Neighbourhood Watch 
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CRIME PREVENTION & SAFETY ADVICE

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NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH OPERATES THROUGHOUT
SANDYHURST LANE AND THE ADJOINING AREA

Sandyhurst Lane Residents’ Association (SLRA) operates a Neighbourhood Watch scheme throughout its
area. Although this comprises nearly 350 properties, the essential local character of Neighbourhood Watch
has been achieved by breaking the overall area down into nine local areas, each of them coordinated by a
volunteer. The nine areas are as follows:































Neighbourhood Watch is a scheme to promote good citizenship in the local community and to encourage
greater awareness and participation in the prevention and detection of crime. All members are issued
with a sticker to identify their property as part of the scheme, together with information from the Home
Office on home security. A number of street signs have also been erected, to identify clearly that this is a
Neighbourhood Watch area.

Intelligence on crime incidents and suspicious activity are passed between participating residents and the
Kent Police, usually via the local coordinator.

This allows a fast transfer of information, principally by email, with alerts from the police being
distributed to residents and intelligence reports from residents being passed on to the police. Residents
are encouraged to report suspicious activity or other information likely to be useful in fighting crime,
either to their local coordinator or directly to the police using the 101 telephone service.

SLRA has the infrastructure for organisation of this scheme and is able to offer membership of
Neighbourhood Watch at no extra cost to its members.
Area
Number
of
properties
Addresses
Coordinator
Email
B
46
Maidstone Road, Westwell Lane
Tony Bartlett
Ewe Cottage, Westwell Lane
C
58
3 - 16 Sandyhurst Lane
Potters Close
Hoads Wood Gardens
David Porter
6 Hoads Wood Gardens
D
37
17 - 50 Sandyhurst Lane
Kingsland Lane
John Hobbs
33 Sandyhurst Lane
E
34
51 - 81 Sandyhurst Lane
Desmond Henley
80 Sandyhurst Lane
F
34
82 - 138 Sandyhurst Lane
Doug Harman
89 Sandyhurst Lane
G
35
138a - 202 Sandyhurst Lane
Andy Peddle, 1 Lilac Cottage
141 Sandyhurst Lane
H
30
250 - 360 Sandyhurst Lane
John Faulkner
Syringa, 382 Sandyhurst Lane
J
35
362 - 404 Sandyhurst Lane
Watsons Close
John Faulkner
Syringa, 382 Sandyhurst Lane
K
37
Lenacre Street
Eastwell Grange
Faversham Road
Bryan Hall
Hedge End, Lenacre Street
Neighbourhood Watch: Latest Alerts 

If you can help with any of the reported crimes, please call 101 or 01622 690690 or email nhw.eastkent@kent.pnn.police.uk 
Calls to 101 are charged at 15p, irrespective of duration, from both land lines and mobiles.                      


10 April 2018

Theft from van in Kennington

On the 9th April between the hours of 0530 and 0600, the passenger window was broken and tools taken from a
van parked in Towers View, Kennington. Items taken include a disc cutter, Makita demolition breaker and a 9”
angle grinder. If you have any information which may be useful to the investigation of this incident please call 101
and quote crime report number - ZY/18019/18.


7 February 2018

BMW owners urged to be vigilant

Kent Police is urging BMW owners to be vigilant after four thefts from cars were reported in the Godinton Park
area of Ashford in the space of 48 hours. A steering wheel was stolen from a BMW convertible parked in Sweet
Bay Crescent in the early hours of Monday 5 February 2018. A dashboard, steering wheel, dashcam and onboard
computer were stolen from a BMW parked in Sweet Bay Crescent overnight between Monday 5 and Tuesday 6
February 2018. The same night a steering wheel, satnav system and a stereo were stolen from a BMW in Sweet
Bay Crescent and a centre console, steering wheel and golf clubs were stolen from a BMW parked in nearby
Spindlewood End.

Sergeant Jasmine Bloomfield of the Ashford Community Safety Unit said: ‘Similar thefts have been reported in
north and west Kent and we will be working closely with our colleagues in other areas so that we can identify the
culprits as swiftly as possible'.

