The following self explanatory email has been sent to Greg Smith the Sussex Police 101 Contact Handler and it is hoped that we will be able to publish a reply shortly:
Many thanks for your reply and to the original switchboard operator for her advice when I was trying to make contact on 101 last week.
As the village Neighbourhood Watch coordinator I am extremely concerned about the high number of negative comments that are coming back from members of the community when advising them to ‘phone 101 to report non urgent incidents and suspicions etc. Words and phrases such as ‘Useless’, ‘Waste of time’, ‘Pointless’, ‘Frustrating’ and ‘Annoying’ are constantly being repeated and often posted on our Social Media pages. More than a few report that they have been hanging on the line for anything between 30 to 60 minutes to have their call put through.
Is their anything I can tell our members to reassure them that the use of the 101 number is still of value and importance to local policing and that the current problems with reporting incidents using the number will be resolved?
Hadlow Down Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator
Neighbourhood Watch Alert!
A resident has reported a series of suspicious looking vehicles entering and leaving his drive in the Wilderness Lane / Riverside area of the village recently.
The most recent being yesterday, Wednesday 6th. June at 2.10 pm a white Vauxhall larger type van Reg. No. KT17LXC driver wearing a Hi-Vis orange jacket. Could possibly be a courier/delivery person who had lost his way but was considered suspicious?
And today the 7th. June a smaller white Vauxhall Combi van Reg. No. DV53HKC. The driver had a beard and was in mid 30s, the passenger estimated at mid 20s both acting extremely suspiciously and described as ‘scruffy’.
Please be especially alert over the coming days and weeks as these people may be reconnoitring houses and outbuildings prior to break-ins.
Continue reading “Suspicious Van Activity in the Village”
During the early hours of this morning (1/6/18 c. 1 am) someone dumped a large amount of rubbish in the lane. Such a large amount in fact that the lane was completely blocked and police were called. A private CCTV about 300 metre north of the site could only catch the image of a large white van and unable to capture the number plate. It is thought that the culprits were taking advantage of the general ambient noise coming from preparations for the weekend in Tinkers Park to cover their activities. Any information please direct to police on 101 and/or let the village Neighbourhood Watch know on 01825 830661
The Hadlow Down Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator has now become ‘A Friend Against Scams’ the project is a National Trading Standards initiative.
Consumers lose £5 to 10 billion every year to internet, ‘phone & door-to-door scams. Hadlow Down Online aims to create as much awareness as possible via the Village Web Site, Bulk emailed Newsletters, Email Alerts, the Village Facebook Group and Parish Magazine. ‘Friend Against Scams’ news and alerts will be included in the Neighbourhood Watch pages of the Village Web Site listing all current and recent scams as well as offering advice on what action should be taken when you think you may be a victim of a scam or have been targeted by scammers.
We welcome all input from villagers regarding scams they receive or know of in order that we can make more people aware of those currently ‘doing the rounds’. Please email details to email@example.com headed ‘Scam Alert’.
HMRC has sent an alert about a scam which targets taxpayers and seems to be aimed at the elderly in particular.
There is currently a telephone scam where a recorded message is left, allegedly from HMRC, stating that HMRC are bringing a lawsuit against the individual and is going to sue them. The recipient is asked to phone 0161 8508494 and press “1” to speak to the officer dealing with the case. This scam is becoming widely reported and seems to be targeting older people. Please do not reply to the message. Continue reading “Scam Warning: Phone message threatens HMRC lawsuit”
Hadlow Down Village Web Site is the registered Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator for the whole of Hadlow Down. The web site distributes any relevant alerts, warnings, bulletins and advice from from NHW Control, Community Policing, Sussex Police, Trading Standards, Floodwatch and other agencies via e-mail, the village Facebook Group pages as well as here on the village web site ‘News’ and ‘Neighbourhood Watch’ features. It also distributes information regarding actual crime and suspected criminal activity received from village residents to the rest of the community. Information from members can also passed onward to the relevant authorities.
Since the introduction of GDPR legislation Neighbourhood Watch can no longer use the database consisting of the original subscribers to the old village web site and other lists, so all who wish to receive alerts etc. need to let us know that they wish to by using the contact means below.
If you have information you believe should be notified or shared please also use any of the contact means below.
If you have neighbours who cannot receive emails but wish to be part of Neighbourhood Watch please advise us – we will find a way of letting them know of alerts and emergencies.
Activity Address Hadlow Down Village Web Site, Village Facebook Groups and e-mails
Contact Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator
Telephone 01825 830661