Crime and policing update for Yelvertoft Ward which includes:

Clay Coton, Cold Ashby, Elkington, Lilbourne, Stanford, Thornby, Winwick and Yelvertoft

Recent incidents of note: 

Catalytic Converter Thefts

Northamptonshire Police has identified a recent increase in thefts of catalytic converters (part of the exhaust system) from certain makes of cars. Catalytic converters contain valuable metals and thieves can jack the vehicle up and cut them off in a couple of minutes. This will leave you with a hefty replacement bill or insurance excess fee, not to mention having your vehicle off the road whilst awaiting a replacement part.

As a catalytic converter costs hundreds of pounds to replace, marking it will help de-value it to thieves and make it more difficult to sell on.

Information on the Retainagroup Self-Etching Labels can be found here.  –

Advice for motorists

· TOP TIP Many car dealerships sell locking devices for catalytic converters, for example, CATLOC. These tough metal locks cover the catalytic converter to make it too time consuming for thieves to steal it. Check with your dealership for options to fit your vehicle.

· Whenever possible, park your vehicle in a locked garage, as close to your home as possible or in a parking spot overlooked by neighbours. Avoid parking your vehicle half on the pavement and half on the road, as this can make it easier for thieves to access the catalytic converter

· If parking in a public car park, always park alongside other cars and drive into the space as the catalytic converter is positioned towards the front of your vehicle. This will make it harder for thieves to get close enough to steal it. If possible, use ‘Park Mark’ accredited car parks as these have CCTV as part of the accreditation

· Consider installing a Thatcham approved alarm to your vehicle. Alarms that activate if the vehicle is lifted or tilted are particularly effective

For further advice email

Message Sent By
Les Conopo (Police, Community Support Officer, Daventry & South Northants)

Yelvertoft Neighbourhood Watch – WhatsApp Crime Alert Group

Welcome to Yelvertoft Neighbourhood Watch – WhatsApp Crime Alert Group

What is it?

The Parish Council have started a WhatsApp group intended to be used by villagers to alert the community to urgent crime issues such as;

● Crimes in Progress
● Suspicious behaviour (non Covid related)
● Cry for help
● Suspicious vehicles
● To pass on reports from elsewhere

Important – You must still report serious crime to the police and get a crime number – you should then share this number with the group.

What is it not?

The group is not for moaning, chatting, gossip, reporting neighbours or parking issues It must be kept clear for important alerts.

The Parish Council will remove any group member who misuses the system.

What about my privacy

WhatsApp requires you to download the app to your mobile phone. Your telephone number will be visible to all other members however your name or any other info will only be visible to people who already have you in their phone contacts.

How do I join

First download the WhatsApp application from your App Store onto your phone.  It looks like this:


Then follow the instructions to sign up and set up alerts in your phone settings.

To Join the group follow this link on your phone or scan this QR code with your camera:

nhw whatsapp qcode





Neighbourhood Police Officers in communities set to double

The number of neighbourhood police officers focusing on local policing in communities in Northamptonshire, is set to double in a major investment of resources in visible, effective local crimefighting.

The increase will take the number of dedicated neighbourhood policing constables across rural and urban parts of the county, from 50 to 100 over the next 18 months, with further increases anticipated in the future.

The additional constables will join the officers and PCSOs that currently make up the neighbourhood teams already in place across Northamptonshire.

The investment marks a new focus that will put neighbourhood policing at the heart of the fight against crime, tackling problems that matter to local people at the first opportunity and being visible and accessible to local communities.

Neighbourhood policing has always been a priority for Northamptonshire Police, but this renewed focus has now been made possible thanks to additional investment in funding from local council taxpayers, and the Government’s uplift funding for recruitment.

Read more and view video here:

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Helen Franks (Police, Social Media Engagement Officer, Northants Fire & Rescue Service and Office of Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner)

Do you have a dashcam?


Criminal damage – Yelvertoft

Northamptonshire Police are appealing for information regarding a Criminal Damage to fence post, Merrycot Lane, Yelvertoft. This happened on Wednesday 22nd January 2020 from 12pm – Thursday 23rd January 2020 12:30pm.

Did you witness anything? Did you see any person(s) in the area that looked suspicious? Did you see any vehicle(s) that you were suspicious of?

If you have evidential CCTV relating to this occurrence please send to   quoting the reference number.

Call 101 Reference: 20000043012

In an emergency, when there is a crime in progress or a life at risk, always call 999.

