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Ringmaster is a computerised crime messaging system run by Bedfordshire Police, which offers local residents, Neighbourhood Watch members, businesses, farms, and Bedfordshire Police's partners, throughout Bedfordshire, details about crime and events in their local area.

  • The service is free to everyone
  • You don't need to be involved in Neighbourhood Watch to join Ringmaster
  • You can receive information via email direct to your computer, view your messages online, or receive messages via phone at a time to suit you
  • Receive crime reduction advice and help tackle crime in your local area

You can join Ringmaster by applying online (click for details) or alternatively you can phone 01234 275288, and an application form can be sent through the post.

(Information courtesy of Bedfordshire Police)

Also see our Police pages in the Community section of this website for details of your local Beat Manager and PCSO.

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RECENT NOTIFICATIONS

Burglary. 

Hitchin Road, Stotfold.

Saturday the 5th December between 8:00 p.m.  and 10:30 p.m.

The offenders gained entry via an insecure window. 

Stereo equiptment was taken.

J D / 4 7 3 1 5 /2015. 

 

 

Incident Type:

Attempted Burglary. 

Location:

The Gardens, Stotfold. 

Date and Time:

Between Sunday the 1st November and, Thursday the 19th november at 2:42 p.m. 

Incident Details:

The offenders attempted to gain entry by forcing the rear patio doors with an unknown implement, causing damage.

No entry has been made.

Crime Reference:

J D / 4 5 0 2 8 / 2015. 

 

18/11/15 

Incident Type:            Burglaries
Location:                    Roe Close
Date and Time:          Tuesday 17th November between 8.45am and 7.15pm
Incident details:          There were two incidents in this area.  In the first incident offenders gained
                                   access to the rear of the property by unknown means.
                                   Jewellery has been stole.

                                   In the second incident offenders have forced the rear window of the property
                                   to gain entry.  It is unknown what has been stolen. 

Reference:                 JD / 44705 / 2015 and J D/ 44707/2015 

 

Incident Type:

Burglary.

Location:

Arlesey Road, Stotfold.

Date and Time:

Tuesday the 14th of July, between 8:30 a.m. and, 5:40 p.m.

Incident Details:

The offenders have gained entry via a kitchen window.

A messy search was made.

It is not known if anything has been taken.

Crime Reference:

J D / 2 7 3 2 3 / 2015.

Crime Reduction Advice:

Make your boundaries difficult or impossible to climb over.

Keep doors and windows locked at all times.

Remove all keys from the locks and keep them in a safe place out of view.

Keep hallways clear of valuables like keys, handbags and laptop where they may be seen.

Check that side gates are locked.

Keep bins, ladders and garden furniture locked away.

Fit Window Restrictors to fan light windows.

 

Incident Type:

Burglary. 

Location:

Taylors Road, Stotfold. 

Date and Time:

Between the 4th of May and, the 5th of May. 

Incident Details:

The offenders have forced entry to a shed.

Various tools have been taken.

Crime Reference:

J D / 1 7 2 6 8 / 2015. 

 

 

Incident Type:

 Attempt Burglary.

Location:

St Olives, Stotfold. 

Date and Time:

Between Monday 6th April at 12:01 a.m. and Thursday 23rd April at 6 p.m.

Incident Details:

Unknown offenders have attempted to force entry to a U P V C door and window. 

The offender has been unsuccessful and has left.

Crime Reference:

 J D / 1 6 2 2 3 / 2015.

Crime Reduction Advice:

Make your boundaries difficult or impossible to climb over.

Keep doors and windows locked at all times.

Remove all keys from the locks and keep them in a safe place out of view.

Keep hallways clear of valuables like keys, handbags and laptop where they may be seen.

Check that side gates are locked.

Keep bins, ladders and garden furniture locked away.

Fit Window Restrictors to fan light windows.

 

Incident Type:

Burglary.

Location:

Hitchin Road, Stotfold.

Date and Time:

On Tuesday the 10th of February between 5:00 p.m. and 11:39 p.m.

Incident Details:

The offenders entered through the rear patio doors.

A messy search was made.

Money and, jewellery has been taken.

Crime Reference:

J D / 5 4 0 3 / 2015.

Crime Reduction Advice:

Make your boundaries difficult or impossible to climb over.

Keep doors and windows locked at all times.

Remove all keys from the locks and keep them in a safe place out of view.

Keep hallways clear of valuables like keys, handbags and laptop where they may be seen.

Check that side gates are locked.

Keep bins, ladders and garden furniture locked away.

Fit Window Restrictors to fan light windows.

Incident Type:

Shed Burglary.

Location:

Hitchin Road, Stotfold.

Date and Time:

Between Wednesday the 4th of February at 4:00 p.m. and, Thursday the 5th of February at 12:00 p.m.

Incident Details:

An unknown implement was used to enter the rear garden.

The offenders forced entry to the shed.

A messy search was made.

Power tools and hand tools have been taken.

Crime Reference:

J D / 4 6 2 5 / 2015.

Crime Reduction Advice:

Secure gates, keep fences and walls in good repair and consider defensive planting or trellis.

Keep your shed in good repair. Make sure that hinges and hasps are correctly fitted.

Use a good quality padlock to secure the door.

Ensure that you have good lighting that covers all areas of the property.

Consider fitting a shed alarm.

A security cage can be installed inside the shed to secure tools and valuables.

Report any suspicious activity in neighbouring gardens.

 

  

Dates For Special Constable Information Evenings

To inspire a new generation of Special Constables, a series of information evening have been organised by Bedfordshire Police.

As well as learning about the rewards and responsibilities of the role, attendees can ask questions about the recruitment process and meet serving Special Constables.

For more details of the Special Constable information evenings visit Bedfordshire Policeforce website.

Sessions start at 7.30pm and have been confirmed for the following dates:

  • 3 February 2015 - Headquarters, Kempston
  • 3 March 2015 - Barnfield College, New Bedford Road, Luton
  • 13 April 2015 - Headquarters, Kempston
  • 11 May 2015 - Barnfield College, New Bedford Road, Luton
  • 8 June 2015 - Headquarters, Kempston
  • 13 July 2015 - Barnfield College, New Bedford Road, Luton
  • 11 August 2015 - Headquarters, Kempston
  • 14 September 2015 - Barnfield College, New Bedford Road, Luton
  • 12 October 2015 - Headquarters, Kempston
  • 9 November 2015 - Barnfield College, New Bedford Road, Luton
  • 14 December 2015 - Headquarters, Kempston 

 

19 December 2014

New Team Will Target Crooks’ Finances

A new Regional Economic Crime Unit (RECU) will help recover criminal funds and property across five forces.

Covering Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, the RECU is the latest unit to be collaborated under the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU).

It replaces individual force economic crime units and will carry out all asset recovery and cash seizures across the five forces.

The Fraud and Financial Investigation officers will also carry out serious and complex money laundering, fraud and financial investigations.

The unit launched on October 1 and is based in Stevenage and Newmarket.

Detective Inspector Steve Keating said: “The RECU will provide specialist financial investigators to help tackle serious organised crime across the region.

“While many of the forces had effective teams to deal with this type of crime, having a dedicated unit will mean we have the capability to give investigations far greater support across the region.

“Seizing the proceeds of crime from criminals takes away the benefits of criminality.

“Our message is clear, crime does not pay and we will relentlessly target those involved in criminality to seize their funds and assets.”

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18 November 2014

Gas Cylinder Stolen From Ambulance

Bedfordshire Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a canister of Ethonox – or ‘Gas and Air’ as it is commonly known - was stolen from an ambulance parked outside a house in Biggleswade on Saturday November 1.

The incident happened between 3.05pm and 3.30pm as the paramedic was treating a patient at a property in Holme Crescent, Biggleswade. A member of the public knocked on the door to tell the victim that an offender had been looking through the back of the ambulance. The paramedic gave chase but the offender escaped. On returning to the ambulance the victim saw that a canister of Ethonox was missing along with his responder bag and helmet.

The offender was a white man, between 20 and 30 years old, of scruffy appearance and wearing a grey tracksuit with a hood.

Anyone with information relating to this incident can contact PC William Tuffs, in confidence, at Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.

Alternatively you can contact the independent crime fighting charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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14 November 2014

Road Safety Week

Road Safety Week (17-23 November 2014) is the UK's biggest road safety event, involving thousands of schools, organisations and community groups every year. Brake, the road safety charity who are coordinating this week are asking everyone to look out for each other on roads, because being selfish can easily lead to tragedy.  They are particularly calling on drivers to protect people on foot and bike by slowing down to 20mph in communities, looking longer and taking it slow at junctions and bends, and giving people plenty of room. They are also calling on everyone to put safety first and be considerate to one another, encouraging people on foot and bike to never take chances, and make sure they can be seen.

