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Jane Hannah, Neighbourhood Watch CoordinatorJNeighbourhood Watch Signane Hannah (right) of Hill Farm Cottage in Green Lane has taken over from Hannah Houstin-Lacey as our Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator.

Jane can be contacted on 381138 (mobile number: 07802 788 833) or by email HERE.

EDITOR NOTE:

Hannah and Jane have emailed out a notice explaining the handover. I have reformatted it and converted it from a Word document to a PDF for this website. To display this PDF, please click HERE.

PC Andrew ReidOur Area Beat Officer is PC Andy Reid 3746 (pictured left). He lives in the Police House in Preston Candover.

If you wish to speak to Andy personally on a non-urgent matter, he can be reached at home on 01256 389050 or on his mobile number which is 07768 776 844.

Obviously, neither of these numbers should be used in an emergency (use 999) or where you want to report something suspicious (use 101) or where you have a general police enquiry (use 0845 045 4545).

In the event of any emergency, ALWAYS dial 999

Basingstoke Police Station  

London Road, Basingstoke RG21 4AD (email: basingstoke.police@hampshire.pnn.police.uk)
The Enquiry Office is open 7am to Midnight.

Hampshire Constabulary Headquarters

West Hill, Winchester, Hants SO22 5DB (Email:postmaster@hampshire.pnn.police.uk / Website: www.hampshire.police.uk)

Hampshire Neighbourhood Watch Association

More information can be obtained on their website which is www.hantsnwa.org.uk.

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Hampshire

The website www.hampshire-pcc.gov.uk/Home.aspx has information on Simon Hayes, the first PCC for Hampshire.

Area Co-ordinators

IVillage Map - Neighbourhood Watch Areasf you have a query or wish to report something specific to an area, don’t
hesitate to talk to the relevant area coordinator, as follows:

Neighbourhood Watch - Scheme 263Ellisfield Green (Scheme 263)
Northgate Lane, The Green & Green Lane (top third)

RG25 2QW, RG25 2QQ, RG25 2QP, RG25 2QS, RG25
2QT

Caroline Cazenove (381279)
Email: Click HERE

Neighbourhood Watch - Scheme 300Upper College Lane, Bell Lane & Church Lane (Scheme 300)

RG25 2QD, RG25 2QE, RG25 2QR

Keith Galbraith (07941 961 505)
Email: Click HERE

Neighbourhood Watch - Scheme 299Lower Common (Scheme 299)
Green Lane (middle part)

RG25 2QL, RG25 2QJ, RG25 2QN

Hannah Houstin-Lacey (381863)
Email: Click HERE

Neighbourhood Watch - Scheme 090Axford Road (Scheme 090)
Green Lane (lower), Axford Road & College
Lane (lower)

RG25 2QG, RG25 2QF, RG25 2QQ, RG25 2HG

Charlie (Charlotte) Hellewell (381???)
Email: Click HERE

Remember: If something (or someone) looks suspicious, telephone 101
or PC Reid on one of his numbers above.
If it looks urgent, ring 999.

Ellisfield Neighbourhood Watch Overview

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"Jane’s Watch" (posted to this website on February 13, 2017)

Dear Residents.

Very good news! PC Reid is extremely pleased to report that we have had no reported crime in our parishes (Ellisfield, Farleigh Wallop, Cliddesden and Dummer) between January 12 and February 12.

As there is no information or witness appeals to make regarding crime, PC Reid would like to remind Residents that in March 2016 we suffered from several non dwelling burglaries all across the Hill & Dale area. Realistically it may well be the case that the criminals will return again this year to steal the replacement items they took last year. It is really important that Residents record serial numbers and take photographs as well as protect their sheds and outbuildings from such criminals. Please consider a ‘shed alarm’, which can be battery or electrically operated, they really can help.

You will have noticed and are no doubt as concerned as we are with the ever-increasing amount of fly-tipped rubbish that appears to be in our area. Can we please ask Residents to promptly report any sightings of anyone doing this. On Kennel Farm Lane overnight of February 7/8 some fly-tipped rubbish appeared. PC Reid is pleased to report that an address and other papers were found and a full file with statements was submitted to the Borough Council to chase up, interview and hopefully report for summons to court.

Here is a link to the latest edition of Rural Times, issued by Hampshire Constabulary. This edition features information about the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Rural Communities Matter conferences this month and a report by Historic England with a strong focus on heritage crime. You can read about the Country Watch team and tips on preventing thefts from outbuildings, in addition to its regular features.

If there are any rural issues you’d like to see covered in future editions, please let us know so we can forward the information.

Many thanks as always for your support, help and vigilance.

Jane Hannah

Jane’s Contact Details:
Landline: 01256 381138, Mob: 07802 788 833
Email: jane.hannah1@btinternet.com

"Jane’s Watch" (posted to this website on January 14, 2017)

Dear Residents.

We begin the first report of the year with the reported crime statistics for 2016. Overall across the whole of the beat area (not PC Reid’s new extended area) 163 crimes were reported, which disappointingly is the highest number since the year 2000. Whilst the Home Office has changed the way in which crime statistics are recorded it is still a very unwelcome increase. Local to the parishes of the Hill & Dale magazine there has been some decreases but others remain similar to 2015/2016. The 2016 figures are as follows

Cliddesden:      19 (8 in 2015)
Dummer:          13 (7 in 2015)
Ellisfield:          10 (11 in 2015)
Farleigh Wallop:  3 (3 in 2015)

Whilst crime has remained low within these parishes in mid-November to mid-January, parishes around us did not fair so well. Preston Candover saw two dwelling and one non-dwelling burglary during the evening of December 12. Two young men wearing hoodies were seen in the village and subsequently three motor mowers have been stolen. If you were in Preston Candover during that day or evening and saw anything unusual, please help us and call PC Reid direct.

