April 2010

Newsletter 82

Dear Neighbour

Once again we have had impressively low crime levels over the past three months.




Spar Shop. Burglary. Between 1445 - 1730 on 12/12/2009, unknown person(s) enter the shop and steal money.

Joolz Hairdressers. Theft from Motor vehicle on 18/12/2009, where the offender has opened an insecure boot and stolen various items of property.

George Payne Butchers. Attempted Burglary on 11/12/2009 where the offender has gone to a freezer and tried to steal meat.

Re the incidents at our butcher and hairdressers, a youth from Kenton has been charged with these offences and may well have been responsible for the other. Apparently he stated he was driving round the area with others and these were opportunist crimes.

I think that this acts as a timely reminder to everyone to lock doors and windows as the criminal is always looking for an opportunity to practice his art. Although our specific area has not been hit, Gosforth in general has seen a rise in burglary to dwellings where porch doors and windows have been left insecure. Be warned.
January: Nothing recorded.
February: Nothing recorded.
Melton Park.
December: Nothing recorded.
January: Nothing recorded.
February: Nothing recorded.

Regarding the rest of the quarter, whilst the bad weather may have had some positive effect, it is really a continuation of the previous quarter’s results. That is six months now without a recorded crime for Melton Park and four months out of six for Brunton.

Slightly further afield, Northern Rugby Club has had a theft from one of its rooms. This would undoubtedly be another opportunist crime, so please, if you are going to the gym or using any of the facilities there, make sure you lock your property away if you can. The basic rule of thumb is, if it is on view, it will walk. If we all take some care, then perhaps we can have another crime free period. Apart from some Brunton Park/Great Park building site thefts, nothing else of note has come to my attention.

We have had a change of Inspector responsible for our area. The new incumbent is Jan Harrison, she has 25 years police service and we wish her well in her new post.

Please keep a watch if you can on the Northumbria Police website. They have started online meetings for residents and I feel it is a valuable resource allowing local people to have a say in how their area is policed and a great opportunity for people who are unable to attend a formal meeting to raise issues.


Cycling the USA.

My insane adventure begins on 20th June and, alongside riding 3629 miles in 50 days, I will attempt to raise some funds for St Oswald’s Hospice. If anyone would like to sponsor me, you can donate by sending me a cheque made payable to the hospice or going online at http://www.justgiving.com/Ian-Peden


I have begun a blog charting my training and plan to complete this on a daily basis (if I have the energy!) on the trip. You can follow my trials and tribulations at http://pacifictoatlanticbypedalpower.blogspot.com/


If you are interested in more detail about the trip, go to

http://www.bamacyclist.com/Journal2009/North09/09North.htm where you can read about last year’s event.

Best wishes to all of you and to echo the words of Larry Grayson:

“Shut that door” and adding my own: “lock it as well and don’t forget the windows”. IanP.