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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
Update from Sgt Kat re Hate Incident in New Milton 17.7.21
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.
If anyone sees anything suspicious we would urge them to report this to police via the Hampshire Constabulary website or by calling 101.
PCSO Al Returns to Duty. 15.7.21
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.
Anti-Social Behaviour on the New Milton Recreation Ground 9.7.21
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
New PCSO's Join the New Milton Cops Team 9.7.21
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.
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
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.
Concerns expressed at Beat Surgery this weekPCSO 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.
PCSO Alan 13310.
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.
Al 13310, Sol 17933
Message from PCSO AlanGood 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
A Busy Weekend. 7.6.21Sgt 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
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 !
Update by PCSO Alan McCaffery from over the Bank Holiday weekend. 29.5.21
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.
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
Update on a recent sentencing for Burglary, Shoplifting and a Public Order offence. 19.5.21
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.
Update and Why Not Sign Up to Hampshire Alerts 12.5.21
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.
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Remember you are not alone 11.5.21
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.
Comment following Facebook entry about Vehicle Break-In 10.5.21
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
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.
Operation Sceptre 2.5.21
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.
Bank Holiday Saturday - Operation Sceptre & Beat Surgery 1.5.21
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.
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.
A Busy Day in New Milton. 26.4.21
The operation involved a large number of officers from all three forces, including several Special Constables who had volunteered their personal time to support. As well as patrolling the railways, extensive patrols were conducted on foot, bicycle and vehicles in the town centres, checking on well-known anti-social behaviour and drug-use hotspot areas to deter, as well as deal with any identified offenders.
British Transport Police officers stopped and searched two males in New Milton under Section 23 Misuse of Drugs Act, both of which were negative for any illegally held drugs.
Later on, officers attended a collision on Kennard Road, involving a single vehicle which had crashed into a utility pole. The 56 year old driver from New Milton, provided a positive specimen of breath at the roadside and was subsequently arrested and charged with drink driving.
During the same incident, a 23-year-old man had turned up at the scene and was highly abusive towards officers and was subsequently arrested, after not heeding our warnings to go home. He will be dealt with by means of an appropriate Out Of Court Disposal.
Some Successes 24.4.21
In other news Vicky Peters appeared in court today and was recalled to prison for the remaining 26 days of her sentence the 4 x shoplifting will run concurrently. We may be seeing her in 14 days released. We all have our own opinions on this but the team will keep going and placing these offenders before the court. Sgt Kat
Catalytic Converter Thefts 8.4.21
We wanted to issue a warning to local residents to be vigilant after a number of catalytic converter thefts from vehicles across the district in recent weeks. During this time, we have recorded catalytic converter thefts in Poulner (Ringwood) as well as New Milton and Lymington.
Catalytic converter theft is closely linked to prices of Rhodium and Palladium which are contained within the converters. The prices of these metals have increased since 2020 and this is what we believe has contributed to the number of thefts increasing.
They can be stolen within a few minutes by using just a few basic tools. However, there are ways you can protect your vehicle if, like many people, you don’t have access to a garage:
- Find out where your catalytic converter is located on your car; if it’s at the front of your car, park with the bonnet towards a wall if possible
- If it’s at the back, park it with your exhaust to the wall
- If parking in a public car park, consider parking alongside other cars and incorporating wall
- Avoid parking your vehicle half on the pavement and half on the road, as this may make it easier to get under your car
- If your catalytic converter is bolted on, you can ask for your local garage to weld the bolts to make it more difficult to remove
- Alternatively, you can also etch a serial number on the converter so that if it is stolen and then recovered, we can get your car converter back to you
- You can even purchase a ‘cage clamp’ which is a cage device that locks in around the converter to make it more difficult to remove
- Speak to your dealership or garage about the possibility of adding a tilt sensor that will activate the alarm should any thief try to jack the vehicle up to steal the converter
- If you see someone acting suspiciously under a vehicle, report it. Obtain as much information as possible, including any vehicle registrations
In the event your cat converter is stolen, please report online via our website (http://orlo.uk/D74mV) and include any markings so that we can identify your converter if it’s recovered
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.
No Cold Calling Zones 30.3.21
One of the topics that came up was Fraud Scams and cold callers by tradesmen who may not be offering a fair price for work completed. As a result of this my team will be arranging a beat surgery in the near future to provide valuable information to prevent you and your loved ones being a victim of these fraudsters.
I have posted some links below which are worth a read especially the no cold calling scheme. This is really easy to set up simply nominate one resident to contact trading standards and they will send the required number of door stickers to your road. These will clearly state that the household does not accept cold callers. Also trading standards have a list of authorised trades people who you can use is confidence.
