Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) Westwood

NPT reports that are published in the Westwood Update are also published on this web page. Otherwise, NPT reports are published in the parish council minutes.


Westwood PC Report 2nd February 2015

Wiltshire Police NPT Bradford Rural

Crime statistics 1st January 1st February 2015

There have been 22 reported incidents for the Bradford Rural beat of which 1 occurred in Westwood. This compares to 19 rural incidents the previous month of which 2 were in Westwood. These are broken down as follows (last period in brackets):

Crime

Rural beat

Westwood

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Anti Social Behaviour (Personal)

1 (1)

0 (0)

 

Anti Social Behaviour (Nuisance)

1 (0)

0 (0)

 

Fraud

1 (0)

0 (0)

 

Burglary

3 (4)

0 (0)

 

Drug offences

0 (1)

0 (0)

 

Criminal Damage

1 (1)

0 (0)

 

Theft and Handling

5 (1)

1 (0)

27th Jan Westwood stables theft of electric fencing and batteries. No witnesses or forensics closed undetected

Robbery

0 (0)

0 (0)

 

Violence

4 (2)

0 (0)

 

Other

0 (0)

0 (0)

 

Concern for Safety

0 (1)

0 (0)

 

Domestic related

1 (1)

0 (0)

 

Suspicious Circumstances

2 (0)

0 (0)

 

Transport related

3 (7)

0 (2)

 

Priorities

The priority for the Rural Beat is tackling Burglaries and Non Dwelling Burglaries (such as sheds and garages) throughout Bradford Town Centre and the villages.

Other incidents of interest

There has been an increase of bicycle thefts in the town centre area. Please ensure cycles are securely locked.

3 burglaries this month 1 storage unit in Holt, 1 builders tool shed in Winsley and tools from a garage in Holt.

The Wiltshire Community Messaging service was launched in Bradford on Avon and the villages recently. If you want to receive free, immediate updates on incidents in your area by email, voice message or text message, please visit www.wiltsmessaging.co.uk to register. This is a valuable service and I urge as many members of your parish to sign up to it.

Success Stories

A couriers van was stolen when the driver left the keys in it whilst he made a delivery in Holt. We recovered the van fully in tact with nothing stolen within 30 minutes. We are still looking for the offender.

In closing

Please feel free to give out our mobile numbers to anyone who would like to contact us:

PC Lee Pelling 0752 897 2004

PCSO Andrew MacLachlan 0752 897 2236

1st February 2015

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Article published: 03 Feb 2015

Fly Tipping

 Fly tipping is the illegal dumping of waste and is a criminal offence. 'Waste' includes garden rubbish, grass cuttings and prunings. Fly tippers can be fined up to £50,000 (this amount is unlimited if convicted in a Crown Court) and even be sent to prison for up to five years. There has recently been instances where such fly tipping has taken place in the Parish.

Wiltshire Council investigates all reports of fly tipping, prosecute all offenders and all reports that it receives are dealt with the highest confidentially.

Waste is often dumped from vehicles and the owner can also be prosecuted if the vehicle (not the driver) is identified. The police also have the powers to seize vehicles used for fly tipping.

If you come across fly tipped rubbish please do not touch it and report it to Wiltshire Council as soon as possible. This not only protects against potential injury from the harmful waste items that may be present, but also helps preserve any evidence that may be within the waste for investigation purposes.


Article published: 01 Aug 2014

Community Speed Watch (CSW) in Westwood

Background: The Westwood Road Safety Campaign Team was formed in November 2009. Its aims were to understand the actual concerns and issues about road safety in open consultation with the community of Westwood and to obtain a mandate from the community via petitions. The petitions and feedback were submitted to Westwood Parish Council (WPC) in January 2010 requesting the immediate introduction of a 20 mph speed limit throughout the village. WPC resolved on 1st February 2010 to ask Wiltshire Council to carry out an initial assessment.

After the 20mph limit was introduced a village post-implementation survey in 2012 asked 'How satisfied are you with the 20 mph limit?' The results were: 56% satisfied, 15% neutral and 28% dissatisfied. The mean average speed across the monitoring sites had dropped from 27.7 mph to 25.4 mph. Although the overall reduction in average speed is modest, the WPC view is that it would not only improve road safety but bring about wider community benefits such as encouraging increasing numbers to walk and cycle.

The Road Traffic Order (Westwood 20mph Speed Limit) became fully operational on 23rd December 2013 and the 20mph speed limit is now fully enforceable throughout Westwood (including the side streets). Wiltshire Police state that CSW "is not about spying or snooping on neighbours; it is about taking positive action on the ground working in partnership helping to improve the safety and quality of life for everyone in the community".

Lower Westwood Road: This road has a large number of potential hazards not conducive to excessive speeds. These include blind bends, pinch-points, virtual pavements for pedestrians, horse riders both singly and in larger groups (that can be found along the road all day long), several blind entrances and roads that open directly onto the main road, large commercial vehicles, farm vehicles, buses and coaches, and a very busy junction at Lyefield Lane to and from Upper Westwood.

The distance between the 20mph speed signs on the Lower Westwood Road is about 1.19km or 0.74 miles. The police use 25mph as the starting point for recording speeds of vehicles in Westwood village (based on being above the speed limit +10% + 2mph. On average 10% of the vehicles are travelling at 25mph or more, many above 30mph with the fastest recorded at 49mph! At 20 mph this journey takes 2min 13sec. At 25mph it would take 1 min 46sec and at 30 mph 1 min 29sec so speeding (both at prosecutable speeds) would save you a modest 27 seconds and 44 seconds respectively. The evidence is clear - the overwhelming majority of drivers are driving appropriately but a small minority are over the limit and an even smaller fraction drive at inappropriate speeds for the Lower Westwood Road

Upper Westwood: There is a 20mph limit in Upper Westwood but no Community Speedwatch because the police will only consider introducing it if the average speed is 25mph or above. A recent survey that they undertook showed that it was not.

Community Speed Watch: This is a group of volunteers who have been vetted and trained by the police. The volunteers have been supported by passing motorists but have also been subject to aggressive behaviour. This is always reported to the police and a number of people, including residents of the village, have received visits from the police.

The CSW team use a radar "speed gun" to monitor the speed of the target vehicle within the boundaries of the CSW zone. No photographs are taken. Car details (type, colour and registration number) are recorded as well as the time and place of the alleged offence. These data are uploaded onto the CSW site of Wiltshire Police within 24 hours and all the original data and uploads are destroyed according to the requirements of the Data Protection Act. High-visibility jacket are worn by all members of the CSW team when monitoring not only as a safety measure for themselves but also so as to be clearly visible to motorists even from a distance. All sites have been approved by the police and the CSW team is monitored by the police randomly during sessions.

There are now nearly 80 CSW schemes in Wiltshire and there is a long queue of applications from villages across the county who are keen to initiate the scheme. We are always keen to recruit new members who may do as many or as few sessions as they wish, and full police training is provided. If you would like to help or wish to know more please write to me - contact details are on the Westwood Parish Council website.

 Many thanks. Councillor Wheals


Article published: 08 Jun 2014
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