Police updates: Shoplifters, drugs and speedingBy Hugh Fort
July 18, 2012
Shoplifters, drugs and speeders have all been dealt with by Bracknell’s police during May and June.
Reporter Hugh Fort takes a closer look at what the neighbourhood police teams have been doing around the borough.
Speeding remains a issue for the team in Binfield, with results from the ongoing Operation Level showing problems in Forest Road and Terrace Road South.
The area’s PCSOs will be out continuing to monitor traffic speed, which could lead to speeding operations being held.
The team still wants to remind parents not to block drives or junctions when taking their children to Binfield CE Primary School in Benetfeld Road.
The team has dealt with 10 cases over the period. A 33-year-old man from Campion House in Priestwood was charged in relation to four shoplifting cases and two women from Holyport were charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
A 17-year-old youth from Bracknell was charged with cannabis possession, and an 18-year-old man from Goodchild Road in Wokingham was cautioned for making off without paying.
The team also charged a 19-year-old man with a no-house burglary and a 46-year-old man from Mutton Oaks in Binfield was cautioned in relation to criminal damage to houses.
In Warfield, the village’s cricket pavilion was broken into, but nothing was taken.
The team have also received complaints about loud swearing coming from people playing football in Westmorland Park.
Police cautioned a 27-year-old man for making off without payment and a 22-year-old man has admitted two burglaries in the area.
A 35-year-old man admitted three burglaries of homes in Winkfield and a 22-year-old man also admitted raiding a house in the area.
A 29-year-old woman was cautioned for assault.
The team is reminding drivers not to leave items in the cars after a spate of break-ins.
Reports of anti-social behaviour are down in Priestwood and Garth, but the team is still having problems with youths hanging around the shopping area pestering people to buy them cigarettes and alcohol.
The policing team are reminding people not to do this as it is illegal.
A man was charged with two incidents of criminal damage, one man was charged with shoplifting, one man warned for drug possession, one man charged with harassment, one man charged with assault on a police officer, one man charged with cannabis possession and two women received Youth Restorative Resolutions for theft.
The team in Bracknell town centre have been busy over the period and have dealt with 31 cases.
These were four instances of theft, four of criminal damage to vehicles and buildings, one man breached his ASBO and 20 people – 12 women and eight men – were dealt with for shoplifting.
Police also charged a man and a woman with going equipped for burglary, gave a man an Adult Restorative Resolution for criminal damage and charged a man with racially aggravated public order offences.
In Bullbrook, two suspected burglars were caught inside a house after they made so much noise they woke the person who lived there.
The homeowner called the police, who found them still inside. They have been arrested and inquiries are ongoing.
No other break-ins have been reported and the 22 crimes over the period is the same number as reported this time last year.
The team is suggesting anyone going on holiday might want to invest in a timer switch to turn the lights on and off.
Officers say burglars aren’t necessarily fooled by individual lights being left on and using a timer gives more of an impression someone is in.
Travellers are also advised not to put their home address on luggage as an email address is all they will need to give to airlines.
Two vehicles were stolen in the past month and have still not been recovered.
A red Vauxhall Vectra was taken from outside the Miller’s Thumb flats in Freeborn Way between Thursday, June 7, and Saturday, June 9.
A black and white quad bike was taken from the car park at Kelvin Gate flats in Park Road on Saturday, June 16.
Just one item has been taken from a car – a woman’s purse from a Vauxhall Vectra in Hillcopse between Thursday, May 24, and Friday, May 25.
There were two reports of criminal damage; one was an angry pedestrian who hit a car with a shopping trolley. The other incident was someone letting down the tyres and scratching the paintwork of a car parked in Cumberland Drive on Saturday, June 16.
There was a bust-up between two women at the Running Horse pub in London Road. One woman admitted assault and was cautioned.
The second incident was a fight between two women living in Kelvin Gate. One woman has been charged with assault.
A distinctive mountain bike was stolen from a garage in Van Dyke in Great Hollands and Jennett’s Park.
The Kona Coiler is silver and navy blue and is worth about £1,650. It has red-rimmed wheels and the rear one is slightly buckled and has a black ‘661’ sticker on it.
A warrant was also executed at a house in Viking and a 20-year-old man charged with possession with intent to supply of Class A and B substances.
A 34-year-old man was charged with public order offences in Ringmead, another man aged 19 has received a final written warning for assault and a 40-year-old woman was given an Adult Restorative Disposal for assault.
Thefts have increased in Harmans Water and The Warren, with the neighbourhood team urging people not to leave items on show in vehicles.
During the month officers dealt with nine people; an 18-year-old woman was fined for drug possession, a 19-year-old man charged with a non-dwelling burglary, a 20-year-old man fined for drug possession, a 22-year-old man warned for cannabis possession and a 22-year-old woman cautioned for shoplifting.
A 22-year-old man was charged with making or supplying articles for use in fraud, a 35-year-old woman was cautioned for shoplifting, a 37-year-old man was charged with aggravated vehicle taking and a 53-year-old woman was fined for shoplifting.
PC Michael Foot and his team in Birch Hill and Hanworth are hunting thieves who took an off-road motorcross bike from a garage in Cottesmore between Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23.
The bike is blue with the number 79 stamped on the side and the handlebars.
The team also say reports of anti-social behaviour have fallen by three per cent since last year.
A man officers caught trying to sell mephedrone, cocaine and cannabis in May has since been sentenced to 100 hours community service.
They have also dealt with a serial burglar from Hanworth.
A 21-year-old woman from Wokingham was also arrested for conspiracy to supply Class B drugs (mephedrone) after a drug warrant executed in Ladybank in Birch Hill in May. She has been bailed to return on Wednesday, July 25.
Businesses in Crowthorne have been advised to improve security and check CCTV after a spate of attempted burglaries.
PCSO Ivana Houska says a number of storage sheds, garages and shops have been targeted in Dukes Ride and High Street.
Crime remains low in Sandhurst, but the team is reporting thefts of number plates from cars.
Thieves steal the plates and put them on cars which they then use to commit crime.
People are urged to report this as soon as possible.
The team also says there have been no reports of any anti-social behaviour in the area.