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Our Local Police Team are located at The New Milton Town Hall - however there is no facility to contact the Team via the Town Hall

A Yellow Phone is provided on the Front wall of The Town Hall to make contact with the Police Control Centre.

The nearest 'Police Station' is based in Lymington, however currently the front desk is not open.

 

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Call 999 if the Crime is happening now

or 101 to report any crime

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Report Missing Persons Online

Report a Lost or Stolen Vehicle Online

Report Lost or Found Property Online

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Hampshire Community Court   26.1.2021

Interested in helping to shape the outcomes for young, first-time offenders in the local community? If that answer is yes, and you’re aged between 14 and 25; we’d love to hear from you.
We are still looking for more volunteers to sign up!
We are in the process of setting up a community court in the Lymington and New Milton area in the coming months. The community court will seek to hold peer-led hearings involving young people who have committed low level offences, as well as their victims, to establish what harm has been caused by the incident and how it can be repaired through a restorative approach / or process.

If you’re in the local area and aged between 14 and 25 and would like more information, or an application form, please email community.court@hampshire.police.uk.
Likewise, if you know anyone who may want to get involved, please share this information with them.

 

Update from Sgt Kat   21.11.2021

So I have just emptied the surrender bin and here is the selection of knives (and two BB guns) that have been handed in over the last week. I am so pleased to have these off of the street. As mentioned I will keep the surrender bin at the front counter for another week and monitor the amount of knives handed in. If there is a demand for the surrender bin I will keep in available.

Thank you if you have made use of the bin one less knife on the street is one less victim.

 

Update about Sgt Kat   21.11.2021

What a Friday night ! So the team arrested a male for threats to kill and whilst we awaited his taxi to custody he started to use vile Racist language. He was promptly further arrested by me but the decided that he would make use of some Homophobic language again he was further arrested. On placing the lovely “gentleman” into his blue light taxi he decided to kick me in the stomach a number of times! Pride hurt thankfully my stab vest took the force.

Sgt Kat and the team will go again tonight putting ourselves on the frontline not knowing what will happen next we do it to keep you all safe it’s not just a job it’s a way of life !

 

National Safeguarding Adults Week 2021

A really important message from our partners at Hampshire Safeguarding Adults Board around fraud and cybercrime; especially in the lead up to the festive season! Please do take a look at their crime prevention advice via Action Fraud. As always, if you think you or a loved one / friend has been a victim of fraud, please call us on 101 or report it to us online.

One theme is Fraud, Scams and Cybercrime. You might be contacted with misleading or fraudulent offers designed to con you out of your money. These are received by post, email, social media messages, telephone, text or face-to-face. Advice is available about how to spot scams and frauds, to prevent yourself or someone you know becoming the victim of a scam or fraud here: http://actionfraud.police.uk

We are Back with Face to Face Beat Surgeries    10.11.21

Good afternoon.  Well not perhaps today - but next Tuesday !!

Please be advised that our first face to face beat surgery in some time will be taking place at the New Milton Town Hall on Tuesday 16th November 2021. This will commence at 10:00am and if productive will be available to attend up until midday.

PCSO Rosie Dimmer representing the Police will be interested to hear what you have to say and Your New Milton Residents Association chairman Alan Watson will also be present.

Please note that this week commencing the 15th November 2021 is our Operation Sceptre initiative highlighting knife crime. If you have any knives/sharps please feel free to pop them in to us and ensuring before you do so that they are wrapped and or placed into a cardboard box before doing so. This will ensure that they are at least out of circulation.

Feel free to raise any issues of concern to you or your family and if you need to talk confidentially that can be arrnaged. Thankyou
PCSO Al.

Rural Crimes in the area    4.11.21

We are aware of a number of burglaries at rural properties and outbuildings on farmland across the New Forest district in recent days – and are urging members of the public to remain vigilant and ensure that all valuable possessions are adequately and safely secured. In the early hours of yesterday morning (3 Nov) an outbuilding on a farm just off of Holmsley Road in New Milton was broken into after entry was gained through forcing the steel roller doors. A number of items including chainsaws, an inverter generator and a lawn mower were stolen.

There was also a similar incident reported at a nearby farm during the same time period. We are fully aware of the impact that crimes such as these can have on residents, and the wider local community; especially if items are stolen which impact on their livelihoods.

Our local neighbourhood policing teams continue to review every crime which is reported to us and follow-up on all reasonable lines of enquiry including reviewing available CCTV, camera’s on residential properties and conducting house-to-house enquiries; with a view to identifying those responsible for these crimes and bringing them to justice.

We wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of our crime prevention advice around burglaries:

  • Lock your shed or garage every evening, ensuring that you have a reliable and robust lock in place to deter any would-be burglars
  • Mark your prized possessions by using a property or police approved forensic marking solution only visible under Ultraviolet light
  • Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property.
  • Record the details of your property such as serial numbers for electronic goods on the Immobilise website (https://orlo.uk/eZ1Gf)

We would please urge any member of the local community who sees anything suspicious or if you’ve been a victim of crime yourself to report this to the police either via our online reporting portal on the Hampshire Constabulary website or by calling 101.

As always, if a crime is in progress or it is an emergency, please dial 999 immediately.

 

Online Beat Surgery    2.11.21

Good Afternoon Everyone,

We hope you all had a good Halloween weekend!

I just wanted to make you aware of an online beat surgery that we will be holding on Monday 8th November at 18:00.We will run it for an hour and will be happy to answer as many questions and queries as we can in that time. All you have to do is comment on the post that I will add on that time and date.

Stay Safe

PCSO Gemma

 

Mindless Vandalism at the Recreation Ground Toilets.   1.11.21

Good Evening Everyone,  There has been an incident in the public toilets on the Recreation ground this evening (28th).  As you can see from the photo, this is a very serious incident and whoever carried out this act was adamant in causing damage.

It could have been worse in that further damage and/or destruction of the toilet block could have occurred and nearby residents may have had to of been evacuated, luckily fire and rescue quickly responded.  In order to gain quick access to the cubicle, fire and rescue had to break the window.

We will be investigating this so If anyone knows anything, could they please call 101 to assist us in our enquiries. Alternatively, you can email me on George.bailey-burnley@hampshire.pnn.police.uk and speak to me in confidence.

PCSO George

 

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October 2021

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Hate Crime Awareness Week   12.10.21

Good Morning Everyone,
It’s a bit fresh outside this morning so remember to wrap up warm if you are heading out. I would like to draw your attention to the fact that this week is Hate Crime awareness week and the teams in Lymington and New Milton will be conducting engagements, activities and visits to raise awareness and encourage reporting.

A hate crime is ‘any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim, or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s actual or perceived race, religion/faith, sexual orientation, disability, or transgender identity’. These incidents may involve physical attacks, verbal abuse, obscene calls or texts, offensive mail, domestic abuse, harassment, damage to property, arson, bullying or graffiti. Even dumping of rubbish or offensive or dangerous substances posted through letterboxes.

Therefore, it is important to get victims to report it and for them to know that Hampshire Constabulary will take it seriously.If you have witnessed or been the victim of a hate crime, report it! Online or 101, or if in immediate danger, call 999.


However with that in mind we would also like to remind you to consider your words and actions whatever environment you are in. It is not acceptable to commit a hate crime whether it be verbal or physical.

Stay Safe.PCSO Gemma

 

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Everyone enjoyed some pro-active patrols   11.10.21

 

So today the team were out with a few furry friends conducting some drug and general patrols. PD Butch & PD Mitchell with their handler PC Campbell were out and about around New Milton train station and the town centre looking for those pesky kids carrying drugs.

Everyone likes a animal picture and everyone enjoyed doing some proactive patrols.    Sgt.Kat

 

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Streetsafe - A New Initiative : 3.10.21

Have you heard of StreetSafe?

It’s a new online reporting tool launched by the Home Office as part of the Government’s strategy to tackle violence against women and girls.

It allows everyone the opportunity to report where they feel unsafe.

You can make reports anonymously.

The tool is not for reporting crime, but instead has been designed to allow you to report on particular locations and factors that have lead you to feel unsafe or might help offenders either commit or conceal a crime – such as lack of street lighting, abandoned buildings, poorly designed spaces or vandalism.

You can also report behaviours of individuals or groups of people.

In Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, we are absolutely committed to tackling violence against women and girls in all forms and we hope the data provided will enrich our understanding of our communities concerns.

To make a report, https://www.police.uk/streetsafe

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New Milton Police Office :  3.10.21

To save confusion !!! New Milton has a policing office which is situated at the rear of the Town Hall in Spencer Road. This is not a police station in the old fashioned sense of the word where there is a front office that members of the public can walk into, the nearest front counter with this facility is in Lymington town hall. However if you do require police please call 999 in an emergency or 101 and online for those non emergency reports. The New Milton policing team do work out of this office and our response and patrol teams also utilise this space. There is a yellow phone situated to the right of the town hall main entrance doors as you face them. If you pick up this phone you will be put through to a police call taker to answer your query. I hope this clarifies matters SGT Kat .


Advanced Warning
:  We, along with Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire, wanted to let the community know that from Monday 4 October New Milton police station will be undergoing refurbishment; a process which should take approximately four weeks.

The Neighbourhood Policing Team will be operating out of Lymington station during this time; however, this will not impede or impact the service that we provide to you. We will continue to conduct our routine and high-visibility patrols in the local area as well as responding to all enquiries for police support.

A yellow phone will be outside New Milton station, which can still be used by members of the community to contact local police in an emergency.

