Police Notice: Traveller incursions and the Police

Message from David Howie (Surrey Police, Community Engagement Volunteer, Surrey Heath)

Following a recent incursion by travellers at the Arena Leisure Centre and subsequently at the London Road Recreation Ground (both sites owned by Surrey Heath Borough Council), it is opportune for a summary to be provided to help the public understand the powers that the police have in such circumstances.

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Trespasses, unauthorised incursions and encampments on both publicly and privately owned land are a problem.  Community tensions can result and there is frequently a resultant cost to the public or private purse.  Sites of such incidents rarely provide adequate facilities and as such provide poor living conditions and are frequently a substantial concern and inconvenience to the owners and usual users of such land.

It is important to understand that the law confers legal rights on Gypsies and the Travelling Community with Romany Gypsies and Irish Travellers being recognised ethnic groups for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010.  Legislation and nationally mandated practise also places responsibilities on Councils with Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights underpinning the right to respect for a private and family life.  It is necessary to balance the Human Rights of the travellers against the needs of the wider community.  As a result, when managing such incidents on Council land, officials are obliged to establish the welfare situation of the encampment and to take appropriate steps before proceeding with any enforcement action. Every encampment and incursion is therefore dealt with on a case by case basis and careful consideration is given to whether enforcement action is justified, necessary and proportionate.

It needs to be emphasised that the act of trespass itself is not a criminal offence – it is a civil one.  This means that the police are unable to take immediate enforcement action if trespass occurs or make the Travellers move on if no criminal offence has been committed.  Except in the circumstances indicated below, it is the responsibility of the landowner to obtain a ‘direction to leave’ order from a magistrates’ court which can then be served on the trespassers.  They will then have a specified period of time to move off before they are committing an offence.  In the case of the incursion at the Arena Leisure Centre, the Council applied for a court order and served it successfully but the travellers merely moved to the neighbouring London Road Recreation Ground.

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Surrey Heath Police crime bulletin: August 2017, 1st Update

Surrey Police Community Volunteer, Steph Edwards, reports on recent thefts, burglaries, and criminal damage in Surrey Heath in the latest InTheKnow Bulletin for Surrey Heath,

  • Crime No. 45170085276: Between 04/08/2017 from 19:00 to 05/08/2017 at 08:00, at London Road, Camberley. Wing mirror on Car has been smashed.
  • Crime No.45170083281: On 05/08/2017 between 10:00 and 11:06, at Laundry Lane, Camberley. Damage has been done to Vehicle.
    Crime No.45170085802: On 06/08/2017 between 12:00 and 14.35, at London Road, Camberley. Damage caused on the outside of building to the fire hose. Under investigation
  • Crime No.45170085443: Between 25/07/2017 from 08:00 to 05/08/2017 at 18:19, at Grasmere Road, Lightwater. Males have gained access to owner’s garden during night time, they moved and broken some garden ornaments, scared owner by banging on bathroom window.
  • Crime No.45170086119: Between 06/08/2017 from 15:00 to 07/08/17 at 14:00, at Station Road, Bagshot. A Vehicle has had there rear windscreen smashed.
  • Crime No.45170086835: Between 08/08/2017 from 22:00 to 09/08/2017 at 07:00, at Burr Hill Lane, Chobham. Vehicle has had the back windscreen smashed. Under investigation
  • Crime No.45170087501: Between 09/08/2017 from 20:00 to 10/08/2017 at 11:30, at James Rd, Camberley. Back window of a red Citroen C2 has been smashed (Under investigation)
  • Crime No.45170086916: Between 08/08/2017 from 19:00 to 09/08/2017 at 09:00, at The Absolute Building, Lyon Way Frimley. Entry to the commercial building gained by removing glass to fire exit door at rear of the building. Metal staircase handrails have been stolen from within.
  • Crime No.45170086894: Between 08/08/2017 from18:00 to 09/08/2017 at 08:20, at Fosters Grove, Windlesham. Whilst parked on the road overnight part of the front body panel, including Index plate, has been removed and stolen from a black Vauxhall Corsa.
  • Crime No.45170087074: Between 30/07/2017 from 06:00 to 07/08/2017 at 23:00, at Grasmere Rd, Lightwater. Black VW Golf has again received a nail through the centre of the nearside rear tyre, this is the third time this has happened to this vehicle on the same tyre (hidden from pavement view) over the last year. (Under investigation)

