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Alert message sent 16/04/2018 14:22:00

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Here is the latest Wallingford Sector neighbourhood update from PCSO Marie Davenport. Your Neighbourhood Policing Team consists of Inspector Adrian Hall, Sergeant Fraser Weller, PC Simone O’Dell, PCSO Sue Harris, PCSO Marie Davenport, PCSO Sarah Jones & PCSO Clare Beale

Site Watch
We have developed a new initiative called ‘Site Watch’ which is aimed at reducing burglaries and other theft offences linked to building/construction sites. We will provide regular alerts to all members of this scheme keeping them up to date or requesting sightings of vehicles or persons of interest to us. If you or someone you know works on a current building site then it may be their own tools that get stolen so please ask them to get in touch with PCSO Jason Martin at Didcot by emailing

Distraction Burglary
Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a distraction burglary in Station Road, Wallingford. At around 1:30pm on Thursday 29th March two men approached an 88 year old woman at her home. The told her that her roof needed repair work and entered the property. One of the men convinced the woman that she needed to pay him money and she handed over £800 in cash. The men took the money and tried to steal her bank card. The victim challenged the men, who ran to a white van and drove away. One of the offenders was a white man around 45-50 years old and wearing an orange high visibility top. The other offender was a white man 20-30 years old who was also wearing an orange high visibility top.

If you have any information relating to this case please call 101 quoting reference 43180095796 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

26 vehicles were issued to illegally parked cars on Tuesday 20th March. Please can we remind people to be respectful and considerate when parking, this includes parking on double yellow lines and single yellow lines within the restricted time frame.

Fraudulent bank notes
In the first week of April we received numerous reports of fake £50 notes being used to buy small items within Wallingford shops. There has also been similar reports of fake £20 notes being used in Watlington. Please familiarise yourself with what a genuine bank note should look like and what signs to look out for by visiting the Bank of England website If in doubt please never be afraid to refuse service. If you have been affected by this or have any CCTV footage can you please email

Purse theft
On 6th April a purse theft occurred in Waitrose, Wallingford. We will leave some purse bells at the customer service desk for you to collect if you wish to have one please just ask the staff. Please remember not leave your handbag open or unattended in a shopping trolley. We will be patrolling in regards to this latest incident and will approach and remind you to keep your purse safe.

We are pleased to say that we are in the process of training local residents in Wallingford and Dorchester on how to use our Speed Indication Device. They will soon be fully fledged members of Community Speed Watch.  This will mean they can use the Speed Indication Device using local volunteers without the need for police to be with them. If you are interested in Community Speed Watch please email

Theft from Vehicle
Opportunists often walk around trying door car door handles. On 4th April in Benson they found two cars insecure and took items. Please ensure that your vehicle is kept locked at all times and that no high value items are left inside. If you happen to see anyone acting suspiciously near cars then please call on 999.
Cover It Live
Our next online have your say is on 16th May at 7pm. We will be available to take any questions or concerns you have about how to protect your child online. Top Tips on how to keep an eye on them and keep them safe from Child Sexual Exploitation and Grooming. It’s easy and anonymous to talk to us simply logon to

Cholsey Meadows ‘Have Your Say’
Cholsey Meadows residents were given the opportunity to meet with PCSO Marie Davenport and PC Simone O’Dell on Sunday 11th March for a ‘Have Your Say’. There will be another opportunity to meet the Neighbourhood Team along with SOHA housing in the Great Hall on Monday 16th April between 11am - midday. Hope to see you there!

PCSO Sue Harris and PCSO Marie Davenport have been very busy this month in regards to community engagement in and around Wallingford.

• Year 6 Pupils from across the county attended Junior Citizens at Oxford Fire Station where we educated them on internet safety and how to protect themselves online.
• We have continued our talks in regards to the dangers of Sexting at Wallingford School to year 8 Pupils and looking to arrange some more dates at Culham Europa School as well. We have also helped Wantage cover a Community Alcohol Partnership day to their year 9 Pupils.
• On Monday 19th March we gave an internet safety talk to Year 5 pupils at Culham Europa School. 
• Sue and PCSO Lewis Symm gave a talk on Crime Prevention to the Young at Heart Club. This was great fun and we hope they invite us again! 
• Marie, Sue and Simone went along to the Wallingford Community Support Service to discuss Safe Places. Safe Places was set up to help vulnerable people feel safer when they are out and about and might feel at risk. We had a lovely cup of tea and chat to the service users and Simone was given a lovely drawing. For more information about Safe Places please get in touch.  

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.

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