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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 28th February to 6th March:
Edison Road – CCTV caught pictures of a suspect walking up to a van left in the car-park of a business on Edison Road and then cutting a square hole in the door next to the lock, at around 9:15 pm on Saturday evening, 27th February. This is presumed to be an attempt to enter the van, but if so it was unsuccessful and no entry was gained. (Ref 35/12017/21)
Houghton Road – A youth who turned around and walked away from a police patrol car on Houghton Road was found to be in possession of a small quantity of cannabis when he was stopped and searched, on Sunday evening, 28th February. (Ref 35/11891/21)
St Ives – A St Ives resident received a fraudulent Covid-19 telephone call on Tuesday 2nd March. The call was from someone pretending to be a doctor, attempting to sell the victim a ‘special tea’ drink for £75, saying that it would help with the second vaccine inoculation. Although the victim did give some personal details, they fortunately realised that this was a scam before losing any money. The incident has been referred to Action Fraud, the UK centre for cyber-crime and fraud reporting and investigation. (Ref CC-02032021-0394)
The Pavement – Police stopped a person on The Pavement previously seen behaving suspiciously in Fenstanton, at just before 1:00 am early on Wednesday morning, 3rd March. A search revealed a small amount of a green herbal substance believed to be cannabis, together with a grinder. (Ref 35/12406/21)
Pig Lane – There was a collision between a car and an articulated lorry on Pig Lane on Wednesday afternoon, 3rd March. No-one was reported hurt but a lot of debris was left scattered across the road and one vehicle needed recovery. (Ref CC-03032021-0242)
St Ives – Police stopped a car in St Ives on Wednesday 3rd March due to the manner in which it was being driven, suspecting that the driver might be under the influence of drugs. A preliminary drugs test returned a positive result for cannabis and the driver was arrested. (Ref Policing Huntingdonshire Facebook Page)
Harding Way – Thieves broke into the compound of a business on Harding Way at some time overnight on Wednesday 3rd / Thursday 4th March and stole a skip containing scrap metal. The thieves would have needed a lorry to remove the skip from the yard. (Ref 35/12634/21)
Ramsey Road – A group of two females and a male were spotted interfering with a rubbish bin on Ramsey Road late on Friday evening, 5th March, kicking it down the road and at one point getting in it and rolling down the hill. A police patrol was dispatched and officers intervened, sending the parties home with strong words of advice. (Ref CC-05032021-0544)
London Road – Police were called to a disused building on London Road on Saturday afternoon, following reports of a group of teenagers trespassing inside, climbing on the roof and causing damage. Unfortunately the group ran off across a meadow and disappeared as officers were arriving. (Ref CC-06032021-0261)
An Item of Local News:
A man who failed to clear his frozen windscreen and then collided with another car, seriously injuring the other driver, has been sentenced to seven months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, at Cambridge Crown Court this week.
Vlad Pasat, of Redmoor Close, St Ives, was also ordered to complete 175 hours of unpaid work and was disqualified from driving for two years. The incident happened in December 2018.
More details are on the Police News and Appeals web-site at:
And Finally – Warning of A ‘National Insurance Number’ Telephone Scam:
My thanks to an Ecops subscriber in Somersham with experience of this telephone scam, for drawing my attention to it.
Action Fraud, the UK Centre for cyber-crime and fraud reporting and investigation, issued an alert to the public after receiving over a thousand extra calls in one week about the scam.
Victims received an automated telephone call telling them that their ‘National Insurance Number had been compromised’ and in order to fix it and get a new number, they should press number 1 on their phone to be connected to a service agent.
However, the agent was in fact a criminal who pressured victims into giving their personal details, to be used in subsequent fraud.
Action Fraud advise that people remain vigilant and cautious of any calls suggesting that their National Insurance Number has been compromised. If you have any doubts, hang up the phone.
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)