In April crime locally followed the usual pattern – stolen bicycles, mopeds and cars (sometimes not locked!), garden pots and plants stolen, metal, petrol and tools taken from sheds (again often unlocked), and windows broken by vandals.
An unusual and much more serious occurrence was the assault on a newly-arrived resident of the High Street in the early hours of Saturday the 1st of April. You may have seen the police cordon later in the day. Investigations were still being carried out.
That being said, Bletchingley is one of the safest places in the UK and this sort of crime is virtually unknown here. We all need however to take care and keep our ears and eyes open. The Parish Council is looking into CCTV camera’s at key locations across the village, if you have any views about their siting please let me know.
Last year it was very encouraging that over 70 people came to the Annual Meeting of the Neighbourhood Watch. This year it is being held on Wednesday 23rd of May at 7pm in the Community Hall. Do try and come along. Just before the meeting a copy of NEWSWATCH will arrive through your door. This time it tells you, not only about NHW, but about as many of the other ‘Good Neighbours’ in the village as there is space for. It’s amazing how many there are and I’m only sorry I couldn’t fit them all in.
Di Turner – 01883 743598 or email@example.com