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Neighbourhood Policing Newsletter

Alert message sent 08/08/2019 13:25:00

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Here is the latest update from the Henley Neighbourhood Policing team. Henley Sector comprises of Henley Town and the parishes of Goring, Woodcote, Goring Heath, South Stoke, Whitchurch-on-Thames, Nettlebed, Swyncombe, Pishill with Stonor, Bix & Assendon, Stoke Row, Highmoor, Checkendon, Rotherfield Greys, Sonning Common, Rotherfield Peppard, Kidmore End, Mapledurham, Harpsden, Binfield Heath, Shiplake, Eye & Dunsden.
Priority 1 - Violent Crime, Drug dealing and anti-social behaviour (ASB) around the Henley Area
The neighbourhood team continue to conduct pro-active patrols.  We will respond to intelligence provided by partners and the community. Please continue to tell us what you know and we will act upon it!

On 24th July a drugs warrant was executed at an address in Sonning Common which was intelligence led. A street value of £300,000 worth of cannabis seized and destroyed, five mobile phones seized.  One arrest at this time for cultivating cannabis and immigration offences, charged and remanded in custody pending appearance in Crown Court.  Investigations on-going.

During July a number of local young people have been spoken to concerning ASB, drug and alcohol use in the Makins Road recreational park. Three young people were issued with warning letters, as the first step of intervention in their behaviour.

Priority 2 – Burglary
The neighbourhood teams are now focusing their efforts on tool thefts and looking at preventative steps to make tools and property identifiable.

In July there were items stolen from properties in Shiplake Bottom, Mapledurham and Adam Court, Henley.  If you have any information about this please contact the Neighbourhood team on 101 or by email at

On Wednesday 24th July the neighbourhood team held two crime prevention events. During the morning a stall was set up outside the Co-op in Sonning Common, crime prevention advice and items were available for the public. Purse bells, Smartwater and CredMark were given away. 

During the afternoon the team moved to Mill Meadows, Henley where we were joined by Henley Neighbourhood Watch coordinator Neil Gunnel who help to give crime prevention advice to the public.

Crime reduction advice
🌴 ☀ Holiday Checklist ☀ 🌴
✅ Lock windows, doors, sheds and garages
✅ Secure tools and ladders
✅ Hide keys and valuables
✅ Make your home look occupied
✅ Ask a friend to look after your home
✅ Don’t advertise being away on social media

You said we did
• The neighbourhood team continue to routinely patrol Henley skate-park and play area to combat ASB drug use and drug supply.
• Swyncombe parish council and volunteers have completed their training to take part in Community Speedwatch in their area.
• South Stoke parish council have had such an impact on reducing speeding vehicles when using the TVP device, they have now purchased their own.

Community Speed-Watch:  If you are a parish council and would like more information about this please contact the Neighbourhood team on 101 or by email at

What the neighbourhood team have been doing in July (19 shifts each officer)
• Action Fraud referrals: This is where a victim has contacted Action Fraud and they in turn refer the victim’s details to an officer visiting telephone or on-line fraud victims. Nine referrals were received this month, all visited by a PCSO and given advice and support.
• Tuesday 16th July PC Barbara Taylor and PCSO Janice Smith responded to reports of a male living in his vehicle in Maidensgrove.
• Tuesday 16th July PC Barbara Taylor and PCSO Janice Smith carried out routine drug swabbing of a number of rooms at the Henley YMCA.
• Wednesday 17th July PC Barbara Taylor and PCSO Janice Smith were called to a home in Sonning Common where, sadly, they found the female resident deceased.
• Friday 19th July PC Barbara Taylor was involved in searching for a high risk missing male in Woodcote.
• Friday 19th July PCSOs Smith and Apps attended a neighbourhood dispute in Henley.
• Friday 26th July PCSOs Apps and Wyatt attended a neighbourhood dispute in Gallowstree Common.
• Friday 26th July PCSO Claire Hewett collected approximately 500 live gun cartridges which were surrendered to police for destruction.
• Saturday 27th July PCs Taylor, Betts and PCSO Smith responded to an incident of hare-coursing in South Stoke/Woodcote.
• Sunday 28th July PCSOs Janice Smith and Claire Hewett were called to a resident in Henley who called Police for assistance; ambulance transported the lady to hospital.
• Sunday 28th July PCSOs Janice Smith and Claire Hewett were tasked to an address in Woodcote for a “fear for welfare”.
• Monday 29th July PC Barbara Taylor and PCSO Janice Smith dealt with a male on the private grounds of an estate in Whitchurch Hill.
• Monday 29th July PCSOs Wyatt and Apps seized a quantity of cannabis from a male in the town centre.  Cannabis sent for destruction.
• Monday 29th July PCs Taylor & Betts and PCSO’s Wyatt & Apps attended a five year old child’s 999 call for assistance; a parent and younger child had become locked in the bathroom and were unable to open the door.  Family released and reunited.
• July during the first two weeks, several reports to police of a male sleeping in the grounds of a primary school in Henley. The male was identified – investigation on-going.
Have Your Say Meetings
‘Have Your Says’ are held by PCSOs in the Henley Sector every month – these are an opportunity for the public to meet a member of the neighbourhood team and raise any police related concerns.
• PCSO Chris Wyatt & PCSO Chris Apps – Tuesday 13th August in Market Place, Henley from 10am – 11am.
• PCSO Janice Smith – Wednesday 14th August at Goring Arcade from 11am – midday.
• PCSO Claire Hewett – Wednesday 21st August at Shiplake train station from 11.30am to 12.30pm.

Please get in touch/follow us using the following:
Twitter: @tvpsouthandvale
Phone: 101
Always phone 999 in an emergency

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Julia Williams (Police, Neighbourhood Policing Admin, South Oxon and Vale)

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