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30th December 2016

Police are appealing for witnesses after a road rage incident in Shefford at around 3.50pm on Christmas Eve (Saturday 24 December).

A man was travelling from Tesco Express, from Ivel Road to the A507, when his car was cut off by the offender’s vehicle.

The offender drove dangerously alongside the victim, and used threatening gestures until the two vehicles reached the Chicksands roundabout.

The driver is described as white and approximately 35 years old, and was driving a white Mercedes.

Sergeant Jennifer Flinn, investigating, said: “The offender behaved in a threatening and dangerous manner on a busy public road. There is no excuse for such behaviour and we are keen to speak with anyone who is able to identify the driver of the Mercedes believed to be 65 registered.

“It was tremendously frightening incident for our victim and we believe that the other drivers might have witnessed the incident, as the offender was causing obstruction to others.”

Call 101 with any information quoting crime reference number JD/52854/2016, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


November 2016

Bedfordshire Police have advised us there was a burglary in business premises in Sandy Lane, Chicksands, Shefford, on Saturday 26 November.
 
The offender (or offenders) have used an unknown implement to damage a chain on an external gate leading to the business premises, then kicked the front door to the location, gaining entry and a substantial amount of items were stolen. 

Did you see anyone suspicious? Did you hear anything suspicious? Did you see a person or a vehicle in the area that caught your attention? 
 
Whether this incident is near you or not, you may want to think about whether you have noticed anything suspicious in your area.
 
If you have any information, no matter how small, that the police might find helpful, please ring them on 101 and ask to speak with the investigating officer quoting JH/48782/2016 or email your information to CIBIntel@Bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk
 

For crime reduction advice to make your home secure, please click on http://www.bedfordshire.police.uk/tackling_crime/crime_reduction.aspx
 
You may want to check your own security and consider the following advice.

Most break-ins occur at the back or side of a house. 

  • Keep your doors and windows locked at all times.
  • Remove all keys from locks.
  • Keep keys in a safe place out of view.                                 
  • Keep valuables out of sight.
  • Keep side gates locked. 
  • Keep sheds and garages locked.
  • Keep bins, ladders and tools locked away.
  • Make your boundaries difficult or impossible to climb over.
  • Make your house look and feels like someone is home at all times.
  • If your house is empty after dark, leave a light on or set a timer – and even leave a radio on.

A distraction burglary occurred in Rectory Road in the late afternoon/evening of 8th December2015.


One other burglaries took place in Campton on the evening of 5th November in Elm Close. Entry was also made via the patio door.  

Local Crime Message

Incident Type:

Burglary. 

Location:

Greenway, Campton. 

Date and Time:

Between Friday the 30th October and, Friday the 6th November at 12:50 p.m.

Incident Details:

The offender gained entry by forcing the rear patio door. 

A messy search was made.

It is unclear if any items were taken.

Crime Reference:

J D / 4 3 0 8 3 / 2015. 

Crime Reduction Advice:

Make your boundaries difficult or impossible to climb over.

Keep doors and windows locked at all times.

Remove all keys from the locks and keep them in a safe place out of view.

Keep hallways clear of valuables like keys, handbags and laptop where they may be seen.

Check that side gates are locked.

Keep bins, ladders and garden furniture locked away.

Fit Window Restrictors to fan light windows.

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View our online booklet for crime prevention advice

If you have information about any crime or suspicious activity please call the Control Room on 1 0 1

Text your message to 07786 200011

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

 

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Incident Type:

Attempted Burglary. 

Location:

Mill Lane, Campton. 

Date and Time:

The 5th November between 7:30 p.m. and, 7:45 p.m. 

Incident Details:

The offender attempted to gain entry by forcing open a ground floor window.

The offender then broke a window before being disturbed.

No entry has been gained.

Nothing appears to have been taken.

Crime Reference:

J D / 4 2 9 6 6 / 2015 

Crime Reduction Advice:

Make your boundaries difficult or impossible to climb over.

Keep doors and windows locked at all times.

Remove all keys from the locks and keep them in a safe place out of view.

Keep hallways clear of valuables like keys, handbags and laptop where they may be seen.

Check that side gates are locked.

Keep bins, ladders and garden furniture locked away.

Fit Window Restrictors to fan light windows.

Have you thought about joining a Community Watch Scheme? Find out more here.

View our online booklet for crime prevention advice

If you have information about any crime or suspicious activity please call the Control Room on 1 0 1

Text your message to 07786 200011

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

 

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The following crimes have been recorded in the Parish (on the police.co.uk website) for 2015


Date
Type of Crime 
Where crime occurred
August
Anti social behaviour
On or near the underpass Greenway 
July
Anti social behaviour
Near Ampthill Road 
June 
Violence & sexual offence
Luffenham Place, Chicksands 
June 
Public Order
Gravenhurst Road, Campton 
May
Violence & sexual offence
Osborne Ave., Chicksands
May
Violence & sexual offence
Orchard Drive, Chicksands       
April
Anti social behaviour
Greenway, Campton
April
Anti social behaviour
Greenway, Campton
April
Anti social behaviour
Eisenhower Place, Chicksands
April
Anti social behaviour
Orchard Drive, Chicksands
Mar
Burglary
Luffenham Place, Chicksands 
Jan
Burglary
Brookside, Campton
Jan
Criminal damage and arson
Hoover Place, Chicksands
Jan
Other: theft
Luffenham Place, Chicksands 


Local Crime Message

Incident Type:

Attempted Burglary.

Location:

Hoover Place, Chicksands.

Date and Time:

Wednesday the 28th of October at 4:15 a.m 

Incident Details:

The offenders have attempted to force entry using an unkown implement.

Entry has not been gained and, nothing appears to have been taken.

Crime Reference:

J D / 4 1 8 4 2 / 2015. 

Crime Reduction Advice:

Make your boundaries difficult or impossible to climb over.

Keep doors and windows locked at all times.

Remove all keys from the locks and keep them in a safe place out of view.

Keep hallways clear of valuables like keys, handbags and laptop where they may be seen.

Check that side gates are locked.

Keep bins, ladders and garden furniture locked away.

Fit Window Restrictors to fan light windows.

Have you thought about joining a Community Watch Scheme? Find out more here.

View our online booklet for crime prevention advice

If you have information about any crime or suspicious activity please call the Control Room on 1 0 1

Text your message to 07786 200011

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

 

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19 October 2015

Back the petition

You may be aware that the Home Office has been conducting a review into the way in which the central Government policing budget is allocated across forces with a view to developing a funding formula that is fit-for-purpose and sustainable.

Policing partners and the public have been consulted and earlier this month chief constables and PCCs received a letter from Policing Minister Mike Penning MP outlining the proposed refinements to the way in which central Government policing budgets will be allocated.

I cannot express enough my disappointment to see that under the latest proposal for central Government funding Bedfordshire is set to receive no additional funds. I know that you will share my disappointment at hearing this news.

With more cuts looming, I really do fear that this force will become unsustainable – we will no longer be able to deliver some services or respond to incidents in the way we do currently.

Bedfordshire Police has been under-funded for a very long time and we are already over-stretched; with only 169 police officers for 100,000 of the population – compared to the national average of 232 and 388 in the Met.

