A couple of days of photos: No.5 – Dartmoor prison

Last year we holidayed in South Devon, where I enjoyed many a day of steam train experiences. Travelling around Devon we passed by Dartmoor Prison. Here’s my photo of it on a pleasant day. can imagine it being forbidding and depressing in dark, dank, cold, and rainy weather. [Click on image to enlarge].

Surrey Heath Police crime bulletin: March 2018: 1st update

Surrey Police Community Engagement Volunteer, David Howie, reports on recent thefts, burglaries, and criminal damage in Surrey Heath, in the latest InTheKnow Bulletin for Surrey Heath.

  • Crime no.45180025124 – On 08/03/2018 at 21:50, in Dawnay Road, Camberley. Has attempted to gain entry to the property by the rear door and has been disturbed by the dog.
  • Crime no.45180026236 – Between 08/03/2018 from 16:30 to 11/03/2018 at 14:15, in Greenholme, Camberley. Rear door has been bent inwards in an attempted burglary.
  • Crime no.45180027298 – On 14/03/2018 from 11:50 to 14:50, in Bain Avenue, Camberley. Unknown person has smashed rear kitchen door window and kitchen window and gained access to the house and have forced a locked bedroom door open upstairs and conducted a search of the bedroom.
  • Crime no.45180027226 – Between 13/03/2018 from 19:00 to 14/03/2018 at 09:05, in Princess Way, Camberley. Have forced entry to Chopstix, a restaurant in Camberley, by damaging the rear door lock, once inside have stolen safe from the location, safe contained £1000. (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180025238 – On 08/03/2018 from 18:00 to 20:00, in Valroy Close, Camberley. A Mercedes CLC 200 has been scratched on the front bonnet by a sharp object.
  • Crime no.45180026210 – Between 10/03/2018 from 18:40 to 11/03/2018 at 09:30, in Horseshoe Crescent, Camberley. Vauxhall Astra has been scratched overnight whilst parked on a residential street
  • Crime no.45180028017 – On 15/03/2018 from 17:00 to 19:00, in Wimbledon Close, Camberley. During hours of twilight window of ground floor flat has been smashed by means unknown.
  • Crime no.45180025205 – Between 08/03/2018 from 18:00 to 09/03/2018 at 07:00, in St Georges Industrial Estate, Wilton Road, Camberley. Theft of white Ford Transit motor vehicle DL12GDO overnight from industrial estate (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180025517 – Between 08/03/2018 from 23:00 to 09/03/2018 at 08:00, in Troutbeck Walk, Camberley. Tyres on a black Ford Transit and black Skoda Octavia have been stabbed,
  • Crime no.45180026253 – On 11/03/2018 at 17:00, in Martindale Avenue, Camberley. Theft of scooter that was left behind a bush
  • Crime no.45180027224 – On 13/03/2018 at 18:20, in Ballard Court, Camberley. Theft of Pedal Cycle (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180026510 – Between 09/03/2018 from 18:00 to 10/03/2018 to 06:00, in Ballard Road, Camberley. Theft from Volkswagen Caddy motor vehicle
  • Crime no.45180027928 – Between 14/03/2018 from 18:00 to 15/03/2018 at 06:00, in Queen Mary Avenue, Camberley. Pedal bicycle stolen from garden.
  • Crime no.45180025993 – Between 09/03/2018 from 10:00 to 10/03/2018 at 08:30, in Middlemoor Road, Frimley. Damage caused to upstairs rear bedroom window caused by pellet or similar.
  • Crime no.45180026386 – On 11/03/2018 at 14:00, in Bailey Close, Frimley. Theft of jet wash from outside house (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180027987 – On 02/03/2018 at 06:03, in Braemar Close, Frimley. Iron gate and bicycles belonging to victim have been stolen from property.
  • Crime no.45180027988 – On 02/03/2018 at 00:00, in Braemar Close, Frimley. Fridge freezer stolen from driveway.
  • Crime no.45180025770 – Between 09/03/2018 from 23:00 to 10/03/2018 at 09:00, in Germander Drive, Bisley. Shed broken into and 2 bikes taken
  • Crime no.45180026034 – Between 09/03/2018 from 18:00 to 10/03/2018 at 08:00, in Steep Hill, Chobham. House undergoing building work has had items stolen from within (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180026286 – On 09/03/2018 from 00:00 to 18:00, in Brook Road, Bagshot. House has been accessed via key from key safe (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180028045 – Between 12/03/2018 from 12:00 to 15/03/2018 at 22:00, in Hammond Way, Lightwater. Victim has come home after 3 days to find hammer marks on the door. No known entry gained (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180025910 – On 10/03/2018 at 15:15, in Bagshot Green Road, Bagshot. Ongoing issues with children with catapults in the area resulting in broken conservatory window (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180026226 – Between 01/03/2018 from 12:00 to 11/03/2018 at 13:40, in Arethusa Way, Bisley. Window of unattended Audi A1 has been smashed
  • Crime no.45180026634 – On 12/03/2018 at 19:48, in Cobbetts Walk, Bisley. Victim’s vehicle has been scratched and damaged with keys
  • Crime no.45180026803 – Between 27/02/2018 from 00:01 to 13/03/2018 at 10:30, in Burr Hill lane, Chobham. Damage caused to fencing
  • Crime no.45180025088 – Between 07/03/2018 from 18:30 to 08/03/2018 at 07:30, in The Avenue, Lightwater. Damage to locks and paintwork on driver’s door of van and rear doors
  • Crime no.45180026362 – On 23/02/2018 at 00:01, in Cranmore Road, Mytchett. During the hours of darkness have broken into a white Citroen Dispatch vehicle and have stolen electrical tester
  • Crime no.45180026144 – On 11/03/2018 at 12:00, in Brimshott Lane, Chobham. While victim was visiting her friend, suspect has stolen her bike that she had left double locked outside.
  • Crime no.45180026550 – On 12/03/2018 at 19:30, in West End Social Club, High Street, West End. Unknown person has gained entry to a white Ford Focus van, stealing power tools (Under investigation)