I hope you find the links useful there is a you tube clip that is also worth a watch
Advice for consumers | Business and economy | Hampshire County Council
Buy With Confidence – Trading Standards Approved
The National Day of Reflection - 23.3.21
So today my team and everyone working at Lymington and New Milton held a minute silence to remember the last 12 months and reflect on everything that has taken place in just one year. We remember those who have lost family, friends and colleagues and reflect on better brighter times ahead.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone of you who have kept within the guidelines to reduce the infection and death rate. In turn protecting lives and our valuable NHS. Thank you to all our nurses and doctors who have worked tirelessly to help those who have been infected and to provide comfort and dignity to those sadly who have lost their battle. Thank you to all my team and Colleagues who have worked so hard to engage with the community and enforce the legislation when necessary and appropriate. It’s been so hard with new laws and the demand to enforce them when people have let their communities down and have breached legislation.
There is brighter times ahead time to spend with family and loved ones! Keep going just a while longer and we will come out of this stronger and realising what is important in life! Looking after each other, respect and community spirit. Thank you community we are nearly there. Sgt Kat
SGT Kat here.
I have been made aware of some posts on other local social media sites about a potential attempt dog Theft in Lymington, on 22/3/21. I can confirm that this was a isolated incident and in fact a dispute over the dog between ex partners. There is no wider risk to the community. There have not been any reports of dog thefts in the local areas of Lymington & New Milton. However if you see anything suspicious when walking your dog please call police on 101, report online or call 999 in an a emergency. Please remember sharing incidents on social media is not the same as reporting this to police.
Arrests - New Milton Incident
The incident occurred between 5.30pm on Thursday 11 March and 2.30am on Friday 12 March at an address on Oak Road in New Milton. Access was gained to a property and a silver Chrysler was stolen.
The vehicle was located Schubert Road in Basingstoke a short while later and recovered. A 19-year-old man from Hythe, a 17-year-old boy from Southampton and a 17-year-old boy from Basingstoke were all arrested on suspicion of burglary. They have been released under investigation, pending further police enquiries.
Update from PCSO Alan Mccaffery - 12.3.21
This I enjoy doing as along the way I hope to not only deter crime and make my community feel safer but also to be an approachable point of contact if needed.
During my patrols I spoke with many people, outside their properties, returning from a journey and or simply out walking the dog and this was great, and I know that this is exactly what most of you want to see, however this is not something that I can do on a 24 – 7 basis.
I have touched on this as I along with Sgt Kat and the rest of the team are very aware of both the recent thefts of Catalytic converters and theft from motor vehicles and their precious property within.
Whilst patrolling and at many times tucked away in the shadows just watching and listening I took the opportunity to take a quick peep at that favourite gadget the mobile phone and to have a look at what was going on in the world of ‘Rumour Control’.
As you know and this has been discussed in many previous COPS posting we do not monitor this platform as a matter of course, however I was shocked to learn that for some 20 minutes a conversation was being had about 2 males, being both watched by many of you 55 comments/likes in all appearing to look into vehicles with torches, however not one call to Police was made during this time!!! During this posting frenzy I along with a colleague attended the area and carried out an area search, and again at no point were either of us approached, flagged down and,or informed about your concerns. I have since looked at the updates on this particular post and it is possible that this may have been a case of what I saw, you saw differently.
Please may I take this opportunity to advise you that if what you are seeing at the time, is in your view a possible crime in progress then please call 999. It is better to have officers towards than not at all. Take care
Catalytic Converter Thefts
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.
Speeding beware - we are out and about
Tomorrow sees the start of the governments Roadmap, (Aptly named), which will of course mean more of us are and will be using our vehicle’s on our roads. The School run, Recreational outdoors with our support bubble, or your friend from another household. This is great news for us all. All we ask is please be mindful of this, and understand that the wheels are starting to move forward again, when starting that journey take your time to ease yourself back into the driver’s seat, and focus.
Like lots of skills, and driving is one of them give it a few days to get used to the nearer normality on the roads, to include extra traffic, and to ease yourself back into it.
Remember we are not out of lockdown!! So these will be peak times of the day particularly during the school runs.
To help remind all of you that this is and will continue to be an emotive and impactive subject our very own Special Constable Pruce has been out and about today on our forest roads to include Gore Road, Stem Lane, Fernhill Lane and Hatchett Pond to name a few and has been enforcing it. During the course of the day 4 drivers were spoken to regarding their speed, 4 drivers were dealt with by way of Fixed Penalty Notices the highest being 54mph!! and, another was awarded her last 3 points to take her license to 12 points meaning she will lose her license when dealt with at court. Some people it seems never learn.
