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The Battle Of Wakering Common

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We haven’t mentioned the Rochford District Community Archive for a while. So here’s a link to  a story of alcohol and violence from 1912:

“At that time there was just one village policeman who depended to a great extent on the good will of most of the villagers and his strong wooden stick to keep order. There was no telephone, no police car, just him, his bicycle and… “

 

Can You Home A Police Dog?

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From the Essex Police website:

We’re looking for people who can home a police dog – but it’s a big commitment.

The puppies are likely to be ready for their temporary homes from July, but vetting takes a while so we need people to apply now.

http://goo.gl/yVXU8O

Here are the requirements:
* The puppy would live with you for up to 15 months
* You must have a fully secure garden
* You must have a suitable vehicle – it needs to fit a medium/large dog cage in the back
* You will be required to attend regular puppy classes, around 1 morning every 2 weeks for the first few months.
* The puppy must not be left at home for more than 3 hours on its own so the role would best suit a retired / semi- retired person or a part time worker.
* The applicant will be fully vetted and must pass both this and a home visit.

Any potential applicants should contact PC Terry Collinson at Sandon Dog Unit on 01245 226585 / 07976 065962. You can also email terry.collinson@essex.pnn.police.uk.

Police Commisioner Has Public Meeting In Hockley on March 13th

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From Commissioner Nick Alston’s blog:

The next Police and Crime Commissioner public meeting discussing local crime and policing issues, will take place in Hockley on Thursday March 13, 2014.

Nick Alston said: “We’ve had an excellent series of public meetings in all parts of Essex over the last fifteen months, and we’re looking to build on those events. I encourage everyone who lives in Rochford district to come along to our next event and raise the issues that matter to them.
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“We provide the very latest crime figures at the meetings, publishing these on our website too. We also explore the facts and context around any crime trends, with briefings from the local Essex Police District Commander, Chief Inspector Ian Cummings, and the Community Safety Partnership. Everyone attending the meeting can put their questions directly to the police, the community safety team, and to me. I will also ask challenging questions of the police and council, as well as highlighting some of the excellent work that is taking place.
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“If you care about keeping your community as safe as it can possibly be, please come along and get involved.”

The next event is scheduled for:
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Hockley
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Time: 18:00 to 20:00, Thursday March 13, 2014
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Location: Hockley Primary School, Chevening Gardens, Hockley, Rochford SS5 4UR
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A briefing document containing the latest crime figures for the area will be published shortly on the PCC website, and discussed in detail at the meeting.
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Nick Alston adds: “Each meeting will be two hours long. We’d love people to attend all the meeting, but if you can only make part of it, please still come along. I want your views to be part of the debate about how we can best keep the streets and countryside of Essex safe.”

We hope that street lighting gets discussed..

A Horrifying Report – “We want to hear from anyone in the area of the Birds Estate who has any information about this incident”

A horrrifying report from the BBC website today :

Police in Essex have begun a rape investigation after a teenage girl came forward to report an attack by five men nearly three years ago.
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The girl, then 13, said she was attacked by a group aged between 25 and 35, as she walked along an alleyway in Rayleigh on 24 February, 2011.
She said they dragged her to a nearby field where the attack continued.
Police said she had been too frightened to report the attack until she talked to her mother earlier this month.
Specialist officers from Essex Police sexual offences investigation team have interviewed her and prepared an e-fit image of the main suspect.
Det Con Danny Cooper said: “This was a terrifying assault by five men on a girl who was aged 13 at the time.
“She was traumatised and remained scared of the men until she found the courage to tell her mother what had happened.
“We want to hear from anyone in the area of the Birds Estate who has any information about this incident or from anyone who can identify the man in the e-fit who was the main perpetrator.”
He is described as white, about 5ft 8in tall, with thick, dark-coloured eyebrows and pronounced jaw-line and cheek bones. He had spiky gelled hair.

Who Are They?

From Anglia News:

Essex Police are appealing for information following a series of 20 thefts from motor vehicles in the Hockley area. They all happened between Sunday, January 5, and Wednesday, January 8, in quite a small area. Officers are releasing CCTV in the hope that someone may recognise the men pictured.

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Crime Data For Our Local Areas

The www.police.uk website has a lot of information on it about crime in each locality in the UK. One improvement that’s been made is that when you look for the figures for , say, “Rayleigh” , you now get the figures for the whole of Rayleigh and Rawreth, and not just within 1 mile of Rayleigh town centre.

The most recent maps are for last November. Here’s the one for Rayleigh:

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And here’s a graph showing how crime in Rayleigh has fluctuated since last May:

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Here’s the map for Hullbridge:

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And you can even draw your own map:

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To really see whats been going on, you need to look at the actual map for your area – they are zoomable, and can distinguish between different types of crime.

To find the crime map for your local area, look here.

