Other Stories In Brief

December 21st, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a man was dragged from his vehicle and robbed in Milton Keynes.

The incident happened on Wednesday 15 December at about 9.20pm as the victim stopped his vehicle on Downs Barn Boulevard to take a phone call. The door of his van was pulled open and he was dragged outside by a group of offenders.

One of the offenders hit the victim in the head with a weapon and stole about £150 in cash from the van.

The victim, a 21-year-old man, sustained a two and a half inch cut to his head and was taken to Milton Keynes General Hospital to have the wound stitched.

The offenders were a group of four white men and two black men, all wearing dark clothing. One of the black men had a dark bandana covering the lower part of this face.

Police would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident or saw the group of offenders in the area around the time of the offence.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact Det Con Jesse Cousen at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour non-emergency number, 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to speak to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

December 14th, 2010

A woman was fined at Milton Keynes Magistrates Court on Friday for dumping her rubbish behind her back fence.

Caron Sinclair, 51, of Glazier Drive, Neath Hill, was spotted piling up old rabbit hutches, broken wood, cardboard and pieces of plastic against the fence outside her garden gate.

Sinclair had, previously, been advised on correct methods of waste disposal, but ignored Milton Keynes Council’s enforcement officers by dumping the waste at the back of her property.

During the investigation, she failed to co-operate with enforcement officers and was reported for illegally depositing waste (fly tipping).

Sinclair appeared before Milton Keynes Magistrates on Friday, December 10th and pleaded guilty.

She was fined £120 for fly tipping under S.33(1) Environmental Protection Act 1990 and ordered to pay the council’s legal and investigation costs of £365.68. The council requested compensation to cover the cost of clearing the waste and this was, also, granted.

Enforcement team leader, Shaun Greig, said: “Tipping rubbish over back fences has become a problem within Milton Keynes and Magistrates have shown that they will not tolerate this type of behaviour.

“Sinclair failed to dispose of her waste properly and now has a criminal record.

“The council provides a number of excellent services to enable residents to dispose of their waste properly by contacting our Helpline on 01908 252570 or on-line at www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/recycling.”

December 14th, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after thieves stole toner and ink cartridges worth nearly £200,000 from an office supplier in Milton Keynes on Friday night (10/12).

The break in happened between 6pm and 7.45pm at a unit in Darin Court, Crownhill. The last member of staff left the building at 6pm and remembers seeing three men parked up in Darin Court in a 7.5 tonne box van from Longmarsh Hire.  

The majority of the cartridges stolen were HP branded.

Police would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the burglary or saw the above vehicle in the area. Police are also keen to speak to anyone who may have been offered unusually cheap cartridges or toners in the last few days.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact PC Andy Pearce at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour non-emergency number, 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to speak to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

December 14th, 2010

Thames Valley Police has charged a 17-year-old boy from Milton Keynes with eight burglary and theft offences.

The boy from Netherfield, was charged with two counts of burglary dwelling, two counts of theft from a motor vehicle, one count of vehicle interference and three counts of handling stolen goods.

He has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court today (14/12).

The charges of burglary are in connection with a break in at a house in Two Mile Ash on 29 November and a house in Furzton on 5 December. The charges of theft from a motor vehicle are in connection with the theft of Sat Navs from two cars in Finch Close, Milton Keynes Village, on 29 November.

December 13th, 2010

Thames Valley Police has charged a man from Milton Keynes with ten offences in connection with burglary, theft, vehicle and drug offences.

Amir Alvi, aged 22, from Stafford Grove, Shenley Church End, was charged with four counts of burglary dwelling, one count of taking a motor vehicle without consent, one count of possession with intent to supply cannabis, one count of making off without payment, one count of using a vehicle without insurance, driving whilst disqualified and for resisting arrest.

Alvi has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Huntingdon Crown Court on 7 January 2011.

The burglary charges relate to four properties which were broken into during the 23 and 24 November in Tattenhoe, Woolstone and Willen Park.

December 8th, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a delivery man was robbed in Milton Keynes on Monday night (6/12).

The incident happened between 8pm and 9pm as the takeaway delivery man arrived in Brearley Avenue, Oldbrook to deliver an order. As the victim got out of his vehicle, he was approached by a group of seven or eight men, all dressed in black with their faces covered.

The victim was threatened with a knife and told to hand over the food and his mobile phone. One of the offenders then assaulted him and took his wallet.

The offender with the knife is black, in his late teens to early twenties, slim, 5ft 5ins and was wearing a black jacket, black gloves and a black hat. 

If you have any information about this incident, please contact Det Con Hacker at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour non-emergency number, 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to speak to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

You can also give information to the police in person by visiting any police station. Find out the opening times and location of your local station or please call 0845 8 505 505. 

December 8th, 2010

Thames Valley Police has charged a man from Milton Keynes with a number of burglary and theft related offences.

Darrel Chapman, aged 20, from Townsend Grove, New Bradwell, was charged yesterday (7/12) with one burglary dwelling, one theft, one count of fraud by false representation and one count of handling stolen goods.

Chapman is due to appear at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court today (8/12).

The charge of theft is in connection with a shoplifting offence at a BP filling station yesterday, where a number of computer games were stolen.

The burglary, handling and fraud charges are in connection with a break in at a house in Willen Park on 4 September where a laptop and bank card was stolen. The offender then tried to use the stolen card.

December 8th, 2010

Police in Milton Keynes are appealing for witnesses after six vehicles were smashed with a hammer on a forecourt in Bletchley.

The attack happened on the forecourt of Trade2U in Aylesbury Street at about 6.20 at night last Wednesday. (Dec 1)

The estimated cost of the damage to the vehicles is about £3,000.

Police would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or knows the person responsible. 

December 7th, 2010

Mobile mania is gripping Milton Keynes as more than 30,000 residents have signed-up to receive council information using its text messaging and email service.

One key service offered via mobile phone is Milton Keynes Council’s school closure service that went live to the public two years ago and has seen more than 20,000 people sign-up for the text alerts and 17,000 for the email equivalents.

Also this month sees the launch of a text and email alert to give residents up-to-date information about changes to household recycling and rubbish collections over the holidays and during extreme weather conditions such as heavy snow.

Earlier this year when the worst winter snows in 20 years swept across the city, the text service proved invaluable to parents trying to find out if their child’s school was forced to close.

Now the first winter snows have triggered a flurry of people signing up for alerts with more than a thousand residents subscribing over the past week alone.

If a school’s head teacher takes the decision to close, subscribers receive a free text and email. The school closure could be due to bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances such as a broken boiler.

Similarly with the household rubbish text service, an alert will go out to tell residents about any changes to the collection times and about any new waste services.

Julie-Ann Hammond, web content manager for Milton Keynes Council, said: “This week alone we have seen hundreds of extra people sign-up for text and email alerts.

“In total we now have 20,000 text subscribers to our system.”

Cllr Sam Crooks, cabinet member responsible for IT, said: “A modern council needs to use every means it can to communicate with the people it serves.

“I am delighted text messaging is proving so popular with many residents and that they obviously value this service and the information it provides about a number of our council services.”

The council also operates a text alert system for elections which tells people about key dates in the election calendar ranging from reminding people not to lose their right to vote to election results. 

In addition the council’s website www.milton-keynes.gov.uk is reaching out to more than one million visitors a month offering information about council services as well as the ability, for example, to pay council tax, request recycling bins, and pay for birth and death certificates online.

To sign up for school closures alerts go to: www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/schoolclosures

December 7th, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after six vehicles were damaged on a forecourt in Milton Keynes last Wednesday (1/12). 

The incident happened at about 6.20pm on the forecourt of Trade2U in Aylesbury Street, Bletchley, where a man was seen smashing vehicle windows with a hammer. The estimated cost of the damage to the vehicles is about £3,000. 

Police would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or knows the person responsible.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact PC Raymond Rolfe at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour non-emergency number, 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to speak to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

You can also give information to the police in person by visiting any police station. Find out the opening times and location of your local station or please call 0845 8 505 505.

December 7th, 2010

Thames Valley Police has charged a man from Milton Keynes with a number of burglary and vehicle offences.

Michael Walsh, aged 18, from Mullion Place, Fishermead, was charged with two counts of burglary dwelling, two counts of taking a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent, one count of driving without a valid license and one count of driving without insurance.

He has been remanded in custody and will appear at Huntingdon Crown Court tomorrow (8/12).

The charges are in connection with a burglary in Furzton on 28 November when a VW Golf was stolen and a burglary in Two Mile Ash on 29 November when a Mercedes A170 was stolen.

December 7th, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a bus driver was racially abused in Bletchley.

The incident happened on Thursday 18 November on the number 70 Arriva bus, travelling from Luton to Dunstable. As the bus stopped in Manor Road, Bletchley, at about 6.15pm, a man and woman got on the bus with two dogs. The driver refused to let them travel on the bus because of the two dogs. The man then racially abused the driver.

The offender is white, in his mid to late thirties, 5ft 9ins and was wearing a white flat cap and a brown hip length coat. The woman who was with him is white, in her thirties and was wearing a blue jacket.

The dogs are medium sized, wide at the front and slim at the back. One is white the other was mostly black.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact PC Wayne Christy at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour non-emergency number, 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to speak to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

December 6th, 2010

Efit Indecent Exposure Thames Valley Police has released an E-fit of a man they want to speak to in connection with an indecent exposure in Milton Keynes.

The incident happened on 29 November, at about 7.45am, as the victim, a 13-year-old girl, was waiting for the school bus in Overstreet, Downs Barn. The offender approached her and exposed himself to her.

The offender is white, about 40 years old, 5ft 8ins, chubby and clean shaven. He was wearing a dark coloured beanie-type fleece hat, dark and cream hooped woollen jumper and black baggy track trousers. He had light ginger hair sticking out from under his hat.

Police would like to hear from anyone who thinks they recognise this man.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact PC Andy Perry at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour non-emergency number, 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to speak to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

December 1st, 2010

A teenager was able to buy cigarettes in five local pubs with vending machines in Milton Keynes.

The shock findings of the undercover survey by trading standards officers working for Milton Keynes Council came as part of a campaign showing how easy it can be for children to smoke.

As part of the long-term project tackling underage sales, they sent a 14-year-old child into local pubs to attempt to buy from cigarette vending machines.

Of the ten premises visited, the test purchase volunteer was able to buy a pack of sixteen cigarettes on five separate occasions. This represents a failure rate of 50%.

More alarming, however, is that the child was only challenged in three pubs and on two separate occasions the sale of cigarettes were only prevented by the machines being empty or not accepting the coins.

In one instance, the teenager was even helped to operate the cigarette machine by the manager and in another; the volunteer was offered cigarettes by a customer when the machine wouldn’t work.

In October 2011 legislation is due to take effect which will ban sales of tobacco from vending machines.

In 2009, six per cent of children aged 11-15 years smoked at least one cigarette each week while by the age of 15 years, 15 per cent of children in England report being regular smokers. 

Karen Ford, head of Trading Standards, said: "We work hard with traders to make sure they understand the importance of not selling tobacco products to underage people.

“Unfortunately, a few traders are not being vigilant, and as our test shows, children are still able to buy cigarettes from vending machines.

“Those premises that allowed cigarettes to be sold need to make urgent changes to ensure proper supervision of vending machine sales”.

Cllr Mike Galloway, cabinet member with responsibility for Trading Standards, added: “The ease with which a teenager was able to walk into our local pubs and buy cigarettes, is very concerning.

“The removal of any sources of tobacco products accessed by young people, particularly those underage, must be a positive move, when it comes to improving the health and well being of the population of Milton Keynes."

November 29th, 2010

A commitment to achieve back office savings, and protect frontline services, took a step forward today (Monday 29 November) as Buckinghamshire County Council's Cabinet agreed to significant changes in how ICT property, and HR and finance services are delivered, bringing savings of £4m over three years.

Measures being introduced will mean a culture change for the organisation include new management structures, process redesign and technology improvements which will see managers doing more of their own administrative work, some outsourcing and internal transformation.

Today, the Cabinet agreed a phased approach to HR and finance streamlining which will involve the loss of 48 posts in these service areas over a three-year period.

A decision made in July to go out to tender for Property services, including the management of facilities, buildings surveying and security, is continuing and invitations to tender will be going out shortly, with a final contract award expected in July 2011.

In addition, the first phase of the Council's ICT transformation process is now underway. Staff are currently being consulted on a revised ICT structure.

David Shakespeare, Leader of Buckinghamshire County Council, said: "Bringing together the Council's support services will make us a leaner, more efficient organisation, achieving cost efficiencies which will benefit the council taxpayers of Buckinghamshire. I have always said that we would protect frontline services wherever possible, and reducing spending on our back office areas will go some way towards this.

"Job losses are always regrettable, and we are consulting with staff and unions to make the transition as painless as we can. 
 
"We are in the throes of the worst recession in a generation. The only way through these rocky times is to spend as little as possible while maintaining the best service possible, which is what Buckinghamshire is working hard to achieve. It's not easy and it's not going to get easier for the foreseeable future, and it involves some difficult choices. But, the considered and managed approach we have taken, we feel, will allow us the flexibility to adapt services as the organisation undergoes radical changes." 

November 29th, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a man indecently exposed himself to a woman in Central Milton Keynes on Sunday (28/11).

The incident happened at about 9.30am as the victim was on South Row, opposite Debenhams. The offender approached the victim and exposed himself.

The offender is white, about 30-years old, 5ft 9ins and medium build. He was wearing a dark multi-coloured beanie style hat and a long dark coat.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact PC Shaun Wood at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour non-emergency number, 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to speak to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

November 26th, 2010

Recovered items Thames Valley Police in Milton Keynes has released images of some property they seized in an effort to identify the rightful owners.

Detectives believe the items may have been stolen during a burglary in October this year. The items include a distinctive ring and brooch and what appears to be a fake Rolex watch.

Det Con Reg Jones, said: “The items were found during a police search and so far we have been unable to identify who they belong to. It’s highly likely that they were stolen during a house burglary in Milton Keynes but unless we can identify the owners we are unable to progress the investigation and further.”

Anyone who believes any of this property belongs to them should contact Det Con Jones in the Priority Crime Team on the non-emergency number 0845 5 808 808. Some proof of ownership will be required i.e. distinguishing features, proof of purchase or a previous report to the police that the item had been stolen.

November 25th, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a man had his bicycle stolen in Milton Keynes last night (24/11).

The incident happened at about 6pm as the victim, a 25-year-old man, was on the bridge which crosses from Fishermead to Oldbrook by the Four Bridges. The victim stopped to fix his bike and as he got back on he was approached by three men. The offenders circled him and started to pull at this bike and rucksack. The victim managed to pull away and run off and the offenders stole his bike.

The offenders are all black. The first offender is about 5ft 8ins, in his late teens to early twenties, and was wearing a black puffa-style jacket and dark trousers. The other two offenders had their faces covered with scarves and were wearing dark clothing.

The bike which was stolen has a black frame with ‘Raleigh’ written on it in white. The bike has front suspension and 21 gears. It has a black seat and normal handle bars and is worth about £150 - £200.

Police would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident or saw a group of men matching this description in the area. Police also want to hear from anyone who may have been offered a bike matching the above description for sale.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact Det Con Tejinder Sidhu at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour non-emergency number, 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to speak to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

November 24th, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for the public’s help to try and identify a man they believe is responsible for ten indecent exposures in Milton Keynes.

The offences have all happened in areas of Tattenhoe, Furzton and Emerson Valley. The most recent offence happened on Saturday (20/11), at about 2pm, as the victim was walking along an over-bridge between Emerson Valley and Furzton. The offender cycled towards her on a bike and exposed himself.

In most of the offences the offender is riding a white bicycle which is described as a BMX or mountain bike.

The offender is white, medium to stocky build, and about 5ft 10ins. He is in his early to mid twenties and has strawberry blonde hair in a spiky, messy, modern style. He usually wears a dark hooded top, sometimes blue, and blue jogging bottoms or knee length shorts. 

Police would like to hear from anyone with information about these offences or anyone who suspects they may know the identity of the offender.   

If you have any information about these incidents, please contact PC Steven O’Neill at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour non-emergency number, 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to speak to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

November 24th, 2010

A woman from Milton Keynes has been given a suspended prison sentence after making a false allegation of rape.

Nina Crouch, aged 29, from Mellish Court, Bletchley, pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice at Huntingdon Crown Court on Monday (22/11). Crouch was given a six month prison sentence suspended for 12 months, 150 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay costs of £535.

Crouch reported to police that she had been raped on 18 July earlier this year. A 28-year-old man was subsequently arrested on suspicion of the offence and detained in police custody for over eight hours before Crouch admitted the allegation was false.

Det Con Darren Street, who led the investigation, said: “We take every single report of rape very seriously. Each report is dealt with by detectives and other specialist officers who conduct a full investigation at great public expense. The investigation of any false or malicious allegation diverts valuable resources away from genuine crimes with genuine victims. We will take action against anyone who reports a false crime and wastes police time.”  

November 18th, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a woman was assaulted and robbed in Milton Keynes on Tuesday (16/11).

The incident happened at about 1pm as the victim, a 22-year-old woman, was walking along the Redway which runs from Pennyland to Downhead Park, listening to her iPod.

As she walked under the H4 Dansteed Way, she was approached from behind and pushed into a wall. The offender demanded she hand over her phone and when she refused, he punched her in the face and stole £55 from her purse. He then walked off towards Downhead Park.

The offender is white, 5ft 9ins and slim. He was wearing a grey hooded top with the hood up, a chequered white and black scarf over his face, blue jeans and white trainers.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact Det Con Matt Hemming at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour non-emergency number, 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to speak to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

November 16th, 2010

A man from Milton Keynes has been given an Exclusion Order, banning him from entering a pub in Netherfield for six months.

Paul Begg, aged 46, from Tinkers Bridge, was given the order banning him from the Netherfield Tavern public house after he was convicted of criminal damage at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court. He was also ordered to pay a £50 fine.

At about 3.45pm on 1 September, Begg went into the Netherfield Tavern and was refused service. He then threw a pint glass at a display of bottles behind the bar, smashing the glass.

The Exclusion Order bans Begg from entering the Netherfield Tavern Public House for the next six months. If he does not keep to the terms of the Exclusion Order he will be arrested.

Insp Colleen Lavery, who looks after the neighbourhood teams for the south, said: “The new licensee in the Netherfield Tavern is working hard with both police and partners to take a zero tolerance approach to anyone causing trouble in the pub. We hope this will send out a strong message to anyone in Milton Keynes that if you misbehave on licensed premises we will take action against you.”  

November 15th, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a man indecently exposed himself to a woman in Milton Keynes on Thursday (11/11).

The incident happened at about 10.40am on the V6 at Bradville, at the bus stop on the Bradwell village side. The victim was waiting for a bus when the offender approached her and exposed himself. The bus arrived just after the incident and the victim got on.

The offender is white, in his late twenties to early thirties, 5ft 11ins to 6ft and slim. He was wearing a black beanie hat made of a lycra material with white writing across the front, a dark jumper and navy tracksuit bottoms with a red stripe down the leg. He was also wearing white Asics trainers, with mesh on them. He spoke with a local accent.

Police would like to hear from anyone who was driving or walking past the bus stop at the time of the offence and may have witnessed the incident.

November 15th, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a woman was touched inappropriately as she walked home from the gym in Milton Keynes.

The incident happened on Thursday (11/11) at about 9.45pm, as the victim walked from the gym at the Xscape building towards Oldbrook.  As she walked through the Fishermead and Oldbrook underpass, she felt someone touch her from behind. 

The victim turned around and there was a struggle with the offender. He then pushed the victim to the ground and ran off back towards Central Milton Keynes.

The offender is white, 20 to 22 years old, 6ft and slim with big dark eyes. He was wearing a dark hooded top with the hood up and dark trousers.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact Det Con Sidhu at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour non-emergency number, 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to speak to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

November 12th, 2010

A man from Milton Keynes has been sentenced to 16 months imprisonment for handling stolen goods and assault on a police officer.

Anthony Persaud, aged 26, from Broadlands, Netherfield, was sentenced at Huntingdon Crown Court on Tuesday (9/11), after pleading guilty to three counts of handling stolen goods and one count of assault on a police officer.

