Local News


Apr 2013

New Police Update for April published

This Month’s Downley and Disraeli Neighbourhood update is brought to you by PCSO C6863 Jessica MARTIN. Your Neighbourhood team are still here.

PC 7336 John O’CALLAGHAN and PC 586 Colin BEDFORD are still policing the area, myself and PCSO’s C6651 David JONES and C8841 Jennifer WEAVER are still out in force showing presence on foot. If you see any of us on the beat, feel free to speak to us.


Unfortunately this month we have been hit with numerous burglaries. Hughendon Avenue, Garratts Way and Southfield Road have been targeted. Myself and the neighbourhood team have been cocooning the areas that have been hit to inform residents of these burglaries. It is still important to keep your property as secure as possible. Leaving lights on and drawing curtains when you are not at home. Keep your property out of darkness. We will be keeping an eye out for any properties that look vulnerable and we will be dropping posters to bring it to householder’s attention.


We have been made aware of parking issues on Hughendon Avenue. Complaints have been made of vehicles parking on the pedestrian walkway blocking access resulting in the pedestrians having to walk on the road. Can I please ask that all residents on Hughendon Avenue please consider this and ensure that there is enough space for at least a double pram or wheelchair to pass. The neighbourhood team will be putting notices on vehicles that haven’t allowed enough room and if seen again will be issuing a fixed penalty notice.

Suspicious Circumstances

In and around Downley this month there have been reports of people and vehicles acting in a suspicious manner. Can I ask that if you do see something that you don’t feel is right or if something makes you feel at ease then please do call us on 101. We need you to be the eyes and ears and by working together we can catch criminals and cut crime. Myself and PCSO Jones spent a day with the Automatic Number Plate Recognition. This gave us the chance to see the comings and goings of our neighbourhood and it enabled us to find out if anybody was driving illegally, not taxed or insured.

Anti-Social Behaviour(ASB)

There has been in a decrease in the amount of ASB within the Pastures flats. We are pleased to announce that letters have gone out to the residents of The Pastures informing them of the communal doors being installed on all of the stairways. We believe this will deter the amount of ASB within the stair and walk ways. We are still liaising with Red Kite with other ways to improve things in and around The Pastures. We would advise the residents to call in whenever they have an incident of large groups of people hanging out in the communal areas. This would enable us to increase the patrols in the area of the NHPT and other police officers.

Neighbourhood Action Groups(NAGs)

This year we will be trying to start up two local NAG groups one for Downley and one for Disraeli residents, as feedback from local residents would suggest that this would be more successful. We intend to be holding two open evenings to discuss forming the NAG’s. Times, dates and locations to be arranged. In brief; Neighborhood Action Groups (NAGs) are a key part of Neighbourhood Policing in Thames Valley. A NAG is a multi-agency, problem-solving group that consists of relevant partner agencies, key stakeholders and, most importantly, members of the local community. NAGs focus their work around the main priorities that are identified after consultation with the local community. Members, who are all volunteers, take on responsibility for achieving certain tasks on behalf of their neighbourhood.

What’s in it for me?

There are several benefits to you in getting involved in your local NAG. As a member of your NAG, you can: Influence decisions and encourage action on issues that matter to people in your neighbourhood. Have chances to change things for the better in your neighbourhood. Gain a sense of satisfaction in making a difference to local quality of life. Add something valuable to your CV – working as part of your NAG can demonstrate lots of skills to a prospective employer. Work together with key partner agencies.

How do I get involved?

For more information about getting involved in your local NAG, please call 101, the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number. Ask to speak to a representative from your local Neighbourhood Policing team. Or you can enquire about joining your local NAG by visiting your local police station.