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Report From the Shipston on Stour Safer Neighbourhood Team

Here is our update of incidents and/or items of interest relating to the area covered by the Shipston Safer Neighbourhood Team. If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us either by telephone or email. shipston.snt@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk – Tel: 01789 444670


Between the evening of 27/02/2020 and the morning of 01/03/2020 at Atherstone-on-Stour, Stratford-upon-Avon, unknown offender(s) have broken into a shipping container by breaking off the padlock. Two push bikes were taken and a silver Vauxhall van has been stolen from the yard, partial plate number YM16. Incident report: WK20200301-0149

A report was received at 0718hrs 03/03/2020 that a mowing machine and a few other items had been removed by unknown offender(s) from a shed at a property at Cherington, Shipston-on-Stour. Incident report: WK20200303-0054

Between 1700hrs on 28/02/2020 and 1700hrs 29/02/2020 at Sutton-under-Brailes, unknown offender(s) cut a hole in a fence and removed 3 Stihl chain saws, a Makita disc saw, drill with batteries, angle grinder and a Parker hedge trimmer. Incident number: WK20200302-0072

Between 01/03/2020 and 1000hrs on 05/03/2020 at Cherington, Shipston-on-Stour, unknown offender(s) removed a lock from a garden shed. No indication of items taken. Incident report: WK20200305-0165

Between 1800hrs on 09/03/2020 and 0600hrs 10/03/2020 at Compton Scorpion, Ilmington, Shipston-on-Stour a number of units were broken into. Items removed by unknown offender(s) include: Battery power tools, three sets of Makita drills (impact, drills and a torch), socket wrenches. Incident report(s): WK202000310-0043 and 0051

Between 2100hrs 09/03/2020 and 0300hrs 10/03/2020 at Goldicote, Stratford-upon-Avon, unknown offender(s) attempted to force the lock off a barn door. No indication of items taken. Incident report: WK20200310-0376

Just before midnight on 16/03/2020 on Banbury Road, Ettington, Stratford-upon-Avon unknown offender(s) broke in a garage after cutting off a bolt on rear gates. Panels were removed from the garage door and several power tools and a car jack were stolen. A dark coloured Volvo V50 estate was used in the incident. Incident report: WK20200317-0099

Vehicle crime

Between 0230hrs and 1153hrs 05/03/2020 unknown offenders have cut open the back of a van like a “can opener” at Bennett Place, Ilmington, Shipston-on-Stour. No tools were stored in the van at the time. Incident report: WK20200305-0145

Between 1430hrs and 1445hrs on 11/03/2020 at Miles Meadow, Newbold on Stour, Stratford-upon-Avon a blue Vauxhall Vivaro van had a bit cut at the back by the handle and unknown offender(s) removed tools and tape from inside. An old style, black, people carrier vehicle had been noted parked nearby. Incident report: WK20200311-0265

A report was received on 17/03/2020 that front and rear plates had been stolen by unknown offender(s) from an Audi A1. Registration ending in UBO. Unsure of exact location of vehicle when they were removed. Incident report: WK20200317-0058

At 0020hrs on 17/03/2020 a vehicle alarm was activated on a parked van in Churchill Close, Ettington, Stratford-upon-Avon. Unknown offender(s) had cut a hole in the back door to gain access. No indication of items taken. A dark Golf estate was seen to leave the location at the time. Incident report: WK20200317-0007

Between 1200hrs and 0800hrs 25/03/2020 at Upper Quinton, Stratford-upon-Avon a blue Ifor Williams horse trailer was removed by unknown offender(s) by taking down an electric fence and entering the property. Trailer shows vehicle registration number ending in EMJ. Incident report: WK20200325-0050


At approximately 1430hrs on 03/03/2020 the Pharmacy in Sheep Street, Shipston-on-Stour had the perfume cabinet dented by a male described as white, 5’10” approx. wearing black shoes, grey track suit bottoms, black t shirt, grey hoody with black gillet and navy hat. Ginger hair and slight facial hair. The offender removed 6/7 bottles of perfume. Incident report: WK20200303-0258


Overnight of 06-07/03/2020 at Gilkes Road, Lower Brailes, Banbury, unknown offender(s) have cut a hole into a fence and cut the lock off a shed door. No indication of items taken. Incident report: WK20200307-0098

A report was received on 10/03/2020 that criminal damage had been caused to Townsend Hall, Shipston-on-Stour, by unknown offender(s). Incident report: WK20200310-0266

If you have any information regarding the above item(s) or saw anything suspicious around the time of the offence(s) please contact the Shipston on Stour SNT on 01789 444670

The Shipston SNT surgeries are held at the Council Offices in New Clerk House, West Street, Shipston-on-Stour, CV36 4HD. The surgeries will be held for half an hour so please come along to discuss any issues or concerns. Surgery dates and times are as follows:-

Thursday 09/04/2020 – 2.30 to 3.00pm
Thursday 23/04/2020 – 2.30 to 3.00pm


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Appeal for information after man found injured – Leamington
Warwickshire Police is appealing for information after a man was found with serious injuries in Leamington this morning (Sunday 1 March).

