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Notes from the Police Community Meeting

Police murder appeal poster in Ocean Village

Police murder appeal poster in Ocean Village

On the evening of Tuesday 28th August, over 120 members of the local community attended Hampshire Constabulary’s special community meeting to learn more about the recent murder investigation and have an opportunity to ask questions relating to the case. We apologise for the delay in writing up our notes from the meeting, but we wanted to still provide them here as a reference for those that were unable to attend.

Inspector Ryan Bartlett, Community Engagement Officer Andy Lai and the detective superintendent in charge of the investigation, Tony Harris, were on hand to answer questions from the community and reassure residents that this was a very unusual incident, and to publicly declare their own personal commitments to solving the case.

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Man charged over murder of pensioner at Ocean Village

Delia Hughes, the murdered Ocean Village resident and pensioner

Delia Hughes, the murdered Ocean Village resident and pensioner. Photograph via the Daily Echo.

A large part of Ocean Village was sealed off on the evening of Saturday 18th August as police investigated the murder of Delia Hughes, an 85-year-old Ocean Village resident whose body was found by relatives visiting her home in Atlantic Close.

ITV Meridian News reported on Saturday evening that Mrs Hughes was found at 7:55pm.  At this point, the Major Investigation Team were called in and a wide area was cordoned off in order to protect the scene and allow police to collect potentially important evidence.  An ambulance was seen leaving the scene shortly after 11pm on Saturday evening.

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£20,000 Robbery at Banana Wharf

Banana Wharf

Banana Wharf

The Daily Echo today reports on a robbery at the popular Ocean Village restaurant and bar, Banana Wharf. According to the Daily Echo:

A terrified restaurant worker was punched, kicked and threatened with a knife during a £20,000 raid on a Hampshire restaurant. Four balaclava clad robbers stormed into Banana Wharf as a staff member was leaving the building at closing time. She was bundled in to a kitchen and held there while the three other men went upstairs and confronted the 28-year-old assistant manager.

They ordered him to open the safe and he only complied after being set upon and threatened with a knife. After taking £20,000 in cash, they fled from the restaurant through the fire exit and are thought to have escaped in a vehicle.

Detectives have launched an appeal for witnesses to the incident, which left the victims with minor injuries and suffering from shock. It is thought the men may have used a white five door Land Rover or Range Rover style vehicle and police are also interested in hearing from anyone who saw this in the area.

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Policing the Waterfront – December 2011 Update

Hampshire Constabulary logoPolicing for Ocean Village Marina and our neighbourhood is provided by the Southampton City Waterfront Team. City Waterfront is one of three city teams, the others being City Centre and City Polygon, which together make up the larger Central Southampton West Sector.

The current policing priorities for the City Waterfront team are:

  • Reduce anti-social behaviour and street drinkers, particularly in area of Queensway and High Street
  • Street drinkers in the High Street, Oxford Street (associated with night time economy)
  • Reduce anti-social behaviour in alleways and other areas near to the High Street and Canute Road
  • Cycling on pavements in Above Bar, Canute Road and the High Street.

These priorities were set at the PACT (Police and Community Together) priority setting meeting which took place on Wednesday June 15th. The next PACT meeting will take place at 7pm on Wednesday 14th December at the Salvation Army Booth Centre on Oxford Street. This is an opportunity for residents, businesses and the police to discuss the problems that affect us all, and how we can work together to make our community a safer place in which to live and work. If you think there should be other priorities then please go along and share your views.

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Policing the Waterfront – Priorities, Stats and a Warning

Hampshire Constabulary logoPolicing for Ocean Village Marina and our neighbourhood is provided by the Southampton City Waterfront team. City Waterfront is one of three city teams, the others being City Centre and City Polygon, which together make up the larger Central Southampton West Sector.

The current policing priorities for the City Waterfront team are:

  • Reduce criminal damage at Lucia Foster Welch Halls of Residence (Student Accommodation)
  • Reduce anti-social behaviour in Mayflower Park and Queens Park
  • Reduce the number of vagrants and beggars in the High Street, Oxford Street and Ocean Village

These priorities are set at PACT (Police and Community Together) meetings. The next PACT meeting will take place at 7pm on Wednesday 15th June at the Booth Centre on Oxford Street. This is an opportunity for residents, businesses and the police to discuss the problems that affect us all, and how we can work together to make our community a safer place in which to live and work. If you think there should be other priorities then please go along and share your views.

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