Also, in Weston Corbett, we have had three reported cases of sheep worrying, All dog owners are urged to please keep their dogs under control. Be aware that farmers can lawfully shoot any dog found worrying livestock on agricultural land so please, if near livestock, keep your dog on a lead.

You may also be aware that the new Police & Crime Commissioner Michael Lane is seeking your views on an increase in the precept that Residents pay for policing in the county. If you wish to either support or not support this idea please go to the Council Tax Precept page on the PCC website.

Mr Lane is also holding meetings on:

Friday, February 10 at Sparsholt College, Winchester
Saturday, February 11 at New Forest Outdoor Centre
Wednesday, February 15 at Riverside Centre, Newport, IoW
Friday, February 17 at Netley Police Training Centre, Hamble
and
Thursday, February 23 at Gill Nethercott Centre, Whitchurch

Each meeting starts at 9.00am and goes on until 4.00pm. The aim is to give all those Residents who live and work in rural communities the opportunity to share their views on Rural Crime. It is also intended to help set the future rural priorities that will eventually form part of a new Rural Crime Strategy for Hampshire and Isle of Wight. This is a great chance for your views to be heard and we urge anyone who wishes to have their say on the policing of this area to visit one of these venues. The PCC website’s Events page has more details (click on the relevant venue to view its Agenda.

Many thanks as always for your support, help and vigilance.

Happy New Year!

Jane Hannah

Jane’s Contact Details:
Landline: 01256 381138, Mob: 07802 788 833
Email: jane.hannah1@btinternet.com

"Jane’s Watch" (posted to this website on November 14, 2016)

Dear Residents.

Overnight of the 25th & 26th October 2016 there was an attempted burglary to a garage in Green Lane, Ellisfield. Thankfully, due to a good secure lock, entry was not gained. If you have any information relating to this please call PC Reid directly.

Additionally, information is sought concerning a criminal damage offence, which occurred overnight of the 27th & 28th October 2016 at the ‘Kite field’ behind Southlea. A wire strand fence was cut near to the mast end. PC Reid is aware of various incidents that have occurred in that area of late. He is pleased to have been advised that additional security measures have now been put in place to protect and record property in that area. Again, if you can help please make a direct call to PC Reid, as always all calls are treated in the strictest of confidence.

As we move into December and towards the festive period we ask that all Residents please pay attention to their home security. Please ensure lights are left on and perhaps a radio is on whilst you are out. Always endeavour to make your home look as if someone is in.

Important Christmas Reminder! Residents are strongly urged not to drink and drive; the Constabulary will be launching its annual Christmas drink drive campaign where drivers will be breath tested in the mornings as well as at night. Also please make sure all your vehicle lights are kept clean and in full working order. Recently a large number of vehicles have been seen being driven with defective lights – please take a moment to check your vehicle.

If you can help with any information regarding the two crimes above, please do call as soon as you are able to.

May we both take this opportunity to wish you All a Very Happy, Safe and Secure Christmas and thank you very much for your continued support and vigilance.

Best wishes,

Jane Hannah

Jane’s Contact Details:
Landline: 01256 381138, Mob: 07802 788 833
Email: jane.hannah1@btinternet.com

"Jane’s Watch" (posted to this website on October 17, 2016)

Dear Residents.

Please can you help! PC Reid is appealing for any information concerning a burglary to a house in Winslade off the lane that goes from Cliddesden to the A339. This happened overnight of September 30th and October 1st. Thankfully entry was not gained to the house but items were stolen. If anyone happened to be in that or the surrounding area in the days before and saw anything suspicious please call PC Reid directly, all calls will be handled in the strictest of confidence.

This type of crime is rare in our area but again we ask Residents to please make sure their homes are secure, lights are on when you go out in the evening and if possible timers are used especially now the evenings are drawing in – thank you.

PC Reid is pleased to inform Residents that there has been no other reported crime within the parishes covered by this magazine during this period.

The “Scary Clown” craze! As many of you may have heard or read in the National Press there is an increasing problem with a ‘Scary Clown’ craze where pranksters dress as "creepy clowns" to deliberately scare people. The trend, which originated in America, may seem harmless to some, but has a major impact on some members of the community. Several incidents internationally have also taken a more sinister tone with knives, chainsaws and axes being brandished. With Halloween just around the corner this “craze” is unlikely to disappear before then. PC Reid would like to advise Residents that we unfortunately might experience problems related to this theme. All offences relating to people dressed as clowns who deliberately seek to cause harassment, alarm or distress to members of our communities or those committing any criminal offences will be proactively dealt with.

PC Reid would also like to request that if children are playing “trick or treat” and going door to door over this period they are accompanied by an adult and those that are not please ensure they do not call on elderly Residents some of whom have no wish to be disturbed in the evenings.

Thank you as ever for your continued vigilance!

