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Crime Update

Alert message sent 04/03/2018 09:41:00

Information sent on behalf of Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Dear E-Coppers


Crime update


Following on from our last crime update on the 27th February, we are investigating the following crimes that have been reported:-


Between 1215 hours and 1237 hours on the 27/2/2018 at a business premises in Mill  Road, Great Wilbraham,  occupants of white transit van have gone to the location, used a grinder to cut the lock from the main gates and entered the business site.   The vehicle and occupants have left the location when disturbed by staff on site.  The offenders damaged a CCTV camera at the location. Crime Ref -    CF0111110218.


A Ford transit van parked in a hotel car park in Newmarket Road, Little Abington, between 1930 hours on the 27/2/2018 and 0720 hours on the 28/2/2018 had a number of tools stolen from within.  There was no damage caused to the vehicle, even though it was left secure.  It could well be that offenders are using a master key or a jammer type unit – which enables them to open the vehicle.  Crime Ref - CF0112010218.


We have had an attempt  fraud incident reported to us on the 28/2/2018, whereby a male has telephoned a resident in Great Shelford, purporting to be a police officer and asking the resident to confirm their bank details and other personal information.  The male asks the resident to hang up and ring 999 from the landline, so that they can confirm they are Police.  Fortunately the victim has said they would ring from their mobile (knowing it was a possible hoax).  This scam involves the scammer staying on the landline so that when the resident rings 999 – the scammer is still there, but  they answer as if they are the police!  Fortunately the resident has been wise enough to realise it is scam.   Please be aware that the Police would never ring anyone to ask for their personal bank details and  would never send couriers to people’s address asking for money to be collected so it can be forensically tested by police. 


A Vauxhall Vivaro parked in Huntley Close, Fen Ditton, Cambridge had a number of tools stolen from within.   Offenders have drilled a hole into the back door of the van, enabling them gain access and steal tools from inside.  This happened between 2100 hours on the 28/2/2018 and 0700 hours on the 1/3/2018. Crime Ref:-   CF0114310318.


Between 0730 hours and 1400 hours on the 2/3/2018, Two tyres to a Mercedes have been damaged.  Screws have been  deliberately placed into 2  tyres on the vehicle.  This happened between The Maples and Station Yard, Fulbourn.  Crime Ref:-  CF0117340318.


If anyone has any information regarding the above crimes, please do not hesitate to contact us.  

Remember to report any suspicious activity in your area on either the 101 non-emergency number or 999 in an emergency.  Please try and gave as much information regarding a vehicle i.e, make, colour, model, distinguishing marks, registration number.  Regarding persons think of height, build, ethnicity,  hair colour, clothing, motifs on clothing, footwear, any distinguishing features, tattoos etc.   We do value your calls.



A MAN who stole a car and went on to rob three women, one at knife point, last Christmas has been jailed for 11 years.

Simon Byton, 32, stole a red Vauxhall Zafira from a service station in Chatteris on Christmas Day and drove it to Cambridge, where he carried out a series of robberies.

Cambridge Crown Court heard the first was in Gilbert Road at 6pm on Christmas Day. Byton approached a woman from behind, grabbed her around her waist and placed an unknown object to her throat. He demanded she hand over her bag, before grabbing it and running back to the car.

Byton used the same tactics twice more on Boxing Day: threatening to stab a woman in Warwick Road at about 6.35pm, before pushing her to the floor and taking her bag, and then in Milton Road at about 9.30pm, where he punched the victim in the face before making off with her bag.

He then used the third victim’s bank cards to conduct fraudulent transactions, attempting to purchase scratch cards.

Later officers saw the stolen vehicle and pursued it, however Byton abandoned the car and fled on foot.

He was arrested at his home on 29 December after being identified in CCTV footage.

While being investigated Byton also admitted to robbing a post office in Albert Road, Stow Cum Quy, on 15 December last year. He threatened the store assistant at knife point before helping himself to £250 from the till.

Byton, of Bridge Street, Chatteris, was sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court last Friday (23 February 2018) after previously pleading guilty to four counts of robbery, one count of taking a car without consent, one count of having a bladed article and two counts of fraud.

Detective Constable Karen Lunn said: “Byton caused the victims physical and emotional injuries and is now being punished for his actions.

 “We will do all we can to bring the perpetrators of crimes to justice and I hope the sentence sends a clear message to anyone who thinks they can get away with this type of offence.”

Byton was jailed for five years for the post office robbery, two years to run concurrently for having a bladed article, one year to run concurrently for stealing the car, and five years for each handbag robbery, to run concurrently with the other offences, but consecutive to the first robbery at the post office. He also received one year for each count of fraud to run concurrently, bringing the total sentence to 11 years.

Stay safe.
Kind regards

PCSO 7239 Leanne Fisher
Sawston Police Station
Linton and Balsham beat areas

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Leanne Fisher (Police, PCSO, South Cambridgeshire -Sawston)

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