Although the maps aren’t ready yet for December, the website does have some written info on burglaries in Rayleigh in December:

UPDATE – 04/01/2014]
The last reported burglary was on 28th December 2013 at Boston Avenue, Rayleigh.

During December reports were as follows;
22/12 – Crown Hill
21/12 – Spring Gardens
16/12 – Daws Heath Road
13/12 – Queens Road
11/12 – Victoria Avenue and 2x Shannon Avenue
9/12 – Daws Heath Road and Queens Road
4/12 – Eastwood Road
3/12 – Bedloes Avenue and Brooklyn Drive

And Another Facebook Group Page To Look Out For….

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Rayleigh Neighbourhood Watch…

“I Used To Walk Down Streets.Try Doors. Out Of 20 Back Doors You’d Find 3 Or 4 Left Open”

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The Essex Police website has information on how to make your home more secure from burglars.

It includes this video with a former burglar that’s worth watching:

It also includes a “Home Security Self Assessment” form which has been issued by Essex Police and Essex Crime Stoppers, by reading this information you may just find there is one extra thing you can do to secure your property. Essex Police would be interested to know if by reading the Assessment you have managed to alter something within your home security and would welcome comments and feed back by contacting them on one of the following.

Rayleigh, Rawreth Neighbourhood Police Team
Non Emergency Telephone 101 – extension 490126 (voicemail available.)
Email RayleighNPT@essex.pnn.police.uk
Website page at: www.essex.police.uk
Mobile (for general enquiries only) 07710 046161

Please remember, If you do see any suspicious activity in your street please call 101 for non emergency or 999 in the case of an emergency and take down as many details as possible including vehicle index numbers, descriptions of people, direction of travel etc as these are all very important details.

Note : this post is inspired by an email from Hayley Bloomfield, the Rawreth Parish Clerk

Court Case

From the District Council website:

For the first time, Rochford District Council has successfully used the Proceeds of Crime Act to claw back money from a woman who falsely claimed more than £16,000 of Housing and Council Tax Benefit and Employment and Support Allowance.

“Integrity Group” To Be Set Up For Essex Police

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From the BBC website:

A group is to be created to monitor the ethics and integrity of police officers in Essex.
The Ethics and Integrity Committee is being set up by the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Nick Alston.
Mr Alston said recent “high profile” cases elsewhere had called police conduct “into question”.
The Essex branch of the Police Federation said it was unaware of the new committee and questioned what it would do that existing systems did not.

The Commissioner himself blogs about it here:

We have all seen the prominent national press coverage of several high profile cases where, rightly or wrongly, police conduct has been called into question and put under the microscope.
I have been Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex for almost a year, and throughout this period have seen examples of outstanding conduct by police officers and staff across the county. But I also recognise that it only takes very few cases where police conduct is poor to seriously damage public confidence in policing. That’s why I place great importance on this matter….

August Crime Figures For Rayleigh – Anti-Social Behaviour Up, Burglaries Down

We haven’t looked at the www.police.uk website for a while, so here are some crime figures for Rayleigh, comparing last August with the same month in the previous two years. Overall there’s an increase – that’s mainly anti-social behaviour. Burglaries are down a little.

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No Increase In Life Expectancy, More Violent Crime, More Smoking, More Diabetes, But Fewer Opiates.

The new 2013 Public Health profile for Rochford District can be found on this page . Just look for Rochford, and click on the one for 2013.
For some reason we didn’t write anything about last year’s profiles, though we did write about them in 2011 and 2006

Here’s 10 lots of statistics about our district:

1. A baby girl growing up here has a life expectancy of 84.0 years, that’s better than average for England and with no change from a couple of years ago.
2. Nearly 15 percent our Year 6 children are classified as ‘obese’. Shockingly, that’s still better than average for England.
3. Over 25 percent of our adults are classified as obese and that is worse than average.
4. Deprivation is lower here than average. Even so, 11 percent of children – over 1,700 individual children are classified as living in poverty. (That means living in families receiving means-tested benefits and/or low income).
The percentage of children living in poverty has increased by about a tenth in the past 2 years.
5. Violent crime in our district is much lower than average – 6.2 reported crimes against the person per thousand population per year. That’s 519 violent crimes in the 12 month period 2011-12. But this is significantly larger than the figure 2 years ago, which was 397.
6. 15 percent of adults smoke – that’s lower than the average in England , but higher than two years ago, when the figure was only 12 percent.
7. 5 percent of patients on GP registers here are diagnosed with diabetes. That’s 4066 people. That’s slightly better than average, though slightly higher than 2 years ago.
8. We have 171 people who are problem drug users using crack and/or opiates. That’s down from 223 a couple of years ago, and much better than average.
9. Levels of skin cancer here are slightly higher than average for England – though things are getting slightly better. Apparently 12 people were diagnosed with malignant melanoma
10. Levels of TB in our district are very low – only 3 cases a year, compared with 4 cases a couple of years ago.

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