Thurrock Community Policing team news article
By JoJo Mitchell
FOR most of us January starts with us catching up with things we were too busy to complete in December, and for Thurrock CPT it is no different. We have held a vast amount of meetings and partnership strategy groups during January, and have also achieved some great results.
The team saw in the new year on January 1st with Op Mistletoe, leading to a very busy night with officers PC Stephen Fraser, PC Paul Glensman, PC Rob Watts, PS Rob Thompson, SC Angie and SC Claire Fox attending a variety of incidents including fights, disturbances, a burglary and a very large disturbance in the Slug and Lettuce in Brentwood whereby several arrests were made.
On January 7th, PC Fraser and PC Cayless arrested two suspects in connection with a burglary at The Mall, High Street Grays. Both suspects were charged and one was remanded in custody to appear in court later in February.
PC Neil Brand completed his first partnership patrol of the year on January 9th, teaming up with Thurrock Council’s Housing team to patrol areas of Thurrock suffering with anti-social behaviour and dealing with any offences. PC Brand also continued these joint patrols with the Housing Team on the 11th, 18th and 19th January.
During January we started receiving several complaints about the amount of Heavy Goods Vehciles that were parked along a clearway along Manorway, Stanford le Hope. This appears to be as a direct result of the Lorry Park adjacent to DP world being closed. PC Adam Colbear created Operation Waxen as a solution to this issue, and teams have been regularly visiting the area to move on lorries and other vehicles causing an obstruction and breaching the clearway. To date the Commercial Vehicle Unit has issued nine fixed penalty notices to offenders.
PCSO’s Linda Ovel and Jackie Middleton were responding to a report of nuisance when they came across a large group of youths near to Derwent Parade, South Ockendon on January 13th. The group made off from the officers, however they were able to seize amounts of cannabis and paraphernalia.
PC Steve Fraser arrested a male on suspicion of domestic assault in East Tilbury on 19th January, the investigation into this is ongoing.
Thurrock’s Volunteer Police Cadets (VPC’s) were on hand to assist officers in a Community Speed-Watch operation in Purfleet on January 20th, the Cadets had mobile speed devices and were gauging the speed of passing motorists, with excessive speeding offences being dealt with by officers on scene.
PC Martin Hatfield secured a great result in January when he arrested Richard Chapman, of no fixed abode, for eight theft related offences. Chapman appeared at Basildon Magistrates court the following day and was convicted of theft.
Thurrock held it’s first “Youth IAG” on January 22nd, and youths who had volunteered to attend from various schools and youth organisations from across Thurrock were given the chance to discuss with local officers the issues they face in the area, the stigma attached to reporting certain crimes and how they felt Policing could be more inclusive to their needs. We will be holding another of these meetings on March 19th, time and venue to be announced. Please email
ThurrockCommunityPolicingTeam@essex.pnn.police.uk if you are interested in attending the next meeting.
PCSO’s Billy Page and Macdonald Neife located a stolen tractor behind Asda Superstore in Tilbury. The tractor had been stolen in a burglary from a nature park in East Tilbury. The investigation is still ongoing.
Throughout January PC Steve Fraser and PC Andy Cayless conducted a number of patrols both in the daylight and night time hours in Grays town centre. Throughout these patrols, several individuals were warned for breach of PSPO but no FPN from Police were served as these individuals stopped their undesirable behaviour and left the area.
Officers discovered a large Cannabis Cultivation at an address in South Ockendon on January 27th, with over 200 plants and a complex set-up that needed to be carefully disrupted. Officers spent several hours at the location disrupting the set-up and seizing the plants and equipment.
Another knife has been removed from the streets of Thurrock after PC Rowan Perrior and PCSO JoJo Mitchell came across a male with a lock knife in Dilkes Park, South Ockendon on January 31st. The officers were responding to a report of nuisance in the area and a suspect who had made off from them when they stopped the male, who has been charged with possession of an offensive weapon.
Facebook: Essex Police – Thurrock