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Congratulations Hinton

Published: 3 Jul 17

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Police Update

Published: 8 Jun 17

A new caravan was stolen whilst parked and stored in an adjacent field to our victims property at The Common, Berkeley Heath. The caravan was stolen sometime between 6 pm and 8 am between the 2nd and 3rd June 2017. Offenders have stolen the Bailey Valencia white caravan valued around £23,000 by cutting a padlock and removing a bollard allowing access to the field. Offenders have then cut through the cover/wheel lock to remove the caravan. Our victim had an on-board tracker, however, it seems offenders discarded this prior to stealing. 3 unknown male offenders using a black saloon car have broken into a petrol station on the A38 at Berkeley Heath around 02:00 on 07.06.17. Offenders have used a large stone to break a window by the cash tills and have then gained access. Offenders have then tried to gain access to a large metal cabinet where cigarettes and medicines are stored for customers but have failed and made off once the owner has arrived. Also on the 7th we received reports of a suspicious white van driving around Purton/Hinton & Wanswell driving very slow and looking into properties. Our caller described the occupants as of Eastern European in appearance. The last three letter of the index plate were UHY which once again is registered to persons in the Birmingham area. We are currently having many sightings/visits of white ford panel type vans all linked to the midlands looking for and indeed stealing scrap metal and other items not considered to be scrap such as ladders, bikes and such like. Please report any further sightings to us on 101. Read More...

Police update

Published: 5 Jun 17

Overnight we have had a run of shed breaks including ~ .Forest View Road area in Berkeley - shed break with a cordless drill stolen. .Purton - 2 X shed breaks with various items stolen. .Halmore - 1 X attempt break (nothing stolen). .Wanswell - 3 X shed breaks with items stolen including a multi sander, strimmer and hedge strimmer and numerous tools. The good news is that 2 arrests were made around 05:00 on the A38. A van was acting suspiciously and was linked to known criminals previously responsible for shed and outbuilding breaks. Whilst we have yet to link these breaks to the arrested persons it is worth mentioning to be vigilant and report anything suspicious to police on 101. Read More...

Police Update

Published: 22 May 17

ust two crimes and both in the Stone area for this past week. Overnight between the 13th and 14th May offenders have gone onto a driveway on Gloucester Road in Stone and stolen the front and rear number plates from a stationary vehicle. During the day on the 17th May a bungalow property at Lower Stone has been broken into. Offenders have gained entry via a bedroom window, all rooms have had an untidy search with cupboards and drawers all left open. Offenders have also entered a shed and garage at the property where again an untidy search has taken place. PREPARED BY PCSO MIKE TREBBLE OF THE SEVERNSIDE NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING TEAM AND SENT VIA AN AUTOMATED WATCHWORD SYSTEM AT 08:50 ON 20.05.17 Read More...

Berkeley Bridge UPDATE

Published: 9 May 17

Berkeley Bridge works update Work to improve Berkeley Bridge continues following the removal of the old bridge in February. The old bridge, which weighed nearly 100 tonnes, was lifted out using a specialist crane that had enough reach and strength to move it. The crane was then used to install the beams for the new bridge at the same time. The work on the bridge has been completed and the attention turns to improving the road in the area. These works include installing new barriers, kerbing, surfacing and white lining. The barriers have to have foundations installed in order to make sure that they can offer the most protection to motorists and pedestrians alike. Due to the poor quality of ground in the area there have had to be changes made to where these foundations go. This has meant working alongside BT to make re-designs to their system that runs underneath the road. Once these changes are made crews will be able to be install the new barriers to maximise safety and avoid any potential impact on the phone network. Wales and West Utilities have also used the opportunity to access their network to help minimise the amount of disruption in the area. Mark Darlow-Joy, highways contracts manager at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “We put a huge amount of time and effort into moving the old bridge which was an extremely technical operation requiring time and skill. “The new structure is now in place and work will be focussing on making improvements to the road layout in the area once the safety barriers have been installed. “I would again like to thank everyone for their continued patience whilst the work has taken place.” The road will remain under traffic light control until the 30th June when the new bridge will open. For more information, please visit: http://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/roads-parking-and-rights-of-way/major-schemes/berkeley-bridge-improvements/. ENDS Issued by: Shôn Douglas, Media Team, Gloucestershire County Council, shon.douglas@gloucestershire.gov.uk, 01452 427554 Read More...

Police up date

Published: 24 Apr 17

Three crimes in the area between the 17th and 22nd April. Firstly the Co-op on Salter Street in Berkeley had numerous meat items stolen on the 17th April where two unknown females have entered the store and stolen the items only to return on the 19th and take further products amounting to over £100 at retail value. Overnight between the 21st and 22nd April offenders have broken into a premises on the B4066 just up from Cattle Country and entered the premises via a roof at the rear where numerous power tools have been stolen. We have yet to receive a full list but it is running into the thousands of pounds region of retail value. This is a repeat victim as a similar break happened towards the end of last year. If you seen anything suspicious last night driving inbound or outbound of Berkeley such as suspicious vehicles/unusual activity - let PCSO Mike Trebble know. Read More...

