Wantage / Grove neighbourhood
Local priorities - 'You said, We did'
The following priorities have been identified by the community and the police:
You said: Rural Crime
You said that there was an increase in rural crime offences, predominantly hare coursing and burglary non dwelling.
We responded by analysing crime trends, developing intelligence and organising cross border, partnership operations with other forces in order to both deter and detect the offenders. This has been supported by engaging with the relevant community members and target hardeing with crime surveys. Recent figures show that the overall effect is approximately 30% reduction in reports of crimes of this nature.
You said: Underage drinking
You reported to us that groups of young people were stealing alcohol from Wantage stores and gathering in the town centre where they were drinking and causing anti-social behaviour (ASB)
We responded by increasing our patrols in the area at dedicated times that we know are more problematic. We are working closely with the main stores in the town where the young people are shoplifting alcohol to try and stop this problem. We are also working with partners like Licensing and the Kingfisher team (who help vulnerable children). We are also working with closely with the schools and parents and giving out anti-social warning letters, Police protection orders for the more vulnerable so we can remove them for the situation, and carrying out alcohol seizures along with alcohol warning letters to parents. The result is that the parents and stores are getting the support needed and we have seen an improvement in the number of reports.
You said: Anti-social behaviour (ASB)
You reported to us that young people were gathering in the Kings Park area of Wantage causing ASB.
We increased our high visibility patrols and have worked with the security and shop staff in Wantage to find out what has been happening there. We have also been regularly engaging with the offenders. As a result reports of ASB have decreased and three teenagers who were originally banned from King’s Park have been working well with us, and as their behaviour has improved they have been allowed back on the park.
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 Gavin Ward
PC Darren James
PC Sarah Merritt
PC Steve Cardwell
PCSO Gary Kirby
PCSO Denise Clements
PCSO Howard Pack
PCSO Thomas Walcott-Smith
PCSO Chris Ratcliff
PCSO Tim Deane
PCSO Keith Jennings