Here is the latest update from the Henley Neighbourhood Policing team. The 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.
You said we did
You said you wanted to see us more
As we continue to provide high visibility patrols in the town centre and offer support to retail outlets we aim to cover areas of the town and surrounding areas. Now that we have seen in an increase in visitors due to the lighter evenings; Sonning common, rural areas, Mill Meadows and Henley Skate Park are now being patrolled.
You said you were concerned about parking and speeding in Henley Town
We have increased the number of parking tickets issued and the NHPT is now monitoring the speed of vehicles in certain roads in and around Henley.
The neighbourhood team are maintaining the good work which has been accomplished within the rural areas and continue to liaise with the rural communities, carry out active patrols and operations to tackle and deter rural crime. Bi-monthly meetings with partner agencies and landowners continue and this resilience group continues to plan how to reduce rural crime in the South and Vale local policing area.
Anti-social behaviour (ASB)
Skate Park in Henley on Thames – Patrols have been carried out at various times and although there is a small group of young people who have been involved in ASB the majority of visitors are enjoying the area without any problems. Young people involved in any ASB will be dealt with as robustly as possible with the help of other agencies.
Sonning Common – Patrols continue and Henley team have been to visit youth workers and the young people at Sonning Common Youth Centre.
Mill Meadows and Station Road/Station car park – This area has been subjected to ASB and criminal damage and patrols have been increased, intelligence has been gathered and the neighbourhood team is working with British Transport Police to try and reduce the problem.
Xanax - Six warning letters regarding the illegal use of the drug Xanax were sent to the parents of young people who had been found to have used the substance. Xanax is a tranquiliser, prescribed widely in the U.S for anxiety, it is the trade name for Alprazolam. Tranquilisers are designed to calm or relieve tension in users. Young people who have taken it say that have little or no recollection of what happened and alcohol severely increases risks to the young people. If taken without a personalised prescription Xanax then becomes a Class C drug, the possible offences are:
• Possession - maximum sentence – 2 years/fine/both
• Possession with intent to supply - maximum sentence – 14 years/fine/both
What the neighbourhood team have been doing
• The Henley NHPT held a Crime Prevention Event aimed at home security in Henley Market Place which was attended by many people.
• PSCO Bell attended Langtree School in Woodcote to give a presentation and talk on Cyber Crime highlighting the danger of inappropriate behaviour on the internet and social media. Advice was given regarding keeping safe while using the internet.
• PCSO Hand held a bicycle marking and crime prevention event at Henley Library which was well attended and around 15 bicycles were marked.
• PCSO Hewett has been working with the vulnerable people in Henley, ensuring they are aware of help they could receive from other agencies, this was during the particularly cold weather we have had recently.
• PCSO Pomroy attended and assisted at the annual “On your bike” event in Sonning Common, this is a very well received event in Sonning Common.
Safe Place update
‘Safe Places’ launched in Henley this March. Under the scheme, a vulnerable person who might feel at risk when out and about can enter a participating location where trained staff will offer help to keep them safe. Businesses in Henley-on-Thames have signed up to this scheme to help provide a safe place to go if someone is feeling lost, worried or threatened.
Our Active Communities campaign is about getting you to be more involved in policing issues. Please come and speak to your neighbourhood policing team about issues affecting our community.
Have Your Say Meetings: Come along and talk to us about any local concerns:
• 12th April 2018, 7pm – 8pm at Henley Sports Centre with PCSO Claire Hewett
• 17th April 2018, 2pm – 2.30pm at Westholme Stores, Goring with PCSO Mark Bell
• 17th April 2018, 3pm – 3.30pm at South Stoke Primary School with PCSO Mark Bell
• 18th April 2018, 3pm – 3.30pm at Woodcote Primary School with PCSO Mark Bell
• 19th April 2018, 3pm – 3.30pm at Whitchurch Primary School with PCSO Mark Bell
If you want any advice or would like to contact the neighbourhood team you can call us on the police non-emergency number 101 or if it is an emergency then dial 999.
You can also contact us via email HenleyNHPT@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk. Please note this email address cannot be used to contact Thames Valley Police to report crimes or for any urgent matters. To view information on your neighbourhood team visit the Thames Valley Police website at: www.thamesvalley.police.uk. Receive free local crime alerts and crime prevention advice by registering at www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk today. This allows anyone who signs up to choose what updates they receive and how they would like to receive it.