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Essex Police (December 2015)
Essex Police

Man and woman charged with shop burglaries (December 2015)

A Loughton couple have been arrested by Essex Police and charged with burglaries in The Broadway, Valley Hill/Oakwood Parade, Chigwell Lane, Alderton County Junior School & Buckhurst Hill, and with shop-lifting in Loughton High Road.
Attempted murder, High Road, November 6th. Arrests & court appearance. More

Theft from shoppers’ cars (December 2015)
Watch out! There’s usually an increase in items being stolen from cars in car parks at this time of year whilst drivers are distracted loading purchases into their vehicles.

Secure your shed & other outbuildings! (December 2015)
See the police advice

“60p for the bus” (December 2015)
Several people have been approached by either a man or a woman asking for 60p for the bus. If you are approached right outside Loughton or Debden Station, please contact the British Transport Police (0800 40 50 40 or text 61016), otherwise please dial 101 and ask to be put through to Essex Police  [EFNW]

Travellers (December 2015)
The travellers who had parked by the Chigwell Lane bridge have moved on (Highways England had finally taken action), but we’re told one reappeared a few days later. One caravan, and then another 6, turned up on Epping Forest College land on Borders Lane, and the police took action to move them on. News article [EFNW]

Essex Police & Crime Commissioner Annual Report (December 2015)

Essex Police – more cuts (October 2015)
Essex Police are expecting cuts of around 63m by 2019-20 (a quarter of their 262m budget). They also need to spend more time & effort on protection (such as dealing with child sexual exploitation) and on online crime:
•    Loughton “front desk” to close, but the station will still the local operational base.
•    County customer contact staff to be reduced from 98 to 36.
•    County PCSO’s to be reduced from 250 to 60 (in Epping Forest & Brentwood, 19 of 26 PCSOs may be lost).
•    Epping, Ongar and Waltham Abbey police stations to be sold by April next year.
•    The sprawling and inefficient Police Headquarters site will be sold for housing and replaced with a new building.

Burglars (October 2015)
Thanks to alert neighbours, police caught one of a pair of burglars in the Traps Hill area recently – if you see something suspicious happening, please ring 999.

Drugs gang (October 2015)
A drugs gang was jailed for 74 years. Fourteen members of a drugs gang (one from Loughton) who supplied cocaine and ecstasy across London and East Anglia have been jailed for a total of 74 years.

Autumn precautions (October 2015)
Essex Police are encouraging residents to ‘leave a light on,’ in their property this autumn and winter. 
More good advice

Muggings in Loughton (October 2015)
On October 6th and 12th there were muggings in the alley that runs between Loughton Station and Roding Road – if you can help in any way please phone the police on 101. (Thankfully these are rare events.)

Dangerous drivers (October 2015)
Following an Essex Police operation road safety operation this month, 260 people are being investigated for a range of motoring offences.

127 drivers were detected speeding on the M11, including nine travelling at more than 100mph. Four drivers had their vehicles seized after they were found to have no insurance and two had expired MOT certificates. 31 drivers were stopped for using a mobile telephone at the wheel and 61 people were seen driving without seat belts. Speed checks on local roads resulted in 29 offences.

How the Police tackle Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) (September 2015)
LRA Cllr Ken Angold-Stephens was concerned about reports that the police were cutting back their efforts. ASB often has a considerable impact on resident’s Quality of Life.
His email and the Police reply

Drugs problem
(September 2015)
A resident called us about ongoing problems caused by a neighbouring tenant who is taking drugs with disturbance by him, parties, dealers and other users. LRA Cllr Tracey Thomas visited the resident and then spoke to the District Council’s Safer Communities team. They are about to go to court to evict the tenant as this can take some time, they will also try to use a new law to restrict use of the flat to the tenant himself in the meantime, which should end noisy parties there. Tracey will be available to help if problems recur.

Had your spare tyre stolen?
(September 2015)
Police are appealing for motorists to contact them (ring 101) if their spare tyres have been stolen but haven’t reported the incident to the police. Two men have been arrested with stolen tyres. [EFNW]

Pickpockets (September 2015)
They are operating in the High Road. Please be extra wary and make sure bags are closed and wallets safely stowed away – it only takes a second!

Unexploded mortar bomb (September 2015)
Essex Police would like to express their thanks to everyone involved or affected by the unexploded mortar bomb incident on 17/09/2015 when a member of the public brought unexploded munitions into Loughton Police Station.

They are grateful for the co-operation, understanding and patience of the public at large and the businesses affected whilst they awaited the arrival of the specialist bomb disposal team to arrive and do their work to make the items safe.

They would also want to express their thanks to the members of the community who assisted with the people who were evacuated from homes, businesses and nurseries.

Suspicious behaviour? (September 2015)  
Epping Forest Neighbourhood Watch have had reports of a man hanging around the play parks in Debden, speaking to parents and their children; this is not an offence but has caused concern. (Please don’t post photos on Facebook or on other social media of any-one acting suspiciously as this could prevent the police from charging them.)

Noise nuisance (August 2015)
On 27th April 2015, Ms Natasha Thompson, of Loughton, was found guilty of breaching a noise abatement notice She was fined 660, and was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of 66 and a contribution of 200 towards the District Council’s prosecution costs.

The Broadway Anti-social behaviour (ASB) (August 2015)
The District Council are gathering evidence for the possible imposition of a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO). Police are using their new dispersal powers, which have the advantage of being immediate and focused on those responsible for ASB; this may also provide evidence for a PSPO.

Travellers’ encampment by the Roding (August 2015)
The District Council (01992 564000) is pressing Highways England to proceed with the eviction process without any further delay. Residents are also concerned about  horse which has been seen tethered on nearby road verges.

New Oakwood Hill Depot (August 2015)
We are concerned about security at this site, with the planned District Council greenhouse right next to the road.
LRA Cllr Ken Angold-Stephens has obtained confirmation that, as requested, CCTV will be provided, with an audible alarm at the Depot (the CCTV details will link in with the Council’s existing system).

Rifle range, Borders Lane (August 2015)
Following a recent fire there, with evidence on-site of rough sleepers and drug use, LRA Cllr Ken Angold-Stephens is trying to establish who now owns the site (it doesn’t belong to Epping Forest College).

Armed robbers sentenced (August 2015)
Two men who robbed a bookmakers in The Broadway last year, and committed other robberies, have been caught and sentenced. More

Loughton police catch suspected burglars (August 2015)