Croydon Policing Newsletter – Coulsdon East – April 2015

Here’s the newsletter covering the Croydon council ward of Coulsdon East, aiming to keep people in the ward up to date with policing matters in the area.

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Produced by:

Coulsdon East Safer Neighbourhood Team
Email –
Tel – 020 8721 2059

The team also writes,

“There have been a few burglaries on the ward this month and motor vehicle crime. Be vigilant and try to protect your property. Attachments have been added to help you with crime prevention. 

Report anything suspicious to Croydon police on 101 (non emergency) or 999 for emergency.”

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Download a copy here: Coulsdon East April update

And see the following leaflets circulated with this newsletter:

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You can download copy here: Burglary prevention


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Download a copy here: Keyless Theft Leaflet

Croydon Council’s Active Communities Fund open for applications


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The Council’s Active Communities Fund is inviting grant applications for projects starting in the autumn of this year. We now have a budget of £180,000, nearly twice the amount available in previous years, and are hoping to be able to fund even more innovative community projects than we have in the past.  Details of the new ACF round are set out below.  The main fund awards grants of £1,001 to £5,000 to projects for up to a year with the possibility of a second year if the project is successful.

The main ACF fund gives grants of up to £5,000, but the fast track part of the ACF, Micro Grants, gives grants up to £1,000 on a rolling programme with no fixed deadlines.  Using a simpler form and fast track process, you should not have to wait more than three months from the time you submit your micro grants application to hear whether you have been successful or not.Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 09.41.41

What will be funded?

The ACF has three key priorities:

  • Developing active and inclusive communities
  • Helping people care for one another’s health and wellbeing
  • Tackling poverty and social exclusion

Applicants need to be able to show that their project will contribute towards at least one of these.

Developing active and inclusive communities

Under this priority the Council are keen to encourage applications for projects which;

  • Promote community cohesion, bringing together people from different backgrounds through events, awareness campaigns and other local projects;
  • Encourage women’s participation and voice in areas where they are underrepresented;
  • Help young people gain confidence and provide opportunities for them to reach their full potential, or
  • Help bring public land and buildings into community ownership and projects which are trying to prevent valued community assets from being lost.

Helping people care for one another’s health and wellbeing

Under this priority the Council are keen to encourage applications for projects which;

  • Develop a community response to combating domestic abuse and sexual violence (DASV) and female genital mutilation (FGM);
  • Work with children and families to help them to be more physically active, to eat well and maintain a healthy weight, or to take more control of their own health and lifestyle choices, or
  • Support the public health goals set out in the Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2013-18;
  • increased healthy life expectancy and reduced differences in life expectancy between communities
  • increased resilience and independence
  • a positive experience of care

Tackling poverty and social exclusion

Under this priority the Council are keen to encourage applications for projects which;

  • Promote a broad, holistic approach towards food and fuel poverty;
  • Give access to good quality welfare benefits advice or provide community based information and signposting to advice and support, or
  • Promote digital and financial inclusion.

The maximum award for a micro grant is £1,000 and for a small grant it is £5,000.  The Council will normally provide only one grant per group at any one time.

To be eligible;

  • Projects must be based in Croydon.
  • Applicants should have expenditure of less than £30,000 per annum.
  • Applicants should have no more than the equivalent of two full time paid staff.
  • Applicants must meet the Council’s requirements on governance, management, financial competence and equalities.
  • Projects must demonstrate good value for money.

Priority will be given to new activities and to groups which have not previously received ongoing funding from the Council.

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The Council cannot help you write your application. However, they will be holding workshops to help you understand how to complete the form.

Three of the workshops will be held at Bernard Weatherill House and one in Croydon Town Hall.  They last 2½ hours.

Monday 11 May 2015 at 6pm – **Bernard Weatherill House; First Floor; 1.14 Purley**

Tuesday 12 May 2015 at 2pm – **Town Hall; First Floor; Room F10**

Tuesday 2 June 2015 at 2pm – **Bernard Weatherill House; First Floor; 1.13 Norbury**

Thursday 4 June 2015 at 6pm – **Bernard Weatherill House; First Floor; 1.14 Purley**

Contact Yvonne Gaye to book your place ( or 020 8604 7029)

The deadline for the receipt of applications is 5.00pm Monday 6 July 2015.

You can get more details and get access to the application forms by clicking here Active Communities Fund which will take you to the Active Communities Fund web page and the on line application forms.  Please note that there are different forms for small and micro grants. If you have not applied to the Council on line before, please click on ‘New Applicant’ to register.  If you have applied before, please use the email address and password you used previously.  Please do not use the ‘Login’ link on the green band across the top of the web page.  This is only for the Council’s customer accounts.  Grant applications use a separate system which is not connected to the customer account system.

If you are interested in seeing what type of projects have been funded in previous rounds, you can find them as downloads at the bottom of the Active Communities web page

If you would like further advice or guidance please contact Yvonne Gaye on 020 8604 7029 or

Stop the South London Incinerator Campaign – update

The application to appeal against the judgement of the Judicial Review in the High Court was heard today, but was rejected.  See:


IMG_6140To keep up to date see and if you want to find out how to support the judicial review you can get details here: Donate to the cause

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The fight is not up and several avenues are being explored.

