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Security Advice

Manchester City Centre Incident

Attached is the latest statement from Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson, Greater Manchester Police, regarding the incident this morning at the Arndale Shopping Centre in Manchester City Centre.

The message includes further resources and guidance. I am sorry but we cannot provide further information to this bulletin as we are simply relaying the message as requested.

Best Regards

Neighbourhood Alert Support Team


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Message Sent By

Mike Douglas (Neighbourhood Watch Network, Administrator, England and Wales)

Wednesday 9th October 2019

Substance Misuse

Support is available:

Hare Coursing

It is an illegal form of poaching involving a 'competition' in which dogs are, by the use of live hares, assessed as to skill in hunting hares. It often takes place at dusk or dawn at harvest time (late August/early September) when large tracts of land are without crops.

Look for a group of vehicles (usually estate cars, 4 x 4's or vans carrying dogs) parked in a rural area, by a farmland gateway, on a grass verge, track or bridle path. Coursers often travel in convoy with minders’ vans front and rear.

If you witness hare coursing, contact the police immediately on 999 or 101. Do not approach the participants. Together with our rural communities, we can tackle hare coursing in Surrey's countryside.

Handbag Snatch

We have been investigating a bag snatch by a cyclist which occurred yesterday morning at 9.55 am in Randalls Road, Leatherhead. Street crime is often opportunistic. See our tips on how to stay safe and feel more confident when out and about:

Distraction Burglary

We are investigating a distraction burglary at flats in Stubs Hill, Goodwyns. Don’t ever buzz anyone in that you don’t know – even if they say that they’re expected by another resident. Always keep an eye out for elderly or vulnerable neighbours because community matters:

So, how can you protect your property from intruders? This visual guide to home safety shows just some of the small simple steps that you can take to make your home secure:

Rural Crime Awareness Week

Joe Bailey, Animal Warden, works closely with the neighbourhood officers at Mole Valley to address any dog-related concerns or incidents. We actively encourage the public to report concerns and incidents to the Animal Warden or Police, as appropriate, to enable positive interventions.

~Andy Reid (Surrey Police, In The Know Community Administrator, Mole Valley)



Time for a Morning Bath

Nice to see the Memorial will be as clean as a new pin for this year's Remembrance ceremonies. Thanks to Brockham Parish Council for making the necessary arrangements.

~Daved Shanks



Renewed Appeal To Find Missing Redhill Man Colin Robinson

We are becoming increasingly concerned for a Redhill man who has not been seen for three days and is described as extremely vulnerable.

The family and friends of Colin Robinson, 48, are really concerned for his welfare as his recent behaviour has been very out-of-character. He suffers from anxiety and has a number of health and family concerns which he could require help with. He is not believed to have his medication, his mobile phone or his bank cards with him.

Colin was last seen around 10 am on Friday (4 October), when he left home in Colesmead Road. He is described as white, 5'8", with a heavy build (approximately 23 stone). He has blond hair with a bald patch and a grey beard. He may be wearing reading glasses. When he was last seen he is believed to have been wearing a white t-shirt with red piping, dark grey trousers and a black fleece. He is thought to be carrying a dark rucksack.

Colin cannot walk great distances, and does not have access to a car, so is likely to be using public transport - possibly the 405 bus towards Croydon. He also prefers to walk on quieter routes away from main roads. He may also be in Redhill town centre, the Rocky Lane or the Lower Gatton Park area.

We are asking local residents to keep an eye out for him and to check their gardens and any outbuildings in case Colin has sought shelter from the weather. We are also asking anyone who knows Colin (possibly through his interest in online gaming) to get in touch, as we are looking to try and build a picture of where he may have gone.

Anyone with any information which could help us find Colin is asked to contact Surrey Police urgently on 101 (999 if a life is at immediate risk), quoting reference number PR/45190105477.

~Alex White (Corporate Communications Coordinator, Surrey Police)



Sunday 10th November, Briefly at 9.25 and at 10.55 am

Brockham Parish Council have applied for a temporary road closure on the morning of Sunday 10th November for the annual service on Remembrance Sunday.

