6 Oct 2020 – Weekly Police Update

Good Afternoon, Fenstanton District Members –

Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 29th September to 5th October:

Fenstanton – Police are investigating an incident reported to have happened in Fenstanton on Wednesday morning, 30th September, in which a dog being walked by its owner was attacked by another dog, which picked it up by its scruff and shook it violently. Fortunately the dog did not require stitches but it was left scratched and whimpering, and its owner very shaken and shocked. (Ref 35/66521/20)

Park Close, Fenstanton – A thief entered the manager’s office at a construction site on Park Close at some time between Thursday morning, 1st, and Friday afternoon, 2nd October, and stole a laptop computer which had been left out on a desk. (Ref 35/67711/20)

Church Lane, Fenstanton – Police received a report of two males cold-calling at houses on Church Lane on Friday afternoon, 2nd October. The males had given an explanation that they were ex-offenders and had shown a scrappy piece of paper with red writing on it as identification. Although the two males had been polite, the resident rightly contacted the police as cold-callers may have ulterior motives and be planning criminal activity. (Ref CC-02102020-0296)

Fenstanton – Police received a report of a possible fraud from a Fenstanton resident on Monday 5th October. The victim had bought a car advertised on social media, but when it was delivered there was no log book and enquiries with DVLA showed that it had actually been declared scrapped in 2019. Investigations are continuing. (Ref 35/67816/20)

An Item Of Local News:

A man and a teenage boy who conspired to commit a string of burglaries across the County, including at St Ives, Chatteris, Ramsey, Haddenham, Longstanton, Willingham, Girton, Kimbolton and Stapleford, were sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court on Friday 2nd October. Luke Wall, aged 29, was jailed for four years and 105 days; the teenager, a fifteen-year-old from Essex, was given an 18-month Youth Rehabilitation Order.

More details are on the police news web-site at:

https://www.cambs.police.uk/news-and-appeals/luke-wall-burglary

And Finally

Reminder – Download the NHS Covid-19 Contact App:

The more people who use the new NHS Covid-19 app, the more we can keep each other safe and stop the infection from spreading. The app is a vital part of the NHS Test-and-Trace service in England, and is free to download for your smart-phone.

More information and download links are on the NHS website at:

https://www.covid19.nhs.uk/

Weekly Police Report – 28 Sept 2020

Good Afternoon, Fenstanton District Members –

There is one item to mention in our summary of offences and incidents affecting your community this week, covering the period 22nd to 28th September:

Chequer’s Court, Fenstanton – Intruders entered the back garden of a house on Chequer’s Court, Fenstanton, at some time overnight on Friday 25th / Saturday 26th September, and stole a mobility scooter which had been left outside the back door. It is also thought that the thief entered the house through the unlocked back door to take the keys to the scooter and whilst inside, stole a sum of money from a handbag. (Ref 35/65401/20)

And Finally – Coronavirus Latest Instructions and Guidance:

On Tuesday 22nd September, the Government announced new regulations to combat the increasing number of infections being reported across England, in addition to the ‘Rule of Six’ restricting the number of people from different households who can gather together announced last week.

The new instructions include the following:

Face Coverings – when and where they must be worn, and by whom, together with exceptions;

Working from Home –office workers are encouraged to do so wherever possible;

Businesses – new regulations affecting the hospitality industry and stricter rules on making businesses premises COVID-secure;

Gatherings – new regulations on how many people are allowed to gather together, in various settings and for various purposes.

A full explanation of the regulations is on the Government web-site at:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Download the NHS Covid-19 Contact App:

The more people who use the new NHS Covid-19 app, the more we can keep each other safe and stop the infection from spreading. The app is a vital part of the NHS Test-and-Trace service in England, and is free to download for your smart-phone.

More information and download links are on the NHS website at:

https://www.covid19.nhs.uk/

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To see details of Policing Summaries for neighbouring areas, please click on the following link and scroll down the page to select areas of interest:

https://www.ecops.org.uk/alert_archive

Please be aware that these reports do not contain all details of all reported crime. We do not publish details of domestic related offences or anything which may put a person at risk if information regarding the crime was made public.

As always, if you have information relating to any offence, or are concerned about any suspicious activities, please contact police by using any of these methods:

• the ‘101’ non-emergency telephone number;

• the on-line web-chat tool on the new Cambridgeshire Constabulary web-site – click on the green icon;

• Alternatively, you can use ‘Crimestoppers’ to make a report anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or by using their on-line contact form.

In an emergency, or if you witness a crime in progress, always use ‘999’.

Best Wishes,

Chris Shaw, PSV

Police Report – Four County Lines Dismantled During Week of Action

Officers across Cambridgeshire have made nine arrests, seized drugs, cash and mobile phones as part of a week of action on county lines crime.

Throughout the national week of action (14-21 September), police also visited vulnerable people across the county to check they were not being exploited by county lines drug dealers and to build up a better picture of the crime in the area.

