Croydon Policing Newsletter – Fieldway – January 2016

Here is the newsletter covering the Croydon council ward of Fieldway to keep people up to date on policing matters.

There is no need to wait to view these monthly newsletters from your local policing team on our website.  
Just email the SNT, on the email address below, to ask to be added to the circulation list. You’ll receive not only the monthly newsletter but occasional important updates.
Produced by: Fieldway Safer Neighbourhood Team
Email – Fieldway.snt@met.police.uk
Tel – 020 8649 1492
Twitter –  was @MPSFieldwaySgt but now @MPSSouthCroydon

Please note, this is the newsletter sent out near the end of January, but originally dated 22 December.

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Download a copy here: Fieldway Monthly News Letter (10) Jan 2016

Petition – Reverse Croydon Council’s proposals for a 2,743% increase in street trading fees

The petition which was launched via Change.org by Matthews Yard reads,

‘Croydon Council has recently announced proposals to change the way it charges business for street trading licences. In a 28 day public consultation which is promoted through obscure tweets like “do street trading fees affect you?” the council proposes changing the structure for street trading fees from a fixed fee, to a fee per square metre. Under their proposals businesses are faced with an increase of as much as 4,500% in their fees from April 2016. 

This decision does not just affect businesses, it affects ordinary citizens. Street Trading fees cover the licensing of a broad range of on street activities. While it may sound like it just governs things like market stalls (which are exempt from the increase under the new proposals) it actually affects any activity occupying the footpaths on an interim or ongoing basis. Any outside tables or chairs which are on the public footpath or highway are subject to street trading regulations. 

Matthews Yard currently pays £89 per year for the rights to have tables and chairs outside our premises. Under the new proposal this fee would increase to £80 per week. This is an unrealistic and unfair increase and will force us to remove the tables and chairs which our customers enjoy so much in the rare opportunities our weather affords us to use the space. 

We urge the council to rethink their decision and proposed fee structure and perhaps look at alternative means of balancing their books.’

Matthews Yard - Could scenes like this soon be a thing of the past?

Matthews Yard – Could scenes like this soon be a thing of the past? Image: Matthew Yard, used with permission

 

If you’d like to sign the petition, find it here:

https://www.change.org/p/london-borough-of-croydon-reverse-croydon-councils-proposals-for-a-4-500-increase-in-street-trading-fees

You can also give your opinion direct the council by emailing the council on licensing@croydon.gov.uk. Please ensure that you read the documents at https://getinvolved.croydon.gov.uk/KMS/DMart.aspx before responding.

Quite which local press carried the notice is not clear as the post still contains notes referring to adding the details of press before posting.

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What do YOU think?

The initial response on Twitter indicates that people are certainly taken aback by the proposal. Follow comments on the hashtag #sunshinetax

If you want to add a comment, please do.  If you’d prefer to do so anonymously, please email us and we’ll post the comment up for you.

Download the relevant council documents, here:

The proposal:  Street Trading fees – Public Notice

Map*: Street Trading Fees – North End map
*Please note, this map indicates the area covered by a higher rate of £5 per square metre. Traders outside of this area, such as Matthews Yard,  will still be charged £3 per square metre.

PETA offer reward to help catch the ‘Cat Ripper of Croydon’

PETA are offering a reward of up to £5000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the killing and dismembering of cats in the Croydon area…

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Find out more, here: PETA offer £5K reward to help catch ‘Cat Ripper of Croydon’

SNARL are providing advice on what people can do if they find an injured or mutilated animal.

Please call 101 to alert the police if you find an injured animal or see anything suspicious. Please also alert SNARL immediately too on either 07957 830 490 or  07961 030064.

And please keep cats and other animals indoors at night.

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The M25 animal killer – What can you do to help?

The following advice is given by SNARL, the South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty group, who have campaigned hard to get the information out and to get the police to take action. Screen Shot 2016-01-28 at 17.25.07

Please read and share.

There have been a number of victims of the person killing cats and foxes in the M25 area, the majority in the Croydon area.

In brief, confirmed cases include:

Ukiyo in Addiscombe
Amber in Shirley
Oscar in West Norwood
Unidentified cat in West Norwood
Missy in Coulsdson
“Charlton” in Charlton
An unidentified black and white cat found killed next to Mitcham Common and confirmed now as linked

An unidentified tabby cat found in Streatham on 19 January 2015 confirmed as a victim.

Two cats and a fox found beheaded in the Crystal Palace triangle early in the morning of Monday 18 January 2016 which have been linked to this case.

A fox tail found on Davidson Road, which has been placed in a garden, was inconclusive but given the deliberate placement of the tail, is considered to be a victim.

Leo found deceased in Sutton on 22 January 2016, a week after he disappeared, confirmed as a victim.

A red possibly Burmese cat found in South Croydon, at the vet for examination.

