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Community Highlighted Concern

What is a community highlighted concern?

A community highlighted concern is what your Neighbourhood team will be working on as a priority for your area. These are identified on a monthly basis as a result of a police priority setting meeting which take into account:

  • Information provided to the Community Safety Partnership
  • Information received from your local councillor
  • Community concerns raised through this website

Once prioritised your local team will work towards tackling these issues with the community and if necessary utilise the Time Based Tasking [TBT] process.

Accessibility and Accountability

22/06/2018

Community led policing priority for Cinderford is based on the Police and Crime Commissioner's priority of "Accessibility and Accountability". Community members of the Cinderford policing area identify that they want to see and feel a greater policing presence. We ask the town council to hold us to account for this priority in ongoing monthly meetings.

Update

06/07/2018

This priority has been reviewed on 06/07/2018 and remains the main focus of the Neighbourhood Policing Team in this area.

Residential Burglaries

15/06/2018

Community led policing priority for Cinderford is based on the Police and Crime Commissioner's priority of "Accessibility and Accountability" and will be focusing on residential burglaries, specifically garage breaks in the Newnham on Severn area.

Update

06/07/2018

Local Officers have made house to house calls in the area where a number of residents have now signed up to Community Alerts. This priority has been reviewed on 06/07/2018 and remains the focus of the Neighbourhood Policing Team in this area.


Susan Pritchard is a dedicated PCSO for Cinderford and Littledean

Sue has been working for the Constabulary since November 2003 and has been a PCSO since joining, covering both Cinderford and Lydney areas.  She is currently one of the dedicated PCSO’s for Cinderford and Littledean.  The typical work for Sue includes school liaison, various aspects of road safety and traffic control and crime prevention.  She also works alongside the Housing Association with issues such as anti-social behaviour and other local issues. 

One of the PCSO duties Sue particularly enjoys and finds rewarding is all aspects of road safety and works closely with local communities.  She has specialised training to deliver Community Speed Watch to the communities.

Sue has also attended University through the Constabulary to develop her knowledge and understanding of anti-social behaviour management and supports the Parish and Town Councils with these issues.

When she has spare time, Sue enjoys baking and gardening and spending quality time with her family.

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Dawn Teague is a dedicated PCSO for Cinderford and Littledean

Dawn has been working for the Constabulary for 12 years and has been a PCSO since joining.  She is one of the dedicated PCSO’s for Cinderford and Littledean.  The typical day for Dawn mainly consists of community work, foot patrol, liaising with the elderly and vulnerable and supporting the Parish and Town Councils with any local issues. 

What Dawn enjoys most about being a PCSO is engaging with the elderly and vulnerable residents within the parish. 

Since joining the Constabulary, Dawn has received some specialised training to help in the community.  She specialises in working with the elderly and has completed numerous courses enabling her to recognise signs of dementia and how to interact and assist those diagnosed with dementia.  Dawn finds this work extremely rewarding. 

In her spare time, Dawn enjoys walking.

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Tracy Martin is a dedicated PCSO for Mitcheldean, Longhope, Ruardean, Drybrook and Lydbrook

Tracy has been working for the Constabulary for 10 years and has been a PCSO since joining.  She is the dedicated PCSO for Mitcheldean, Longhope, Ruardean, Drybrook and Lydbrook.  The typical day for Tracy includes foot patrol and meeting the public along with school liaison.  She also supports the Parish and Town Councils with any local issues. 

What Tracy enjoys most about being a PCSO is engaging with the communities and talking to residents within the parish. 

Since joining the Constabulary, Tracy has received some specialised training to help in the community.  For example, training given how to deliver school presentations and she often attends various schools in the area to give talks to all ages on subjects such as internet safety.  She is also trained in recognising signs of dementia and how to help and interact with people with dementia along with Mental health Awareness. 

In her spare time Tracy enjoys travelling, especially abroad.

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Nick Jones is a dedicated PCSO for Awre, Newnham on Severn and Ruspridge

Nick has been working for the Constabulary for over 11 years and has been a PCSO since joining.  He is the dedicated PCSO for Awre, Newnham on Severn and Ruspridge.  The typical day for Nick includes high visibility foot patrol, engaging with the local community, gathering intelligence and dealing with low level crime and anti-social behaviour. 

What Nick enjoys most about being a PCSO is the foot patrol and meeting and talking to residents in the local community. 

With his years’ experience as a PCSO and his great knowledge of community policing, Nick is a tutor for new recruits.