Jane Hannah

Jane’s Contact Details:
Landline: 01256 381138, Mob: 07802 788 833
Email: jane.hannah1@btinternet.com

"Jane’s Watch" (posted to this website on September 16, 2016)

Dear Residents.

Firstly our local crime update: Overnight on Monday 29 August, damage was caused to a game bird feed bin in Cliddesden. Also, PC Reid is appealing for any witnesses who may have seen a vehicle, suspected to be a Subaru or Suzuki Jimny, driving across a newly sown crop field at Farleigh Wallop, alongside the B3046 opposite the ‘Inwood camp site’ between 3.00pm and 5.00pm on Saturday, September 3. The event occurred again during the day on Saturday, September 10. Considerable damage has been caused to the crops and PC Reid suspects the occupants of the vehicle were involved in illegal hare coursing / poaching. If you see such acts please call PC Reid directly as we are increasingly seeing poaching of both hares and deer by unscrupulous people who care little for our countryside or our wildlife.

Slightly outside the area of this magazine a garage was entered into at Brown Candover and a motor mower was stolen between August 16 (Tuesday) and 23 (Tuesday) in an opportunist non dwelling burglary.

May we take this opportunity to remind you that as the evenings are now drawing in to please consider leaving lights on when you go out in the evenings, ideally use timers if you are away overnight. Another reminder for all residents is not to leave your car keys on display, recently in the Basingstoke area there have been homes broken into where the keys to high performance cars have been found and the cars stolen. Please keep your car keys safe and homes safe and secure. If you need any crime prevention advice please do not hesitate to call PC Reid directly, he is more than happy to help.

On Thursday September 1, there was a gang of ‘tarmaccers’ in the area offering to sell tarmac at a cheap price. We are aware that a black Land Rover, registration DA13 VSZ, was calling at houses in Ellisfield and Herriard until they were stopped by a local neighbour. All Residents are urged to seriously consider whether you need to buy items or services from cold callers at your door. It is suggested if you want what they have to offer to please first contact Hampshire Trading Standards on 01962 833620 or simply check their booklet ‘Buy With Confidence’ where every company listed have been vetted by the Trading Standards. By taking these simple steps you will reduce the chances of being conned to pay more for a job than is required.

Thank you as ever for your continued vigilance!

Jane Hannah

Jane’s Contact Details:
Landline: 01256 381138, Mob: 07802 788 833
Email: jane.hannah1@btinternet.com

"Jane’s Watch" (posted to this website on August 13, 2016)

Dear Residents.

PC Andrew Reid would like to inform you of an increase in crime within the Ellisfield area. He has written his contribution this month more as a sermon (his words) than information appeal and apologises in advance to Rev. Stephen.

Overnight of Thursday, July 14 an unlocked shed was entered into in Green Lane and chainsaws, strimmers and petrol cans were stolen. At another house a SatNav was stolen from an unlocked car. During his enquiries PC Reid became aware that an equine tack room had also been broken into, although nothing was stolen it was not reported until much later in the evening. On Friday, July 15 he was made aware that either on Tuesday 12 or Wednesday 13 a man had been seen in the same area at 03.10am wearing a hi-visibility jacket with a torch looking into homes and gardens in the same area!

There are two very important points PC Reid wishes to impress upon us:

Firstly, it is the responsibilities of every person living in our area to make efforts to safe guard their property. If a shed is left unlocked thieves will steal from it; likewise a car ~ criminals drive through our area frequently even more so if we make them welcome! By making little effort to protect and lock our property our area is seen as a ‘oft option with easy pickings’ This in turn could impact more Residents as the frequency of visits from criminals could increase and they may not target only unlocked property.

Secondly, is that whilst PC Reid is here we have a unique and very welcomed direct police presence and service; he is struggling to find another area where you can call your local Policeman direct and speak to them.  PLEASE take heed and if you see something suspicious let him/the Force know AT THE TIME! Just call 101 if you do not wish to speak to him directly or disturb him. But remember you can call him anytime (not forgetting that he has no mobile coverage when in the Candover Valley area!).

This is what he is here for and it can be frustrating when crimes or suspicious incidents are not acted upon and reported swiftly. To restate - if you are subject to a crime or witness something suspiciousplease report it; PC Reid needs to know what crime is happening in our area – even if nothing is stolen, call him or 101 but do please let him know as soon as possible. End of lesson!

PC Reid would also like to ask you a question. Would you leave sheds and cars unlocked in Basingstoke, Reading or London? If your answer is no: then please do the same in your own home, protect your property and follow your own good practices.

Additionally, in Cliddesden overnight on Friday, July 15 a garage was broken into at Church Farm, where a motor scooter was stolen and subsequently found burnt out by Otters Nursery, Cliddesden. Back in Ellisfield, overnight of Monday, August 1 an attempt was made to break into a garage at the Axford Road end of Green Lane in Ellisfield, nothing was stolen. If you can assist with any information for the above mentioned crimes, please do give PC Reid a call directly, as always all calls are treated in the strictest confidence.

And finally; the new Police & Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the IoW, Mr. Michael Lane, is seeking your help in launching a consultation for the future policing of our area and the two counties for the next five years. To get involved and have your say, please go online to www.hampshire-pcc.gov.uk/survey or write to Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, St George’ Chambers, St George’ Street, Winchester SO23 8AJ. You have until September 14 2016.

We are very fortunate to have PC Reid so please help him and his colleagues to help us!

Many thanks; we really appreciate your continued support and vigilance.