This is despite facing significant challenges; we are the fourth highest force for gun crime in the country, and we have a similar level of burglary robbery and vehicle crime to the West Midlands, who have 256 police officers per 100,000 of the population.

Here in Bedfordshire we face the most significant serious and organised crime challenges of any force in the region, so it seems incredulous that we have fared the worst in the funding proposals. My worry is that if we continue to be under-funded, then we will not be in a position to continue to provide the same level of service to protect people in our communities.

Bedfordshire may be a small county, but it is incredibly complex to police. We have an international airport, busy road network  and some of the highest levels of gun crime,  knife crime and serious acquisitive crime in the country, yet have one of the lowest rates of officers per head of population.

I am completely committed to fight crime and protect the people of Bedfordshire in any way that I can. We were the first force to collaborate a department with another force and we have recently introduced a new operating model and time-saving technologies which will go some way to delivering savings. But this is simply not enough to sustain the viability of the force with the proposed levels of Government funding.

That’s why I’m urging everyone in the communities we serve to show their support for our hard-working, brave, over stretched officers by  signing the petition that Commissioner Olly Martins has launched, which pushes for a fairer deal for Bedfordshire, enabling us to continue to protect people, fight crime, and keep Bedfordshire Police.

 

Sign the petition here

 

Jon Boutcher QPM

Chief Constable

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Local Crime Message

Incident Type:

Shed burglary.

Location:

Greenway, Campton. 

Date and Time:

Between Saturday the 10th of October at 8 a.m. and, Monday the 12th of october at 6.30 p.m. 

Incident Details:

Offenders have forced the lock of a shed to gain entry. 

A bicycle has been stolen.

Crime Reference:

J D / 3 9 6 2 7 / 2015.

Crime Reduction Advice:

Secure gates, keep fences and walls in good repair and consider defensive planting or trellis.

Keep your shed in good repair. Make sure that hinges and hasps are correctly fitted.

Use a good quality padlock to secure the door.

Ensure that you have good lighting that covers all areas of the property.

Consider fitting a shed alarm.

A security cage can be installed inside the shed to secure tools and valuables.

Report any suspicious activity in neighbouring gardens.

Have you thought about joining a Community Watch Scheme? Find out more here.

View our online booklet for crime prevention advice

If you have information about any crime or suspicious activity please call the Control Room on 1 0 1

Text your message to 07786 200011

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

 

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September 2015

A resident has reported the following crime to us


Date 
Type of Crime
Where crime occurred
September
Theft
Greenway, Campton 



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June 2015

I have been informed by the ‘Ringmaster’ messaging team that unfortunately (due to the challenges of resources within the department) they now only send out crime alerts about burglaries. Other incidents such as robbery, vehicle crime, fuel theft, anti-social behaviour etc.will not be reported.

All crimes are still reported on police.co.uk website but these are not updated to the site until some time after the event.

If you know of any crime that has occurred in the Parish and would like other residents to be informed about it, please let us know so that we can publish them in the newsletter.


June 2015

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4 March 2015

Bedfordshire Police is seeking New Recruits

Bedfordshire Police is seeking potential new recruits after recently welcoming 33 student officers.

The force, which in 2014 lifted a three year recruitment freeze, is to recruit new officers. Emphasis will be on attracting experienced officers from across the country as well as those looking to embark on a new career in policing. The force is particularly interested in attracting those who live locally, have local knowledge and reflect the diverse communities the force serves.

The aim will be to create a rich pool of talent from which the force can select the best interviewees and successful applicants will be sent to a national police assessment centre.

To be a police officer you need to be 18 or over, physically fit, of good character and have a passion for protecting people and fighting crime to keep Bedfordshire even safer.

The deadline for applications in the 9 March 2015.

 

    



  2 March 2015

Special Constable Information Evenings

To inspire a new generation of Special Constables, a series of information evenings have been organised by Bedfordshire Police.

As well as learning about the rewards and responsibilities of the role, attendees can ask questions about the recruitment process and meet serving Special Constables.

For more details of the Special Constable information evenings, visit our events page.

Sessions start at 7.30pm and have been confirmed for the following dates:

  • 24 March 2015 - Bury Park Community Centre, Dunstable Road, Luton (starting at 6:30pm)
  • 13 April 2015 – Headquaters, Kempston
  • 11 May 2015 – Barnfield College,  New Bedford Road, Luton
  • 8 June 2015 – Headquaters, Kempston
  • 13 July 2015 – Barnfield College,  New Bedford Road, Luton
  • 11 August 2015 –Headquaters, Kempston
  • 14 September 2015 – Barnfield College,  New Bedford Road, Luton
  • 12 October 2015 – Headquaters, Kempston
  • 9 November 2015 – Barnfield College,  New Bedford Road, Luton
  • 14 December 2015 - Headquaters, Kempston

    


  23 February 2015

Police Officer Recruitment - Facebook Session

Join us for a Recruitment Facebook session on 26 of February 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm.

The session will focus on police officer recruitment, and we’ll be giving you the opportunity to ask any questions you have about the recruitment process.

We would also encourage those who may have previously dismissed the idea of having a career with the police, or who may have questions about the role that have previously stopped them from applying to take part.

Members of our Recruitment team will be available to answer questions.

     



    19 February 2015

Police Offers ‘Chance to Make a Difference’

Bedfordshire Police is seeking potential new recruits after welcoming 33 student officers at last Thursday’s (12 February) passing out parade.

The force, which in 2014 lifted a three year recruitment freeze, is to recruit new officers twice a year and is running a series of information evenings and other events for people who want to make a difference.

Emphasis will be on attracting experienced officers from across the country as well as those looking to embark on a new career in policing. The force is particularly interested in attracting those who live locally, have local knowledge and reflect the diverse communities the force serves.

The aim will be to create a rich pool of talent from which the force can select the best interviewees and successful applicants will be sent to a national police assessment centre.

The cream of the crop will embark on a 16 week training programme at police headquarters, Kempston. Those who pass out will receive ten weeks’ on the job training with an experienced officer, making an immediate and visible contribution to policing in Bedfordshire. They will be subject to on-going assessments.

To be a police officer you need to be 18 or over, physically fit and of good character and have a passion for protecting people and fighting crime to keep Bedfordshire even safer.

For details about the variety of roles and current vacancies at Bedfordshire Police visit the web site http://www.bedfordshire.police.uk/. Dates of information evenings are also available.


    


10 February

Police Appeal for Caution on Social Media

Bedfordshire Police is urging young people to be vigilant when using social media after receiving several reports of teenagers being approached online.

Officers are investigating after receiving two calls over the weekend reporting that a man had been trying to befriend teenagers online and requesting they open their web cams.

DC Karl Heywood said: “We’re currently investigating two reports of young people being contacted by unknown men on social media.

“We’d like to remind people to only ever accept people they know in real life as friends on social media, never give any personal details out, and to put high security settings on your accounts. Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about online safety, and to make sure they know to report any behaviour that makes them feel uncomfortable to a responsible adult.

“If you, or someone you know, have been approached online by a stranger who you believe is acting in an unacceptable manner, please contact us immediately on 101.”

