Category: Crime

Bedfordshire Police makes it easier for domestic abuse victims to access information about potential risk

Bedfordshire Police is making it easier to enquire about a partner’s violent past, as applications can be made online, via an easy-to-use secure form.

The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS), also known as Clare’s Law, was introduced in 2014. Up to now applicants had to contact police by phone, or in person, which could be difficult for someone living in an abusive relationship.

It is now hoped that the online application will encourage people to take the step to find out the possible risk before a situation escalates, and give them the opportunity to act on relevant information, or access support services to assist them with making future plans if they feel their circumstances mean they are unable to leave.

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Stewartby and Kempston Hardwick police update

PCSO James Dancer, who is one of the local community officers for Stewartby and Kempston Hardwick, has given an update to residents.

As well as COVID advice, PCSO Dancer talked about planned days of action based around speeding vehicles in Stewartby and antisocial behaviour in Kempston Hardwick.

Residents are urged to always report incidents to help create an intelligence picture of any issues.

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Bedfordshire cracks down on county lines drug supply

A county lines crackdown in Bedfordshire has seen a teenager charged with drugs supply offences, two drugs gangs being jailed in the space of a week as well as activity targeted at a railway station.

Last week was National County Lines Intensification Week. Police forces across the country targeted drugs, gangs and exploitation. The operation resulted in 104 people being arrested and a number of weapons and drugs being seized across the eastern region.

In Bedfordshire, officers working to tackle county lines and drug dealing last week charged a 17-year-old boy with possession with intent to supply Class A drugs. He has been remanded into custody, pending a future court appearance.

On Thursday 17 September, Bedfordshire Police officers joined their counterparts from the British Transport Police to target Luton railway station and raise awareness of county lines and the exploitation that comes with it.

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Community members quiz Bedfordshire Police on stop and search

Members of the public have had the chance to quiz Bedfordshire Police officers on how they use stop and search as well as other powers. Nearly 30 people from communities across the county dialled into an online meeting on Thursday last week (10 September 2020) to give their views.

The meeting was organised by Bedfordshire Police and Montell Neufville, chairman of the force’s stop and search scrutiny panel.

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Bedfordshire Police releases CCTV images in connection with dog theft

Bedfordshire Police has released CCTV footage of men they would like to speak to following a spate of dog thefts.

On Sunday (13 September) police received reports that eight dogs had been taken from a kennel in Wilden, including a black Labrador, two cocker spaniels and five English springer spaniels, which comes after reports of a number of attempted dog thefts in the region.

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Bedfordshire Police bogus COVID Marshalls warning

Bedfordshire Police has issued a warning to residents following an attempted distraction burglary by offenders posing as COVID Marshalls in Dunstable.

On Monday (14 September 2020) at around 10.20am, two men attempted to enter a property on Ridgeway. They told the householder they had been instructed by police to enter people’s homes to check guidelines were being followed. Adding that if he refused, he would be fined.

The resident asked the men for their identification. When they couldn’t produce any, he refused to let them in, and kept the security chain on the door.

One of the offenders prevented the door being closed with his foot, and when the resident refused again to admit them, the men left the scene. Both offenders are described as black men, around 6’6”, both wearing black Puffa jackets.

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Bedfordshire Police asks for help to tackle dog theft in the region

Bedfordshire Police is experiencing an increase in dog theft reports and is asking the public to be wary of this new wave of crime across the county.

On Sunday (13 September 2020) police received reports that eight dogs had been taken from a kennel in Wilden. This included a black Labrador, two cocker spaniels and five English springer spaniels, which comes after reports of a number of attempted dog thefts in the region

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Bedfordshire Police’s advisory panel meets for the first time

The eight members of the new advisory panel had their inaugural meeting with Chief Constable Garry Forsyth on Tuesday (8 September 2020).

The panel provides independent views on major cultural and strategic decisions facing policing in Bedfordshire.

During the three-hour meeting, Mr Forsyth outlined his vision for the organisation. There were also discussions around topics such as recruitment and improving the force’s diversity.

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Bedfordshire Police calls on the public to help stop illegal Bank Holiday gatherings

Bedfordshire Police will be increasing its efforts over the Bank Holiday weekend to prevent and disperse any illegal gatherings and unlicensed music events that may be planned throughout the county.

The Force said that it is essential that the police and communities work together to gather intelligence around these events to try and make sure people aren’t subjected to large gatherings in their area, which can cause anxiety and worry.

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