ECOPS output 12/06
Dear Chesterton residents,
There has been local concern over a boat engaging in anti-social and suspicious behaviour along the River Cam near to Stourbridge Common over the past week. We would like to clarify what we are doing, and what we need from the public in order to tackle this effectively.
We are looking to speak to five men in their 20s, using a yellow and white hard-shell motorboat, pictured below.
To be clear, what we are seeking to do in the coming days is;
- Locate the boat pictured, through daily patrols over the next week
- Speak to all those using the boat and obtain full details
- Call them to account on their anti-social parking obstructing on the slipway, being on private property (gardens) and whether they have a valid boat license
- Deal with any offences revealed or outstanding to which they might be linked
- Encourage this group to move on from the area
On the online group Chesterton Chat and other social media groups populated by residents of Chesterton the reference number CC-07062018-0430 is being referred to, but this is a police incident number not a crime number for which the men are ‘wanted’. 430 relates to a call made by a concerned resident on the 7th of June regarding a male seen in the caller’s back garden swiftly boarding a yellow boat. Whilst suspicious, this is not in and of itself a crime. Please do not quote this incident number when reporting to Police.
Until we speak to those involved and fully identify them, we cannot know if there are other offences for which they are outstanding, and hearsay shared within closed social media groups will not aide this.
Responsible for the Cambridge waterway is Cambridge Conservators or “CAMCON”. Incidents on the river can be directly reported to them via this link. We are actively working with CAMCON and the Council Green Spaces team to resolve this.
If you see any suspicious behaviour going forward, please call 101, or if you or others are in immediate danger, 999. A 101 report can also be made via our webchat, which is often a quicker method of reporting.
Many thanks for your assistance with this,
PC Jess Denniff
Cambridge North Neighbourhood Team