A message from Croydon’s Borough Commander

A message from the Borough Commander for Croydon is being shared by local policing teams. Just email your local policing team to receive monthly updates and important notices such as this.

His message reads,

Following the horrific terrorist attack in Manchester last night, in which 22 people were killed and tens of others injured, we have increased the number of officers on duty across the Capital.

Whilst all policing operations in London are currently planned to the backdrop of a severe threat level from terrorism, officers from our event planning teams and protective security experts are now reviewing in detail all the plans for upcoming events in the Capital.

This includes smaller events which may not have had a police presence seeing a greater focus; an increase of armed and unarmed officers on highly visible reassurance patrols around key locations and crowded places and work with event organisers.

The Met is reaching out to event organisers through our licensing officers to ensure that they are given the latest protective security advice to keep their music events as safe as can be. Using our well established local and London-wide briefing systems, we are ensuring that refreshed advice is given to all those venues hosting events.

A full review of the security and policing operations for the weekend’s sporting events – the culmination of the football and rugby seasons at Wembley and Twickenham – is underway. This will include the deployment of extra armed officers.

Operation Hercules – which sees the deployment of a range of mobile and static overt armed officers – will be stepped up to protect the Capital. This is designed to make London as hostile an environment as possible for any would-be attacker. That means the locations, types of tactics and the numbers of officers deployed at once will continually change to be most effective and avoid predictability.

The Met will continue to do everything possible to protect the Capital not just through the use of armed officers but the ongoing work by specialist detectives in the Counter Terrorism Command; working with partner agencies and gathering community intelligence.

Commander Jane Connors, said: “As the full horror of last night’s attack in Manchester still sinks in the thoughts of all of us in the Met Police are with those who have lost loved ones or who were injured.

“Here in London we are determined to do all we can to protect the Capital. That means that over the coming days as you go to a music venue, go shopping, travel to work or head off to the fantastic sporting events you will see more officers – including armed officers.

“We are used to delivering policing operations that seek to mitigate against the severe threat we face from terrorists. It is only right that we now take time to review those existing plans and make sure we are confident that we are doing all we can.

“As you are out and about in London please be alert – call us immediately if you see something suspicious. If you are at an event and something worries you, go straight to a police officer or security guard and tell them.”

Across London local officers are also out engaging with a range of communities as terrorist attacks can cause heightened concerns. Safer Schools officers are working closely with their schools to make sure that young people understand what the Met is doing to protect the Capital.

Regards

Chief Superintendent Jeff Boothe

 

Stay calm

Be vigilant

Trust your instincts and

ACT if you are at all suspicious by contacting the police.

 

Updates and notices of meeting – 10 May 2017

Featured

Thank you!
Thanks to those who attended our meeting on Rubbish in Croydon – Refuse, recycling and fly-tipping.

Thanks too to everyone who booked a place ahead of the night and to the kind attendees who stepped in to help in a variety of ways on the night, including setting up, clearing away and covering the registration desk. It was appreciated.

One of the issues discussed on the night. Black bags of domestic waste dumped one night, torn apart by foxes during the night before they could be cleared.

A display of local information was made available on the night, with copies to take away.

 

NOTICES & UPDATES
Here are the updates and notices of meeting.

The notes of meeting will follow, followed by a council response to questions and points made at the meeting.

Updates from previous meetings

Croydon Air Quality plan
Cllr Stuart King responded promptly to a query arising from the last meeting. Residents will have the opportunity to contribute to the Air Quality Action Plan but the consultation has been postponed due to the election.

Notices

Summer Lunchtime Recitals on Fridays at Croydon Minster – Fridays from May 12
These start on Friday 12 May and run weekly, through to Friday 16 May. Feel free to bring a packed lunch. The events are free but donations are welcome. See: https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/summer-lunchtime-recitals-on-friday-at-croydon-minster-starting-may-12/

Saffron Central
Saffron Central is the brainchild of Ally McKinlay, who crowdfunded for a  pop-up crocus farm on the empty Taberner House site. As building work has not yet started, Saffron Central have had an extension. To link with Croydon Pride on 15 July, which will be held in Queens Gardens, Ally is working on a Hearts and Flowers theme, to link with Croydon PrideFest and the Croydon Summer of Love festival being held in Wandle Park.

