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Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Creating safer, stronger and active communities


Recycling Centre Review

A consultation has been launched to review recycling centres in Cambridgeshire.

It is very important for our community groups to be informed of this consultation. Information about the review and how to respond to the consultation response  is here.

On reading through the various documentation, Officers at Cambs CC claim that by ‘closing’ recycling centres in other
parts of the region have not resulted in an increase In Fly-tipping.

The Whittlesey Recycling Centre processes some 3,200 Tons of Waste per year.
It being the smallest ‘could’ be on the hit list to close?

I would encourage as many members of our community groups and members of the public to fill in the questionnaire.

With regards,

Roy Gerstner
Independent Councillor
Whittlesea Town Council
Chairman of Whittlesea Street Pride
Chairman of Whittlesey Neighbourhood Watch

Raves in Fenland

Your help is required. Generally the summer months are associated with rave activity, however in recent weeks there has been a rave in the Fenland area and it is possible that there could be a rave over the Christmas period. With this in mind can I respectfully request your help in trying to deter any such plans this year.
If you, family or friends see any activity in or around industrial units or rural buildings that is considered unusual or the possible planning or preparation of a rave then please contact Cambridgeshire Constabulary immediately. Things to be aware of include, increased vehicular traffic; two or three vans arriving and unloading lights, speaker systems or scaffolding; numerous vehicles following in convoy. I am afraid it's not an exact science and as such it may just be a hunch that something isn't quite right.

We are continually gathering our own intelligence and undertaking work to identify vulnerable premises or locations but there is no doubt we need the support of our colleague watch scheme members.
Our contact numbers are 101 for non-emergencies and 999 in the case of an emergency.
Many thanks and I hope you have a very merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Julie Bailey
Community Safety and Crime Reduction Officer

Air Gun Incident

On the 2nd May a vehicle had the rear window shattered by an air gun dart. The incident happened in Victory Avenue on Friday 2nd May, at around 11.30am/12.00pm. The matter has been reported but clearly this has caused some concern. If you have any information relating to this incident contact the local police. 

The main aspects of the law regarding air guns are set out in the full version of this article. As can be seen, some of the penalties for many of the offences are quite severe as in many ways air guns are treated just like any firearm.

Arrests After Car Stopped

The most important part of having a Neighbourhood Watch is about helping to keep where we live safer. By working with the police and other agencies we can make Whittlesey a stronger and safer community. You don't have to join Neighbourood Watch to be a good neighbour, but there are some advantages in being part of the country's biggest volunteer network. Find out more here

Here is a recent example of how residents can safely take responsibility for making our community safer for everyone in real life.

Officers made two arrests in Fenland in the early hours of this morning thanks to information provided by members of the public.

On March 28th 2019 during the evening, officers received reports that a car seen in the Whittlesey area was possibly being used for drug offences.

Soon after, at about 1.20am next morning (29 March), with assistance from the BCH Firearms Unit and the BCH Roads Policing Unit, the vehicle was stopped in Peterborough Road (A605).

A 44-year-old woman from Peterborough was arrested on suspicion of driving a motor vehicle whilst unfit through drugs, driving without insurance and possession of class A drugs. An 18-year-old man from Norwich was arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon. Both remain in custody at Thorpe Wood Police Station in Peterborough. The vehicle was seized.

DCI Rob Hall said: “We’d like to thank members of the public who called in with information relating to the car. These two arrests are a brilliant example of how members of the public reporting information to us makes a difference, and also shows the work our officers do off the back of that information. Sometimes a lot of work goes on behind the scenes that is not immediately obvious to members of the public – but all information supplied to us helps us build a picture of what is happening in a specific area.  I would strongly urge anyone who suspects drug activity in their area, or knows anyone who carries a weapon, to please report it to us.”

If you suspect somebody is involved in drug dealing, or know someone who carries a weapon, report it to the police online at or by calling 101.

Always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 or via

Help Prevent Keyless Vehicle Thefts

Following a rise across the eastern region in thieves using more sophisticated techniques to gain access to keyless entry/start button cars, we’re issuing advice to help you keep your vehicle secure and protect you from becoming a victim of crime.
When the correct key fob is close by, the fob recognises the signal and transmits its own code, instructing the vehicle to unlock the doors and to allow the ignition to work on the car.
Thieves use wireless transmitters to capture its radio transmission. This is relayed to another device.  It allows the thief to open and start your car in the same way.
To prevent this from happening, use car key signal blocker cases/sleeves, they cost less than £10, or an aluminium tin at home.  Find a safe place for your keys at home and check to ensure they are out of range.

Following some of these other steps will also help to protect your vehicle:

  • Use a good quality crook lock or full cover steering wheel security lock to immobilise your vehicle
  • Consider fitting an ‘OBD safe’ device, a secure lockable device that fits over the vehicle’s on board diagnostic port, in the vehicle cabin. This prevents criminals using software to code an electronic key for the vehicle
  • If your vehicle is fitted with on board wi-fi consider switching this facility off, if you do not need it which will reduce the chance of criminals hacking into the vehicle’ system; your banking details or personal data from linked devices
  • Criminals can also employ remote/keyless entry jamming equipment; so make sure your car is locked physically by trying the door handle and viewing the indicators flash, before leaving it.


What is eCops?
eCops is the email messaging system brought to you by Cambridgeshire Constabulary, and powered by Neighbourhood Alert.

You can register with eCops, then you receive news and appeals, local crime information and crime prevention advice - direct to you as an e-mail. The service is completely free and works alongside Neighbourhood Watch, to bring you messages about your local area.  It also allows you to feedback information to your local policing team, to help us police your neighbourhood effectively. 

Messages can include crime prevention advice, details of incidents and appeals for your help in reducing crime in the county. 

So why not sign up to eCops for direct and easy access to your local policing team at a time convenient to you?