South Norfolk Weekly Crime Sumary

Weekly Crime Summary 4 August 2016

PCC wants to hear from residents in Great Yarmouth, North Norfolk, and King’s Lynn and West Norfolk

With a week to go before his public consultation closes, Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green is urging all Norfolk residents to share their views and help shape how crime and disorder are tackled over the next four years.

The Commissioner who, as well as running a short online survey, has been discussing crime and policing with community groups across the county, particularly wants to hear from residents in the districts of Great Yarmouth, King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, and North Norfolk.

“As PCC I am responsible for setting the direction for how we, as a county, tackle crime and disorder and keep our communities safe” Lorne said. “I want that direction to be shaped by the views and needs of Norfolk’s residents.”

“More than 2,000 people have shared their views on crime and policing with me so far, and had their say on what my priorities as PCC should be. There are some clear priorities for Norfolk people emerging from the responses I’ve had to-date, but to say what they are at this stage would risk influencing the responses of those who haven’t yet had their say. Once the consultation closes, I’ll publish all the details on the Norfolk PCC website.

“There’s still time to make your views count. I’d particularly like to hear from more people living in the Great Yarmouth area, in North Norfolk, and in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk.”

The PCC’s eight-week consultation will close on 12 August, at which time Lorne will use the feedback received to develop Norfolk’s Police and Crime Plan. That plan will set the county’s overall crime and policing priorities, as well as setting out the resources that will be made available to the Chief Constable and how policing performance will be measured.

The PCC’s online survey runs until the consultation closes on 12 August. People are also invited to email, telephone and write to the PCC to give their views.

Online survey at www.norfolk-pcc.gov.uk
Dedicated email address: TellLorne@norfolk.pnn.police.uk
Phone: 01953 424455
Postal address: OPCCN, Building 8, Jubilee House, Falconers Chase, Wymondham, NR18 0WW

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Weekly Crime Summary 28 July 2016

Have you nominated yet?

Nominations for this year’s Norfolk Safer Community Awards (NOSCAs) are drawing to a close and members of the public are being urged to vote for someone who has gone that extra mile.

Norfolk Constabulary is asking you to show your appreciation by voting for them in our annual awards.

Now entering its ninth year, the NOSCAs offer people the opportunity to support the continued efforts of their local community and Norfolk Constabulary in keeping the county a safe place to live, work and visit.

Chief Constable Simon Bailey said he believed the NOSCAs helped to highlight excellence from police officers, staff and members of the community.

He said: “I am always delighted to recognise people who go that extra mile. I would urge you all to nominate and vote for those people from your local community who you believe through their actions and words have made a difference to the area in which we all live and work.”

Three new categories have been added this year including; the Police Cadet of the Year Award, the Outstanding Leadership Award and the Hannah Witheridge Special Recognition Award.

Chief Constable Bailey said: “It is very pleasing that we have introduced three new categories this year, particularly the Hannah Witheridge Special Recognition Award. This award recognises the compassion, time and commitment shown by dedicated Family Liaison Officers who assist families through traumatic times.”

Local communities will also get the opportunity to vote to award individuals who make an exceptional contribution to their neighbourhood, while the Chief Constable will be choosing recipients for the Special Recognition Award and acknowledging officers and staff with Bravery Awards, which recognise outstanding courage in the line of duty.

Followers of Norfolk Constabulary’s Facebook page will once again be asked to vote for the Police Dog of the Year –

https://www.facebook.com/norfolkpolice/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10153849929458090

As before, readers of the Eastern Daily Press will be invited to highlight exceptional service by choosing the Community Police Officers of the Year from a selection of officers nominated by district commanders. Voting forms will be available in the paper and online shortly.

The three other categories members of the public can nominate someone for are; the John (Cecil) Mason Volunteer of the Year, Young Citizen(s) of the Year and Community Citizen(s) of the Year.

Norfolk Safer Community Awards are funded by sponsorship from commercial and community partners.

