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New Years Message

Alert message sent 05/01/2020 15:21:00

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Well I start my first message of 2020 by wishing everyone a Happy New Year.

I hope everyone had a good Christmas, I spent time with my wife, step-daughter and our respective families and to enable me to do this I took some annual leave this Christmas. I was however struck down by this nasty throat infection and I still have a lingering cough.

I have just completed my monthly Parish Report for the respective Parish Councils, and I have looked at crime overall this year. The highest recorded crime on the ward is violence without injury (30), other theft offences (24), violence with injury (23), criminal damage (20), stalking and harassment (13). Residential Burglaries make up for 7 of the 170 crimes recorded on the ward in 2019.

Often these violent crimes are domestic related, but they can also be low level assaults in school, most of which are ohandled internally by Campion occasionally with my support to give young people an awareness of what would happen on the outside world. We also run initiatives like the Blue Butterfly Project in Primary Schools. You also may have heard about our CIRV initiative which works to divert and mentor our more violent offenders.

Another job I dealt with last year in school is the sharing of indecent images to one another, on this occasion it was two Secondary School aged children, both known to each other, and image was created, sent to the other, then shared. An indecent image of a child is just that it is a crime against the crown, everyone commits an offence even the child taking the image of themselves. Fortunately in most cases where the suspects are minors, education is the most appropriate outcome. Recently we have seen some high profile people whose social media mistakes in earlier life have come back to haunt them. We ask if you are parents to be aware of what your children are sharing on social media.

This is why the PCSO’s work in schools is so valuable, young people do make mistakes, but they are also interest about careers in the Police. It is so nice to support schools and it earns a great deal of respect. I have young people coming up to me at Campion who are deeply concerned about things in their communities that I am able to feed back. I am due to visit Bugbrooke Primary School in the next few weeks to deliver a Blue Butterfly presentation, which covers a number of subjects including online safety, domestic violence, fire safety, water safety, in fact anything that could give a young person that “butterfly feeling”.

I must stress the importance of using 101 or 999. Recently I was aware of a suspicious circumstance (person in a front garden) that occurred around 1.45am in the morning. The resident emailed me later on that day sometime around 4pm. As I was on annual leave at the time the email was then not seen until a week later. The resident unhappy with my response suggested they would take the matter into their own hands. If you see something suspicious and you feel a crime is happening or is about to happen, please call it in on 999 at the time.

Surgeries will continue in the New Year, my next one will be on Friday 10th January at the Baptist Church Rooms in Nether Heyford. Remember if you would like to meet me at any other time, or arrange for me to come and visit you or your community group, please ring me on 101 ext. 345806 or email Matt.Taylor@northants.pnn.police.uk.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I wish you a Happy New Year.

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Matthew Taylor (Police, Police Community Support Officer (C7115), South Northants Neighbourhood Policing Team)

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