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“On Saturday 12 April, members of the public reported a local man for riding his trail bike up and down the footpaths on the Madley Park estate in Witney. After gathering evidence, the man was spoken to and admitted the offence. He was consequently issued with a warning that if he is caught again the vehicle will be seized. We urge any members of the public who witness this type of anti-social behaviour to call us promptly so we can deal with it.

“Another issue that has come to light is the number of criminal damage incidents. There have been 59 in the Witney area this month and although we try our best to catch the people responsible, it is often because of a lack of evidence that we can’t prosecute. If local people can help be our eyes and ears it would help immensely.

“If you see someone damaging property this is more than likely to be criminal activity; please contact us and tell us what you have seen on 0845 8 505 505 or . If the crime is in progress, call 999. Here are some points to look for when trying to help us catch these individuals:

• Name
• Approximate age
• Gender
• Race
• Height
• Clothing
• Hair colour and style
• Any marks, scars, piercings, tattoos or other identifying features
• What the individual is carrying

If a vehicle is involved try to get:

• Make
• Model
• Colour
• Full or part of the registration number
• Last direction of travel

“This information is extremely valuable to us and can help us crack down on those who believe it is acceptable to damage other people’s property.

“PCSO Lucy James attended Ceewood Hall on Thursday 3 April to give a talk to children at the local primary school. The talk was well received and was given on the subject of “People who Help Us”. If you are part of a local school or group that have an interest in Thames Valley Police and would like to get us involved feel free to contact the team on 0845 8 505 505 or witney@whosmybobby.co.uk.

“This month we have also been concentrating on speeding, which is one of the Neighbourhood Action Group’s priorities. We have just taken delivery of our own Speed Indicator Device (SID), which we will be deploying around the neighbourhood – see the Ducklington update for more.

“We attended the annual general meetings of the parish councils at Hailey and Ducklington and are preparing for another round of public engagements to identify your three top issues for the next year.

“On Saturday 10 May, PC Duncan Johnson and PCSO Hilary Rabson will be at Madley Park between 10am and midday supporting the local community litter pick. Please come along and help.

“One final thing that I would like to remind our residents of is the operation that took place last year at Edington Square in Witney where we seized a large amount of alcohol from youths. Although we currently do not have any information to suggest a reoccurrence will happen, we are fully aware that the summer months are fast approaching and we want to prevent a repeat of this. Again I would like to encourage you all to call us with any information regarding underage drinking and anti-social behaviour. The more information we have the easier it is for us to act.


“On Wednesday 23 April the team operated the SID in Witney Road, Ducklington and again on Monday 28 April. Following these operations there appears to be no need for enforcement in this area at the moment. If you believe that speeding is a problem in your neighbourhood then contact the team and we will look into it for you.

“A man was stop checked in The Square on Tuesday 8 April and was found with items in his possession, which led to him being arrested and charged with the offence of Going Equipped.

“A surgery will be held on Saturday 24 June outside The Bell pub between 3pm and 6.30pm by PCSOs Isabel Webb and Hilary Rabson.


“On Tuesday 8 April, a car was stolen from the village, which witnessed by police officers and the offender was caught, arrested and charged with theft.

“On Monday 19 May, PCSOs Isabel Webb and Hilary Rabson will be holding a surgery at the village hall between 3pm and 6.30pm.”


“On Tuesday 13 May, PCSOs Isabel Webb and Hilary Rabson will be holding a surgery at the Fox pub between 3pm and 6.30pm.”

Minster Lovell

“On Friday 9 June, PCSOs Isabel Webb and Hilary Rabson will be holding a surgery outside the shops on Brize Norton Road between 3pm and 6.30pm.”

Posted : 08/05/2008 16:48:16

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