Police Messages

Romsey Police Reports



An eye on Woodley, Romsey and surrounding areas with Stuart Thorpe

Contact Stuart Here

Police Messages


July 15th

Appeal For Witnesses

There was a public order incident on 14th July at approximately 22:30hrs in Romsey town centre near to The Cornmarket.

We have been made aware that a male was verbally abusive to a male and female around this location. We are trying to identify the victims or any witnesses to this incident.

If you can help please call 101 quoting 44180265767.

Message Sent By Claire Bates (Police, PC, Test Valley District)

June 19th

Distraction Purse Thefts

Please be aware we have had an increase in distraction purse thefts in Romsey town.

Over the last couple of weeks we have had reports of customers who have been approached in the car park after they have paid for their shopping. The suspects approach them asking for directions and while being distracted another suspect will retrieve the cards from purses, wallets and or bags.

It is believed the suspects have been watching their target entering their PIN's when paying at the tills. Suspects have then used the cards to purchase items and to withdraw cash from ATM's.

Please be extra vigilant when paying for items at tills, and always shield the PIN pad. We also advise not to engage in the conversation when being approached in car parks. The suspects are described as smartly dressed males, that are believed to be Eastern European.

Message Sent By Louise Allen (Police, PCSO, Test Valley District)

May 26th

TSB alerts

There has been an increase in reports made in May by TSB customers relating to “port-out” fraud. Fraudsters are number porting a victim’s telephone number to a SIM card under their control and then using the number to access the victim’s bank accounts.  

The increase in the number of reports corresponds with the timing of TSB’s computer system update, which resulted in 1.9 million users being locked out of their accounts. Opportunistic fraudsters are using TSB’s system issue to target individuals, which follows the increase in phishing and smishing communications also targeting TSB customers this month. Victims’ bank account and personal details including their phone number are collected by the fraudster, providing them with the information to execute the fraud.  

Number porting is a genuine service provided by telecommunication companies. It allows customers to keep their existing phone number and transfer it to a new SIM card. The existing network provider sends the customer a Port Authorisation Code (PAC), that when presented to the new provider allows the number to be transferred across. This service can, however, be abused by fraudsters.  

To gain control of the victim’s phone number, fraudsters convince the victim’s mobile phone network provider to swap their number on to a SIM card in the fraudster’s control. Once the fraudster has control of the number they are able to intercept the victims’ text messages, allowing them to use services linked to the victim’s phone number. This can include requesting an online banking password reset or access to any two factor authentication services.  

Victims have reported large losses as a result of this fraud. One victim initially dismissed text messages received from their network provider containing a PAC number. Two days later £6,000 was removed from the victim’s TSB current account. The victim subsequently contacted their phone provider and was informed that someone contacted the provider purporting to be the victim and had cancelled their contract and transferred their number to a new SIM. This action allowed the banking fraud to take place.   

Protect Yourself:  

PAC Code notifications
If you receive an unsolicited notification about a PAC Code request, contact your network provider immediately to terminate the request. Also notify your bank about your phone number being compromised.  

Clicking on links/files:
Don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text. Remember, criminals can spoof the phone numbers and email addresses of companies you know and trust, such as your bank.  

Requests to move money:
A genuine bank or organisation will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, full password or to move money to another account.  

Port-out Fraud versus SIM Swapping
Port-out fraud is often incorrectly referred to as SIM swap fraud. SIM swap fraud works in a similar fashion, however, instead of porting the victim’s number to a new network provider, the fraudster impersonates the victim and requests a new SIM card for their account. Once they have access to the new sim, they have access to the number.

Message Sent By Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

April 6th

We are appealing for witnesses after a man reportedly followed a woman along Canal Walk in Romsey yesterday afternoon (Thursday 5 April). 

The man is reported to have approached the 28-year-old woman and tried to speak with her and then followed her along the path.

The woman was left distressed by the incident and spoke to a passer-by before contacting the police. A 33-year-old man of no fixed abode has since been arrested on suspicion of a public order offence in connection with this incident.

