Purbeck North

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Purbeck North is structured into two teams: Wareham Town & West and Wareham North & Upton, both led by Sergeant Paul Upshall.  Purbeck is an area of outstanding natural beauty and we are very fortunate to work in such a fantastic location.       

Wareham Town & West covers a large section of rural West Purbeck in addition to the Wareham Town area.    

Wareham North & Upton covers Sandford, Holton Heath, Organford, Lytchett Minster, Lytchett Matravers, Upton, Morden, Bloxworth, Bere Regis, and Hyde. This is a mixture of rural villages and towns edging on to the greater conurbation area of Poole, also encompassing Wareham forest.  The team consists of PC Jon Stuart and PCSO Mike Gowans.

Local priorities

Effective from April 2019

1) Vulnerability 

This year our primary focus is Vulnerability.  We aim to protect the most vulnerable by improving support and consultation within the community.  There are many strands to vulnerability and our plan revolves around the areas we feel will have the greatest impact, enabling us to prepare, prevent, protect and pursue victims, offenders and locations.  These are outlined below:     

  • Adults at Risk

Many adults suffer isolation, fending for themselves.  This leaves them open to exploitation.  As a result their health and physical appearance is likely to deteriorate.  They may also become withdrawn from society.  Others are subjected to cuckooing, a form of coercive behaviour that allows others (sometimes strangers) to assume control over their life. 

  • Cyber Crime

Cyber Crime is an ongoing concern.  Victims are scammed out of life savings, resulting in extreme trauma and stress that often leads to other areas of poor health.  We try to raise awareness of the various current scams on our social media channels and Dorset Alert, reiterating the importance of sharing this information with elderly relatives and neighbours.

  • Missing People

Missing people are often very vulnerable with mental health issues including depression and may not want to engage in conversation.  They are also at high risk of exploitation.  

  • Modern Slavery

Modern forms of slavery can include debt bondage, where a person is forced to work for free to pay off a debt, child slavery, forced marriage, domestic servitude and forced labour, where victims are made to work through violence and intimidation.

2) Anti-social Behaviour

Purbeck Police understand the frustration caused by anti-social behaviour and will continue to work closely with partner agencies to solve local issues.  We do take positive action through an escalation process and will continue to identify offenders, issuing letters and in cases of young people, speaking to parents.  Where necessary, anti-social and criminal behaviour orders will be used.

3) Drugs

Officers are mindful of the impact drugs have on the community and aim to deal positively with intelligence and reports around dealing and use.  We have recently conducted a number of police operations on known drugs addresses throughout Purbeck, in particular around Swanage & Wareham, resulting in arrests and drug seizures.  We will continue to do this so long as intelligence supports it.  We are also committed to educating young people about the dangers of drug dealing and use, expanding this to partner agencies to help spot the early signs and symptoms of exploitation.

4) Problem Solving/Engagement/Targeted Activity

Our team will build effective partnerships and share information, scan for problems, analyse situations and respond with positive action to protect. 

Vulnerability, ASB & drug related issues will be identified through effective engagement, intelligence gathering and partnership working.  We will then raise awareness through effective use of social media platforms.  Throughout 2019, we will develop our Hotel/B&B Watch scheme and deliver awareness information at bi-annual partnership meetings.  We will continue to work in partnership and empower communities to look after each other by educating the signs and symptoms of vulnerability and encourage the community to be vigilant and inquisitive.

We will continue to prevent, disrupt, detect and pursue victims and offenders of ASB.  Furthermore, seeking to identify those involved and take positive action in line with ASB enforcement powers.






You said - we did

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

You said
We have received a number of reports of vehicles being broken in to in beauty spot car parks.
We did
We have visited beauty spot car parks on a regular basis to report, disrupt and detect any offenders, providing education to drivers by way of distributing leaflets giving crime prevention advice reducing the number of reports we have received.
You said
There were concerns regarding Anti-social behaviour (ASB) during the Easter / school holiday periods
We did
We arranged extra Police patrols to target Upton, Wareham town, Wool, Bovington and Bere Regis. We conducted behind the scenes work with youth clubs engaging with young people resulting in a drastically reduced number of reports regarding ASB

Get involved

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

Report to the local authority here.

Email: communitysafety@purbeck-dc.gov.uk

Tel: 01929 557396

We often receive complaints or concerns about cycling events which are happening in Purbeck. If your complaint is of a general nature, then please contact the event organiser. Dorset Police have no jurisdiction over these.

Complaints about vehicle obstruction and parking should be referred to Dorset County Council. https://www.dorsetforyou.com/travel-dorset/roads-and-driving/parking/on-street-parking

The Purbeck dog warden is responsible for handling and kennelling stray dogs, promoting responsible ownership and enforcing bye-laws. Dog fouling, stray and lost dogs can be reported to Purbeck District Council online. https://www.dorsetforyou.com/dog-warden/purbeck

Advice on dealing with noisy neighbours and noise complaints are the responsibility of the local authority. In Purbeck you can make a complaint online here. https://www.dorsetforyou.com/noise

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Your inspector

Inspector Andrew Keel
Inspector Andrew Keel

Your local station

Wareham Police Station Worgret Road Wareham BH20 4PW

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Purbeck North

Neighbourhood Policing Team

Mike Gowans PCSO 6087
Mike Gowans PCSO 6087
Jon Stuart PC 1813
Jon Stuart PC 1813
Sarah Hart PCSO 5301
Sarah Hart PCSO 5301
Paul Upshall PS 2190
Paul Upshall PS 2190
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: Wareham Police Station Worgret Road Wareham BH20 4PW.

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.