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Weekly Policing Update - St Ives District

Alert message sent 09/05/2017 11:47:00

Information sent on behalf of Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Good Morning, St Ives District Members –

Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 2nd to 8th May:

Wellington Street – Police are investigating a break-in and theft at commercial premises on Wellington Street that took place in the early hours of Tuesday 2nd May. The thief entered the building via an open window and stole money from charity boxes, before leaving via the same route.

All Saints Green – Police have received a report of a suspicious vehicle seen in the All Saints Green area around midday on Tuesday 2nd May. A silver Ford Transit van stopped at several houses and residents were asked if they wanted to buy any agricultural equipment. The van had pictures of an excavator and a ride-on mower on its sides, and one resident was offered a generator and a compressor.

Bure Close – A resident of Bure Close has reported that eggs have been thrown at her house on three occasions in recent weeks, most recently on Tuesday 2nd May. At the moment it is not known who the culprits are.

Harrison Way – Police have received a report of a suspicious incident that took place on Harrison Way on Wednesday afternoon, 3rd May, in which a member of the public was approached by two men in a grey car, possibly a Volkswagen, who were offering tools for sale from the boot of the vehicle.

Houghton Road – Police seized and towed away a black Ford Focus found to have no valid insurance from an address on Houghton Road on Wednesday afternoon, 3rd May.

Granta Close – Police and the Fire Brigade were called to a house on Granta Close in the early hours of Thursday 4th May to deal with a blaze in the back garden. A trailer loaded with rubbish and a dismantled shed were on fire, and part of a fence and some nearby trees were also affected. A neighbour had spotted the fire and alerted the residents who tackled the blaze with a hose pipe. Fortunately no-one was hurt and the fire was put out before it could spread further, but the blaze is thought to have been started deliberately.

Hazel Way – A house on Hazel Way was broken into and burgled at some time between 22nd February and Thursday 4th May, whilst the owners were away. Thieves entered by forcing open a window at the back of the house and then carried out a very thorough search, particularly in the upstairs rooms where drawers and cupboards were opened and the contents strewn about. They left having stolen items of jewellery. Investigations are on-going.

Constable Road – A post-box in Constable Road was broken into at some time between midday and 5:30 pm on Thursday 4th May. The letters inside were stolen but many were later found discarded in a waste bin elsewhere in St Ives. The Post Office have launched their own inquiry, but police have been contacted by at least one person who reported that a letter he posted was not amongst those recovered and so is presumed to have been stolen.

St Ives, various locations – Police have received a report of the theft of party-political posters from various locations around St Ives that took place between 24th April and Friday 5th May. Eleven posters were put up in the town but when the time came to take them down, all but three had been removed.

Robbs Walk – Police arrested a suspect after attending an incident on Robbs Walk on Friday afternoon, 5th May, in which a man is alleged to have made threats and smashed a window.

Old Ramsey Road – Police are investigating an incident that took place on Old Ramsey Road at around 6:30 pm on Friday 5th May, in which a loose Alsatian dog is reported to have attacked two Jack Russell dogs being walked on the lead by a lady and her daughter. The lady sustained bite injuries attempting to protect her Jack Russells from the Alsatian. The Huntingdonshire Dog Warden has been notified of the incident.

Alwyn Close – A thief stole the back and front number plates from a black Vauxhall car that had been left in a communal car-park on Alwyn Road, at sometime between 7:45 pm on Friday 5th May and 10:45 am on Saturday 6th May. The number plates were carefully unscrewed and no other damage was caused to the vehicle.

White Hart Lane – Police received a report of a collision between a parked car and a black car which failed to stop, at around 6:15 pm on White Hart Lane on Saturday 6th May. The offending car may have been a VW Polo.

​Hemingford Meadows – Police were given advance notice of an exercise by Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue scheduled to take place on Hemingford Meadows and along the river between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm on Sunday 7th May. Up to 40 people wearing high-visibility clothing would be involved and the exercise would include simulating the recovery of a body from the river.

Burrel Road – Police are investigating a break-in at an industrial unit on Burrel Road that took place overnight on Sunday 7th / Monday 8th May. Not many details are available at the moment, but it appears that intruders entered by forcing open a side door. It is not yet known if anything was stolen from inside the unit, which is thought to have been mostly empty whilst being refurbished.

London Road – There was an attempted break-in at a house on London Road, overnight on Sunday 7th / Monday 8th May. The padlock on an outbuilding used to store gardening equipment was interfered with by an unknown intruder, who apparently ran off when an alarm sounded. No entry was made into the building.

Crown Close – A resident of Crown Close has reported receiving a fraudulent telephone call on Monday afternoon, 8th May. The male caller purported to be from a Building Society and asked the resident for her 3-digit security code number. The victim recognised this as an attempted fraud, told the man not to call her again, put the phone down and reported the incident to the police.

Lost and Found:

Lost – Langley Close area, within the last week – a bunch of keys on a black coiled wire key-ring, consisting of a house key, a flat fob and a disabled toilet key.

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To see details of Policing Summaries for neighbouring areas, please click on the following link and scroll down the page to select areas of interest:

https://www.ecops.org.uk/alert_archive

As always, if you have information relating to any offence, or are concerned about any suspicious activities, please contact police by using the '101' telephone number. Alternatively, you can use 'Crimestoppers' to make a report anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or by using their on-line contact form. In an emergency, or if you witness a crime in progress, always use '999'.

Best Wishes,

Chris Shaw, PSV

St Ives
Police Station
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Chris Shaw (Police, PSV - Online Communities, Huntingdonshire - St Ives)

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