Working alongside other forces and partners, officers executed warrants in Cambridge, Peterborough, Wisbech and London where the arrests were made. They seized 88 wraps of heroin, more than £1,000 cash and multiple mobile phones.

Five potential cuckooed addresses, where drug dealers take over the home of a vulnerable person in order to use it as a base for dealing, were visited and five people safeguarded.

County lines is a priority in Cambridgeshire and during this targeted week we successfully dismantled four drug lines.
Our work will continue beyond this week of action to tackle drug networks, which bring a whole host of criminality to our county as well as harm to the most vulnerable people in our communities.

Throughout the week the force was also urging the people of Cambridgeshire to look closer in order to spot children and young people who are being exploited by county lines criminals.
Public spaces like bus and train stations, fast food outlets, hotels and roadside services can be where young victims of exploitation are most visible.

We often hear that victims of county lines criminality don’t know they are being exploited or don’t have the confidence to report it because they fear there may be consequences.
Children and young people who are being exploited may not always appear vulnerable or act the way we may expect victims should. If something doesn’t feel right, it may not be.

If you suspect someone is at risk of child exploitation, you can report it to us here. You don’t have to tell us your name, just what you have seen.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris O’Brien

16 Sept 2020 – Weekly Police Update – Fenstanton District

Weekly Policing Update – Fenstanton District

Good Afternoon, Fenstanton District Members –

Before getting onto the details of local incidents this week, we start with a reminder of the new Coronavirus legislation announced by the Prime Minister that came into effect on Monday 14th September:

‘The Rule of Six’

We must not meet with members of other households in groups of more than 6 people. This applies both indoors and outdoors, including in private homes.

There are some exceptions to this new law. Places that are Covid-19-secure, such as places of worship, restaurants and hospitality venues, can still host larger numbers in total, but groups of up to six must not mix or form larger groups.

The rule does not apply to individual households or ‘support bubbles’ of more than 6, who will still be able to gather together.

Education and work locations are unaffected, and organised team sports will still be able to proceed, as will weddings and funerals of up to 30 persons.

From  Monday 14th September, the new limit will be enforceable by law.

Full details are on the Government website at: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Now here is our summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, covering the period 8th to 15th September:

London Road, St Ives – Police stopped a suspicious car on London Road on Tuesday evening, 8th September. A road-side drugs test returned a positive result and a search of the car revealed substances believed to be cannabis together with a large amount of cash. The driver was arrested and the car seized and towed away. Investigations are continuing. (Ref 35/60967/20)

A14 Fenstanton – Police received calls reporting a black BMW car stopped at a lay-by on the A14 near Fenstanton, obtruding onto the nearside lane and causing a hazard to traffic, with a person slumped at the wheel. Officers attended and found the driver the worse for alcohol, failing a road-side test. The car was seized and towed away and the driver was taken to hospital as a precaution. (Ref CC-13092020-0225)

And Finally – Police Appeal for Witnesses to Road Collision:

Police are appealing for information following a serious collision involving two cars on the B1040 Ramsey Road near Wistow on Saturday (12 September).

The head-on collision involving a red Volkswagen Polo and black BMW 530D happened at just before ‪6.15pm.

The driver of the Volkswagen, a man in his 30s, was taken to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge where he remains in a serious but non-life threatening condition.

The driver of the BMW, a man in his 60s, was taken to Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon with a serious arm injury. He has since been discharged.

Anyone who saw the collision or the vehicles in the lead up to it, or has dash-cam footage, is urged to make contact via web-chat or by calling 101, quoting incident number 412 of 12th September.

To see details of Policing Summaries for neighbouring areas, please click on the following link and scroll down the page to select areas of interest:

https://www.ecops.org.uk/alert_archive

Please be aware that these reports do not contain all details of all reported crime. We do not publish details of domestic related offences or anything which may put a person at risk if information regarding the crime was made public.

As always, if you have information relating to any offence, or are concerned about any suspicious activities, please contact police by using any of these methods:
the ‘101’ non-emergency telephone number;

  • the on-line web-chat tool on the new Cambridgeshire Constabulary web-site – click on the green icon;
  • Alternatively, you can use ‘Crimestoppers’ to make a report anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or by using their on-line contact form.

In an emergency, or if you witness a crime in progress, always use ‘999’.

Best Wishes,

Chris Shaw, PSV

St Ives Police Station

8 Sept 2020 – Weekly Policing Update – Fenstanton District

Weekly Policing Update – Fenstanton District

Good Afternoon, Fenstanton District Members –

Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 1st to 7th September:

Chequer Street, Fenstanton – Officers on routine patrol in Fenstanton on Tuesday evening, 1st September, noticed a strong smell of cannabis when they encountered a group of three youths in a children’s play area at Chequer Street. Searches revealed that the suspects were in possession of small quantities of a green herbal substance together with other drugs paraphernalia. The suspicious items were seized and investigations are continuing. (Refs 35/59505/20, 5/59537/20 and 35/59556/20)

Chequer Street – Police received a call from a resident of Chequer Street on Thursday lunchtime, 3rd September, saying that a ‘Nottingham Knocker’ had called at their house trying to sell household items. The resident had declined to buy anything and the cold-caller had left, but had not been happy to be turned away.