Chief Inspector Richard Hann of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing unit said: “The roads can be dangerous and deaths and injuries often occur because no consideration is given to other road users.  Drivers, riders, cyclists, pedestrians and animals all share the road so I would urge all road users to look out for each other”.

Local authorities across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire will be delivering important key messages and education throughout this week.

Help spread the ‘look out for each other’ message, or raise awareness about any other road safety issue, by going to http://www.brake.org.uk/rsw and getting involved in Road Safety Week.

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14 November 2014

Bedfordshire Police Supports Anti-Bullying Week

Bullying isn’t just name-calling and it’s not something that you have to accept. That is the message from Bedfordshire Police during the National Anti-Bullying Week being held between November 17 and 21.

During the week of action, officers and staff will be visiting schools and other educational establishments around the county to discuss the issue of cyber bullying with children, young people, parents and guardians.

Richard Denton, Children and Young People Development Officer and Schools Co-ordinator, said: “Bullying was once confined to the playground but in its new online form, cyber bullying can be carried out through social media sites, texts, websites or instant messaging. It can present itself in upsetting or threatening messages, rumours or embarrassing photos or videos posted online. Because young people access these channels 24/7 the victim can often feel there is no escape.

“Young People who have never bullied anyone in real life could be drawn into cyber bullying because they think they are anonymous. They may do or say things they wouldn’t ever face-to-face because they’re hiding behind a screen’

“As part of our ongoing education programme over 55,000 children and young people across the county have already had an input from Bedfordshire Police about staying safe online which has included a specific element on cyber bullying. We have also focused a lot of our work speaking to parents, guardians and professionals who work with children and young people about this issue by running a number of specific events aimed at them.”

Richard added: “When we go into schools and other educational establishments a number of students we talk to often tell us that they have personally witnessed bullying online but only a small number say they did anything about it. Young People should always report anything abusive they see online to the site concerned.

“We also advise children and young people across Bedfordshire that if they are being bullied online to save and print out any nasty messages or pictures noting dates and times, block the person doing it and speak to a trusted adult as quickly as possible.

“Our education input  also gives us an opportunity to highlight the law around cyber-crime as lots of young people may not realise that a number of UK laws do cover the issue of bullying for example, harassment or threatening behaviour, and particularly relevant for cyber bullying – threatening and menacing communications.”

During the week advice and information about cyber bullying will also feature on the forces children and young people official twitter account @YouthBedsPoliceCyber bullying

Cyber bullying

Cyber bullying is when someone uses the internet or mobiles to deliberately upset someone else. This is a form of bullying and you shouldn’t have to put up with it.

How is it different to normal bullying?

Technologies such as mobile phones and the internet mean that young people can be targeted by bullies in their own homes. These technologies also mean that it can sometimes be difficult to track the bully. They can hide their number or post things online anonymously. The nature of this type of bullying means it can have a large audience, many of whom may not realise they are being bullies.

However there are some positives with cyber bullying, it can be evidenced. Normal bullying is normally one person’s word against another’s. If you are being cyber bullied you can save texts or print out emails/ IM’s/ Web Pages. This can be used as proof to catch the bully and can stop them upsetting you or anyone else.

What can I do if I am being cyber bullied?

  • Speak to a trusted adult as quickly as possible. 
  • Save all evidence you have of the bullying. If you have nasty emails or things posted on your profile save them to your machine so you can use it as proof. Save texts or voicemails that say anything horrible. Learn how to block the bully on IM or delete them from your contacts. 
  • Try not to reply or retaliate to things they say or do; it might make the situation worse. If you don’t respond, they are more likely to get bored and move on. 
  • If you are being bothered via text, contact your service provider. Each network has a special area for this sort of problem. Check out their website or call them for advice or a free number change. 

What should I do if someone else is being cyber bullied?

  • If you know someone that is being cyber bullied or have seen nasty profiles or messages going around, it is your duty to report it. Cyber bullying is really scary for the person being bullied as the audience can be huge, loads of people could be seeing the mean things that have been said and done. If you see anything that looks like cyber bullying, it is your duty to report it. Tell an adult you trust about what is going on and they will be able to help offer support to the person who is being bullied. 
  • Don’t participate in forwarding pictures, messages or insults about a person. You may think it is a joke, but you could be really upsetting the person involved and even committing a crime. To look at or forward this sort of stuff means you are contributing to cyber bullying. 
  • Standing back and letting it happen can be just as bad. If you are worried that someone is getting threatened or hurt by others, offer them support or inform an adult you trust so they can help make it stop.

Always respect other people and be aware of what you’re sending and receiving whilst online.


Hate Crime Web Chat

Friday 14th November 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm.

Hate crime** can destroy lives and cause real fear to victims and witnesses. It can stop people living and enjoying their everyday lives making them fearful to leave their homes. Hate crime affects the whole community.

Disability hate crime is not acceptable and to raise awareness of what it is and where to go to get help and support we are holding an online WebChat on Friday 14th November at 12:00 pm.

If you:
  • Are a victim?
  • Know someone who is a victim?
  • Live in a community with people who have disabilities and need help

The Disability Hate Crime team and Partners will be available between 12:00 – 13:00 to answer your questions.  To set a reminder and register your interest go to: http://www.bedfordshire.police.uk/contact_us/online_discussions__web_chat/disability_hate_crime.aspx

**Definition
Any incident, which is perceived to be based upon prejudice towards or hatred of the victim because of their actual or perceived disability.

 

Ensure That You Have a Great Halloween

With Halloween just around the corner, Bedfordshire Police has launched a series of posters to remind parents, guardians and youngsters to stay safe during the festivities.

The four posters – which can be downloaded from our website http://ow.ly/Do00Q - offer hints and tips to ‘Trick or Treaters’ as well reminding people that not everyone enjoys Halloween as much as others. There are also posters for shop owners to place in their windows advising that eggs and flour will be sold at their discretion as well as a poster for residents who may not want callers at their door.

Officers have already been to schools around Bedfordshire to hand out posters and it is hoped that the campaign will ensure that all residents enjoy October 31 without causing distress to those who do not want to participate.

During this time of year, the police take many extra complaints about Halloween-related activities. Some of these are about noise or general “high spirits” – but often the fun has degenerated into serious inconvenience and outright criminal activity.

Activities such as throwing eggs, flour and water bombs at other people or their property are, at the least, frightening for those who are subjected to it and at worst can mean the police investigating crimes such as assault.

Coupled with the onset of Bonfire night, Halloween can also mean extra problems with fireworks being thrown or used irresponsibly. It’s worth bearing in mind that letting off fireworks near the road is actually a criminal offence.

To help reduce these types of incidents Bedfordshire Police will have a number of extra patrols in operation across the county to make sure that everyone has a good time whilst staying safe.

For more advice about Halloween please visit http://ow.ly/Do00Q


Incident Type:

Burglary.

Location:

Hyde Avenue, Stotfold. 

Date and Time:

Sunday the 26th of October, at 8:20 p.m. 

Incident Details:

The offender has gained entry via a bathroom window. 

The resident disturbed the offender.

Nothing appears to have been taken.

Crime Reference:

J D / 4 1 5 9 0 / 2014. 

 

21 October 2014

Musical Instruments Stolen During Biggleswade Burglary

Bedfordshire Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a violin valued at £5,500 was stolen during a burglary in Biggleswade on Thursday afternoon (Oct 16).

The burglary took place sometime between 2pm and 5pm in a top floor flat in Winston Crescent, Biggleswade, when the offenders gained access to the communal area and then forced open the front door. Once inside, the offenders took the violin – a JK Monk, Lewisham, 1907 no. 165 - and a guitar from a cupboard and then stole a number of DVDs, cash and small electrical devices before fleeing the property.

Detective Constable Danny Howett, who is investigating the burglary, would like to hear from anyone who was in the area and may have seen something suspicious, or from anyone who may have been offered the items.

Anyone with information relating to this incident can contact DC Howett, in confidence, at Bedfordshire Police on 01234 275308, the non-emergency 101 number, or text information to 07786 200011.

Alternatively you can contact the independent crime fighting charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

 

Incident Type:

Burglaries.

Location:

Stotfold.

Date and Time:

Between the 15th of October and, the 17th of October.

Incident Details:

Two incidents were reported in this time period.

One in Chequers Close, the other in Church Road.

In both bases entry was forced.

Tidy searches were made.