Work starting this Saturday, 13 May with tasks such as clearing crocuses and preparing the planting aisles. All are welcome to get involved in this community venture. Why not pop along and find out more? Donations of flowering plants, durable artwork linking to the theme, offers of help or donations all welcome!

This is just the first of many sessions where the community can get involved.  See the post here for more details.

Indoor Car Boot sale – May 13
At St Mary’s, Addington Village, on Saturday 13 May from 9am to 1pm. See:  https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/indoor-car-boot-sale-at-st-marys-addington-village-13-may-from-9am-to-1pm/

 

 

 

South Norwood’s Sensible Garden

The garden is situated in South Norwood High Street SE25, opposite the Harris Academy and near the Goat House bridge.

The workday this Sunday, as mentioned in the meeting, has been postponed as Crystal Palace are playing at home that day. Sunday 21 May is the new date.

New helpers are always welcome, particularly anyone who could offer to water the garden during dry spells.

The garden has a Facebook page. See The Sensible Garden

Helpers tend to meet on Sundays but it is not a regular arrangement as yet.

A party is planned for June 18 from 1pm, including music from the ’60’s and 70’s. Bring food and love to share. All welcome.  This event is in fond remembrance of Jo Cox MP and to honour Robbie Gibson who has been missing since June 13, 2016.

Friends Coffee morning – May 17

The Asian Resource Centre in Croydon is hosting a monthly coffee morning at CVA on the London Road, West Croydon. The next is on Wednesday 17 May from 10.30am to 12.30pm. See: https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/friends-coffee-morning-weds-17-may-with-asian-resource-centre-in-croydon/

 

Afternoon Car Boot Sale – May 21
A series of boot sales will be held at Croydon Postal Club in Warlingham, with the first on Sunday 21 May.  Open from noon with sellers admitted from 11am. Click here for details.

 

 

Faiths Together in Croydon – Respect event – May 24
Save the date. More details to follow shortly.

Carer’s Week – 12 to 18 June
A variety of events organised for carers in Croydon, including Care’s Information Day on 14 June in the Community Space, at Bernard Weatherill House.

 

Croydon Pridefest – July 15
For details of Croydon Pridefest, see https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2017/04/28/croydon-pridefest-is-back-in-2017-save-the-date/

 

 

Interfaith Forum – September 10

The Croydon branch of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is running their third Interfaith Forum at the mosque in St James’s Road. Free but booking required to help the organisers cater for numbers. For details, click here.

 

 

 

 

SNARL and the cat killer
Details of South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty (SNARL)‘s work on the cat killer and copies of the flyers to download have been added to the CCC website. See: https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2017/03/11/the-cat-killer-info-reward-for-info-and-what-you-can-do-to-help/

All were asked to keep spreading the word and to follow the advice given to keep pets safe. Flyers were also available at the meeting to take away.

SNARL are looking for people willing to help leaflet areas in Croydon. 

If interested, contact CCC who can pass details on.

Purley Food Hub
Thanks were given to people who had brought along items to the meeting to donate.  Purley Food Hub serves Croydon and the organisation is always looking for donations to support their work. A list of items sought each month is produced.  Find the list for May here.

The Refugee Centre in West Croydon also seeks donations and CCC are currently waiting to receive an updated leaflet.

 

Local policing team newsletters
Anyone can sign up to these newsletters and occasional important updates from their local policing team. Newsletters also contain details of ward panel meetings.  Local policing teams are keen to hear from residents and business owners/workers on their priorities and concerns for the ward. 

