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Weekly Policing Update - St Ives District

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Good Afternoon, St Ives District Members –

Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 14th to 20th November. Amongst other incidents, unfortunately purse thieves have been operating in the town centre again so please do take care of your purses, handbags and wallets when you are out and about, especially in crowded shops and public places.

Old Ramsey Road – Police received a report of possible hare-coursers seen on land off Old Ramsey Road on Monday afternoon, 13th November. A blue four-by-four vehicle with two men and dogs had been spotted, but were seen to drive off towards Somersham before a police patrol arrived. However, the registration number was noted down and police were able to check details of the vehicle and the registered owner. (Ref CC-13112017-0332)


Green How – A white Ford Transit van, left parked on the drive outside its owner’s house on Green How, was broken into overnight on Monday 13th / Tuesday 14th November. The thief managed to enter the van without causing any damage, and stole tools from inside. The garage door was also interfered with, but at the moment it is not thought that it was entered or anything stolen from within. (Ref CF0658251117)


Burleigh Road – Police received a report of suspicious behaviour by two males outside a house on Burleigh Road at around 3:00 am early on Tuesday 14th November. The men had been spotted trying to open the door of a garage and also the door of the owner’s car, parked on the drive. However, no damage was caused and nothing was stolen. (Ref CC-14112017-0033)


Hill Rise – A Ford Transit van, left parked outside its owner’s house on Hill Rise, was broken into in the early hours of Tuesday 14th November. The owner was woken by a noise but did not see anything suspicious; however, when he came to the van in the morning he found that it had been entered and all of his tools had been taken from the back. Investigations are in progress. (Ref CF0657721117)


Chestnut Road – A resident of Chestnut Road was disturbed by a noise at around 3:45 am early on Tuesday morning, 14th November, and opened the front door to find intruders attempting to break into her garage. A car with its engine running was drawn up nearby. One of the intruders was described as tall and thin, wearing a distinctive red and black hat with a white fleecy lining. (Ref CF0657871117)


Somersham Road – Police have received a report of crops in a field off Somersham Road being damaged when a red off-road vehicle was driven across it, shortly after midday on Tuesday 14th November. (Ref CF0658441117)


Kings Hedges – A white Peugeot car was damaged whilst it was parked outside a shop on Kings Hedges at around 5:45 pm on Wednesday 15th November. The vandal scratched the paintwork on the boot, the passenger door and a front wing, using a metal object such as a key. Police hope CCTV footage will have caught the culprit on camera. (Ref CF0662201117)


Tamar Close – A police patrol was sent to Tamar Close shortly after midnight early on Thursday 16th November, following a report of a suspicious male seen trying car doors and looking into houses along the road. Although officers searched the area, no trace of the man was found. (Ref CC-16112017-0015)


Stirling Road – A house on Stirling Road was broken into in the early evening of Thursday 16th November, whilst the owners were out for a short time. Intruders forced the front door to get into the house, then carried out a very thorough and messy search, leaving having stolen cash and documents in a small holdall. Police have carried out house-to-house enquiries with neighbours, and the holdall was later found abandoned elsewhere in St Ives, but unfortunately minus the money. Investigations are continuing. (Ref CF0664171117)


Market Hill – A lady had her purse stolen from her shoulder-bag whilst shopping on Market Hill just before midday on Friday 17th November. The lady felt someone bump into her whilst she was in a charity shop and noticed the purse was missing at the next shop she visited. The purse contained cash and cards and unfortunately one of the cards was used by the thief to make a cash withdrawal shortly after the theft took place. Investigations are continuing, including looking at CCTV footage from the shops that the lady visited. (Ref CF0665111117)


Market Hill – Another lady was also the victim of a purse thief whilst she was shopping on Market Hill at around 11:45 am on Friday 17th November. Again, the purse was stolen from a shoulder bag, most likely whilst the lady was looking around inside a charity shop. The purse contained a small amount of cash and photographs. Police will be looking at CCTV footage from the shop as part of the investigation. (Ref CF0667341117)


Crown Street – A lady had her purse stolen from her handbag whilst she was shopping on Crown Street at around midday on Saturday 18th November. It is likely that the theft happened when the lady put her bag down on the floor in a shop to look at clothing hanging on a rack. The purse contained cash, cards and other documents. (Ref CF0667751117)


Spinney Way – Police received a report of eggs thrown at the outside of a house on Spinney Way on Saturday afternoon, 18th November. No damage was caused and there was no sign of the perpetrators, although there are informal reports of other similar incidents in the area recently.  (Ref CC-18112017-0375)


Warren Road – A house on Warren Road was broken into at some time between Wednesday morning, 15th, and Saturday evening, 18th November, whilst the owners were absent. Intruders broke in through patio doors at the back, then carried out a thorough and messy search of mainly the upstairs bedrooms. At the moment there is no information on what may have been stolen, but investigations, including house-to-house enquiries, are in hand. (Ref CF0669701117)


Burstellars – Someone smashed the rear windscreen of a silver Honda car, left parked on its owner’s driveway overnight on Saturday 18th / Sunday 19th November. The object that broke the window has not been found, but the car was not entered and nothing seems to have been stolen from it. (Ref CF0672551117)


Ramsey Road / Heron Way – Police received a report of an injured swan causing disruption to traffic on Ramsey Road at the junction with Heron Way on Monday morning, 20th November. When officers arrived, the swan was located at Curlew Close and awaited the arrival of the RSPCA (Ref CC-18112017-0375)

Another call was received at midday reporting the swan back at Heron Close, however officers assessed that it did not pose a danger to traffic or passers-by. (Ref CC-20112017-0176)


Station Road – Police were called to Station Road at 12:30 pm on Monday 20th November following a report of an incident in which a pedestrian was knocked over by a bus. An ambulance was called but it is thought that the pedestrian was not seriously hurt. (Ref CC-20112017-0195)


Hogarth Close – Someone threw a stone through the side window of a house on Hogarth Close on Monday afternoon, 20th November, causing it to smash. (Ref CF0672521117)


Granta Close – A brick was thrown through the kitchen window of a house on Granta Close mid-evening on Monday 20th November. (Ref CC-20112017-0463)





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:

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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