‘In the meantime we ask residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to call 101 or 999 if a
crime is in progress'.

‘We also urge car owners in the Godinton Park area, particularly those with BMWs, to park their cars in a well-lit
place, on a driveway or in a garage overnight if possible.’

Police have issued descriptions of two men they would like to speak to. One is described as being tall and
wearing a long coat and a baseball cap. The other is described as shorter and was wearing a beanie hat and a
rucksack.

Sergeant Bloomfield said: ‘We would also like to hear from anyone who has been offered BMW parts for sale.’

If you can help, please phone Kent Police on 01843 222289 or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111
quoting crime reference number ZY/6033/18.


23 January 2018

Theft from car in Sainsburys car park

A theft from a motor vehicle has occurred in the car park of Sainsbury’s in Simone Weil Avenue, Ashford between
the times of 0945 hours on the 22nd January and 1415 hours on the same day. The index plates were removed
and stolen displaying GJ62 FHO. If you have any information which may be useful to the investigation of this
incident please call 101 and quote crime report number ZY/3642/18.


19 January 2018

New online crime reporting trial

Kent Police are running a pilot scheme for online reporting of non-emergency crimes and incidents as an
alternative to calling 101. Once submitted, a reference number and copy of the report is sent to the person
making the report. Full details are on the Kent Police website at https://www.kent.police.uk/services/report-
online/.

12 January 2018

Attempted burglary in Kennington

An attempted burglary of a dwelling occurred in the Towers View area of Ashford between the times of 0300
hours on the 11th January and 0310 hours on the same day. Damage only. If you have any information which may
be useful to the investigation of this incident please call 101 and quote crime report number - ZY/1605/18.

10 January 2018

Message from Kent Police & Crime Commissioner

We have received the following message from the Kent Police & Crime Commissioner:

Boosting Kent’s frontline - up to 200 more Police Officers and 80 more Police staff

Today I am announcing my draft funding proposals for Kent Police for 2018/19.

Over the past year, I have continued touring the county and speaking with local residents, community groups,
businesses and charities to seek their views on Policing in Kent and Medway. I have spent time with the Police
Officers, staff and volunteers serving on the frontline to hear their experiences too.

There is no doubt that Policing remains under pressure. There are ever-increasing numbers of calls to respond to,
many of which are more complex and a growing number of which are not criminal in nature - such as support for
vulnerable people in mental health crisis. All of this comes whilst Britain’s threat level for international terrorism
is severe.

Despite all of this, Kent Police has been among the top-rated Forces in the country in independent inspections for
efficiency, effectiveness and legitimacy in 2016 and 2017. They have been deemed “Good” or “Outstanding” in
every assessment, bar one. Police Officer numbers have risen since I was elected and PCSO numbers have also
been protected. Antisocial behaviour is down 11%. There is a new cyber-crime team and the Volunteer Police
Cadets programme is back. I'm investing more in services for victims of crime and together we have fixed the
firearms licensing backlog.

The Government has listened to the views of Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) and increased funding for
counter terrorism by £50m and will be investing a further £130m in other national Policing schemes. In order to
support local Policing, the Home Office has allowed PCCs to increase the council tax precept by £1 a month for
an average household, which could raise up to £270m nationally. Together, this represents slightly more than the
amount PCCs said we needed next year.

Taking into consideration the views of residents, community groups, businesses, and the operational needs of
Policing in Kent, I am pleased to be proposing the biggest Kent Police recruitment drive for a considerable time.

In laying out my proposal I am empowering the Chief Constable to recruit up to 200 additional Police Officers in
the next year. These will go into boosting a number of areas, including rural and roads policing, local
communities, fighting cyber-crime and providing greater public protection, and will take the total number of
Police Officers in Kent to its highest level since 2012.

In addition to this, I have listened to residents’ views about crime reporting, and so there will be a boost in the
number of call handlers answering 999 and 101 calls, so that people can get help quicker and more information
can be provided to the Police. This will be alongside the new online reporting service, which is available for
certain issues for those who wish to use it. There will be over 80 new police staff roles that will cover this, as
well as other areas of Policing.

