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Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Creating safer, stronger and active communities


The police are releasing photographs of thousands of items of property recovered as part of an investigation into a prolific crime gang. They hope to reunite the items, which are believed to have come from crimes in Cambridgeshire and surrounding counties between 9 December 2016 and 9 January 2018, with their rightful owners.

Last month, the gang members were sentenced to a total of 71 years in jail. They had committed more than 200 burglaries, including nearly 100 in Cambridgeshire, costing victims more than £2 million pounds. Gang members would mask their faces using balaclavas and smash or force open doors or windows in broad daylight. They would steal specific items, mainly high-powered BMWs and Audis, firearms, cash and jewellery, all of which they could dispose of through contacts. Norfolk suffered a similar number of burglaries to Cambridgeshire while other offences took place in Suffolk, Essex and Bedfordshire. The images can be viewed here

Those who believe an item belongs to them should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with their name, date and address of offence, crime number, exhibit number/album-photo ref of property, contact details, including email address, and any receipts/proof of purchase or photographs of items.

For more on the sentencing of the crime gang visit our website here 




Crime Update

Vehicles where personal property is on view, or vans that contain tools can be a target for break-ins. It is advisable to keep tools elsewhere and a notice on the vehicle that no tools are kept in the vehicle overnight.

Please remember to secure your property and be vigilant to people acting suspiciously in your local neighbourhood.

As warmer weather approaches, the temptation to leave windows open could result in opportunistic burglaries so please be mindful to close all windows when you leave home.  

Suspicious activity should be reported to your local police officers and PSCOs on 101.

If you have any information that you think can assist the police, please get in touch.

Don’t forget, you can access crime prevention information via the Cambridgeshire Constabulary website.

Our Watch

Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch is about local people working together to create safer, attractive and friendly place to live. We aim to make our area a place where crime is less likely to happen.

Our group is owned and run by our community and reflects our needs.

The Neighbourhood Watch scheme is divided into areas each led by a volunteer co-ordinator. These are volunteers from the local community who take on the role of linking the community to the police. By being more aware of local issues, sharing information and advice, local residents are able to develop closer and more effective links with the police and also help to reassure and support vulnerable households.

Anyone can reach the police quickly and easily in an emergency by dialing 999, or in a non-emergency on 101. Neighbourhood Watch helps you, and your neighbours, give your local police a much clearer sense of your needs and local issues. Neighbourhood Watch group members know their communities well. The police and other organisations can then take action based on this knowledge.

The police do not run Neighbourhood Watch schemes, but are glad to get input and clear guidance on local needs from them. Watch members are active citizens who want to help their communities. 

Parking Problems


Motor vehicle ownership has continued to increase and, with the same amount of parking space available, this has resulted in problems for both drivers and non-drivers. Parking has become a major source of friction and often leads to disputes, ill-will and a general lack of respect for each other. Worse still there seems to have been an increase in the amount of selfish and thoughtless parking where drivers only seem to consider their own priorities and ignore the effects their actions may have on others.


This article is aimed at helping you to appreciate some of the complexities that surround our parking laws.

Read more: Parking Problems

Be Aware!

A person has approached a Whittlesey resident at their today, 13th March 2017 to see if gutters needed cleaning. The person seemed to want to know if the resident was alone and asked questions apparently trying to establish if they were likely to be on their own later in the day. When their offer of work was refused they later returned to the property anyway and began putting their ladders in the garden and acting in a manner which intimidated the resident. The police were called and attended very rapidly. The two men had disappeared in the meantime, probably when they were aware the police were in the area. There were two men both wearing flurescant jackets. They travelled in a small white van with a 59 number plate.

If you see something similar in your area please contact the police on 101 or use 999 if:

  1. it's an emergency.
  2. a crime is in progress.
  3. someone suspected of a crime is nearby.
  4. there is danger to life.
  5. violence is being used or threatened.


What is eCops?
eCops is the email messaging system brought to you by Cambridgeshire Constabulary, and powered by Neighbourhood Alert.

You can register with eCops, then you receive news and appeals, local crime information and crime prevention advice - direct to you as an e-mail. The service is completely free and works alongside Neighbourhood Watch, to bring you messages about your local area.  It also allows you to feedback information to your local policing team, to help us police your neighbourhood effectively. 

Messages can include crime prevention advice, details of incidents and appeals for your help in reducing crime in the county. 

So why not sign up to eCops for direct and easy access to your local policing team at a time convenient to you?