The sentence is in relation to offences between 1 April and 14 May, when Persaud conspired to dishonestly receive stolen goods, namely electrical goods, jewellery and motor vehicles.

November 9th, 2010

Antigue E Fit Thames Valley Police has released an E-Fit image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the theft of approximately £10,000 worth of property from a house in Milton Keynes.

The incident happened on Monday 18 October, at about 8.45pm, when two men knocked at the door of a house in Western Road, Wolverton. When the occupier answered the door he was punched in the face and threatened with a knife. The other offender ran into the living room and tied up the occupier’s friend with tape. Both victims were tied together with tape and threatened with a hammer.

Various antique items, including a bespoke silver goblet, a Moor figurine, mobile phones and a DELL laptop were stolen. The offenders placed the items into two large bags.

One of the victims suffered a bloody nose and the other a cut to his wrist caused by the knife.

Both offenders are white, in their early twenties and were wearing dark clothing and gloves. One of the offenders is about 5ft 6ins, with blond/reddish hair and blue eyes and the other is about 5ft 8ins with dark eyebrows. One of the offenders spoke with a local accent.

If you have think you know the identity of this man or have any information about this incident, please contact Det Con Watson at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour non-emergency number, 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to speak to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

November 9th, 2010

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Bus CCTV Thames Valley Police in Milton Keynes has released CCTV images of a man and a woman they would like to speak to in connection with a racially aggravated public order incident.

The offenders were on a bus travelling along the High Street, Stony Stratford, on 13 October, at 3.15pm, when the bus driver asked a woman to collapse her pram down as the bus was at full capacity. The woman refused and as she got off the bus she threatened the driver and was racially abusive towards her.

Police are appealing for anyone who was on the bus at the time of the offence or recognises the man or woman pictured to contact them.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact PC Ryan Pavey at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to talk to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

November 9th, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a serious assault in the early hours of Friday morning (5/11) in Milton Keynes.

The incident happened at about 4.30am at an address in Durrans Court, Fenny Stratford, Bletchley. The victim, a 26-year-old man, was assaulted with a broken bottle and sustained injuries to his mouth and face. He was taken to Milton Keynes General Hospital where he was treated for his injuries.

A 29-year-old woman from Fenny Stratford was arrested on suspicion of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm. She has been released on bail until 21 December pending further investigation.

Police would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident and may have seen what happened.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact Joe Stephens at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour non-emergency number, 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to speak to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

November 9th, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after woman was touched inappropriately after she got off a bus in Milton Keynes on Saturday afternoon (6/11).

The incident happened at about 2.30pm as the victim, a 48-year-old woman, got off the number 5A Arriva bus in Stacey Bushes and started walking along the Redway towards Hodge Lea. The offender, who was also on the bus, approached the victim from behind and assaulted her. He than ran off through the underpass towards Wolverton.

The offender is Asian, about 18 years old, 5 ft 6ins and slim. He had medium length hair and was wearing a blue shell suit-style jacket with white panels on the front forming a ‘v’ shape. He was also carrying a gold carrier bag with a trainer box in it.

As the offender ran off, the victim remembers him passing a couple of women and a young child with a dog. Police are keen to trace these people as they may have witnessed the assault.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact PC Shaun Wood at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour non-emergency number, 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to speak to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

November 2nd, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a woman was touched inappropriately by a man on a bus in Milton Keynes.

The incident happened on Friday 22 October at about 9am, as the victim, a 21-year-old woman, was travelling on the number 7a Arriva bus. The bus stopped at Wolverton and man got on the bus and sat next to the victim, despite the fact there were lots of empty seats.

The offender tried to make conversation with the victim and made a number of sexual remarks to her. The offender then touched her on the leg and threatened her, telling her to get off the bus with him at his stop. The victim pushed him away and shouted at him, the victim then left the bus at the next stop.

PC Keith Fetherston, investigating the incident, said: “We believe the offender uses this bus on a regular basis. The victim saw the offender a few days earlier on Wednesday 20 October at the same time, so we are keen to hear from anyone else who regularly uses this bus in the mornings and recognises the description given by the victim.”

The offender is white, in his mid thirties, described as Eastern European, 6ft 5ins with a muscular build. He was clean shaven with mousy brown short spiky hair and has thick large eyebrows and large ears. He was wearing a white T-shirt with a black leather jacket and blue jeans.

November 2nd, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a robbery in Milton Keynes on Sunday (31/10).

The victim was walking along the redway on H3 Monks Way at Blakelands roundabout at 7.15pm when a pumpkin was thrown at him twice. He turned around to the suspects and was punched and threatened to hand over his property.

The victim handed over a white O2 Cocoon mobile phone, a silver iPod touch MP3 player and a brown Animal wallet, which contained a small amount of cash. The offenders handed back several cards to the victim from his wallet before leaving.

The offenders were two boys and one girl. They are all white and aged around 15 or 16 and between 5ft 7ins and 6ft. The first boy is of average build, has short hair, a local accent and was wearing a dark grey hooded top with no zip, tracksuit trousers and white trainers.

The second boy is white, has short dark hair and was wearing a black zip-up jacket. The girl is slim and has straight, dark-coloured, shoulder-length hair.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident to contact them. Anyone with any information is urged to contact Det Con Phil Walsh at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505.
If you do not want to talk to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

October 29th, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a man was punched in the face while he was parked up in Milton Keynes on Tuesday night (26/10).

The incident happened at about 6.45pm as the victim was sat in his car in Rawlins Road, Bradwell. His driver-side door was pulled open and he was punched in the face. The victim started to fight back and the offender and two other men ran off into the estate.

The offender is white, around 18-years-old and 5ft 10ins. He was wearing a grey beanie hat and a dark grey or blue hooded top. 

PC Andrew Pearce, investigating the incident, said:  “At this stage we don’t know if this was an attempted robbery or merely an unprovoked assault. The victim’s clothes were ripped in the incident and he was left quite shocked by what happened. At the time of the incident the victim was parked up in his blue Hyundai i10. I would ask anyone who witnessed this assault or has any information about the offender to contact the police.”

October 27th, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a woman had eggs thrown at her from a car and then saw her dog run over as the offenders drove off.

The incident happened at about 10.55pm on Monday night (25/10), in Chervil, Beanhill. The victim, a 40-year-old woman, was waiting outside her house for her daughter to return from walking the family dog.

She noticed a black car driving slowly down the road behind her and was then hit on the side of the face by an egg thrown from the vehicle.

As this happened, her daughter came into view with the dog which ran out into the road. The victim called to her dog but Jess, a Staffordshire bull terrier crossed with a Labrador, was hit by the car as the offenders drove off and was killed instantly.

The victim did not get a good look at the people inside the car but believes it was a black Fiesta style hatchback.

PC James Punter, investigating the incident, said: “This was a horrible incident which has left the victim and her family extremely distressed. They have lost their family dog over something which appears to be a nasty prank that has gone wrong. I would ask anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information about those responsible to contact the police.”

If you have any information about this incident, please contact PC Punter at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour non-emergency number, 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to speak to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

October 26th, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after two people were assaulted in Newport Pagnell on Sunday (24/10).

The incident happened outside the Coachmakers public house, on the High Street, at about 12.30am. Two men were assaulted by a third party following an altercation.

One of the victims, a 24-year-old man, sustained a dislocated thumb and is awaiting surgery.

PC Mark Poulton, neighbourhood officer for the area, said: “We believe it was still fairly busy in the area when the assaults happened so we are sure there are witnesses who haven’t yet come forward. I would ask anyone with information about the incident to get in touch with the police and tell us what they know.”

Anyone with information should contact PC Poulton through the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505. If you don’t want to speak to police or leave your name, call the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

October 26th, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after thieves broke into a church in Milton Keynes and smashed open the donations box.

The incident happened between 6pm on Sunday night (24/10) and 8.30am on Monday (25/10) morning at St Mary’s and St Giles Church, Church Street, in Stony Stratford.

The offenders gained entry by stealing a set of keys and using them to get inside the church. Once inside, the offenders smashed their way into the donations box and stole approximately £5. They then broke into the church warden’s chest and torn open numerous envelopes in an attempt to find valuable items or money. The offenders then attempted to break into the Sacristy room, causing damage to the door and stone door frame.

PC Mark Rose, investigating the incident, said: “To break into a church and steal from the donations box is about as low as you can get. The offenders have caused damage to the church door as well and this will cost money to fix. I would ask anyone with information about this offence to contact the police.”

If you have any information about this incident please contact PC Rose, at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour non-emergency number, 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to speak to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

October 26th, 2010

A man has been sent to prison for eight months after pleading guilty to Corrupt Acts by a Public Agent.

Parminder Singh Dhap, aged 29, from Oak Road, Bedford, was sentenced at Huntingdon Crown Court yesterday (26/10) after pleading guilty to four counts of Corrupt Acts by a Public Agent on 22 September this year. He was sentenced to eight months for each offence to be served concurrently.

In February 2008 Milton Keynes Council contacted Thames Valley Police to report that they had become aware that an employee was taking private payments for doing work which was part of his role within the council as a trainee surveyor. A local property builder alerted Milton Keynes Council after Dhap approached him offering to reduce the cost of having a restricted covenant lifted if he agreed to pay half of the cost to Dhap directly. 

Dhap was immediately suspended while the council conducted an internal investigation, which ultimately resulted in his dismissal. The council then handed over all of the evidence it had gathered to Thames Valley Police.

Dhap began working for Milton Keynes Council in 2001 and in January 2007 he moved into a trainee surveyor position.  Part of his role was to assess and cost work requested by tenants and owners of property which was owned or previously owned by Milton Keynes Council. Primarily, Dhap was dealing with covenants on properties.

Det Con Wendy Fellowes, who led the investigation, said: “Today’s conviction is a result of a two year investigation between Thames Valley Police and Milton Keynes Council into Parminder Dhap and those who made payments corruptly in return for reduced rate work.”

“I would like to thank the witnesses who came forward and reported the corrupt behaviour of Dhap and to Milton Keynes Council for their full support throughout the investigation and for working closely with us to bring this man to justice.”

A spokesman for the council’s Corporate Anti-Fraud Team said: “This case demonstrates that we take whistle blowing referrals very seriously, and we will robustly pursue any such wrongdoing – whoever is responsible – in order to protect the local taxpayer’s interests.

“This case also demonstrated that we have good working relationships with our external partners, in this case Thames Valley Police.”

Two people have also received cautions for Corrupting a Public Agent, Prevention of Corruption Act 1906, by making payments to Dhap.

 

October 26th, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a non-stop collision in Milton Keynes on Friday (22/10).

At 7.25pm, a dark estate vehicle and a black Volkswagen Golf collided at the junction of the V7 Saxon Street and Lancliffe Drive, Heelands, by the Suffolk public house. The driver of the estate vehicle failed to stop at the scene and drove off towards Central Milton Keynes. The driver of the Golf sustained a back injury and was taken to hospital.

The driver who failed to stop is white, middle-aged, and was wearing a white woolly hat. Police are appealing for any information that identifies the driver involved.

Anyone with any information about the collision or who recognises the description of the driver should contact PC Mat Waters on 0845 8 505 505. If you don’t want to speak to the police or leave your name, call the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

October 25th, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a driver was punched by a pedestrian in Milton Keynes.

The incident happened on Friday 15 October at about midday, on Findlay Way, Central Bletchley, close to Brooklands Road. The victim, a 55-year-old man, was reversing his car but failed to spot the offender who was with a woman and a child behind him.

The offender went to the driver’s side window and when the victim lowered the window he was punched in the face whilst still sitting in the vehicle. The victim sustained grazing and a cut to his lip.

The offender is white, in his mid twenties about 5ft 8ins and stocky. He had facial stubble and was wearing a dull coloured woolly hat and a grey dirty looking sports top.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact PC Christy, at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour non-emergency number, 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to speak to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

October 25th, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a man died in a collision in Milton Keynes on Friday (22/10).

At about 11.10am, a black Ford Kia reversed into the wall of Nationwide Bank on Radcliffe Street, Wolverton.

The 77-year-old driver, the only occupant of the vehicle, was taken to the Milton Keynes General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

PC Ian Stevens, from Milton Keynes Roads Policing base, said: “We are investigating whether this gentleman died as a result of a medical episode rather than as a result of injuries caused in the collision, which happened at very low speed.

“I am appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision or saw the car prior to the collision to contact me.”

Anyone with any information should contact PC Stevens via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505. If you don’t want to speak to police or leave your name, call the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.  

October 25th, 2010

Firefighters rescued a woman from the first floor of a house in Wolverton yesterday/Sun.

Three crews from Great Holm Fire Station were called to a fire on the ground floor of an end-of-terrace property in Western Road shortly after 2.30am.

Firefighters used a 10.5-metre ladder to rescue her from a first-floor window.

Station Manager Dave Norris, who also attended the incident, said: "The fire was on the ground floor by the front door and the house was starting to fill with smoke.

"After being rescued by firefighters, the woman was taken to hospital by ambulance suffering from smoke inhalation."

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two hose reels and a jet to put out the fire, and a powerful fan to clear the smoke.

October 22nd, 2010

Police are appealing for witnesses after a distraction burglary in Hedgerley, South Bucks.

At about 2.30pm on 10 October, two white teenage boys entered a woman’s garden in Wapseys Lane and said they had lost their ball. A short time later, the victim went outside to feed the birds, leaving her back door open. When she returned and saw one of the men standing on her doorstep, she didn’t think anything of it until she discovered that her purse had been taken out of her handbag together with two cheque books.

Anyone who saw something suspicious at the time in the Wapseys Lane area of Hedgerley, contact Burnham Police Station on 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to speak to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111. They don't need to know your name, just what you know.

October 22nd, 2010

Thames Valley Police has charged a man from Milton Keynes with a theft from a motor vehicle.

Darrell Kevin Chapman, aged 19, from Townsend Grove, New Bradwell, was charged yesterday (21/10) and remanded for court. He appeared at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court yesterday, where he was remanded in custody until his next appearance at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court on 28 October.

Chapman was charged in connection with a theft from motor vehicle on 5 April, where a satellite navigation system and cash was stolen from a vehicle on Mellish Court, Bletchley.

October 22nd, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a robbery in Milton Keynes.

On Thursday 14 October, at about 3pm, the 15-year-old victim was walking through the underpass from Campbell Park, under the V8 Marlborough Street, when two men approached him, pushed him over, and stole his mobile phone.

The first offender is black, around 5ft 8ins, slim, with broad shoulders. He was wearing a black hooded jumper, black gloves, black bottoms, and had a plain black scarf wrapped across his face. The second offender is black, around 6ft, slim, and aged in his late teens. His hair is described as thick on top and thinned out at the bottom and his nose peaks in the middle, as though he had a bump in it. He was wearing a red flat cap which had ‘NY’ in white written on the front, a black jacket, black, stone-coloured jeans and white trainers.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or saw two men in the area matching the above description to contact them.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Det Con Tejinder Sidhu at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to talk to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

October 21st, 2010

Thames Valley Police has charged a man from Milton Keynes with six offences including burglary, theft, fraud, handling stolen goods and driving offences.

Kryzsztof Plutowski, aged 21, from Diddington Place, Bletchley, was charged on Friday (15/10) with burglary, theft of a motor vehicle, fraud by false representation, handling stolen goods, driving without due care and attention and failing to stop and report a road traffic accident. He was released on bail until he is due to appear at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court on 15 November.

The charges are in connection with a burglary at a garage on St Davids Road, Bletchley, between 29 May and 1 June where engine parts and diesel were stolen. Between 15 and 31 May, a BMW was stolen from Erica Road, Stacey Bushes and the offender scrapped the vehicle, posing as the owner.

The traffic offences are in connection with an incident on 30 May, where the offender drove a BMW without due care and attention and failed to stop following a traffic accident on the B4032 between Mursley and Drayton Parslow, where damage was caused to a fence and hedge.

October 21st, 2010

Thames Valley Police in Milton Keynes has charged a man and a boy with robbery.

John James Martin Minnican, aged 18, of no fixed abode, and a 15-year-old boy from Milton Keynes, were charged yesterday (20/10). Minnican was remanded in custody to appear at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court today (21/10). The 15-year-old boy was released on conditional bail until he appears at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court.

The charges are in connection with a robbery on Tuesday (19/10), where a 29-year-old man was robbed on his mobile phone and three gold rings.

Police are continuing to appeal for anyone who witnessed the offence on Tuesday, at approximately 5.30pm, to come forward. The victim was in the underpass between Netherfield, Beanhill and the V7 Saxon Street, when the victim was assaulted and had property stolen. The victim sustained minor injuries to his face and head.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact Det Con Phil Walsh at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to talk to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

October 21st, 2010

Thames Valley Police has charged a man from Milton Keynes with drug offences after 300 deals of class A drugs were seized.

Sebastian Baidoo, aged 18, from Turnbridge Grove, Kents Hill, was charged with two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs yesterday (20/10). He has been remanded in custody until he appears at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court today (21/10).

Baidoo was charged in connection after a warrant was carried out at a property on Turnbridge Grove, Kents Hill, yesterday. Officers seized 200 deals of heroin and 100 deals of crack cocaine; a total approximate street vale of £6,000.

October 20th, 2010

Thames Valley Police has released images of a hand-made fishing rod, which was a stolen during a burglary in Milton Keynes.

The fishing rod was hand-made for a birthday present to the victim’s son, which is inscribed with his name, Shuan Bell and his date of birth, 29.10.1998. This was for Shaun’s tenth birthday, nearly 12 years ago and has huge sentimental value.

The burglary took place at a property on Sheelin Grove, Bletchley, overnight between 8 and 9 October. Offenders forced entry to a shed, carried out an untidy search and stole Christmas presents worth over £1,000, including a laptop, printer, hedge trimmer, leaf blower, golf equipment and other toys and gifts; as well as the fishing rod.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident, saw anyone in the area, around the time of the offence acting suspiciously or has been offered any of the above items, at a reduced price, including the unique fishing rod to contact them.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact PC Rick Williams at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 0505. If you do not want to talk to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

October 19th, 2010

Thames Valley Police is urging residents to be vigilant after two distraction burglaries in Newton Longville and Whaddon.

Both burglaries took place on Thursday (14/10), with the offender stating he was from the electricity board. Both of the victims are 90-years-old. Police are reminding people not to let any strangers in unless they have a prearranged appointment and have the correct identification.

The first burglary took place at a property in Stock Lane, Whaddon, between 10.45am and 11am. The offender gained entry to the property, distracted the victim and stole £30. The second offence took place at a property in Bettys Close, Newton Longville, at approximately 11am. The offender gained entry to the property, appeared to examine the meter and informed the victim she was owed a rebate. He asked her if she had change for two £50 notes; the victim became suspicious, told him to send her a cheque and he left empty handed. 

The offender is white, around 5ft 7ins, medium build, aged about 45 and dressed smartly. Police believe both incidents are linked to the same offender, but are keeping an open mind.

PC James Horseman, leading the investigation, said: “There is no reason why a stranger should ever come into your home. All agencies or utility companies should make an appointment and carry identification.

“I would urge anyone with elderly or vulnerable relatives, neighbours or carers to check their home security and alert them to the dangers of opening the door to a stranger.

“Distraction burglars prey on the elderly and vulnerable. If you see people calling at houses and are suspicious of their intentions, I would urge you to contact police immediately.

“It is a good idea to have a chain or security bar on the front door, but it is still difficult to say ‘no’ to someone who is trying to get into your home. Many people are persuaded to take the chain off and let offenders in.”

There are some simple rules to follow which will keep you much safer:

•Never open your door to a stranger. If someone comes to your door, use your intercom system, or shout through the door to see who is there.

•If the person is not expected, do not open your door. Tell them to make an appointment. If they say there is an emergency, check with the police.

•If the person is expected, put the chain on and then check ID if you are able to. If you do not have a chain, ask for ID to be put through the letterbox.

•Some offenders will not bother to ‘trick’ their way in if they find an insecure window or door. Make sure all your windows and doors can be easily locked and are locked whenever you leave the room. Padlock your side gate.

•If you are elderly and need any work done in your home or garden it is advisable to contact Age Concern to ask for advice. There are many ‘bogus callers’ who are offering to do work for people and it is difficult to check whether they are genuine.