Police Alert: ‘Nottingham Knockers’ about in Camberley and Windlesham

While I maybe I’m a little late in posting this warning from Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Police Team Inspector Bob Darkens, I thought you might want to know about it from the latest Surrey Heath Police Communique,

Over the previous week, “Nottingham Knockers” have been operating in Windlesham and parts of Camberley.  Comments on social media has been varied from those warning against them to others asking the community to invite them into their homes.  Some have asked what the police are doing about them.  Others have suggested that they are part of some recognised scheme to rehabilitate offenders.  Inspector Bob Darkens was asked to comment and his reply is reproduced below:

“Nottingham knockers is the nickname given to cold callers who try and sell door to door (the practice originated in Nottingham hence the name).  In order to sell door to door you require a pedlar’s certificate issued by the local Police.   To apply you need to,

  • be 17 or over
  • have lived in the local authority where you’re applying for at least 28 days

In most cases persons selling door to door will not have bothered with this requirement”

“They target an area because people purchase from them.  Please keep in mind that if cold callers don’t get any sales in your area, they are less likely to return.  However I do realise that some of our more vulnerable residents may feel pressured into buying from them

“So what do I do when I get a cold caller at my house?  “First of all, I make use of my spy hole in the front door; if you haven’t got one, then seriously consider getting one.  If I don’t recognise the person, then I don’t answer.  I never ever buy anything from a cold caller, never have and never will.  If I need something, I go to a shop where I will get a receipt so that if the goods are faulty I can get a refund – something you will never get from a cold caller.  If I am unfortunate enough to be outside my house when a cold callers comes I always say the same thing: “No thank you, I don’t buy from the door” and walk away ignoring anything else that may be said to me.  Again, I realise that some of our most vulnerable residents may not be confident to say this.  This is where we need to look out for our neighbours and make sure they are supported”

“Under no circumstances should you entertain a conversation regardless of how rude or pushy they may be.  It will achieve nothing apart from raise your blood pressure and potentially lead to a confrontation.  Be mindful that 95% of the time the cold callers are used to people refusing their offer, they don’t usually take it personally, so there is no need to raise the ante with an argument”

What are the Police going to do about it?  Well, it depends if we have available units to send to a reports of cold callers.  It would be wrong of me to promise you a response every time.  This is not achievable when I have limited resources and demand regularly outstrips supply.  However I would encourage you to continue reporting them so I can see if there is a pattern to attendance.  If there is an available unit to send, they will be sent.  Also should you happen to have CCTV at your house I would be more than happy to see any images you may have captured.  If you see any vehicles used to drop off cold callers then again I would like to be made aware of the registration mark.”