We thank you for your patience and co-operation.

 

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September 2021

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Update from Sgt Kat : Facebook Entry : 27.9.21

I  can confirm that Lewis Joy of New Milton has been sentenced to total of 3.5 years for supplying Class A and B drugs. This was no easy task to get this home and the hard work of Pc Hurrell made this sentence possible. Joy was involved in the supply of Heroin, Cocaine and Cannabis and no doubt his offending has caused harm to a number of persons that have have become dependant on these substances.

Joy originally pleaded not guilty however due to Pc Hurrell's commitment and determination he was able to disprove defences raised by Joy and left him with no choice but to plead guilty.

My team and all officers working in New Milton and Lymington do not underestimate the blight on the community drugs creates and we continue to take enforcement action. My team also follow up with our drug users under Op Expose and this offers support and referrals to try and break the cycle of the users which are vulnerable members of society.

If you have information about drug activity please call 101, report online on our website or call crime stoppers. If you are dealing it is only a matter of time before you are going to get an early morning visit !! Drugs will not be tolerated by the team.

Sgt Kat

 

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Vehicle Offences - PCSO Al : 26.9.21

 

Good evening everyone
Well the team and in particular PC Mckenna have been out and about this evening concentrating on vehicle crime, and those being used in the commission of offences.The pictured vehicle was seized after reports of its presence within the Chatsworth Road area in New Milton, having previously been seen the afternoon before damaging two other vehicles when leaving another area of the same estate. This particular vehicle was driving on false plates, and is linked to the theft of catalytic Converter’s s in the Dorset area, and it is highly likely that it has been used for similar offences here also.

It is somewhat frustrating to you all I know, when a vehicle is reported to Police for acting both suspicious, and is suspected to have been used in crime.If the vehicle has nothing linked to it then it is difficult for the Police to seize the vehicle, particularly when it is not seen driving on a road, as sometimes these vehicles are taxed and insured, and are quite often used as pool cars, (many named drivers), so it would be difficult to ascertain who was driving at the time.  This particular scenario happened only a few days before with another vehicle on false plates that had moved several locations in as many days. It was insured and still had a current MOT, however no listed offences against it.

Ideally this is a found committing offence and is best dealt with when seen driving on a road with the potential of arresting the driver in the main at the time.The team and fellow officers are currently committed to this type of crime along with drug and knife crime as per our Operation Cave banner. As I type this I hear that another vehicle in the Ashley area has been stopped, and as per found committing, it ha been established that this has no insurance. This is another one for the recovery team.
Take care, be vigilant, and please continue to report this to us.   Together we can target crime.
PCSO Al

 

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Sgt Kat Update : 18.9.21

SGT Kat update: So this evening I had the pleasure of attending the New Milton Mayor's reception. This was a great opportunity for me to network with the Mayors of New Milton and Lymington , Councillors and community figure heads. COVID made this very difficult for many we were just an email or phone call and a face could not be put to a name. I was made to feel very welcome and some great discussions were held regarding local community concerns and how my team may be able to tackle these issues. It was a great pleasure to also to meet Sir Desmond Swayne. Goodnight and stay safe SGT Kat

 

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Watch Out! - Annimals on the Road Day & Night

We wanted to provide some guidance, as this time of the year often brings with it a rise in animal vehicle collisions; whether that be deer, horses or ponies.
Often, poor driving conditions such as heavy rain or driving late at night and / or early morning during winter months, sadly contribute to the many deaths of deer, horses and ponies in the New Forest each year. In addition, deer are at high-risk of being disturbed by members of the public when visiting the New Forest, often meaning that they flee from the area and scatter into the road – where they are likely to be struck by passing cars.
The following advice is what to do if you are involved in one, or become aware of a situation in which you might need to know what to do next.

 If you see an injured animal on the roadside?
- Pull over at a safe place
- Call Hampshire Constabulary via 101
- Giving as precise a location as you can (e.g. via use of What3Words)
- They will deal with the situation and have access to specialist officers
- Do not try to assist or move the deer as this can put you in danger

If you hit an animal while driving, your priorities, in this order, are:
- Keep yourself and anyone with you as safe as you can
- Park your car in the safest place with hazard lights on
- Call an ambulance if required for any injuries sustained to people involved in the collision
- Call Hampshire Constabulary using 999.

 If the animal is alive and still visible at roadside:
- It is best not to approach, as it may cause it to run across traffic causing another accident
- Do not move or handle live deer, this needs a trained specialist. Do not place it in your car
- Call Hampshire Constabulary via 101
- Giving as precise a location as you can (e.g. via use of What3Words)
- They will deal with the situation and have access to specialist officers

 

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August 2021

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Partnership Community Engagement - Wednesday 4th August     2.8.21

This coming Wednesday 04th August 2021 between 9am and 12pm - the Partnership Community Engagement morning will be taking place in New Milton high street along side the market.

