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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 16th to 21st May:
Burrel Road – Thieves broke through a locked gate to enter the compound of a business unit on Burrel Road at some time between Saturday 15th and Monday 17th May, then interfered with four storage containers. At the moment it is not known if anything was stolen from them. (Ref 35/30028/21)
Westbury Road Area – Police searched the area around Westbury Road late on Sunday evening, 16th May, following a report that someone had entered the back garden of a house and tried the handle of the back door. However, no-one was found and all was quiet. (Ref 35/29956/21)
Town Centre – Police responded to an incident that happened in the town centre on Sunday evening, 16th May, in which a male, thought to be heavily under the influence of alcohol or drugs, entered a public house and caused extensive damage to one of the toilets, before collapsing and having to be taken to hospital by ambulance. He had earlier caused damage at a nearby hotel where he was staying. Investigations are continuing. (Ref 35/30000/21)
Hill Rise – Police responded to several reports that a man was walking along the street at Hill Rise on Monday morning, 17th May, at around 8:00 and carrying a knife. Later in the morning a man was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of a bladed article in a public place. (Ref 35/30067/21)
Needingworth Road – Thieves removed security fence panels to enter a construction site on Needingworth Road at some time overnight on Tuesday 18th / Wednesday 19th May, then managed to steal a heavy piece of equipment attached to a digger. It is thought that two or three persons and a vehicle would have been needed to steal the object and police hope that CCTV footage will help in the investigation. (Ref 35/30642/21)
Houghton Road – A resident of Houghton Road reported a suspicious incident that happened on Wednesday 19th May. A male knocked on the door saying he was there to read the gas meter, and the resident showed him round to the rear of the house. When he had left the resident became suspicious, as the man had no paperwork or equipment. They then checked with the gas company who stated that they had not sent anyone round. The concern is that the male may have been checking the house for vulnerabilities or burglary opportunities. (Ref CC-21052021-0198)
Guided Busway, Station Road – Police were contacted about a car that had turned onto the Guided Busway at Station Road and fallen into the car-trap, bursting a tyre and becoming stuck, on Wednesday morning, 19th May. However, normal recovery services are unable to assist in this situation so police passed on contact details for the specialist Council department who can organise help. (Ref CC-19052021-0146)
Warner’s Park – Police received a report of anti-social behaviour by a group of teenagers in Warner’s Park on Wednesday evening, 19th May. The group were reported to have been riding electric scooters at speed, and intimidating families and dog-walkers. The incident had happened earlier in the day so there was no requirement for police to attend at that time, but details have been passed to the Neighbourhood Policing Team for them to be aware. (Ref CC-19052021-0454)
Meadow Lane Park and Ride – Police were called to the Meadow Lane Park and Ride site on Wednesday evening, 19th May, when a drunk male on one of the buses had become verbally abusive and offensive towards some of the passengers, then refused to get off the bus when it stopped. However, when police arrived he had left the bus and disappeared and a search of the area failed to locate him, possibly having boarded another bus back towards Cambridge. (Ref 35/30909/21)
St Ives – An elderly St Ives resident was the victim of a fraud on Friday, 21st May, when a person called at their door saying that the resident had overpaid on an insurance police and was due a refund. Unfortunately, the victim believed this and provided their bank details, which enabled the fraudster to take money from the account. (Ref CC-21052021-0307)
St Ives – Police carried out a search at an address in St Ives on Friday morning, 21st May, in connection with suspected drug dealing. Substances believed to be crack cocaine and heroin were discovered, together with a quantity of cash, mobile phones and other items associated with drug dealing. One person was arrested and taken into custody for questioning. (Ref 35/31176/21)
And Finally – ‘County Lines’ Awareness Campaign
All this week the Police have been highlighting ‘County Lines’ drug dealing to raise awareness of what it is, who is at risk, and how to spot the signs.
They are continuing to work with hotels, landlords, taxi drivers and bus companies to identify victims of exploitation across Huntingdonshire. Officers are distributing leaflets and posters encouraging employees to look closer in order to spot children and young people who are being exploited by County Lines criminals.
More information, including how to spot the signs and to report information to the police, is on the police web-site at:
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)