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Wantage / Grove Police Local Neighbourhood

Every neighbourhood in Thames Valley has a dedicated Neighbourhood Policing team.

Neighbourhood Policing teams can be contacted via 101, the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Neighbourhood Policing teams…
  • Are led by senior police officers and include police community support officers (PCSOs), often together with volunteer police officers, volunteers and partners.
  • May serve one or several neighbourhoods.
  • Work with local people and partners to identify, tackle and prevent local, low-level crime, anti-social behaviour, and any ongoing concerns.
  • Provide you with a visible, accessible and accountable police service and aim to make your neighbourhood safer.
  • Have been present in every Thames Valley neighbourhood since 1 April 2008.
  • Focus all of their efforts on their dedicated neighbourhoods, building relationships with local people.
Neighbourhood Policing…
  • Needs you to tell us about the issues that concern you in your area.
  • Has transformed policing at a local level, to meet the needs of local communities.
  • Is known as ‘Safer Neighbourhoods’ in Milton Keynes.

Have Your Say logo From the start of 2010, Thames Valley Police extended its neighbourhood consultation by introducing a wider range of publicised opportunities to meet neighbourhood teams.

We will provide open monthly meetings to allow the public to influence our priorities. These meetings will be branded as Have Your Say opportunities, and in many cases will be held in conjunction with partners.

Once local priorities have been identified, a broader ‘toolkit’ of problem-solving tactics is being made available to ensure crime and anti-social behaviour is tackled effectively.

Across the Thames Valley area, there are many successful Neighbourhood Action Groups which will continue to deliver local problem solving, but the introduction of Have Your Say meetings will allow neighbourhood teams to identify more quickly those specific local priorities that need attention.

Thames Valley Police views the introduction of Have Your Say meetings as a positive step in tackling issues that matter most to the public. I welcome your support and engagement in this endeavour.

Visit Police Neighbourhood Page 101

Map of the Wantage / Grove Policing Area

Yellow markers represent Police Forces and the red markers represent neighbourhoods within Thames Valley Police.

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Towns and Villages within the Wantage / Grove Neighbourhood

The Wantage / Grove is policed by the Thames Valley Police and covers the following settlements.

Settlements located within Wantage / Grove
Name Type County
Ardington Village Oxfordshire
Blewbury Village Oxfordshire
Childrey Village Oxfordshire
Chilton Village Oxfordshire
Didcot Town Oxfordshire
East Challow Village Oxfordshire
East Hendred Village Oxfordshire
East Lockinge Village Oxfordshire
Grove Village Oxfordshire
Harwell Village Oxfordshire
Letcombe Bassett Village Oxfordshire
Letcombe Regis Village Oxfordshire
Milton Village Oxfordshire
Milton Heights Village Oxfordshire
Milton Hill Other Settlement Oxfordshire
Rowstock Village Oxfordshire
Steventon Village Oxfordshire
Upton Village Oxfordshire
Wantage Town Oxfordshire
West Challow Village Oxfordshire
West Hendred Village Oxfordshire

Worst Locations for Crime within the Wantage / Grove neighbourhood

April

The Top 5 Worst Locations for Crime in the Wantage / Grove neighbourhood in April 2019
Town Type County Location Number of Crimes Committed
WantagetownOxfordshireOn or near Parking Area5
WantagetownOxfordshireOn or near Market Place4
GrovevillageOxfordshireOn or near Howard Avenue3

March

The Top 5 Worst Locations for Crime in the Wantage / Grove neighbourhood in March 2019
Town Type County Location Number of Crimes Committed
WantagetownOxfordshireOn or near Parking Area5
WantagetownOxfordshireOn or near Market Place5
GrovevillageOxfordshireOn or near Princess Gardens4
WantagetownOxfordshireOn or near Market Place4
WantagetownOxfordshireOn or near Supermarket4

February

The Top 5 Worst Locations for Crime in the Wantage / Grove neighbourhood in February 2019
Town Type County Location Number of Crimes Committed
WantagetownOxfordshireOn or near Parking Area6
GrovevillageOxfordshireOn or near Ashsdown Way3
WantagetownOxfordshireOn or near Chapel Close3
WantagetownOxfordshireOn or near Market Place3

Police Officer Information for Wantage / Grove

NameRankBio
Kevin Hickman Sergeant

The Sergeant is next in command and also assists the Inspector. In addition they provide leadership in the development and supervision of the Constables and PCSOs. They too work with the community and other agencies to ensure that the concerns of the community are dealt with by the Neighbourhood Team.

