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Good Afternoon, The Hemingfords District Members –
Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 19th to 26th June.
Houghton Lock Dispersal Order:
Because of repeated incidents at Houghton Lock during the week, involving people jumping into the water, intimidating boat users and also some anti-social behaviour, police put in place a 48-hour Dispersal Order covering the area around the lock. The Order ran from 7:00 pm on Wednesday evening 24th, to 7:00 pm on Friday evening 26th June and was imposed to reduce the risk to life of people gathered at the lock jumping into the water, and to reduce anti-social behaviour in the area.
Houghton Lock – Police were called to Houghton Lock on Saturday evening, 20th June, following a report of a group of teenagers climbing on the superstructure and jumping into the water. This is dangerous due to the depth of the water, strong currents and hidden obstructions under the surface. When officers arrived a group of young people was located who were not in the water, but the dangers were explained to them and they were sent home. (Ref CC-20062020-0483)
Hilton – Two burglaries were reported in Hilton on Monday 22nd June:
Potton Road – Intruders entered a house on Potton Road at sometime between mid-morning and mid-afternoon on Monday, using a small open window to reach in and open an adjacent larger window. The rooms were searched but nothing is thought to have been stolen. Police have carried out house-to-house enquiries and are looking into a report of a suspicious person seen in the vicinity during the time in question. (Ref 35/40653/20)
Scott’s Crescent – A house on Scott’s crescent was broken into on Monday during the day by an intruder who is thought to have used a water-butt to climb up to an open first-floor window. A search of the rooms was carried out and some items moved around, but nothing is thought to have been stolen. (Ref 35/40971/20)
Houghton Lock – Police were called back to Houghton Lock on Tuesday afternoon, 23rd June, following another report of teenagers jumping in to the water. Officers spoke to the group and their parents, explaining the dangers of the site and pointing out that bylaws exist prohibiting entry to the water within 30 metres of the lock. (Ref CC-23062020-0285)
Houghton Lock – Police returned to Houghton Lock on Wednesday afternoon, 24th June, following reports of large groups of people congregating there, jumping into the water, intimidating boat users who were not able to moor up, and a small number being confrontational to passers-by. The Dispersal Order was put in place on Wednesday evening and officers kept the area under close supervision, with several groups being dispersed on Wednesday evening and on Thursday afternoon. (Refs CC-24062020-0356 and CC-24062020-0425)
Limes Park, St Ives – The rear windscreen of a Kia car was smashed by an unknown person whilst it was left in a communal parking area at Limes Park at around midday on Friday 26th June. The car was not entered and nothing was stolen. (Ref 35/41752/20)
Houghton Lock – Police received another report of a large group of young people gathered at Houghton Lock on Friday evening, 26th June, some of whom were jumping into the water from the foot-bridge. However, the group had left when officers arrived some time later, and all was quiet. (Ref CC-26062020-0402)
And Finally – Unfortunately, Burglaries are on the Increase Again
Police are urging people to make sure their homes are secure and to look out for neighbours after a spate of recent burglaries in the St. Ives, Huntingdon, Earith and Hilton areas.
Jewellery and cash have been targeted after thieves gained entry to homes through open windows – ground floor and first floor – or used tools left in gardens or insecure sheds to force their way in.
There have also been reports of a suspicious man calling at houses, offering to buy things or saying he has lost a dog, in the past few weeks.
Anyone who witnesses suspicious behaviour or has had an experience similar to the above recently, should contact police using the 101 non-emergency number or the contact form on the website.
For burglary prevention advice, have a look at the guidance on the police website 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)