12:00pm Wednesday 16th May 2012
By Sam McGregor
Twenty-five years after starting his police career in Bicester, Neville Clayton is back – but this time he’s in charge.
Insp Clayton has set out his vision for policing the town and items high on his agenda include burglary and problems related to excessive drinking in the centre.
Insp Clayton started his career in the police in 1987 as a special constable based in Bicester.
Two years later he joined as a regular constable and has not looked back.
After training, the then Pc was posted to Oxford, where he worked as an area beat officer in Temple Cowley.
He was promoted to sergeant and transferred to Banbury in 1996, where he has been based ever since, taking on a number of different roles.
During his time at Banbury, Insp Clayton set up the neighbourhood police teams across Cherwell – a format that is still used today.
He was responsible for the management of Banbury and Witney custody blocks and most recently was deputy area commander for Cherwell.
Insp Clayton said: “I’m quite pleased to return to Bicester 25 years on in a very different role.
“I see Bicester as a challenge. Its population, commercial and industrial areas have all developed dramatically.”
He sent out a warning to people who caused trouble in Bicester that they would face a ban from all pubs in the town centre.
And he told criminals who disrupted the lives of residents they would “have the tables turned on them”.
Insp Clayton said: “I’m keen to continue the good work in Bicester and focus on continuing to reduce burglary of people’s homes.
“I’m also keen to address issues associated with excessive drink, violent crime and antisocial behaviour, especially in the town centre at weekends.
“People who come into Bicester and drink excessively, and cause disorder and antisocial behaviour, will be prevented from coming into the town centre to drink in licensed premises.
“We will be working with licensed premises to achieve that goal.”
As part of an ongoing campaign against known criminals, he said: “We will be disrupting the lives of those committing offences.
“We will be knocking on doors and keeping an eye of them. It’s fair to say if you are committing a crime in Bicester, you will be closely monitored. We will be on your back.”
In his spare time, Insp Clayton is a keen sailor and a member of Oxford Sailing Club, plays football and is a Bolton Wanderers fan.
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