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Dispatch - Colchester Edition - Issue #5

Dispatch - Colchester Edition
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26 July - 2 August
Update from your District Commander
Colchester District Commander, Chief Inspector Rob Huddleston
Colchester District Commander, Chief Inspector Rob Huddleston
Chief Inspector Rob Huddleston
We have all enjoyed the sunny summer so far but this has presented some challenges and I would like to remind you of the need to take some basic steps to keep safe:
Drink lots of water, alcohol and caffeine dehydrate so lots of water to stay fresh
Sun Screen, let’s face it we are more accustomed to grey skies and drizzle so make sure we slap on that sunscreen and wear a hat
If you’re having a barbeque think about the fire risk I know colleagues from Essex County Fire Rescue have attended several fence and shed fires, our verges and fields are so dry, so don’t flick that cigarette out the window
The good weather does mean we get to meet lots of you while we are out on patrol, so come an join us on patrol and let us know your concerns, we are addressing vehicle nuisance with cars being driven in an anti social manner and over on Mersea Jet Skis.
I wish you all a good summer
“Remember you can contact us, report non-emergency crime or antisocial behaviour through the Digital 101 service on our website. Or you can of course call us on 101. In a genuine emergency, always call 999.”
Local News
Class A drug dealer jailed
Ballin' With a Bobby
Man sentenced to life imprisonment
5 Arrested following dispersal order put in place
Essex Police in Colchester District
Officers from Colchesters Community Policing Team attended Castle Park for the Roman Festival. Everyone in good spirits #romanfestival #ChrisLuck #CommunityPolicing
Police Station Open Day
Police Station Open Day
Police station open day
On Saturday 27 August 2022 we will be opening the gates and doors at Colchester police station for an open day.
We will have a range of vehicles, activities and things to see and do so please pop in, say “hello” and see the different ways we keep people safe and catch criminals.
Our partner agencies will be with us too to speak to and get advice on a range of topics such as online safety, keeping your children safe and much more.
We will be “open” from 12pm-4pm so we look forward to welcoming you through the entrance on BUTT ROAD, Colchester.
You can see what entrance to use by clicking here.
Stroll with a Patrol in Colchester
Stroll with a Patrol in Colchester
Join us on patrol this summer
We are welcoming members of the public and our partner agencies on patrol with us this summer - see below for some upcoming dates and click the link for more information.
  • Wednesday 3 August, 3pm: Meet outside Cost Cuttter, St Michaels
  • Saturday 6 August, 12pm: Meet at Highwoods Country Park car park, Turner Road
  • Tuesday 9 August, 6pm. Meet London Road Jct with School Road Copford
  • Thursday 11 August, 6pm. Meet outside West Mersea Library
  • Sunday 14 August, 4pm. Meet outside The Half Butt Inn, Gt Horksley
  • Wednesday 17 August, 6pm. Meet outside Greenstead Community Centre
  • Sunday 21 August, 4pm. Meet outside Layer de la Haye Primary School 
  • Tuesday 22 August, 6pm. Meet outside Kingsland Methodist Church next door to Aldi on London Road
  • Thursday 25 August, 7pm. Meet outside Great Tey Village Hall
  • Tuesday 30 August, 6pm. Meet at the Grove Road skate park
Read more about our Stroll with a Patrol initiative
Essex Roads Policing
Officers are out in response to residents complaints of anti social motorcyclist driving behaviour @EPColchester #WestMersea #SlowDown #VisionZero @SaferEssexRoads
Two stolen vehicles recovered in Colchester
Two stolen vehicles recovered in Colchester
Stolen motorbikes recovered
Over the weekend we recovered two stolen motorbikes from a car park in Colchester. Enquiries are continuing into how they ended up here. You can read more information on how to keep your motorbike safe by clicking here.
Help us help you
Help us help you
Essex Police - Rural, Wildlife & Heritage Crime
#strollwithapatrol conducted at #East Mersea with @EPColchester and zone wardens from @yourcolchester , good to speak to both locals and visitors to the area about rural, wildlife & Heritage crime.
@EPRural @EssexPFCC
#engagement #lpsu
Essex Roads Policing
Officers out @EPColchester #LayerDeLaHaye speed enforcing and engaging with the local community after reports of anti social driving behaviour #VisionZero #YouSaidWeDid @SaferEssexRoads
Find our more about policing in your area
Community news
Advice and information on our website
Upcoming events
We host a number of events throughout the district where you can get to know some of the police officers and staff who protect and serve your community. Talk to us about the things that are causing you concern in your communities, get crime prevention advice or find out what we’re doing to tackle antisocial behaviour in your area. Whatever you would like to discuss about local policing, we’re here to listen and work with our local partners to resolve any issues.
Friday 5th August – 10:30am-12pm – Coffee with a cop- Oak Tree Community Café - Highwoods Square
Friday 5th August - 11am- 1 pm - Community drop in session - Greenstead community centre
Sunday 7th August – 12pm-1pm – Coffee with a cop – Go4 Café, Old Heath Recreation Ground
Tuesday 9th August – 12:30pm-2pm – Coffee with a cop- Harris and hoole, Highwoods Tesco
Tuesday 9th August – 12pm-1pm – Meet your local PCSO – Hythe Community Centre
Tuesday 9th August – 2pm-3pm – meet your local PCSO – West Mersea Library
Saturday 13th August – 11am-1pm – Coffee with cops – Poplar nurseries, Marks Tey
Sunday 14th August - 11am-1pm - Community drop in session - King George playing fields, Wivenhoe
Thursday 18th August – 10am-11am – meet your local PCSO – Army welfare building, fallowfield road
Monday 22nd August – 2pm-3pm – meet your local PCSO – Go4 café, Old Heath Recreation ground
Take a look at our Facebook page for details of our events, or head to the Your Area section of our website.
Please note events may be cancelled at short notice due to operational demands, details of which will be posted on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Crime prevention advice
Crime prevention advice on our website
Be fraud smart
Fraudsters continue to use social media to target people
Sending a code or link that allows them to take over your account. To then target your friends & family with fake offers
Always check with the source directly before clicking on any links you have received.
Ask the Police
Does the new right to roam law mean that I can now walk wherever I want?
Although the Countryside and Rights of Way Act creates new legal rights of access it does not give blanket permission to walk wherever you want. The new Act will give people access to over four million acres of mountain, heath, moor, down and common land throughout England and Wales.
The Countryside Agency and the Countryside Council for Wales will draw up maps which will show the new rights of access. It is being brought in gradually and in some places it is already in force. Please see the website in related information for details of the area you live in. Additionally the new ordnance survey maps will show new rights of access which will be distributed locally.
There are responsibilities and restrictions that come along with the Act. It does not allow:
  •  camping and organised games
  • damaging plants and animals
  • dropping litter and lighting fires
  • bathing in non tidal-water
Anyone breaking a restriction will be classed as a trespasser and will not be allowed to re-enter the land for 72 hours. Under the Act, as you would imagine, people are responsible for their own safety at all times.
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