You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Find out more about how to stay safe online on the Bedfordshire Police website: http://www.bedfordshire.police.uk/tackling_crime/cybercrime__online_safety.asp


    


10 February 2015

Bedfordshire Police asks Parents to be ‘Share Aware’

Parents and carers are being encouraged by Bedfordshire Police to be ‘share aware’ as the force backs a national campaign aimed at keeping children safe online.

Police are showing their support for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty against Children (NSPCC) Share Aware campaign ahead of Safer Internet Day on Tuesday (10 February) - an international awareness day that promotes the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. 

On Safer Internet Day, Bedfordshire Police will be visiting schools across the county to educate children on the dangers of the internet. The force holds such sessions throughout the year and also workshops for parents and guardians, helping them to understand how to protect their children.

Children and Young People Development Officer and School Co-ordinator for Bedfordshire Police, Richard Denton said: “Parents often tell us they feel confused by the internet and have little understanding of what their children are doing online and the risks they may be taking. That’s why we’re working to educate not only children, but their parents too, so everyone has an awareness of the dangers involved with using the internet and how to avoid getting into trouble.

“Having conversations from a young age can help build trust and openness and get preventative messages across. That’s why we’re supporting the NSPCC Share Aware campaign.”

The Share Aware campaign is aimed at parents and guardians, encouraging them to talk to their children about keeping safe online, while giving them the tools they need to have the confidence to tackle such conversations.

The campaign directs parents to a range of new resources, including Net Aware, a simple NSPCC guide to the social networks, sites and apps children use. There’s also a booklet containing top tips for keeping children safe online, as well conversation starters to help parents have conversations with their children.

“Overall the Internet is a fantastic tool and the majority of the time it is a beneficial, fun educational resource. We just ask everyone to apply common sense when online and follow a few simple safety measures,” added Richard.

If you are concerned about any content or activity on your child's internet and social networking sites then please contact Bedfordshire Police by calling 101 or visit their website for more advice (http://www.beds.police.uk/)

Find out more about the Share Aware campaign and Safer Internet Day

Bedfordshire Police’s top 10 Internet safety tips for parents and carers:

  • Always keep communication open for a child to know that it's never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable.
  • Help your child to understand that some people lie online and that therefore they should only accept people on social networks they know and trust in the real world as a friend. They should never meet up with any strangers.
  • Look at installing security products that allow you to block certain websites, implement time limits and monitor activity.
  • Help your children to understand that they should never give out personal details to online friends they do not know offline.
  • Explain to your children what information about them is personal: i.e. email address, mobile number, school name, sports club. Small pieces of information can easily be pieced together to form a comprehensive insight in to their lives and daily activities.
  • Make your children aware that they need to think carefully about the pictures they post on their profiles. Inform them that once published online, anyone can change or share these images of them.
  • It can be easy to forget that the internet is not a private space, and as a result young people sometimes engage in risky behaviour online. Advise your children not to post any pictures, videos or information on their profiles, or in chat rooms, that they would not want a parent or carer to see.
  • It's not a good idea for your child to open files that are from people they don't know. They won't know what they contain—it could be a virus, or worse – an inappropriate image or film.
  • If your child receives spam or junk email and texts, remind them never to believe their contents, reply to them or use them.
  • Visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk to find out more about keeping safe online.
     


    


09 February


Drug Dealer Jailed For Five Years

A drug dealer who involved two women and a 16 year old youth in his crack cocaine business in Bedford has been jailed for five years.

Pela White was caught through police surveillance.

He was bringing cocaine and heroin from London to Bedford and then 'washing' the cocaine and converting it into crack at a woman friend's home.

White also took orders for the crack and heroin and arranged for the teenager to deliver them at pre-arranged meeting spots around Bedford town centre.

White, 36 of Belverdere Way, Harrow was jailed for five years at Luton Crown Court on Friday 6 February.

He and the teenager, now aged 17 and from Bedford pleaded guilty to two charges of conspiracy to supply drugs.

The youth, who cannot be identified by order of the court, also pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm, loaded with live ammunition, that was found after his arrest. He was sentenced to three years youth custody.

Elisha Joseph, 25 of Saunton Close, Bedford pleaded guilty to allowing her premises to be used for the supply of drugs. She was given a 16 month prison sentence suspended for two years with supervision and 200 hours unpaid work.

Beulah Willis, 26 of Princess Street, Bedford pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of drugs. She took phone messages for White about drug deals on a few occasions, said the prosecution. She was given a 10 month prison sentence suspended for two years with 150 hours unpaid work.

Dominic Lewis, prosecuting said White was under police surveillance between Apr 30 and July 30 last year.

They were all arrested on July 30, and the gun was found at the house in Shortstown. It was said that the teenager was storing it for someone.

Judge Tom Corrie said White had used his influence, particularly on the two females, to become involved.

White's barrister, Lauren Soertz said he got involved when he had a car accident and owed the victim, who was involved in drugs, £6,000 for the damage. He was working for him to pay off the debt.

She said he thought the teenager was 19.

Please note - All of the court copies are provided by South Beds News Agency, who retain the copyright© for all articles published.




29 Janaury 2015

Dates For Special Constable Information Evenings

To inspire a new generation of Special Constables, a series of information evenings have been organised by Bedfordshire Police.

As well as learning about the rewards and responsibilities of the role, attendees can ask questions about the recruitment process and meet serving Special Constables.

For more details of the Special Constable information evenings, visit our events page.

Sessions start at 7.30pm and have been confirmed for the following dates:

  • 3 February 2015 – Headquaters, Kempston
  • 3 March 2015 – Barnfield College,  New Bedford Road, Luton
  • 13 April 2015 – Headquaters, Kempston
  • 11 May 2015 – Barnfield College,  New Bedford Road, Luton
  • 8 June 2015 – Headquaters, Kempston
  • 13 July 2015 – Barnfield College,  New Bedford Road, Luton
  • 11 August 2015 –Headquaters, Kempston
  • 14 September 2015 – Barnfield College,  New Bedford Road, Luton
  • 12 October 2015 – Headquaters, Kempston
  • 9 November 2015 – Barnfield College,  New Bedford Road, Luton
  • 14 December 2015 - Headquaters, Kempston


    


28January 2015

Force Challenges Inaccurate Media Reporting

Bedfordshire Police Chief Constable, Colette Paul has today written to The Guardian newspaper and the BBC requesting that inaccuracies around their reporting be corrected. This comes after The Guardian published an article on Monday 26 January and BBC ran a news piece yesterday, referring to the case of a Mr Julian Cole, a young man who sustained life-changing injuries outside a Bedford nightclub in 2013.

The Chief Constable said: “As the national lead for policing communications, I place huge value on having an honest and transparent relationship with the media. It concerns me, however, when I see inaccurate reporting as this compromises both the relationship between police and the press; as well as the relationship with our public. Furthermore, it can have prejudicial implications when it comes to trials which can compromise the ability for victims to secure justice.
 