This will see the NFDC Community Safety Team, Fire Service, and your local Police Neighbourhood Team along with representation for the speed awareness initiative at the council.

For those of you who cannot attend on this day there will be another at Lymington within the St Thomas Street car park which will take place on Tuesday 10th August 2021 again between 9am and 12pm.

 

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July 2021

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Update from Sgt Kat re ASB and Damage   30.7.21

This update is in relation to ongoing ASB and damage at the New Milton skate park. On Thursday myself and some of my team met with representatives from, the local authority, the community safety partnership, youth services, the local bowling club and the Memorial Hall. This was a meeting to address ongoing concerns about ASB and disorder taking place in and around the skate park. My team will now be working closely with partners to reduce these incidents so that the skate park is a safe space for all. You may remember that last week the defib cabinet was taken out of action at the hall and I can confirm a youth was identified as the offender. The youth has admitted this and has received a Community Resolution. They will now be working with partner agencies to address this behaviour. Be under no illusion I had a personal chat with this young person who now fully understands the importance of the defib and how his action could have lead to a life threatening incident. Secondly two other youths received a community resolution for their part in a public order and an assault at the Memorial Hall. Again they will now be repairing the harm caused by writing apology letters. The victim of this matter was satisfied with this outcome and these young people are now on our radar. ASB and related disorder will not be tolerated by myself and the team. Please report this type of behaviour on 101 or via our website.
SGT Kat

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Special Constable receives District Commanders Award. 18.7.21

Sgt Kat update ! I hope you are all enjoying the sunshine at last. So this week special constable Dan Pruce received a district commanders award for his dedication and comittment. Dan does not get paid and does the job of a regular officer and commits to 100 hours a month of his own time the minimum is 16 ! Just think he does this and works full time. Dan has been fundamental is supporting some of our drug operations and also assists with speed enforcement. He is well liked by the team and his manner when taking to the public is amazing. A big thank you Dan from me and the team. Sgt Kat

 

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Update from Sgt Kat re Hate Incident in New Milton 17.7.21

We wanted to share an update with you after officers who had been investigating reports of a hate incident in New Milton, have issued three community resolution orders to young children. The incident occurred on Saturday 5 June at some stage between 3-4pm at New Milton Recreational Ground.

It was alleged that a number of offensive and homophobic messages were drawn onto playground equipment relating to a child within that group.

After a thorough investigation, those who were responsible were identified and their parents were spoken to by officers, and issued a community resolution order. This included writing an apology letter to the victim, but also to New Milton Town Council.

Chief Inspector Helen Andrews, said: “While we absolutely condemn the inappropriate images and language used by the children during this incident, it is important that we take this opportunity to educate the children involved about why what they had committed was wrong, and the impacts this could have on the victim.
“We have spoken with the children and they have shown absolute remorse for their actions. However, we hope that this serves as a reminder that hate of any kind, whether it be verbal or written, will not be tolerated and will be investigated when reported to us.”

If anyone sees anything suspicious we would urge them to report this to police via the Hampshire Constabulary website or by calling 101.

 

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PCSO Al Returns to Duty. 15.7.21

Good morning everyone
It’s good to be back, having spent the last 3 weeks away from my duties and finally like many of us being able to visit family members elsewhere in another county.

I like many of you though even when not at work cannot completely switch off and in my absence was of course still paying attention to the many posts upon FACEBOOK.

Firstly I was appalled to read of the assault that took place at Fawcett Fields on 26th June involving 15 year olds and thankful to the many witnesses that came forward to support a prosecution of the offenders involved. This is still an ongoing investigation in which the victim was not only badly injured but I am sure will suffer longer term trauma as a result.

Secondly I was elated to learn of the arrest and conviction of serial burglar Zachary Southern of no fixed abode who has brought misery and loss to all of his victims across the New Forest.

Well it’s all over the Euros and didn’t we do well. Come on the World Cup 22 I am confident as we all must remain to be that the same misfortune will not repeat itself. Thank you all for being so well behaved during the celebrations throughout the tournament as previously posted by Sgt Kat and lets do the same next year.

A couple of dates for you to note next month for the Partnership Community Engagement in which NFDC Community Safety Team , Fire Service and the local Police beat team will be present along with your representative looking at Speed Awareness initiative at the council. The dates are New Milton Market - Wednesday, 4th August 2021,

Now that the sunshine is finally here lets enjoy and stay hydrated but above all be safe and don’t overdo it.
Take care
PCSO Al.

