Results Released For Force Southern Impact Team

A policing team acting on intelligence provided by the public has made more than 150 arrests and seized cash and drugs worth more than £100,000 – all less than a year after being set up. 

The force’s Southern Impact Team carry out planned policing operations – including warrants and arrests – across the south of the county. There is also a Northern Impact Team carrying out similar work in the north of the county.

The proactive policing teams were set up in May 2018 and act on intelligence reported to the force from a variety of different sources, including 101 calls and reports made through the force website

Chief Inspector Nick Skipworth said: “Since May 2018 when the Southern Impact Team was formed we have arrested 154 people – the majority of these being County Lines drug dealers – and have a combined cash and drugs total seizure figure of more than £100,000. 

“This work carried out by this team will have caused a significant dent in pockets of those involved in organised crime, and county lines dealing.

“Work from this team of officers has also resulted in the courts handing out prison sentences totalling 63 years and seven months.

“I have no doubt that these impressive results will continue to climb – but we couldn’t do it alone.

“These results are a brilliant example of how reporting information to us makes a difference and also the work our officers do off the back of that information.

“I am incredibly proud of my team, and I know how hard they work on a daily basis to bring offenders to justice.”

Anyone wishing to report suspicious activity in their area can report this to us by calling 101, or reporting online at www.cambs.police.uk/report. Always call 999 if a crime is in progress.

You can tell us any information you may have about criminal or suspicious activity in your community. Information provided will be reviewed and could help to stop a crime or convict an offender.

Some examples of what to report include:

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Acts Of Bravery Praised In Chief Constable Commendations Ceremony

Exceptional acts of selflessness, compassion and bravery across Cambridgeshire have been recognised – with praise also going to a celebrity this year. 

The Chief Constable’s Commendations and Long Service Ceremony took place at force headquarters in Hinchingbrooke last night (14 March) with awards going to those who had gone above and beyond.

This round of awards also shone the spotlight on Channel 4 documentary Famous and Fighting Crime – with the actions of celebrity Katie Piper and officers in the last episode of the series commended.

Chief Constable Nick Dean praised everyone who had excelled as he presented the awards.

He said: “As we present these awards it is overwhelming to read the stories of outstanding bravery, compassion and kindness towards others in very difficult circumstances.  

“You have stepped up to help someone in need, to put your own lives at risk and to go above and beyond for the people of Cambridgeshire – and to each and every one of you, I say thank you.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Jason Ablewhite added: “One of the most rewarding parts of my role is meeting members of the public who tell me just how supportive you have been, especially when people have been in difficult situations or unpleasant circumstances. 

“What you do on a daily basis is outstanding and to be able to recognise and celebrate your efforts is a real honour.”

Julie Spence, Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, attended the event to present the Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal to officers who had served 20 years or more within the force.

Other officers, police staff and members of the public were also commended for their actions.

TV star Katie Piper, together with Sgt Michael Johnson, PC Danny Cummings, PC Craig Farrington and PC Nathan Southerland were thanked for their bravery in the early hours of 23 May last year.

The team of officers, accompanied by Katie during filming for the Channel 4 series, led residents to safety after a block of flats in Peterborough caught fire.

Small children were carried from the building and elderly residents were helped to safety by the team, who arrived on scene before the fire service. 

More than 50 flats were evacuated. Some officers received treatment for smoke inhalation, but remained on duty.

PC Chris Cawdery was given the Testimonial on Vellum award after single-handedly pulling a man from the wreckage of a crash in Peterborough.

He was first on the scene after a car left the A47 and crashed through trees and a fence in Bretton Fields before catching fire on 1 January, 2016.

The driver was conscious but injured and trapped. PC Cawdery got into the car through the passenger door and dragged the man to safety – almost certainly saving his life.

PC Tamsin Nichols, PC Rosie Wilkes and off-duty nurse Shirley Slender received a Royal Humane Society award for saving the life of a woman who had collapsed in Elm, Wisbech on 27 May last year.

DC Clemie Yaxley, PC Simon Berrill, Sgt Hayley Carter, PC Kurtis Irving, PC Anna Pollard and two members of the public were commended for a courageous team effort that helped save the life of a man in Peterborough. 

On the morning of 29 November last year police were called after a man climbed over the Fletton Parkway bridge near Oxney Road. 

The road was closed and DC Yaxley, who was off duty, controlled the man, with help from members of the public, and held his hand.  

Two members of the public also climbed over the barrier to help. One had lost his mother to suicide just two weeks previously and felt compelled to help in spite of his fear. 

PCs Pollard and Irving were the first on-duty officers on the scene and asked members of the public to grab whatever they could to secure a makeshift harness – using rope, dog leads and even telephone wiring. 

