Witney Neighbourhood Management Update - August
Police Community Support Officer Elizabeth Swinney provides the monthly update for August:
“The Witney carnival took place on Saturday 12 July and we had the mobile police station parked at The Leys where members from the neighbourhood team carried out our annual engagement surveys. More than 340 local people were surveyed and the three new priorities for tackling over the next 12 months have been identified as:
• Underage drinking
• Anti-social behaviour
“The Witney Neighbourhood Action Group will also be working on these priorities.
“There have been several incidents over the past month where petrol has been taken from several local garages and has not been paid for. The team has been assisting with this by visiting the stores to try and gain information on any of the vehicles involved.
“PCSOs Mari-Claire Tutty and Tracy Waller have been particularly focusing on the issues of members of the public cycling on the footpath around the town centre. Verbal warnings have been given in the first instances and details of the offenders have been taken.
“The team has been dealing with problems concerning youths and anti-social behaviour at Burwell Meadow. We are working in partnership with the Anti-Social Behaviour Unit at the District Council to resolve this.
“PCSO Mari-Claire Tutty carried out door-to-door enquiries following criminal damage in The Springs. If you have had your vehicle damaged and not yet reported it to the police please contact us on 0845 8 505 505.
“PCSOs Emma Andrews and Tracy Waller worked very hard at the end of the school term to help prevent anti-social behaviour from underage drinkers by seizing a large amount of alcohol from the recent school leavers across the Witney area. Their details have been passed onto the schools officer who will call them and their parents to an alcohol education workshop.
“The neighbourhood team has also been attending Witney Football Club on Friday evenings where the under-18 discos have been taking place. They have been working with the football club staff to try and prevent anti-social behaviour and underage drinking.
“PCSO Tracy Waller had input into a youth council meeting at the town hall alongside elected teenagers from the local schools with a view to discussing the needs and facilities for the youths in the Witney area.”
“The mobile police station parked up at the village pond on Thursday 10 July for residents to visit and speak with PCSO Hilary Rabson.
“High-visibility patrols within the village have continued and PCSOs Rabson and Webb have been liaising with the local community.”
“There have been several issues recently with parking in Middletown and the PCSOs are currently trying to resolve these issues.
“We have received reports of anti-social behaviour in the area of the village hall and the children’s play area. The PCSOs will be paying extra attention to these areas, especially during the summer holidays.”
“On Wednesday 23 July, PCSO Isabel Webb worked with the Roads Policing team in an operation to prevent vehicles speeding in the village. Offending drivers were stopped and their details taken.
“There have been several incidents of anti-social behaviour in the Ripley area of Minster and PCSOs Rabson and Webb have been working closely with the community to tackle these issues.
“The mobile police station was outside the post office in Brize Norton Road on Friday 11 July for residents to come and chat with their local officers.”
“PCSOs Rabson and Webb spent some time with Leafield primary school pupils, talking to them about the importance of keeping safe when out and about.
“If you would like to report an issue to the Neighbourhood Team please either telephone 0845 8 505 505 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.”
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