 

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Anti-Social Behaviour on the New Milton Recreation Ground   9.7.21

SGT Kat update : A few weeks ago police received reports from NFDC of some graphic and Homophobic graffiti being reported at New Milton Recreation ground. Pc Chapman has conducted an investigation and working in partnership wit the local school and NFDC she has identified the offenders and the victim that the graffiti was directed towards.
This has resulted in all the young people identified being spoken to and receiving community resolutions. The ages of these young people range from 11 - 13 and the victim was only 12 themselves. All those involved will now be required to complete some reparative work and education within school around hate crime. The graffiti is in the process of being removed to make sure further offence is not caused. Hate crime will not be tolerated by my team and from such young individuals is concerning. It is about educating them so hey do not take these views into adulthood.

My team will always work with our partners to tackle crime and ASB regardless of motivation. We recognise the impact ASB has on communities and we look to conduct partnership working so all the tools are available to tackle this.

You can report Anti Social behaviour online on Hampshire police website or call 101.  SGT Smith

 

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New PCSO's Join the New Milton Cops Team   9.7.21

I would like to introduce you to our New PCSOs joining the Lymington and New Milton Team.

PCSO George (on the right) will be Joining the New Milton station and PCSO Fay will be staying in Lymington. They have both been shadowing for the last week learning the roles of active Policing before heading back to Netley for a short time and then joining the team permanently from August. We are excited to be extending our team and hope that they really enjoy their new roles.

You will see us out on patrols for the next few nights so please stop and say hello.
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People never cease to amaze me    4.7.21

Why why why do I ask myself ! So on returning to the station there was a black bag left out side containing a dead fox ! A note enclosed stated that it could be handed in as the station was closed. We do not take dead animals please do not leave them outside the station !

Thank you to the male in the blue Peugeot we saw on cctv depositing the animal outside the front office. Another example of great public perception of what the police are responsible for. Sgt Kat

 

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June 2021

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Arrests after Assaults

We wanted to share an update with you after officers arrested three teenagers in connection with an assault in New Milton over the weekend.It comes after a member of the public witnessed three teenagers assaulting another teenager at Fawcetts Fields Sports Ground on Christchurch Road at around 8.50pm on Saturday 26 June.

The victim, a 16-year-old boy from Brockenhurst, suffered minor injuries as a result. Officers located three teenagers nearby who matched the description provided by a member of the public.

  • A 15-year-old boy from New Milton was arrested on suspicion of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm, common assault and possession of a Class B drug.

  • A 15-year-old boy from New Milton was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a person thereby occasioning them actual bodily harm, attempting to cause grievous bodily harm and possession of a Class B drug.

  • While a 15-year-old boy from Christchurch was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a person thereby occasioning them actual bodily harm.

They have all been released under investigation, pending further enquiries.  Officers are seeking to speak with any witnesses, or anyone with information, in relation to this incident. If you were in the area at the time or saw what happened, please call 101 quoting 44210252019.

 

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Concerns expressed at Beat Surgery this week

PCSO Sol and I attended the advertised beat Surgery in Ashley today and I have to say that this was unexpectedly productive, in that genuine concerns arose during conversation.

What is still apparent and very much an emotive and impactive issue is what appears to be both the use and distribution of drugs. This is not just a localised issue and statistically over the last year alone one in five adults aged 16 to 24 years have taken/used a drug, thus reminding us all that it is widely available once it enters the community bloodstream.

We here at the Neighbourhoods team along with our colleagues across the country work very hard in both disrupting this supply and targeting locally those who live amongst us and also those who frequent our shores to supply. It is very important to us that you play your part in helping us to enforce this illegal activity in contacting the Police on 101, or anonymously via Crime- stoppers in which you can also report anti-social behaviour. Please be mindful that your information is important to us and helps us to understand the true picture of your concern.

All reports are treated in confidence and very rarely disclosed, sometimes resulting in further contact being made by us confidentially to obtain further information and or to clarify if necessary.

This post will I am sure bring about both positive and negative comments, however before you reply please remember we rely heavily on community –led policing and that’s where you play your vital part.

I am off on holiday now (staycation) and leave you in the safe and capable hands of the rest of Sgt Kat’s team so please look after yourselves and I will see you soon.

Take care

PCSO Alan 13310.

 

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Weekend Message from PCSO Alan

Afternoon everyone, just an update on yesterday’s post. I have not yet received any enquiries/reports regarding this particularly sad case (see item below) however I will retain these items at new Milton Police Office in the hope that someone somewhere either reports it or rumour control does the trick.

Whilst out on patrols today and on route to another area with my colleague PCSO Sol for inquiries, I saw the many waving hands of both children and staff at the Tiptoe and Butterfly pre-school.

Non urgent enquiries postponed for 15 minutes we took the opportunity to pay a surprise visit and to brighten their day on a very wet one.

Take care

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Message from PCSO Alan

Good afternoon everyone hope you are all enjoying the better weather that we are experiencing at the moment giving us the opportunity to once again enjoy our freedom and to participate in leisure activities. Who needs abroad when we have our very own Riviera with both beaches and forest trails on the doorstep the doorstep.

