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Here are details of incidents from Thames Valley Police that are relevant to Aldworth.

If you have any information in relation to any of these messages, please contact Thames Valley Police on 08458 505 505
 

To find out more about Thames Valley Police please go to their website at www.thamesvalley.police.uk.
 

If you have information about crime but do not want to speak to the police, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

  
Burglaries across West Berkshire - 18 July 2012

Overnight between the 16th and 17th July there have been a number of domestic burglaries across West Berkshire that appear to be linked.  Two took place in Lambourn and one took place in Speen, Newbury.  Details are as follows:-

URN 101 of 17/07 – Big Lane. Lambourn around 2.50am on the 17th July.  The aggrieved was awoken by his dog barking.  On investigation he found the kitchen blind had been pulled up and he saw what may have been a flash light coming from the garden although no persons were seen.  Marks were found around the kitchen window.

URN 101 of 17/07 – Big Lane, Lambourn around 3am on the 17th July. The aggrieved heard a noise from the kitchen and on investigation saw a white male run from the kitchen into the rear garden and down the side of the house. The male had a metal bar in his hand. He is described as being in his mid 20’s, of medium build, tall with short brown hair. He jumped into a car believed to be a dark coloured Mini Cooper.  A female described as having shoulder length dark hair was sitting in the vehicle which then made off.

URN 126 OF 17/07 – Manor Place, Speen. Overnight between the 16th and 17th July a property in Manor Place, Speen was burgled.  The offender(s) gained entry via an insecure front window and once inside stole a couple of laptops and vehicle and house keys.  A black BMW salon was stolen from the driveway.

A silver BMW Mini registration number GJ08 AYM that may have been involved in the above incidents is being sought by police.

If you have any information about these incidents or see the vehicle above please contact the Police Enquiry Centre on 101 and quote the URN number and date.

 

RURAL NON-DWELLING BREAKS - 12 June 2012

Over the last week there have been a number of non-dwelling breaks in rural areas to garages, sheds and barns and vehicles, including diesel thefts.  Please can we ask that if you see anything unusual or suspicious report it immediately via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 101.

 

Remember to lock your shed/garage/barn when not in use. Keep your equipment and tools secure at all times and postcode mark your property where possible.  Ordinary household paint will suffice. You may also wish to consider installing a shed/barn alarm.

 

Local Crime News | Purley - 12 June 2012

Cecil Aldin Drive

Purley

11th June

02:17

Overnight 2 white men were seen acting suspiciously around parked cars, with a torch and seen trying to break into a garage. They then went into the rear garden of another house and stole a bicycle and were seen cycling off.

URN 79

 

Church Mews

Purley

10/11th June

14:00-09:00

At sometime between Sunday and Monday offenders have stolen a bicycle from a garage left unlocked. No other items were stolen from the garage.

 

 If you are able to assist the police with their enquiries please ring 101, alternatively you can ring CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

 

Rural Crime Newsletter - 27 February 2012

Here is the latest edition of the rural crime newsletter for the West Berkshire Local Policing Area

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Thames Valley Police - Community Messaging - West Berks - F024012 - 22 February 2012


Sometime between 8am and 5pm on the 20th February two Springer Spaniel puppies were stolen from kennels in the rear garden of a property in IIsley Road, Compton. A suspicious white Ford Transit was seen in the vicinity, index PE51NJK. If you have seen/see this vehicle in your area please call the Police Enquiry Centre on 101 and quote the URN number 1176 of 20.02.12

 

Thames Valley Police - Community Messaging - West Berks - F021612 - 13 February 2012

Police would like to update you with information about a recent theft from motor vehicle;-

Sometime overnight between the 9th and 10th February an offender(s) gained access to a Renault Espace parked on a drive in Ambery Road, Aldworth, and stole a satellite navigation system and charger from the dashboard. The satellite navigation device was later found thrown in a hedge nearby (URN 214 of 10/02/12).

Please remain vigilant and if you see anyone acting in a suspicious manner or have any information about the above incident contact the Police Enquiry Centre on 101 and quote the crime number. In order to help protect your property make sure all doors and windows are kept secure. Never leave any item of value on display and where possible remove any electronic device such as satellite navigation systems.


