Drugs, burglaries, parking and cycling offences

police carThe South Cambridge police have just released their report on activities over the first five months of 2015. The have been focussing on priorities set in February by the South Area Committee: the supply of Class A drugs; burglaries; speeding, and anti-social cycling and parking, especially outside schools. Here is their report: Police report June 2015

On 29th June, they will be visiting the South Area Committee again to present their report  and take questions. At this meeting, priorities will be set for the next period.

The meeting is at the Cherry Hinton Village Centre in Colville Road, Cherry Hinton on Monday 29th June. It starts at 7pm.

Speedwatch needs you!

speedoAlongside parking, speeding is one of the most common complaints around here, so I was pleased to see the police are considering starting a Community Speedwatch scheme in Cambridge and gauging the level of interest. Sergeant Ian Wood has just put out a recruitment email on e-cops and invited us to spread the word – so here you are. Ian writes:

These schemes have been hailed a great success in other areas of the county (and nationally), and helps local residents feel more empowered to address road safety in their neighbourhood.  We will provide volunteers with full training and equipment, as well as ongoing support and site surveys – all we require from you is your time.

There’s more information on the police website (www.cambs.police.uk/roadsafety/speedwatch ), and further enquiries can be addressed to [email protected] .  Please feel free to pass on the message to friends, neighbours and colleagues who may have an interest in Cambridge Speedwatch.

Police warn of credit card scam

scam alertKate Thwaites, the Cambridge Community Safety/Crime Reduction Officer, has issued the following warning about scams via the Constabular’s eCops system:

A fresh warning is being issued over a courier fraud scam which targets the elderly and vulnerable who receive a phone call from fraudsters saying they are from their bank or the police. Several people in the Peterborough area have fallen victim to this scam in the last few days.

Tricksters tell the victim they are calling because there has been suspicious activity on their account and advise them to call the bank from the number on the back of their card. But when they hang up and call their bank or police, the fraudster manages to stay on the line and even though a new number is dialled the victim is still on the phone to the fraudster.

The con artist then gains their trust and asks them to either say or key in their PIN number before telling them their card will be collected and a replacement delivered. A courier calls later that day to collect the card.

You can hear an example of this type of call by watching the following film clip at Herts Police website

http://www.herts.police.uk/hertfordshire_constabulary/latest_news/news_articles/260115_-_1819.aspx <http://www.herts.police.uk/hertfordshire_constabulary/latest_news/news_articles/260115_-_1819.aspx>

Variations of this scam include people being sent to high street stores to purchase expensive items, which are later collected by fraudsters.

For further information regarding the latest scams please visit<http://www.consumberhub.org>

 

Police priorities and 20mph

ASPolice priorities for the south of Cambridge will be set next Monday at the South Area meeting, which will take place at Homerton College, starting at 7.30pm.

Following the election of a new chair, there will be an Open Forum, when anyone can speak or ask a question.

After a report on Cherry Hinton High Street comes the police report and priority-setting. Police will report on their activity over the summer and set priorities for the coming three months.

They have been focussing on the supply of Class A drugs and propose to continue with this. There have been reports of illegal drugs dealing and consumption in Hills Road and I would welcome further feedback on this to present at the meeting.bike burglar

The police also propose to prioritise cycle crime and cycling offences, both of which will be welcomed by many people – not necessarily the same people!

There will be further reports on:

  • the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime & Policing Act and its implications for this area
  • Developers’ contributions
  • consultation on the 20mph project

New yellow lines to mark junctions

Cars parked on junctions is a frequent complaint. The Highway Code says, in its Waiting and Parking section:

DO NOT PARK opposite or within 10 metres (32 feet) of a junction, except in an authorised parking space

However, this follows a section of fiercer prohibitions starting YOU MUST NOT, so the junction parking words are advisory only. A traffic regulation order for parking restrictons at a junction, followed by yellow lines, would be required to make it an offence to park there.

The County Council has identified several junctions in the Hills Road area and are proposing new parking restrictions which would do just that. These would be yellow lines around the junctions to prevent cars parking too close, blocking the view for traffic and pedestrians and in some cases, obstructing dropped kerbs.

Residents living close to the junctions should have received letters and plans of what is being proposed. This is an informal consultation: if there is general assent then the Council will proceed to advertise these formally. Here are the plans:

Edendale Close and Hinton Ave     Hills Ave and Cavendish Ave     Blinco Grove and Magnolia Close     Blinco Grove and Rock Road

Cycle Theft Alert

The local police have just sent out the following eCops alert:
We have received 17 reports of cycles being stolen in Cambridge over the last 24 hours at the following locations:-

North –Arbury Court

South – 2 x Speedwell Close, Wulfstan Way, George IV Street, Lucerne Close, Hills Road and Gresham Road

East – Argyle Street, Beehive Centre and Clifton Way

West – Storeys Way, Cockcroft Place and Grange Road

City – Park Terrace, Queens Lane and Burleigh Street

Eight of the thefts occurred overnight, the other nine were daytime offences. Most of the cycles were locked to cycle racks.