On to a more sombre note whilst out and about on foot this afternoon I came across the attached photo item pitifully discarded in undergrowth. Now it does not take a genius to surmise that these items represent the loss of either a child or children that I am sure is still to this day sadly missed and almost certainly if time could be reversed be reunited with its parent/s. Due to the location of the find I suspect that they have been taken from the Lawn Cemetery Gore Road New Milton and I have removed them and taken them to the New Milton Police Office at Ashley Road.

If you are the distraught parent/s of these items I will be available tomorrow or you can leave a message for me on either 101 or email alan.mccaffery@hampshire.pnn.police.uk

To the person/s who removed these items give a second thought about what you did. It’s not nice, it’s not right and it’s downright disrespectful.

PCSO Al

 

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A Busy Weekend.   7.6.21

Sgt Kat  It surely has been a busy weekend for the team, the sun was out and we are slowly getting back to some normality. Here is a summary of what the team have been up to

1. Friday night - 3 arrested for GBH all evidence gathered the 3 suspects were in custody within an hour of the initial call. A male was arrested for a Domestic assault and Criminal Damage and was taken to custody.

2. Saturday night - The team were out and about on patrol Barton beach huts patrolled and some of the owners spoken to and concerns about ASB discussed. The team were able to conduct some proactive patrols and visited some of the areas known for ASB and ongoing concerns. As well as this the team were utilised to support out R&P colleagues to answer emergency calls and we assisted in a number of grade 1 incidents.

3. The team worked together to gather the evidence for a burglary at The High Street, Lymington. Following all the evidence being gathered Robbie Boyt was this evening arrested and charged for the Burglary and has been remanded to appear in court tomorrow morning.  A wanted male was then located at New Milton police station and was arrested for a Domestic assault and subsequent assault on one of my team.

Total number of arrested = 6

I am so proud of the team this weekend everyone has pulled together and the amount of work involved to gather all the evidence should not be underestimated. To think also the team also managed some proactive patrolling as well.

One proud Sergeant - Good night all Sgt Kat

 

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Response by Sgt. Kat to Social Media Comments.  7.6.21

SGT Kat : so I have read a comment on a local Facebook page stating that the New Milton police car park is always full of police cars and the team do not do anything. Well here is the car park at 16:30 on Friday 4th June 21 and it stayed this way until around 22:00. The team started at 15:00 hours and were turned out to a serious assault. This was a isolated matter in Dinham Road. I can confirm two males and a female were arrested and remain in police custody. A male was also later arrested for a domestic assault linked to the incident. The team have not stopped tonight gathering evidence for our CID team to take on the investigation. My team are always out keeping the neighbourhood safe ! Perception and opinion can be very deceiving !

 

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May 2021

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Update by PCSO Alan McCaffery from over the Bank Holiday weekend.  29.5.21

Good afternoon : And what a glorious day it is and has been over the last few, something we have all been waiting for to lift our spirits and to ease the mental scars that lots of us have endured over the last year or so.

As expected and understood it is without doubt that most of us will try under the current COVID guidelines to seek some form of normality and to enjoy both what we have worked hard for and what is provided for us through both generous donations and of course the tax contributions that most of us contribute towards. To this end we now find ourselves with those little pleasures in life such as meeting with more friends, travelling further distances, pick- nicking in the park and of course that big one physical activity to help aid that mental repair process.

So you can imagine how annoyed I was when attending the recreation ground with PCSO Sol this morning and being told by the council worker that he has spent most of the morning clearing up broken glass, discarded cans/bottles when there are plenty of bins provided on site. The most disturbing and unnecessary act was the wanton vandalism carried out by the unknown individual/s responsible for both the destruction of the padlocks and deliberate cutting of the surrounding mesh fencing around the basketball facilities. To further add insult to injury and to show further defiance a parting message was left on the gate directed at the council which was not very nice.

To you the responsible individuals, this was a decision made by your local council in response to complaints by local residents, your neighbours the tax payer! In response to complaints made by them about your Anti- Social behaviour.
So a decision was made by the council to secure the area in the evenings to address their concerns, as any caring and responsible council would do to improve community well-being, however it would seem that that a very small minority of you have taken a dislike to this decision and decided that you will access this area anyway.

This is criminal damage!! and I implore anyone to come forward with either any information and or images of anyone committing this offence by contacting 101,online or anonymously via crime stoppers quoting reference number 44210210318.  Let me be clear when out on patrols I will be robust and I will challenge anti- social behaviour this is normally the catalyst to the next step of which I speak.

This means stringent guidelines when engaging with you to establish the presence of either alcohol/drugs and or in general anti-social mannerisms. One last thing I am not your Bro your Blood, or any other profanity that I occasionally hear upon my arrival and departure, I am doing my job and that is for the residents of New Milton in this instance to enjoy their community and to have that right to a peaceful and enjoyable life.

