Spring 2011 news

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06/05/11........Latest crime report for Thame area (By PCSOs Diane Jackson & Lucy Thorn)

The Home Office national crime mapping website gives the public access to street-level crime information as well as information on their Neighbourhood Policing Teams, Neighbourhood Priorities and Events - details of Have Your Say and other neighbourhood activities. Log on to type in your local postcode or neighbourhood name and then click on Find out more.

ASB Info:
The most common way we can deal with incidents of anti-social behaviour (ASB) is by issuing ASB warning letters, acceptable behaviour contracts (ABC’s), anti-social behaviour orders (ASBO’s), Section 27 orders – direction to leave locality, and Section 59 orders - contracts issued for using a vehicle in an anti-social manner.

During April, two ASB warning letters have been issued to underage drinkers. The alcohol was confiscated by PCSO Jackson.

One Section 59 has been issued but no Section 27’s.

Yet again, we would like to remind all members of the public that the partly demolished Memec building situated on Jane Moreby Road is private property. Therefore any entry to the premises is classed as trespassing. Offenders will be dealt with accordingly. This is also a huge health and safety risk, due to it being partly pulled down.

Over the Easter period, with the sunny weather, the amount of litter and broken glass in Southern Road and in other communal areas around the town has increased. This is not only an offence, but it creates problems for others i.e. local football teams, who cannot play safely on a pitch containing bits of broken glass.

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Thrapston PCSO designs collectable cards for children

select to read more A police community support officer (PCSO) has come up with an idea to help children to get to know their local officers better.

Lisa Dickerson, based in Thrapston, Northamptonshire, has designed a set of cards based on the 'Top Trumps' game.

Each card has information about an officer including scores for their pedal power, foot power, problem solving, agility and strength.

There are 11 cards for children to collect from PCSOs.

Insp Vaughan Clarke, who is in charge of policing in East Northamptonshire said: "It's so important that children are confident to speak to our officers if they have a problem or something is a concern for them."

Officers will visit schools including Stanwick, Ringstead, Thrapston, Irthlingborough and Great Addington over the next few weeks to explain how the scheme will work.

The cards have been funded by the East Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership.

Villagers gets smart in a bid to deter burglars

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A HI-TECH crime prevention aid has been distributed free of charge to a number of vulnerable residents in a Lutterworth-area village.

SmartWater, a property-marking liquid which contains a unique chemical signature almost like DNA, was given to a number of residents in Coltesbach.

The liquid can be used to mark possessions and if they are ever stolen and recovered, it is far easier to reunite them with the owner.

Signs have been put up in the village notifying would-be burglars that the area is covered by SmartWater and it is hoped this will act as a deterrent.

Cotesbach Parish Council joined forces with the police to offer the liquid.

Chairman of Cotesbach Parish Council Aubrey Adcock said: “It has been great to work with the police to protect our vulnerable residents. The parish council is proud to show its support to this kind of project.”

Pcsos Peter Willson and Steve Adams visited homes to supply the free SmartWater kits.

Radlett PCSO recognised with safer neighbourhood award 11:40am Thursday 5th May 2011
By Chris Hewett

select to read more A Radlett PCSO has been nominated as one of the best officers in the county by the Hertfordshire Police Authority. Iain Boyd was nominated for being “highly visible” and “popular, friendly and down-to-earth”. Having won the Hertsmere heats of the PCSO of the Year Award 2011, Mr Boyd goes through to the final, where he will be ranked among other borough winners in the county. Nominations for the awards are made by members of the public and fellow police officers. The heats winners will be presented with a certificate at the safer neighbourhood awards ceremony, on Tuesday May 24, and a county winner will be selected on the night.

Police support officer jailed for leaking stories
Tipoffs from former journalist Emma Smiter ended up in national newspapers

Press Association, Monday 18 April 2011 14.39 BST

A police community support officer has been jailed for 12 months for leaking confidential information to the press.

Emma Smiter's illegal tipoffs, one of which related to an allegation of attempted murder, were reported in national newspapers including the Sun and Daily Mirror. The material, gleaned from Hertfordshire police computers, was passed to a news agency journalist and then on to the wider media.

The 26-year-old, of Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, was sentenced at Basildon crown court, a court official said.

In March, a jury at the court found Smiter guilty of misconduct in a public office and attempting to pervert the course of justice. Smiter, a former local newspaper reporter with the Welwyn and Hatfield Times, had denied the charges.

During the trial, prosecutor Richard Scott said that Smiter breached police and public trust with her various disclosures. On one occasion, this involved revealing the name of a woman alleged to have been the victim of an attempted murder, the court was told. At the time, detectives had deliberately withheld the woman's personal details from the public for legal reasons. Information about a charity box at a police station in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, being "£12 short" also appeared in a newspaper, to the embarrassment of the force.

Smiter joined the Hertfordshire force as a police community support officer in 2008. Once in this position, she passed some of what she knew to Neil Hyde, a director of the INS news agency, jurors heard. On arrest, she claimed certain details had come from blogs rather than police files.

But the court heard she fabricated the internet material to support her defence and deliberately misled a jury.

When interviewed, she admitted she "knew the rules" about police holding personal data and denied being responsible for passing information to Hyde between 2008 and 2009. She claimed she had only ever used police computers and emails for legitimate reasons and had been "just friends" with Hyde.

By Louise Eccles and Lydia Warren
Last updated at 1:06 AM on 27th April 2011

Enjoying the sunshine, three police officers perch next to a lake while they supervise a teenager on a fishing trip.

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Two of the officers seem more interested in checking their mobile phones and chatting than keeping an eye on the bored-looking tearaway.

Police say the publicly funded expedition was organised to help officers bond with the community and ‘get young people involved in positive activities’.

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Bethan Dorsett, April 27, 2011 A toddler was saved by a police community support officer’s kiss of life after an almost fatal fall.

Tot Leylan Stewart had stopped breathing and was turning blue after falling in the kitchen. Mum Jade Ryan grabbed her son and fled to the street, where her cries for help were answered by patrolling PCSOs Peter Epstein and Steve Wright.

PCSO Epstein gave Leylan mouth-to-mouth, while his workmate called for back-up.

Jade, 24, from Partington, said: "When I saw PCSO Epstein, I just threw my son at him.

"The officer put him down in the front garden and got him breathing. The doctors told me that if he hadn’t helped, Leylan would have died."

PCSO Epstein described how he heard loud screaming as they cycled through Hazel Walk. He said:?"Jade ran out of her house, shouting ‘my child is not breathing’."

PCSO Epstein couldn’t find a pulse and believing Leylan was choking on his tongue, cleared his airways and started CPR.

Moments later, Leylan started breathing.

Pcs Nick Slater and Brian Delaney arrived to help revive the boy and relay messages from 999 operators ahead of paramedics’ arrival.

Leylan was rushed to hospital, and made a full recovery within a day.

Doctors at Wythenshawe Hospital told Jade her son had stopped breathing due to shock caused by the accident.

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