CCC post all local policing team ward newsletters on the website, but in order to avoid delay and to ensure that people receive important updates as soon as they are released, do sign up directly with the local policing team (previously called the Safer Neighbourhood team) to get the information as soon as it is released.

Find all newsletters, here.

Membership
If you wish to support our work, why not take up membership?

 

Next meeting
This will be announced shortly but there will be no meeting in June.

Updates and notices of meeting – 12 April 2017

Thank you!
Thanks to those who attended our meeting organised in association with London Sustainability Exchange.

 

A display of local information was made available, with copies to take away.

 

NOTICES & UPDATES
Here are the updates and notices of meeting.

There may be brief meeting notes to follow, along with the presentation.

Updates from previous meetings
None

Notices

SNARL and the cat killer
Details of South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty (SNARL)‘s work on the cat killer and copies of the flyers to download have been added to the CCC website, with a very recent update to the latest versions. See: https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2017/03/11/the-cat-killer-info-reward-for-info-and-what-you-can-do-to-help/ Anyone can download flyers here, to share.

All were asked to keep spreading the word and to follow the advice given to keep pets safe. Flyers were also available at the meeting to take away.

 

The acclaimed WW1 exhibition at Whitgift School, Remembering 1916 – Life on the Western Front,  is now offering free entry until it closes on 16 April 2017.

Permits to use the three main Recycling Centres in Croydon are now required.  These are issued to all Croydon residents who apply with correct ID.  For full details, see https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2017/03/14/permits-needed-to-use-recycling-centres-in-croydon-from-3-april/

 

The proposed new ward boundaries for Croydon have been published and today marks the start of an 8-week consultation ending on May 8, 2017 giving residents a chance to have their say before they are finalised.

 

Local policing team newsletters
Anyone can sign up to these newsletters and occasional important updates from their local policing team. Newsletters also contain details of ward panel meetings.  Local policing teams are keen to hear from residents and business owners/workers on their priorities and concerns for the ward. 

CCC post all local policing team ward newsletters on the website, but in order to avoid delay and to ensure that people receive important updates as soon as they are released, do sign up directly with the local policing team (previously called the Safer Neighbourhood team) to get the information as soon as it is released.

Find all newsletters, here.

 

What’s On Croydon is a new initiative with daily listings of events for Croydon and includes a website with posters to download. Get in touch via email to find out how to get events listed and promoted. for further info see: https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2017/04/12/whats-on-in-croydon-new-listings-of-events-for-croydon/

 

RUBBISH revisited! 
The next meeting will be on May 10 and will focus on RUBBISH – Refuse, recycling and flytipping, returning to the subject just over three years on from the initial meeting on the subject.

Questions and comments in advance of the meeting please. See website for full details, how to submit questions and how to book at https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/public-meeting-rubbish-revisited-weds-10-may-2017/

And please help spread the word.

Stop the South London Incinerator Campaign is holding a  demonstration on 10 May also outside the Sutton Civic Centre. See the campaign’s website for details here and find the event on facebook, here.

Borough-wide Residents’ Associations meeting & RA contact list
And, also on the same evening, the Croydon Conservatives are holding a meeting with representatives from the borough’s Residents’ Associations (RAs). These meetings are organised by the Croydon Conservatives and are open to representatives from all RAs across the borough and focus on information sharing and hearing the views of residents.

If you are involved in an RA who is not currently invited but would like to be and/or you know of an RA which is not listed on our list, please get in touch.

There is a Broad Green Community Spring Clean on Monday 17 April, organised by the Broad Green Residents’ Association.

All are welcome to join residents and local councillors at this event.

The organisers ask that anyone with children considers whether or not to bring them as litter picking will be alongside some busy roads.

