Coffee with Cops!

Come and grab a FREE coffee with the Headington Neighbourhood Policing Team at Café Bonjour, London Road, Headington and talk to them about any concerns in your community whilst meeting:

  • Thames Valley Police Burglary Team
  • Thames Valley Police Crime Reduction Officer
  • Local Neighbourhood Watch
  • Other Local Businesses
  • Plus other key individuals in your community!

Date: Wednesday 7 December

Time: 11 am till 1 pm

Place: Cafe Bonjour, London Road, Headington

Action on Language schools

At our Ward Focus meeting, you raised concerns about language school students in terms of overcrowding at bus stops and slowness of boarding buses. People had also raised related issues about underage drinking and littering in the parks at our Neighbourhood Action Group meeting

Ruth attended a multi-agency meeting at the Town Hall on Monday which discussed these and other related issues. There were representatives from the City Council (Safer Communities team) including a member of the Senior Management Team, the bus companies, Thames Valley Police, the language schools and ward councillors.

We agreed that language schools made a significant contribution to Oxford in terms of its economy, its cultural diversity, and its international reputation.

Four major themes were discussed: crowding, alcohol and litter in parks, noise and low level ASB, and the vulnerability of the students themselves. A press release will follow.

Ruth will update residents at our next Ward Focus meeting .


These regular meetings are proving popular, with what one resident has called their ‘lively and neighbourly atmosphere’. So come along!

6pm, 18th October  JR Hospital, Lecture Room 1

Your views count! PCSO patrol patterns

A resident asked why PCSOs patrol in pairs at our last Headington Ward Focus meeting, and Ruth agreed to find out from our Neighbourhood Sergeant.

Sergeant Claire Grant has discussed this with Neighbourhood Inspector Marc Tarbit and they have made the decision that until 2100hrs the PCSOs should be single crewed (unless an operational reason necessitates them working together) as it makes sense to increase the visibility on the area as much as they can.

It’s good to know that our Neighbourhood team is responsive to the questions you ask. Don’t forget that you are always welcome to make suggestions for service improvements at our ward meetings; we promise to listen to what you tell us, and we do our best to take forward and resolve the issues you raise.

Have Your Say events September & October

The neighbourhood team from Thames Valley Police hold regular Have Your Say events at which they ask residents to fill in a survey about the area. This helps us identify what issues you are most concerned about. Here are details of forthcoming sessions:

Date: Monday, 19 September 2011
Time: 14:00 – 16:00
Venue: Starbucks, 71 London Road, Headington (outside if good weather, otherwise just inside main door)
Contact: PCSO Jason Martin

Type: Have Your Say Meeting
Date: Tuesday, 18 October 2011
Time: 12:00 – 14:00
Venue: outside main entrance (if weather good, or just inside Waitrose, Old High Street, Headington
Contact: PCSO Jason Martin

Information from the Police

The Police have produced this latest press release for circulation:

Sent on behalf of Chief Inspector Ces Agger- Deputy Area Commander for Oxford City

Oxford Local Police Area- 11/08/11

Thames Valley Police can confirm there was no reported disorder in Oxford overnight. Investigations into offences from the previous days are being progressed. The suspect for the McDonald’s arson has been bailed for that offence while a full investigation takes place.

Police officers, the community response team and youth workers carried out patrols of the city centre and residential areas, and once again, police numbers were swelled significantly by the Special Constabulary (Volunteer Police).

Amongst the many incidents they dealt with was finding and saving a person who was trying to harm them self. We are very grateful to them and their employers for giving their time to help make Oxford safer.

Additional officers patrolled around the football stadium for the Oxford game yesterday evening against Cardiff City, ensuring fans were able to enjoy the match and disperse safely afterwards.

The police operation will continue today and overnight with foot, bike and vehicle patrols to deter trouble, respond to any problems and offer reassurance to out communities.

The support from local communities continues and people are remaining calm and businesses are responding to our advice –

We are grateful to the many people who have come forward with information. If you have any information about any of the incidents in the Oxford area over the past few days, you can contact Thames Valley Police on 0845 8 505 505.

If you don’t want to leave your name or details, you can speak to the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Today in Headington

Because of events in some other parts of England, there have been questions about how our area might be affected. While there was an arson attack on McDonald’s by the ring road late last night — for which someone has been arrested — there has not been anything comparable to what has happened in a small number of cities. The local police are, of course, being vigilant and today visited shops around Oxford, including Headington, with advice as a general precautionary measure. The detail of that advice is available on the Thames Valley Police website.

If any resident has concerns, there are numbers they can contact. In an emergency, or a crime is seen being committed, the advice, as always, is to ring 999. There is also the Thames Valley Police number for non-emergencies: 0845 8 505 505. In addition, if you are on Twitter, you might like to follow their feed which gives latest information. Of course, social media has, in this instance, been the source of misinformation, much of it spread innocently, as is the nature of rumour. I have been working to clarify the precise and actual situation and have been given to understand that there is no specific intelligence which would suggest reason for special concern in our area.

NAG news – neighbourhood priorities

After extensive surveying in and around Headington, the neighbourhood team has identified three priorities:

  • Littering
  • Antisocial behaviour
  • Parking issues

A problem-solving session will be held at the next meeting (Wed 13 April at 18.00, at the Baptist Hall Old High Street) to inform our action plans for the summer.

There is a new neighbourhood inspector for the area called Insp Marc Tarbit, and we are also able to call on support from Oxford City Council Street Wardens who are now deployed across the City.

We also discussed a range of issues including the reliability of road accident statistics, the safety audit of London Road following the redevelopments, the Highfield traffic scheme proposals, and the behaviour of summer school and language school students in parks.

PCSOs have been issuing fixed penalty notices to people caught cycling on pavements in Lonson Road

If you would like to get involved in the Headington Neighbourhood Action Group and come to our meetings, please contact either David or Ruth. If you have a concern about any matter relating to your neighbourhood, please let us know

Next Police “Have Your Say” events

The next “Have Your Say” event will take place on

Tuesday 30 November

between 1.00 and 4.00 pm

at Oxford Brookes University

There will be a further event on

Monday 13 December

between 12.00 and 3pm

at Waitrose, Old High Street, Headington

These are your opportunities to discuss issues with the Police that concern you – all are welcome to attend

New Neighbourhood Action Group for Headington!!

It’s always been confusing for residents (and us councillors too!) to know which neighbourhood team to contact for issues in and around the London Road and adjacent streets. The setting up of one team to cover the whole of Headington is really good news for local residents and David and I have lobbied hard for this, for some time!

The Headington North and South neighbourhoods have now amalgamated and cover the whole of Headington. The new email address to contact the team is . The members of the team are listed below so please feel free to contact them with any questions.
Sgt Claire Grant
PC Chris Miles
PCSO Dave Hession
PCSO Rachel Cooper
PCSO Steph Barras
PCSO Eva Jordan

The change is so new, the web links haven’t changed yet, but we will endeavour to make the necessary changes to our local information link when we know more!