Councillor tails car yobs through town

Cllr Andy Moore

Andy Moore

An Eastleigh councillor tailed a gang of young men out on a car-wrecking spree in the centre of Eastleigh last Saturday night.

The County Councillor for Eastleigh East Andy Moore was driving his car into Cherbourg Road at 7.40 pm when he was confronted by a gang of fourteen youths – some carrying beer cans.

Cllr Moore alleges one of the youths made contact with his car damaging it and when the councillor stopped to remonstrate he was met with verbal abuse.

Moore says he then saw members of the gang kicking wing mirrors off resident’s parked cars and he phoned the police.

After Cllr Moore gave the police a description of the lads he followed them in his car as they ran down several streets before losing them.

The councillor later had his car examined by specialist officers who lifted fingerprints form the vehicle.

Moore says the police told him that they were confident they would catch the culprits.

Cllr Moore also told Eastleigh News that there had also been reports of vandalism to cars and ASB in Tennyson Road and Passfield Avenue that night and since them some arrests have already been made.

Saturday was a bad night for ASB in Central Eastleigh as almost £45,000 worth of damage was also caused to new vehicles parked at the Budget rental garage on nearby Southampton Rd.

Councillor Moore thanked the Police and the controller who dealt with his 999 call and explained why he had followed the group:

“It is fair to say I was a little bit scared but I felt sorry for the people who had their property damaged.

Normally I wouldn’t recommend anyone following criminals in the act but we must make a stand against crime, enough is enough”

Earlier this year the councillor joined other local Ukip councilors and party activists in a protest against the planned closure of Eastleigh Police station, which says Ukip, will have an adverse impact on crime rates in the area.

Councillor Moore said:

“To think they are going to shut the police station”

Eastleigh is a nice town but crime is not going down, far from it.”

Anyone with information on these incidents can call the police for free by dialing 101.

The Safer Neighbourhoods Team in Eastleigh will be holding one of their regular informal PACT community feedback events next week at Barton Peveril July 23, at 7 pm.

Residents are invited to come along and discuss their concerns and priorities with their local beat bobbies.

  17 comments for “Councillor tails car yobs through town

  1. Ruth
    July 18, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Didnt they shut Romsey Police Station because officers from Eastleigh could attend So they shut Eastleigh Police Station. Where will officers for Eastleigh & Romsey be based

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      July 18, 2014 at 12:25 pm

      I think local beat teams (SNTs) will maintain a public point of contact in town – like a shop or maybe council offices.
      You then have the patrol cars constantly out – like ambulances are run now.
      You see them parked up at strategic points ready to respond – we no longer have an ambulance station in Eastleigh but you can still get an ambulance.
      I don’t think it’s ideal though but this is cuts – cost savings.

      • Rigel
        July 20, 2014 at 9:33 am

        cost savings for whom though ? ambulances take people to hospitals not ambulance stations so such vehicles parked up makes sense , at the police station there are cells and a custody sergeant, if you are arrested in Eastleigh you can be locked up in Eastleigh which is convenient for the suspect and the lawyers (many on Leigh road). It is another purpose built early 20th century building in good nick (no pun intended)

        don’t you question why if Eastleigh is expanding with plans for at least 500 new homes a year why facilities are contracting – the police station at present is ideal and ideal is what we bought and paid for, if they want to make savings they need to cull high earners because all government institutions get top heavy. If they sell the building for flats (3-5million) do we get a rebate ?

        • paul bicknell
          July 20, 2014 at 8:21 pm

          Rigel there are no cells in Eastleigh police station, haven’t been for years. Anyone arrested in Eastleigh gets taken to the cells in Southampton.

          • Matthew Myatt
            July 26, 2014 at 1:39 pm

            Wrong. There are cells in Eastleigh, have been for years. Just used to store riot gear now. Four cells in total, three with toilets one without. Small pokey little rooms but full of happy memories.

  2. July 18, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Well done Andy, though I don’t recommend this course of action to others. Observe, record and report but don’t antagonise is what I would do…

  3. paul bicknell
    July 20, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    I just wanted to add something to your story regarding crime levels. At the Eastleigh Local Area Committee on 15th July, of which I am Chair, the following facts were presented by a representative from the police.
    ASB -8%
    Robbery -50%
    Dwelling burglary +15%
    Non dwelling burglary -13%
    Theft of vehicle -36%
    Theft from vehicle -45%
    Assaults -31%
    Criminal damamge +30%

    Overall this is a reduction in crime of 1.75%
    This is in comparrison from 20013 since April.

    So crime is going down and not going up.

    • July 20, 2014 at 10:53 pm

      Great news but criminal damage – which is what Cllr Moore experienced for himself – is up by a third and sadly, although not mentioned in stats, murder is up 100%.

    • Rigel
      July 25, 2014 at 4:53 pm

      Seems crazy Councillor Bicknell but crime is going up…… and down

      all the time,

      we can cherry pick the stats we want .

      crime has gone up 2.4% since november 2013….

      it has also gone down 8.4 % since september 2013

      because in september there were lots of crimes whereas november had relatively few.

      In august 2011 there was 1 robbery in march 2014 there were 6 , therefore robbery went up 600% ???? meaningless really,

      so to say crime is going down you would need a different data set year on year figures for a decade perhaps, as is, crime is going up and down depending on when you start your comparison.

      • mm
        Eastleigh Xpress
        July 26, 2014 at 12:37 pm

        Crime goes up and down – the one constant is public perception of crime. most people will say there is too much of it.

        Your point was made by police at the PACT meeting.
        Percentages easily distort perceptions.

        It only takes one yob to kick off half a dozen door mirrors to send criminal damage stats skyrocketing.

        Similarly figures for purse snatches have dropped significantly following just a few arrests from one family.

  4. Sam Snook.
    July 20, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Police Cells.
    Could the chair let us know when the cells closed down.

    • paul bicknell
      July 23, 2014 at 5:35 pm

      When the new police station opened in Southampton.

    • Matthew (Bang 'em Up) Myatt
      July 26, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      We will miss the old cells won’t we Sam. Happy days fighting for our rights in Eastleigh and being banged up in the old cells for our efforts.

  5. Sam Snook Local
    July 20, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    Do UKIP members know that Farage’s allies in the “EFD GROUP” (of which UKIP is the largest part ) want to include the Ukraine a country of 45million inhabitants, into the EU? Do Farages CONSTIUENTS know this and did they vote for Farage and UKIP to achieve this ambition. Do members and supporters know what Farage and his fellow MEPs are doing in Brussels and Strasbourg?

    • July 23, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      I’ve no idea if that’s true or not Sam, but I don’t expect UKIP to agree with or support literally everything that their allies support and vice-versa. There will inevitably be some differences of opinion and some unholy alliances, just as we see within the coalition Government. What’s important is how these differences are resolved. I guess when it comes down to a vote about admitting Ukraine, UKIP will find a way round the dilemma…

  6. Sam Snook
    July 23, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    It is true!!!!!! Ray-
    Eastleigh UKIP should know.

  7. July 24, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Anyone seen Peter-is true he has been stood down as secretary of UKIP Eastleigh.

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