Thurrock Community Policing team: May report

Thurrock Community Policing team news article

May 2017

MAY has been a busy month for the team, supporting force initiatives in and around Thurrock as well as continuing with our own work and policing priorities. Here are some of the good results achieved.

On May 4 Grays Local Policing Team shift B1B located 8 stolen vehicles after a ‘tracker’ activation, and arrested 5 suspects. Grays CID B shift have since worked tirelessly building an investigation and have now secured a total of 40 charges (8 for each suspect) for handling stolen goods and conspiracy to steal.

Following a knife point robbery that took place in South Ockendon on May 9 where a male used a knife in an attempt to rob a taxi driver and the driver suffered injuries to his hand; a thorough investigation from Grays CID led to the male suspect being charged and remanded for the attempted robbery and possession of a bladed article.

On May 11 PC Paul Glensman was in the right place at the right time when he heard about an incident involving a stolen vehicle nearby. PC Glensman, who was single crewed at the time, quickly located the vehicle and a short pursuit commenced with assistance from other officers before the vehicle came to a stop, a bottle of ammonia and a knife were found in the vehicle. The driver was arrested for Theft of Motor Vehicle and other offences. The investigation continues. Well done to everyone involved in taking another dangerous vehicle off of the roads of Essex.

We have continued to complete Operation Sacrifice patrols throughout the month, and on May 15 PC Adam Colbear located a possibly stolen moped in the Stanford Le Hope area, which was being ridden dangerously.

Grays CID have achieved a great result following a robbery which occurred in Stanford le Hope on 21 October 2016. Four suspects approached the victim, and in an unprovoked attack, robbed him of his mobile phone and bag. Three out of the four suspects were identified along with further witnesses resulting from a press appeal, and all suspects maintained their innocence throughout the investigation

However on 11 May 2017 the suspects appeared at Southend Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to the following offences: One pleaded guilty to Robbery and was sentenced to a 10 month referral order and ordered to pay £400 compensation. Another pleaded guilty to Assault by Beating and was sentenced to an 8 month referral order. The third pleaded guilty to Assault by Beating and was sentenced to a Youth Rehabilitation Order, placed under electronic tagging and curfew for 6 months and ordered to pay £100 compensation. A massive well done to everyone involved in this case, and through hard work achieved such a good result.

PC Paul Glensman has seized two vehicles this month for driving with no insurance, one on May 12 and another on May 20. One driver alleged that they assumed their car insurance would automatically be renewed, however this is not a valid excuse, as it is the car owners’ responsibility to check if they do not receive a valid insurance certificate.The suspects made off and were detained close to the scene, and during an area search officers recovered evidence including the knife, drugs and the ammonia that had been discarded by the suspects.
Grays CID have had another great result from an ongoing case. During the early hours of May 12 four people forced entry into an address whilst the victim was asleep. The suspects were found in the address preparing and using a number of controlled substances (Crack Cocaine & Cannabis) The Victim was woken by the suspects and asked them to leave the address. One of the suspects proceeded to made threats against the victim with a large combat style knife, threating to stab him before squirting a noxious substance believed to be ammonia in to the victim’s eyes causing injury. The suspects made off and were detained close to the scene, and during an area search officer’s recovered evidence including the knife, drugs and the ammonia that had been discarded by the suspects. The suspect who physically attacked the victim has been remanded at Court in relation to S18 GBH, Bladed Article and Possession Class B drugs.

In a joint Operation with the Environmental agency PC’s Adam Colbear and Paul Armstrong arrested two males on May 22 who are suspected of carrying out large scale fly-tipping across the South East of England, including Thurrock.

On May 22 PC Martin Hadfield arrested a male from Grays for Burglary and drug related offences. This investigation is still ongoing.

We teamed up with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, the Immigration department and Thurrock Councils Adult safeguarding department on Operation Atlantic on May 23. The operation was created to positively identify any cases of human trafficking, modern-day slavery and child sexual exploitation. We visited 12 carwashes across Thurrock, checking on the employees details. Two people have been arrested for illegally entering the UK.

Throughout the month we have been working alongside our partners from Thurrock Council to combat crime and anti-social behaviour throughout the borough, and have completed numerous joint patrols with the Anti-social Behaviour Team before squirting a noxious substance believed to be ammonia in to the victims eyes causing injury.

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