Witney News - Witney Neighbourhood Management Update - March

Witney - A view from Church Green


Witney Neighbourhood Management Update - March

Neighbourhood Specialist Officer PC Duncan Johnson provides the monthly update for March:

“February has been a very busy time for the Witney team. As you may have seen in the local press the team was involved in Operation Judicious which targeted underage drinking and its associated anti-social behaviour. The operation was a follow up to the one that ran last October when over 183 units of alcohol were seized. We are pleased to report that on this occasion only one young person had to be collected by their parents and only four cans of lager were confiscated. This shows that the team’s robust stance regarding underage drinking has proved successful so far.

“You may have also read in the press about the burglary at the Orange Shop in the Woolgate Centre, Witney. PCSO Emma Andrews along with the West Oxfordshire Schools Officer PC Simon Collins were instrumental in the arrest of the offender and the recovery of the stolen property. Other members of the team were also involved in preserving the scene for forensic evidence.

“A 23 year old local man was sentenced to 14 days in prison following an unprovoked assault on one of our PCSOs. The district judge felt he had a duty to protect police officers and PCSOs from unprovoked attacks and that it was proportionate to give the offender a custodial sentence.

“PCSOs do an excellent job and the Force will not tolerate this sort of attack against them when they are doing their best to serve the public. I’m glad to see the criminal justice system has supported us in this stance and I would also like to thank the people who the PCSO was talking to at the time of the attack as they came forward as witnesses to make sure he was convicted.

“PCSO Hilary Rabson has now been joined by PCSO Isobel Webb to cover our villages. They will be holding surgeries throughout the rural areas over the next few weeks if you want to drop by and meet them.

Leafield Village Hall
Tuesday 11 March: 3pm-6.30pm
Tuesday 13 May: 3pm-6.30pm

Ducklington Sports and Social Club
Monday 17 March: 3pm-6.30pm
Monday 28 April: 3pm-6.30pm

Minster Lovell Village Hall
Tuesday 1 April: 3pm-6.30pm
Tuesday 13 May: 3pm-6.30pm

Hailey Village Hall
Monday 7 April: 3pm-6.30pm
Monday 19 May: 3pm-6.30pm

Profile of PCSO Isobel Webb
“I have lived in Witney for the past 30 years and having brought up five children who have now nearly all left home, I decided that I would like to embark on a new career. My past experience includes running my own business, I organise horse shows for children and have worked as a youth worker.

“Based at Witney station I work alongside the neighbourhood team and I am enjoying working in the community, meeting new people and getting to know my areas which are: Deer Park, Thorney Leys, Ducklington, Curbridge, Crawley, Hailey, Ramsden, Leafield and Minster Lovell. If you see me out on patrol please stop and introduce yourself.

“If you wish to contact the Witney Neighbourhood Police Team please either telephone 08458 505 505 or email witney@whosmybobby.co.uk.”

Posted : 10/03/2008 13:04:19

Other recent Witney news items

Substantial Cotswolds country house hotel, Eynsham Hall, sold through Christie & Co

Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co, has completed the sale of Eynsham Hall, one of Oxfordshire’s leading country house hotels at the gateway to the Cotswolds. This grand building,...[more]

Council tax one of the lowest in the country

Sound investment and efficient operation have meant West Oxfordshire District Council is once again able to charge the second lowest council tax in England. The Council has set a three per cent in...[more]

Bin collections resume after snow

Bin collections in West Oxfordshire have resumed today (Monday 5 March). Despite facing challenging conditions last week, West Oxfordshire District Council’s contractor, Ubico Ltd, managed to comp...[more]

To view the full Witney Blog, click here