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Thames Valley Police Neighbourhood Policing Update – January 2019

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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.

Priority 1 – Violent Crime, Drug dealing and ASB around the Henley Area
The neighbourhood team continue to conduct pro-active patrols.  We will respond to intelligence provided by partners and the community. Please continue to tell us what you know and we will act upon it!

Priority 2 – Burglary Dwellings
We continue to see houses under renovation or houses which are clearly unoccupied, being broken into. We have been running Operation Monitor for six months (our operation to combat dwelling burglary) and reports show that in a large proportion of our burglaries suspects have gained entry to properties through insecure doors and windows. Access to the rear of properties has also been made easy by insecure side/rear gates. Are you making it easy for burglars? Please review your security, make sure that all of you windows and doors are locked before going to bed or going out. Use timer switches to give houses the appearance of being occupied. Lock your cars and keep keys away from doors and windows. Fit a lock on any gates and sheds and install security lighting and CCTV. If you would like any further advice please email the team using details at the bottom of the page.

During late 2018 and January this year, we have had a number of burnt out vehicles reported in the Woodcote area. The vehicles have been driven to isolated areas, stripped of parts and index plates, then set alight.

A large amount of black bin liners containing plants thought to be cannabis, were fly-tipped near Dunsden in the New Year. South Oxfordshire District Council are currently investigating.

If you have any information about this please contact the Neighbourhood team on 101 or by email at

Rural crime
Rural crime continues to be an issue which affects our rural community; we are currently running Operation Migrate, an evidenced based initiative whereby colleagues are patrolling repeat victim locations and the roads in and around those areas to deter and catch offenders. This has resulted in a 65% reduction in offences so far this year which is welcome news, we will continue to work with partners to drive this figure down further.

Witness appeal
A man has been charged with multiple offences following a traffic incident at Wood Lane, Sonning Common in which a male passenger of the Ford Transit later died in hospital.  The driver was remanded in custody to appear at Reading Crown Court on February.

If you have any information about this, or any other incidents call 101

What the neighbourhood team have been doing
The neighbourhood team are inundated with calls from the public complaining about vehicles parked illegally in the town centre.  We do our best to respond to these complaints, however this is another demand on a small team of neighbourhood officers covering a large geographical area.

Inconsiderate, thoughtless and illegal parking causes unnecessary congestion, delays traffic flowing through the town and hinders buses and deliveries.  It is the responsibility of the driver to park their vehicle legally and to consider the effect they have on residents, businesses and other road users.

Please get in touch/follow us using the following:

Twitter: @tvpsouthandvale
Phone: 101
Always phone 999 in an emergency

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