If you are worried about your security, contact your local crime reduction office via the Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505.

Anyone with information about these incidents is urged to contact Aylesbury police station, via the Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505. If you don’t want to talk to police and don’t want to leave your name call the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

October 19th, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses to a collision in Emberton, Bucks yesterday (18/10).

At around 3.35pm, a black Honda motorcycle being driven by a 20-year-old man along the A509, was in collision with the rear of a silver Mercedes vehicle being driven by a 69-year-old woman. 

The motorcyclist came off his bike, which then hit a black Ford Focus driven by a 40-year-old woman driving in the opposite direction.

PC Liz Johnson, of Milton Keynes Roads Policing base, said: “It is believed that another motorcycle was present at the time of the collision but did not stop at the scene. Police are appealing for this rider to come forward.

“We are also appealing for any witnesses to the collision, in particular anybody driving along the A509 near Emberton, Milton Keynes, who may have seen these motorcycles or cars being driven prior to the collision and anybody that may have witnessed the collision.”

PC Johnson can be contacted via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505 or via the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

October 19th, 2010

Thames Valley Police has charged two boys with attempted burglary in Milton Keynes.

The 17-year-old and 15-year-old boys, both from Milton Keynes, were charged with attempted burglary on Friday (15/10). They have both been released on bail until they are due to appear at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court on 2 November.

The charge is in connection with an attempted burglary at a property on The Oval, Oldbrook, on 17 August. Offenders attempted to gain entry to the property, but were disturbed by the resident and they made off. Following an area search by a police dog and handler, three boys were arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary.

A third boy, a 17-year-old, from Milton Keynes, remains on conditional bail in connection with the burglary and is due to return to Milton Keynes police station on 15 November.

October 19th, 2010

Thames Valley Police has charged a man from Milton Keynes with burglary.

Nigel Jones, aged 31, from Newport Road, New Bradwell, was charged with burglary on Sunday (17/10). He was remanded in custody until he was due to appear at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court yesterday (18/10).

Jones was remanded in custody until he is due to appear at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court on 22 October.

He was charged in connection with a burglary at a property on Champflower, Furzton on Saturday (16/10). The offender forced entry to a rear window into the kitchen, where it appears the offender was disturbed and left empty-handed.

October 14th, 2010

A car was forced off a road in Milton Keynes last night/Weds and the two men inside were attacked.

The black VW Golf was being driven along the V4 Watling Street just after 9pm last night/Weds when the drivers of two other cars caused it leave the carriageway. The people inside the two cars got out and attacked the men who were taken to Milton Keynes hospital.

One man received a head injury and cuts to his body and the other with injuries to his arm. One of the victims was later discharged and the other remains in hospital in a stable condition.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or saw two vehicles in pursuit of the victims' car in the area around the time of the offence to come forward.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact Det Sgt Neil Robinson at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

October 13th, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a sexual assault in Central Milton Keynes yesterday (12/10).  

The victim was walking along an alleyway in South Eighth Street at approximately 1.10pm, when a man approached her and sexually assaulted her. He ran away in the direction of Fishermead.  

The offender is described as Asian and he was wearing a black hooded top and black trousers.  

Det Con Matt Hemming, leading the investigation, said: “I want to reassure members of the public that this type of incident is rare in Milton Keynes and patrols in the area have been stepped up to act as a reassurance. I am appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident or saw a man in the area matching the description around the time or offence to contact me or Crimestoppers.”

Anyone with any information is urged to contact Det Con Hemming at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to talk to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

October 8th, 2010

Thames Valley Police has charged a man from Milton Keynes with a number of theft and burglary offences.

Shane McRoberts, aged 22, from North Ninth Street, was charged with two counts of burglary other than a dwelling, one count of burglary dwelling, one count of theft from a vehicle and one count of theft of a vehicle. He has been remanded in custody until his next court appearance, the date of which is still to be set.

The charges are in connection with a number of incidents in the Bradwell area on Tuesday (5/10). Property was stolen from two sheds including a bike, a drill and golf clubs. Car keys were stolen from a property and a Volvo was taken without the owner’s consent. Most of the property has now been recovered by police.

October 7th, 2010

Two men from Milton Keynes have been sent to prison after being found guilty of an aggravated burglary in Milton Keynes where a man was stabbed.

Lee Kris Chapman, aged 23, from Kennet Drive, Bletchley, was sentenced to a total of four years and nine months in prison for aggravated burglary, having an offensive weapon, unlawful wounding and possession of a class B drug. He was also sentenced to 12 months in prison, to run consecutively, for a separate of offence of grievous bodily harm.

Michael Donachie Mundy, aged 24, from Plumstead Avenue, Bradwell Common, was sentenced to three years in prison for the aggravated burglary.

Both men were sentenced yesterday (6/10) at Huntingdon Crown Court, after being found guilty by a jury on 20 August earlier this year.

On 18 January, Mundy and Chapman smashed their way into a property in Hainault Avenue, Giffard Park. The victim inside the house fled out of the back door while the offenders stole property including a laptop and television.

As the offenders fled from the property, a neighbour chased after Chapman who then stabbed the man in the abdomen. He was taken to hospital and treated.

Chapman was arrested by police near to the scene of the stabbing, after climbing into a nearby lorry. Mundy was identified after text messages on Chapman’s phone implicated him in the offence.

Det Con Dave Phipps, who led the investigation said: “This was a particularly nasty burglary which ended with a man being stabbed. We could easily have been dealing with a murder investigation. The fact that neither Chapman nor Mundy admitted the offence demonstrates their lack of remorse for their actions. We are pleased they have been given a custodial sentence and thank the victims and witnesses for helping to ensure these offenders were made to pay for their actions.”

October 6th, 2010

A Milton Keynes man has been ordered to repay a total of £15,747.81 after the Thames Valley Police Economic Crime Unit (ECU) brought a successful Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) hearing against him.

On 22 May 2009, a search warrant was executed at an address in Harrowden, Bradville, Milton Keynes, and herbal cannabis, cocaine and amphetamines were seized. Drugs paraphernalia was also found, along with cash totalling £15,747.81. The occupant, Robert McKenzie, aged 51, was arrested for drug-related offences.

McKenzie was interviewed and answered “no comment” throughout. He was subsequently charged with possession with intent to supply a class A and class B drug.

On 26 August 2009, at Huntingdon Crown Court, Mr McKenzie pleaded guilty to the offences on the basis that he was only a custodian of the drugs, and was sentenced to 17 months imprisonment. 

The Milton Keynes ECU Asset Recovery Team then started an investigation into where the cash seized at the property had derived from. McKenzie claimed that the cash was a combination of gifts from a parent and compensation from a personal injury claim dating back to 1989. 

On 27 September 2010, at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court, an application was made for the offender to forfeit the seized cash, as it was concluded that it was likely to be the proceeds of crime. McKenzie contested this; however the magistrates dismissed his claim and a forfeiture order was granted for £15,747.81, plus an order to pay £500 costs.

Det Insp Kevin Rowe, Head of the ECU, said: “Despite the drugs being valued at only £1,700, the Asset Recovery Team considered all the circumstances of the case and applied for forfeiture of the money. It is very satisfying when our hard work and perseverance pays off. This sends a clear message that we will pursue the forfeiture of cash which is proven to be derived from or destined for criminality.”

October 6th, 2010

CCTV Generator Thames Valley Police has released CCTV of a stolen generator being loaded onto a lorry in Milton Keynes in the hope someone will come forward with information.

Offenders forced entry to the compound on Carters Lane, Kiln Farm, overnight on Saturday 18 September and drove a large skip lorry into the yard. The offenders used the lorry to rip a very large electric generator from its base, hoist it onto the lorry and drive away with the generator.

As the offenders stole the generator, they also caused damage to a fuel tank, releasing approximately £1,000 worth of diesel fuel on the floor of the yard.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the offence or saw a lorry like that shown in the picture carrying a large generator in the area around the time of the offence to contact them.

Anyone with information is urged to contact PC Alan Chick at Wolverton police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to talk to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

October 4th, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after seven trees were cut down illegally in Milton Keynes on Friday (1/10).

The trees, believed to be birch trees, were illegally felled on Silbury Boulevard, Campbell Park, between 10pm and 10.30pm. The trees were placed dangerously in the road, causing it to be partially blocked. Officers attended and removed the trees before any collision or serious injury was caused.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the trees being cut down or has any information to contact them.

Anyone with information is urged to contact PC David Sullivan at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to talk to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

September 30th, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a robbery in Milton Keynes on Sunday (26/9).

A taxi driver picked up five men outside Greenleys shops, in Ardwell Lane, at approximately 2.10am. The driver dropped off two of the passengers at the junction of Bradwell Road and High Street, New Bradwell, and they continued to walk down Harwood Street.

The driver continued with the remaining three men until they reached Springfield Boulevard, Springfield, at approximately 2.30am. One of the passengers got out of the vehicle, opened the driver’s door and as he did this, distracting the driver, the front seat passenger assaulted the driver and stole his mobile phone. All three men ran off in the direction towards Beverley Place.

The offender who assaulted the driver and stole his personal items is Asian, aged between 18 and 19, approximately 5ft 8ins, slim, with a fair complexion. He was clean shaven and wearing a faded black hooded top with the hood up and black jeans.

The offender who got out of the vehicle and opened the driver’s door, is white, aged about 19, approximately 5ft 10ins and slim, but slightly bigger than the main offender and clean shaven. He was wearing a cream hooded top with the hood up.

The third offender is black, with a dark complexion, aged between 18 and 19 and approximately 6ft. He was wearing a dark-coloured baseball cap, a plain black hooded top and was carrying a small black bag.

Police are appealing for anyone who saw the men being picked up from Greenleys shops, witnessed the incident or saw three men in the area of Springfield Boulevard around the time of the offence to contact them.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Det Con John Swallow at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to talk to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

September 30th, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after CCTV captured a man being assaulted in Milton Keynes yesterday (28/9).

A group of between six and eight black men, plus one white man were seen to chase the victim outside The Point and down Lower Ninth Street at approximately 5.20pm. The white man was seen to run towards the victim and one of the black men is seen assaulting the victim.

The victim, a black man, who has not been identified by the police and has not contacted the police was wearing a black padded hooded jacket and jeans. Police are urging the victim to contact them, so they can assist with the incident and ensure he is not injured.

The white man was wearing a white belt and trousers. The black man who assaulted the victim was wearing a dark-coloured hooded jumper with a beige body warmer over the top and a black baseball cap with a white emblem on.

Police are appealing for the victim and anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward. There were a number of people waiting at the bus stop on Lower Ninth Street who would have seen the group running past and they are keen to speak to these people as they may have information vital to the investigation.

The victim and anyone who witnessed the incident is urged to contact PC Jennifer Van Santen at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to talk to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

September 29th, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a car was stolen and then used in a crime in Milton Keynes.

A green Ford Maverick 4x4 was stolen from Sipthorpe Close, Wavendon Gate, overnight between 8pm on Tuesday (21/9) and the early hours of Wednesday (22/9).

The car was used to ram the free standing cash machine outside Boots, Beacon Retail Park, Bletchley. The offenders failed to access the cash box from the machine and nothing was stolen. The vehicle was found outside Boots abandoned at 4am on Wednesday.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed either offence or saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area around the time of the offence to contact them or Crimestoppers.

Anyone with information is urged to contact PC Terry Capel at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to talk to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

September 29th, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a robbery in Milton Keynes on Thursday (23/9).

A taxi driver was robbed at approximately 1.15am in Cranesbill, Conniburrow, where four offenders stole the driver’s cash and car keys.

The offenders are all black and they were wearing black clothing.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the offence or has any information to contact Det Con Hacker at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505. 

September 28th, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a robbery in Milton Keynes.

A taxi driver picked up a fare from Shenley Church End on 20 September at approximately 1am and drove the two passengers to Shorman Rise, Two Mile Ash, where they assaulted him and demanded his money.

The offenders stole cash, a mobile phone, a Tom Tom satellite navigation system and a PDA palmtop computer.

The offenders are white men aged between 18 and 22. One of the offenders is between 5ft 6ins and 5ft 8ins, described as overweight and was wearing a thick black jacket. The second offender is smaller than 5ft 5ins, slim and was wearing a thick, grey jacket.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the offence or saw two men matching the above description around the time of the offence in either area to contact them or Crimestoppers.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Det Con Hacker at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to talk to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

September 24th, 2010

Milton Keynes Council has awarded the £4.5 million contract for the operation and management of the three Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) to HW Martin Recycling Services who will take over from Wednesday, 6 October for the next five years.

The new operator will implement a number of changes in the services provided aimed at improving customer service and making sure that the material is re-used or recycled as a “Zero Waste” approach is adopted where waste is sent to a dedicated treatment facility, saving the council money and helping the environment.

The new contract marks the end of the STAR or second-time-around shops where re-usable items were reclaimed from the waste and sold on to members of the public.

In the past these shops have been the target for arson and burglaries, so removing them will improve safety at the CRC sites and create more space for material recycling.

Rather than sorting through the materials, site operatives will be able to concentrate on helping customers, providing a “meet and greet” service and directing them to where they need to go.

Re-usable items will still be made available for sale via off-site outlets and details of the locations of these will be made available in due course.

Prior to the start of this new contract, all materials collected by the council as part of its bulky waste collection service, and much of the litter and fly-tipped waste collected, was taken to landfill.

Now, in an effort to further improve Milton Keynes’ recycling rate, all of this material will be made available for recycling, re-use or recovery as HW Martin Recycling Services has access to a number of markets for products which were previously difficult to recycle.

While current opening hours will remain the same, visitors will notice new site lay-outs aimed at improving the flow of traffic and reducing queuing at peak times. All signage will be clearly branded in the council livery. 

HW Martin Recycling Services’ vehicles are able to transport two containers of waste at a time, reducing the council’s carbon footprint and saving on fuel costs.

Although commercial waste will no longer be accepted at every CRC, businesses will be offered a much improved service at the Newport Pagnell CRC in Crawley Road. 

Newport Pagnell is the largest of the three CRCs and offers better road access. A dedicated facility will be set up to handle commercial waste, separate from residential waste.

This will enable the council to make sure commercial waste customers are being correctly charged for their waste disposal and improve the recycling rate from commercial waste.

Bleak Hall and New Bradwell CRCs are displaying signs advising commercial operators in the run-up to the change.

Cllr Mike Galloway, the council’s Cabinet member for the environment, said: “We are pleased to welcome HW Martin Recycling Services as the new operator of our three Community Recycling Centres. By diverting waste from landfill, our new partner will help us to further improve our already outstanding record in recycling and offer a much improved service to Milton Keynes residents.”

Speaking on behalf of HW Martin Recycling Services, marketing manager James May, said: “We manage a number of household waste recycling centres on behalf of local authorities and we are delighted to add Milton Keynes to our portfolio.

“We aim to ensure the public enjoys their recycling experience – from our meet and greet staff, to operators giving a helping hand with bulky materials – the public are encouraged to return and continue to do their bit for the local environment.

“We look forward to bringing the same high quality service and increased recycling rates that we already achieve in recycling centres up and down the country to Milton Keynes.” 

September 24th, 2010

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond is in no doubt about the overwhelming opposition in Buckinghamshire to plans for the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail link through the Chilterns, following talks with Buckinghamshire County Council Cabinet members Valerie Letheren and Martin Tett.

They spoke with Mr Hammond at a meeting sponsored by Chesham and Amersham MP Cheryl Gillan on Wednesday (September 22). The purpose of the meeting was to allow Mr Hammond to hear first hand from local representatives and organisations their views on the Coalition Government's HS2 proposal.

'We fully support investment in our transport infrastructure but believe that this is the wrong strategy,' said Valerie Letheren, Cabinet Member for Transportation.  'The business case just doesn’t add up.  Additionally, investment in this project is money not spent on improving existing roads and rail services across the country. I called upon Mr Hammond to fully review this entire proposal.'

Martin Tett, Cabinet Member for Planning and Environment, said: 'He was left in no doubt about the strength of local opinion on this topic.  The Chilterns are a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) which should be protected for the nation.  I called upon this Government to honour its pre-election commitment to review all possible routes, including the alternative West Coast main line and M1 corridors.'

The county council adopted a policy on April 22 opposing the HS2 project, rejecting the business case, and calling for protection of the Chilterns AONB.  It has supported local protest groups, organised a series of summit meetings on the proposal, and recently took local members, parish councillors and residents to see the HS1 route in Kent, where they heard about the problems caused by the route, and in particular the construction work.

Full consultation on the Coalition Government’s preferred route will commence in early 2011, but in the meantime further work needs to be done on both the business case and mitigation measures on the preferred route, admitted Mr Hammond.

'I would call upon all residents to write to Mr Hammond and their local MPs opposing this scheme,' said Mrs Letheren.

September 24th, 2010

The speed-matching event run on Wednesday 22nd September by Milton Keynes Council’s young people’s advice and support service, Connexions:MK, resulted in every young person, employer and training provider making at least 2 initial matches to take forward. 

The event, which was hosted by Connexions:MK in Central Milton Keynes, was set up to link local employers and training providers with young people looking for jobs.  Free of charge to everyone taking part, it works in the same way as ‘speed dating’ with a series of 3 minute ‘interviews’. Local young people can learn about the opportunities available whilst employers and training providers can get to know a little about the jobseekers themselves before deciding whether to go on to formal interviews. 

Every young person, employer and training provider taking part in the event on Wednesday made at least 2 initial matches to take forward to formal interview, and many participants made between 5 and 12 successful matches.

Will Spurgeon, Assistant Director of Targeted Services, Milton Keynes Council, said, “Innovative projects such as the Connexions:MK speed-matching event are key to supporting young people through today’s tough economic climate, helping them into work, training and education opportunities in Milton Keynes.”

The young people’s advice and guidance service is part of Milton Keynes Council and works with partners and local organisations to make a dramatic difference to the lives of 13-19 year olds, offering advice and support with a variety of issues including careers, learning, relationships, health and money.  A key aim for Connexions is to reduce the number of young people aged 16-18 years not in education, employment or training (NEET).

Young people can talk to a Connexions Personal Adviser at school and college, or by dropping into or calling the Connexions Centre in Milton Keynes:Connexions:MK Centre
The Point, 602 Midsummer Boulevard
Central Milton Keynes  MK9 3ND
Tel:  01908 398300
Email:  connexionsmk@prospects.co.uk
Website: www.mysaymk.com

September 23rd, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a woman was racially abused in Milton Keynes last Friday (17/9).

The incident happened at about 3.45pm, outside Lloyds TSB, in Stony Stratford High Street. As the victim was walking away from the cash machine, a man shouted racial abuse at her.

The offender is white, in his mid sixties and clean shaven. He had white hair with a slight curl around the edges and was bald on top. He was wearing a blue jacket with a high visibility jacket underneath.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact PC Dan Marfleet at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour non-emergency number, 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to speak to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

September 22nd, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a woman was racially abused in Milton Keynes last Friday (17/9).
 
The incident happened at about 3.45pm, outside Lloyds TSB, in Stony Stratford High Street. As the victim was walking away from the cash machine, a man shouted racial abuse at her.
 
The offender is white, in his mid sixties and clean shaven. He had white hair with a slight curl around the edges and was bald on top. He was wearing a blue jacket with a high visibility jacket underneath.
 
If you have any information about this incident, please contact PC Dan Marfleet at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour non-emergency number, 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to speak to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

September 21st, 2010

A man from Buckingham has been sentenced to 15 months’ detention after he was found guilty of grievous bodily harm.

Nicholas Lee James Tunks, aged 19, from Grenville Road, Buckingham, was sentenced to 15 months’ detention in a Young Offenders Institution at Aylesbury Crown Court on Friday (17/9).

Tunks was found guilty by a jury on 13 August of grievous bodily harm after an assault in Overn Crescent on 29 January. He assaulted his victim by punching him to the floor and then kicked and stamped on him several times. The victim, aged 34 at the time of the incident, sustained serious injuries including a collapsed lung, broken ribs and further injuries to his face and body.

Det Con Tim Bradley, investigating, said: “This was a vicious attack on a man who was left with serious injuries. I am pleased with the jury’s verdict and I hope Tunks will spend his time in detention reflecting on his actions and the consequences of them.”

