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Police Update – January 2011

sx-pol-newsBirch and Layer

Birch and Layer is part of the Essex Police Colchester district and covers the Parishs of Birch, Layer Breton, Heckfordbridge, Hardys Green, Smythes Green, Layer De La Haye, Messing, Salcott and The Wigboroughs.

Crime recorded for the Winstree area has seen roughly a 13% decrease compared to this time last year.

Winstree is still a very safe place to live and PC Mel Wislson is sure it will continue to drop.

The main crime for the rural areas continues to be Burglary to out buildings and sheds, PC Mel Wilson would like to remind people to look at their security at home particularly to these areas as things such as bikes, power tools etc are expensive to replace.  If you make it hard for the criminals to access your shed they are more likely to move on than bother with yours, these crimes normally only take minutes or seconds to commit.

PC Mel Wilson would also like to remind people that if they see a person or vehicle acting suspiciously to take as much detail as possible such as index plates, colour, description of people and direction of travel and call police immediately. We would rather come out to a false alarm than not be called at all.


With the present climate of rising fuel charges and spate of cold weather we have seen an increase in the amount of recorded thefts of oil from properties in the Colchester area particularly the rural villages. Please review your security regarding this, if advice is needed please do not hesitate to contact PC Mel Wilson.

If you have any information which is not an emergency please contact PC Mel Wilson on 07966 197404.

Neighbourhood Action Panel

  • 4th May 2011 19:00 – 20:00
  • The Old Crown Public House, Lodge Road, Messing, Colchester

sx-watchEssex Watch Administrators communicate crime information between watch schemes, the Neighbourhood Policing Teams, the extended policing family and volunteer groups.

If you have information about a crime please contact your Neighbourhood Policing Teams on one of the relevant numbers above or contact Barbara Knott, Essex Watch Administrator , Essex Police, Eastern Division / Colchester , 0300 3334444 ext 10619, mobile 07814672340, [email protected].

For further information