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CAMBRIDGE — Off-base residents in Cambridgeshire, which includes RAFs Alconbury, Molesworth and Upwood, who are participating in or are interested in joining a neighborhood watch group are invited to an annual conference at the Hinchingbrooke Performing Arts Center in Huntingdon on Saturday.

There will be a number of workshops throughout the day on arson reduction, tackling anti-social behavior and vehicle crime.

For more information or to reserve a place, contact Christine Harter at 01480-428-603.

Operation Cyclone targets bike theftsCAMBRIDGE — Cambridge Police have launched Operation Cyclone to reduce the number of stolen bikes and increase awareness of bicycle security. The police also have created a new bicycle crime squad, based at the Parkside Police Station. Bicycle crime represents about 12 percent of all crime committed in Cambridgeshire, and the majority of the offenses take place in Cambridge, according to a police news release. Cambridgeshire is home to RAFs Alconbury, Molesworth and Upwood.

Cycle crime in Cambridge ranges from organized crime at one end, where criminals steal truckloads of bicycles before selling them in Nottingham or Oxford, to opportunist thieves at the other, said Detective Sgt. Martin Brunning.

“However, cycle theft is a problem in this city, and we are determined to crack down on the petty thieves as well as the organized criminals.”

Warning advises indoor rave parties just as dangerousSUFFOLK — Suffolk County Police are warning residents and village halls about the move of illegal raves, or parties, from outdoor venues into buildings. The parties are popular with teenagers and young adults and traditionally include use of party drugs, such as Ecstasy.

“Raves — whether indoors or outdoors — cause a great deal of disruption to local communities and often result in damage of property and land,” said Suffolk Police Superintendent Mark Cordell.

RAFs Mildenhall and Lakenheath are in Suffolk.

Police plan fireworks crackdown during Guy Fawkes DayCAMBRIDGE — Cambridgeshire Police will be cracking down on the misuse of fireworks before and after Guy Fawkes Day, which falls on Saturday.

Cambridgeshire is home to RAFs Alconbury, Molesworth and Upwood.

Officers are authorized to issue 80-pound on-the-spot fines and have the power to stop and search anyone they think may have illegal fireworks, according to a police news release.

There are set firework hours between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., although the curfew is extended to midnight on Guy Fawkes Day.

Illegal fireworks in the county were blown up in mailboxes and even caused building fires, police said.

It is illegal for anyone younger than 18 to buy or possess fireworks. It also is an offense to throw a firework into a street or public place, the news release states.


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