Various items have been taken from both locations.

Crime Reference:

J D / 4 0 1 5 3 / 2014. and, J D / 4 0 5 2 8 / 2014.

Crime Reduction Advice:

Make your boundaries difficult or impossible to climb over.

Keep doors and windows locked at all times.

Remove all keys from the locks and keep them in a safe place out of view.

Keep hallways clear of valuables like keys, handbags and laptop where they may be seen.

Check that side gates are locked.

Keep bins, ladders and garden furniture locked away.

Fit Window Restrictors to fan light windows.

 

Incident Type:

Burglary.

Location:

Queen Street, Stotfold. 

Date and Time:

On Thursday 16th October between 19:30 and 22:00. 

Incident Details:

Unknown offenders have forced open a side gate to gain entry to the rear of the premises. 

They have then forced open a rear patio door.

A messy search has been made.

Cash and jewellry have been taken.

Crime Reference:

J D / 4 0 0 2 8 / 2014. 

Crime Reduction Advice:

Make your boundaries difficult or impossible to climb over.

Keep doors and windows locked at all times.

Remove all keys from the locks and keep them in a safe place out of view.

Keep hallways clear of valuables like keys, handbags and laptop where they may be seen.

Check that side gates are locked.

Keep bins, ladders and garden furniture locked away.

Fit Window Restrictors to fan light windows.

 

 

15 October 2014

 

Rebecca CurryHave You Seen Missing Teenager?

Police in Biggleswade are becoming increasingly concerned for the wellbeing of a missing teenager from the town. [picture below]

Rebecca Curry, aged 16, of Stratton Way, Biggleswade has not been seen since she left work at Hoopers Hair and Beauty Saloon in High Street, Biggleswade at around 5pm on Wednesday 15 October. She was supposed to be on her way home but never returned there.

It is believed that when she went missed Rebecca was wearing her work uniform of a black top, black leggings and white plimsolls styled shoes and possibly a black thin bomber jacket.

Rebecca is described as five foot two inches tall, of slim build, with long reddish brown hair with blonde highlights tied into a pony tail.

It is believed Rebecca may have got into a vehicle prior to her disappearance around the Market Square area, Biggleswade.

Leading the search for her is PC Dan Taylor who is keen to speak with anyone who can help trace Rebecca.

He said: “We know that Rebecca has been missing before but her family are concerned for her wellbeing.  We need to speak with anyone who has seen Rebecca since 5pm on Wednesday or anyone who knows where she might be. Ensuring Rebecca is safe and well is our main priority and we can help her with any issues that she may have. I would reassure anyone with information that they can speak with officers in complete confidence.”

Anyone with information relating to the whereabouts of Rebecca Curry can contact PC Taylor, at the force’s Missing Persons Unit on 01234 275133, or Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.

 

 

 

Incident Type:

Metal Theft.

Location:

Church Road, Stotfold.

Date and Time:

Between the 1st of August and, the 13th of October.

Incident Details:

The location is a community centre.

The offenders have gained access to the roof.

Lead flashing has been removed.

Crime Reference:

J D / 3 9 5 3 6 / 2014.

Crime Reduction Advice:

Make your boundaries difficult or impossible to climb over.

Keep doors and windows locked at all times.

Remove all keys from the locks and keep them in a safe place out of view.

Keep hallways clear of valuables like keys, handbags and laptop where they may be seen.

Check that side gates are locked.

Keep bins, ladders and garden furniture locked away.

Fit Window Restrictors to fan light windows.

 

Olly Martins, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire, is conducting a survey to inform his next Police and Crime Plan. Last month he spoke with over 500 people right across the county and he is now seeking for as many people as possible to have their say.

The Commissioner is asking for views on policing priorities, the use of community remedy (an out of court sanction for ‘low level’ antisocial behaviour and crime), plans for collaboration with our neighbouring Forces in Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire, and people’s experiences of hate crime.

The survey can be found here: Complete the survey.

A short film about the survey made by four interns during the Commissioner’s Summer School can be seen here: View the film.







24 September 2014

Gold Jewellery Thefts: Man In CCTV May Hold Vital Clues

Do you recognise the man in this CCTV?

http://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/blog/2014-09-23/gold-jewellery-thefts-man-cctv-may-hold-vital-clues

Detectives think he may be able to help them with their enquiries into a robbery during which an elderly man was assaulted in his home in Arnold, Nottinghamshire and that there is a connection with Bedfordshire.

It happened on the evening of Friday 5 September 2014 in Plains Road.

Gold jewellery and cash were stolen and the occupant was left shaken, scratched and bruised by the three masked intruders, who fled in a silver Mercedes car.

The incident is being linked to four other burglaries that day — Lilac Crescent in Beeston, Melton Road in Stanton-on-the-Wolds, Brewsters Road in St Ann’s and Cardale Road in Carlton — in which gold jewellery was stolen or believed sought.

If you recognise the man in the footage or have any information contact Nottinghamshire Police, quoting incident 756 of 5 September 2014.

Prepare for the onset of longer hours of darkness and the festival season by reviewing your home security.

If you have a burglar alarm, use it. Lock doors, even if you are in, and do not leave windows open in unattended rooms. Don’t leave valuable items near or on view through windows and put your lights on a timer so they come on when it gets dark, even if you are not yet home from work.

Why not consider investing in a safe to keep your jewellery and other valuable items secure. Have it professionally fitted to a solid foundation.

Make sure your belongings are insured to their value, and register photographs and serial numbers of these items at http://www.immobilise.com/

Report unusual or suspicious activity in your neighbourhood to police on 101.

If you suspect someone of being involved in the jewellery theft or the handling of stolen goods call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Incident Type:

 Burglaries.

Location:

St Marys Avenue, Stotfold. 

Date and Time:

On Thursday 18th September between 19:30 and 20:10. 

Incident Details:

Location 1: Offenders have gained entry by forcing a rear U P V C door. 

A messy search has been made.

Cash and jewellery have been taken.

Location 2: Offenders have gained entry by smashing a rear U P V C patio door.

It is unknown if anything has been stolen.

Crime Reference:

 J D / 3 6 1 2 1 / 2014 and J D / 3 6 1 2 0 / 2014.

 

Incident Type:

Theft from Vehicle.

Location:

Astwick Road, Stotfold. 

Date and Time:

Tuesday 9th September, between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. 

Incident Details:

The vehicle was a white, Ford Transit. 

The driver has left the vehicle unlocked whilst working in the area.

The offender has entered the insecure vehicle, removing a mobile phone.

Crime Reference:

J D / 3 4 9 6 7 / 2014. 

Crime Reduction Advice:

Please take the time to check that doors are locked every time that you leave your vehicle.

If you use central locking check the door handle to ensure that the vehicle is secure.

Do not leave spare keys inside your vehicle.

Keep valuables out of view. Remove the fascia from the stereo

If you have a satellite navigation system, remove the cradle and wipe the mark from the window.

Consider leaving the glove box open so that it is clear that no valuables are inside.

 

 

Witnesses Sought to Early Morning Supermarket Raid

Bedfordshire Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a supermarket in Shefford was targeted by thieves in the early hours of Sunday morning (Aug 3).

The incident took place at around 2am at Morrisons in St Francis Way, Shefford, when three offenders prised open front doors of the shop. Once inside, the offenders made their way to the tobacco kiosk where they stole one cash draw and then forced open another till and removed the float. The offenders then left the store – having failed to open the cigarette storage – and escaped in a dark coloured 4x4 vehicle.

Detective Constable Karl Heywood, who is investigating the incident, is keen to speak with anyone who was in the area at the time of the robbery and may have seen the offenders either before or after the raid.

If you have information relating to this incident, contact DC Heywood, in confidence, on 01234 275364, the non-emergency number 101, or text information to 07786 200011.

Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

 

Incident Type:

Burglary.

Location:

Vaughan Road, Stotfold. 

Date and Time:

Between 10:00 p.m. on the 25th of July and, 12:36 a.m. on the 26th of July.

Incident Details:

The offenders gained access via an insecure window. 

They have set alight a sofa bed in the living room.

Various items, including a television, have been taken.

Crime Reference:

J D / 2 8 9 8 4 / 2014.

Crime Reduction Advice:

Make your boundaries difficult or impossible to climb over.

Keep doors and windows locked at all times.

Remove all keys from the locks and keep them in a safe place out of view.

Keep hallways clear of valuables like keys, handbags and laptop where they may be seen.

Check that side gates are locked.

Keep bins, ladders and garden furniture locked away.

Fit Window Restrictors to fan light windows.

