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Updates from our Neighbourhood Police Team

I get sent an update from the Neighbourhood Police team on a monthly basis.  This information isn't just for councillors but available to everyone.  You can access this information on their website:

Oxford Road North

Oxford Road South

I also have the links in the 'Links I Like' section on the right.

These updates let you know what has been going on in our area, as you can't always see what the Neighbourhood Police team are doing, and gives useful information and contact details.  I have copied the update below:

Oxford Road North and South Monthly Update – September

Here is the latest update from the Oxford Road North and South Neighbourhood Police Teams from Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Paul Franklin:

Neighbourhood Priorities

The neighbourhood priorities set by the Oxford Road Neighbourhood Action Group (NAG) are as follows:-

•Burglaries (Oxford Road North only)
•Litter (Oxford Road North and South)
•Drug Dealing (Oxford Road North and South)
•Prostitution (Oxford Road South only)

Between June and August there was a small increase in burglaries around the Oxford Road South area when compared to the same period in 2010-2011. The Oxford Road North area had slightly less. Since the start of August there have been a few burglaries on Elm Park Road which have been occurring in the afternoon/ evening time. There have not been any patterns of burglary for the Oxford Road North area.
If you would like us to carry out a free crime prevention survey of your home, contact the team on the new non-emergency number 101, or via our email addresses below.

The Oxford Road NAG has been contacted by West Village Residents Association about fly tipping in the Valentia Road/Valentia Close area.
 If any residents see fly tipping happening, they should report the date, time and any details of the vehicle or persons doing the fly tipping to Reading Borough Council via the Contact Form on the homepage, http://www.reading.gov.uk/ or by calling free phone number, 0800 834 035. REMEMBER, YOUR COUNCIL TAX IS PAYING FOR THE PEOPLE THAT ARE FLYTIPPING.
 For residents, landlords or businesses within the Borough who want to find out about the bulk waste collection service you can look on Reading Borough Council webpage, http://www.reading.gov.uk/ and then from the homepage select residents, rubbish and recycling information and then bulky waste collections or you can call free phone number, 0800 834 035.

You can also report litter and fly tipping problems by texting the Council GROT number 81722.
Fly tipping containing hazardous materials or incidents involving pollution of drains or watercourses should be reported to the Environment Agency - www.environment-agency.gov.uk (opens new window). Their Incident Hotline is 0800 807060

Drug dealing
Between June and August 2012 the amount of drug related incidents recorded has decreased slightly for both the Oxford Road South and North areas when compared to the same period last year. Since the start of August there have been a couple of incidents in the area of Liebenrood Road for the Oxford Road South and Beresford Road for the North.
Reading User Forum (RUF) is running a Community Syringe Patrol pilot which covers the Oxford Road area and town centre.  If there is a problem with drug paraphernalia litter residents can contact them on 07708 757 416 or email ruf@sent.com and they will come and have look.

RUF are also happy to give talks about drugs and related issues. RUF is open to all drug users.  The group was formed in 2004 and is made up of ex substance users and current users at every level of treatment in Reading.
If you suspect any drug activity near you, please report it by calling Thames Valley Police on 101 or Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111. 

The Oxford Road team have been carrying out operations to tackle prostitution which has led to one male being considered for the change course and a number of women given cautions.
The Oxford Road Neighbourhood Action Group (NAG) are pleased with the response from local residents about the increase number of reports to them and the police about prostitution.  But we still need residents to report prostitutes and kerb crawlers. 

The Oxford Road NAG will be holding a further meeting for residents to discuss progress on Wednesday 17 October 2012 at Oxford Road Primary School from 7.30 - 8.30pm. At this meeting Jo Daley, Reading Borough Council’s (RBCs) anti-social behaviour (ASB) manager, will be providing an update on the feedback on diary sheets. The police will also be able to answer concerns raised by residents.

 Any residents who would like diary sheets sent to them can either contact Jo Anderson at RBC on 0118 937 4258 or they can use the contact us option on the Oxford Road NAG webpage, http://www.uknags.org.uk/

Offenders brought to justice:
  • A 37 year old male from Wincanton Road, Whitley, was arrested, charged and bailed to court with an offence of fraud, committed on 4 August at an address on Caversham Road.
  • A 64 year old male from Marten Place, Tilehurst was issued with a fixed penalty notice after an offence of selling alcohol to persons under 18 on August 23 at a stall in Richfield Avenue during Reading Rock Festival.
  • A 23 year old male from Wensley Road was issued with adult cautions for possessing a knuckle duster at the Reading Rock Festival site on August 23.
  • A 15 year old male from Mowbray Drive, Tilehurst, was issued with a Youth Restorative Resolution after an offence of shoplifting occurred on August 2 at Tesco Extra in Portman Road.
  • A 12 year old female from Curtis Road, Calcot, was issued with a Youth Restorative Resolution after an offence of assault without injury was committed in Prospect Park on August 25.
Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) – Street Drinking
The team continue to tackle street drinking along and around the Oxford Road. It is important that residents and members of the public report any incidents of people street drinking and causing ASB.  This helps us to gather evidence on these individuals’ behaviour and, with the help of partner agencies, can make a difference.
Latest figures available to us show that there was an increase in ASB by 59% from June to July for both the Oxford Road South and 44% for the North area. 

Neighbourhood Action Groups (NAGs)
A Neighbourhood Action Group (NAG) is a multi-agency problem-solving body focused on tackling the top three priorities as identified by the community.
Neighbourhood Action Groups are made up of volunteer representatives from the community. They bring together organisations and partners like residents, the police, local authorities, businesses and schools and normally meet every 4–6 weeks. NAGs are the key to the success of neighbourhood policing, helping us prioritise issues affecting the local community. This helps improve community safety, reassures residents and reduces crime, disorder and disproportionate fear of crime.
If you would like to find out more about your local NAG please click on the link www.uknags.org.uk

Contact Us
If you want to speak to any of the neighbourhood team, you can call us on the police non-emergency number 101. If your call is an emergency then dial 999.

You can also contact the team via the email addresses below:
Please note these email addresses cannot be used to contact Thames Valley Police to report crimes or for any urgent matters. 

If you have information about crime or anti-social behaviour in your area but you do not want to speak to the police, please call the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555111.

To view information on your local neighbourhood team visit the Thames Valley Police website – www.thamesvalley.police.uk. The site includes a number of RSS feeds which you can subscribe to in order to keep up to date with what is going on in your area.

Throughout September we will be holding public consultations at various locations. The dates for these are listed on the Thames Valley Police website – see below for details. These are a great way to meet your team and also to tell us of any problems or concerns you might have.

You can also call in to see us at the Neighbourhood Office, 294 Oxford Road. The office is open most days, but if the door is locked it generally means officers are out and about in the Neighbourhood area.

Have you signed up to Thames Valley Alerts?
Thames Valley Alerts is the new system for receiving crime and policing updates for your area. The state-of-the-art system allows anyone who signs up to chose what updates they receive and how they would like to receive it. A new option includes receiving information via text and more traditional landline and email messages will still be available. You can also filter the updates you receive by specifying the priority level of the messages you receive.
To sign up to receive alerts visit www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk

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