Please take care out there, and continue to follow the current COVID guidelines. DON’T GET CAUGHT OUT!!
Court Result : Man jailed in relation to incidents in New Milton and Sway.
Todd James Edward Cooper, of Thorney Hill, Bransgore pleaded guilty to one count of ABH assault, two counts of using abusive or threatening behaviour causing harassment, alarm or distress and one count of causing criminal damage. These incidents occurred between Tuesday 8 September 2020 and Sunday 8 October 2020 in Sway and New Milton. Southampton Magistrates Court heard how Cooper assaulted a woman at an address in Sway on Tuesday 8 September before making threats to harm the victim almost a month later following a chance encounter. The court also heard that Cooper caused damage to a property at an address in Gore Road, New Milton – and made subsequent threats to kill to another victim after they’d witnessed the incident.
Cooper pleaded guilty to all of these offences and was handed a 16-week imprisonment on Friday 26 February, broken down as follows;
Following the sentencing, New Forest District Commander, Chief Inspector Helen Andrews, said: “We are pleased that justice has been served – this is a great result for those individuals who have been personally affected by the crimes committed by Cooper. We hope that this will go some way to comfort them and to see that the judge had handed down a sentence befitting of his crimes.
“We are thankful to all of those officers involved in bringing these charges to court and playing a key role in stopping his offending. No one should be abused in their own home or made to feel threatened and fearful for their life while out in public. We hope that this sends out a strong message that such crimes will not be tolerated and that those who commit them will face the full extent of the law and be brought to justice.”
Catch Up from PCSO Alan + Can you identify these : 1.3.21
It has been a while since I shared a posting with you, and this has been in the main due to the current climate for which I did not want to refer to as we have all had by now enough of it. There has of course been regular informative updates by Sgt Kat and this I feel has been enough to keep you informed.
Whilst I have your attention please take a look at the attached photo's. The helmet and serial number belong to a cycle that was found in the Fawcett Field location New Milton and I cannot believe for one minute that someone is not missing this bearing in mind that this is £400 - £500 of anyone's money. I am sorry that I cannot show you the whole picture, however I do believe that if this is yours you will recognise the helmet in the first instance. The cycle as you can see by the image of the serial number is silver and in very good condition. It has a combination lead lock still in place around the saddle base.
Stay safe PCSO Alan.
Stolen Property Recovered 25.2.21
Council Officers - Scam ? 18.2.21
Be cautious over bogus callers. Please be extra cautious about people who say they are from the council. If you have any concerns about the authenticity of someone claiming to be from NFDC, call our customer services team on 02380 285000.
A genuine member of staff will never mind being asked to call back or to prove their identity.
See more advice at Hampshire County Council's Trading Standards webpage: https://www.hants.gov.uk/.../cons.../scams/coronavirus-scams
Sgt Kat update
As you are aware This increase has been not only across the New Forest but nationally and by googling Catalytic converter Thefts you will see that most forces have posted about this crime type. The neighbourhood teams are reviewing this crime type and conducting enquiries where there is potential evidence. The issue is this is a quick crime to commit with the average time being under a few mins to remove a Cat. We are working together with our neighbouring forces and in fact nationally to build up an intelligence picture of not only who is committing these offences but where the cats are being move on to. I have noticed that Honda and Toyota vehicles are a favourite of the criminals and the below paragraph will explain why. Please take a look at the advice below and if you see anything suspicious please call 999 if it is a crime in action or 101 with any information.
Did you know a thief can take the catalytic converter from your car in a matter of minutes and leave you to foot the bill?
Precious metals such as rhodium, platinum and palladium are used in catalytic converters. The price of some of these metals has risen sharply in recent years and as a result has led to an increase in the theft of catalytic convertors.
Cars that are most often targeted are hybrid vehicles, as these vehicles have two power sources, so the catalytic converter is used less frequently. The metals are less likely to corrode, meaning they are worth more and therefore more attractive to thieves.
Hybrid cars, Vans and SUV’s are particularly at risk, as the ride height makes access to the exhaust system beneath them easier.
The Toyota Prius, Toyota Auris and Honda Jazz are often targeted.
To reduce the risk of having your catalytic converter stolen, you should:
• Park your car in a locked garage where possible, but if this isn’t an option, then park it in a well-lit and well-populated area
• Park close to fences, walls or a kerb with the exhaust being closest to the fence, wall or kerb to make the theft more difficult
• Avoid parking your vehicle half on the pavement and half on the road, as this may make it easier for thieves to access the catalytic converter
• If parking in a public car park, consider parking alongside other cars and facing you bonnet towards the wall if possible. With the catalytic converter positioned at the front of your vehicle, this will make it harder for thieves to get close enough to steal it
• If there is a fleet of vehicles, park the low clearance vehicles to block the high clearance vehicles. This will obstruct access underneath
• If your catalytic converter is bolted on, you can ask for your local garage to weld the bolts to make it more difficult to remove.
