Weekly Policing Update - Upwood and The Raveleys District
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Good Afternoon, Upwood and The Raveleys District Members –
Before getting onto the details of local incidents this week, we start with a reminder of the new Coronavirus legislation announced by the Prime Minister that comes into effect on Monday 14th September:
‘The Rule of Six’ - We must not meet with members of other households in groups of more than 6 people. This applies both indoors and outdoors, including in private homes.
There are some exceptions to this new law. Places that are Covid-19-secure, such as places of worship, restaurants and hospitality venues, can still host larger numbers in total, but groups of up to six must not mix or form larger groups.
The rule does not apply to individual households or ‘support bubbles’ of more than 6, who will still be able to gather together.
Education and work locations are unaffected, and organised team sports will still be able to proceed, as will weddings and funerals of up to 30 persons.
From Monday 14th September, the new limit will be enforceable by law.
Now here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 5th to 10th September:
RAF Upwood – Police were called to the disused RAF Upwood site on Saturday evening, 5th September, following a report of trespassers creating a disturbance, climbing on the roofs of buildings and throwing objects in the vicinity of livestock. A car with four occupants had been seen leaving the site. Officers checked the perimeter in the area of Redebourn Road and found one fence panel had been interfered with, but nothing else untoward was found at that time. (Ref CC-05092020-0391)
Bridge Street, Woodwalton – Police received a report of suspected hare-coursers seen leaving Woodwalton in a red four-by-four at speed, late on Saturday evening, 5th September. Four adults and two dogs were believed to be in the vehicle which was last seen heading towards Alconbury after going the wrong way round a roundabout. A police patrol searched for the vehicle between Alconbury and Woodwalton but unfortunately was not able to find it. (Ref CC-05092020-0520)
School Lane, Kings Ripton – Suspicious lights moving in the dark were spotted on farmland near School Lane, Kings Ripton, late on Thursday evening, 10th September. When the landowner investigated, a Vauxhall van was seen speeding away from the location. A police patrol was dispatched and officers checked the area, but no trace of the vehicle was found and a gate onto the farmland was still locked and secure. Police issued an alert to all patrols to be on the lookout for the suspicious Vauxhall van. (Ref CC-10092020-0568)
RAF Upwood – Police were called to an industrial unit on the RAF Upwood site at just before midnight on Thursday night, 10th September, where a lorry driver was parked up for night but was being harassed by a group of three youths banging on the lorry’s cab and trying to enter the trailer. A police patrol was dispatched and officers checked the area around the business unit, but no-one was found although it was impossible to search further in the dark. No damage had been caused and the lorry driver moved to a better lit area covered by CCTV cameras. (Ref CC-10092020-0014)
And Finally – Advice About ‘Nottingham Knockers’:
Police have received reports of cold-callers or ‘Nottingham Knockers’ operating in the area in the last week, with calls received from worried residents in St Ives, Fenstanton, Houghton and Hilton.
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)