September 21st, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after furniture outside an elderly people’s home in Newport Pagnell was set on fire last Wednesday (15/9).

The incident happened at about 11pm outside a residential block at Ruskin Court, Green Park, which is a privately-run complex for elderly residents. Property had been left outside one of the entrances ready to be collected and this was set on fire.

Fortunately the fire was restricted to the outside of the building, but two apartments on the side of the block were damaged and the fire reached the roof, causing damage to the porch.

The residents were all evacuated and an 89-year-old woman was taken to Milton Keynes General Hospital as a precaution, but was released the next morning.

Det Sgt Neil Robinson, investigating the incident, said: “This fire could easily have got out of hand and we could have been dealing with a murder investigation. Fortunately the fire was contained to the outside of the building and everyone was able to get out unhurt.

“This was at best a reckless and stupid act which could have put people’s lives at risk and at worse a deliberate attempt to cause people harm. I would urge anyone with information about this incident to contact the police as soon as possible or Crimestoppers.”

The advice from the Fire Service, when leaving property outside a building, is to leave a gap of at least three metres between the property and the building itself and make arrangements for a quick collection.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact Det Sgt Robinson at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour non-emergency number, 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to speak to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

September 21st, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after five cars were stolen during the MK Dons match on Saturday (18/9).

Between 2.30pm and 5pm, four cars were stolen from Third Avenue, Denbigh West, and a fifth from Dawson Road, Mount Farm. Four of the vehicles belonged to MK Dons fans attending the match.

The vehicles stolen were a black Vauxhall Corsa, a grey Vauxhall Zafira, a grey Mini Cooper convertible, a black Audi A3 and a grey Ford Focus. At this stage it is not clear how the vehicles were removed but police suspect a low loader or a tow-bar system was used. Windows on some of the vehicles were broken to gain access.

PC Isen Wharton, investigating the thefts, said: “This is a high-value theft of multiple vehicles during a short two and a half hour period. The people stealing the vehicles would require somewhere to store them and someone to dispose of the vehicles for them.

“They may have had to store the vehicles somewhere temporarily while they removed all five from their parking spaces around the stadium. They may have had to do this somewhere public and could have attracted some attention and maybe raised people’s suspicions. If anyone remembers seeing anything suspicious or has any information about this crime, please contact the police or Crimestoppers.”

If you have any information about this incident, please contact PC Wharton at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour non-emergency number, 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to speak to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

September 21st, 2010

E fit Thames Valley Police has released an E-fit of a man they would like to speak to in connection with an indecent exposure in Milton Keynes on Friday 3 September.
 
The incident happened between 10 and 10.30am, as the victim was walking her dog along the Redway on Oldbrook, parallel to the H6, along Sutcliffe Avenue. As she reached the underpass which connects Kirkstall Place with Winterhill, the offender cycled past her from behind. His trousers were pulled down and he turned the bike around and cycled towards her exposing himself and making offensive comments, before cycling off.
 
As the victim reached the next underpass, next to Wickes, the same man was stood blowing kisses at her and smiling. She walked onto the final underpass connecting Winterhill to Oldbrook, near to Winterhill Conference Centre, and saw the offender again. At this point the victim was so scared that she ran back to Wickes and called her brother who came to meet her.
 
PC Marc Walters, investigating the incident, said: “The victim was terrified that the offender was following her and has been left shaken by the incident. She walked past a number of other women on the Redway and warned them about the man she kept seeing. We would like to hear from any other women who may have seen this man on the Redway or anyone who thinks they know who he is.”
 
If you have any information about this incident, please contact PC Walters at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour non-emergency number, 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to speak to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

September 17th, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for a man involved in an incident outside Netto’s food store in Wolverton on Wednesday 8 September to contact the police.
 
The incident happened at about 5.30pm outside Netto’s in Glyn Square, where a fight broke out between a group of three white men and two Asian men. Police are trying to trace one of the Asian men who was involved in the incident as he is a key witness in the investigation.
 
The man they are trying to trace is in his late thirties to early forties, about 5ft 7ins, slim and was wearing a blue stripy long-sleeved top.
 
One man has been arrested on suspicion of theft and affray. A second man was arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated Section 4 public order offence. They have been released on police bail pending further investigation.
 
If you were the other man involved in the incident or if you witnessed what happened please contact PC Joanna Billson at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour non-emergency number, 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to speak to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

September 17th, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses to a collision in Milton Keynes on Monday (13/9).

At about 11.15am a collision occurred involving a 29-year-old male pedestrian and a black Honda Accord. The collision took place on the H4 Danstead Way near the junction with Sunrise Parkway, Linford Wood.

The pedestrian attended Milton Keynes General Hospital, but was discharged the same day.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision to contact PC Ian Leyland of the Milton Keynes Roads Policing Department via the contact centre on 08458 505 505 quoting URN 425 (13/9/10)

September 16th, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a 16-year-old girl was assaulted in Milton Keynes on Tuesday (14/9).

The incident happened at about 7.15pm as the victim was out running with a group of friends in Stantonbury. She stopped to catch her breath and became separated from the others. As she was walking along the footpath which runs along the back of houses in Redbridge and Jacobs Close, she was grabbed from behind by a man. The victim screamed and kicked out managing to break free from the offender and ran off.

The offender is mixed race, between 30 and 50 years old, 6ft and was wearing a plain black hooded top, dark jeans and gloves. 

Det Con Phil Walsh said: “The victim was understandably shaken by the incident and we are keen to trace anyone who may have witnessed the incident or saw someone in the area matching the description. The motives for the assault are not clear as the victim managed to break free and run from the offender quite quickly.”

If you have any information about this incident, please contact Det Con Walsh at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour non-emergency number, 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to speak to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

September 15th, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a 37-year-old man was assaulted in Milton Keynes on Saturday afternoon (11/9).
 
The incident happed between 4pm and 4.15pm on Farthing Grove, Netherfield, close to the junction of Buckland Drive. Two men approached the victim, pushed him to the ground and repeatedly punched and kicked him in the upper body and head. He sustained a broken nose, facial bruising and neck injuries and is still in Milton Keynes General Hospital while the full extent of his neck injury is being assessed.
 
The two offenders are white. One is in his early forties and the other in his late teens. One was wearing dark clothing and the other was wearing a dark T-shirt and jeans.
 
Police would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the assault.
 
If you have any information about this incident, please contact PC Michelle Whiting, at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour non-emergency number, 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to speak to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

You can also give information to the police in person by visiting any police station. Find out the opening times and location of your local station or please call 0845 8 505 505.

September 15th, 2010

Thames Valley Police has arrested five people following a series of incidents in Milton Keynes.

The incidents, in which damage was caused to a property, a vehicle and racially abusive language was used, occurred at approximately 7.30pm on Monday 6 September on Daniels Welch, Coffee Hall.

An argument broke out between two groups of people which resulted in criminal damage to a vehicle and a property and racially aggravated public disorder. During the incident verbal abuse took place between both groups, including a number of racially abusive comments.

Five men from Milton Keynes, aged between 17 and 27, were arrested in connection with the incident. An 18-year-old man has been released without charge and the remaining four have been released on conditional bail or bail until 6 and 27 October.

Investigating officer PC Andy Hipkin said: “I am keen to speak to anyone who saw or heard the incidents take place on Monday as they could have information vital to the investigation.”

Anyone with any information is urged to contact PC Hipkin at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to talk to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

September 13th, 2010

Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) from the Shenley Church End and Emerson Valley neighbourhoods are offering all local schools bike marking.

PCSOs Darren Stawarz and Louise Gray are offering the service to a total of 14 schools in their neighbourhoods, to help prevent the theft of bicycles and assist in identifying the rightful owner is a bike is lost or stolen.

Before the school summer holidays, three schools were visited - Long Meadow, Oxley Park Primary and Glastonbury Thorn - and around 60 bikes were security marked.

As the children return to school for the new term, PCSOs Stawarz and Gray will be visiting nine more schools to offer the children, parents and staff bike marking.

The bike marking kits are from Selectamark, a national company that registers all the bikes on a national database, which the police have access to. This allows them to identify the owner of a recovered bike if it is lost or stolen.

The list of schools and dates planned for bike marking are:

27 September – Merebrook

28 September – Caroline Haslett

29 September – Howe Park

30 September – Loughton Middle

5 October – Giles Brook

6 October – Christ the Sower

7 October – Priory Rise

15 October – Loughton Manor

22 October – Emerson Valley Combined  

The PCSOs will be available at the schools from 8.30am as the pupils start arriving for school. The bike marking will be available for £4 per bicycle, instead of the usual £15. The money is to recover the cost of the kit and to enable the Crime Reduction department to replace the used kits and continue to offer this service.

PCSO Stawarz, said: “We have decided to invite all the pupils, parents and staff at our local schools to come along and have their bikes security marked as this will help deter thieves and if the bikes are recovered after being lost or stolen we can return them to their rightful owners.

“I hope as many pupils, parents and staff as possible take advantage of this opportunity to protect their bicycle.”

For further information on bike marking, contact PCSO Stawarz at Westcroft police office station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505.

For further security advice or information, please visit http://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/crprev.htm  

September 13th, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses and urging the public to be vigilant after an exposure in Milton Keynes.

A woman was walking her dog around Tongwell Lake, Blakelands, at 6pm on Sunday 5 September when a man attracted her attention and he exposed himself.

The offender is white, aged around 30 and of medium build. He was wearing a dark coloured baseball cap, black T-shirt with a red triangle on the front and powder blue shorts.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the offence or saw anyone in the area around the time of the offence matching the above description to contact them.

Anyone with information is urged to contact PC Dan Gidman at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to talk to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

September 12th, 2010

Firefighters rescued a woman from a flat fire in Milton Keynes this evening (Sunday).

Four crews from Great Holm and Broughton were called to the three-storey building in Conniburrow Boulevard, Conniburrow, at 7.48pm.

The fire started in the oven and caused smoke to spread through the top-floor flat. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus found the woman unconscious in the sitting room after forcing an entry into the flat.

They carried her to safety and handed her into the care of South Central Ambulance Service, where she was treated for the effects of breathing in smoke.

A smoke alarm was sounding and it is believed to have alerted neighbours to the fire. A crowd of about 60 people watched as firefighters dealt with the incident.

Station Manager Tony Bennett, who also attended, said: "After being rescued, the woman was given oxygen by paramedics. The damage to the flat was mainly caused by the amount of smoke produced by the fire."

Firefighters used a hose reel to put out the fire and a powerful fan to clear the smoke from the flat. They left the scene at about 9pm.

September 10th, 2010  

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after an attempted robbery on Sunday (5/9) in Milton Keynes.

The 37-year-old victim was approached by a group of men outside the Xscape building, towards Campbell Park at approximately 4am and they demanded his wallet, phone and money.

The victim refused and was assaulted. He retaliated and managed to escape and rejoined his friends. The victim sustained a minor injury to his face. Nothing was stolen.

The offenders are described as Asian and there were possibly four offenders in total.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the offence or saw a group of Asian men in the area around the time of the offence to contact them.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Det Con Phil Walsh at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to talk to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

September 10th , 2010

E fit Milton Keynes Thames Valley Police has released an E-fit image of a man they want to speak to in connection with an assault on a woman in the early hours of Sunday morning (5/9) in Milton Keynes.
 
The incident happened at about 2am, as the victim was walking home from the city centre along St Leger Drive, Great Linford. The offender jumped out from an alleyway which leads from St Leger Drive to Kindleton, knocked the woman over and pinned her to the ground. He told her to be quiet and hit her in the head. He then got up and ran off.
 
The victim remembers seeing a car pass by while she was struggling with the offender on the ground and believes this may be what disturbed him. 
 
The offender is white, 5ft 9ins, with a stocky, fat build and a clean-shaven, round face. He was dressed all in black and was wearing a black hat. He spoke with an English accent.

You can also give information to the police in person by visiting any police station. Find out the opening times and location of your local station or please call 0845 8 505 505.

September 10th, 2010

A man from Milton Keynes has been sent to prison for two years and six months, after pleading guilty to burglary and handling stolen goods.  Kieran Murphy

Kieren Murphy, aged 26, from Melick Road, Beanhill, was sentenced at Huntingdon Crown Court on Wednesday (8/9).

Murphy pleaded guilty to carrying out a burglary at a property in Redhuish Close, Furzton, between 29 and 30 June, in which he stole items including a laptop, laptop case, mobile phones, camera and cash.

 

Murphy also pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods after police recovered property which was traced back to a burglary in The Linx, Bletchley, on 25 June.

PC Mark Burgess, who led the investigation said: “We are pleased that Murphy has been given a custodial sentence for these offences. Burglary is an extremely intrusive crime and can have a profound effect on the victims and how safe they feel in their own homes. Reducing the number of burglaries in Milton Keynes is a priority for us and we will pursue every lead possible to take burglary offenders off the streets.”

September 9th, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a woman was assaulted in the early hours of Sunday morning (5/9), in Milton Keynes.

The incident happened at about 2am, as the victim was walking home from the city centre along St Leger Drive, Great Linford. The offender jumped out from an alleyway which leads from St Ledger Drive to Kindleton, knocked the woman over and pinned her to the ground. He told her to be quiet and hit her in the head. He then got up and ran off.
The victim remembers seeing a car pass by while she was struggling with the offender on the ground and believes this may be what disturbed him.

The offender is white, 5ft 9ins, with a stocky, fat build and a clean-shaven, round face. He was dressed all in black and was wearing a black hat. He spoke with an English accent.

Det Con John Swallow, leading the investigation said: “It is unclear at this stage what the offender’s motives were. No property was stolen from the victim and after struggling with her the offender simply got up and ran off. We are keen to trace the driver of the car which passed by during the attack and would urge them to contact the police. The victim also remembers seeing a man dressed in similar clothing to the offender pass by her on a bicycle shortly before the attack. This may be someone totally unconnected and if so we would ask them to contact us.”

If you have any information about this incident, please contact Det Con Swallow at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour non-emergency number, 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to speak to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

September 8th, 2010

Three men from Milton Keynes were sentenced at Huntingdon Crown Court on 27 August to a total of five years and nine months for robberies committed in 2009.

James Alexander Garforth, aged 20, from Carlina Place, Conniburrow, was sentenced to two years and three months detention in a Young Offenders Institute after he pleaded guilty to three robberies.  

Robert Joseph Collinson, aged 22, from Carlina Place, Conniburrow, was sentenced to two years imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to two robberies.

Steven Anthony Randall, aged 19, from Long Road, was sentenced to 18 months detention in a Young Offenders Institute after he pleaded guilty to three robberies.

The sentences are in relation to three robberies which took place on 10 October 2009. The robberies took place in Loughton, Oldbrook and Central Milton Keynes, where the victims were assaulted and had items stolen including mobile phones, wallets and tobacco.

Det Con Wayne Watson, who led the investigation, said: “This shows it doesn’t matter how long it takes, we will pursue any crime and ensure the people responsible are put before the courts.

“I am pleased with the sentence given and I hope this sends a warning to any would-be criminals; it doesn’t matter when the offence took place, we will endeavour to ensure you are put before the courts where you could face imprisonment.”

A fourth man, Lee Randall, aged 22, from Nicholas Mead, Great Linford is due to be sentenced on 24 September. He was also charged in connection with the three robberies.

September 8th, 2010

A man has been sentenced to 32 months imprisonment for sexual activity with a child aged under 16.

Steven Jonathon Sheppey, aged 24, from Barnet, Hertfordshire, was sentenced at Aylesbury Crown Court on Friday (3/9) after he pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child aged under 16.

Sheppy will also be placed to the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely and is subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for life, which prevents Sheppey from having unsupervised access to children.

The conviction is in relation to sexual activity with a girl aged 14 in February in Buckingham.

September 7th, 2010

Operation Falcon: Man arrested on suspicion of drug dealing

Thames Valley Police has arrested a man on suspicion of intent to supply class A drugs in Milton Keynes. 

A 31-year-old man from Witan Gate was arrested on Sunday (5/9) and has been released on police bail until 3 November pending further testing.

Police recovered 15.5 grams of Heroin, 4.9 grams of crack and 3.2 grams of cocaine after attending a property with regards to an unrelated matter. The drugs are estimated to have a street value of approximately £800. 

September 6th, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after cash and charity boxes were stolen during a burglary on Friday (3/9).

Two men forced entry to Royal Sweets, Stratford Road, Wolverton, at 1.15am, where £200 was stolen from the till and two charity boxes; one for the air ambulance and the other for the Pakistan flood appeal were stolen. It is unknown how much money was in the charity boxes.

Shortly after the offence two suspects were stood on Radcliffe Street, Wolverton, when three members of the public walked past them and had a conversation with the suspects. Police are keen to trace the members of the public who spoke to the suspects as they may have information vital to the investigation.

The offenders are white; one of the offenders was wearing a grey jacket with the hood up and white trainers. The second offender has short brown hair with sideburns and he was wearing a dark blue jumper with three distinctive white stripes running horizontally and black trousers.

Anyone with information is urged to contact PC Polly Jacobs at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to talk to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

September 6th, 2010

Thames Valley Police has arrested two men on suspicion of possessing class A drugs and supply of class B drugs in Milton Keynes.

A 22-year-old man from New Bradwell and a 24-year-old man from London were both arrested yesterday (5/9), and released on police bail pending substance test results.   

The arrests followed the discovery of 19 deals of what is believed to be herbal cannabis.

September 5th, 2010

Fire fighters tackled a major blaze at a house in Milton Keynes early this morning, Sunday 5th September.

All of the three storey house at Fishermead Boulevard in Fishermead was damaged in the fire which broke out at around ten to two.

Six fire fighters in breathing apparatus, two main jets and two hose reels were used. The fire was out just after 5am.

September 2nd, 2010

Cat shot with air gun

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a cat was shot twice with an air gun in Milton Keynes.

The incident is believed to have happened on Wednesday 26 August, when the 16-week-old cat, Gismo, was in the back garden of his home in Barnsbury Gardens, Newport Pagnell.

Gismo’s owner noticed he was cut and limping and took him to the vets. X-rays revealed he had been shot twice, once in the shoulder and once in the back leg. One of the pellets is lodged near Gizmo’s heart and at the moment neither pellet can be removed due to the risk.

PC Terry Capel, leading the investigation, said: “This is a callous and cowardly thing to do to a defenceless animal. Gismo is still only a kitten and this attack has left him badly injured. Because he is so young he only goes out in the back garden at the moment so we are certain it must have happened there.

“I would ask anyone who knows who did this or witnessed anything that morning to contact police. Firing an airgun can be extremely dangerous and we need to catch these offenders before they do anymore damage.”

If you have any information about this incident, please contact PC Terry Capel at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour non-emergency number, 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to speak to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

September 2nd, 2010

Thames Valley Police has charged two boys from Milton Keynes with a number of theft offences.

A 15-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy from Bradwell, were yesterday (1/9), both charged with three counts of theft from motor vehicles. The 15-year-old boy was also charged with one count of possession of cannabis and the 17-year-old boy with one count of receiving stolen goods.

Both have been released on bail and are due at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court on 21 September.

The charges relate to offences which happened on 19 July, where several cars had items stolen from them including an iPod, mobile phone and games console.

September 1st, 2010

Thames Valley Police has today (1/9) charged a man from Milton Keynes with theft of number plates and a subsequent theft of fuel from a petrol station, known as bilking. 

Mohammed Saddique Ahmed, aged 20, from Favell Drive, Furzton, was charged with one count of theft from a motor vehicle and one count of making off without payment. Ahmed has been released on bail and is due to appear at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court on 29 September. 
 
The charges are in connection with the theft of front and rear number plates from a vehicle in Maidstone Road, Kingston, on 8 February. The stolen plates were then used on a red Mitsubishi, later that evening, at the BP service station, H6 Childs Way, to steal fuel.

August 31st, 2010

Thames Valley Police has charged a man from Milton Keynes with theft of number plates and a subsequent theft of fuel from a petrol station, known as bilking.

Connor Stearman, aged 18, from Ivy Lane, Great Brickhill, was charged with one count of theft from a motor vehicle and one count of making off without payment.

