Here is the latest update from the Henley Neighbourhood Policing team.
Henley Sector comprises of Henley Town and the parishes of Goring, Woodcote, Goring Heath, South Stoke, Whitchurch-on-Thames, Nettlebed, Swyncombe, Pishill with Stonor, Bix & Assendon, Stoke Row, Highmoor, Checkendon, Rotherfield Greys, Sonning Common, Rotherfield Peppard, Kidmore End, Mapledurham, Harpsden, Binfield Heath, Shiplake, Eye & Dunsden.
Burglary: We still urge residents to be vigilant and review their home security. Burglary continues to be a local priority in Henley with PCSOs carrying out high visibility patrols.
Speeding: Due to resident’s concerns, PCSOs Claire and Janice carried out speeding awareness on Harpsden Road, Henley. Two “Respect our Community” Speeding Signs are now in place on Harpsden Road.
Parking: This continues to be a problem in the Henley town centre, Fixed Penalty Tickets will be issued to offending vehicles. PCSOs will continue to monitor the Disabled Only parking bays.
Rural crime: During the weekend of 10/11th February the Henley NHPT took part in Operation Migrate. We were out patrolling the rural area and making contact with farmers and landowners. As a result of team work between Henley Officers, Henley PCSOs, and our colleagues in the Vale of White Horse, four males were arrested and four lurchers seized.
Anti-social behaviour (ASB)
In Sonning Common, two males were captured on CCTV and identified by Police, damaging community planting outside the village hall. Two Youth Restorative Disposals were issued to the young males and a written letter of apology was sent to the Parish Council.
Businesses in Henley-on-Thames are being encouraged to sign up to a new scheme to help provide a safe place to go if someone is feeling lost, worried or threatened. ‘Safe Places’ launches in Henley this March. Under the scheme, a vulnerable person can enter a participating location where trained staff will offer help to keep them safe.
Retailers, charities and other venues can register an interest in becoming a Safe Place by emailing South Oxfordshire District Council’s Community Safety team or by calling 01235 422593.
Participating locations will be invited to a special training session on Monday 26 February or 8 Thursday March at Henley Fire Station, with 45-minute slots available at 10am, 12:30pm and 5:30pm.
Once a member of staff has attended the training the location will receive an orange and yellow window sticker and can start supporting the Safe Places network. They will also be added to the Safe Places map and mobile phone app.
What the neighbourhood team have been doing
Henley NHPT have been working closely with schools, the town council and residents to combat Cybercrime. PCSOs have been into schools to talk about the dangers of sexting which supported ‘Safer Internet’ day last week.
• Wednesday 21st February PC Churchill has been invited to talk to Cadets about “Life in the police service” at Cadets Hall, Henley.
• Friday 2nd March between 6-7pm PCSOs Claire, Mark and Ruth will be at Henley Train Station security marking bicycles.
• Next month PCSO Janice Smith will be delivering anti-bullying talks to groups of parents and grandparents.
Have Your Say/Active communities
Our Active Communities campaign is about getting you to be more involved in policing issues. Please come and speak to your neighbourhood policing team about issues affecting our community.
• Thursday 15th February, 7-8pm at Henley Leisure Centre, Gillotts Lane with PCSO Claire Hewett
• Tuesday 20th March, 2pm – 2.30pm at Westholme Stores, Goring with PCSO Mark Bell
• Tuesday 20th March, 3pm – 3.30pm at South Stoke Primary School with PCSO Mark Bell
• Wednesday 21st March, 3pm – 3.30pm at Woodcote Primary School with PCSO Mark Bell
• Thursday 22nd March, 3pm – 3.30pm at Whitchurch Primary School with PCSO Mark Bell
If you want any advice or would like to contact the neighbourhood team you can call us on the police non-emergency number 101 or if it is an emergency then dial 999.
You can also contact us via email. Please note this email address cannot be used to contact Thames Valley Police to report crimes or for any urgent matters.
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