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Problem youths in Pocklington

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11:03am 31st May 2011

POLICE UPDATE (Pocklington) for June 2011

1.Priority  

Issue:  - Youths Causing Annoyance, Pocklington Town Centre (Evenings):

Our high visibility patrols in Pocklington town centre will continue throughout May to reassure the local community. Our patrols will consider the use of arrest powers and the use of £80 penalty notices for disorder for anyone causing nuisance in this area. Regular patrols will be made on an evening to reassure the public and to send a positive message that this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated. Regular patrols were made during May by Neighbourhood Policing Team officers, with no specific incidents of note. However, our patrols will continue to target this area throughout June.

 

2. Priority

Issue: - Underage Drinking – In the area of Woldgate School, Kilnwick Road, Pocklington (Evenings):

Issue: Following complaints of under age drinking in the vicinity of Woldgate School on an evening, the Neighbourhood Policing Team will continue to regularly check the area during June. Those who are underage and either found in possession of, or in groups with, alcohol will receive parental letters and anyone found supplying alcohol to under age young people will be subject of a £80 Penalty Notice. Regular checks have been made during May with a small amount of alcohol seized and several youths warned. These patrols will continue throughout June.

 

3. Priority  

Issue: - Youths Causing Annoyance Stamford Bridge (Evenings):

During May, reports have been received of youths gathering and causing problems in the grounds of the Infants’ School and in the playground next to the British Legion Club. Checks were carried out during May and will continue into June.  Our patrols will consider the use of arrest powers and the use of £80 penalty notices for disorder for anyone causing nuisance in these areas. To date, a youth has been interviewed in connection with an incident at the Infants’ School.

 

4. Offenders brought to justice

- A 31 year old male has been charged with Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm arising out on an incident at Stamford Bridge on 25th May, 2011.

- A 16 year old male from Barmby moor has received a Reprimand for Common Assault.

- Four males from the West Yorkshire area were arrested for theft following an incident in Beverley which led to them abandoning a van in Barmby Moor during the afternoon of 16th May, 2011. One of the group arrested was subsequently charged with a commercial burglary in Beverley.

- A Pocklington male was arrested for assault arising out of an incident in the town during the early hours of 15th May, 2011.

- Following a stop check on Pocklington Industrial Estate on the evening of 9th May, 2011, a 20 year old Pocklington male has received a formal warning for cannabis possession and a 21 year old male from Melbourne has received an £80 Penalty Notice for possession of cannabis.

- Following a public order incident in Pocklington in December, 2011 two males received 4 months imprisonment (Youth   

  Offending Institute) suspended for 2 years and three males received 4 months imprisonment suspended for 2 years. All have been required to complete unpaid work.

- A 16 year old Stamford Bridge male has received a Final Warning for Criminal Damage.

- A 14 year old Pocklington male has received a Reprimand for Common Assault.

- A 17 year old Pocklington male has received a Reprimand for two offences of theft committed in the town in April, 2011.

- A vehicle was seized for “No Insurance” following an incident in Market Place, Pocklington on 30th April, 2011.

- A 45 year old Pocklington male was arrested for assault following an incident in the town on 27th April, 2011.

 

5. Meetings

You are invited to attend any of the below meetings:

 

Neighbourhood Action Team Events May to July 2011

The Pocklington Provincial and Wolds Weighton Neighbourhood Action Team are linking into a number of events being run by the Pocklington and Wolds Weighton Neighbourhood Policing Team to highlight distraction burglary and bogus official offences in an attempt to educate local communities to help prevent them occurring.

The events will also be attended by the Crime Prevention Officer for the East Riding of Yorkshire, Humberside Fire and Rescue, members of the district Crime Prevention Panel, and Age concern. Crime prevention and personal safety advice will be available at these events, along with the opportunity to discuss local policing issues with the police.

The venues and times are as follows:

Monday, 6th June 2011 (0930 x 1130) - Sutton on Derwent Village Hall.

Wednesday, 15th June 2011 (1300 x 1600) - Melbourne Village Hall.

Tuesday, 5th July 2011 (1000 x 1230) - Wetwang Village Hall.

Saturday, 23rd July 2011 (0930 x 1200) - Stamford Bridge Methodist Church.

Please come along for advice or to discuss local issues. All are welcome. 

 

Pocklington Market between 1000 and 1200 on the below dates:

Please speak to our officers who will be patrolling the area specifically to listen to your concerns and take appropriate action:

07/06/2011 – Police Community Support Officer Laura Hudson.

21/06/2011 – Police Community Support Officer Laura Hudson.

28/06/2011 – Police Community Support Officer Jane Matschke.

12/07/2011 – Police Community Support Officer Jane Matschke.

26/07/2011 – Police Community Support Officer Laura Hudson.

02/08/2011 – Police Community Support Officer Jane Matschke.

16/08/2011 – Police Community Support Officer Laura Hudson.

30/08/2011 – Police Community Support Officer Laura Hudson.

