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HathersageSafer Neighbourhood Team

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Bakewell Enquiry Office, Granby Road, Bakewell, DE45 1ES
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This Safer Neighbourhood area covers Hathersage, Calver and Curbar. It belongs to the Derbyshire Dales Local Policing Unit. The area lies to the south west of Sheffield and 10 miles north of Bakewell. A large proportion of the area, which lies within the Peak District National Park, is made up of moor land at a height of over 1000 ft above sea level. Tourism is vital to the local economy with visitors being attracted to the neighbourhoods many outdoor pursuit shops, rock climbing sites and walkways.

Team Members

Linda Hancock

PC 2476 Linda Hancock

Anthony Boswell

PCSO 4510 Anthony Boswell

Ian Phipps

PCSO 12747 Ian Phipps

These priorities were set by your team following community feedback. Contact your team in person, by phone or online to let them know your priorities.

Your current priorities for this neighbourhood


Working closely with schools in the community

Issue Date:
Issue was set on 21/06/2016
Actions to be taken are as follows:
  • Officers will be working closely with local schools to help build relationships.
  • The team will be speaking with the children to introduce themselves as their local policing team, along with raising awareness of Safer Neighbourhood teams and how they work to keep the community safe.
  • The Safer Neighbourhood team will be visiting schools on a regular basis to deliver talks on a range of topics to help boost the children’s safety knowledge. This includes stranger danger, road safety, drug and alcohol awareness and issues around child sexual exploitation, including sexting.
  • The visits will also include recent work around intergenerational projects, such as teaming bowls with safety talks to help break down any age barriers and provide a fun and educational talk for pupils.

Boosting vehicle security across the Derbyshire Dales

Issue Date:
Issue was set on 21/06/2016
Actions to be taken are as follows:
  • The Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood Team will be heading out on high visibility patrols to deter thieves and catch offenders in the act, paying particular attention to car parks across the beat.
  • Police will be identifying vehicles that are insecure or with valuables on display during patrols and will be speaking with the owners to offer relevant crime prevention advice.
  • Officers will be handing out crime prevention leaflets in targeted areas to encourage residents to increase their car security in a bid to discourage criminals.
  • The policing team will also be encouraging owners of quad bikes to take extra security measures, such as using a heavy duty lock and ground anchor to further secure the bike, following thefts.
  • Residents are being urged to remain vigilant to report suspicious activity to police as it happens.

Improving security of land, outbuildings and vehicles at local farms

Issue Date:
Issue was set on 21/06/2016
Actions to be taken are as follows:
  • Farm Watch is a free service which is led by police and partners including Derbyshire Dales and High Peak local authorities, Derbyshire County Council and the NFU.
  • Safer Neighbourhood officers will be heading out on the beat to raise awareness of the scheme to help protect rural communities against crime. They will be issuing Farm Watch packs to people signing up to initiative.
  • The policing team will also be speaking to farmers about increasing the security of their land, outbuildings, vehicles and equipment. This includes storing vehicles away in a secured building, if possible secured to the ground or wall, investing in a heavy duty lock and chain, and restricting access to farm land and property with locked gates.

Tackling off-road vehicles

Issue Date:
Issue was set on 21/06/2016
Actions to be taken are as follows:
  • Officers will be teaming up with partner agencies to tackle illegal off-roading across the Derbyshire Dales with Operation Blackbrook.
  • The policing team will be heading out onto rural routes to prevent motorists and riders from illegally using restricted byways and footpaths and damaging the area for others to enjoy.
  • Safer Neighbourhood officers will be targeting hot spot areas and monitoring those routes which are subject to Traffic Regulation Orders. Positive enforcement action will be taken where necessary for anyone found to be breaching the order.

Raising awareness of the Church Watch scheme

Issue Date:
Issue was set on 21/06/2016
Actions to be taken are as follows:
  • Safer Neighbourhood officers will be heading out on the beat to sign up churches to the scheme to help to protect them against thieves and vandals, this follows previous thefts of large quantities of lead being stripped from roofs, and items of silver being stolen from the vestry.
  • The policing teams will be visiting churches to offer advice around the steps that can be taken to increase security, including installing wildlife cameras around the churchyard to capture potential thieves in the act, along with boosting security of artefacts inside the vestry.
  • To find out more contact the team on 101, or send them a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website:

Actions and outcomes from previous priorities


Boosting home and garden security to prevent thefts

Issue Date:
Issue was set on 01/05/2015
Actions to be taken are as follows:
  • The Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood Team focused on the prevention of theft by carrying out high visibility patrols and speaking to homeowners about the steps they could take to protect themselves from becoming a victim of crime.
  • The team hosted crime prevention days in the community to offer advice to local people.
  • Leaflet drops were carried out across the neighbourhood to offer security and crime prevention advice.
  • Residents were actively encouraged to report suspicious behaviour to police.

Working to prevent crime surrounding Land Rover vehicles

Issue Date:
Issue was set on 05/05/2015
Actions to be taken are as follows:
  • Officers spoke with Land Rover owners about the importance of boosting security and protecting their vehicles from thieves.
  • The team also carried out Land Rover security marking days and invited local motorists. SmartWater is a forensic based security marking fluid that can be used on property from bikes, electrical items and jewellery to help deter criminals. Marking items with security kits such as SmartWater can improve the chances of police returning any items if they are stolen and recovered.
  • The policing team offered crime prevention advice to vehicle owners including to park in well-lit, overlooked areas where possible and to use a steering lock, alarm, wheel clamp or tracking device for added security.

Safer Neighbourhood Team Sergeants

Photo: Sergeant 135 Paul Simmons
  • Sergeant 135 Paul Simmons

I am Sergeant 135 Paul Simmons and I have responsibility for this Safer Neighbourhood policing team.

I have been a police officer for more than 25 years, and during my career I have worked in Derby and Matlock as well as in specialist roles as an Officer Safety Trainer, a Firearms Officer on the Armed Response Unit and as a Firearms Instructor.

Our priorities in the Derbyshire Dales are to work to keep our communities safe, and to deal robustly with anti-social behaviour, substance misuse and serious and organised crime.

Residents in the Derbyshire Dales should be reassured that we will continue to use our resources in the best way possible to help protect the vulnerable and to work with partnership agencies to target issues which are affecting our communities.

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Caught On Camera

Theft - 15/09/2018 10:45:00

North Division
Saturday 15th September 2018
A group of people enter a store on Main Road, Hathersage. A female in the group walks out the shop with 4 jackets offering no payment.