 

Thames Valley Police - Community Messaging - West Berks - F014012 - 28 January 2012

This is a warning for all scheme mebers on behalf of the Director of the 2011 Census. Please can I ask that this information is disemminated to neighbours, scheme memebrs or staff.

We are aware that an email entitled 'Population Census: a message to everyone - act now' is being circulated, allegedly in the name of National Statistician, Jil Matheson. This email demands individuals provide further personal information, supposedly for the Census and threatens fines for non-compliance.

This email is a scam and a hoax. It has no connection whatsoever with the National Statistician, the 2011 Census or the Office for National Statistics.

We believe the links in the email could download malware to any computer where the user clicks on the links. This could put your personal data, including financial information, at risk.

Anyone receiving this, or similar emails, should delete them, not open any links and certainly not provide any information.

For more information on how to protect yourself from this type of threat, please see www.getsafeonline.org

If you wish to, please report receipt of any such suspicious emails to www.actionfraud.org.uk

ONS takes the protection of personal census information extremely seriously. Collection of census data was completed last year and no further requests will be forthcoming from the Office for National Statistics relating to the 2011 Census.


 

Thames Valley Police - Community Messaging - West Berks - F012612 - 19 January 2012

This is an all NHW and community member message.

Firstly, on the 15th January two distraction burglaries occurred in West Berkshire in Thatcham and Theale respectively. The incident in Thatcham took place at Gilbert Court, Bath Road. In this instance, two offenders gained entry by stating that they had come to check on the pressure of the water supply. After the males had left the victim discovered money had been stolen from her purse (FA3979669/12). We believe that there may have also been an attempt at Conniston Court, Newbury although this is yet to be confirmed.

The second incident took place at around 18.32 hours in Playplatt, Theale. Two offenders knocked on the door claiming that they were investigating 'electrical burnout'. After they had left the victim discovered cash was missing from her handbag. A witnessed stated that they had seen a light coloured, possibly silver, Vauxhall Vectra Estate driving away from the scene (FP3979412/12).

Please can I ask all members to watch out for any vulnerable or elderly residents and warn them to be aware of any cold callers claiming to be contractors. They should always keep the door chain or bar on when talking to unknown callers and ask to see ID and check it carefully. If they are concerned the caller may have been up to no good call 999 immediately.

Secondly, we have had a spate of theft from vans. These occurred in the Calcot area on the 17th January and four occurred overnight the 18/19th January in Hungerford, two in Priory Road, one in Clarks Gardens and one in Atherton Crescent. The offender(s) gained entry by forcing the locks or breaking a window. Tools were stolen. Again, please can we ask that you make aware any residents in your area who own vans that this is happening and where possible they should remove tools from the vehicles? Never leave any item of value on display. If anyone has any information about these thefts please contact the Police Enquiry Centre on 101 and state you are responding to a Ringmaster message.

Lastly, we have also had a spate of vehicle number plates being stolen from vehicles across West Berkshire. In order to protect your property you may wish to consider fixing your licence plates with anti-tamper screws that can be purchased from DIY stores. Again if you do spot anyone tampering with vehicles please call the police immediately on 999.

 

Thames Valley Police - Community Messaging - West Berks - F012512 - 18 January 2012

[F012512]

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses to two incidents in Pangbourne.

The first incident, a theft, happened at around 5pm on Saturday 14th January in the car park of the Co-op, in The Square

The victim, a 47-year-old woman from Tilehurst, was pushing her trolley through the car park when her handbag was stolen.

The second incident is a robbery which happened in the same location at around 3pm on Monday 16th January. The victim, a 78 year-old woman from Whitchurch, was walking through the car park, having been shopping in the store, when a man grabbed the strap of her handbag and pulled it causing her to fall over.

He continued to pull at the strap until the victim had to let go. He then ran off with the bag. The victim suffered a bruised shoulder in the incident.

Police are keeping an open mind about whether the two incidents are linked.