Police update

Published: 18 Apr 17

We have received two reports of suspicious activity regarding white panel vans driving around the area. One on the 4th and another on the 13th April both on the A38 corridor at Berkeley Heath. The van/s were driving very slow looking into properties and sometimes breaking hard with no warning. We were given two index plates and again they come back to properties in the Birmingham area. There have been numerous reports over the past few months involving these vans. We would like to speak to these drivers and their passengers, please call us on 101 if seen. On the 6th April two properties were broken into in the Brookend and Wanswell area. Both breaks happened during the afternoon. The Brookend property offenders gained entry by filling a metal watering can and slamming this into a rear door to gain entry. A very untidy search was carried out in all rooms although nothing was actually stolen. The odd thing with this crime is that a number of cleaning products were emptied around the property to cause nuisance damage. One witness reported that a door to door salesman offering cleaning products was going house to house in the area a few days before. An identical offence took place in Wanswell on the same afternoon where the offenders gained entry to a detached property by means of an insecure rear window. Again a very untidy search has taken place in all rooms but nothing has been stolen yet numerous cleaning products have been emptied around the property causing a lot of nuisance damage by way of the cleaning products. Finally on the 8th April a vehicle has been damaged whilst parked up on a layby between Sharpness and Berkeley. Our victim has parked his vehicle overnight having run out of fuel. Upon his return the next day the vehicle has had all windows smashed, slashed tyres and broken wing mirrors broken off. Read More...

Police Update

Published: 23 Mar 17

Thefts in area Read More...

A38 Bridge update

Published: 21 Feb 17

A quick update on the A38 Prince of Wales closure and its impact. You will all have seen progress with the bridge replacement. At least it looks as though they have managed to make progress this time with removal of the old bridge and replacement. Obviously, there has been a severe impact on Slimbridge Lane which has been used as one of the key diversion routes. GCC have tried to limit the impact by including additional signage reference HGV’s and the extended closure to include Breadstone etc. has helped to a degree. However, those that use or live on the lane will be aware that in addition to numerous accidents the road and verges are now in a very poor, dirty and damaged state. I spoke with Daniel Tiffney yesterday and the plan following reopening of the A38 is as follows: · Road cleaner/sweeper will cover the lane as soon after reopening as possible to clear as much residue as possible. · Dan Tiffney and Andrew Middlecote will follow up with a drive through to identify areas that require verge reinstatement and restoration of the road surface etc. · Works identified will be rectified as soon as possible. Read More...

B4066 Closure

Published: 8 Feb 17

A38 / B4066 Junction, Berkeley Heath – Amey Ref 22011526 We will shortly be undertaking carriageway resurfacing works at the above location. The work is programmed to take place between 20th-21st February 2017 The road width and type of works dictate that, to ensure the safety of both the travelling public an our workforce, the road will be subject to a Road Closure on the B4066. The A38 will be completed under lights. Access for vehicles during the works will be extremely limited due to the nature of the work and the size of machinery to be used. It would be a great help if you could avoid parking your vehicle within the works area (red line on attached plan). Both occupiers and drivers are asked to be patient throughout this period of disruption, we will of course make every effort to minimise the inconvenience. We would further take this opportunity to thank you in advance for your co-operation. Should you have any queries please contact us on 08000 514514. Read More...

Items stolen

Published: 24 Jan 17

3 high value Ifor Williams have been stolen overnight in the Frombridge Lane area of WHITMINSTER. Our victim last seen the trailers at 6pm yesterday 21.01.17 but this morning they had gone. One neighbour reported seeing some suspicious vehicles in the lane earlier during the day but thought no more. This follows on from a horse box trailer that was stolen from a property in BERKELEY on the 14th January 2017. Please report any sightings of suspicious vehicles in the area. Finally there have been a few fake £50 notes which have been exchanged for goods in shops within the WOTTON area and on the 18th January 2017 in BERKELEY. Read More...

Road Closure March 17

Published: 10 Jan 17

Please be advised of the following temporary road closure: Sanigar Lane, Newtown, Sharpness This road will be closed at the rail bridge on 19th March 2017. This is to allow for works by Amey on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council. If you require any further information regarding this closure please contact Amey Gloucestershire on 08000 514514. Read More...

Road Closure Feb

Published: 16 Dec 16

ease be advised of the following temporary road closure: A38 Bristol Road & Pool Farm Lane, Berkeley These roads will be closed (as per the attached plan) from 14th February 2017 to 23rd February 2017. This is to allow for the replacement of Berkeley Bridge and associated highway works. If you require any further information regarding these works please contact Amey Gloucestershire on 08000 514514. Caroline Cogram Gloucestershire County Council Roadspace Co-ordinator (Stroud District) Read More...