Our 2016 sponsors are:

  • Eastern Daily Press
  • Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Norfolk
  • Reed Global
  • Shell UK Exploration and Production
  • City College Norwich
  • Dardan Security
  • Capita
  • East of England Co-operative
  • Norfolk Chamber of Commerce
  • Royal Canin
  • Holiday Inn
  • KPM

Voting closes on 29 July 2016.

The winners and runners-up will be invited to a special awards evening taking place at Holiday Inn, Cromer Road, Norwich on Thursday 6 October 2016.

Full information about the awards and entry criteria is available on the NOSCAs website along with online nomination forms for all categories http://www.noscas.co.uk/

2016 Categories are:

1 Student Officer of the Year

2 The John (Cecil) Mason Volunteer of the Year

3 Special Constabulary Officer of the Year

4 Police Cadet of the Year

5 Police Staff Member of the Year

6 Young Citizen(s) of the Year

7 Investigator of the Year

8 Problem Solver of the Year

9 Outstanding Leadership Award

10 Community Citizen(s) of the Year

11 *The Chief Constable’s Special Recognition Award

12 *The Hannah Witheridge Special Recognition Award

13 *The Bravery Award

14a**Community Officer of the Year – Police Officer

14b**Community Officer of the Year – Police Community Support Officer (PCSO)

16 ***Police Dog of the Year

17 Outstanding Team of the Year

18 Safer Neighbourhood Team of the Year

*Chosen by the Chief Constable

**Chosen by EDP readers only

***Chosen by Norfolk Constabulary Facebook users

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Weekly Crime Summary 21 July 2016

Summer home security and personal safety

The summer has certainly arrived in Norfolk with temperatures soaring over the last couple of days; however, don’t let this lovely weather cloud your judgement over home security and personal safety.

Opportunist thieves will be on the look-out for personal property left within easy reach of open windows and unlocked doors.

Common mistakes are leaving handbags and car keys close to unlocked front or back doors, or leaving jewellery and electronic items on display near an open window.

To deter walk-in thieves, householders are advised to:

  • Keep doors and windows shut and locked where possible, especially if the room/home is unoccupied.
  • Lock your doors if you are spending time outside and out of view of your home.
  • When answering your door, make sure other external doors are locked first.
  • Keep valuables and personal property out of sight, remove from window sills, worktops and tables.

Also vulnerable at this time of year are cars left for long periods of time at coastal car parks and beauty spots. Motorists are advised to remove all valuables from display and from the vehicle where possible.

Finally, Norfolk is well known for its maze of open waterways and on a hot day the water may look an inviting place to cool down. Please remember the rivers around the broads are unsuitable for swimming in and have hidden dangers such as a sudden change in depth, decreases in temperatures and unseen objects and currents, which can cause even the strongest of swimmers to get into difficulty very quickly.

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Weekly Crime Summary 14 July 2016

South Norfolk On Show

We have seen an increase in recent weeks of thefts of trailers, drive on lawn mowers and quad bikes and sheds and outbuildings, being broken into and tools taken.

We have positive news in that some of the offenders have been identified and will be going to court.

If you would like a crime prevention survey for your property please contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team who will be able to carry this out.

We will be having a police stand at the ‘South Norfolk On show’ event in the grounds of the Council Offices at Long Stratton on Sunday 17th July between 11am and 4pm.

Members of some of the South Norfolk Safer Neighbourhood Teams and the Police Operational Partnership Team will be present to discuss any community issues or offer crime prevention advice.

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Weekly Crime Summary 7 July 2016

Two boys charged following arsons in Long Stratton
Officers from Norfolk Police have charged two boys with arson after investigating two separate incidents in Long Stratton.

A 12-year-old boy from Long Stratton was charged on Sunday 3 July 2016 with two offences which took place on Wednesday 30 March and Thursday 31 March 2016.

A 14-year-old-boy from Long Stratton was also charged on the same day with one offence which took place on Thursday 31 March 2016.

The arsons relate to two incidents. The first took place at the junction of Manor Road and Flowerpot Lane in Long Stratton sometime between 8.30pm and 9.15pm on Wednesday 30 March 2016 when officers received reports a bin had been deliberately set on fire at a bus stop.