Anyone with any information about either incident should contact Case Investigator Natasha Hurst via the 24-hour Enquiry Centre on 101. If you don't want to speak to police or leave your name, please call the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111


 

Thames Valley Police - Community Messaging - West Berks - F1128 - 23 November 2011

[F1128]

The recent rise in metal prices on the international market has caused an increase in the number of metal thefts. Metal gates and bronze statues being some of the more recent items targeted.

If you have metal gates to your property consider inverting and capping the gate hinges so that they can't be lifted off and ensure fixing bolts can't be moved.

If you have any statues in your garden consider how the item is currently secured and if necessary move it to a secure area out of sight from public view. You may also wish to consider marking your property with a product such as Smartwater (www.smartwater.com ) or Selecta DNA (www.selectadna.co.uk).

If you do see anything suspicious please report it immediately by dialling the Police Enquiry Centre on 101 or if a crime is in progress dial 999.


 

Thames Valley Police - Community Messaging - West Berks - F0754 - 26 July 2011

[F0754]

Police would like to update you with information about a recent burglary;

Sometime between 23.00 hours on the 25th July and 7am on the 26th July a property in Speen Lane, Speen was burgled. The offender(s) gained entry via the rear door. A wallet and keys which were left in the hallway were taken before the offender(s) stole the owners black Audi S3 Quattro index number CX58EEP (URN 220 of 26.07.11). Please can I ask all NHW and community members to report any sightings of this vehicle on the number below?

If you have any information about this incident please call the police on 0845 8 505 505 and quote the URN number and date.
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Thames Valley Police - Community Messaging - West Berks - F0744 - 20 July 2011

[F0744]

Police would like to update you with information about a recent burglary;

Sometime between 10am on the 18th July and 1pm on the 19th July a property in Bell Lane, Aldworth was burgled whilst the owners were away. The offender(s) gained entry via patio doors at the side of the property. It is not known at this point if anything has been stolen (URN 635 of 19.07.11).

If you have any information about this incident please contact the police on 0845 8 505 505 and quote the URN number and date.

 

Thames Valley Police - Community Messaging - West Berks - F0550 - 23 May 2011

[Reference: F0550]

This is a NHW and community message. Below are details of two burglaries that have occurred overnight between the 22/23rd May. I have put the details in an all scheme member message in order to pint out that in both cases entry was gained because the front doors were not secured properly. I have also sent this message to all schemes members as we would like your help in tracing the stolen cars as they may still be in the West Berkshire area:-

Sometime between midnight and 5am on the 23rd May a property in Hammond Close, Thatcham was burgled. The offender(s) gained entry via the front door. A handbag was stolen from the front room which contained keys to the occupier's vehicle, a red Suzuki Alto, index number RO60RVC, which was then stolen from the garage (URN 119 of 23.05.11).

Sometime between midnight and 6.50am on the 23rd May a property in Cavalier Close, Theale, was burgled. The offender(s) gained entry via an insecure front door. A television, handbag and the occupiers grey Ford Mondeo, index number EJ08OEG were stolen (URN 139 of 23.05.11).

If you have any information about these incidents or see these vehicle in the area please contact the police on 0845 8 505 505 and quote the URN number and date.


Secondly please be aware that this is the time of the year when there is an increase in shed and garage break-ins. If you usually store expensive items such as fishing tackle and golf clubs in your shed or garage please consider storing them in your home instead. If bicycles are stored in the shed or garage fix them to something bulky, such as a ladder or work bench and have them post coded.

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Thames Valley Police - Community Messaging - West Berks - F0423 - 14 April 2011

 

[Reference: F0423]
Police would like to update you with information about a recent crime; -

Sometime overnight between the 12th and 13th April an offender(s) gained entry to a barn belonging to a property in Church Street, Hampstead Norreys , by pulling the door off. The offender(s) pulled all the shelving down in the barn and carried out a messy search before gaining access to the garden shed and stealing gardening tools (FP3809033/11).

If you have any information about this incident or see anyone acting in a suspicious manner please call the police on 0845 8 505 505 and quote the crime number.