Break in

Published: 30 Nov 16

Overnight between the 4th and 5th November there were 3 separate shed/outbuilding breaks in the Stone area. A property fronting the A38 in Stone had several items stolen from outbuildings. Offenders have gained entry to the garden/paddock by removing a large and secure fence panel and have also damaged a gate leading to the property. A number of padlocks/hasps were cut off and an alarm in one of the outbuildings was disabled by the offenders who then stole various items including a chainsaw, generator, power tools, log splitting device which was very heavy and would have needed at least 3 persons to remove. Also, a detached property on Stone Green near the church has its garden shed entered with again a number of gardening items stolen including chain saw and petrol strimmers another log splitting device was taken which again was extremely heavy and would have required 2/3 persons to remove the item. Police believe that the offending vehicle used was parked up outside Stone with Woodford School. Finally a property in the Gloucester Road area of Stone had its shed broken into, again offenders cut/removed padlocks to gain entry where 3 chain saws were stolen. If you see anything suspicious including persons looking into properties showing an unusual interest or vehicles driving slow along roads and looking into driveways - please call police on 101. Also if you have any information which could assist police with enquiries - please contact PCSO Mike Trebble. Read More...

Stolen goods

Published: 30 Nov 16

ast week we reported 3 outbuilding breaks along the A38 corridor, due to late notification to the police we have two further crimes to report. 25th October in the Chapel Hill area of Newport - Stables have been entered which are located at the back of our victims property. Offenders have entered stables sometime between Sunday 23rd and Tuesday 25th October by cutting off two padlocks to gain entry. Again a number of gardening equipment has been stolen including a Ryobi strimmer, petrol hedge cutter and petrol chain saw with a combined value in the region of £400. 29th October in the Damery Lane area of Woodford a large detached property has been broken into whilst the owners were away on holiday. Patio doors to the rear of the property were the entry point which were both smashed. The offence is likely to have happened between 18:30 on the 28th and 08:00 on the 29th. Witnesses believe that they saw unusual activity outside the property around 18:30. The entire property has been subjected to an untidy search. As our victim is away it is not known what has been stolen at this stage, however, car keys inside the property were taken and the offenders have then stolen a new BMW which was parked on their driveway. Read More...

Police Update

Published: 30 Nov 16

First the good news - all locations have had a virtual zero crime rate over the first 3 weeks of October and one of the lowest on record. Unfortunately last night the area of Newport was hit with a number of outbuilding breaks. Incident 68 24.10 Property fronting the A38 at Newport. Offenders have gained entry to victims garden by a rear gate where two sheds have been broken into. A padlock has been cut and a metal bar removed where numerous gardening items have been stolen including a lawn mower, strimmer and hedge attachment valued at £250 and a number of fuel cans containing petrol. Incident 71 24.10 Property fronting Alkington Lane near Applegate coaches offenders have cut through a hedge to remove items from various outbuildings which have been broken into. Offenders have used a crowbar and bolt cutters where items including an expensive high end mountain bike, compressors, welding equipment and cabinets containing numerous items have been taken with a value so far in the region of £12000. Our victim informs that it would take several persons to remove the compressors. We believe that a vehicle was waiting on Alkington Lane - did you seen anything suspicious yesterday evening whilst driving along that road? Incident 360 24.20 Property fronting the A38 at Newport. Offenders have gained access to an outbuilding where a number of high value bikes have been stolen. Offenders have again made a large cutting in the boundary fence to remove items. Offenders have also tried to crowbar a stationary caravan on the victims property. Offenders have also decapitated a number of pet ducks whose heads have been removed and left whilst the bodies have been removed. Read More...

New FacebookPage

Published: 11 Oct 16

A Neighbourhood Watch Facebook page has been created to advertise crime prevention advice for the Dursley and District area. Under the Facebook name 'Dursley and District Neighbourhood Watch Facebook Page' this page is to cover the residents living in the communities of Dursley, Cam, Wotton under Edge, Kingswood, the Berkeley Vale and Severnside. We aim to pass out information on crime within the area, as well as providing information on how to decrease your chance of becoming a victim. Could we please ask that you 'Like' this page and to 'Share' the crime prevention message to as many people as possible. The reason that I ask is because the more crime prevention advice you can pass onto the public the greater the chances of reducing that type of crime. Prevention is better than cure and if you remove the opportunities and make it difficult for the criminal, you can help build a safer stronger community. I would also like to personally thank the volunteers who are willing to use their time and effort to run this site and make a difference in helping reduce crime and anti-social behaviour within their community. Their commitment in this scheme is greatly appreciated. Read More...

Dodgy Goods

Published: 8 Apr 16

We have just received three reports of suspicious activity from persons driving around the area offering items for sale. Read More...

Suspicious Activity

Published: 5 Apr 16

On the 8th April 2016 police received reports of a male in his early to mid 20's wearing an orange top and going door to door in the Newtown and Berkeley area claiming to be from the water board Read More...

Items Stolen

Published: 22 Feb 16

On the 18th February there were 3 crimes in the Berkeley Heath area. Read More...

Recycling Thornbury

Published: 8 Feb 16

You may be aware of the fact that there has been an issue for some time Read More...

Outbuilding/Shen Break Alert!

Published: 15 Jan 16

On the 9th January 2016 an outbuilding was broken into in the location of Breadstone. Read More...