Police & Crime

This is the crime summary for the month of April 2014 for the parishes of:

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

Total Crimes reported – 11

House Burglary – 0

Criminal Damage – 2

Thefts from sheds and outbuildings – 1

Theft from Vehicles – 2

Other Theft – 3

Other Crime – 3

The community Policing priorities for this area are:

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

  • 27th – 28th – Garage entered in Spring Lane, Burghclere. Garden machinery taken.

Reduce anti-social behaviour across the beat area

  • 8 reports of ASB, however, the majority of these are neighbour related.
  • Motorcycles reported being ridden off road on Sydmonton Common – Offenders are reminded that vehicles are not to be ridden in this area. Offenders will be dealt with under Section 59 of the police reform act and could have their vehicles seized.
  • Youths reported for starting a fire on the playing fields next to St Thomas’ Infant School in Woolton Hill. Enquiries have revealed two names of offenders and these youths will be dealt with in due course alongside Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Reduce speeding across the beat

  • The safety camera van is continually being deployed across the beat area.
  • Officers have been carrying out additional speed checks in 30mph zones. Coming soon to your area!

Other incidents of note

  • 01/04/14 – Trailer stolen from a farm in Washwater – 2 vehicles involved.
  • 03/04/14 – Suspicious Incident/Fraud – Reports of a suspicious vehicle in Ashmansworth, occupants looking for the postman, Police attended but unable to locate the vehicle. Further communication with villagers linked the vehicle to possible fraud offences. This is being dealt with by action fraud.
  • 10/04/14 – Theft from a vehicle – A34 – Fuel was taken from a vehicle parked overnight, 3 males have been arrested in connection.
  • 16/04/14 – Theft – Beech Road, Bishops Green – Offenders unknown have entered an unlocked bin store and taken all bins from within.
  • 26/04/14 – Theft from a vehicle – Church Street, Woolton Hill – Offenders have smashed a vehicle’s window and taken a wallet from within.

Thefts from Vehicles – Not just at the beauty spots….

With nicer weather comes an increase of visitors to beauty spot locations such as Beacon Hill, Watership Down and other popular walking areas.

If you are visiting any of these locations please take note of the following advice…

  • Try to park in sign-posted parking areas.
  • Be cautious about parking your car in isolation. Thieves can be put off when other people are around.
  • Do not leave anything in your vehicle. A jacket or coat left behind may be of very little value to you, but a thief may think it has been used to hide a laptop or handbag and will break into your vehicle to find out.
  • Take items with you rather than locking them in the boot, you can’t be sure who has seen you.
  • Before you leave home, think about what you need and leave any unnecessary items of value at home.
  • Make sure you do not leave documents which have your personal details on in your vehicle.
  • Do not leave your sat-nav in your vehicle and don’t forget to remove the cradle and wipe the sucker marks from your windscreen.
  • Remember to shut all windows and sunroofs and lock all doors. Activate the alarm and immobiliser. Make use of any security products you might have such as steering locks.
  • Whilst enjoying the sights make sure you keep your bag and possessions with you.


We have seen an increase in the number of thefts from vehicles parked on the roadside – Do not leave valuables in your unattended car at ANY point.

Thefts of this nature are opportunist and offenders will take seconds to complete their task and move on. Don’t get caught out.

Across the beat - Abbey has attended the Newtown Parish Assembly and heard some feedback about speed enforcement. We will attempt to make improvements to speed enforcement in the area.

Abbey will be attending further assemblies in Burghclere, Highclere, Ashmansworth, Ecchinswell and East Woodhay. Unfortunately she will be unable to attend the full meeting for Highclere, Ashmansworth, East Woodhay or Burghclere, so if you have any questions or comments that you do not wish to ask in a public forum then please feel free to email.

Richard has attended meetings relating to speed problems across the beat and is making plans to tackle the issues.

If you have any information regarding any of the incidents detailed in this update please contact us either by email or calling 101

If you know someone who is involved in criminal activity, have information relating to crimes that have occurred, but you do not want to call police directly.. Then please visit https://crimestoppers-uk.org/ or call 0800 555 111.This is a free and anonymous service.

Please contact us if you have any questions

Richard & Abbey


Hampshire Constabulary,

Whitchurch Police Station, Dances Lane,

Whitchurch, Hampshire, RG28 7EG

External: 101

Twitter: @HighclerePolice

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

Website: www.hampshire.police.uk


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