 

Summer Burglary Advice

If you have information about any crime or suspicious activity please call the Control Room on 1 0 1

Text your message to 07786 200011

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.
 

 

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Incident Type:

Theft from Vehicle.

Location:

Hight Street, Stotfold.

Date and Time:

Tuesday the 22nd of July between. 12:10 a.m. and, 6:30 a.m.

Incident Details:

The vehicles were a blue, 51 registered, Nissan and, a silver, 56 registered, Vauxhall.

The offenders gained access to the vehicles.

They have syphoned fuel from one tank, but were unable to syphon fuel from the other vehicle.

Crime Reference:

J D / 2 8 2 9 4 / 2014.

Crime Reduction Advice:

Park in well lit and public areas. If you have a garage please use it.

Be aware of any suspicious activity around parked vehicles.

Always check that it is correctly locked, and all valuables are removed, before leaving the vehicle.

We are particularly keen to hear about suspicious persons seen under vehicles, or with containers and syphoning equipment.

Summer Burglary Advice

If you have information about any crime or suspicious activity please call the Control Room on 1 0 1

Text your message to 07786 200011

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/
No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

 

Incident Type:

Burglary.

Location:

Prince Charles Avenue, Stotfold.

Date and Time:

Between the 25th and the 27th of June.

Incident Details:

The offenders have gained access via a side gate.

A patio door window has been smashed.

A search was made.

A key to a vehicle has been taken.

Crime Reference:

J D / 2 4 9 5 1 / 2014.

Crime Reduction Advice:

Make your boundaries difficult or impossible to climb over.

Keep doors and windows locked at all times.

Remove all keys from the locks and keep them in a safe place out of view.

Keep hallways clear of valuables like keys, handbags and laptop where they may be seen.

Check that side gates are locked.

Keep bins, ladders and garden furniture locked away.

Fit Window Restrictors to fan light windows.

Summer Burglary Advice

If you have information about any crime or suspicious activity please call the Control Room on 1 0 1

Text your message to 07786 200011

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/
No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Incident Type:

Burglary.

Location:

Vaughan Road, Stotfold.

Date and Time:

Between 12:00 p.m. on the 18th and midday on the 20th June.

Incident Details:

The offender has gained access to the rear of the building, forcing open a ground floor window.

A messy search took place.

Electrical items and jewellery have been taken.

Crime Reference:

J D / 2 4 1 9 9 / 2014.

Crime Reduction Advice:

Make your boundaries difficult or impossible to climb over.

Keep doors and windows locked at all times.

Remove all keys from the locks and keep them in a safe place out of view.

Keep hallways clear of valuables like keys, handbags and laptop where they may be seen.

Check that side gates are locked.

Keep bins, ladders and garden furniture locked away.

Fit Window Restrictors to fan light windows.

Have You Thought of Joining a Community Watch Group?

Find out more http://www.bedfordshire.police.uk/tackling_crime/watch_schemes.aspx

If you have information about any crime or suspicious activity please call the Control Room on 1 0 1

Text your message to 07786 200011

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/
No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Incident Type:

School Theft.

Location:

Roecroft School, Buttercup Road, Stotfold.

Date and Time:

Between the 20th and 23rd June.

Incident Details:

The offender has climbed the metal fencing to access the school grounds.

A chicken run in the grounds has been removed.

A black chicken has also been taken.

Crime Reference:

J D / 2 4 1 5 2 / 2014.

Crime Reduction Advice:

Bedfordshire Police ask residents that live near to schools to be extra vigilant, especially at the weekends and in the holidays.

Please report suspicious vehicles or any activity on the roofs of school buildings.

Have You Thought of Joining a Community Watch Group?

Find out more http://www.bedfordshire.police.uk/tackling_crime/watch_schemes.aspx

If you have information about any crime or suspicious activity please call the Control Room on 1 0 1

Text your message to 07786 200011

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/
No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Incident Type:

Garage Burglary.

Location:

Melbourne Close, Stotfold.

Date and Time:

Between tge 10th and 16th June.

Incident Details:

The offender has entered the garage, with no signs of damage.

A mountain bike has been taken.

Crime Reference:

J D / 2 3 0 3 7 / 2014.

Crime Reduction Advice:

Check that all doors and windows are locked at all times.

Ensure that security lighting covers the building.

Make sure that any connecting doors in the house are secure at all times.

Consider fitting a garage alarm.

Valuable property can be secured in a cage or bolted to the ground.

 

 

Incident Type:

Garden Theft.

Location:

Princes Street, Stotfold,

Date and Time:

Wednesday 14th May, between 11:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Incident Details:

The offender has gained access to the rear garden.

A wrought iron gate and a bike have been taken.

Crime Reference:

J D / 1 8 5 1 3 / 2014.

Crime Reduction Advice:

Avoid leaving property out in the garden, where it may be seen by an offender.

Keep items like bikes, lawn mowers and garden furniture secured in a locked shed or garage.

Keep all fences in good repair.

Keep all gates close and locked.

Install security lighting that covers the front and back garden.

Be aware of suspicious activity in neighbouring gardens and report it immediately.

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Incident Type:

Burglary.

Location:

Trinity Road, Stotfold.

Date and Time:

Friday 11th April, between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m.

Incident Details:

The offender has entered through a communal front door, which has not been damaged.

An internal door to the flat has been forced open.

It is not yet known if any property has been taken.

Bedfordshire Police remind residents in shared accomodation to keep communal doors closed and locked.

Do not allow a stranger into the building.

Avoide keeping property in hallways and communal areas.

Crime Reference:

J D / 1 3 9 0 0 / 2014.

Crime Reduction Advice:

Keep Doors locked, even when you are in the house.

Double lock UPVC doors at all times.

Use timer switches on lights or a radio when you are out.

Keep hallways clear of valuables like vehicle keys, handbags and laptop where they may be seen.

Consider fitting security lighting or an alarm to deter offenders.

Report suspicious activity in neighbours gardens.

Incident Type:

Burglary attempt.

Location:

Sorrel Drive ,Stotfold.

Date and Time:

Wednesday 2nd April, between 10:25 and 10:30 a.m.

Incident Details:

The offender has used a gate to access the rear garden.

A ground floor window has been forced open.

The alarm system has activated, causing the offender to leave the location.

No property has been taken.

Crime Reference:

J D / 1 2 4 9 4 / 2014.

Crime Reduction Advice:

Secure gate, keep fences and walls in good repair and consider defensive planting or trellis.

Keep garden tools locked away to avoid them being used to force a door, or window.

Dont leave out anything that can be used as a climbing aid, either to reach a window or into a neighbours garden.

Ensure that you have good lighting around the premises.

Report any suspicious activity in neighbouring gardens. Be aware of the sounds of breaking glass.

 

Incident Type:

Burglary.

Location:

Prince Charles Avenue, Stotfold.

Date and Time:

Saturday 29th March between 12:30 and 19:45.

Incident Details:

Offenders have entered the property through the rear patio door.

A search of the upstairs has been made.

Three iPads and a gents gold chain have been taken.

Crime Reference:

JD / 1 2 0 1 1 / 2014.

Crime Reduction Advice:

Keep Doors locked, even when you are in the house.

Double lock UPVC doors at all times.

Use timer switches on lights or a radio when you are out.

Keep hallways clear of valuables like vehicle keys, handbags and laptop where they may be seen.

Consider fitting security lighting or an alarm to deter offenders.

Report suspicious activity in neighbours gardens.

 

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Burglary.

Church Road, Stotfold.

Wednesday 26th March, between 8:20 a.m. and 2:35 p.m.

The offender has gained access to the rear garden.

A plant pot has been used to smash the glass in the patio doors.

A search took place.

A tablet computer, two laptops and a mobile phone have been taken.

J D / 1 1 5 3 1 / 2014.

 

 

 

26 March 2014

 

Keep hold of your handbags

Bedfordshire Police is asking people to be extra cautious when out on the school run or when shopping now spring has arrived.  Officers are reminding the public to keep their handbags, wallets and purses close to them at all times when out and about.

It is all too easy to put handbags in to a trolley and then leave the trolley unattended while you choose what the family will have for dinner, whilst a thief will see this as an opportunity to grab your valuables and run.

It is also easy to put these valuables into the passenger area of a car whilst dropping the children off at school or unloading the shopping into the boot and this is when the thief sees another opportunity to strike.

On March 24 at 9am in Westbourne Road, Luton a motorist parked her maroon Vauxhall Corsa, leaving a passenger door insecure due to a faulty lock. Returning to the car a few minutes later she found her beige handbag with a large ‘G’ on the front missing together with her zebra patterned purse containing cash, bank cards and personal documents. This is the type of opportunity thieves are looking for.

