December 2007


Newsletter no 73


Dear Neighbour. I am pleased to tell you that Rex’s efforts over the years have not gone unnoticed. The Chief Constable invited Rex to his presentation night recently where Rex was awarded a commendation for his services to Neighbourhood Watch. Rex was delighted with the award and tells me that he was treated royally on the evening. I am very pleased to say that it has been a fairly quiet quarter for reports of crime and other problems on our estates.


August No crimes reported.

 September No crimes reported.

 October Arson to motor vehicle in Newlands Avenue, Melton Park.


August     1 theft of pedal cycle outside shops. Recovered nearby. Damage to 3 motor vehicles in Greenfield Road, all scratched overnight.

September    Assault on Great North Road, Brunton Park. (Persons lived outside area).


Burglaries to two houses


October Criminal Damage


Criminal Damage at Brunton Park Health Centre and the Shield Chiropractic Clinic where a fence and wall were spray painted. These 2 offences occurred over the same weekend.


One resident rang to inform me that while the pavement on Polwarth Drive was being dug up recently, she saw a workman park his van, get out and urinate beside it. Fortunately, she had the presence of mind to note down the registration number and business name displayed on the van and then rang both the Police and the employer to inform them. 10 out of 10 for quick thinking. This was the perfect action to take and I am sure this will have had the desired effect and he will think twice in future.

I have been informed that someone has been flying a Harris hawk in Gosforth Park. A resident who was walking her dog had the unfortunate experience of the hawk trying to attack it. This matter has been passed on to the appropriate persons in the Parklands Response Team. If anyone else has a similar experience, please let me know.

Another resident has reported finding that white emulsion paint had been poured down an outside drain. It is suspected that a workman was probably responsible. If you have builders, etc doing work at your premises, please try and ensure that they dispose of unwanted materials responsibly.

The clocks have gone back and it will be dark by the time many of you come home each day. A wheely bin outside on the street is a sure sign that there is no-one in and will make your house a more attractive proposition for the opportunist burglar. If you are unable to bring your own bin in, ask a neighbour to help. Make sure you have an automatic timer so that a light comes on in the house as darkness falls. This is a simple but effective way of preventing yourself from becoming a victim of crime.

Anyone who wishes to report any environmental issues such as pest control, bin collection, fly tipping, street lighting and grounds, road and footpath maintenance should contact Envirocall on 2744000. It is apparently an under utilised service so they will be delighted to hear from you.

This will be the last newsletter of the year so may I wish all of you a very merry Christmas and a happy, prosperous and crime free New Year. Remember, if you are going to have a drink, leave the car at home.



If you have any information about the above, please ring the police.