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Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) – Your local policing team

Every community in Warwickshire has a local policing Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT). Our teams work with communities and partner organisations to identify and address local concerns. Teams tackle crimes and work to make communities safer.

The local SNT for Welford on Avon is the Alcester Police South Safer Neighbourhood Team, the team deploy from Alcester and cover the wards of Bidford and Salford, Welford, Barton, Aston Cantlow, Alcester and Kinwarton. For an update on all current information please visit the dedicated web site at

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner

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Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents
  • Suspicious Circumstances. Long Marston Road. Small group of males and dogs walking along the road. They were dressed in camouflaged gear and had torches. Caller concerned they were going hare coursing or similar. 8.25pm Monday 13th March. 0422 13/03/2023
Alcester SNT weekly drop-in Sessions

From 6pm till 9pm on a Wednesday night we are opening the doors to the old front office at Alcester Police station for you to speak to a member of your safer neighbourhood team about any community concerns you may have, to gain advice on anything policing related including crime prevention or just simply to have a chat and get to know your local policing team. We very much look forward to meeting you over the coming months. All are invited to attend. Please note: Due to the nature of Policing on occasion it may be the case that, due to unforeseen circumstances, sessions may need to be cancelled at short notice, if this is the case Alcester SNT will do their upmost to advertise this by our social media pages, but this may not always be possible.

Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents

  • Burglary. Long Marston Road. Two males discovered in premises by owner.
    6.50pm Tuesday 24th January. 0333 24/01/2023
How you can make it safer outside your school?

You can help by…
• keeping your speed low;
• always letting your child out of your vehicle on to the pavement – never on to the road;
• checking for pedestrians and cyclists before you or your child open the car door; and
• always stopping for the school crossing Patrol
Please do not…
• park on yellow lines, zig-zags or block the school entrance;
• park on the pavement, across dropped kerbs or residents’ driveways;
• park opposite or within ten metres of a junction;
• stop in the middle of the road to drop your child off, even for a few seconds; or
• block the road – emergency vehicles and other traffic may need access
Have you thought about…
• The health benefits of walking or cycling one (or more) days a week?
• Setting up a walking bus with other parents and the school?
• Car sharing?
• Using public transport?
• Parking nearby and then walking the rest of the way


A drone is a remote-controlled aircraft that doesn’t have a pilot on-board. Drones range from small children’s toys to large military systems. This includes remote-controlled model planes and helicopters.
There are different rules for different types (categories) of drone flight. The categories depend mainly on the weight of the drone, where you intend to fly, and how close you will be to people and built-up areas (towns and cities).

Your responsibility – If you fly or own a drone, it’s your responsibility to make sure all flights are safe and legal.
The Drone and Model Aircraft Code – The Drone and Model Aircraft Code is like the Highway Code for drones. It was created by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), and it tells you how to fly a drone legally and safely.
Registration – The operator. The operator of a drone is usually the owner. If a drone is not owned by a single person, then a designated person known as the manager is the operator. For example, if a club owns a drone that members can use, then the club must designate a manager for the drone. If you are the operator you must register with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and get an OperatorID if the drone:
• weighs over 250g or
• has a camera that can take photos or record video
• You must clearly display your OperatorID on every drone you own or manage.
Toys – You don’t need an OperatorID for a drone that is classed as a toy. Your drone is likely to be a toy if:
• maker or shop describes it as a toy
• you bought it from a toy shop
• it is marked as suitable for under 14s
• it was advertised or packaged to attract children

The pilot – Anyone flying (piloting) a drone that weighs over 250g must pass a basic test with the CAA to get a FlyerID. They must carry their FlyerID details at all times while flying. Some categories have extra requirements for pilots.
Insurance – You need insurance if:
• you are not using it for sport or recreation – for example you are using it for work or
• your drone weighs over 20kg
• Insurance must be at least EC 785/2004 standard.
Flight rules – This summary of the rules applies to most drone flights. But you must make sure you know which category your drone is in, and exactly which rules apply.
• Don’t endanger anyone or anything while flying a drone.
• You must be able to see the drone (including the space around it) at all times.
• Don’t fly if you’ve drunk alcohol or taken drugs.
• Respect other people’s privacy and know what you can and cannot do with photos and videos.
Don’t fly:
• over crowds (known as ‘assemblies’ in the rules)
• over 400ft (120m) from the ground
• in Restricted Airspace, for example near aerodromes, unless you get permission
• where fire, police or ambulance services are responding to an emergency, unless you get permission. Depending on which category of drone you’re flying you may need to stay at least:
• 50m away from crowds and other people
• 150m away from built-up areas (towns and cities)
The law The laws on flying drones are part of the Air Navigation Order 2016.
In the law:
• a drone is called an Unmanned Aircraft (UA)
• the whole system used to fly a drone (including the controller or mobile app) is called an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS)
• the Drone Operator is the person or organisation that owns or manages the drone
• the Drone Pilot is whoever is actually flying the drone
The most important sections of the rules for drones are articles 265A to 265F, which are the rules on Drone Operators, Drone Pilots and Flight Categories.
If you think someone may be breaking the law – If you’ve read the rules and you think someone might be breaking the law, you can report a crime to us:
• online
• by calling 101
• at a police station
• Always call 999 in an emergency.
Police powers – Our powers to do with drones are in part 3 of the Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Act 2021. If we think a drone could be connected to an offence, we can:
• make you land your drone
• stop and search people or vehicles to find drones or drone equipment
• confiscate and keep drones or drone equipment found during a search
We can require you to show us:
• registration details and other information (for both pilots and operators)
• evidence of permission to fly where necessary (for example to fly near an aerodrome)
• We can also check a drone to understand which rules apply to it.

