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Blandford Old Town Safer Neighbourhood Team Police Local Neighbourhood

The Blandford Old Town Safer Neighbourhood Team neighbourhood is situated within the town of Blandford Forum and is policed by the Dorset Police.

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 Blandford Old Town Safer Neighbourhood Team Policing Area

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

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653.521968-2.164306

Towns and Villages within the Blandford Old Town Safer Neighbourhood Team Neighbourhood

Settlements located within Blandford Old Town Safer Neighbourhood Team
Name Type County
Blandford Forum Town Dorset

Worst Locations for Crime within the Blandford Old Town Safer Neighbourhood Team neighbourhood

April

The Top 5 Worst Locations for Crime in the Blandford Old Town Safer Neighbourhood Team neighbourhood in April 2019
Town Type County Location Number of Crimes Committed
Blandford ForumtownDorsetOn or near Nightclub4
Blandford ForumtownDorsetOn or near Market Place3
Blandford ForumtownDorsetOn or near East Street2
Blandford ForumtownDorsetOn or near Supermarket2
Blandford ForumtownDorsetOn or near Eagle House Gardens2

March

The Top 5 Worst Locations for Crime in the Blandford Old Town Safer Neighbourhood Team neighbourhood in March 2019
Town Type County Location Number of Crimes Committed
Blandford ForumtownDorsetOn or near Nightclub7
Blandford ForumtownDorsetOn or near Eagle House Gardens3
Blandford ForumtownDorsetOn or near Market Place3
Blandford ForumtownDorsetOn or near Common Lane2
Blandford ForumtownDorsetOn or near Supermarket2

February

The Top 5 Worst Locations for Crime in the Blandford Old Town Safer Neighbourhood Team neighbourhood in February 2019
Town Type County Location Number of Crimes Committed
Blandford ForumtownDorsetOn or near Nightclub8
Blandford ForumtownDorsetOn or near Market Place3
Blandford ForumtownDorsetOn or near Sheep Market Hill2
Blandford ForumtownDorsetOn or near The Orchard1
Blandford ForumtownDorsetOn or near Common Lane1

Neighbourhood Events for Blandford Old Town Safer Neighbourhood Team

TitleDescriptionDates
Meet your local officers

meeting

Please visit our Force website at http://www.dorset.police.uk/default.aspx?page=860 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 Blandford Old Town Safer Neighbourhood Team

NameRankBio
Rob Hammond 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.

Emma Proctor 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.

James Dimmack 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.

Graeme Archibald 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.

Matt Boon 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.

Neighbourhood Priorities for Blandford Old Town Safer Neighbourhood Team

IssueActionDates

1 - Underage drinking in Stour Meadows

2 - Speeding at Archbishop Wake School, Black Lane

3 - Dangerous parking outside the Fish and Chip Shop, Salisbury Road

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http://www.dorset.police.uk/Default.aspx?page=860

Issue dated: 04/12/2009

Action dated: 04/12/2009

Street Crime Within Blandford Old Town Safer Neighbourhood Team

Last Update April.

LocationTypeOutcome
Common Lane Other theft Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Eagle House Gardens Anti-social behaviour
Eagle House Gardens Anti-social behaviour
East Street Anti-social behaviour
East Street Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
Market Place Anti-social behaviour
Market Place Criminal damage and arson Under investigation
Market Place Public order Unable to prosecute suspect
Marsh'S Court Burglary Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Milldown Road Theft from the person Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Nightclub Criminal damage and arson Under investigation
Nightclub Other theft Under investigation
Nightclub Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
Nightclub Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
North Place Anti-social behaviour
Supermarket Anti-social behaviour
Supermarket Public order Under investigation
The Close Anti-social behaviour