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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 1st to 7th September.
Unfortunately, the spate of bike thefts in the town has continued this week, but there is some good news on this front – a man and a woman have both been charged with the theft of a bicycle from Market Hill on 10th August and will appear in court in November.
Meadow Lane Park and Ride – A man’s mountain bike was stolen from a bike rack at the Meadow Lane Park and Ride site at some time during the day on Tuesday 1st September. The bike was left chained and locked to the rack at 7:00 am, but had gone, together with the lock, by 4:00 pm. (Ref 35/59210/20)
Meadow Lane Park and Ride - A teenager’s hybrid bike was also stolen from a bike rack at the Meadow Lane Park and Ride site on Tuesday afternoon, 1st September, at some time between 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm. It had been left chained to a second bike and then to the rack, but the thief cut through the chain, taking one of the bikes and leaving the chain behind on the ground. A bus-driver reported seeing two other teenagers with bikes loitering around at one point, then leaving with a third bike. (Ref 35/59217/20)
Meadow Lane Park and Ride - A pedestrian was knocked over when a car reversed into them at the Meadow Lane Park and Ride site on Tuesday evening, 1st September. They were taken to hospital for precautionary checks after complaining of hip pain. (Ref CC-01092020-0192)
Ramsey Road – A man’s green mountain bike was stolen from the back garden of a house on Ramsey Road at around 3:00 pm on Tuesday 1st September. No other details are available at the moment. (Ref 35/59345/20)
Needingworth Road / St Audrey Lane – Police received reports of a cold-caller knocking on doors on Needingworth Road and St Audrey Lane on Thursday afternoon and evening, 3rd September, and who had become verbally abusive when residents told him that they did not want to buy any of the household goods that he was offering.
‘Nottingham Knockers’ are cold-callers who often claim to be ex-offenders on a rehabilitation scheme, and to be selling the goods to make a new start in life. However, there is no such legitimate scheme and the cold-callers may be part of a criminal operation. Police advice is never to encourage cold-callers by buying any of their items.
Officers searched the Needingworth Road area and the surrounding side streets, but unfortunately no-one matching the description could be found. (Refs CC-03092020-0242, CC-03092020-0314 and CC-03092020-0465)
Constable Road – Police are investigating a break-in and burglary at a house on Constable Road, thought to have happened between Thursday morning, 3rd, and Friday 4th September. Intruders entered the house by forcing a door then targeted the upstairs rooms, carrying out an untidy search before leaving, having taken mainly items of jewellery. (Ref 35/60042/20)
Harrison Way – Police received a call from a driver who had got stuck on the guided busway track at Harrison Way after taking a wrong turn on Friday morning, 4th September. The call was passed to the Busway team to arrange recovery of the car. (Ref CC-04092020-0120)
The Pavement – Police arrested a suspect and took him into custody after receiving reports of a male sitting in the doorway of a shop at The Pavement, sniffing gas from a cannister and being abusive to passers-by, on Saturday lunchtime, 5th September. (Ref CC-05092020-0248)
Cow and Hare Passage – A woman’s bicycle was stolen from where it had been left in a garage near Cow and Hare passage late on Saturday night, 5th September. The garage door had been left open but police hope that CCTV footage may help identify the thief. (Ref 35/60401/20)
London Road – Police arrested a suspect and took him into custody following reports of a disturbance and criminal damage at an address on London Road in the early hours of Sunday 6th September. (Ref CC-06092020-0080)
And Finally – More About ‘Nottingham Knockers’:
Police have received several reports of 'Nottingham Knockers' calling at houses in St Ives, Fenstanton, Houghton and Hilton this week.
What Are ‘Nottingham Knockers’?
They are door-to-door traders who try to sell goods on the doorstep, often low-quality household items. They will often claim to be on a rehabilitation scheme trying to find work and may have a false trading permit or some other kind of official-looking identification.
However, they are not part of any legitimate rehabilitation scheme. There is a Government-backed ‘Community Payback’ scheme for offenders who have been sentenced to carry out community work, but this does not involve door-to-door sales.
The Problem with ‘Nottingham Knockers’
They are con-men who will cover a number of streets looking for a vulnerable victim who they can scam. Police say that streets that have been targeted by them often see an increase in distraction burglaries. The con-men themselves often have long criminal histories and people who give them money may find themselves the target of other scams involving rogue-traders and other criminal groups.
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)