Croydon Policing Newsletter – West Thornton – November 2016

Here is the monthly newsletter from the local policing team, covering the Croydon council ward of West Thornton, aiming to keep people up to date with local policing issues.

Produced by:

West Thornton Safer Neighbourhood Team
Email –
Tel –  07920 233 884
Twitter: No longer at @MPSWestThornton Now follow @MPSNorbury

Why wait to see the newsletter?

You can receive the monthly updates by emailing the local policing team on the email above to request being added to the email list.



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Download a copy here: West Thornton digest Nov 16

International Women’s Day 2017 in Croydon – Are you planning an event?

Screen Shot 2016-01-31 at 17.52.49Yvonne Okiyo, Chair of Croydon Women’s Network writes,

International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.

Croydon Council’s Women’s Staff Network and its partners will be marking and celebrating International Women’s Day 2017 with a week-long of activities and events, namely Croydon International Women’s Week.  This will be held from Monday, March 6, 2017.

The Council would like to publicise and promote activities and events to mark International Women’s Day.  If your group or organisation will be holding an event or activity and would like to have this publicised and promoted please contact Yvonne Okiyo on 020 8726 6000 ext. 63265 or email by noon Friday 16 December 2016


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Dogs Trust – Neuter your dog for Christmas – reduced price voucher for bull breeds throughout December 2016


Croydon Council’s Dog Warden Service works in partnership with Dogs Trust to promote responsible dog ownership.

Their latest festive project is the ‘Neuter your Bull Breed for Christmas’ initiative. There will be 500 low-cost neutering vouchers available as part of the initiative, allowing owners of bull breeds living in a Croydon postcode to get their dog neutered for just £35 at any one of the participating vets. This procedure normally costs between £200- £500, depending on the size of the dog, so this is a huge saving!

Dog Warden, Tara Boswell says,

There is a UK-wide overpopulation of bull breeds and around 75% of the strays I collect in our borough are bull breed type dogs.  Although this is mainly due to a large number of unscrupulous backyard breeders, there are also many owners who would like to have their dog neutered but simply cannot afford it. Not neutering your dog can lead to accidental litters, continuous straying, dog thefts ans unneutered dogs being sold to new owners, antisocial behaviour involving dogs and dangerous dogs.

I hope this initiative will help curb these problems.

Owners will have until January 31, 2017  to redeem their voucher.

I will also be monitoring our stray puppy intake over the Christmas and New Year period to see if this has any effect on our stray numbers.


Just email

or you can call Croydon Council’s Dog Warden Service on 020 8726 6000

Christmas Carols at Grangewood Park – 10 December from 6-8pm

Friends of Grangewood Park invite you to carols in the Park with mulled wine, mince pies and lantern procession from 6pm.



Find them on Facebook : Friends of Grangewood Park

And on Twitter at @GrangewoodPark

Thornton Heath Community Action Team – 10 December from 4pm – songs and carols

The Thornton Heath Community Action Team invite the community to join them.

Christmas tree set up at the Clocktower 4pm on  Saturday 10 December.


For enquiries, please email:

Find them on Facebook : Thornton Heath Community Action Team

And on Twitter at @THCAT1

You might then like to head to Grangewood Park for carols in the Park with mulled wine, mince pies and lantern procession.

Croydon Council’s response to Local Plan to be covered at Council meeting on Monday 5 December 2016

Many individuals and groups will have responded to the latest consultation on the Local Plan. The Council’s response to that consultation will be going to the full Council meeting on 5 December 2016, commencing at 6.30pm.

Residents may like to ask a public question at this meeting. If this relates to the local plan, the question would be responded to by Cllr Alison Butler, who is the Cabinet Member responsible for the plan.

Public questions need to be submitted by 12 noon on Friday 2 December 2016. Please read details of how to do this and the process at as the system has changed recently.


Notices of meeting – AGM and public meeting – 30 November 2016


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Thanks to those who attended our AGM and public meeting.

And thanks to those who pre-registered, as this saves the committee time on the night and helps us to cater for numbers.

The notes of meeting and the minutes of the AGM will be available shortly but here are the notices, which may be updated when time allows.


Committee elections
All on the current committee stood for re-election. All were re-elected en bloc at the suggestion of a member, and with the agreement of all present.

Redevelopment of Queens Gardens and Taberner House
The meeting heard from Steve Sanham, the managing director of Hub, the developers involved in redesign and redevelopment, and Dawayne Gordon, a member of Kaizen, the engagement team canvassing the views of local people.

You can access more information here. This includes a link to an online survey to have your say and how to register for a call back to give your views over the phone.

The initial consultation is due to close at the end of December so make sure you have you say.


Policing Update
Although unable to attend due to a current operation, Sgt Ali MacPherson of the Broad Green team kindly provided the following update for the police.

Theft from motor vehicles
Croydon Met Police would like to remind everyone in the run up to Christmas to keep items out of sight in vehicles and not on display.

The Police continue to arrest and target known burglars but there are still opportunists out there who will take advantage of open or rotten doors and windows.

Antisocial behavior
Officers are continually responding to ASB issues highlighted by members of the community.  This has led to good results, ranging from arrests of known drug dealers and persistent offenders, and using local knowledge the police have been able to carry out search warrants in relation to drugs and other offences.

Separately, as well as day to day work, officers in Croydon are currently dealing with a vulnerable adult who is the victim of suspected financial abuse. They are working with the Social Services Adult Safeguarding Team at Croydon, to work towards the best outcome for the vulnerable person.

The Police would like to thank the community for calling them when they are witnesses to crime and ASB.

It was noted in the meeting that Croydon Trading Standards produce bulletins and asked that people watch out for vulnerable residents, including the elderly, who are more likely to become victims of scams.  See links to advice from Trading Standards here.

Croydon Debate Club
This new venture in Croydon was discussed, with plans to hold meetings monthly.

The first dscreen-shot-2016-11-28-at-20-50-02ebate was held on the issue of flytipping and the next is on December 7, again at Matthew’s Yard, debating the council’s role in housing and the issue of homelessness.  

See details in the link if you would like to be added to Croydon Debate Club’s email list or to get in touch to suggest a future topic.

Follow them on @CronxDebateClub, if you are on Twitter.


Ward Boundary Review
This was discussed, with few present aware that residents could submit a view.  The closing date is Monday, 5 December 2016.

As promised, Cllr Helen Pollard, has provided the following links to information to enable those interested having the opportunity to express their views.

Find the Boundary Review website where people can comment, here.

Anyone responding may want to refer to the boundary proposals submitted by the Council, which can be located at

NHS Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group’s current consultations
The NHS Croydon CCG is currently consulting on the potential closure of the women’s mental health unit in Purley as well as the changes to prescribing.

All 50 consultation documents provided by the CCG on the issue of changes to prescribing  were taken by those attending the event, to use or to share with others who may wish to express a view.

If you want to have your say, see the post on our website, which provides links to the online consultation on prescribing.  There is a further meeting organised by the Croydon CCG on 13 December, also listed in the link.

Food banks in Croydon
Donations for the Croydon Refugee Day Centre were invited for this meeting, and donations were gratefully received.  These donations will be delivered to the Centre, along with the donations received at St Michael’s, who regularly collect for this charity.


Thanks to all who contributed.

Purley Food Hub, who cater for clients in need in Croydon are also appealing for donations, including festive treats for children, alongside staple items. If you’d like to support their work, see the details, here.

Next meeting
We are currently planning our next meeting for January 2017.

The meeting will be devoted to addressing Refuse, Recycling, and flytipping as a follow up to our previous meeting on this subject.


Local information is always on offer at our meetings for people to take away.