PC Chairman, Christian Dryden recently made contact with our former PCSO regarding the recent spate of criminal activity in the village, and received this email in response:

“The best initial advice I can offer is to implore for residents to report everything as it happens.  I completely understand the feeling that nothing happens when something is reported. Realistically, we would not deploy to a non-residential burglary for example, but it is important that we know what is going on, as proactive work is the key with rural crime. We have recently been running operations around the (local) rural area.  These involve a coordinated response to the sort of issues you are experiencing. In order to be able to provide these sorts of responses there needs to be the solid data behind them, and primarily this will be the times and locations of the crimes. There will likely be a pattern to the offending, but it needs to be identified to take good action. Holistically, the level of resources an area receives more generally will depend on the level of crime that occurs.  Ultimately, the best advice to give to your parishioners is that if they don't report things, on paper there is not a problem and resources will be moved elsewhere.” 

Please continue to report all criminal matters to the police. 

Call 999 if you or someone else is in immediate danger, or if the crime is in progress.

Call 101 to contact the police if the crime is not an emergency.

You can also contact Crimestoppers to report a crime anonymously. They will pass the information about the crime to the police.  https://crimestoppers-uk.org/