This is the crime summary for the month of March for the parishes of:

Ashmansworth, East Woodhay, Highclere, Burghclere, Newtown, Litchfield, Ecchinswell & Sydmonton.

Total Crimes reported – 16

House Burglary – 1

Thefts from sheds and outbuildings (including theft of metal) – 1

Theft from Vehicles – 1

Other Theft – 2

Other Crime – 11

The community Policing priorities for this area are :

  • Thefts from sheds & outbuildings (including theft of metal)
  • Anti – Social Behaviour
  • Speeding

Prevent thefts from garages, sheds and outbuildings(including theft of metal)

  • A lead letterbox cover was stolen from the end of a driveway in the Sydmonton area.
  • There have been no other thefts from sheds and outbuildings or thefts of metal.

Reduce anti-social behaviour especially around Bishops Green

  • There have been a number of reports of off road bikes, particularly in the area of Penwood.
  • There was also a report of an off road bike in Bishops Green.

Reduce speeding across the beat

  • Speed enforcement has been regularly carried out across the beat. A particular target for this month was the Ball Hill area.
  • The speed enforcement van has been conducting checks on the A343 in Highclere.


Other incidents of note

  • An attempt was made to break in to a house in Woolton Hill. The side window was forced open. Nothing was stolen and we don’t believe that anybody entered the property.
  • Criminal Damage to vehicles:

      Three vehicles in the Newtown area were sprayed with a line of yellow paint. This is not thought to be local as there have been numerous reports of vehicles being sprayed in multiple counties across the south of England. A suspect is now in custody.

  • Damage has been caused to a wooden post in The Chase car park, Woolton Hill, black graffiti was sprayed over it.
  • A male has been prosecuted for possession of cannabis whilst parked at Beacon Hill car park.
  • A vehicle was broken into whilst parked at Sydmonton Down (Watership Down) and a handbag was stolen from underneath the seat.

      Please do not leave any valuables in your vehicle. No matter how well hidden!

  • We have had two mobile phones stolen this month. One was stolen from The Red House in Highclere. A group entered the restaurant and distracted people who were sitting at the tables. The phone was then stolen from the table whilst the owner was distracted.

       The other was stolen from the Travel Inn at Tothill Services.


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