Good Afternoon, St Ives District Members –
Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 21st to 27th November:
Meadow Lane Park and Ride – A teenager’s black ‘Scott’ hybrid bicycle was stolen from a rack at the Guided Bus Park and Ride site on Meadow Lane at some time during the day on Monday 20th November. The bike had been left secured with a cable lock, but the thief cut through this to steal the bike. (Ref CF0677561117)
Guided Busway at Station Road / Harrison Way – Police were called to an incident on the Guided Busway in the town centre shortly after 7:00 am on Tuesday 21st November, in which a car drove onto the track-way and became stuck in one of the car-traps, resulting in traffic backing up on the main road. Recovery services were called to tow the car out, which had sustained a lot of damage to its wheels and underside, and police gave very strong words of advice to the driver. (Ref CC-21112017-0053)
Granta Close – Police are investigating a report of criminal damage in which a stone was thrown through an upstairs window at a house on Granta Close at just before 8:00 pm on Tuesday evening, 21st November. (Ref CF0675631117)
Spinney Way / Abbots Crescent Area - Police have received three reports of eggs being thrown at houses in the Spinney Way / Abbots Crescent area this week:
- Spinney Way – Eggs were thrown at a house on Spinney Way on Tuesday morning, 21st November. (Ref CC-21112017-0236)
- Abbots Crescent – Eggs were thrown at a house on Abbots Crescent on Wednesday evening, 22nd November. (Ref CC-22112017-0388)
- Spinney Way – Residents at another address on Spinney Way reported eggs being thrown at their house, on Wednesday evening, 22nd November. An abandoned egg-box was found nearby. (Ref CC-22112017-0422)
Police are investigating the incidents, including talking to local shopkeepers and looking at CCTV footage.
Meadow Lane Park and Ride – A man’s ‘Giant’ mountain bike was stolen from the Meadow Lane Guided Bus car-park at some time during the day on Friday 24th November. The bike, with black wheel rims and bronze hubs, had been left locked to a rack but the thief took both the bike and the lock. (Ref CF0683421117)
Morland Way – Thieves stole a length of white fencing from outside a house on Morland Way during the evening of Saturday 25th November, possibly at around 8:00 pm when the owners were out for a short time. Police have made enquiries at neighbouring houses and looked at CCTV footage, but at the moment no-one has reported anything suspicious in the area at the time. (Ref CF0684171117)
Erica Road – Police received a report of a loose dog attacking another dog being taken for a walk along Erica Road at around midday on Sunday 26th November. The loose dog is alleged to have dashed across the road to attack the other dog, whose owner was slightly hurt trying to separate the two animals. (Ref CF0685041117)
And Finally ….. A Reminder About Thieves and Pick-Pockets
In last week’s Policing Summary we mentioned that police had received several reports of pick-pockets operating in St Ives Town centre.
Thieves like to target the elderly and vulnerable, often women who keep their purses in handbags or shoulder bags whilst they are out shopping. But anyone may become a victim, especially at this time of year, during the run-up to Christmas when shops, pubs and public places are busy and crowded with people.
Police have issued the following advice about how to reduce your chances of becoming a victim:
- use a bag that can be closed properly so that it’s difficult for someone to open it and reach in
- wear bags across your body rather than over your shoulder
- avoid tucking your bag under your chair or table where someone can easily grab it
- consider using a lanyard which attaches your phone or purse/wallet to your bag or clothes – or even use something that makes a noise, such as budgie-bells
- keep your purse or wallet at the bottom of your bag
- avoid putting valuables such as phones, wallets or purses in your back pocket
- NEVER write down your bank-card PIN number, and NEVER EVER keep a written record of it in your purse or wallet
- Register your property with Immobilise, the UK National Property Register so that if your belongings are lost or stolen, there’s a better chance of them being returned to you – visit their website at: https://www.immobilise.co.uk
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'.
Chris Shaw, PSV
St Ives Police Station