• Alternatively, you can mark your catalytic converter. Please ensure any property marking is Secured by Design (SBD) approved
• You can even purchase a ‘cage clamp’ which is a cage device that locks in around the converter to make it more difficult to remove. Toyota are offering a 'Catloc' for the Prius (3rd generation, 2009-2011 models) and Auris (2nd generation, 2012-2018 models). Please contact your Toyota dealership for more information
• Speak to your dealership about the possibility of installing a Thatcham approved alarm and tilt sensor that will activate the alarm should any thief try to jack the vehicle up to steal the converter
• If you see someone acting suspiciously under a vehicle, report it to the Police. Obtain as much information as possible, including any vehicle registrations
Thefts from Motor Vehicles 16.2.21
Tackling theft from motor vehicles is a district priority for us, which involves deployment of specialist officers and equipment, twinned with an increase in local policing and utilising intelligence drawn from reporting made by the community.
We want to tell you when we are doing that work because it’s important you know what we are trying to do to address the issue. We can see that some people think there is no point in reporting these crime to us, that we don’t care. We absolutely care.
We may not be able to attend every report, but every report is important because it helps us build up an intelligence picture of the scale of the issue and helps us identify patterns in crime so that we are able to target the areas that most need our help.
My officers review all crime in the local area that is reported to us via 101 or our online reporting tool – with dedicated officers conducting extra patrols during the early hours in order to try and apprehend those individuals committing these crimes.
Unfortunately, we are unable to take reports of crime via social media and unable to monitor neighbourhood social media groups – so please do consider contacting us in the first instance to report the crimes before publishing on social media. This will allow us to identify all possible lines of enquiry and follow-up opportunities with victims to bring offenders to justice.
I fully appreciate the concerns in the community and that people’s livelihoods are being affected and possessions stolen, but rest assured we are doing all that we can.
Please do continue to report any suspicious or criminal activity to us by calling 101 or by using our online reporting tool on the Hampshire Constabulary website.
Activity Against Drugs 13.2.21
Male located who was wanted since 2018 found in possession of Cannabis - currently in custody.
Male located on a train towards Bournemouth with a quantity of cash and cannabis arrested for possession with intent to supply - currently in custody.
A 16 & 18 year old were located in a vehicle in a car park in Barton on sea - A search located a quantity of Cannabis both received a Community resolution for possession.
However the night did not get any better for them, the 16 year old was taken home and his parents will now receive a warning letter regarding COVID breaches and if he is seen out again the parents can be fined. The 18 year old has received a fixed penalty for breach of COVID and as he was in a motor vehicle he was drug tested and failed the primality test. The male is currently on his way to custody for further testing and if found to be over the drug drive limit could well loose his license that he has only had for two months.
Great work all round. SGT Kat
Charges following threats to kill a New Milton Woman. 9.2.21
If your vehicle is parked on a driveway or in-front of a garage, you may want to consider installing a CCTV camera covering the area which your vehicle is parked or installing a motion-detector dash-cam. This way, it may serve as a deterrent to potential thieves as they know that they will be caught on camera. Most burglaries are committed by opportunists. These are often spur-of-the-moment decisions, made when they see valuables left on view or lapses in security. Personal items such as mobile phones and tablets, handbags and work tools left somewhere obvious can be an attractive target, so please do take them indoors with you every night.
Our officers in the community are continuing to follow-up on all reports of thefts from motor vehicles, so please be reassured that we are doing all we can to protect the community and bring these offenders to justice.
We would urge you to remove all personal belongings from your vehicle each night. While this might seem laborious at the time, it might just save you from becoming a victim of crime.
As always, if you see a crime in progress, please dial 999.
Goodbye to PCSO Phil 1.2.21
Update on Drugs from Sgt Kat. 21.1.21
Warrants are not possible without the communities help and information. If you know of individuals suspected to be involved with drug activity or have concerns about a particular property in your neighbourhood please let us know. You can pass this information to us by calling 101 or going online to the Hampshire police website. However you can also call crimestoppers or visit their website. 0800555111
Myself and the team are keen to continue to make Lymington and New Milton a safe place to live, work and visit. With your continued support we will continue to conduct this type of policing activity to disrupt those who are involved with the supply of illegal substances.
The Message is clear 13.1.21
- Shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person.
- Go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home.
- Exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
- Meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one.
- Seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse).
- Attend education or childcare - for those eligible.
Update from Sgt Kat 5.1.21
Take care. Sgt Kat.