He has also asked for four other theft from motor vehicle offences, one handling offence, one offence of making off without payment and one theft by finding offence be taken into consideration. Stearman has been released on bail and is due to appear at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court on 28 September.

The charges are in connection with the theft of front and rear number plates from a VW Lupo, parked outside a property in Church Road, Bow Brickhill, on 17 August. The stolen plates were then used on another vehicle, later that day, at the Texaco Service Station, Monks Way, to steal petrol worth £15.28.

August 31st, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a pizza delivery man was robbed in Milton Keynes on Thursday (26/8).

The incident happened at about 11.30pm as the victim was returning to his car after delivering a pizza to an address in Franklins Croft, Wolverton. The victim was approached by two or three offenders and held down over the boot of his car. He was threatened with violence and made to hand over approximately £200 in cash and three pizzas.

Unfortunately the victim did not get a good look at the offenders so is unable to provide a description.

Police would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the robbery taking place.

August 27th, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses and information after two attempts to steal cash machines in Milton Keynes within a week.

The first offence took place during the early hours of Friday 20 August, where offenders attempted to steal the cash machine from the Co-Op, Wordsworth Avenue, Newport Pagnell. The offenders used cutting tools in an attempt to remove the cash machine, but failed to do so and nothing was stolen.

The second offence took place overnight between Wednesday (25/8) and Thursday (26/8) at the Co-Op, Tower Crescent, Tower Drive, Neath Hill. Again offenders have used cutting tools in an attempt to steal the cash machine, but were unsuccessful and nothing was stolen.

Despite nothing being stolen, considerable damage was caused to the machines and the surrounding brickwork. Police believe the incidents are linked to the same offenders, but are keeping an open mind.

Anyone with any information, or witnessed either incident is urged to contact PC Diane Brown or PC Julie Standley at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505.

If you do not want to talk to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 August 27th, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a robbery in Milton Keynes on Tuesday (24/8).

The victim left Milton Keynes train station at approximately 7.20pm, walked along the A5 over bridge leading to Loughton, the Redland Drive side and as he approached Kirkham Court he was assaulted by two men.

The two offenders tackled him to the floor and demanded his property. The offenders made off with the victim’s wallet and mobile phone.

The first offender is white, aged between 25 and 35, slim and described as having dirty blond hair. He was wearing a blue jumper with horizontal stripes and light blue jeans.

The second offender is white, aged between 23 and 27, large build, with dark brown hair and he was wearing a red or brown jumper.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the offence or saw two men matching the above description in the area around the time of the offence to contact them.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Det Con Matt Hemming at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to talk to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

August 27th, 2010

Thames Valley Police has arrested two boys from Milton Keynes in connection with two burglaries in Eaglestone.

A 16-year-old boy from Netherfield and a 15-year-old boy from Coffee Hall were arrested on suspicion of both burglaries and have been released on police bail pending further investigation.

Both offences took place in the early hours of Wednesday morning (25/8). A property in North Ridge was broken into and a handbag, wallet and keys were stolen. The second offence was at a property in Lanner Walk where the owner was woken and saw a hand reaching through his letterbox in an attempt to reach the keys. He chased the offenders who made off on bicycles.

August 26th, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a robbery at a betting shop in Milton Keynes last night (25/8).

The incident happened at about 6.05pm, at Coral Racing, High Street, New Bradwell. The offender entered the shop, demanded money and threatened the cashier with a knife. The cashier handed money to the offender and he left. Approximately £335 was stolen in £5, £10 and £20 notes.

The offender was wearing a balaclava, but the victim believes he is black from the parts of his face he could see and his accent. He is 5ft 10ins and was wearing a dark hooded top with the hood up over the balaclava, dirty blue jeans and scruffy trainers.

Det Con Simon Tyas, leading the investigation, said: “This happened early in the evening in the middle of the High Street so we are sure someone must have seen the offender going into the shop and then running away. Because his face was covered we are keen to trace any witnesses who may have a seen a man fitting the description in the area near to the time of the incident before he put on the balaclava.”

If you have any information about this incident, please contact Det Con Tyas at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour non-emergency number, 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to speak to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

You can also give information to the police in person by visiting any police station. Find out the opening times and location of your local station or please call 0845 8 505 505.

August 25th, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a robbery in Milton Keynes on Monday (23/8).

The 14-year-old victim was riding his BMX bike along Pencarrow Place, Fishermead, at 5.30pm, when two men, one on a BMX bike, came out of an alleyway and the offender on foot pushed the victim off his bike.

The victim fell to the floor and the man got on to his bike and both offenders rode off along Gurnards Avenue.

The offender who stole the bike is white, aged between 18 and 20, around 5ft 9ins, of medium build with a stubble beard and moustache. He was wearing a black baseball cap and a white nylon tracksuit. The offender on the BMX is white, aged between 17 and 18, around 5ft 8ins, of medium build and clean shaven. He was wearing a white nylon tracksuit top and black jogging bottoms.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or saw two men on BMX bikes in the area around the time of the offence is urged to contact the police or Crimestoppers.

August 25th, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a robbery in Milton Keynes on Friday (20/8).

The 20-year-old victim was walking along Gurnards Avenue, Fishermead, at 6pm when he was approached by two men. He was stopped by the men and assaulted, before being pulled into an alley where they were joined by another four men. They assaulted the victim before taking his wallet, containing cash.

The group ran away and a short time later one member of the group returned to the victim and threw his empty wallet back at him.

The offenders are black, aged between 17 and 20. One of the offenders was wearing a black top with a red pattern on and a second offender was wearing a light blue top, black jogging bottoms and was riding on a BMX bike.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnesses the incident or saw a group of black men in the area around the time of the offence to contact them.

August 24th, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a robbery in Milton Keynes on Wednesday (18/8).

The victim was walking along an alleyway which runs alongside the allotments between Larch Grove and Manor Road at approximately 9.30am. As she walked from Larch Grove towards the Co-Op, opposite the Plough public house, she saw an Asian teenager on a bicycle, cycling towards her. 

As he passed the victim, he hit her on the right side of her face and knocked her to the ground. The offender stole her purse and cycled away. The victim sustained bruising to her cheekbone and above her eyebrow.

The purse only contained about £3 in change. 

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or saw an Asian teenager riding a bicycle in the area around the time of the offence to contact them. 

Anyone with information is urged to contact Det Con Matt Hemming at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to talk to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

August 24th, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a woman was assaulted in Wolverton in the early hours of Monday morning (23/8). 

The incident happened as the victim, a 45-year-old woman, was walking home over the railway bridge along McConnell Drive at about 12.20am. The victim was grabbed by the offender and he held something to her neck which she could not see. A car drove past and caused the offender to let go of the victim and run off.  

The offender is white, 5ft 10ins to 6ft, in his early to mid-thirties with dark wavy hair. He was wearing a dark hooded top with the hood down and dark trousers, and had an Eastern European accent.  

Police are keen to trace the car that drove past as the assault was taking place and would also like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident.  

If you have any information about this incident, please contact PC Steve Cann at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour non-emergency number, 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to speak to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

August 23rd, 2010

Project Reduce - three final bidders named

Project Reduce; the partnership between Milton Keynes Council and Northamptonshire County Council today announced that three bidders would be moving forward into the next stage of the bidding process as it moves closer to awarding its 25 year contract for dealing with all the residual or ‘black bag’ waste generated by the two areas.
It is anticipated that the Project’s efforts, in combination with the established recycling initiatives in both authorities will prevent almost 90% of all waste going to landfill from 2014.

The three remaining bidders for the contract are:

  • Covanta Energy Ltd
  • Shanks Group Plc / Wheelabrator Technologies Inc.
  • Waste Recycling Group Ltd.

The decision to go forward with the three bidders and to de-select the fourth, Biffa Waste Services Ltd, from the process was made at a meeting of the Joint Waste Disposal Committee (JWDC) on the 19th of August following detailed evaluation of the submissions from the four bidders. The bids were evaluated against strict technical, legal, financial, environmental and societal criteria in order to reach the decision of which bidders to take forward.

The authorities continue to welcome solutions that include a variety of methods of treatment and disposal of waste that also adhere to the policies of each area. Both authorities will benefit from increased recycling rates and substantial reductions in carbon footprint as a result of the project.

The project also has the backing of the government and has provisionally been awarded £138 million of PFI (Private Finance Initiative) credits.

Councillor Mike Galloway, cabinet member for Environment, Planning and Growth for Milton Keynes Council, said: “This project is a landmark investment by both authorities for all of its residents. Landfill is unsustainable; both economically and environmentally, and we are planning for our future with the important decisions that are being made today.”

Cabinet member for Highways, Minerals and Waste at Northamptonshire County Council, Councillor Heather Smith, added: “With increasing pressure on all councils to control spending, this project represents a long term cost saving that will be of crucial importance to both authorities. We are reducing our impact on the environment by diverting landfill and investing in a more economical and efficient way of dealing with waste. We are confident that the successful bid will provide a solution that will meet the needs of both authorities.”

The next announcement regarding the project is expected in November, when the two final bidders for the project will be selected and the preferred bidder will be announced in July 2011.

August 23rd, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses in connection with a burglary at a farm in Milton Keynes.

The incident happened on Thursday (19/8), sometime between 9am and 2pm at Stockwell Farm in Wavendon. Offenders broke into three barns and stole tools and plant machinery valued at over £4,000.

Items stolen include:
Two Karcher pressure washers
Petrol 2-stroke chain saw,
Petrol 2-stroke small McCulloch chain saw
Flymo 2-stroke hedge trimmer 22cc orange
Spear & Jackson 2-stroke grass trimmer 32cc
Dewalt DW988 hammer drill
Black & Decker hammer drill
Dewalt table saw and carry frame
Diesel 4KVA generator in a red carry frame
Diesel 3KV generator in a yellow carry frame

PC David Clifford-Smith, leading the investigation, said: “We would like to hear from anyone who may have been offered any of the above items for sale at a bargain price. We also want to hear from anyone who may have seen a small burgundy panel van in the area of the farm that day. This is a large amount of equipment to steal and not very easy to hide away. If people don’t want to speak to us directly they can call Crimestoppers anonymously with information.”

If you have any information about this incident, please contact PC Clifford-Smith at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour non-emergency number, 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to speak to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

August 20th, 2010

Serious injury collision

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a collision in Buckingham yesterday (19/8).

At around 8.10pm, a blue Citroen Saxo and a blue Perodua Kelisa collided on the A421 at Thornborough, near to the Lone Tree pub.

The driver of the Perodua, a 25-year-old woman, was taken to Milton Keynes General Hospital with injuries to her leg. The five occupants of the Citroen, including the 19-year-old man who was driving, all received injuries and were taken to hospital. One of the occupants of the Citroen, an 18-year-old woman, received serious injuries to her spine which will result in a long stay in hospital.

The road was closed for five and a half hours for collision investigators to examine the scene.

Anyone with any information about the collision, or who saw either car prior to it, should contact PC Ryan Whiles at Aylesbury Roads Policing base on 0845 8 505 505. If you don’t want to speak to police or leave your name, call the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

August 19th, 2010

Firefighers hand over three £1,500 cheques

Buckingham's firefighters are handing over three £1,500 cheques to charities following their successful fundraising ball in May.

They have already made official presentations to Buckingham Community Hospital's League of Friends and Willen Hospice, and will shortly be handing the final cheque to The Fire Fighters Charity.

Taking part in yesterday's presentation to Elaine Johnston, Willen Hospice's community fundraiser, were Red Watch Manager John Robinson, Firefighter Steve Swainson, Watch Manager Neil Stafford, Firefighter Jerry Akuffo and Firefighter Scott Knowler.

John said: "These three charities are close to our hearts and we are delighted that the support of the local community helped us raise so much money for them."

The ball was held on 1 May at Villiers Hotel's Old Town Hall in Buckingham. The event’s main sponsors were FireAngel who supply smoke alarms to Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service.

A total of £5,500 was raised, with £1,000 being left in the kitty to set the ball rolling for next year's fundraising effort.

August 19th, 2010

Warning to Sat Nav owners – Milton Keynes

Thames Valley Police is urging vehicle owners not to leave Sat Navs in their vehicles after a spate of thefts.

A total of fifteen Sat Navs have been stolen from vehicles across the city in the last two weeks and eight of these were stolen in the last four days. On one occasion the Sat Nav was concealed in the glove compartment of the car but the thieves smashed the window and stole it anyway.

Neil Goodridge, vehicle crime reduction adviser, said: “We have seen an increase in these types of thefts over the last few weeks. Our advice to motorists is simple; do not leave Sat Nav’s or any other items in your vehicles when leaving it unattended. Hiding items in the glove compartment is not a deterrent.

“Make sure you remove the Sat Nav and the holder from the vehicle and where ever possible wipe away any marks on the windscreen left there by the Sat Nav holder. Don’t leave anything in the vehicle which may attract the attention of a passing thief.”

Other points to consider are to ensure that you always:

  •  Lock your car and close the windows
  • Park in a safe well lit place
  • If you have a drive / garage use it
  • Don’t leave keys in your car even if it is unattended for a few seconds.

August 18th, 2010

Man charged with receiving stolen goods

Thames Valley Police has charged a man from Milton Keynes with receiving stolen goods.

Sajjan Singh Basi, aged 23, from Otterburn crescent, Oakhill, was charged with receiving stolen goods on Monday (16/8). He has been released on bail until he is due to appear at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court on 24 September.

The charge is in connection with number plates, stolen from a vehicle in Ellesborough Grove, Two Mile Ash, on 25 June.

August 18th, 2010

Police dog helps catch three burglars

Quick work by police dog Oscar and his handler PC Paul Nally led to the arrest of three suspects following a report of an attempted burglary in Milton Keynes yesterday (17/8).

Police were called to an attempted burglary at a property in The Oval, Oldbrook, during the early hours of yesterday (17/8) morning, after offenders had tried to force open the front door of a property.

Within minutes, PC Nally and Oscar were in the area carrying out a search for the offenders. As a result of their search, three boys were arrested in Leadenhall on suspicion of attempted burglary.

The two 17-year-olds and one 15-year-old, all from Milton Keynes, were later released on conditional police bail until they are due to return to Milton Keynes police station on 13 September.

August 16th, 2010

John KennedyMissing man

Thames Valley Police has released a photo of a missing man from Milton Keynes in the hope the public will be able to help trace him.

John Kennedy, aged 39, originally from Monkston, was last seen on Wednesday 28 July. He was reported missing to the police on Saturday 31 July.

John is white, 5ft 10ins, average build, with cropped brown hair.

Extensive enquiries continue to be carried out to locate John; however, police are concerned for his welfare and are urging him to get in touch.

Anyone who has seen John, or anyone matching his description, is urged to contact Milton Keynes police station, via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505.

If you don’t want to speak to police or leave your name, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

August 16th, 2010

Traffic collision

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses to a road traffic collision in Milton Keynes on Saturday morning (14/8) after a driver was left with neck injuries.

The female driver of a black Smart car, was stopped at the Kingston roundabout on the H8 Standing Way, when another car, a small black hatchback collided with the rear of her vehicle. As she went to speak to the driver, he suddenly drove away before any details could be exchanged.

The driver of the second car is described as a young, black male. The registration of his vehicle incorporates the following: PNSNY. There is damage to the front of his car.

Officers from Milton Keynes Roads Policing would like to speak to anyone who may have witnesses the collision, or who may have information about the black hatchback. Anyone with information is asked to contact PC MacNaught on 0845 8 505 505, or if you don’t want to talk to the police or give your name, call the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

August 16th, 2010

Witness appeal

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses to a road traffic collision which happened in Buckingham Road in Bletchley near Milton Keynes on Sunday evening (15/8).

Two men received serious injuries after they came off a multi-coloured Honda motorbike. They were discovered lying in the road close to the junction of the H8 Standing Way (A421) at about 9.45pm by passers by.

Officers from Milton Keynes Roads Policing would like to speak to anyone who may have witnesses the collision or have seen the motorbike beforehand. Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Irwin on 0845 8 505 505, or if you don’t want to talk to the police or give your name, call the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111. 

August 16th, 2010

Cat killed by dog

Thames Valley Police in Milton Keynes is appealing for witnesses after a cat was killed by a dog on Saturday (7/8).

The black lurcher attacked a 20-year-old cat at 4.30pm on Craddocks Close, Bradwell. The cat died as a result of its injuries.

The owner of the dog is a white woman, aged between 70 and 75. She is 5ft 2ins, of medium build, with short, dark brown hair which is greying and was wearing glasses. She was in a dark blue mobility scooter which had a bright blue cushion on it.

PC Matt Thorn, investigating, said: “Understandably the owner of the cat is very upset and I am appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or believes they may know the owner of the dog to contact me or Crimestoppers.

“We need to trace the owner to give her the appropriate advice and support to ensure that this can not happen again.”

Anyone with any information is urged to contact PC Thorn at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to talk to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

August 13th, 2010

Boy charged with theft

Thames Valley Police has charged a boy with theft from a dwelling in Milton Keynes.

The 15-year-old boy from the Heelands area of Milton Keynes, was charged with two counts of theft from a dwelling. He has been released into the care of Social Services and is due to attend Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court on 21 September.

The charges are in connection to property being taken from a house in Aldegill, Heelands, on 31 July, including jewellery a mobile phone and a games console.

August 12th, 2010

Boy charged with burglary

Thames Valley Police has charged a boy with a number of burglary offences and drug possession.

The 16-year-old boy from the Great Linford area of Milton Keynes, was charged with one count of possession of a class b drug - cannabis and two counts of burglary dwelling. He is due to appear at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 24 August. 

The burglary offences are in connection with two properties being broken into in Gibbwin Lane, Great Linford; the first on 22 November 2009 and the second on 29 July 2010. Various property including mobile phones and jewellery was taken.

August 12th, 2010

Assault

Thames Valley Police in Milton Keynes is appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted on Sunday (8/8).

The victim was outside Phoenix Men’s Club, at the Leisure Plaza, Central Milton Keynes, between 4am and 4.15am, when he was assaulted from behind. The assault continued after he had fallen to the ground.

The victim sustained a number of injuries, including a cut to his head, which required 16 stitches at hospital, bruising to both hands and scratches to one of his elbows.

At the time of the incident the victim was wearing a dark-coloured short-sleeved shirt and denim jeans.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the assault to contact them or Crimestoppers.

Det Con John Swallow, investigating, said: “This was a vicious, unprovoked attack on a man enjoying a night out with friends and ended up with him in hospital with significant injuries.

“I believe there would have been a number of people in the area around the time of the offence and I am appealing to anyone who has any information in connection with the assault to contact me or Crimestoppers.”

August 12th, 2010

Man sentenced for robbery

A man, originally from Milton Keynes, has been sentenced to one year and nine month’s detention for robbery.

John Michael David Norman, aged 20, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to 21 month’s detention in a Young Offenders Institute on Thursday (5/8), at Huntingdon Crown Court, after he pleaded guilty to robbery.

The sentence is in relation to a robbery on 26 April, on Aylesbury Street West, Wolverton, where the 16-year-old victim was assaulted and robbed of his mobile phone.

August 11th, 2010

Man charged with drug and driving offences

Thames Valley Police in Milton Keynes have charged a man with drug and driving offences and possession of an offensive weapon.

Neil Smith, aged 36, from, Garraways, Coffee Hall, was arrested on Monday (9/8), following a stop check of a vehicle on Marron Lane, Wolverton.  Officers seized class A drugs, heroin and a lock knife.

Smith was charged yesterday (10/8), with two counts of possession of class A drugs, heroin, possession of an offensive weapon, driving without insurance and driving without a licence. He was released on bail until he is due to appear at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court on 8 September.

August 11th, 2010

Two men charged with robbery and blackmail

Thames Valley Police has charged two men from Milton Keynes with robbery and blackmail.

Ayanleh Hosh, aged 32 and Muna Mohamaud, aged 19, both from Langdale Close in Bletchley, were charged with one count of robbery and one count of blackmailing. Hosh was remanded in custody and Mohamaud was released on bail. 

Both men are due to appear at Huntingdon Crown Court today (11/8).

The charges are in connection to an incident on 26 July where a mobile phone was stolen from a property in Langdale Close, Bletchley and demands for money with menace were made. 

August 9th, 2010

Thames Valley Police in Milton Keynes are appealing for witnesses after a man exposed himself.

