Police & Crime

Overnight Between Sunday the 7th and Monday the 8th December, 2 vehicles are known to have been targeted; the first one in The Mount Highclere – vehicle parked insecurely on a private driveway was entered and Next gift card taken from within; the second in East End had its boot forced open and wellington boots taken from within.

This is the crime summary for the month of NOVEMBER 2014 for the parishes of: Ashmansworth, East Woodhay, Highclere, Burghclere, Newtown, Litchfield, Ecchinswell & Sydmonton.

Total Crimes reported – 26

House Burglary – 0

Criminal Damage – 3

Thefts from sheds and outbuildings – 4

Theft from Vehicles – 4

Theft of a Vehicle -0

Other Theft – 2

Other Crime – 13


The community Policing priorities for this area are:-

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

  • 13/11/14 – Ashmansworth – Garage entered during daytime hours, high value garden machinery stolen.
  • 18/11/14 – Beacon Hill Area – Offenders have entered a non-dwelling property, trailer stolen from within.
  • 23/11/14 – Highclere, Church Road – Offenders in a 4×4 truck have entered a garage and stolen high value gardening machinery. Offenders have also entered the grounds of a neighbouring property and searched through cars.
  • 23/11/14 – Woolton Hill – Offenders have entered the grounds of an estate property and entered a workshop within, nothing taken.
  • High numbers of Non Dwelling breaks have also occurred on neighbouring beats. Offenders often drive off road and will therefore be using 4 x 4 vehicles. Any sightings of suspicious activity should be reported immediately to police, obtain as much detail as possible.
  • If you have any questions about the security of your property or wish to get extra advice please contact Abbey directly, or visit our website for crime prevention advice.
  • We have a number of alarmed padlocks for sale at £10 each. If you wish to purchase one please contact Abbey.

Reduce anti-social behaviour across the beat area

  • We have received very few reports relating to ASB over the past month. The calls we have had are mainly neighbour disputes which do not affect the wider community.
  • We had a complaint of Anti-Social use of a vehicle in Newtown. Following up on the call it was discovered that the vehicle was being tested by a mechanic before and after a repair. Advice has been given.
  • With Christmas coming up we anticipate that people will be having events at home and at public houses etc. Please can all residents be reminded to be respectful of others and consider how your actions can affect others. Noise should be kept to a minimum at events and when travelling home.
  • Stay safe when out on dark evenings, use torches, reflective clothing and stick to footpaths. If you are going out drinking, pre book a taxi. This will save you the walk home and could save your life, walking on rural roads, in the dark under the influence of alcohol can be exceptionally dangerous. Please take extra care!

Reduce speeding across the beat

  • Equipment has been purchased for the Speedwatch Schemes in Woolton Hill and Highclere. We anticipate that checks will start in December for Woolton Hill and shortly after in Highclere. We still hope to see more volunteers in the areas, there are no specific requirements for availability, if you feel that you will be able to give small amounts of time then please contact Abbey for further information.

Other incidents of note

  • 10/11/14 – Ecchinswell – A public order incident occurred outside of the Royal Oak in Ecchinswell (No connection to the pub). As a result of the dispute between two males damage was caused to the fence and some furniture at the front of the pub.
  • 11/11/14 – Breachfields, Burghclere -  Damage has been caused to the front door of a property in Breachfield, it is unclear what the damage was caused by or what the intent of the offender was.
  • 14/11/14 – The Clere School, Burghclere – At 0940 an unknown offender has cut the lock on a bike which was secured to the bike rack outside of The Clere School. The bike is a specialized Allez. If anyone has any information relating to the whereabouts of the bike, please contact us on 101 quoting 44140421665. If you do not wish to speak with police directly, you can call crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report criminals via their website.
  • 15/11/14 – Theft from vehicle series, Ecchinswell – Overnight offenders have targeted several vehicles in the area between Mill Lane and White Hill in Ecchinswell. The offenders have tried door handles on cars and have searched the vehicles that opened. On one occasion the offenders have tried to smash a window of one vehicle, this is due to items being left on display.

Other incidents in the Basingstoke Rural Area

  • 53 Non Dwelling Burglaries have occurred across the rural area.

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