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Sunday April 30th 2017

Neighbourhood Watch

Bletchingley is very safe.  We have little crime, hardly any vandalism or disorder and it’s a lovely place to live in with NHW as a useful cohesive community scheme.

The Crime Reduction Advisor for Tandridge District is Mark Howells who oversees and extends Neighbourhood Watch, starting new Watches and giving help and advice to anyone interested.  He is also pleased to hear your views about NHW.  You can contact him on mark.howells@surrey.pnn.police.uk  He liaises with the Tandridge District Steering Group which has a representative from each area and meets four times a year.  It organizes an annual meeting for all the street coordinators, usually in June in the Godstone Barn.

Your Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team

  • PC 4623 Alice Bennett – Neighbourhood Specialist Officer, responsible for South Tandridge including the area of Bletchingley and several nearby villages.  Her contact details are 101 extn 38031

  • PCSO 13691 Hayley Norman – hayley.norman@surrey.pnn.police.uk & PCSO 11455 Vicky Seymour – vicky.seymour@surrey.pnn.police.uk

    Surrey Police number for serious or currently happening incidents or crimes – 999. To report less urgent crime or disorder, or for a general enquiry ring 101.

    The police do not deal with fly-tipping, parking infringements (unless dangerous) or minor domestic problems such as noise nuisance or bonfires.  Ring Tandridge District Council for advice about these – 01883 722000.

Crimestoppers – 0800 555 111 – You can leave details of the crime without giving your name and address.

Neighbourhood Watch Area Co-ordinators:

  • East (Godstone end) – Di Turner: 01883 743598 or diturner1941@hotmail.com
  • West (Redhill end ) – John Spedding – 01883 742 037 or spedders@btinternet.com
  • If you live in the High Street or near it, contact either Di or John.  A representative is needed.
  • The latest Neighbourhood Watch Update is posted in the News Section of this website.

WHAT’S NW ALL ABOUT?

It’s all about being a good neighbour.  34 of us each look after a street or a part of one and we aim to:

  • welcome newcomers to the village and ensure they have someone to call on.  To find your street rep. please notify Di or John when you arrive – or at any time;

  • tell them about facilities and provide a contact for further information;
  • warn neighbours of scams and nearby crime incidents, give advice about how to avoid being a target;
  • alert police to problems in the area such as bogus callers and provide help if you suffer a crime and don’t know what to do about it.

AND THE POLICE?

We are constantly in touch with the Surrey Police, especially our three neighbourhood officers. Nowadays they have less time to walk around as they are usually engaged on serious crime investigations but if you see them why not stop and have a chat? And contact them with info or for advice at any time.

SPEEDWATCH is here – so WATCH YOUR SPEED!

10 people have now been trained to monitor traffic through the village.  It takes an hour’s video and theory and a single practical session using the camera and logging information to be qualified.  Then you go out with one or two others for about an hour whenever it suits.  Speeding is noisy, dangerous and makes crossing the High Street a real problem.  Members of the team move away for various reasons and it could do with a few more helpers.  Maybe you?  Contact Di Turner – 01883 743598 or diturner1941@hotmail.com .

DOES BOREDOM = CRIME?

Young people have lots of energy and are less likely to get into mischief if able to have something else to do so work continues on developing activities that they feel able to engage with. These include the newly resurfaced BAGaged BMX/skate ramp and kick-about area, the playground at Grange Meadow and the recently installed 5 exercise machines nearby which are suitable for older children or adults.

Neighbourhood Watch remains an active organisation, with an excellent team of coordinators. Representatives are still needed for Nightingale Way, Hart Close, Crescent Road, Church Walk, Clare Cottages and parts of Coneybury and Rabies Heath Road.  If you can help please contact Di Turner on 743598 or diturner1941@hotmail.com