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

Incidents of a public interest from the last week:-

Alcester Police South 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 South SNT. Thank you to those that have contacted us this week.

Incidents of a public interest from the last week:-


  • *Vehicle Crime. Station Road, Alcester. Offender(s) have tried to gain access to Vauxhall Vivaro works van by forcing the rear locks. Entry was not gained and nothing was stolen. Between 5th & 6th July. 0146 07/07/2019

  • *Theft. Shop, Kinwarton Road, Alcester. Two men have gone into the shop and have stolen various items by way of shoplifting. The first man is described as white, slim build, blond hair, wearing black trousers, black trainers, black jacket, carrying a blue carrier bag. Second man, white, slim build, facial hair, wearing white trainers and dark green trousers. Evening of Tuesday 2nd July. 0426 02/07/2019

  • *Theft. Shop, Alcester Town. A woman has entered the shop and has tried to steal various items by way of shoplifting. The woman has been challenged by staff and has left empty handed. She got into a Blue Kia with a registration number ending in 'YYC'. This drove off towards Priory Road and Globe Island. Woman described as white, 5' 8" tall, mid 30's, wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and red trainers. 2.30pm Monday 1st July. 0246 01/04/2019

  • *Suspicious Circumstances. Winchcombe Road, Alcester. Blue van with a registration number ending in 'WZT' seen driving around the area. Caller concerned that this was suspicious. 10am Monday 1st July. 0112 01/07/2019


  • *Burglary Residential. Burford Lane, Shelfield. Door to premises forced open. Not known if anything had been stolen at the time of the report. Daytime Tuesday 2nd July. 0284 02/07/2019 (Same premises as incident below)

  • *Burglary Residential. Burford Lane, Shelfield. Door to premises forced open. Not known if anything had been stolen at the time of the report. Afternoon of Monday 1st July. 0523 01/04/2019


  • *Theft. Shop, Bidford. A man has entered the shop and has stolen a basket full of items by way of shoplifting. The man has then left the store and got into a Silver Vauxhall Vectra, with a registration number ending in 'UGV'. The car was described as being very noisy. 8.40pm Monday 1st July. 0480 01/07/2019


  • *Suspicious Circumstances. Station Road, Salford Priors. Three males seen in secure garden of premises. All were wearing hoods and one of them was taller than the other two. No further offences disclosed. No trace of the men on police arrival. 3am Thursday 4th July. 0020 04/07/2019


  • *Damage. Wharf Lane, Wilmcote. Small hole caused in outer pane of double glazed window unit by unknown object. Possible a small stone or pellet. Hole discovered on the morning of Friday 5th July. 0234 05/07/2019

Court Result for Offences committed in the Alcester area. Paul Andrews of the Alcester area has pleaded guilty (on the 4th July) and received a 26 month custodial sentence for the following offences-

  • 1 Burglary Dwelling committed on 5th May 2019 in Stratford Upon Avon.
  • 2 Handling Stolen Goods. Committed Overnight 28th January 2019 to 29th January, following a Burglary - Non Dwelling in Alcester.
  • 3 Handling Stolen Goods. Committed on 24th May 2019, following a theft from motor vehicle in Alcester.
  • 4 Theft and Fraud. Committed on 19th May 2019 following a theft from motor vehicle in Alcester.

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 South Community Policing Priorities Poll. June 2019. The results are shown below. The top three will be set as policing priorities for the next three months.

  1. 32 x THE GRAFTONS - Patrols to deter vehicle crime and burglaries.,
  2. 28 x GREAT ALNE - Patrols to deter vehicle crime and burglaries.,
  3. 25 x ALCESTER CONWAY ESTATE - Patrols to deter ASB and drug related offences.,
  • 11 x BIDFORD - Patrols to deter vehicle crime including theft from vehicles.,
  • 11 x WELFORD - Patrols to deter vehicle crime and burglaries.,
  • 4 x ALCESTER. EVESHAM ROAD. Speed Checks to deter offences in the 30mph zone.
  • 00 x BILLESLEY / BINTON AREAS - Patrols to deter vehicle crime including theft from vehicles.


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