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Good Afternoon, St Ives District Members –
Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, covering the period 8th to 14th November.
You will probably be aware of the serious collision that happened on the B1040 Somersham road at the Bluntisham Heath crossroads on Thursday evening, 14th November. Police have now confirmed that there was one fatality, and several other people were seriously injured. Our thoughts go out to everyone who has been affected by this, and also our thanks to all members of the emergency services and ancillary organisations who have worked through the night and will continue to do so over the coming hours and days.
Ouse Road – Police followed a suspicious vehicle from Marley Road to Ouse Road on Friday evening, 8th November, where the driver abandoned it and ran off. When officers examined the vehicle they noticed a strong smell of cannabis and found two mobile phones that had been dropped on the ground. One person was subsequently arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class B drugs. (Ref 35/80670/19)
Barley Close – Someone smashed two windows at a house on Barley Close late on Friday evening, 8th November. It is thought that a child’s scooter may have been used to cause the damage. (Ref 35/80124/19)
Stirling Road – Three suspects were disturbed in the act of burgling a house on Stirling Road when the owner returned home at around 6:30 pm on Friday evening, 8th November. The males fled the scene in a grey Audi car. At the moment it is not thought that anything was taken, but investigations are continuing. (Ref CC-08112019-0398)
Three suspicious males were seen outside a house on Stirling Road the following night, Saturday 9th November, and were chased by a resident until they split up and disappeared down a side street. The suspects were dressed in dark clothing and two of them were carrying rucksacks. (Ref CC-09112019-0495)
A suspicious white van was reported driving slowly around the Stirling Road / Albermarle Road area on Sunday morning, 10th November. The driver and passenger were believed to be looking into people’s gardens as they drove slowly past. (Ref CC-10112019-0186)
Carlisle Terrace – Police received a report of on-going anti-social behaviour from the residents of a house in Carlisle Terrace on Saturday, 9th November. Overnight and on preceding days, unknown people had thrown fruit, vegetables and other objects at the exterior of the house, causing distress to the family living there. One suspicious car had been seen nearby on one occasion. Investigations are continuing. (Ref 35/80442/19)
Edison Road – A mobile food van left parked on Edison Road was broken into at some time between Friday lunchtime, 8th, and Saturday evening, 9th November. The van’s padlocked door was prised open but at the moment it is not thought that anything was taken from inside. (Ref 35/80313/19)
Guided Busway, St Ives – A cyclist riding along the path by the Guided Busway at around 6:30 am on Sunday 10th November, was assaulted by one of two other people who first attempted to bar his way then struck him on the chest as he cycled past. Fortunately the victim was able to keep his balance and cycle away. (Ref 35/80755/19)
Crown Street – A woman’s mountain bike was stolen from where it had been left behind a shop on Crown Street on Sunday afternoon, 10th November. The victim later reported having seen it advertised for sale on a local Facebook page. (Ref 35/80543/19)
Stirling Road – A police patrol witnessed a car crash into a telegraph pole on Stirling Road on Sunday evening, 10th November. When officers checked on the occupants, they noticed a strong smell of cannabis and the driver ran off when questioned. A search of the car revealed suspected drugs and a mobile phone. Recovery services were called to remove the crashed car whilst a search was made for the absconded driver. (Ref CC-10112019-0511)
Redwell Close – Thieves entered a van left parked outside a house on Redwell Close where its owner was carrying out some work on Monday morning, 11th November, and stole two rechargeable power tool battery packs from inside. (Ref 35/80687/19)
The Pavement – A lady’s purse was stolen from her handbag whilst she was shopping on The Pavement on Tuesday afternoon, 12th November. CCTV in one shop shows the victim placing the purse in the bag after a purchase, but it had gone when she needed it in the next shop. The purse contained cash and bank cards amongst other items. (Ref 35/81003/19)
Hill Rise – Police stopped a gold coloured Nissan car on Hill Rise that had been observed driving from Wyton with no lights and swerving across the road, in the early hours of Wednesday morning, 13th November. Checks showed that it had no valid insurance, so it was seized and towed away. (Ref CC-13112019-0019)
Bridge Street – There was an attempted burglary at commercial premises on Bridge Street in the early hours of Wednesday 13th November. Intruders broke a glass sky-light to try to get into the building but were stopped from entering by metal bars underneath. They then began throwing items down off the roof into a yard below, damaging vehicles left parked there. (Ref 35/81189/19)
London Road – Thieves siphoned off between 60 and 100 litres of diesel from the fuel tank of a lorry parked up on London Road at some time overnight on Wednesday 13th / Thursday 14th November. Few other details are available at the moment. (Ref 35/81440/19)
B1040 Bluntisham Heath Crossroads – There was a serious collision between a car and a mini-bus at the Bluntisham Heath crossroads on the B1040 on Thursday evening, 14th November. Multiple fire, police and ambulance units attended the incident in which tragically one person died and several others were seriously injured.
Police are now appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision to contact them using any of the non-emergency methods listed at the end of this report.
Further information regarding the collision will be released on the Cambridgeshire Constabulary web-site and via social media channels when it becomes available. (Ref CC-14112019-0365) To see details of Policing Summaries for neighbouring areas, please click on the following link and scroll down the page to select areas of interest:
Please be aware that these reports do not contain all details of all reported crime. We do not publish details of domestic related offences or anything which may put a person at risk if information regarding the crime was made public.
As always, if you have information relating to any offence, or are concerned about any suspicious activities, please contact police by using any of these methods:
the '101' non-emergency telephone number;
the on-line web-chat tool on the new Cambridgeshire Constabulary web-site - click on the green icon;
Alternatively, you can use 'Crimestoppers' to make a report anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or by using their on-line contact form.
In an emergency, or if you witness a crime in progress, always use '999'.
Chris Shaw, PSV
St Ives Police Station
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Chris Shaw (Police, PSV - Online Communities, Huntingdonshire - St Ives)