The next incident took place sometime between 4pm and 6pm on Thursday 31 March 2016 when a stack of straw bales was set on fire located at a farm off Church Lane in Stratton St Michael. The fire spread to a large chicken shed (containing no livestock) which was completed destroyed.

The two boys will be appearing at Norwich Youth Court on Tuesday 26 July 2016 for their first hearing.

Reassurance for rural communities as PCC joins crime network
PCC Lorne Green gave a speech to the Norfolk Rural Support Network on 4 July, ahead of attending his first meeting as a member of the National Rural Crime Network later this month.

During his election campaign, Lorne met with residents across Norfolk who highlighted a variety of problems, from fly-tipping to vehicles speeding on country lanes. He vowed that, on election, he would join other PCCs around the country in signing up to the National Rural Crime Network and championing a better understanding of crime in rural areas.

In his speech to the Norfolk network, he offered reassurance to communities, saying he wants greater recognition of the impact of rural crime so more can be done to keep people safe.

“Rural communities pay the same taxes as everyone else”, he said. “They want to know that the police and other emergency services are there for them too. The police work hard to respond, but too often the perpetrators are long gone before the crime even becomes apparent.

“The cost of crime to rural communities is £800 million – equivalent to £200 for every household in the countryside. Rural crime and policing matters, and that’s why one of my first decisions as PCC has been to join the National Rural Crime Network; I’ll be meeting the other members at the AGM later this month.”

The PCC also encouraged Norfolk’s rural communities to make their voices heard by taking part in his crime and policing consultation.

“Earlier this month I launched an eight-week public consultation, through which I want to capture the policing and crime concerns of as many people as possible. This will inform my Police and Crime Plan, which will be published in September, setting my overall priorities for the next four years.

“It is important that people in our rural communities have their say and the opportunity to influence my priorities. I am committed to working with the police, partners and communities to develop a rural crime strategy for Norfolk.”

The PCC’s public consultation will close on 12 August.

A short survey has also been set up at www.norfolk-pcc.gov.uk which will run until the end of the consultation period. People are also invited to email, telephone and write to the PCC to give their views.

Dedicated email address: TellLorne@norfolk.pnn.police.uk

Web survey: www.norfolk-pcc.gov.uk/TellLorne

Twitter: #TellLorne

Phone: 01953 424455

Postal address:
Building 8
Falconers Chase
Wymondham
NR18 0WW

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Message from Chief Inspector Nathan Clark

Weekly Crime Summary 30 June 2016

Enjoying a night out? Norfolk’s Licencing team launch #ThinkClear initiative

Officers from Norfolk Constabulary’s Licencing team are reminding members of the public that licenced premises must offer FREE water as a condition of their license.

From Thursday 30 June 2016 participating licensed premises will be giving out free water from specially designed canisters to their customers. The initiative has been launched following consultation with premises with the aim of reducing alcohol related harm and the chances of becoming a victim of crime from drinking too much alcohol. Posters will be displayed around the City Centre night time economy encouraging the public to consume more water on a night out. Bottled water is being supplied to voluntary support organisations such as the SOS bus, Safe Haven and Street Presence teams to supply to clubbers.

Sergeant Amanda Lewis, from the Licensing team said: “Often people forget that licenced premises offer tap water for free. Alcohol consumption can lead to dehydration and dehydration can lead to a reduced capacity to make good decisions. If you pace yourself on a night out it will be much more enjoyable for everyone. Water won’t make you less drunk but it will make you feel better and keep you thinking clearly. Hopefully, this will mean you are less likely to become a victim or offender. Alcohol is a major aggravating factor in crime committed in the night time economy and initiatives such as this are aimed at reducing that harm”.

The campaign will be running from this Thursday and will be a prominent feature over the weekend. Keep an eye out for posters, vehicle graphics and the canisters in licenced premises.

More importantly, remember to #ThinkClear.

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Weekly Crime Summary 23rd June 2016

Have your say – PCC wants your views on keeping Norfolk safe

Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner is launching a two-month public consultation asking people to help set policing priorities in the county for the next four years.

