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Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

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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 https://www.flickr.com/photos/ophawksbury/

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 https://www.cambs.police.uk/news-and-appeals/burglary-conspiracy-jail-Norwich 

 

 

 

Gates Go Missing

Unfortunately Whittlesey, like many other parts of the country, is not immune from crime. Most criminals have little regard for the possible consequences of their actions. With the theft of gates there can be an additional motive, that of not being able to do what they want to do irrespective of how this may affect anyone else.

The vandalism and subsequent removal of the gate across the Green Wheel/Cycleway is an example of selfish persons removing a safety feature which was intended to protect legitimate users of a public right of way. 

It is difficult to understand how a tiny minority think that they have the right to steal for profit, or remove anything which creates a barrier to their own pursuits, without appearing to consider the consequences for the majority of the population. 

Perhaps it is time for the silent majority to start to take a stand by reporting such actions to the police so that we can re-create a safer and happier environment for everyone.

       

Illegal Driving on the Green Wheel

A small minority of drivers have been using the Green Wheel/Route 63 Cycleway which is an illegal act except in exceptional circumstances as detailed below. Thus far, cyclists and pedestrians have reported that they have been confronted by cars, lorries, motorcycles and quad bikes which has led to some verbal unpleasantness and one incident where a cyclist was hit by a car.

The actions of this minority and the removal of a gate, which was designed to make the route safer for the public to use, have caused concern and are now the subject of a working group.

Reporting It!

Most people just want to use the routes in the way intended as a safe means of travel away from the risk of motorised traffic. If you want to help to keep the Cycle Way safe for yourself and others then please report examples of illegal use. It is easy for someone with the right to use a motorised vehicle on the route to show they have that right and they will not be penalised.

If you believe a vehicle was using a right of way illegally, causing damage or putting wildlife at risk, or if you felt threatened or at risk by their behaviour, then please report it.

Make your report by calling 101.

When making a report, try to make a note of the following incident details:

  • Date
  • Time
  • Location
  • Details of the suspected offence
  • Descriptions of those involved
  • Any registration numbers of any vehicles involved
Read more: Illegal Driving on the Green Wheel

Closure of Whittlesey Police Station

 

A decision has been taken to close Whittlesey police station in October.
Policing in Whittlesey will continue and there will still be street patrols and emergency cover as before. There will be opportunities for people to continue to meet with police officers at surgeries and community events.
Continue to use the non-emergency number 101 to contact the police or in an emergency ring 999.

 

 

Vehicle Crime Increases

Be Aware 

Cambridgeshire constabulary has unfortunately seen a significant increase in vehicle crime within Whittlesey, Eastrea and Coates.

These incidents have occurred over night 15-16th April and have continued. It appears that these incidents are occurring in the early hours.

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Unfortunately most of the vehicles targeted have not been secured!

 

Please could I remind you to ensure that your vehicles are left locked and secure and that there are no valuables left on display.

 

  • If you have sat nav systems stuck on your windscreen that they are removed and all signs of suction pads and leads are locked out of sight, no change left in central console.
  • Where possible valuable portable items e.g laptops are removed from within the vehicle. 
  • Works vehicles with tools please remove of ensure the vehicle is locked securely and where possible access to the tools is blocked by a garage or another vehicle.


Please could we ask that if you see or hear anything that you believe to be suspicious and out of normal activity you contact us on 999 (Happening now), 101  (information to report not emergency) or you can call crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

 

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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?