Neighbourhood Watch & Police Matters


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Crime is an unfortunate part of village life.  Neighbourhood Watch is all about reducing crime and reducing opportunities for criminals.  Holcot has a successful Watch, which works due to the cooperation existing between the residents and the Police.

Most crime is carried out by opportunist criminals.  Even taking basic security precautions and removing the opportunities will have a noticeable effect.

We cannot be expected to intervene if you see something suspicious – we are not the Police.  Make a note and pass on the information (for example a strange vehicle parked in the village, bogus callers, or a stranger behaving in a suspicious way).

If you have to look twice, report it!

To contact the Police –

Dial 999 for Crime in progress

Dial 101, or 03000 111 222 for other crime or suspicious event, or to contact specific local officers

Dial 0345 2307 702 for Doorstep Action Group: to report unexpected or suspicious cold callers

Dial 0800 555111 for Crime stoppers (if you have information but wish to remain anonymous)

Email – via the website, or to Daventry Rural Safer Community Team on

If you require additional help, or to discuss any related Police matter, contact the Parish Council/Police Liaison:  Kathryn Buckle  Tel: 07814 531836.

As always, you are asked to keep a lookout for anything you think unusual to your area, be it a person or vehicle acting suspiciously or even strangers knocking at the door asking questions. Please report your concerns immediately to Northamptonshire Police on 101 or, anonymously, to Crime stoppers on 0800 555 111 – it is helpful if you also notify the Holcot NHW coordinator, Bill Coles  Tel: (01604) 781971.


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Police notice : seasonal thefts 22 September

Dear Stakeholder

Northamptonshire has in the past five years experienced an increase in theft offences across the county at this time of year, with last year being particularly high.

To this end, Northamptonshire Police will be running a force-wide operation between 25 September to the 30 November focussing on theft offences which cause the most harm to victims such as dwelling burglary, non-dwelling and theft from motor vehicle. 

There will be dedicated patrols in place over this period.  We will be looking at engaging with communities around crime prevention advice and intelligence gathering.  There will be media coverage around this campaign during this period.

If you could share this information with your immediate contacts that would be appreciated

If you have anything to report around suspicious activity or something you have witnessed please call 101 or in an emergency call 999.

Kind regards

Kev Byrne

Police notice :  new model 22 September

Police notice : Household safety and security routines 22 September

Rob Stevens (Police, PC1368, Wellingborough)
Even if the house is occupied the front and back doors should be locked Check doors are definitely locked and keys away from anywhere obvious
Keep car keys away from front and back doors, particularly where there is a cat flap or letterbox in situ Keep car keys away from front and back doors, particularly where there is a cat flap or letterbox in situ
If you leave a room, simply remember to pull any windows shut and lock them Leave timer switches on lamps from early evening until bedtime. Some people prefer leaving a landing light on overnight
Remove any loose tools from within the garden areas If you hear a noise downstairs and are

quite certain it’s a burglar, dial 999

Set your burglar alarm every time you leave the property, even if you are just popping out If you have an alarm that can
be part activated downstairs,
use it!
Use your spy hole before answering the door. If you’re not sure, don’t open the door! Take a cordless or mobile phone with you to bed in case of emergencies
Don’t leave cooking unattended Switch off and unplug things that don’t need to be left in
Try to make the home looked lived in, even when you are out Shut internal doors


Avoid leaving matches and lighters within easy reach of children. Ensure smoking materials are not still burning and ashtrays are emptied.

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14 September 2017 – New Policing Model – Letter and information booklet from the PCC and Chief Constable

The Police and Crime Commissioner and the Chief Constable have announced details of the significant changes to policing to commence on 30 October in this letter and this information booklet.

Letter from PCC and CC

Information booklet

Latest Facebook posts – Northamptonshire Police and ActionFraud.

The Met Office is currently warning of heavy rain and thundery showers this evening and into tomorrow. In case of flood conditions, we would like to remind people to only make necessary journeys and please note the following advice:
• If you have to drive in a flooded area, take care. Only drive through water if you know how deep it is.
• Driving fast through standing water is dangerous as tyres can lose contact with the road, you could lose steering control and this is called ‘aquaplaning’.
• If you have to drive through a flood, try to drive in the highest section of the road if it is safe to do so.
• Test your brakes thoroughly after leaving flood water.
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All your good work, time spent and resources that are already over stretched only to see the rediculus sentences some of these people are getting.
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Officers investigating a robbery on the Racecourse, Northampton, are appealing for witnesses and information.