Police News: Arrest in connection with burglaries in Lightwater

Good work by Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Police team, as this message says,

Message from David Howie (Surrey Police, Community Engagement Volunteer, Surrey Heath)

Today (04/08/2017) a male has been arrested in connection with a recent burglary series which has recently been seen in the Lightwater area of Surrey Heath.

The male is currently under investigation and we will look to pass you more information as and when we can.

Reading the Police Crime Bulletin for August – the previous article – it was concerning about the number of burglaries in Lightwater, a relatively crime free village. It’s pleasing that the likely offender has been apprehended, about whom we’re to learn more.

Surrey Heath Police crime bulletin: August 2017

Surrey Police Community Volunteer, Steph Edwards, reports on recent thefts, burglaries, and criminal damage in Surrey Heath in the latest InTheKnow Bulletin for Surrey Heath,

  • Crime No.45170081488:  On 26/07/2017 from 12:15 to 16:30 at Amberwood Drive, Camberley. Residential burglary in quiet street taking jewellery (Under investigation)
  • Crime No.45170081583: Between 26/07/2017 from 19:30 to 27/07/2017 to 07:00, at Alexandra Avenue, Camberley. Theft of vehicle – red Ford Transit van JC59SHC
  • Crime No.45170081576:  On 27/07/2017 04:00 Location: Unit 4 Albany Park, Frimley Criminal activity: Offenders attempted to get into van to steal food produce from Krispy Kreme.
  • Crime No.45170081471:  On 26/07/2017 from 12:00 to 15:00 Lightwater Meadow, Lightwater. Criminal activity: Report from victim that his house has been broken into through the day and his wife’s jewellery stolen (Under investigation)
  • Crime No.45170081496: On 26/07/2017 22:40 at The Avenue, Lightwater. Brick thrown at first floor flat causing glass to smash
  • Crime No.45170082712: On 29/07/2017 from 20:00 to 20:30 at Ferniehurst, St Pauls, Camberley. Gained entry through French Doors, window smashed to bedroom, Jewellery taken. Under investigation
  • Crime No.4510082300:  date: 21/07/2017 – 12:00 to 28/07/18:45, at Waverley Drive, Bagshot. A rear window has been forced open to gain entry to the property, Jewellery has been taken from master bedroom, there has been an unknown liquid poured over chair, cupboard door and silver case containing antique silver spoons
  • Crime No. 45170082489: Between 28/07/2017 from 17:00 to 29/07/2017 to 09:40, at Guildford Road, Bagshot. A Harness and two horse collars stolen from stables.
  • Crime No.45170082707: On 29/07/2017 from 13:00 to 17:00, at Broadway Road, Lightwater. Entry had been gained via rear Patio Door, A hole had been punched through the French window, and keys were in the rear of the door, tidy search made. Front door had key placed in lock to prevent entry. Under investigation
  • Crime No.45170082708: On 29/07/2017 from 14:30 to 17:00, at Macdonald Road, Lightwater. Entry had been gained by via rear Patio Door, A hole has been punched through the French window. Keys placed in the front door to prevent entry.  Tidy search made. Under investigation
  • Crime No.45170083165: Between 30/07/2017 from 20:00 to 31/07/2017 to 08:00, at Mincing Lane, Chobham. Incident: Vehicle was unlocked and had been accessed overnight, items stolen within.
  • Crime No.45170083202: On 31/07/2017 from 02:23 to 02.23, at The Avenue, Chobham. A male had approached the vehicle that was parked on the driveway, he was wearing gloves, and he was caught on CCTV unlocking the car door, and have taken items from inside of the vehicle.Under investigation
  • Crime No.45170083162: Between 30/07/2017 from 08:00 to 31/07/2017 to 07:30, at Ambleside Road. Lightwater. Offenders have gain entry to the property, via garden from the driveway, gone around rear forced patio door lock a pointed instrument was used. Entered house have conducted tidy search, removed Jewellery.
  • Crime No.45170083281: On 31/07/2017 at 13:39, at Brentmoor Road, West End. Entry was gained to property by smashing rear patio window, conducted untidy search. Under investigation
  • Crime No.45170084832:  Between 03/08/2017 from 19:00 to 04/08/2017 to 07:30, at Well Close, Camberley. Multiple vehicles down one road have had their tyres slashed

