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Become a Kent Police Volunteer

Kent Police are recruiting volunteer police staff to assist with various tasks and roles. Training will be provided.

See this poster for more details and how to apply.


Want to Know More about the Air Ambulance?

The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance is inviting local groups, clubs, societies and other organisations to book a talk (free of charge) to find our more about the work of the charity.

By inviting one of the air ambulance volunteer speakers to your group, you will be helping to raise awareness of our work and therefore ensuring we can be there for those who need us, now and in the future.

For more information or to book a talk, please contact us on: 01622 833 833 or email talks@kssairambulance.org.uk.


Job Opportunity - Sports Activity Project Officer

Ashford Borough Council are advertising for this position with a closing date of 21st May 2017.  Read the job description and the advert.


Speed Limits on Rural Roads - Petition to Government

Did you know that there is a petition with the UK Government to reduce the speed limit on single track rural roads from 60mph to 30mph? Please read it and if you agree, sign it online and do encourage others to do so as well.
 
The petition is open until 00:01am on 3 May 2017. If it has reached 10,000 signatures by the deadline then the Government will respond to it, if it has 100,000 signatures then it will be considered for debate in Parliament.

Currently (26 April), it has achieved over 5,800 signatures.

If you think it is in all our interests to generate as many signatures on this important petition to reduce the legal speed limit on rural lanes from 60mph to 30mph, then please sign it.



UK Power Networks -- Supply Disruption Reporting

September 2016 saw a new national telephone number “105” launched by electricity network operators for customers to call should they need to report or get information about a power cut in their area.
 

Key points to note about this service are:

· Dialling 105 will put customers through to their local electricity network operator – the company that manages the cables, power lines and substations that deliver electricity into homes and businesses in their area.

· 105 is just one of the ways that customers can contact their electricity network operator. They can also contact them by phone or via their website, and most network operators are on social media too.

· 105 is a free service for people in England, Scotland and Wales.

· Customers can call 105 no matter who they choose to buy electricity from.

· Customers can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put anyone in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, they should call the emergency services too.


Kent Police Message

Witness Appeal: Suspicious fire at Tesco Express, Ashford

Officers investigating a suspicious fire in Ashford are appealing for information. Kent Police was notified of an alarm activation at the Tesco Express in Mill Court at 12.30am on Friday 31 March 2017.

It was quickly established that the property was alight.  Firefighters from Kent Fire and Rescue Service attended and reported to Police that they believed the fire had been started deliberately.

Witnesses or anyone with information are urged to call the appeal line on 01843 222289 quoting reference ZY/12485/17.  Alternatively call Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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Clocks reported stolen in Smarden burglary
 
Kent Police has issued information on two clocks which were reported stolen during a burglary in Smarden, Ashford.
 

It was reported that a burglary had taken place between 9.30am and 3.10pm on Friday 31 March 2017 at a house in Monks Hill.
Two clocks were stolen during the incident and officers have issued photos in the hope that someone may recognise the missing timepieces.
 

One is described as a German Lenzkirch wooden clock (picture above) which dates back to the early 20th century and is about 12 inches high. The second clock is described as being made of brass.
 

Investigating officer Detective Constable Dennis Webster said: ‘The clocks are of sentimental value to the owner and we would ask people to get in touch if they have been offered the opportunity to buy them.

 
‘Also, if anyone has any information about the burglary, or saw anything suspicious in the area, we would ask them to contact Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting ZY/12683/17.'
 
Alternatively, contact Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555111.

A Seasonal Crime Prevention Reminder

Crime Prevention - with the change in weather and the subsequent lawns to mow please ensure that your sheds, garages and outbuilding are left secure and your garden tools, mowers and ride on mowers are placed inside and out of view. Keep your gardens secure - padlock/bolt your garden gates.

Kent Neighbourhood Watch message

Kent County Council Trading Standards are warning the public to be aware of a bogus 'Trading Standards Officer' who has recently called at a resident's home in Kent.

The criminal claimed that he had received the resident's money from a recent court case and in order to retrieve the money the resident must pay a release fee of £10,000.

Trading Standards Officers would never contact residents and ask them to hand over money, or transfer money into another person's bank account.

If you receive a phone call or a visit from someone claiming to be from Trading Standards and asking for money, please call the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506 or the Police on 101.

Always ask for a callers ID and if in doubt call their office prior to admitting them to your home, or use a nominated neighbour scheme.

Dealing with unexpected visitors

Some safety advice for residents to guard against possible distraction Burglaries:-

• Lock your back doors and windows before answering your front door - thieves are known to work in pairs, one entering through the back door while the other knocks at the front.
Use a spyhole and ask who the caller is through the door first, then keep the door on the chain.
Check their identification, even if they have a pre-arranged appointment.
If you're not expecting the caller and they do not carry an ID card, do not let them in.
To check a caller is genuine, you can look up the number in the phone book or a recent bill and check it against the card the caller has given you.
Don't just ring the number on the card - it may be fake.
If you have any doubts about whether the caller is genuine, ask them to leave and come back at a time convenient to you and when you've had a chance to ask someone to be with you.
Never leave your front door unattended. If you need to get something, close the door until you return.

Do your elderly parents, neighbours or friends worry about bogus callers? Would they know what to do if an unexpected visitor calls?  You can support them by visiting...

www.kent.police.uk/advice/bogus-callers-and-rogue-traders/


... for tips on protecting your home and what to do if someone unexpected stops by.


Spring & Summer Vegetation
 

Spring is here and the sun is shining which means the growing season for vegetation is upon us.  KCC Highways, who maintain the roads and lanes, receive many enquiries throughout the Spring and Summer seasons reporting overgrown vegetation that causes obstructions to footways and roads.
 
Please read this vegetation information letter  and see how you can help prevent problems. 

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Last Update 26.04.2017
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