Community safety in Weald South
Welcome to the second edition of
your community safety newsletter.
It has been designed to tell you what
the police and council are doing to deal
with crime and anti-social behaviour in
Read on to find out how we are dealing
with priorities in your community.
Nuisance motorcycle riders warned
Officers for the Tenterden Rural neighbourhood policing team responded when
residents raised concerns about people riding motorcycles in an anti-social
manner in Shadoxhurst.
If a crime is taking place or life is at risk, dial 999 The riders had been causing a nuisance along the Byway, which runs from
Church Lane to Hornash Lane. To deal with the problem, police community
For general enquiries: support officer (PCSO) Paul Moorey, neighbourhood officer for Weald South
Single non-emergency number: 01622 690690 ward, visited the homes of off-road motorcycle owners to identify those
(for non-urgent crime reporting, incidents of anti-social responsible and issue verbal warnings about riding anti-socially.
behaviour and general enquiries) In addition, PCSO Moorey asked residents to report any further incidents and the
neighbourhood officer reported the issue to area motorcycle team, in case
further action was required.
Your nearest police station: Tenterden Police Station PCSO Moorey said: ‘We are trying to solve this problem by involving the
42a High street, Tenterden TN30 6AR community, but if necessary we will use police enforcement teams.’
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Police and councils working together to deal with anti-social behaviour
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You set priorities,
You are concerned about speeding
we take action
Vandals warned on Front Road, Lower Road,
Woodchurch Road, Warehorne Road As part of our commitment to the Policing Pledge, we want to
Reports of criminal damage and anti- and Ashford Road. make sure you have the opportunity to:
social behaviour at a car park in • have your say on what local priorities should be
Pound Leas have led to police action. • find out what has been done to deal with your concerns
Officers were called to the area after Below is the most recent priority identified for your ward. However, to get
Local officers have been using the involved and make sure issues that concern you the most are included,
residents raised concerns about
speed indication device to inform either contact your neighbourhood officer (see page 7 for contact details) or
young people causing damage to
motorists of their speed and attend one of the events listed below.
vehicles and trees in the car park, as
operations have been run to detect
well as littering.
speeding motorists. Several people
Police community support officer have been issued with fines and Recent priority identified by your community
(PCSO) Paul Moorey, worked with warnings. The area motorcycle team
officers from the Tenterden and has also completed speed checks in • Reducing speeding on Front Road, Lower Road, Woodchurch Road,
Ashford neighbourhood policing Weald South ward, but has not Warehorne Road and Ashford Road
teams, as well as the Kent County identified any offenders.
Council community warden Chris Public consultation – all welcome
More speed checks will be carried
Banvard to identify those responsible
out and police community support Date Time Location
for the damage.
officer (PCSO) Oliver Welch, Tuesday 17 Mobile police station Village hall/surgery car
In addition, regular police patrols neighbourhood officer for Weald November 5pm- 5.45pm park, Ham Street
have taken place in the area to deter South, will continue to carry out
Tuesday 17 Mobile police station Hornash Lane, close to the
further issues from taking place regular patrols in the ward to deter
November 6.15pm – 7pm village hall in Shadoxhurst
Times, dates and locations accurate at time of going to press. Enter your postcode at
www.kent.police.uk for the latest information.
Road safety campaign
Officers from the Tenterden Rural neighbourhood policing team were out on Crime figures for Weald South
bicycles during the summer holidays to talk to children about road safety. Overall crime was down in Weald South during July 2009 compared with July
From 24 August to 5 September officers provided advice to children who walk, 2008 while reports of burglary and anti-social behaviour remained unchanged.
cycle and take the bus or train to and from school, and handed out items, The police and council will continue to work hard to detect and deter offenders
including high visibility drawstring bags. The Roads Policing Unit also took part and reduce crime in your area.
in the initiative by conducting speed checks in identified problem areas. July 2008 July 2009
Superintendent Jon Sutton of Kent Police’s Citizen Focus team said: ‘Road
Crime in total (excludes anti-social behav iour) 12 8
incidents involving children peak when they return to school so it is important
we reach as many as possible to make them aware of the dangers.’ Burglary 3 3
Kent Police’s safer schools partnership coordinators have been visiting Anti-social behaviour 9 9
Tenterden schools to deliver the safety messages.
