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Welcome to the Grays Central 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. Grays Central is part of the Thurrock District.

Andy Cayless

PC Andy Cayless (Collar number 443)

I'm Pc Andy Cayless and I am the Dedicated Neighbourhood constable for the Grays South/Grays Central and Chafford Hundred areas. I have been a uniformed constable since 1988 and I have worked in Grays for 13 years.

Contact details

Telephone: 101 EXT 364126

PCSO James Walker (Collar number 71858)

I have been employed as a PCSO for Essex Police since 2007. I have worked on various teams and departments on the division, including public protection and the Selecta DNA Project. I became a PCSO for Grays Central in September 2009. I am also a member of Grays town team. Please feel free stop me when you see me out and about, and I will be happy to help.

Contact details

Telephone: 101 ext 364105
Mobile: 07812735482

PCSO Lisa Plastow (Collar number 71866)

I have worked for Essex police since 2007, I have previously covered the Orsett ward. I am the specific point of contact for "Bicycle marking", so please contact me for details regarding this.

Contact details

Mobile: 07812735482

Sergeant Rob Thompson (Collar number 432)

I am the current Neighbourhood Police Sergeant for the Grays Central and area. I have been with Essex Police since 2003,and have spent the previous 6 years on a response team in Tilbury. I look forward to a new challenge on this already well established neighbourhood team and hope that we can continue to improve our local residents safety and way of life. To do this we need your help, any information you can give us about criminality and anti-social behaviour in our area will be acted upon, and of course will be treated in the strictest of confidence. Please email your neighbourhood constable if you have any information or concerns.

Contact details

Telephone: 101 ext 364104

Contact details:

Grays Police Station
Brooke Road
RM17 5BX

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

Local Priority


The force defines Burglary dwelling as the burglary of a residential property. This means any property being lived in, not including out buildings such as sheds and garages. Currently burglary is a priority issue for Essex police, and policing across the country. In the Grays Central ward, as well as West Thurrock and surrounding locations, we are seeing a rise in the amount dwelling burglaries.

Raised on 07/01/2015


We are obviously responding to this concern with a strong intelligence lead approach. Burglary is a nationwide trend with offences being reported more frequently. We have previously made numerous arrests for burglary offences, including dwelling burglary and going equipped to commit a burglary. We have a force wide burglary operation in place currently, Operation Insight. This includes daily tasks for officers and proactive policing. In support of this our Neighbourhood Policing Team are also concentrating on the prevention of burglaries, whereby we have been proactively patrolling affected areas. We are consistently getting results from proactive policing, and have dedicated routes for all officers to carry out high visibility patrols in areas which have been affected by this type of offence. We are still giving crime prevention advice and targeting known offenders. In February we made some arrests for burglary related offences, recovered items from burglaries and have gained intelligence to allow us to target known offenders. We have great results from our proactive team, with much of the results being burglary related. During March there were 4 dwelling burglaries on the Grays central ward reported. We noticed a new trend of burglars breaking rear windows of properties where keys were left in back doors to gain access. Please see Crime information for advice.

Updated on 05/04/2015

Local Priority


We have recently seen an increase in vehicle crime, both of theft of motor vehicles and theft from motor vehicles. We are noticing a trend in the types of vehicles targeted and the property that is being taken, such as satellite navigation systems and catalytic converters.

Raised on 07/01/2015


April 2015-Vehicle crime is currently high across the nation; we have a specialised team of officers dedicated to the detection and prevention of these offences, running alongside our NPT teams who are focused on this issue. We are dealing with this problem in the most robust manner appropriate, and are taking a proactive approach to prevention as well as investigating offences. These teams carry out covert patrols as well as high visibility policing. We have in previous months had many successful results, with numerous arrests, detections, intelligence reports, stop and accounts, recovery of vehicles and parts such as vehicle index plates. A certain amount of theft of vehicles has unfortunately been due to vehicles not being made secure. We urge people to be more security conscious and to not leave vehicles unlocked, and with nothing valuable left in them where possible, and items hidden if it is a necessity to leave items in vehicles. If you are leaving your vehicle anywhere overnight try to ensure it is in a well-lit area and if at all possible near to CCTV. Please see the Crime information part of this site or contact one of our officers for advice. During March, the Grays Central ward had 6 vehicle crime offences reported.