However, we are keen to speak to anyone who may have been approached in a similar way by this man and anyone who was approached by this woman following the incident.

Please get in contact on 101 and quote 44180125242. Thank you.

Message Sent By Marisa Charles (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire)

March 8th

Good Morning all,

School placements to experience policing are now open to applicants. We are currently offering work experience placements to school pupils in Year 10 and Year 11.

These placements are limited but offer the opportunity to those who want to develop a career in policing or learn more about policing in general.

If you know a child in years 10 or 11 that may be looking for a work experience placement, let them know about this opportunity and tell them that they will need to fill out an application form in their own words and submit it to us. If they're successful they’ll be invited to attend an interview either in person or over the phone.

We recommend that they research Hampshire Constabulary to help them prepare for the interview.

An application form has been attached to this e-mail, the application can also be found on our force website at; Due to places being limited we highly recommend applications being returned as soon as possible. If you would like further information about work experience, please email Thank you for your attention, and good luck to the applicants.

 We hope to see you here soon, PCSO 16461 TODD Test Valley Police

February 25th

Theft Incident at Carphone Warehouse Romsey

On Wednesday 21st February 2018 at approximately 12:45hrs 4 males enter Carphone Warehouse, Romsey. While two of the males waited by the door, the other two attempted to pull two iPhones off their brackets. When challenged by the store manager, three of the males left. The one who remained continued pulling at the iPhone before letting go and pushing past the manager to get out. No items taken.

The male suspects are described as possibly being Eastern European with olive skin, late teens to early twenties. They wore dark clothing and white trainers. It is believed one of the males had a goatee type beard. Witnesses describe the males as being either Turkish or Greek origin.

If you have any information that could assist with his investigation, please call 101 and quote reference number 44180068767.

February 9th

Operation Sceptre - Awareness of risks of carrying knives

Carrying a knife may seem harmless, but it can have serious consequences. Even being with a group where one or more carry a knife is a big risk.  

If you are suspicious of your child or the group they are involved in, help us stop knife crime by intervening early. Make them aware of the risks.  

Anyone with information about someone carrying a knife can contact us on 101, alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.  

You can find more details about how to chat to your children about this subject or report concerns anonymously here:

January 28th

We have received reports in relation to Anti-Social Behaviour and Drug Smoking along the Canal Path.

Are you aware of such behaviour in this area?

Is this behaviour causing you problems or concerns?

If you have answered “yes” to the above questions the police would be pleased to hear from you. Please report any incidents via 101 or alternatively you can call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.  

So that we can deal with any reports as quickly as possible, it is important to consider the following information and have it ready to provide to us:

* the date and time of the incident

* the exact location, such as proximity to any landmarks or street names

* a description of any people involved

* the details of any witnesses or suspects

* if you think there is any additional evidence such as CCTV or mobile phone footage

Kind Regards, PC Hannah Johnson The local Neighbourhood Policing Team

January 18th

On Monday 15th January 2018 between 1530 and 1630 a dwelling burglary occurred in Middlebridge Street.

Where you in the area at the time?

Did you see this incident?

Did you hear anything suspicious?

Did you see anyone leave the street quickly and suspiciously?

Do you have any CCTV?

If you have answers to any of the above questions the police would be pleased to hear from you. Please call 101 and quote 44180018982.

 Alternatively you can call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

January 11th

Burglary Abbotswood Romsey

On Sunday 7th January 2018 between 20:00 and 21:35 Person(s) unknown have entered a property on Hooper Drive Via a rear patio door. They have used a rigid implement to smash a window at the rear of the address, reached through the broken window and unlocked the patio door. Once inside an untidy search has been carried out and Jewellery has been taken. Please consider the following questions:

Did you see this incident? Were you at home during the times stated above? Did you hear anything suspicious? Who did you see in the area at the time? Did you see anyone leave the street quickly and suspiciously? Do you have any CCTV?

