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Shaftesbury Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team Police Local Neighbourhood

Following the recent restructure of the Force, Sturminster Newton returns to the section having previously been part of the Shaftesbury area back in the 1980s. The North Dorset area covers 268 square miles and the four main towns of Shaftesbury, Gillingham, Blandford and Sturminster Newton.

Despite the continued and rapid expansion of the four main towns, with Gillingham alone doubling in size and set for further expansion, crime rates remain low and detection rates high.

We are fortunate to live in an area where the majority of the population, people of all ages, are law-abiding citizens and are willing to come forward with information so that we can support them in maintaining the area as one of the safest places to live in England. However, fear of crime remains much higher than the reality.

Further changes have taken place, providing more contact with the local community in order to look more closely at issues that residents decide are of concern to them.

One Section Commander (myself) covers the area, supported by station sergeants in place for each of the four towns and Safer Neighbourhood Teams. The teams include PCs community support officers (PCSOs), special constables and volunteers. This allows more direct contact with local residents looking at issues that they consider important within their communities. It also allows us to work directly with partner agencies such as district and town councils, the health service and housing associations to find solutions more quickly and efficiently.

In addition to the Safer Neighbourhood Teams, patrol officers are also based at all four main stations to provide further support and response to live incidents within the area.

The North Dorset area also hosts many important events including the county’s biggest event - the Great Dorset Steam Fair. Many other popular events take place through out the year including Shaftesbury Gold Hill Fair, Gillingham Music Festival, Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival, the Shaftesbury and Gillingham show and carnivals and music festivals at the Larmer Tree.

The Safer Neighbourhood Teams would like to hear from, you, members of the public about any issues you would like to discuss.

To make contact more flexible, each team has a mobile telephone. The numbers are available from the North Dorset Safer Neighbourhood Team pages on this website, just use the links on the right hand side of this page. Please contact us so that we (the police), and our partner agencies can work together to make North Dorset an even safer place to live.

Inspector 1919 Shawn Whitley

North Dorset Neighbourhood Inspector

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Map of the Shaftesbury Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team Policing Area

Yellow markers represent Police Forces and the red markers represent neighbourhoods within Dorset Police.

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Towns and Villages within the Shaftesbury Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team Neighbourhood

The Shaftesbury Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team is policed by the Dorset Police and covers the following settlements.

Settlements located within Shaftesbury Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team
Name Type County
Cann Village Dorset
Cann Common Village Dorset
Compton Abbas Village Dorset
Fontmell Magna Village Dorset
Gillingham Town Dorset
Guy's Marsh Village Dorset
Hartgrove Village Dorset
Melbury Abbas Village Dorset
Motcombe Village Dorset
Shaftesbury Town Wiltshire,Dorset
Sutton Waldron Village Dorset

Worst Locations for Crime within the Shaftesbury Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team neighbourhood

April

The Top 5 Worst Locations for Crime in the Shaftesbury Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team neighbourhood in April 2019
Town Type County Location Number of Crimes Committed
Guy's MarshvillageDorsetOn or near St Annes Close12
GillinghamtownDorsetOn or near Bridge Close3
MotcombevillageDorsetOn or near Elm Close2
GillinghamtownDorsetOn or near Shaftesbury Road2
GillinghamtownDorsetOn or near Chaffinch Chase2

March

The Top 5 Worst Locations for Crime in the Shaftesbury Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team neighbourhood in March 2019
Town Type County Location Number of Crimes Committed
Guy's MarshvillageDorsetOn or near St Annes Close8
GillinghamtownDorsetOn or near Ham Lane2
GillinghamtownDorsetOn or near Otter Springs2

February

The Top 5 Worst Locations for Crime in the Shaftesbury Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team neighbourhood in February 2019
Town Type County Location Number of Crimes Committed
Guy's MarshvillageDorsetOn or near St Annes Close11
GillinghamtownDorsetOn or near Bridge Close2
MotcombevillageDorsetOn or near Willow Way2
MotcombevillageDorsetOn or near Shorts Green Lane1
HartgrovevillageDorsetOn or near Bleax Close1

Neighbourhood Events for Shaftesbury Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team

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Meet your local officers

meeting

Please visit our Force website at http://www.dorset.police.uk/default.aspx?page=866 for full information on forthcoming events we will be attending

Start: 31/01/2014 00:00

End: 01/01/2020 00:00

Police Officer Information for Shaftesbury Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team

NameRankBio
Chris Mullens PCSO

I am a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) and work as part of my local Safer Neighbourhood Team. It is extremely important that I am out and about in the community, talking to people about local issues.

