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Hitchin Rural Police Local Neighbourhood

The Hitchin Rural is policed by the Hertfordshire Constabulary and covers the following settlements.

Hitchin Offa and Hoo, Kimpton, Hitchwood and Chesfield, Knebworth and Codicote

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Map of the Hitchin Rural Policing Area

Yellow markers represent Police Forces and the red markers represent neighbourhoods within Hertfordshire Constabulary.

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653.521968-2.164306

Towns and Villages within the Hitchin Rural Neighbourhood

Settlements located within Hitchin Rural
Name Type
Ansells End Hamlet
Ashbrook Hamlet
Bendish Hamlet
Blackmore End Village
Breachwood Green Village
Burge End Hamlet
Cockernhoe Village
Codicote Village
Codicote Bottom Hamlet
Darley Hall Hamlet
Datchworth Village
Driver's End Hamlet
Frogmore Hamlet
Gosmore Village
Graveley Village
Great Offley Village
Great Wymondley Village
Hexton Village
Hitchin Town
Kimpton Village
Knebworth Village
Langley Village
Langley Bottom Other Settlement
Lilley Village
Little Wymondley Village
Luton Town
Mangrove Green Village
Oaklands Village
Old Knebworth Village
Pirton Village
Pottersheath Village
Preston Village
Rableyheath Village
Rusling End Other Settlement
St Ippolyts Village
Stevenage Town
The Heath Village
Welwyn Village
Whitwell Village

Worst Locations for Crime within the Hitchin Rural neighbourhood

April

The Top 5 Worst Locations for Crime in the Hitchin Rural neighbourhood in April 2019
Town Type Location Number of Crimes Committed
StevenagetownOn or near Fairfield Crescent5
KnebworthvillageOn or near Bellamy Close4
KnebworthvillageOn or near London Road3
KnebworthvillageOn or near Haygarth3
StevenagetownOn or near Benbroke Place3

March

The Top 5 Worst Locations for Crime in the Hitchin Rural neighbourhood in March 2019
Town Type Location Number of Crimes Committed
PirtonvillageOn or near Hambridge Way4
KnebworthvillageOn or near Supermarket4
StevenagetownOn or near The Beacons3

February

The Top 5 Worst Locations for Crime in the Hitchin Rural neighbourhood in February 2019
Town Type Location Number of Crimes Committed
StevenagetownOn or near The Chilterns4
PirtonvillageOn or near Pollards Way3
StevenagetownOn or near Ryders Hill3
GosmorevillageOn or near Orchard Close3

Police Officer Information for Hitchin Rural

NameRankBio
Guy Westwood Sgt
Richard Lilley Insp

I joined Hertfordshire Constabulary in 1994 and have enjoyed a variety of front line operational roles across the county since. I am delighted to be the Safer Neighbourhood Team Inspector for North Herts and to have responsibility for leading Letchworth, Baldock, Hitchin and Royston Safer Neighbourhood Teams who are striving to make a difference throughout the area and keep crime low. I am looking forward to maintaining strong relationships with key partner agencies, such as North Herts District Council, and working together with them to ensure North Herts continues to be a safe place to live, work and socialise.

Matt Jenkins PC
Keith Harding PC
David Hine PC
Phoebe Coates PCSO

Knebworth, Codicote, Chesfield, Hitchwood, Great Ashby

Heather Burrows PCSO

Offa, Hoo, Chesfield, Kimpton, Holwell, Cadwell and Hitchwood

Neighbourhood Priorities for Hitchin Rural

IssueActionDates

Criminal Damage
Operation Astare has been set up to help tackle particular types of rural crime. Local farmers and gamekeepers have had their property damaged, game stolen and seen their fields being used by people engaging in anti-social behaviour (ASB), who often also

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We continue to receive reports of motor vehicles being used anti-socially, often being driven on small tracks, across the fields and footpaths. Operation Astare was set up in order to target 4x4 type vehicles being used to drive across fields and crops. Often they are being used to poach game, or to hare course, but sometimes they are just driven round for fun. The driving of vehicles across crops can cause damage to crops, and gates are often cut open or rammed open and hedges driven through. Due to the work of the team on Op Astare reports of such incidents have greatly reduced, and a further meeting with key landowners is planned in to check that we are on target. We have seen an increase in the use of dirt bikes this year and responding to this is currently the main focus. We have deployed police quad bikes to conduct rural patrols and deter unlawful use. Anyone with any information, please call in on 101.
Since this update there have been an additional:
4 Additional Problem Report(s)
Total Activity for this Problem/Issue :
17 Additional Problem Report(s)
5 Public Update(s)
1 Supervisor Review(s)

Issue dated: 08/12/2017

Action dated: 18/03/2019

Burglary
To help reduce burglary dwelling in our rural communities, specifically focusing on our more vulnerable residents. We will also deliver crime prevention advice through our Safer Streets campaign and through Neighbourhood Watch's OWL messaging system.

