NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH UPDATE September 2016

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ABANDONED CARS / CARS NOT MOVED

I had a visit from Eugenia the other day to ask to pass on a message about cars not being moved for weeks on end. Unfortunately, cars being dumped on our streets has become a familiar problem, but if they are taxed and MOT’d they are legally permitted to remain, no matter how long that may be.

So, instead of calling the police about a car that hasn’t been moved recently, they ask that you check the details of the car registration on the DVLA website
https://www.gov.uk/check-vehicle-tax
https://www.gov.uk/check-mot-status

If these are not in order, then by all means call 101. If they are all up to date there is nothing they will be able to do about the vehicle.

However, if the vehicle is unsafe, for example has clearly been in an accident, has bits falling off and it obviously abandoned, then please call 101 to report it or online at
https://www.gov.uk/report-abandoned-vehicle

She also mentioned the complaints about the small red car, and its occupant that resides at the garage end of Haliburton Road. They are doing all they can to persuade the individual not to camp out in the n

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Just to let you know that there has been an attempted break in to a garage on St Margarets Road. A clear attempt has been made to break the lock and open the door, doing much damage in the process.

If you have sheds and garages, make sure they are safely locked up when you are not at the property.

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There have been a spate of burglaries recently across St Margarets, most recently focussed on the Moormead Park area. These have been characterised by break-in through front and side doors. There was one reported in Heron Road a couple of weeks ago. An arrest was made today for break-ins linked to the Moormead area, the suspect being linked to at least 7 break-ins. With any luck that might be an end to that for a while, but please be vigilant with open windows and doors especially at this time of the year, with warmer weather (!) and school holidays coming up.

There also seems to have been some theft of wing mirror covers from cars. We were targeted last week, and another neighbour in Haliburton Road was also targeted. We have a Volvo, but I am unsure of the other car. Given the cost to replace these, I can imagine this being a quite a nice little black-market earner for models of cars where the covers just clip on. We have been targeted for car parts stolen to order in the past in this area, and I have reported these two to the police. If you have experienced anything similar, please let me know and the police.

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I received this today from Richmond Police

Richmond Council is carrying out a consultation on the Crime Priorities for Richmond. The Consultation runs from 14 March 2016 to 3 April 2016.
This consultation provides an opportunity for you to help set the priorities for the Richmond Community Safety Partnership for April 2016 to March 2017. The Strategic Intelligence Assessment report looks at the CSP performance on a range of crimes over the previous year and helps set the priorities for the coming year.
Please follow this link (or copy and paste it into your Internet Browser) for more information and to participate.
https://consultation.richmond.gov.uk/community-safety/crime-2016
If you would like more information, please contact: consultation

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Please read if you have a cat
I have received the following from Richmond Police today, so if you have a cat, please read and you are being advised to keep them in at night:
There have been reports of a man and a woman driving around Hounslow / Whitton areas trying to take cats. If you see anyone acting suspiciously around cats in your road, please challenge them, note their registration and pass onto the Police. If the person/people can prove they own the cat or are genuinely trying to catch the cat for rescue purposes (e.g. if it is injured) they will not mind you challenging them.

Also, I am sure you are all aware by now that there is a cat serial killer mutilating cats in London who then displays the bodies / body parts on doorsteps or in public places. Most of the deaths to date have been around the Croydon area but he is now moving around London and yesterday a mutilated cat was recovered from Paradise Road, Richmond. Post Mortems show that this is clearly the work of a human hand, with heads, tails or limbs cleanly cut off with a sharp blade. To date, no heads have been recovered. Please be vigilant and if you have a cat, make sure it is locked in at night. If you see anyone acting suspiciously and who has a knife, ring 999 immediately, or if you unfortunately come across the remains of a cat, please stay at the scene and ring South Norwood Animal Rescue & Liberty (SNARL) on 07961 030064 so they can recover the body / parts quickly. The RSPCA is organising the Post Mortems and it is vital that forensic evidence is not lost at the scene. People who abuse / kill animals are known to go onto murder humans. Croydon Police Station is treating this as a criminal case and have appointed CID Officer Andy Collin.

Cars Rifled
There have been a couple of reports of high end cars being rifled in Haliburton Road recently. Police advice is never to leave anything on display and make sure the car is locked, although on the most recent occasion the car was unlocked by the offender.

Roof Scammers
A Twickenham resident was conned out of over £3000 last week by scammers who tricked him into having work done on his roof. Had the police not arrived (by chance) he may have ended up paying £7000. The suspects are an Irish man (40s) with a round face, blond/red hair and a thinner man (20s) who walks with a stoop and has a Birmingham accent. They were driving a newish white van with ladders on the top. If anyone gets a visit from this unpleasant pair, please do NOT allow them to do anything and make a note of their registration if you can and report to the Police who are investigating.

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NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH UPDATE – Mopeds

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There have been an number of complaints about nuisance mopeds using the footbridge across the River Crane on Northcote Road. The police have asked that anyone who sees a bike being ridden anti socially e.g. wheelies, speeding, riding on pavement, please jot down if you can the registration of the bike and make a note of the date and time.

With this information they can generate a formal warning for the owner of the bike.

This warning means that if the bike is seen being ridden in an anti social manner again the police can seize the bike and crush it.

If you see this happening and you can’t get a registration number, you can call 101 and they may be able to send a car to investigate.

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Today a white male in his twenties was spotted by several residents behaving suspiciously in Haliburton Road around 3pm. The individual was on a bike, cycling extremely slowly in the road and around cranebank mews, and appeared to be sizing up both houses and cars.

At least 2 of us reported it to the police and they sent a car to investigate. I do not know whether he was picked up, but I made it very obvious to him that I was watching him, so he may be scared out of the street at least.

Please, over the next few days, keep your eyes open if you are around at that time and if you see anyone at all that looks suspicious, call 101 to report it. This individual was early twenties, around 5’10”, curly brown hair. He was wearing a red zip top and carrying a black backpack. The bike he was on had racer handlebars and I think it was a light blue colour.

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