Now the days are lighter and warmer the thief may be sitting in a car watching you leave the supermarket with your handbag precariously balance on top of your shopping - just waiting to be grabbed. The thief will also look for an open car door or window to lean through and grab a bag and its contents while its owner is at the back of the vehicle unaware of what is happening.

So remember these handy tips when you are out shopping – they could help prevent you becoming a victim of crime:

  • Don’t leave purses, wallets or handbags unattended on top of shopping bags, in prams, in your supermarket trolley or in an unlocked vehicle, even if you are just unloading your shopping.
  • Carry your bag close to your body and be wary of people around you.
  • If someone snatches your bag don’t struggle – you may be injured.
  • If you are robbed, get a good description of the offender and tell the police immediately.
  • Don’t carry excessive amounts of cash in your bag or wallet.
  • Don’t put your wallet in your back pocket.
  • Don’t carry your credit cards, bankcards and cheque book in the same bag or pocket.
  • When withdrawing money from a cash point machine, be wary of anybody standing close by and put the money straight into a purse or wallet.
  • Make sure all your electrical gadgets are security mark and if possible download and use a tracker app 

 

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21 March 2014

Van Spare Wheels Targeted By Thieves

Bedfordshire Police is urging motorists across the county to take some extra steps to ensure that they don’t become a victim of crime following a recent spate of thefts in the county.

In the past few weeks there has been a steady increase in the number of large vans – particularly Ford Transits – which have had their spare wheel stolen. In the majority of cases, the wheel is housed underneath the vehicle and is only kept in place by straps.

Members of the public are being encouraged to park their vehicles in well-lit public areas and to be aware of any suspicious activity. Owners can also consider fitting additional locking straps to their vehicle along with fitting nuts and an undercarriage alarm.

Other simple measures that can be taken to reduce vehicle crime include:

  • If you have a garage, clear it out and park your vehicle in it – this will help prevent your car being specifically targeted if it is a desirable make and model.
  • Property marking cannot prevent your goods from being stolen but it is a very good deterrent as it is difficult to sell on stolen property that has been marked. It also allows the police to return recovered stolen goods to their rightful owner.
  • Mark your property with your house/flat number and postcode. If your property has a name, use the first 3 letters instead of the house number. Use a UV pen to invisibly mark items such as mobile phones, audio-visual equipment, cameras, etc. Other products on the market are SmartWater and microdot tagging systems. Consider etching your windows and alloy wheels.
  • Remember to register your property on http://www.immobilise.com/
  • If you have a steering wheel lock, then use it. There are many types on the market; the most popular are the ?thread through' style and the steering wheel shields. Make sure any product bought has the ?Sold Secure' brand of approval.
  • You can also buy locking wheel clamps – these are especially useful if the vehicle is to be left unattended for a long period (eg, while you are on holiday).
  • There are now a number of strong boxes that have been designed to fix into the boot of a car or the back of a van. These are particularly useful if you need to transport tools or expensive items as part of your work.
  • If you need to transport tools and equipment as part of your job, empty your vehicle every evening. It is also worth having a sign in your vehicle that states no tools are left in it overnight.
  • Make sure the area where you park your car is well-lit. If the parking area is on private property, you can use a domestic CCTV system.
  • Always empty your vehicle of property and – if your stereo has one - remove the fascia when you park up outside your home.
  • If you use a Sat Nav with a suction cradle, it is essential you not only remove the device but also the cradle and wipe the sucker ring mark off the glass. Thieves will be looking for tell-tale signs of in-car gadgets as they are small enough to pocket and fetch a good price.
  • Remember to check your insurance details – some home contents policies do not cover satellite navigation systems as they are classed as ?vehicle accessories'

If you have information relating to vehicle crime, contact Bedfordshire Police, in confidence, on the non-emergency 101 number, or text information to 07786 200011.

Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

 

Incident Type:

Shed Burglary.

Location:

Trinity Road, Stotfold,

Date and Time:

Between the 5th and 6th March.

Incident Details:

The offender has forced open the door to the shed.

An air conditioning unit has been taken.

Crime Reference:

J D / 8 7 8 0 / 2014.

Crime Reduction Advice:

Keep your shed in good repair. Make sure that hinges and hasps are correctly fitted.

Use a good quality padlock to secure the door.

Ensure that you have good lighting that covers all areas of the property.

Consider fitting a Shed Alarm.

A security cage can be installed inside the shed to secure tools and valuables.

Report suspicious activity in neighbours gardens.

 

 

Incident Type:

Vehicle Crimes,

Location:

Arlesey.

Date and Time:

Overnight on the 26th to 27th February.

Incident Details:

Three vehicle crimes have been reported in Arlesey, in this time period.

In each case the offender has gained access to the underside of the vehicle, removing the catalytic converter from the exhaust.

Offences took place in,

Lamb Meadow, Grey, 0 5 registered, Mitsubishi.

House Lane, White, 11 registered, Ford.

Carters Close, Black, 0 7 registered, Toyota.

Crime Reference:

J D / 7 6 5 2 / 2014.

Crime Reduction Advice:

Park in well lit and public areas, if you have a garage please use it.

Be aware of any suspicious activity around parked vehicles.

Always check that it is correctly locked, and all valuables are removed, before leaving the vehicle.

 

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http://www.bedfordshire.police.uk/pdf/crimestoppers_help_reduce_catalytic_converter_theft.pdf

If you have information about any crime or suspicious activity please call the Control Room on 1 0 1

Text your message to 07786 200011

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.
 

 

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Incident Type:

Burglary attempt.

Location:

High Street, Stotfold.

Date and Time:

Monday 24th February at 7:00 p.m.

Incident Details:

The offender has gained access to the rear garden.

A garden ornament has been used to smash a back door.

The owner has returned to the house, disturbing the offender.

A male was seen running from the house.

The offender was a white male, 25 years old, 5 foot 10, with a slim build.

Crime Reference:

J D / 7 3 0 8 / 2014.

Crime Reduction Advice:

Keep Doors locked, even when you are in the house.

Double lock UPVC doors at all times.

Use timer switches on lights or a radio when you are out.

Keep hallways clear of valuables like vehicle keys, handbags and laptop where they may be seen.

Consider fitting security lighting or an alarm to deter offenders.

Report suspicious activity in neighbours gardens.

 

Incident Type:

Burglary.

Location:

Common Road, Stotfold.

Date and Time:

Between the 21st and 23rd February.

Incident Details:

The offender has entered a conservatory through an unlocked door.

A window to the main house has been smashed.

A messy search took place.

Jewellery has been taken.

Crime Reference:

J D / 7 1 8 3 / 2014.

Crime Reduction Advice:

Keep Doors locked, even when you are in the house.

Double lock UPVC doors at all times.

Use timer switches on lights or a radio when you are out.

Keep hallways clear of valuables like vehicle keys, handbags and laptop where they may be seen.

Consider fitting security lighting or an alarm to deter offenders.

Report suspicious activity in neighbours gardens.

 

21 February 2014

 

Shefford Man Jailed For Sexual Assault

A Shefford man has started a two and a half year jail sentence after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a seven year old boy.

James Emmerton, 29, of Pinemead, Shefford, had pleaded not guilty in relation to the incident that took place at his home address in July 2012.

During the trial, the jury was told how a number of children had been in Emmerton’s home playing computer games around the time that the sexual assault took place.

Emmerton had taken the victim – now aged 9 – into his bedroom, pulled down the boy’s trousers and pants and then started rubbing the victim’s penis. Emmerton only stopped when he heard other people walking up the stairs.

It took three months for the victim to disclose the details of the attack to his parents who immediately called Bedfordshire Police.

The jury found Emmerton guilty of sexual assault on the boy and on Monday (Feb 17) he was jailed for 30 months as well as being given a ten year Sex Offenders Prevention Order.

Following the sentencing Detective Constable Clare Steel-Jessop of the Safeguarding Investigation Unit at Bedfordshire Police, said: “First and foremost I want to praise the victim who came forward in very difficult circumstances to tell his parents about the sexual assault that he suffered. If it hadn’t have been for his bravery then Emmerton could still be a free man.

“Sexual assault on a child is a terrible crime and Bedfordshire Police continues to do everything possible to identify offenders and bring them to justice. I hope that this conviction and sentence goes some way to show victims of sexual assault that they will be believed and action can be taken.

“I would urge any victim of sexual abuse to show courage and report what has happened to them by calling Bedfordshire Police or speaking to their parents, family, friends or teachers so they can get the help and support that they need.”

