Wimborne & Colehill

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Wimborne or Wimborne Minster (its official name) is a market town in East Dorset. The town has a population of approximately 6,790 and is situated at the confluence of the Rivers Stour and Allen.

Colehill is a similar size parish neighbouring Wimborne with a similar sized population, which is expanding as development in East Dorset increases in the area.

Dorset Police has a clear focus for our Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) resources based upon threat, risk, harm and vulnerability. The operational principles for neighbourhood policing have been developed after listening to the people we serve and having learned from the most distressing incidents elsewhere in the country.

These Operational Principles are:

  • Prioritisation of the needs of the victim - putting the "Victim First"
  • Targeted and flexible deployment of officers based upon threat, risk, harm and vulnerability
  • Informed and focused community engagement and meetings

Your Neighbourhood Policing Team officers will ensure that, as a top priority, they look after the people in your communities who are the victims of crime and anti-social behaviour. We are ensuring that they, the victims, are listened to, understood, kept informed, protected and safe alongside the wider community.

Local priorities

Top 3 NPT Priorities (August 2018)

Anti-social Behaviour (ASB) – Redcotts Park, Willow Walk and Waters Edge

We have had an increase in reported anti-social behaviour in and around Wimborne Town Centre in the past few months – specifically Redcotts Park, Willow Walk and Waters Edge. This has included reports of youths congregating being a nuisance to residents causing criminal damage, graffiti and climbing on scaffolding.

Scams

Unfortunately reports of telephone and online scams are increasing. The most recent scams we have received reports on are HMRC scams where the caller or emailer has been quite persistent on either gaining personal information or for you to send money that you ‘urgently owe’ them to a specific fake account they request. Please remember that HMRC, your bank and Dorset Police will never ask you for your personal details like this over the phone or via email.

Rogue Traders/Doorstep Crime

We have received reports from Wimborne and Colehill where rogue traders have attended addresses telling the homeowner something on their property needs work and insistent they can do this for them – this will often lead to charging for poor, unnecessary or incomplete work. The Team will work at informing residents of this type of crime and encourage reporting this either to Dorset Police, Trading Standards or Action Fraud.

 

Resolved priorities

Anti-social behaviour

The Team have worked alongside other agencies such as Housing Associations, Town Council and East Dorset District Council to target this issue by conducting joint visits where possible giving warnings and advising on the consequences should this behaviour continue. In some cases this has been taken further to Court.

The Team have also increased high visibility patrols in the areas of concern and we have seen a noticeable difference in the number of reports and we will continue to patrol the areas to ensure the reduction continues.

Burglaries

Following burglaries in Wimborne and Colehill earlier this year, the Neighbourhood Policing Team have worked alongside Homewatch by canvassing the area with high visibility patrols informing residents of the incidents and advising ways in which they can improve their home security. The Team are promoting home security checks at surgeries and via social media and if this is something you’d be interested in, please email the team.

 

You said, we did

  • Following the road changing at East Borough to a NO entry from the Walford Mill end (except buses) we received numerous reports from residents that motorists were ignoring the road signs.
  • Since we received these reports the local officers have attended at the crucial times you said motorists were doing this and numerous tickets have been issued as well at educating motorist that it’s a no entry and that you can only enter the road from the Priors Walk end now.

 

  • You said you wanted more of a Police presence of an evening in Redcotts Park, Wimborne to target the ASB
  • We increased our evening patrols with an operation put in place and extra staff from other areas have been assisting with this. A number of individuals in the area have been spoken to by Police.

Get involved

Speak with the team at one of the following local events.

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Your inspector

Inspector Shawn Whitley 1919
Inspector Shawn Whitley 1919

Your local station

Wimborne Police Station Hanham Road Wimborne BH21 1AS

Telephone: 101 for non-emergency calls. In an emergency please call 999.

If you know who you want to speak to at a station, ask for them by name and station and staff will check for you and connect you if they are available or take a message.

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Please note that the Wimborne Enquiry Office is CLOSED to the public. Please be assured that Police Officers are still working in your area 24/7. If you wish to make a non-urgent enquiry, please either use the yellow telephone or dial 101 from any other telephone. For all emergency calls please call 999. Many thanks for your co-operation and apologies for any inconvenience.

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Wimborne & Colehill

Neighbourhood Policing Team

PC 1757 Julia Ratcliffe
PC 1757 Julia Ratcliffe
PC 2949 Matt Littlefair
PC 2949 Matt Littlefair
PCSO 5467 Julia Saunders
PCSO 5467 Julia Saunders
PS 760 Tim Travers
PS 760 Tim Travers
PCSO 5770 Jess Allen
PCSO 5770 Jess Allen
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: Wimborne Police Station Hanham Road Wimborne BH21 1AS.

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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