Local Police Newsletter for the Hazlemere & Chepping Wycombe Area
Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 January 2013 16:41
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Please note, this is an abridged version of the December 2011 newsletter, showing only extracts of news relevant to Penn and Tylers Green.
The purpose of this monthly newsletter is to provide the local community with updates and/or information regarding issues that were reported to the police and their efforts to try and resolve them.
If you need to contact your neighbourhood police team then please dial 101, and ask the police operator to put you through to the Hazlemere Police Office or leave the team a message.
Anti Social Behaviour (ASB):
- At 9 pm on the 03/12/2011 a group of young people placed a log in the road on Roberts Ride, Hazlemere. The driver of a passing car, who had 2 very young children on board, drove over the branch which caused damage to vehicles air conditioning unit, radiator and engine mount, which will cost approximately £500 to repair.
- The Co-Operative Store, Rose Avenue – a number of young people have been approaching customers of the store and asking them to purchase cigarettes and alcohol on their behalf. Please do not entertain these requests as you will be adding to a growing ASB problem in the area. If you are identified as purchasing/supplying alcohol and/or cigarettes to the youngsters then you may be issued with an £80 fine. Two young people have been issued yellow warning cards for being involved in ASB at the store and have been issued banning notices from the Co-Op.
- Two young males were issued yellow warning cards in Park Parade, Hazlemere for skate boarding on the path that allows access to the flats that are situated above the shops. The noise from the skate boarding had a noise impact on the shops underneath The young males were asked and warned several times by the police in the past not to use the location for skate boarding.
Burglary & Auto Crime:
- The Tylers Green and Hazlemere areas have recently suffered from a number of dwelling burglaries and thefts from vehicles. The homes that have been burgled appear to either border or are very close to Kingswood. It is therefore suspected that the woods maybe being used by criminals to get to and from the area and to target properties.
- Vehicle related crime has seen work vehicles targeted for tools. The police have also observed a number of cars being broken into where bags or other tempting items have been left clearly on display.
- The HNPT have increased patrols in the area and have distributed crime prevention literature to a number of properties. The police are also conducting a “Clear the Car” campaign to try and identify the owners of vehicles who may need some one to one crime prevention advice.
- An African-Caribbean male, aged 25-35 years, 5’10 – 6’ tall, short hair, medium build has been reported to the police as acting suspiciously in the area. The local police therefore ask dog walkers, hikers, etc who use the woods to keep an eye out for any person/s matching this description and to make contact with the police. Please use the non emergency number, 101 and quote URN: 342 – 19/12/2011 or dial 999 in an emergency.
- On the 14/12/2011 two males were arrested in connection with a burglary that occurred in Hazlemere. Both males are currently on police bail whilst the investigation is progressed.
The PCSO’s from the HNPT are utilising the Speed Indication Device (SID) to provide a visible presence and speed deterrent within the community. The NHPT are also using the data to send Community Speed Watch (CSW) letters to drivers who exceed the speed limit. See below for more information.
- Road Related Deaths: On the BBC News website I discovered the following link that enables you to view the number of road related deaths that have occurred in Great Britain since 1999 – 2010. The website allows you to view the data by entering your postcode. If you then zoom in and click on the orange circles you can obtain more specific data, e.g. time, date, location of incident: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15975720
- Rose Avenue – The local police has received a number of speed related complaints regarding Rose Avenue, Hazlemere since February 2011. In response to these complaints the HNPT arranged for a TSID to be installed on the road between 22/02/2011 – 06/03/2011. The purpose of the TSID was to record the traffic flow and speed data of the vehicles using the road and to obtain a more accurate picture of the situation. The device recorded 17,160 vehicles used the road during this period and the average speed per vehicle was 28 mph. The average speed reduced to 26 mph during 7-9 am period but increased to 29 mph during the 3-6 pm period. The TSID also recorded that 12% of the vehicles using the road (132 cars per day) during this date period exceeded the prosecutable speed limit.
- The above data was also supplied to Bucks County Council (BBC) who reviewed the information as well as the “Killed or Serious Injury road traffic statistics (KSI)” (the KSI and average speed figures are taken into consideration when BCC look at whether or not a road/location warrants road safety measures being implemented). BCC decided that Rose Avenue did not warrant any road calming measures due to the information that was available.
