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

Current priorities (March 2018):

Anti-social Behaviour – Wimborne Town Centre

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

Scams/Doorstep Crime/Rogue Traders

Scam reports involving doorstep crime, rogue traders, cold calling and online scams have increased. This has involved phone calls where the caller has been quite persistent on gaining personal information or encouraging services to be used. We have also had reports from in and around Wimborne 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.

Burglaries/Shed and Garage Breaks

There has been an increase in reported dwelling and outbuilding/garage burglaries in the Wimborne and Colehill area. Access has been gained where security has been weak either through unlocked doors, windows smashed or doors being forced. The Team will concentrate on increasing high visibility patrols in these areas and advising where possible.


Actions taken on current and previous 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. 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.


An article was put in the Stour and Avon Magazine explaining that The Wimborne and Colehill Community Speedwatches are up and running and asking for you to email in with any suggestions about areas of concern for speeding. Many of you got in contact and following that the Teams have successfully carried out sessions at the suggested locations and will continue to monitor. If you have any areas you would like the Teams to look into please get in touch:

For Wimborne and Colehill locations email Jessica.allen@dorset.pnn.police.uk or alternatively call on 101 where you can ask for Jess specifically.

If joining a Community Speedwatch is something you’d be interested in and you would like to work with your Neighbourhood Policing Team to reduce speeding, please get in contact with us to discuss this. Please have a look on our website by searching ‘Community Speed Watch’.


Following burglaries in Wimborne and Colehill, 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.



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

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Wimborne & Colehill

Neighbourhood Policing Team

PC 2949 Matt Littlefair
PC 2949 Matt Littlefair
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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