Archive for the ‘Crime’ Category

Car theft: Information Appeal

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Appeal for information after a car is stolen from a house in Glossop.

On Wednesday, November 12 between 10pm and midnight a house was broken into near to Simmondley Lane.

Offenders stole a handbag containing car keys from the kitchen and then stole the silver Volkswagon Golf that was parked on the drive.

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Steve Leatherbarrow at Glossop CID using the non-emergency 101 number.

To report crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Woman assaulted in Glossop – Information appeal

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Police are appealing for information after a woman was assaulted as she walked home after a night out in Glossop.

The 24-year-old victim was walking along Simmondley Lane, in Glossop, when the attack took place.

A man tried to grab the victim from behind but she freed herself and punched her attacker to the jaw before running off.

The incident happened at about 1.45am on Sunday, November 9.

The brief description of the offender is that he was about 5ft 11ins, wearing a dark hooded top and possibly a scarf covering part of his face.

Police investigating the offence want to hear from anyone with information or who may know a man with an injured jaw.

Witnesses or anyone who can help officers with their inquiries should call Derbyshire police on 101, quoting crime reference 47520/14.

You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Police investigate incident involving 12 year old girl

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Police in Glossop are investigating an incident involving a 12-year-old girl and are appealing for witnesses.

On Sunday, September 14 at 5pm a 12-year-old girl was walking along a footpath between New Road and West Drive when a man jumped over a gate from Tintwistle allotments.

As the man landed on the floor he put his arms around the girl, the girl then pushed his arms away and she ran off.

The man was described as 20-years-old and was wearing a black hooded coat with a white zip, trainers and a baseball cap which was red on the front.

Police would like to end rumours that there have been similar incidents in the area recently. A report was received that two 10-year-old boys had gone missing from their home in Tintwistle on Saturday, September 13. The boys were found safe and well by police near to their home. They told officers that they had been chased by a man, however this proved to be a man that was helping to locate them.

Anyone with information on the incident on Sunday is asked to contact Glossop police using the 101 number.

Bail for woman connected to John Wrigley assault

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

The 23-year-old woman arrested in connection with the assault on John Wrigley in Glossop has been released on police bail

She was detained yesterday (Tuesday September 9) on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and assisting an offender.

Mr Wrigley remains in a serious condition in hospital. He was assaulted at about 8pm on Saturday August 30 at the junction of Henry Street and Norfolk Street in Glossop.
Anyone who has any information about the assault should contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Five people have been charged in connection with the assault and are due to appear at court on Monday September 15, 2014.

Five People Charged In Connection With Glossop Assaults

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Aaron Daniels (41) of Cottage Lane, Glossop was arrested yesterday evening.  He has been charged with Section 18 grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.  He has been bailed to appear at High Peak Magistrates’ Court on Monday September 15.

ALL the other defendants who are on bail are also due to appear at High Peak Magistrates’ Court.

Anthony O’Neill has appeared at court at Chesterfield and has been remanded in prison custody to appear at Derby Crown Court on Monday September 15, 2014.

The incident happened at about 8pm on the junction of Henry Street and Norfolk Street when several people were allegedly involved in a disturbance.  A 29-year-old local man sustained serious injuries and is being treated in Salford Royal Hospital. A 49-year-old man suffered minor injuries.

Anyone who was in the area at the time should contact the police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Officers investigating a robbery in Glossop are appealing for witnesses

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

On Thursday, August 21 at 10.30pm a 17-year-old boy was walking along North Road in Glossop when he was approached by a man who asked him for his phone. The teenager refused, the man then punched him in the stomach and knocked the phone out of his hand.

The youth retaliated and punched the man in the mouth and then ran away up North Road.

The man was described as white, 5ft 11ins tall and was wearing a black hooded jacket with the hood worn up over a black cap.

Anyone that may have witnessed the robbery is asked to contact DC Ellen Fox using the non-emergency number 101.

To report crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police appeal for witnesses after car is damaged in Hadfield

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Officers from the Hadfield Safer Neighbourhood Team are appealing for information after damage was caused to a vehicle in the area.

Sometime between 4pm on Wednesday, August 20 and 8am on Thursday, August 21, offenders used a sharp instrument to cause damage to the paintwork of a blue Toyota Auris.

The incident took place on Etherow Way in Hadfield.

Officers are urging residents to remain vigilant and to report suspicious activity to police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact PCSO Brian Buller on 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.

To report a crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Burglary on Fauvel Road, Glossop

Monday, August 18th, 2014

A burglary occurred on Fauvel Road, Glossop, on Saturday 16th August between 1pm and 6.05pm.

The offender smashed the glass in a rear door with a rock and searched throughout.  Items taken include two watches and money.

If you have any information or saw anything suspicious contact the Volume Crime Team on 101, quoting crime number 34413/14.

Information appeal following robbery at Gamesley store

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Police are appealing for witnesses following a robbery in Glossop.

On Wednesday, August 6 at 5pm three men entered a convenience store on Glossop Road, Gamesley.

The men began to threaten the staff with a weapon and demanded that they hand over cash from the tills.

It is believed that two of the offenders ran in the direction of Cottage Lane and the third towards the playing green.

All three of the offenders wore dark clothing and one of the men is described as around 5ft 6 ins tall, and is believed to be carrying a yellow ‘Ikea’ style bag.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sergeant Chris Simcock at Glossop CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Funding confirmed for advanced police technology

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Region’s Police and Crime Commissioners secure funding for advanced police technology

Police Forces across the East Midlands have been awarded Home Office funding to invest in new technology and pioneering crime investigation techniques to improve public safety, it has been confirmed.

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping submitted a bid to the Government’s Innovation Fund on behalf of the forces which make up the East Midlands Police Collaboration Programme (EMPCP). The Fund is designed to promote collaborative working between forces, support improved digital working and enable Commissioners to invest in a range of innovative delivery approaches that have the potential to improve policing and increase efficiency.

The EMPCP comprises the forces from Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire.

Funding has been awarded for a range of other projects across all five forces. This includes nearly £1.7m for body worn videos which will help officers collect evidence of criminality while on the frontline and will also act as a deterrent tool, helping to defuse potentially violent situations before an officer has to resort to force.   A further £0.4m has been awarded in support an integrated ‘virtual courts system’ across the East Midlands, linking all police custody areas, victim suites and all courts. This will enable HMCTS and MOJ to make substantial savings through reduced prisoner transfers and will allow the police, CPS, criminal defence and the Courts to support the delivery of two key objectives in the Government’s Criminal Justice Strategy and Action Plan.

This funding will help to modernise the Criminal Justice System, reduce bureaucracy for Police Officers and provide a better service for victims and witnesses.

A number of other forces were also successful in their bid for body worn video funding and the Home Office has stipulated that these forces must work together in the roll-out of the scheme to achieve best value for money.

In addition, the EMPCP was only one of two bids to successfully apply for funding to trial the use of RapidDNA technology which enables DNA profiles to be returned in less than 90 minutes without requiring a skilled technician to operate. Funding of £0.09m has been granted on the condition the East Midlands team collaborates with Lancashire Constabulary, the other successful applicant, during the trial and that the results are comprehensive to achieve value for money.

Derbyshire Commissioner Alan Charles said: “This money will help to place forces within the East Midlands at the forefront of modern working practice, allowing us to work together to reduce any non-frontline policing costs in order to protect frontline roles.

“We will utilise the latest technology to advance our evidence-gathering work to bring more criminals to justice, which is good news for the public and the police.  However, while we are pleased to have been successful in these bids, it should be recognised that the Innovation Fund is taken out of the existing overall budget for policing, it’s not a new or additional stream of revenue.

“All five forces have to identify significant additional savings over the next few years and EMPCP has made huge progress in collaborative working approaches, which has increased the resilience of all the forces in the region in major operational areas and achieved significant cost savings.  This funding will help us to build on that success.”

The Home Office received 193 bids to this year’s Innovation Fund compared to 115 bids received during last year’s Precursor Fund. Applicants were subjected to thorough and robust assessment during the allocation process.

Householders fear break-ins above all other offending, figures reveal

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Burglary remains top of the list of public safety concerns for people living in Long Eaton, new survey results show.

A poll carried out at Long Eaton Market Place on July 3 showed that residents are more concerned about criminals breaking into their homes than any other crime and would like police to prioritise this type of offending. A total of 39% of respondents voted burglary as their biggest worry followed by ‘child abuse and child exploitation’ at 37% and ‘drug taking’ and ‘under-age drinking’ at 35% and 34% respectively.

The PCC’s team and Police conducted 150 questionnaires during the event as part of the overall Over to You consultation. This project aims to gauge public feeling about crime and personal safety to help Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles plan for the future and allocate resources effectively.

The survey found 59.6% of those respondents who expressed an opinion agreed that the Police and local council are dealing with anti-social behaviour and crime issues that matter in their area while 25% neither agreed nor disagreed and 15.4% disagreed.

Meanwhile, 27.5% of respondents who expressed an opinion thought that crime had decreased in the past 12 months, with 58.3% thinking it had stayed the same and 14.2% thinking it had increased. The reality is that in the Long Eaton section, crime fell by 2.2% between April 2013 and March 2014.

Commenting on the results, Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles said: “Burglary rates have fallen significantly over the past decade but householders continue to worry about this type of offending more than any other. My job is to ensure the Force continues to tackle burglary proactively with both covert and overt operations but that we also address the fear of this offending with community reassurance patrols.”

Police Are Appealing For Witnesses After A Teenage Girl Was Threatened

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenage girl was threatened by a man on a motorcycle. 

The incident took place on Thursday, July 24 at around 5.30pm in the Glossop Road area.

The victim, a 14 year-old girl was walking her dog just past the viaduct and crossings at the junction of Glossop Road and the A57 when she witnessed two men having an argument.

One man was in a silver Range Rover and the other man was on a motorbike, she glanced over but carried on walking.

The man in the Range Rover drove off but the 14-year-old girl was then approached by the man with the motorcycle who became threatening and aggressive towards her and kicked her dog.

He then got on the motorbike and drove off in the direction of Glossop Town Centre.

The victim proceeded to walk up Glossop Road near a location known as The Plough when the motorcyclist returned and aimed a glass bottle at her as he drove past, which missed her but hit the wall.

The suspect is white and in his 20s.

Police want to hear from anyone who may have witnessed these incidents, or anyone who might know the person responsible.

Witnesses should call Derbyshire police on 101, quoting crime reference 30925/14.