If you have answers to any of the above questions the police would be pleased to hear from you. Please call 101 and quote our reference number above. Alternatively you can call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

This alert is intended to bring to your attention a recent burglary that has occurred in your area and to raise your awareness and remind you to be vigilant to help prevent and reduce crime in your neighbourhood. Please remember to ensure you close and lock your windows and doors when left unattended, use timer switches to make your property look occupied. Ensure valuables are kept out of view from windows and report any suspicious behaviour to the police. You can register property online via 

January 4th

Test Valley Neighbourhood Policing Teams update our Community Policing Priorities every 3 months. Have your say on what they should be by completing our quick survey.  

The Neighbourhood Watch Network is looking to learn more about people's experience of fraud and the support available to victims. Can you spare us two minutes to take our national survey today?

All results are completely anonymous and will help us understand how Neighbourhood Watch can improve the support offered to victims of fraud.

Click on the link below to take the survey.    Please note the survey will close on Wednesday 10th January 2018.

January 3rd

Witnesses sought after taxi driver robbed near Romsey

We are appealing for information after a taxi driver was robbed near Romsey in the early hours of New Year’s Day. The 59-year-old victim collected a passenger in Botley Road at approximately 1.40am on Monday 1 January.

When the taxi, a silver Skoda Octavia, reached Danes Road, Shootash, the passenger asked the driver to stop. He then threatened the driver, demanding money. When the victim declined, the passenger punched the driver in the face and then stabbed him with a knife in the hand and leg. The passenger then ran from the taxi empty-handed.

The victim was taken to Southampton General Hospital for treatment. He was later discharged. The passenger is described as: • white • aged in his mid twenties • of slim to medium build • short brown hair • around 5ft 10ins tall • wore a black-coloured long jacket, a dark-coloured shirt and possibly jeans PC David Barnes, of Southampton CID, said: “This is a rare and unusual incident that may well have been opportunistic. “It is suspected that the offender may have been in the Romsey town centre area before this incident.

“Do you remember seeing someone getting into a taxi in Botley Road at around 1.40am on New Year’s Day? “Perhaps you were driving along Botley Road and have dashcam footage from your journey? If so, we need to speak to you.”

 Anyone with information on this incident should call police on 101, quoting the reference number 44180000328. Alternatively, people can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.

Open letter from Hampshire's new Chief Constable 

I have always believed effective policing is at the heart of healthy society. That is why Hampshire Constabulary can't afford to just maintain its position as a good police force. It must become a standard bearer for protecting the most vulnerable and reducing offending. And, as your new Chief Constable, I am excited about taking on this challenge.

A key part of success will remain catching those who prey on the vulnerable, but we can't just respond to victims when they have suffered. We need to be better at preventing offending in the first place. This includes safeguarding the vulnerable, not least those at risk of child sexual exploitation and domestic abuse. None of this can be done by the police acting alone.

The cases we deal with can be complex and the unfortunate truths are that that we tend to deal with people on their most difficult days and much of the sophisticated work that goes on behind the scenes to stop people becoming victims cannot be widely publicised. This means that what my officers, staff and those who volunteer their help do every day is important, but so is why and how. 

If the police are seen to act arrogantly or as if they have a right to do as they wish public confidence becomes damaged and victims are not put first. To be an effective police officer, let alone chief constable, you need to earn the trust and respect of all communities. That is what decades of British policing has been built upon. So everything we do must be rooted in the highest standards of integrity and transparency. You deserve nothing less from us.

Our communities are wonderfully rich, diverse and deserving of brilliant policing. I want ideas, voices, perspectives and experience beyond the traditional spheres. I would like to use this opportunity on day one in my new role to invite all of you to join me, to work with me and to support my staff and officers.

In return we will become even better at protecting you and safeguarding the most vulnerable in society. And, as your Chief Constable, I will work tirelessly to make sure that what we do is as transparent as possible and to explain the difficult decisions when we have to make them.

Together we can keep this one of the safest places to live in the country and stop those who make people's lives a misery.

