Police – Monthly Update – August 2015

This month we had a number of vehicles broken into and a Burglary Non Dwelling on the Bicester Rural area. PCSO Chris Kidd worked really hard piecing together the evidence to identify the offender and ago we arrested a suspect on suspicion of having committed these offences, The NHPT have been working alongside Local CID to progress the investigations and the suspect is currently on bail whilst further enquiries are completed
Unfortunately this month we have suffered a spate of damage in the Steeple Aston area, the village hall and the toilet block was damaged, the pre-school had items taken from the playground and damaged, the School had a burglary to the shed and a vehicle had the wing mirror smashed off. These incidents all occurred on the same evening and we believe that the same group of offenders are responsible. I want to make it clear that this mindless vandalism will not be tolerated and we as the NHPT will do everything we can to find those responsible and we have increased patrols in the village. We have also recently suffered a spate of vandalism in Caversfield, the bus shelter on the Buckingham Road outside the Bicester Heritage Centre has been damaged on 3 occasions and graffiti has been found at the location, we have also found graffiti on the White Gates at Fringford Road, Caversfield and damage has been caused to the trees in the fields off the Fringford Road, Caversfield. Again this mindless damage will not be tolerated; we have increased patrols in the area and are working to try to identify those involved. I suspect these offences are being committed by someone within the local community; if you know who this is, please contact the police in order that we can stop this. There was a robbery at Launton Post office where a quantity of cash was stolen after pushing the postmistress to one side, as you can imagine this was very unpleasant and has shocked the community , two members of the public were passing and saw the offenders make off but lost sight of the vehicle heading off along the Blackthorn Road away from the village , they then very kindly returned to the post office to check on the welfare of Shirley the postmistress and remained with her till the police arrived , what a caring gesture and we are grateful to these ladies.A bench has been stolen from Upper Heyford village green and a child’s push along scooter stolen from a front garden in Caversfield.

Court results
Declan Grant from Caversfield pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol, he was fined £325 and disqualified for 22 months.Ryan Kilby of Coneygar Fields St5ratton Audley has pleaded guilty to three offences , an assault for which he was fined £100 , a criminal damage where he was fined £50 and he received a £100 fine for harassment.Gary Wickens of Hethe pleaded guilty to shoplifting and was fined £75

Out and about
On 4th June 2015 the team conducted joint visits to licensed premise’s in the villages to offer advice to landlords on how to combat drug use in the toilets as a result of drug swabbing that had taken place a couple of months previously. On 10th June members of the team assisted with a cross border operation with neighbouring police areas as well as neighbouring police forces by conducting Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) checks. Several stop checks took place and intelligence gathered.
Speed checks
The team have been out and about conducting speed checks last month, PC Sullivan carried out 2 checks in Fringford where 1 ticket was issued and 7 warnings given. WPC Brown and PCSO Kidd carried out a speed check in Blackthorn where 6 tickets were issued and 5 warnings given and also a further check in Middleton Stoney where 4 tickets and 6 warnings given.
The recently set up community speedwatch group in Upper Heyford have been busy out and about conducting several , unfortunately several of the people they identified as speeding were from both Upper Heyford and surrounding villages. On one check out of 13 vehicles speeding 4 were from the village, this obviously is quite disappointing; all drivers identified as speeding have been sent letters form the police.

As always if you wish to get in contact with your local NHPT you can do so via 101, or email to BicesterRuralNHPT@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

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