Lorne Green is asking Norfolk people to share their views and to help shape and develop his Police and Crime Plan for 2016-2020.

The consultation, will run for eight weeks and closes on Friday August 12. As well as running an online survey, the PCC will be meeting with people, groups and organisations across the county to help him draft his plan.

That plan, to be published in the Autumn, will outline what the PCC will work to achieve over his four-year term, as well as setting out the objectives for policing, the resources that will be made available to the Chief Constable and how performance will be measured.

Launching the consultation, Lorne said: “My police and crime plan will set out how we, as a county, tackle crime and disorder between now and 2020.

“In setting that plan, I must meet requirements set by the Home Secretary, such as ensuring our police have the capacity and capability to respond to threats like cybercrime, terrorism and child sexual abuse.

“I must also take into account what victims of crime, our police, partners and other agencies identify as the key issues affecting Norfolk.

“The final piece of the jigsaw, and the part that will enable me to ensure the needs of Norfolk people are considered, is the community perspective on crime and policing.

“During my campaign to become your PCC, I spoke with many people living and working in different parts of our county, and began the process of finding out about the issues of most concern to them.

“To build on what I heard, and get a fuller picture of what matters to our communities, I am asking people to share with me their views on crime and policing. Your views are crucial to ensuring the approach we take over the next four years is the right one for our county.”

From speaking to people in market squares and supermarkets, to attending community meetings and events, Lorne will be gathering public views across Norfolk over the next eight weeks.

A short survey has also been set up at www.norfolk-pcc.gov.uk which will run until the end of the consultation period. People are also invited to email, telephone and write to the PCC to give their views.

Dedicated email address: TellLorne@norfolk.pnn.police.uk

Web survey: www.norfolk-pcc.gov.uk/TellLorne

Twitter: #TellLorne

Phone: 01953 424455

Postal address:

Building 8
Falconers Chase
Wymondham
NR18 0WW

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CCTV+2016

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Officers are releasing CCTV pictures of two men they would like to speak with in connection with a number of burglaries across Suffolk and Norfolk. This appeal for information was also made on the BBC Crimewatch Roadshow TV programme on Friday 17 June.

The crimes in both counties all took place on Saturday 9 April.  Burglaries were reported in  Icklingham, Purdis Farm and Stratford St Andrew in Suffolk. It is believed that the men then carried out four more burglaries across Norfolk at Gillingham, Beccles, Chedgrave, Framingham Pigot and Little Fransham.

The first incident took place at around 2.30pm in The Hall Close, Icklingham, where a man knocked on the door of a property and told the elderly resident that the water supply was contaminated and needed to be turned off.

Fortunately the victim did not believe the man and so closed the door on him and then reported the incident. The suspect was then seen to get into a silver-coloured Jaguar being driven by another man.

This was followed by an incident on the outskirts of Ipswich around an hour later between 3.30pm and 4pm, at an address in Woodrush Road, Purdis Farm. As the occupant returned home, he heard the horn of a silver-coloured Jaguar sound.

When he entered the house he discovered an attempt had been made to force open the rear patio doors, which was not successful. Four men were then seen getting into the Jaguar which drove off in the direction of Foxglove Crescent.

An incident took place at around 4.20pm at a house in Great Glemham Road, Stratford St Andrew. Three men entered the property via the back door and one of them held the victim – a man aged in his eighties – whilst the other two searched the house.

The victim was then threatened by one of the men with a screwdriver as they demanded money, stealing a quantity of cash before leaving. They were seen to get into a grey-coloured car, believed also to be a Jaguar. The victim suffered a minor graze to his arm as a result of this incident.

It is then believed that the gang travelled to Kings Dam in Gillingham. The owner arrived home around 5.20pm to find two men standing outside her house who offered to carry out garden and driveway work. The woman declined and the men left but she then discovered that the property had been ransacked and a sum of cash had been stolen. The victim described the men as both wearing shirts, ties and trilby style hats.

In another incident in Rectory Lane, Chedgrave the victim returned to home to find that the front door had been forced open and the hallway radiator had been ripped off the wall. Suspect/s had made an untidy search of the house and stole items of jewellery.

