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Neighbourhood Policing Newsletter - March

Alert message sent 09/03/2017 09:34:00

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Here is the latest Faringdon Neighbourhood update from PS Ryan James, PC Robert Maris, PC Tom Pryor, PC Trevor Gorman, PC Debs Cannon, PC Bob Searle, PCSO Kerry Davis, PCSO Maralyn Pack, PCSO Esme Brown, PCSO Andy Gunn and PCSO Alex Hill.

‘You said we did’
At a recent NAG 1 (Neighbourhood Action Group) meeting, concerns have been raised regarding road safety on the A420. During March and April, the Faringdon Police Team will be carrying out a Road Safety Operation led by PC Trevor Gorman. This operation will focus on, seat belts, mobile phone use and speeding. Please be aware of the law changes that came into force on 1st March. Drivers caught using handheld mobile phones will receive a £200 penalty and 6 points on their licence.

Aggravated burglary 
At around 11am on Wednesday (1/3) a man returned to his home in Radcot Road to find men leaving the property. They threatened him with a firearm before making off in a small blue vehicle. Later a firearm was recovered. Two men have been arrested in connection with this investigation - a 34-year-old man from Watchfield and a 36-year-old man from Faringdon were arrested on suspicion of burglary and are currently in custody.
Investigating Officer Det. Insp. Mike Roddy said: “This was obviously a very concerning incident for the victim. Fortunately he was not injured. We would urge anyone who was in the area at that time and may have seen anything suspicious or saw the vehicle to please get in touch as a matter of urgency. We are linking this incident to a similar one near Bampton on 19 February when men broke into a home and stole firearms.” 
If you have any information please contact us using the details at the bottom of the page. If you would like to remain anonymous please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online by visiting  No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Anti-social behaviour (ASB)
ASB remains low. The team have continued to patrol all areas that have been highlighted as a possible concern and found no significant issues. As the lighter evenings are fast approaching, the team will be out patrolling local parks to engage with our young people of the town. We continue to work closely with Faringdon Community College and conduct regular patrols around the Leamington Drive, Folly View Road and the Marlborough Gardens area to deter groups of students gathering and disturbing local residents.

Offenders brought to justice
•    Lewis Page, 26, Bourton, has been sentenced to two weeks imprisonment following being caught driving whilst disqualified.
•    A male is currently on bail for two non-dwelling burglaries that occurred overnight, 15/16 February 2017 in Longcot. And a further two offences that occurred in Fyfield Wick on 27/28 February 2017.

Witness Appeal
On the 23/02/2017 at 3pm, an assault took place at the junction of Leamington Drive and Fernham Road involving a school child. We are asking for anyone who was in the area at the time and may have seen the incident to call 101 with any information.

We have seen a recent increase in TFMV (Theft from motor Vehicles), in the Faringdon, Shrivenham/Watchfield areas. Anyone with any information, please contact 101 or emailing

Rural Crime Campaign
The team have been involved in a Thames Valley Police led Rural Crime Campaign throughout February where there have been several daytime and overnight operations held. These have had successful results where offenders have been caught for various offences, including, daylight and night time poaching. This can all be followed on Twitter #TVPRural.

Community Engagement Day
The team have been busy with community engagement days. On the 22nd February, Faringdon the neighbourhood policing team attended several farms across the area to engage with landowners, offering crime reduction advice and signing owners up to Thames Valley Alerts (please visit for more information).

Due to the sad closure of The Family Centre, the team will be holding regular engagement days at The Pump House Project Cake Café. We aim to attend the Café the first Wednesday of every month. Officers will be available to help with concerns, offer advice and direct people to other services that can help.  

Contact us
If you want any advice or would like to contact the neighbourhood team you can call us on the police non-emergency number 101 or if it is an emergency then dial 999. You can also contact us via email Please note this email address cannot be used to contact Thames Valley Police to report crimes or for any urgent matters. To view information on your neighbourhood team visit the Thames Valley Police website at: Receive free local crime alerts and crime prevention advice by registering at today. This allows anyone who signs up to choose what updates they receive and how they would like to receive it. The Thames Valley Police Twitter account is kept up to date with what we are up to; please follow us @TVPSouthandVale  
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J Williams (Police, Neighbourhood Policing Admin, South Oxon and Vale)

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