Stroud Urban Community
PS Ben Styles
Your nearest police station is Stroud Station
Stroud Police Station, The Cross, Parliament Street, Stroud GL5 1QQ
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- Area:Stroud Urban
- Priority:Following the most recent Neighbourhood Co-ordination Group meetings it was agreed officers would pay attention to issues round Road Safety Matters and the Anti-social use of Motor vehicles in the wider communities.
Meet the team
Stroud Urban - Who covers where
PS 1770 Ben Styles
Top of Town
Stratford Park/Stratford Road
How secure is your home this winter?
Since the clocks went back at the end of October and the darker nights are with us, the extra night hours gives criminals more time to work under the cover of darkness.
As we approach Christmas, people may be returning later from an after-work shopping trip, meaning that their homes may be left unattended for longer.
We find that incidents of burglary tend to rise over the winter months - especially when homes are left in darkness.
Here are a few simple measures that you can put in place to protect your property, especially during the darker winter months.
- Keep all doors and windows locked - even if you are at home
- Light up your home - let the burglars believe someone is at home, a dark house stands out on a dark evening!
- Set timers to come on from around 4pm if you may still be out at that time.
- Draw curtains and blinds
- Put valuable items out of view - including car keys
- Shut and lock your side gates
- Be vigilant about your heating oil tanks security
- Install a good burglar alarm
- Christmas presents - don't put them on display - too tempting to burglars
- After Christmas - don't advertise your new possessions - dispose of the packaging safely
- Be a good neighbour - look after each other's homes when away & don't forget to cancel milk / paper deliveries etc.
Also, along with the DIY stores etc, Stroud Police Station and the Mobile Police Station also stock a range of reasonably priced crime prevention and security items. Ideal "stocking fillers" for students, the elderly and vulnerable persons.
If you hear or see anything suspicious please call Gloucestershire Police on Tel.No. 101 and in an emergency 999.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from your Neighbourhood Policing Team
All in the name of learning
For the last few weeks the children at Season's Nursery, Graces Field, Stroud have been visited by local PCSO Gary Lynch from the Stroud Neighbourhood Policing Team - all in the name of learning.
During the visit - the children spent time trying on the Police Officers Hats and High Visibility Jackets all of which went down very well with the pupils. There was also plenty of time for the children to talk to Gary and ask him any police related questions.
To end the visit, the children had time to look in a Police Patrol Car, providing lots of opportunities for photographs to be taken for the children’s Learning Journals.
Police meet and greet point at Stroud Library
Thank you to Stroud Library's Eirwen Poole and Lucy Yarham, Stroud Neighbourhood Policing Team has now started an information/meet and greet point within the Town's popular Library.
It is designed to give the many users of the Library improved accessibility to the Stroud Urban Neighbourhood Policing Team Officers which will also include Beat Officers PC Gwill Thomas, PC Peter Lay, PCSO Nicky Underwood and PCSO Beverley Owen.
PCSO Gary Lynch kicked off the first monthly session on Friday 1st November 2013 and was joined by Stroud Library's Lucy Yarham - the Library's Principal Assistant. The attendance was great with many members of the Community visiting and provided various enquiries and feedback.
The next monthly session at the Stroud Town Library will be lead by PCSO Beverley Owen on Friday December 20th between 10 am and 1pm.
More dates for 2014 are in the process of being planned and agreed. So please look out for the Poster Updates in Stroud Library, Lansdown Road, Stroud or check the Stroud Urban Events page on the Gloucestershire Police/Local Policing Website
Stroud's Farmers Market Police Information Point
Saturday 28th September 2013 saw the launch of the Police Information Point (PIP) at Stroud's Farmers Market in Cornhill, Stroud. The focus for the PIP is to offer increased accessibility to the Stroud Neighbourhood Policing Team for the wider community.
Local PCSO Deb Flay and PCSO Gary Lynch were visited by close to 150 people and received advice on Crime Prevention and Road Safety as well as dealing with any community based enquiries. There was a great deal of interest in the recently launched Seat Belt Campaign.
PCSO Gary Lynch would like to thank the organisers of the Stroud Farmers Market for their help and support.