“The recent media coverage has strongly suggested that officers are culpable for Mr Cole's injuries. An investigation is currently underway and IPCC are considering all potential suspects. To date, they have not reached any conclusions regarding this case so it is therefore inaccurate and inappropriate to apportion blame to Bedfordshire police officers or any other suspects whilst the investigation is still underway.
 
“The Guardian also includes a comment from Mr Cole's family citing the views of IPCC, who have denied that any such conclusions or comments have been made. 

“The coverage has also drawn comparisons with incidents of alleged police brutality against black people in the United States suggesting that this is a race-related incident. The IPCC have confirmed that this is NOT substantiated by the IPCC. I would urge the media to report more responsibly as such inferences can have serious adverse effects on our ability to police richly diverse counties such as Bedfordshire and can be extremely damaging.

“It is a tragedy that such a young man has sustained life-changing injuries and I fully appreciate the frustration that the family and those under investigation must feel as they await the outcome of the IPCC investigation. We all want to see the investigation concluded and any perpetrators brought to justice but whilst the investigation is underway, we cannot make any assumptions about where the blame lies.

“Bedfordshire Police will continue to be fully supportive of the investigation and we hope that Mr Cole and his family will soon have the closure that they require.  

Police and Crime Commissioner, Olly Martins adds “It is understandable that Mr Cole’s family are frustrated at the length of time this investigation has taken. To have no conclusion after almost two years is unacceptable and I sympathise with everybody concerned. I urge the IPCC to progress their investigation expeditiously so that justice for Mr Cole can be delivered.”  


    



 
Local Crime Message

Incident Type:

Outbuilding Burglary.

Location:

Gravenhurst Road, Campton. 

Date and Time:

Between the 10th of January and, the 15th of January. 

Incident Details:

The offenders have gained access to the rear garden.

They have forced open a UPVC window.

A messy search was made.

Various items have been taken.

Crime Reference:

J D / 1 8 6 8 / 2015. 

Crime Reduction Advice:

Secure gates, keep fences and walls in good repair and consider defensive planting or trellis.

Keep your shed in good repair. Make sure that hinges and hasps are correctly fitted.

Use a good quality padlock to secure the door.

Ensure that you have good lighting that covers all areas of the property.

Consider fitting a shed alarm.

A security cage can be installed inside the shed to secure tools and valuables.

Report any suspicious activity in neighbouring gardens.

Have you thought about joining a Community Watch Scheme? Find out more here.

View our online booklet for crime prevention advice

If you have information about any crime or suspicious activity please call the Control Room on 1 0 1

Text your message to 07786 200011

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

 

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   20 January 2015

A Letter from the Chief - Protecting People & Fighting Crime Together

Following the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, Belgium and around the world, senior counter-terror officers have warned of a ‘heightened’ concern around the potential risk to certain groups including those working in policing and members of the Jewish and Israeli community. This has been much publicised across the national media during the past few days.

I am writing this as an open letter to ask all key leaders and people of influence across every faith in Bedfordshire, to join us in redoubling our efforts to wipe out any prejudice which could jeopardise the safety of those living in, working in, or visiting Bedfordshire.

The vast majority of our communities wish to live in peace alongside neighbours of all faiths. A small few threaten this way of life and we must work together to identify these individuals, to challenge their rhetoric and to reject all forms of hate which risks compromising the safety of our communities. Bedfordshire is fortunate enough to have a richly diverse population mix and we will continue to work closely with people across all faiths to promote a cohesive society.

As well as working with our communities, we will be working closely with our law enforcement partners across local, regional, national and international boundaries to work together to protect people and keep Bedfordshire safe. We will be stepping up patrols in key areas and will be increasing presence, particularly in our Jewish and Muslim communities. Support from community groups and partners is vital to ensuring that we appropriately and effectively problem solve local issues and we look for your support in helping to prevent any form of antisemitism or islamaphobia during this time of increased concern.

The UK has been at a heightened threat level for international terrorism for a considerable time and indeed the national threat level was raised last summer to ‘Severe’ indicating that a terrorist attack is highly likely. We anticipate that this will be a long-term status as the threat from terrorism is not likely to abate any time soon.

Any suspected hate crime incidents of Islamaphobia or antisemitism should be reported to the police on 101, along with any concerns around individuals or groups suspected of wanting to cause harm to our communities. Always dial 999 in cases of emergency.   

Please help us to promote cohesive communities by tagging your online communications with #communitiestogether

Very kind regards
 
Colette Paul QPM BA (Hons)
Chief Constable


    



19 January 2015

Additional 100 Police Officers for the Weekly Cost of a Pint of Milk?

Police and Crime Commissioner Olly Martins is asking the public of Bedfordshire whether you would be happy to pay an increase of 15.8% more on the police element of the council tax to help finance an additional 100 police officers across the county. The additional weekly cost for an average council tax band D household equates to the price of a pint of milk at 48p.

Before setting such an increase that would trigger a referendum, the Commissioner has launched an online poll to test the views of the public and he invites all Bedfordshire residents to take part in the survey to share your views.

The Commissioner explains:  “If Bedfordshire residents are supportive, this increase would not only pay for an extra 100 police officers but it would also mean the return of warranted officers to our local neighbourhood policing teams to work alongside their PCSO colleagues. Furthermore, our police strength would not need to be cut until 2021, by which time I would hope to see changes to the way we are funded.”

Find out more and take part in the brief survey by clicking: http://www.bedfordshire.pcc.police.uk/
 


    


  13 January 2015

Public Have Their Say on Custody and Criminal Justice Services

Bedfordshire Police, Cambridgeshire Constabulary and Hertfordshire Constabulary are working together to identify potential ways to improve their services to victims and witnesses as well as those who are detained in custody.

A public engagement event hosted by the three forces at Stevenage Police Station, Hertfordshire, on Sunday 11 January, gave members of the public from a number of diverse communities a unique opportunity to voice their views on how they believe these services might be improved.

Chief Superintendent Jane Swinburne, said: “It is absolutely vital that we target our services and meet the needs of our public who may be witnesses or find themselves being detained in our custody units. What better way to do this than by going out and actually talking with people from our diverse communities?

“I was thrilled that so many people from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences gave up their valuable time to come along to this event to share their views. We will take on board everything they have said and use it to help shape future custody and witness care provision for the benefit of all.”

The event, which included a tour of the station’s custody facility, was attended by members of the deaf and transgender communities, wheelchair users, faith leaders and ethnic minorities.

Steve Minchington, a 60 year-old from Bedford who has autism and uses a wheelchair, said: “It was a really good idea that the police held this public engagement event because it will help involve people who might one day enter custody as a detainee or the Criminal Justice system as a victim or witness.”

Mandy Watts, a 54 year-old transsexual from Bedford, said: “The transgender spectrum encompasses a diverse range of conditions and these people have anxieties and concerns that the police may not be aware of.

“Today’s event has been a very good opportunity to network with the police and help them better understand custody and criminal justice from a transgender perspective.”

The three forces already offer a variety of accessibility measures within custody and the criminal justice service. These include wheelchairs, hearing loops and the availability of information and reading materials in different languages.

Chief Superintendent Jane Swinburne added: “We continue to explore all avenues that may open up new ways to tailor services to each individual case and help ensure we provide the best possible care for detainees, witnesses and victims.” 

