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Police and Crime Commissioner public drop-in session

PCC Sue Mountstevens is holding a public drop-in session at Minehead Eye (1 Mart Rd, Minehead TA24 5BJ), on Wednesday 20 September from 2pm for between 1 and 1½ hours.

This is open to all local people and the PCC will be joined by members of the neighbourhood policing team who will also be on hand to take local policing questions.

If you would like to call in to meet Sue you are welcome to do so and if you have any specific questions you would like her to address, please forward these in advance to the PCC office by emailing pcc@avonandsomerset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 01275 816377 so that this matter can be looked into further.

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MONTHLY OVERVIEW – August

Below figures relate to the Exmoor beat area (AW050)
118 calls from your beat area
24 were listed as crimes, including:
3 Assault
0 Assault on Police
1 dwelling burglary (+ 0 attempt)
1 Non dwelling burglary (+ 0 attempt)
2 criminal damage – property
0 criminal damage – vehicles
3 theft from motor vehicles
0 theft of motor vehicle
0 theft of pedal cycles
0 theft from shops
remainder miscellaneous

Anti Social Behaviour (ASB) – 7 reports across the beat. Includes reports of vehicles causing nuisance, and drunken persons.

Beat Surgery:

8 September, Homecook Café, Porlock, 10.30-11.30
27 September, Porlock beat surgery, St Dubricius Primary School, 10.30-11.30am
28 September, Timberscombe at the Old Dairy, 10.30-11.30am

If you have information about suspicious incidents or activity please telephone the police on the general number 101 – always ask the call handler to mark, or tag, your call Neighbourhood Watch.

W489 24082017 Rogue Traders

This is a reminder that some areas are still subject to Rogue Traders/bogus callers. These can take many forms and are often offering to tarmac drives, clean gutters, wanting to buy or sell goods.

Whatever the ruse please remember that you should not have any dealings with such callers at the door. Instances should be reported direct to the police via the 101 number, or if they are persistent use the emergency 999 line.

Do not give personal information to unsolicited telephone callers and do not respond to unsolicited mail or Emails.

We just ask people to be a little careful when dealing with such callers. Remember if in doubt, keep them out – and if you think an offer is too good to be true, it usually is.

Broken Down Vehicle – near Scott’s Farm

A car has broken down on the blind bend near Scott’s farm, heading toward Clatworthy.  The vehicle –  reg GX53 NYR – is a  red Seat Ibiza.  The police have been informed.

Extreme caution should be used when approaching this bend.

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During July this year there were just over 15,000 calls from members the public across Somerset to the police. Out of those, 5 were `tagged’ or marked from Neighbourhood Watch schemes from various towns across the county. Reports ranged from suspicious incidents to anti social behaviour.

MONTHLY OVERVIEW – July

Below figures relate to the Exmoor beat area (AW050)
104 calls from your beat area
21 were listed as crimes, including:
1 Assault
0 Assault on Police
1 dwelling burglary (+ 0 attempt)
1 Non dwelling burglary (+ 1 attempt)
1 criminal damage – property
2 criminal damage – vehicles
2 theft from motor vehicles
1 theft of motor vehicle
1 theft of pedal cycles
0 theft from shops
remainder miscellaneous

Anti Social Behaviour (ASB) – 6 reports across the beat. Reports include noise issues, drunk persons,

Coffee with Cops dates:

29 August at Porlock Library, 10.30-11.30am

8 September, Homecook Café, Porlock (10.30-11.30am) – refreshments not provided

If you have information about suspicious incidents or activity please telephone the police on the general number 101 – always ask the call handler to mark, or tag, your call Neighbourhood Watch.

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Message sent on behalf of Deputy Chief Constable Sarah Crew:

Further to my previous message I am pleased to announce the Avon and Somerset Neighbourhood Watch Association now have the ability to contact you and support your valuable work in the community. They will be in contact in the coming weeks, but I want to encourage all members of Neighbourhood Watch to make contact with the Association and start the discussion around the fantastic opportunities they could bring to further develop the partnership between local policing teams and NHW.

They want to know what matters most to you and will be working hard with us to build and improve the way NHW and Avon and Somerset Constabulary positively affect your community. Contacting them is easy, either via their website, http://www.asnwa.org (there is a contact form at the bottom of their home page), or by calling 03330 142815.

Give your feedback (positive or negative) to help shape the future of Neighbourhood Watch. With your assistance I am confident this Association will be a valuable resource for Watches, please make the most of it.

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OFFICE CLOSED: Between Friday 21 July – Wednesday 9 August inclusive.

MONTHLY OVERVIEW – June

Below figures relate to the Exmoor beat area:

111 calls from your beat area
20 were listed as crimes, including:
2 Assault
0 Assault on Police
0 dwelling burglary (+ 0 attempt)
1 Non dwelling burglary (+ 0 attempt)
2 criminal damage – property
0 criminal damage – vehicles
4 theft from motor vehicles
0 theft of motor vehicle0 theft of pedal cycles
0 theft from shops
remainder miscellaneous

Anti Social Behaviour (ASB) – 5 reports across the beat. Reports relate to noise issues, youths causing problems and fly tipping.

If you have information about suspicious incidents or activity please telephone the police on the general number 101 – always ask the call handler to mark, or tag, your call Neighbourhood Watch.