Officers were called to Waterside Court at around 6am, after a man in his late 30s was found injured in the courtyard.

He has been taken to hospital where he is currently receiving treatment.

Detective Inspector Tim Sharp from Warwickshire Police said: “A number of enquiries are currently taking place, and we would ask anyone who may have seen or heard anything in the Waterside Court area earlier this morning to please come forward.

“Anyone with any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, is asked to call Warwickshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 89 of 1 March 2020.”

Information can also be given to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their website.

A 29-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault. He is currently in police custody.

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Warwick arson investigation – update
Enquiries are ongoing into a suspected arson at a park in Warwick at the weekend.

Police were called at around 8.10pm on Saturday night (29 February) to a fire at the Sea Scouts building in St. Nicholas’ Park.

There were no reported injuries.

A 12-year-old boy and 13-year-old boy, both from Warwick, have been voluntarily interviewed under caution.

Officers believe this to be an isolated incident, and are continuing to appeal to anyone who may have witnessed the offence or any suspicious behaviour in the area to please come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to call Warwickshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 437 of 29 February 2020. Information can also be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website.

Issued: HCB, Corporate Communications

Men jailed for Post Office burglary
Three men have been jailed for their part in a burglary at a Post Office in Stratford Upon Avon.

Former Post Office employee Omar Ahmed conspired to commit the offence with the Mohammed Ahad, an employee in the attached shop.

On the night of 6 January 2018 the two men broke into the Post Office on Henley Street where they disabled the CCTV system and stole a substantial amount of cash .

The men were arrested later in the month after being identified as suspects following a Warwickshire Police investigation.

Ahad, 24, of Milford Croft, Birmingham previously pleaded guilty to burglary and was yesterday jailed for two-and-a-half years at Warwick Crown Court. He had also pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud.

Ahmed, 25, of Southbank Road, Cradley Heath, also pleaded guilty to burglary and was jailed for two years and two months.

Another man, Mohammed Hussain, 25, of Station Road, Cradley Heath was jailed for 11 months for providing a false alibi for Ahmed. He pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice.

Detective Sergeant Abigail Simpson from the Warwickshire Police Serious and Complex Crime Team said: “This was an audacious and well planned crime; unfortunately for Ahad and Ahmed they made several key errors that meant we quickly identified them as suspects and arrested them.”

Safe in Warwickshire – Community and Road Safety, Drugs, Alcohol and violence against women and girls

Welcome to Safe in Warwickshire

Safe in Warwickshire is brought to you by the multi-agency Safer Warwickshire Partnership Board.

Our aim is to reduce crime and disorder and promote safety in Warwickshire by providing support, advice and leadership to our partners and communities.

“Working together to prevent harm and protect the most vulnerable”

The agencies involved include Warwickshire County Council, Warwickshire Police, Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service, Warwickshire’s Probation Services, North Warwickshire Borough Council, Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council, Rugby Borough Council, Stratford District Council, Warwick District Council, health partners and voluntary sector organisations.

At a local level we work with the four Community Safety Partnerships in Warwickshire which are multi-agency partnerships based in North Warwickshire, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Rugby and South Warwickshire.

We also work closely with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Warwickshire and other partnerships including the Youth Justice Service, Drug and Alcohol Action Team and Warwickshire Against Domestic Abuse.

We are committed to working together to reduce crime and maintain quality of life for people who live, work and visit Warwickshire.

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Please visit the web site for further information on many items of interest.

Child exploitation – missing and trafficked
A frequent indicator of child exploitation is a child going missing and then being trafficked to be exploited. Children and young people go missing for a variety of reasons. There may have been a misunderstanding about what time they were due to be back or they may have been the victim of a crime.

Trafficking can be when a child or young person is forced, persuaded or even tricked into leaving their home or transported in order to be exploited. Children can be trafficked for a range of reasons including criminal exploitation, sexual exploitation and forced labour.