You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Bakewell Show

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Visitors to the 184th Bakewell Show, on the 6th and 7th of August will have the opportunity to give their views on policing, community safety and quality of life issues to the Commissioner, his Deputy and other members of the PCC’s team as part of the county wide consultation programme Over to You.

The Force will be highlighting work that takes place on a local level with communities and its policing commitment across the county.  The local Safer Neighbourhood Team will be joined by representatives from the Uniformed Task Force, Roads Policing Unit, Neighbourhood Watch and the award-winning Ozbox.

The Over to You initiative replaces ‘Have Your Say’ consultation as the County’s largest annual public feedback scheme and invites local people to take part in a survey about policing. Views can be given face to face to a member of the Commissioner’s team or via an online survey on the website – http://www.derbyshire-pcc.gov.uk/Get-Involved/Consultation-and-Community-Engagement/Over-to-You/Over-to-You.aspx

Commissioner Charles said: “I want to hear from local people about the issues that impact on their quality of life whether this is anti-social behaviour, parking, speeding motorists, dog fouling or alcohol and drug related issues for example, to more serious areas of criminality such as burglary and violence.  Then we will work with our partners to address the problems that cause most concern.

“As a result of the responses to last year’s consultation I’ve made changes to my Police and Crime Plan to reflect the views expressed by Derbyshire residents.

Gates open at Bakewell Showground from 8.30am and each day includes a full programme of activities for all ages and tastes including performances by an International motorcycle stunt team, Titan the Robot, Madame Zucchini and many more. Alternatively, relax on the beach after sampling the wares of the show’s 25th anniversary Food and Farming section.

Police appeal for information following theft from vehicles in Charlesworth

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Police are appealing for information and issuing advice after a number of vehicles were broken into in Charlesworth and Glossop.

Overnight between Sunday, July 27 and Monday, July 28, offenders broke into two vehicles which were parked in a residential car park on Marple Road in Charlesworth.

An Acer laptop and cash were taken from a cream coloured Fiat 500 and Rayban sunglasses were stolen from a white Fiat 500. No damage was caused.

On the same night, thieves broke into a black coloured Peugeot van that was parked outside a property on Town Lane, Charlesworth. A series of items including Nike trainers, Nike football boots, a blue sports holdall and a first aid kit were taken from within.

Offenders gained entry to black coloured Mercedes that was parked on the driveway of a property on Lake Side in Hadfield.  A Dell laptop with a carrycase and a Swissgear satchel were stolen from the vehicle between 2pm on Friday, July 25 and 6.40am on Monday, July 28.

Police are urging motorists to up their security by ensuring that windows and doors are properly secure and that no valuable items are left on display or in the vehicle where possible. Other advice includes parking in well-lit, overlooked areas and removing any visible marks such as sat nav holder rings to deter a criminal.

Officers are actively encouraging residents to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to them to help to prevent a crime from happening.

Anyone with any information about the incidents is asked to contact Sergeant Phil Booth on 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.

To report a crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Deputy Commissioner calls for Derbyshire communities to help stop FGM

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Communities across Derbyshire are being urged by Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa to unite in tackling the continuing crime of female genital mutilation (FGM) on vulnerable young girls and women.

His plea came in the wake of a high profile summit in London this week aimed at promoting global action on this crime and on childhood forced marriage.  

Mr Dhindsa commented today (Wednesday 23 July): “For too long FGM has gone undetected, and this needs to change. I wholeheartedly welcome the refocus on this abuse of young girls and women, and hope that plans made as a result of the summit can help Derbyshire, along with the rest of the country, to tackle and eradicate this unlawful behaviour and keep the vulnerable safe.”

The Deputy Commissioner now wants to arrange a programme of community engagement talks to highlight both the crime and the law to enable prosecution and prevention of FGM in this country, and also to prevent young girls from being taken abroad to be cut.

He explained: “It’s so important to encourage those communities and groups who are most vulnerable, and also those agencies who are at the forefront of detection, to report this crime. I particularly want to impress upon health professionals how vital it is to report it – especially midwives, health visitors and GPs.”

At the London summit Prime Minister David Cameron said FGM and childhood forced marriage should be stopped and outlawed “everywhere for everyone within this generation.” The summit was hosted by the UK government and children’s charity UNICEF.

Home Secretary Theresa May, who told the conference that FGM is happening to millions of women and girls around the world every year, announced a £1.4m prevention programme which will give survivors anonymity in UK court cases and enable improved police response times.

Mr Dhindsa commented: “Although FGM has been illegal in the UK for nearly 30 years, the first prosecutions were only brought this year. Now is therefore the time for us all to use this law to its full effect and protect so many vulnerable people whose safety depends on our determination to bring these crimes to an end.”

Information appeal after vehicles are damaged in Hadfield

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Officers from the Hadfield Safer Neighbourhood Team are appealing for information after two vehicles were damaged in the area.

At around 6.30pm on Thursday, July 17, offenders used a sharp instrument to cause damage to the paintwork of a black Ford Focus. Scratches were also caused to the vehicle on Tuesday, July 1 however this was not reported to police.

The incident took place on John Dalton Street in Hadfield.

Police are also appealing for information after damage was caused to the paintwork of a grey coloured Citroen C5.

Offenders used an unknown instrument to cause the damage to the vehicle that was parked on Jones Street, Hadfield on Wednesday, July 16.

This is the second occasion where damage has been caused to the vehicle as offenders scratched the paintwork on the Citroen on Saturday, July 12. The incident was not reported to police.

Anyone with any information about either incident or who may have seen someone acting suspiciously in the area is asked to contact PCSO Brian Buller on 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.

To report a crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Buddy Holly Memorabilia Stolen In Glossop

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Police issue a picture of Buddy Holly memorabilia similar to one stolen in Glossop.

Sometime between Friday, July 18 at 9.45am and 4.20pm a house off Dinting Lane, Higher Dinting was broken into.

An iPad, a large quantity of jewellery and some watches were stolen along with two pieces of memorabilia.

DC Graham Barrick at Glossop CID said: “Two pieces of distinctive Buddy Holly memorabilia was also stolen. The item in the picture is a gold ‘Peggy Sue’ single record disc and a picture of buddy Holly. On the one that has been stolen the picture of Buddy Holly does not overlap the disc.

“The second piece stolen is a frame with a genuine Buddy Holly signature.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Graham Barrick at Glossop CID using the non-emergency 101 number.

To report crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles welcomes HMIC Findings

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

In a report published today (22 July 2014), Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) states that: Derbyshire Constabulary ‘is a low-cost constabulary and it has achieved savings in challenging financial circumstances.’

HMIC’s Valuing the Police programme looks at how forces have made savings following the government spending review in October 2010.  In this, the fourth report, Derbyshire Constabulary overall performance is judged to be ‘good’ and the cost per officer per head of population is significantly lower than the average across England and Wales.

In response, PCC Alan Charles said: “HMIC acknowledges that the Force has managed to make significant savings in response to the Government’s harsh and ongoing cuts to police funding and we welcome this external validation of the sheer hard work and good management that is set to deliver £24.4m in savings by March next year.

“However, these cuts are inevitably having an impact on the service the Constabulary can provide to local residents, something which is bound to continue with the further indicated cuts of around £21m unless the handbrake is taken off the funding formula.

“We are currently undertaking a priority based budget exercise, looking closely at every area of our business, to see where further savings can be achieved.  However, when staff costs account for nearly 80% of your overall budget, the options become more limited over time.  You can only get so much juice out of one orange.”

Despite this, the report notes that ‘recorded crime has reduced over the spending review period and victim satisfaction is above the figure for England and Wales’.

Commissioner Charles added: “As HMIC confirms, police performance continues to be strong, which is hugely reassuring for local residents and acknowledges that ‘It [Derbyshire Constabulary] has plans to change the way in which it provides policing in the future so that it can continue to keep its communities safe with reduced resources’.

As the report finds ‘the outlook for 2016 and beyond is positive’ in relation to making the further harsh budget cuts that the Government is imposing – this is testament to a great deal of hard work and cautious budget planning carried out over the last few years.  It’s rewarding for everyone to see it acknowledged, but the consequences for service delivery are significant.”

Derbyshire Constabulary’s Director of Finance and Business Services said: “We are pleased that the HMIC recognises the good progress we have made to make the required savings to our budget.

“However we know that some of the economies that we will have to make in the future will have tough consequences.  We will do our very best to minimise any impact this will have on our service to the community.”

The report is the fourth annual survey into how all Police Forces in England and Wales are responding to budget cuts. Specifically it assesses:

·         The extent to which Police Forces are taking the necessary steps to ensure a secure financial position for the short and long term

·         The extent to which Police Forces have an affordable way of delivering policing; and

·         The extent to which Police Forces are efficient.

HMIC uses four categories for making judgements, namely “outstanding”, “good”, “requires improvement” and “inadequate”. In all three areas under examination, Derbyshire Constabulary is graded as “good”.

British Muslims booking trips to celebrate Hajj are warned of threat of fraudsters

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Derbyshire Constabulary are supporting a national campaign launched by the City of London police to protect the Muslim community from falling victim to Hajj scams.

The campaign aims to raise awareness and warn the Muslim community about the threat posed to them by fraudsters trying to con them with bogus travel packages to Saudi Arabia.

Each year up to 25,000 British Muslims travel for Hajj and spend around £125 million on their pilgrimages. Unfortunately, fraudsters take advantage of this and thousands of people may have their hopes of attending destroyed.

A significant number of people who have paid for tour packages for themselves and their family have arrived in Saudi Arabia to discover their accommodation is either very low quality or does not even exist, while others have found their whole trip is a scam set up by illegal travel operators that have disappeared with their money.

Residents are being urged to remain vigilant and to report suspicious activity to police.

Detective Constable Julie Wheeldon from the East Midlands Fraud and Financial Investigation Unit said: “Hajj related fraud is a distressing situation for victims to find themselves in, people often save up for months, even years in order to travel to Mecca for the once-in-a-lifetime trip.

“Only a very small percentage of victims are reporting Hajj related fraud making it almost impossible for the police to catch those responsible. It is a serious crime that continues to cause significant harm within the Muslin community.

“Please don’t suffer in silence or feel embarrassed about coming forward.  It is vital that Hajj related fraud is reported as soon as possible and our aim here is to raise awareness and offer support to prevent further victims.”

