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Good Afternoon, St Ives District Members –
I hope you are enjoying the long Bank Holiday weekend! Whether you are wanting sunshine or showers, it looks like there will be something for everyone over these few days!
Meanwhile, here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 25th April to 2nd May. There are quite a lot of items to mention, but I think they are all incidents that you would like to know about:
Crown Street – A group of young teenagers ran into a coffee shop on Crown Street, grabbed a handful of soft drink bottles from a chiller unit whilst staff were busy serving customers, then ran off again, on Sunday afternoon, 25th April. Police are looking at CCTV footage and hoping to identify the culprits. (Ref 35/24716/21)
Ramsey Road – Police spoke to a group of young teenagers who had climbed over a fence to enter a playground on Ramsey Road on Sunday afternoon, 25th April, and were having an unauthorised game of basketball. The location has previously been subject to vandalism and criminal damage. The group were escorted off the premises and sent on their way. (Ref CC-25042021-0373)
Harding Way – A white Transit van was stolen from the yard of a business unit on Harding Way, colliding with a metal post as it was driven away, at some time overnight on Sunday 25th / Monday 26th April. The van was later discovered abandoned near Wisbech and was towed away by police for forensic examination. (Ref 35/24817/21)
Burstellars – Police are investigating a break-in and burglary at a house on Burstellars that happened at some time during the day on Monday 26th April whilst the occupants were out. Intruders broke in by forcing French windows at the back of the house then carried out a thorough search before using stolen car keys to drive off in an Audi car that had been left parked on the driveway. Police have carried out door-to-door enquiries and hope that domestic CCTV footage will help in the investigation. (Ref 35/24996/21)
Reynolds Close – An unknown male attempted to grab a woman’s shoulder bag then punched her in the face when she managed to hang on to it, on Reynolds Close at around 1:30pm on Monday afternoon, 26th April. The suspect, wearing a black hooded top and a black cap, then ran off. Police have made enquiries at neighbouring houses but so far no-one who may have witnessed the incident has come forward. (Ref 35/25004/21)
Somersham Road – Police and an ambulance were called to an incident on Somersham Road on Tuesday evening, 27th April, where a car had left the road and rolled over before coming to rest in a field. One person was taken to hospital with minor injuries and the road was closed for a time whilst the car, which had no MoT, insurance or road tax, was towed away. (Ref CC-27042021-0431)
Burrel Road – Thieves stole a skip from outside the front of a business unit on Burrel Road at some time between Monday 26th and Wednesday 28th April. (Ref 35/25595/21)
Stephenson Road – CCTV recorded pictures of suspects stealing the catalytic converters from two cars left parked in the compound of a business unit on Stephenson Road in the early hours of Wednesday morning, 28th April. (Ref 35/25721/21)
Teal Close – Police received a report of a suspicious white Transit van seen driving slowly up and down Teal Close and other nearby streets on Wednesday afternoon, 28th April. The two males inside appeared to be looking into houses. (Ref CC-28042021-0292)
Crown Street – A teenager’s ‘Carrera Valor’ mountain bike was stolen from where it had been left chained to railings near an alleyway on Crown Street at around 5:30 pm on Wednesday evening, 28th April. (Ref 35/25883/21)
Sheep Market – A woman’s handbag was stolen whilst she was visiting a charity shop on Sheep Market on Thursday lunchtime, 29th April. (Ref 35/25695/21)
St Ives – A St Ives resident who bought a car on Ebay contacted police on Thursday 29th April to report that they were suspicious about it as there were discrepancies with the Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs). Examination by officers showed that the car had previously been reported stolen and the VINs had been tampered with, so it was seized and towed away. (Ref CC-29042021-0199)
White Hart Court – A silver hybrid bicycle was stolen from a private parking area at White Hart Court at some time overnight on Thursday 29th / Friday 30th April. The bike had been left chained to a fence, but the thieves took both the bike and the chain. (Ref 35/25866/21)
Town Centre – A male who habitually sits in the doorways of town centre shops in St Ives reported that he had been assaulted by an unknown person at some time during the day on Friday 30th April, and had suffered cuts and bruises as a result. The incident is thought to have happened near a cash machine. At the moment police have not heard from anyone who may have witnessed the incident. (Ref 35/26113/21)
Guided Busway, Station Road – A driver contacted police on Friday lunchtime, 30th April, to say that their car had become stuck in the Guided Busway on Station Road – they were unfamiliar with the area and had mis-read the road signs. Fortunately the car was able to be moved out of the track quite quickly. (Ref CC-30042021-0176)
Wilson Way – Police have received reports of antisocial behaviour, littering and damage at open space near Wilson Way and Berman Park this week, most recently on Saturday 1st May. The Neighbourhood Policing Team have been notified and asked to include the area in patrols when possible. (Refs CC-01052021-0396 and CC-29042021-0507)
Houghton Road – Intruders broke into the compound of a motor business on Houghton Road at some time overnight on Saturday 1st / Sunday 2nd May, interfered with security equipment then forced entry into a portacabin office and stole some car-related items before leaving. (Ref 35/26319/21)
Harding Way – A silver Ford Transit van was stolen from a business unit on Harding Way at around 10:00 pm on Saturday evening, 2nd May. Fortunately it was found by police a short time later and was towed away for forensic examination. (Ref 35/26531/21)
And Finally – Changes to Police Contact Service Changes:
Cambridgeshire Constabulary have announced changes to the ways in which the public can make contact, including ending ‘walk-in’ service at some Enquiry Offices and the introduction of appointment-based surgeries.
The changes are part of the streamlining announced last year, which also includes changes to the way in which Neighbourhood Policing is organised.
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)