PCSOs work to increase public confidence by reducing not only crime but also the fear of crime. We aim to deter anti-social behaviour and improve the physical appearance of towns and villages as well as to provide reassurance to the community. We are also a main point of contact between members of the public and the police.

Steve Ellis PC

I work as a Police Constable for my local Safer Neighbourhood Team. My role is varied and typical duties relate to keeping the peace, law enforcement, protection of persons and property, and the investigation of crimes.

As an officer I am expected to respond to a variety of situations that may arise while they are on duty.

James Francis PS

My role is Safer Neighbourhood Sergeant. I manage a team of PCs, PCSOs, special constables and volunteers in tackling issues that have an impact on the community as a whole. A typical day for me involves the looking after, directing and guiding those individuals I have in my charge.

It is important that I am aware of any incidents that occur on my patch, so that I can brief my team on what might be expected of them.

Neighbourhood Priorities for Shaftesbury Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team

IssueActionDates

Dorset is one of the safest counties in the UK in which to live. Dorset Police is one of the highest performing Police Services in the United Kingdom. We are totally committed to working to make our county an even safer and better place in which to live, but we can't do it on our own. Throughout history policing has been most effective when the community and the police work together, helping each other to reduce crime and the fear of crime.

We have set our operational priorities which have been based on today's risks and from our communities have told us are areas of concern. Each year these priorities are reviewed and throughout the year leaders work to ensure the force is focussed on them.

This year's operational priorities are to:

•Reduce serious violent crime.

•Reduce the crimes most affecting local communities.

•Protect vulnerable people and communities.

•Tackle serious and organised criminals.

•Counter terrorism and domestic extremism.

•Reduce road casualties.

•Bring offenders to justice.

•Secure the trust and confidence of people in Dorset in their Police Force and the wider criminal justice system.

•Be prepared for major incidents and events

Each Safer Neighbourhood Team will have their own local priority which are set by the community and regularly updated. Your local priorities can be found by visiting our web site at www.dorset.police.uk and entering your postcode into the "My Area" section.

Issue dated: 16/09/2009

Action dated: 16/09/2009

Street Crime Within Shaftesbury Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team

Last Update April.

LocationTypeOutcome
A350 Anti-social behaviour
A350 Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
Bridge Close Anti-social behaviour
Bridge Close Public order Unable to prosecute suspect
Bridge Close Public order Unable to prosecute suspect
Chaffinch Chase Criminal damage and arson Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Chaffinch Chase Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
Deer Gardens Anti-social behaviour
Elm Close Anti-social behaviour
Elm Close Vehicle crime Investigation complete; no suspect identified
French Hill Lane Criminal damage and arson Unable to prosecute suspect
Glyn Place Burglary Under investigation
Jay Walk Anti-social behaviour
Lurmer Street Burglary Under investigation
Orchard Close Anti-social behaviour
Orchard Close Criminal damage and arson Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Rookery Close Criminal damage and arson Under investigation
Shaftesbury Road Anti-social behaviour
Shaftesbury Road Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
Spread Eagle Hill Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
St Annes Close Criminal damage and arson Under investigation
St Annes Close Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
St Annes Close Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
St Annes Close Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
St Annes Close Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
St Annes Close Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
St Annes Close Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
St Annes Close Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
St Annes Close Other crime Under investigation
St Annes Close Other crime Under investigation
St Annes Close Other crime Under investigation
St Annes Close Other crime Under investigation
Summer Oaks Violence and sexual offences Unable to prosecute suspect
The Street Burglary Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Willow Way Violence and sexual offences Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Woodpecker Meadow Other theft Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Wren Place Violence and sexual offences Awaiting court outcome
Wren Place Violence and sexual offences Awaiting court outcome