For more information on crime statistics, visit www.kent.police.uk/crimestats
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Your community safety Encouraging safer socialising in Ashford's
night time economy
partnership • we aim to reduce alcohol-related violence and
disorder, targeting areas where problems most
About us Reducing the level of domestic abuse
• we are particularly looking to increase the rate of
The Ashford Community Safety Partnership is a multi-agency project which aims to take action reporting of incidents and offer protection and
to help address key priorities identified by communities across the borough and make Ashford a support to victims
safer place to live, work and visit. Reducing criminal damage, particularly
The partnership, which includes Kent Police, Kent Fire and Rescue Service, Kent County Council,
• we are putting in place a range of measures to
the Eastern and Coastal Primary Care Trust and Ashford Borough Council, meets four times each
prevent incidents and take enforcement action
year to discuss methods of dealing with current priorities. The most recent priorities and
objectives are set out in the box in the top right of this page.
Tackling anti-social behaviour
The agencies within the partnership also meet more regularly to coordinate their responses to • we are focusing our efforts on identifying and
specific issues, something that allows resources to be focused more effectively to deal with the dealing with those responsible for anti-social
problems faced by local communities. behaviour, and improving local environments
Safety in action Vehicle safety day
More than 1,000 primary school pupils visited Towers School in June to take part The Ashford Community Safety Unit held a vehicle safety
in Ashford Borough Council’s Safety in Action fortnight. day in the car park of the Tesco supermarket in Park Farm
on Monday 3 August.
The children got involved in a two-week programme of workshops to teach them
Police officers at the event handed out vehicle crime
about a wide range of safety issues as they prepared for the transition to
prevention packs and offered advice about vehicle security.
Reducing number plate thefts
The sessions were delivered by representatives from Kent Police, Kent Fire and
Rescue Service, St. John Ambulance, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution The unit’s team also handed out free tamper-proof number
(RNLI) and Kent County Council. Pupils from Towers School also ran sessions and plate screws. Thieves have been known to steal number
acted out real-life scenarios. plates to use on vehicles involved in crimes, particularly
petrol thefts. Tamper-proof screws help to make number
Workshop topics included road, fire and railway safety, anti-social behaviour and plates significantly more difficult to remove.
criminal damage, stranger danger, peer pressure and bullying. Workshops were Property marking
also held on beach and water safety, and staying safe on the internet.
Officers were also on hand to offer security marking for
The children were given points for their responses during the workshops. Pupils portable items including satellite navigation devices. They
from Wittersham CE Primary School and Challock Primary School shared the were also security marking bicycles, following an increase in the number of bicycle
highest points tally and their schools received prizes of £75. thefts in the district over the summer. Not only does security marking deter
thieves, it makes it easier for officers to return stolen property to its owner.
Ashford Community Safety Unit (multi-agency): 01233 660747
Newsbeat >> Your neighbourhood contacts
Man must complete drug dependency programme
A 36-year-old man from Shadoxhurst, Ashford has been found guilty of criminal
damage and resisting arrest following an incident in the village. The man was
given a community order to complete a drug dependency programme for 12
months and ordered to pay court costs of £60.
PCSO Oliver Welch PCSO Paul Moorey
Keep yourself safe 07772 226117 07772 226142
The number of crime reports is reducing, but there is still a lot you can do to
keep yourself and your property safe:
• shut and lock doors, windows and sheds to deter opportunist thieves Kent County Council
• do not leave valuables on display in your vehicle community warden
• if someone you do not know calls at your home, check their identity to find
out if they are genuine - ask them to wait outside while you call the company
or organisation they claim to be from (use details from a phone book or online
• never give bank details or other personal financial information to anyone cold- We are your neighbourhood officers for Weald South
calling you at home or over the phone and are part of the Tenterden rural neighbourhood
• property mark your valuables with your postcode using a UV pen policing team.
If you have any issues you think we should be
prioritising for this area, please call to discuss them
Confidential Neighbourhood Watch or attend a local meeting (see page 3).
anti-terrorist Neighbourhood Watch is a way in
which communities can help
hotline themselves to stay safe and keep
crime levels down.
If you suspect it, report it: Groups of volunteers work in It is the role of the Kent Police Authority to:
partnership with the police and the • make sure Kent Police is efficient and effective
0800 789321 local council to help deal with local
• make sure community views are reflected in the
If something strikes you as policing of Kent
If you would like to find out more • decide on the budget for Kent Police
suspicious and out of place about joining a Neighbourhood
then trust your instincts and • decide how much council tax people pay for policing
Watch scheme, call Paul Brosnan on
call the hotline. 01233 896126. • feedback to the community on how Kent Police performs
Get in touch or find out more about what we do:
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