Theft in Bury Knowle Park – can you help?

Friday 12 July 2013, 3:37pm

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information to a robbery in Headington, Oxford.

At around 8pm on Thursday 4 July, a woman was cycling through Bury Knowle Park where she was stopped by a man who started to talk to her.

The man assaulted her and stole her handbag before running off towards Chestnut Avenue.

The offender was black, about 6ft and of medium build. He was wearing a navy blue hooded top with the hood up.

Among the property stolen was a white medium-sized handbag with gold studs on it, a pair of white headphones, house keys and a small quantity of cash.

If anyone has any information about the robbery, please contact PC Neil Rudge via the Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101.

If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.


Police seeking to reunite owners with stolen property

Thames Valley Police is seeking to trace the owners of property recovered after thefts, mainly in the South Oxfordshire and Oxford areas.

The property has been recovered from offences that took place between 30 April and 29 May this year, and was retrieved from a disused airfield in Berinsfield and a commercial address in Stokenchurch.

The items, which were mainly stolen from gardens include sundials, roof tiles, staddle stones and staddle stone bases.

PC Mark Russell said: “I would like to reunite this stolen property with its owners. If you have been the victim of this type of theft and think any of these type of items might belong to you, please get in touch.

“I understand that some of these thefts might not have been reported to the police, but if the victims can identify their particular items and where they went missing from, we may be able to reunite the objects with their rightful owners.”

If you believe any of these items might be yours, please contact PC Mark Russell of Didcot police station via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.

SmartWater. How to mark your property

What is SmartWater?

SmartWater is a colourless liquid that fluoresces yellow under ultra-violet (UV) light and contains a unique forensic fingerprint.

SmartWater provides proof of ownership, linking property to the rightful owner and criminals to a crime scene.

Where is SmartWater used?


Electrical goods, jewellery and other valuables are being marked in domestic properties.


Electrical and water companies protect sub stations, cable and other metals.


Church roofs, vehicles and even musical instruments are all being marked.


Electricity cable and earthing bonds at trackside are being marked.


SmartWater is protecting HGV drivers and their loads from hi-jack and theft.


Cash in transit companies and banks are protecting staff and money.


Saddles, horse boxes and other equipment is SmartWater protected.


Shops and supermarkets protect stock, cigarette kiosks and alcohol displays.


Farms, factories and plant hirers are marking vehicles and machinery.


Councils are marking domestic and commercial waste to deter fly-tippers.


Individuals and clubs are protecting  boats, yachts and equipment.

Who is looking for SmartWater?

Police Forces worldwide are trained to look for SmartWater. Second hand dealers, scrap merchants and metal recyclers are working with the Police and are scanning goods and metals brought onto their premises with UV equipment to identify stolen property.

If you want to know more, join your local Neighbourhood Watch group to get SmartWater at a discounted rate

SmartWater is recommended by the police. For more details of the product click here

Burglary in Old Road – tell Police if you witnessed this

A burglary occurred in Old Road, Oxford today Thursday 11th April between midnight and 7.30am.
The offender/s forced a rear window open to gain entry to the property. Once inside a tidy search of the down stairs rooms has taken place.
A palm top computer, a TV, 2x candle sticks and keys were stolen.

The offender/s have exited through a side door and with the keys they have also taken the aggrieved car which was parked on the driveway. The vehicle is a silver Mercedes Estate registration number WD07FDO.

If you have any information which could help the police with their investigation please contact the Non Emergency number 101 and leave a message for the Oxford Burglary team.
In an Emergency please call the police on 999.

If you wish to give information about crime or criminals anonymously please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at

Thefts in Headington – keep belongings safe!


Burglaries have occurred in 
Trinity Road on 13 March between 3.45pm and 5.15pm. Laptop & cash stolen.
Wharton Street on 13 March between 7.30am and 7.30pm. Nothing stolen.
St Leonards Road 16 March between 8 and 8.30pm. Laptop & handbag stolen.

The Thefts from Vehicles have been predominately smashed windows with high value electrical portable items being stolen and anything else available in the vehicle.

The theft from vehicles have occurred in 
Lime Walk on 17 March between 7.30 and 9pm. Ipod, cash, purse & keys stolen.
Osler Road on 17 March between 4 and 7.30pm. Personal docs & clothes stolen.
Lime Walk on 17 March between 7.25 and 9pm.Personal docs, wallet, cash stolen.
London Road on 17 March between 7 and 9pm. CD player &sp eakers stolen.
North Place on 18 March between 3.20 and 3.30pm. Overnight bag stolen.

The police are patrolling the area throughout the day and night in marked and unmarked cars. The police are also patrolling on foot and carrying out stop checks whenever necessary.

Thames Valley police ask that you be extra vigilant when securing your property to go out or retire for the night. Please remove all valuable items from your car when left unattended or parked overnight.

