Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Creating safer, stronger and active communities

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Help the Police to Tackle Domestic Abuse

This article is to alert you to a very serious type of crime that is very likely happening in our own community, right now. You may not be aware that it is happening, but the police tell us that it takes place EVERYWHERE – cities, towns, villages, rural areas – so our neighbourhood is definitely not immune.

The crime is domestic abuse, and it is ruining the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and their families. As many as two million people are believed to be victims of domestic abuse. The local police and Neighbourhood Watch are keen to raise public awareness of it so that it comes more out into the open and victims can get the help they need. If we can identify more victims and provide them with the support they need to leave an abusive relationship, we can save more lives and send a stronger signal to perpetrators that such behaviour will not be tolerated in our community.

Once you know what to look for, it is relatively easy to spot the signs that a person may be a victim of domestic abuse. Armed with the right knowledge, you can play an important part in tackling this terrible crime.

Neighbourhood Watch has created an online information pack about domestic abuse – what it is, how it happens, who is most at risk, what the signs are, and what to do if you suspect someone you know is a victim. You can find this pack here: https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/crimes-archive/domestic-abuse/ and if you go to the Toolkit section here: https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/crimes-archive/toolkit-2/ you can find several more websites and resources that will help you understand and identify this awful crime and learn what you can do about it.

If you suspect that someone you know is being abused, you can call the National Domestic Violence Helpline run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge, for help and advice on what to do. The number is 0808 2000 247.

domestic abuse leaflet

Our Watch

Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch is about local people working together to create safer, attractive and friendly place to live. We aim to make our area a place where crime is less likely to happen.

Our group is owned and run by our community and reflects our needs.

The Neighbourhood Watch scheme is divided into areas each led by a volunteer co-ordinator. These are volunteers from the local community who take on the role of linking the community to the police. By being more aware of local issues, sharing information and advice, local residents are able to develop closer and more effective links with the police and also help to reassure and support vulnerable households.

Anyone can reach the police quickly and easily in an emergency by dialing 999, or in a non-emergency on 101. Neighbourhood Watch helps you, and your neighbours, give your local police a much clearer sense of your needs and local issues. Neighbourhood Watch group members know their communities well. The police and other organisations can then take action based on this knowledge.

The police do not run Neighbourhood Watch schemes, but are glad to get input and clear guidance on local needs from them. Watch members are active citizens who want to help their communities. 

Parking Problems


Motor vehicle ownership has continued to increase and, with the same amount of parking space available, this has resulted in problems for both drivers and non-drivers. Parking has become a major source of friction and often leads to disputes, ill-will and a general lack of respect for each other. Worse still there seems to have been an increase in the amount of selfish and thoughtless parking where drivers only seem to consider their own priorities and ignore the effects their actions may have on others.


This article is aimed at helping you to appreciate some of the complexities that surround our parking laws.

Read more: Parking Problems


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?