Police & Crime

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

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

Total Crimes reported – 8

House Burglary – 0

Criminal Damage – 1

Thefts from sheds and outbuildings – 1

Theft from Vehicles – 1

Theft of a Vehicle -1

Other Theft – 1

Other Crime – 3

The community Policing priorities for this area are :

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

04/10/14 -  Harts Lane – Burghclere – A garden shed was entered by unknown offender/s. Handsaw and Micro Scooter stolen.

Reduce anti-social behaviour across the beat area

Woolton Hill recreation ground – We have received reports of anti social behaviour at the recreation ground in Woolton Hill. These reports include underage drinking, illegal use of fireworks and littering.

Reduce speeding across the beat

Community Speedwatch Set up in the Highclere and East Woodhay area is moving along steadily. Several volunteers have come forward for both areas and we encourage more people to join in. Volunteers can give as little or as much time as is suitable for them and there is no requirement to travel to police stations for training or data input.

Other incidents of note

08/10/14 – Theft from a vehicle – Highclere – A vehicle parked in the Westridge/Hollington Lane area of Highclere was targeted by thieves. Thieves made off with a large number of items from Drills to Chainsaws, they also took a large Breaker which would require at least two people to carry it and a vehicle capable of carrying large goods.

13/10/14 – Theft – Litchfield – A quad bike was taken from outside a property in Litchfield.

Theft of a vehicle – A vehicle has been reported as being stolen between July and October. This is following a dispute between two parties known to each other.

13/10/14 – Drug offences – Ashmansworth – On a routine patrol, officers sighted a male well known to police in a vehicle in Ashmansworth. The male had no good reason for being there and was subsequently searched. A small amount of cannabis was found on his person and he was issued with a fixed penalty notice for possession. The male has also been reported for several driving offences.

13/10/14 – Dog bite incident – A person was bitten by a neighbour’s dog in the Highclere area. This has been dealt with via community resolution. Steps have been taken to ensure that the dog is not a risk to the public.

22/10/14 – 23/10/14 – Criminal Damage – Cosmetic damage has been caused to a vehicle belonging to a Bishops Green resident, it is not certain where the vehicle was parked when the damage was caused.

Suspicious vehicle – A number of reports were received in October regarding a male van driver. The van is a white ford transit and is marked with ‘A1 ROOFING’ on the side of the vehicle. This vehicle has been seen in Litchfield, Ashley Warren, Sydmonton, Crux Easton, Ashmansworth and Old Burghclere. Please take note if this vehicle is seen or the occupants of similar vehicles are asking about items for sale in yards, they may be looking to return at a later time.

A dark coloured vehicle, possibly a Vauxhall Astra or Vectra, was seen within the grounds of an estate in the Highclere area. The occupants were paying attention to barns or trailers stored nearby. When seen the occupants got back in to the vehicle and this then drove at the witnesses at speed.

A similar vehicle was seen in the area of Smannel near Andover, possibly involved in a burglary there.

A driver reported a suspicious vehicle on the A343 in Washwater. The vehicle was an unmarked car, possibly a ford, displaying blue flashing lights. The driver did not stop for the vehicle as he was uncertain about whether it was a police vehicle or not. The vehicle then turned off of the A343 but continued to display blue flashing lights. Please do not be alarmed by this as there are a number of possible legitimate reasons for an unmarked vehicle to have flashing blue lights. This could have been a car belonging to an on call fire fighter or other emergency service worker. It is not clear whether there was any attempt to get vehicles to stop and as such may have been using lights to alert other drivers to their presence in order to make progress to an incident. Important advice - If you feel vulnerable and are unsure whether an unmarked vehicle is a police car, make steady progress to the nearest public place before stopping. See the following for more details -https://www.askthe.police.uk/content/Q587.htm


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