Witney Neighbourhood Management Update - September
Neighbourhood Specialist Office PC Duncan Johnson brings this month's update:
"August has been a very busy time for the Witney team. The PCSOs have been successful in targeting young people with alcohol and tobacco. On 3 and 4 August the team seized 17 cans of beer, one bottle of whisky, 13 bottles of beer, two bottles of vodka and one bottle of champagne. On 14 August 24 cans of lager were seized. The team has contacted all of the parents of the young people involved.
"There were also three cigarette seizures on 3 August. As a result two arrests were made and two detections, one for disorderly conduct and one for an offensive weapon. On 14 August two further tobacco seizures were made. All of these incidents involved persons under the age of 18.
"We will continue to target alcohol and tobacco seizures to help us with our problems with anti-social behaviour around the town.
"We are also targeting cyclists who continually break the law by riding on the pavement or at night without lights. Twice in the last few weeks the PCSOs, by stopping bicycles, have come across two local men who were wanted by police for criminal offences. The PCSOs have detained the men and called for local police officers to attend and arrest them."
Profile of PCSO Emma Andrews
"I am one of the new PCSOs at Witney Police Station and there are currently seven of us in this Neighbourhood team.
"I applied for the role after working through a forensic degree and enjoying the policing side a great deal. The role of a PCSO stood out to me as I like making a difference in the community. I feel we all achieve this by being approachable to all members of the public. I also feel that we help to support and reassure victims of crime as well as deter crime by spending most of our time walking the streets and being highly visible. The local youths always approach us and let us know how they are doing which is great.
"I moved to Witney from Wales where I have lived all my life. Witney is a fantastic place with a great community, one that I am most looking forward to being part of. I think the PCSO role is good for a community and I am looking forward to meeting more of the residents as my time goes on."
"Criminal damage has been a problem in the town and the team are currently targeting this issue."
"An incident of note this month is that the allotments on Witney Road have been subject to numerous vegetable thefts as well as criminal damage to the vegetables and to the allotment buildings and equipment. The Witney Neighbourhood team is aware of the situation and we will increase our visible patrols in that area."
There were no incidents of note at the following villages:
Other recent Witney news items
A children's charity has been given a boost of more than £3,000 thanks to a special fundraising event. Helen and Douglas House in Oxford, which offers respite and end of life care for children, yo...[more]
A photographic exhibition celebrating the mature dancer is to go on display in Witney. Joie de Vivre is a collection of images designed to showcase the beauty and vitality of older dancers with th...[more]
With local elections taking place in just a few weeks, voters in Oxfordshire are being urged to make sure they are registered to vote and are able to take part on polling day, Thursday 4 May. The c...[more]