Councillors will man the road closure to minimise disruption. We intend to repeat what we did last year to ensure the Scouts can safely complete their parade along Middle Street to Christ Church (road closed at 9.25 but reopened when they reach the church) and to ensure crowd safety and respect the memorial service outside in the church garden (road closed again from around 10.55 to 11.10). The application details are as follows:

  • Date: Sunday 10thNovember 2019
  • Time: Between the hours of 9:25 am and 11:10 am
  • Location: Middle Street, from the Middle Street/Old School Lane junction to the Middle Street/Wheelers Lane junction.
This message is to apprise residents of the application in progress and to provide an opportunity for comments. Do get in touch with the Parish Clerk, Laura Mann, by email at if you have any particular concerns.

~Karen Gargani, Chairman, Brockham Parish Council



Thursday 17th October at 7.30 pm

We will be holding our 2019 Annual General Meeting at Betchworth Village Hall, on Thursday 17th October starting at 7.30 pm.

We are pleased to welcome Councillor Caroline Salmon, Mole Valley District Council's representative on GATCOM, speaking on Gatwick’s expansion plans, and Gareth Owen, Communications Manager for Reigate MP Crispin Blunt, who will talk about the action Crispin Blunt is taking to support local residents affected by Routes 3 and 4.

Gatwick Environmental Group will provide further information about Gatwick's expansion plans, and the meeting will address the changes to Route 4 as well as actions that can be taken to challenge the most recent airspace change.

Given the extent of Gatwick's expansion plans, which would completely change the local landscape, it is vital that local residents are aware of what the community is facing. We need to put pressure on Gatwick to ensure their plans are evaluated and growth measured correctly. Local campaign groups have made and will make an impact. Your support is essential so please do join us.

If you would like to read the Chair's report, the Treasurer's report and other documents these are on our website. Please bring copies if you want to be able to refer to them at the meeting.

~Mike Ward, Chair, PlaneWrong



Thursday 3rd October 2019

Home Fire Safety Week

Reduce the risk of fire in your home by booking a free Safe and Well visit by Surrey Fire and Rescue. Safe and Well Visits can help to keep you, your loved ones and those you care for, safe from fire in the home. You can book online at or call us on 08000 850767.

Behind Bars

A man has been jailed for twenty months for stalking and threatening to kill a woman he met on an online dating website earlier this year. Antonio Dimasi, 40-years-old, of Newington Butts, Lambeth, appeared at Guildford Crown Court today (2 October), after pleading guilty to stalking.

Pheasants Shot and Killed Illegally

Enquiries are ongoing after a number of pheasants were shot and killed illegally in the vicinity of Beare Green yesterday evening. Please check your perimeters are secure and report any damage or theft to game or livestock via 101.

~Andy Reid (Surrey Police, In The Know Community Administrator, Mole Valley)



Fraud Newsletter for October 2019

Three of the four examples in this newsletter involve a phone call received out of the blue. Please treat any unexpected phone call, especially one in which the caller asks for money or personal details, with suspicion. The safest thing to do is put down the phone.

Fraud Newsletter October 2019.pdf

~Karen Parker (Surrey Police, Lead Communications Officer, Corporate Communications)



Film at the Village Hall Friday Evening

This month's film is the hugely popular "Fisherman's Friends", tomorrow at Brockham Village Hall.

Doors open at 7.15 pm. Our licensed bar will be open.

All seats £6. For advance tickets please go to Curzon country cinema, or pay on the door.

~Wendy Harvey



Prepare for Autumn

An autumnal walk is hard to beat, but the new season can also bring challenges. Along with finding your warmer socks there are things we can all do to be more prepared. Here are some simple ideas to help be better prepared for the changing season:

Staying Well

  • Before the cold sets in, refresh the contents of your medicine cabinet – remembering to check the expiry date. Never throw old medicine in the bin. Take it to a pharmacy for safe disposal.
  • Download the free apps from British Red Cross. The Emergency App will send you alerts such as severe weather warnings to your phone. You can even add more than one postcode. The First Aid apps work offline and ensure you always have expert guidance if it is needed.
  • Follow Healthy Surrey or visit their website to find out more about Winter Wellness.

  • If you have a watercourse on or adjacent to your property it is likely your responsibility to maintain it to help prevent flooding. Now is a great time to get your wellies on and get clearing!
Driving and Travel

  • Consider downloading the free what3words app. It can help the emergency services identify your location to within metres, even in the most rural locations. It has already helped save lives in the UK.
  • Do you have jump leads, a working torch and warning triangles in your car? These could all prove invaluable if you were to break down.
  • The Met Office has some great tips and advice for driving in severe weather:
~Surrey County Council