August 2020 updates
Welcome to this months newsletter,
It has been a busy summer so far and there has been a lot of work going on to deal with the Anti-Social Behaviour. We have a special Operation in progress where PCs, PCSOs and the Community Safety Unit work together to target all the recognised hot spots. This has been in place since June and is continuing for the foreseeable.
Dunton Green and Riverhead
PCSOs have been doing a lot of work in this area, paying attention to areas including the recreation ground, the train station, and Longford meadow, we have also been patrolling Campion way and the surrounding roads, This will continue throughout the summer months to minimise any Anti-social behaviour.
Halstead, Knockholt & Badgers Mount
The calls to Brokehill golf course have reduced considerably, but there is still ongoing work with the police, Sevenoaks district council and the site management team to look at options on how to make the site more secure. We have had a few reports of Fly tipping in the area, so we would like to encourage residents to report any sightings or information to Sevenoaks district council so they can take the appropriate action.
Brasted, Chevening and Sundridge
We are pleased to say, that since the security guards have been in place at Chipstead lake, the calls to us for Anti-social behaviour have greatly reduced. We are still patrolling the area and dealing with any issues. It has been nice to see families back at the recreation areas in Brasted and Sundridge, please be mindful when using any equipment and clean as and when necessary. Speed checks are also continuing between Sundridge and Brasted.
Hello local Parishes,
Firstly (and primarily) the big issue for the last month – COVID 19. These are new and very unusual times for many of us currently and it’s safe to say this has quite dramatically changed life as we know it. This link will provide you with much information and advice around the Coronavirus, what Police are doing, and where you can go / who you can approach for support during this time. https://www.kent.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/c19/coronavirus-covid-19/
You should only leave the house for one of four reasons:
• Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
• Going out for one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household
• Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
• Travelling only where essential - which includes to and from work, if you're unable to work from home
A large amount of our time is now being spent on COVID related calls and patrolling in the district to deal with any regulation breaches and provide advice and reassurance to all. This is also due to a reduction in other types of crime & ASB. Please be aware that there has been a rise in cases of Scams & Fraud. There is information on the Kent Police website and any incidents can be reported to Action Fraud - https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/
We have more reports of nuisance bikes at Broke Hill Golf Course, 3 people were caught by PCSO’s and given Sec59s warnings.
Cars have been parking along Shacklands road, to walk in Shoreham woods, causing issues for farm vehicles to gain access to farm properties. Advice leaflets were place on windscreens and words of advice has been given to anyone seen.
We would like to remind people that social distancing is still in place and we will continue to patrol anywhere where we believe people are not abidding by these restristions.
Please stay safe , Stay at home and save lifes.
Sue and Amy.
Dear Parishes; Happy new year to you all – Welcome to the January update in relation to what we have been dealing with in your areas this last month.
Dunton Green and Riverhead. Following reports of nuisance behaviour in Dunton Green; PCSO’s have been coducting high visibility patrols and visits in the area with Colin Johnson (Sevenoaks Council ASB Officer). Further patrols and visits have been planned for the coming weeks so please continue to report anti-social behaviour via 101 or 999 depending on the circumstances.
Halstead, Knockholt and Badgers Mount. Since the last newsletter a considerable amount of work has been done in and around the disused Broke Hill golf club. Local PCSO’s have attended meetings with concerned residents, councillors and the community saftey unit to discuss preventive measures, enforcement and longer term solutions to the noise and use of off-road vehicles. The amount of calls to the location have dramatically reduced over the last few weeks which is a positive sign. Extra patrols have been conducted around Badgers Mount following reports of a burglary and the investigation is ongoing. This would be a timely reminder to residents to keep up with security measures and if anyone would like further advice please call 101 and ask to speak to local officers either PCSO Amy Best or PCSO Sue Harwood.
Westerham and Crockham Hill. There is an active investigation currently on going after 3 persons deliberately destroyed a residents christmas garden decorations. The 3 individuals involved had attended a new years eve party from out of area. Whilst some may say this is a low level crime it had a big impact on the victim and the individuals involved will be spoken to about their drunken behaviour. ASB calls in the Westreham area have reduced after interventions by the CSU and the town will be continually monitored.
