November Column: Inspector Tim Stuckes

Published on: 09 Nov 2012

November Column: Inspector Tim Stuckes

This opportunity to write in the Keynsham Voice comes at the right time for me as I find myself in the last year of my police service. Inspector Tim Stuckes

The last seven years as the Inspector at Keynsham have been some of the best and I am pleased to say that crime has continued to fall overall across our area.

That is not to suggest we are complacent in any way and when serious offences occur here (which they rarely do), then we have a good record in apprehending and prosecuting the offenders.  

You may recall that earlier this year there was a serious fight reported near the Pioneer pub on Station Road where a man was stabbed. Five people were quickly arrested for various offences and the principal offender was this week sentenced to six years’ imprisonment.

I can also report that just recently, a robbery occurred at at premises on Chandag Road. This was, without doubt, our most serious offence for some months. We drew in police officers immediately from a wide area and a local man was detained within 15 minutes. He is currently assisting with our inquiries. More on this story later.

We have recently re-examined our PACT processes locally and all meetings are now held three times per year (February, June and October). Through local promotion and development with the independent chairs we are now achieving consistent high levels of public attendance with parish, town and district councillors attending most meetings.

At the most recent round in October we achieved public attendance of between 25 and 35 plus councillors with selected agencies such as trading standards, who attended in Keynsham East and presented on fraud and basic internet scams, which are common at this time.

We will continue to try to tailor the meetings to local needs. Feedback from the councillors and public has been favourable and the support of the public enables us to tackle wider issues such as anti-social behaviour and crime in a more positive way.

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