Jane Hannah

Jane’s Contact Details:
Landline: 01256 381138, Mob: 07802 788 833
Email: jane.hannah1@btinternet.com

"Jane’s Watch" (posted to this website on June 15, 2016)

Dear Residents.

Thankfully reported crime appears to have returned to a more normal pace after several recent shed and outbuilding burglaries across the whole area. However, between 1.00am and 8.00am on Monday May 16 several containers were broken into on the old railway line area of Station Road, Cliddesden where a considerable amount of property was stolen. Police are aware that a large vehicle was used for this crime and that further along Station Road the double gates had a padlock broken and a vehicle driven across the fields. PC Reid suspects these were linked and he is seeking any information whatsoever. Please let PC Reid know if you happened to see or hear anything unusual late Sunday evening or in the early hours of Monday morning. Please call PC Reid directly, all calls are treated in the strictest of confidence.

All Residents - please be aware that there has been an increase in the number of ‘suspicious vehicles’ reported. PC Reid would like to sincerely thank Residents and ask that you to please continue to report anything suspicious. On May 27, a Ford Transit tipper lorry with a ladder in the rear was seen calling at homes asking if anyone wanted any ‘tree work’ undertaken. As a result, PC Reid is aware that the people involved are active criminals and would have been ‘scouting’ the area on the look out for items to steal.

On June 7 a white Renault Trafic van with the number plate HK56 TUU was seen. The male driver was simultaneously looking around the stables as he asked about a horsebox for sale. There is no current owner or insured person for this vehicle but from research made PC Reid is aware that a person connected to this incident has links with others involved in the theft of equine equipment. Sadly they may well come back, but at least thanks to Residents PC Reid has knowledge of their initial visit in case they do. Please continue to report any vehicle / person or anything that you feel is suspicious. PC Reid will never be annoyed with anyone for passing information relating to his or her concerns or suspicions.

You may recall some years back PC Reid was able to offer ‘Smart Water’ to local Residents and the Constabulary provided it free to victims of crime. Basingstoke was one of the area’s that took up the offer and in our area he was able to provide as much as he was able to secure. Sadly this is no longer available; it was a partnership deal with the Smart Water Company. However, PC Reid would like to make Residents aware of a company that allow FREE recording of valuables. The company state:

“By registering their valuables on www.immobilise.com owners can put details of their prized possessions on a national database that police can access and compare against items that have been found or recovered from suspected criminals.”

“The online service is totally free and is quick and easy to use. Items marked as being registered with Immobilise are less likely to be stolen, and households displaying Immobilise stickers are less likely to be targeted by burglars.”

The company website address is https://www.immobilise.com/ and is supported by forty-six UK Police Forces including the Hampshire Constabulary. Please take a moment to just have a look to see what is on offer to you and whether you wish to sign up.

Please remain vigilant as your calls and information help enormously. If you have any concerns do not hesitate to contact PC Reid directly, all calls are handled in the strictest of confidence.

Thank you, we really appreciate your continued support!

Jane Hannah

Jane’s Contact Details:
Landline: 01256 381138, Mob: 07802 788 833
Email: jane.hannah1@btinternet.com

"Jane’s Watch" (posted to this website on May 11, 2016)

Dear Residents.

Positive news – within our parishes reported crime appears to have slowed down following the increase we were recently experiencing.

However, on the night of Wednesday April 13th a shed was broken into at Northgate, Ellisfield at about 02:15am. PC Reid is aware that at 01:30am the same morning a silver Subaru that was possibly a ‘Y’ registration was seen ramming electric gates at Tunworth in order to gain entry into a large garden. The vehicle has a large dent to the back left hand side wing. Also other buildings were broken into further afield in Old Basing the same night.

On Thursday April 28th at 01:10 am, the Green Keepers shed was broken into at Dummer Golf Club where various tools were stolen. PC Reid asks if anyone saw anything suspicious or unusual in both these areas prior to these crimes taking place to please call him directly.

PC Reid has had a plea from horse riders to ask cyclists if when approaching horses from behind if they can please either call out, ring their bell or make the rider aware of their presence. Recently a cyclist came up behind a young horse that was startled when the cyclist rode past. As the rider was very experienced they were able to control the horse, but this may have caused an accident if they hadn’t been. Subsequently they have asked if the request could please be passed.

A Residents' Public Meeting was held on Tuesday the 3rd May at St Mary's Church, Herriard on Rural Policing and Community Funding. Five potential candidates wishing to be elected for the post of Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) in the Hampshire & Isle of Wight area presented their credentials, overall approach and answered direct questions on Rural Policing, Community Funding and their support of relocating PC Andy Reid back to his local beat and be supplied with his own 4x4. Some of the answers given were more comprehensive than others. The meeting was very well attended and from the questions asked gave a clear indication to the Candidates of our Parishes priorities.  A Special thanks to everyone who attended, Paul Turner for organising the meeting and Clive Pinder (Newnham PC Chairman) for chairing a somewhat heated meeting at times.

Subsequently, following the election held a couple of days later, Michael Lane (Conservative) was elected the new PCC for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. He received a total of 152,990 votes and will replace the incumbent Simon Hayes. Mr. Lane has expressed his willingness to reconsider the concept of Community Funding, so discussions with him will take place once he has settled into his new post.

Please remain vigilant as your calls and information help enormously. If you have any concerns please contact PC Reid directly, all calls are handled in the strictest of confidence.