Updated on 05/04/2015

Street Meet

Date:27th April 2015 11:00 - 12:00
Where:All Cures Pharmacy,
High street,
Extra Info:Come along and meet PCSO Walker who will be here to chat about local issues and discuss any concerns you have.
Contact:Mobile: 07812735482


April 2015

Burglary is still one of our biggest issues, although as a district we have seen this decrease recently. We continue to run several operations to tackle all aspects of this issue, including the force wide operation “Insight”. Due to this new regularly have intelligence led designated patrol routes by high visibility uniformed officers, as well as covert patrols in relevant areas. During March the Grays central ward suffered 4 dwelling burglaries.
Avoid being a burglary victim. Let's make life difficult for the burglar. There are a number of steps you can take to help prevent your home being burgled and avoid the distress of having your treasured possessions stolen, here are a few we recommend:
Consider fitting a timer switch which will turn your lights on when you are not at home, and consider leaving a radio on for background noise.
Fit dusk to dawn security lighting.
Have an alarm fitted and service it regularly.
Look at the boundaries of your property and keep hedges short and trimmed.
Neighbours - support each other and keep an eye on vulnerable or elderly neighbours.
Immediately report any suspicious incidents to the police.
Mark valuable items (which belong to you) with your postcode.
Ensure pedal cycles are chained up or locked away in secure sheds/garages.
Keep sheds and garages secure with a good locking device and consider installing an alarm on these if you store any equipment of value.
Keep all tools hidden from sight whether they are in vehicles or sheds.
Remember burglaries can occur when people leave their premises insecure. Don't let yourself become a victim. Always remember to lock your door with the key when you are going out and before you go to bed at night and please keep the key close by at night in case of an emergency.
During hours of darkness we strongly recommend increasing the safety of your property by using timers on light switches, external security lights and motion detection lights.
If you need crime prevention or home security advice, please do not hesitate to contact us using the details on this site so we can arrange a suitable date and time for us to attend your address.
Please take a look at our Be Safe section of our website which will give you handy tips and advice about how to keep you and your property safe.
Please consider motion sensor lighting, CCTV and leaving internal lights on at home if out during darkness hours. For free security advice on your property please contact us for an appointment.

Vehicle crime in Thurrock is still a priority issue, both theft of motor vehicles and theft from motor vehicles. To tackle this issue we have implemented increased high visibility patrols in the hot spot areas, as well as operation Bedwin to deal with this, so please ensure that you keep your vehicles secure and ensure that you take all of your valuables out of your vehicles and especially do not leave anything of value on view. If you witness any suspicious behaviour please call us so that we can attempt to combat this problem. Please also ensure that you check your number plates on a regular basis as there is an increase in thefts of number plates.
You can help stop vehicle crime in our area by ensuring your vehicle is always locked and if it has an alarm it is in full working order.
Please ensure that all valuables are out of sight when leaving your vehicle, satellite navigation systems are easy to steal from a car if they are left on show, as are all small items such as mobile phones and MP3 players.
If you are having problems or you are a victim of crime please report it. If we do not hear from you, we cannot help you.
We are noticing a trend in the types of vehicles targeted and the property that is being taken, such as satellite navigation systems and catalytic converters.
We strongly recommend parking your vehicle in a locked garage or as near to a light as possible, either street lighting or security/motion detection lights on driveways.
Operation Bedwin, our vehicle crime operation, has so far been extremely successful in parts of Thurrock, and has had some good results from our proactive team.
There are other local operations targeting a range of issues including vehicle crime, Burglary, Drugs and Anti-Social-Behaviour.

If you would like any further advice, or have anything else you would like to discuss with our team please contact us on the details given on the "Contact" link.

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