Take care Alan

 

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Update on a recent sentencing for Burglary, Shoplifting and a Public Order offence.   19.5.21

Sgt Kat update
So after 3 weeks of being on remand Stephen Dempsey appeared at Southampton magistrates court on 17th May 21. Dempsey has previously pleaded guilty to 4 x business burglary, 8 shopliftings and a public order offence.

Having been remanded for pre sentence reports to be compiled and being told that all options would be available to the magistrates, he received a 40 week prison sentence suspended for 12 months. He also has a requirement to complete a drug programme working with probation.

The team have spent several hours compiling evidence to bring this matter to court, I really hope that this individual takes the opportunity to engage with probation that he can turn his life around to stop him offending. My team will take enforcement action if he re-offends and will place him back before the court.

Lets hope he can turn this around.
SGT Kat

 

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Update and Why Not Sign Up to Hampshire Alerts   12.5.21

Afternoon everyone, We wanted to share an update with you.

Officers investigating a burglary in progress in the New Milton area lrecently (10 May) have arrested two men in connection with the incident. It comes after a member of the public reported a possible burglary in progress at New Milton Motor Services on Hamilton Way at 9.28pm yesterday evening (10 May).  Officers arrived on scene and began searching the immediate area and located a vehicle matching a description provided by members of the public in the vicinity. A number of power tools – including a two Dewalt drills and a Makita radio – were found and seized as a result.

While awaiting for the vehicle to be recovered, officers spotted two men matching descriptions provided to them on Old Milton Road. They were detained and searched, but nothing of note was found upon them and were subsequently released.  However, a dog unit was deployed to check for discarded property and located a key belonging to the seized vehicle in an alleyway close to where the two men had been seen by officers. A 45-year-old man and a 43-year-old man, both from Poole in Dorset, were arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary. They remain in custody at this time.

Do you want to keep in touch with what is going on in your area? Sign up to Hampshire Alert to receive direct alerts on crimes, appeals and community news. Just go to: http://orlo.uk/9beW2.  Why use Hampshire Alert? The communities of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight play a key role in helping us to prevent and detect crime and anti-social behaviour. Improving the flow of information between the community and the police is vital to achieving our aim to work together to deter criminals and keep communities safe.

 

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Remember you are not alone   11.5.21

Home should be your safe space, especially during these challenging times. If home isn’t safe for you, or you know someone at risk of domestic abuse then please report it.

If you're a victim, or know someone who is, and there's an emergency that's ongoing or life is in danger, call 999. Our first priority will always be to protect you and any children you may have.

Remember, you are not alone. Support is available to you.

 

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Comment following Facebook entry about Vehicle Break-In   10.5.21

So following the image on Facebook this morning, of a male who had broken into a Van in West Way, my team were out gathering evidence including collecting CCTV. A male was subsequently named from the image and we went to the suspects address which was searched and no stolen items were located. The evidence available has been reviewed and the male has subsequently been eliminated from our enquires, our investigation continues. I am unable to go into detail as this is a live investigation. but we had to act on information as we may have been able to recover the stolen property and return it to it's rightful owner. We were also able to take details of two garage breaks and two suspicious male reports. I can confirm that the white VW caddy seen by one witness was a local take away delivery driver and nothing sinister.

I joined the police to make a difference this is not 9-5 and we are passionate about what we do. So much so that I picked up this incident several hours before starting duty because I wanted to help this and other victims of crime. Every member of my team and also every police officer I know do all they can to do right by victims and provide the best level of service to the communities we serve. Sometimes we can not physically get to you due to the demand in volume of calls. We have to grade our response and this will always be around protecting persons lives and individuals from serious harm.

This does not mean that my team do not pick up crimes and make follow up enquiries this is something we will always do. At the start of every shift we will see what has taken place overnight and if there are opportunities then we will follow these up. Every police officer I know do what they can every shift and work tirelessly to keep you all safe.

I see comments everyday that the police are useless, they don't care, they are lazy and they only want to do the easy stuff!!! No absolutely not we want to help and do our very best, I can assure you we all care very much ! One thing we can not be without is the communities support you are the eyes and ears of the community. With several of you having CCTV and ring doorbells you can assist no end in our enquires and you play a massive part in providing the evidence to bring offenders to justice.