Thank you, we appreciate your continued support!

Jane Hannah

Jane’s Contact Details:
Landline: 01256 381138, Mob: 07802 788 833
Email: jane.hannah1@btinternet.com

"Jane’s Watch" (posted to this website on April 12, 2016)

Dear Residents.

Sadly, the reduction in reported crime last month has come back to haunt us! PC Reid is urgently seeking any information / witnesses to a series of eleven burglaries to outbuildings and garages all across our area from Preston Candover through to Up Nately near Hook. The burglaries happened over two separate occasions. The first set was overnight of March 17/18 2016 in Ellisfield when garages in Canon Close, a garden shed in Canon Close and a garage in Green Lane were all broken into. Damage was caused but only a radiator cap was stolen. On the same night the Pavilion at Preston Candover Recreation Ground was also broken into, damage was caused but again nothing stolen. Overnight of April 5/6 the thieves returned and a further six outbuildings and garages were broken into resulting in theft of several chainsaws, strimmers, hedge cutters and a child’s quad bike.

PC Reid asks if anyone saw or heard anything suspicious or unusual during those nights please call him direct. As always, all calls will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

Whilst at this time of year we often do see a rise in outbuildings and garden sheds etc. being broken into. It clearly is not usual to be to this this extent.  PC Reid would like to continue to urge residents to adopt good security measures to protect their properties. If you have not already done so please consider installing shed alarms or CCTV etc. Importantly - please record serial numbers, take photographs and/or engrave your postcode on individual items.

Please help: If you do not already receive Neighbourhood Watch (NW) bulletins or you know a neighbour who isn’t on the circulation please consider contacting your local Neighbourhood Watch Co-coordinator and have ONLY your email address added to their contacts list so PC Reid can update local residents at the TIME of such crimes taking place. Residents can contact PC Reid direct or your local NHW coordinators who do an excellent job. Their contacts are: Ellisfield - Jane Hannah at jane.hannah1@btinternet.com; Cliddesden - Tony Trown at t.trown@btinternet.com; Dummer - John Delaney at johndelaney@btinternet.com; Farleigh Wallop – Don Hardy or Lady Jane Wallop at estatemanager@portsmouthestates.co.uk           

PC Reid would like to conclude that the above burglary pattern is part of a much larger set of crimes all of a similar nature across various parts of North Hampshire not just our area in particular. If you would appreciate crime prevention advice please call PC Reid directly, he would be very happy to visit you. In addition, PC Reid is preparing some advice, which will be sent to the local NHW who will then distribute it to you. It will be sent to those who are signed up to the scheme, if you are not please consider doing so!

On May 5 2016 the second Police & Crime Commissioner Elections are due to be held, Polling Stations will be held in the usual places. This is an opportunity for you to vote as to whom you would like to hold the position.

Many thanks to you all and please remain vigilant but please do not worry, if you have any concerns please contact PC Reid directly.

We appreciate your continued support!

Jane Hannah

Jane’s Contact Details:
Landline: 01256 381138, Mob: 07802 788 833
Email: jane.hannah1@btinternet.com

"Jane’s Watch" (posted to this website on March 12, 2016)

Dear Residents,

Here is the monthly round up for this area for late January and February 2016.

Overnight on January 21/22, an attempt was made to break into an industrial unit outside Dummer. PC Reid is pleased to report that the thieves failed to get inside and left empty handed.

In Newnham (Hook) overnight on January 28/29, a set of car registration plates were stolen from a car in Old School Road. Also in Newnham another set were taken off but discarded by the thieves. Also in Newnham an incident is being investigated by PC Reid that occurred at about 3pm on Wednesday 3rd February 2016 where a group of youths in a small car were seen at the old shed at Beehive Farm, Tylney Lane where damage was caused to the building. Several of the youths have been traced and enquiries are in hand to interview all of them concerning this incident.

In Upton Grey on Friday February 5th at about 2.45am unknown people smashed the front door into the village shop and in so doing set off the alarm. The criminals stole a quantity of cash and cigarettes before they made off.  The Police know that a black Mercedes CLS320 was found abandoned the following morning having been driven through a hedge on the Bidden Road. PC Reid is requesting urgent help please! Did you see anyone or vehicle acting suspiciously in the area of the shop a few days before the burglary? Or perhaps you have CCTV - if you do does it cover any of the roads into or out of the village? If so, it may have picked up this vehicle being driven at sometime around the 3am time into or out of the village. Could we ask you to check your CCTV please! If you have any information at all please contact PC Reid directly, all calls are handled in the strictest of confidence. This is one of a number of similar crimes of this nature in North Hampshire that CID is investigating. 

In Mapledurwell, overnight on February 17/18 a theft of a black boxing punch bag occurred. It was taken from the rear garden of a house near the Pond in Tunworth Road. If you can assist with any information at all concerning sightings of anything /anyone or a vehicle acting suspiciously in any of these areas at the relevant times please contact PC Reid.

There have been an increased number of thefts taking place recently including: a non dwelling burglary at a building site in Axford a metal container was broken overnight on February 22/23 resulting in some tools being stolen. At Audleys Wood Hotel on the A339 between February 20th and 23rd some computer equipment was stolen and a theft of a red Kazuma Jaguar 500 quad bike.