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Thames Valley Police - Community Messaging - West Berks - F0418 - 11 April 2011

[Reference: F0418]

Thames Valley Police is warning property owners to be aware of long term vacant properties following recent burglaries.

Since 8 March there have been seven incidents where vacant properties have been accessed and property stolen. Often, as the property is vacant it is hard to determine exactly when the burglaries took place.

Between 1 September and 8 March a property in Fishers Lane, Cold Ash was targeted and a key was taken to the property and a very untidy search conducted. Another burglary was then discovered on 21 March and this time a copper boiler and piping were taken.

Between 8 and 9 March, sinks and taps and a dustbin were stolen from a house in Old Bath Road, Newbury. This is not the first time this property has been targeted.

Over night on 14-15 March copper, scrap metal and hot water cylinder was stolen from a house in Curridge Road, Chieveley.

A house in Craven Road, Newbury was targeted twice – once between 1-16 March and again on 18 March. A stereo, clothing, books, crockery, cutlery, loft ladder, vacuum cleaner and a shredder were taken.

Between 26-28 March a property in Porchester Road, Newbury was accessed via a rear window – a search was carried out but it appears nothing was stolen.

Sgt Emily Evans, investigating the burglaries said: “We have had seven incidents in the last month whereby offenders are forcing entry to derelict or vacant properties and stealing any items of value, or taking metal which has a high scrap value currently. The properties are being completely ransacked, and extensive damage is caused.

“Offenders are then returning to properties to take more – two of the properties in this series have been targeted twice.

“I would encourage anyone with a property which is going to be vacant long term to make it as secure as they can, and where possible make it appear as someone lives there. If there is a neighbour who could keep an eye on the property for you, then this is very helpful.

“In any case, it is always worth making police aware of any properties that are going to be vacant long term. You can do this by calling the 24-hour police enquiry centre on 0845 8 505 505.”


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Thames Valley Police - Community Messaging - West Berks - F0328 - 20 March 2011

[Reference: F0328]

This is a message for NHW and community members. Two reports were received on Tuesday 15th March of male's cold calling at doors attempting to sell items from holdalls. Both incidents took place in Pangbourne, one in Bourne Road and one in The Moors. The male in Bourne Road is described as being white, around 5ft, with dark hair and wearing a scruffy tracksuit top and jeans. The male seen in The Moors was described as white, of large build and wearing a white T Shirt and jeans. Both males were carrying large holdalls (URNS 1253 and 601 of 15.03.11). If you have been/are approached by these males please can you report this by calling the Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505. Many doorstep traders are genuine and polite however if you are ever faced with a cold caller who becomes aggressive or uses hard sales tactics you should call the police immediately on 999.

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Thames Valley Police - Community Messaging - West Berks - F0259 - 21 February 2011

[Reference: F0259]

This is an information message. Between March and August 2011 the Office of National Statistics will be compiling the 2011 Census. During this time Census field staff will be taking to the streets to offer assistance and to collect questionnaires from residential households. They will be working at different times of the day and evening, seven days a week. Please can you note the following safety information and make sure it is passed on to members of your scheme, especially vulnerable persons:-
.Census field staff will always carry their photo ID and should automatically show it to residents. The ID will include a photograph, logo and hologram. The may ask for the name and number of residents in the property but will not ask for specific details (e.g. credit card or bank account details).
.Residents who return their completed questionnaires promptly before the 6th April will not be contacted by census staff. You will not be asked to leave the questionnaire on the doorstep for collection.
.Collectors should never enter a household unless they are asked to do so.
.If you are unsure about the caller phone the census helpline on 0300 0201 101.
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Thames Valley Police - Community Messaging - West Berks - F0243 - 15 February 2011

[Reference: F0243]

Attached is the February Edition of the Neighbourhood Police Newsletter. Please click on the link below to open up the word document containing all the links. If you have trouble opening the link all newsletters are published on the neighbourhood police pages on the website www.thamesvalley.police.uk

Thames Valley Police would also like to warn all scheme members who may have caravans to be extra vigilant. At the beginning of February an attempt was made to steal a caravan in Yattendon. Yesterday (14th February) a caravan was stolen from Blossom Avenue, Theale, by three males driving a white Ford Transit van with a blue stripe (URN 475 of 14.02.10).

