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Crime and Safety
Reporting non-emergencies online
Non-emergency situations can now be reported to the police online if people would rather do so than call 101.
In October last year Cambridgeshire Constabulary re-launched their website with added functionality to report non-emergencies via specially designed forms or a live webchat.
The live webchat option enables people to communicate directly with a member of staff in the control room, just as would be the case when calling 101. Online forms are processed in the same way as a call and the person reporting can expect a response within 24 hours.
Due to the high level of demand there are often queues when calling 101. Reporting online is quick, easy and free of charge.
Superintendent James Sutherland said: “In the digital age people are doing more and more online. I’m pleased that our website now has increased capability to allow people to contact us in this way.
“The system went through a thorough testing process and has been used successfully thousands of times since being introduced.
“Feedback from a recent survey suggested that some people wanted to communicate directly with a person rather than submitting an online form. The webchat function allows people to do exactly that.
“Reports submitted online are treated in the same way as when people call 101 and will receive the same outcome.”
View the online reporting section of the constabulary’s website
The live webchat function is available by clicking on the green icon on the bottom right of the page.
Received notification 13/02/18 of potential criminal activity for you to be on the lookout.
A number of people in the village have recently been visited by a man claiming that he is going to be doing some tree cutting at a near-by property and is ‘apologising in advance’ for the noise he was going to be making. In all cases, no tree cutting followed, so it seems possible or even likely that this has been a scam designed to discover whether there was anyone in, with a view to carrying out a burglary.
If anybody experiences this in future, the police suggest that they should, if possible without taking ANY personal risk, make a note of the caller’s vehicle number and notify the police (call 101) immediately. If the visitor is persistent, and the home-owner is uncomfortable, they should call 999.
There are many other similar scams being used by potential burglars, and we should be on our guard at all times.
In the event that you become concerned in addition to 999 ( when there is imminent risk to people or property) and 101 our” local” ( he has 28 villages on his patch) PCSO can be contacted as follows:
Richard Braddick. PCSO 7101
Mobile: 07921 094801
Concerned about crime?
The Parish Council would like to hear from any resident interested in helping to operate a Neighbourhood Watch scheme.
In the past, a scheme has operated to share information about actual crimes or suspicious occurrences that are either Hail Weston-specific (e.g. a suspicious vehicle observed by a member of the scheme) or local (such as notices coming from Cambs police). It has been brought to the Council’s attention that the number of volunteers operating the scheme has dwindled and that there is currently no central coordinator. With all the other initiatives currently underway in Hail Weston, the Parish Council does not have the resources to run a Neighbourhood Watch scheme without new volunteers. Responses to last year’s Community Led Plan questionnaire showed that around a third of respondents were members of Neighbourhood Watch and more were interested in joining, so if you’d like the scheme to continue and might be interested in volunteering your time to make that happen, please get in touch (email@example.com). Note that going forward a scheme could either retain the same format or use a new model.
If there is an Emergency incident such as a crime happening ‘there and then’ and you require immediate Police assistance then dial ‘999’.
If it is a non-emergency call – Dial ‘101’.
If you wish to discuss an issue or pass on information by email with your local team the procedure is as follows:
Email : HuntsCops@cambs.pnn.police.uk
This email will then be viewed and sent to the correct person to deal with the issue and they will also get back to you. The mailbox will be reviewed on a daily basis so expect a reply within 48 hrs.
If you need to discuss an issue with a senior rank, then the identified managers for the area should be your first point of contact as they are responsible for that area. There details can be found on the Cambridgeshire Constabulary Website.
To give information anonymously about crime, please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
If you would like a free subscription to e-cops sign up by visiting http://www.cambs-police.co.uk/myneighbourhood/ecops/
Transport and Highways
Wildlife and Environment
We’re very lucky to have some beautiful footpaths throughout the Parish
We’ve seen a huge improvement in dog fouling thanks to all the poo bag dispensers throughout the village.
However, there are still some offenders SO PLEASE REPORT ANY PROBLEMS at the links below: