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Dispatch - Colchester Edition - Issue #6

Dispatch - Colchester Edition
Ballin' with a Bobby update
PC Matthew Essam joining in playing Basketball with young people in West Mersea.
PC Matthew Essam joining in playing Basketball with young people in West Mersea.
Essex Police and Essex Rebels Basketball have welcomed and spoken to over 50 young people in our first three sessions of Ballin’ with a Bobby this summer.
Some of the conversations with young people have included talking to them about what concerns them about growing up where they live and giving information about - a website where young people can access non-judgemental information and advice about crime and criminality.
They have enjoyed great coaching and tips from the Rebels staff and have got to know some of their local policing team, while also taking part in exercise and enjoying the facilities they already have in their community.
Basketball England’s project swish campaign has also helped us improve some of the local facilities by giving new nets so the children and young people can continue to practice and enjoy the new skills they have learnt.
We hope to see everyone that has already attended, plus anyone else wanting to join in at Monkwick on 25th August and at our finale on 31st August at Old Heath recreation ground.
Police Station open day - 27 August
We’re delighted to be holding an open day between 12-4pm at Colchester Police Station on Southway on Saturday 27 August.
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.
We’ll have guests from our local partners too, who’ll also be offering activities and advice around online safety and much more.
Local news 3 August - 9 August
Five arrested after reports of Anti-social behaviour and disorder.
Extra eyes on our roads
Drugs warrant
Essex Police Rural Engagement Team
Speeds checks conducted today in #LayerDeLaHaye and #Wivenhoe @EPColchester today. Positive feedback from residents who let me know of problem areas. Unfortunately they were right with multiple drivers reported for excess speed. Highest of 50mph in 30mph zone.
Upcoming events
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. Come along to speak to us and show us area’s of concern in your community.
  • 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
Find our more about policing in your area
Community events
We also 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.
Saturday 13th August – 11am-1pm – Coffee with cops – Poplar nurseries, Marks Tey
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
Tuesday 30th August - 10am-11am - coffee with cops- Harpers cafe Boxted
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.
Colchester United Football in the Community
📢Essex Activate Summer Camps 🏃🍎⚽️

🗣️ We've continued to enrich our #ColU @ActiveEssex @EssexActivAte Summer Camps by inviting @EPColchester to visit the children to help break down barriers and answer their questions 👮

🙏Thank you to the Officers for visiting!

Crime prevention advice
One gang, many rural crimes | Crimestoppers
One gang, many rural crimes | Crimestoppers
Crime prevention advice on our website
Be Fraud Smart
New warning issued as reports of holiday fraud skyrockets by more than 120% | Action Fraud
Ask the Police
Many people install CCTV at their properties as a home security measure as it’s an effective tool in fighting crime. Where CCTV is in operation and it only captures your home and garden then it will not be covered by the Data Protection legislation. However, if it captures any images outside the confines of your household, such as the street or other houses, the images will be subject to the Data Protection legislation and you will be required to register as a ‘data controller’ with the Information Commissioners Office.
Steps should be taken to ensure the CCTV is positioned correctly to avoid complaints or in some cases, accusations of violation of privacy or harassment. You may wish to put up a sign on your property informing people that CCTV is in use, although this is not mandatory unless your system records images beyond your own boundary.
In the first instance, it would be advisable to speak to your neighbour to see if it is possible to move the camera so that it does not point at your property. If this is not possible and you want to take further action you would need to seek legal advice from a solicitor.
Your Policing Questions Answered
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