- I can hear you cry out in response to the above “WELL, DO WE HAVE TO WAIT FOR SOMEONE TO DIE OR BE SERIOUSLY INJURED BY A SPEEDING DRIVER BEFORE SOMETHING IS DONE?”
- Speeding is a common complaint to the police and almost every road that is covered by the HNPT will probably have a similar problem (TSID and SID data obtained from other roads by HNPT show that on average 10 - 20% of vehicles exceed posted speed limits). This ultimately leaves the police, BCC etc with the dilemma of which roads need to be prioritised over another for enforcement and/or road calming measures. The police are not trying play down the issues about Rose Avenue, however the data obtained does have an impact upon the police’s, BCC, etc response in deciding what is the most appropriate and proportionate response to the problem.
- The appropriate and proportionate response to Rose Avenue is the promotion of the CSW programme. Hopefully a number of volunteers, from Rose Avenue, can be found who are willing to participate (Yes – this request is aimed at you) and assist the police target the speeding drivers and improve the roads safety. The local police will also back up the CSW programme by taking out speed enforcement equipment and issuing tickets. See the attached link for more information about CSW: http://www.speed-watch.org/
- The HNPT have not sat back since the complaints have been received and have responded positively to the communities concerns about Rose Avenue. Since February, the HNPT have placed the SID on Rose Avenue 15 times and issued 41 CSW letters. A male has been prosecuted for dangerous driving and received a 12 month ban and another has been reported (file submitted for CPS to consider a prosecution) for the same offence following an accident that occurred on the 28/08/2011. A number of Section 59 warnings have also been issued to drivers using their vehicles anti socially in the area. A letter drop was also conducted at the beginning of December to the residents at the Tylers Green end of Rose Avenue requesting information from the community about drivers/vehicles speeding or being used anti socially so that they can be targeted accordingly.
- Hazlemere councillor Alex SLATER is also currently trying to promote a “20 is plenty campaign” for the Rose Avenue estate and surrounding roads. If you feel like supporting his campaign calling for a reduction in the speed limit then please click on the attached link for more details: http://campaigns.libdems.org.uk/20isplentyHazlemere
If you want to get involved in the CSW programme for Rose Avenue then please get in touch.
- Between 0728 – 0800 am on the 14/12/11 the SID was placed on Elm Road, Tylers Green, in the 30 mph section (camera pointing towards Beaconsfield) – 245 vehicles went through device and the average speed per vehicle was 27 mph. 6 (2% of the total) of the vehicles were over the prosecutable speed limit.
- The week commencing the 12/12/2011, the HNPT helped to distribute 350 Christmas Food Hampers, 19 of which were to addresses that the HNPT cover. The recipients of the hampers were nominated by the various neighbourhood police teams due to them either being a victim of crime during the past year or being a member of the community that would benefit from the gesture. The police would like to say thank you to Rotary, Lions and Round Table clubs that made the donations.
Crime Information, Results & Arrests:
- On the 18/10/2011 Jonathan ETESON of Roberts Ride, Hazlemere was found guilty by the courts for speeding. ETESON’s licence was endorsed with 3 penalty points and was fined £275.
- On the 26/10/2011 Craig BIRCH of Lester Grove, Hazlemere was found guilty by the courts for assault. BIRCH was issued a 16 week prison sentence which was suspended for 1 year and was fined £550.
- On the 26/10/2011 Karl BIRCH of Lester Grove, Hazlemere was found guilty by the courts for assault. BIRCH was issued a 16 week prison sentence which was suspended for 1 year and was fined £550.
- On the 03/11/2011 James LANG of Hammersley Lane, Tylers Green, was found guilty by the courts for driving without due care and attention, failing to report an accident and having no insurance. LANG was disqualified from driving for 12 months and fined £500.
- On the 10/11/2011 Azhar TALUKDAR of Tylers Road, Hazlemere was found guilty by the courts for dangerous driving. TALUKDAR was disqualified from driving for 12 months, issued a community order and fined £85.
Have Your Say Events
Tylers Green – on Tuesday 17th January 2012 outside the Kings Ride Shops, Kings Ride, Tylers Green between the hours of 10am - 12pm.
Hazlemere – on Wednesday 25th January 2012 outside Hazlemere Library, Highfield Road, Hazlemere, between the hours of 1-30 – 3-30 pm.
Sgt Andrew DEANE
Hazlemere Neighbourhood Police Team
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