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Criminal damage
We have received two further reports of criminal damage in The Abbey Meadows. Play equipment was set fire to during the evening of Saturday 21st October and a bin was set fire to on the evening of Tuesday 31st October. The team are as disappointed and frustrated as the local community are. We would encourage anyone who witnesses any criminal activity or anti-social behaviour to ring us at the time it is happening. We would also encourage anyone who has any information on who is responsible for the ongoing damage to either contact a member of the neighbourhood team or alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Meanwhile we are regularly patrolling the area during the evening and have a meeting with various agencies this week to discuss any other actions we can take to prevent further issues. 

Offenders brought to justice
•    After receiving intelligence in relation to drug activity in the vicinity of The Motte and Boxhill Woods; PCSOs Ali Blood and Susie Morley carried out proactive patrols in the area. Subsequently on Monday 9th October this led to them detaining two females on suspicion of drug supplying. One female was charged and remanded in custody until trial for ‘Possession with intent to supply class A’ after a large quantity of drugs was found on her. The second female was released whilst further enquires are carried out. 
•    Two offenders were arrested after a robbery was reported near Lely Court, the males were known to the victim. One male had been electronically tagged whilst police proceed with the investigation. 
•    Richard Walton, age 39, of no fixed abode, admitted assaulting a woman by beating her in Challenor Close, Abingdon, on 8th September and on 19th August. He also admitted making threats to kill a woman in Challenor Close on 8th September and damaging a living room door. He has been jailed for a total of 12 weeks, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £115 and made subject to a restraining order.
•    Jordon Webb, age 30, from Hogarth Place, Abingdon was sentenced to two years and five months imprisonment on the 2nd October following his arrest for drugs and firearms offences in July.
•    Robert Brewerton of Willow Brook, Abingdon pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal damage, one count of arson, one count of fraud and two counts of ABH. He was sentenced on 5 October to two years and six months imprisonment.

Crime prevention advice 
Unfortunately there were two burglaries reported in South Abingdon. You can greatly reduce your risk of burglary by taking a few simple security measures to help make your property less attractive to thieves. Most burglars are opportunists and target homes and businesses that offer the least risk of being caught. Keep your home safe and secure by following this advice:
•    keep front and back doors locked, even when you’re at home
•    install a burglar alarm with a visible alarm box
•    fit a door chain and spyhole for extra security
•    keep all valuables and keys out of sight and out of reach of doors and windows
•    store high value items in a hidden safe
•    mark your belongings and register them for free with Immobilise
•    fit energy efficient security lighting 
•    don’t leave spare keys in obvious places such as under doormats or plant pots
•    keep items that could be used to break into your property such as ladders, tools and wheelie bins stored safely away
•    lock side gates to prevent easy access to the rear of the property
•    check fencing regularly to keep it in good repair
•    use pea shingle on driveways or under windows, as it crunches loudly when stepped on
•    trim overgrown hedges and plants to remove hiding places and improve surveillance
•    use a timer switch to make your house look occupied, even when it isn’t
•    consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme

Abingdon Neighbourhood Team changes
On the 1st November Acting Sergeant Robert Maris took over as Sergeant of the Abingdon Town and Abingdon Outer Teams. A/Sgt Maris has many years’ experience in Neighbourhood Policing and we welcome him to the team. A/Insp Tim Pavey (our previous Sergeant) will now be Acting Inspector for the Vale Neighbourhood teams and still working closely with our team. We wish him well in his new position. 

Community engagement
•    PCSO Emma Vaux and PCSO Clare Atkins attended the Unicorn school and gave a presentation on Personal safety and Sexting to 15-16 year olds. They had really interesting discussions with the students. 
•    Abingdon neighbourhood team were asked to assist the Redcross with a day of ‘restart a heart’ training at Fitzharrys and Abingdon & Witney College. The team assisted the trainers with their knowledge of CPR which was taught to 100’s of students. 
•    On Sunday 22nd October officers from the neighbourhood team were present during the Abingdon Marathon. Well done to all the runners that took on the 26.2 miles but particularly to our own colleagues PC Farnell and PC James. 
•    PCSO Susie Morley and PCSO Ali Blood along with members of the Special Constabulary will be present during the Christmas Extravaganza which is taking place in the town centre on Saturday 2nd December. 

Have your say meetings
Please come along and speak to your neighbourhood team about any local concerns at:
  • Lady Eleanor retirement properties on Monday 13th November at 10am with PCSOs Emma Vaux and Clare Atkins.
  • Tesco, Marcham road on Monday 27th November at 10am with PCSOs Emma Vaux and Clare Atkins.
Contact us
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 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: Receive free local crime alerts and crime prevention advice by registering at today. This allows anyone who signs up to choose what updates they receive and how they would like to receive it. The Thames Valley Police Twitter account is kept up to date with what we are up to; please follow us @TVPSouthandVale  

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