SGS Police Information Point
Working in partnership with South Gloucestershire and Stoud College (SGS) the first Police Information Point was launched on Wednesday 4th September 2013. Beat Officer PC Gwill Thomas and local PCSO Gary Lynch were on hand to deal with various enquiries and requests.
Thanks to the support of Steve Hurn (Estates Manager for SGS College) the Officers from Stroud Neighbourhood Policing Team were able to launch this initiative during the first week of the College’s new academic year.
Local Officers will be supporting 2 Fresher’s Days being be held on 17th and 19th September 2013 and a further Information Point is planned for the 25th September.
SGS College Sonia Smith (Learner Services & Enrichment Manager for SGS College) is also assisting in working with the local Officers in assessing the feasibility of conducting future activities between the SGS College and the Neighbourhood Policing Team
Mobile Police Station/Police Information Point
Friday 16th August saw the 3rd visit of the Mobile Police Station/Police Information Point at the McDonalds Car Park, Merrywalks, Stroud.
With each scheduled visit PCSO Gary Lynch and Mobile Police Station lead PCSO Paul Bowmand are seeing a increase in footfall coming to the Mobile Police Station with many and varied enquiries. Bike coding advice is also being sought by many of the visiting community at a growing rate. PCSO Gary Lynch would like to thank the Team at McDonalds for their help and support.
Additional dates to look out for, thanks to the Organisers of the Stroud Farmer's Market the Mobile Police Station/Police Information Point will be at the Farmers Market on the following dates
- Saturday 28 September 2013
- Saturday 14 December 2013
- Saturday 15 March 2014
- Saturday 21 June 2014
We look forward to seeing you there
Stratford Park Initiative
Both Gloucestershire Constabulary and Stroud District Council have forged a multi-agency scheme with the agenda of targeting key areas of Stratford Park with the aim of making it a more pleasurable place for local residents.
Following hard on the heels of ‘Beat Officer’ PC Gwill Thomas and his pro-active drugs work in the area, local PCSO Gary Lynch working alongside Stroud District Council Neighbourhood Warden, Dominic Everiss, have begun, what will, be a series of targeted work; including the ‘Cop It if You Drop’ it litter initiative, underage alcohol consumption, bad language and any other form of anti social type activity/behaviour.
The first joint initiative took place on the evening of Friday 16th August 2013. Over 60 young persons were spoken to educate on the stronger stance being jointly taken regarding litter, under age drinking, bad language and any other form of Anti Social activity. The young persons were very supportive and got involved in helping clean up one of the key areas as well as returning local Supermarket trolleys to their correct location. A small amount of alcohol was recovered, along with some forms of anti social paraphernalia.
This will not be a one off, Stroud District Council's Neighbourhood Warden Dominic Everiss and PCSO Gary Lynch are already planning for another joint action in the very near future with the plan to move on to the next phase.
This is all about making certain areas of the park a more pleasant experience for all users of the park.
Charlie - I see the Police as a Potential Career Path
“It all started with a chance conversation whilst visiting the Mobile Police Station at the recent Stroud Show event.
Mum Emma had said that her son Charlie was really interested in the Police and that he saw the Police as a possible Career path.
A/PS Kay Tyler and local PCSO Gary Lynch, keen to help, arranged for Charlie to come in for a talk regarding the variety of roles within the Police, that of Police Officer, PCSO, Response and Neighbourhood Policing teams.
Charlie’s visit concluded with a trip to Stroud’s CCTV Unit where Charlie also got the chance to meet some Response Police Officers.
As a result of the visit, Charlie's enthusiasm was such that PCSO Gary Lynch gave Charlie a small task to take away and consider. In his spare time, Charlie had produced a full A4 sheet of well thought out suggestions and ideas relating to the local area - in which Charlie and his family live. Both PCSO Gary Lynch and Charlie are looking into further developing these ideas into plausible initiatives.
Hopefully, homework permitting, Charlie is looking to attend one of PCSO Gary Lynch's Informal Community Consultation events as well as a Police Information Point (PIP) Mobile Police Station location.
PCSO Gary Lynch would like to thank both Charlie and his parents for all their support."
