THURROCK Community Policing team (CPT) had another busy month during August working on our Thurrock Community Safety Partnership priorities, local incidents and combatting current crime trends.
PC Martin Hatfield gained some great public intelligence on an address in Chadwell St Mary. Along with other officers from Thurrock CPT PC Hatfield executed a warrant at the property and discovered a substantial cannabis factory, and three males were arrested for cannabis cultivation.
On August 5 Thurrock CPT assisted with an eviction of an illegal traveller encampment along Argent street in Grays. Over 20 caravans were moved on from the site with as little disruption to neighbouring properties and traffic as possible
On August 16 PCSO’s Gary Woolford and Billy Page located 2 stolen vehicles in Aveley, and had these forensically recovered with the investigation on-going.
PC Simon Philips attended an address in Corringham, where it was believed a male was residing who was wanted for numerous offences. PC Philips was initially situated at the rear of the property, but upon hearing that the male had ran from officers he entered the address and soon discovered the male hiding in an upstairs room where PC Philips arrested him.
On August 19 CPT officers were on an Operation Forrest deployment, which is aimed at targeting modern day slavery. The officers attended a location in West Thurrock and enquiries were made on the identities of persons present.
Operation Culture deployments have continued throughout August, with officers attending Grays high street both in plain clothes as well as high visibility uniform. This has resulted in several alcohol seizures and an arrest of a male for breach of bail.
We are also currently working on a retail crime plan, where we aim to form a joint action approach with local retailers such as Lakeside Retail Park, to combat theft and business crime.
Our next local community meeting will be held at South Ockendon Hub, Derry Avenue on Monday September 26 7:30pm-8:30pm, everyone is welcome.
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