This will be funded in four ways:

• I am asking residents to contribute the equivalent of an additional £1 per month from an average household
towards the cost of Policing in Kent. This is not a request I am making lightly but is something I believe is
necessary to keep Kent safe.
• I have reviewed Kent Police’s proposals for over £9m of cost savings and believe that, as they will have a
minimal impact on the frontline, they should be delivered. There should be no excuse for using extra council tax
to prop up inefficient practices and where better value for money can be delivered, it should be. This will help
mitigate the pressures of pay and inflation.
• I am cutting the cost of my own office by £200,000 and re-investing this money in the frontline. I already
provide extra money from my budget for Kent Police projects, such as the Volunteer Police Cadets and mental
health workers in the Force Control Room.
• I am authorising the use of a further £5m of Kent Police’s reserves over three years, should it be required, to
support the recruitment drive.

There will also be other opportunities to increase Police Officer numbers and improve services further. The Police
Transformation Fund, worth £175m, has been made available by the Government for new projects that reform
the way that Forces operate and I will encourage more bids to access some of this money. I will also continue to
drive collaboration with police colleagues and other agencies to make best use of property and improve delivery.

This is an ambitious proposal. It will mean that residents get something back for the tax that they pay and value
for money in what is spent in their name. It boosts Policing in Kent in urban and rural areas in the fight against
antisocial behaviour, organised crime, fraud and cyber-crime, domestic abuse and road traffic offences. Victims
will get a better service when they have been subject to heinous acts and more criminals will be brought to
justice.

I hope that you will support this vital boost. Please email your thoughts to haveyoursay@pcc.kent.pnn.police.uk
by 27 January. The proposed precept rise will then go to the Kent and Medway Police and Crime Panel for its
approval on 8 February.


18 December 2017

Theft from vehicle in Kennington

A grey Toyota Yaris parked on the driveway of a house in Guersney Way, Kennington was broken into and a Sat
Nav. and ID card were stolen. This happened on the 15/12 between 03.00 and 05.30. If you have any information
which may be useful to the investigation of this incident please call 101 and quote crime report number -
ZY/62010/17.

8 November 2017

Theft in Sandyhurst Lane

A theft has occurred in the Sandyhurst Lane area of Ashford between the times of 1800 hours on the 6th November
and 0400 hours on the 7th November. 25 live chicks were stolen. If you have any information which may be useful
to the investigation of this incident please call 101 and quote crime report number - ZY/54601/17.


6 November 2017

Theft from vehicle in Kennington

A theft from a motor vehicle has occurred in the Aylesbury Road area of Ashford between the times of 2200 hours
on the 2nd November and 0500 hours on the 3rd November. Entry was and tools were stolen. If you have any
information which may be useful to the investigation of this incident please call 101 and quote crime report
number - ZY/53884/17.


23 October 2017

Burglaries in Kennington

Two burglaries have occurred in the Bybrook area of Kennington:

1. A burglary has occurred in the Rylands Road area between the times of 1200 hours on the 12th Oct. and 1649
hours on the 14th Oct. Entry was gained and keys to a vehicle were stolen and used to steal a vehicle on the
driveway which was a blue Ford Fiesta - index YL66 XKA. If you have any information which may be useful to the
investigation of this incident please call 101 and quote crime report number - ZY/51195/17.

2. A burglary has occurred in the Bybrook Road area between the times of 1239 hours on 17th Oct and 1245 hours
the same day. Entry was gained and cash and jewellery were stolen. If you have any information which may be
useful to the investigation of this incident please call 101 and quote crime report number - ZY/51211/17.


15 October 2017

Theft of lead from Lenacre Hall Farm

We have today received the following message from the owners of Lenacre Hall Farm:

We are sad to report the loss of the lead from the AOD office roof last night. It was only a matter of time really,
we are quite surprised it’s taken them so long! If anyone saw lights on during the night or a vehicle other than
our Land Rover in the yard it would be interesting.

If you have any information, please reply and we will pass it on.


4 October 2017

Burglary in Kennington

A burglary dwelling has occurred in the Towers View area of Kennington (approx. half way down the road). This
happened on the 2/10 between 21.00 and 22.00. The front door was forced and a 40inch Hitachi TV and some
DVDs were stolen.

