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After the positive comments I received from the last blog I put out a few weeks ago about what I have been up to, jobs that I have attended etc I thought i would compose another blog for you all.
I was on my short set of shifts last week having worked the previous weekend and being off on Monday and Tuesday which left me with 3 sets of 10 hour shifts working from 8am until 18:00pm.
On Wednesday 31st October I started my shift at 8am with my usual initial tasking of completing my admin which includes reading through around 30-40 emails and responding to the ones that needed responding to then self briefing myself on what has happened whilst I have been on my days off.
Mid morning I was booked in to visit an address in Cambourne with a housing association as they had concerns from residents that someone maybe living at the address who shouldn't be there. I was in attendance with 2 housing officers and an electrician, unfortunately the locksmith was late which meant we were here a little longer than we first thought. Once we did finally get in the property a search was conducted by myself which resulted in no one being there, just a very untidy house.
In the afternoon I visited South Cambridgeshire District council to have a discussion with the housing team, this is something I do roughly every 3 or 4 weeks as it gives myself and the housing team a good opportunity to work along side each other to find out if there are any raising concerns within the catchment area and to feed relevant information to each other.
On the Thursday I spent the morning in Melbourn where I visited The Hub in the High St and Melbourn village college, mainly to try and find a suitable venue for a Police meeting in January (more information on this nearer the time), whilst running this errand I engaged with one of the teachers at Melbourn Village college to discuss any issues in and out of school and also engaged with the on site caretaker. After this I went over to the nearby pre school to arrange a date to visit the children with the police vehicle after they contacted myself the previosu week. I have then bumped into one of the local Councillors who I had a quick chat with before heading back for a quick bite to eat.
I attended 3 incidents in the afternoon the first being a vehicle in Hardwick displaying no number plates, after having a little nose around the vehicle, paper work could be seen in the vehicle which matched the correct chassis number and after doing the checks on the vehicle it hadn't been reported as stolen.
After this I headed towards Guilden Morden primary school to run a quick errand and whilst on patrol heading there I bumped into the Speedwatch team in Shingay-cum-Wendy so I had a brief chat with them.
After the quick errand it wasn't long before the next job came in over the radio which was hare coursing in Little Eversden, coming from Guilden Morden I thought there was a good chance to catch the coursers, whilst on route though a further call came in saying they had left the area. Hare coursing is a massive issue in the area and I have sent out information before on this so I wont send any links today, obviously every day varies during the hare coursing season but there are normally at least half a dozen jobs every day just relating to coursing which can take up a lot of police time.
My final job of the day was a missing child reported in Cambourne, I managed to find the child shortly after the call came in which turned out to be a miss communication between a school and parent.
My last shift saw me take part in an operation which was force wide regarding road safety, you might of seen the results in other social media but I will post below anyway.
My part in the operation was to attend 2 schools during the day being Guilden Morden and Meldreth and talking to the children about road safety, this information came from the charity BREAK www.break-charity.org/
Hundreds of motoring offences in day of action
MORE than 800 motoring enforcements were handed out during Cambridgeshire police’s biggest road safety event on Friday (2 November).
The 24-hour multi-agency operation included enforcement activity targeting the use of mobile phones while driving, speeding, failure to wear a seatbelt and driving under the influence of drink or drugs.
During the operation 534 were dealt with for speeding, 260 Lights instead of Tickets (LIT) were handed to cyclists, 25 drivers were reported for using a mobile phone, 25 people were dealt with for not wearing a seatbelt and seven motorists were reported for going through a red light.
Speed Watch volunteers caught 150 people speeding and will be sending out warning letters, 291 vehicle tyres were checked and 40 roadside eyesight tests were completed, with one driver failing the test, preventing them from driving until they pass an eyesight test.
Superintendent James Sutherland, who led the operation, said: “It’s always disappointing to catch so many people committing motoring offences or putting themselves at risk by failing to wear a seatbelt or cycling in the dark without lights.
“Through the operation we were also able to deliver road safety training to around 1000 children and teenagers in pre-schools, schools and colleges across the county.
“Road offences are a highly emotive topic for the public and in the current policing climate we are in a position where we have to juggle the public’s expectations around enforcement with our own local demand. However, if we can empower people to change their behaviour and make poor and dangerous driving unacceptable.
“Within the operation’s 24 hours we wanted to take as many dangerous vehicles and drivers off the roads as possible.”
More than 350 officers, PCSOs, staff and volunteers are taking part in the event, including Specials, police cadets, neighbourhood officers, road policing officers and representatives from a number of charities and local organisations.
Last year 48 people were killed in Cambridgeshire, 436 were seriously injured and 2307 were injured in collisions.
Police and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite said: “Far too many people have been killed or seriously injured on our roads. I hope that drivers and cyclists alike took notice of the advice provided during last Friday’s 24 hour operation. It was an important opportunity for us to emphasize the dangers we all face on the roads however keeping people safe remains business as usual for police officers every other day of the year.”
The operation included Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Partnership, the Road Victims Trust, Brake, the Institute of Advanced Motorists, Tyre Safe, Mick George, What3words, VOSA and Volvo.
Activity on the day included:
· Road side ‘speed gun’ enforcement throughout the county, with a focus on rural areas
· Intelligence-led operation targeting disqualified drivers who still drive in the county
· Peterborough – enforcement activity focused on vehicle-related criminality, uninsured drivers and road safety related offences.
· Tyre checks, supported by the Highways Agency, to check unsafe and illegal tyres.
· HGV operation in Sawtry targeting HGV offences
· Op Velo in Cambridge City targeting cycle safety and the ‘fatal four’ using plain-clothed cyclists.
· Community Speedwatch checks across the county in 45 local towns and villages.
· A test to find Cambridgeshire’s safest driver through advanced driving sessions with Cambridge Advanced Motorists.
· Drink and drug drive checks across the county.
Supt Sutherland added: “The operation has pulled on the expertise of a number of partners, charities and organisations to ensure we can have maximum impact.
“Thank you to all those involved for your support.”
I received an email from a resident in Bassingbourn who said that her son said he was being watched my two males when he was parked in in North End Bassingbourn, he was in a works van with multiple tools on board. The vehicle is believed to be a 64 plate Ford Fiesta in black with a red top.
The second vehicle has been involved in vehicle break in's where vans are being targetted, this is happening on the Hertfordshire border. The vehicle is a blue Saab 9-3 Aero with black distinctive wheels, it has used many different number plates.
Any suspicious sightings of the above vehicles please phone this in at the time, you are more than welcome to also send me an email with details.
I hope you enjoyed the read and apologies if any of your villages have not been mentioned.
Thanks for your continued support.
Pcso James Lynch
South Cambs Neighbourhood Team