The three forces will now review the responses and use the findings as part of an ongoing programme of change. They also anticipate running similar engagement events in future to help shape any changes as they are implemented.


    


12 January 2015

Evening is Special Insight into Policing!

Bedfordshire Police, which has ambitions to boost its Special Constabulary to 500 officers by Spring 2017, is to hold another information evening tomorrow evening (Tuesday, 13 January).

It will be at Barnfield College, New Road, Luton, between 7.30pm and 8.30pm and include a number of presentations about the work the Special Constabulary does and its important contribution to policing.

The hour long event will include a short film, a presentation by Special Superintendent Steve Dodds, details about training and recruitment and a questions and answer session.

The event is one in a series being held by the force and supports the vision of Chief Constable, Colette Paul, and Police and Crime Commissioner, Olly Martins, to more than double the size of the current Special Constabulary. They also want Bedfordshire Police to be an employer of choice.

Between January and November 2014 Specials – who come from all walks of life - volunteered an incredible 61,200 hours and assisted with everything from crowd control at major events to executing warrants.

Some are now working out of the force’s smaller police stations, such as Leighton Buzzard and Biggleswade, which provides a valuable and easily accessible uniformed presence in more rural areas. Riseley Police Station will welcome Special Constables next month.

Special Constables need to be over 18 and prepared to commit 16 hours a month. However, in reality Bedfordshire Specials are so committed the average contribution is 26 hours. They work shoulder to shoulder with regular officers, PCSOs and staff, protecting people and fighting crime together.

Chief Inspector Horsford said: “Our vision to be a well-respected, high-performing, efficiently run police service working together to protect people, fight crime and keep Bedfordshire safe and the Special Constabulary play and important and valued role in that.”

Police and Crime Commissioner, Olly Martins, added: “Bedfordshire Police has a ‘one police force ethos’ with its Special Constables being far more integrated and working more closely with their regular officer counterparts compared to many of the 42 other police forces across England and Wales.

“Being a Special is a great opportunity to learn new skills and make a real contribution in the community. Last year 53 Specials were so inspired by the work they went on to become full-time police officers.”

The force, which is keen to attract people from the communities it serves, runs regular recruitment evenings and is keen to attract local people from the diverse communities it serves. Details are published under a dedicated Specials’ section on the force website at www.bedfordshire.police.uk.


    



8 January 2015

Bedfordshire Police Pays Tribute to Those Killed In Paris

Hundreds of Bedfordshire Police paid tribute to their fallen colleagues in Paris by holding a one minute silence at 10.30am today (Thursday 8 January).
 

The minute’s silence took place 24 hours after the tragic incident in France that left twelve people, including two French Police Officers dead.
 

Chief Constable Colette Paul said: “Bedfordshire Police wished to show their sympathy and esprit de corps with our colleagues in France after twelve people, including two police officers, tragically lost their lives yesterday morning following the shooting at the head offices of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris.
 

“We are not alone, forces across the UK stood in solidarity with our French police comrades by holding a one minute silence at 10.30 this morning. I was pleased so many officers and staff we able to take part.”
 

Olly Martins, Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “We should be clear that the shootings in Paris have nothing to do with Islam, which is a religion of peace, tolerance and mutual respect. Indeed one of the police officers murdered in cold blood yesterday was Muslim.
 

“Today we held a minute’s silence to remember those who lost their lives and show unity with our colleagues in France against these acts of terror. I am proud to stand up and say ‘Je Suis Charlie’.”
 

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23 December 2014

Staff Embrace Spirit of Christmas

Although Christmas and New Year are busy periods for the police and other blue light services, they are also a time which can bring out the very best in people.

That spirit of goodwill shines out at festive events across this lovely county – from town centre collections to village carol services – and  was firmly in evidence each time I walked past Reception at police headquarters last week.

We put up posters asking officers, staff and volunteers to support an appeal for local foodbanks and within days our reception staff began to disappear behind a veritable mountain of tins, boxes and packets of all things good to eat!

I was a bit worried that we had started the appeal rather late – what with all the demands that go hand in glove with policing this time of year - but I need not have worried.

In true Bedfordshire Police style staff at police stations across the county rallied round and I am so proud of what was achieved to help people this winter. Thank you to all who organised it and all who contributed. Pictured is receptionist Leigh Varcianna who returned from holiday to find herself with the not inconsiderable job of boxing up some of the donations!

Working together

Of course I am also proud of what officers, staff and volunteers have achieved over the whole course of 2014 – the first year in my five year plan to make Bedfordshire a well-respected, high-performing, effciciently run police service that works together to protect people and fight crime.

There have been many highlights, from introducing technology like body-worn video and mobile data, to taking the lead for the Regional Counter Terrorism Unit and Eastern Special Operations Unit. However, my personal favourite has to be lifting the force recruitment freeze and building up the thin blue line, despite the financial challenges we face!

I think the Channel Four documentary ‘24 Hours in Police Custody’ graphically illustrated the tough job officers and staff do and last Friday (19 December) I went to Luton Police Station to thank those who took part. It took courage to be under such intense media scrutiny, but the professionalism of individuals shone through time and time again.

Touching welcome

Earlier that day I accepted an inviation from committee members to drop in on the  Kokni Mosque in Bury Park. I was really touched by the welcome I received and it was a great chance to meet local people to discuss any fears and concerns they had.

A couple of days earlier I went to Luton’s Chiltern Hotel where we welcomed all those who assisted us with Operation Akari, which was the force’s response to the English Defence League’s November protest and a counter protest in Bury Park.

Facilitating these matters is always a tricky job, but it passed of successfully thanks to those who worked in partnership with us. They included the Cultural Services Trust, the Independent Advisory Group, Bury Park business community, the Stop Search Scrutiny Panel, Community Mediators and a diverse range of community leaders from all faiths and backgrounds.

And finally…

In closing I would just like to thank Westoning Parish Church for hosting the annual force carol service last Monday (15 December). It was lovely to see so many familiar faces and some new ones too. I want to say a special thank you to all the families of officers and staff, since it is only with your ongoing support and understanding that this force can be the success it is.

I wish you a peaceful Christmas and  a happy, healthy and fun New Year.

Colette Paul
Chief Constable


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  19th December 2014

Don'n’t Play Consequences This Christmas

Don’t risk your health, welfare or freedom by acting impulsively this Christmas is the message from Bedfordshire Police who are launching a Facebook and Twitter campaign urging people to take care over the Christmas period.

Detective Superintendent Karena Thomas, who leads the Public Protection Unit, explained: “It all starts with a simple, impulsive action but the consequences can be devastating for everyone involved.

“It’s good to have fun this Christmas but when out partying or enjoying Christmas at home please think very carefully about what could happen next before you risk ruining your life and the lives of those around you.

“Our social media campaign will show people the consequences of their impulsive actions, which are often not good for them or the people they might hurt in the process.”

The message is that in many cases just a simple, seemingly harmless action could have grave consequences.

For example:

Taking just one more drink – consequences: You’ll feel sick, you’ll fall over, you’ll get separated from your mates, you’ll get in a fight.