Anyone with information relating to sexual abuse or any other crime should contact Bedfordshire Police by calling the 101 number or by ringing Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

 

 

Incident Type:

Burglary.

Location:

Sorrel Drive, Stotfold.

Date and Time:

Thursday 20th February, between 7:50 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Incident Details:

The offender has gained access to the rear garden.

A ground floor window has been forced open.

A search took  place.

A tablet computer, and jewellery have been taken.

Crime Reference:

J D / 6 7 9 1 / 2014.

Crime Reduction Advice:

Keep Doors locked, even when you are in the house.

Double lock UPVC doors at all times.

Use timer switches on lights or a radio when you are out.

Keep hallways clear of valuables like vehicle keys, handbags and laptop where they may be seen.

Consider fitting security lighting or an alarm to deter offenders.

Report suspicious activity in neighbours gardens.

 

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Neighbourhod Watch

Bedford and District Neighbourhood Watch

Charity No 1062009

 

 

Meeting Reminder

 

All Area Coordinators, Street Coordinators and Active Members are invited to our Quarterly Meeting.

Wednesday 19th February at 7:30 p.m.

Police Headquarters, Woburn Road, Kempston.

 

Refreshments will be available from 7:00 p.m.

The speeker will be Chief Inspector, Julian Frost.

 

View Agenda [County_nw_meeting_agenda_19_feb_2014.docx]

 

If you have not yet replied, please let us know if you are attending, or not, and how many colleagues you are coming with.

Contact, Lynne Arch.

Telephone, 01234 275165

Email lynne.arch@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk

 

Incident Type:

Burglary attempt.

Location:

Trinity Road, Stotfold.

Date and Time:

Between the 15th and 16th February.

Incident Details:

The offender has gained access to the rear garden.

The back door has been damaged, but not opened.

No entry has been gained and no property has been taken.

Good quality doors and locks can prevent an offender from entering your home.

Crime Reference:

J D / 6 1 3 4 / 2014.

Crime Reduction Advice:

Keep Doors locked, even when you are in the house.

Double lock UPVC doors at all times.

Use timer switches on lights or a radio when you are out.

Keep hallways clear of valuables like vehicle keys, handbags and laptop where they may be seen.

Consider fitting security lighting or an alarm to deter offenders.

Report suspicious activity in neighbours gardens.

 

Incident Type:

Burglary.

Location:

Trinity Road, Stotfold.

Date and Time:

Tuesday 11th February, between 9:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Incident Details:

The offender has gained access to the rear garden.

A ground floor window had been left inscure.

A messy search took place.

Jewellery and a mobile phone have been taken.

Crime Reference:

J D / 5 2 2 3 / 2014.

Crime Reduction Advice:

Keep Doors locked, even when you are in the house.

Double lock UPVC doors at all times.

Use timer switches on lights or a radio when you are out.

Keep hallways clear of valuables like vehicle keys, handbags and laptop where they may be seen.

Consider fitting security lighting or an alarm to deter offenders.

Report suspicious activity in neighbours gardens.

 

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Local Crime Message

Burglary.

The Avenue, Stotfold.

Between the 6th and 7th February.

The offender has used a damaged fence panel to access the rear garden.

The UPVC back door has been forced open.

A search took place.

Jewellery has been taken.

J D / 4 7 7 9 / 2014.

Keep Doors locked, even when you are in the house.

Double lock UPVC doors at all times.

Use timer switches on lights or a radio when you are out.

Keep hallways clear of valuables like vehicle keys, handbags and laptop where they may be seen.

Consider fitting security lighting or an alarm to deter offenders.

Report suspicious activity in neighbours gardens.

 

Incident Type:

Burglary.

Location:

The Avenue, Stotfold.

Date and Time:

Thursday 6th February, at 6:10 p.m.

Incident Details:

The offender has forced open the back door.

The owner has heard noises and disturbed the offender in the house.

The offender has run from the house.

It appears that no property has been taken.

The offender was male, 5 foot 10 with a slim build.

Crime Reference:

J D / 4 5 4 9 / 2014.

Crime Reduction Advice:

Keep Doors locked, even when you are in the house.

Double lock UPVC doors at all times.

Use timer switches on lights or a radio when you are out.

Keep hallways clear of valuables like vehicle keys, handbags and laptop where they may be seen.

Report suspicious activity in neighbours gardens.

 

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Volunteering Opportunity in overseeing policing service delivery in Bedfordshire

Have you got?

  • An interest in our local policing service
  • Energy and enthusiasm
  • A desire to make a difference
  • Readiness to accept responsibility
  • Are you happy to ask constructive questions, challenge, listen and learn?

Then you could have what it takes to join as an Audit Committee Member of the Joint Independent Audit Committee of Bedfordshire Police.   

You will:

  • Oversee governance reporting and ensure quality, good value local policing in Bedfordshire.                                                                                     
  • Have experience of strategic planning, risk, performance management and be able to work with financial information.  All experiences, including life experiences, will be considered.
  • Be committed to attending 4-6 meeting per year.

Role commences in March 2014 to June 2016.

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 7th February 2014.

Interviews will take place on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 February 2014. 

 

Application packs can be obtained via 01234 842066,  pcc@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk or http://www.bedfordshire.pcc.police.uk/about-us/vacancies/

 

Burglary attempt.

The Green, Stotfold.

Wednesday 29th January, between 7:00 and 7:10 p.m.

The offender has gained access to the side of the house.

A wooden door has been damaged.

The owner has returned to the house, disturbing the offender.

The offender has run from the location.

No entry was gained and no property has been taken.

J D / 3 5 1 0 / 2014.

Keep Doors locked, even when you are in the house.

Double lock UPVC doors at all times.

Use timer switches on lights or a radio when you are out.

Keep hallways clear of valuables like vehicle keys, handbags and laptop where they may be seen.

Report suspicious activity in neighbours gardens.

 

16 January 2014

 

National Neighbourhood and Home Watch Evaluation Survey

 

The Neighbourhood and Home Watch movement is one of the largest voluntary crime prevention initiatives across the country. Groups typically operate in a variety of communities to help bring neighbours together who want to look out for each other, creating strong, friendly, active communities where crime and antisocial behaviour is less likely to happen.

In order to evaluate Neighbourhood and Home Watch groups across England and Wales, the Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network (NHWN) invite you to participate in our national survey to help us assess the perceived impact and effectiveness of the movement.

The comprehensive survey will collate information from a range of sources, including existing Neighbourhood and Home Watch members and coordinators, local police, the general public and key stakeholders, whereby responses will be used to compile a comprehensive research report.

To take part, please select the relevant survey from the list below;

  1. NHW Coordinator: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NHW_Coordinator
  2. NHW Member: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NHW_Member
  3. General member of the public: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NHW_Public
  4. Community Safety Representative: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CSP-NHW-Survey
  5. Local Police Representative: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Local_Police_NHWN

Please only complete the survey once.

All surveys are due to close at 5pm on Friday 31st January 2014.

 

 

January 15 2014

 

 

Shillington Attempted Burglary - Do You Know This Man?

An alert householder spotted this man coming down his neighbour’s driveway in Hillside Close, Shillington on Friday. (Jan 10)

The neighbour’s house had been subject to an attempted burglary.Man thought to have been involved in burglary

The man is described as white, late 20s to early 30s, 5ft 10ins to 6ft tall, slim build, with short dark hair and some stubble on his face. He also had a slightly swarthy complexion and some spots. He spoke with a local accent. He was wearing a black zip-up coat with large pockets at the front, black tracksuit bottoms with three white stripes down the side, and black leather work boots.

If you can help, please contact Det Con Paula Ebdale at Bedford CID direct on 01234  275141, or text the force control room direct or make an anonymous call to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. You do not have to give your name but you could still receive a cash reward.  

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Shed Burglary.

Upperstone Close, Stotfold.

Between the 6th and 11th January.

The offender has gained access to the rear garden,

The padlock has been forced from the door to the shed.

Fishing and golf equipment and power tools have been taken.

J D / 1 2 7 6 / 2014.

 

Burglary.

Church Road, Stotfold.

Monday 23rd December, between 11:40 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

The offender has gained access to the rear garden, smashing the glass in the rear door.

A tidy search took place.

A laptop, Ipad and jewellery box have been taken.

J D / 4 5 4 9 1 / 2013.

Keep Doors locked, even when you are in the house.

Double lock UPVC doors at all times.

Use timer switches on lights or a radio when you are out.

Keep hallways clear of valuables like vehicle keys, handbags and laptop where they may be seen.

Report suspicious activity in neighbours gardens.