See: https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2017/04/08/spring-clean-broad-green-on-monday-april-17-all-welcome/

North Croydon Community Group Community Garden event on 22 April

Everyone is also welcome to get involved with the community garden project being organised by North Croydon Community Group

See poster for details:

https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2017/04/05/north-croydon-community-group-dig-it-together-event-22-april-2017-11am-to-2pm/

 

 

 

Easter services at St Michael’s
St Michael’s with All Angel’s has a number of services for Easter.  See their website for details of this and other events.

Find them on Twitter at @stmichaelsc1

Membership
If you wish to support our work, why not take up membership?

Next meeting
A meeting focussing on Rubbish – Refuse, recycling and flytipping, has been organised for 10 May 2017.  Details and links to booking here.

Updates and notices of meeting – 14 March 2017

Thank you!
Thanks to those who attended our meeting and to all who booked a place which meant the meeting started on time.  Particular thanks to Cllr Simon Brew who attended and responded to questions that arose.

A display of local information was made available, with copies to take away.

NOTICES & UPDATES
Here are the updates and notices of meeting.

The meeting notes will follow when finalised after all attending have had the opportunity to view and comment.

Updates from previous meetings
None

Notices

SNARL and the cat killer
Details of South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty (SNARL)‘s work on the cat killer and copies of the flyers to download have been added to the CCC website, with a very recent update to the latest versions. See: https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2017/03/11/the-cat-killer-info-reward-for-info-and-what-you-can-do-to-help/ Anyone can download flyers here, to share.

All were asked to keep spreading the word and to follow the advice given to keep pets safe. Flyers were also available at the meeting to take away.

 

The next Croydon Safer Neighbourhoods Board meeting is on Wednesday 15 March 2017.The Board is funded by the Mayor’s office for Policing and Crime, and aims to give the borough’s residents a voice on safety and policing issues and to hold the police and their partners to account.

The focus of the meeting is on tackling antisocial behaviour and includes a police report. The meeting will be held in the Community Space at Bernard Weatherill House, not the See: https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2017/03/11/croydon-safer-neighbourhood-board-weds-15-march-2017/ 

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Croydonites, an eclectic mix of theatre, is back for a second year in Croydon at various venues.

The festival is funded by the Council, Arts Council England and is the work of local Croydon residents.

Copies of the programme were available at the meeting and details can be viewed here.

 

LSx image – used with permission

Tackling pollution in Croydon
London Sustainability Exchange (LSx) is running a project supporting community groups to measure air pollution across London and are looking for groups in Croydon who might be interested in understanding and tackling the challenge in their area.  They would be prepared to train people and community groups to measure pollution in the area and make action plans to bring about change. There is no charge for involvement in the project.

In addition to the meeting tonight in London, which CCC has advertised, with at least one representative of a group from Croydon attending as a result, CCC has agreed to facilitate a future meeting in Croydon if there is sufficient interest. Anyone interested is asked to email CCC at CroydonNeighbourhoods@gmail.com

South Croydon Community Association (SCCA) are holding a Question Time event at Croydon College on the evening of 16 March 2017. This event focusses on taking the Arts forward in Croydon.   Full details can be found here.

Booking is via Eventbrite.

Croydon Debate Club
The next event will be held on 29 March 2017 at Project B. This event will involve a debate on Croydon’s Air Quality Action Plan which is out to public consultation. Cllr Stuart King, Cabinet member for Transport and Environment, will speak at this event.

The following is a debate with Gavin Barwell MP, pencilled in for 13 April 2017, venue and topic to be confirmed.

 

 

 

The acclaimed WW1 exhibition at Whitgift School, Remembering 1961 – Life on the Western Front,  is now offering free entry until it closes on 16 April 2017.

Permits to use the three main Recycling Centres in Croydon will be required from 3 April 2017.  These will be issued to all Croydon residents who apply with correct ID.  For full details, see https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2017/03/14/permits-needed-to-use-recycling-centres-in-croydon-from-3-april/

 

The proposed new ward boundaries for Croydon have been published and today marks the start of an 8-week consultation ending on May 8, 2017 giving residents a chance to have their say before they are finalised.

