is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community,
reported to police during the period 30th November to 6th December.
There is also some timely advice from the police on how to protect yourself from crime over the Christmas period: when you are out shopping, at cash machines, out for the evening, staying in at home, and also after Christmas when all the presents have been opened.
High Street, Somersham – A house on Somersham High Street was broken into and burgled at some time between midday on Saturday 1st, and 1:00 pm on Sunday 2nd December, whilst the owners were absent. Thieves entered by removing an entire window from its frame at the back of the house, then searched several rooms before leaving, having stolen loose cash found in a tin in the kitchen and other commemorative coins. Police have carried out enquiries at neighbouring properties but so far no-one has reported noticing anything suspicious. (Ref 35/49369/18)
Warboys Road, Pidley – Thieves broke into a disused garage used for storage at an address on Warboys Road, Pidley, on Monday evening, 3rd December, and stole a quad bike from inside. A suspicious red car was seen leaving the garage at around 6:30 pm. (Ref 35/49758/18)
Bridge Road, Broughton – Intruders broke the lock from a shed door at an address on Bridge Road, Broughton, during the night of Monday 3rd / Tuesday 4th December. However it is not thought that anything was stolen from the shed. (Ref 35/49875/18)
Parkhall Road, Somersham – Three men with two dogs and a grey or white off-road vehicle suspected to be hare-coursing were seen on land near Parkhall Road, Somersham, on Tuesday afternoon, 4th December. They were last seen driving away in the direction of the A141 towards Warboys, but although a police patrol searched the area, nothing suspicious could be found. (Ref CC-04122018-0259)
And Finally ….
Advice from the Police on How to Have a Crime-Free Christmas.
The police are working hard over Christmas to keep you and your family safe, but there are steps you can take to help them.
When you’re out shopping
- Stay alert and be aware of what’s going on around you, especially in busy shops and crowded streets where thieves and pickpockets may well be operating.
- Keep valuables in inside pockets of clothing or bags. Keep a close watch on them, and try not to keep them all in one place.
- Only carry the cash and cards that you need. Always shield the PIN pad when entering your PIN.
- Be careful where you park your car, especially if you will be returning to it after dark. If parking in a multi-storey car park, choose a well-lit space as close to the exit as possible and away from pillars. Reverse into position. Visit www.parkmark.co.uk for details of approved car parks.
- Avoid going back to your car to leave your shopping part-way through your trip. If you have to keep presents in the car, make sure they are out of view in the boot, the car is locked, and keep the receipts with you.
- Deter pickpockets and muggers. Don’t overburden yourself with bags/packages. Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Always carry a purse close to your body and not dangling by the straps. Put a wallet in an inside coat or front trouser pocket, likewise with your phone and keys.
- Try and avoid taking young children into busy shopping areas. If it is unavoidable make sure they know what to do if they lose you e.g. tell the nearest counter assistant that they are lost and never leave a shop without you. Agree a meeting point with older children, in case you get separated.
- Never leave your bag unattended on your trolley whilst shopping and don’t leave it in your vehicle when returning your trolley.
- Don’t get loaded down with too many bags. Try to keep one hand free.
- Keep car doors locked whilst driving in built-up areas, especially if you’ve got bags or presents in the car.
At cash machines
- If you see anything suspicious alert the bank or call the police on 101.
- Shield the keypad when typing in your PIN at a cash machine or in a shop.
- Only withdraw as much as you need and avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Put your money and cards away (not in your back pocket) safely before leaving the machine. Ideally pay with a debit/credit card wherever possible.
When you’re out for the evening
- Watch your drinks and food to ensure that nothing is added to them. Never leave your drink unattended, even if you are going to dance or to the toilet. If your drink has been left unattended, don’t drink any more of it. If something tastes or looks odd, don’t eat/drink any more if it. Be aware, though, that some drugs are colourless and tasteless.
- If someone you don’t know or trust offers to buy you a drink, either decline or accompany them to the bar and watch that nothing is added.
- Know your own limit.
- If you meet someone new at a party, avoid going home with them or inviting them back to your home/accepting a lift from them. It’s safer to arrange a second date in a public place to get to know the person better. If you do find yourself alone with someone you don’t know well, make sure that someone knows where you are and who you’re with.
- Pay attention to your instincts. If you feel uneasy about someone, there may be a reason.
- Make sure someone knows where you are going and when you’ll be home.
- Avoid walking home alone and never with someone you don’t know well.
- Drink responsibly, arrange for a member of your group to be a designated driver.
- Check your taxi driver’s ID and never get into an unlicensed taxi.
- The ideal plan is to book your cab or taxi in advance or call a licensed cab company from the party and arrange for them to pick you up right outside the venue.
