Purbeck North

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Purbeck North is structured into two teams: Wareham Town & West and Wareham North & Upton, both led by Sergeant Claire Jephcott.  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.  The team consists of PCSOs Darren Watts and Jake Williams.  

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, PC Roan Doyle and PCSO Mike Gowans.

Local priorities

Current priorities (last reviewed January 2019)

1. There has been an increase in poaching across Purbeck.

This includes methods used by the offenders which cause harm and distress to the animals, Offenders also damage farm gateways, crops and hedges at a detrimental cost to the rural and farming community.

We will be increasing Police patrols in the areas concerned and working on identifying offenders and bringing them to justice. We will also identify the communities affected and work with them on improving their communication.

2. Commercial burglaries have increased.

We've received several reports of commercial burglaries over the summer across Purbeck. Below is some crime prevention advice for business owners.  Please call Dorset Police on 101 to report anyone acting suspiciously and any vehicles they may be using, noting a registration if possible.  This must be done at the time the incident is taking place to ensure immediate action.  If you would like a security review of your business, or if you have a question about your business security, please email crimereductionwestern@dorset.pnn.police.uk     

 ALARM: Choose an alarm from a professional alarm installer who is NSI or SSAIB registered. Contact your alarm company to review existing alarm systems.

 DOORS: Make sure locks on your doors are up to insurance standard. Fit bars on the internal side of the door so that in the event that glass is broken, entry cannot easily be gained. Install a five lever mortice deadlock to any fire doors (this must comply with fire regulations).

 WINDOWS: Make sure you have locks on your windows and that they are locked at night. If possible, fit bars to the inside but first check that the windows are not designated fire escapes.

 CASH: Leave tills empty and open to deter any thieves looking through the window. Hide petty cash. Display a ‘No cash is left on the premises overnight’ sign.

 SAFES: Fix safes firmly to a concrete floor or brick wall and hide it as much as possible. Enhance your alarm system in the area the safe is kept.

 SMOKE CLOAK/FOG BANDIT: Depending on your business type, consider installing either ‘Smoke Cloak’ or ‘Fog Bandit’ which aim to stop burglars in their tracks by filling the premises with a thick artificial fog. Both methods have the police 'Secured By Design' accreditation and need to be attached to your alarm system. The fog can also be deployed in the event of an armed robbery.

 CCTV: CCTV must be fitted correctly and have the right lighting or infrared facility. It is recommended that CCTV is fitted by an installer who is NSI or SSAIB registered. 

You said - we did

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

You said
We received information relating to drug offences in Swanage, Wareham and Bovington.
We did
Towards the end of August 2018, a series of drug warrants were conducted in Swanage, Wareham and Bovington in relation to the supply of controlled drugs. Our Neighbourhood Policing Team were supported by specialist departments and we undertook a total of six warrants. Drugs were located at five of the six addresses, a quantity of cash and valuable items were also located and seized by officers. Three people were arrested. We would encourage residents with any intelligence around drug-related activity to get in touch by calling Dorset Police on 101 or if you prefer, you can report anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
You said
There has been an upsurge in anti-social behaviour in the Upton area by local youths.
We did
Our team conducted additional patrols during prime times at key locations such as Upton Co-op, the triangle and recreational ground. Colleagues from across the force supported us. Parents were spoken to and partner services such as housing and social services were brought in where necessary. Protection and behavioral orders were also issued. We are pleased to report that our enhanced presence was well received by the general public. Street corner meetings held in the evenings, gave us the opportunity to speak to residents and provide reassurance. Local young people were spoken to who positively engaged with Police. The action has resulted in a decline in reports of anti-social behaviour.

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

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

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Purbeck North

Neighbourhood Policing Team

Tom Llewellyn PCSI 5793
Tom Llewellyn PCSI 5793
Phil Murray PCSI 6507
Phil Murray PCSI 6507
Darren Watts PCSO 5531
Darren Watts PCSO 5531
Claire Jephcott Sergeant 2358
Claire Jephcott Sergeant 2358
Roan Doyle PC 2808
Roan Doyle PC 2808
Jon Stuart PC 1813
Jon Stuart PC 1813
Jake Williams PCSO 5321
Jake Williams PCSO 5321
Mike Gowans PCSO 6087
Mike Gowans PCSO 6087
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.

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