eCops – Weekly Policing Update – Somersham District 2nd-8th August 2019

Good Afternoon, Somersham District Members –

Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 2nd to 8th August:
 
Short Drove Area, Somersham – Police received a report that crops in a field off Short Drove, Somersham, had been damaged at some time overnight on Thursday 1st / Friday 2nd August. A vehicle had been driven for a distance of about 300 metres, damaging wheat growing in the field. (Ref 35/55120/19)
 
High Street, Somersham – Four suspects were disturbed whilst interfering with a VW car left parked on Somersham High Street just before midnight on Sunday evening, 4th August. After leaving, they later returned and continued trying to remove trim from the car’s side panels until they were again disturbed, whereupon the four suspects drove off, having taken part of the trim but leaving the rest damaged and the car’s paintwork scratched. (Ref 35/55619/19)
 
Warboys Road, Pidley – Police searched the area around Warboys Road, Pidley, in the early hours of Tuesday 6th August, following a report of a suspicious person in dark clothing and a face-mask seen on the driveway of a house. However, no-one matching the description could be found. (Ref CC-06082019-0042)
 
Church Street, Oldhurst – Police received a call from an Oldhurst business on Wednesday 7th August reporting that the previous night someone had entered their fields and had opened gates allowing the animals in each field to mix together. Fortunately, no external gates had been interfered with so none of the animals had escaped onto roads or other public space. The Rural Crime Action Team (RCAT) have been notified of the incident. (Ref CC-07082019-0380)


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:

www.ecops.org.uk/alert_archive

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 We do not publish details of domestic related offences or anything which may put a person at risk if information regarding the crime was made public.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’.

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VANDALISM in Somersham at The Cross

It was very disappointing to receive a report the beautiful flower displays at The Cross have been vandalised by a group of young people last evening. This is not the first time this has taken place.

The flower displays have been nurtured by our dedicated groundsman to help the village centre look vibrant and welcoming to all. This thoughtless act has not taken into consideration the hard work of our staff or the people who take joy in appreciating the flowers.

Images of the culprits will be downloaded from our CCTV and provided to the Police together with our reported crime incident.

Woman Sexually Assaulted In Huntingdon

Officers are appealing for information after a woman was sexually assaulted in Huntingdon on Friday (19 July).

The victim, who is in her 30s was jogging through Riverside Park at about 9am when she was grabbed from behind by a man.

She fought back before the man exposed himself and cycled off.

The man was described as Asian with an English accent, in his late teens and wore a ripped white t-shirt, Nike joggers, trainers. He rode a Claude Butler bike.

Detective Inspector Amerjit Singh said: “The victim was left understandably shocked and upset and I would like to applaud her bravery in fighting back.
“I want to identify the man responsible as soon as possible so I would urge anyone with information to not hesitate in coming forward.
“While we are treating this incident very seriously it’s also important to say that attacks of this nature are rare.”
Anyone who witnessed the incident or saw the man described in the area should call 101, quoting incident 124 of 19 July. Alternatively, you can report online at www.cambs.police.uk/report.

Action Fraud – Drivers Targeted With Fake Fines

What you need to know

Action Fraud have received an increase in reports and intelligence where elderly victims are being targeted by individuals purporting to be police officers or traffic wardens. The victims are being approached whilst parked in a car park and are told by the suspect that they have parked illegally or broken a speed limit and a photo has been taken of their car for ‘evidence’.

Victims are advised that they will face a substantial penalty fine unless they pay a smaller upfront fee immediately. Victims, who opt for paying the smaller penalty, will be directed to a parking meter and asked to enter their card and PIN. These parking meters have been tampered with by the suspect in order to retain the card.

Once the victim inserts their card and are asked for their PIN, the victims are shoulder surfed for their PIN by the suspect. Once victims input their PIN, the card is retained by the machine and victims are told by the suspect to seek help from the company who operates the parking meter or their bank.

What you need to do

  • If you are suspicious about the authenticity of the fine, do not pay it until you have verified it with your local council.
  • Always shield your PIN from view when using an ATM machine, and never share your PIN with anyone.
  • If your bank card is retained by an ATM machine, contact your bank immediately to inform them.