‘Nottingham Knockers’ are cold-callers who often claim to be ex-offenders on a rehabilitation scheme, and to be selling the goods to make a new start in life. However, there is no such legitimate scheme and the cold-callers may be part of a criminal operation. Police advice is never to encourage cold-callers by buying any of their items. (Ref CC-03092020-0208)

And Finally – More About ‘Nottingham Knockers’:

Police have received several reports of ‘Nottingham Knockers’ calling at houses in St Ives, Fenstanton, Houghton and Hilton this week.

What Are ‘Nottingham Knockers’?
They are door-to-door traders who try to sell goods on the doorstep, often low-quality household items. They will often claim to be on a rehabilitation scheme trying to find work and may have a false trading permit or some other kind of official-looking identification.

However, they are not part of any legitimate rehabilitation scheme. There is a Government-backed ‘Community Payback’ scheme for offenders who have been sentenced to carry out community work, but this does not involve door-to-door sales.

The Problem with ‘Nottingham Knockers’
They are con-men who will cover a number of streets looking for a vulnerable victim who they can scam. Police say that streets that have been targeted by them often see an increase in distraction burglaries. The con-men themselves often have long criminal histories and people who give them money may find themselves the target of other scams involving rogue-traders and other criminal groups.

There is more information and advice on the Cambridgeshire Police website at:
https://www.cambs.police.uk/A-Z/Cold-callers

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To see details of Policing Summaries for neighbouring areas, please click on the following link and scroll down the page to select areas of interest:

https://www.ecops.org.uk/alert_archive

Please be aware that these reports do not contain all details of all reported crime. We do not publish details of domestic related offences or anything which may put a person at risk if information regarding the crime was made public.

As always, if you have information relating to any offence, or are concerned about any suspicious activities, please contact police by using any of these methods:

• the ‘101’ non-emergency telephone number;

• the on-line web-chat tool on the new Cambridgeshire Constabulary web-site – click on the green icon;

• Alternatively, you can use ‘Crimestoppers’ to make a report anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or by using their on-line contact form.

In an emergency, or if you witness a crime in progress, always use ‘999’.

Best Wishes,

Chris Shaw, PSV

St Ives Police Station

Weekly Policing Update – Fenstanton District

Good Afternoon, Fenstanton District Members –

Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 25th to 31st August:

A14 Fenstanton – Police closed the new A14 between junctions 23 and 24 on Tuesday evening, 25th August, after a flatbed trailer carrying a large portacabin overturned on to its side in high winds. The road was closed for about 30 minutes. (Ref CC-25082020-0199)

Low Road, Fenstanton – Police responded to an intruder alarm sounding at a vacant business unit near the roundabout at the top of Low Road on Thursday evening, 27th August, and discovered a broken fence panel and four persons inside the compound. However, no other offences were discovered and the four were sent on their way with strong words of advice. (Ref 35/58173/20)

And Finally – Reminder: New Tougher Fines for Serious Breaches of Social Distancing Regulations:

Tougher measures came into force on Friday for the most serious breaches of social distancing regulations:

• Fines for not wearing face masks have doubled for repeat offenders, starting at £100 and doubling for each repeat offence to a maximum of £3,200.

• Organisers of illegal raves, unlicensed music events or any other unlawful gathering of 30 people or more may face a fine of £10,000.

Over the Bank Holiday weekend, officers from Cambridgeshire, Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk police joined forced to shut down an illegal rave in Thetford Forest attended by over 500 people. Five people who refused to leave the area were arrested and fined, and officers seized audio equipment, generators and a large lorry being used to transport it all.

More information on the new measures is on the Government website at the following link:

https://bit.ly/2Eyxt2F

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To see details of Policing Summaries for neighbouring areas, please click on the following link and scroll down the page to select areas of interest:

https://www.ecops.org.uk/alert_archive

Please be aware that these reports do not contain all details of all reported crime. We do not publish details of domestic related offences or anything which may put a person at risk if information regarding the crime was made public.

As always, if you have information relating to any offence, or are concerned about any suspicious activities, please contact police by using any of these methods:

• the ‘101’ non-emergency telephone number;

• the on-line web-chat tool on the new Cambridgeshire Constabulary web-site – click on the green icon;

• Alternatively, you can use ‘Crimestoppers’ to make a report anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or by using their on-line contact form.

In an emergency, or if you witness a crime in progress, always use ‘999’.

Best Wishes,

Chris Shaw, PSV

St Ives Police Station