There are steps which can be taken to protect yourself and your family from becoming a victim of fraud. This includes:

  • Always do your research – don’t book without carrying out some basic check on your travel agency/tour operator. Go online to see if other people have commented on their services and check the company is accredited by the Ministry of Hajj and is a member of ABTA.
  • If you are booking a flight-based package make sure your travel company is ATOL (Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing) protected by the Civil Aviation Authority.
  • Get everything in writing and make sure your flight details, accommodation and Hajj visa are valid.
  • Do not pay the travel company by cash or by direct bank transfer into an individual’s account as if they turn out to be fraudulent it will be virtually impossible to get your money back.

For information around frauds and scams visit the dedicated Stamp out Fraud in Derbyshire webpage at www.derbyshire.police.uk/stampoutfraud.

If you think that you have been a victim of this type of fraud call 101, the non-emergency for Derbyshire police. To report a fraud call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit www.actionfraud.police.uk.

Man dies following collision on Snake Pass

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Police confirm that a man has died following a collision on Snake Pass.

On Saturday, July 12 at 5.10pm a red Honda CBR 600 motorcycle was in collision with a grey Skoda Yeti in an area known locally as Rowlee Farm, between Snake Summit and the Ladybower Inn.

The rider of the Honda, a 24-year-old man from Leeds was airlifted to Sheffield Northern General Hospital, where on Monday, July 14 he died.

The two female passengers in the Skoda were treated at the same hospital for broken bones.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Derbyshire police quoting incident number 658 of July 12.

Police crackdown on non-dwelling burglaries with Operation Anastase

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Residents in the High Peak are being urged to increase their shed and garden security as part of a targeted police operation.

Officers from the New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team will be cracking down on thefts from sheds, garages and outbuildings following a number of non-dwelling burglaries in the area.

Between Thursday, July 3 and Saturday, July 5 offenders gained entry to the garden of a property on Torr Vale Road, New Mills and forced the padlock off the garden shed. A black and red coloured Cube mountain bike was stolen from within.

A white and black coloured Scott mountain bike was stolen from the garden shed at a property on Heather Falls in New Mills overnight between Thursday, July 3 and Friday, July 4.

Offenders also attempted to gain entry into garden sheds at properties on Peak Road, Lee Street and High Lea Road earlier this month. (July)

Operation Anastase will see officers heading out on increased patrols at key times to target offenders and are actively encouraging residents to remain vigilant and to report suspicious activity straight away.

Sergeant Phil Booth from the New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “As people spend more time in their gardens, sheds are left insecure with sometimes very expensive power tools, bikes and garden equipment being left on show.

“Recently we have seen an increase of thefts from garden sheds which often sees expensive mountain bikes being stolen. I would like to urge all residents to check that any outbuildings, sheds or garages are properly secure and that all valuable items are kept out of view.

“Just ask yourself, how secure is my garden and can my shed be looked in to? We will be offering free garden and shed security checks to help you to further protect your property from opportunists.”

For more information or to arrange a garden security check, contact the New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.

Derbyshire Trading Standards have received complaints about mobility companies canvassing elderly residents

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

The scam starts with a cold call enquiring about health issues, such as arthritis. They then offer the customer an adviser or therapist to visit their home and conduct an assessment.

The person who visits is not a qualified adviser or therapist, they are a salesperson. The purpose of the visit is to sell mobility aids, such as massage mattresses or rise and recline chairs at inflated prices.

Derbyshire Trading Standards advice is to always be wary of any business that cold calls and wants to do business in your home. If you buy goods in the home you will have 14 days to cancel and get a refund of any payment. The trader must inform you of these rights in writing, however it may be difficult to get a refund from a rogue trader.

If you get such a call think carefully before agreeing to a visit and make sure you are not alone when the salesperson calls.

Carers please tell your clients about this scam and ask if they have been called or been visited. If so find the paperwork and think about cancelling.

If you need to buy aids consider a Derbyshire Trusted Trader, for more information Call Derbyshire on 01629 533190.

For more advice or to complain to us call the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 08454 04 05 06.

Spotlight on preventing child sexual exploitation

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Chelsea’s Choice – a powerful theatre-style production aimed at raising awareness of child sexual exploitation – is coming to the High Peak this week.

High Peak Borough Council, as part of the Community Safety Partnership, has organised a performance on Thursday 10 July and anyone concerned about child safety is invited to attend.

Delivered by AlterEgo, the production throws a spotlight on how young people, boys and girls, can be groomed by adults for the purpose of sexual exploitation.

Councillor Anthony McKeown, executive member for community services at the Council and Chair of the Community Safety Partnership, said: “This is a hard-hitting and emotional production as befits the issues relating to the exploitation of young people and how we can all act to recognise and stop it.

“It’s an issue that is very much on the national agenda with impacts for all communities and I hope that those who attend these performances better understand the circumstances that can lead to exploitation so we can work together to prevent it and protect young people across the High Peak.”

Preventing exploitation is a priority for Derbyshire’s Safeguarding Children Board and the production will be touring schools across the county from September.

This hour-long preview session is taking place in the Dome on Devonshire Road, Buxton on Thursday 10 July at 10am.

If you’d like to attend please contact amanda.simcock@highpeak.gov.uk or call 01538 395692.

Funding award to help protect victims in Derbyshire

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Two safeguarding projects designed to protect victims of violence in Derbyshire have won Government funding through a successful bid by the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Alan Charles.

Part of the £12.5 million Ministry of Justice Competed Fund, Derbyshire’s award amounts to £99,500. Of that sum, £60,000 will be spent on technological devices for protecting victims at high risk of serious domestic violence. The remaining £39,500 will help to finance a video interview suite in the north of the county for victims of serious sexual violence.

“Both of these projects meet my priorities for protecting lives, bringing offenders to justice, helping victims cope with the impact of crime, preventing further harm and promoting recovery,” Mr Charles said.

“Although this funding is for one year only, it will be wisely used and help us to achieve positive results that will continue to bring benefits in the future.”

Awarded by Damian Green, the Minister of State for Policing, Criminal Justice and Victims, funding has been allocated for 139 bids received from 37 PCCs. “The quality of the bids submitted was high, and I have taken this opportunity to fund all of the bids which merited funding,” Mr Green said.

The funding for technological protection will finance 100 extra devices – mostly in Derby, Buxton and Chesterfield – for use by repeat victims of serious domestic violence. An alarm set via GPS enables the victim to summon the aid they need, alert police to their whereabouts and also allow what is happening to be recorded for evidence.

“The police receive up to 1500 reports of violence each month, and of those more than 100 are from victims at high risk of violence and 200 at medium risk,” Mr Charles pointed out. “Buying a further 100 devices would support all those at high risk and enable a proactive management of the investigation and support plan.”

Plans for a video interview suite in north Derbyshire followed a proposal from partners, including the Constabulary and the Commissioner, in response to feedback from the Crown Court and victims.

Mr Charles explained: “One of the benefits of this scheme is that it causes less distress for the victim, enabling them to cope with the Criminal Justice System through new and safe facilities. It also increases the likelihood of them reporting the crime and providing the evidence required, leading to more convictions.”

Man wanted in connection with serious sexual assault in Glossop

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Police have issued a photograph of a man that is wanted in connection with the sexual assault of a woman in Glossop.

On Tuesday, January 21 at 11.45pm, a 17-year-old girl was raped by a man at a property on Henry Street.

Police would like to trace Muharrem Denmarku (23) in connection with this crime. Originally from Albania, his last known address was in Manchester.

He is described as white with an Albanian accent, stocky build, short brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone that knows the whereabouts of this man is asked to contact Derbyshire police quoting crime number 7523/14.

To report crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 

 

High Peak residents encouraged to take part in the B North Community Survey

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Residents in the High Peak are being encouraged to head online to share their views on policing in their community.

Officers from the Safer Neighbourhood teams in B North of the division including Glossop Town Centre, Hadfield and Tintwistle, Gamesley and St Johns and New Mills and Hayfield are asking residents to take part in the community survey.

People living in the areas are invited to rate the level of policing in their community and also gives them the opportunity to raise any neighbourhood issues for their local Safer Neighbourhood teams to focus on.

It is hoped that the completed surveys will help to shape policing in the areas by highlighting how the teams are perceived by the public, how they are performing and how they can improve performance.

Feedback is very useful to Safer Neighbourhood teams, and can form targeted policing plans and help the teams tackle those issues that are affecting communities the most.

The form can be completed by visiting www.derbyshire.police.uk/bnorthsurvey

To speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.

Derbyshire Constabulary has welcomed new legislation that criminalises forced marriages

Monday, June 16th, 2014

From today (Monday, June 16) forced marriage in England and Wales will become a crime as new legislation becomes effective under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

A forced marriage is a marriage that is performed under duress and without the full consent or free will of both parties.

Detective Superintendent Andrew Stokes, Head of Public Protection said: “Forced marriage is often a form of domestic violence and can include physical and sexual violence, threatening behaviour and even imprisonment or abduction. The maximum sentence that forced marriage can carry is seven years imprisonment.

“We would encourage anyone who is a victim of this crime or anyone that knows someone who is suffering to contact police or relevant support services. Details of which can be found on the Derbyshire police website www.derbyshire.police.uk

Since 2008 Derbyshire Constabulary has been contacted about forced marriage on 65 occasions and the force has worked with the courts and Derby Advocacy Service to issue 12 forced marriage protection orders.

Alan Charles, Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner said: “This new legislation is a very important and symbolic step forward and reflects the seriousness of this crime.  However, it is by no means the end of the problem. More work is needed to increase confidence among victims and those at risk of becoming a victim, to report their experiences and seek the help they need.  They need to know that support is available to them and that they will be treated with sensitivity and understanding.  Together with our partners and specialist support services, we have a collective responsibility to ensure that victims never feel alone.

“It is indicative of the gravity with which we view this crime that last month we co-hosted the first national conference on Forced Marriage, bringing together some of the most experienced people to identify best practice and ways in which we can all raise awareness of the problem and encourage more people to report it.  I firmly believe that the only way to stop it is to expose the problem and those who seek to inflict it on vulnerable girls and women.  While I understand that this practice has been a cultural and faith related issue it is not acceptable that any human being should be subject to this type of coercive and controlling behaviour and we must stop it.”

Protection orders were introduced as part of the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007. The order is a legal document issued by a judge, which is designed to protect a person according to their individual circumstances. It contains legally binding conditions and directions that require a change in the behaviour of a person or persons trying to force another person into marriage.

Police issue advice to motorists following thefts in Birch Vale and Hayfield

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Police are urging residents to keep their vehicles secure following thefts from Birch Vale and Hayfield.

Overnight between 9.45pm on Wednesday, June 4 and 6am on Thursday, June 5, offenders stole a white Peugeot Boxer campervan from outside a property on Spinnerbottom in Birch Vale.