I thank you for all your help but please support us understand we will always do our best. Imagine going to work everyday and what ever you do is just not enough you are always being criticised. I take everyone of these comments personally because I know what locking up the bad guys and helping victims means to me and my team. I will end saying thank you to the community for helping us together we keep each other safe and help detect and prevent crime. For now good night Sgt Kat

 

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Thanks for your Support  9.5.21

I just want to say a huge thank you for all the support this morning. I would love to be able to invite in all those individuals who slate police in for just one shift. I would love to show exactly what we do with the resources we have and also the level of evidence required to take matters to a successful conclusion. Seriously you would be shocked at what we have allocated to us and what people report that really is not a police matter. Noise complaints, neighbors putting their bins in the wrong place, neighbours looking at people in the wrong way the list goes on....... we do our best and I will always motivate my team to deliver the best public service possible. Enjoy your Sunday Sgt Kat

 

Please do not Circulate Officers E-Mail Addresses and Telephone Numbers   9.5.21

Sgt Kat here. I have been made aware of a post on a local group whereby someone has given advice to call and email an officer on my team directly to report theft from motor vehicles. The officers email address and phone number has been published. I am aware of a theft last night and my team will be looking at the CCTV images etc. Please do not report crimes directly to officers via email or their work mobiles. They supply their details so you can contact them about your specific investigation and this does not replace calling police via the normal channels to report crimes.

Please report via 101 or if it is taking place there and then it’s 999. Please remember we have days of and leave so if you report directly and the officer is off for two weeks this delays our response. Sgt Kat

 

Operation Sceptre 4.5.21

Between Monday 26th April - 2nd May a national knife crime initiative by the name of Op Sceptre was in place. As part of this a Amnesty bin was placed at Lymington police station and also at a beat surgery in New Milton. As a result of this 17 bladed articles of all shapes and sizes were handed in and will now be destroyed. I am shocked at the type of weapons that are out there even in peoples homes, abandoned in public places or are being carried for sinister intentions.

I will leave you with a video link 'Never choose knives' The young people in the video wrote this themselves and sends out a clear message.

Sgt Kat.

 

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Operation Sceptre 2.5.21

Good afternoon
Well having previously posted an encouraging response to both the highlighting and receivership of sharps and knives, whilst out on patrol today I came across these 3 items.
They were readily available in a residential part of the town to which all and sundry have access to. After a very short attempt to locate their owner without success I have now seized these items under the Operation Sceptre initiative and placed within our secure sharps/knives bin for destruction.

Please there are no excuses for this, can you imagine if the children of that residential location were to have come across these!!! To whoever you are that owns them, shame on you this is so irresponsible of you. There is no excuse and if you think that you will be getting them back think again, they have been appropriated by me lawfully due to the circumstances.

PCSO Alan

 

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Bank Holiday Saturday - Operation Sceptre & Beat Surgery 1.5.21

Good morning
Yesterday Both PCSO Sol and I stood in the high street as previously posted and awaited your concerns and unwanted sharps as part of both our redirection towards beat surgeries and of course your opportunity to dispose of sharps/knives as part of the Operation Sceptre week, (raising awareness of carrying and possessing unwanted sharps/knives).

The morning was quite productive in that a steady stream of you stopped to chat and indeed dispose of unwanted sharps and knives. As the day went on and having been called away for a short while, the afternoon saw a complete opposite in that the town became quieter and of course this is due almost certainly to the fact that we are still emerging out of this awful period of lockdown.

I would have liked to have seen a more productive outcome with regards to the amount of sharps/knives that were deposited however please remember this can be done at any time by calling 101 and we will be happy to collect at any time providing that the items are secure. I recommend that it/they are wrapped with paper, bubble wrap, cardboard box, this of course is very important to prevent injury during collection and disposal. The other alternative is to dispose of blunt sharps/knives at your local recycling centre within the scrap metal section.

On a sad note I was shocked by the sight of yet another loved shop which has closed its doors after years of trading. I remember when first visiting the high street in 1990 going in there myself to have a look around, what do you expect I am a male I love toys and we never grow up right!!😃

All the best to the previous owners and staff and thank you for putting a smile upon the face of a young child and me when receiving a tangible object to be both played with cherished and in lots of cases used as a comfort blanket during times of crisis. There is a rumour that this will re-open as a toy shop once more, so all is not lost yet.
Take care Alan.

 

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Man arrested after catalytic converters stolen in New Forest. 1.5.21

Morning everyone, We wanted to share an update with you following our message yesterday afternoon about a series of catalytic converter thefts across in the Lymington, New Milton and Ringwood areas.

Officers have worked diligently to identify the offender and have arrested a man in connection. It comes after a series of vehicles were targeted on the evening of Wednesday 28 April between 10.15pm and 3.55am on Thursday 29 April. A search of a property on Westbury Close in Bransgore by officers located a number of power tools – including a power saw and car keys – which were subsequently seized.

A 21-year-old man from Bransgore has been arrested on six counts of theft from a motor vehicle. He remains in custody at this time.

Our local neighbourhood policing teams in the New Forest are continuing to monitor reports and would like to ask local residents to report any suspicious activity to us directly by calling 101, or by reporting it to us via our online reporting tool on the Hampshire Constabulary website. As always, if a crime is in progress, please dial 999.

  

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