Brasted, Chevening and Sundridge. There have been a number of reports of catapulting windows and vehicles in the Sundridge area, this is being investigated but any information from the public would like greatly received.
any suspicious behaviour There has also been a couple of burglaries in the area, so we would like to remind residents to be vigulant and report in the area. If you would like any crime prevention advice then please call 101 and ask to speak to your local officer, or visit the Kent police website, where you will find all the up to date crime prevention advice plus lots more information you may find useful.
Amy and Sue.
Welcome to July’s newsletter. It has been quiet a busy month in which we have been very proactive, we have been targeting anti- social behaviour in various forms. We have not been doing this alone because after a lot of hard work, persistent and working with PC Claire Harrison and PC Philip Comben from our CSU department a productive night of action took place. This night of action included ourselves (your PCSO’s), officers from CSU as well as our Sergeant, the community policing team, the rural task force and officers from across the border in Sussex. During that shift together, we targeted all the known hotspots, which saw a massive reduction in anti-social behaviour. The good news is more of these nights of action are already in the organisation stages and will continue throughout the summer months.
On a different note we have had several meeting within the communities where we discussed local residents concerns and have taken them on board. There has been a few concerns that are not necessarily in our remit but we made useful suggestions to help find a solution to the concerns.
We will continue to work in a proactive manor and tackle any issues that arise, we have had good information from several residents and we will be extremely grateful if this can continue.
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Please look after yourselves and any vulnerable neighbours in this hot weather.
Sue and Amy .
As some of you may be aware I have just returned from having a few weeks off and celebrating getting married as such I am no longer a Hardy and now my surname is Best.
Over the last few weeks we have been dealing with an increase in anti- social behaviour in some areas and have been actively patrolling the affected locations. We have been taking action against the small groups of people who have been causing the trouble. These actions have included issuing s59 warnings to people found driving vehicles in a way to cause distress and seizing vehicles where possible. Arrests have been made and measures put in place to help prevent further incidents. Nights of action have also taken place with more on the horizon. Further efforts are ongoing to get more specialist officers in the area to help tackle the issues. We have received very valuable information from the public which has helped enable us with the actions that have been taken.
Unfortunately it is not always possible to resolve the issues overnight and we can understand that residents are likely to find this quiet frustrating. We would like to reassure you that we take these incidents very seriously and we are working very hard to try and solve them as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Amy and Sue.
Nuisance off road vehicles
We have seen a small increase in reports for nuisance vehicles, mainly off road bikes and quads. These vehicles are a nuisance in a number of ways including noise, damage to property and a danger to the public and wildlife.
We think that it is important that we address this issue in a robust way and we would be grateful for your assistance with this. It is important to remember to report these issues when they are happening, providing accurate, timely and detailed information.
This information could include a description of the rider and the bike, the location it is happening and any accompanying vehicles I.E. a van used to transport. These details will assist us locate or trace the offenders.
Some of you may have noticed the signs we have put up in known problem areas. This has only come about because of information received from the public and is only the beginning of the work we intend to do to try and catch the offenders.
So please, if you are out walking your dog or out enjoying the country side and you find this is being spoilt by anti-social behaviour caused by these people then please don’t hesitate to call 101 and report the issue.
Sue and Amy
I hope all is well and there aren’t too many issues in your areas.
We had the pleasure of attending a parish council meeting this evening and we were impressed with the can do attitude of the members and the appreciation of the ‘Country Eye’ app. We would like to promote the app in rural areas through other parishes. We found it very reassuring how easy the councillors found it to report such incidents as fly tipping, suspicious events, poaching and theft. In a nut shell Country Eye is the rural version of neighbourhood watch but in a convenient app which is free to download and use. In this modern day of technology it’s a quick and easy way to keep up to date with things going on in your area. Apps like these can only remain affective if people download and use them regularly.
One of the issues we have been dealing with in rural areas recently is nuisance motorbikes. These offenders can cause a lot of distress for land owners, neighbouring residents, dog walkers, livestock and wildlife in these areas. We have been working hard with other agencies to gather information to track down the offenders, so if you receive any information from your residents regarding this type of issue please forward it on to the police via 101 so if there is nearby patrol the offenders can be dealt with robustly.
Please see the attached information leaflets and if possible upload them for your residents to browse at their leisure on your websites.
If you know of any issues we may be able to assist with please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Kind regards, Amy and Sue.