In Bradley overnight on March 3/4 someone made an attempt to break into a parked, secure and unattended caravan at the former Egg Farm, whilst damage was caused they failed to get inside.

You may be aware that sadly on Thursday, March 3, a 'Piebald' grey and white pony, less than 12 month old, was found dead having died of neglect. The animal had deliberately been buried under some wood and branches off a by-way near Preston Candover. There was no identification on the pony be it a chip, freeze burn marks etc., nothing whatsoever, however enquiries are continuing.

PC Reid asks all residents to please be aware of this current increase in reported crime within our area and asks that all outbuildings be kept secure, garages not left open when no one is in or working within them. Please record all serial numbers where possible and for expensive machinery please photograph it for your records. These are precautions just in case!

PC Reid wishes to place on record his sincere thanks to the many local people who assisted him during the flooding that occurred on the night of 7th February in Ellisfield and Axford, your help was greatly appreciated.

PC Reid has also carried out speed enforcement in Newnham, Bradley and Upton Grey during the period of this report. 7 drivers were warned regarding their speed and one has had enforcement action taken against him.

Officers are issuing advice to motorists after a suspicious incident in Basingstoke in which a woman was offered cash. The incident took place at around midday on Thursday, March 10, on the A30 by junction 7 of the M3 near Basingstoke. A man flagged down a woman and said he would give her £150 later if she gave him £20 cash. She did not give him money and as she drove off, she saw him flagging down other motorists. She then reported the incident to the police. The man was by a blue Peugeot car. He is described as being Asian, aged in his 40s, around 5ft 5ins tall, of stocky build and wore a navy blue suit with a pink shirt and tie.
What can you do? If you spot anyone acting suspiciously in this way at the roadside, please call police immediately. If possible, please take down the registration number of the vehicle. If you suspect someone’s request for help isn’t genuine, don’t be afraid to refuse, especially if you think that person is trying to scam you, and call the police immediately. If you have been a victim and haven’t yet come forward, please contact the police as soon as possible because you may be able to help with their enquiries and trace the people doing this. Anyone with information about this incident should contact police on 101 quoting 44160097725 or contact via the website http://www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/do-it-online/online-forms/message-for-officer.html

During January there was a report concerning malicious calls being received by a resident in Cliddesden. It is important we draw your attention to an increasing numbers of telephone scams being reported.  An elderly lady received a call from people pretending to be Police Officers.  They told her there had been fraudulent activity within her bank account and wanted her to withdraw £5000 and not tell anyone for 3 days.  Luckily the lady recognised it as a scam and hung up. Please remember the following advice if you receive a suspicious phone call:
> NEVER give details of your bank account, credit or debit card or PIN number. Your bank or the Police will NEVER ask for this.
> Never accept offers over the phone “if they sound too good to be true, they usually are”.
> Report any suspicious calls to your telephone provider, as most will block anonymous callers.
> If you think something is wrong, hang up the phone.

If you can assist with any information concerning any of the above incidents please do not hesitate to contact PC Reid directly on the numbers below, all calls are treated in the strictest of confidence:

DD:   01256 389050
Mob: 07768 776844
andrew.reid@hampshire.pnn.police.uk

Many thanks as always for your continued support and your vigilance it is very much appreciated!

Jane Hannah

Jane’s Contact Details:
Landline: 01256 381138, Mob: 07802 788 833
Email: jane.hannah1@btinternet.com

"Jane’s Watch" (posted to this website on February 16, 2016)

Dear Residents,

During January, just outside of Dummer there was a report of an attempted break in of an industrial unit during the night of 20th/21st January. PC Reid is very pleased to report that the thieves failed to get inside and left empty handed.

PC Reid would like to place on record his sincere thanks to the very many local people who assisted him during the flooding that occurred on the night of February 7th in Ellisfield and Axford, your help was gratefully appreciated!

As promised, below are the yearly crime figures for the Parishes covered by this magazine. Sadly, you will see an increase in criminal activity for all four Parishes compared with the same period of reported crime figures of 2014. Hampshire Constabulary and indeed other Police Forces have changed the way of recording crime, which may have affected some of these statistics. However, we must acknowledge and be aware that these crimes did take place and must be taken seriously. The figures below are ONLY those deemed by the Home Office as a crime and as such drink driving, traffic offences, poaching, speeding, etc. are deemed as Summary Offences and are not included in these statistics.

For each Parish PC Reid has included below both the 2014 and 2015 figures to allow for comparison and has provided a brief breakdown of what the crimes were.

Cliddesden: 19 crimes (11 in 2014)

Breakdown: Non dwelling burglaries, sheds etc.(1); Domestic incidents (2); Possession of illegal drugs (3); Possession of imitation weapons (1); Harassment (1); Criminal Damage (4); Including a car that hit a fence in Woods Lane whilst the driver was under the influence of drink and damage caused to a car window parked at the school. Theft (1); bicycles were stolen from the rear of a vehicle. Assaults (1); a Public Order Offence (shouting, being abusive in a public place etc.) (1); Other offences (3); these included a Laser pen being pointed at a Chinook helicopter at night and a Robbery where a man was found in a kitchen of a house.

Ellisfield: 10 crimes (2 in 2014)

Breakdown: Theft from a motor vehicle (1); Theft (1) when pheasant feeders were stolen, a short time later several rare breed chickens were stolen from Herriard not too far away! Non Dwelling Burglary (1); Possession of Illegal Drugs (2); Criminal Damage (5); these consisted of damage to a fence allowing a horse to escape onto a road and four cases where poachers have driven over growing crops whilst looking for / chasing deer and hares.

