is unlikely to have escaped our residents attention that there has been
significant national press coverage around violent and knife crime.
Officers from Huntingdonshire Local Policing team will be conducting a 72-hour
operation to raise awareness and to educate young people by focusing our
resources on primary schools, secondary schools and colleagues. Officers will
also be conducting plain clothed patrols in and around the Huntingdon area to
coincide with the programme of education.
There is a knife amnesty
been in place at Huntingdon Police Station throughout this week.
Whilst the officers will be focusing on offences relating to knife and violent
crime, they will also be proactively on the lookout for offences such as
burglary and theft from motor vehicles and the individuals suspected to be
responsible for these crimes. Officers can only carry out effective
intelligence led and targeted patrols if we continue to receive information
from the public.
may not realise it, but with many makes of car it is possible to open the
windows remotely using the key fob. This can be useful on a hot day when you
can let the car cool down before getting in – but there is also a danger
associated with this feature!
Earlier this week, officers patrolling one of our villages came across a car
parked on the roadside with its windows half-open. As the boot lid was also
open, leaving expensive items inside exposed, the officers looked up the car’s
registered owner and confirmed that it was parked outside the owner’s house.
Knocking in the door, they asked the owner if he realised that the car had been
left insecure – he was astonished and appalled. He remembered
inadvertently leaving the boot lid open, but had no idea how the windows
came to be open – but was grateful to the officers for pointing it out.
The truth is that the key-fobs for many makes of car have a feature that allows
the windows to be remotely opened – and many owners are unaware of this. It is
usually activated by pressing the ‘lock’ button once, releasing it, then
pressing and holding it down again. I know from personal experience that this
can easily be activated inadvertently, and as a result your car windows can be
left wound down without you realising it.
If you search the Internet you will find many descriptions of how people have
been flabbergasted to discover this ‘feature’ – it can leave your car insecure
and susceptible to thieves. It is worth experimenting with your car and key-fob
to see if you have this vulnerability, or read the appropriate section in your
handbook, or contact your dealer. At the very least, it may save your car
interior from getting soaked on a wet day!
There is one item to mention in our summary of offences and incidents affecting your community this week, covering the period 4th to 10th January:
High Street, Pidley – Police are treating an incident that happened at a house on High Street, Pidley, on Saturday afternoon, 5th January, as an attempted burglary. An unknown person threw a brick at a window in the conservatory at the back of the house, breaking one of the panes in the double-glazed unit. A suspicious black Audi car was seen leaving the driveway of the house at the time the incident happened. (Ref 35/1025/19)
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’.
you have been asked to be updated on news from the Police and Crime
Commissioner, the Commissioner has today launched a survey asking people to
provide their views on how much they are willing to support policing as part of
their council tax.
a press release issued today, the Commissioner says:
Constable, Nick Dean and I have been working hard to ensure our Force is as
efficient and effective as it can be. Last year, we introduced a new structure
for local policing which brought an additional 50 officers to the front line.
And, as a result of last year’s increase in the policing part of the council
tax, a further 55 officers were also recruited and are now in training. Whilst
those additional officers are very welcome, there are some harsh policing
realities that we face. Demand on policing is growing. Cambridgeshire is a safe
county, but police now spend more time tackling ‘hidden crimes’ such as
domestic abuse, child sexual exploitation and modern day slavery. They also spend
time working with partners to tackle vulnerability, such as people in mental
police force is still one of the lowest funded forces in the country and one of
the most efficient costing 42p per person per day against a national average
of 51p (per person per day). Cambridgeshire’s population is forecast to
grow by 20% by 2031 but with government funding not currently linked to
population growth, this is something we continue to press for change.
will continue to identify further efficiency savings, however in order to meet
future demand, I propose to increase the policing part of the council tax by £2
per month per household (based on a Band D property). This equates to 50p per
week or £24 per year. I would be grateful if you could spare a minute to
complete a short survey. Your views will then help inform my final decision on
how much to raise the policing part of the council tax.”
