Royston Rural Watch - NOVEMBER 2020

Updated: 6 days ago

PC Mark Ellwood 371 & PCSO 6531 Penny Tomsett, PCSO Chris Brabrook 6522

Sgt Jon Vine 1841

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On the Beat –

Hope you are all well and not going too stir crazy in Lockdown part 2! The team is still about dealing with crime and being a visible presence in your community, we are here for you if you need us. Please don’t hesitate to call Police if you need assistance or advice.

As you can appreciate the team are dealing with Covid breaches as well as day to day business but we don’t intend to take our eyes off the ball. This time of year, with the nights drawing in and Christmas on the horizon we do get an increase in crime. Previously this has been shed / outbuilding burglaries so please consider alarms or moving valuable items out of flimsy sheds for protection.

Over the last couple of months, we have seen an increase in thefts from unlocked cars locally. The offender targets a village or an area, walks around checking door handles and removing items from within. It’s surprising how many vehicles these offenders can find unlocked in a few hours. I have outlined crimes committed in Therfield village through October in this report below. On writing this I am sad to report that Sandon and Kelshall were also hit through in November and will be adding the details of those in my report next month.

Please be mindful of this and just double check that vehicles are locked before going to bed. Its an easy mistake to make but for the sake a final check it may just prevent an unwanted guest rummaging through your belongings.

Question: Why are you out and about in lockdown 2.0?

• Limit yourself to essential trips plea

• Herts LRF asks residents to follow lockdown 2.0

• Stay at home to save lives

Hertfordshire’s Local Resilience Forum is today asking every Hertfordshire resident a big question: ‘Why are you out and about in lockdown 2.0? Is it really essential?’

With just under two weeks until the end of the current restrictions, we are appealing to the whole community to cut out unnecessary outings and to stay at home as much as possible to slow the rapid spread of coronavirus in our county.

“Hertfordshire’s case numbers haven’t yet fallen as significantly as we need them to and I can’t help but think this is because more people have ignored the restrictions and carried on as normal rather than restricting themselves to essential outings, like they did in the first lockdown,” said Darryl Keen, Director of Community Protection, Chief Fire Officer and chair of the strategic coordination group of the LRF.

“Add to this the fact that many people who should be self-isolating have admitted that they are not, that they’re popping to the shops, for example, and it starts to make sense. I ask you, please, if you should be self-isolating, do it. Stop the spread. It’s down to us. Treat everyone you meet as if they have coronavirus. Get back to the basics: wash your hands regularly and for longer, stay two metres apart, wear a face covering. We all know how to play our part.”

“I’ve got extra police officers out in communities working in partnership with local authorities, licensing authorities and businesses - engaging, explaining and encouraging people to act responsibly and follow the restrictions. Of course, they signed up to the police service to catch criminals, keep people safe and reduce crime, never expecting they would be told to challenge people to ensure they’re playing their part against a global pandemic.

“We have issued well over 500 formal warnings and a number of fixed penalty notices in recent weeks and we will continue to take enforcement action if people blatantly flout the lockdown. Operation Sunrise continues with additional resources deployed across the county with patrols focussed on high footfall areas like town centres, shopping areas and larger schools.”

If you are concerned that an individual is breaking the law or you are experiencing anti-social behaviour, you can report this to police, who will consider the most appropriate response and will target the most problematic behaviour. Reports should be made online at or via 101 wherever possible. In an emergency dial 999.

If you’re concerned that a business is breaching coronavirus rules, please contact your local district or borough council in the first instance.

If you are feeling unwell, you should call 119 or book a test at New

Advice issued to motorists as catalytic converter thefts rise

• Motorists given advice after rise in catalytic converter thefts

• Drivers offered free security marking as part of Operation Feline

Following a growing number of catalytic converter thefts across the county over recent weeks, Hertfordshire Constabulary is urging drivers to protect their vehicles.

There have already been 73 thefts in the county during November, compared with 98 in the whole of October.

Inspector Nicki Dean, from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Crime Reduction Unit, said: “Over the past year we have seen a big rise in thieves stealing catalytic convertors. They are particularly targeting specific hybrid models such as the pre-2008 Honda Jazz, Toyota Prius (2004-2016) and Toyota Arius (2012-2018).

“We launched Operation Feline to help drivers protect their vehicles, working with garages around the county to offer free catalytic converter security marking. We would also urge the public to follow our advice, remain vigilant and report incidents of suspected catalytic converter theft, particularly where people are trying to get under cars in public car parks or on public roads. If you see this happening, please call 999 immediately.”

Details of the security marking scheme can be found at

In order to minimise the chance of becoming a victim we offer the following advice:

•Lock your car whenever it is left unattended and keep it in a garage when parked at night if possible.

•When using a garage is not possible, park close to fences, walls or a kerb with the exhaust being closest to the fence, wall or kerb to make theft difficult.

•Consider fitting CCTV on your home or driveway, to help deter thieves.

•Use PIR or LED security lighting to make your vehicle more visible and this can also act as a deterrent.

•If your catalytic converter is bolted on, consider having the bolts welded to make removal difficult.

•Fit protective coverings on catalytic converters, such as the Toyota manufactured CATLOC device, (these are made for Toyota Prius made between 2004 and 2009) as these can make it much more difficult for thieves.

•Have your catalytic converter etched or forensically marked, and put stickers in the windscreen to say this has been done.

•Look for car parks with a Secured Car Park sign which have recognised levels of security. If you have a garage at home, ensure you use it and lock it properly.

•Noisy gravel on your drive can help deter a would-be thief, as they don't want to alert you to their approach.

•Never leave valuable items or tools on display in your vehicle as this may encourage a thief to break in.

More advice on how to make your vehicle safe is available at:

Local Crime Information

Arbury Ward - Ashwell, Hinxworth, Bygrave, Newnham and Caldecote

Theft, High Street, Ashwell – On 1st October a male entered a shop placed a newspaper over a Charity Box placed on the shop counter. The offender removed the Charity Box and made off. 41/78940/20 Refers

Theft from Motor Vehicle, Station Road, Ashwell - On 19th October two number plates were stolen from a vehicle parked at the location. 41/84275/20 Refers

Ermine Ward – Barley, Barkway, Reed, Therfield, Kelshall and


Theft from Motor Vehicle’s / Burglary Therfield – Overnight on 9th October Therfield village was targeted by an opportunist criminal. The offender searched the village looking for unlocked vehicles and removed items including change, sunglasses and a laptop. On one occasion a property was entered in Mill Lane through an open window and a wallet was stolen.

Streets targeted in the village included – Mill Lane, Police Row and Meadow Way.

Police Row 41/81453/20


Meadow Way 41/81533/20



Mill Lane 41/81482/20

Outbuilding Burglary, High Street, Reed – Between 7th and 17th October an outbuilding on farm land was targeted. A panel to a barn was removed and entry was gained, nothing taken. 41/83499/20 Refers

Weston & Sandon Ward - Wallington, Rushden, Clothall, Weston and Sandon

Theft from a Motor Vehicle, Damask Green Road, Weston – On the 2nd October a car was parked at a Pub. The offender has entered the vehicle with no signs of forced entry and has taken a wallet. 41/79477/20 Refers

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