Best wishes Olivia Pinkney, Chief Constable, Hampshire Constabulary


n 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.  Minicom users should call 01962 875000.

Beware oil thefts

Please be aware of a recent increase in domestic oil thefts. They appear to be happening across the area and usually over night. Large amounts have been stolen indicating the use of a vehicle being involved.

Please ask everyone to check the security of their storage tanks and to remain vigilant for any suspicious persons or vehicles, they may well be driving round during the day looking for potential targets?

Please do call the police if any sightings of suspicious activity/ persons

Beware Vehicle thefts

There is an on-going problem in the last few months of power tools being stolen from vehicles. A lot have been taken over night which can be prevented by removing these items from the vehicles.

Please security mark your tools and make notes of serial numbers etc.

Can we reassure residents we are aware of the increase in thefts and are increasing patrols and looking at other possible measures to help detect/ prevent these on going thefts in the area.

There seems to be quite a few thefts from motor vehicles in and around the Woodley estate.

Beware of Hotel Key Cards

Grab a refrigerator magnet on your way out the door, we all have tons of them!

Always take a small magnet on your vacation , they come in handy at the end of it. This is pretty good info. Never even thought about key cards containing anything other than an access code for the room!

Ever wonder what is on your magnetic key card? Answer: a. Customer's name b. Customer's partial home address c. Hotel room number d. Check-in date and out dates e. Customer's credit card number and expiration date!

When you turn them in to the front desk your personal information is there for any employee to access by simply scanning the card in the hotel scanner.. An employee can take a hand full of cards home and using a scanning device, access the information onto a laptop computer and go shopping at your expense. Simply put, hotels do not erase the information on these cards until an employee reissues the card to the next hotel guest. At that time, the new guest's information is electronically 'overwritten' on the card and the previous guest's information is erased in the overwriting process.

But until the card is rewritten for the next guest, it usually is kept in a drawer at the front desk with YOUR INFORMATION ON IT!

The bottom line is: Keep the cards, take them home with you, or destroy them. NEVER leave them behind in the room or room wastebasket, and NEVER turn them into the front desk when you check out of a room. They will not charge you for the card (it's illegal) and you'll be sure you are not leaving a lot of valuable personal information on it that could be easily lifted off with any simple scanning device card reader.

For the same reason, if you arrive at the airport and discover you still have the card key in your pocket, do not toss it in an airport trash basket. Take it home and destroy it by cutting it up, especially through the electronic information strip!

If you have a small magnet, pass it across the magnetic strip several times. Then try it in the door, it will not work. It erases everything on the card.

Information courtesy of: Metropolitan Police Service.


Where it’s portable keep it safe by taking it, together with the support cradle and suction pads, with you when you leave the car.

Remember to wipe away any suction pad marks left on the windscreen or dashboard as thieves will look out for these.

Don’t leave the equipment in the glove compartment – thieves will usually check there first.

You can also help by following these tips:

• Mark your satellite navigation equipment system with your postcode and house number or your vehicle registration number or another unique number, using special security markers. These are available at local Police Stations.

• Making a note of the make, model and serial number of the equipment and keeping the note somewhere safe – not in the car. Consider recording this information on one of the commercially available asset registers.

• Don’t leave anything on view in your car. Thieves are opportunists and it only takes them moments to break into your car.

• Lock all doors and windows, not forgetting the sunroof, when leaving your car.

• Never leave the keys in the ignition when the car is unattended, even while you’re paying for petrol.

Don’t lose your satellite navigation equipment to thieves.


Fraud Alert

Credit and Debit Card Fraud Card fraud includes the use of stolen cards to make direct purchases and the use of compromised card details to buy items over the phone or via the Internet, in ‘Card Not Present’ or CNP fraud. Protecting your card details is important. Do not write your PIN number down or disclose it to other people. Dispose of statements or slips which contain your card details securely by shredding with a cross cut (confetti) shredder. Do not let others see your PIN number, cover your hand when entering it in any machine. Check your statements regularly, including low value transactions. Notify your card company immediately if you suspect fraud. Use a CREDIT card in preference to a DEBIT card, especially if you are not sure about the location at which you are using the card.