 

Local policing team newsletters
Anyone can sign up to these newsletters and occasional important updates from their local policing team. Newsletters also contain details of ward panel meetings.  Local policing teams are keen to hear from residents and business owners/workers on their priorities and concerns for the ward. 

CCC post all local policing team ward newsletters on the website, but in order to avoid delay and to ensure that people receive important updates as soon as they are released, do sign up directly with the local policing team (previously called the Safer Neighbourhood team) to get the information as soon as it is released.

Find all newsletters, here.

Purley Food Hub
And thank you to those who brought along a contribution to Purley Food Hub on the night.

Membership
If you wish to support our work, why not take up membership?

Next meeting
Details of our next meeting shortly.

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#Croydon Safer Neighbourhood Board – Weds 15 March 2017

 

The next Safer Neighbourhood Board meeting is on Wednesday, 15 March 2017 from 6.30pm in the Community Space, Bernard Weatherill House.  *Please note* this is a new venue as the meeting was originally advertised as being held in the Council Chamber, Croydon Town Hall.

The meeting will cover tackling anti-social behaviour in Croydon and receive a police report.

Refreshments will be served from 6pm.

Please help spread the word.

 

The papers that are available at the time of posting can be found here.  SNB20170315_03_01_Minutes

The agenda is not yet available as a download but can be viewed below.

Find Croydon Safer Neighbourhood Board on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CroydonCPCG

and on Twitter at @SNBCroydon

Information on Croydon Online website was at http://www.croydononline.org/safer-neighbourhood-board/  but now no longer available.

Notification of meetings no longer goes out via email. They are listed on the Council website’s calendar of council meetings and any relevant papers should appear one week prior to the meeting.

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Croydon Debate Club – Policing in Croydon – challenges and choices- 22 Feb 2017

 

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The organiser writes,

“The aim of the Croydon Debate Club is to promote a constructive dialogue on issues specific to Croydon. The emphasis will be on understanding the issue and the options that there are to address it.”

You can just turn up but it helpful if you can book a place on Eventbrite.

If you have any questions or would like to propose a topic for a future meeting, just email croydondebateclub@gmail.com

And keep your eyes peeled for future events.

Twitter at @CronxDebateClub

Body-worn video cameras for police officers launch on 9 January 2017 in Croydon

Sergeant Mark Sexton, Met Police’s Croydon Borough body worn video (BWV) implementation lead writes,
Dear Resident,
I am writing to let you know that Croydon borough will be launching the use of body worn video (BWV) cameras on 9th January 2017.
This is part of the world’s largest use of BWV within a police service, modernising the Metropolitan Police (MPS) through technology and rolling out approximately 22,000 cameras over the coming months. Given the scale of the roll out this will be phased across the MPS so some boroughs will receive their cameras sooner than others.
A successful year-long trial of these cameras within Camden, Hillingdon, Ealing, Barnet, Lewisham, Croydon, Bexley, Bromley, Havering and Brent ended in April 2015. Full details of which can be found with the college of policing here; www.college.police.uk
The introduction of BWV will see the following benefits across the MPS;
•       Increasing the use of technology within the criminal justice system for more efficient and effective justice for victims
•       Greater transparency of policing; improving the investigation of complaints
•       Making stop and search more accountable to communities
•       Video captures events in a way that can’t be represented on paper
•       Offenders are more likely to plead guilty, if they know they have been recorded; potentially speeding up the criminal justice process
•       BWV will be incident specific and will not be used to indiscriminately record Londoners.
We’re looking to gauge feedback from the public and London’s communities about their feelings around BWV. You can give your feedback and/or comments to your local Safer Neighbourhood Team, find yours here; http://content.met.police.uk/Site/YourBorough
For full details of how BWV will work and be used please visit www.met.police.uk/BWV
Yours sincerely,
Sergeant Mark Sexton
Croydon Borough BWV implementation lead
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