The victim was jogging around Loughton Lodge Lake at approximately 8.45pm on 25 July. She saw the man exposing himself as she reached the redway, about 100 metres short of the car park, with the entrance from Bradwell Road, with Danstead Way behind her.

The offender is described as white, aged in his early thirties, 5ft 7ins, of medium build, unshaven, with fair hair which was short on the sides but long and fluffy or curly on the top. He had a grey sweater hung over his back with the arms draped over his chest, and was wearing a short-sleeved grey T-shirt or polo-style shirt with blue horizontal stripes and light coloured jeans.

Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident; saw a man matching the above description in the area around the time of the offence or who has any information on the identity of the offender to contact them.

August 9th, 2010

A man from Milton Keynes has been charged with drug offences, as part of the ongoing initiative, Operation Falcon.

Michael James Hughes, aged 19, from Tyson Place, Oldbrook, was arrested and charged on Friday (6/8) with supplying a controlled drug, class B, cannabis. He was remanded in custody until he appeared at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court on Saturday (7/8).

Hughes pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply class B, cannabis and he was remanded in custody until he is due to be sentenced at Huntingdon Crown Court on Thursday (12/8).  

The charge is in connection to a warrant carried out under the Misuse of Drugs Act at a property in Tyson Close, Oldbrook, where officers seized 28 individual £20 deals of herbal cannabis and other drug supplying equipment. Officers also seized a canister, believed to be a CS gas canister.

August 9th, 2010

Burglars stole thouands of pounds' worth of designer handbags and shoes from a factory in Milton Keynes.

142 handbags and 31 pairs of shoes, valued at over £3,000, were taken from Radley and Co on 31 July.

Radley & Co. products are distinctive with a small Scotty dog attached to each handbag.

Thames Valley Police are appealing to anyone who is offered any Radley & Co. handbags or shoes at a discounted price, or has any information about the burglary to contact them.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact PC Shaun Wood at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to talk to the police, call the Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

August 4th, 2010

Five warrants have been carried out as part of the ongoing crack down against drug dealers and drug related crime in Milton Keynes, as part of the Operation Falcon initiative.

The warrants were carried out on Monday (2/8) and yesterday (3/8) across Wolverton and the North of the city.

Four out of the five warrants were positive with two arrests and the recovery of drugs, cash and property believed to be stolen.

On Monday, two warrants were carried out at properties in Enders Croft, Medbourne. At one property, six cannabis plants were seized and enquiries are ongoing to arrest a suspect. At the second address, herbal cannabis, two cannabis plants, class A drugs, believed to be cocaine, and cash were recovered. A 28-year-old man, from Medbourne, was arrested on suspicion of possession of class A drugs, production of class B cannabis, and possession with intent to supply class B cannabis. He has been released on police bail until 27 September.

The third warrant was carried out under the Theft Act at a property in Aldergill, Heelands, where property believed to be stolen from a burglary including an Xbox console; computer games and jewellery were recovered. A 15-year-old boy was arrested and later charged with two counts of theft. He was remanded in custody and appeared at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court yesterday (3/8).

On Monday, the neighbourhood policing team carried out a drug search of a bail hostel, in agreement with the management. All rooms were searched and no drugs were found.

Two warrants were carried out on Tuesday; one at a property in Bayard Avenue, Downs Barn where herbal cannabis was recovered and a 33-year-old man, from Milton Keynes was cautioned. The second warrant was carried out at a property in Meads Close, New Bradwell, where no drugs were found.

The North neighbourhood team carried out directed patrols in Conniburrow, where 12 people were stopped and searched. As a result, a number of intelligence forms were submitted and one vehicle was seized for having no insurance.

Supt Simon Eatwell, Milton Keynes Local Policing Area Commander, said: “This forms part of the ongoing initiative, Operation Falcon, in Milton Keynes. We will continue to bring down active drug dealers in the city and disrupt the supply of drugs on our streets.

“We are very aware of the close links between this type of crime and serious acquisitive crime, such as burglary, and with the ongoing enforcement will be able to focus on tackling the threat that drugs pose to our communities.”

August 3rd, 2010

A man from Milton Keynes has been sentenced to three years detention after his first criminal offence.

Brian Ndungu, aged 18, from Eston Court, Bradville, was sentenced to three years detention in a Young Offenders Institution on Friday (30/7), at Huntingdon Crown Court for robbery, possession of an imitation firearm and possession of cannabis.

Ndungu was charged on 22 April in relation to a robbery he committed on a taxi driver in Cleveland, Bradville on 21 April. He threatened the driver with an imitation firearm and stole cash and a mobile phone. Following an area search Ndungu was arrested.

Det Con Jennifer O’Neill, who led the investigation, said; “Even though this was Ndungu’s first offence, both the police and courts take crimes of this nature very seriously and this is reflected in his sentence.

“I hope this sends out a warning to anyone who even considers carrying out this type of crime. We have a very robust approach in Milton Keynes to investigating robbery, so offenders here run a very high risk of getting caught and could face being locked up for a number of years.”

August 3rd, 2010

A 42-year-old man has been given a community order and banned from driving after pleading guilty to causing death by careless driving.

Phillip Dulwich, from Norfolk Road, Dagenham, pleaded guilty at Huntingdon Crown Court on Friday (30/7). He was sentenced to carry out 300 hours of unpaid community work and was disqualified from driving for two years.

Dulwich was driving a Light Goods Vehicle on the southbound carriageway of the A5, close to the Portway roundabout, at 4.25am on 8 October 2009, when he collided with Martin West, who was cycling along the carriageway.

Martin West, aged 43, was from Gloucester Road, Wolverton, and was a Special Sergeant with Thames Valley Police.

August 2nd, 2010

In response to neighbourhood concerns about the levels of anti-social behaviour linked to The Netherfield Tavern public house, Thames Valley Police and partners have carried out a review of the licence.

Following concerns and intelligence from the local community, a search warrant was carried out at The Netherfield Tavern on 12 March by the neighbourhood team, where drugs and an offensive weapon were recovered.

As a result of the warrant, Thames Valley Police Licensing Department, supported by the neighbourhood team and partners carried out a review of the licence. Further information was received as a result of the Crimestoppers campaign which supported the review and the review was put before the licensing sub-committee on 20 July.

The committee, which is made up of local councillors, supported all of the evidence given and urged the management of The Netherfield Tavern to work more closely with the police and tackle the issues that had been raised.

As a result of the review, the management have engaged and acknowledged there is a problem and will be appointing new managers, with a re-launch of the premises at the end of August.

Neighbourhood Inspector, Colleen Lavery, said: “After a number of complaints and concerns by local residents, we listened to what was said and acted on those concerns. We carried out a warrant in March and following the warrant the decision was made to carry out a licence review.

“Working together with partners including the parish council, we have had a successful review and the management are very keen to make this a pub at the heart of the community and we will be looking to support them.

“As a result of the review, they will be appointing new managers at the premises and I hope this is a start to a close, successful working relationship with the management.

“I hope this reassures the local community and any concerns or issues raised by the residents have now been resolved and they will embrace the new management of the pub and the re-launch at the end of the month.”

August 2nd, 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after 47-year-old Clive Stephens was found dead near the Blue Lagoon, Bletchley at about 6.30pm on Friday 23 July.

A post mortem examination carried out at Milton Keynes General Hospital on Saturday 24 July determined the death was not suspicious, although it did not determine the cause of Mr Stephen’s death.

Det Sgt Mitchell, leading the enquiry, said: “Although we are not treating Clive’s death as suspicious we would like to speak to anyone who may have seen Clive in the area of the Blue Lagoon on Friday 16 July at about 8pm. We know there were a number of people out walking and cycling in the area that evening and I would ask them to contact me if they think they saw Clive.”

If you have any information, please contact Det Sgt Mitchell, at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour non-emergency number, 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to speak to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Tribute from the family of Clive Stephens:

Clive was a much loved son, brother, father and friend. He was born in Northampton but spent much of his life living in Bletchley where he attended Leon School until 1981. After leaving school he spent time working as a carpenter and a builder.

Clive’s real passion in life was his paintings and photography. Clive was a talented artist and won medals and awards for his work. He was also a keen wildlife photographer and spent many hours taking pictures in the local area.

Clive leaves behind his four children, two grandchildren as well as his three sisters, his Dad and his two mums.

His sister Sharon made the following tribute to her brother: “I cannot believe that you died and I never got to say goodbye. I have so many emotions that I can’t hide but I guess ours is not to question why.”

His sister Jeanette added: “Clive was the best brother in the world and his sisters will struggle everyday without him. Love you Clive.”

Clive’s funeral will be held at Crownhill Crematorium on Friday 6 August at 11am. After the service friends and family are welcome to attend 38 Tavistock Street to celebrate Clive’s life.

August 2nd, 2010

Neighbourhood policing teams in Milton Keynes have released a timetable for their mobile police station. Members of the public can turn up and speak to the police at the times and locations listed below

The mobile police station visits rural communities making it easier for the public to access police services while enabling them to have their say on any issues that matter to them.

Ch Insp Amanda Blake said: “We aim to engage with all our communities and tackle issues that matter to them. The mobile police station helps our neighbourhood teams to reach people who may find it hard to get to their nearest police station.”

To find out about your neighbourhood policing team, use the post code search on the Thames Valley Police website. You can speak to your team by calling 0845 8 505 505.

Below is the mobile police station schedule for August 2010; dates and venues are subject to change.

Please check your neighbourhood policing page on the Thames Valley Police website for changes and updated venues and dates of these meetings.

Sunday 1/8/2010

08.30 to 09.30: Lavendon
09.30 to 10.30: Cold Brayfield
10.35 to 11.35: Newton Blossomville
11.35 to 12.35: Clifton Reynes

Tuesday 3/8/2010

14.30 to 15.30: Stoke Goldinton
15.35 to 16.35: Ravenstone
16.40 to 17.40: Western Underwood
17.45 to 18.45: Emberton

Sunday 8/8/2010

14.00 to 15.00: Astwood & Hardmead
15.05 to 16.05: Chicheley
16.10 to 17.10: North Crawley
17.15 to 18.15: Moulsoe

Friday 13/8/2010

08.30 to 09.30: Hanslope
09.35 to 10.35: Castlethorpe
10.40 to 11.40: Haversham

Sunday 15/8/2010

14.00 to 15.00: Little Brickhill
15.05 to 16.05: Bow Brickhill
16.10 to 17.10: Wavendon

Tuesday 17/8/2010

14.30 to 15.30: Lathbury
15.35 to 16.35: Gayhurst
16.40 to 17.40: Filgrave & Tyringham
17.45 to 18.45: Sherington

Thursday 19.8.2010

14.30 to 15.30: Clifton Reynes
15.35 to 16.35: Newton Blossomville
16.40 to 17.40:  Lavendon
17.45 to 18.45: Cold Brayfiled

Tuesday 24/8/2010

08.30 to 09.30: Stoke Goldington
08.35 to 10.35: Ravenstone
10.40 to 11.40: Western Underwood
11.45 to 12.45: Emberton

Wednesday 25/8/2010

10.00 to 11.00: Astwood & Hardmead
11.05 to 12.05: Chicheley
12.10 to 13.10: North Crawley
13.15 to 14.15: Moulsoe

Saturday 28/8/2010

09.00 to 10.00: Hanslope
10.05 to 11.05: Castlethorpe
11.10 to 12.10: Haversham

Sunday 29/8/2010

09.00 to 10.00: Bow Brickhill
10.05 to 11.05: Little Brickhill
11.15 to 12.15: Wavendon

Tuesday 31/8/2010

15.00 to 16.00: Lathbury
16.05 to 17.05: Gayhurst
17.10 to 18.10: Filgrave & Tyringham
18.15 to 19.15: Sherington

August 2nd, 2010

A man from Milton Keynes has been sentenced to two years and three months imprisonment for conspiracy to handle stolen goods.

Carl Torano, aged 26, from Troutbeck, Peartree Bridge, was sentenced at Huntingdon Crown Court on 21 July after pleading guilty to conspiracy to handle stolen goods.

He has been sentenced to two years and three months imprisonment, 67 days of which have already been spent on remand.

The sentence is in relation to offences between 1 April and 14 May, when Torano conspired to dishonestly receive stolen goods, namely electrical goods, jewellery and motor vehicles.

A second man, Anthony Persaud, aged 26, from Broadlands, Netherfield, also charged in connection with the same offence is due to be sentenced at Huntingdon Crown Court on a date still to be fixed.

August 2nd, 2010

Three men have been sentenced to a total of four years and three months detention for a violent disorder incident in Newport Pagnell.

Callum Lucas, aged 18, from Waterlow Close, Newport Pagnell, was sentenced to two years and three months detention in a Young Offenders Institute for grievous bodily harm with intent.

Jamie Jones, aged 20, from Lincoln, Stantonbury, Milton Keynes, was sentenced to one year and three months detention in a Young Offenders Institute for grievous bodily harm with intent.

Anthony Peach, aged 20, from Granby Court, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, was sentenced to nine months detention in a Young Offenders Institute for possession of an offensive weapon.

Lucas and Jones were sentenced on Thursday (29/7) and Peach was sentenced on 16 July; all three were sentenced at Huntingdon Crown Court.

A fourth man, Campbell Mair, aged 20, of no fixed abode, who was charged with possession of an offensive weapon, failed to appear at court to be sentenced and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

The sentences are in connection to a violent disorder in Newport Pagnell on 30 May 2009. Police were called to a disturbance in The Grove, Green Park area where a 19-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy, sustained knife wounds.

Det Con John Swallow, who led the investigation, said: “Thankfully incidents involving knives are extremely rare in Milton Keynes. The sentences send out a strong message that knife crime in Milton Keynes will not be tolerated and people found in possession of an offensive weapon will be dealt with robustly, put before the courts and could face being imprisoned.

“I would also like to thank members of the public for their cooperation during this investigation.”

30th July 2010

Thames Valley Police in Milton Keynes has charged a man with producing cannabis, a controlled class B drug.

Craig William Fayers-Hillin, aged 33, from Pinewood Drive, Bletchley, was charged today (30/7), with producing cannabis. He has been released on bail to appear at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court on 10 September.

The charge is in connection with a warrant carried out under the Misuse of Drugs Act at a property in Berrington Grove, Westcroft on 13 May, where officers seized 126 cannabis plants.

30th July 2010

A man from Milton Keynes has been sentenced to six years imprisonment for grievous bodily harm with intent.

Nathan Thomas Stear, aged 22, from Swimbridge Lane, Furzton, was sentenced at Huntingdon Crown Court on Wednesday (28/7), after he pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm with intent.

Stear has been sentenced to six years imprisonment with a further two years extended licence when he is released.

The sentence is in connection with an incident at an address in The Linx, Bletchley on 15 January, where two men were threatened with a knife and one sustained cuts to his face and body.

Det Con Adam Billingham, said: “Stear committed a vicious, unprovoked attack on his victim. His sentence reflects the seriousness of the offence and I hope the victim can now start to move on with his life knowing his attacker has been locked up for a number of years.”

30th July 2010

Thames Valley Police in Milton Keynes has charged a boy with five robberies and an assault.

The 17-year-old boy, from Milton Keynes, was charged on 8 July with five counts of robbery and one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He has been remanded in custody to appear at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court on 10 August.

The charges relate to five separate robberies which took place in June in Studley Knapp, Walnut Tree and Wavendon Gate. All of the victim’s were aged between 14 and 19, they were threatened and items including iPods and mobile phones were stolen.

The assault charge relates in an incident on 15 June, where a 19-year-old victim was in Tesco Express, opposite Walton High School, and a man approached him and asked him to buy him cigarettes. The victim refused, left the store, and as he reached Blackberry Court, Walnut Tree, the offender asked him where he was going. He then punched the victim, causing his lip to spilt and loosening two teeth. He attended Milton Keynes General Hospital where he received nine stitches to his lip and had his teeth reset.

29th July 2010

Thames Valley Police in Buckingham have charged a man with cultivation of cannabis plants following a drugs warrant in June.

Aneil Baig, aged 31, from Mayer Gardens, Shenley Lodge, Milton Keynes was charged yesterday (28/7) with cultivation of cannabis plants, a class B controlled drug. He was released on police bail until he is due to appear at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court on 10 August.

The charge relates to a drugs warrant carried out at a property in Warren Road, Little Horwood, on 15 June. Officers discovered 276 cannabis plants within the property along with hydroponics equipment.

The drugs warrant was carried out at the property following community intelligence and concerns raised by residents to the local neighbourhood team.

Neighbourhood Inspector, Emma Garside, said: “This warrant was made possible because of information received from within the community. Community information is the key to preventing drug use and drug related crime.

“I would ask that anyone with any information on drugs or other crime in their area to contact their local policing team on 0845 8 505 505 or, if they do not wish to talk to the police, contact the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

28th July 2010

A 15-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to two counts of theft from vehicles and asked for 12 further offences of theft from vehicles and shoplifting to be taken into consideration.

The 15-year-old was charged with two counts of theft from vehicles on 24 June and pleaded guilty at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court yesterday (27/7). He has been released on bail until he is sentenced at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court on 17 August.

The charges are in relation to a theft from a vehicle in Milton Keynes on 4 June, where a satellite navigation system was stolen, and on 17 June, where large quantities of cigarettes were stolen from a vehicle in Milton Keynes.

28th July 2010

Two men have been sent to prison for drug offences following an operation to crack down on the use and supply of class A drugs in Buckingham.

Daniel Bidwell, aged 25, from Pightle Crescent, Buckingham, was sentenced to 20 months imprisonment and Leslie Mayo, aged 26, from Park Road, Banbury, Oxfordshire, was sentenced to three years and four months imprisonment. Both men were sentenced at Aylesbury Crown Court on Friday (23/7).

Bidwell was charged on 23 February 2010 with two counts of supplying a class A controlled drug, cocaine. Mayo was charged on the same date with two counts of supplying a class A controlled drug, cocaine; possession/control of an article for use in fraud; supplying a class A controlled drug, ecstasy; possession of cocaine with intent to supply and possession of a class A controlled drug, cocaine.

The sentences on Friday were a result of Operation Shadow, which was carried out by a number of departments in Thames Valley Police, including the Buckingham neighbourhood teams, CID and intelligence departments. In total 14 warrants were carried out under the Missue of Drugs Act, between October and December 2009.

Illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia and cash were recovered from six properties and nine people were arrested, including the two men mentioned.

A third man, Timothy Thornton, aged 43, from Meadway, Buckingham, was also charged on 23 February with supplying a controlled class A drug, cocaine, and possession of a controlled class A drug, cocaine, and will appear for trial at Aylesbury Crown Court on 23 August.

Neighbourhood Inspector, Emma Garside, said: “Operation Shadow was a direct response to concerns raised by residents, who told the neighbourhood policing team they were concerned about drug abuse and drug dealing in Buckingham.

“As a result, we worked with expert teams of detectives and other specialists in the Thames Valley to target those responsible for drug supply.

“I hope this sends a message to anyone concerned in the supply of drugs that Thames Valley Police will relentlessly disrupt their operations and bring them to justice.

“I would like to use this opportunity to thank the community in Buckingham for telling us about their problems, which allows us to tackle them – please continue to do so and we will continue to carry out warrants and arrests and crack down on any use or supply of illegal drugs.”

27th July 2010

Thames Valley Police in Aylesbury Vale have charged a man with a burglary he committed in Buckingham.

Ashley Lowen, aged 25, from Church Close, Maids Moreton, was charged with burglary on Friday (23/7). He appeared at Aylesbury Magistrates’ Court on the same day, where he was remanded to appear at Aylesbury Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (28/7).

The charge relates to a burglary at a property in Church Street, Buckingham on 14 July. The offender gained entry to the property but was disturbed by the resident and left empty handed.

26th July 2010

Thames Valley Police in Milton Keynes has charged a man with two counts of sexual assault.

Kassam Khalid, aged 28, from Veryan Place, Fishermead was charged on 10 July with two counts of sexual assault.  He was remanded in custody until he appeared at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court on 12 July.

He appeared at court where he pleaded not guilty and was released on bail until he is due to appear at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court for trial on 13 and 24 September.

