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Alcester Police North SNT. Latest Weekly Report. Sunday 7th July 2019

Incidents of a public interest from the last week:-

Alcester Police North SNT. Latest Weekly Report. Sunday 7th July 2019

Hello all.

This is our latest weekly report and prompt to see if you have any questions, suggestions or concerns for the Alcester Police North SNT. Thank you to those that have contacted us this week.

Incidents of public interest from the last week:-


  • *Suspicious Circumstances. Coughton Lane, Coughton. Man seen to take photos of the rear gardens of houses in the area. Described as a white male, 5' 10", short dark hair, Stocky build, wearing a blue t-shirt, blue shorts, Mitre trainers, carrying a man bag. Walked off towards Alcester when he realised he was being watched. No offences disclosed at the time. 4.45pm Monday 1st July. 0360 01/07/2019


  • *Damage. Allendale Crescent, Studley. Two tyres slashed on car. Between 6th & 7th July. 0178 07/07/2019

  • *Burglary Business. Alcester Road, Studley. Premises entered and items stolen. 2.10am Friday 5th July. 0086 05/07/2019


  • *Anti-Social Behaviour. Two Calls. The Green / St Marys, Bearley. Reports of about 15 cars racing about  and handbrake turning in the area. 7pm Tuesday 2nd July. 0376 02/07/2019


  • *Anti-Social Behaviour. Valley Road, Earlswood. Caller reporting a group of people with seven cars parked near to the layby and pumping station. It seemed that the occupants had alcohol and drug paraphernalia with them. 9.20pm Friday 5th July. 0456 05/07/2019

  • *Anti-Social Behaviour. Malthouse Lane, Earlswood. Two calls. Caller reporting about 3 to 4 vehicles racing about the area. Also a number of men smoking cannabis at the side of the road. 7pm and 9pm Friday 5th July. 0445 05/07/2019

  • *Anti-Social Behaviour. Valley Road, Earlswood. Caller reporting several cars parked in the area, playing loud music and generally being a nuisance. 2am Thursday 4th July. 0017 04/07/2019

  • *Theft. Shop, Earlswood. Three men have entered the shop and have stolen various items by way of shoplifting. Male 1 - White, early 40's, balding hair on the sides, wearing a grey hoodie top, black shorts and carrying a white carrier bag. Male 2 - White, late 30's, large build, facial hair, wearing grey tracksuit top, blue t-shirt and grey tracksuit bottoms. Male 3 - white, late 40's, bald head, grey tracksuit top and jeans. Reported daytime Wednesday 3rd July. 0216 03/07/2019

  • *Suspicious Circumstances. Earlswood Common, Earlswood. Three males, aged about 17 years, seen to ring doorbell of house then run away. One of the people was wearing a crash helmet. No offences disclosed at the time. 1.30am Wednesday 3rd July. 0017 03/07/2019


  • *Vehicle Crime. Church Road, Claverdon. Landrover stolen from front of premises. 3.30pm Wednesday 3rd July. 0220 03/07/2019

Policing on the Stratford District - The Stratford District is blessed with large areas of countryside, in which a significant percentage of our communities live and work. The challenge for the police has always been to deliver a consistent policing service across all areas, in the face of high demands that are brought about by the more densely populated urban areas. Recently in the media there has been coverage of a number of different criminal offences that have occurred in rural areas, albeit those offences are not necessarily connected and have taken place across large geographical areas. Understandably this can lead to a heightened fear of crime within rural communities. Policing these large areas comes with its own unique challenges and unfortunately we can't be everywhere at all times. We continually use intelligence to plan our patrol routes so our officers are best placed to disrupt criminal activity and provide reassurance to our communities. We also have a number of police bases strategically located across the district, so officers can respond promptly to any ongoing incidents.

However, it is acknowledged that more can be done to address the concerns of rural communities and build trust and confidence whilst maintaining the balance between the provision of policing services into both urban and rural areas. Warwickshire Police is committed to tackling rural crime and to understanding, listening and reacting to the concerns of the community. This includes the prevention, disruption and prosecution of criminal activity across the Stratford District and there are a number of actions that are in place to continue to build on this approach.

  • •           There is now a police inspector in post who holds dedicated and coordinated responsibility for our approach towards rural crime across the county.
  • •           A rural crime strategy will shortly be finalised and published that will provide clarity around our approach, focus and commitment. This will reflect and embed the partnership approach that is taken alongside local authorities, other public sector agencies and a host of organisations that represent rural interests.
  • •           A dedicated Rural Crime Policing Team will be introduced in the autumn. These officers will be experts in their field, will understand the problems experienced in rural communities and will make a real difference to the lives of people living and working in the Stratford District.
  • •           Policing teams will continue to work in close partnership and share information with Stratford District Council and their Rural Crime Advisors who can provide specialist advice on crime prevention alongside the installation of crime deterrence equipment.
  • •           Local Safer Neighbourhood Teams will be holding engagement events and utilise the Mobile Police Station in some of the more isolated villages.
  • •           There will be continued investment into the Supported Villages Scheme and the promotion of Rural Watch to ensure that communities across the Stratford District are provided with the best protection advice and up to date news on emerging trends or issues that could affect them.
  • There will be an investment into the number of Police Community Support Officers which will benefit parts of the rural Stratford District.

