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COLUMN: On the Beat

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: January 03, 2014

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With Denis Murphy, Derbyshire Police Sergeant for Ashbourne

TO COMMENCE on a really positive note, it is a source of great delight and pride to all of us on B South Division to have learned of the awarding of the British Empire Medal to our former colleague, Ian “Mini” Cooper, in the New Year Honours List.

Knowing Ian to be the self-effacing and modest man that he is I am sure that he will be embarrassed by the publicity and excitement, but this is a richly deserved accolade for a truly dedicated - and really rather inspirational public servant.

We’re thrilled that our Sovereign has taken a similar view to the rest of us who know him and has seen fit to recognise his dedication and professionalism.

Far less happily, a rash of attacks on outbuilding and sheds at Mappleton and elsewhereover the Festive Period has demonstrated that there a still thieves about whom are keen to capitalise on opportunities to steal your tools, bicycles and anything else upon which their magpie eye may alight.

Do you have a shed alarm? Is your property distinctively marked in any way? Have you considered “Smartwater” to make your property more identifiable?

Have you recorded serial numbers or photographed distinctive or expensive items? Are you a member of the Derbyshire Alert Scheme?

If your area has a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme then, get involved! If it doesn’t, please get in touch and we can pass on the relevant details.

Do you know what to do if you see something suspicious? Are you aware of the sort of information that the police will need to try and locate suspicious characters and their vehicles so that we can question them?

If you aren’t, please give us a ring on 101 and ask for the Ashbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team, or drop us an e-mail at Ashbourne Station via the Force website, www.derbyshire.police.uk.

We really need your help as our eyes and ears to catch these people and all information about criminal activity is part of a bigger picture that could make the difference to secure a conviction - and prevent more victims of crime.

Also please consider the provenance of items offered to you for sale. If the deal looks too good to be true, it probably is! Say “no thanks” and let us know about your suspicions. If criminals lose the market for stolen goods it becomes a less rewarding enterprise!

Sgt Murphy’s views are his own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Derbyshire Constabulary

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