Police Updates: Bracknell officers deal with drugs, shoplifting and speedingBy Becky Barnes
August 22, 2012
Drugs, anti-social behaviour, shoplifting and burglaries have been dealt with by Bracknell’s police during June and July. Reporter Becky Barnes took a closer look at what the neighbourhood police teams have been doing around the borough.
Speeding remains an issue in Binfield, which the team thinks is because many drivers are not aware of the 30mph limit. Results from Operation Level show both Terrace Road South and Forest Road have on average 20 drivers speeding each hour.
The team plans to issue fixed penalty notices if cars are parked across driveways, on pavements or within 10 metres of the junctions on Benetfeld Road. There will be patrols during Binfield CE Primary School pick up times to monitor this.
Police have warned holidaymakers to ensure their homes are secure and utilise good neighbours to keep an eye on their property. Burglaries and thefts from vehicles are down on last year with two burglaries in July.
An 18-year-old youth from Longmoors, Priestwood, was given a formal warning for cannabis possession and a 73-year-old man, of Simmonds Close, was given an adult restorative resolution for assault without injury.
Operation Lion Cub continues to target anti-social behaviour such as underage drinking, smoking and rowdy behaviour on Friday and Saturday nights.
In Winkfield the team has not dealt with any cases and said this is in line with crime falling across the borough.
Residents are reminded to leave nothing on display in vehicles but reported incidents have dropped following the last update of a recent spate of thefts from cars.
The team is appealing for witnesses after the roof of the Ascot Pavilion, Goaters Road was damaged by criminals on Saturday, June 30 between 5.30pm and 7pm.
Anyone with any information should call 101.
There is a new police community support officer (PCSO) in Priestwood and Garth - PCSO Iain Gregory has transferred from Harmans Water, where he was based for two years.
The team has been carrying out extra patrols of all garage blocks to try to reduce garage break-ins.
A new 'Garage Watch' scheme has also been introduced and if you would like your garage added to the police’s list so they can track garage owners down quickly if there are any problems, call 101.
The Bracknell town centre team dealt with 24 incidents in July with offenders aged 14 to 54.
Officers dealt with 13 cases of shoplifting, five incidents of actual bodily harm, two assaults without injury, one case of criminal damage and two cases of theft.
They also dealt with a case where an individual has breached a non-molestation order.
The team has reducing anti-social behaviour as its priority and is utilising the Designated Public Places Order (DPPO) to fine those who refuse to stop drinking in controlled areas.
Operation Lambretta - aimed at addressing anti-social behaviour by youths, ran at the end of the month and was a success - the team stopped people cycling through the town, dealt with anti-social youths outside St Joseph’s Church and stopped people drinking in Jubilee Gardens.
Police have asked parents to be aware of where there children are, what they are doing and who they are with during the summer holidays.
The operation will run again at the end of this month.
Officers in Bullbrook reported a rise in crime in June and July with five burglaries committed in the area and a string of other offences.
A 32-year-old man is in custody after admitting two burglaries - both on London Road.
Another offender broke into a flat through an insecure window in Canterville Place, Mount Lane, on Wednesday, June 20.
A house in Deepfield Road was burgled while the occupants were sleeping on Sunday, July 8. Burglars ransacked the home and stole keys to a car which they then used to ram raid Cashzone in the town centre.
A group of people tried to break into a flat on Mount Lane on Saturday, July 14 - the Housing Association is seeking to repossess the home as the tenant has disappeared with significant rent arrears.
Detectives also received reports of an attempted break-in at an office on Eastern Road between July 5 and 6.
Officer also dealt with two reports of stolen cars, one was a hire car which had not been returned and the other was a black BMW registration YB60 HGO stolen from the Kelvin Gate underground car park on Wednesday, June 20, which is still missing.
A drunken man dented cars at the Honda dealership by running across them before falling off.
He was caught on CCTV and left shoe prints and fingerprints but he has not yet been identified.
Eight assaults were reported but two of them may have not actually occurred and all the rest were classed as domestics with no injuries caused.
Officers also arrested a 35-year-old Wokingham man for committing a public disorder offence and assault in Mount Lane, they charged a 42-year-old man with causing criminal damage to a shared house in The Oaks and cautioned a 22-year-old man from Kelvin Gate for an assault on a police officer.
They also charged a 42-year-old man, of Milman Close, with three counts of fraud on Thursday, July 12.
A 20-year-old man has been charged with shoplifting from the BP garage, London Road, on four separate occasions.
