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Crime and covid19 updates for the area

Alert message sent 11/04/2020 10:48:00

Information sent on behalf of Bedfordshire Police

Good Morning

I hope that you are well and you that you manage to cope with the covid lockdown (on that more later in this e-mail). As you can imagine our job changed drastically, however we are still her for you patrolling your villages and make sure that you and your property is safe.

Traditionally I'll start with Barton-Le-Clay. Since the 1st of April we have had 6 reported crimes, two of those were related to theft of number plates from vehicles in OSBORN ROAD area. I am happy to say that our colleagues in Hertfordshire had someone arrested with regards to those offences. Luckily, there was no burglaries and no other issues. I was also told about suspicious male(s) checking vehicles at night. My colleagues from response team are visiting Barton on patrol at night, however help us to help you by keeping your valuables out of car and keeping your car locked.

Moving on to Streatly and Sundon: The nice weather got bunch of people thinking that riding their motorbikes in the Sundon pits will be their exercise. They had more exercise than they expected as we've managed to get number of them issued with fines, warning notices and seized number of bikes. getting their owners to walk back home towards Illford.

Going through Chalton and Toddington we have only had one crime report.

and finally moving to Wingfield and Tebworth we have had no crime reports at all.

As always, please be aware that this contains only the crimes which were called to us and recorded on police systems.

Moving on to Covid19 which as you can imagine takes bulk of our time and resourcing at the moment. Firstly please be aware that in Bedfordshire we do our best to Explain, Engage and Encourage people to adhere to rules, however we still have the fourth E - Enforcement available and this will be used when required. We have numerous calls to people breaching the guidance and they are being dealt with when possible but please do not take upon yourselves to tell people what to do. Best way in those circumstances is to lead by example.  
The guidance does permit "reasonable" travel to do some exercise and that means that those who don't not have large gardens will come and visit your villages and your beauty spots. All you need to do is to keep two metres away from anyone not living in your household. If you feel however that you have to report a blatant breach (such a large group of youths in park or BBQ's in public places) please let us know via bedfordshire police webchat and we will send someone to deal with it.
At this point I also want to thank you for sticking to those rules, every day by limiting your contact with others you help us to save lives and to slow the spread of the sickness. I hope to see you soon on foot or bicycle.

Lastly bearing in mind that it is Easter tomorrow I wanted to wish you and your families all the best. Remember Easter is about resurrection, new life and coming back stronger. And I wish you that one this is all over we will come out much stronger as a community.

With kindest regards and best wishes

Pc Slav
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Slav Konopka (Police, PC, Leighton Buzzard & Linslade Community Policing Team)

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