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from Sgt Sam Dobbs – Daventry Police | 22 December 2016

Further to my Christmas message sent out last week, I now report to local communities that since then, Daventry District suffered 17 non-dwelling burglaries – the highest we’ve seen this year. These crimes, targeting sheds, garages and farms, have been evenly spread across seven of wards including four crimes in Flore, and three each in Yelvertoft, Spratton, Moulton, Brampton, Weedon, Brixworth and Drayton ward of Daventry. Seven of the crimes have involved the theft of tools or farm equipment. Almost all offences have been committed overnight on weekends between Friday and Monday.

What the police have been doing:

 We have successfully briefed a very large number of local farmers on what to look out for and what to do in suspicious circumstances

 We have run a campaign to have valuable agricultural plant security-marked

 We ran a recent successful operation to increase policing overnight in rural areas

 Earlier this month, we stopped a vehicle towing a new cattle trailer full of garden machinery. The driver had no good explanation for the trailer or contents and was arrested and has been charged with burglary, now awaiting court with curfew conditions.

 Last month, we worked with bordering forces to catch people handling goods stolen from this community at a nearby market in the neighbouring county.

How the public can help us

 See how easy it is to see garden tools (like petrol strimmers, blowers, mowers etc) in your shed or garage. Ensure your shed/garage/outhouse is locked. If you lost your key to the shed and garage, how easy could you break in? If it’s easy for you, it will be easier for the burglar/thief. Are you insured for thefts without signs of forced entry? You may not be.

 Consider increasing your shed/garage/outhouse security. For less than £50 you can buy and fit a movement sensor alarm which texts and phones you when activated. It is set by a key fob. Remember that a PAYG SIM requires a telephone call once a month, so you will need to test/activate the device once a month to force a phone call. You can mount one of these devices inside a shed, vehicle, container, cab or trailer. It may not prevent the crime, but may limit the loss.

 Report vans and people which/who look out of place around farms and rural areas (999 is appropriate in these circumstances). Now that more people are reporting, we are able to put these details into the public arena and make life difficult for those people (often from out of the county) who are targeting our community. Remember that if you can let us have details of registration plates, we can use that information in our number plate readers around the county so we will be alerted when thieves move across the county boundary.

 Report to us if you learn of cheap plant and garden machines being sold in the community, at markets or sales/car boot events. Handling stolen goods is an offence. Without handlers, there would be fewer thefts.

Let’s continue to work together to make Daventry District’s safe and peaceful community one which is also hostile to thieves.


Speeding in Scaldwell

Scaldwell has seen an increase of over 40% in traffic through the village in the last 6 years – with average work day traffic now in excess of 2000 vehicles per day. With this increase has come increasing numbers of speeding motorists with residents in Scaldwell now expressing significant concern about speeding vehicles. With your support the Parish Council wants to join Community Speedwatch to tackle this danger.

If we join, all volunteers are properly trained to use the calibrated speed gun, just like the police use. We can’t (and don’t want to) fine motorists we find speeding, but they will get a warning letter from the police as a reminder.

We will also get signs reminding people to slow down and interactive devices  that will display the speed of a vehicle for drivers to see.  All designed to educate and make drivers aware of speeding in our community.

Any evidence collected from Speedwatch can be used by the Parish Council in any discussions with the County Council over possible traffic calming methods.

We need your help…

We need 6 to 10 adult volunteers to help with Scaldwell Community Speedwatch before we can join the scheme, so we are asking for your help.

If you would be interested in acting as a volunteer, or would like to know more about what’s involved, could you please contact me as soon as possible and no later than the 2nd Jan 2017. You can e.mail me at phil@philpurcell.wanadoo.co.uk confirming your interest in supporting the scheme.

It’s easy…no door knocking, no disturbance and you’ve done your bit!

Thank you very much.


From Cllr Purcell, Springbank, Old Rd

Click here to read the Christmas letter from District Sergeant Sam Dobbs of Daventry District Command.

District Sergeant Dobbs has also provided some useful information about how to contact Northamptonshire Police at Daventry, in both emergency and non-emergency situations. You can read it here


So, for those of you interested in Gigaclear’s new broadband service, there have recently been a few changes you may not know about.

There has been some confusion among customers ordering the installation service with Gigaclear to date.  Although the company has always stated this service is from £95, the actual cost is often higher as the trunking and length of cable used is charged extra.

To avoid misunderstandings, Gigaclear is now operating a more transparent pricing structure so customers will know upfront the whole price they will pay. This is not an increase but a clearer way of informing customers. 

The self-install option is still available.

There are 4 pricing bands for installation, which are now fixed, and you can find out more about what’s included in each band here: http://www.gigaclear.com/our-broadband-products/for-home/home-broadband-packages/ – bottom

The activation fee of £100 remains the same and once you have ordered this they will take care of that for you.  An independent installer will then make contact to arrange a date to do your installation.  It is at this point, when your service is live, that you will start paying for the Gigaclear service.

Great news! Gigaclear have started works on our brand new ultrafast network in your village and thought we’d tell you exactly what’s coming up. While we aim to minimise disruption, we’d like to thank you in advance for your patience as we carry out our work.

What we’re doing 
Our network is built entirely underground. It’s more reliable, future proof and there are fewer visible elements – we only leave individual connection pots, similar to water access points, above ground which are all connected back to one centralised green cabinet that will be situated in a suitable location on the public highway within the village.

Our current plans and processes are:

  • The build of your new fibre network is scheduled to commence in July 2016.
  • We will install a fibre broadband connection point (‘pot’) at the boundary of all properties.
  • After the installation, the connection points (‘pots’) will need to be tested by our engineers, which will take to the end of November 2016.
  • Once your (‘pot’) has been tested, we will notify you to book your in-property installation.

Please note:

  • We anticipate the Gigaclear network to be fully built by the end of November 2016. 
  • Customers will get connected progressively throughout the network build.
  • Different criteria and schedule may apply to properties situated on public highways than to those located on private land. 
  • We cannot forecast the exact date when individual properties will be connected, but we will keep you informed as work progresses.

Whilst we aim to complete our work by these estimated dates, they may be subject to change due to external factors that are not under our control.

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