Police Report Sept/Oct
Incidents in October
Between 3.40pm and 4pm on Sunday, October 9, a man knocked on the door of an address in the Gloster Park area of Amble and entered the house of an elderly resident. Once inside he distracted the woman and stole an amount of cash from her purse before making off.
Police yesterday arrested a 28-year-old man on suspicion of burglary. He has been bailed pending further enquiries.
Alnwick Neighbourhood Inspector Sue Peart said: “Anyone who thinks a caller is suspicious should ask them to come back when they have someone with them at their home. ID should always be checked and details can be verified by telephoning the company the caller says they are from. A genuine caller will not mind coming back later or having their credentials checked.
“We would also ask people to consider their neighbours who are elderly or vulnerable and whether any visitors they have may be unexpected or behave in a way which causes concern. Anyone who sees anything suspicious in their area should contact us.”
People can contact police on 03456 043 043 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
Crime prevention advice
· Keep front and back doors locked (with keys taken out), even when at home.
· Look through a spy hole or window to identify the caller.
· Put the door chain or door bar on first before opening the door, and keep it on while talking to the caller.
· Check their identity card carefully even if the caller has prearranged appointment. Close the door while you do this.
· Don’t let visitors who are in a hurry, pressurise or confuse you – ask them to wait outside while you confirm who they are, genuine visitors won’t mind waiting.
· If you need to leave a caller standing outside while you collect or check something indoors, close the door and lock it.
· Never use a telephone number given by the caller – find the number in your telephone directory.
· If you are not comfortable ask the caller to return when someone is with you.
· Never buy goods or services from people calling unexpectedly or unannounced at your door.
· If the caller is selling something or offering work on your house or garden tell them that you are not interested and ask them to leave.
· If they do not leave tell them you will call the police.
· If in doubt – keep them out.
Incidents in September
A man was arrested on 25th for two separate offences of entering bars in Warkworth and obtaining food and alcohol by deception using two credit cards.
A female juvenile was arrested on 23rd in Amble for the offence of Drunk and Disorderly.
Alcohol was seized by police from a group of youths in West Avenue, and was disposed of on 23rd.
Another juvenile female was arrested on Queen Street, for being drunk and disorderly on 23rd. She is also awaiting a police decision.
On 24th alcohol was confiscated from a number of youths in the Paddlers area . They were warned on this occasion and the alcohol disposed of.
Police are carrying out observations across Alnwick and Amble for speeding vehicles. Positive action will be taken against people driving over the speed limit. This is the result of consultation with Alnwick and Amble people who list speeding as one of their main concerns.
We will publish the results via The Ambler website and via The Ambler newspaper.
Between 7.30pm and 11.30pm on 27th Warkworth Cricket Clubhouse was broken into and a quantity of alcohol taken. Police are currently investigating.
Between 9.30pm on 27th and 8am on 28th a mast and clock/rev counter were stolen from a boat at Amble harbour. This is still being investigated.
Local Police officers are still tackling youth disorder problems as part of an overt high visibility operation. As a result there has been a decrease in reports of anti social behaviour to police in the areas targeted. Positive action will be taken against anyone suspected of causing disorder.
A Hadston youth has recently been sentenced at South East Northumberland Magistrates Court to a £50.00 fine and a £15.00 victim surcharge for under age drinking on the streets of Amble. This is as a result of the Neighbourhood Policing Team catching this U18 in possession of alcohol in a public place on three or more occasions.
It is the first time this new legislation has been used in the Northumberland Area Command area to combat youth and alcohol related anti social behaviour.
Whilst the legislation is relatively new, the Neighbourhood Policing Team intends to use this effective tool where appropriate as one of many they have in their armoury to combat such behaviour.
Insp Sue Peart