Police visit us while we’re cleaning milestones

Yesterday morning was the second morning this week that Reg Davis and I have been cleaning milestones in Surrey Heath.

We cleaned three, and we thought we’d done well. While brushing of the dirt and lichen of the milestone just prior to the traffic lights by the BP petrol station, a police car stopped by us. The policeman put on his hi-viz jacket and cap and came over to us. He said,

Gentlemen, we’ve had reports of people attempting to steal a milestone.

Oh, how we chuckled, and me then wittering about the history of the milestones and the Bedfont to Bagshot Turnpike Trust. Many thanks to the Surrey Policeman for joining the photo with Reg Davis.

Police Notice: Traveller incursions and the Police

Message from David Howie (Surrey Police, Community Engagement Volunteer, Surrey Heath)

Following a recent incursion by travellers at the Arena Leisure Centre and subsequently at the London Road Recreation Ground (both sites owned by Surrey Heath Borough Council), it is opportune for a summary to be provided to help the public understand the powers that the police have in such circumstances.

Trespasses, unauthorised incursions and encampments on both publicly and privately owned land are a problem.  Community tensions can result and there is frequently a resultant cost to the public or private purse.  Sites of such incidents rarely provide adequate facilities and as such provide poor living conditions and are frequently a substantial concern and inconvenience to the owners and usual users of such land.

It is important to understand that the law confers legal rights on Gypsies and the Travelling Community with Romany Gypsies and Irish Travellers being recognised ethnic groups for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010.  Legislation and nationally mandated practise also places responsibilities on Councils with Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights underpinning the right to respect for a private and family life.  It is necessary to balance the Human Rights of the travellers against the needs of the wider community.  As a result, when managing such incidents on Council land, officials are obliged to establish the welfare situation of the encampment and to take appropriate steps before proceeding with any enforcement action. Every encampment and incursion is therefore dealt with on a case by case basis and careful consideration is given to whether enforcement action is justified, necessary and proportionate.

It needs to be emphasised that the act of trespass itself is not a criminal offence – it is a civil one.  This means that the police are unable to take immediate enforcement action if trespass occurs or make the Travellers move on if no criminal offence has been committed.  Except in the circumstances indicated below, it is the responsibility of the landowner to obtain a ‘direction to leave’ order from a magistrates’ court which can then be served on the trespassers.  They will then have a specified period of time to move off before they are committing an offence.  In the case of the incursion at the Arena Leisure Centre, the Council applied for a court order and served it successfully but the travellers merely moved to the neighbouring London Road Recreation Ground.

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Police News: Arrest in connection with burglaries in Lightwater

Good work by Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Police team, as this message says,

Message from David Howie (Surrey Police, Community Engagement Volunteer, Surrey Heath)

Today (04/08/2017) a male has been arrested in connection with a recent burglary series which has recently been seen in the Lightwater area of Surrey Heath.

The male is currently under investigation and we will look to pass you more information as and when we can.

Reading the Police Crime Bulletin for August – the previous article – it was concerning about the number of burglaries in Lightwater, a relatively crime free village. It’s pleasing that the likely offender has been apprehended, about whom we’re to learn more.

Police Notice: Be aware of door to door knocking

Surrey Police Community Volunteer, Steph Edwards, reports on recent thefts, burglaries, and criminal damage in Surrey Heath in the latest InTheKnow Bulletin for Surrey Heath,

Please be aware that there have been a number of incidents in Surrey Heath in regards to a white panel van knocking on doors asking for work either on Driveways or Roof work to be done.

Please do not engage with them if you are able to take the vehicle registration number down with out putting your self at risk, then ring 101 with the details, if threatened then contact 999.

Surrey Police Chief Constable’s Update for July 2017

Steph Edwards (Surrey Police, InTheKnow, Community Volunteer for Surrey Heath) circulates the latest update from the Surrey Police Chief Constable, Nick Ephgrave.

Pleasing to see details, in the Chief Constable’s update, on the individuals involved in the break in to Lightwater Co-op, now being remanded in custody.

Surrey Heath Police crime bulletin: July 2017: 4th Update

Surrey Police Community Volunteer, Steph Edwards, reports on recent thefts, burglaries, and criminal damage in Surrey Heath in the latest InTheKnow Bulletin for Surrey Heath,

    • Crime No.45170079139 – Between 20/07/2017 from 19:30 to 21/07/2017 at 10:00, at London Road, Camberley. Offenders have gained entry to dwelling through upper window, various items have been stolen including TV, bank statements. Under investigation.
    • Crime No.45170079213 – Between 10/07/2017 from 00:00 to 21/07/2017 at 13:20, at Barnes Road, Frimley. A terracotta pot has been smashed, also criminal damage has been caused to vehicle. Under investigation.
    • Crime No.45170079460 – Between 21/07/2017 from 19:30 to 22/07/2017 at 00:08, at Guildford Road, Bisley. Have gained entry to dwelling by forcing open the front door, untidy search throughout the property, jewellery, watches other items have been taken. Under investigation.
    • Crime No. 45170079617 –  Between 18/07/2017 from 00:00 to 19/07/2017 at 00:00, at Chertsey Road, Windlesham. This Audi also has a previous crime for vandalism, Crime Number is: 4510076296. The Vehicle has again been vandalised. Under investigation.
    • Crime No.45170080275  – On 23/07/2017 from 00:00 to 02:00, at Lime Avenue, Camberley. An attempt to break into the property early hours of the morning, by trying to gain access to down stairs window, access was not gained, someone came down stairs and scared of the intruders.
    • Crime No.45170080744 – Between  24/07/2017 from 08:15 to 25/07/2017 at 08:15, at High Street, Camberley. Offender has gone through gate to gain access to first floor of building, attempts have been made to external air conditioner by partially pulling off the front panel, its believed this was an attempt to steal the Metal.
    • Crime No.45170081149 – Between 25/07/2017 from 08:15 to 26/07/2017 at 05:00, at Grand Avenue, Camberley. Gate and height of metal bar to the recreation ground has been damaged. Under investigation.
    • Crime No.45170080306 – Between 18/07/2017 from 17:30 to 21/07/2017 at 08:30, at Albany Park, Frimley. Windows have been broken while the building was unoccupied. This is the second incident on windows being broken by having stones thrown at them.
    • Crime No.45170080446 – Between 22/07/2017 From 02:55 to 24/07/2017 at 18:18, at Addison road, Frimley. Damage has been caused to Ambulance. Under investigation.
    • Crime No.45170080735 – On 25/07/2017 from 05:20 to 05:30, at Moor Place, Windlesham. Owner has had items taken from the boot of the Vehicle.