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Alert message sent 24/09/2019 16:25:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary

Fortnightly update for West Beat (South Ham, Buckskin, Winklebury, Rooksdown)
Afternoon, hopefully everyone is having a good week so far. Below is the fortnightly updates for West Beat which is covered by myself, PCSO Ryan LONG 16344, PCSO Jez SEARLE 16520 and PC Bex MASON 27430
Action Fraud:
Informant reporting fraud by deception when a female approached her pretending to be from the NHS asked her for money.
Informant reporting their bin being set on fire by unknown person in Wicklow Close
10/09: Reports of youths riding a mini motor in Stratton Park.
14/09: Reports of youths climbing up the scaffolding in Northbrook Crescent
21/09-23/09 We had 3 reports of vehicles revving their engines at the Leisure Park
Property in Old Kempshott Lane has had an unknown offender gain entry via the rear patio doors by smashing the glass. No items of value were taken
Criminal Damage:
We have had 2 reports on the 13/09 and 14/09 where vehicle tyres have been slashed over night
14/09: Male has acted in a threatening way towards ambulance crew before throwing items at their ambulance and causing damage
An elderly male was attacked while walking down West Ham Close and his shopping taken. If you saw anything suspicious 14/09 please call 101 quoting ref: 44190330676
A business in Buckskin has reported a theft of a Macmillan Charity Box
Informant reporting that his pot plants have been stolen from outside his address in Trechmead Gardens
Access was gained to a parked vehicle in Paice Gardens where coins and 2 rings where taken
The following is advice for awareness about county lines and cuckooing.
What are County Lines?
County lines are operated by individuals or groups who use mobile phone ‘lines’ to extend their drug dealing business into new locations outside their home, usually urban areas often centred around good transport links. A ‘county line’ enterprise almost always involves exploitation of vulnerable people. This can involve both children and adults who require safeguarding.
What is cuckooing?
Cuckooing takes place when criminals target the homes of vulnerable people for the purposes of drug dealing. Victims are often left with little choice but to cooperate. Initially dealers may approach the vulnerable person offering free drugs; however, this may progress to threats of violence, and/or the victim being made to pay off drug debts by use of their home and/or to assist in drug dealing. Sexual assaults or exploitation may also take place. Drug networks/gangs are likely to use multiple cuckooing addresses and rotate quickly between them in an effort to keep ahead of law enforcement. Each cuckooed address is likely to accompany localised increases in anti-social behaviour, crime and fear of crime.
Victims are targeted – often isolated, drugs users and known to the police. Nationally, single mothers with young children have been cuckooed, and exploited children operating as part of a ‘county line’ may operate from cuckooed addresses. Any children associated with cuckooed addresses are at high risk of exposure to Class A (heroin and crack cocaine) drug abuse and trafficking, intimidation, threats, violence, weapons and sexual exploitation.  Offenders are usually county line drug dealers.
With both of the above persons which are either offenders or coerced victims will travel from large urban area (London, Manchester, Birmingham etc…) They will usually be completely unaware of the area they are in geographically and will be reluctant to speak to professionals in most circumstances.
‘’Learn from yesterday, Live for today, Hope for tomorrow’’ – Albert Einstein
Message sent by
Ulrike Maier (Police, PCSO, Basingstoke District)

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