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Dave Birch is a dedicated PCSO for Westbury on Severn, Blaisdon, Minsterworth and Highnam

Dave has been working for the Constabulary for 11 years and has been a PCSO since joining.  He is the dedicated PCSO for Westbury on Severn, Blaisdon, Minsterworth and Highnam.  The typical day for Dave includes foot patrol and visiting all the parishes in his area.  He also supports the Parish and Town Councils with any local issues. 

What Dave enjoys most about being a PCSO is meeting people from all backgrounds and engaging and talking to residents. 

Since joining, Dave has received some specialised training to help in the community.  For example, training given how to deliver school presentations and he often attends various schools in the area to give talks to all ages on subjects such as internet safety.  He is trained in recognising signs of dementia and how to help and interact with people with dementia; he is a mental health first aider and has links with local residencies for adults with learning difficulties and special needs. 

His hobbies include woodturning and glasswork and enjoys holidays in his caravan.

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Exploited children as young as 14 found in drug dealer's flat and car - Cheltenham, The Cotswolds, Forest of Dean,
Item added: Friday 06 July 2018
Over the past few months we’ve found children as young as 14 in drug dealers’ flats, in their cars and with them in public places like shopping centres and high streets. Children have been found living in squalid, horrific conditions, recruited by drug gangs from big cities like Birmingham, who send them to our county to courier money and drugs. These children are often at crisis points in their own lives and drugs gangs use their vulnerability to entice and trap them into criminal activity. Often they’re sent here on buses, trains and in taxis. If you use public transport and suspect a child is being used to transport drugs, trust your instincts and please report it. Call 101 or use this form to tell us: bit.ly/TraffickedChild You can also report anonymously through Crimestoppers by clicking here: bit.ly/GlosPolCrimestoppers Since 2016 we've arrested 188 people in relation to County Lines. 59 of them have so far received a custodial sentence and 16 have received a non-custodial sentence. Charges and trials continue. #CountyLines
County Lines drugs gangs responsible for knife crime murders - Cheltenham, The Cotswolds, Forest of Dean,
Item added: Thursday 05 July 2018
Over the past few years you’ve probably heard about people being killed or injured with knives in the county. We can’t post much detail about recent crime, but we can tell you that in Gloucestershire in 2016 at least two murders and a number of stabbings were related to County Lines Class A drugs gangs. These gangs are trafficking and using children as ‘drugs mules’ to bring drugs heroin and crack cocaine into Gloucestershire.  They are very dangerous. They exploit and prey upon vulnerable youngsters. If you see a child who should be in school, possibly travelling alone or with older adults, and it doesn’t feel right to you, trust your instincts – let us know by calling 101 or using this form: bit.ly/TraffickedChild You can also report anonymously through Crimestoppers by clicking here: bit.ly/GlosPolCrimestoppers Since 2016 we've arrested 188 people in relation to County Lines. 59 of them have so far received a custodial sentence and 16 have received a non-custodial sentence. Charges and trials continue. #CountyLines
New off-road vehicles give boost to fight against rural crime - Cheltenham, The Cotswolds, Forest of Dean,
Item added: Thursday 05 July 2018
Gloucestershire's fight against rural crime has been given a boost by the introduction of two new all-terrain vehicles which are due to hit the roads in the next few days. The vehicles, a Polaris Ranger off road buggy and a Suzuki King Quad 4x4, are on loan to Gloucestershire Constabulary from Cotswold Farm Machinery / Logic and Ace ATV, all local companies, and will allow officers to quickly reach areas which are otherwise difficult to access and stop poachers and other offenders in their tracks. They will be used throughout the county, responding to reports of poaching, hare coursing and other crimes, and their arrival has been welcomed by the whole Rural Crime Team. Inspector Karen Ellis: "We are very grateful to Cotswold Farm Machinery, Logic and Ace ATV for the loan of these high powered vehiclesand equipment to help our fight against rural crime. "They are already in service and our rural crime officers are being trained to use them off-road so they will be available anywhere in the county as required. "We are confident that they will make a significant difference to our ability to catch offenders and put a stop to the crimes they are committing, including poaching of deer and fish, hare coursing, illegal off-road motor and quad bike racing as well as rural burglary and the theft of agricultural machinery. "We will be able to go anywhere, during any weather conditions,  and this greatly improves our chances of catching criminals red-handed,especially during this year’s anti hare coursing operations throughout the summer ( Operation Firefly). "The vehicles could also be used to help locate missing vulnerable people in remote locations." Martin Surl, Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire, said: “Policing a county as diverse as Gloucestershire requires different approaches to getting officers where they need to be. “Fighting rural crime is a key part of my Police and Crime Plan and the Constabulary’s Neighbourhood Policing strategy, as so many communities are rural and deeply affected by offending in their area.   “Taking the larger vehicles deeper in to rural areas isn’t always possible, so having these two off-roaders makes perfect sense. “Officers will be able to get to those hard-to-reach places much quicker and more effectively, to bring offenders to justice, find and collect evidence and help victims.”Simon Carrington, managing director of Cotswold Farm Machinery, said: "We have supplied these vehicles to support the police in dealing with crimes that affect the whole community as we have seen the devastating impact rural crime has on our customers and their families."We recognise that these are challenging times for everyone and wanted to do something positive to address the issues."  
Children as young as 14 are still being regularly trafficked to Gloucestershire by drugs gangs. - Cheltenham, The Cotswolds, Forest of Dean,
Item added: Tuesday 03 July 2018
Do you often travel on public transport? Children are being sent here from big cities such as Birmingham on trains, buses and in taxis. Here are the signs you can look out for: A non-local accent and unfamiliar with the local area Travelling during school hours or overnight Having more than one phone or SIM card Receiving excessive texts or phone calls Travelling alone on similar routes regularly Avoiding authority figures or transport staff Last year we posted about County Lines drugs gangs (previously known as Dangerous Drugs Networks) that take over the homes of vulnerable people. These same gangs are exploiting children and using them as drug mules. If you’re concerned about a child being trafficked by a drugs gang call 101, visit https://bit.ly/TraffickedChild or anonymously report it through Crimestoppers. This week we will be posting messages on our social media channels to support Operation Tarak. This is the South West's response to the threat, risk and harm caused by county lines activity by Dangerous Drugs Networks. The lead police force in the region for County Lines is Wiltshire Police.
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Forest of Dean Police Station
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Information sought following fire in Brimscombe
Item added: Saturday 14 July 2018
Police are investigating a fire in Brimscombe which they believe might have been started deliberately. The fire happened at about 4am on Sunday morning at a property in Brimscombe Hill. A recycling bin, containers and a wooden fence were destroyed and the heat caused the outer pane of a window to break. Anyone with information is asked to call Gloucestershire Constabulary on 101 quoting incident 121 of 8 July.
Date/Time of incident:
Between 8:15am on Saturday 14 July 2018 and 8:15am on Saturday 28 July 2018
Call 101 and quote incident number
121 of 8 July
Decapitated cat found in Churchdown
Item added: Friday 13 July 2018
A Churchdown resident called on Thursday 12 July to report that their cat had been found decapitated in their next door neighbour’s garden in Brookfield Road. The RSPCA have also been informed. Our enquiries are ongoing but anyone with information that could be relevant should call 101 or use the form on our website - www.gloucestershire.police.uk/c…/report-a-crime-or-incident/ - quoting incident 185 of 12 July.
Date/Time of incident:
3:00am on Thursday 12 July 2018
Call 101 and quote incident number
incident 185 of 12 July
Appeal for owner of war medals found in Cheltenham
Item added: Thursday 12 July 2018
Do you know who these war medals belong to? They were found in a stream in Cheltenham back in March and we have been unable to locate the rightful owner. If you know who these belong to, or these are yours, please call 101 and quote property reference 21780.
Date/Time of incident:
12:00am on Thursday 01 March 2018
Call 101 and quote incident number
21780
Do you recognise these stolen bikes?
Item added: Tuesday 10 July 2018
Do you recognise these bikes which were seized by officers in Cheltenham last month? We are trying to locate the owners of a Scott bike with Continental Gator skin tyres (which is a distinct feature) and a black Trek bike which are thought to have been stolen. If you recognise the bikes or know who they belong to please email PC Chalkley on Adam.Chalkley@gloucestershire.pnn.police.uk and include "seized bikes in Cheltenham" in the subject line.
Date/Time of incident:
Between 12:00am on Friday 01 June 2018 and 11:59pm on Saturday 30 June 2018
Call 101 and quote incident number
Email PC Chalkley on Adam.Chalkley@gloucestershire.pnn.police.uk
Bikes stolen from shed in Cheltenham
Item added: Monday 09 July 2018
At some time overnight on 23 June unknown offenders forced entry to a shed at the rear of a property on Old Bath Road. Fishing equipment was taken along with three bikes; a black Cannondale Bad Boy 4 which had an unusual wooden slatted front rack fitted, a blue Trek Fuel full suspension mountain bike (both pictured above) and a blue CUBE AIM SL 29. Anyone with information about the theft or if you have seen these bikes for sale, should please call police on 101 and quote incident 141 of 24 June.
Date/Time of incident:
Between 10:00pm on Saturday 23 June 2018 and 9:00am on Sunday 24 June 2018
Call 101 and quote incident number
141 of 24 June
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