To report a crime or incident, provide information or for advice, call 101 or visit

To contact your Neighbourhood Team covering Daventry Town and surrounding villages they can be contacted on the following email:

Neighbourhood Watch

Crime is on the increase in our area sadly.  We are looking for residents to volunteer to be a Neighbourhood Watch representative for their street.  It entails communicating to other residents in your street any crime news to make them aware and to be extra vigilant.

If you are interested then please contact the Clerk, Samantha Haywood, 07305 801095. Email:

Thank you.


Caravan Thefts


Between the hours of 20.30 on Wednesday 4 December 019 and 05.00 on Thursday 5 December 2019 Unknown persons have gained entry to premises on Yelvertoft Road and have removed a Bailey Unicorn 1V Pamplona Touring Caravan from the premises.

It is known the offenders have then towed the caravan across a field and left by an adjacent field gate by the Gas Reduction Station on Yelvertoft Road. It is believed the offenders have then left the village of Crick on the Yelvertoft Road.

Did you witness any suspicious behaviour on the Yelvertoft Road In Crick? Did you witness any suspicious vehicles within the area of Yelvertoft Road Crick. Please Contact Northamptonshire Police on 101 OCCURRENCE NUMBER 19000650133.

There has been several caravan thefts in the area recently so please do take extra security measures if you have a caravan.

Always in an emergency call 999.
Crimestoppers –  Tell us what you know NOT who you are 0800555111

Burglary – Yelvertoft

Northamptonshire Police are appealing for information regarding a Burglary, Quad bike and Horse box stolen, location is the Church End of  the High Street in Yelvertoft

This happened on Saturday 3rd August 2019 between Midnight – 8am  

Did you witness anything?

Did you see any person(s) in the area that looked suspicious?

Did you see any vehicle(s) that you were suspicious of?


Call 101 Ref: 19000408232

In an emergency, when there is a crime in progress or a life at risk, always call 999.

To report a crime or incident, provide information or for advice, call 101 or visit

To contact your Neighbourhood Team covering Daventry Town and surrounding villages they can be contacted on the following email:

You can also provide confidential information should you wish to remain anonymous.  These calls can be made to the Independent Charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit

Sheep Butchering – Meeting

Following a number of sheep being illegally slaughtered and a recent theft of a large number of sheep, we believe those that are committing the crimes may be putting markers on the perimeter fences and gates of sites that they plan to target.

Could all farmers and landowners of livestock check their entry points to their fields regularly.  If you identify any type of marker please report this to the police as soon as possible.

If you have any information about any suspicious activity please call Northamptonshire Police on 101, quoting Operation Stock.  In an emergency, always call 999.

Northamptonshire Police

You may have seen in the media, the latest incidents regarding the illegal sheep butchery that has taken place across the county. Please a report outlining the issues using the link:.…/police-appeal-for-inform…/

Can I ask that any suspicious activity is reported immediately. We believe that the offences are taking place during the hours of darkness but persons will be out during the daily light hours scouting the area.

Any suspicious incidents, vehicles or behaviour, report immediately. Where at all possible, conduct checks at all times of the day on livestock during this period of concern.

If any persons are seen to be committing offence’s, please consider your own safety first, rather than go and put yourselves in danger. Gather as much information as possible and call 999 stating OP STOCK – Northamptonshire. We have putting response plans in place to support any calls we receive.

The NFU and myself are looking to get a meeting together next week, possibly on Wednesday or Thursday to get sheep farmers together to go over the current crimes and look at a join approach to policing this crime. As soon as there are any updates, we will let you know. Please follow our appeals on the force website, force facebook and twitter sites and my twitter @hutch472

As always, keep em peeled.
Neighbourhood Rural Policing & Wildlife Crime Officer
Daventry and South Northants

Northamptonshire Police

OPPORTUNITY from Northamptonshire Police & OPFCC – Interested in joining our Joint Independent Audit Committee?

The OPFCC and the Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police are recruiting new members to join their Joint Independent Audit Committee. The Committee provides independent advice and assurance on the governance of the OPFCC, Northamptonshire Police and the Northamptonshire Commissioner Fire and Rescue Authority.

Successful applicants will receive training and an annual allowance of £3,000. Further information and how to apply can be found in the attached documents.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on 10 May 2019.

Kind regards
Tom Smith
Commissioning Officer

(   Telephone 101 or 03000 111 222 (if out of  county) 

Address East House, FHQ, Wootton Hall, Northampton, NN4 0JQ



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