Crime Scene: Number of children in road accidents on the rise
CAMBRIDGE — The number of children seriously injured or killed in accidents on Cambridgeshire roads is increasing, according to police.
As of October, 31 children were killed or seriously injured in accidents on the county’s roads — two more than in all of 2004. RAFs Alconbury, Molesworth and Upwood are in Cambridgeshire.
“We are determined to reduce child casualties by 50 percent in line with the government targets for 2010,” said casualty reduction officer Police Constable Mick McCready.
The Cambridge Constabulary is in the final week of its monthlong “Be Safe – Not Sorry” road safety campaign.
Residents warned of phony student’s car-theft scamNEWMARKET — Police are warning the public about a car-theft scam by a man posing as a college student offering free car maintenance as part of his coursework.
According to a press release, police are seeking a “scruffy” man who used the scam to talk a Newmarket woman out of her Rover 220 last month. Newmarket is about 20 miles south of RAFs Lakenheath and Mildenhall.
The man knocked on the woman’s door, told her he was a student and offered free maintenance on the vehicle if she’d fill out a questionnaire after the work was done. She gave the man her keys in exchange for contact information, but the car was never returned and the contact information was found to be false.
Anyone with information on this or similar incidents should call Police Constable Cristian Thomas at 01284-774-100 or Crimestoppers at 0800-555-111.
Police searching for suspect in alleged sexual assaultST. NEOTS — St. Neots police are looking for a man who allegedly sexually assaulted a 17-year-old woman late last month.
The suspect is a white man in his early 30s, about 5 feet 11 inches tall, with short brown hair, police said. Police also are seeking three men who witnessed the assault and shouted at the attacker.
The town is about 15 miles south of RAF Alconbury.
The woman was walking at Brook and St. Mary’s streets when the man shouted at her. He then approached the woman and assaulted her. She managed to escape without serious injury.
“Any information, no matter how trivial or insignificant it may seem, could be helpful to this investigation,” Detective Constable Cary Tinnion said in a press release.
Anyone with information on the assault should contact Tinnon at 0845-456-4564 or call Crimestoppers anonymously at 0800-555-111.
Police campaign tracks underage alcohol salesSUFFOLK — Police in western Suffolk are cracking down on those selling alcohol to underage drinkers as part of their Nightsafe campaign. RAFs Mildenhall and Lakenheath are both in western Suffolk.
During a 10-day period in late October and early November, a 15-year-old working for police attempted to buy alcohol in and around Bury St. Edmunds, Newmarket and Stowmarket. Five of the 15 premises visited sold the teen alcohol without checking for identification.
A police news release said the investigation would continue in the coming months.
“Those selling alcohol to underage people must be made aware of the wider issues relating to underage drinkers,” Detective Chief Inspector Jon Brighton said in the news release. “Research also shows that a youth under the influence of alcohol is more likely to become a victim of violent crime.”