 

Burglary.

Astwick Road, Stotfold.

Sunday 29th December, between 10:45 and 11:30 a.m.

The offender has gained access to the rear garden.

An insecure shed has been entered and tools removed.

The tools have been used to force open the UPVC back door.

The house alarm has activated, disturbing the offender.

It appears that no property has been taken.

J D / 4 6 0 6 6 / 2013.

Keep Doors locked, even when you are in the house.

Double lock UPVC doors at all times.

Use timer switches on lights or a radio when you are out.

Keep hallways clear of valuables like vehicle keys, handbags and laptop where they may be seen.

Report suspicious activity in neighbours gardens.

 

Burglary.

Wycklond Close, Stotfold.

Thursday 19th December, between 6:30 a.m. and 5:10 p.m.

The offender has smashed the glass in the front door, reaching through to release the lock.

A wallet has been taken from the kitchen.

A vehicle parked outside the house has had a side window smashed.

J D / 4 5 2 3 4 / 2013.

Keep Doors locked, even when you are in the house.

Double lock UPVC doors at all times.

Use timer switches on lights or a radio when you are out.

Don't leave presents under your christmas tree, where they can be seen from the street.

Keep hallways clear of valuables like vehicle keys, handbags and laptop where they may be seen.

Report suspicious activity in neighbours gardens.

 

 

 

Burglary.

Alexander Road, Stotfold.

Wednesday 18th December, between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m.

The offender has climbed onto the garage roof to access a first floor window.

The window has been forced open.

The upstairs of the house has been searched, including the loft.

Money and jewellery have been taken.

J D / 4 4 9 1 3 / 2013.

Keep Doors locked, even when you are in the house.

Double lock UPVC doors at all times.

Use timer switches on lights or a radio when you are out.

Don't leave presents under your christmas tree, where they can be seen from the street.

Keep hallways clear of valuables like vehicle keys, handbags and laptop where they may be seen.

Report suspicious activity in neighbours gardens.

Incident Type:

Vehicle.

Location:

Queen Street, Stotfold.

Date and Time:

Between the 9th and 12th December.

Incident Details:

The vehicle was a Black, 0 9 registered, Toyota Hilux.

The offender has gained access to the underside of the vehicle, removing the catalytic converter from the exhaust system.

Crime Reference:

J D / 4 4 0 2 5 / 2013.

Crime Reduction Advice:

Park in well lit and public areas, if you have a garage please use it.

Be aware of any suspicious activity around parked vehicles.

Always check that it is correctly locked, and all valuables are removed, before leaving the vehicle.

 

Incident Type:

Burglar attempt.

Location:

The Avenue, Stotfold.

Date and Time:

Sunday 8th December, between 5:45 and 6:00 a.m.

Incident Details:

The owner has heard noises at the back of the house.

Two males have been seen, trying to force open a ground floor window.

The owner has turned on the outside lights, disturbing the males, who have run off towards the high street.

No entry was gained and no property was taken.

The first offender was a white male, 30 years old, 5 foot 5.

The second offender was a white male.

Crime Reference:

J D / 4 3 6 2 1 / 2013.

Crime Reduction Advice:

Keep Doors locked, even when you are in the house.

Keep garden tools locked away to avoid them being used to force a door, or window.

Dont leave out anything that can be used as a climbing aid, either to reach a window or into a neighbours garden.

Keep hallways clear of valuables like vehicle keys, handbags and laptop where they may be seen.

Report suspicious activity in neighbours gardens.

Lock Up

'You Lock Up. We Lock'em Up' - http://www.bedfordshire.police.uk/tackling_crime/stay_safe/stay_safe__burglary.aspx

If you have information about any crime or suspicious activity please call the Control Room on 1 0 1

Text your message to 07786 200011

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/
No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

 

Incident Type:

Burglary.

Location:

Mowbray Crescent, Stotfold.

Date and Time:

Wednesday 4th December, between 0:00 and 6:30 a.m.

Incident Details:

The offender has forced open the UPVC front door.

A tidy search took place.

A handbag, wallet and vehicle keys have been taken.

The stolen keys have been used to remove the owners vehicle.

Crime Reference:

J D / 4 3 0 7 8 / 2013.

Crime Reduction Advice:

Keep Doors locked, even when you are in the house.

Keep garden tools locked away to avoid them being used to force a door, or window.

Dont leave out anything that can be used as a climbing aid, either to reach a window or into a neighbours garden.

Keep hallways clear of valuables like vehicle keys, handbags and laptop where they may be seen.

Report suspicious activity in neighbours gardens.

Incident Type:

Burglary.

Location:

Baldock Road, Stotfold.

Date and Time:

Wednesday 4th December, between 0:00 and 6:30 a.m.

Incident Details:

The offender has forced open the UPVC front door.

The kitchen has been searched.

A handbag, wallet and mobile phone have been taken.

Crime Reference:

J D / 4 3 0 7 5 / 2013.

Crime Reduction Advice:

Keep Doors locked, even when you are in the house.

Keep garden tools locked away to avoid them being used to force a door, or window.

Dont leave out anything that can be used as a climbing aid, either to reach a window or into a neighbours garden.

Keep hallways clear of valuables like vehicle keys, handbags and laptop where they may be seen.

Report suspicious activity in neighbours gardens.

Lock Up

'You Lock Up. We Lock'em Up' - http://www.bedfordshire.police.uk/tackling_crime/stay_safe/stay_safe__burglary.aspx

If you have information about any crime or suspicious activity please call the Control Room on 1 0 1

Text your message to 07786 200011

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/
No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

 

Incident Type:

Burglary.

Location:

Queen Anne's Close, Stotfold.

Date and Time:

Overnight on the 3rd to 4th December.

Incident Details:

The front door had been left unlocked, allowing the offender to enter the house.

A tidy search of the ground floor took place.

A laptop, handbag, wallet and mobile phone have been taken.

Crime Reference:

J D / 4 3 0 9 7 / 2013.

Crime Reduction Advice:

Keep Doors locked, even when you are in the house.

Keep garden tools locked away to avoid them being used to force a door, or window.

Dont leave out anything that can be used as a climbing aid, either to reach a window or into a neighbours garden.

Keep hallways clear of valuables like vehicle keys, handbags and laptop where they may be seen.

Report suspicious activity in neighbours gardens.

Lock Up

'You Lock Up. We Lock'em Up' - http://www.bedfordshire.police.uk/tackling_crime/stay_safe/stay_safe__burglary.aspx

If you have information about any crime or suspicious activity please call the Control Room on 1 0 1

Text your message to 07786 200011

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/
No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

 

Incident Type:

Burglary.

Location:

Mowbray Crescent, Stotfold.

Date and Time:

Overnight on the 20th to 21st November.

Incident Details:

The offender has forced open the front door.

A laptop, mobile phone, computer games equipment, a wallet and a set of vehicle keys have been taken.

The stolen keys have been used to remove the owners vehicle from the driveway.

Crime Reference:

J D / 4 1 3 5 9 / 2013.

Crime Reduction Advice:

Keep Doors locked, even when you are in the house.

Keep garden tools locked away to avoid them being used to force a door, or window.

Dont leave out anything that can be used as a climbing aid, either to reach a window or into a neighbours garden.

Keep hallways clear of valuables like vehicle keys, handbags and laptop where they may be seen.

Report suspicious activity in neighbours gardens.

 

Incident Type:

Vehicle Crimes

Location:

Stotfold, Arlesey, and Clifton.

Date and Time:

Between the 13th and 19th November.

Incident Details:

Four vehicle crimes have been reported in this period.

Mowbray Crescent, Stotfold. Overnight on the 13th to 14th November.
The vehicle was a Vauxhall Corsa.
The Bonnet has been taken.

Hitchin Lane, Clifton. 14th November at 4:00 a.m.
The vehicle was a Vauxhall Corsa.
The Bonnet has been taken.

Glossp Way, Arlesey. Overnight on the 18th to 19th November.
The vehicle was a Vauxhall Corsa.
The front bumper has been taken.

St Olives, Stotdfold. Overnight on the 18th to 19th November.
The vehicle was a Vauxhall Corsa.
The vehicle has been stolen from the location.
It has since been receovered, but the front bumper and bonnet have been removed.

 

Incident Type:

Burglary attempt.

Location:

Chequers Close, Stotfold.

Date and Time:

Between the 12th and 14th November.

Incident Details:

The offender has climbed the fence to access the rear garden.

A ground floor window has been damaged, but no entry has been gained.

No property has been taken.

Crime Reference:

J D / 4 0 5 0 0 / 2013.

