Here is the latest update from the Henley Neighbourhood Policing team.
Henley Sector comprises of Henley Town and the parishes of Goring, Woodcote, Goring Heath, South
Stoke, Whitchurch-on-Thames, Nettlebed, Swyncombe, Pishill with Stonor, Bix & Assendon, Stoke Row, Highmoor, Checkendon, Rotherfield Greys, Sonning Common, Rotherfield Peppard, Kidmore End, Mapledurham, Harpsden, Binfield Heath, Shiplake, Eye & Dunsden.
Anti-social behaviour (ASB) around the Henley Area
Working with the local town council, community groups, schools and housing officers to ASB. We have been focusing our response to ASB by increasing engagement with the local community to raise awareness of the effects that drugs and alcohol have on individuals, their families and the local community. We are working with local charity outreach services to engage with and support young offenders who find themselves in a position of vulnerability where they could be exploited.
We are working closely with the local schools in Henley and surrounding areas to reassure and support them with education, information and positive intervention with the youths and their families.
Vulnerable Victims of Fraud
The Henley neighbourhood policing team have adopted a single point of contact within the team who manages the risk and vulnerability assessments of victims of fraud within Henley police area. This process has been embedded into the team’s structure in order to prevent further offences and avoid repeat victims of exploitation and fraud. We have built a good relationship with the financial business sector in the community and have been arranging fraud awareness, crime prevention events and talks. Generally victims of Fraud are elderly and therefore we have been able to sign post victims to support networks and charities who can provide ongoing services.
Action Fraud referrals: This is where a victim has contacted Action Fraud and they in turn refer the victim’s details to TVP for a vulnerability assessment visit. Numerous reports continue to get referred and all are contacted by PCSO Janice Smith, to receive advice and support.
In December PCSO Janice Smith presented a Fraud Awareness visit to residents at Bowling Court in Henley, this was well attended and enthusiastically received.
TVP working together with SOHA enabling them to repossess a property in Henley; this was necessary to stop and remove unwelcome males who had moved into the house and were using it for criminal activity.
We continue to experience reports of theft from vehicle and vehicle interference. Offenders are accessing parked cars without causing damage which leads us to believe vehicles are left insecure by their owners.
Please remember not to leave valuables in your car and ensure you always lock the vehicle, even when leaving it for a short time.
What the neighbourhood team have been doing in January
During the busy Christmas period, the team were out on foot patrol in the town centre. Due to a number of purse thefts high visibility of officers seemed to do the trick. Two arrests were made and the males are currently on remand.
Whilst predominately a neighbourhood team, we are still deployable to serious incidents; this month we have also been busy searching and conducting re-assurance patrols for several missing persons.
We have had two tragedies involving persons entering the river at Henley in recent months. The neighbourhood team were involved in searches and reassurance patrols.
Rural Crime continues to keep the team busy, the hare coursing season being in full swing now.
In the lead up to Christmas, a number of males were in Henley town centre posing as homeless and begging. These same males had been seen in other towns on the South and Vale. By working together over the whole area officers stop checking and moving them on, a picture became apparent and it was clear this was a large organised gang none of whom were homeless.
Following complaints from the public, three females aggressively collecting on behalf of a charity for the deaf were stopped checked in Henley town centre. These females have not been seen in the area since.
Have Your Say Meetings
‘Have Your Says’ are held by PCSOs in the Henley Sector every month – these are an opportunity for the public to meet a member of the neighbourhood team and raise any Police related concerns.
- • PCSO Tom Rudd – 10-11am Thursday 6th February o/s Post Office Shiplake
- • PCSO Tom Rudd – 1130-1230pm Thursday 6thFebruary o/s Village Hall Sonning Common
- • PCSO Tom Rudd – 2-3pm Thursday 6 February o/s The Arcade Goring
- • PCSO Claire Hewett - 6-7pm Friday 7th February o/s Tesco Henley
- • PCSO Janice Smith - 12–1pm Friday 7th February o/s the Village Club Nettlebed
- • PCSO Chris Apps - 4-5pm Saturday 8th February in Market Place Henley
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