If you have any information which could help the police with their investigation please contact the Non Emergency number 101 and leave a message for the Oxford Burglary team.
If you notice anyone acting suspiciously please call immediately on 999.

If you wish to give information about crime or criminals anonymously please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at

More on the All Saints postbox

The police have supplied more information about Sunday’s incident. The fire service stated to the police that they suspected arson on the basis that normally things don’t just set on fire themselves, but could not confirm arson as they were unable to get into the box at the time.  They have said that there is a number of non criminal explanations but they like to make sure its fully investigated and ruled out.

The police have spoken to Royal Mail who have said that upon opening the post box there were 2 -3 damaged letters but the rest were fine, there was also nothing at all in the way of an ignition source in the box.

It remains a  mystery as to how this fire started but it is assumed that it is an isolated case.

One of the PCSOs will be doing some door knocks in the next couple of days and hopefully putting peoples minds at rest but if anyone has any concerns that they would like to discuss then please contact the Neighbourhood Police Team.

Royal Mail has sealed the postbox for cleaning, once it is unsealed it is back in business

Fire at All Saints Road postbox

A call was made to the police at 11.12 on Sunday morning because of smoke coming from the ‘new’ postbox at the corner of Barrington Close and All Saints Road (see photo right).  Police called in the fire service, and the  fire was put out with a powder-filled device.

A decision was made later in the day that the fire probably was started deliberately rather than accidentally, so it is now being treated as a criminal offence.

Thames Valley Police is sending out a PCSO to the area later today to carry out house to house interviews

David and Ruth have alerted Royal Mail and  reported the incident. It is not currently known if any correspondence posted into the box overnight between Saturday and Sunday is damaged. If you saw anything suspicious please report this to the police non-emergency number on 101 or contact us, and we shall pass the message on. We are currently awaiting more information from Royal Mail

Armed robbery at Lloyds TSB Bank

21 January 2013, 10:55 am

Thames Valley Police is currently investigating an armed robbery at Lloyds TSB Bank in London Road, Headington.

Police were called at 09.53am today (21/01) after two men entered the building carrying guns. They threatened cashiers and took money from the tills. At this time it is unclear how much was taken.

One offender is white, around 5ft 9ins, of slim build wearing a black hat and scarf around his face with a yellow high-visibility vest over a black coat.

The second offender is white, in his late teens or early twenties, around 5ft 6ins, of average build. He was wearing a hat and scarf across his face, with a yellow high visibility vest over a checked shirt.

The two men left on foot and headed in the direction of the John Radcliffe Hospital.

The branch of Lloyds TSB Bank in Headington has been closed to the public while the police investigation takes place.

Armed officers have been deployed to deal with the incident.

Det Sgt Mark Stalder said, “Police are currently investigating and additional patrols will be located around the area. Anyone who witnessed the incident or with information that may assist our investigation should call 101.”

Anyone with information regarding this incident should call the non-emergency number 101.

If you don’t want to speak directly to the police, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Numberplate thefts

This is a Community Message from Thames Valley Police.
On Tuesday the 8th January three reports were made of number plate thefts in Oxford.
This type of theft continues to happen weekly in Oxford, you could consider fitting anti tamper screws to your number plates, please seek advice from your local garage or car dealer.

Please check that your number plates are in tack on a regular basis, if you do discover that they are missing report to the police immediately.

Stolen number plates are used in a variety of crimes by thieves all of these crimes will in the first instance lead the police back to you and can be very distressing.

The plates are often used to replace number plates on stolen cars, or fitted to cars which are used recklessly followed by none payment of parking and speeding fines, also filling up with petrol and driving off without paying.

Once you have reported the theft of number plates to the police the registration number will added to the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) CC TV network to track any moments.

In an Emergency please call the Police on 999.

Bogus callers claiming to be from Action Fraud

Police have received reports from people who have been contacted by fraudsters claiming to be from Action Fraud

Conmen frequently impersonate officials in an attempt to convince people that their offer is genuine. We are aware of a recent scam where fraudsters impersonate an Action Fraud representative to trick people into sending money.

The caller states that they are from Action Fraud and that the person they are calling is entitled to compensation from a recent incident. The scammer then asks for money to be sent via a Ukash voucher in order to process the compensation claim. The amount asked for is usually in the range of £200 to £400.

Action Fraud is warning people not to pay these bogus telephone callers; there is no way to retrieve Ukash payments as they are in effect cash transactions. This is a scam. You will lose your money.

Action Fraud is in no way affiliated with these scammers and would never under any circumstances be involved in processing claims for compensation. The genuine Action Fraud is the UK’s national fraud reporting centre where consumers can report if they have been scammed or defrauded.

You can report fraud online using Action Fraud’s reporting service.