Worst case: Serious injury and a criminal record.

Kissing a strange woman – consequences: You think tonight’s your lucky night, you don’t listen when they say ‘no’.

Worst case: You get arrested, get a criminal record and become a registered sex offender.

Kissing a strange man – consequences:  They might think you’re easy, they might take you back to their place, they may ignore you saying “no”.

Worst case: You are isolated, assaulted, raped.

Getting stressed within your family – consequences: You might have a drink, you might get in a row, you might hit someone. And the consequences are: serious injury to them or yourself and a criminal record. 

Take action now before the consequences catch up with you:

Think before you drink – let your friends or family know where you are eating and drinking, make one of your party the designated watchdog to check everyone else is alright and always think three times before doing something you wouldn’t normally do.

Think before you kiss – make sure your friends and family know where you are and who you are with. Take a selfie with your new best friend and get it, their name and their number to a friend before going off with them. Be aware of where you are and let friends know; say “No” if it goes too far and remember if someone says “No” they do mean NO!

Think before you hit – Christmas can be a stressful time for families, children and couples; don’t drink if you are feeling stressed, upset or angry, if you get angry walk away and calm down. If someone becomes abusive call for help; speak to a neighbour, a friend, or call a national phone line or call the police. NEVER get physically abusive with anyone.


    


19 December 2014

Technology Roll-Out Backs Crime Fight

Another 255 police officers in Bedfordshire are to be equipped with technology which will help them be even more effective in the communities they serve.

Officers in Local and Community Policing Teams in Luton will start to be issued with Windows tablets, meaning they will not have to return to the police station to complete tasks such as writing victim and witness statements.

They will also be able to use them to make Police National Computer (PNC) checks, email, instant message, telephone and video calls or join meetings from any location with network connectivity.

The Lenovo ThinkPad 10 tablets were made possible thanks to funding from the Home Office Innovation Fund and follow a similar project in the north of the county where the roll out of 224 devices is nearly complete. In addition 50 police vehicles are being fitted with wireless routers.

The initiative follows the introduction of body-worn video cameras and is the latest example of the force embracing technology to become a high performing, efficiently run police service working together to protect the public and fight crime.

Chair of the force Mobile Working Group, Supt Jim Lunn, said: “One of the great benefits of these devices is that they enable officers to spend more time in our communities dealing with those issues that matter most to the public.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Olly Martins added: “New technology such as these tablets and body worn video are helping Bedfordshire Police to make the best use of its officers and staff time, maximising the resource used to protect people and fight crime. This equipment means our hard-working officers will also be more visible and more accessible on our streets. This is good for the public, good for the police and bad news for criminals.”

    


19 December 2014

New Team Will Target Crooks’ Finances

A new Regional Economic Crime Unit (RECU) will help recover criminal funds and property across five forces.

Covering Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, the RECU is the latest unit to be collaborated under the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU).

It replaces individual force economic crime units and will carry out all asset recovery and cash seizures across the five forces.

The Fraud and Financial Investigation officers will also carry out serious and complex money laundering, fraud and financial investigations.

The unit launched on October 1 and is based in Stevenage and Newmarket.

Detective Inspector Steve Keating said: “The RECU will provide specialist financial investigators to help tackle serious organised crime across the region.

“While many of the forces had effective teams to deal with this type of crime, having a dedicated unit will mean we have the capability to give investigations far greater support across the region.

“Seizing the proceeds of crime from criminals takes away the benefits of criminality.

“Our message is clear, crime does not pay and we will relentlessly target those involved in criminality to seize their funds and assets.”

    

  10 December 2014

Officers Cleared of Faruk Ali Charges

Two Bedfordshire Police officers have been cleared of all charges in connection with the detaining of Mr Faruk Ali, in Luton on February 20.

PCs Christopher Thomas, 33, and Christopher Pitts, 39, were charged after the incident involving Mr Ali, 33, who has learning difficulties.

PC Thomas denied racially aggravated assault and both men denied two counts of misconduct in a public office. Both were today cleared of all charges following the trial at Aylesbury Crown Court. They were also cleared of perverting the course of justice during the trial.

Chief Constable Colette Paul said: “I am sorry for any distress caused to Mr Ali, the officers involved and their respective families. However, it was right that this matter was referred to an independent investigation and that a due legal process was followed.

“The force acted swiftly after receiving the allegations against these individuals and has supported Leicestershire Police’s investigation throughout.

“Both men remain suspended pending the outcome of a misconduct investigation which is being carried out by Leicestershire Police and supervised by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

“We note the decision of the court and will be reviewing all of the evidence put forward during the trial. I ask for a measured approach and assistance from the community whilst misconduct issues are being considered.”

    

  9 December 2014

Police Warn Drivers: Make Sure You’re Safe to Drive the Morning After

Police are warning drivers in Bedfordshire to make sure they are safe to drive the morning after going out in the festive season.

Throughout the Christmas period, many people are out celebrating with friends, family and work colleagues. While many know not to drive home after night out drinking, far fewer know that they can still be over the drink drive limit the next morning, when they may be getting in their cars to drive to work.

The Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit’s drink drive campaign runs throughout December and as part of that they will be conducting breathalyser checks round the clock – including during the morning rush hour.

This means there is a strong possibility of getting caught and arrested if you attempt to drive the morning after a night out drinking alcohol.

Chief Inspector Richard Hann said: “While most drivers now know it’s a bad idea to get behind a wheel after night out drinking, many still forget just how long it takes for alcohol to leave their system.

“As a result they get in the car the next morning while they are still over the limit and it is still unsafe for them to drive. Any amount of alcohol in your system can affect your response times and ability to judge speeds and distances well while driving. You might think you have slept off the effects of the drink but haven’t and it’s still dangerous for you to drive.”

The rate that alcohol leaves the system varies from person to person so much that it is impossible to predict exactly when it is safe to drive again. It always better to wait and be safe rather than drive and be sorry.

Enforcing the drink and drug driving law, particularly at this time of year, is a key tool for police in reducing the risk of death or injury on the roads.

The legal alcohol limit for driving is 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood but there is no failsafe guide to the amount of alcohol that a driver can safely consume. Any amount of alcohol affects driving ability.

Motorists found to be driving while under the influence of drink or drugs face a minimum of a 12-month disqualification from driving, as well as a fine and/or imprisonment. The offence of causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs now carries a maximum penalty of 14 years’ imprisonment and a disqualification of at least two years.

    



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  3 December 2014

  Public ‘Ride Along’ with Bedfordshire Police Officers

Members of the public will be able to accompany officers on patrol across Bedfordshire in a ‘Ride Along’ scheme launched this month.

From November 30, anyone aged 18 and above will be able to apply to accompany a frontline officer to get an insight into policing.

The ‘Ride-Along’ sessions will usually last for a minimum of four hours during which activities such as arrests, dealing with victims and offenders, statement taking, questioning and stop and searches may be observed. 

Observers will be able to request a ‘Ride Along’ in their local area, which will allow them get to know their local policing teams better.

Chief Constable Colette Paul said: “I am delighted we will be offering these ‘Ride Alongs’ which will open up a window on the world of policing. 

