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 4th to 10th August:
St Audrey Lane – Thieves stole the battery and its casing from the engine bay of a silver Audi car left parked on St Audrey Lane, at some time between mid-July and Tuesday 4th August. (Ref 35/51939/20)
Hill Rise – Two cold-callers visited a house on Hill Rise on Tuesday afternoon, 4th August, and asked the owners if they could inspect the roof, saying that some of the ridge tiles were not secure. However, it is thought that the two males damaged the cement and then asked an excessive amount of money to carry out repairs. They were also suspiciously interested in the family dog. Fortunately, the owners refused to agree to the work and got them to leave. There have been other sightings of the two males and their van in the area, and investigations are continuing. (Ref 35/52024/20)
Crown Place – Thieves stole two bicycles that had been left chained together at a rack on Crown Place on Tuesday afternoon, 4th August. The combination lock and chain were found cut away and left on the ground near the rack. (Refs 35/52071/20 and 35/52108/20)
London Road – Police received a report that teenagers had been seen entering a disused building on London Road on Thursday morning, 6th August. There has previously been vandalism and arson at the derelict building which is attractive to teenagers. Officers attended and found two unauthorised young persons who were escorted out and whose details were noted. (Ref CC-06082020-0081)
Crown Place – Another bicycle was reported stolen from the rack on Crown Place on Thursday afternoon, 6th August. The woman’s bicycle has distinctive red brake or gear cables, and had been left secured to the rack. (Ref 35/52602/20)
London Road / Bridgefoot – Police received reports of loud noise from a venue on London Road on Friday evening, 7th August, with a large gathering of people. Unfortunately no police resources were free to respond at the time due to the large number of high priority calls received throughout Friday evening. (Ref CC-07082020-0500, CC-07082020-0590 and CC-07082020-0678)
Hill Rise – Vandals interfered with cabling outside a retirement home on Hill Rise at some time on Sunday 9th August, cutting the satellite TV cable at a junction box so that the system ceased working. (Ref 35/53621/20)
Somersham Road – Intruders climbed a fence to enter a caravan storage compound on Somersham Road and broke into three caravans, at some time between mid-July and Sunday 9th August. One caravan had its door forced open, causing damage to the frame, and was messily searched before items of furniture and an awning were stolen. (Ref 35/53411/20)
River Frontage, The Broadway – Police received two reports of a group of young people swimming across the river from the meadows and trespassing on private property on the other bank, being noisy and offensive and using bad language before leaving again, on Sunday afternoon, 9th August. The incidents have been passed to the Neighbourhood Policing Team for them to be aware. (Refs CC-09082020-0310 and CC-09082020-0322)
Station Road – A man’s ‘Carrera’ mountain bike was stolen from where it had been left chained to railings outside a shop on Station Road on Monday evening, 10th August. The bike had been secured with two locks, but the thief cut both of these away. Police hope that CCTV footage will help in the investigation. (Ref 35/53768/20)
Market Hill – Another bicycle was stolen from the town centre on Monday evening, 10th August. The bike had been left locked on Market Hill, but witnesses reported seeing a man and woman cutting the lock off and stealing the bike at around 5:40 pm. (Ref 35/53831/20)
And Finally… Rogue Traders and Cold Callers
Rogue traders are operating in the St Ives area again. One report described a man knocking on doors and pointing out ‘faults’ with properties, ranging from guttering issues to loose tiles, and offering to fix them.
Remember – stay alert and always ask to see someone’s identification. Don’t feel pressured into agreeing to have work done immediately – if a tradesperson is genuine, they won’t mind leaving a quote for you to contact them later.
For more advice on rogue traders and cold-callers, follow this link –
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)