Darren James PC

This officer is a Constable and takes direction from the Sergeant and they work with the community and other agencies. They are also responsible for tackling those issues as identified by the local community.

Sarah Merritt PC

This officer is a Constable and takes direction from the Sergeant and they work with the community and other agencies. They are also responsible for tackling those issues as identified by the local community.

Gary Kirby PCSO

This officer is a Police Community Support Officer. While having no power of arrest, the officer can attend incidents, patrol and reassure, tackle ASB and parking issues, and in Thames Valley will be deployed to deliver our Crime Attendance policy of attending to provide follow up support and contact. They too are also responsible for tackling the concerns of the community.

Thomas Walcott-Smith PCSO

This officer is a Police Community Support Officer. While having no power of arrest, the officer can attend incidents, patrol and reassure, tackle ASB and parking issues, and in Thames Valley will be deployed to deliver our Crime Attendance policy of attending to provide follow up support and contact. They too are also responsible for tackling the concerns of the community.

Tim Deane PCSO

This officer is a Police Community Support Officer. While having no power of arrest, the officer can attend incidents, patrol and reassure, tackle ASB and parking issues, and in Thames Valley will be deployed to deliver our Crime Attendance policy of attending to provide follow up support and contact. They too are also responsible for tackling the concerns of the community.

Chris Ratcliff PCSO

This officer is a Police Community Support Officer. While having no power of arrest, the officer can attend incidents, patrol and reassure, tackle ASB and parking issues, and in Thames Valley will be deployed to deliver our Crime Attendance policy of attending to provide follow up support and contact. They too are also responsible for tackling the concerns of the community.

Keith Jennings PCSO

This officer is a Police Community Support Officer. While having no power of arrest, the officer can attend incidents, patrol and reassure, tackle ASB and parking issues, and in Thames Valley will be deployed to deliver our Crime Attendance policy of attending to provide follow up support and contact. They too are also responsible for tackling the concerns of the community.

Emma Tompkins Inspector

The Inspector is in command of the Neighbourhood Policing Team and is responsible for the overall policing of the neighbourhood. They lead, manage and co-ordinate the team and also work with the community and other agencies, in ensuring an appropriate and timely response to incidents and issues affecting the community.

Neighbourhood Priorities for Wantage / Grove

IssueActionDates

Burglary remains a priority across the area

We have a dedicated team called Op Monitor who are active in reducing and detecting burglaries. The neighbourhood team, in partnership with the neighbourhood action group (NAG), will be organising crime prevention days of action where we will be distributing crime reduction advice and signing the public up to our messaging system so they can receive further information. We are disrupting and engaging with any known offenders. Anyone with any information regarding burglaries and the handling of stolen property should report it to police or Crimestoppers.

Issue dated: 20/05/2019

Action dated: 20/05/2019

As the Wantage area is surrounded by countryside, this attracts rural crime such as hare coursing/poaching which can have a significant impact on the rural community.

Regular rural crime meetings take place where landowners, police, council and other agencies come together to discuss operations going forward and share best practice. We have formed a rural community resilience group with local landowners which has improved communication and accurate crime recording.
On 16th and 17th October we conducted an overnight operation with assistance from our farmers and gamekeepers. These operations are vital in keeping relations with our rural community and also builds our community resilience by them actively helping us to deter crime in the area.

Issue dated: 20/05/2019

Action dated: 20/05/2019

Street Crime Within Wantage / Grove

Last Update April.