Around 6pm at a property in Little Fransham a woman in her 90s was disturbed by a group of four or five men who had broken in. One of the men said they were from the ‘water board’. The men then searched some of rooms and stole a large sum of cash. The woman was uninjured. She described one of the men as white, between 20 and 40 years old, 6 feet tall, well-built and was wearing a hat.

At a property on Chapel Lane, Framingham Pigot, sometime between 9.30am and 7.45pm, suspect/s forced entry at the rear of the house. An untidy search of the house was carried out and items of jewellery were stolen.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents or who recognise the men in the CCTV pictures should contact DC Grimble at Suffolk Police on 101.

Alternatively if you do have information but want to remain anonymous contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or via their online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Help us keep our communities safe by reporting any suspicious activity.

Please use the following link to pass useful information to Suffolk Police about any incident.

http://www.suffolk.police.uk/safetyadvice/reportacrime/tellthepolice.aspx

DO NOT USE THIS LINK IN AN EMERGENCY OR IN A SITUATION THAT REQUIRES AN IMMEDIATE POLICE RESPONSE WHEN YOU SHOULD RING 999.

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Weekly Crime Summary 16th June 2016

More than 120 people were caught driving while using a mobile phone in Norfolk and Suffolk during a week-long campaign in May.

In total, 122 motorists received Traffic Offence Reports (TORs), 118 for driving while using a mobile phone and four for not being in proper control of a vehicle.

Roads policing officers from Norfolk and Suffolk support the campaign led by the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) which ran from Monday 23 May until Sunday 29 May.

County results breakdown:

Norfolk

Driving while using a mobile phone – 69
Not in proper control of a vehicle – 3

Suffolk

Driving while using a mobile phone – 49
Not in proper control of a vehicle – 1

Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, head of Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit, said: “Using a mobile phone behind the wheel increases your chances of being involved in a collision and no message or call is so important that you could end up putting yourself and others in harm’s way. Clearly there’s still many drivers taking the risk and our efforts to target these motorists will continue.”

Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green said: “I have zero tolerance for people who use a mobile phone whilst driving.

“My message to these drivers: Wake up, don’t be so selfish and stop risking your own life and those around you.

“Pull over and turn off your engine if you need to use your phone.”

Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore said: “Using a mobile phone at the wheel is reckless and costs lives. It absolutely horrifies me when I see drivers on their phones and sadly we see it all too often.

“Nothing that anyone is talking about on their phone while they are driving can be so important that it is worth risking their own life and the life of others.

“The message is simple: don’t take the risk, if you haven’t got ‘hands-free’ in your car switch off your phone before you turn the key in your ignition.

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Weekly Crime Update: 9th June 2016

Police launch summer crackdown on drink drivers

Motorists who get behind the wheel under the influence of drink or drugs will be targeted by police as officers take part in a month-long campaign.

Police in Norfolk and Suffolk will be carrying out extra patrols as part of the summer drink drive campaign throughout June; breathalysing any driver who is stopped due to concerns over the manner of their driving, a vehicle defect or anyone involved in a collision.

This year’s campaign coincides with the European Championships 2016 and football fans are urged not to risk drink driving if heading out to watch matches.

Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, head of the joint Roads Policing and Firearms Operations Unit, said: “We target suspected drink and drug drivers all year round but this campaign allows us to raise awareness of the dangers, which a minority of motorists still chose to ignore.

“This year’s campaign coincides with Euro 2016 and while watching matches is very social, either down the pub or going round a friend’s house, we would urge people not to be tempted to drink and drive.

The campaign will run from Wednesday 1 June until Thursday 30 June and involves targeted roadside activities by roads policing officers with support from uniformed officers across both counties.

Last year (2015) nearly 200 motorists were caught drink driving in Norfolk and Suffolk while 26 drivers failed roadside drug tests. In total 194 motorists provided positive breath tests, 78 in Norfolk and 116 in Suffolk, with three people in Norfolk and 23 in Suffolk failing roadside drug tests.

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