Crime Reduction Advice:

Keep Doors locked, even when you are in the house.

Keep garden tools locked away to avoid them being used to force a door, or window.

Dont leave out anything that can be used as a climbing aid, either to reach a window or into a neighbours garden.

Keep hallways clear of valuables like vehicle keys, handbags and laptop where they may be seen.

Report suspicious activity in neighbours gardens.

 

Lock Up

'You Lock Up. We Lock'em Up' - http://www.bedfordshire.police.uk/tackling_crime/stay_safe/stay_safe__burglary.aspx

If you have information about any crime or suspicious activity please call the Control Room on 1 0 1

Text your message to 07786 200011

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/
No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.
 

 

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Incident Type:

Burglary.

Location:

Alexander Road, Stotfold.

Date and Time:

Thursday 14th November, between 9:00 a.m. anf 5:30 p.m.

Incident Details:

The offender has forced open the UPVC front door.

A messy search took place.

It appears that no property has been taken.

Crime Reference:

J D / 4 0 5 5 4 / 2013.

Crime Reduction Advice:

Keep Doors locked, even when you are in the house.

Keep garden tools locked away to avoid them being used to force a door, or window.

Dont leave out anything that can be used as a climbing aid, either to reach a window or into a neighbours garden.

Keep hallways clear of valuables like vehicle keys, handbags and laptop where they may be seen.

Report suspicious activity in neighbours gardens.

 

 

Incident Type:

Burglary.

Location:

Alexander Road, Stotfold.

Date and Time:

Thursday 14th November, between 9:00 a.m. anf 5:30 p.m.

Incident Details:

The offender has forced open the UPVC front door.

A messy search took place.

It appears that no property has been taken.

Crime Reference:

J D / 4 0 5 5 4 / 2013.

Crime Reduction Advice:

Keep Doors locked, even when you are in the house.

Keep garden tools locked away to avoid them being used to force a door, or window.

Dont leave out anything that can be used as a climbing aid, either to reach a window or into a neighbours garden.

Keep hallways clear of valuables like vehicle keys, handbags and laptop where they may be seen.

Report suspicious activity in neighbours gardens.

 

Incident Type:

Social Club Burglary.

Location:

Arlesey Road, Stotfold.

Date and Time:

Monday 11th November, between 8:15 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Incident Details:

The offender has smashed a window at the rear of the building.

A messy search took place.

Crates of soft drinks have been taken.

Crime Reference:

J D / 4 0 1 7 6 / 2013.

Crime Reduction Advice:

Check that all doors and windows are locked at all times.

Ensure that Security lighting covers the building.

Consider fitting an alarm.

Valuable property can be secured in a cage or bolted to the ground.

 

Incident Type:

Burglary.

Location:

St Marys Avenue, Stotfold.

Date and Time:

Firiday 8th November, between 9:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Incident Details:

The offender has climbed a gate to access the rear garden.

The french doors have been forced open.

A tidy search took place.

A laptop, hand held computer, digital cameras and two wallets have been taken.

Crime Reference:

J D / 3 9 7 1 7 / 2013.

Crime Reduction Advice:

Keep Doors locked, even when you are in the house.

Keep garden tools locked away to avoid them being used to force a door, or window.

Dont leave out anything that can be used as a climbing aid, either to reach a window or into a neighbours garden.

Keep hallways clear of valuables like vehicle keys, handbags and laptop where they may be seen.

Report suspicious activity in neighbours gardens.

 






















































Incident Type:

Burglary.

Location:

The Gardens, Stotfold.

Date and Time:

Wednesday 6th November, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:50 p.m.

Incident Details:

The offender has forced open a UPVC door at the side of the house.

A messy search took place.

Jewellery has been taken.

Crime Reference:

J D / 3 9 4 7 3 / 2013.

Crime Reduction Advice:

Keep Doors locked, even when you are in the house.

Keep garden tools locked away to avoid them being used to force a door, or window.

Dont leave out anything that can be used as a climbing aid, either to reach a window or into a neighbours garden.

Keep hallways clear of valuables like vehicle keys, handbags and laptop where they may be seen.

Report suspicious activity in neighbours gardens.

 

 

Incident Type:

Burglary attempt.

Location:

Baldock Road, Stotfold.

Date and Time:

Saturday 2nd November, between 3:30 and 3:35 a.m.

Incident Details:

The offender has tried to force open the front door.

The owner has heard noises and has seen a male at the front of the house.

The two offenders have run towards the town centre.

The offenders were males, wearing dark clothing.

 

No entry was gained and no property has been taken.

Crime Reference:

J D / 3 8 9 3 9 / 2013.

Crime Reduction Advice:

Keep Doors locked, even when you are in the house.

Keep garden tools locked away to avoid them being used to force a door, or window.

Dont leave out anything that can be used as a climbing aid, either to reach a window or into a neighbours garden.

Keep hallways clear of valuables like vehicle keys, handbags and laptop where they may be seen.

Report suspicious activity in neighbours gardens.

 

   

 

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Incident Type:

Burglary.

Location:

Kingsway, Stotfold.

Date and Time:

Saturday 2nd November, between 0:00 and 7:45 a.m.

Incident Details:

It is not known how the offender gained entry to the house as there are no signs of damage.

A handbag, mobile phone and some money have been taken.

Crime Reference:

J D / 3 8 8 9 3 / 2013.

Crime Reduction Advice:

Keep Doors locked, even when you are in the house.

Keep garden tools locked away to avoid them being used to force a door, or window.

Dont leave out anything that can be used as a climbing aid, either to reach a window or into a neighbours garden.

Keep hallways clear of valuables like vehicle keys, handbags and laptop where they may be seen.

Report suspicious activity in neighbours gardens.

 

 

 

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Incident Type:

Burglary.

Location:

Baldock Road, Stotfold.

Date and Time:

Saturday 2nd November, between 0:00 and 10:00 a.m.

Incident Details:

The offender has gained access to the rear garden.

A handbag, purse and mobile phone have been taken.

Crime Reference:

J D / 3 8 9 4 0 / 2013.

Crime Reduction Advice:

Keep Doors locked, even when you are in the house.

Keep garden tools locked away to avoid them being used to force a door, or window.

Dont leave out anything that can be used as a climbing aid, either to reach a window or into a neighbours garden.

Keep hallways clear of valuables like vehicle keys, handbags and laptop where they may be seen.

Report suspicious activity in neighbours gardens.

 

 

 

 

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Incident Type:

Burglary.

Location:

The Mixies, Stotfold.

Date and Time:

Friday 11th October, between 11:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Incident Details:

The front door has been damaged, but no entry has been gained.

No property has been taken.

Crime Reference:

J D / 3 6 1 8 2 / 2013.

Crime Reduction Advice:

Keep Doors locked, even when you are in the house.

Keep garden tools locked away to avoid them being used to force a door, or window.

Dont leave out anything that can be used as a climbing aid, either to reach a window or into a neighbours garden.

Keep hallways clear of valuables like vehicle keys, handbags and laptop where they may be seen.

Report suspicious activity in neighbours gardens.

 

 

 

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CRIME REDUCTION TIPS FROM BEDFORDSHIRE POLICE

 

 

 

  • Remove property from view in your vehicle. This includes presents and coats.
  • When shopping, ensure your bag is shut and don't leave wallets or mobiles in your back pocket where they are easily targeted.
  • If you are going away, ask a trusted neighbour to make your house look occupied, by removing mail and newspapers, taking in your bin and opening and closing curtains. Timer switches fitted to lights or radios can also make your house look occupied.
  • Secure your outbuildings with good quality locks and hasps. Criminals may consider outbuildings as easy targets and often use tools found in sheds or gardens to break into homes.
  • Get a copy of the Home Office burglary pack which contains useful information about securing your property by calling 0800 4561213.
  • Always ask for photo identification from service or delivery people before letting them in - if you are worried, ask them to wait outside while you close the door and call their company.
  • If someone keeps you talking on the doorstep, be aware of any movement or activity in the rest of the house - before you answer the door you should check all back doors, patio doors and windows are closed and preferably locked.
  • Mark all your vauables with your house number and postcode.
  • Never keep a large amount of money in the house
  • Don't keep your chequebook and cards in the same place - a thief could use the card to forge your signature on cheques.
  • Don't fall for anything that sounds too good to be true - a free holiday, cash prizes, cure of arthritis or cancer, or low-risk high-return investment schemes.
  • Don't buy goods or services from doorstep callers and NEVER let them into your home.
  • Lastly, ensure any suspicious activity is reported to the Police on 101 or if a crime is in progress dial 999.