Follow: on Twitter at @StoptheBurnCR and on Facebook at Stop the South London Incinerator.

This campaign is not a party-political one, having gained cross-party support.

Remember this and this.

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Croydon Policing Newsletter – West Thornton – May 2015

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 – 020 7161 9042

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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The link to information about Neighbourhood Watch can be accessed HERE.

Download a copy here: West Thornton May 2015

Croydon Neighbourhood Watch update – 28 April 2015

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Here is the weekly update from Croydon Borough Neighbourhood Watch Association (CBNWA)

Why not sign up to get these weekly updates direct, via email?

Just email your request to be added to CBNWA.  All contact details are listed at the foot of the post.

The update reads:

CBNWA weekly update for 28th April 2015


The council’s trading standards team and a town- centre bank prevented an elderly resident losing thousands of pounds to conmen. Read more.


Fraudsters have set up a bogus website claiming to be the official site of National Savings & Investments (NS&I) and are contacting members of the public, cold calling them and offering them the chance to invest in 65+ Bonds (also known as Pensioner Bonds).

Members of the public who are searching for the official website (for example on search engines) may be directed to the fake one which then asks them to supply contact information.

Victims are then receiving a follow up e-mail and/or phone call from the fraudsters who are requesting evidence of identity documents and bank account details either over the phone or by sending the victims fake forms to fill out. A common name that appears on the emails sent by the fraudsters is ‘Kevin Archer’.

Protect yourself:

  • Do not pass personal or banking information to companies that cold call you.
  • Please note that the only domain name (website address) that is legitimate is
  • NS&I do not make sales calls to potential customers (cold calls).

If you have been a victim of fraud or suspect a company of fraud please contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via the online reporting tool.


Please can you be aware that burglary has started to rise in the Coulsdon West area again.

Make sure that foliage at the front of your property is short so that neighbours can check your property easily. If you haven’t joined a Neighbourhood Watch consider setting one up in your road.

Contact Neighbourhood watch manager at (Katie Breen)

Remove items such as wheelie bins from outside of property, so as not give the burglar the chance to easily step over a back gate. If renewing your side gates think about transparency and fitting a metal bar construction gate that makes your premises are more secure, but neighbours can see through it so to stop some one hiding behind the location.

Use plants in your garden for natural defences, roses, holly etc, make sure that your fence is an appropriate height so that if a house is burgled up the road the burglar can not skip over a low fence to get out of your property or even burgle your property from the rear.

Mark large pieces of electrical equipment in your house with a UV pen putting your postcode and house number on the rear or underside of the device i.e. television, computer. Record the special code from your phone (IMEI) to abstract this information go to your telephone keypad of your mobile phone put in *#06# and record the 16-20 digit number safely else where. If your service provider is Vodaphone dial *#100# to get your code.

If you have large amounts of jewellery in the house who ever owns it get them to wear it and take a picture of them – on the reverse of the photo state whether or not it’s gold/silver/platinum etc length of chain, carat type and weight and any precious stones, what it cost you and what date it was purchased or given to you. Give this to someone else in your family to keep as a record.

Fit appropriate deadlocks to your doors front and back at least 5 lever are recommended by the Metropolitan Police. if you have sliding patio door remember to fit 2 anti lifting devices on these doors to stop the glass being lifted out. Ensure extra locks on double glazing are fitted as a 3 lever lock isn’t sufficient to secure it.

Increase the security of your house considering CCTV and alarm systems more outside efficient lighting, when researching these products on the internet DO NOT put your home address on websites as you are telling an unknown source that your property needs extra security. If you have a porch door lock it at night, if you don’t make sure you double lock your door and take the key out of the door Use other bolts on locks on your rear doors to make them more secure.

Consider getting your detail unregegistered from the internet companies i.e.

send a CO1 Request form to to have your details removed from your details on their website.

If going on holiday for more than a week, make sure you inform someone so they can check your property; consider telling the police, making sure you tell them a contact telephone number of someone who has access to your property on the local police e-mail site DO NOT PHONE 999 or 101.

If an alarm sounds in your road please don’t turn up your TV etc look and see if one of your neighbours is getting burgled then dial 999 any unusual occurrences in your road we would like to know about i.e. suspicious vehicles, people etc. Tell the Police operator the description and the property address, we would rather be called out to check and possibly catch someone. You won’t be told off by us by being a good neighbour.

Always ASK for ID if someone knocks on your door – If you want CRIME PREVENTION ADVICE ask the team and they will try to set an appropriate appointment for you.

In the words of Shaw Taylor from Police 5 – “keep them peeled”

PCSO 7206 Colin Ham
Coulsdon West Safer Neighbourhood Team
Email –
Tel – 020 8721 2465


The new contact number for Purley SNT is 07920 233892.

When the team are not on duty the phone will be diverted the central cluster phone at Addington Police Station where the messages are checked on a daily basis.


