Abingdon Outer neighbourhood
Local priorities - 'You said, We did'
The following priorities have been identified by the community and the police:
You said: Motorcycle anti-social behaviour
You said that young people were racing motorcycles around the Appleford Sidings, Sutton Courtenay. The noise levels and ASB were causing concern to nearby residents.
Patrols were increased mostly at evenings and weekends. We engaged with offenders and names and addresses were taken. We gave them words of advice and warned them that Section 59s warnings would be issued if they continued with the behaviour (where we can eventually seize vehicles). We spoke to the land owner and it was decided that the best way to stop the ASB would be to flatten the area and insure all the gates were locked when not in use. As there is no access to the land which is now flat, and due to the engagement we have had no further reports.
You said: Shoplifting
You said shoplifting has been a problem especially at the Westway shopping centre in Botley.
The neighbourhood team have been working closely with the stores and offering advice on how to prevent shoplifting. We have increased high visibility patrols and have also introduced shoplifting packs for businesses which allow them to more efficiently capture evidence and get this to police officers. We have seen a decrease in shoplifting offences in this area recently but will continue with our proactive patrols and engagement.
You said: Anti-social behaviour (ASB)
You said that young people were causing ASB in Marcham especially around Duffield Place, the community shop and the Church. The group were also causing ASB in the residential care home frightening the elderly.
The neighbourhood team increased high-visibility patrols in the area especially in the evenings when most of the ASB is occurring. We worked with Sovereign Housing to raise anti-social behaviour contracts (ABCs) which last six months. The parents were involved in the process. We are talking to the council and engaging with local people regularly to encourage them to report problems and to reassure them. The ABCs have now expired and we are pleased to report that reports of ASB in Marcham have not returned.
These are being dealt with by your neighbourhood policing team in partnership with residents and other agencies. Progress will be reported in the Neighbourhood updates.
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Inspector Mags Turner
Sergeant Kevin Hickman
PC Keith Morton
PC Carl Bryant
PCSO Richard Osborn
PCSO Adrian Wright
PCSO Susan Haynes
PCSO Zack Earl
PCSO Jamie Moya-Flood
PCSO Harry Cornforth