Neighbourhood Watch

Hemingford Abbots Neighbourhood Watch Area coordinator position is currently vacant; if anyone is interested in running our NHW scheme then please contact the Parish Clerk.

The NHW co-ordinator is supported by a group of volunteers (local co-ordinators) who share the work and are each responsible for a small group of properties in the village.  A list of local coordinators is provided below; Each of these coordinators regularly receives information from the police concerning local crime patterns in the local area. It is the responsibility of each coordinator to disseminate pertinent information to their local residents. Urgent information is also posted on village notice boards.

The police publish statistics of crimes committed in the locality. This may be viewed by postcode on the police website < and following the link through "My Neighbourhood" and the required postcode.

A service called "e-cops" has been introduced, which is an email newsletter service from Cambridgeshire Constabulary. It is meant to complement Neighbourhood Watch and is a good way to keep up to date with community news and policing. Any member of the public may join up by visiting

Crime Reports

The following is the weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting Hemingford Abbots and surrounding neighbourhood reported to police during the period 9th to 15th July 2019:

 Wyton – Police received a call from a Wyton resident on Tuesday 9th July, reporting that she had received a scam telephone call from someone purporting to be a police officer in Hampshire Constabulary who asked her to disclose her bank account details. Fortunately the victim realised this was an attempted fraud and refused, whereupon the caller became abusive.
An officer was able to visit the victim to provide reassurance and advice on cyber-crime, and explain measures on how to protect yourself on-line.
‘Action Fraud’ is the UK national centre for fraud and cyber-crime reporting and their website has lots of useful information on scams and other fraud crimes: . (Ref CC-09072019-0206)
 Houghton Lock – Police were called to the lock near Houghton Mill on Wednesday evening following a report of a group of teenagers jumping into the water and interfering with the lock mechanism. Officers spoke to some young people and explained the dangers involved. (Ref CC-10072019-0456)
Cambridge Road, Hemingford Grey – Police seized and towed away a blue Renault car found on Cambridge Road, Hemingford Grey, on Friday lunchtime, 12th July, when checks showed that it had no valid insurance. (Ref CC-12072019-0200)
 Houghton Lock – Police were called back to Houghton Lock on Friday afternoon, 12th July,  following a report of children swimming near the lock and climbing on its superstructure to jump in to the water. Officers spoke to a group of young people who then moved away from the river.
However, later in the evening another call was received, stating that teenagers were back, jumping in to the river from the lock superstructure and bridge. Officers again attended and spoke to a group who then packed up their belongings and returned to their homes. (Refs CC-12072019-0379 and CC-12072019-0529)
 High Street, Hemingford Grey – Police received a call on Saturday afternoon, 13th July, reporting suspicions that people were attempting to break into cars left parked in a field off the High Street whilst their owners were attending the regatta. No specific details were provided, however. (Ref CC-13072019-0289)
 Hilton – Police are investigating an incident reported by a Hilton resident on Sunday, 14th July, in which a pet cat was found to have been shot at by someone using an air-rifle. After hearing two shots the previous day, the cat’s owners took it to the vets when it appeared to be behaving abnormally. Two air-rifle pellets were discovered embedded in the animal, one fresh, the other apparently inflicted some time ago. (Ref 35/50008/19)
A14 Galley Hill – Police and an ambulance were called to a collision between two cars on a slip road off the A14 towards St Ives on Sunday evening, 14th July. One person was reported to be slightly hurt and recovery services were needed to tow away one damaged car. (Ref CC-14072019-0387)

To see details of Policing Summaries for neighbouring areas, please click on the following link and scroll down the page to select areas of interest:

As always, if you have information relating to any offence, or are concerned about any suspicious activities, please contact police by using any of these methods:

  • the '101' non-emergency telephone number;
  • the on-line web-chat tool on the new Cambridgeshire Constabulary web-site - click on the green icon;
  • Alternatively, you can use 'Crimestoppers' to make a report anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or by using their on-line contact form.

In an emergency, or if you witness a crime in progress, always use '999'.