And a 19-year-old Ascot man was stopped in Mount Lane and given a formal warning for having cannabis.
Two youths were arrested and one was charged after reports from Jennett's Park and Great Hollands that people were entering building sites and causing criminal damage.
The team is looking for witnesses after The Zone Youth Centre, Great Hollands Square was damaged and the skylight was forcible removed from the roof on Tuesday, July 24.
Anyone who has information call 101 with reference LF/4090213/12.
Theft from vehicles has dramatically dropped following the recent success of the Clear Car campaign.
Officers cautioned a 17-year-old boy for an assault in Jennett’s Park, charged a 25-year-old man with cannabis possession and charged a 21-year-old woman with drug possession.
A NEW police point for Easthampstead opened at the community centre in July.
The team found a small cannabis cultivation when they searched a property in Rectory Row on Friday, July 20. Two men, aged 32 and 45 were arrested and released on bail.
A 32-year-old man has been charged with burglary and remanded in custody ,after a laptop, games console, MP3 player and a camera were taken from a home in Old Bracknell Lane East on Tuesday, July 17.
Officers also charged a 54-year-old man with shoplifting meat from the Co-op, Rectory Row, on Monday, July 16.
And a woman, 27, who poured white paint over a car, was cautioned on Saturday, June 23.
An £80 fixed penalty notice was given to a 21-year-old man after he admitted smashing a window on Reeds Hill on Monday, June 18.
The team also fined a 27-year-old man for cannabis possession after they were alerted by a strong odour of cannabis in Beckford Avenue on Sunday, June 17.
Clamping down on speeding is a priority for the Harmans Water and The Warren team with recent checks in Broad Lane.
Officers revealed expensive items were stolen from a garage and a garden, and a car was badly scratched in the last month.
The team dealt with nine cases - three people were dealt with for shoplifting, a 35-year-old man was charged, a 38-year-old was given a fixed penalty notice and a 34-year-old man was given an adult restorative solution.
Officers also cautioned two 19-year-old men for theft in a dwelling and a 17-year-old girl was issued with a youth reprimand.
A 40-year-old man was charged with abuse of trust and a 48-year-old man was charged with theft from a person.
Police have asked neighbours to apologise in advance for any noise that might arise from social gatherings following anti-social noise complaints.
Operation Lion Club continues - with police patrolling parks in a bid to stop youths drinking alcohol.
Two cars were stolen in Birch Hill and Hanworth - one was following a burglary in Hanover Gardens on Thursday, July 12, and the car was found in Wildridings on Friday, July 13.
A 9.3 per cent drop in anti-social behaviour calls is beating the borough’s 3.7 per cent reduction.
Officers have dealt with two individuals; a 24-year-old woman from Priestwood was given a street caution for cannabis possession at South Hill Park and a 22-year-old man, from Crown Wood, was jailed for eight weeks after stealing from McColls at Birch Hill Shopping Centre on June 7.
Theft from vehicles have increased in Crown Wood and Forest Park. The team reminds everyone to keep valuable items out of cars and ensure doors are locked.
Police dealt with one individual in the area in the past month - a 33-year-old man was charged with cannabis possession.
Anti-social behaviour has decreased by 10.8 per cent compared to 2011 and year on year reported incidents are down by 16 per cent.
A person has been arrested and released on bail following a small number of burglaries in Crowthorne.
Operation Level continues on Lower Broadmoor Road and Waterloo Road to combat speeding and Operation Lioncub runs every Friday and Saturday to patrol anti-social behaviour areas.
In Sandhurst, two men from London were arrested at an address in Yorktown Road for possession with intent to supply class A drugs on Monday, July 23.
This led to a further three arrests the following day in Humber Way for possession with intent to supply cannabis.
The team wants to remind residents to lock and shut windows and doors when they leave their properties.
Operation Lion Cub has come in to force while the schools have broken up for the summer to tackle anti-social behaviour.
Garages have been targeted in Owlsmoor and College Town and the team asks that any suspicious behaviour around garage blocks be reported.
A caravan was stolen from a driveway on June 23 and three sets of golf clubs were stolen from a garage in Crake Place between June 14 and 25.
Police remind people not to leave valuables or work tools in their vehicles and make sure their sheds are locked.
A number of people have been arrested and charged with shoplifting.
A 17-year-old boy who was arrested in February was recently convicted for cannabis possession and a 15-year-old boy was charged with a burglary.
Officers also charged a 26-year-old man with public order offences in Hallmark Close.
No updates were available for Warfield.