For further information on the use of drones, please visit these websites: –

Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents
  • Theft. Sykes Cottages,  Chapel St. Oil stolen from tank. It was delivered on the 17th, theft reported on the 19th January. 0253 19/01/2023

Have your say – Public Survey

We recognise the importance of understanding the perceptions and experiences of Warwickshire’s diverse communities. This survey is a platform for you to have your say and your voice heard.

The survey should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete. It is for anyone over 16 years old who lives in, works in, visits or travels through the Warwickshire Police region.

Your response is anonymous, and you will not be identified through the information
you provide unless you choose to identify yourself in your responses. At the end of
the survey we ask for personal details, such as age and gender, to ensure we
receive a comprehensive range of responses.
By completing this survey, you agree to Warwickshire Police using your anonymised data for analysis and reporting that will improve the service we provide. Any information you provide will be treated in confidence and stored securely.

We Are Recruiting

If you’re considering a new role for the new year, why not take a look at some of our current vacancies? Whether you’re interested in a public-facing role or playing your part behind thevscenes to keep our communities safe, we have a range of career options.

Some of our current roles include:

Student Officers
Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs)
Communications Officers in our 24/7 control room
Corporate Communications Officer in our news and media team

Find out more here –

Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents
  • Theft. Binton Road. Boston Whaler boat stolen from yard. Between 3rd and 4th
    November. 0048 04/11/2022
  • Burglary. Orchard Close. Premises entered and searched. Item stolen. Overnight 31st October and 1st November. 0064 01/11/2022

Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents
  • Burglary. Rivermead. Entry gained to outbuilding. Gates at premises also damaged. Between 7pm 24th & 7.30am 25th October. 0054 25/10/2022
  • Burglary. Rivermead. Strimmer, hedge loppers and Red Honda Quad bike stolen.
    Possibly occurred at around midnight 24th & 25th October. This will be related to the incident above. 0052 25/10/2022

Everyone should be able to enjoy fireworks safely, whether at an organised display or in their back garden. Here you’ll find out the law around using fireworks as well as how to stay safe, and report those using fireworks in a dangerous or threatening way.
Fireworks and the law – What time can fireworks be used?
Fireworks can be used in the UK any time from 7am to 11pm.
Exceptions are:
Bonfire night: 7am to midnight
New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year: 7am to 1am the following day

Categories of fireworks
category one: ‘Throwdown fireworks’ including firecrackers, bangers, and party poppers
categories two and three: ‘Adult fireworks’ available in shops
category four: Professional display fireworks available from specialist suppliers

Who can use fireworks? – According to The Fireworks Regulations 2004 and The Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2015:
• anyone over 18 can buy, carry or use category one, two and three fireworks
• anyone over 16 can only buy, carry or use category one fireworks
• anyone over 12 can buy Christmas crackers
• only licensed professionals can buy, carry and use category 4 fireworks
unless part of an organised event by licensed professionals, fireworks cannot be used on the street or in a public place
• it’s an offence to throw or set off any firework (including sparklers and category 1 fireworks) in or into any highway, street, thoroughfare, or public space

What is the impact of firework misuse? –
Used irresponsibly, fireworks can cause damage to property and do significant harm to people and animals. Not only is there a danger from fireworks exploding, they can also pose a serious fire risk as well. This is why members of the public may only use fireworks on private property, such as their back gardens, and only licensed professionals can use them in public places.

What you can do
If a local retailer is selling adult fireworks to people under 18, please report it to your local Trading Standards.
If children are setting off fireworks in your area, our first advice is to ask them politely to stop. It’s possible they’re unaware that they are breaking the law. If you know their parents, perhaps ask them to intervene.
If you’re having an ongoing problem with people setting off fireworks, please report antisocial behaviour to us.

Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents
  • Suspicious Circumstances. Purbeck Close. Two males dressed in black clothing and with face coverings seen on driveway to house, near to the garage. Area search made by police – no trace. No further offences disclosed at the time. 3.45am Thursday 6th October. 0039 06/10/2022

Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents
  • Vehicle Crime. Hollis Road. Secure Range Rover stolen without key. occurred on Fri 08/04/2022 01:51. 0009 08/04/2022
  • Vehicle Crime. Welford Chase. Secure works van damaged. Entry not gained and nothing believed stolen at the time. took place on 29/03/2022 10:00. Crime No: 23/14103/22