On the Beat… Henley Police Update

The Neighbourhood Team continue to patrol high footfall areas such as the town centre and retail outlets. The aim being to engage with business owners and the public, reassuring them the police are present, deterring those who might want to offend on our area.

During May theft from vehicles were reported in Wilson Avenue, Boston Road, Luker Avenue, Deanfield Road, Chiltern Close and Vicarage Road. There was also a theft of number plates from a vehicle in Perpetual Park.

For the last three Friday evenings the public have reported a large group of male youths arriving in Henley intimidating members of the public. Incidents occurred around Greys Road, Meadow Road and Reading Road. Several males have been spoken to and enquiries are on-going. If you have any information please call 101 quoting ref: 43180161252

The Henley Area is still being visited by nuisance door to door salesmen, commonly referred to as “Nottingham Knockers”. Recently they were reported to be in Friday Street, Blandy Road and Harpsden Road. The males sell various domestic items at highly inflated prices. The police have been told by the public that they are often intimidated by these males and feel obligated to make a purchase.  Police advise the public to continue contacting us and look out for vulnerable neighbours who might be persuaded to make unnecessary purchases.

PCSOs were asked to assist in area searching for a medium risk missing female from Henley, the lady was found safe within two hours.

PCSO Claire Hewett is involved in on-going discussions with a Town Councillor and D:Two in relation to the possibility of Street Pastors (or equivalent) for the night-time economy in Henley Town Centre.

PCSO Hewett & Pomroy will be hosting a Public Engagement on Sunday 24th June between 2-4pm at Mill Meadows

  1. The Lazy Politician says:

    I tried calling 101 when one of those doorknockers gave me attitude when i declined to buy from him. Got a recorded message saying theyre busy answering urgent calls. Whats the point of 101 if its not staffed ? Could have been helpful to get a marked car to cruise the streets for 10 mins to make presence felt. What do i have to do – get assaulted and then dial 999 ?

    • David Johnston says:

      Sooner or later, the Police will have their own drones to make first responses. There will be squawking about privacy but the cost/efficiency will be unarguable.

  2. Chris says:

    The only time of year when Street Pastors would be ‘maybe’ a good part of the night time economy would be during Regatta, absolutely no point the rest of the year Henley isn’t big enough

  3. Neil gunnell says:

    As Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator for the town, I tried reporting some door-to-door roofers reported from another street today to 101. It was hard work and I received a pretty neutral response. It’s a shame that those of us who try working with the police to support the community don’t get support on the phone, frankly. I’m working on improving that but no-one seems to be in a hurry to ring back so we can work usefully together although I was offered the chance to make a complaint, which wasn’t the point. So, the Lazy Politician, point seconded.

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