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Stolen Bike

My bike was stolen sometime on Friday, Friday /Saturday night 18/19 May. It was taken from the back of our garage which can only be reached by climbing some fences or railings. We found no traces anywhere. I thought I would let you all know to keep garages locked, windows closed etc etc. The bike was about 30 odd years old and nothing special but it had good replacement wheels and bike lights.

Jelly Williams

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Oxford News from Thames Valley Police on Disturbances

Police would like to update you with information about a recent crime;

Thames Valley Police can confirm that there have been small outbreaks of disorder in parts of the force area overnight.

The main issues were in Reading and Oxford.

Police received several reports of a small group of youths with their faces covered causing a disturbance in Whitley, during which a car was overturned. Police issued a Section 60 Order, allowing them to remove masks and balaclavas from anyone in the area, to tackle the disorder. There was also a car fire in Northcourt Avenue, shortly after midnight, which is being treated as arson.

In Oxford, police were called to reports of an arson attack at the McDonald’s restaurant in London Road, Headington, Oxford, shortly after midnight (9/8). A 26-year-old man has been arrested in connection with this incident and is currently in police custody at this time.

Officers were also called to a ca! r fire in Barton Road, Barton, at 12.50am this morning (9/8) after a black VW Polo was set alight.

In addition to dealing with these issues, Thames Valley Police continues to provide officers to support the Metropolitan Police.

Deputy Chief Constable Francis Habgood, said: “There have been a lot of rumours circulating on social networking sites about ‘riots’, some of which are untrue or greatly exaggerated. However, there has been some disorder across the force area.

“These are copy cat incidents of those that have been happening in London, although involving far fewer people. Obviously, we are aware that these incidents and the images people will have seen from the problems in London and other areas of the country will be causing distress and anxiety.

“You may notice an increase in the number of police officers in your area at this time and this should not cause alarm. These officers are there to provide reassurance and tack! le any criminal activity that may occur.

“I would also like to appeal to the community to let police know of any suspicious looking gatherings of young people and any information they may have about people who may have been involved in disorder.”

Thames Valley Police has issued the following precautionary advice to businesses in the area:

1. Ensure staff report any suspicious activity to security officials and the police

2. Consider regular checks of the building and surrounding areas. Identify any areas that are vulnerable and remove loose objects that could be used as missiles.

3. Make sure all service doors are kept locked and secure when not in use

4. Ensure your CCTV system is fully operational

5. Consider removing high value goods from display windows overnight

6. Keep as little cash as possible in the building overnight

7. Where possible retails premises should be suitably staffed with security guards

8. Landlords nee! ds to ensure that residents living above commercial premises are aware of risks and ensure that all fire alarms, smoke alarms and fire escapes are fully functional

9. Does your alarm company have the latest key holder information? If not call them now.

10. Does your business have an emergency business plan?

11 Petrol stations should avoid selling petrol in small containers.

12. In the event of an emergency call 999

If you have any information about offenders in the disorder in Reading or Oxford please contact Thames Valley Police on 0845 8 505 505.

Alternatively, if you do not want to speak to police, or leave your name, please contact the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

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Victoria Road’s Neighbourhood Watch Dog

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Thames Valley Police

[Reference: B_10/07/10]

Please find the following offence update;
News Message 1.
Two men were arrested on suspicion of attempting to take a vehicle without the owner’s consent on Saturday (17/7).
The men, aged 20 and 18, were arrested after officers were called to reports of a car being broken into in Barns Road, Cowley, shortly before 1am.
Officers arrested the men nearby after they matched the description of the men seen allegedly trying to steal the car.
Both men have now been bailed to return to St Aldates police station on 31st August.

News Message 2.
A 28-year-old man has been charged with one count of burglary dwelling and one count of burglary non-dwelling.
Andrew Lennon, aged 28, of no fixed abode, was arrested on Saturday (17/7) in connection with the two incidents that both occurred last Tuesday (13/7).
Lennon is alleged to have carried out a burglary to a student’s room in Lincoln College in Turl Street, and stolen a laptop.
He is also alleged to have stolen a bicycle from an underground car park at the Zoology Department of the University of Oxford in South Parks Road.
Lennon was remanded to appear at Oxford Magistrates’ Court today 19th July.

If you have any information in relation to this message, please contact Thames Valley Police on 08458 505 505

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If you have information about crime but do not want to speak to the police, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

This email has been sent with your approval as part of the Thames Valley Police Community Messaging scheme. If you no longer wish to receive these messages please contact your local Watch Administrator, details can be found at

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Thames Valley Police – Community Messaging – Oxford – B_20/06/10

[Reference: B_20/06/10]

An eleven year old girl was grabbed by the wrist in St. Margaret’s Road, Oxford on Friday 25 June between 0845 and 0900hrs.
The offender is described as male, white, 40 – 45 years old, about 5’9″ or 5’10” with brown eyes, short sandy coloured hair and chubby build. It is believed he had a number of diamond earings (possibly 4) in one of his ears and he was wearing a green T shirt and black trainers.
When the young girl managed to break free the offender walked towards the Woodstock Road and may have had access to a vehicle.
If you have any information which may relate to this incident, however trivial it may seem, please give the police a call on 0845 8 505 505 and ask to speak to DC 5658 Claire Routledge.
Thank you for your time.