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This continues to be a priority. Burglary is a very emotive crime and leaves whole families feeling traumatised. The SNT continues to put out extra patrols where able, specifically targeting areas where there have been previous burglaries. We continue to push for people to join OWL (Online Watch Link - www.owl.co.uk/herts) and Neighbourhood Watch and complete Street Meets in areas in an effort to get more people to sign up so they can receive updates on local crimes and relevant crime prevention advice. When there has been a burglary we carry out 'cocooning' around the address, where all homes are visited on either side, in front of and behind the burgled house, and the residents are offered enhanced crime prevention advice. If you see any vehicle or person acting suspiciously, please call 101.
Total Activity for this Problem/Issue :
2 Additional Problem Report(s)
9 Community Engagement(s)
5 Public Update(s)
1 Supervisor Review(s)

Issue dated: 08/12/2017

Action dated: 18/03/2019

ASB
Environmental crime (fly tipping) has seen an increase in reports over the last few months - predominantly in the north of the rural area and along Lilley Bottom.

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The Hitchin Rural Team have been working hard together with the NHDC Enforcement Team in order to reduce the amount of fly tipping in the area, and to educate the public regarding who is employed to dispose of their rubish for them. Various operations have been undertaken over the months where vehicles obviously carrying waste have been targeted and documents checked. The team are in the process of trying to obtain a grant to help clear fly tips on private land, which currently need clearing at the land owner's expense. This is an on going task as a lot of the fly tips are thought to come out of neighbouring Forces with their own issues and workloads.
If you see anyone you suspect of dumping rubbish, please report it on 101.
Since this update there have been an additional:
1 Information(s)
1 Supervisor Review(s)
Total Activity for this Problem/Issue :
7 Additional Problem Report(s)
1 Information(s)
4 Public Update(s)
1 Supervisor Review(s)

Issue dated: 08/12/2017

Action dated: 16/03/2019

Street Crime Within Hitchin Rural

Last Update April.

LocationTypeOutcome
A505 Vehicle crime Under investigation
A602 Criminal damage and arson Under investigation
Airport/Airfield Criminal damage and arson Investigation complete; no suspect identified
B197 Vehicle crime Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Bellamy Close Public order Awaiting court outcome
Bellamy Close Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
Bellamy Close Violence and sexual offences Awaiting court outcome
Bellamy Close Other crime Under investigation
Benbroke Place Other theft Under investigation
Benbroke Place Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
Benbroke Place Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
Bladon Close Public order Unable to prosecute suspect
Blakemore End Road Other theft Under investigation
Blakemore End Road Other theft Under investigation
Bunyan Close Criminal damage and arson Under investigation
Bunyan Close Violence and sexual offences Unable to prosecute suspect
Cherry Close Shoplifting Under investigation
Cherry Close Violence and sexual offences Unable to prosecute suspect
Colemans Road Other theft Under investigation
Cotswold Drive Anti-social behaviour
Dancote Bicycle theft Under investigation
Danesbury Park Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
Deanscroft Anti-social behaviour
Deanscroft Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
Deeping Close Criminal damage and arson Under investigation
Deeping Close Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
Dollimore Close Other theft Under investigation
Elmtree Avenue Burglary Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Fairfield Crescent Anti-social behaviour
Fairfield Crescent Anti-social behaviour
Fairfield Crescent Criminal damage and arson Under investigation
Fairfield Crescent Other theft Under investigation
Fairfield Crescent Public order Under investigation
Fairfield Way Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
Fairfield Way Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
Franklin Close Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
Gosling Avenue Anti-social behaviour
Green Lane Anti-social behaviour
Grimstone Road Anti-social behaviour
Grimstone Road Other theft Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Hambridge Way Anti-social behaviour
Hampden Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
Haygarth Criminal damage and arson Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Haygarth Other theft Under investigation
Haygarth Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
High Street Other theft Under investigation
High Street Drugs Offender given a drugs possession warning
High Street Anti-social behaviour
Hillside Anti-social behaviour
Hillside Anti-social behaviour
Jacks Hill Park Anti-social behaviour
Lawns Close Anti-social behaviour
Lawns Close Anti-social behaviour
London Road Anti-social behaviour
London Road Anti-social behaviour
London Road Violence and sexual offences Unable to prosecute suspect
Meadway Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
Meadway Violence and sexual offences Unable to prosecute suspect
Mendip Way Anti-social behaviour
Old Nursery Way Criminal damage and arson Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Paddock View Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
Park Lane Violence and sexual offences Unable to prosecute suspect
Park Lane Violence and sexual offences Unable to prosecute suspect
Park/Open Space Drugs Offender given a drugs possession warning
Park/Open Space Other theft Under investigation
Parking Area Burglary Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Petrol Station Other theft Under investigation
School Lane Vehicle crime Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Sports/Recreation Area Other theft Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Sports/Recreation Area Other theft Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Stockens Green Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
Supermarket Burglary Under investigation
The Crescent Criminal damage and arson Under investigation
The Crescent Violence and sexual offences Offender given a caution
The Green Vehicle crime Investigation complete; no suspect identified
The Heath Anti-social behaviour
The Riddy Other theft Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Thirlmere Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
Tower Road Anti-social behaviour
West Street Anti-social behaviour
Whitehorse Lane Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
Whitehorse Lane Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
Windermere Close Anti-social behaviour
Windmill Road Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
Windmill Road Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
Wren Close Anti-social behaviour
Wren Close Anti-social behaviour