Police Notice: Be aware of door to door knocking

Surrey Police Community Volunteer, Steph Edwards, reports on recent thefts, burglaries, and criminal damage in Surrey Heath in the latest InTheKnow Bulletin for Surrey Heath,

Please be aware that there have been a number of incidents in Surrey Heath in regards to a white panel van knocking on doors asking for work either on Driveways or Roof work to be done.

Please do not engage with them if you are able to take the vehicle registration number down with out putting your self at risk, then ring 101 with the details, if threatened then contact 999.

Surrey Police Chief Constable’s Update for July 2017

Steph Edwards (Surrey Police, InTheKnow, Community Volunteer for Surrey Heath) circulates the latest update from the Surrey Police Chief Constable, Nick Ephgrave.

Pleasing to see details, in the Chief Constable’s update, on the individuals involved in the break in to Lightwater Co-op, now being remanded in custody.

Surrey Heath Police crime bulletin: July 2017: 4th Update

Surrey Police Community Volunteer, Steph Edwards, reports on recent thefts, burglaries, and criminal damage in Surrey Heath in the latest InTheKnow Bulletin for Surrey Heath,

    • Crime No.45170079139 – Between 20/07/2017 from 19:30 to 21/07/2017 at 10:00, at London Road, Camberley. Offenders have gained entry to dwelling through upper window, various items have been stolen including TV, bank statements. Under investigation.
    • Crime No.45170079213 – Between 10/07/2017 from 00:00 to 21/07/2017 at 13:20, at Barnes Road, Frimley. A terracotta pot has been smashed, also criminal damage has been caused to vehicle. Under investigation.
    • Crime No.45170079460 – Between 21/07/2017 from 19:30 to 22/07/2017 at 00:08, at Guildford Road, Bisley. Have gained entry to dwelling by forcing open the front door, untidy search throughout the property, jewellery, watches other items have been taken. Under investigation.
    • Crime No. 45170079617 –  Between 18/07/2017 from 00:00 to 19/07/2017 at 00:00, at Chertsey Road, Windlesham. This Audi also has a previous crime for vandalism, Crime Number is: 4510076296. The Vehicle has again been vandalised. Under investigation.
    • Crime No.45170080275  – On 23/07/2017 from 00:00 to 02:00, at Lime Avenue, Camberley. An attempt to break into the property early hours of the morning, by trying to gain access to down stairs window, access was not gained, someone came down stairs and scared of the intruders.
    • Crime No.45170080744 – Between  24/07/2017 from 08:15 to 25/07/2017 at 08:15, at High Street, Camberley. Offender has gone through gate to gain access to first floor of building, attempts have been made to external air conditioner by partially pulling off the front panel, its believed this was an attempt to steal the Metal.
    • Crime No.45170081149 – Between 25/07/2017 from 08:15 to 26/07/2017 at 05:00, at Grand Avenue, Camberley. Gate and height of metal bar to the recreation ground has been damaged. Under investigation.
    • Crime No.45170080306 – Between 18/07/2017 from 17:30 to 21/07/2017 at 08:30, at Albany Park, Frimley. Windows have been broken while the building was unoccupied. This is the second incident on windows being broken by having stones thrown at them.
    • Crime No.45170080446 – Between 22/07/2017 From 02:55 to 24/07/2017 at 18:18, at Addison road, Frimley. Damage has been caused to Ambulance. Under investigation.
    • Crime No.45170080735 – On 25/07/2017 from 05:20 to 05:30, at Moor Place, Windlesham. Owner has had items taken from the boot of the Vehicle.