Between 2am on 9.50am on Friday, June 6, a red coloured Honda motorbike was taken from the driveway of a property on Fairy Bank Crescent in Hayfield.

Officers are urging anyone with information or who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area to get in touch.

Police are asking riders to remain vigilant and consider using security devices on their bikes for extra safety measures. This includes buying an alarm, immobiliser and secondary locks such as a disc lock, U-lock, chain or cable lock.

Officers are encouraging motorists to ensure that their vehicles are properly secure and that any valuables are kept out of view or completely removed where possible.

Other security measures include:

  • Ensure that your vehicle is properly secure at that the windows are up;
  • Park in well-lit, overlooked areas when possible and use bike stands to secure your motorbikes where available;
  • Avoid leaving your helmet, gloves or other possessions on the machine;
  • Remove any visible marks such as sat nav holder rings to deter a criminal;
  • Put security marking on as many parts of your bike as possible.

Police are actively encouraging residents to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

Anyone with information about either incident is asked to contact, quoting crime number 23139/14 for Birch Vale and 23300/14 for the Hayfield incident.

To report a crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Keep your eye on the ball – Safety during the World Cup

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

With the World Cup kicking off in Brazil later this week and temperatures set to rise, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service is urging everyone to take extra care.

Whether enjoying the televised matches at home with friends, or out at your local, it is essential that everyone keeps their eye on the ball and follows our top tips for a safe and enjoyable World Cup.

Kitchen safety:

  • It’s easy to get distracted, especially during the tensions of those all-important World Cup Games:
    • Over 50% of all house fires start in the kitchen.  If watching a game – get a takeaway or prepare your meal in advance.  Never leave cooking unattended!

Home Safety:

  • Having friends/family round to watch the match together?
    • Ensure anyone that smokes has an ashtray and that it does not overflow.
    • Ensure cigarettes are always put out, right out!

Celebrating with a World Cup BBQ:

  • Have a responsible person nominated to keep everyone safe.
  • If you are the chef, don’t drink alcohol whilst cooking
  • Never leave the barbeque unattended
  • Always have a bucket of water to hand – just in case of emergencies
  • Keep the BBQ away from your house, sheds, fences, garden furniture and tree/shrubs

Enjoying the match at your local:

  • Ensure you don’t drink and drive – Book a taxi for your journey home
  • Don’t cook after alcohol – grab a takeaway on your way home – NEVER cook after alcohol

If you are a business owner, it is vital that you take extra steps to ensure the safety of your customers/staff during the World Cup celebrations:

Business safety advice:

  • Review your risk assessment and emergency plan – make sure it’s up to date
  • Make sure your fire detection system is working effectively and everyone in the building(s) understand what they need to do should it activate
  • Practice your emergency evacuation plan to ensure your staff  and visitors can escape quickly and easily – don’t forget that people with disabilities may need extra help
  • Ensure fire wardens are trained and their training is up to date
  • If you have a fire, evacuate the building and call 990
  • Ask staff to be vigilant to the risk of fire and report any concerns
  • Keep escape routes free from obstacles and check signage and emergency lighting
  • Ensure fire doors are shut!

Station Manager Alan Richmond said: “Having your friends or family round to watch the match is for many, the best way to enjoy the World Cup.

“We would like everyone to enjoy the World Cup safely and remind you whether enjoying a barbeque or cooking some snacks, please don’t leave your cooking unattended, no matter how exciting those matches are.”

So, however you choose to celebrate; whichever team you are supporting – ensure you enjoy a safe 2014 World Cup.

For more information about keeping safe during the World Cup visit www.derbys-fire.gov.uk

You can follow @DerbyshireFRS on twitter and Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service on Facebook for regular safety advice and information.

Six people arrested as police crackdown on drugs in Glossop

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Six people have been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences following police drug strikes in Glossop.

At around 12.25am on Monday, June 9, police stopped a silver coloured Ford Mondeo on Norfolk Street, Glossop and carried out a search of the vehicle.

A large quantity of suspected amphetamine and drugs paraphernalia were discovered by police. An offensive weapon was also found inside the vehicle.

Anthony Leonard, aged 26, was arrested and later charged with possession with intent to supply heroin and amphetamine, possession of cannabis and possession of an offensive weapon.

Leonard, of Mouslow Close, Hadfield, was remanded in custody and was due to appear before Magistrates in Chesterfield on Wednesday, June 10.

A 25-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman were also arrested in connection with the incident. Both have been bailed pending further inquiries.

A woman and two men were arrested on Thursday, June 5 after police executed a separate warrant at a property on Gladstone Street in Glossop.

Officers discovered items including a quantity of suspected cannabis during a search of the property.

A 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance.

A 55-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

All three have been bailed pending further police inquiries.

Inspector Barry Doyle, who leads Safer Neighbourhood policing teams in Glossop, said: “I would like to encourage all residents to report any suspected drugs activity to us as we do act on the intelligence that you provide. Together we can make Glossop an even safer place and we will continue to target suspected drugs activity in our communities to help achieve that goal.”

You can call police on the non-emergency number, 101, if you want to report suspected drugs activity in your area. To report a crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 111 555.

Information appeal following burglaries in New Mills and Glossop

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Officers are appealing for information and urging residents to keep their property secure following burglaries in New Mills and Glossop.

Sometime between 8.20am and 4pm on Monday, June 9, thieves broke into a property on Woodbourne Road, New Mills.

Offenders gained entry through a rear first floor window and made an untidy search of the property. Items including jewellery, a Samsung tablet, a Kindle, and a laptop were taken.

Police are looking to trace an old style white Land Rover that was seen in the area around the time of the incident.

Between 6am and 6pm on Monday, June 9, offenders gained entry to a property on Brookfield, Glossop by causing damage to the rear door. Thieves searched the property and items of jewellery were taken from within.

Police are actively encouraging residents to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

Anyone with information about either incident is asked to contact the Volume Crime Team on 101, quoting crime number 23822/14 for New Mills and 23836/14 for Brookfield.

To report a crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Information appeal following Hayfield store break-in

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Police are appealing for witnesses following a burglary at Hayfield Village Store in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

At around 3.30am on Tuesday, June 3, offenders kicked open the front door of the Hayfield Village Store on Church Street, Hayfield and stole cigarettes from within.

Police would like to trace three men who were believed to be in the area around the time of the incident and left the village on a red coloured motorbike.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC Simon Lomas on 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.

To report a crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Countywide campaign is launched to tackle shed and garage burglary

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Thefts from shed, garages and outbuildings is a problem particularly in the summer months. As people spend more time in their gardens sheds are left insecure with sometimes very expensive power tools and garden equipment being left on show.

Derbyshire Constabulary are launching a campaign today (Monday, June 2) to help to tackle this type of crime.

A variety of crime prevention initiatives will be taking place across the county where officers will be giving advice to the public on how to secure their property.

In Buxton officers will be working with local garden centres and DIY stores to promote security and hand out leaflets on securing items that the public have purchased. In Chesterfield regular officers will be working with special constables to distribute leaflets across the town on shed security and crime prevention and in Derby property marking events are being held to encourage people to mark their property to ensure that it is traceable if stolen.

Detective Chief Inspector Julian Wilson from Chesterfield CID said: “We would like to remind all residents to secure their sheds and out buildings. A way to try and prevent this would be to invest in a padlock or shed alarm and to use reverse hinges with bolts where the fastening mechanism is on the inside.

“Also look at the security lighting surrounding your property and cut back any shrubbery which may be creating a screen for burglars to hide behind. Please ensure that valuable items are not left on display.”

For further crime prevention advise contact your local Safer Neighbourhood team on 101.

‘Burglary’ and ‘child exploitation’ tops list of concerns in public safety poll

Friday, May 30th, 2014

More than 40% of Derby City Council employees and Derby City residents believe child abuse and burglary should be top of the policing agenda, a new survey has revealed.

In the latest of a series of consultation events, Derbyshire Constabulary representatives alongside Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa surveyed council employees and local residents at the Council House on May 8 to find out how they feel about policing and wider issues concerning public safety.

A total of 266 questionnaires were completed and an initial analysis shows four in ten people believe child abuse and child exploitation – as well as burglary – are the biggest risks to the area followed by drug dealing and supply and gun crime and gangs, both chosen by around 32% of respondents.

Of those who took part in the survey, 62.1% agreed that the Police and the local council are dealing with the anti-social behaviour and crime issues that matter in their area. Almost a quarter of people (22.4%) thought that crime had decreased in the past 12 months, while 58.2% thought that it had stayed the same and 19.5% thought that it has increased. The reality is that crime in Derby City has increased by 5% in the past financial year.

Mr Dhindsa said: “Child abuse and burglary are very serious issues for the Force and we are working hard to address them and reduce the threat posed to the public. These crimes are both very emotive and it’s understandable that residents need reassurance that we are doing our best to protect them. Surveys such as this help us to channel resources to where need is greatest.

“I would like to thank Derby City Council for taking part and letting us survey both employees and members of the public who were visiting at the time.  This is valuable partnership working particularly as we had a  high number of surveys completed on the day.”

The Over to You initiative replaces the Have Your Say consultation as the county’s largest annual feedback scheme. Local people are invited to take part in a survey about policing and issues that affect their lives. They are also offered crime prevention advice to help them protect themselves and their property from crime. Results from the surveys will be published in December.

Stolen Car in Whaley Bridge

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Police appeal for information after a car was stolen from a house in Whaley Bridge.

Sometime between Wednesday, May 21 at 9pm and Thursday, May 22 at 6.50am a red Audi A1 was stolen from a house on Macclesfield Road. Offenders hooked the car keys through a letterbox.

The car was spotted driving through Glossop in the early hours of Thursday, May 22.

Police would like to remind the public to store keys away from doors and take them to bed at night.

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Laura Weston using the 101 non-emergency number.

To report crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Serious assault in Old Glossop

Monday, May 26th, 2014

 

glossop police cordon

The area around the church in Old Glossop is cordoned off following an assault

Derbyshire Police are currently investigating a report of a serious assault on a female which happened around 0300hrs on Monday 26th May in Glossop.  As a result there are areas which are currently cordoned off to assist with the investigation these included the Church Yard in Old Glossop also School House, Church Street leading to Manor Park Rd.

 

Derbyshire Police are looking to identify a male sighted on Church Street South, Old Glossop shortly after 0300hrs he is described as wearing a white tee shirt, blue stone washed jeans and trainers.  The assistance of the public is requested to identify this male who may be a witness or to eliminate him from the enquiry.

 

Anyone with any information are requested to ring 101.