In order to help protect your caravan you may wish to follow these simple tips:-
-Lock the coupling head into a cover using a good-quality hitchlock.
-Use a clamp on the caravan wheels.
-Consider installing a tracking device.
-Have a reliable alarm fitted and remember to turn it on.
-Always close doors and windows and any roof light.
-Always lock the caravan and place the keys in a safe place out of sight from windows and doors.

Remember if you do see anyone acting in a suspicious manner around caravans call the police immediately on 0845 8 505 505 or if a crime is in progress dial 999.

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Thames Valley Police - Community Messaging - West Berks - F1234 - 21 December 2010

[Reference: F1234]

Police would like to update you with information about recent distraction burglaries;

This is a message for all NHW and community members. Two distraction burglaries occurred in West Berkshire on the 20th December. The first took place in Maple Crescent, Newbury, at around 3pm when a male knocked at the victim's door and claimed he was dealing with a blockage in the mains and needed to check if blue dye was coming from the tap. When asked for ID he stated it was in the van parked up the road. The victim let him in and the front door was left on the latch. After he had left the victim found the drawers upstairs had been searched and cash had been taken from their handbag. The male is described as white, around 40 years of age, slim and wearing a fawn pullover and dark trousers.(URN 1336 of 20.12.10).

The second took place in Edwards Hill, Lambourn at around 5.45pm. The offender knocked at the door claiming to be from the water board and told the victim that he needed to check her water system as there was blue water in the pipes. A second male then knocked at the door and whilst the victim was distracted the first male entered her bedroom. However, nothing was taken (URN 1186 of 20.12.10).

If you have any information about these incident please contact the Police Enquiry centre on 0845 8 505 505 and quote the URN number and date.

Please can I ask all NHW and community members to look out for the more vulnerable members in their community and give them the following advice:-

LOCK: Keep your front and back doors locked, even when you are at home.
STOP: Before you answer, stop and think if you are expecting anyone. Check that you have locked any back doors and taken the key out. Look through the spy hole or the window to see who it is.
CHAIN: If you decide to open the door, put the door chain or bar on first.
CHECK: If someone who looks official calls at your door, always ask for their identity card; do they look like the person on the card? If you do not have a chain, ask for ID to be put through the letterbox and remember there's no such thing as the water board.

There is no reason why a stranger should ever come into your home. All agencies or utility companies should make an appointment and also use a password system.

If the person is not expected, do not open your door. Tell them to make an appointment. If they say there is an emergency, check with the police. If you have any doubts, keep them out.

Always keep your bank card separate from your pin number at all times, if you do misplace your bank card or it does get stolen, make sure you call your bank as soon as you realise and cancel your card immediately.


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Thames Valley Police - Community Messaging - West Berks - F1202 - 13 December 2010

 

This is a repeat message for all NHW and Community members. I am sending this message again because there was a fault with the system when I originally sent it on the 3rd December and a lot of e-mails bounced back. I apologise if you already received the message.

Firstly a warning. Two reports of theft from a person were received on the 2nd December. The first incident occurred in Northbrook Street, Newbury when the victim was bumped into by two males on either side. They apologised and moved on but the victim later found an MP3 player missing from her handbag (FA3725510/10). The males are described as both being white and in their 20's, with short dark hair. One male was wearing a black leather jacket. The second incident occurred in the Kennet Centre where a purse was stolen from a handbag. A white female pushing a buggy kept walking past the victim and acting in a suspicious manner (FA3725353/10). Please remain vigilant whilst out shopping. Take time to make sure your purse is secure in your bag after a purchase. Never leave your handbag unattended when in a café or on a shopping trolley when in a supermarket and do not leave your handbag unattended in a vehicle.