Launch of Mobile Police Information Points
Friday 26th 2013 saw the launch of the Mobile Police Information Points at Waitrose, London Road and at Tesco's Main Store at Stratford Road in Stroud.
Local PCSO Gary Lynch working in partnership with Stroud District Council Neighbourhood Warden Service Andy Murray and the Mobile Police Stations PCSO Paul Bowman - this new service provides regular and greater accessibility to the wider Stroud Community.
At both sites we received a number of visitors dealing with various enquiries and assisting with Crime Prevention matters. One of the key comments to come out of many conversations is that it was good to see the Police Information Points at these 2 venues.
PCSO Lynch would like to take this opportunity to thank the Management Teams at both Waitrose and Tesco for their support.
Please come along and see us at Waitrose, London Road, Stroud on Friday 16 August 2013 at 12 noon till 2 pm or pop along to Tesco's Main Store, Stratford Road, Stroud on Friday August 16th 2013 at 2.30 pm until 4.15pm.
Electric Car in Stroud
On Saturday 13th July 2013 - as part of a recent Police Information Point/Accessibility Initiative - local PCSO Gary Lynch took the Vauxhall Ampera electric Police patrol vehicle to Kings Street in Stroud.
The Vauxhall Amepera attracted lots of attention and interest from across the Stroud Community.
As well as dealing with enquiries ranging from found property, bicycle coding and crime prevention, PCSO Lynch was able to show members of the Community some of the unique features of the Vauxhall Ampera Police Patrol Vehicle.It also provided many photo opportunities for families and and gained lots of positive Community engagement.
Sponsored Bike Ride June 23rd 2013
On Sunday 23rd June 2013 , The Stroud Valleys Project held their annual Sponsored Bike Ride, starting and concluding at the the Stratford Park Museum. In excess of 60 riders took part covering various distances and helping to raise funds to support the ongoing work of the project. Stroud Valleys Project works with people from all walks of life for the environment.
Working together with Fund Raising Manager Julie Wickham local PCSO Gary Lynch and PCSO Jayne Fellowes were on hand to provide Bike Coding and Crime Prevention advice. In addition the PCSO's were able to engage with both local Stroud Communities and New Visitors to the Stratford Park Area.
What is your Local PCSO Gary Lynch focused on?
What your Local PCSO Gary Lynch is focused on in Farmhill, Paganhill, & Stroud Town Centre.
Working with local schools Callowell School, Rosary School and St Roses School jointly planning for the various launches of the "Keep Me Safe" campaign - ready for the new academic year starting in September 2013. The campaign is designed to help keep the children safe as they arrive at and leave their respective schools - where vehicles,parking and road safety are concerned around the exit points of the respective schools. Indeed PCSO Lynch has recently launched a drawing competition with Callowell School which uses the locally known Colin the Crocodile Copper as its theme but also encourages the key messages to be reflected in the drawings. The Sergeant now has an extremely large selection of drawings to judge - with a presentation of prizes scheduled at Callowell School on the 12 July2013.
Working with PCSO Bev Owen, PC Thomas and PC Lay we are still keeping the focus on the 'No Street Drinking Zone', especially within Bank Gardens, Stroud.
Following some recent activity/Community Engagement - Focusing on foot patrols to prevent potential Anti Social Behaviour at the rear of Startford Road, around Archway Gardens, Brewery Yard, and Cainscross car park.
Again following recent Community engagement - working with Waitrose, Tesco and McDonalds in Stroud which has resulted in new Mobile Police Station/Police Information Points being created - See the events page on the Neighbourhood Policing Team part of the site for the details.
I am actively pursuing enquiries with regards to 203/24 - at the Rosary School where a group of persons have entered the School grounds and caused some criminal damage to play equipment. This is depriving the children of being able to play safely on the equipment in a safe manner until it is repaired. I am working closely with the school and pursuing further enquiries regarding this incident. Any information please call the Police on 101 quoting Inc 203/24 or alternatively please call CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111 .
Finally I am beginning the process of actively seeking expressions of interest from my Communities of Stroud Town, Paganhill, Farmhill and Cainscross Road. This is for the setting up of long term, sustainable Community Speed Watch Groups. If you have some time and think you might be interested please contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or please feel free to talk to me when I am out on foot patrols.
