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Neighbourhood policing newsletter

Alert message sent 08/08/2019 14:20:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

There have been a number of theft from vehicles at our beauty posts across the area. Please be mindful when attending these areas and do not leave anything of value in your vehicles. If you notice anyone acting suspicious please contact us on 999. We are keen to ensure that our community remains a low crime area and are increasing patrols to catch those responsible.

Offenders brought to justice
Following a spate of burglary non-dwellings and theft of/from boats in the Wallingford area a 32 year old male has been arrested in connection with these offences. The investigation is still ongoing.

Witness appeals
Several arsons have been reported to us where teenagers have been seen lighting fires in grassland and to hay bales on farmers land. This is obviously extremely dangerous as the fires can quickly spread in this warm weather. We ask that should you know anyone involved in any of these incidents that you contact us immediately. The incidents occurred on 6th July in Crowmarsh Gifford, 22nd July in Benson and 1st August in Cholsey.
There have also been six incidents throughout July where suspects have been setting fires in bins around the Didcot area. Again if you know anything please contact us (details at the bottom of the page).

We are appealing for witnesses following and attempted robbery in Didcot. The incident happened on Tuesday 30th July in Brasenose Park between 9.30pm and 10pm. A man sustained an arm injury after an offender tried to take his watch. The offender was a man and was wearing a hooded zip top, black trousers, black trainers and a black cap with a dark grey peak. If you have any details which could be relevant please call us on 101 quoting reference number 43190234029.

Crime prevention advice
Burglars take advantage of warm weather and it only takes seconds to steal valuables within easy reach.
• Lock all windows and doors when outside
• Fit window opening restrictors for ventilation
• Hide keys, valuables and cables
• Secure tools and ladders so these can’t be used by the offenders to gain entry to your property

What the neighbourhood team have been doing
In July PC Kaur and PCSO Martin attended Didcot Girls School to speak to them about anti-social behaviour, assaults and their consequences.

Dogs in cars!
It is surprising that with all the warnings and advice we still get reports of irresponsible pet owners leaving their dogs in hot cars. Many people still believe that it’s ok to leave a dog in a car on a warm day if the windows are left open or they’re parked in the shade but the truth is it’s still very dangerous. When the temperature is 22 degrees outside it can reach an unbearable 47 degrees inside the car! If you see a dog in distress please dial 999 and if you own a dog perhaps leave them at home to save us having to break into your car to save their life. For more information and advice please visit the RSPCA website.

Future events/meetings/active communities
On the 31st August we will be taking part in the Emergency Service Day at Boundary Park in Didcot where we will be joined by the Fire and Ambulance services and the Armed Forces in your local community. The event will run from 11am to 10:30pm. 

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

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

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