New police chief to the manor born

Oxford Mail: Supt Christian Bunt Supt Christian Bunt

OXFORD’S new police chief has vowed to make antisocial behaviour in the city the top of his hitlist.

And as an Oxford lad, Supt Christian Bunt will be drawing on all his local knowledge to help in his new job as Local Policing Area commander.

Handed the reins from outgoing commander Chris Sharp, who has retired after 30 years in the force, Supt Bunt says antisocial behaviour will be his ‘number one priority’.

He explained: “It is a problem that doesn’t just affect individuals. A solitary incident can impact on a whole neighbourhood, hundreds of people.”

And the boyhoood Oxford United fan added: “We will continue to come down hard on those who break the law but are very keen on getting into problem areas and estates and working with problem families.

“We’ll continue the good work of Chris and try to set up as many partnerships with outside organisations as we can. City and county councils are hugely important to us as they can help provide knowledge of where problems begin.”

Mr Bunt, 36, who is married and has three children, began his career in the force as a response officer in 2000 in Hampshire, covering Farnborough and Aldershot, before transferring to Thames Valley Police in November 2002.

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Working his way through the ranks, in 2003 he returned to home turf to become a sergeant for Oxford, serving in various roles including patrol, custody and neighbourhood policing.

In October 2010, he became LPA Commander for Wokingham.

Supt Bunt is a handy footballer, having been picked to play for Oxford United’s School of Excellence as a youngster, but he didn’t quite make the grade and left aged 16.

In November 2011, a month before Mr Sharp became the LPA commander, there were 150 incidents of antisocial behaviour recorded in Oxford, according to police figures.

A year on that number had dropped to 110 incidents in the same month and Mr Bunt hopes to see a further decline.

Mr Sharp, 51, who has two grown-up children, joined the beat in Wantage in 1980 as a Pc.

He eventually held 14 different posts across Oxfordshire as a patrol officer, later as a police motorcyclist.

More recently he became the Detective Chief Inspector Crime Manager and was Oxford Area Commander from January 2012.

He said: “Oxford is the jewel in the crown of the Thames Valley, as far as I am concerned, and I have loved every minute of serving here.

“Policing back in the day was not quite Ashes to Ashes, as you see in the TV series, but it did change over the years. There are different sorts of crimes these days, more so computer and internet-related, fraud-type crime.”

His time on the police motorbikes created his best and worst moments on the job.

He said: “It was a hobby as well as a job, because I love bikes. My time on the roads was a wonderful part of my career.

“But it also brought the most toughest part, and that was dealing with road accidents and speaking to families who have lost loved ones. It never got easier and it was never the same.

“That is why we always try to hammer home the message that drivers must take more care.”

He said his next assignment was to visit his son, 19, who is working as a ski instructor in Canada.

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8:04pm Wed 23 Jan 13

oafie says...

Bet he doesn't have the courage to stop the gay community using public toilets for sex by enforcing the law relating to Public Offences order Act or indeed Public Nuisance- also an offence!
Bet he doesn't have the courage to stop the gay community using public toilets for sex by enforcing the law relating to Public Offences order Act or indeed Public Nuisance- also an offence! oafie

10:10pm Wed 23 Jan 13

saffron lady says...

A lovely and very dedicated officer. Good luck and all the best.
A lovely and very dedicated officer. Good luck and all the best. saffron lady

12:59am Thu 24 Jan 13

MadMan-JaYmZ says...

oafie wrote:
Bet he doesn't have the courage to stop the gay community using public toilets for sex by enforcing the law relating to Public Offences order Act or indeed Public Nuisance- also an offence!
I didn't realize sex in public toilets is so rife in our city !
[quote][p][bold]oafie[/bold] wrote: Bet he doesn't have the courage to stop the gay community using public toilets for sex by enforcing the law relating to Public Offences order Act or indeed Public Nuisance- also an offence![/p][/quote]I didn't realize sex in public toilets is so rife in our city ! MadMan-JaYmZ

11:24am Thu 24 Jan 13

oafie says...

Well in fact it is

There are numerous websites advertising the fact, even Daily Info advertises people requesting or advertising their sexual desires.
Botley Toilets another favoured haunt...the scene of a gentleman being sexually assaulted just 3 months or so ago.

Oxford A40 lay By Toilets (toward oxford) rife that's if you can get a space !

Even saw a school minibus driver in and out of them recently, and then we get a story about John Hetherington employed by Oxon County County and driving schoolchildren about.
Well in fact it is There are numerous websites advertising the fact, even Daily Info advertises people requesting or advertising their sexual desires. Botley Toilets another favoured haunt...the scene of a gentleman being sexually assaulted just 3 months or so ago. Oxford A40 lay By Toilets (toward oxford) rife that's if you can get a space ! Even saw a school minibus driver in and out of them recently, and then we get a story about John Hetherington employed by Oxon County County and driving schoolchildren about. oafie

7:53pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Grunden Skip says...

oafie wrote:
Well in fact it is

There are numerous websites advertising the fact, even Daily Info advertises people requesting or advertising their sexual desires.
Botley Toilets another favoured haunt...the scene of a gentleman being sexually assaulted just 3 months or so ago.

Oxford A40 lay By Toilets (toward oxford) rife that's if you can get a space !

Even saw a school minibus driver in and out of them recently, and then we get a story about John Hetherington employed by Oxon County County and driving schoolchildren about.
spot on oafie, that is why the Summertown Gents were turned into individual cubicles. I made the mistake of going in there for a pee one evening years ago, on the way back to my car in the car park, and was met by a lot of zipping up at the urinals, groaning from behind the No2 doors, and a few hasty exits by men worried that their wives in their million pound houses in Lonsdale road would find out. If anybody is in any doubt, just pull into the A40 lay-by, that will sort you out, if you are brave enough.
[quote][p][bold]oafie[/bold] wrote: Well in fact it is There are numerous websites advertising the fact, even Daily Info advertises people requesting or advertising their sexual desires. Botley Toilets another favoured haunt...the scene of a gentleman being sexually assaulted just 3 months or so ago. Oxford A40 lay By Toilets (toward oxford) rife that's if you can get a space ! Even saw a school minibus driver in and out of them recently, and then we get a story about John Hetherington employed by Oxon County County and driving schoolchildren about.[/p][/quote]spot on oafie, that is why the Summertown Gents were turned into individual cubicles. I made the mistake of going in there for a pee one evening years ago, on the way back to my car in the car park, and was met by a lot of zipping up at the urinals, groaning from behind the No2 doors, and a few hasty exits by men worried that their wives in their million pound houses in Lonsdale road would find out. If anybody is in any doubt, just pull into the A40 lay-by, that will sort you out, if you are brave enough. Grunden Skip

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