Secondly, it's that time of the year again with Christmas fast approaching when our thoughts turn to present shopping and, if we are lucky, attending lots of social events. Unfortunately, it is also a time of year when criminals can be more active so here is a reminder of our Christmas crime prevention advice:-
VEHICLES:- Ensure all windows and doors are secured when not in use. Never leave the keys in the ignition and the car unattended even for a few seconds. Keep all presents and other shopping out of sight. Never leave them on the passenger seat or foot well of the vehicle. Do not leave valuables such as mobile phones in the vehicle, take them with you.
YOUR HOME:- Make sure all doors and windows are kept locked, even if only popping out for a few minutes. Do not leave presents on display in the house or under the tree until the last minute. Remember to turn your Christmas lights off at night or if you go out as they could be a fire hazard. If you are going away over the festive season consider asking a neighbour or friend to check your house regularly and leave them a contact number in case of emergencies.
AFTER CHRISTMAS:- Dispose of any empty packaging carefully as it can be an advertisement for thieves.
SOCIALISING:-
If you are planning to attend a Christmas party outside your workplace and you are driving please make sure you remove any valuables or lock them I the boot before setting off. Sometime criminals will stake out car parks at large venues and watch to see if anyone puts something in the boot! And lastly don't leave your drink unattended when in a bar or restaurant.

Thirdly, please can you note that I will be on annual leave from the 4th- 13th December and the 25th December until the 4th January so there will be no messages during this time. If you need to report an incident please contact the Police Enquiry Centre on 0835 8 505 505 or if it is an emergency dial 999.

Lastly, I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a safe and crime free festive season

Regards Debbie, NHW Administrator.

 

Thames Valley Police - Community Messaging - West Berks - F1189 - 06 December 2010

[Reference: F1189]

This is a message for all NHW and Community members.

Firstly a warning. Two reports of theft from a person were received on the 2nd December. The first incident occurred in Northbrook Street, Newbury when the victim was bumped into by two males on either side. They apologised and moved on but the victim later found an MP3 player missing from her handbag (FA3725510/10). The males are described as both being white and in their 20's, with short dark hair. One male was wearing a black leather jacket. The second incident occurred in the Kennet Centre where a purse was stolen from a handbag. A white female pushing a buggy kept walking past the victim and acting in a suspicious manner (FA3725353/10). Please remain vigilant whilst out shopping. Take time to make sure your purse is secure in your bag after a purchase. Never leave your handbag unattended when in a café or on a shopping trolley when in a supermarket and do not leave your handbag unattended in a vehicle.

Secondly, it's that time of the year again with Christmas fast approaching when our thoughts turn to present shopping and, if we are lucky, attending lots of social events. Unfortunately, it is also a time of year when criminals can be more active so here is a reminder of our Christmas crime prevention advice:-
VEHICLES:- Ensure all windows and doors are secured when not in use. Never leave the keys in the ignition and the car unattended even for a few seconds. Keep all presents and other shopping out of sight. Never leave them on the passenger seat or foot well of the vehicle. Do not leave valuables such as mobile phones in the vehicle, take them with you.
YOUR HOME:- Make sure all doors and windows are kept locked, even if only popping out for a few minutes. Do not leave presents on display in the house or under the tree until the last minute. Remember to turn your Christmas lights off at night or if you go out as they could be a fire hazard. If you are going away over the festive season consider asking a neighbour or friend to check your house regularly and leave them a contact number in case of emergencies.
AFTER CHRISTMAS:- Dispose of any empty packaging carefully as it can be an advertisement for thieves.
SOCIALISING:-
If you are planning to attend a Christmas party outside your workplace and you are driving please make sure you remove any valuables or lock them I the boot before setting off. Sometime criminals will stake out car parks at large venues and watch to see if anyone puts something in the boot! And lastly don't leave your drink unattended when in a bar or restaurant.

Thirdly, please can you note that I will be on annual leave from the 4th- 13th December and the 25th December until the 4th January so there will be no messages during this time. If you need to report an incident please contact the Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505 or if it is an emergency dial 999.

Lastly, I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a safe and crime free festive season

Regards Debbie, NHW Administrator.