If you have any information which may be useful to the investigation of this incident please call 101 and quote
crime report number - ZY/47358/17.


3 October 2017

Burglary in Kennington

On the 29th - 30th September between the hours of 2100 and 0300, an untidy search took place at a property in
Muscovy Road (close to Snipe Close), Kennington. Access had been via the rear garden and then forcing open a
conservatory window, two sets of car keys were taken and a white BMW was stolen from the driveway
(registration number; GK17 NRL). If you have any information which may be useful to the investigation of this
incident please call 101 and quote crime report number - ZY/47047/17.


30 August 2017

Burglary in Kennington

A burglary from a shed occurred in the Nicholas Road area of Ashford between 1500 hours on the 28th August and
1600 hours on the 29th August. Entry was gained and a quantity of fishing equipment was stolen. If you have any
information which may be useful to the investigation of this incident please call 101 and quote crime report
number - ZY/40841/17.


24 August 2017

Scam phone call warning

A number of local residents are receiving nuisance telephone calls from 01908978801. The caller is stating that
they are from the Police and require certain details. This is, of course, fake and the same number has been used
for the BT, Microsoft and banking attempt scam calls. Please terminate the call should you receive one from this
number or if any personal details are requested. No company will call you in such a way and request personal
details so please do not divulge anything.


16 August 2017

Theft of motorcycle in Kennington

A blue Yamaha Motorcycle, GK15BDU, was stolen whilst parked on the driveway outside the owners house in
Siskin Close, Kennington. This happened between 14 August 20.00 and 15 August 06.45. A crash helmet and
motorcycle clothing were also taken; these were in a box on the motorcycle.

If you have any information which may be useful to the investigation of this incident please call 101 and quote
crime report number - ZY/37965/17.


14 August 2017

Burglary in Sandyhurst Lane

A house on Sandyhurst Lane, Ashford was broken into between 00.01 and 03.00 on 13 August 2017.
Entry was gained via the internal garage door.
Items that were taken are a Samsun Galaxy Tablet, Nikon camera, Reebok Rucksack and a wallet containing
cash.
If you have any information which may be useful to the investigation of this incident please call 101 and quote
crime report number - ZY/37698/17.

12 July 2017

Another theft from vehicle in Eureka Park

A theft from a motor vehicle has occurred in the carpark of the Travel Lodge in the Eureka Leisure Park in
Ashford, between the times of 2200 hours on the 6th July and 0600 hours the 7th July. Entry was gained and
various power tools were stolen.

If you have any information which may be useful to the investigation of this incident please call 101 and quote
crime report number - ZY/29789/17

27 June 2017

Theft from van in Eureka Park

Between the 22/6 22.45 and 23/6 06.00 a White Vauxhall Vivard vehicle parked up overnight in the car park of a
hotel in Eureka Park, Ashford had the rear door ripped off and the work tools stored inside stolen.

These included a Dewalt Combi set of drilling equipment, Dewalt Multi Tool and tool bag, Dewalt Impact Driver
and Grinder also a Makita Impact Driver and a Mega Tester.

If you have any information about this please ring 101 and quote reference ZY/26834/17.


9 June 2017

Theft from vehicles in Watery Lane

On the 2nd June between the hours of 1600 and 0530, several vehicle batteries were removed from lorries parked
in Watery Lane (close to bitumen batching plant), Westwell. If you have any information please contact 101,
quoting references ZY/23819/17, ZY/23820/17 or ZY/23820/17.

8 June 2017

Burglary in Bockhanger Lane

On the 5th June between the hours of 2030 and 2300, entry was gained after a pane of glass had been smashed
at the bottom of a door at a property in Bockhanger Lane (near the top, close to Lower Vicarage Road junction),
Kennington. An untidy search took place and it is not yet unknown what has been taken. If you have any
information please contact 101, quoting ZY/23747/17.

