Here is the latest Cholsey neighbourhood update from Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Taqwa Galpin and PCSO Clare Beale.
As we know summer is well under way and the kids have still been off, therefore we have seen an increase in anti-social behaviour (ASB) in the Cholsey area. We have had a few incidents in the village where windows have been smashed, the notice board was set on fire and glass milk bottles have been smashed in people’s driveways. We have located some individuals involved and anti-social behaviour contracts have been issued. A letter drop has been done along Station Road to the houses close to the Recreation Ground advising residents to call in when ASB is taking place or has been done. We have had no further problems at the allotments, which we hope is reassuring to residents. We have had reports of ASB on railway tracks between Cholsey and Wallingford where people have been putting sleepers on the railway track. Please call the police non-emergency number 101 if you see anything to report.
We had a small spate of vehicle break-ins during one weekend in August. The offender targeted about five white vans, stealing power tools through the night. Scenes of Crime officers attended each job and fingerprints have been found; inquiries are ongoing.
Cholsey, along with the new Cholsey Meadow site has been targeted with shed break-ins and bikes being stolen. Please keep bikes padlocked and secured as best as you can. Shed alarms can also be used where appropriate.
There has been a recent incident at Kentwood Close, Cholsey which spilled into the street. Police arrived on scene, gained control and arrests were made. Since then, individuals have been spoken to and advised to be considerate to other residents. We have carried out reassurance patrols in the area to speak to worried residents.
There was a theft of number plates from Honey Lane, Cholsey on the evening of Tuesday 27 August at 10:10pm. Did you see anything? If so, please call in on 101 to speak to us.
In the last weekend of August, Bunkfest took place in Wallingford. It was a very successful event although there were few arrests. We also issued a number of Section 27s (dispersal orders) to keep anti-social, drunk people away from the event but all in all, it was a very good weekend.
During the next month, we will be taking part in OPERATION RANGER. This is a rural operation which will be carried across South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse. This operation will involve the police patrolling farms and rural areas.