At around 3pm on Friday, September 20, a man was making a phone call while walking up a hill within the Racecourse, off Kettering Road, heading towards St George’s Avenue.

As he did so, two unknown men approached him from behind, pushed him to the floor and threatened him with a knife while demanding he hand over his phone.

The victim put his phone on the floor and one of the men took it, before both ran off towards St George’s Avenue.

The suspects are both described as black. The first was in his mid 30s, around 6ft, of stocky build and with short black hair. He wore a red hooded jumper and black jogging bottoms, and carried a four-inch kitchen knife.

The second suspect was in his late 20s, around 5ft 5in, of slim build with short black hair and black facial stubble. He wore a white hooded jumper and blue jeans.

Anyone who saw the robbery or has information about it should call Northamptonshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Incident number: 19000503532
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Congratulations to the University of Northampton Policing Team who successfully scaled the heights of Snowdon earlier this month to raise £1000 for Children’s Liver Disease Foundation.
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A man is set to appear in court today in relation to the kidnap and sexual assault of a teenage girl in #Northampton.

Pierre Coleman, aged 32, of Nursery Lane, Northampton, has been charged with kidnap/false imprisonment with intent to commit a relevant sexual assault, sexual assault and engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child aged 13-15 in relation to an incident in The Headlands on August 30.

He is also charged with actual bodily harm in relation to an incident in Lorraine Drive, Northampton, on September 18.

Coleman will appear at Northampton Magistrates’ Court today, Monday, September 23.
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An HMICFRS report due to be published this week highlights concerns about the way Northamptonshire Police manages its demand.

In this film (three of three), Chief Constable Nick Adderley explains that although the report won’t make pleasant reading, significant work has been undertaken since the HMICFRS visit back in January – particularly improvements around 999 and 101 calls and the despatch and deployment of officers.

The Force is recruiting more officers and staff and introducing a new policing model next month, with greater ownership and a better connection with the communities we serve.
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Northamptonshire Police

Have you seen missing woman Lily Rose? She may have links to the #Northamptonshire area - anyone who has seen her or has information on where she is, please call Leicestershire Police on 101.Help us find missing woman - Lily Rose Carr

Police are appealing for public help to locate a missing Leicester woman.

18-year-old Lily Rose Carr was last seen at her address in the Knighton area of Leicester on the morning of Tuesday 13 August.

She was reported missing to police on 3 September and a number of enquiries have been ongoing to locate her.

Lily has been missing before but never for this length of time which causes concern for police.

Lily is described as white, around 5ft 9ins tall and of slim build. She has long brown hair and was last seen wearing a camouflage jacket and dark coloured fitted jeans/trousers.

Officers are eager to trace Lily and are appealing for anyone who may have seen her or know where she is to please get in touch with police on 101 quoting incident 322 of 3 September.
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Northamptonshire Police

Can you help our Herts Police colleagues trace this vehicle? Any information, call Hertfordshire Police on 101.Officers investigating a collision in Ickleford this afternoon are asking for anyone who sees a grey VW Golf registration EK08 YZF to dial 999.

The car, which is thought to have windscreen damage, is believed to have left the scene of the collision, which happened just before 2.20pm, heading towards Letchworth.

It was last seen travelling southbound on the A1(M) at South Mimms. If you think you have seen this vehicle, please dial 999 immediately quoting ISR 357 of 19 September.

If you have any further information that could assist us, you can report online at, speak to an operator in our Force Communications Room via our online web chat, which can be launched here: or call the non-emergency number 101, quoting log reference 357 of 19 September.

Alternatively, you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form at
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Over 620,000 tax-related email scams were reported to HMRC last year – up by 20,000 on the previous year – including thousands of reports the department received about scam emails targeting students.

HMRC wants to ensure all students new to University this year are cyber aware for when repeat attacks hit their inboxes.

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Action Fraud

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Don’t be fooled into thinking you’re getting a bargain – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
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Fraudsters target the elderly and most vulnerable in society. Unsure whether a caller is genuine? Hang up, #TakeFive, then call them back on a known number to verify.

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