PC Irving, who had only been on shift for five weeks, leaned over the barrier to hold the man while Sergeant Carter coordinated a response with limited resources. After liaising with fire and ambulance, the man was brought back to safety.

Julio O’Malley, aged just 14, was praised for his bravery after saving the life of his mum on 25 March, 2018.

Julio was upstairs at his Peterborough home when he heard a commotion downstairs. He went to investigate and saw a man attacking his mother, who was covered in blood and begging for her life. 

Acting quickly and with outstanding bravery, Julio stamped on the offender’s head as he lay grappling with his mother on the floor. This allowed Julio and his mother to escape and call police. 

Julio’s mother believes her son’s actions that night saved her life. In October last year, Jonathan Youthed was jailed for 10 years for GBH with intent, threats to kill and racially aggravated harassment. 

Sergeants Darren Gore and Carl Harris were also praised for saving a woman who was threatening to drown herself in a lake in Peterborough in December last year.

PCs Lewis Busby and Harry Howe were praised for their actions to save a man’s life by holding onto his arms as he dangled from the top of a multi-storey car park in Peterborough on New Year’s Eve 2018. 

To see photos from the night, click here.

Weekly Policing Update – Somersham District 8th-14th March

Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 8th to 14th March:

 
Chatteris Road, Somersham – A suspicious off-road vehicle suspected of being involved in hare-coursing, very muddy with several dogs inside, was seen driving off a field onto Chatteris Road, Somersham, on Sunday afternoon, 10th March. It was last seen driving slowly along the road, possibly looking for another field to enter. Police issued an alert to patrols in the area to be on the lookout for the vehicle. (Ref CC-10032019-0208)
 
Church Street, Wood Hurst – Police were called to a house on Church Street, Woodhurst, on Sunday evening, 10th March, where a single car had crashed into a garden wall, also knocking over a lamp-post and hitting a heating-oil container causing oil to escape. The driver was reported to have sustained slight injuries in the incident. Police called out the Fire Brigade to assess the danger relating to the fuel oil leak and exposed electric cables in the lamp-post. (Ref CC-10032019-0389)
 
Coronation Avenue, Somersham – A young male suspect was seen climbing over a fence into the garden of a house on Coronation Avenue, Somersham, on Monday afternoon, 11th March. The suspect ran off down the road when disturbed but a slat in the fence was left damaged. No other offences were reported. (Ref 35/17556/19)
   
Long Drove, Somersham – CCTV recorded images of three male suspects wearing balaclava helmets and carrying torches arriving at an industrial unit on Long Drove, Somersham, at 7:30 pm on Wednesday evening, 13th March, cutting through a padlock and entering the compound. After having a good look around the site, they drove off without committing any other offences. (Ref 35/17964/19)
  
Fen Road, Pidley – Thieves stole approximately 20 six-foot fence panels from a building site on Fen Road, Pidley, overnight on Wednesday 13th / Thursday 14th March. The panels formed part of a fence around the site and the thieves damaged several posts in order to steal them. (Ref 35/17901/19)
  
Parkhall Road, Somersham – Police received several reports of a burst water main and possibly a sewage pipe leaking onto Parkhall Road, Somersham, on Thursday evening, 14th March. The incident was passed to Anglian Water and police stood ready to assist if required. (Ref CC-14032019-0424)


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:

https://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’.

Part time Job vacancy in Somersham

The following exciting opportunity is now available to work with teenagers and young people who live and visit Somersham. We are currently seeking a motivated and enthusiastic individual to support the development and delivery of a varied, fun and wide ranging programmes of activities.

Youth WorkerJunior

Youth Club (SCP 14) £9.19 per hour

The Junior Youth Club is open every Monday term time only from 5.45 – 7.45pm at the Victory Hall. Applicants must be able to develop and motivate young people and it is desirable that you have skills hobbies or interests that could be used in work with young people.

For Paid Vacancies (age 16 +) :

Please download an application form from http://www.somersham-pc.gov.uk and clearly identify what vacancy you wish to apply for.

The job description and person specification can be viewed online at http://www.somersham-pc.gov.uk

Completed application forms should be returned by email or post no later than 9.30am on Thursday 18th April 2019

Completed applications to be returned to

Email: clerk@somersham-pc.gov.uk  

Postal address: The Norwood Building, Parkhall Road,

Somersham PE28 3HE

Weekly Policing Update – Somersham District 22nd to 28th February

Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 22nd to 28th February:

Bridge Road, Broughton – Police received a report of poachers operating in a field off Bridge Road, Broughton, late on Sunday evening, 24th February. Two off-road vehicles had been spotted with two men in each, one of whom was using a bright spotlight to petrify animals. A police patrol was dispatched and officers searched the area, but unfortunately the poachers had managed to drive off the field through a gate and escape. (Ref CC-24022019-0544)