 

 

 

Police issue advice to protect Derbyshire residents from ticketing fraud

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Police are issuing advice to protect residents in Derbyshire from becoming a victim of ticketing fraud after reports reveal that the fraud cost victims over £3.7m last year alone.

Ticket fraud can relate to flights as well as music, sporting or religious events. The crime can vary but typically, tickets are being sold to victims which either don’t exist or materialise.

Officers are urging Derbyshire sports fans not to purchase tickets from non-official sources ahead of the weekend’s football match, which sees Derby vs. QPR at Wembley Stadium.

Detective Inspector Rob King, Head of the Derbyshire Constabulary Economic Crime Unit said: “Millions of pounds were lost last year after fraudster’s conned people into buying tickets to watch their favourite sporting events or attend popular festivals, which simply did not materialise.

“These figures may appear worrying but thankfully there are simple steps that we can all take to safely purchase tickets online and enjoy our events without becoming a victim of ticketing fraud.

“I would urge the public to remain vigilant and to only buy tickets from a venue’s box office, promoter, official agent or reputable ticket exchange website, especially in the run up to the summer months and festival seasons.

“Just remember, if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is. Purchasing a ticket from an unofficial seller, either face-to-face or online, is just not worth the risk.”

Tony Neate, Chief Executive of getsafeonline.org added: “Criminals have a captured market of fans that will do anything to get a ticket, which makes festivals and concerts a prime target for fraud.

“It’s incredibly frustrating for many festival goers, especially if they’ve waited months for the event. Get Safe Online is concerned to see such a high proportion of these figures relating to online fraud.”

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has launched a focus week on ticketing fraud. This will run from Thursday, May 15 to Thursday, May 22.

Derbyshire detectives are raising awareness of the scam as part of the week-long Stamp out Fraud drive to protect residents from falling victim to the crime, which runs from Monday, May 19 to Saturday, May 24.

If you think that you may have been a victim of ticket fraud report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit http://www.actionfraud.police.uk.

For more information about protecting yourself online visit www.derbyshire.police.uk/stampoutfraud, or visit the Get Safe Online website at www.getsafeonline.org.

Head online and put your questions to the fraud experts as part of Stamp out Fraud week

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Derbyshire residents are being encouraged to head into cyber space and put their fraud and scam questions to the experts.

As part of the force wide Stamp out Fraud action week, an online discussion is being held to give people the opportunity to gain crime prevention advice and support from the experts.

The virtual surgery will be launched today (May 21) where people can log in between 6pm and 8pm to ask questions or develop their knowledge on how to stay safe from fraudsters.

You can ask questions anonymously and the panel will either respond in the chat session or through a private conversation. If you don’t have a question, you can also log in and see the live chat in action.

The surgery will be hosted by members of the Economic Crime Unit as part of Derbyshire Constabulary’s Stamp out Fraud week which runs from Monday May 19 to Saturday May 24.

The week-long drive will see Community Safety officers and Safer Neighbourhood teams across the force heading out into the local communities to advise residents about the steps that they can take to protect themselves from the crime.

To log on to the surgery go to www.derbyshire.police.uk/stampoutfraud.

To find out about events in your area call your local Safer Neighbourhood team on 101 or visit the dedicated Stamp out Fraud webpage.

Derbyshire Constabulary set to stamp out fraud

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Police in Derbyshire are launching a forcewide week of activity to tackle scams and frauds as part of a national month of action.

The Stamp out Fraud in Derbyshire initiative will run from Monday, May 19 to Saturday, May 24 with a week full of community engagements and online input.

Officers across the county will be teaming up with Derbyshire County Council’s Trading Standards and Derby City Council to raise awareness of scams and protect communities from becoming a victim of the crime.

Detective Inspector Rob King, Head of the Derbyshire Economic Crime Unit said: “This week of action is a fantastic opportunity for us to work alongside our partners across the county to increase public knowledge of the crime, offer support and advice and raise awareness of the campaign.

“Fraudsters can be convincing and appear genuine but thankfully there is lots of support and information available so that we can all take the steps to protect ourselves from the crime.

“The message is simple and clear, if something sounds too good to be true then it probably is.”

Commissioner Alan Charles added: “This initiative shows the power of partnership working, with different specialists pulling together to tackle crime.

“All too often this type of crime sees avaricious criminals preying on elderly or vulnerable victims and while I hope that this week provides them with information to protect themselves I really hope that it will raise awareness of the problem so that neighbours, families and friends be on the lookout for people behaving suspiciously.”

The week-long drive will see Community Safety officers and Safer Neighbourhood teams across the force heading out into the local communities to advise residents about the steps that they can take to protect themselves from the crime.

Events include:

  • Bakewell Market on Monday 19th May between 10am and 12noon;
  • Buxton Spring Gardens on Tuesday 20th between 12noon and 2pm;
  • Belper Safer Neighbourhood Team will be at B&M Bargains in Belper between 10am and 2pm on Tuesday 20th;
  • Liberation Day in Swadlincote on Wednesday 21st between 10am and 2.30pm;
  • Shirebrook Christian Centre on Wednesday 21st;
  • Eagle Marketplace in Derby on Friday 23rd between 11am and 3pm;
  • Big Cycle Day out at Derby Marketplace on Saturday 24th, running all day.

Top cops will be taking to the hot seat to give members of the public the chance to ask questions and gain specialist advice on a range of fraud topics. The surgery will go live on Wednesday 21st May and will take place between 6pm and 8pm.

Visit the dedicated Stamp out Fraud page on the force website for the latest news, information videos and useful advice on how to avoid becoming a victim of the crime. This can be found at: www.derbyshire.police.uk/stampoutfraud

To find out more about events in your area call your local Safer Neighbourhood team on 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.

Two new assistant chief constables have been appointed by the Chief Constable of Derbyshire Mick Creedon

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Gary Knighton will remain in post as head of operational support and Detective Chief Superintendent Martyn Bates from South Yorkshire Police will become Assistant Chief Constable (Crime and Territorial).

ACC Knighton has served with the Derbyshire Constabulary since he joined as a constable in 1989. He has served across the whole county during his career.

He said: “I’m delighted to have been successful and I look forward to continuing to serve the residents of Derbyshire.”

D/Ch/Supt Bates, who is currently head of specialist crime services, joined South Yorkshire Police in 1987 and has spent most of his service in CID. Brought up in Derbyshire, Mr Bates said: “I know the north east of the county very well and I’m extremely pleased and privileged to have been chosen to serve in Derbyshire.

Mr Creedon added: “Part of the success of Derbyshire Constabulary is the stable and strong command team and I’m delighted to make these new appointments.

“Both Gary and Martyn understand the many challenges we face and what the force is seeking to achieve. I’m looking forward to them both becoming permanent members of my team and taking the organisation further forward.

“I’m also pleased that the PCC Alan Charles was part of the interview process and endorses the appointments.”

Scam Law Companies

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Trading Standards have received reports from consumers about businesses that have made unsolicited telephone calls offering various legal services. These include Wills, Power of Attorney, and Asset Trusts. The businesses attempt to sign you up to these services at a high cost and may not deliver the service they have promised.  Some of the services offered may be unsuitable or unnecessary.

If you are interested obtaining a legal service such as this we would advise you visit a local, qualified solicitor who can offer a professional service.

Trading standards would like to remind people that you should never deal with anyone who cold calls by telephone or at the door and you should never provide personal information/bank details to cold callers.

If you have received cold calls either by phone or at the door, and felt pressurised in any way, you should report it to the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 08454 04 05 06. You can also visit www.adviceguide.org.uk for advice.

You can register both your landline and mobile numbers with the following free services and are advised to do so on a yearly basis.

The Telephone Preference Service – 0845 070 0707

Silent Call Guard – 0844 372 2325

Commissioner and Chief Constable Discuss Police Performance

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles and Chief Constable Mick Creedon will consider police performance, funding issues, rape and domestic abuse and the National Air Service amongst other items at a meeting at Police Headquarters at Ripley on Monday, 19 May at 2.00pm.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the Strategic Governance Board (SGB) meeting, posing questions if they wish during the first 30 minutes.  Those who wish to ask a question but are unable to attend can post their questions via Twitter using #askSGB in the question, or by email to the chief executive (david.peet.16406@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk).  Although specific cases are not able to be discussed in the meeting, they are followed up by senior representatives from the Force.

Information about for the meeting can be found at http://www.derbyshire-pcc.gov.uk/News-and-Events-Meetings/Meeting-Information/Strategic-Governance-Board-Schedule-of-Meetings-2014.aspx.  Key items on the Agenda will include performance, contact management (call handling), confidence and satisfaction.

SGB meetings provide a regular opportunity for the Commissioner to publicly scrutinise Police Performance, with in-depth reports on different areas of work at each meeting.  Regular items include finance and resources and areas such as Professional Standards, plus the contact management centre, engagement with the public and the decisions of the Commissioner.

Alan Charles said: “Members of public attending these meetings can see for themselves the scrutiny applied to all areas of police performance, enabling any fluctuations in performance to be identified at an early stage.  If they can’t attend, people can get involved in this process simply by asking questions.”

Two men arrested in connection with criminal damage offences in Glossop

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Police have arrested two men in connection with a series of criminal damage offences in Glossop.

At around 2pm on Monday, May 5 officers received a report of two men causing damage to a Ford KA parked on Sunlaws Street, Glossop, by kicking the offside wing mirror.

Damage was also caused to the wing mirror of a purple Volkswagen Polo, a Ford Fiat Transit, a silver Ford Fusion and a red coloured Mini.

Officers carried out a search of the area and two men, aged 42 and 20-years-old were arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage.

Both have been released on bail pending further police inquiries.

To report a crime call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. Always dial 999 in an emergency.

Information appeal following theft from vehicle in Glossop

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Police are appealing for witnesses after thieves removed the catalytic converter from the underside of a van in Glossop.

The Mercedes panel van that was parked outside a property on Sheffield Road, Glossop was targeted sometime between 6pm on Wednesday, May 7 and 8.45am on Thursday, May 8.

The catalytic converter was removed from the vehicle.

Officers are encouraging residents to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to prevent a crime from happening.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Russell Crosby on 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.

To report a crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

New Mills Bike Theft

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Police appeal for information after motorbikes were stolen in New Mills.

Sometime between Friday, April 18 at 7pm and Sunday, April 20 at 1pm a shed at a property on Beech Avenue was broken into and a Timec motorcycle was stolen.