“Remember, cold callers only come back because someone is buying from them, if an area gets a reputation for no sales, then the cold callers will stop coming. Whatever schemes are in operation to rehabilitate ex-offenders in other police areas, there is no such scheme in Surrey.”

Surrey Heath Police crime bulletin: March 2018:

Surrey Police Community Engagement Volunteer, David Howie, reports on recent thefts, burglaries, and criminal damage in Surrey Heath, in the latest InTheKnow Bulletin for Surrey Heath.

  • Crime no.45180022021 – On 27/02/2018 at 23:45 in Norwich Avenue, Camberley. Standard dwelling burglary, untidy search was completed and items have been stolen. Suspect has forced their way through the front door by smashing window on the front door.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180022134 – Between 31/10/2016 from 21:07 to 28/02/2018 at 21:07, in Victoria Avenue, Camberley. Female has returned from prison sentence to discover her room has been burgled. (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180022867 – Between 02/03/2018 from 21:00 to 03/03/2018 at 00:20, in Kingsclear Park, Camberley. Elderly female has awoken to find lights on and her bag in the hallway missing £50 and then found the back door window had been smashed. (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180023437 – Between 02/03/2018 from 06:30 to 04/03/2018 at 23:00, in Sarum Beech Avenue, Camberley. Entry forced through rear door, untidy search and laptops taken.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180023625- Between 04/03/2018 from 12:30 to 05/03/2018 at 12:31, in Robin Hill Drive, Camberley. Have gained entry into a 4 bedroom detached property and stolen items (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180025124 – On 08/03/2018 from 21:50 to 22:30, in Dawney Road, Camberley. Has attempted to gain entry to the property by the rear door and has been disturbed by the dog. (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180023612 – Between 28/03/2018 from 12:00 to 05/03/2018 at 10:50, in South Camberley Primary & Nursery School, Camberley. Three sheds at a school have been broken into and a leaf blower stolen.
  • Crime no.45180021273 – On 15/02/2017 at 18:00, in Southern Road, Camberley. Eggs have been thrown onto the front fascia of a three storey property.
  • Crime no.45180022456 – On 28/02/2018 at 09:00, in Crabtree Road, Camberley. In the night, the sheds padlocks locks were cut. The sheds were broken into. Not presently aware of anything missing on two of the properties, the other owner is currently away. The exit gate to the allotments also had its very heavy padlock destroyed.
  • Crime no.45180020473 – On 22/02/2018 at 23:36, in Watchetts Drive, Camberley. Vehicle broken into overnight, entry gained at front of vehicle, locks damaged, no items taken. (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180023778 – On 05/03/2018 at 07:15, in Centro, Southern Road, Camberley. Theft of bench from outside block of flats
  • Crime no.45180025036 – On 08/03/2018 from 13:10 to 14:50, in Loman Road, Frimley. Victim has left property secure at 13:10 and returned at 14:50 and noticed plug socket in front reception room has been damaged. No sign of entry. Nothing stolen.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180021379 –On 26/02/2018 at 19:30 in Mytchett Road, Frimley. Have cut the plastic door trim to a fiat Panda with a knife (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180021584 – On 27/02/2018 at 10:15, in Portsmouth Road, Frimley. After being involved in a road traffic collision, suspect has been verbally abusive towards victim, and has ripped off rear windscreen wiper.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime number: 45180022164.  Time:  25/03/2018 08:00 to 28/02/2018 08:00, in Cranmore Road, Frimley. Criminal damage to Nissan Terrano motor vehicle.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180023010 – On 03/03/2018 at 14:20, in Frimley Green Road, Frimley. Unknown youth has smashed informant’s front window using stone and made off.
  • Crime no.45180023067 – On 03/03/2018 at 17:00, in Evergreen Road, Frimley. House has been egged which requires professional cleaning.  (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180023621 – On 03/03/2018 at 00:40, in Bret Hart Road, Frimley. Snowball containing a rock has been thrown at property window causing it to smash.
  • Crime no.45180024734 – Between 06/03/2018 from 18:30 to 07/03/2018 at 06:30, in Broughton Mews, Frimley. Window has been smashed to Peugeot Partner van but nothing taken.

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Advice on stopping dog theft

The February/March 2018 edition of the Neighbourhood Watch newsletter contains some great advice including,

  • a new campaign from Dogs Trust to help stop dog theft
  • keeping your email secure
  • plus lots of news from across the Neighbourhood Watch Network.

To scroll through the newsletter below, click on the upward facing arrow in the bottom right hand corner.

