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Good Afternoon, Somersham 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:
Parkhall Road, Somersham – Police responded to a report of a group of youths causing damage at the skate park on Parkhall Road, Somersham, on Sunday afternoon, 6th September. A group of about 12 youths had been seen entering the playing field through a fence and then getting into the skate park. When officers arrived they noticed a group of youngsters on the playing field, but the skate park appeared secure and no damage was found. (Ref CC-06092020-0295)
King Street, Somersham – A thief stole the catalytic converter from a Toyota car left parked on the driveway of its owner’s house on King Street, Somersham, overnight on Sunday 6th / Monday 7th September. The owners heard a noise from the drive at around 9:30 pm on Sunday evening and came outside to investigate, but found nothing suspicious at that time. The theft was discovered the following morning when the car was started. A second car parked on the drive was left untouched. (Ref 35/60588/20)
Old Hurst / Pidley – Police received a report of suspected hare-coursers operating on land between Old Hurst and Pidley on Tuesday evening, 8th September. Two suspicious off-road vehicles had been seen and also two dogs. Police notified Countryside Watch of the incident. (Ref CC-08092020-0452)
St Ives Road, Somersham – A Fire Engine returning from attending an out-of-control bonfire on Bluntisham Heath Road came across a Transit van in the ditch on St Ives Road, on Wednesday evening, 9th September. The fire crew were able to winch the van from the ditch, and fortunately no-one was reported to have been hurt. Police were not needed to attend the incident. (Ref CC-09092020-0369)
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)