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Sturminster Newton 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 Sturminster Newton 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 Sturminster Newton Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team Neighbourhood

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

Settlements located within Sturminster Newton Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team
Name Type County
Gibbs Marsh Other Settlement Dorset
Glanvilles Wootton Village Dorset
Hazelbury Bryan Village Dorset
King's Stag Village Dorset
Lydlinch Village Dorset
Mappowder Village Dorset
Marnhull Village Dorset
Pulham Village Dorset
Stalbridge Town Dorset
Stourton Caundle Village Dorset
Todber Village Dorset
Woolland Village Dorset

Worst Locations for Crime within the Sturminster Newton Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team neighbourhood

April

The Top 5 Worst Locations for Crime in the Sturminster Newton Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team neighbourhood in April 2019
Town Type County Location Number of Crimes Committed
LydlinchvillageDorsetOn or near Platts2
StalbridgetownDorsetOn or near Coppern Way2
StalbridgetownDorsetOn or near Cale Close1

March

The Top 5 Worst Locations for Crime in the Sturminster Newton Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team neighbourhood in March 2019
Town Type County Location Number of Crimes Committed
StalbridgetownDorsetOn or near Pound Close2
StalbridgetownDorsetOn or near Silk House Barton1
StalbridgetownDorsetOn or near Ring Street1

February

The Top 5 Worst Locations for Crime in the Sturminster Newton Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team neighbourhood in February 2019
Town Type County Location Number of Crimes Committed
StalbridgetownDorsetOn or near High Street2
MarnhullvillageDorsetOn or near Fellowsmead2
MarnhullvillageDorsetOn or near Hardy Close2
King's StagvillageDorsetOn or near Petrol Station1

Neighbourhood Events for Sturminster Newton 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=1079 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 Sturminster Newton Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team

NameRankBio
Philip Sugrue 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.

Kate Hann 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 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 Sturminster Newton Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team

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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 Sturminster Newton Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team

Last Update April.

LocationTypeOutcome
Bullocks Lane Vehicle crime Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Cale Close Other theft Under investigation
Church Hill Anti-social behaviour
Churchfoot Lane Anti-social behaviour
Coppern Way Violence and sexual offences Unable to prosecute suspect
Coppern Way Violence and sexual offences Unable to prosecute suspect
Duck Lane Anti-social behaviour
Fellowsmead Criminal damage and arson Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Grove Lane Close Anti-social behaviour
Lovells Mead Anti-social behaviour
Meadow Vale Other theft Under investigation
Park/Open Space Anti-social behaviour
Park/Open Space Burglary Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Park/Open Space Vehicle crime Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Parking Area Criminal damage and arson Under investigation
Platts Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
Platts Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
Pond Walk Violence and sexual offences Unable to prosecute suspect
Pound Close Anti-social behaviour
Ring Street Burglary Under investigation