Overnight on Saturday, April 19 at 9pm and Sunday, April 20 at 9am a garage was broken into at a house on Parkland Avenue. A yellow Honda motorbike, a Cube Acid mountain bike and a chainsaw was stolen.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Tim Brown at Glossop police station using the non-emergency number 101.

To report crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Tough round of questions for Police and Crime Commissioner

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Students from Chesterfield College put Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles firmly on the hot spot during a lively question time event held at the College earlier this week.

Over 100 students, some of whom are studying Public Services, turned out to seek the Commissioner’s views on everything from crime-busting funding for young people to the recruitment of police officers.

Some of the students, who were primarily aged between 16 and 18, said they were interested in joining the police service when they leave college, and then asked some searching questions on recruitment policy and ensuring that the Force is representative of local communities.

They were keen to know whether the Commissioner’s Crime Prevention Fund was open to younger groups and organisations – which it is – his views on anti-social behaviour, the provision of support to victims and how to encourage people to report crime, and what is being done to tackle cyber-crime and hate crime.  The young audience also raised their views on the need to do more to promote police integrity and the increase in the amount of council tax paid towards policing.

The Commissioner, who also gave a presentation on his work and the role of the PCC, said: “This was no lightweight event, they asked some serious questions that demanded serious answers and kept me on my toes.  Their knowledge of the issues that impact on local policing is a credit to themselves and the College.

“They also completed my Youth Survey, which is part of my programme of consultation with young people across Derbyshire, and their answers, plus the feedback they gave me today, will help me to shape the way services are delivered.”

Curfew Order for benefits fraudster

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

A 34-year-old Hadfield woman has been handed a 12-month Community Punishment Order for fraudulently claiming over £4,000 in housing and council tax benefit.

Marianne Zowanyk, of Oakfield Road, pleaded guilty to one charge of making a fraudulent claim when she appeared before magistrates in Buxton on Tuesday 29 April.

She was sentenced to a 12-month Community Punishment Order consisting of a 12-week curfew order.

High Peak Borough Council brought the case following an investigation into housing benefit Zowanyk was claiming for Reservoir Keepers House, Kinder Road, Hayfield.

This revealed that the tenancy agreement she had provided was false, that it had been changed to exclude her husband and that she had stopped using her married name in relation to her claim. Zowanyk also failed to disclose that she owned a property.

As a result housing benefit totaling £3,270.98 and £255.57 council tax benefit were wrongly claimed and she also received a greater reduction in council tax than she was entitled to.

The Council decided to prosecute Zonwanyk after she declined the opportunity to be interviewed about the matter.

Farewell to the Chief – CC Andy Trotter retires after 45-year career

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Andy Trotter, one of Britain’s most respected and experienced Chief Constables, is retiring after an eventful 45 year career.

Andy has led many high profile operations and been the police’s public face of major incidents as diverse as bombings, riots and train crashes as well as major public events such as London 2012, Notting Hill Carnival and many other royal and state occasions.

Joining the Metropolitan Police (MPS) cadets in 1969, Andy served in the Met, Kent Constabulary and for the past 10 years in British Transport Police (BTP) as Deputy, then Chief Constable, where he led its transformation into a highly effective and efficient force with a much enhanced reputation.

His first role was a PC working out of Marylebone Lane police station. He later transferred to Kent where he rose to the rank of Chief Inspector before coming back to the Met in 1992 where he soon rose to the role of Deputy Assistant Commissioner in charge of driving down all aspects of crime for south east then central London.

Andy was then made DAC Crime for the whole of London, where he introduced the highly successful Safer Streets campaign. In 2001 he was asked to take over public order and operations for the MPS as well as the command of City of Westminster, where he led a series of highly effective campaigns that dramatically cut crime on the streets of central London.

During the past decade at BTP he led the drive to reduce crime with particular successes against robbery, cable theft and pick-pocketing.

Under Andy’s leadership, BTP has completely restructured to achieve his target of more than 200 extra front line officers to provide response, visibility and reassurance to the travelling public and rail staff.

Known for his calming and reassuring approach, Andy has also been the ACPO lead for media and social media for the past seven years and, this year, led the 2014 Strategic Command Course which develops and prepares the next generation of top police leaders for the challenges ahead.

Andy said: “I’m sad to be leaving BTP after 10 great years where the team has achieved so much.

“I’ve enjoyed nearly every day of my 45 years and have had the chance to do a wide range of jobs including covering the Toxteth riots, the miners’ dispute, huge central London demonstrations, the 7/7 bombings, the Olympics and, of course, policing the railways of England, Wales and Scotland.

“I’ve policed all walks of life, from the West End to rural villages and have been part of operations tackling a diverse range of incidents and events including serious and organised crime, football, horse fairs, fox hunts, Wimbledon and the London Marathon.

“In my various ACPO roles I’ve had the opportunity to lead national best practice as well as working with police forces from across the country. It has been a privilege and an honour to have served the public for so long and I will miss it.”

Chief Constable Trotter is a graduate of the LSE and has received commendations for crime operations, bravery and leadership. He was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in 2000 and was appointed OBE in 2008.

Millie Banerjee Chair of the British Transport Authority, which appointed Andy in 2009, said: “Andy has been an exemplary Chief Constable whose leadership of BTP has achieved remarkable results during a demanding five years.

“Andy has forged strong relationships with the rail industry, secured the safety of passengers and reduced the threat of violence to rail staff.

“I am grateful for the work he has done to raise the profile of the Force and his contribution to policing in Great Britain, in particular during the Olympics and the riots of 2011.

“The Authority wishes Andy every success for the future.”

President of the Association of Chief Police Officers, Sir Hugh Orde, said: “Andy’s tireless dedication to policing has made great waves within the service, not only through his work at the helm of the British Transport Police, safeguarding those travelling on our rail networks and protecting transport hubs from harm, but by introducing the police service to social media and emerging methods of communication and investigation as the national policing lead for communications.

“He has also been a very visible face of the leadership for the service in times of crises, such as the 7/7 bombings and the riots in 2011.

“Andy has devoted more than three decades to policing, and as a member of the Association of Chief Policing Officers, has worked hard to bring the service into the world of 21st century public engagement.

“I wish him all the very best in his retirement.”

Boy attempts armed raid of Glossop shop

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

A 16-year-old boy attempted armed robbery in a shop in Glossop on Friday.

The teen entered clothes store M and Co, in Wren Nest retail park, armed with a knife and demanded money at about 4.45pm.

He will appear at Buxton Youth Court on May 8.

Residents in Glossop are invited to increase their security at property marking event

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Motorists and cyclists in Glossop are being invited to get their security into gear as part of a crime prevention and property marking drive.

Safer Neighbourhood officers will be setting up shop to speak to motorists and cyclists about the steps that they can take to better protect their valuables from criminals.

Crime prevention advice includes, using a steering lock on your vehicle, purchasing a good quality lock for your bike and secure it whenever it is left unattended, and parking in well-lit, overlooked areas where possible.

The event will take place at Halfords store in Glossop on Saturday, May 10 and will run from 10am until 3pm.

Residents will be encouraged to have their bikes and mobile phones security marked by the policing team and officers will also be on hand to fit anti-theft number plate screws to deter opportunists from targeting a vehicle.

To find out more about the event or to speak to your local policing team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.

Hadfield theft of laptop

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Police are appealing for the public’s help to identify a man and woman in connection with a theft in Hadfield.

On Wednesday, April 04 between 11.15am and 2pm a laptop was stolen from The Palatine public house on Station Road in Hadfield.

Police would like to trace a man and woman that were seen in the area at around 1pm. The man was described as skinny with dark coloured hair and was wearing dark coloured jeans and a black coat. The woman had blonde hair.

If anyone has any information or saw the couple they are asked to contact PC Jonathan Owen using the non-emergency number 101.

To report crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Information sought after Glossop milk thefts

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Police are appealing for information after bottles of milk were stolen from a Glossop home.

On Friday 12th April, the milk was stolen from an address on Pikes Lane, Glossop. This is the latest in a line of similar incidents, with the police also now aware of the previous incidents. Enquiries have been made in the area but no-one has been identified as responsible.

Anyone with information is asked to contact their local neighbourhood policing team on 101.

Increased patrols following Glossop allotment thefts

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Glossop Police are to head out on increased patrols following a number of thefts from allotments in Whitfield, Glossop.

Officers from the Glossop Safer Neighbourhood Team will be heading out on targeted patrols following two recent incidents. Between 6pm on Friday 11th April and 9:30am on Saturday 12th April, offenders forced entry into a shed at an allotment on Gladstone Street, Glossop. A red Mantis cultivator was taken from the property.

This followed an incident overnight between Tuesday 8th April and Wednesday 9th April when offenders attempted to gain entry to a garden shed at another Gladstone Street allotment. No items were taken from the premises.

As well going out on the patrols, officers are encouraging residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police on 101 or 999 in an emergency. They will also be speaking to people about the steps that they can take to improve their security to deter criminals.

Police have released the following advice for residents:

- Invest in shed security kits

- Keep valuables inside and secure

- Install security lighting around sheds and garages;

- Fit high-quality padlocks on all shed and garage doors;

- Do not leave garden tools or other items outdoors, as these could be used to break through doors or windows;

- If your outbuilding has windows, consider reinforcing them with wood to deter thieves;

- If you store bikes or high-value lawn mowers in your outbuilding, install a fixed post inside that you can chain them to, and consider keeping bikes indoors;

- Keep tools in a locked box and in your house where possible;

- Fit a shed alarm;

- Mark your property with a UV pen or products such as SmartWater, and register valuables for free on the secure website www.immobilise.com. These can help police trace the owners of recovered stolen property.

Anyone with any information about the incidents is asked to call PCSO Sarah Walsh on 101.

Cigarettes stolen during Glossop supermarket burglary

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Police are appealing for information after three people wearing face coverings broke into the Glossop Co-op store and stole cigarettes.

At approximately 1:11am on Tuesday 8th April, a burglary took place at the Norfolk Street branch of Co-op. The offenders gained entry by forcing open the outer shutters. Once they were inside, they forced open and damaged the gantry that contained cigarettes. Cigarettes were stolen and the three offenders were seen to leave the store at 1.14am.

All three offenders were wearing face coverings but it is believed that they were all male.  The first offender was wearing a blue top, black tracksuit bottoms with a grey stripe and was carrying a white bag.

The second suspect had a two-tone grey and blue hooded top, dark tracksuit bottoms with a blue stripe and grey trainers. The third was wearing dark clothing and was holding a bar around 3ft in length.