We have recently received complaints about inappropriate use of motorised scooters and have been asked by residents to clarify whether they are legally allowed to be ridden on the public highway (including the road and pavements). Electric scooters, go-peds, mini motos, hoverboards or Segways These are all examples of vehicles that may be considered in legal terms to be motor vehicles and are therefore subject to all the usual legal requirements that apply to cars or motorcycles e.g. tax, insurance, registration and licensing and driver licensing. They cannot therefore be used on a road unless they conform to the law and many such vehicles will never be ‘road legal’ as their design fails to meet UK or EC road vehicle standards. Furthermore, such vehicles cannot legally be used on the pavement either, in fact the only place they can be used is on private land with the landowner’s permission.
Some people think that because such vehicles are small they are toys and therefore the law doesn’t apply but the legislation does not exempt ‘toys’ and the physical size of the vehicle is no great indicator of whether it’s a child’s toy.
If such vehicles are used on the road/pavement by young people, not only may the rider be committing a number of offences but their parents may also face prosecution for aiding and abetting or permitting the offences.
Electrically assisted pedal cycles Electrically assisted pedal cycles that meet the requirements of the Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles Regulations 1983 can be driven on the road and don’t need to be taxed, registered, insured and the rider won’t need a driving licence but they must be at least 14 years of age. The main requirements listed in the Regulations are that:
bike must have pedals that can be used to propel it
electric motor shouldn’t be able to propel the bike when it’s travelling
more than 15.5 mph
bike (including its battery but not the rider) must not be heavier than 40
kilograms (kg) if it’s a bicycle, or 60kg if it’s a tandem or tricycle
motor shouldn’t have a maximum power output of more than 250 watts
bike must have a plate showing the manufacturer, the nominal voltage of
the battery, and the motor’s power output
Vehicles that don’t meet the requirements of the
Regulations are not Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles will therefore need
to be taxed, registered, insured and the rider will require a license. The
vehicle will also have to comply with type approval requirements. If you
are considering buying such a vehicle we would suggest you only buy from a
reputable dealer who is able to provide you with the relevant assurances
that the vehicle is a proper electrically assisted pedal cycle.
Anyone who has any further questions relating to the use of these
Action Fraud has received more than 5,000 reports about fake emails and texts purporting to be from TV Licensing. The messages contain links to genuine-looking websites that are designed to steal personal and financial information.
Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.
New Year, everyone! Let’s hope that 2019 is a good year for all of us.
Meanwhile, here is our
weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to
police during the period 28th December to 3rd January:
St Ives Road –
Police received a report of four horses loose on St Ives Road, Somersham, in
the early hours of Sunday 30th December, causing a hazard to motorists in the
dark. A patrol was dispatched and officers were able to locate the animals and
return them to their owner. (Ref CC-30122018-0059)
Road, Somersham –
Police searched along Chatteris Road, Somersham, on Tuesday afternoon, 1st
January, following a report of suspected hare-coursers in a white pick-up seen
driving around on fields in the area. The vehicle was last seen returning onto
Chatteris Road but officers were unfortunately unable to locate it. (Ref
St Ives Road –
Police were called to a collision between two cars on the B1040 St Ives Road at
the junction with Bluntisham Heath Road on Wednesday evening, 2nd
January. The car reported to be responsible for the collision failed to stop,
leaving the other vehicle immobilised and requiring recovery services to tow it
away. Fortunately no-one was reported to have been hurt in the incident. (Ref
Road, Colne –
Police are investigating a break-in and burglary at a house on Somersham Road,
Colne, that happened on Thursday afternoon, 3rd January, whilst the
owners were absent for a few hours. Intruders entered through a back door at
the house, then carried out a thorough search of several rooms. Nothing is
believed to have been taken from the house, however a car left parked outside
was also entered and a quantity of cash was stolen from inside. (Ref 35/736/19)