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Weekly Policing Update - St Ives District

Alert message sent 23/07/2019 15:01:00

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Good Afternoon, St Ives District Members –

Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community reported to police during the period 16th to 22nd July:

Hill Rise - St Ives Speedwatch volunteers were operating on Hill Rise on Tuesday afternoon, 16th July. PCSO Phil Davis accompanied the group and reported that the session had provided reassurance to residents and motorists with a minimal number of drivers found exceeding the speed limit.

Speedwatch sessions maintain a high-visibility profile as part of their function to educate drivers on speed-awareness and road safety as well as deterring motorists from breaking the law.

Fairfields Area – Police received a report of a suspicious incident that happened near Fairfields at lunchtime on Thursday 18th July in which a man in a silver car stopped a woman walking her dogs and made improper suggestions to her before driving off towards the town centre. Details of the car involved were given to officers and checks have been carried out to identify who may have been driving. (Ref CC-18072019-0213)

Needingworth Road Roundabout – A police patrol discovered a car crashed on a roundabout on Needingworth Road on Thursday evening, 18th July. An ambulance was called but fortunately no-one was seriously hurt. Recovery services were needed to tow the car away and some damage to the signage on the roundabout will need repairing. (Ref CC-18072019-0310)

Waveney Road – An intruder entered a house on Waveney Road by forcing a window at the front in the early hours of Saturday 20th July then stole a rucksack containing a woman’s purse that had been left on a table. Shortly afterwards attempts were made to fraudulently use the bank cards which had been in the purse when it was stolen. Police have made enquiries with neighbours but at the moment no-one has reported noticing anything suspicious at the time. Investigations are continuing. (Ref 35/51524/19)

Broad Leas – A window at a house on Broad Leas was smashed by an unknown person in the early hours of Monday 22nd July. No-one has so far reported witnessing the incident. (Ref 35/51902/19)
And Finally – Coping With The Hot Weather
It is expected that we shall see the hottest days of the year so far this week. Lovely though the sunshine is, extreme heat can pose health risks as well as providing opportunities for burglars.

Health Advice from the NHS:
The NHS has provided the following information on how to cope with the heat:

A heatwave can affect anyone, but the most vulnerable people are:
  • older people, especially those over 75
  • babies and young children
  • people with a serious long-term condition, especially heart or breathing problems
  • people with mobility problems – for example, people with Parkinson's disease or who have had a stroke
  • people with serious mental health problems
  • people on certain medicines, including those that affect sweating and temperature control
  • people who misuse alcohol or drugs
  • people who are physically active – for example, labourers or those doing sports

More information and advice is on the NHS website at:

Crime Prevention Advice
The Police are giving the following advice about preventing burglary in hot weather:

As we enter the peak summer period, burglars may take advantage of unlocked doors or open windows - a property that presents itself as insecure is far more likely to be targeted than one which is properly secured.

Please take don’t leave ground floor windows or doors open or unlocked, and ensure they are closed and locked when you go to bed at night. It only takes a second for a thief to enter a home and take things, often without being noticed.

Further advice to keep homes secure over the summer includes:
  • Always close and lock windows and doors when leaving the property – even a small open window could entice a burglar.
  • Keep car and house keys out of sight and away from windows and doors.
  • If you’re in the garden, make sure windows and doors at the front of the property are secure.
  • Do not leave valuables on display through windows.
  • Ensure that any side entrance is secure, locked and not easy to climb over, even when someone is at home.
  • Consider installing a visible security light or alarm to deter criminals.
  • Going on holiday? Make arrangements to make sure the house appears occupied whilst it’s unoccupied. Put lights on a timer or ask a neighbour to come and pick up mail and draw curtains. Don’t advertise being on holiday on social media.

…and last of all - NEVER leave animals in cars in hot weather.

Many people still believe that it's fine to leave a dog in a car on a warm day if the windows are left open or they are parked in the shade, but the truth is, it's still a very dangerous situation for a dog.

A car can become as hot as an oven very quickly, even when it does not feel that warm. When it is 22 degrees outside, in a car it can reach an unbearable 47 degrees within the hour.

If you see a dog in distress in a hot car, dial 999.

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


Please be aware that these reports do not contain all details of all reported crime. We do not publish details of domestic related offences or anything which may put a person at risk if information regarding the crime was made public.
As always, if you have information relating to any offence, or are concerned about any suspicious activities, please contact police by using any of these methods:
  • the '101' non-emergency telephone number;
  • the on-line web-chat tool on the new Cambridgeshire Constabulary web-site - click on the green icon;
  • Alternatively, you can use 'Crimestoppers' to make a report anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or by using their on-line contact form.

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

Best Wishes,
Chris Shaw, PSV
St Ives Police Station

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Chris Shaw (Police, PSV - Online Communities, Huntingdonshire - St Ives)

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