Vandals Set Fire to School ‘Outdoor Classroom’

Many villagers may already be aware, that sadly some mindless individuals have intentionally set fire to St. Mark’s School ‘outdoor classroom’ area at SMILE Meadow. The school has informed the Police and the Fire Service and, at present, are thinking of how they can move forward to rebuild this area for the children. As this is a temporary structure, it is unfortunately not insured. Once the school has some ideas, they would like to call on all parents and the village community for any donations of materials and time to help us with its reconstruction.

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Local Scam Alert!!!

A New Way of Reporting Crime

Police Forces across England & Wales are using a new system called Single Online Home (SOH). This is a policing portal which allows the public to easily report crimes, incidents and information online.

The police non-emergency phone number 101 remains available if personal contact is required. However, using SOH significantly reduces wait times for those reporting crimes or incidents, or if you simply wish to provide some information to the police. Reporting online via SOH is easy and effective. It has been positively endorsed by a number of Neighbourhood Watch members who have had the opportunity to use it.

The new portal can be found on the home page of the recently updated Sussex Police website In addition to the Report area, here you will find a new box “Tell us about …”. There is a drop down from which you can select, for example, “Something you’ve seen or heard”.

We have given you this information as we know that some people are rightly cautious about clicking on links in E-mails. However, there are some shortcut links available as below, which we have tested for you.

If reporting a crime or incident which has occurred in Sussex, SOH is available directly via You can scroll further down that page to see other options.

If reporting a crime or incident which has occurred outside of Sussex, SOH is available via

If it’s something that you’ve seen or heard the link is

SOH should not be used for an emergency – dialling 999 remains the means of contact if there is danger to a person or if a crime is being committed.

All reports submitted via SOH will receive an immediate acknowledgement message. Reports are reviewed in live time, and within 48 hours Sussex Police will provide a personal response from a named staff member.

A Message From a Prospective Parish Councillor

My name is Peter Weston. I decided to stand for election to Hadlow Down Parish Council after reading an article in the Parish Magazine that said the Parish Council was in danger of folding because too few local residents might put their names forward for election. As a firm believer in local democracy I do not want the Council to disappear so I decided that it is about time I became more involved with, and put something back into, the community in which I have lived for almost 32 years, particularly in relation to improving access (i.e. communications, utilites and public transport) and the environment. Continue reading “A Message From a Prospective Parish Councillor”

Scam ‘Fake police phone call’?

A lady in the village has received a ‘phone call purporting to be from an officer at Charing Cross Police Station asking if they have a friend, or know of an acquaintance with a certain name.
The lady fearing the call may be a scam put the phone down on the caller before he had finished talking, then, having second thoughts that the call may be genuine rang the Metropolitan Police back asking if the call could possibly be from someone at Charing Cross Police Station only to be told that as the Charing Cross Police Centre was so large they were unable to confirm!
It’s not known of what form the scam may have been had the caller been allowed to finish what he was saying or if it was actually a scam?
Anyone who has received similar calls or may have any other information please contact Hadlow Down Neighbourhood Watch at

Offer of the ‘Little Book of Scams’ from Sussex Police

Frauds and scams come in many forms, and they do not discriminate; regardless of our age, financial situation or personal circumstances, anyone of us can fall victim to fraudsters.
We’ve got some great tools and tips to help arm you against fraud and scams in our ‘Little Book of Big Scams’.
You can download a digital copy of our ‘Little Book of Big Scams’ from: alternatively you can get one free from your local Police Station.

New ‘Phone Scam

Someone is targeting our area with a new ‘phone scam!
The caller says his name is Jack and is ‘phoning from a company called JPG (or similar) regarding insurance cover on a washing machine that has expired,   If the call is allowed to continue you will be asked for payment to renew insurancw cover by giving bank or credit card details.
The non-reply number from which the call is made is 02838190145.

Chainsaw Thefts

More chainsaws have been stolen from outhouses in Hadlow Down!
This time from a building in School Lane just north of the school.   And another further down the hill.
If you saw anything suspicious while the firework celebrations were taking place on Saturday please advise police on 101 or Hadlow Down Neighbourhood watch for onward report to police.