“The scheme is not just about helping the public better understand the work that we do. It is an opportunity for us to learn from them too. We welcome any feedback from ride-along observers and will use this to help inform our policing approach moving forward.”

The observer will wear a high visibility vest while out on patrol and will have to attend a safety briefing prior to going out.

 If a situation is considered unsafe, the observer will be required to remain in the police vehicle.

 If, at any time, the observer compromises their own safety or that of the officer, the ride along will be terminated with immediate effect.

 For more information about the ride along scheme and to apply, please visit http://www.bedfordshire.police.uk/advice_centre/stop_and_search/ride_along_scheme.aspx


   


1 December 2014

 

‘Despicable Thief’ Steals Help For Heroes Charity Box

 

Bedfordshire Police are appealing for information following the theft of a Help For Heroes charity box from Ingles the Butchers in Bedford Road, Ampthill, at 10.07am on Thursday (27 November).

The thief was pursued by a member of staff from the butcher’s shop but they lost sight of him in the centre of Ampthill, where the weekly market was being held.  

Police are looking for anyone who saw the offender in the town earlier in the day or knows where he went.

A police spokesman said: “To steal a charity box is a particularly despicable act and I would urge anyone with information to call police.”

He is described as white, in his mid-20s or early-30s, about six foot tall with blond, collar length hair. He was wearing a grey knitted cardigan and blue jeans.

Anyone with information relating to this incident should call, in confidence, Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.

 Alternatively you can contact the independent crime fighting charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

   


20 November 2014

Integrity in Crime Recording but Room for Improvement

A recent inspection from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) assessing the way the 43 police forces in England and Wales record crime data revealed weaknesses in police crime recording, finding that only 81% of crime reported from incidents or directly to a police crime recording centre had been recorded.

Chief Constable Colette Paul commented: “This is obviously unacceptable and leaves police forces across the UK needing to make improvements in this critical aspect of our work.

“Although Bedfordshire faired above the national average, with 88% of crime reported from incidents or directly to a police crime recording centre being recorded, it is still not a figure that I am satisfied with and I want to reassure the communities of Bedfordshire that improving compliance with National Crime Recording Standards (NCRS) remains a priority for this force; featuring prominently as a performance outcome in my Five Year Plan.

“The Bedfordshire inspection report contains a number of recommendations for action and using earlier feedback from inspectors, we have already put an action plan in place. An area of particular concern for me was the inadequate recording of rape offences, which is now of the highest priority for me to address.

“Our most recent internal audits for incidents in September show that we were 91% compliant with NCRS indicating a move in the right direction. Indeed HMIC commended our internal audit approach of assessing 300 calls a month for compliance as representing “good practice” and they “found the culture to be one of integrity in crime recording practice.”

The Bedfordshire inspection report concludes that “The force is working hard to ensure crimes and incidents are recorded in accordance with Home Office Counting Rules, National Crime Recording Standards and National Standard for Incident Reporting, but it still has further work to do” which Chief Constable Paul referred to as “a fair statement”.

Chief Constable Paul went on to say: “It was particularly pleasing to see praise for my officers and staff in the report, demonstrating that they place the victim at the heart of what they do: “frontline staff, including call-takers, understood the importance of meeting the needs of the victim when considering crime recording and investigation; they are polite, professional and helpful.”

    

  14 November 2014

Road Safety Week

Road Safety Week (17-23 November 2014) is the UK's biggest road safety event, involving thousands of schools, organisations and community groups every year. Brake, the road safety charity who are coordinating this week are asking everyone to look out for each other on roads, because being selfish can easily lead to tragedy.  They are particularly calling on drivers to protect people on foot and bike by slowing down to 20mph in communities, looking longer and taking it slow at junctions and bends, and giving people plenty of room. They are also calling on everyone to put safety first and be considerate to one another, encouraging people on foot and bike to never take chances, and make sure they can be seen.

Chief Inspector Richard Hann of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing unit said: “The roads can be dangerous and deaths and injuries often occur because no consideration is given to other road users.  Drivers, riders, cyclists, pedestrians and animals all share the road so I would urge all road users to look out for each other”.

Local authorities across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire will be delivering important key messages and education throughout this week.

Help spread the ‘look out for each other’ message, or raise awareness about any other road safety issue, by going to http://www.brake.org.uk/rsw and getting involved in Road Safety Week.

    

14 November 2014

Bedfordshire Police Supports Anti-Bullying Week

Bullying isn’t just name-calling and it’s not something that you have to accept. That is the message from Bedfordshire Police during the National Anti-Bullying Week being held between November 17 and 21.

During the week of action, officers and staff will be visiting schools and other educational establishments around the county to discuss the issue of cyber bullying with children, young people, parents and guardians.

Richard Denton, Children and Young People Development Officer and Schools Co-ordinator, said: “Bullying was once confined to the playground but in its new online form, cyber bullying can be carried out through social media sites, texts, websites or instant messaging. It can present itself in upsetting or threatening messages, rumours or embarrassing photos or videos posted online. Because young people access these channels 24/7 the victim can often feel there is no escape.

“Young People who have never bullied anyone in real life could be drawn into cyber bullying because they think they are anonymous. They may do or say things they wouldn’t ever face-to-face because they’re hiding behind a screen’

“As part of our ongoing education programme over 55,000 children and young people across the county have already had an input from Bedfordshire Police about staying safe online which has included a specific element on cyber bullying. We have also focused a lot of our work speaking to parents, guardians and professionals who work with children and young people about this issue by running a number of specific events aimed at them.”

Richard added: “When we go into schools and other educational establishments a number of students we talk to often tell us that they have personally witnessed bullying online but only a small number say they did anything about it. Young People should always report anything abusive they see online to the site concerned.

“We also advise children and young people across Bedfordshire that if they are being bullied online to save and print out any nasty messages or pictures noting dates and times, block the person doing it and speak to a trusted adult as quickly as possible.

“Our education input  also gives us an opportunity to highlight the law around cyber-crime as lots of young people may not realise that a number of UK laws do cover the issue of bullying for example, harassment or threatening behaviour, and particularly relevant for cyber bullying – threatening and menacing communications.”

During the week advice and information about cyber bullying will also feature on the forces children and young people official twitter account @YouthBedsPoliceCyber bullying

Cyber bullying

Cyber bullying is when someone uses the internet or mobiles to deliberately upset someone else. This is a form of bullying and you shouldn’t have to put up with it.

How is it different to normal bullying?

Technologies such as mobile phones and the internet mean that young people can be targeted by bullies in their own homes. These technologies also mean that it can sometimes be difficult to track the bully. They can hide their number or post things online anonymously. The nature of this type of bullying means it can have a large audience, many of whom may not realise they are being bullies.

However there are some positives with cyber bullying, it can be evidenced. Normal bullying is normally one person’s word against another’s. If you are being cyber bullied you can save texts or print out emails/ IM’s/ Web Pages. This can be used as proof to catch the bully and can stop them upsetting you or anyone else.

What can I do if I am being cyber bullied?