16 April 2017

More suspicious activity in Sandyhurst Lane

We have just received this message from a member. It relates to an incident experienced by a friend (non-
member) living in the vicinity of the 180s-190s in Sandyhurst Lane:

I have just spoken to a friend today who lives in [name of property]. She has the following experience:

Last week she left home around 6.45 pm but came back in 5 minutes as she forgot something. On her return she
found a young lady (thought to be Eastern European from her accent) in her premises. When asked what she is
doing there - she replied that she is looking for Norton Knatchbull School. My friend of course told her that she is
in the wrong area. She was very worried for obvious reasons and wanted to get rid of her as quick as possible.

Few weeks ago another lady (similar accent ) knocked on her door during the daytime and asked her where
Norton Knatchbull school is!

I have shown her all the emails I have been getting. Also advised her to check any chalk mark or any other
noticeable mark around her house/wall.

This is another worry for us. But all we can do is circulate the news and be vigilant.

Many thanks for keeping us updated.

As ever, please report any incidents to 101.


15 April 2017

Further attempted break-in in Sandyhurst Lane

We have received another report of a suspected attempted break in last night from another member living close
to the Faversham Road end of Sandyhurst Lane:

We have just got home to find our back gate looks like, someone has attempted entry, but has not succeeded,
we think they must have either heard the dog or were disturbed.

The attempt must have been last night the dog did go crazy about 20.30 we let her out the back but next time I
think we will be checking all round the house.

Please ensure that doors, windows and outbuildings are secured and report any other suspicious activity to 101
(or, if it is an incident in progress, 999).

15 April 2017

Suspicious activity in Sandyhurst Lane

The postman reported at 1030 am this morning that he saw a suspicious black people carrier (Peugeot), with two
black male occupants in hoodies, parked on the grass of a property in the 170s Sandyhurst Lane, facing the road.
When he went back to get the registration number they sped of towards the A20. It’s been reported to 101 who
will call him on his mobile.

Please report any similar incidents.


15 April 2017

Attempted break-in in Sandyhurst Lane

We have today received the following report from a member living towards the Faversham Road end of
Sandyhurst Lane:

We are abroad, but our alarm was triggered last night by a break in. Fortunately only a window is damaged, and
nothing taken, the ADT alarm did the trick, and our daughter who lives close by dealt with everything. First
problem we have had since 1983 when we moved in.

Please be vigilant.


29 March 2017

Anti-social behaviour in Sandyhurst Lane

The following message has been received from a member living towards the Faversham Road end of Sandyhurst
Lane:

Saturday 4th March my husband and I were relaxing in our lounge and about 9.30-10.00 pm our dog started
barking and then we heard a thud at the window behind us, we went outside to find broken eggs on the window,
my husband went down the road and saw three youths, they ran when they saw my him and went through the
pathway opposite Sandyacres towards Trinity Road.

A few days later talking to a neighbour, it seems we were not the only victim.

Please report any similar incidents of anti-social behaviour using 101, or 999 if the crime is in progress.

2 March 2017

Theft of food bin in Sandyhurst Lane

A member living in Sandyhurst Lane has sent the following report today. At best the reported incident is anti-
social behaviour, at worst it is theft:

Our household and food rubbish bins were put outside our gate as usual yesterday evening for collection early this
morning. However, my husband discovered this morning that our food bin had been emptied into the household
bin and the food bin has disappeared, presumably stolen.

There are obviously some not very pleasant people living in our lane.

I do not know what the solution to such socially unacceptable behaviour is, but perhaps all SLRA members ought
to be aware that this type of behaviour has appeared in our lane. Needless to say, we shall be forced to install
CCTV as such behaviour as a stolen rubbish bin can easily turn into something being stolen or vandalised as a
more serious problem.


1 March 2017

Handbag snatch in Orchard Heights

Kent Police is appealing for witnesses after a woman in her 40s reported being robbed in Ashford.

The incident is reported to have taken place at around 9.20pm on Monday 27 February 2017 in an alleyway that
links the A20 to Cherrywood Rise. The victim reported that a man grabbed her handbag as she walked through
the alleyway, and that she was pulled to the ground, sustaining facial injuries.

The suspect is described as being a white man, aged in his 20s, 5ft 9in tall, slim build and had a pointed nose. He
was wearing a hooded top and the hood was up. Having taken the victim's handbag, the offender left in the
direction of Repton Park.