LocationTypeOutcome
A34 Public order Offender given community sentence
Ashsdown Way Anti-social behaviour
Avon Road Anti-social behaviour
Avon Road Criminal damage and arson Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Avon Road Criminal damage and arson Investigation complete; no suspect identified
B4507 Violence and sexual offences Awaiting court outcome
Boham'S Road Vehicle crime Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Bridus Way Anti-social behaviour
Chapel Close Criminal damage and arson Unable to prosecute suspect
Church Lane Criminal damage and arson Under investigation
Columbia Way Theft from the person Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Dog Lane Vehicle crime Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Farmstead Close Burglary Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Gaveston Road Anti-social behaviour
Gramp'S Hill Criminal damage and arson Under investigation
Grove Street Criminal damage and arson Under investigation
Grove Street Vehicle crime Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Grove Street Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
Hamfield Anti-social behaviour
Hamfield Bicycle theft Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Hamfield Criminal damage and arson Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Hans Avenue Public order Under investigation
Harecourt Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
Harecourt Violence and sexual offences Awaiting court outcome
Harecourt Violence and sexual offences Awaiting court outcome
Haven Vale Criminal damage and arson Under investigation
Hiskins Anti-social behaviour
Holborn Hill Anti-social behaviour
Howard Avenue Burglary Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Howard Avenue Criminal damage and arson Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Howard Avenue Theft from the person Under investigation
Icknield Lane Public order Under investigation
Kennet Close Violence and sexual offences Awaiting court outcome
Loder Road Public order Under investigation
Mably Grove Anti-social behaviour
Mably Way Anti-social behaviour
Main Street Violence and sexual offences Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Manor Road Burglary Under investigation
Manor Road Criminal damage and arson Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Market Place Anti-social behaviour
Market Place Anti-social behaviour
Market Place Anti-social behaviour
Market Place Criminal damage and arson Awaiting court outcome
Market Place Shoplifting Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Market Place Violence and sexual offences Offender given a caution
Market Place Violence and sexual offences Offender given a caution
Market Place Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
Newlands Drive Anti-social behaviour
Old Mill Close Anti-social behaviour
Old Moor Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
Ormond Road Bicycle theft Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Ormond Road Other theft Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Oxford Lane Burglary Under investigation
Palmers Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
Park View Anti-social behaviour
Parking Area Anti-social behaviour
Parking Area Anti-social behaviour
Parking Area Anti-social behaviour
Parking Area Shoplifting Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Parking Area Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
Parking Area Public order Under investigation
Parking Area Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
Portway Bicycle theft Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Reading Road Criminal damage and arson Under investigation
Reeds Close Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
Reynolds Way Drugs Offender given a caution
Reynolds Way Violence and sexual offences Unable to prosecute suspect
Shannon Close Criminal damage and arson Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Sports/Recreation Area Criminal damage and arson Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Springfield Road Anti-social behaviour
St Mary'S Criminal damage and arson Under investigation
St Mary'S Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
Station Road Criminal damage and arson Under investigation
Station Road Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
Station Road Other crime Under investigation
Station Yard Anti-social behaviour
Steptoe Close Other theft Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Steventon Road Criminal damage and arson Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Stirling Close Anti-social behaviour
Stirlings Road Criminal damage and arson Under investigation
Stockham Park Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
Supermarket Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
Supermarket Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
Supermarket Vehicle crime Unable to prosecute suspect
Supermarket Violence and sexual offences Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Supermarket Shoplifting Under investigation
Supermarket Shoplifting Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Supermarket Shoplifting Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Supermarket Shoplifting Investigation complete; no suspect identified
Supermarket Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
Supermarket Violence and sexual offences Under investigation
Teal Close Violence and sexual offences Unable to prosecute suspect
The Chestnuts Anti-social behaviour
The Chestnuts Criminal damage and arson Investigation complete; no suspect identified
The Kestrels Anti-social behaviour
The Kestrels Burglary Investigation complete; no suspect identified
The Orchids Vehicle crime Under investigation
The Park Violence and sexual offences Unable to prosecute suspect
Timsbury Court Other theft Under investigation
Tyrrells Close Violence and sexual offences Awaiting court outcome
Upthorpe Drive Criminal damage and arson Under investigation
Worthington Way Violence and sexual offences Under investigation