Debit cards are linked to your bank account and fraud can result in you becoming overdrawn and not able to withdraw cash. Credit Card companies are very good at spotting unusual transaction patterns. Cash Machines - ATM (Automated Teller Machine) Be aware that cash machines (ATM’s) may have been modified in order to: Copy or ‘Skim’ card details and PIN numbers using hidden cameras. Trap the card in the machine. After the cardholder leaves, the criminal removes the device, along with the card. Be mindful of people behind you at cash machines: They may be ‘Shoulder surfing’ for your PIN Number. Attempt to steal the card using distraction techniques or pick pocketing. Talk you into re-entering the PIN while the criminal watches. If you suspect a device has been placed on an ATM do not attempt to move it. The suspects may be nearby and use violence if their device is likely to be interfered with. Call the police or contact the bank, if it is open, immediately.


Help us to help you prevent burglary Hampshire is cracking down on burglary. We understand that it can be financially costly and emotionally devastating for victims and their families. However, by taking just a few simple measures you can dramatically reduce the chances of it happening to you. Most burglaries tend to be opportunistic rather than planned. So if your home does not look secure, seems unlived in, or provides unobserved access, it could be at risk. Understanding what burglars look for when choosing their target will help you identify weak spots in your home's security. Our 10 Top Tips: Mark or etch your property with your postcode, house or flat number or the first three letters of your house name. Register items with a serial number at:  Do not leave your car keys or ID documents near doors, letterbox or windows. Always check who’s at the door and don’t open it if you feel anxious. Close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you are only going out for a few minutes. Keep your valuables out of sight. Leave some lights on if it will be dark before you get home. Install a visible burglar alarm. Always keep sheds and outbuildings locked. Cancel milk or other deliveries if you will be away for days or weeks at a time. How does a burglar's mind work? Burglary, on the whole, is an opportunist crime. A burglar will select his target because it offers him the best opportunity to carry out his crime undetected and with the fewest number of obstacles in his way. A building that presents itself as unoccupied and insecure is far more likely to be targeted than one which is properly secured: Side gates open Accessible windows open Ladders left out, allowing access to otherwise inaccessible windows Garden tools available to force entry Untrimmed hedges or high fences preventing natural surveillance Each of these makes access to the building far simpler and is an indication to the prospective burglar that it's worth a second look. Residents of multi occupancy dwellings or flats should be mindful not to grant entry to people via an entry phone system, if they do not know them, and to be cautious of people seeking to 'tailgate' them into buildings. The question is, are the occupants in? Milk bottles or parcels on the doorstep Newspapers and mail in the letter box Unlit houses after dark All windows shut in very hot weather These are signs telling the burglar that he is unlikely to be disturbed in the course of his work. Naturally, circumstances may arise when such situations may be unavoidable. If we can take measures that tell the burglar that this building is too difficult or too risky a target, he will hopefully move on.

TO STOP A BURGLAR YOU NEED TO THINK LIKE ONE. To a burglar, a stuffed letter box is a dead giveaway when you’re not at home. Ask a neighbour to remove your post while you are away. Are you leaving a thief the key to your house? Never leave a spare key concealed anywhere near the front door - burglars know all the hiding places Prevent letterbox burglaries by storing keys away from the front door Do not label your house keys in case you lose them and they fall into the wrong hands. Remove temptation Where possible, try to keep valuables out of sight from windows. Make it look as though your house is occupied Install timers which switch lights or radios on and off automatically. Have a neighbour or friend pop round to clear your letter box or doorstep. Encourage a neighbour to park on your drive. If going out after dark, draw the curtains, leave some lights on and a radio playing.