Surrey Heath Police crime bulletin: February 2018: 2nd update

Surrey Police Community Engagement Volunteer, David Howie, reports on recent thefts, burglaries, and criminal damage in Surrey Heath, in the latest InTheKnow Bulletin for Surrey Heath.

  • Crime no.45180017652 – On 16/02/2018 from 19:15 to 20:30, in Iberian Way, Camberley. Persons unknown have entered a detached property. Untidy search of master bedroom with various high value items of jewellery and handbags stolen.
  • Crime no.45180017700 – On 17/02/2018 at 00:04, in Frimley Road, Camberley. Two males wearing balaclavas were seen to use a vehicle to gain entry to the CO-OP, remove the cash machine and flee the scene (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180018617 – On 19/02/2018 from 09:00 to 17:00, in Surrey Avenue, Camberley. Residential burglary. Entry gained through front door by breaking lock. Laptop stolen (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180017845 – Between 16/02/2018 from 17:00 to 17/02/2018 at 06:30, in London Road, Camberley. Wing mirror pulled off a Toyota Aygo motor vehicle
  • Crime no.45180018818 – Between 17/02/2018 from 19:00 to 18/02/2018 at 10:00, in Clewborough Drive, Camberley. Several vehicles have been keyed (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180019386 – On 19/02/2018 from 15:00 to 19:00, in Carshalton Road, Camberley. BMW 320 scratched whilst parked at a friend’s house.
  • Crime no.45180017854 – Between 16/02/2018 from 22:00 to 17/02/2018 at 11:00, in London Road, Camberley. Front index plate from black Peugeot 307 stolen whilst parked outside home address overnight
  • Crime no.45180019572 – On 21/02/2018 from 21:02 to 22:15, in Orchard Way, Camberley. Have gained entry to Ford Transit and conducted search of cab and rear of van.
  • Crime no.45180018427 – Between 16/02/2018 from 12:00 to 19/02/2018 at 08:30, in Craven Court, Cleveland Road, Camberley. Landrover has been entered and hotwired. Vehicle has been moved out of the parking space but has been left abandoned with the engine running
  • Crime no.45180017504 – On 16/01/2017 from 00:01 to 23:59, in Chapel Road, Camberley. Security camera stolen from outside of victim’s address
  • Crime no.45180017960 – On 17/02/2018 from 17:00 to 19:20, in Grand Avenue, Camberley. Theft of bicycle (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180018212 – On 18/02/2018 from 13:00 to 14:00, in Knoll Road, Camberley. Two pedal cycles stolen from Knoll Road whilst left padlocked (Under investigation)
  • Crime no.45180018860 – Between 19/02/2018 from 11:30 to 20/02/2018 at 12:32, in Sutton Road, Camberley. Theft of pedal cycle.
  • Crime no.45180018933 – On 20/02/2018 at 10:12, in Chatsworth Heights, Camberley. Theft of four alloy wheels from driveway. (Under investigation)

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Fraud Alert: Head Teachers/Principals targeted in fraud

A message sent by Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National) about school fraud

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has seen an increase in recent weeks in the volume of CEO Fraud reports whereby schools are the targeted victim. This has resulted in substantial financial losses for several schools that have fallen victim to this type of fraud.

A school is targeted by a fraudster who purports to be the Head Teacher / Principal. The fraudster contacts a member of staff with responsibility for authorising financial transfers and requests for a one off, often urgent, bank transfer to be made. The amounts requested have been between £8,000 and £10,000.

Contact is made by email and from a spoofed / similar email address to the one the Head Teacher / Principal would use.


  • Ensure that you have robust processes in place to verify and corroborate all requests to change any supplier or payment details. Get in touch with the supplier (or internal colleague) directly, using contact details you know to be correct, to confirm that a request you have received is legitimate.
  • All employees should be aware of these procedures and encouraged to challenge requests they think may be suspicious, particularly urgent sounding requests from senior employees.
  • Sensitive information you post publicly, or dispose of incorrectly, can be used by fraudsters to perpetrate fraud against you. The more information they have about you, the more convincingly they can purport to be one of your legitimate suppliers or employees. Always shred confidential documents before throwing them away.
  • Email addresses can be spoofed to appear as though an email is from someone you know. If an email is unexpected or unusual, then don’t click on the links or open the attachments. Staff should not be allowed to check emails or use the internet with administrator accounts.
  • If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.