  • Speak to a trusted adult as quickly as possible. 
  • Save all evidence you have of the bullying. If you have nasty emails or things posted on your profile save them to your machine so you can use it as proof. Save texts or voicemails that say anything horrible. Learn how to block the bully on IM or delete them from your contacts. 
  • Try not to reply or retaliate to things they say or do; it might make the situation worse. If you don’t respond, they are more likely to get bored and move on. 
  • If you are being bothered via text, contact your service provider. Each network has a special area for this sort of problem. Check out their website or call them for advice or a free number change. 

What should I do if someone else is being cyber bullied?

  • If you know someone that is being cyber bullied or have seen nasty profiles or messages going around, it is your duty to report it. Cyber bullying is really scary for the person being bullied as the audience can be huge, loads of people could be seeing the mean things that have been said and done. If you see anything that looks like cyber bullying, it is your duty to report it. Tell an adult you trust about what is going on and they will be able to help offer support to the person who is being bullied. 
  • Don’t participate in forwarding pictures, messages or insults about a person. You may think it is a joke, but you could be really upsetting the person involved and even committing a crime. To look at or forward this sort of stuff means you are contributing to cyber bullying. 
  • Standing back and letting it happen can be just as bad. If you are worried that someone is getting threatened or hurt by others, offer them support or inform an adult you trust so they can help make it stop.

Always respect other people and be aware of what you’re sending and receiving whilst online.

    


Hate Crime Web Chat

Friday 14th November 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm.

Hate crime** can destroy lives and cause real fear to victims and witnesses. It can stop people living and enjoying their everyday lives making them fearful to leave their homes. Hate crime affects the whole community.

Disability hate crime is not acceptable and to raise awareness of what it is and where to go to get help and support we are holding an online WebChat on Friday 14th November at 12:00 pm.

If you:
  • Are a victim?
  • Know someone who is a victim?
  • Live in a community with people who have disabilities and need help

The Disability Hate Crime team and Partners will be available between 12:00 – 13:00 to answer your questions.  To set a reminder and register your interest go to: http://www.bedfordshire.police.uk/contact_us/online_discussions__web_chat/disability_hate_crime.aspx

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Incident Type:

Garage Burglary.

Location:

Greenway, Campton.

Date and Time:

Between 12:00 a.m. on the 31st of October and, 7:00 p.m. on the 8th of November. 

Incident Details:

The offenders have attempted to force open a window.

They have gained entry via an unlocked garage door.

A off road bike has been taken.

Crime Reference:

J D / 4 3 7 3 1 / 2014. 

Crime Reduction Advice:

Check that all doors and windows are locked at all times.

Ensure that security lighting covers the building.

Make sure that any connecting doors in the house are secure at all times.

Consider fitting a garage alarm.

Valuable property can be secured in a cage or bolted to the ground.

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If you have information about any crime or suspicious activity please call the Control Room on 1 0 1

Text your message to 07786 200011

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
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6 November 2014

Appeal in Connection with Burglaries in South East of England

Detectives investigating a series of 35 burglaries where older people have been targeted are asking for the public’s help in identifying people they would like to speak to in connection with the incidents.

Detectives from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s specialist unit, Operation Manhunt, which investigates distraction burglary crimes and burglary where the victim is aged 70 or over, have been working with police forces in the south east of the country to link the crimes which have occurred since mid-August.

The 35 offences, which are predominantly distraction burglaries, have occurred in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Essex, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Surrey and London. The victims have been mainly aged in their 80s and 90s, with one victim aged 94.

In the vast majority of cases, the offenders have created a false reason to gain entry to the property to steal, such as investigating a burst pipe, or repairing a water leak.

It is believed the people responsible for the crimes are operating in a team of three or four and have access to a small or medium sized silver hatchback vehicle.

Police would like to speak with the man pictured in connection with the crime as he may have information which could assist the investigation.

Detectives are also releasing a facial reconstruction of a second man they would like to identify in connection with the burglaries.

Detective Inspector Ben Wright, from Operation Manhunt is leading the investigation. He said: “This has been a long running and detailed investigation and we are now in a position to release these images. I would urge people to look carefully at them and contact Hertfordshire Constabulary if they recognise these men. We believe they may be from the Islington area.

“I would urge anyone who believes they may have seen these men or have been approached by them to make contact.

“I would also take this opportunity to ask people to remain vigilant and challenge unannounced visitors. If you are unsure who is at your door and you are not expecting anyone, don’t open the door.”  

Anyone with information is asked to contact Hertfordshire Constabulary via the non-emergency number, 101 quoting Operation Parka. You can also leave information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

People are urged to take note of the following advice to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of distraction burglary and doorstep crime:

Not sure? Don’t open the door! - If you are not expecting anyone and you don’t recognise them, don’t let them into your home.  Try to communicate with the caller without opening the door and ask them to return at a time when you have someone you trust with you.

If you are expecting a caller - If a person you are expecting comes at the time you have arranged, ask to see their identification before you let them in.

Never keep large amounts of cash at home.  Put your money in an account where it is safe.

Never consider having work done on your house or garden by anyone who knocks on your door. You can find a reputable trader through Trustmark 01344 630 804 or visit www.trustmark.org.uk

Call 999 if you suspect a crime is in progress or you believe someone is acting suspiciously around your neighbour’s property.

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31 October 2014

Public Warned About Increased Dog Thefts

Bedfordshire Police are urging dog owners to take extra precautions to ensure that they do not become the victims following a recent increase in thefts.

Over the past two weeks there has been a rise in the numbers of dogs – particularly gun dogs – being stolen from around the county and in neighbouring force areas.

Since the start of this week, Bedfordshire Police have received half a dozen reports of dogs being stolen from gardens and kennels.

On Thursday morning at around 9.15am, a woman was walking her dog along West Drive in Arlesey when she was approached by two men and a woman who attempted to steal the pet. The victim was able to blow a whistle to gain attention and the would-be thieves fled.

The first offender was a white man, 5ft 6ins tall, with dark hair and spoke with an Irish Accent. He was wearing light coloured jeans and a black hooded top with red stripes. The second man was also white, of similar height, around 18 years old, with short dark hair and an Irish accent. He was wearing a black zip up top, dark jeans and white trainers. The third offender was a white woman, around 18 years old with long bleached blonde hair with dark brown roots. She wore bright pink lipstick, a black bomber jacket, light coloured jeans, white ankle boots and also spoke with an Irish accent.

Inspector Tracey Day, Bedfordshire Police’s Wildlife Officer, said: “The theft of family pets can be extremely upsetting and we would urge all owners to ensure that they have their pet micro chipped so that any recovered animals can be reunited as quickly as possible.

“A number of thefts have occurred when dogs have been left unattended in gardens. If you have to leave your dog at home then it is important that they are left in a secure environment.

“It is also important that dogs are well trained, return when called and do not go out of sight while on walks. Using an extendable lead can be an option if your pet isn’t the most well-behaved of animals while out and about.

“We’d also warn everyone to be wary of strangers who may be showing a lot of interest in your dog. Don’t give out details about your dog.”

Anyone with information relating to these or any other incidents relating to dog thefts, can contact, Bedfordshire Police, in confidence, on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.

Alternatively you can contact the independent crime fighting charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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