Safer Neighbourhood Teams will continue to be the predominant face of policing to communities but there are many other aspects to Warwickshire Police that support the provision of policing services within rural Warwickshire. These include response officers, Special Constables and officers that are dedicated to patrolling the roads network.

The support of the public is a critical factor in the success of tackling rural criminality. Making rural communities even safer places to live, work and visit relies on engagement, partnership working and the confidence of local people to report suspicious activity. Warwickshire Police remain committed to this approach and will build on this over the coming months to make further improvements that rural communities want to see.

Local Policing Commander Chief Supt Ben Smith states: 'Warwickshire is an extremely safe county and we are fortunate that crime levels are comparatively low, especially in our rural areas. However, I acknowledge that if you have been a victim of crime, or have read about some of the more serious and impactful incidents, you will understandably seek additional assurances about our policing approach in rural communities. It will always be the case that we will have to make difficult decisions on how we best use our resources but, even when budgets have been at their tightest, we have committed to maintaining police numbers across our safer neighbourhood teams. It is now pleasing to be able to update that, as a direct result of the additional monies raised via the policing element of local council tax, we can enhance the policing services that we deliver in rural communities. In addition to what is outlined, we are also now able to put additional officers into our response and investigations teams, which will further enhance policing services to all communities across Warwickshire.'

Stratford District Council Community Safety Manager Karin Stanley states: 'Stratford-on-Avon District Council is committed to supporting our rural communities by working in partnership with Warwickshire Police to tackle rural crime. Our Rural Crime Adviser, funded by the Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner, works with individuals & business who have been victims of rural crime providing bespoke crime prevention advice and equipment solutions. We also coordinate the Supported Villages scheme which empowers local communities to get more involved in taking action to protect their own property and possessions and not be a soft target for criminals. We would urge people to always report crimes or suspicious activity to the Police, as having a clear understanding of current crimes and trends helps in tackling it. You cannot underestimate the importance of having vigilant local residents helping to combat rural crime.'

Sneak in thefts - When the weather is hot, we all like to open our windows and doors to allow a good circulation of air. Unfortunately this also is an ideal situation for criminals who prefer the easy option of a 'sneak in theft'. There are a number of crime prevention tips you can use to stop this type of theft.

  • Only leave windows and doors open that you can physically monitor. For example if you are sat in the front of the house make sure the windows and doors at the rear are secure. (and vice versa).
  • If you intend to spend some time in the garden make sure that windows and doors that you cannot physically see or monitor are shut and locked.
  • Do not put valuable items near to open windows and doors. Put them out of sight and in a secure area.
  • Fit a motion alarm or bell to doors to the outside so you know when they open.
  • Remove keys from doors and windows once they are locked. Put them somewhere safe but accessible in case of emergencies.
  • If you are gardening and using tools make sure that they are marked with your postcode and that they are not left out in the open with public access

Alcester Police North Community Policing Priorities Poll. June 2019 - The Results are shown below. The top three will be set as priorities by the Team and will be undertaken as part of their normal day to day work.

  1. 210 x EARLSWOOD - Patrols in Earlswood / Lakes area to deter and deal with any incidents found or reported.
  2. 154 x ALCESTER NORTH AREA - Patrols to deter burglary offences in residential and rural areas.
  3. 21 x ALCESTER NORTH AREA - Patrols to deter vehicle crime offences in residential and rural areas.
  • 20 x STUDLEY - Patrols in the Pool Road / Marlborough Works area to deter and deal with ASB & incidents found or reported.
  • 13 x STUDLEY - Speed checks on residential roads in the village that have been identified as causing concern.,
  • 10 x HENLEY - Patrols around the public park areas of Henley to deter and deal with any ASB incidents found or reported.,
  • 1 x ALCESTER NORTH AREA - Patrols to deter and detect incidents of fly-tipping in rural areas.

RURAL CRIME FARMING EVENT - THURSDAY 11TH JULY 2019. 2PM TILL 6PM - This event will provide an opportunity for local farmers and land owners to come along and see how Rural Crime can be tackled and how they can help in the prevention and detection of crime. There will be an opportunity to network with Stratford on Avon District Council's Rural Crime Advisor, Warwickshire Police Safer Neighbourhood Teams, Wildlife Crime Officers, NFU, NFU Mutual, and various other exhibitors who will be showcasing and demonstrating new and innovative crime prevention products. Refreshments will be available.

Stratford Livestock Market, Agri Park, Campden Road, Lower Quinton, Warwickshire, CV37 8LP

Kindly hosted by, Vicki, Andrew and Philip Cook

Published 07/07/19