We are doing well with a third week of Seven Days in the Borough!
Officers who were about to conduct a warrant in Watersedge spotted two males acting suspiciously, initially stop checked before going to an address the males did not appear to know what to do with themselves now they had been stopped. After the warrant enquiries were completed the males were seen walking back to the same address and were believed to be attempting to deal drugs. On seeing the officers a second time the males ran and were chased, stopped and searched and found to have a considerable amount of money and some remnants of cannabis. One of the males, during a drugs search, was found to be carrying a small knife and so both were arrested for supply of a controlled substance and offensive weapon in a public place.
Officers were called to a fight outside a club in Epsom town. On arrival there were no persons fighting and a small patch of blood on the floor. Speaking to the staff at the location it was found that the offender had been ejected from the club after staying beyond closing time due to a dispute over his coat. The offender had initially tried to get back in before door staff escorted him further up the road and then locked the door. The offender came back and was pacing in front of the door before a third party came over and tried to talk to him. The offender punched the third party in the face, knocking him to the floor, which accounted for the small patch of blood. He then walked off before coming back and attempting to bash the club door in with a large piece of wood. After a short time he gives up and leaves in the direction of the High Street. Officers are keen to identify the victim who was punched in order to progress investigations as at this time their identity is unknown.
A cautionary tale for all the cycling enthusiasts out there, if you need to lock up your bike make sure if it secure enough. The victim left their bicycle chained up and used a D-lock as well to secure the bike to railings. Unfortunately at some point in the day some unscrupulous person has cut through the chain and, finding the D-lock too difficult, left the front wheel behind attached to the fence. Although the victim did the right thing by double locking the bike we suggest using a heavy D-lock and a plastic coated cable with its own padlock as these are harder to cut and require two different methods to break. We also suggest that both locks go through the frame to stop an unfortunate theft like this happening.
We received a report of a burglary in Stoneleigh where the offenders were disturbed by the homeowner. At approximately 3pm the homeowner recalled hearing someone knock on the front door, but due to his mobility issues couldn’t answer the door. A short while later he heard the rear patio door smash and a man came into the house. This offender has seen the homeowner and fled without taking anything. It appears that the offender(s) have tried an occupancy test by knocking on the front door, as no one answered they have assumed that no-one is in and have gone into the back garden and smashed the glass around the patio door handle, as the key was in the lock, to get in. In this case the victim was lucky to have been home, although understandably shaken.
Not all incidents are crimes as local officers responded to a call reporting a suicidal person on the top floor of a car park. Officers conducted an area search and found the person at a lower level. The person spoke to officers about their concerns at their ongoing mental health condition and their being discharged from hospital earlier in the day. After about 45 minutes of talking the officers suggested that the person stayed the night with relatives and that they could talk to a mental health team about their concerns and issues. Officers are not specifically trained in dealing with mental health, but we are all trained in listening. Sometimes listening is all we need to do to help.
There was a robbery in the borough on Wednesday. Two men entered a convenience store in Epsom and tried to get into an area behind the till, where the alcohol is kept. Staff have tried to keep the men away from the area which caused a tussle. During the struggle items were knocked off shelves, a bottle of spirit was taken by the offenders and the store owner was hit in the face. The staff did manage to retaliate and caused the offenders to flee with just the one bottle of alcohol. Because of this melee, in a legal sense, the incident becomes a robbery due to the assault during the theft. The victim was left with very minor injuries but was left to clear up the mess. CCTV enquiries are ongoing to identify the offenders.
An elderly resident was almost the victim of a ‘courier fraud’ scam after receiving a phone call from a man purporting to be a Police Officer. The suspect informed the victim that he was from “Visa Fraud” and that someone had used the victim’s bank card in Birmingham. The suspect asked if the victim was aware of the payment and then stated that there was an unsuccessful attempt of taking money from ATM machine, also in Birmingham. The suspect asked if the victim still had the bank card, then advised the victim to call '161' to make a report to “Identity Fraud”. Although the victim did call '161', luckily the number was not recognized. The victim instead made a call to Action Fraud in order to make a report. Although less common, fraudsters are still attempting phone scams with believable tweaks. We advise residents to hang up if they receive these calls, real officers and bank staff will not be offended. If you think your card has been defrauded, attend a bank and talk to bank staff in person.