Benhall and Hatherley Community

Simon Ellson

PS Simon Ellson

Your nearest police station is Cheltenham Town Centre Station

Your nearest police station is Cheltenham Town Centre Station

Talbot House, Lansdown Road, Cheltenham GL51 6QT

Our Local Policing Pledge to you:

Our local pledge to you is to supply you with your local community policing team contacts, dates of your next neighbourhood policing meetings, details of your local priorities and the work being carried out towards those priorities. Our commitment for Local Policing Team's (LPT) is to spend 80% of their time visibly working in your neighbourhood, tackling your priorities. If you want to know how you can contribute to the priority settings and other work within your neighbourhood use the contact form on the "Contact Us" tab.

To access the latest street level crime statistics for your LPT view the website.


  • Area:Benhall and Hatherley
  • Priority:Anti Social Behaviour, mainly across the Windermere Road area and surrounding roads.
  • Action:
    • Targeted patrols
If you have questions about these issues, or have information regarding a possible solution to these problems, please use the contact form which can be accessed via the Contact us tab at the top of this page, to tell us how you can help, how we can contact you, or what we should prioritise and why.

Meet the team

Simon Ellson

PS 0085
Simon Ellson

Maria Elward

PC 2374
Maria Elward

Debbie Hurcombe

PCSO 49233
Debbie Hurcombe

James Holyoake

PCSO 9226
James Holyoake

Steve Best

PCSO 9255
Steve Best

Benhall and Hatherley Team

PS 0085 Simon Ellson

I joined the Constabulary in 2000. My first station was Stroud. I have worked in uniform policing all of my service and have worked in Cheltenham since 2003. I joined the SCT in May 2013. I, along with PS Julia Martin-Jones, supervise the SCT for the borough of Cheltenham. If you have a question, or would like advice, please contact your local officer, or myself. Thank you.

PC 2374 Maria Elwood

Profile coming soon

PCSO 9233 Debbie Hurcombe

I joined the Constabulary in 2008 as a PCSO at Leckhampton, Cheltenham, and am now based at Lansdown Road Station. I joined the Community Team in 2008 with responsibility for the area of The Reddings and Benhall. In my previous employment, I worked for many years in the specialised field of domestic abuse. I am a keen participant of sport and represent the Constabulary playing volleyball. My outside interests are running and scuba-diving. If you would like to ask a question, please feel free to do so via email by clicking here:

PCSO 9255 Steve Best

I joined the Constabulary in 2010 and initially worked as a Special Constable in Gloucester city centre. During my time as a Special Constable, I assisted with many planned operations in and around Gloucester and also gave my time to patrol the streets at all times, including the night. I then became a full time PCSO in February 2013 and after initial training, I supported PCSO Bennett in the Tivoli and St Luke’s area as well as taking the role as Youth Officer for the Cheltenham area. In January 2014 I became the lead officer of the Lansdown community. I am now the officer in charge of the Hatherley and Benhall community. I offer a free home crime reduction survey which involves me looking at both home and garden security measures and if there are any areas which may need improvement, I can offer suitable advice and recommendations. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to arrange a suitable time for me to visit. I am also available for crime prevention/personal safety talks and presentations to youth groups, vulnerable persons or at your local coffee mornings. I have excellent relationships with the schools due to my youth role and I attend Bournside School on a weekly basis to engage with the young people of our community – this is a very good way of building up young people’s confidence in engaging with the Police, but also offers them the opportunity to raise any concerns or worries they have both inside and outside of school. As part of my Youth role in Cheltenham, I also give talks in schools about safety and other aspects of crime prevention, so if you are part of a school then please feel free to contact me:

PCSO James Holyoake

My name is PCSO James Holyoake and I am the one of the local PCSO’s for Hatherley and Warden Hill community. I have been working for Gloucestershire Police for 11 years. I started working for the Police in 2003 for the call management department in Quedgeley, answering calls from the public. Whilst doing this, I also became a Special Constable serving the communities of Leckhampton and Churchdown. In 2008, I became a Police Community Support Officer, working in the St George's and Royal Well communities. I was then made the Retail Liaison Officer for Cheltenham Town Centre and Charlton Kings Six Ways stores working closely with the stores in combating retail-related crimes. I am looking forward to working with my new community and facing new challenges.    


Lock it or Lose it

A few tips to improve your home security:

  • It only takes a minute to lock your doors and windows to secure your home.

  • It only takes a minute to hide valuables out of view.

  • It only takes a minute for a burglar to enter your property and steal valuable belongings if your doors or windows are unlocked.

  • You should keep doors and windows locked, even when you are in the house and when you get home. Try to change your habit if you don’t lock your door behind you.

  • Door chimes and burglar alarms will deter a burglar from entering your property.

  • Being a victim of sneak-in burglary can have both emotional and financial effects. High value goods are costly to replace if stolen, and items such as phones and cameras often hold information with sentimental value such as photos, which cannot be replaced.

  • Many insurance companies will not pay out if your home has been burgled while insecure.

  • Keep doors and windows locked when in the garden having BBQs, gardening, hanging out the washing, etc.

  • Don’t leave garden tools or furniture outside, as they can be used by burglars to enter your property.

  • Dispose of packaging for expensive items properly; don’t advertise
    what is in your house.

Useful links

Crime prevention items for purchase

Officers from your local policing team are selling crime prevention items to the public from Lansdown Road police station.

Please see the attached poster for full details of what items are available to purchase. Should you wish to buy an item, all you need do is attend Cheltenham Police Station on Lansdown Road and ask to see a PCSO from the Local Policing Team. We require these items to be paid for in cash.

These items will also be available to buy at local events in the community - details will be published when confirmed.

The more secure your home is, the safer you will feel. And you will be less likely to become a victim of crime.

Warning for residents - Scrap Metal collectors

A message from your dedicated officer PCSO Debbie Hurcombe 9233

I am sure that you will have all noticed that in the past year, or so, we have been blighted with scrap metal collectors in the area . This has had a mixed response from local residents with many welcoming a quick way of getting rid of their rubbish and others falling foul of theft!

When possible I will stop the said vehicles and check that they have licences to collect scrap metal and that the vehicle is insured/taxed and so forth. I often get challenged by unhappy residents unsure as to why I have stopped them taking away such scrap.

Most of the vehicles do conform to the requirements but we are still getting reports of items being taken without permission, this can range from lawnmowers, pushbikes and even to metal handle mops. Something, I myself have experienced first hand.

Please be extra vigilant and be aware that your belongings if left unattended - could disappear.

We strongly encourage the reporting of thefts by calling 101 in a timely fashion and where possible the descriptions of vehicles/colour and registration numbers if possible, this I admit is not always possible but with many of these vehicles circulating our area then as much detail as possible would be a great help.

Thank you.

Update for Benhall and Reddings Community

Message from your local officer PCSO Debbie Hurcombe 9233

Hello it's that time of year again where we are reminded of our safety on the roads.The nights are darker and we are seeing more and more young people riding their bikes with no head protection or lights !!

Please do not be a casualty …my advice is:

Wear bright clothing in the day and reflective clothing or accessories at night 

Use lights after dark - white at front and red at rear. You may be fined £30 if you don't have them …

Cycle Security

Keep your bike secure or avoid theft

Doing all you can to improve cycle security is important.

Cycle theft stops people cycling - research shows that it acts as a major barrier to cycling; 1 in 4 victims do not replace their bike and therefore do not continue to cycle.

There are a few simple steps cycle owners can take to significantly reduce the likelihood of their bike being stolen.

1. Buy two good quality locks – expect to spend at least 10% of the value of your bike on locks

  • Lock both wheels and the frame to a cycle stand or other immovable object
  • Secure your lock so it does not touch the ground
  • Lock 'tight' so that your cycle is hard to move around when parked
  • Park your cycle where it can be seen

2. Get Your Bike Marked and Registered
Thieves know that it they are caught with a stolen bicycle that the police cannot find an owner for, they cannot be charged – ‘no victim, no crime’.

Recording the details of your bike is key!

Getting your bicycle security marked and registered acts as a visible deterrent to potential cycle thieves as they know your bike is traceable, and reduces your chances of being a victim of cycle theft. It also highlights to the Police your bike is registered, improving the chances of your bike being returned to you.

3. What happens if your bicycle is stolen?
You should always report this immediately to the police – if the police are not made aware of the crime, they cannot act upon it. Provide as much information as you can, including:

  • The frame number (and Bikeregister reference is applicable)

  • Type of bike - make and model
  • Any other distinguishable features
  • A photo
  • Details of where and when it was stolen

Monthly Events

Shurdington Police Information Point

Date: 10:01AM Tuesday 04 February 2014

Address: The Cheese Rollers Inn, Shurdington Road

Postcode: GL51 4XJ


Officers from your local Policing team will be providing a Police Information Point (PIP) for Shurdington Residents.

The PIP will be held at The Cheese Rollers Inn on the following dates:

  • March - 04.03.14
  • April - 01.04.14
  • May - 06.05.14
  • June - 03.06.14
  • July - 01.07.14
  • August - 05.08.14
  • September - 02.09.14
  • October - 07.10.14
  • November - 04.11.14
  • December - 02.12.14

Your nearest police station is Cheltenham Town Centre Station

Your nearest police station is Cheltenham Town Centre Station

Talbot House, Lansdown Road, Cheltenham
GL51 6QT

View a map of this station (multimap).

Opening Hours:

Monday: 8am - 10pm
Tuesday: 8am - 10pm
Wednesday: 8am - 10pm
Thursday: 8am - 10pm
Friday: 8am - midnight
Saturday: 8am - midnight
Sundays: 8am - 8pm

Benhall and Hatherley Community: contact us

If you would like to find out when your named community officer(s) is/are next on duty, you can contact us on: 101

or use the form below and we will advise you. We would also like to hear your views.

  • What you would like to see from your local police?
  • Do you have any suggestions for methods that police could adopt?

Only give as much information as you'd like to, you do not have to include your name or any other personal details. If you do, your details will not be kept in a database or shared with any other organisation.

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