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CRIME REDUCTION:

There is often an increase in crimes at this time of year where property has been left insecure. Please make sure that you close and lock accessible windows and doors whenever possible and always when property is unattended. Likewise garages, sheds, outbuildings should be kept secure, garden tools, furniture and equipment locked away when not in use. Vehicles should always be locked when unattended and ensure nothing is left on display. Simple steps will greatly reduce the likelihood of you becoming a victim of crime.

MONTHLY OVERVIEW – May
Below figures relate to the Exmoor beat area:
107 calls from your beat area
20 were listed as crimes, including:
0 Assault
0 Assault on Police
3 dwelling burglary (+ 0 attempt)
1 Non dwelling burglary (+ 0 attempt)
1 criminal damage – property
0 criminal damage – vehicles
0 theft from motor vehicles
0 theft of motor vehicle
0 theft of pedal cycles
0 theft from shops
remainder miscellaneous
Anti Social Behaviour (ASB) – 6 reports across the beat. Including reports of trial bikes causing noise nuisance and people jumping into Wimbleball Lake.

Beat Surgery:

20 June, The Old Dairy, Timberscombe – 10.30-11.30am
21 June, Chapel House, Dunster (Coffee with Cops event) 10.30-11.30am

If you have information about suspicious incidents or activity please telephone the police on the general number 101 – always ask the call handler to mark, or tag, your call Neighbourhood Watch.

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Update from the Avon and Somerset Neighbourhood Watch Association

23 May 2017

Chief Constable Andy Marsh and Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens met with members of the newly formed Avon and Somerset Neighbourhood Watch Association (ASNWA) Interim Committee to sign a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Thursday 18 May.

The Association is a force level body within the National NHW Network and the Interim Committee hope it will provide support for NHW across Avon and Somerset. The signing of the MoU, marks the official launch of the formal relationship between the Association and the Constabulary.

The Association’s Interim Chair, Dr Egils Praulitis, said: “I am delighted that we are able to sign this Memorandum of Understanding with the Constabulary and the PCC. This marks a very positive step forward for Neighbourhood Watch in Avon and Somerset.

“Our aim is to provide support to our membership and to work with the police to further develop the role of Neighbourhood Watch and make it more effective and proactive, helping to prevent crime and bring people together to establish cohesive and solid communities.

“The Constabulary is developing a Citizens Syllabus, and we will be working with them to help create masterclasses to help Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators support their schemes, to share best practice, new ideas, and to ensure that together we are providing our volunteers with the skills and knowledge they need to deliver the best possible service.”

Chief Constable Andy Marsh said: “Neighbourhood Watch has long been a valuable partner to both the Constabulary and our local communities. The further development of the Association and the signing of this Memorandum will strengthen the working relationship between the police and Neighbourhood Watch, which can only be of benefit to the public.

“It is vital we all work together not only to prevent crime but to ensure we create unified communities where everyone, particularly the most vulnerable in our society, feel safe. Neighbourhood Watch can play a huge part in helping to achieve this and I am grateful to all the volunteers involved across Avon and Somerset.”

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “I’m delighted that Avon and Somerset now officially has its own Neighbourhood Watch Association. The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding demonstrates the importance that both the Chief Constable and I place on the volunteer watch schemes operating across Avon and Somerset.

“Neighbourhood Watch is essential in keeping our communities safe. It gives local people a vital role in passing on crucial information,  looking out for fellow residents and ensuring we’re all doing all we can to fight crime and bring offenders to justice.”

Dr Praulitis added: “All NW co-ordinators and NW schemes within the Avon and Somerset force area are automatically part of this new Association.   We are looking for people to join the Interim Committee to help us move forwards, define and influence our next steps and to provide new skills and perspective to refresh the path of Neighbourhood Watch in Avon and Somerset.

“The Association wants to hear from you. Please visit the new website https://www.asnwa.org/ to get more information about the ASNWA and send in your questions and suggestions online. We will create a FAQ section where we can reply and start working through the issues you raise. There is also an opportunity for those with IT and media skills to help us develop our online provision, there is more information and contact details on our website.

“We will keep you up-to-date with further developments over the coming month as we move forwards and agree our next steps.  You can also follow us on Twitter @asnwassociation and like us on Facebook accounts (search Avon & Somerset Neighbourhood Watch Association) for our latest news.”


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Following the recent incidents in Manchester, the following is the latest update from our Chief Constable, Andy Marsh.

Our thoughts remain with the loved ones of those who were killed and injured in the heinous attack on Monday.

Last night (23/5) the threat level of international terrorism in the UK was raised to ‘critical’ – meaning another attack may be imminent.

This is a national threat level and is based on intelligence that is considered credible and specific. As a result, military personnel will be deployed alongside police at a number of locations across the country. This is to free up armed officers from certain duties and to enable them to support the wider UK policing response to the tragic events in Manchester.

There is currently no known threat to the South West and it is unlikely members of the public will see military on the streets of Avon and Somerset although the situation is being kept under constant review.

As a precautionary measure we have increased the number of officers on duty to provide a highly visible, reassurance presence – both armed and unarmed – across the force area and we will do this for as long as is needed.

We have long and well-established plans in place to deal with attacks of this nature and we rehearse them regularly with partners to ensure we are as ready as we possibly can be. We’re doing everything possible to keep people safe.

The public are reminded to remain alert but not alarmed and to report any suspicious behaviour or activity to us on 101 or to the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321. In an emergency the public should always call 999

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