Police updates: Car crime and community reassurance after murderBy Hugh Fort
June 20, 2012
Police around Bracknell are reporting small increases in vehicle crime, as well as ongoing issues with garage break-ins and shoplifting.
They also issued reassurances fter the death of Tuanjai Sprengel in an underpass in Bullbrook two weeks ago and want information on graffiti gangs.
Reporter Hugh Fort took a look at what else the borough’s bobbies have been up to in April and May
In Binfield, officers have been carrying out Operation Level, which has revealed a problem with speeding in Forest Road and Terrace Road South.
They have also received complaints about parking outside Binfield CE Primary School in Benetfeld Road.
Drivers have been warned not to park across people’s driveways or within 10 metres of the junctions around the school.
In May there was just one house burglary and three ‘non-dwelling’ burglaries.
The team has dealt with two boys aged 12 and 14 for assault without injury and a 29-year-old man from Hillberry in Birch Hill who was cautioned for public order offences.
A 40-year-old man from Blamire Drive and a 45-year man from Cotterall Close were also cautioned for assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Officers in Winkfield, North Ascot and Cranbourne have seen an increase in car crime.
People in the area, especially in North Ascot, are advised to ensure they do not leave anything in their cars.
Drivers around the area’s three primary schools are also warned they could face a £30 fixed notice if they continue to park on double yellow lines at drop-off and collection times.
The team has also dealt with four men in connection with minor assaults in the area.
Crime in Priestwood and Garth is continuing to fall, but police are warning people approached by youths in Priestwood Square asking to buy them cigarettes and alcohol not to do so, as they could receive an £80 fine.
The team is continuing to carry out extra patrols around garage blocks
They have also charged a man with two counts of shoplifting and two men have been charged with criminal damage.
April and May were busy for the team in Bracknell town centre with 37 people, including 13 shoplifters, arrested and dealt with.
The team also dealt with 19 assaults without injury, two cases of drunk and disorderly, one case of fraud by false representation and two cases of cannabis possession.
Crime is dropping in Bullbrook and the neighbourhood team has moved to ease fears after a woman was killed last month.
Muhammad Shafi, 28, from Bracknell has been charged with the murder of Tuanjai Sprengel after she was found dead in an underpass in Bay Drive on Sunday, May 27.
Officers in the team are urging people not to worry and say people using pedestrian and cycle routes have more to fear from traffic.
Other incidents in the area include four assaults and a burglary in the Mount Lane housing estate where the property was damaged but nothing stolen.
There were four other burglaries including one at an office in Brants Bridge where TVs were stolen as the company moved into an office and one to a garage where nothing was stolen.
The other burglaries were fishing tackle taken from a garage in Bluebell Lane, and a bike being taken from a secure stairwell on the Mount Lane estate.
There has only been one instance of vehicle crime in the area, where the numberplates of a car in Goodways Drive were swiped.
However, four cars were damaged during the month.
A Ford Focus in Bay Road had its wing mirror knocked off and its brake light taken.
Another resident said their car’s wing mirror was broken off and a car parked in London Road was damaged by someone jumping on the bonnet and the roof.
Officers also attended a flat looking for a man in connection with a serious assault in Northampton.
They found a large quantity of drugs.
The team in Great Hollands and Jennett’s Park are still hunting graffiti vandals after tags appeared across the Southern Industrial Estate.
They are also tracking down the rider of a quad bike being ridden around the area in the early evenings.
In the community, PCSO Chris Young is working with children from Great Hollands Primary School to rejuvenate planters in and around Great Hollands Square and PCSO Taylor Walmsley is working with volunteers to carry out speed operations.
In Easthampstead and Wildridings the team has charged a man with assault, criminal damage and breach of a restraining order after a domestic incident in Boole Heights on Sunday, June 13.
The woman involved has also been charged with assault.
Three men were arrested after being spotted trying to break into cars in Fountains Garth in Wildridings.
One has been charged with vehicle interference and drugs possession and the others have been bailed.
A 29-year-old man was arrested after a domestic incident in Rectory Close, Easthampstead, after someone spotted an assault.
He admitted common assault and received a two-year suspended prison sentence.
Another 25-year-old has been charged with stealing a laptop and beer in Beckford Avenue at the end of April.
In Harmans Water and The Warren, the team dealt with 10 people in May.
An 18-year-old woman, a 20-year-old man and a 22-year-old man were fined for cannabis possession and a 19-year-old was charged with a non-dwelling burglary.
Three people were charged with shoplifting and a 37-year-old man with aggravated vehicle taking.
There have also been some problems with graffiti in the Martins Heron area.
Garage break-ins and thefts of metal items have also increased.
Police in Birch Hill and Hanworth want to speak to an older man they think may have witnessed a robbery.
They believe the man may have seen a woman being robbed outside Birch Hill shops on Thursday, May 10
He has grey hair and was wearing a mustard-coloured jacket.
Another incident involved a greyhound being injured after a fight with another dog at South Hill Park in Ringmead, Birch Hill.
On Thursday, May 24, the team carried out a drugs bust on a house in Ladybank, Birch Hill, where they found 67 wraps of what is thought to be the drug mephedrone.
Two 20-year-old men were arrested and bailed until Tuesday, July 3.
The team also wants information on an alleged assault by a group of people possibly using baseball bats.
They have also arrested a 39-year-old man in relation to an assault in Jameston, Birch Hill on Sunday, May 13.
Thieves have been targeting cars in Crown Wood and Forest Park.
Officers advise drivers not to leave anything in the car that gives thieves a clue you may have a sat nav, like holders and suction marks.
In April and May, the team fined an 18-year-old woman for being drunk and disorderly and charged a 26-year-old woman with fraud by false representation. A 34-year-old man was cautioned for public order offences, as well as two others whose details cannot be released.
In Crowthorne, officers have had problems with people riding off-road motorbikes near Broadmoor Hospital, including in Lower Broadmoor Road and Addiscombe Road.
The team urges people to report anyone they see riding dangerously or in an anti-social manner.
In Sandhurst, the team says thieves have been targeting commercial vehicles containing tools.
Police advise owners to remove these items if they are leaving the vehicle and not to give any indication to thieves that there is anything valuable in the vehicle.
They are also having problems with inconsiderate parking around schools and are warning parents could be fined.
The officers covering Owlsmoor and College Town have largely been dealing with shoplifters through April and May.
These include a woman, 28, charged with stealing alcohol from Waitrose in Yorktown Road, a 32-year-old woman arrested for stealing clothes and food worth £680 from Marks & Spencer in The Meadows, and a 30-year-old woman fined for shoplifting.
Another woman was caught by security hiding make-up in her handbag in Tesco and not paying.
The team has also been dealing with problem parking the College Town Infant and Junior Schools in Branksome Hill Road and warns parents can be fined if they don’t park properly.
- Anyone with information on any of the above incidents can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.