 

Police “Drop Ins” at Sutton on Derwent:

Police Community Support Officer Laura Hudson is running Crime Prevention Surgeries at Sutton Upon Derwent Village Hall on Monday 6th June, (0930-1130), Monday 18th July (1900-2000) and Saturday 6th August (1400 – 1500).

Please come along for advice on home security or to any discuss village issues.

 

Police “Drop Ins” at Wilberfoss Community Centre:

Police Community Support Officer Gareth Ludlow is running a Police “drop in” at Wilberfoss Community Centre on Tuesday 7th June, (1400 – 1500)

Please come along and let him know if you have any problems or would like crime prevention advice.

 

Police “Drop Ins” at Pocklington Library:

Police Community Support Officer Jane Matschke is running a Police “Drop In” at Pocklington Library on Monday 27th June between 1000 and 1100hrs. Please come along and let her know if you have any local issues you’d like to discuss.

 

Wilberfoss Fete – Sunday 10th July, 2011:

Police Community Support Officer Gareth Ludlow will be at the event between 1300 and 1600 to offer crime prevention advice and to discuss community issues.

 

Police “Drop In” – Sheltered Housing at Lob Lane, Stamford Bridge – Friday, 26th August, 2011:

Police Community Support Officer Gareth Ludlow will be attending the coffee morning between 0930 and 1100 to discuss community issues, home security and to listen to your concerns.

 

Police “Drop In” – Francis Scaife Sports Centre – Monday 11th July, 2011:

Police Community Support Officer Jane Matschke is running a Police “Drop In” between 0930 and 1230 on this date. Please come along and let her know if you have any local issues you’d like to discuss.

 

Police “Drop In” – Pocklington Arts Centre – Thursday 4th August, 2011:

Police Community Support Officer Jane Matschke is running a Police “Drop In” between 1000 and 1200 on this date. Please come along and let her know if you have any local issues you’d like to discuss.

 

Pocklington and District Crime Prevention Panel – Coffee Morning Event – Saturday 30th July, 2011:

The Pocklington and District Crime Prevention panel are holding this event at the Arts Centre, Pocklington between 1000 and 1200 on the above date to raise funds in support of crime reduction campaigns in the area and to highlight how to prevent being the victim of distraction burglary. Come along and support this worthwhile event!

 

6. News and Appeals

Summertime Shed Security

Have you got a garden shed? Is it one of those which is immaculately kept with everything in its place or is it, like mine, a dumping ground for the kids' toys and bikes? I'm convinced mine's like Dr Who's Tardis, because there has to be a fourth dimension involved as there seems to be so much more space on the inside, given the amount of stuff that goes into it! 

Seriously though, let's consider our sheds for a moment. Think of all the valuable items inside: lawnmowers, strimmers, tools, bikes, the list can be endless. We put loads of valuable gear into our sheds, but just how secure do we make them when we've done this?

The spring often heralds a time when we see an increase in the thefts of items from sheds right across the county.  Burglary of garden sheds and the theft of garden equipment is one of the fastest growing crimes in the country, and recent shed burglaries in both the Driffield and Pocklington areas in May evidence this locally. Our garden furniture and tools are very saleable items, so we all need to make things as difficult as possible for any would be thief to get to our property.

So, what can we do?

Well, begin by thinking "If I lost my keys, how would I get into my shed?" This is always a good starting point.

- Check the general fabric of your shed. Are bits of it dropping off? Could a thief take advantage of this? And what about the locks? Are they decent ones or "cheap and nasty ones" that a child of five could break open?

- Always make sure you've got decent locks. Another good idea is to ensure that outside door hinges should be secured with coach bolts. That way, no-one can unscrew the hinges.

- What about the windows? Are the frames up to standard or are they rotting away? Consider putting a grille inside your windows or fastening a clear Perspex sheet behind it. You could even put up a bit of net curtain to stop people being able to see what you have inside. That way, your shed doesn't become a shop window to a potential thief.

- Remember to chain up your valuable items inside the shed. For example, if you chain all your bikes together through the frames, this makes things difficult for a thief! They're opportunists and they want to be away as quick as possible!

- Postcode your property, preferably visibly with paint or a marker pen. Tools look all the same unless they're individually marked.

- Photograph all valuable items. This includes garden ornaments and urns, particularly if they are unique.

- Consider a shed alarm. They're inexpensive, incredibly loud and draw attention to your shed if anyone's tampering with it.

- And always remember to put everything away and to lock up your shed on a night! 

We can all deter the thief by making things as difficult as possible for them. The same is true with the outside of your home in summer. Here are a few general hints which are worth bearing in mind:

1. Ensure that your garden fences and walls are in a good state of repair

2. Consider installing outside lighting. Low energy dusk to dawn lights are very good.

3. Keep trees and shrubs trimmed so that potential thieves can't use them to hide behind on your property

4. Consider using prickly plants such as berberis in appropriate places to act as a physical barrier.

5. When you're out in your garden, ensure your house is secure. Sneak in burglars can advantage otherwise.

And finally, please report suspicious people or vehicles to the Police on 0845 60 60 222 (999 in an emergency if a crime is occurring). You could prevent a crime and a great deal of heartache to someone.

 

 

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