Police updates: Officers deal with drugs and shopliftersBy Becky Barnes
September 26, 2012
Anti-social behaviour, drugs and shoplifting have been dealt with by Bracknell’s police during July and August.
Reporter BECKY BARNES took a look at what the neighbourhood police teams have been doing.
Shoplifting is on the increase in Binfield, but police hope the village’s good CCTV coverage will help snare shoplifters.
One home and two other buildings were burgled, one vehicle was stolen and another broken into.
The team will issue fixed penalty notices for illegal parking outside Lloyds Chemist, Terrace Road North, after a ‘polite notice’ did not stop the problem.
A 37-year-old man, of Wilstrode Avenue, was fined for a public order act offence.
Speeding remains an issue with on average 20 drivers recorded driving at more than 35mph hour along Terrace Road South and Forest Road, where the speed limit is 30mph.
IN WARFIELD, a horse-drawn carriage was stolen from a stable and the cricket pavilion at the Memorial Ground was broken into and damaged, but nothing was stolen.
A 22-year-old man had two offences taken into consideration for burglary in a dwelling and a 27-year-old man was cautioned for making off without payment.
Operation Level has started again to monitor speeding – two speed checks in Warfield Street both resulted in speeders being caught.
Anti-social behaviour complaints have been made about Westmorland Park with concerns about loud swearing during ball games. Police are urging people using the ground not to use offensive language.
A suspected cannabis factory was raided in Whitelands Drive, North Ascot, by the WINKFIELDteam.
A 26-year-old man is on bail after police found around 60 plants thought to be cannabis in a raid in mid-August.
Thefts from vehicles have dropped and police say crime is still on the decrease, in line with crime statistics across the borough.
Six men were charged with shoplifting in PRIESWOOD AND GARTH and one man was charged with drug possession.
One man was charged with theft from a motor vehicle and another with handling stolen goods.
There will be extra patrols in garage blocks in a bid to reduce break-ins and extra patrols to try to cut down criminal damage to cars.
The team says reports of anti-social behaviour were low during the school holidays.
A crackdown on anti-social behaviour took place in BRACKNELL TOWN CENTRE.
The team ran Operation Lambretta for five days in the last week of August and dispersed large groups of young people causing anti-social behaviour.
The team has also been cracking down on alcohol consumption in the town centre.
Mobile phones have also been snatched from tables in the town centre.
Anyone who wants to set up a neighbourhood watch scheme can contact The Watch Office, Bracknell Police Station, The Broadway, call (01344) 823 488 or email email@example.com.
An officer was allegedly assaulted and two vehicles damaged in a violent dispute in Smith Square, BULLBROOK.
A 35-year-old man was charged with causing the damage and assaulting the arresting officer.
There were five other reported assaults in the Mount Lane area.
Two vehicles were damaged, in North Green and Ogden Park.
Play equipment was set alight in the Deepfield Road Play Park between August 1-7.
The trim of a Vauxhall Corsa was stolen when someone broke into a garage block in Bay Road and the bodywork trim of a Peugeot was stolen from Bay House car park.
Two men were stop checked and found to have drugs, one in Mount Lane on July 23, and a man from Wembley stopped near Bullbrook shops had an offensive weapon.
A 38-year-old man received a warning for criminal damage caused to housing association property on the Mount Lane estate on July 26. The same day a 26-year-old man was charged with having Class A drugs.
A 32-year-old man was charged with burglaries of two neighbouring homes in London Road on July 31.
Crime figures have dropped 20 per cent compared with the same period last year.
Police are still investigating a spate of tyre slashings in GREAT HOLLANDS.
Two 19-year-old men were given warnings for having cannabis and a 27-year-old man was charged with possessing the class B drug.
A 55-year-old man was charged with criminal damage to dwellings and a 26-year-old man was charged with GBH in separate incidents.
Operation Level has seen a dramatic decrease in speeding along Ringmead and Operation Lion Cub 2 has run through the summer to combat anti-social behaviour.
Theft from motor vehicles has dropped.
Automatic number plate recognition is being used in EASTHAMPSTED AND WILDRIDINGS to identify vehicles which are speeding, are associated with crime or are without tax or insurance.
PCSO Parker and PCSO Hughes have been involved in Operation Lion Cub to tackle anti-social behaviour.
IN HARMANS WATER four people were dealt with for shoplifting – a 60-year-old man was fined, two 15-year-old girls were offered restorative justice and a 37-year-old woman was charged.
A 24-year-old man was given a restorative resolution for criminal damage and a 25-year-old man was charged with burglary.
An 11-year-old boy was reprimanded for assault without injury and a 21-year-old woman was cautioned for harassment.
Two handbags were snatched.
Operation Level targeted speeding drivers in Austin Way last month and Broad Lane is still being monitored.
A white van was stolen from Herondale, BIRCH HILL on September 1. The number plate is FE55 SXX.
There has been a spate of scam calls and emails claiming people’s computer have a virus or they are owed money.
A 27-year-old Bracknell man was charged on August 10 for shoplifting from the Co-op in HANWORTH on July 23. He asked for four offences to be taken into consideration and is awaiting sentencing.
Ketchup and mayonnaise were thrown over vehicles in CROWN WOOD AND FOREST PARK.
There has been a spate of burglaries and an increase in thefts from vehicles in the two areas.
Operation Level targeted speeding in Savernake Way in August and Opladen Way is being monitored.
Anti-social behaviour remains low in Crowthorne, but there have been some issues reported at the play park between Pinefields Close and Church Street.
Officers from Operation Lion Cub, which targets anti-social behaviour, will be patrolling the area.
Shops are urged to join the Shopwatch scheme after shoplifting was reported at one of the shops.
Numberplates have been stolen from cars in SANDHURSTand police have warned people to report this crime as the number plates could be used to commit other crimes.
Fitting anti-tamper screws will make number plates snap if they are pulled off.
A car will be crushed after an uninsured 17-year-old girl drove teenagers around in it.
People using parks are reminded to take their rubbish with them after broken bottles were found.
Operation Lion Cub continues to run to deter anti-social behaviour.
Shoplifting is still a problem in OWLSMOOR.
A 45-year-old woman was charged with taking £300 of Marks & Spencer clothes from The Meadows, College Town. Two 25-year-old women were fined for stealing £100 of clothes.
Two women, thought to be eastern European and aged between 40 and 50, distracted a staff member and stole a mobile phone from a party shop in College Town.
A 17-year-old youth was charged for concealing a blade in February this year and a 28-year-old man was charged with an assault at a pub in College Town in April.
A 17-year-old motorcyclist failed to stop in Owlsmoor Road and was arrested for having no driving licence, insurance or MoT and a driver was arrested after she drove in Yeovil Road without a licence.
Two drivers left without paying at Tesco service station – one man was identified on CCTV.
A 17-year-old youth of The Greenways was convicted for having cannabis with intent to supply.
Police are cracking down on anti-social driving around the Meadows car parks. Extra patrols are being carried out following reports of anti-social behaviour at Sandhurst Sports Centre.
Sheds and garages have been targeted by thieves.
Cars in the Yeovil Road shops car park were damaged on Thursday, August 10, and two number plates were stolen and unscrewed in Victoria Road overnight from August 28 to 29.
Two bikes were stolen from a back garden in Hallmark Close August 27 – one gold and silver Extreme and a red and silver Shockwave. One was found in Florence Road.