Wareham Town and Wareham West

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Wareham Town and West covers a large section of rural West Purbeck as well as the Wareham town area and we are lucky enough to work in a very beautiful location. The team encompasses PCSOs Darren Watts, Tom Llewellyn, Jake Williams, PC Claire Jephcott and is led by Sergeant Barry Gosling. We deal with a wide variety of incidents, which range from poaching and the rural types of crime, to attending shed and garage breaks, dealing with neighbour complaints and anti-social behaviour. We also carry out a large number of crime prevention and reassurance visits and work very closely with partner agencies on all types of matters.   

Local priorities

Current priorities (last reviewed November 2017):

You said...theft from vehicles was an issue

Earlier this year, we received several reports of damage being committed to vehicles and items being stolen from inside of unattended vehicles. This has largely been reported in rural areas, such as Moreton, Affpuddle, Culpepper's Dish and East Lulworth. Please do not leave anything of value in your car when it is parked and unattended. We are carrying out extra patrols in these areas, ensuring adequate warning signage is in place where appropriate letting motorists know of the risks of leaving valuables in their cars.  

Update so far...Your local police team have been very busy conducting crime prevention engagement events across the area to make the public aware of the need to secure their vehicles and not to leave valuables inside. I am sure you will have seen the marked police vehicle around the area with the crime prevention message on to raise awareness.  Our team have been using this vehicle to patrol all our rural car parks every day to reassure the public, disrupt the criminals and ensure that our rural car parks are a safe place for visitors. We will continue to monitor these areas to ensure we maintain focus on reducing vehicle crime in Purbeck.    As a direct result of our increased vigilance there has been a 33% reduction in thefts from motor vehicles since April 17. We will continue this priority.

You said ....ASB around the skate park and D'Urberville Hall, Wool

We have been informed of problems at the skate park and the nearby vicinity, whereby glass has been left on the ramps, loud music and swearing has been heard and members of the public have been subjected to verbal abuse and unpleasant behaviour. We will be carrying out extra patrols in the area, holding some 'meet the team' events and dealing with any ASB positively.

We did....as a result of some really positive police interaction we have noticed a reduction in reported ASB surrounding the skate park.

***** UPDATE ****

After our recent meetings in June and October with concerned residents in Wool, we have carried out extra patrols in the area and regularly engaging with the young people present. We will be holding further meet the team events in the Autumn, so please look out for the dates and come and see us if you have any further concerns.


 Resolved priorities and actions taken: 2017       

You said...Rural crime was a priority
We did... We carried out extra patrols in our more rural areas and ensured that we raised awareness of the concerns where appropriate. We have seen a reduction in rural crime across Purbeck section.

You said... there were anti-social behaviour problems in the Bovington area, this included low level criminal damage and nuisance behaviour.
We did....We spoke to local residents and discussed their concerns. Reassurance was given and extra patrols were carried out in the area. We have not received any further reports of problems in the area.

You said...Suspected drug use in Wool - You told us that there were drugs being used in the D'Urberville Centre car park.
We did...We increased our patrols in the area, especially during key times. As a result of this high visibility police presence, positive action was taken against an individual. We have not received any further reports of drugs being used in the area.

You said ....there were problems with anti-social behaviour in Wareham town, including littering, low level damage, swearing and under age drinking. We did ..... we liaised with community groups and residents and held several 'meet the team' events to listen to your concerns. We engaged with young people and carried out lots of hi visibility patrols. ASB has decreased which is great news and we will continue to monitor the situation.

You said.... there were issues with ASB in and around the area of Cologne Road, Bovington, this involved the use of anti social moped use, with residents complaining of noisy vehicles, riders without helmets and off road use. We did.....as a result of complaints we increased patrols in the area, we have been liaising with local residents and organised several 'meet the team' events to give those affected the chance to speak to police about their concerns. Positive action has been taken against several people identified as causing some of these issues and official warnings have been given. We have engaged with the local youths and educated them on how there actions can effect other people. As a result ASB has decreased, we will continue to monitor the area.

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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Inspector Andrew Keel
Inspector Andrew Keel

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Wareham Police Station Worgret Road Wareham BH20 4PW

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Wareham Town and Wareham West

Neighbourhood Policing Team

PCSO Jake Williams
PCSO Jake Williams
PCSO Darren Watts
PCSO Darren Watts
PC Claire Jephcott
PC Claire Jephcott
PS Barry Gosling
PS Barry Gosling
PCSO Tom Llewelyn
PCSO Tom Llewelyn
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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.

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