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  • Beware of Scams

    BEWARE OF SCAMS

    There are numerous scams operating at the moment. Some of these have been around for some time but we all need to ensure that we remember what they are.

    1. Notification could be posted through your door saying that there is a parcel to be delivered by a well-known company, just telephone “this number” to arrange delivery. And you will be charged an astonishingly high amount for the telephone call. Check with people you expect to send a parcel to you before making any calls;
    2. Do not buy from COLD CALLERS.  Do not give any of your details at the door or on the phone, even if they say they are doing a survey about cold callers !
    3. If you are telephoned and told there is a fault on your computer, IGNORE IT !  No one could know if your computer is “not well” without looking into the computer itself.
    4. 'Representatives' of BT may call you, saying that BT will disconnect you because of an unpaid bill. They will demand payment immediately of £31.00, or say it would be £118.00 to re-connect at a later date.
      If you make it clear that you do not believe their story, they will offer to demonstrate that they are from BT. They tell you to hang up and try making an outgoing call.
      The phone line does go dead - no dial tone or engaged tone - until the representative phones back.
      The cutting off of the line is very simple; the bogus BT rep stays on the line with their mute button pressed and you can't dial out - but they can hear you trying. (This is because the person who initiates a call is the one who should terminate it). When you stop trying to make an outgoing call, he can detect this and immediately calls you back. The rep will ask for your credit card details so that you can pay off the unpaid bill.  Do not give your details under any circumstances.
      RING 999 CRIME IN ACTION, or RING 101 TO REPORT A CRIME
  • 2017 Bulk Freighter Service

    2017 BULK FREIGHTER SERVICE

    The dates for 2017 are :

    SATURDAY 11th FEBRUARY
    Southdene 9.15pm – 10am
    Station Road 10.15 – 11am

    SATURDAY 10th JUNE
    Southdene 9.15pm – 10am
    Station Road 10.15 – 11am

    SATURDAY 7th OCTOBER
    Fort Road 8.am
    Southdene 9.15am – 10am
    Station Road 10.15am – 11am


    PLEASE REMEMBER.   USE IT OR LOSE IT !

  • Buy With Confidence Scheme

    BUY WITH CONFIDENCE SCHEME

    Trading Standards spend much of their time dealing with rogue traders who do not deliver the service they promise, or try and rip off unsuspecting customers.  But now, help is at hand.

    Trading Standards now runs a Good Trader Scheme which promotes businesses you can trust.  Businesses are thoroughly vetted and then admitted to the scheme, which can be found at www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk.  You’ll find everything from Air Conditioning to Insurance Services, Financial Advisors to Will Writing Services.

    Trading Standards are always looking for more companies to add to the scheme, so, if you know of a business you would like to recommend, please contact them on 08454 040506 or email them at buywithconfidence@kent.gov.uk.

  • Crime Advice

    CRIME ADVICE

      • Bogus callers and opportunist thieves are active in the village. If you notice anything unusual contact the police on 101.
      • Always ask for ID. Do not let anyone into your home without being sure that they are who they say they are !  ID cards will carry telephone numbers. If the visitors are genuine, they will wait outside your home while you telephone their employers.
      • Do NOT be tempted to have your drive resurfaced by a 'casual caller' who is working in the area and has some tarmac 'left over'.
      • Beware of telephone callers stating that “someone is using your credit card”.  The caller gives you details of your credit card but asks YOU to provide the 3 security numbers on the reverse. The caller will give you a telephone number to ring and check that they are genuine once the details have been given.


      DO NOT GIVE YOUR DETAILS, RING OFF AND CONTACT YOUR CREDIT CARD COMPANY.

  • Crime Prevention Guides

    CRIME PREVENTION GUIDES

    Kent Police has produced a series of themed guides providing crime prevention advice.

    Current titles are:

    • Home & Garden security;
    • Property marking;
    • Anti-social behaviour;
    • Plant theft;
    • Contacting Kent Police;
    • Rural crime;
    • Safe cycling;
    • Bike security;
    • Vehicle security;
    • Motorbike safety;
    • Restorative practice;
    • Bogus callers;
    • Metal theft;
    • Personal safety;
    • Drug dealing and use (spotting/reporting)

    Visit:   www.kent.police.uk/yourguide

    Or contact: 01622 652162 or 652164

  • Crime Statistics

    CRIME STATISTICS

    You can also get information about crime statistics for Halstead and Knockholt direct from the Kent Police website.

    Click on the link below which will take you direct to the relevant page.

    Kent Police

  • Newsletters

    PARISH NEWSLETTER

    The Parish Council delivers a newsletter to every household in the parish regularly each year. This provides details of councillors, projects that Council is undertaking and other information of interest such as trading standards alerts.

    If for some reason you do not receive this newsletter, please let the Clerk know and she will arrange for it to be delivered either by hand or post.

  • Neighbourhood Watch

    Neighbourhood Watch logoSuzanne Daniell is the Neighbourhood Watch Kent Police co-ordinator for Halstead. She has approached some parishioners who indicated that they would like to be road co-ordinators but many roads still need volunteers to be involved in the scheme. Currently, there are co-ordinators in :

    • Clarks Lane,
    • Stonehouse Road,
    • The Meadows,
    • Church Road,
    • Otford Lane,
    • Kilnwood ,
    • Cadlocks Hill,
    • London Road and Watercroft Road.

    The aims of Neighbourhood Watch are :

    • to improve the sense of safety, security and community;
    • to encourage greater vigilance;
    • to foster community spirit;
    • to prevent crime;
    • to assist the police in detecting crime;
    • to reduce the undue fear of crime;
    • to improve police and community liaison.

    If you wish to get involved with Neighbourhood Watch, please get in touch with the contact for your road.

    If your road is not listed, and you would like to become a co-ordinator, please contact Suzanne Daniell on 01732 379373
    Email:   suzanne.daniell@kent.pnn.police.uk

  • PCSO

    PCSOPCSO Amy Hardy

    Your Police Community Support Officer is your point of contact for all local policing concerns.

    Call 101 or email csu.sevenoaks@kent.pnn.police.uk

    Also:

    • Insp Robert Slade
    • Sgt Mark Beresford
    • Sgt Ian Jones

    All the officers listed above work as part of a multi-agency Community Safety Unit to tackle persistent and problematic issues in each district. Along with your local PCSO, they form the hub of local policing.

    Local District Policing Teams, a separate group of officers, respond to calls, investigate local crime and carry out patrols.

    Find out who's in charge of policing in this area.

    The officers named above are subject to change depending on operational need.

  • SDC Community Plan

    SDC COMMUNITY PLAN

    The Community Plan is a document which sets out residents' priorities for the next 15 years.

    This is implemented by an action plan which is delivered by SDC and their partners and updated every three years.

    Residents have been able to input into the plan during a period of consultation so the final document reflects the issues local people care about.

    For more information view the latest Community Plan

    For progress information view the Community Plan Annual Report

  • Village Clear Up

    VILLAGE CLEAR UP DAYS

    The Village Clear Up Days took place in November 2016 and in the Spring of 2017.

    The next date will be in the Autumn of 2017 but the precise date has not yet been finalised, so we’ll keep you posted.

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