Police Reports

Newsflash: Between 1800 and 1900 Hours on the 18th October person(s) unknown

attempted to enter a property on Pantings Lane in Highclere. A noise was heard and when the occupant went to investigate, the side door had been opened and security light outside came on. The chain was on the door, meaning no entry was gained.

This is the crime summary for the month of September 2013 for the parishes of:

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

Total Crimes reported -  11

House Burglary – 0

Thefts from sheds and outbuildings – 1

Theft from Vehicles – 2

Other Theft -  1

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 barn rented for use as vehicle storage in Highclere was broken in to and a white Ford Transit Vehicle Recovery truck was taken from within.

Reduce anti-social behaviour across the beat area

In Woolton Hill, in the early hours of the 2nd September a group of young people have been seen to move various items from a garden including building blocks and wheelie bins which they have also rolled each other around in. The same group were seen hanging around in a nearby road, smoking and then smashing a lighter on the floor. A bag of building ballast was moved and contents spread in to the road along Broadlayings and an egg thrown at a house window. This resulted in three calls being made to police.

Motorcycles are being ridden around the woods adjacent to Bishops Green. The use of motor vehicles off road is an offence and will not be tolerated. Please call police upon seeing these offences being committed, descriptions of riders and bikes are valuable. Other reports of motorcycles being ridden on the estate have also been received.

Reduce speeding across the beat

The safety camera van has been deployed across the beat area and a number of offenders have been caught.

Other incidents of note

There have been two thefts from vehicles on the beat in September. One incident involved a vehicle parked up in Ashmansworth, the driver was carrying out work at an address and his vehicle was left insecure.

A handbag was taken from the seat of an unattended vehicle in Ball Hill whilst the owner was working inside an address.

Two females dressed all in black entered the store in Penwood asking to change bank notes. During this time they have caused confusion and managed to make off with more cash than they entered the store with.

Motorists continue to ignore the one way system in place at Bishops Green. This has resulted in at least one collision. A moped rider was forced out of the road by an oncoming vehicle travelling the wrong way up Hyde Lane. This resulted in minor injuries only, however this could have been a lot worse. The small Hatchback car failed to stop at the scene. Drivers are reminded that failure to comply with the one way system that is in place is not tolerated and can result in prosecution.

Ten reports were received via 101 regarding suspicious people or vehicles. All suspicious incidents are investigated as soon as possible; please do not hesitate to call immediately if you see something which you do not think is right. Vehicles makes, models and registration numbers are extremely important please do your best to note these down to pass on to police. This information could be very useful!

For example – A silver Mercedes reported as being seen in sus circumstances in August was seen by Abbey in Spring Lane, Burghclere on Sunday 15th September. The vehicle made off at speed and is not using a correct number plate. If it wasn’t for the original report then it would have most likely gone unnoticed by Abbey.

Across the Rural area:

A number of Burglaries from Outbuildings and farm buildings have been reported across the rural area since the 25th. The areas that have been targeted so far include Ashe Warren, Steventon, North Waltham, Coxford Down and Bramley.

A green Subaru Forrester has been seen to be involved in some of these incidents.

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