Anyone with information, or who knows who is responsible for this crime, is asked to contact Glossop CID, on 101, or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Man cautioned over indecent exposure in Glossop

Monday, March 24th, 2014

A man has been interviewed in connection with indecent exposure in Glossop town centre.

At around 8:40am on Sunday 15th March , a 33-year-old woman was running along High Street East near Glossop Leisure Centre when a man exposed himself to her.

A 24-year-old man has been interviewed and subsequently cautioned by police. Police say that Local Safer Neighbourhood officers will carry out patrols in and around the area to offer reassurance to members of the public.

To report a crime call Derbyshire police on the non-emergency number 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency. To report a crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police reveal details of further Glossop indecent exposure incident

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Police have revealed details of a second case of indecent exposure taking place in Glossop town centre.

This latest reported offence actually took place on High Street East,  the day before the flashing incident which was revealed yesterday. It happened on Saturday 15th March around 9.50am, when a male offender, pushing a bike, walked past a female whilst exposing himself.

He is described as being white, around 27 to 28 years-old with dark hair, a chubby build and was wearing a tracksuit.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Owen on 101, quoting crime number 10954/14.

Man exposes himself in Glossop Town Centre

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Police are appealing for information after a man indecently exposed himself in Glossop town centre.

A 33-year-old woman was running along High Street East near Glossop Leisure Centre, at around 8:40am on Sunday March 16th, when a man exposed himself to her. The man is described as white, 5ft 6-8ins tall and of medium build. He is in his late twenties with short dark hair and had a white mountain bike with him. He wore black tracksuit bottoms, a black zip-up jacket and white trainers.

Anyone with information should contact PC Owen on Derbyshire Police’s non-emergency number, 101.

Appeal after car damaged in Glossop

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Police Officers are appealing for information following criminal damage to a vehicle in Glossop.

Between 5:30pm on Friday 7th March and 7:30pm on Saturday 8th March, offenders smashed the window of a Ford Focus which was parked under the railway bridge on Arundel Street, Glossop. The offenders failed to gain access to the car.

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Appeal after bicycle stolen from Glossop Town Centre

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Police are appealing for information after a bike was stolen after being left insecure in Glossop Town Centre.

The Black custom built BMX bike was taken from outside a fast food outlet on Wren Nest retail Park, Glossop at approximately 7:25pm on Wednesday 26th February. A male was seen taking the bike and the suspect is described as a white man, wearing a hooded zip up top and possibly jeans. A search of the area was carried out at the time of the incident but the BMX was not located.

Anyone with information or who knows where the bike is located now, is asked to contact PC Kenyon on 101.

Information sought after child’s scooter stolen

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Police are appealing for information after a child’s scooter was stolen in Glossop.

The JD child’s micro-scooter was taken from near an electricity sub-station on from Shirebrook Drive, Glossop during the day on Wednesday 26th February.

If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact PC Valentin on 101,  quoting the crime reference number CR/8262/14.

Appeal after attempted car theft on Glossop’s High Street East

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Police are appealing for people to come forward after the attempted theft of a car on High Street East, Glossop.

At around 12:50am on Thursday February 12th,  a man attempted to steal a Land Rover Defender whilst it was parked up, but the suspect was disturbed interfering with the ignition cowling system he ran towards Manor Park Road junction. The suspect is described as a male, in his early twenties and wearing a dark hoody.

Police are urging anyone who seems something suspicious taking place, to ring 999 so that they can check it out.

Anyone who may have information on the attempted theft, is asked to call 101.

Appeal after Hadfield jewellery burglary

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Police are appealing for information after valuable jewellery was stolen from a home in Hadfield.

On Tuesday 4th February between 1pm and 5:30pm, a ladies gold, sapphire and diamond ring was stolen along with a white gold diamond ring and a Raymond Weil gold and silver watch,  from a property on Potter Road.

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Tim Brown at Glossop CID using the non-emergency number 101 or to report information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Appeal following number plates thefts in Hadfield and Tintwistle‏

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Police are appealing for information following the theft of registration plates from vehicles in Hadfield and Tintwistle.

Sometime between 5:30pm and 9:30pm on Sunday February 16th, offenders stole the front and rear number plates from a black Renault Clio that was parked on Brosscroft Village, Hadfield.

Also, between 5pm on Sunday 16th February and 6:45am on Tuesday 18th February, offenders removed both registration plates from a black Ford Focus which was parked on Old Road, Tintwistle.

Overnight between 9pm on Sunday 16th February and 9am on Monday 17th February, a silver Toyota Prius had both number plates removed whilst on Conduit Street, Tintwistle.

Officers would like to speak to anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously around the times of the incident or has CCTV in the area.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on the non-emergency, 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Suspect arrested over Glossop and Hadfield motorbike thefts

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

A man has been arrested in connection with theft after three motorbikes were taken from areas of Glossop and Hadfield.

The motorbikes were taken overnight between Wednesday 29th January and Thursday 30th February. The first incident took place on Queen Street, Hadfield where a motorbike and chain were taken from outside a property.

During the same night, a moped was a stolen from a public car park on Winster Mews and another was taken from a garden on Thorncliffe Road, Hadfield.

The man arrested has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Following the thefts, Police will be heading out on targeted patrols and are aencouraging residents to remain vigilant and to report suspicious activity. Derbyshire Police have also released the following advice which they urge bike owners to take:

- Buy an alarm, immobiliser and secondary locks such as a disc lock, U-lock, chain or cable lock.

- Always use the steering lock on your vehicle.

- When out in public, park your motorcycle where it can be seen or in spaces that have stands for you to secure your bike to

- Try to cover your vehicle and if possible use ground anchors or a garage

- Avoid leaving your helmet, gloves or other possessions on the machine

- Put security markings on as many parts of your bike as possible

If you saw anything suspicious, have any information on the above incidents, or CCTV nearby; you are asked to call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.

Appeal after Hadfield man robbed by knife carrying thief

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Police are appealing for information after a man had money stolen from him by two men with a knife.

At 8pm on Saturday 8th February, a man was walking along an alley way on Mersey Bank Road when he was approached by two men.

One of the men demanded money and was holding the knife. The victim handed over cash and jewellery.

The man with the knife was described as white, 26 years-old, of medium build and 6ft tall. He was also described as having a strong Manchester accent and was wearing a grey tracksuit with the hood worn down and a dark brown peaked cap.

The second man was described as 6ft 2ins tall, white, 26 years-old with a skinny build and long dark hair. He was wearing a black nylon jacket and dark clothing.

The two men then walked off in the direction of Hadfield Road.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Chris Simcock at Glossop CID using the non-emergency 101 number. To report crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Witnesses sought after Glossop High Street bag snatch

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Police are searching witnesses following the theft of a handbag in Glossop.

At around 6:30am on Saturday 8th February, a woman had her handbag stolen as she walked along High Street West, Glossop. The victim was walking past Bay Tree Book store when the offender snatched the bag and drove off in a small, black, hatchback vehicle.

Witnesses or anyone with information on this incident are asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Appeal for witnesses after Glossop moped theft

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Police are appealing for witnesses after a ’63 registered Baotian moped was stolen from Glossop.

The moped was parked on High Street West near to the Subway shop at around 9:30pm on Friday 7th February. It was later found abandoned with no fuel on Spire Way, Old Glossop.

Anyone who witnessed two people driving around on the moped without helmets or who has  any CCTV nearby, please contact PC 2757 Hodnett at Derbyshire Police on 101 quoting crime number: 5444/14.

Police appeal after vehicles damaged in Glossop

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Police are seeking witness and information following damage to vehicles in Glossop.

On the evening of Friday 31st January, offenders damaged the wing mirror of a red Fiat Punto parked on Princess Street, Glossop.  Officers are appealing for witnesses to the crime, which took place at around 10.45pm, to get in touch.

Police would also like to speak to witnesses to an incident which took place sometime between 5pm on Friday 31st January and 10am on Sunday 2nd February. Offenders stole the glass from the wing mirror of a silver coloured Peugeot 206 that was parked on Tredcroft Street, Glossop.

Anyone with any information about the above crimes should contact PCSO Sarah Walsh on 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.

Appeal after two Glossop burglaries

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Police are appealing for information after two burglaries took place in Glossop.

One burglary occurred at a property on Uplands Road where a door was forced open to gain entry to a property between 1pm on Friday 31st January and 2.53am on Saturday 1st February. A television, tool box and Xbox consoles were stolen. The incident has been given the crime number: 4772/14.

Also, between 1pm and 3pm on Saturday 1st February, a burglary occurred at a property on John Street. The front door was forced open to gain entry and the incident has been given crime number: 4991/14.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious or has any information or CCTV nearby, is asked to contact Glossop CID on 101 quoting the relevant crime number.

Appeal after shed burglary and attempted garage burglary in Glossop

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Police are appealing for information after an attempted overnight burglary at a Glossop property.

Overnight between Sunday 26th January and Monday 27th, a shed burglary and attempted garage burglary occurred at a property on Turnlee Road, Glossop.

Slates were removed from the roof of the garage in an failed attempt to gain access, nothing was taken.  A shovel was used to force open a shed door and again nothing was taken.

Police are asking Glossop residents to be extra vigilant and to call 101 if they see any suspicious activity.

Anyone who saw someone acting suspiciously in the area of the Turnlee Road incident or has information or nearby CCTV is asked to contact Derbyshire Police on 101 quoting crime number: 4243/14.

Appeal after Glossop house burglary

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Police are appealing for information after a burglary at a property on Hampshire Close, Glossop.

A rear door was forced open to gain entry some time between Monday 20th January and Saturday 25th January.

A number of necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings were stolen.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious or who has any information or CCTV nearby please contact Glossop CID on 101 quoting crime number: 3372/14.

Vigilance urged after attempted Charlesworth quad bike theft

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Police are urging Glossop residents to be vigilant after three men tried to steal a quad bike from a Charlesworth barn.

At around 4.50pm on Saturday 25th January, three men were disturbed at a farm on Long Lane, Charlesworth, while in the process of stealing a quad bike and Stihl saw from a barn.

When they were disturbed they left the items near to the scene and ran away.

The only description offered is that one was wearing a black hoody and another was wearing a grey hoody. All of them are believed to be young men aged in their late teens to early 20′s.

If any residents nearby witnessed these men in the area or have any information or local CCTV, they are asked to contact PC 582 Bould at Derbyshire Police on 101 quoting crime number: 3501/14.

Police search for man after Glossop jewellery shop theft

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man stole jewellery from a Glossop jewellers and then ran through Glossop town centre.