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Thames Valley Police - Community Messaging - West Berks - F1182 - 30 November 2010

[Reference: F1182]

This is a NHW and Community Message with good news. Four males have been arrested in connection with a burglary in Holly Lane, Ashampstead on the 25th of November during which three high value bicycles were stolen. All four males are currently bailed pending further enquires. A silver Vauxhall Astra partial index number W838S** was seen in the area at the time and the police would like anyone who may have seen this vehicle/see this vehicle to call the Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505 and quote the URN number 926 of the 25.11.10).

Thank you to keened eyed neighbours who witnessed the incident and called the police immediately to report it.

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Thames Valley Police - Community Messaging - West Berks - F1176 - 26 November 2010

[Reference: F1176]

This is a message for all NHW, community messaging and Country Watch members.

Firstly, some good news! A man was fined after being found guilty of wasting police time. Tony Gedion, aged 28, from Oddfellows Road, Newbury, appeared at West Berkshire Magistrate's Court on Wednesday 24th November having falsely reported being a victim of a robbery. Gedion told police he had been robbed of £370 in an incident in Newbury town centre on the 26th November last year. He was ordered to pay costs and compensation to Thames Valley Police totalling £765.00. Det Con John Yallop, from Newbury CID said '' In this particular case we appealed through the media for witnesses to come forward to a crime we eventually determined did not happened. Unfortunately, releasing that type of information may have affected the public's perception of crime in the area and they may have been fearful of violent robbers roaming the streets."

Secondly, a message from Thames Valley Police. Most burglars are opportunists and target houses that look unoccupied. As the evenings are getting darker and people are beginning to buy Christmas presents we would like you to take a few simple precautions to keep your home secure while you aren't in. Please take a couple of minutes to watch this short YouTube film to show you what you can do to help keep your home safe:-

http://tinyurl.com/36urxdk

Thirdly, Tackling hare-coursing - West Berks and Vale of White Hose
Every autumn and winter hare coursing becomes a significant issue in rural areas.

The Hungerford and Thatcham neighbourhood policing teams, together with colleagues in the Vale of White Horse, run a number of operations to tackle this activity.

Find out more about how they are tackling the problem and why people in rural areas need to continue to be vigilant and report this type of activity.

http://tinyurl.com/32fbl4b


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Thames Valley Police - Community Messaging - West Berks - F1172 - 25 November 2010

 

[Reference: F1172]
Police would like to update you with information about a recent burglary;

Sometime between the 14th and 24th November a property in Aldworth has been burgled. The offender(s) gained entry by breaking a ground floor kitchen window and stole a television (URN 832 of 24.11.10).

If you have any information about this incident please contact the Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505 and quote the URN number and date. Please remain vigilant and if you see anyone acting in a suspicious manner please report it to the police immediately on the above number of if a crime is in progress dial 999.

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Thames Valley Police - Community Messaging - West Berks - F1170 - 25 November 2010

[Reference: F1170]

This is a warning message for NHW and community members about possible rogue traders. Two males knocked on an elderly residents door in Brading Way, Purley on the 24th November and stated that they would cut down her trees for £300. They felled one tree and informed her they were going to get a shredder and would return but failed to do so. Both males were white. One was described as a stocky build wearing a navy coloured beanie hat. The other male was also wearing a beanie hat (URN 843 of 24.11.10)

If you have any information about this incident or see the males in the area again please contact the Police on 0845 8 505 505 and quote the URN number and date. You can also phone West Berkshire Trading Standards on 01635 519930

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Thames Valley Police - Community Messaging - West Berks - F1168 - 24 November 2010

[Reference: F1168]

Police would like to update you with information about a recent attempted burglary;

Sometime between mid day and 11pm on the 23rd November an attempt was made to gain access to a property in Frizers Lane, Aldworth. Tool marks were found on the front door around the lock. No entry was gained (URN 22 of 24.11.10).

If you have any information about this incident please contact the Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505 and quote the URN number. Please remain vigilant and report any suspicious persons immediately to the police on the above number or if a crime is in progress dial 999.

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