has been great at leading the team.

"We have some challenges ahead as a Force, but I'm looking forward to working with communities to address any issues they are facing, develop solutions with them, and to build on this success."

His predecessor A/Supt O'Ryan will return to his role as Deputy Commander at Milton Keynes.

Acting Superintendent Jim O'RyanA/Supt O'Ryan said: "Working at South and Vale has been brilliant; it's such a different LPA from Milton Keynes and so it's been an interesting and enjoyable experience. I'm very proud of the team at South and Vale and it's been a privilege to lead them.

"I'd like to wish Supt Freeman every success in his new role here, and while I'm sorry to be leaving South and Vale it will be good to return to Milton Keynes as Deputy LPA Commander."

Supt Freeman will be starting his new role on Tuesday 1 December. A/Supt O'Ryan will also be starting his new role on 1 December.


Hare coursing

Hare in field

With the introduction of the Hunting Act 2004 in February 2005, all forms of hare coursing are banned in the UK.

Hares are in decline and their destruction is a concern. But with hare coursing there is also associated criminal damage – to fencing and hedging to gain access, and to the land with the indiscriminate use of vehicles. It is also not unusual for hare coursers to intimidate landowners and other users of the land, such as ramblers.

Hare coursing is a seasonal crime and usually begins as soon as crops are harvested. With an early harvest this year there have already been several reported incidents in South Oxfordshire and Vale of the White Horse.

How to recognise hare coursing

Hare coursers tend to travel in groups, usually in 4x4 vehicles (the Subaru is often the vehicle of choice), with dogs, which are generally lurchers. You might see them parked up by a field, gathering in a field, or walking in a line abreast across a field.

If you believe hare coursing is taking place

  • call the police (999) from a safe location
  • tell them what you have seen
  • give them the location of the incident – try to be as precise as possible using land marks or road junctions
  • say how many people are involved and give a good description, if you can
  • describe any vehicles you have seen
  • if possible, state how many dogs are involved
  • if the suspects leave, try to determine their direction of travel
  • do NOT approach the offenders yourself or put yourself at any risk

Thames Valley Police take hare coursing very seriously and will respond to any incident.


To find out more about Thames Valley Police in your area, please go to their website at www.thamesvalley.police.uk.

If you have information about crime but do not want to speak to the police, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.