At around 1:35pm  on Saturday 18th January, a man entered a jewellers shop on High Street West, Glossop. He asked to view two white gold and diamond rings using the shop’s eye glass. Whilst viewing the rings he edged away from the counter to stand under the light and then ran out of shop taking the rings and eye glass with him. He ran up High Street West heading towards Costa Coffee, past the Co-op and then passed the front of Glossop Train Station on Norfolk Street.

The man has been described as white, aged in his late 20’s to early 30’s years, over 6ft tall, of slim build, with very short cut dark hair. He was wearing clean smart sports clothing, a darkish sweatshirt top, dark coloured jogging bottoms and black and red trainers.

As police enquiries continue, any witnesses, anyone with information and owners of CCTV near to these locations are asked to contact DC Graham Barrick at Glossop CID on 101, quoting crime number: 2470/14.

Police warning after mobile phone theft in Glossop restaurant

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Police are reminding people to avoid leaving mobile phones unattended on bars or tables after an phone was stolen from a restaurant.

An iPhone was taken from a table in a restaurant on High Street West, Glossop between 5pm and 5.30pm on Saturday 11th January.

Anyone with information or CCTV in the area is asked to contact PC 2313 Salt at Derbyshire Police on 101 quoting crime number: 1529/14.

Glossop residents warned after attempted key theft

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Police are urging Glossop residents to avoid leaving keys near door locks after an attempted keys theft.

A resident on Sunningdale Drive, Glossop, disturbed someone trying to hook the front door keys through the letterbox with a metal rod at 5.30am this morning, Friday 3rd January. The occupant managed to retrieve the keys and the offender ran away before they could formulate a description of them,

Anyone who saw something suspicious or who has any information or CCTV nearby, contact Glossop CID on 101 quoting crime number: 325/14.

Appeal for information after Glossop burglary

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Police are appealing for information after a burglary at a property in Glossop.

Thieves gained entry to a  property in Queen Street via a rear door between 1.30am and 6.50am on Saturday 28th December. They stole two laptop computers, a Sony Playstation 3 console, several hand held Nintendo games consoles and a guitar.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious or has any information or CCTV nearby, is asked to contact Glossop CID on 101 quoting crime number: 54687/13.

Glossop police appeal for information after Mayflower Close burglary

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Police are appealing for information after a burglary at a property on Mayflower Close, Glossop.

A brick was thrown through a rear door of the property, which activated the security alarm at around 6.50pm and deterred the offender/offenders. It is believed the incident took place on Tuesday 26th November, whilst the occupant was away – nothing was taken.

Anyone with information or CCTV in the area is asked to contact Derbyshire Police on 101 quoting crime number: 51958/13.

Man arrested over fake bank notes in Glossop

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of using counterfeit bank notes in Glossop.

The man was taken into custody on the afternoon of Thursday 5th December after staff at a number of stores in Glossop Town Centre contacted the police to report suspicious activity.

As a result of this, police asking Glossop residents to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to Derbyshire Police on 101.

Cars broken into and garage burgled

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Police are appealing for information after several cars were broken into whilst parked on a driveway.

The incidents happened some time overnight between Sunday 24th November and Monday 25th. The vehicles were broken into whilst parked on a driveway on Park Close and Thorpe Street in Old Glossop.

During the thefts, iPods, a satellite navigation system and sunglasses were stolen.

Items were also stolen from a house garage.

Anyone with information or who operates any nearby CCTV is asked to contact Derbyshire Police on 101 quoting crime number: 49926/13.

Mercedes stolen in Simmondley sneak-in burglary

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

A Mercedes has been taken from a Simmondley home after the house was burgled and the car keys taken.

At around 5:20pm on Tuesday 19th November, someone entered a house on Meadow Bank in Simmondley, Glossop whilst the occupant was in another room. Once inside the property, the thief took the keys to a dark grey coloured Mercedes car and drove the vehicle away.

As a result of the theft, people are being urged to be extra vigilant and to ensure homes and cars are secured.

Anyone with information or who saw anything suspicious, is asked to contact Derbyshire Police on 101 quoting crime number: 49206/13.

 

Police appeal after four Glossop burglaries

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Police have urged homeowners to remain vigilant after four burglaries in the Shirebrook and Old Glossop areas during the past two weeks.

The burglaries on Winnats Close, Heath Road, Carr Bank and Kent Road  usually occurred from the early afternoon onwards and it appears that a specific vehicle type is being targeted – with either vehicle stolen or the keys taken from the house and then the vehicle taken.

As a result, Police in Glossop are asking vehicle owners to secure their vehicles as well as possible and to make car keys difficult to find. They also want people to ensure they lock the external doors, even when they are in the property, as some of the crimes have been sneak in burglaries.

So far, Police have been unable to recover any of the stolen vehicles.

Anyone who has seen something suspicious, such as people looking at cars and addresses, is asked to call Derbyshire Police on 101 or 999 if a crime is taking place.

 

Appeal for information after theft from Hadfield barbers

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Police are appealing for information after a mobile phone was stolen from a barbers in Hadfield.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 phone was taken from The Barbers on Station Street. Police want information on a man and two women who entered the shop between 5:15pm and 5:30pm on Thursday 7th November.

The offenders, who appeared to be speaking in broken English, went to the front counter and made an enquiry about hair colouring. When they left, the stylist who owns the mobile phone noticed it was missing from the counter.

Descriptions of the offenders were given and the man was described as “eastern European in his fifties with long hair down to his jaw line” and the two women who were also of European ethnicity, “were wearing large coats and head scarfs” and “the younger of the two women had gold teeth”.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact PC Jonathan Owen on 101 or ring Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Land Rover stolen in Glossop farm theft

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Police are urging farm owners to be vigilant and to keep vehicles secure after a 4×4 theft.

A Land Rover Defender was taken from the drive of a farm near Glossop, overnight between Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th October. It is not known how the thieves got into the vehicle.

As a result of the theft, police are reminding people to park vehicles in a safe spot and to keep keys in a secure spot.

Anyone with information, or who saw something suspicious, is asked to call Glossop Police on 101.

Man arrested after three vehicle Glossop car crash

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

A man has been arrested after a crash in Glossop Town Centre involving three vehicles, during the early hours of Sunday morning.

The crash, at 03:4am on Sunday 20th October, was between a Kia Picanto, a Skoda Octavia and a Rover 25. Two people were taken to hospital to be checked over for non-life threatening injuries.

A 36 year-old man, from the Glossop area, was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of drink or drugs. He has been bailed pending further inquries.

Increased patrols for Glossop centre and Manor Park

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Police are to increase patrols in Glossop Town Centre and Manor Park to help combat crime.

These new policing priorities for Glossop Safer Neighbourhood Team will be in place from now until the end of 2013. Patrols will increase near to pubs, clubs and bars in an attempt to prevent anti-social behaviour.

Also, as part of the plan, they’ll continue to educate local business which serve alcohol how to cut down on anti-social incidents. This includes advice on refusing service to those who have had too much to drink.

Patrols are also to increase at Manor Park, especially after dark. This is to identify and engage with individuals and groups who are causing problems in the park. They intend also to advise youths on the consequences of anti-social behaviour.

Police say they are talking to local church groups about diversionary activities for young people – this includes things such as film nights.

Anyone with any queries asked to contact Glossop Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101.

High value tools stolen from van in Glossop

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Police are appealing for information after expensive tools were taken from a van.

The specialist and power tools were taken from a Ford Transit van which was parked on Pyegrove, Glossop between 10:30pm and 11:30pm.

Thieves forced the side door of its runners to gain entry to the vehicle. Due to the heavy, bulky nature of the stolen tools, they would have needed transport to leave the area.

Van owners are being urged to be vigilant as this is one of a number of van based thefts in Glossop over the past few weeks. A van, tools and van parts have all been stolen in the area recently. Police are not linking the incidents but have asked people not to leave valuables or keys in their vans.

This latest theft took place at the side of a pub and anyone who suspicious vehicles or activity,  or has CCTV nearby, is asked to contact PC 2821 Owen at Glossop Police Station on 101, quoting crime number: 41700/13.

Catalytic converter and exhaust stolen from vans

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Two vans have been targeted by thieves in Glossop.

The incidents happened overnight between Thursday 3rd October and Friday 4th. The exhaust of a Mercedes Sprinter van was stolen whilst the vehicle was parked on Bowlands Road. Police have given the incident the crime number 41890/13.

Also, the catalytic converter was stolen from another Mercedes Sprinter van whilst it was parked on The Oaks. Police have given the incident the crime number 41909/13.

Van owners are being urged to be vigilant and to make sure they don’t leave valuables or keys in their vehicles.

Anyone with information about these incidents or any premises with CCTV nearby should contact Derbyshire Police on 101.

Appeal for information on Glossop burglary

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Police are appealing for witnesses after a burglary at a business premises.

Thieves stole money from two gaming machines, other cash, a Samsung laptop and a Nexus tablet, in a break-in which occurred between 1am and 8:45am on Friday 4th October. They gained entry to the business on Simmondley Lane, Glossop by removing the beading from the windows at the rear of the property.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Derbyshire Police on 101, quoting crime number: 41738/13 or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Van stolen from outside Hadfield store

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Police are asking to people to be on the look out for a van which was stolen this morning.

A plain white Mercedes Sprinter van was taken from outside a shop on Green Lane, Hadfield early this morning (Wednesday 2nd October). The vehicle, which has the registration FM57 CFG, was stolen at 6:25am.

PC Matt Cox said: “This offence happened in the early hours of the morning and I want to hear from anyone who might have seen someone hanging around and acting suspiciously in the area at that time, or could have seen the van in question being driven away.

“It serves as a reminder of the importance of checking your surroundings, even if you’re just leaving your vehicle for a few moments.

“Make sure you lock your doors, remove valuables from sight or take them out of the car completely, and of course be mindful of your personal safety at all times.”

This latest incident comes after tools were stolen from a van in Glossop, yesterday.

Furthermore, they would like anyone who saw anything suspicious, has any information or owns local CCTV TO  contact Derbyshire Police on 101, quoting crime reference number: 63 2.10.13.

Appeal after Glossop van tool theft

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Police are seeking information after tools were taken from a van parked in Glossop.

The Ford Transit van was broken to whilst parked on Victoria Street, Glossop. It happened between 1:30pm and 2:30pm on Monday 1st October, whilst the owner was working on a nearby building.

Police  would like people to make any van owners they know aware of the crime, after a Mercedes van was also stolen today, in Hadfield.

They also want anyone who saw anything suspicious, has any information or CCTV nearby, to contact Derbyshire Police on 101, quoting crime number: 41561/13.