Swanley Town Council

Neighbourhood Watch Report – 10 July 2018

Officers investigating a burglary have released an image of a woman they would like to speak to.

The incident was reported to have happened on 8 May 2018 in Shepherds Lane, Dartford, between 12pm and 6.20pm.

Jewellery, money and bank cards were reported stolen during the burglary and since this incident one of the bank cards has been used in areas shops across north Kent and south east London.

Officers have carried out several lines of enquiry and are now releasing an image of a woman they believe can help them with their enquiries.

Anyone who recognises the woman is asked to call Kent Police’s Dartford appeals line on 01474 366149 quoting crime reference XY/27963/18.

People can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers

 

Indecent exposure outside property in Maidstone – 05 Jul 2018

Detectives investigating a reported indecent exposure in Maidstone have issued a CCTV image of a person they believe may have important information.

It is alleged a man exposed himself at the window of a property in Old Tovil Road, as a child was sitting alone in a room with the curtains open.

The offence is said to have taken place at around 8.40pm on 11 May 2018, after the suspect knocked on the window and waved, in order to gain the victim’s attention.

Kent Police has made a number of enquiries since the incident, including visiting businesses and speaking to neighbours and local residents.

Image recovered after CCTV checks

Checks for CCTV in the local area have also been carried out and detectives are now able to release an image of a man who they believe may be able to assist with the investigation.

Detective Inspector Ian Wadey said: ‘Crimes of this nature are extremely rare in Kent, however this incident will no doubt have been very distressing for the young person and their family.

‘We are continuing to do all we can to identify any potential suspects or witnesses who may have important information. We are hopeful someone will recognise the person in this image, which is an important line of enquiry.’

Can you help?

Anyone with information is asked to call the appeals line on 01622 604100, quoting reference YY/016164/18.

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

 

The below is information supplied by Kent County Council

Doorstep criminals are targeting residents living next to or near to legitimate building work.

How does it work? 
They knock at the door and claim that whilst working on the home nearby they noticed a problem with the residents home which needs immediate work including repairs to the roof, wall or guttering. The homeowner, believing the criminals to be working with the reputable builders, agree to the work.

Unfortunately, we are already aware of several victims this year who have paid large amounts of money for completely unnecessary work. In some cases victims have had to pay a legitimate builder to repair the damage caused by these criminals. 

Remember it’s your doorstep, your choice.

Never agree to work with someone who you have just met on your doorstep

Contact Checkatrade for verified traders approved by Trading Standards & get at least 3 quotes

Never pay by cash

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for regular scam updates

Sign up to our Public Protection email alerts

Read our Doorstep Criminals Advice leaflet

Contact your local Community Warden for a ‘No doorstep calling sticker’

If you have been targeted by a doorstep criminal or have seen someone suspicious in your community report it to us.

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/get-more-help/report-to-trading-standards/

 

Sevenoaks man charged over racial abuse – 09 Jul 2018

A Sevenoaks man is to appear in court after he was arrested on suspicion of racially abusing staff at a local store.

On 2 July 2018 Kent Police was called to a reported disturbance at Little Waitrose, situated at the Shell petrol garage in London Road.

Officers attended the scene and the suspect was located and arrested, after which he was reported to have continued to shout racist abuse.

Charged

Stephen Jones, aged 35 and of Greatness Lane, Sevenoaks was subsequently taken into custody and later charged with committing a racially aggravated public order offence.

He has been bailed to appear before Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court on 17 July

 

Suspected rogue traders in East Peckham – 09 Jul 2018

Kent Police is reminding residents to be vigilant after rogue traders reportedly overcharged a pensioner for work at his home in East Peckham.  

On Monday 2 July 2018, a man in his 70s was visited by three men who offered to clean his driveway with a jet washer. He agreed to pay them by cheque but when they finished it is alleged they demanded over £300 in cash.

The pensioner paid the money plus an additional amount to cover fuel costs after the men refused to leave without it.

District Chief Inspector, Peter Steenhuis said:

‘We are investigating the circumstances surrounding this incident. In the meantime I would urge residents to be alert if a tradesperson visits without an appointment and suggests work needs to be completed on the house.

‘In some cases, occupants are overcharged for minor repairs and then intimidated when they question the cost.

‘Anybody who is pestered by unwanted cold callers should advise them that contact will be made with Trading Standards and if necessary the police.’

To try and minimise your risk of employing a doorstep criminal:

Do not deal with doorstep callers offering work on your home or garden and never pay in cash.

Ask for quotes in writing.

Ring more than three traders to get a feel for an average price for the job.

Remember traders must give you written notice of your right to 14 days cancellation when agreeing to do work at your home, including work gained from a cold call.

If you believe a doorstep crime is happening or about to happen call the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

Useful Contacts

For advice and information, members of the public should contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506, or visit their website

Kent County Council Trading Standards recommends checkatrade.com, online or call 0333 0146 190, for reputable Kent traders.

Anyone with information on the incident described above is asked to call Kent Police on 01622 604100 quoting 02-0648

Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers in Kent anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

Builders also in Tunbridge Wells area today.

A blue van index similar to LJ02OZW was seen in Chester Ave Tunbridge Wells today (10 July), there were 3 persons in the vehicle, they stopped a NhW member and tried to convince them that they knew each other and that they had actually completed work on their roof for them in the past, fortunately the member was from a building family therefore was able to advise them accordingly. The same persons were later seen on the roof of another house nearby.