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£20,000 Robbery at Banana Wharf

Banana Wharf

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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.

Thankfully events of this type are rare here at Ocean Village and we express our sincere sympathies to those caught up in this terrible event. If you have any information relating to this incident then please contact the police directly on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. Alternatively you can complete an anonymous form on the Crimestoppers website.

[Update on 26th April 2012 from The Daily Echo]

Detectives investigating an armed raid on a Southampton restaurant want to trace the owner or driver of a white Range Rover Sport.

The 4×4 was seen in the area just after a masked gang escaped with £20,000 from Banana Wharf, in Ocean Village.

The car was seen in Channel Way at 11.20pm. Police want the owner to come forward so they can be ruled out of the investigation. They also want to speak to people who were in the Channel Way area between 10.30pm and 11.30pm on Easter Monday.

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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Careful Where You Park!

Numerous new signs have gone up around Ocean Village in the last week as MDL looks to reinvigorate it’s efforts to enforce parking restrictions. As part of this exercise the contract for enforcement has been passed on to the Legion Group.

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