Discussing New Trees for Milton Road

The Greater Cambridge Partnership, the organisation responsible for the “City Deal” investment in Cambridge, are to hold a private workshop event to discuss Milton Road’s trees on Tuesday 3rd October, 6pm-8pm at Chesterton Community College, Gilbert Road, CB4 3NY. I have been invited after volunteering to attend as a local resident and reporter when people [...]

Cambridge Criminals Carrying Acid and Ammonia Say Police

Chief Inspector Paul Ormerod of Cambridgeshire Police told Cambridge’s Community Safety Partnership on the 18th of July 2017 that criminals in Cambridge have been carrying bottles of acid and ammonia. The Chief Inspector said: What we found is actually it’s not just knives that are being carried. We have had issues over the past year [...]

Stopping Cambridge Burglars Re-Offending on Release from Prison

According to the police in Cambridge burglaries are often committed by burglars who re-offend when they are released from prison. Offenders do not serve their whole sentence in prison, they are released while still serving their sentence, and supposedly under supervision. In Cambridge that supervision is, as I understand it, undertaken by The Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, [...]

Magistrates Removed from Cambridge Community Safety Partnership

Cambridge magistrates have been removed from Cambridge’s community safety partnership – the body which co-ordinates the city’s police, probation services, councils, health bodies, universities and others in their efforts to prevent and reduce crime and generally make Cambridge a safer and more pleasant place to live. Labour councillor Ann Sinnott, representing Cambridge residents, voted for [...]

New Cambridgeshire Police Policy – No Review of CCTV Following Cycle Thefts

Detective Chief Inspector Lorraine Parker of Cambridgeshire Police announced a new policy of not reviewing CCTV following cycle thefts at a meeting of Cambridge’s Community Safety Partnership on Tuesday the 10th of February 2015. DCI Parker also reported that the seasonal spike in cycle thefts in October had been at its highest ever level in [...]

Cambridge Language Students at Risk From Irate Residents

The safety of language school students in Cambridge is at risk from irate residents Cambridge’s Community Safety partnership was told on the 10th of February 2015. The meeting heard that some language school students were “going absolutely crazy” and the problems were exacerbated by them living in the new high density accommodation near the station [...]

New Anti-Terror Committee for Cambridge

Cambridge’s Community Safety Partnership on the 10th of February 2015 heard about a new anti-terror force (well a committee) being established in Cambridge. The name of the group was introduced as the : “Cambridgeshire Multi-Agency Prevent Delivery Group or C-MAP-DG for short-ish”. It is to be led by Chief Inspector Nick Church. The committee is [...]

Volunteering to be a Member of Cambridgeshire’s Police and Crime Panel Again

On Friday I volunteered to become a member of Cambridgeshire’s Police and Crime Panel. I volunteered previously, in October 2012. One of those appointed by the panel in 2012 didn’t attend any meetings of the panel for over a year, and didn’t respond to correspondence from the panel. Cambridgeshire’s Police and Crime Panel appeared quite [...]

Jimmy’s Emergency Accommodation Centre Full and Turning Away Nine People Per Night

Riverside, Cambridge. Cambridge’s homelessness emergency accommodation centre, Jimmy‚Äôs, is full tonight and has been turning away an average of nine people a night over the last week. Being approached by people begging for cash is a reasonably common experience for me in Cambridge. Typically the context is someone in one of the city’s shopping streets [...]

Independent Member of Cambs Police and Crime Panel Says I Should Have Raised Concerns About the Panel’s Operation Sooner

I used the public participation agenda item at Cambridgeshire’s Police and Crime Panel on the 5th of February 2014 to raise some concerns about how the panel was operating, and to make some suggestions for the future. Link to my full submission I noted that the panel had, to-date, allowed the Police and Crime Commissioner [...]