June 2007 Newsletter


Firstly, a message from Rex Chinnery

Dear Neighbour. Before finally handing over to Ian Peden, I must write to say a big thank you to the many residents of our two estates who sent letters and cards in acknowledgement of my ‘retirement’. It was particularly gratifying to hear how much my newsletters were read with interest. Thank you once again and now over to IAN.


Well ladies and gents. Rex will be a hard act to follow but I will do my best. Rex, on behalf of the residents of the two estates, a big thank you for all you have done to keep this area safe over the years. Now, a message from our very kind sponsors.


“We would like to take this opportunity to add to the many tributes to Rex Chinnery as he hands over the reins of the Neighbourhood Watch scheme. It is 50 years this year since my family moved into this house and in all that time the ethos of the estates has hardly changed. It was always a special place to live and the fact that many of the residents who moved in with us are still here is a testament to this. We feel safe here and have such good neighbours that we never worry about leaving our home. We are sincerely grateful to Mr Chinnery for his part in maintaining this environment and would like to wish him well in his well-deserved ‘retirement’. At the same time we would like to thank Mr Peden for taking over this valuable task. Our business has gone from strength to strength since we began over four years ago and we shall of course continue to sponsor the Neighbourhood Watch scheme and to support it in any way we can”.

Before I get on with the business of keeping you updated about events in our area, I should tell you a little about myself. I have lived on Melton Park with my family since 1990. I joined Northumbria Police in 1979 and have worked in many different geographical areas of the force from Jarrow in the South to Ashington in the North. I have been an Inspector since 1995 and have experience of both uniform, CID and a variety of other positions. I am currently one of a team of people who is responsible for the design and delivery of the national police promotion examinations, all of which keeps me pretty busy.


I apologise for the slight delay in the production of this newsletter but that was due to clarification of the below crime figures:


Feb. - (4 crimes) - theft from vehicle (Brunton Park), burglary to shed (Melton Park),
                           - damage to vehicle (Brunton Park), burglary to garage (Brunton Park)
Mar. - (2 crimes) - burglary to shed (Brunton Park), theft of pedal cycle (Brunton Park)
Apr. - (3 crimes) - damage by graffiti to garage (Melton Park), damage to vehicle (BruntonPark)
                           - theft from vehicle (Melton Park)

May - (4 crimes) - 2 x damage to vehicle (Melton Park), theft of vehicle ( Melton Park)
                           - burglary dwelling ( sneak in to kitchen for purse ) in Brunton Park


Please if you can, park your car in your garage or on your driveway. Even the latter significantly reduces the risk of you becoming a victim of crime. Make sure that mobile phones and Sat Nav are not visible, even if you are only parking for a few moments. Lock your shed and any external house doors, even when you are in. if you see anyone suspicious wandering around the estates, call the police. If it is not reported they cannot check it out or link intelligence and information which may lead to an arrest.

In overall terms for Newcastle Area Command, crime is down and detections are up. In the wider area, there are individuals who are targeting handbags in shopping trolleys at Asda and Tesco. Remember to be vigilant and keep that handbag in your hands or over your shoulder. That advice is for the ladies too!

I recently attended an interesting Neighbourhood Watch Association meeting which included an input from Chief Inspector Gillian Mitchell. She is responsible for all of the Neighbourhood Policing Teams in Newcastle Area Command. There was also an input from Inspector Jamie Southwell who is responsible for the Neighbourhood Policing team which covers our two estates.

It seems that our local officers wish to take a very firm line with people causing a serious disorder problem such as drinking, causing damage/grafitti etc , something which I am sure we would all support. They would prefer not to be involved in very minor issues of local children who are simply playing and making a bit of a noise. They ask that neighbour should approach neighbour in an amicable way to resolve any minor noise issues. They will become involved however, if anyone feels that, whatever the reason, they cannot make an approach.

I am aware from some calls I have had that such issues do exist here.   My request would be that everyone shows reasonable tolerance and understanding. Youngsters kicking or bouncing a ball about, or shouting and screaming late into the evening, can cause a great deal of upset and have an adverse impact on the quality of others lives. Please think about your neighbours, perhaps their age and health and whether what your children are doing could be affecting them. To balance the issue, please try to remember what you did when you were young, I very nearly can!! . Youngsters need to use up their energy and will be noisy. If everyone shows consideration for everyone else then our community will continue to flourish.

Finally, a big thank you to those of you who have been in touch to offer your support. I do think it would be fitting if we were to mark Rex’s commitment to the area for such a long time with a presentation of some sort. I would therefore like to start a fund for this purpose and invite you to make a donation in order to buy Rex a gift which can be presented at a later date. Please do not tell Rex about this, he will be getting a different newsletter from everyone else and it would be nice to surprise him. If any of his close friends would like to advise me about a suitable gift I would be most grateful. Please drop any cash in to my home address or send cheques made payable to ‘Brunton and Melton Park, Mr I Peden’.  



(Passing requires 4 correct answers)

1) How long did the Hundred Years' War last?

2) Which country makes Panama hats?

3) From which animal do we get catgut?

4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution?

5) What is a camel's hair brush made of?

6) The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal?

7) What was King George VI's first name?

8) What colour is a purple finch?

9) Where are Chinese Gooseberries from?

10) What is the colour of the black box in a commercial airplane?

ANSWERS TO THE QUIZ - (Passing requires 4 correct answers)

1) How long did the Hundred Years War last? - 116 years

2) Which country makes Panama hats? - Ecuador

3) From which animal do we get cat gut? - Sheep and Horses

4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution? - November

5) What is a camel's hair brush made of? - Squirrel fur

6) The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal? - Dogs

7) What was King George VI's first name? - Albert

8) What colour is a purple finch? - Crimson

9) Where are Chinese gooseberries from? - New Zealand

10) What is the colour of the black box in a commercial airplane? - Orange , of course.