Dummer: 13 crimes (12 in 2014)

Breakdown: Theft of a trailer from a rear garden (1); Possession of Illegal Drugs (3); two incidents were when a car with a defective light was stopped and drugs were found inside and the other on the M3 when a car was stopped for speeding. Assaults (2); both were dog bite incidents and both were resolved without further likelihood of a similar occurrence. Non-dwelling burglary (5); there were three in Bible Fields in one night, a further case in Farleigh Lane and another in Dummer Down Lane.

Farleigh Wallop: 3 crimes (2 in 2014)

Breakdown: Assault (1); a family incident; Criminal Damage (2); sadly both were at St Andrews and both involved the breaking of windows in the Church.

Overall, across the twenty-two parishes that make up PC Reid’s pre April 2015 beat area, 120 crimes were reported in 2014. For the same area in 2015 this rose to 142. PC Reid is pleased however to report that the burglary of sheds and outbuildings, etc. fell from 28 in 2014 to 24 in 2015 and for theft it fell from 21 cases in 2014 to 18 in 2015. However, sadly burglary of homes increased from 2 in 2014 to 3 in 2015 and  for one incident several men from London were arrested and charged. Criminal Damage also rose from 22 cases in 2014 to 31 in 2015 and again this is in part due to poachers driving over and ruining growing crops.

Please rest assured that we do live in a very safe area, however, if you have any concerns about these figures do let PC Reid know and he will be happy to explain them to you in more detail.  

Many thanks for your continued support as always and your vigilance it is very much appreciated!

Jane Hannah

Jane’s Contact Details:
Landline: 01256 381138, Mob: 07802 788 833
Email: jane.hannah1@btinternet.com

"Jane’s Watch" (posted to this website on January 21, 2016)

Dear Residents,

With Christmas and the New Year now along way behind us we would like to advise you that thankfully only one crime was reported during the period of mid December 2015 to mid January 2016 within the area of this magazine. The crime reported was that criminal damage was caused to St Andrews Church, Farleigh Wallop where a window was broken by a golf ball, which was found inside the church. The police are aware that the damage was caused between December 13th and 15th. PC Reid is appealing for any information please and as always all calls will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

Slightly further a field on the wet and windy night of 30th / 31st December 2015, a store was broken into at Moundsmere, Preston Candover.  On the same night three field fences were also cut and a vehicle was driven up to the site of a new house in Bradley. It is suspected that the vehicle involved was a Suzuki 4 x 4 registration V254 H**. If anyone saw this vehicle on that night or has any other information that may be of help please call PC Reid directly.

PC Reid would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank everyone who assisted with the recent flooding in Ellisfield. Mr Andrea and Robert Brine of Moundsmere Estates who after only one call arranged for a digger to come out and open parts of the verges to allow water to escape and for hay bales to be used to prevent flooding to homes. Chris Allen at Hill Farm for his valuable help and input to the County Council Highways Engineer concerning locations of drains, pipes etc.  All your help and swift assistance is very much appreciated by all.

PC Reid is noticing as he drives around the parishes that some residents are leaving their garages open. He kindly asks that if you are out or the garage is not in use please consider closing the doors down to prevent people seeing what you have inside and perhaps 'calling in' as a very unwelcome visitor.

Thank you for your vigilance!!

Jane Hannah

Jane’s Contact Details:
Landline: 01256 381138, Mob: 07802 788 833
Email: jane.hannah1@btinternet.com

"Jane’s Watch" (posted to this website on November 14, 2015)

Dear Residents,

As we rapidly approach the Festive Season many of us may have an increased number of valuables (presents) in our homes, please take the precautions highlighted last month to ensure all is being done to protect and secure your homes, especially when you are way from home – thank you.

Dummer

It is suspected that three crimes took place during the same period. Overnight on the 8th/9th November a shed was broken into at a house in Farleigh Lane where a chainsaw was stolen, whilst at the other end of the village at the top end of Dummer Down Lane a further shed was entered into and a mountain bike was stolen, on the same night at Dummer Down Farm a van was also broken into. PC Reid is asking for your help please! If anyone saw or heard anything suspicious that night in either Farleigh Lane or Dummer Down Lane please call PC Reid directly.  All calls are treated in the strictest of confidence.

Cliddesden

Between 8th and 14th October a garden shed was broken into at a house in Basingstoke Road, opposite Southlea, nothing was stolen in this incident but again if anyone can help with any information at all please call PC Reid directly in the strictest of confidence.

Ellisfield & Moundsmere

In both areas there were further crop fields driven across by poachers looking for deer and hares. Additionally in Ellisfield there were two reports received of a white transit van travelling around the village with men behaving suspiciously. The information was most helpful, thank you to those residents that called in.

Basingstoke Area

It is very important for residents to be aware of an increase in house burglaries in the area. There appears to be two types of burglaries being committed with several properties being attacked. In the first type thieves are looking just for jewellery and not taking anything else. In the second type, which has been linked to several burglaries in the Winchester and Basingstoke area, in each case it has been reported that two young men have knocked the door of a home and then managed to get inside after the occupant has opened the door to them. They have then proceeded to search the address and steal items before leaving. All occupants have had money and jewellery stolen. One victim also had their car stolen; a silver Volkswagen Golf. None of the victims have suffered any injuries and the incidents have occurred between 6.00pm and 8.30pm.

