On the Beat - news from Keynsham Police - July 2021

July 02 2021

Due to unforeseen circumstances, I missed the deadline for last month’s update, so I need to cover a couple of incidents.

The first was where a car crashed into the ambulance station on Park Road. We are confident the ongoing investigation will have a positive outcome, and once the wheels of justice have spun, I will give you an update.

I was lucky to be invited to speak to the Cotswold Cubs at Keynsham Scout Hut. It was a great session and chatting to the children raised some interesting questions which probably relate more to the film Hot Fuzz than they do to policing in Keynsham. Feedback was really positive, and although my police car is not as good as the ones on TV’s Police Interceptors, the children seemed impressed.

*People, especially the vulnerable, have been falling for a number of scams, mainly via email and texts. They include messages purporting to be from Royal Mail requesting a small fee to have a parcel or letter released. It contains a link inviting you to enter your payment method. Once the scammers have your details, they can use them to take money from your bank account.

If you receive any messages asking for money that you are not expecting, do not follow the links or ring the numbers provided.

Use a number from a reliable source, such as the company’s own website, and call to check that the fee claimed is genuine. If it is not, please report the message or email Action Fraud on their website or call them on 0300 123 2024.

*We are still getting reports of catalytic converter thefts in our area. The offence can be committed in minutes and basically involves jacking a car up, cutting off the catalytic converter, removing it, lowering the car and driving off.

Offenders have been arriving in another vehicle, one male acting as lookout while the other removes the converter.

If you see behaviour like this on the streets or in a car park, please call 999 straight away and discreetly, without putting yourself in harm’s way, gain as much information as possible.

For example, we can use the offenders’ vehicle registration to track the car via our Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras to see where the vehicle is heading to apprehend it. Descriptions of the people involved are also helpful.

Catalytic converters contain precious metals, although to remove these metals is not easy so the market for them is pretty niche. The issue is that the replacement cost to the victim is high, so please help us reduce these offences.

*We have received reports of damage to the Keynsham community woodland off Manor Road. Since Covid reared its ugly head, the woodland has been used a lot more than normal and some areas are looking very worn.

I have no doubt this area will recover, but we have had a few complaints of large braches being snapped from trees and discarded. Whether it’s a child wanting to build a den, a rambler on a mini hike or a dog walker getting their daily exercise, please be aware that this space is for everyone and do not cause significant damage.

*As we look forward, I’m hopeful that the end of lockdown is in sight. Please be mindful that not everyone has had the same lockdown experience and it may take some people a long time to get back to ‘normal’, whatever that is. Please be respectful of others and stay safe.

PC James Evans