Christchurch Town Centre

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The Christchurch Town NPT policing area covers the Christchurch Borough Town Centre Ward. The area forms a natural peninsular bordered by the River Stour to the west and south with Bournemouth on the far bank and to the east by the River Avon with Purewell Ward on the opposite bank. These rivers merge at the southern tip of the peninsular and enter Christchurch harbour. The network south railway line creates a manmade barrier and the ward boundary to the north with Portfield Ward.

Christchurch Town Centre Ward is predominately a residential area that in 2001 contained 1,856 habitable properties and supports a population of 3,622. 17% of housing is Council or Local Housing Authority/Social Housing (in the main exclusively sheltered housing for the elderly). The ward is the commercial heart of Christchurch, containing the main shopping centre, town public facilities and Twynham Comprehensive School. It is also the main centre for the town’s social nightlife and includes the recreational spaces of The Priory and Convent Meadows, Millhams Common, The Quomps, and the town’s large playing field and recreation ground.

Local priorities

Current priorities (last reviewed August 2017):

  1. Supporting the retail community in preventing retail crime and target those who commit it.
  2. Target those who engage in alcohol related anti-social behaviour on Friday and Saturday evenings and supporting licensed premises in dealing with any issues.
  3. Address the increased number of homeless people in the Christchurch Town area, both from a welfare issue and protecting residents from anti-social behaviour.


Resolved priorities and actions taken:

  1. Shopwatch has now been changed to business watch as there are other businesses coming on board who want to help the community tackle retail crime and anti-social behaviour. We are now doing a 'banned from one banned from all' scheme which will ban persistent offenders from all outlets in the scheme.
  2. Christchurch Town Officers are conducting high visibility around the high street Christchurch quay and other hotspots. We can deal proactively with any offences.


You said - we did

This section is for us to share some of the daily work we do on your behalf.

You said
Local businesses had reported that the same faces kept coming back and causing problems in retail outlets.
We did
Along with the local Business watch scheme we set up a 'Banned from on, Banned from all' scheme. This means that those who frequently shoplift or attempt to do so, once they are detained in one store will be served a banning letter from ALL stores on the scheme.
You said
We were told about several local persons begging aggressively from those using the town. Many of them were not homeless.
We did
Several offenders have been identified, arrested under the vagrancy act and sent to court.

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Your inspector

Inspector 1919 Shawn Whitley
Inspector 1919 Shawn Whitley

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Dorset Police NPT Office Fire Station Fairmile Road Christchurch BH23 2LB

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Christchurch Town Centre

Neighbourhood Policing Team

PC Matt Leeding
PC Matt Leeding
PS Kerry Shelley
PS Kerry Shelley
PCSO Dave Carmichael
PCSO Dave Carmichael
What we do

Neighbourhood policing improves the quality of life within Dorset communities. Working together with partner agencies and problem-solving with local people and groups, we will target the policing issues that matter most in your area.

Get in touch with us today to raise any issues you have and to find out what priorities we are currently working on. This is your chance to influence the service that the police, and our partners, provide.

You can contact us via the Dorset Police website or social media, where we also promote upcoming meetings and events. We are based at: Dorset Police NPT Office Fire Station Fairmile Road Christchurch BH23 2LB.

In an emergency

The Neighbourhood Policing Team works with colleagues across Dorset Police, but does not respond to emergency calls. If a crime is in progress or life is in danger, always dial 999 immediately, so we can help you as quickly as possible.

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