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
“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.
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.
Worker – Junior
Youth Club (SCP 14) £9.19 per
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.
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
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
Today (25 February) Graham will walk from Ely to Parkside Police Station in
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.”
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
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.”
Here is our weekly summary of offences and
incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 15th
to 21st February:
High Street, Somersham – Thieves broke into a business on Somersham High Street
overnight on Thursday 14th / Friday 15th February by
forcing open a door at the back of the building. Once inside they stole six
charity boxes, damaged a pool table and fruit machines, and took cash and
bottles of alcohol. Scenes-of-crime officers have attended as part of the
investigation. (Ref 35/11002/19)
A141 Old Hurst Road – Police were called to a collision involving four cars on the
A141 near Old Hurst early on Wednesday morning, 20th February.
Fortunately no-one was hurt although two of the vehicles needed to be towed
away from the scene. (Ref CC-20022019-0062)
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:
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:
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’.
Chris Shaw, PSV
St Ives Police Station
Chris Shaw (Police, PSV – Online Communities, Huntingdonshire – St Ives)
Fraud have received several reports where fraudsters are claiming to be
landlords of properties offered for rent online. Prior to a viewing the
suspect requests that the individuals pay a deposit and sometimes a month’s
rent upfront, claiming that this money will be put into the Tenancy Deposit
Scheme, and is therefore protected under government legislation.
the individual pays the money, the suspect sends a bogus email purporting to
be from the Tenancy Deposit Scheme confirming they have received their
deposit. However, this is not the case as the money was sent directly to an
account associated with the suspect and the victim is left out of pocket and
without the home they had thought to be putting a deposit on.
What You Need To Do
Always make sure you,
or a reliable contact, has viewed the property with an agent or landlord
before agreeing to rent a property.
Don’t be rushed or
pressured into making a decision. Only transfer funds when you’re
satisfied a genuine property, safety certificates and valid contract are
Only pay for goods or
service by bank transfer if you know and trust the person. Payments via
bank transfer offer you no protection if you become a victim of fraud.
Once you’ve paid your
deposit, you can check whether it’s protected by entering your tenancy
deposit certificate code on TDS website (www.tenancydepositscheme.com).
Message Sent By Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)