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Thames Valley Police – Community Messaging – Oxford – B_14/06/10

A mother of a boy contacted the police yesterday to report that inappropriate comments had been made to her son when he was at the Beech Croft Road bus stop in Summertown on Friday 18 June 2010. The incident happened around 1930 hrs. A similiar incident occurred in January of this year.
The inappropriate comments were made by a male described as in his 30s, white, short black hair, short black facial hair, wearing a long sleeved pink shirt and buttoned up black trousers.
Please would you make your staff aware of this message and to ask them report any further incidents to the police by phoning 0845 8 505 505.
Thank you for your time.

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A 24 year old man from East Oxford has been arrested on suspicion of rape in connection with an incident in Oxford in the early hours of Tuesday 16 March.
The victim was walking along St. Clement’s Street in the early hours of the morning, when she was grabbed by a man, taken to nearby St. Clement’s Church graveyard and attacked. She was then taken to a property somewhere in East Oxford and raped.
The man remains in police custody at a police station in Oxford.
Police are still keen to speak to anyone with any information about the incident or who were in the area at the time.
Anyone with information should contact the police via the 24 hr Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505. If you don’t want to speak to the police or leave your name, please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Thank you for your time.

To find out more about Thames Valley Police in your area – please go to our website at

If you have information about crime but do not want to speak to the police, call Crimestoppers anonymously on
0800 555 111.

This email has been sent with your approval as part of the Thames Valley Police Community Messaging scheme.

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The URN for this message is 838/06/03. On Saturday 6th March at about 1.30pm in Union Street, Oxford a male has knocked at door claiming to be a police officer. He asked the 91 year old occupant if he could speak with her son or daughter, the aggrieved replied they were not there. The male has gone straight to kitchen at rear of property asking her to follow him. He has spoken to her briefly saying that there have been robberies in the area and asked if her money was safe. The aggrieved has checked her hand bag and replied yes, the male has then left and on this occasion did not take anything. The male is described as wearing some sort of uniform and had a photographic ID card. The male is White, 40 years, 5’08, slim build with dark brown hair. We would once again like to stress how important it is not to let anybody into your home even if they say they are a Police Officer until you have verified their identity. To check whether the person is a genuine Police Officer ask f!
or his/her name and number, close the door and phone the Police Non Emergency number 0845 8 505 505. Once on the phone explain that you need to be sure that the visitor is genuine The “Police Enquiry Centre” will be able to confirm this. The Police Officer will not mind waiting while you check if anything they will commend this action, if the caller is not genuine he will probably have gone by the time you return.

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A recent police operation during January and February to target offenders in Oxford has reduced crime overall across the City.
Offences from mid January to mid February 2010 compared in percentage terms with the same period in 2009 are as follows:-
Burglary Dwelling = 56 15% reduction;
Robbery = 23 92% increase;
Theft from vehicles = 44 51% reduction;
Theft of vehicles = 32 45% reduction;
All crime = 1,549 10% reduction.
Please bear in mind that although the percentage increase in robbery is high the number of offences, less than one a day, is relatively low compared with other crime in the City. The police will continue to focus attention on robbery offences and provide crime reduction advice through the Neighbourhood Teams.
Thank you for your time.

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The URN for this message is 1443/12/02. Unfortunately after the message we sent out on Friday there were three Distraction burglary’s just outside of the Oxford area and one in the Oxford area. The Distraction burglary took place on Jackson Road, Cutteslowe on Friday 12th February at about 8.30pm. The method of entry was different from the previous reports. The burglars gained entry under the guise of “Water board workers” who said they were “dealing with an emergency which had occurred up the road at a neighbours house”. The burglars got away with cash and jewellery. One of the males was white in his forty’s, with sallow skin, about 5’2 and of medium build, he was wearing a dark woolly hat, navy blue overalls and glasses, he spoke with a cockney accent. Please continue to warn all your neighbours especially the elderly and venerable. The message we would like you to pass on is “not to let anybody into your home” without an appointment even if they say it is an emergency.
Or why not join the “password scheme”. Thames Water operate a doorstep password scheme which is open to all customers. Once you register a personal password, any caller claiming to be from the local water company must say this password before you let them in. If they can’t give your password, keep the door shut and call us straight away. Join our password scheme by calling our Customer Centre on 0845 9200 800 (Minicom 0845 7200 898). All our main suppliers operate the same scheme. To contact Southern Electric – 0800 622 838. British Gas – 0800 072 8625.

Confirming a genuine caller

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