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Good Afternoon, St Ives District Members –
Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 11th to 17th August.
River Frontage, The Broadway – Teenagers were reported to be swimming across the river from Houghton Meadows and climbing up onto private property on the opposite side, on Wednesday afternoon, 12th August. Officers checked the area and spoke to a group of young people found in the water. (Ref CC-12082020-0372)
Langley Close – Police seized and towed away a silver VW car found on Langley Close on Wednesday evening, 12th August, when checks showed that it had no valid insurance. (Ref CC-12082020-0590)
Crown Mews – A woman’s black-coloured bicycle was stolen from Crown Mews on Thursday morning, 13th August. The bike had been left secured to a post at around 7:30 am, but had gone when its owner returned for it at 1:30 pm. The thief had cut the lock, leaving it on the ground and stealing the bicycle. (Ref 35/54511/20)
London Road – Police were called to a derelict building on London Road on Saturday evening, 15th August, following a report of a group of teenagers trespassing on the site and potentially causing damage. Officers spoke to a group found on wasteland behind the building but no offences were observed. (Ref CC-15082020-0438)
High Leys – Police received a report of people climbing over a gate to enter the grounds of a community building near High Leys in the early hours of Sunday morning, 16th August. The group was reported to be creating a disturbance, shouting and swearing and hitting objects, but when officers arrived and searched the area, all was quiet and nothing untoward could be found. (Ref CC-16082020-0010)
Flooded Roads - Marley Road Area - Police responded to several reports of flooded roads on Sunday afternoon and evening, 16th August. On Marley Road a 25 metre length was flooded to a depth of up to 8 inches and the Fire Brigade reported cars getting stuck in the water. Police coned the area off and Council Highways staff were called to unblock drains. (Refs CC-16082020-0405 and CC-17082020-0023)
Edison Road – There was a break-in at a motor repair business on Edison Road late on Monday evening, 17th August. Intruders smashed a glass door panel to enter the building, searched through drawers and took the keys to a performance car outside on the forecourt and tried to steal it, but fortunately were unsuccessful. CCTV shows them fleeing in a white VW, leaving an intruder alarm sounding. (Ref 35/55689/20)
Meadow Lane Park and Ride – Police stopped a car being driven in an anti-social manner at the Meadow Lane Park and Ride site late on Saturday evening, 15th August. Officers heard the squeal of tyres and the noise of the engine being revved whilst on a routine patrol at the site, and witnessed the car being driven in a dangerous manner. There is a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) in operation at the site, and the driver’s details were taken for referral to the District Council which oversees the PSPO. (Ref 35/55319/20)
Old Ramsey Road – Police received a report of possible hare-coursers operating on fields off Old Ramsey Road on Saturday evening, 15th August. Three men racing three lurcher-type dogs had been seen, but shortly afterwards they were reported to have left the area. Police notified Countryside Watch of the incident. (Ref CC-15082020-0474)
Shakespeare Road – A house on Shakespeare Road was broken into and burgled at some time overnight on Saturday 15th / Sunday 16th August. Intruders forced a wooden gate to enter the back garden, then entered the house by damaging a kitchen window. Once inside all rooms appear to have been entered but the thieves targeted jewellery kept in the upstairs rooms then left via the front door. Scenes-of-crime staff have attended and officers have made house-to-house enquires in the area. Investigations are continuing. (Ref 35/55309/20)
And Finally…Action to Stop Noisy Exhausts
Using funds from the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA), Cambridgeshire Constabulary has purchased two new state-of-the-art sound monitoring kits which will alert officers at the roadside if an exhaust is too loud.
Noise pollution is a concern for many people living in our villages, towns and cities. The legal limit for cars is 80 decibels and it is against the law to modify an exhaust to be louder than this. Motorists could be given a £50 Fixed Penalty Notice for failure to maintain the exhaust system, using a vehicle with an altered exhaust system, or producing excessive noise.
Hotspot areas and car cruises across the county will be targeted and fines will be issued to help tackle anti-social motoring and make our communities quieter, safer places to live.
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)