- Never accept a lift from a minicab touting for trade on the street. They are illegal and can be very dangerous.
- Always sit in the back of a cab/taxi and if you get chatting to the driver, do not give away personal details. If you feel uneasy with the driver, ask him to stop at a busy familiar place and get out.
- If using public transport, have your ticket, pass or change ready in your hand so that your wallet or purse is out of sight.
- Always wait for the bus or train in a well-lit place near other people if possible and try and arrange for someone to meet you at the bus stop or station. If a bus is empty, or it is after dark, you may feel safer on the lower deck as near as possible to the driver. On trains, avoid empty compartments. If you feel threatened on any public transport press the alarm or attract the attention of your fellow passengers or the driver or guard.
- Take note of where the emergency alarms are and try to sit near them.
- Don’t leave presents under your Christmas tree if they are visible from windows or doors.
- Never keep large amounts of cash at home.
- Make sure you keep your doors and windows locked at all times.
- Keys should always be kept out of sight and not left in doors or in view of windows.
- Make your house look occupied, use a timer switch to operate lamps as it starts to get dark, leave a radio on.
- Don’t open the door to anybody you don’t recognise. Not sure? Don’t open the door!
you have opened your Christmas gifts
Burglars and robbers know that many households have new and often expensive, items in their homes following the December holidays especially items such as new tech such as tablets or laptops, phones, music systems, televisions, cameras and other electronic equipment. In many cases, residents make it easy for burglars to figure out which homes to target by putting boxes that identify their new gifts in plain view with their other rubbish.
Avoid becoming an easy target for post-holiday burglars/robbers by not leaving boxes for new electronics and other items outside your wheelie bin.
- Break down any boxes you are throwing out and put them in rubbish bags and place them inside the wheelie bin.
- With computer equipment, you might consider keeping the boxes for safe storage, shipping or moving in the future. Would they be useful as storage boxes?
- Think about keeping broken-down boxes inside in a garage or loft.
Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 24th to 29thNovember:
Illings Lane, Broughton – A house on Illings Lane, Broughton, was broken into and burgled during the night of Tuesday 27th/ Wednesday 28th November. Thieves appear to have kicked down an external door to get inside, then broken through an internal door to steal tools from inside. They also stole a double-axle trailer that had been left at the back of the house, breaking off a wheel-lock in order to tow it away. A suspicious car was seen in the area earlier in the day, and domestic CCTV footage shows a van towing away a trailer at around 6:30 pm on the Tuesday evening. Investigations are continuing. (Ref 35/48386/18)
Oldhurst Road, Pidley – Police were notified of an incident on Oldhurst Road, Pidley, that happened at Thursday lunchtime, 29th November, in which a single car left the road and ended up in a ditch. The driver had escaped and made their way home, put police asked the Ambulance Service to make contact with them to ensure they were unhurt. Meanwhile,officers attached ‘Police Aware’ stickers to the car whilst it was awaiting recovery. (Ref CC-29112018-0233)
St Ives Road, Somersham – There was a collision between a car and a van at the junction of St Ives Road, Somersham, and Bluntisham Heath Road at just before 5:00 pm on Thursday evening, 29th November. The road was blocked for a time as police, ambulance crews and recovery services dealt with the situation, but fortunately only one slight injury was reported. (Ref CC-29112018-0355)
To see details of Policing Summaries for neighbouring areas, please click on thefollowing 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’.
Unfortunately we have had to extend the work until the 14/12 – this is due to underlying ground conditions, we have encountered a lot of soft spots under the road where we have had to excavate and then fill. This has added to the programme.
We will be trying to complete all our outstanding work as quickly as possible, as well as using the available weekends.
A1 SOUTHBOUND CLOSED: FROM A1(M) JUNCTION 14 (ALCONBURY)TO A14 JUNCTION 21 (BRAMPTON HUT) FROM 9PM FRIDAY 30/11 UNTIL 5AM MONDAY 3/12
Diversion via the A14 J23 (Spittals Interchange)
There are likely to be long delays on the A1(M) southbound approaching the closure point.
A1198 CLOSED BOTH WAYS: GODMANCHESTER TO PAPWORTH EVERARD
FROM 7AM SATURDAY 1/12 UNTIL 6PM SUNDAY 2/12
Official diversion via A14, turn back at J32, then onto the A428 & vice-versa
B1043 OFFORD ROAD CLOSED BOTH WAYS: GODMANCHESTER TO OFFORD CLUNY
FROM 7AM SATURDAY 1/12 UNTIL 6PM SUNDAY 2/12
B1514 BRAMPTON ROAD CLOSED BOTH WAYS: BRAMPTON TO THE A1
CLOSED ALL DAY SATURDAY ONLY: 6AM-6PM