Parkhall Road, Somersham – A lady lost her purse, probably dropped somewhere on Parkhall Road, Somersham, on Wednesday morning, 27th February. She was unaware of the loss until she received a phone call from someone pretending to be from a major high street department store, asking her to provide her security details and PIN number. Fortunately the victim realised that this was a scam and cancelled all of her cards before any fraudulent transactions were made. (Ref 35/14075/19)

Church Street, Somersham – The side window of a silver Citroen van, left parked outside its owner’s house on Church Street, Somersham, was smashed by an unknown person during the night of Wednesday 27th / Thursday 28th February. This set off the van’s alarm and probably frightened the perpetrator off, as the van was not entered and nothing was stolen. (Ref 35/14282/19)
 
St Ives Road, Somersham – Police were called to an incident on St Ives Road, Somersham, on Thursday afternoon, 28th February, where a single car had left the road and rolled over. Fortunately the two occupants escaped unhurt and recovery of the car was already underway so no further police involvement was required. (Ref CC-28022019-0323)



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:

https://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’.

Charity Challenge For Pc In Memory Of Daughter

Dear subscriber,

A police officer laced up his walking shoes at the weekend and is now in the middle of a charity challenge in memory of his daughter.
 
In 2015 PC Graham Floyd sadly lost his daughter who, for eight years, battled a debilitating brain tumour.
 
Graham, based at Thorpe Wood Police Station, aims to raise awareness of brain tumours after his daughter Natasha passed away at the age of 24. She was first diagnosed when she was 16.
 
Graham said: “On 1 December 2015 my daughter Natasha died in my arms from a brain tumour. The tumour took a happy, achieving 16-year-old girl and in the space of 48 hours made her totally blind and terminally ill.
 
“Before this, Natasha was misdiagnosed for eight months which caused her to lose her sight completely. 
 
“Although an early diagnosis would not have changed the terminal outcome, it would have allowed her to live her remaining years as any other young woman.”
 
At the end this month Graham, 52, was due to take part in a 62-mile charity walk across the Atlas Mountains and into the Sahara to raise money for the Brain Tumour Charity.
 
However, Graham’s shoulder was recently injured while making an arrest on duty and as a result he is currently unable to travel abroad. Undeterred, Graham will instead be taking on a similar challenge in the UK.
 
Graham is now in the middle of a challenge he calls the Great Fenland Police Plod, where he will be walking 74 miles in four days between four different police stations. 
 
He said: “I will be doing this challenge alone and I will be walking carrying a 5ft pole with a flag and carrying a bucket for donations.”
 
Graham started his trek at Peterborough Police Station on Saturday (23 February) and hiked to March Police Station.
 
On Sunday he continued onto Ely Police Station and on this day, his journey included a swim across the New Bedford River opposite Straight Drove in Coveney.
 
Today (25 February) Graham will walk from Ely to Parkside Police Station in Cambridge. 
 
His charity challenge will finish tomorrow (26 February) at force HQ in Huntingdon – the day of his 53rd birthday. 
 
Graham added: “Before she passed away Natasha’s last wish was for her whole brain to be donated for research, and it was. 
 
“I would love others to donate and help continue funding this vital work, because it’s true that every penny really does count. 
 
“Your help will have a direct and positive effect on the work research scientists at the Brain Tumour Charity are carrying out. 
 
“So far Natasha’s brain has allowed the team to make significant discoveries about the type of tumour and its characteristics. 
 
“At the moment there is no cure, and no treatment beyond making the inevitable more comfortable. We can change this.”

For more information about Graham’s police plod challenge, or to donate, visit his JustGiving page by clicking here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/graham-floyd3
 
The Brain Tumour Charity funds research into brain tumours globally. 
 
The charity is committed to saving and improving lives, with the aim of helping every single person affected by a brain tumour. 
 
Graham is also supporting HeadSmart, an awareness campaign funded and promoted by the charity.
 
The campaign works to improve diagnosis times by informing and empowering parents and professionals to spot the early signs and symptoms of brain tumours.
 
Sarah Lindsell, chief executive of The Brain Tumour Charity, said: “Since Graham lost Natasha – who was a much-loved Young Ambassador for The Brain Tumour Charity as well as a cherished daughter and friend – he’s inspired all of us here to keep doing whatever we can every single day to spare other families from the devastation he and his wife have faced.

“Graham may describe himself on his fundraising page as ‘unfit and overweight’ but he’s also fiercely determined.

“I have absolutely no doubt he’ll plod (and swim) on until he reaches Huntingdon, even if the going gets tough. We’re immensely grateful to him and to everyone who supports his efforts along the way.”

For more about the Brain Tumour Charity, visit their website at: https://www.thebraintumourcharity.org/

Best wishes,

Tara Cox (corporate communications) 
 
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