The charges relate to two separate incidents on 8 July in Central Milton Keynes where a woman and a girl, were touched inappropriately.

26th July 2010

Only 18 people, from a total of 65,000, had to be dealt with by Thames Valley Police during the concert of The Prodigy at MK Bowl on Saturday evening (24/7).

Ten people were arrested and brought to Milton Keynes custody and a further eight people were dealt with at the event.

Details of arrests:

A 20-year-old man from Aylesbury was arrested on suspicion of driving while being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He has been released on police bail until 27 August.

A 17-year-old boy was arrested and charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He has been released on bail to appear at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court on 31 August.

A 26-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman, both from Milton Keynes, were arrested under section 5 of the Public Order Act. They were released with a caution and Fixed Penalty Notice respectively.

Two men, aged 34 and 23, from London were arrested on suspicion of theft. They were both released without charge.

Two women, aged 29 and 31, from Birmingham, were arrested on suspicion of the supply of a controlled drug, class B, cannabis. Both women have been released on police bail until 6 September.

A 27-year-old man, from Bedfordshire, was arrested on suspicion of possession of class A drugs. He was released with a caution.

A 38-year-old man, from London, was arrested on suspicion of possession of class A drugs. He was released without charge.

Of the further eight people dealt with by officers at the MK Bowl, six people were cautioned for possession of class A drugs and two people received a street caution for possession of class B drugs.

Supt Simon Eatwell, said: “Overall the event ran very smoothly with very few issues and it is pleasing to know only 18 people out of the 65,000 who attended had to be dealt with by police.”

During the evening, police only received a small number of calls from residents concerned about people parking their vehicles in nearby residential areas. These calls were referred to Milton Keynes Council.

25th July 2010

A family escaped uninjured after a fire broke out in their home this afternoon.

Crews from Great Holm and Broughton were called to a three-storey townhouse in Blackheath Crescent, Bradwell Common, at 5.10pm. The fire started in a bedroom on the top floor.

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service's emergency control room received 14 calls to the fire in the space of five minutes.

Station Manager Tony Bennett, who also attended, said: "There were initial fears that there was still someone inside the house when the crews arrived.

"Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus carried out a thorough search and were able to give the all-clear."

The fire caused severe damage to the top storey of the house and started to break through the bedroom floor to the middle storey.

The houses on either side were evacuated as a precaution and firefighters used thermal imaging cameras to help check that they had prevented the fire spreading.

Firefighters worked off a 24-metre turntable ladder at the front of the house and a 13-5-metre ladder at the back.

A relief crew from Bletchley Fire Station arrived at 7pm and a reinspection was carried out at 9.45pm.

23rd July 2010

As the academic year draws to a close, Oakgrove School is reflecting on a successful year of community partnership working. Hot on the heels of their outstanding Ofsted rating, the school has now received the Every Child Matters Gold Quality Mark from the education charity Ormiston Education. The award recognises their outreach work with partners such as the parish council, youth service, MKCVO and police.

The school has worked with Milton Keynes Council’s Extended Services to make links with the community over the last year.  Together they developed the ‘More than a School’ consultation which asked pupils about issues affecting their quality of life, the area they live in and how they would like to make things better.

They also asked pupils what they thought about the activities they took part in after school and in the holidays and what they would like to see improved. The results led to a number of new activities being introduced such as a regular holiday programme of sports activities at Oakgrove Leisure Centre; assembly visits from a local police officer to discuss fear of crime in the local area; the setting up of a young person led anti-bullying after school committee; links between the school Eco group and local parishes to tackle littering; and school led projects on the dangers of alcohol, drugs and smoking.

The work to develop community cohesion has contributed to the school’s outstanding rating from Ofsted. In their report, inspectors said: “The school is an outstanding example of how to draw a community together.  It recognises areas for development, plans effectively to build on strengths, has a good understanding of its context, and actively promotes a deeper understanding of the religious, ethnic and socio-economic characteristics of communities beyond the school”.

Peter Barnes, Headteacher at Oakgrove School said: “This is an excellent achievement and testament to all the hard work that goes on day-to-day across the school.”

The school and Extended Services Team are now asking parents and carers for their views about the current local provision of activities and services for families, experiences of life in the local community and what improvements they would like to see. Parents should have received a copy of the survey from the school and there is still time to take part. Responses will be collated and analysed by Extended Services and shared with the school, local parishes and other community organisations who are working together to make things better. For more information or a copy of the survey, parents and carers can contact Linzi Halfpenny on 07506 741443 or Linzi.halfpenny@milton-keynes.gov.uk .  The survey can also be downloaded from www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/extended-schools

22nd July 2010

Thames Valley Police in Milton Keynes is appealing for witnesses after a woman was assaulted on Saturday (17/7).

The woman was chased by a white man down Aylesbury Street, near Manor Road in Bletchley, just after midnight and assaulted. She sustained minor injuries.

Police are keen to trace three men who pulled over in a dark coloured vehicle and spoke to the victim to ensure she was ok.

The incident occurred around the time people would have been leaving the local pubs and it is possible a number of people may have witnessed the incident.  

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information to contact Det Con Rebecca Wickens at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505.

If you do not want to talk to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

21st July 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a 12-year-old boy suffered minor injuries in a collision in Milton Keynes earlier this afternoon (21/7).

The boy was taken to Milton Keynes General Hospital after being hit by a car, thought to be a blue or green Toyota Avensis, on the H8 Standing Way near the Neatherfield roundabout, at about 3.40pm.

PC Ian Stevens, of the Milton Keynes Road Policing Unit, said: “The driver of the car did stop at the scene and spoke to a witness, but he did not leave his details. We would like him to get in touch with us as soon as possible.”

If you were the driver of the car, or have any information about the collision, contact PC Stevens via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to speak to police or leave your name, call the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

21st July 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a man exposed himself to two sisters in Milton Keynes on Monday (19/7).

The incident happened at about 8.15pm, near Loughton Brook, Furzton, as the sisters, aged 18 and 22, were sitting on a picnic bench. The offender walked passed the victims towards Furzton Lake and then turned around and walked back towards them. He loitered in the area for about ten to fifteen minutes, talking on a mobile phone, before turning towards them and exposing himself. The victims immediately got up and walked away.  

The offender is white, in his late twenties, approximately 5ft 9ins, stocky and muscular, with blonde cropped hair. He was clean shaven and looked tanned. He was wearing a very bright white t-shirt, mid-blue shorts, white socks and white trainers. The victims described the t-shirt as having creases down the sleeves, like it had been pressed.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact PS Gemma Price, at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour non-emergency number, 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to speak to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

21st July 2010

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a woman, who is seven months pregnant, had her handbag snatched in Milton Keynes on Sunday afternoon (18/7).

The incident happened at about 2.30pm, as the victim was walking towards the fire station on Middleton. She was carrying her handbag in her left hand, when a man on a BMX rode passed her and grabbed the bag. He rode off towards the fire station.

The offender was wearing a black hooded top with NIKE displayed in white writing on the lower back and the outline of a pair of trainers.

The bag is a small, black, leather handbag containing a black suede D&G purse with £70, bank cards, and a picture of the victim’s daughter inside.

If you have any information about this incident or found a handbag matching this description, please contact PC Richard Minney, at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour non-emergency number, 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to speak to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.


21st July 2010

Missing Man

Clive Stephens Thames Valley Police has released a photo of a missing man from Milton Keynes, in the hope the public will be able to help trace him.

Clive Stephens, aged 47, was last seen at the Blue Lagoon, Drayton Road, Bletchley, on Friday (16/7). He was reported missing to the police on Saturday (17/7).

Clive is white, 5ft 9ins, slim, with ginger hair and a tattoo on his right forearm.  

Police are concerned for Clive’s welfare and are urging him to get in touch.

Anyone who has seen Clive, or anyone matching his description, is urged to contact Milton Keynes police station, via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505.

If you don’t want to speak to police or leave your name, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

21st July 2010

Alleged sexual assault

Thames Valley Police in Milton Keynes is appealing for witnesses after an alleged sexual assault on Saturday (17/7).

At 1.30am, a 23-year-old woman left Lloyds Bar in the Theatre District, Central Milton Keynes and got into what she believed was a private hire taxi.

She was driven to the H7 Chaffron Way where she was allegedly sexually assaulted in a lay-by, opposite the entrance to Colindale Street, Monkston Park, before the driver drove off and left her in the lay-by.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen a woman getting into a dark coloured car in the parking area by Fitness First in the Theatre District, Avebury Boulevard or saw a vehicle pull over or in the lay-by just off Chaffron Way, near Monkston Park between 1.30am and 2.15am to contact them.

Det Sgt Dawn Pegg, leading the investigation, said: “Chaffron Way is a busy road, even in the early hours of the morning and the alleged incident took place just off the main carriageway. The offender’s car would have been stationary in a wide junction that does not lead anywhere because the road into the estate has not yet been constructed.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to remind women to try and stick with your friends on a night out and if you do get separated from them, always make sure you use a pre-booked taxi.”

Anyone with any information is urged to contact Det Sgt Pegg at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to talk to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

21st July 2010

Assault

Thames Valley Police in Milton Keynes is appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted on Sunday (18/6).

At 1.30am, the victim was approached by two men on Newport Road, New Bradwell, and was assaulted. He sustained minor head injuries which required treatment at Milton Keynes General Hospital and was discharged shortly after.

One of the offenders is white, around 5ft 7ins and was wearing jeans, a leather jacket and a belt which is described by the victim as being ‘fancy’. The second offender was wearing earrings and appeared to be younger than the first offender.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the assault, saw the two men in the area around the time of the offence or has any information to contact them.

Anyone with information is urged to contact PC Adam Spires at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to talk to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

19th July 2010

Attempted theft and common assault on schoolboy

Thames Valley Police in Milton Keynes is appealing for witnesses after an eight-year-old schoolboy was assaulted and the offender attempted to steal his bicycle on Friday (15/7).

The boy left school at 3.35pm to cycle home when he was approached by a teenage boy outside Emerson Valley Combined School on Hodder Lane, Emerson Valley. The offender attempted to steal the boy’s bicycle before spitting in the victim’s face and then running down Hodder Lane towards the V3 Fulmer Street.

The offender is black, aged around 14 years old, 5ft 2ins and slim. He had short, shaved black hair and was wearing a black T-shirt, black shorts and black plimsoles. He was described as being unsteady on his feet.

As a result of the incident the boy has been left upset and is now having to be picked up from school by his family as he does not want to travel home from school alone. There would have been a number of children and parents in the area around the time of the offence and police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident to contact them.

Anyone who saw the offender in the area around the time of the offence or has any information is urged to contact PC Andrew Pearce at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to talk to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

16th July 2010

Man sent to prison for robbery – Milton Keynes

A man from Milton Keynes was sentenced to 12 month’s imprisonment for robbery and attempted robbery yesterday (14/7).

Samuel Roy Templeman, aged 20, from White Alder, Stacey Bushes was sentenced at Huntingdon Crown Court to 12 month’s imprisonment for robbery and 12 month’s imprisonment for attempted robbery. The sentences are to run concurrently.

The sentence is in relation to a robbery and attempted robbery which took place on 13 May on Saxon Street, Bletchley, where Templeman threatened the two victims and demanded cash from them. He was arrested and charged on 9 June.

16th July 2010

Two arrested for drug and burglary offences

Thames Valley Police in Milton Keynes have arrested a man and a woman on suspicion of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply and burglary following a warrant carried out on Wednesday (14/7).

Officers from Milton Keynes Priority Crime Team carried out the warrant at a property in Gayal Croft, Shenley Brook End, where a Volkswagen Golf, £1,000 worth of suspected class A drugs, believed to be cocaine, cash, drug preparation equipment and suspected steroids were recovered.

The Volkswagen is believed to have been stolen in a burglary in Northamptonshire between 6 and 7 July. Following the warrant, officers from Milton Keynes worked with Northamptonshire Priority Crime Team with further enquiries.

A 19-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman were arrested at the property on suspicion of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply and the 19-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of burglary. They have both been released on police bail until 1 September, when they will return to Milton Keynes police station.

Det Con Paul Summerville, leading the investigation, said: “The warrant is an excellent example of how Priority Crime Team officers work with their counterparts from other forces to tackle cross-border offences.”

15th July 2010

Man sentenced for robbery

A man from Milton Keynes has been sentenced after he pleaded guilty to robbery.

Morhede Sullivan, aged 18, from North Seventh Street, Central Milton Keynes, was arrested on 2 May and charged with robbery on 11 June.

Sullivan appeared at Huntingdon Crown Court on 7 July where he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to four month’s imprisonment, suspended for 12 months and order to carry out 80 hours unpaid work.

The sentence relates to a robbery on 1 May, where three men threatened a man and robbed him of his mobile phone in the car park next to the Point Complex, Secklow Gate, Central Milton Keynes.

A boy, aged 16, from Milton Keynes, was also charged in connection with the robbery. He is due to appear at Huntingdon Crown Court on 1 September.

15th July 2010

Picture released of stolen kayak

Stolen Kayak Thames Valley Police in Milton Keynes has released an image of a kayak stolen during a burglary in the hope someone will recognise it and come forward with information.

Between 1 and 8 June, offenders gained entry to a garage on Horsefair Green, Stony Stratford and stole three kayaks. The kayak pictured is a two man kayak, blue and cream, has a lime green strip around the waterline, a wooden backrest fitted and a moveable seat.

The other two kayaks stolen are one-man kayaks; one is white and green and has a orange fibreglass patch on the side and the other is brown and beige and made of plastic.

Police are appealing for anyone who saw anyone in the area around the time of the offence acting suspiciously or has been offered a kayak recently matching any of the above descriptions to contact them.

Anyone with information is urged to contact PCSO Carol Millar at Wolverton police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to talk to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

15th July 2010

Man charged with vehicle and driving offences

A man from Milton Keynes has been charged with a number of vehicle and driving offences.

Lee Mark Westbury, aged 23, from Harrowden, Bradville, was arrested and charged on Tuesday (13/7), with taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent, driving a motor vehicle without a driving licence and driving a motor vehicle without third party insurance.

The charges relate to a Fiat Ulysses being driven on Monday (12/7), without the owner’s consent, after it was stolen from the BP service station on Childs Way while the owner was in the shop. The vehicle was later recovered in Ravensbourne Place, Springfield.

Westbury was remanded in custody until he appeared at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court yesterday (14/7). He was released on conditional bail until he is due to appear at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court on 10 August.

15th July 2010

Assault

Thames Valley Police in Milton Keynes is appealing for witnesses after two men were assaulted on Friday (9/7).

At 10.30pm, the two victims were assaulted by a group of men in Furzton Lake, Lynmouth Crescent, Furzton. One of the victims was punched in the face, knocking him to the floor and as the other victim went to assist his friend he was repeatedly kicked and punched by the other members of the group, causing him to sustain numerous grazes and bruises.

The group of men are believed to have been drinking in the car park opposite the Cricket Pavillion, off Lynmouth Crescent. The assault took place approximately 50 metres away from the car park on the redway which runs alongside Lynmouth Crescent.

There was between 10 and 15 men within the group and the first offender who punched the first victim is white, 6ft, slim, with red curly hair and he was wearing a black and white football shirt.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the assault or saw this group of men in the area around the time of the offence to contact them as their information could be vital to the investigation.

Anyone with information is urged to contact PC Stephen West at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to talk to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

13th July 2010

Robbery – Milton Keynes

Thames Valley Police in Milton Keynes is appealing for witnesses after a robbery.

On 29 June, at 10.30pm, the 30-year-old victim had been to KP newsagents, Victoria Street, Bletchley and was walking towards the recreation ground, just off Queensway. As he walked along Queensway he saw three men sitting on a bench on the corner of Queensway and Victoria Street.

He walked into the recreation ground and heard footsteps and was assaulted from behind. The offenders punched and kicked him to the floor and stole his rucksack which contained clothes, a black Nokia N95 and cash. They also stole his imitation Rolex watch, white Nike trainers and a silver ring with a black stone. The offenders ran off across the recreation ground.

The offenders are white and aged between 18 and 25. One of the offenders is around 5ft 8ins and has brown hair which was swept over to the left hand side. One of the other offenders is medium to stocky build and was wearing a cream jacket. The third offender was wearing a black or dark-coloured baseball cap and a dark hooded top with the hood down. The offenders are described as speaking in a foreign accent, possibly Eastern European.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the robbery or saw the three men sat on the bench shortly before the robbery to contact them.

Police are also keen to speak to anyone who has recently been offered or given anything matching the descriptions of the property stolen, in particular the watch and ring.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Det Con Wayne Watson at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to talk to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

13th July 2010

Exposure – Milton Keynes

Thames Valley Police in Milton Keynes are appealing for witnesses after a man indecently exposed himself on Friday (9/7).

Between 4.30pm and 4.45pm, a 13-year-old boy was walking from Stantonbury shops and walked under the underpass of the V7 on to Barry Avenue, Bradville, near to Crispin Road. As he was walking towards Crispin Road, an older model silver Ford Focus drove up alongside him and the driver wound the window partially down and engaged in conversation with the boy.

While the driver was walking to the boy, he exposed himself and then drove off towards Kingsfold, where he turned his car around and drove back next to the boy. He engaged in conversation again, still exposing himself. He asked the boy to wait with him until his friend arrived, but the boy refused and the driver turned around and drove away up Kingsfold.

The offender is described as having dark tanned skin, aged between his forties and fifties, has short brown hair around the sides of his head and a bald patch in the middle. He has wrinkles on his forehead, a bump on his nose, possibly a beard or stubble around the sides of his face and under his chin and he is described as speaking with a foreign accent. He was wearing a polo shirt, blue jeans and he had a green and black baseball cap on the passenger seat.

The boy saw a woman and an elderly man walking past at around the same time of the offence and police are urging these two people to come forward as they may have vital information to help with the investigation.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is urged to contact PC David Williams at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to talk to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

13th July 2010

Arson

Thames Valley Police in Milton Keynes are appealing for witnesses after an arson at a new play area on Saturday (10/7).

Just before 9pm, an arson was reported at the new play area on Downs Barn park near Dansteed Way. Fire damage has been caused to a climbing net where the netting has been completely destroyed and only the poles remain.

Four young men were seen leaving the area around the time of the offence and police want to speak to these young men in connection with the fire. They were all seen wearing tops in varying shades of blue.

PC Sam Lake, investigating, said: “The area was recently built for local children to come and enjoy and the area is lucky to have such a facility.

“The damage to the play equipment will cost money to repair, money that is not always freely available, but luckily due to the quick response by the fire service the damage was minimised.

“This kind of behaviour is not only dangerous, but is selfish and mindless. It is taking away the enjoyment for the children who live locally and this will not be tolerated. I urge anyone with information to contact me or Crimestoppers.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is urged to contact PC Lake at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to talk to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

29th June 2010

Nixon watches stolen

Thames Valley Police is asking members of the public to contact them if they are offered a rare, cut price Nixon watch, following a burglary in Milton Keynes.

Fifteen watches, worth over £2,000, were stolen from Bucks Boarding Centre, in Duckworth Court, Oldbrook, at around 4.20am on Saturday 5 June. The shutters on the front of the shop were damaged and entry was gained through the front door.

PC Mark Underwood, leading the investigation, said: “These watches can only be sold by approved retailers, so you should never see them for sale on market stalls or at a car boot sale. They are very distinctive and not something you come across every day.

“If anyone has been offered a Nixon watch for sale or has bought one recently in good faith, please contact police. We can very quickly check if they are one of the watches that were stolen in this burglary.”

If you have any information about this incident, please contact PC Underwood at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour non-emergency number, 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to speak to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

You can also give information to the police in person by visiting any police station. Find out the opening times and location of your local station (opens new window) or please call 0845 8 505 505.

29th June 2010

Boy charged with assault

A 17-year-old boy has been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The 17-year-old boy, from Sudbury, Suffolk, was charged with assault and perverting the course of justice on 15 June. He has been released on bail until he is due to appear at Aylesbury Magistrates’ Court today (29/6).

The charges relate to an incident at Stowe School on 2 May, where a 17-year-old pupil at the school received a minor cut to his arm and stomach from a craft knife.

A 16-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of assault on 2 May remains on police bail until he is due to return to Aylesbury police station on 16 July.