Keep Me Safe with Callowell School
In the last week PCSO Gary Lynch has been to Callowell School to launch a competition in connection with the "Keep Me Safe" campaign which sets out to make access in and out of school a lot safer when it comes to car parking and road safety around the school entrances/exits. The launch for the Keep Me Safe with Callowell School is scheduled for September 2013 as the new academic year begins.
So that the children are well prepared, PCSO Gary Lynch launched a competition at the school assembly. This involves coming up with the best drawing of Colin, The Crocodile Copper, who is now a key part of the "Keep Me Safe" Campaign. The drawing needs to incorporate Colin and the key theme behind "Keep Me Safe" - when I walk to and from school, parking sensibly and general road safety awareness around the school entrance and exits.
All entries will be judged with prizes awarded in early July and further updates ready for September when school starts again.
Whilst at the school the younger children were given a look round the Police Patrol Car which went down really well.
St Roses School's Summer Garden Fete
On Saturday 15th 2013, St Roses School , Stratford Lawn, Stroud held their Summer Garden Fete. The weather was not kind to the event, but still attracted many people.
Local PCSO Gary Lynch was there showing the young people and visitors around the Patrol Car.
The Police Crime Prevention stickers were also proving popular. One of the many who enjoyed the event was Tom, seen here in the patrol car.
Dudbridge and Rodborough Update
I would like to introduce myself to you, your local Police Community Support Officer (PSCO), Beverley Owen.
I joined Stroud Local Policing Area in April 2013 after transferring from the Force Control Room, where I worked for 4 and a half years. In addition to this, I have served as a Special Constable since 2003, covering Dursley, Berkeley and Wotton-Under-Edge.
Although I enjoyed my time as a Special Constable, I wanted to be more involved in the Community and to be able to spend more time listening to members of the public, to address their concerns. I will be on foot patrol in Dudbridge and Rodborough with effect from the end of June. Please do not hesitate to approach me if you have anything you would like to discuss. I also cover Stroud Town Centre, assisting PCSO Gary Lynch, so I have plenty to do!
I aim to be in the mobile Police station at Rodborough Community Hall, at least once a month, with a view to an additional stop in Dudbridge in the future.
I will keep you updated and look forward to meeting you.
Student PIP / Crime Prevention / Meet your local Officers.
Date:12:30PM Thursday 09 January 2014
Address: Stroud College
Description: Student Police Information Point (PIP) / Crime Prevention / Meet your local Officers all held at Stroud College.
Tesco, Stratford Park - Police Information Point
Date:2:30PM Friday 10 January 2014
Address: Tesco, Stratford Park, Stroud
Police Information Point (PIP) will be available from 2:30pm till 4pm on the following dates:
- 10th January 2014
- 21st February 2014
- 21st March 2014
- 11th April 2014
- 23rd May 2014
- 20th June 2014
- 29th June 2014
We look forward to meeting with you.
Mcdonalds, Merrywalks - Police Information Point
Date:9:00AM Saturday 11 January 2014
Address: Mcdonalds ,Merrywalks, Stroud
Police Information Point (PIP) will be available from 9am till 10.30am on the following dates:
- 11th January 2014
- 22nd February 2014
- 22nd March 2014
- 12th April 2014
- 10th May 2014
- 30th August 2014
We look forward to meeting with you.
Farmhill - Police Information Point - Maple Drive/Barrowfield
Date:12:00AM Sunday 12 January 2014
Address: Barrowfield , Maple Drive , Heathfield Road, Farmhill, Stroud
Police Information Point (PIP) will be available from 11am till 1pm on the following dates:
12th January 2014
9th February 2014
2nd March 2014
13th April 2014
11th May 2014
We look forward to meeting with you.
Jack Russell Close - Police Information Point
Date:1:30PM Sunday 02 March 2014
Address: Jack Russell Close
Police Information Point (PIP) will be available from 1.30pm till 3pm on the following date:
2nd March 2014
We look forward to meeting with you.
Your nearest police station is Stroud Station
Stroud Police Station, The Cross, Parliament Street, Stroud
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