To a burglar, a dark doorway is an opportunity to hide. Fit a security light over your front door to deter burglars. If you are away for extended periods Cancel the delivery of milk and newspapers Disconnect the telephone answering machine, or re-word your greeting message to give the impression that you are only temporarily unable to answer. Enlist the help of a neighbour, friend or relative to keep a regular eye on your property and keep the front door clear of deliveries. If you are prepared to leave a key with a willing neighbour/relative, ask for curtains to be drawn and lights to be put on at night. If snow is on the ground a few footprints will make the house appear inhabited. Check your insurance policy. Some insurance policies for contents don't cover you if you are away for more than 30 days. Set your burglar alarm. If you do not have an alarm, consider investing a few pounds in a dummy alarm box. It may well deter the opportunist thief.



·Ensure access to roofs is restricted, for example using splayed guards around rainwater downpipes to prevent climbing. Ensure trees and signs are not within close proximity to the building. If recommending anti-climb measures, ensure you advice signage must be put up (Occupiers Liability Act 1984). · Maximise surveillance by neighbouring properties. · Keep wheelie bins locked up or in rear gardens, as these can often be used to transport the metal and used to assist climbing. · Ensure ladders are locked away or chained up. · Consider using alternatives to lead and copper where possible. · Ensure perimeter security is sufficient.


How safe is your oil tank?

With the ever rising price of heating oil, storage tanks have become a favoured target for thieves. Worst of all the price of replacing the stolen oil can just be the beginning of the cost…

With winter approaching many of us are increasingly using our central heating. If you are a householder or business with an above ground oil storage tank which fuels your heating, the Environment Agency would like you to consider how well protected your oil tank is from theft or vandalism.

Each year the Environment Agency is contacted by homeowners about leaking heating oil tanks. Worryingly this can be caused during the theft of the oil itself as the tank or pipe work is often damaged. If thieves have taken all the oil they can, or are disturbed during the theft, anything left in the tank will usually be left draining to the ground potentially leading to serious pollution.

Cleaning up oil spills is difficult, especially if it enters groundwater, and can be very expensive – easily costing thousands of pounds. It is against the law to cause pollution so you’ll have to take action to clean up any serious spill or leak even where it has been caused by theft or vandalism. Some insurance policies will cover these costs – but often they do not so it is far better to prevent pollution at the outset.

Spilt oil can pollute your local streams, rivers and (if it soaks through the soil and rock) groundwater supplies. In the South East of England we rely heavily on groundwater to supply our drinking water so we must protect it from pollution. Oil is toxic, harmful to plants and animals and is a threat to their habitats.

The oil in your tank is valuable; to help prevent its theft you should consider the following security measures:

Use locks and/or lockable valves – un-secured taps and valves will make oil theft much easier. Remember to ensure that the key/combination is available for refilling, better still, be present for the delivery so that you can see if the correct amount is dispensed without overfilling.

Screening the tank – use plants, shrubs or fencing to make the tank less visible. Ensure that there is still room to access all of the way around the tank so that you can check for signs of leaks or damage. About 2 feet or 600mm should be sufficient to maintain access.

Re-locate your tank – if you need a new tank, or are thinking about moving your existing tank, consider how you can make it less obvious. Can you move it away from the roadside or to the back garden? Remember, the tank must still be positioned to minimise the risk of pollution and not near to watercourses, loose-fitting manhole covers, wells or boreholes.

Check your tank regularly – look for signs of tampering with the tank which could be signs of attempted theft – you may still be vulnerable to theft on another occasion. Also, when checking your tank, look for any signs of corrosion, bulging or staining which indicate it has, or is likely, to leak. However, leaks are not always easy to see – especially if they occur from underground pipework leading into your property, so keep a check on your oil consumption.

If the worst happens and you have a leak or spill:

• Contact your oil supplier for advice and help in removing the remaining oil

• Call our Environment Agency Incident Hotline 0800 80 70 60 (24 hours)

• You may also wish to check your insurance policy to see if it covers your oil tank and any spillages.

For more information on how to look after your oil storage tank and avoid pollution please visit the oil bank line website at: