Community Police in the Bourne Valley
Amesbury Community Policing Team
COMMUNITY POLICING – September 2017
An update from Helen KENNEDY Head of Media Services:
Many areas boards are raising the issue that our 101 Call handling for Wiltshire remains below the standards we wish to deliver.
To give context to the current position it is important to understand that there has been a significant shift in the way we manage our demand within the Police Service.
The Community Policing Model recognises that the Police service is being asked to do ‘more with less’ and helps to address this fact by assessing the demand at the first point of contact. The call handler will assess the threat, harm and risk without necessarily tasking an officer to attend in the first instance. The adage they work to in our Communication Centre is to get it right first time.
As a result of this change in handling we have seen an increase in waiting times for calls to be answered.
However, since we initiated the CPT Model, calls for immediate help have seen an improvement.
It is also important to note that we have engaged in a significant recruitment phase for many roles within the CPT. Police Officers, PCSO, Local Crime Investigators and Prisoner Transport Team members have all been recruited. Where do we find people with the right skills to do these roles? One area is our Communication Centre. These are members of Police Staff who have been trained in aspects of law and have good communication skills. It is not surprising that they then wish to use their training and continue to develop. Consequently recruitment and retention of staff is a challenge, however to reassure you our Communication Centre Leadership team have a well-established rolling recruitment programme in place.
We continue to review and assess where improvements are needed. We are currently exploring solutions including on-line reporting of crime, a more informative website and on-line chat and hope this different access channels will start to be available late summer 2017. We will not solve this issue overnight and are working hard any problems to deliver the best possible service to those who contact us.
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On Friday 1 July 2016, officers from Amesbury and Tidworth Neighbourhood Policing Teams carried out a proactive operation targeting illegal drug use in ‘beauty spots’ and thefts from vehicles.
Together with colleagues from Licensing, Tri-force, Special Constabulary and the Royal Military Police, officers carried out patrols in areas such as Woodhenge and Stonehenge. Visitors were given advice regarding vehicle crime prevention and safety.
During the evening a man was stop searched for drugs, four vehicles and a premises were also searched. An amount of Class A and Class B drugs was seized.
A 23 year old man from Durrington was arrested on suspicion of drug driving offences and possession of Class A drugs. He was later released on police bail pending further enquiries.
A 30 year old man from Shrewton received a Cannabis Street Warning. Two other men, aged 29 and 33 years from Shrewton and Amesbury were issued fixed penalty notices.
PC Jayne Wilby said: "This proactive approach to these issues will continue with further events planned. Our targeted operations with colleagues from other specialist areas aim to tackle and prevent crimes in 'beauty spots' and take action against offenders who pick these areas specifically to steal from visitors cars or to take illegal drugs."
Crime Prevention advice:
• Try to park near to other vehicles.
• Don’t leave valuables in your car. If it is absolutely unavoidable – place them in the boot.
• Mark your stereo with the vehicle registration number. Make a note of the make, model and serial number of the equipment and keep the note somewhere safe – not in the car. Remember also to register it at www.immobilise.com.
• Don’t leave valuables in the glove compartment or try to hide anything under the seat – thieves will check these areas first. Leave your glove box open to show there is nothing in it.
• Don’t leave anything on display, you may know that your wallet isn’t in your jacket but a thief will break a window just to check.
Help prevent crime in your community by reporting any suspicious activity or illegal drug use to police on 101. If a crime is in progress please call 999.
PCSO Shona Maycock
COMMUNITY POLICING – September 2017
Local Crimes - Bourne Valley
Amesbury Rural September 2017
Off Road Motorbikes/Vehicles Salisbury Plain
This priority commenced on 24th March, to date 111 actions/patrols have taken place. Officers continue to patrol the area along with members of our Volunteer Scheme. The rural crime team are actively involved. Further operations are being planned with the MOD, Special Constabulary and RMP.
Ratfyn Farm & Allington Track
On 22nd August we commenced a target patrol at the above location due to ongoing issue of unknown suspects cutting chains to fences, getting onto land and hare corsing, causing damage to the land. Patrols are being conducted down Allington Track where the 2 access gates are on the right to Ratfyn Farm plus patrols of Ratfyn Farm itself. To date 7 patrols have taken place.
A new target patrol commenced on 5th September, to carry out speed checks at location around the village and to support the local community speedwatch scheme.
Local Crimes - Bourne Valley
26th August – Edrics Green, Cholderton - Suspects have entered garden and have attempted to gain entry into the shed by damaging the shed panels.
Dangerous and Persistent offenders
See below update regarding the Wells’ brothers.
Two brothers from the south Wiltshire area have recently been convicted of a number of these types of offences, committed within Wiltshire and Dorset:
Edward and Lenny Wells stole handbags, wallets, purses, sat-navs, mobile phones and other items worth up to £20,000 over three months from November 2016. Both men were on license from prison for similar offences at the time.
Jailing them for 44 months each for conspiracy to steal from motor vehicles, Judge Susan Evans QC said: "When you target handbags and wallets people lose items of substantial value which leads to high level of inconvenience."
Prosecuting at Salisbury Crown Court on Thursday, Edward Elton said
104 cars had been broken into.
Both men pleaded guilty and accepted responsibility for most, but not all of the 104 offences.
The court heard they targeted isolated, rural car parks, breaking into vehicles and taking items including 44 handbags and 13 purses and wallets.
On other occasions cash, jewellery, and even dog food was stolen.
Lenny, aged 30 and from Eyres Way, Salisbury, had three previous convictions for four theft offences.
Edward, aged 28 and from Lynch Close, Mere, had "an extensive record" of 18 convictions for 27 offences including theft, fraud and burglary.
Both men were jailed in 2015 alongside their brother Nicholas and father Wilfred for conspiracy to steal from cars in what was described as "a family business".
Mr. Elton said: "It's hard to consider what would be more inconvenient to any victim than losing a handbag, purse, wallet or mobile phone."
Defending, Berenice Mulvanny said Edward, who had a young son, had struggled with drug addiction.
And barrister Richard Onslow said Lenny, a father of three, had turned to drink after splitting from his partner.
"His world rather fell apart," he said.
"He regrets enormously that he went back to his old ways."
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