Officers are now asking for witnesses to the incident, or for anyone who saw anything suspicious to come
forward. Witnesses are asked to call Kent Police on 01843 222289, quoting crime reference ZY/7947/17.
Alternatively, contact Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.




1 February 2017

Calling 101

This is a message from the Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator for East Kent.

Please ensure that when members of Neighbourhood Watch call Kent Police using the 101 system that they
clearly identify themselves as members of Neighbourhood Watch to the call handler and ask for the call to be
"tagged" for the attention of Neighbourhood Watch.

This will ensure that any incidents reported by Neighbourhood Watch are brought to the attention of the East
Kent Coordinator who can make any necessary follow up calls.

Please pass this message as widely as possible amongst your Neighbourhood Watch contacts.

Please also note : calls to 101 (from both landlines and mobile networks) cost 15 pence per call, no matter what
time of day you call, or how long you are on the phone. The 15p cost of the call goes to the telephony providers
to cover the cost of carrying the calls.

1 February 2017

Theft from vehicle in Lenacre Street

A theft from a motor vehicle has occurred in the Lenacre Street area of Ashford. This incident occurred between
1700 hours on the 30th Jan and 1930 hours on the 30th Jan. The vehicle was entered and a Dell laptop was
stolen. If you have any information which would assist the investigation of this incident please contact 101
quoting ref. ZY/4009/17.

1 February 2017

Theft from vehicle in Kennington

A theft from a motor vehicle has occurred in the Hurst Road area of Kennington, Ashford. This incident occurred
between 1630 hours on the 30th Jan and 0630 hours on the 31th Jan. The vehicle was entered and a purse
containing cash and bank cards was stolen. If you have any information which would assist the investigation of
this incident please contact 101 quoting ref. ZY/4002/17.


30 January 2017

Update on suspicious activity in Sandyhurst Lane

Further to our item yesterday (below), the black Audi being driven by persons behaving suspiciously has been
seen this evening driving slowly in the area.

We now have the registration number of the BLACK AUDI A3 Sport TDI - it is

                   AV54 BDF       

Furthermore, the Police have advised that it is a “vehicle of interest”.

If you see this vehicle, please report it immediately to 101, quoting crime reference number 30/1367.
If you are able to get photographic evidence, without taking any risks, it would be helpful.



29 January 2017

Suspicious activity in Sandyhurst Lane

We have received a report about suspicious activity at a property in Sandyhurst Lane, towards the A20 end of the
Lane:

On Friday or Saturday (not clear which) the postman told the occupant about a car parked on their drive with a
black male and female walking around inspecting his property. When challenged they drove off but apparently
did the same at another property in the Lane.The car was a black Audi A5 or A6.

The occupant has been asked to contact 101 and agreed to do so.

Please report if you see any similar suspicious activity.


13 January 2017

Theft of motorcycle in Kennington


A theft of a motorcycle has occurred in the Guernsey Way area of Kennington, Ashford; the vehicle was later
found burnt out in the Westwell area.

This incident occurred between 1840 hours on the 11th Jan and 1851 hours on the same day

The vehicle was a Yamaha motorcycle index number J868 JDL

If you have any information which would assist the investigation of this incident please contact 101 quoting ref.
ZY/1417/17.

3 January 2017

Beware of rogue traders

We have received the following report via a committee member living in Sandyhurst Lane:

I had a visit from my next door neighbour who reports as follows :
Yesterday afternoon (Monday) a male person knocked on his door and said that his house chimney was in
desperate need of attention and was in danger of falling down. The visitor said that he had been working ‘up
the road’. My neighbour refused the offer quite forcefully.
The person drove off, with a mate, in a white Transit truck with a tailgate hoist - something quite distinctive.

Please be very wary of unsolicited calls from tradesmen - they may well be ‘rogue traders.’
For more information on bogus callers and rogue traders, see the Kent Police website:
https://www.kent.police.uk/advice/bogus-callers-and-rogue-traders/.


Sandyhurst Lane
Residents Association

Protecting the rural character of Sandyhurst Lane and the adjoining area