Perpetrators of trafficking often use physical, emotional and sexual abuse to groom and control those children and young people they are trying to traffic, and this can extend to their families and communities in order to gain their trust. They can also bribe young people with lavish gifts and the promise of money to traffic them and ultimately exploit them which can often mean that victims don’t realise they are victims.

Signs to watch out for are:
•Frequent missing episodes
•A child or young person travelling long distances on public transport
•A child or young person travelling with older unfamiliar acquaintances
•A child wearing expensive clothing and/or accessories
•Hostile or aggressive behaviour
•Obsessed by their mobile phone
•Disengaging from school

If your child is missing you must report them as missing to the police. When you call the police (on 101 or 999) tell them you are calling to report a child missing. The call handler will then ask for your location and the length of time your child has been missing.

Missing People charity also offer a free, 24-hour, anonymous phone and SMS helpline, 116 000, enabling young people to disclose information and seek support.

If you have concerns about yourself or someone you know being victim to human trafficking, please report this to the police on 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

You can also contact Warwickshire County Council Family Support on 01926 742274.

Warwickshire Police ask the public to #standupforhangingup and not use a mobile phone whilst driving
Warwickshire Police is asking the public to ‘stand up for hanging up’ as part of a campaign to change driver behaviours and highlight the consequences of using a mobile phone whilst driving.

Many drivers are concerned about legal and illegal mobile phone use by other drivers and this has been the top driver concern in the RAC Report on Motoring for four of the last five years

Whilst most people do not use their mobile phone whilst driving, there is a dangerous minority who do.

Inspector Jem Mountford said “We aren’t just asking people not to put a mobile phone to their ear. We are seeing more drivers looking down to use a handheld mobile phone to use social media apps, select music, check emails or texting while driving when they should be focussing on the road ahead. We are asking these drivers to consider how their actions could affect themselves and other people.

“Whoever you are texting would not want you to have a collision potentially injuring yourself or someone else.

“You may also be fined. Using a mobile phone whilst driving attracts 6 points and a £200 fine and even if you are using a mobile phone legally, if you are driving whilst not being in proper control of your vehicle you could face 3 points and £100 fine.”

We know that for many drivers, they see their daily drive as an opportunity to catch up on emails, social media, or chat with friends and family and the temptation to do that will be strong.

If this sounds like you, you need to set some ground rules. Tell work, friends and family that you will check your phone regularly but you will not use your mobile phone to respond to them whilst driving because it is a distraction and you need to concentrate on driving.

Put your phone out of sight in a bag or glove box or the boot when you are driving so you don’t get tempted to check it.

For some people mobile phone blocking pouches might be the answer. Others may be persuaded to switch their phone off, or have an App that blocks calls when driving and sends a message that the person being called is driving, and so isn’t going to answer. This can relieve the stress of thinking that your callers will think you are ignoring them.

Whilst legal, it may come as an ‘inconvenient truth’ to some people that hands free use is just as distracting as handheld phone use and should be avoided wherever possible.

It may surprise people to know that when distracted, your driving is also impaired to a degree similar to that of a drink driver. This is shocking for those who would never consider drink driving.

Dr Gemma Briggs, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at The Open University said:

“If you’re distracted by your phone while driving your driving performance is significantly diminished to the extent that you are four times more likely to crash. You’re far less likely to notice hazards and will take much longer to react to any hazards you do see. This applies equally to hands-free phone use as hand-held use, meaning having two hands on the wheel and both eyes on the road isn’t enough if your mind is elsewhere. Drivers don’t have ’spare’ attention to apply to other tasks – that’s simply not how our brains work.”

“When you are distracted you are much less aware of what’s happening on the road around you, you may fail to see road signs, fail to maintain proper lane position and steady speed, are more likely to tailgate the vehicle in front, react more slowly and take longer to brake. You are also more likely to enter unsafe gaps in traffic and feel more stressed and frustrated.”

Try out these quick tasks which demonstrate how your attention works:

Are you a focused driver?

How well can you focus your attention?

It’s not just mobile phones that can distract you, changing the channel on the radio, chatting to a passenger, and having children in the car can all hinder your concentration when driving.

Being stopped by Warwickshire Police isn’t the only way you can get caught for using your mobile phone whilst driving.

The majority of people are concerned about other people using a mobile phone whilst driving. We are asking the public to submit any dashcam or GoPro footage they have captured as evidence that could be used to prosecute someone using a phone whilst driving to Operation Snap. For more information click here https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/police-forces/warwickshire-police/areas/warwickshire-police/campaigns/campaigns/2019/operation-snap/

More and more people are committing publically to not using their phones while driving and you can follow the campaign on social media using the hashtag #StandingupForHangingUp to symbolise this.

