Stow on the Wold Community

Richard Payne

PS Richard Payne

Your nearest police station is Stow Station

Your nearest police station is Stow Station

Stow Police Station, High Street, Stow On The Wold, Cheltenham GL54 1AB

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:Stow on the Wold
  • Priority:To reduce anti-social behaviour around the town, particularly in the Square and the area of the Cricket Club pavilion.
  • Action:
    • To provide enhanced and directed patrols in the area to tackle and record incidents of anti social behaviour.
    • To provide feedback to residents that have been impacted upon by any incidents of anti-social behaviour, with actions taken against identified offenders.
    • To liaise with Cotswold District Council regarding rubbish bins in the town and the frequency of them being emptied.
    • To Liaise with Stow Town Council and explore opportunities of providing a dedicated 'Youth Shelter' for town youth to use.   
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

Richard Payne

PS 0743
Richard Payne

Chris Skinner

PC 538
Chris Skinner

Adrian Palmer

PCSO 9050
Adrian Palmer

Profiles for Community Officers

Sergeant Richard Payne

I currently lead the community team that covers the North of the Cotswolds, which stretches from Northleach to Weston-sub-Edge.  I have been a Police Officer for 17 years and have previously worked in Cheltenham and Stroud in various roles.  Throughout my service I have predominantly worked as a response officer, and then as a shift sergeant.

It’s my role to ensure that we work with multi-agency partners and the community to reduce harm.  We will deliver a service that promotes public confidence and provides reassurance to the community.      

PC Chris Skinner

I am the Beat Manager for the central North Cotswold Parishes, based at Stow Police Station.  I have been a Police officer for twenty seven years and I have worked in the Cotswolds for the last thirteen years.  Previously I was a Traffic officer. For the last seven years, I have been part of the Community Team.  I have a particular interest in supporting vulnerable members of society, both adults and children, and working with our multi-agency partners.           

PCSO Adrian Palmer

I am a Police Community Support Officer covering Stow-on-the-Wold and the surrounding villages. I have been a PCSO for over nine years and have worked in the North Cotswolds for all of that time. I have particular interests in Roads Safety and rural crime issues and I am trained as a Crime Reduction Advisor.


Winter driving advice

As the temperatures have dropped, many of us are having to de-ice our cars before setting off to work or on the school-run. Remember not to leave vehicles unattended with the engine running while you wait for them to de-frost. Every winter, we get reports of vehicles being stolen from driveways or outside homes because they have been left insecure whilst the owner goes back inside the house to keep warm.

We would also like to remind you of some useful travel tips, so that you are prepared in case of icy roads, heavy snowfall or thick fog:

•   Do not travel unless you really have to

•   Check the weather/travel reports before setting off

•   If going on a long journey, plan your route and let someone know which roads you will be travelling on and give yourself plenty of extra time

•   Telephone a friend or relative when starting or finishing your journey so they know you are safe

•    Keep a shovel in the boot of your car in case you do get stuck in snow and in extreme cases where you may be stuck for a number of hours make sure you have a travel blanket, a working torch (wind up ones are handy as you don’t need batteries), a first aid kit, de-icing equipment, Wellington boots and a charged mobile phone. It is also handy to take a flask filled with a hot drink.

•    In thick fog, visibility is poor, so make sure you have your lights and fog lamps on. If driving in a line of traffic and you can see the vehicle behind, turn off your rear fog lamps so they don’t dazzle the driver behind you

Winter home security advice

Protect your home from burglars

As soon as the evenings get longer and darker, dwelling burglaries tend to increase. This is believed to be because there are more opportunities for criminals, since there are more obvious signs that houses are unoccupied.

Most house break-ins are opportunistic, so don’t give thieves that opportunity. Analysis shows that most of the burglaries in our area occur between 2pm and 11pm, Thursday to Monday, although this does not mean they won’t happen at other times. You can significantly reduce the chance of being burgled by taking a few simple precautions.

•  A well-lit home gives the impression someone is in

•  Use timer switches to turn lights on when you are out

•  Save energy and money with low-energy light bulbs

•  Lock windows and doors and keep gates and side entrances well secured

•  Don’t leave car keys and valuables near windows, doors or letterboxes, or leave them in obvious hiding places such as kitchen or hallway drawers

•  Invest in external lighting

Depending on the time of year, burglars target specific items, such as stealing cash in November when this is more prevalent in victims' houses – ready to spend for Christmas celebrations. 

In December offenders are targeting expensive clothing & footwear, cameras, iPod/mp3 players and cosmetics including aftershave & perfume.

These items may be sold on or being kept to use as gifts.

Reception Opening Hours

Normal opening hours
Monday8:30am to 12:30pmClosed over lunch1:00pm to 4:30pm
Tuesday8:30am to 12:30pmClosed over lunch1:00pm to 4:30pm
Wednesday8:30am to 12:30pmClosed over lunch1:00pm to 4:30pm
Thursday8:30am to 12:30pmClosed over lunch1:00pm to 4:30pm
Friday8:30am to 12:30pmClosed over lunch1:00pm to 4:00pm

Please note that these opening times may change we will update of any changes on this page.

Week commencing 27th October

Monday8:30am to 4.30pmClosed for lunch 12.30pm to 1pm
Tuesday8:30am to 4.30pmClosed for lunch 12.30pm to 1pm
Wednesday8:30am to 4.30pmClosed for lunch 12.30pm to 1pm

Week commencing 17th November

Monday8:30am to 4.30pmClosed for lunch 12.30pm to 1pm
Tuesday8:30am to 4.30pmClosed for lunch 12.30pm to 1pm
Wednesday8:30am to 4.30pmClosed for lunch 12.30pm to 1pm

Monthly Events

Police Drop-In Surgeries

Date: 2:00PM Friday 16 May 2014

Address: Please see event for address details


Officers from your local Policing team are providing a drop-in surgery on the following dates:

  • Friday 16th May, Stow Library, 2.00pm-3.30pm
  • Monday 16th June, Stow Primary School, 2.30pm-4.00pm
  • Wednesday 16th July, Stow Library, 2.00pm-3.30pm

This is a perfect opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have with your local Officers.

Consultation with your local policing team

Date: 7:00PM Monday 22 September 2014

Address: Stow On the Wold Primary School


There will be a consultation meeting which will next be held on the following dates:

Monday 22nd September 2014.

The meetings are held 7pm at the Stow On the Wold Primary School. 

It's a great opportunity to come an meet with your local policing team. 

We look forward to meeting with you.

Your nearest police station is Stow Station

Your nearest police station is Stow Station

Stow Police Station, High Street, Stow On The Wold, Cheltenham
GL54 1AB

View a map of this station (multimap).

Opening Hours:

Monday: Please see the news section for opening times
Tuesday: Please see the news section for opening times
Wednesday: Please see the news section for opening times
Thursday: Please see the news section for opening times
Friday: Please see the news section for opening times
Saturday: Closed
Sundays: Closed

When the police station is closed, your nearest police station reception is located at Cheltenham.

Stow on the Wold 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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