Information sent on behalf of Cambridgeshire Constabulary
Good Afternoon, St Ives District Members –
Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 10th to 16th December:
Orwell Close – An opportunist thief stole a set of keys from a road-side communications cabinet on Orwell Close on Tuesday morning, 10th December. The keys had been left unattended in the lock for a short time but had disappeared when the engineer working on the cabinet returned for them. (Ref 35/88334/19)
Manor Mews, Bridge Street – Police received a report of on-going anti-social behaviour by groups of youths around Manor Mews, Bridge Street, on Tuesday evening, 10th December. The youths leave drugs paraphernalia on the ground and use the Mews as a lavatory. Details have been passed to the Neighbourhood Policing Team for them to follow up on the report. (Ref CC-10122019-0514)
Paragon Road – Officers on patrol in St Ives on Tuesday evening, 10th December, observed a teenage behaving suspiciously in Paragon Park, who tried to ride off on his bike when approached. A search revealed seven foil wraps of a substance believed to be cannabis inside a spectacle case. Investigations are continuing. (Ref 35/88277/19)
Cow and Hare Passage – A person found loitering suspiciously in Cow and Hare Passage late on Tuesday evening, 10th December, was found to be in possession of a half-smoked joint of cannabis, hidden under the hood of his clothing, and was reported for summons. (Ref 35/88480/19)
Constable Road – A teenager was hit by a car on Constable Road late on Wednesday evening, 11th December. He was taken to hospital for precautionary checks but fortunately was not seriously hurt. The car involved in the incident failed to stop. (Ref CC-11122019-0547)
Barley Close – Police received a report of an intruder found in the garden of a house on Barley Close late on Wednesday evening, 11th December. The occupants had heard a noise and on looking out saw a male in dark clothing and a black hat, who said that people had been chasing him. A police patrol was dispatched and officers checked the house and garden but there was no sign of any attempts to force entry. However, a later check on a neighbour’s CCTV by the residents showed that the male had been trying the neighbour’s windows before climbing over the fence and trying the handle of their door. (Refs CC-11122019-0560 and CC-12122019-0170)
Welland Close – Vandals targeted the front garden of a house on Welland Close at some time overnight on Wednesday 11th / Thursday 12th December. On the Thursday morning, the owners discovered that plants had been uprooted from containers and spread across the road, garden ornaments and solar lights had been stolen, and an attempt had been made to steal a set of Christmas lights, leaving them torn down onto the ground. (Ref 35/88596/19)
Hill Rise Park – Three shipping containers at a construction site on Hill Rise Park were broken into overnight on Wednesday 11th / Thursday 12th December. The padlocks on the containers were all cut off and a piece of heavy construction machinery was stolen from inside one of them. (Ref 35/88574/19)
Guided Busway, Meadow Lane – Police received a report of a car stuck on the Guided Busway at Meadow Lane in the early hours of Friday 13th December. A patrol was dispatched and officers arranged for recovery services to come and tow the car out. The driver was arrested for being under the influence of alcohol. (Ref CC-13122019-0015)
Hill Rise Park – Police responded to a report of teenagers seen climbing into a construction site on Hill Rise Park and playing around on machinery, on Friday evening, 13th December. Officers located the group and moved them on, then reinstated the security fencing which had been interfered with. (Ref CC-13122019-0466)
The Broadway – Police are investigating an incident that happened outside a nightclub on The Broadway in the early hours of Sunday morning, 15th December, in which a man was assaulted and knocked to the ground. He was taken to hospital with injuries described as serious but not life-threatening. (Ref 35/89282/19)
Hill Rise Park – Police were called back to Hill Rise Park again on Sunday afternoon, 15th December, where teenagers were reported to have climbed back into the construction site and were playing on the partially completed skate-park. However, until barriers and other equipment is installed, it is unsafe for children to use the site. Officers noted the names and addresses of the culprits so that their parents could be informed. (Ref CC-15122019-0280)
Ramsey Road – Thieves cut off and stole the catalytic converters from two cars left parked on a garage forecourt on Ramsey Road, at some time between Saturday evening, 14th, and Monday morning, 16th December. Police are looking at CCTV footage as part of the investigation. (Ref 35/89705/19)
London Road – Police are investigating a burglary at commercial premises on London Road, thought to have happened shortly after midnight early on Monday morning, 16th December. Several people are thought to have gained entry to a room in the premises, possibly via a back door, and stolen a number of high-value personal possessions being stored there, as well as a man’s wallet, a lap-top computer and a quantity of cash. (Ref 35/89550/19)
Oxford Road – The tyres of a white Ford car were slashed whilst it was parked outside a house on Oxford Road late on Monday evening, 16th December. (Ref 35/89864/19)
And Finally – Bogus Police Officer Warning:
Detectives are advising residents to stay vigilant following a number of reports of scam phone calls in recent weeks in which elderly victims are phoned by fraudsters pretending to be police officers or bank officials, asking them to transfer funds or make withdrawals of cash for later collection. Around 20 such incidents have been reported around the county since September.
It is vital to remember that genuine police officers or bank officials will NEVER ask you to withdraw or transfer money, or divulge your private banking details.
More information is on the Cambridgeshire Police web-site at:
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)