Please remember:

• Park your bike where everyone can see it – other people will also see if someone is trying to steal it

• Don’t leave your bike in the same place every day

• Lock ‘tight’ so that your bike is hard to move around when parked

• Lock both wheels and the frame to a bike stand or other immoveable object and fill the lock with as much of the bike as possible, or a thief may steal the bike and leave the wheels behind. Also, make sure the post can’t be cut through or the bike lifted off it

• Locks can be picked, so face the lock to the ground (but not resting on it) so it can’t easily be turned upwards for picking

• Take with you any items that can be removed without tools such as wheels, lights, pump, saddle etc

You can security mark and register your bike at www.bikeregister.com and www.immobilise.com . It’s also a good idea to place a sticker on your bike to advertise the fact that it is traceable.

For more information on cycle security please visit www.camb-police.co.uk .

If you see something suspicious please call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

Kate Thwaites
Community Safety Officer – Cambridge City

Floating bus stops, what do you think?

floatingbusstopHills Road is to benefit from over a million pounds of government funding for a new road layout that aims to improve conditions for pedestrians, bus users and cyclists. There is a plan for segregated cycle lanes in three of the main roads into the city: Hills Road, Trumpington Road and Huntingdon Road.

An innovative feature of the scheme will be ‘floating bus stops’, which have proved successful in Brighton and London. This will avoid the danger of cyclists overtaking buses at stops, but it will be important to make sure it is safe for bus passengers.

The County Council is running a consultation begins next week, with exhibitions and events at various local centres. There has already been one at St John’s Church and there are more at Addenbrooke’s (Friday March 14th, 11.00am-2pm) and the Perse School ( Wednesday March 26th, 6,30-8.30pm).

For full details, see http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/CMSWebsite/Apps/News/Details.aspx?ref=1330

The meeting will also include a presentation from the neighbourhood police and planning applications, including one for flats in Queen Edith’s Way – yes, more flats.

The meeting begins at 7pm, with an Open Forum, at which anyone can ask questions or make statements.

Balfour Beatty — lighting contract is not working that brilliantly

Has your street had new lighting yet?

We are in Phase II of the County Council streetlight replacement programme, the PFI which replaces all the lights in the county with new ones, in the interests of cutting energy costs by 50%. Phase II is going a bit better than Phase I, but I am hearing about lots of problems.

While the idea is excellent – new lights using half as much energy – it is being badly handled by the contractors, Balfour Beatty, to whom the Council has handed responsibility for communication and consultation with residents as well as implementing the programme. Plans of which lights are staying or going are highly technical and you need to look at them on line – not possible for everyone. Notice is short, while if you contact their Customer Services Department you get an auto-message promising an answer in ten working days – locking the door after the horse has bolted in many cases.

The contract was written a long time ago, and failed to take into account the needs of vulnerable people, the historic nature of our city, and had no ‘wiggle room’. The Tory councillor in charge of Highways infrastructure admitted yesterday, ‘If I had the opportunity to rewrite that contract, I would.’

I am concerned about one particular street in our area, where a light will be removed outside the home of someone with a disability – in a road which has had more than its fair share of burglaries. There are cracked pavements and removing the light could put the safety of disabled and elderly residents at risk.

Residents want to see the light retained or others repositioned so that it doesn’t leave such a big gap, but there is little room for flexibility.

And in Blinco Grove, one of the city’s 19th century streets, the elegant cast iron street lights are being replaced with modern ones as a safety measure. Residents value the distinctiveness of the old lights and believe that if they must be replaced, the new lights should be in keeping with the historic street. The lights are scheduled to be removed on Friday (21st Feb), which leaves no time for residents to respond to the consultation, especially as many families are on school half term.

I have asked for the removal to be delayed so people can be briefed on the need for replacement and give them time to identify funding for lights of a more traditional style.

Child Safety Concern

I have been made aware of the following safety concern, from the information shown below that our local secondary school has sent to its pupils.

‘We have been made aware of a disturbing incident which took place last night when a Parkside student was apprehended by a man in a car as she was walking from a dance class on Emmanuel Street at around 5.30pm.

The man in question appeared to be of Chinese / Far Eastern origin and at first asked directions to the cemetery in Mill Road. He then asked if she would get into his car to show him the route. She refused. He then asked for directions to primary schools in the area so that he could ‘ask directions ‘again.

This description also fits a man who has approached students from Parkside and other schools in the area over the past week. On other occasions he was on a bike and tried to engage them in conversation asking directions, questions, and trying to exchange contact details.

Once again he wanted details of nearby primary schools.

The man speaks with a slight American accent. On these occasions he was wearing glasses and wore a black jacket with silver panels down the side.

The Police have been informed of all incidents.

We would ask you as parents to contact the police at once if your child reports any incident.’

Thank you

Weekly police report for Queen Edith’s

Cycle theft continues to be a problem in Queen Edith’s, with thefts in Marshall Road and Wulfstan Way, as well as near Addenbrooke’s Hospital and Netherhall School.

There has been one domestic burglary in Queen Edith’s Way. Once again, the burglar got access with a gardening implement taken from the shed. Police recommend locking garages and sheds to avoid this happening amongst their home security tips.

PCSO Chris Blewett will be holding a police surgery at Addenbrooke’s Hospital on Monday November 26th, between 12pm and 1pm