29th June 2010

Boy charged with theft from vehicles

Thames Valley Police in Milton Keynes have charged a boy with two counts of theft from vehicles.

On Thursday (24/6), a 15-year-old boy, from Milton Keynes was arrested and charged with two counts of theft from vehicle. He has been released on bail until he is due to appear at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court on 27 July.

The charges are in relation to a theft from a vehicle in Milton Keynes on 4 June where a Satellite Navigation system was stolen and on 17 June where large quantities of cigarettes were stolen from a vehicle in Milton Keynes. 

25th June 2010

Burglary CCTV pictures released

One Stop CCTV Thames Valley Police has released CCTV images of two men they want to talk to in connection with a burglary at a shop in Milton Keynes.

The incident happened on Thursday 6 May at about 9am, at the One Stop Shop in Bradwell Common. The first offender, who is black, entered the store followed by a second offender, who is white. The first offender gained entry to the staff area where he hid behind stock and waited for a member of staff to leave the room. He then gained access to the safe and stole approximately £7,000 in cash.

One Stop CCTV On leaving the store the first offender turned to signal to the second offender who was still in the shop and dropped a bundle of the cash. A member of staff and members of the public started to chase the man with the money who ran off dropping large amounts of cash as he tried to get away.

The second offender was seen driving off at speed in a small black hatchback vehicle similar to a SEAT. The first offender, who stole the cash, was seen further along the street crying but it is believed he was later picked up by the second offender in the car.

The first offender was wearing a black jacket and the second offender was wearing a black jacket and jeans.

If you recognise either of the men pictured or have any further information relating to this incident, please contact Det Con Greg Hughes Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour non-emergency number, 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to speak to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

You can also give information to the police in person by visiting any police station. Find out the opening times and location of your local station or please call 0845 8 505 505.

25th June 2010

Police warn tradesmen to keep their tools safe

Thames Valley Police in Milton Keynes is reminding people to secure their vans or remove their tools from their vans, following a spate of thefts in the area.

Since Tuesday 15 June there have been seven thefts of tools from vans across Milton Keynes. The offenders are either forcing entry to the vehicle via a window or door or in some cases they have been targeting insecure vehicles where the victims are working nearby.

Neil Goodridge, Thames Valley Police Crime Reduction Advisor, said: “There has been a series of thefts of tools left in vans overnight.

“For those affected, these tools are the essence of their business and livelihood. The loss to a small business or self-employed individual would have a significantly detrimental effect on them.”

Police are advising van owners to be extra vigilant to ensure they do not become a victim of this kind of crime. They are urging van owners to follow some simple tips to reduce the chances of them becoming victims:

Remove tools from your van overnight

If this is not possible:

  • Park near to housing and under a light
  • Park up against a wall, hedges or a garage to restrict access to the back or side of the van.
  • Fit the van with an audible alarm system and an immobiliser
  • Fit a cage or metal chest inside and ensure it is securely bolted down with a good quality padlock
  • Mark your tools to make them identifiable
  • Use a sign on the outside of the van to warn potential thieves that the van is alarmed and all tools are secured or removed from the van overnight. 

Neil continued: “Ask yourself whether the 15 minutes it may take to unload your van at night and to load it again in the morning is really more hassle than the inconvenience of having your tools stolen and being unable to work.

“Is it worth thinking, ‘it won’t happen to me’? You may go months or even years without being targeted, but if you leave your tools in your van everyday, the chances are that at some point they will be stolen.”

For further advice on theft of tools or security of vehicles, contact Neil at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505 or for further advice visit http://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/crprev/crprev-auto.htm  

 

23rd June 2010

Little Lives Appeal

The Little Lives Appeal at Milton Keynes Hospital was given a boost this week when real estate company Savills adopted the appeal as its charity of the year.

Milton Keynes Hospital cares for more than 300 babies each year which are are premature, small or ill, with some babies born up to 16 weeks early. The Trust’s appeal is raising money to fully refurbish the Neonatal Unit, to compiment its four new high dependency cots and state-of-the-art equipment.

Ivor Lafford of Savills said: “I am delighted to announce that the Little Lives Appeal is our charity of the year. We will be raising as much as we can for this excellent cause over the next 12 months.

“We have already been able to raise £250 by selling an old laptop and some old printer cartridges and would urge other local companies to look through their store cupboards to see if they have unused equipment which could help this local appeal.”

Glenda Deacon, manager of the Neonatal Unit, said: “We are delighted that Savills have chosen us as their charity of the year and are very grateful to people across the community who are supporting us.

“The Trust has paid for all the equipment we need, but some babies need to stay with us for months, so the money raised through the Little Lives Appeal will help us to refurbish and make the time families spend here as comfortable as possible.”

Glenda will also be speaking at the company’s development seminar on June 24. Savills is expecting almost 100 delegates, including house builders, bankers and solicitors, who will be encouraged to donate to the appeal

 23rd June 2010

Robbery

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a robbery in Milton Keynes. 

At 11.30am on 12 June, the victim was walking along the redway from Greenleys shops to Marron Lane, next to the pathway which leads to the Doctor’s surgery, when she was assaulted by a woman from behind. 

The woman punched and kicked the victim and stole her mobile phone and cash from her handbag. The offender was with three men who were holding back a friend of the victim while the offence took place. One of the men then warned the victim not to call the police and headed off towards Greenleys shops. 

The woman who assaulted the victim is white, 5ft 6ins, slim, has highlighted, straight, shoulder-length hair, is aged around 40, and described as masculine looking. All three men are white. One of the men is 5ft 11ins, has dark-coloured short hair, dark-coloured eyes, is in his late thirties to early forties, medium build and appeared to be tanned. He was wearing a long-sleeved cream T-shirt. The second man is aged around 40, 6ft, large build, and has cropped greying hair. The third man is in his early twenties, 5ft 10ins, slim and has dark-coloured cropped hair. 

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the offence or saw a group of people matching the above description in the area around the time of the offence to contact them. 

Anyone with information is urged to contact Det Con John Swallow at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to talk to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

22nd June 2010

Man sent to jail for burglary

A man from Milton Keynes has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for burglary.

David Paul May, aged 38, from Tandra, Beanhill, was sentenced at Huntingdon Crown Court on Tuesday (15/6), to two and a half years in prison after he was found guilty of burglary by a jury.

The sentence relates to a burglary at a property on The Green, Woughton on the Green, between 20 and 21 September 2009.
May entered the property overnight while the occupants were asleep by forcing open a window, and stole a laptop and painting materials. May was identified after a screwdriver which had been left at the property was forensically examined and his DNA was found.

PC Anna Skelton, investigating officer, said: “This just shows the importance of the work carried out by Scenes of Crimes Officers. Without the support of the forensics work, we may have never been able to charge May and a jury may not have found him guilty.

“I am pleased with the sentence given, it shows how seriously a court takes burglary and I hope it will act as a deterrent to any other would-be burglars.”

22nd June 2010

Racially aggravated public order

Thames Valley Police in Milton Keynes are appealing for witnesses after a racially aggravated public order incident on Saturday (19/6).

At 12.15am, between four and five white men and a woman left the Malsters public house and became involved in an altercation with four Asian men at the Dinajpur restaurant, Aylesbury Street, Fenny Stratford.

As a result of the altercation, the group of white men allegedly caused criminal damage to the front door of the restaurant and shouted racial abuse at the Asian men. It has also been alleged that the Asian men chased after the group of white men and attempted to assault them.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident, especially those who would have been leaving the nearby pubs, to contact them with any information.

Anyone with information is urged to contact PC Thomas Neilson at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to talk to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

An 18-year-old man from Edinburgh was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of racially aggravated public order and racially aggravated criminal damage. He has been released on police bail until 7 July. An 18-year-old man from Milton Keynes was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of racially aggravated criminal damage and has been released on police bail until today (21/6). A 17-year-old boy from Milton Keynes was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of Section 5 Public Order offences and has been released on police bail until 18 July. A 31-year-old man, from Milton Keynes was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and has been released on police bail until 15 July.

21st June 2010

Robbery

Thames Valley Police in Milton Keynes are appealing for witnesses after a robbery on Thursday (17/6).

At 10pm, two offenders entered the Blockbusters store, Queensway, Bletchley, and approached the cashier. One of the offenders jumped over the counter and the other threatened the cashier and demanded he open the tills.

The cashier opened the tills and was assaulted, before being taken into the rear of the shop where offenders stole two Wii consoles and a Wii Fit Plus, along with cash stolen from the tills. The offenders ran out of the store and went in the direction of Lennox Road.

One of the offenders is black and the other is white. They were both wearing dark-coloured clothing, dark-coloured baseball caps and black scarves covering their faces.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or may have seen the offenders enter or leave the store to contact them.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Det Con Darren Street at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to talk to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.


20th June 2010

Two rescued and four led to safety in New Bradwell

Firefighters rescued two women and led four other people to safety after a fire on the ground floor of a block of flats in New Bradwell on Saturday night.

Crews from Great Holm and Broughton were called to the incident in Stantonbury Close at 11.38pm. The two-storey building has four flats on each floor.

Watch Manager Chris Montague from Great Holm Fire Station said: "The lobby was smoke-logged and the front door of one of the flats was alight, and we had to force an entry."

Firefighters rescued one of the women from the side window of one of the flats using a short extension ladder. The other five people - three women, a man and a girl - were helped or led out through the main entrance.

Firefighters used a hose reel to put out the fire and a powerful fan to clear the smoke. They carried out safety checks and fitted smoke alarms in a number of flats before leaving. An investigation is being carried out to establish the cause of the fire.

20th June

Unconscious man rescued from fire

Firefighters rescued a man and four kittens after a fire broke out in the kitchen of a house in Oldbrook on Saturday evening.

Crews from Broughton and Great Holm were called to the incident in Wynard Court at 9pm. They were alerted after a neighbour heard a smoke alarm going off and saw smoke coming from the conservatory at the back of the house.

Watch Manager Kevin Bird from Broughton Fire Station said: "We had to force our way into the house as the man was unconscious on the kitchen floor when we arrived.

"He had started to do some cooking and either forgotten about it or fallen asleep until smoke started to fill the house, and he was then overcome by the fumes.

"The smoke alarm that went off was at the top of the stairs. Apparently there used to be another one nearer the kitchen but it had been removed."

Firefighters helped him out of the house and gave him oxygen. He was then checked over by paramedics from South Central Ambulance Service and looked after by volunteers from the British Red Cross Fire and Emergency Support Service.

Firefighters also carried four kittens to safety.

They used a hose reel to put out the fire, which started in the oven, and a powerful fan to clear away the smoke.

Kevin said: "The man came up to me afterwards and told me he'd be dead if it wasn't for us. I told him he'd be dead if it wasn't for his neighbours.

"This incident highlights the importance of having smoke alarms on every level of your home and testing them once a week, and of not attempting to cook when you are tired or if you have been drinking alcohol."

18th June 2010

Operation Falcon: Man arrested on suspicion of drug dealing

Thames Valley Police has arrested a man on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class B drugs in Milton Keynes.

Police officers forced entry to the property in Broadlands, Netherfield, at about 8.45am yesterday morning (17/6) to execute a warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

During a search of both the house and the garden, approximately 230 grams of white powder, believed to be Amphetamine, was seized, along with approximately 20 grams of Cannabis.

A 34-year-old man from Milton Keynes was arrested at the scene on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class B drugs. He remains in custody at this time.

 

16th June 2010

Man given an indeterminate sentence for robbery
 
A man from London has been given an indeterminate prison sentence, with a minimum of three and a half years, after pleading guilty to a robbery in Milton Keynes.
 
Barick Matmpu Kanga, aged 23, from Pembury Road, London was sentenced at Huntingdon Crown Court on Thursday (10/6) after pleading guilty to a robbery he committed in Milton Keynes.
 
He will serve a minimum of three and a half years in prison before he can apply for parole. Even then he will only be released if he can prove he is no longer a risk to the public.
 
The sentence relates to a robbery in Rodwell Gardens, Old Farm Park in October 2009 where Kanga threatened his victim with a gun and stole his property.
 
Det Con Tom Belcher, investigating, said: “I am pleased with the sentence given; this was a terrifying ordeal for the victim.
 
“Both Thames Valley Police and the courts take robbery extremely seriously. It is always dealt with by a Crown Court, where the sentences can be much higher than in a Magistrates’ Court.
 
“We have a very robust approach in Milton Keynes to investigating robbery so offenders here run a very high risk of getting caught.”  

16th June 2010

Man sent to Young Offenders Institute for aggravated burglary

A man from Milton Keynes has been sentenced to two years and seven months detention in a Young Offenders Institute after pleading guilty to aggravated burglary and failing to answer police bail.

Luke John Bowen, aged 18, from Daniels Welch, Coffee Hall, was sentenced at Huntingdon Crown Court yesterday (15/6) after he pleaded guilty to both offences.

The sentence relates to a burglary in Shackleton Place, Oldbrook in December 2009 where the residents returned home and found Bowen in the kitchen. They attempted to restrain him until the police arrived, but Bowen threatened them with a knife.

After a local area search by officers they located and arrested Bowen.

Det Con Nick Ramscar, investigating said: “Burglary remains a priority for Thames Valley Police in Milton Keynes and I am pleased Bowen has been locked up and can no longer commit further crimes while he is locked up.

“We understand the impact that burglaries have on the victims and the community and we will continue to work tirelessly to catch and convict burglars.”

16th June 2010

Thames Valley Police in Milton Keynes are appealing for witnesses after a man exposed himself.

On Tuesday 8 June, at 7.50pm, two women were jogging around Furzton Lake and as they approached a small wooden bridge a man appeared from the bushes and exposed himself. He then ran off in the direction of Furzton.

The offender is white, in his late thirties, has bleached blond hair and he was wearing a white T-shirt, stone washed jeans and a grey hooded top which was over one of his shoulders.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or saw a man matching the above description in the area around the time of the offence to contact them. Anyone with information is urged to contact PC John Hayle at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505.

If you do not want to talk to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111

15th June 2010

Midnight Moo!

Willen Hospice Hospice has reached it's target of 2010 people to take part in next months Midnight Moo!

If you've missed out, you can still sign up to the waiting list in case someone drops out or volunteer to help out.  Visit www.willenhospice.org for details.

Robbery

Thames Valley Police in Milton Keynes are appealing for witnesses after a robbery on Tuesday (8/6).

At 1pm, the victim was riding his bicycle along Studley Knapp in Walnut Tree, close to the junction with Juniper Gardens, when he was approached by a man who stopped him and asked what he had on him. The offender threatened to punch the victim before holding him by the arm and searching his trouser pockets and stealing his black Blackberry 9520 Storm 2 mobile phone.

The offender is black, aged between 17 and 19, 5ft 8ins, of stocky build and with afro-style hair. He was wearing black, baggy Adidas tracksuit bottoms with red, yellow and green stripes down the legs and a black Adidas jumper with blue stripes on the arms and an Adidas logo on the left-side breast.

Police are appealing for anyone who was in the area or in nearby buildings to come forward if they witnessed the incident or have any information which may help with the investigation. Police are particularly keen to speak to an elderly woman who was wearing a yellow jacket, walking ahead of the incident as she may be a key witness.  

Anyone with any information, or has been offered a Blackberry in the last week is urged to contact Det Con Wayne Watson at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505. If you do not want to talk to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

14th June 2010

Man charged with child sex offences

A man who lived in Milton Keynes has been given an indeterminate prison sentence, with a minimum of eight years, after pleading guilty to 21 serious sexual offences involving children.

David Humbles, aged 39, was sentenced at Huntingdon Crown Court on Friday (11/6) after pleading guilty to 11 counts of rape, seven counts of indecent assault, one count of sexual assault and two counts of indecency with a child.

He will serve a minimum of eight years in prison before he can apply for parole. Even then he will only be released if he can prove he is no longer a risk to the public. He will also be on strict licence conditions for life and will be on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

Mr Humbles, from Lancashire, was formerly known as Max Mitchell and David Tompkins.

The sentence relates to offences committed against six children between the ages of four and 15 years old between 1992 and 2008. Fifteen of the charges relate to offences committed in Milton Keynes; five charges relate to offences in Hertfordshire and one in Lancashire.

Det Con Tracey Benham, who led the investigation, said: “We are pleased that Humbles has been given an indeterminate sentence which should see him locked up for a very long time. Every one of his victims has been very brave during this whole ordeal and now that he is being made to pay for his despicable crimes they can hopefully start to rebuild their lives.”

14th June 2010

Man charged with exposures

A man has been charged with two counts of exposure in Milton Keynes.

Timothy Choi, aged 23, from Woburn Sands was arrested and charged on Sunday 6 June with two counts of exposure. He has been released on police bail until he is due to appear at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court on 5 July.

The charges are in connection with two exposures which took place in Milton Keynes on 28 April and 3 June.

9th June 2010

Man sentenced to four years detention – Milton Keynes

A man from Milton Keynes has been sentenced to four years detention in a Young Offenders Institute.

Andrew Saunders, aged 19, from Stonecrop Place, Conniburrow, was sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court on 26 May to four years detention in a Young Offenders Institute for common assault, criminal damage and two counts of assault, occasioning actual bodily harm. When Saunders is released he will remain on licence for a further three years.

Saunders pleaded guilty to common assault and criminal damage on 18 November 2009. On 26 July 2009, Saunders approached a vehicle at McDonalds, Portway, Central Milton Keynes and as the occupants were in the vehicle he smashed all of the windows and reached in and assaulted one of the occupants.

On 12 April, Saunders pleaded guilty to two counts of assault, occasioning actual bodily harm. On 10 August 2009, Saunders entered the victim’s garden in New Bradwell and hit him over the head with a bottle and punched him several times in the face.

On 18 August 2009, Saunders threatened and assaulted a man by throwing a crow bar at him which hit in the face in Conniburrow.

Det Con Moyra Richardson, who investigated these incidents, said: “I am pleased with the sentence given and I hope this gives the young man time to think and reflect on his actions and the consequences of those actions. Hopefully the time in the detention centre will make him rethink his way of living and change the person he has become.

“I hope this also sends out a warning to any other would-be offenders, if you commit the crime, we will arrest and charge you and you will be put before the courts where you will have to face the consequences of your actions and possibly be sent to prison, just like Saunders.”

9th June 2010

Criminal damage

Thames Valley Police in Milton Keynes are appealing for witnesses after a car was subjected to criminal damage on Friday (4/6).

At 6.20pm, a man was walking in the middle of the A5 slip road towards Abbey Hill roundabout when a motorist in a black Ford Focus sounded their car horn to warn the pedestrian of their approach and they passed the pedestrian safely.

At the roundabout the motorist stopped at the traffic lights and the man came up to the vehicle and hit the rear side, causing a dent to the vehicle.

The offender is white, aged in his early twenties, 5ft 7ins, slim, has a bald head, was bare-chested with pale skin which appeared sun burnt and was wearing jeans.

There were a number of drivers at the roundabout at the time of the offence and police are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the offence as they may have information vital to the investigation.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, knows the identity of the offender or has any information is urged to contact PC Alan Chick at Wolverton police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505.

If you do not want to talk to the police, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

7th June 2010

Alleged sexual assault in Milton Keynes

A 21 year old man has been arrested and released on bail following an alleged sexual assault against a 16-year-old girl in Milton Keynes.

Police say the incident happened on Saturday, between 11.30 and 12 noon, when the teenager was walking along the redway that's next to the H6 Childs Way, between Fishermead and Central MK. The girl was grabbed from behind and the offender tried to drag her backwards. The victim managed to break free and ran off towards Oldbrook. The offender ran towards Fishermead.

The girl suffered a small cut to her chest because of the incident. As she was running away she past four or five people who police are asking to come forward, as they may be significant witnesses.

The offender is white, around 20-years-old, 5ft 6ins, average to large build and short, untidy brown hair. He was wearing a checked, long sleeved shirt with a white T-shirt underneath and he was carrying a brown bag with a strap across his chest.

The victim is white, 5ft 6ins and has shoulder length brown hair, in a bob-style. She was wearing a black and white short sleeved top, white shorts and black pump-style shoes.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or saw the victim or the offender in the area around the time of the offence, or has any information can call Detective Constable Tom Belcher on 0845 8 505 505 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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