Police Report for January

This is the crime summary for the month of January 2013 for the parishes of: Ashmansworth, East Woodhay, Highclere, Burghclere, Newtown, Litchfield, Ecchinswell & Sydmonton.

Total Crimes reported -17

House Burglary – 0

Thefts from sheds and outbuildings – 2

Theft from Vehicles – 2

Other Theft – 6

Other Crime – 7

The community Policing priorities for this area are :

Thefts from sheds & outbuildings (including theft of metal)

Anti – Social Behaviour


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

A log splitter was stolen from a shed and during the Christmas holiday, lead was taken from the roof of St. Thomas School, Woolton Hill. Please remember to mark all of your property and log serial numbers even on shed items. For advice on marking/registering your goods, particularly electrical items contact PCSO Abbey Carpenter. Metal thefts are still being reported across the beat, power/telephone cables have been targeted and metal sheeting from a bridge across the A34. Please report sightings of strange/suspicious people or vehicles while they are there, so they can be checked them. Remember, make and models of vehicles are useful but the registration is even better.

Reduce anti-social behaviour especially around Bishops Green:

There has been one report of ASB for the beat for the whole of January, even throughout the snow but there have been numerous reports of vehicles being driven in an antisocial manner in Penwood. These vehicles can be given warnings and seized on second occasion. Patrols have been conducted in all areas. The Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators have circulated a letter from the police to the residents of some areas of Penwood to advise that the land owner has not given his permission for motorbikes to use the wooded areas around Penwood and any such activity is unlawful.

Reduce speeding across the beat:

Dark winter nights continue to reduce speed enforcement with a speed camera. Checks will continue during daylight hours, especially around the schools. Patrol vehicles have been parked up in key spots to slow down drivers at busy times and speeding traffic monitored.

Other incidents of note:

Theft from vehicles continues to be problem across the rural area. The two listed in the summary above were both parked in Beacon Hill car park whilst the owners were walking in the snow. Please ensure that all valuables are removed from vehicles when parked even for only a few minutes (including not leaving handbags under seats!!) We have “NO VALUABLES IN THIS VEHICLE” cards to be left on the dash of your vehicle.

A car was seized in Newtown when the driver was caught driving with no insurance, a handbag was stolen in Bishops Green whilst a mother played in the snow with her children and a large generator was taken from the Royal Chase building site in Woolton Hill.

The police have also reported an increase in reports of dog attacks on other dogs and people. Dog owners have been spoken to in relation to these reports; a lot of these are attended with the Basingstoke and Deane Dog Warden. Advice has been given in relation to training, muzzling and securing gardens.

For more information about how to contact the Dog Wardens please see the following web links: http://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/browse/community-and-living/street-care-and-cleaning/dogs/ or http://www.dogwarden.org/4.html

The police are aware that across the rural area there are a number of false bank notes in circulation. Remember to check your change/cash back from shops, pubs or if you are receiving payment in cash for anything. It can be very difficult to tell if you are dealing with a forgery, this link explains just how to tell.http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/banknotes/Documents/kyb_lo_res.pdf

Please also bear in mind that some cash machines have recently been fitted with scanners that steal your information. Always hide your pin, check the machine that you are using for anything strange, report anything you are not happy with to the machine supplier.

Hampshire constabulary appeals:


Please click on the links for more details and how to contact police regarding the following occurrences.


Police are appealing for information and witnesses after a number of burglaries at buildings on Popham Airfield. At about 11pm on Sunday, January 27, offenders broke in to various buildings, including the club house and an aircraft hangar. Once inside they have caused a huge amount of damage, smashing items, throwing food around, setting fire extinguishers off and spraying graffiti on aircraft


Police in Winchester are advising residents to review their security following the theft of six bikes. Between January 21 and January 31 there were six reports of shed and garage breaks in the city and one report of an attempted shed break in.

There are current appeals throughout the force area that may be of interest to you. They are updated regularly. Please take a look via the following link.



This month between the hours of 1830 25/02/13 and 0800 26/02/13 a number of Dunelm Mill carrier bags containing soft furnishings and a box containing a duvet were taken from a vehicle. The vehicle was parked in a driveway in Broadlayings. In a second incident between 0130 and 0800 26/02/13 a van in Woolton Lodge Gardens had several items including tools removed from within.

If you have any information regarding any of the incidents detailed in this update please contact the police either by email or calling 101. Always dial 999 in the event of an emergency

If you see Abbey and/or Matt out and about please stop and say hello!

Hampshire Constabulary,

Whitchurch Police Station, Dances Lane,

Whitchurch, Hampshire, RG28 7EG

External: 101 Internal: 624-472

Mobile: 07775541874

Twitter: @HighclerePolice

Email: abbey.carpenter@hampshire.pnn.police.uk

Website: www.hampshire.police.uk

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