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Good Afternoon, Somersham District Members –
Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 7th to 13th August:
Windsor Gardens, Somersham – Police were notified of a incident that happened on Windsor Gardens, Somersham, on Friday morning, 7th August, in which a dog-walker was followed by persons in a suspicious white van who seemed to be particularly interested in the dog. When the victim arrived home, they also noticed a drone fly overhead and hover over the garden. The concern was that the two events might be connected and might be linked to dog thefts that have been reported across the county recently. (Ref CC-07082020-0165)
Church Street, Somersham – Police received calls reporting a cold-caller knocking on doors in the Church Street area of Somersham on Friday afternoon, 7th August. The male, wearing a grey football shirt and blue shorts with a rucksack and carrying a red bag, was described as ‘quite aggressive’ by one caller. He was not wearing a face-mask and was standing very close to residents who answered their doors. Officers searched the area but unfortunately no-one matching the description was found. (Ref CC-07082020-0332)
The Trundle Area, Somersham – Police were called to an address in The Trundle area of Somersham on Saturday evening, 8th August, following a report of a disturbance in the street. When officers arrived, one person was found to be behaving in a noisy manner, walking up and down, shouting and swearing. Eventually he was arrested for a public order offence and subsequently also for possession of drugs when a cannabis grinder and a cannabis cigarette were discovered in his pockets. (Ref 35/53276/20)
Woodhurst / Somersham – Police received two calls reporting suspicious markings found outside the homes of dog-owners in the area this week:
Church Street, Woodhurst – A resident discovered three marks in felt-tip pen on their front door, put there at some time overnight on Saturday 8th / Sunday 9th August. A photograph of the marks was taken and sent to the police. (Ref CC-09082020-0265)
Windsor Gardens, Somersham – A white chalk mark was discovered on the gate of a house on Windsor Gardens, Somersham, on Tuesday 11th August. This follows the suspicious incident with the van and the drone four days earlier. (Ref CC-11082020-0241)
High Street, Somersham – A group of youths criminally damaged a ‘For Sale’ notice outside a house on Somersham High Street late on Wednesday evening, 12th August, when they punched it, causing a tear. This is the third time that the sign has been damaged recently. (Ref 35/54350/20)
And Finally… Rogue Traders and Cold Callers
Rogue traders are operating in the area again. As described above, a cold-caller was reported in Somersham this week, and one report from St Ives 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 having 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)