You can also follow us on Twitter @WarksPolice @OPUWarks and Facebook @WarwickshirePolice, @OPUWarwickshire

Mobile phones and the law

As well as increasing your risks of a collision you could face a £200 fine and six points if you use a hand-held phone when driving. Within your probationary period you’ll lose your licence.

If it goes to court the fine can be up to £1000 and you could get disqualified from driving.

If you kill someone you will face prison and will have to live with what you have done for the rest of your life.

Make The Right Call
To help people contact the right service first time, there are a number of pages on our website which advise who the best agency is to speak to on issues including fly-tipping, noise complaints and parking, as well as reporting abuse on social media.

Please follow the link to see further information:-


Appeal for information in connection with sheep deaths – Bidford-on-Avon
Warwickshire Police is appealing for information after a number of sheep are believed to have been run over in a field near Bidford in the past week.

Officers were informed yesterday (Wednesday 11 March) that three sheep had been found dead in a field at the Barton Crossroads/Honeybourne Road on Friday (6 March).

A further eight ewes were found dead in the same field yesterday, and another seven were severely injured and had to be euthanised by a vet.

It is believed the animals were deliberately run over by a vehicle.

Rural Crime Officer Carol Cotterill said: “This is a very distressing incident which has left a number of sheep injured or deceased, and has caused their owner to be understandably shaken and upset.

“Unfortunately we do believe this to be a deliberate act and we are treating these offences very seriously. We are currently working with the RSPCA to identify the circumstances of the incident.

“If anyone has any information, or witnessed any suspicious vehicles or behaviour in this location over the past week, please let us know by calling 101 and referring to incident number 47 of 11 March 2020.

“Any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, may help us to investigate this cruel act and identify those responsible.”

Information can also be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website.

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Child Exploitation is happening in Warwickshire – don’t ignore it
Warwickshire Police, Warwickshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Barnardo’s and Warwickshire County Council are supporting the National Child Exploitation Awareness Day on Wednesday (18 March) by running an awareness week this week.

Child exploitation (CE) is a type of child abuse and involves the manipulation and/or coercion of young people under the age of 18.

Police, Barnardo’s and the council form the multi-agency team in Warwickshire leading the county response and are behind the ‘Something’s Not Right’ campaign aiming to raise awareness and tackle child exploitation (CE) at the early stages.

Child Exploitation can manifest itself in different forms, including child abuse, sexual exploitation, county lines drug dealing, human trafficking and online grooming.

A key feature of the team’s work is to place a strong emphasis on training and raising awareness in the community. Over the past year they have provided targeted training to schools, health organisations, taxi drivers and commercial premises such as hotels, pubs, and clubs.

Detective Inspector Lisa Sears from the Child Exploitation and Missing Persons Team at Warwickshire Police said: “Together with our partners we are committed to protecting children from harm, and we are working to inform, educate and prevent child exploitation.

“Individuals who abuse and exploit children pose a significant risk to our society and we will continue to identify and pursue them through the criminal justice system at every opportunity.

“Child Exploitation can affect young people from all walks of life, there is no stereotypical victim of exploitation but there are warning signs in children’s behaviour that may indicate something’s not right.

“It is important that everyone can recognise these warning signs and know where to turn to for help so that interventions can be put in place at the earliest opportunity.”

“If people know what to look out for they can take steps to help a child that is being exploited. Everyone in society has a responsibility to do all they can to protect vulnerable young people.”

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe said: “There’s little doubt the child exploitation remains an issue in Warwickshire and one that affects some of the most vulnerable in society – children.

“That’s why I have ensured that the funding is in place to boost Warwickshire Police’s capability to identify the perpetrators of abuse and bring them to justice and provide sustained support and care for victims.

“This includes the funding for an additional 13 detective posts in the specialist Child Abuse, Trafficking and Exploitation Team over the next 12 months.

“But the police cannot tackle these issues alone and that’s why it’s vitally important to work with partners to tackle this issue across the country. I commission RosA and Barnardo’s to work jointly together to ensure that all victims of sexual abuse and violence and child sexual exploitation have seamless support in one place to meet their needs, from childhood through to adulthood.

“Barnardo’s in particular has been heavily involved with the multi-agency Warwickshire CSE Team for a number of years and continues to develop the successful ‘Something’s Not Right’ campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of CSE and promote access to help and advice.”