Police – Monthly Update – May 2015


Signs and a canal boat had graffiti damage at Lower Heyford and a car was scratched in Bucknell, however an offender has been identified and dealt with for the Bucknell complaint. At Upper Heyford a wing mirror was smashed off a parked car and in Ardley an outer pane of glass was shattered in a house window .A male was issued a fine for possessing Cannabis in Somerton. There have been several thefts from vans where tools have been targeted and stolen , one in Arncott which happened over a weekend, several at Cherwell Valley services and in Bucknell an insecure van was entered and a rucksack and tools stolen whilst in Finmere a padlock was cut on a van but it appeared nothing was stolen. There was a burglary to a business premises in Fringford where a window was smashed and petty cash stolen and in Chesterton during a sports game 2 wallets were stolen from the changing rooms during a match and in Goddington signs were stolen from the village.

Court results

Stewart Holmes of Stratton Audley pleaded guilty to drink driving and was given a 36 months driving band and fined £1300.

Stephen Watkins of Chesterton pleaded guilty to shoplifting and was fined £150 and also for failing to surrender to police custody and was given a further fine of £100

Ben Croden formerly of Caversfield pleaded guilty to drink driving and was given a 36 month ban and fined £280.

Out and about

Members of the team attended Lower Heyford village fete last month where crime prevention advice was offered. We have also been busy attending parish council AGM’s where we have heard about issues that are of concern to you, amongst the village meetings attended were Middleton Stoney, Arncott, Ambrosden, Blackthorn, Stratton Audley and Steeple Aston. We also attended a community meeting at Upper Heyford where training was given to the volunteers for community speedwatch. We attended Fringford fayre where we carried out bike security marking and offered crime prevention advice. We also carried out a multi agency inspection with housing in Steeple Aston to address concerns raised by residents at the location.

We also attended Launton Church fete and Candleford beer festival on 13th June 2015, it was good to see so many people despite the weather.

Officers from the Roads Policing department carried out 2 speed checks recently in Middleton Stoney , on 16th May between 1pm and 3pm they dealt with 7 speeding drivers and on 17th May between 1150am and 1335pm they issued 12 speeding tickets, one of which was a resident of the village.

I had the pleasure of attending a royal garden party at Buckingham palace in May , I feel very honoured to have been nominated for my services to the community by an unknown person and am very grateful to whoever this was. It was a truly memorable day and one I will never forget.

Have your say

We are now in the busy season for village fetes , members of the team will be attending the following events in coming weeks

Officers from the team will be at North Aston village fete on 18th July from 2-4pm

19th July at Juniper Hill for the games and picnic afternoon from 230-300pm

Crime prevention advice

We have seen an increase in both urban and rural areas where vans have been targeted and tools stolen, some have taken place over night and entry forced and others during the day when vans are being left unlocked as work is being carried out at nearby properties. Please can you be extra vigilant and report any suspicious incidents to the police immediately on either 101 or 999 whichever is most appropriate. We are urging residents to securely lock vehicle doors and not display items such as Sat Navs, tools, sunglasses, Lap tops, purses and handbags. Please remember to remove all valuables to ensure opportunist thieves do not target your car or van. Vehicle crime accounts for more than a quarter of all recorded crime.

Below are simple steps to help protect your tools

  • Register your tools on a secure property recording website such as www.immobilise.com where you can record serial numbers and descriptive details
  • Property marking. Security mark your tools to deter criminals by either engraving tools with your hime postcode or mark it obviously with a permanent marker or paint and laquer spray again with a postcode, or use smartwater or Select DNA 9 details can be found on the internet.
  • Secure your vehicle- ensure your vehicle is secure and locked when not in use.
  • Leave your vehicle empty- don’t leave tools in your vehicle overnight as this makes them vulnerable to theft.
  • Be vigilant- be aware of suspicious people or vehicles in your area and report details to police
  • Alarm your vehicle- have an alarm fitted to your vehicle, this too can act as a detterent.
  • Park in a busy area- park in busy visible secure areas as this will be less tempting to a potential criminal.