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Welcome to the Rayleigh Neighbourhood Policing Team pages. We are committed to making your neighbourhood a safer place to live, work and visit and will work with the community and our partners to tackle local problems. Rayleigh is part of the Rochford district and covers areas including Wheatley, Grange, Whitehouse, Lodge and Sweyne Park.

Below you’ll find the members of your Neighbourhood Policing Team and details of how to contact them.


PC Steve JOYNES (Collar number 1325)

I am the Neighbourhood Police officer for the Rayleigh, Rawreth and Hullbridge areas within Rochford District. I have over 25 years experience having spent the majority of that time in the District. I am an avid Manchester United supporter. I still enjoy running about the pitch myself on a Sunday morning in the Vets league but am certainly no Eric Cantona. Please contact me to discuss your crime, anti social behaviour and general policing concerns or thoughts regarding the Neighbourhood.

Contact details

Mobile: 07813953703
Telephone: 101 ext 490126


PCSO Kelly BOWEN (Collar number 71326)

I have worked for Essex Police in the Rochford District for over four years. Some of that time has been in Hullbridge and Hockley. I am always happy to help and offer advice. I am determined to keep Rayleigh a safe and pleasant place to live and work.

Contact details

Telephone: 101 ext 490126
Mobile: 07813953703


PCSO Zoe NUTH (Collar number 6637)

I have worked for Essex Police since October 2001 working on the Service Desk within Rayleigh & Rochford Police Stations and for the past 6 years as a PCSO working mainly in the Rayleigh area on the Neighbourhood Policing Team. I am always happy to help and offer advice. I am determined to keep the Rochford district a safe and pleasant place to live and work.

Contact details

Telephone: 101 ext 490126
Mobile: 07813953703


PCSO Laura MERRELL (Collar number 8505)

*Currently on Maternity leave* I have worked for Essex Police as PCSO for over 5 years. Most of that time has been in the Rochford District. I am currently looking after Rayleigh and happy to chat if you need help or advice.

Contact details

Mobile: 07813953703
Telephone: 101 ext 490126

Your local police station is listed below along with its opening hours and accessibility features.

Contact details:

Rayleigh Police Station
119 High Street

Tel: 101

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Opening Hours
mon08:00 - 00:00
tue08:00 - 00:00
wed08:00 - 00:00
thu08:00 - 00:00
fri08:00 - 00:00
sat08:00 - 00:00
sun08:00 - 00:00
Accessibility features
  • Ramp
  • 1 car parking space for disabled visitors
  • Induction loop
  • Toilet
  • Confidential room
  • Automatic Door Opening (via push button)
  • Customer Care Pack

Mobile: 07710046161

Below you can read about the issues you have made a policing priority in your neighbourhood. We aim to act on the issues that matter the most to you.

Local Priority


Burglary in Rayleigh & Rawreth

Raised on 17/10/2013


[UPDATE 10/01/2015] During the whole of 2014 there were 93x reports of burglary and 26x attempted burglary compared to 85x reports of burglary and 22x attempted burglary in 2013. A slight increase in both areas but it must be taken into account the increase in properties from new developments. Breaking glass in rear doors and windows remains the most common means of entry with jewellery and Apple products most stolen items. In the majority of these cases and alarm was not installed or not switched on. The majority of crimes are committed during the daytime. [UPDATE 03/12/2014] Since 1st April 2014 there has been 50x burglaries and 16 attempted burglaries in the Rayleigh & Rawreth area. Jewellery is still the most stolen item. The method of gaining entry varies but in the majority of recent crimes, entry has been by smashing the glass in a rear door or patio etc. There is no supporting evidence that more crimes are being committed at night since the street lights have been turned off. [UPDATE 04/06/2014] Since 1st April 2014 there has been 20x burglaries and 7 attempted burglaries in the Rayleigh & Rawreth area.

Updated on 10/01/2015

Listed below are a number of events we invite you to come along to. They’re an opportunity for you to meet the team and discuss any issues or concerns you have.

Local Community Meeting

Date:24th February 2015 19:00 - 20:00
Where:To be confirmed
Extra Info:A member of the Neighbourhood Policing Team will be at the location to discuss any concerns or issues you may have. This event is for anyone within the Rayleigh, Rawreth and Hullbridge area. Periodically officers may get called away at short notice if an urgent operational need arises. In these cases, please contact us to arrange a convenient appointment. PLEASE NOTE: All urgent incidents should be reported to 999 in an emergency or to 101 non emergency.
Contact:Mobile: 07710046161

Crime statistics for your neighbourhood are available below along with resolutions to broader crime issues.