Information from a N/W member: “During the early afternoon on 20th April three youths were seen walking along Davidson Road picking up glass items from people’s front gardens, particularly bottles from recycling bins, and smashing them in the road and throwing them at passing cars. One of the youths was also seen to try the handle of a nearby parked car.

Other residents may wish to remind themselves to secure their vehicles if parked outside their houses and consider if recycling bins could be put outside closer to collection day to avoid people interfering with their rubbish”.

Reports of another email scam claiming to be from Nat West Bank which warns that your account has not been updated. If you do not click on the link within 24 hours the account will be suspended. The link leads to a fake website,, which has now been closed down by the real Nat West Bank.


Action Fraud and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) have been made aware that there are currently a number of emails being sent out that appear to be coming from Apple iTunes, detailing a recent purchase.
The email states that if customers did not purchase the item they should click on the link provided to obtain a refund. Once redirected to a web page they are asked to fill out their card and other personal details. This is a spam email with links to a malicious web page that is being used to harvest personal details, possibly in order to access victim’s bank accounts.

Protect yourself:

• Double check where the email has come from before clicking on the link
• Check your iTunes account for recent activity
• Consider contacting iTunes separately to double check your account activity
• Remember iTunes will not request your personal details via email or through attached links
• If you have filled in one of the forms, do not use online banking until you have had your computer checked out by an expert.  Also consider contacting your bank to make them aware of the situation – money held in your account may be at risk.


The Met Crime Mapping site has been created to help show you what crime has been committed in neighbourhoods across the capital. The previous link given does not appear to work on some computers so to view go to: On the first page under ‘How do I’ click on ‘view crime maps for local crime statistics’ on the map page in the search box (top left) enter Croydon. At the top right of the page click on the INFO tab to refine the map area and select crime types.



Please contact our Neighbourhood Watch Manager (Katie Moore) for any general queries, co-ordinator updates or if your contact details change.

CBNWA office details

Telephone: 020 8555 1200 ext. 37637 (there is an answer phone for when the office is unmanned).


Postal:   CBNWA c/o Croydon Fire Station. 90 Old Town, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 1AR.

If you have any Neighbourhood Watch/scam information for the weekly update messages please send them to John Skinner at

You can follow on Twitter at @CBNWA

Croydon consults on 20 mph speed limits

In response to a request for more information on the proposed consultation on 20 mph, we have been provided with the following detailed response from Waheed Alam at Croydon Council.

The council will be undertaking an ‘opinion seeking’ exercise which will start on 13th May 2015 and close on 24th June 2015.  This will be open for residents and businesses within the area where the 20mph speed limit is proposed.

In order to publicise the proposal, the council will put up street notices on lamp columns throughout the affected area.  The notices will briefly explain the proposal and provide a web link for those that need more information on the proposal.

An online questionnaire will also be available for residents/businesses in the area by which they can support or oppose the proposal.

Due to the scale of the area we are dealing with, it is not our intention in the first instance to write to everyone but we will be providing the information on line.  For those that prefer to receive the information as a hard copy, the on-street notices will explain how this can be requested.

The results will be collated following 24th June 2015 and put forward to the Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, who at that stage, will weigh up the responses and pros and cons of the scheme before making a decision whether or not the scheme should be proceeded with.

If the scheme does proceed to the next stage a Statutory Consultation will be carried out allowing a minimum further 3 weeks for anyone wishing to make a representation for or against the scheme to do so.  Although no dates can be set for this as yet, it is likely that this will commence in early August.  If this does coincide with the School summer period, it is likely that the minimum 3 week period will be extended to say 4 or 5 weeks. 

Any material representations received during this period will be responded to and an Officer report will be put forward to the Council’s Traffic Management Advisory Committee who will then advise the Cabinet Member on how the council should proceed.

The final decision will rest with the Cabinet Member.  If the decision to proceed is made then the proposal will be implemented which could take a further 3-4 months.  Please see attached a map showing the area which is currently being considered.

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You may be aware that although the current proposal is for the north of the borough, the council will provide an opportunity to other parts of the borough to consider whether or not a 20mph is right for them.

For this purpose, the council is looking to seek the opinions on an area by area basis (north of the borough being Area 1).  As we plan to have offered this opportunity to the whole borough by 2018, it is very likely that whilst the north of the borough is being looked at we will start the same exercise i.e. opinion seeking, in other parts simultaneously.   

Waheed Alam
Place Department
Streets Division
Highways Team

CCC will advertise the link when the consultation is launched.

We would like to advertise how those not online can access a hard copy to respond so hope these details will be made available, not just on the on-street notices.

Feel free to leave comments on this post.

Download a copy of the map here: 20mph area-opinion seeking survey map -Area 1

Croydon Policing Newsletter – Thornton Heath – April 2015

Here is the latest newsletter covering Thornton Heath, aiming to keep people in the ward up to date with policing matters in the area.

Why not sign up to receive these monthly newsletters and occasional updates direct to your inbox?  Just send an email to the address below to request to be added.

Produced by:

Thornton Heath Safer Neighbourhood Team
Email –
Tel – 020 8721 2058

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Download a copy here: Thornton Heath Update April 15