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If you are new to the village, we would like to welcome you, and tell you a little about ourselves. The Neighbourhood Watch group has been active in the village for several years, but membership dropped off and the group was not really working well. As part of our Parish Plan, the group was reformed, and has become more active in the last couple of years.

Though our region does not experience high levels of crime, we feel that fostering good neighbourliness, and keeping an eye on our community is always important, and that is what we try to do.

There is a very loose structure, with no money involved! We meet every 2 months to discuss any problems or issues that have arisen. See calendar for meeting dates. We are very well supported by our local Police Community Support Officer Michelle Haimes, who keeps us informed about what might be a local problem, and helps with Crime Prevention initiatives, and general raising of awareness locally.

We would like to thank South Somerset Homes for their support, and particularly Vicky Saunders, the warden at Buttle Close, who makes us so welcome.

Primary Contacts

Co-ordinatorMary Clarke01460 240
Deputy co-ordinatorMike Stephens01460 242

Local Contacts

We try to have a local contact person for each part of the village, and they can help with any immediate problems.

2011 Meeting Dates

Meetings are held on Mondays in the Common Room Buttle Close starting 8pm

Monday 21st March16th May18th July19th September21st November

Current Topics

Theft of Tools - F344 010408

There have been a significant number of thefts of tools and equipment from vans within this area that have been parked outside homes and often on the driveway.

Losing their tools often means losing their livelihood and even for a few days can have a significant impact on their business.

Often windows are smashed or door locks forced but on a number of occasions tools have been stolen from vans that have been parked unlocked on the owners driveway.

The local community Police would like to request that you please make contact with any of your members that have trades vehicles suggesting that they review their security to the vehicle and if at all possible to remove the most portable and valuable equipment from the vehicle overnight into a garage or their home.

In order to assist the local police with their strategy to overcome this particular problem it would greatly help them if you could let them know how many of your members that have trade vehicles you have managed to contact regarding this advice.

Please phone PCSO Support Officer Anne Porter based at Crewkerne Police station via the 0845 456 7000 number with the information required or via e-mail

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Shed/Property Marking - Saturday 18th April 2009

Please come along to a demonstration about shed safety, and advice on marking possessions so the can be more easily traced should they go missing.

Our PCSO Charlie Rogers will be in attendance at the Village Hall on Saturday 18th April from 10 am to 12noon, with advice and information.

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Meeting Notes September 2011

Notes on meeting held on Monday 19th September 2011. 7 members attended, and some apologies were received.

Roger reported that our new PCSO attended the last Parish Council meeting, but was called away before she could speak! We hope that she will be able to attend our next meeting. Please note the new non emergency number to contact the Police is 101.

There have been no reported incidents in our area, though there has been theft of quad bike and trailer from a local farm. There have been some sightings of a caller driving a large white van, visiting houses in out of the way places, ostensibly selling bedding. The van carries a mobile phone contact number, but calls are not answered. We all need to be careful with these types of caller, who may have a companion entering your house by the back door, as you chat at the front. Also there have been callers selling fish from a van, who was rudely aggressive to a local woman. Also double glazing sellers looking for custom, and a pair of women selling scratch cards. These may be legitimate businesses, but healthy suspicion may not go amiss. Please ensure you house is secure, especially in these dark evenings.

I have contacted our PCSO to find out what is legal with regard to doorstep selling.

Fortunately we live in a quiet area, and crime is rare. As the days are cooler and shorter we need to look out for our neighbours, and intervene if they need help.

Mary H Clarke, 22/09/2011
Next meeting Monday 21st November.

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Meeting Notes November 2012

Notes on meeting held on 8th November 2012.
Eight local residents attended, and we were joined at 9pm by our PCSO Ceara Sturt, and her colleague Carol from Martock. They had been delayed by a road traffic accident.
New members were asked for their email addresses, so information from police could be forwarded. In general the discussion centred on dissatisfaction with the service we were receiving, and the lack of response to queries.

It is not clear if any incidents reported by email are noted, as they do not appear to receive a response. If the only method of successfully reporting a crime or anti social behaviour event is by phoning 101, then this should be clearly stated. The advantage to using email as far as we are concerned, is that we have a record. Do we now have to make a separate log book? Incident Log - Summer 2012

Promises to investigate incidents have not been kept, and cases closed without any apparent investigation. Though we are not a high crime area, the feeling is that there are more incidents of vandalism/antisocial behaviour and criminal damage than in the past. The group agreed to produce a spread sheet of known (or rumoured) events, and try to assess what had happened.

The level of reporting was not high. This may be due to fear of reprisal, worry that young people may through stupid behaviour get a criminal record, or lack of encouragement from the police service. There may also be an understandable wish to protect local family members etc.

Generally when local events are organised the police are informed. The events over the Jubilee weekend were successful, and a police presence was noted. Alcohol consumption has been linked to certain incidents. Are risk assessments carried out, and stewards present? I think this is generally the case.

The general feeling was that low level nuisance was on the increase, and that this needs to be nipped in the bud. We as locals need to have our say when unsuitable actions occur, but a visible police presence would send a message that there are possible repercussions to bad behaviour. Ceara hopes to start foot patrols in the village now that she has been in the job for a few weeks, and we welcome this. She also said incidents could be reported on 101 without leaving a name. She said that some past officers had not done a very good job, that the service was being reorganised, and that things should improve. We look forward to evidence of this.

Mud on road due to farming activities has caused some problems, though some have noted farmers/contractors using sweepers to keep the roads clean. There is an obligation to clear up mud left on the road, though some recent deposits have been due to runoff from fields, a bit more difficult to deal with.

The PCSOs encouraged us to call if we saw suspicious vans, cars, activities. These would be logged and investigated if need be.

We were pleased to meet our new PCSO, and look forward to seeing her out and about in Shepton. The spreadsheet of incidents will be passed to the Parish Council on Monday and to the beat manager. We look forward to a response.

Mary Clarke, 11/11/2012 Contact email, tel 01460 240 363 Next meeting Monday 21st January 2013, in Buttle Close.

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