A rabbit, found in Bristol Road, Morden – inconclusive on vet examination, but the positioning of the body suggests this poor babe was a victim

Maverick, found mutilated in N3 on 4 February 2016. Body is with the vet for post mortem.

Tigger, found in Stepney, E1, on the morning of 9 February, body not recovered but positioning of body, lack of blood at the scene and injuries strongly suggests he is a victim.

Unidentified black and white cat found in Addiscombe on 9 February. Body was retrieved on 10 February and is with the RSPCA for post mortem.

Tommy, found murdered in Kenley on 13 February 2016.

Plus, 36 other historic cases in Croydon and the outskirts of the borough in the last two years and SNARL have reports of other cases going back to 2008.

There is also some evidence to suggest that a rabbit killed a few weeks ago in South Croydon and two puppies killed and left in a South Norwood park two years ago are also victims.

But, what can YOU DO?

If you hear about any further domestic or wild animals been injured or found dead with the following:Slashed neck/ decapitation and/or
Slashed belly and/or
Organs removed and/or
Pelvis removed and/or
Tail removed and/or
Leg/tail removed and/or
Any other injury which looks like it is a knife wound

Please:
1. Ask the person to contact us on 07957 830 490 or mobile 07961 030064 immediately

2. Report the finding to the police either by calling 999 if they are at the scene or 101 if it is some time since they saw/ found the body/ parts.

It is ABSOLUTELY VITAL that the body/parts are safeguarded and we will come out, even if it is after hours to collect any body or body parts for examination by the vet working on this case.

If the animal is still alive please take him or her straight to the vet for treatment and call us as soon as you can afterwards.

If you see anyone behaving suspiciously, particularly if they are carrying a knife or bladed weapon, please call 999 (this advice comes directly from the police) immediately.

This case was brought to our attention by the community and we are pretty sure that it will be solved as a result of the community’s efforts.

Thank you

Boudicca and Tony
SNARL

Follow SNARL on Facebook: South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty – SNARL and on Twitter at @SNARLLondon

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PETA are also offering a reward for information that leads to a conviction. More details here.

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Croydon Policing Newsletter – Sanderstead – Winter 2016

This is the latest edition of the Sanderstead local policing team’s newsletter.  This has been delivered to all homes on the ward.

Produced by:
Sanderstead Safer Neighbourhood Team
Email – Sanderstead.snt@met.police.uk
Tel – 020 8721 2470
Twitter –  @MPSSouthCroydon

http://content.met.police.uk/Team/Croydon/Sanderstead

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Woodside Policing update – January 2016

Here’s the newsletter covering the Croydon council ward of Woodside.

Why not email the team on the address below to ask to be added to their monthly circulation list?  This way you’ll receive these newsletters and any other important updates straight to your inbox.

Produced by:
Woodside Safer Neighbourhood Team
Download a copy here: Woodside January 2016 Newsletter

Opportunity and Fairness Commission report launch – Thursday 28 January 2016

The long-awaited announcement regarding the arrangements for the launch of the Croydon Opportunity and Fairness Commission’s final report has finally been announced and is as follows.

Please share to spread the word as we are aware that people, including those who have attended and contributed to the OFC meetings,  have not received notification of the venue.

The Bishop of Croydon, who chairs the commission, writes:

You are cordially invited to the launch of the Croydon Opportunity and Fairness Commission’s final report at 6:30pm on Thursday 28 January 2016 at Croydon College.

The launch marks the culmination of the Commission’s work and comes at a time of significant change for our borough. Changes in government funding mean that local government will have to make difficult decisions about how it can serve the people of the borough with far less resources, at the same time as life becomes more and more challenging for those dependent on benefits. On the other hand, the re-development of central Croydon and new developments across the borough present a huge opportunity for new and better jobs and security. The choice is before us as to how we work together so that these changes lead to a better borough for all its residents, workers and businesses. I do hope that you will be able to join us for the launch, and to join with others from all sectors of Croydon in becoming part of the changes we hope for.

The Commission will set out its findings and ideas about what can be done to improve the borough. These have developed out of our engagement with individuals and organisations over the past year, and have been further refined over the last few months since the release of our interim report, which can be accessed here. We will then ask individuals and organisations to come forward and make commitments to help make these ideas reality.

There will be refreshments and an opportunity to meet new people. The Young Commission, who have engaged with young people across the borough to hear their views, will give a presentation about their work.

Copies of our final report will also be available.

I would be grateful if you could RSVP to let us know if you will be joining us, either by replying to this e-mail or reserving a place on this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/croydon-opportunity-and-fairness-commission-final-report-launch-tickets-20128751638

Should you have any questions please e-mail contact@opportunitycroydon.org or call 0800 612 2182.

I look forward to seeing you on the day.
With all best wishes,
Rt Rev’d Jonathan Clark

 

Opportunity and Fairness

For details and updates see www.opportunitycroydon.org 

Follow them on Twitter: @OppCroydon