Important Information: The Northern Investigation Team are advising residents not to open their doors to anyone they don’t know. If you are able to - check who is at the door before opening it to ensure it is someone you know. If it isn’t, don’t risk it. If the caller has a genuine enquiry they will understand your refusal to engage with them. It is thought these people are asking bogus questions in order to get the occupants attention.  Ignore them and keep a chain on your door if possible.

Burglary of homes is thankfully very rare in our parishes, in 2014 we had two and a man was arrested and sent to prison. HOWEVER, PC Reid again asks all residents to take simple steps to maintain their security, leave lights and a radio or TV on, make the house look occupied when you are out.

PC Reid and myself would like to sincerely thank you all for your continued support during the year which is appreciated greatly, and we wish you all a very safe and Happy Christmas.

Jane Hannah

Jane’s Contact Details:
Landline: 01256 381138, Mob: 07802 788 833
Email: jane.hannah1@btinternet.com

"Jane’s Watch" (posted to this website on October 13, 2015)

Dear Residents,

Autumn is upon us, bringing with it longer hours of darkness as the evenings draw in. PC Reid requests residents to please consider carefully the security of your homes, especially when you are away from home, even if it is just for one day. Please think about security options such as light timers, which are excellent, leaving your lights on, perhaps a radio on and closing your curtains, etc.

Ellisfield
Reports have been received of criminal damage occurring to crops in both Berrydown Lane and Axford Road. A 4x4 vehicle was driven across growing crops whilst the occupants were poaching for hares or deer. PC Reid is appealing to all residents that if you should see any such vehicle driving across fields late at night - please immediately call the Police on 999 as it is a crime happening at that time.
Anyone scheduled to be out and about on farm land at such times have previously contacted the Police to inform them that they will be doing so, therefore, it can be cross checked. Whilst some people may not believe poaching is as important as other crimes, it is a proven fact that where poaching / illegal hare coursing offences take place, the burglary of outbuildings and other theft occur shortly afterwards.

Herriard
Slightly out of the area of our magazine but still in close proximity of our parishes a theft occurred in Bagmore Lane, Herriard. During the night of Saturday September 19th 2015 and Sunday September 20th 2015, a large number of chickens, drinkers and feeders along with a chicken fenced pen were stolen. PC Reid is fully aware that the padlock was broken off the gate at the A339 leading onto the old cricket field by the old School and the thieves used this point to drive a vehicle into the field. He is also aware of a large amount of noise heard in the Bagmore Lane area about 9:30pm on the Saturday evening.
However, he does need
your help please! If anyone saw or heard anything suspicious, or a vehicle entering or leaving the old cricket field please call PC Reid directly. All calls are treated in the strictest of confidence.

Cliddesden
The Cliddesden Community Speed Watch group are now fully operational., Myself and PC Reid would like to wish them great success and thank them all for their time in volunteering to monitor traffic speeds through the village. 

Many thanks for all your vigilance!!

Jane Hannah

Jane’s Contact Details:
Landline: 01256 381138, Mob: 07802 788 833
Email: jane.hannah1@btinternet.com

"Jane’s Watch" (posted to this website on September 20, 2015)

Dear Residents,

August and early September has seen an increase in the number of incidents reported in the parishes covered by the Hill & Dale magazine. Please continue to be vigilant and report anything you see which is suspicious.

Dummer

PC Reid is urgently appealing for witnesses or any information concerning a theft of a trailer, which took place at approximately 01.30am on Sunday August 30th 2015 from the rear garden of a house in Bible Fields, Dummer. The trailer was pulled down through the field behind Bible Fields towards the Axford Road. If you can help with any information at all please call PC Reid direct – all calls are treated in the strictest of confidence.

Recently Police Officers stopped a car in Down Street, Dummer where two men were found in possession of Cannabis. Both have been subject to enforcement action.

Cliddesden

Recently, the Portsmouth Estate Security Officer (PESO) saw three men in a car near the Primary School. After the PESO made initial contact with them they drove up a bank and around him. PC Reid was alerted, at the time he was heading up Church Lane as they were coming down, when the men saw PC Reid they drove to the rear of the pond into the Black Barn complex, passing through a closed wooden gate before hitting two staddle stones and decamping. A Police Dog tracked the men across fields and over the footbridge into the Viables estate where they were arrested after the dog found them hiding in bushes.

The three men arrested are from Basingstoke; two are very well known criminals. One man has been charged with the damage and various motoring offences, whilst another was cautioned for the possession of drugs.

This incident clearly continues to highlight that we are susceptible to visits from criminals to our parishes and we must ensure we secure and protect our property.

Preston Candover

On Saturday, September 12, at approximately 4.00am, a tack room was broken into. Sadly there has been reported an increase in equine related thefts and suspicious incidents involving Equine Centre’s and stables, etc. An important note for all horse owners is to please ensure all tack is post coded and photographed for future reference. Call PC Reid directly if you require items to be post coded.

Please do continue to report anything suspicious you see and if you have any information which could be helpful please contact PC Reid directly or Police 101 (the police non–emergency number)

Jane Hannah

Jane’s Contact Details:
Landline: 01256 381138, Mobile: 07802 788 833
Email: jane.hannah1@btinternet.com