View crime statistics for this neighbourhood


[updated 10/01/2015]

In the last 30 days, there have been 79 crimes reported in Rayleigh & Rawreth. These include; 9x Burglary, 11x damages, 5x theft from a motor vehicle and 5x theft of a motor vehicle.

The internet is full of useful crime reduction advice or you can contact our Crime Reduction Officer Emma Clark on 101 extension 490533. We strongly urge you to improve your security in any way you can. Perhaps even create a neighbourhood watch scheme?

BUY A SAFE for your jewellery!!! Jewellery is still the most sought after item although ‘Apple’ products and laptops are also popular.

Smashing the glass on rear doors seems to be the favoured method of entry at the moment.

The best way to protect yourself is with an alarm system. Jewellery should be kept in a safe which does not necessarily have to cost as much as you think. In some cases valuable or sentimental items are stolen which would more than justify the relatively inexpensive purchase of a safe.

Adding an alarm really is worthwhile as it will deter a burglar from hanging around long enough to take lots of items or search your home. Other deterrents include: Dogs, PIR or low level lighting and gravel drives. UPVC doors especially those with an external handle should be secured by a key.

It is very difficult to prevent damage as they can be committed so quickly. The offences occur sporadically and all over the neighbourhood. Often these are committed without any warning or without reason.

Secure your vehicle and remove all valuable property.
Popular items to be stolen include; designer sunglasses, SatNavs, money, wallets, keys and laptops! There isn't really a limit though as thieves will steal anything on offer. !!!WARNING - SATNAVs ARE NOT SAFE IN YOUR GLOVEBOX!!!

Police do not have any powers in relation to dealing with noise. Your Environmental Protection offices at Rochford District Council are charged with investigating matters of noise. In most circumstances the problem can easily be resolved by politely telling the person about it, if they do not know it is a problem they cannot deal with it. If after a reasonable amount of time nothing has been done to solve the problem, you can register your complaint. You can do this by completing the on-line form ‘make a complaint about a noise’ or if you require any further advice you may contact them by phone on 01702 318111 and ask for the Environmental Protection Unit, or e-mail

In some cases the noise may be a police matter under ‘anti-social behaviour’ for example a party being held on a regular basis when parents are away. Regular meetings are held between the police and District Council community safety department. If you are in any doubt or for more advice, please contact us.

If you would like to discuss crime or any other issue, please attend one of the Street Meet events or Local Community Meetings. Dates and times are shown on the events tab.
The Meetings are for anyone that lives in, works in or visits Rayleigh or Rawreth. We would encourage you to attend to discuss any issues bothering you. If you cannot attend or don’t want to, please just email details or call the team 101 ext: 490535. Please check the events tab for more details and dates.
PLEASE NOTE: on rare occasions, an officer may not be available to attend the meeting due to urgent operational commitments. However minutes are taken and passed on to the policing team.

The CSW scheme has been running for just over a year in Rayleigh & Rawreth. There are currently 9 recognised sites the volunteers can use. CSW is a partnership between the local community, local authority and Essex Police. Volunteers are trained to use speed detecting devices for the purpose of gathering data on motorists who are speeding. Volunteers are playing an integral part in improving the quality of life by reducing anti-social behaviour on the roads but also raising the awareness of the dangers of speeding.

If you would like to take part as a volunteer or to find out more details; please contact Cllr Ian Ward at Rayleigh Town Council on 01268 741880.

Do you have a working smoke alarm?? Have you ever discussed an emergency escape plan with your family - should a fire happen?? For further advice call Southend Fire station on 01702 614433.

To find out more information on whether your street is covered by Neighbourhood Watch, or how to start your own; please contact the NHW team at Rayleigh on 01268 770519.

NHW are now on FACEBOOK. Search for 'Rochford District Neighbourhood Watch' group.

Crimestoppers are an independent charity organisation and calls to them are anonymous. You can report information on; crimes, who is committing them, drug users & dealers, amongst other matters to 0800 555 111,

You can take action in a number of ways to help make your neighbourhood a safer place to live, work and visit.

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