I am one of the local Police Community Support Officers for the Poringland and Loddon areas. Norfolk Constabulary have recently set up Church Watch in the South Norfolk area, to look out for your local churches, especially in the darker winter months when the churches are more at risk and vulnerable to crime.
We are trying to gather current details of who heads your parish’s churches and who the key-holders/wardens are, so that we can contact them in an emergency and protect these important buildings.
Can you please update me with any details to assist us.
Thank you in advance,
PCSO Marie Albinagorta 8562
Poringland Police Station
Police are urging residents in South Norfolk to be vigilant after an increase of fuel thefts and garage and shed burglaries in the county.
Pc Jim Squires has the following advice: “It is not unusual for us to see an increase in this type of crime at this time of year; however, I would strongly urge residents to take simple measures to prevent them from becoming victims.
“Most shed breaks are carried out by opportunist thieves, therefore please ensure that you lock and secure your shed and garage and keep items of value locked away.
“If you do leave items of value in sheds or garages then you should mark your property, this can simply be done by using coloured spray paint. It makes it harder for thieves to sell tools on, don’t leave any items out in the garden put them away. “
With regards to fuel tanks, check oil levels frequently so you are aware if anyone has tampered with your supply, and consider an electronic oil level gauge which sets off an audible alarm in your house if the oil level drops below a quarter full.
Fit a good quality locking device to all fuel tanks – a high quality closed shackle padlock will make access using bolt croppers very difficult. Consider perimeter security for the whole tank, such as a metal cage or fencing. Even a prickly hedge may help deter thieves. Remember, however, that the oil tanker driver will need to access it.
If you are going out consider leaving a radio on or if you are going to be home late, leave a light on so it would appear someone is home as it starts to get dark.
Pc Jim Squires added: “Security measures are just the start – we also need communities to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity. If you spot something unusual at a friend, neighbour or relative’s house, or at a nearby business premises, call police on 101 or dial 999 if a crime is in progress.”
A 32-year-old man is due to appear before Great Yarmouth magistrates court this morning charged with four burglaries in north-east Suffolk.
Wayne Mills, of Charter Way in Lowestoft, is due to appear before magistrates from 9.30am today, Wednesday 14 December, charged with two home burglaries and two other burglaries.
The four burglary charges relate to;
A home burglary at Brampton on 21 June where a 65-inch TV was stolen.
A burglary at a home in Westhall between 5 and 11 June where a games console, controllers, games, a computer, three vacuum cleaners, spirits, cleaning products and pillows were among the items stolen.
A burglary at St Cross South Elmham on May 22 where power tools, a small rowing boat and a generator were among the items stolen.
A burglary at a business in Westleton on May 31 where six bottles of spirits and a quantity of cash were stolen.
Most burglaries are committed by opportunist thieves who will search a neighbourhood for homes that look empty or dark, with access to back gardens. They also look out for windows that have been left open and unlocked doors.Police are appealing for information following a burglary in Bungay at the end of last week.
The home in Staithe Road was broken into sometime between 2.30pm Wednesday 30th November & 12.30pm Friday 2nd December.
Entry was gained after a rear window was forced. Once inside an untidy search was completed and jewellery was stolen along with 2 bank books.
Officers are keen to speak with anyone who may have seen any unusual activity nearby during the times given. If you can help, please contact Suffolk Police on 101 quoting crime reference 37/69530/16.
Police are appealing for two lady dog walkers to come forward after a quantity of jewellery stolen in a burglary in Beccles was recovered in Hales.
The home in Centre Close was broken into sometime between 6.30pm & 9.30pm after a rear window was forced. Once inside an untidy search was completed in all the rooms and a number of pieces of jewellery were stolen along with cash.Police are appealing for information following a burglary at a home in Beccles on Wednesday 30th November.
Officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have noticed any unusual activity during the times given. If you have any information, please contact Suffolk Police on 101 quoting crime reference 37/69157/16.
Most burglaries are committed by opportunist thieves who will search a neighbourhood for homes that look empty or dark, with access to back gardens. They also look out for windows that have been left open and unlocked doors.
By following a few simple steps, you can reduce the chances of becoming a victim of burglary.
- Lock all doors and remove the keys before leaving the house. This limits the amount of escape routes available to burglars.
- Keep front doors locked even when you are at home and especially if you are in the back garden.
- Close all windows fully before you leave the house, lock downstairs windows and remove the keys.
- Use window limiters to allow air in instead of keeping windows fully open, even when you’re at home.
- Install window locks on upstairs windows that can be easily accessed by a flat roof.
- Lock back gates using a sturdy lock such as a closed shackle padlock to no less than CEN 3-4 security grade or 5 lever lock.
- Leave low-energy lights on timers around the house and keep a radio on to make it seem as though someone is home.
- ‘Dusk-to-dawn’ sensored security lighting is a cheap, low cost way of making sure the front of your home or shed/outbuilding is well-lit.
- Burglars often prefer to work in the dark to avoid detection. Stop burglars from hiding in your driveway and paths by installing an ambient security light that will not disturb neighbours.
- Visible burglar alarms can make burglars think twice; get specialist advice and consult your insurance company.
- Hedging and shrubs to the front of your property should be pruned to no higher than 1m and trim trees up from the ground to 2m. This will allow a clear line of sight across your property and will stop the garden being used as a hiding place.
- Keep your valuables, jewellery, cash, passport and deeds to your property in a safe.
- Never leave spare keys in an open place. Hide away to prevent them being stolen.
- Keep dustbins and wheelie-bins away from fencing/gates as these can be used by thieves to climb into windows or used to escape.
- Make sure valuables are property marked. Take photographs and keep a note of any serial numbers.
- Don’t leave equipment and tools lying around that can be used by burglars to break into your home, such as hammers, shovels or gardening tools. Keep ladders locked away and out of sight.
For further crime prevention advice please visit the Suffolk Constabulary webpage www.suffolk.police.uk or contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101.
Draft Broads Flood Risk Supplementary Planning Document – Consultation
I am writing to inform you that the Broads Authority are seeking views on the Draft Broads Flood Risk Supplementary Planning Document.
The consultation runs from 21 November 2016 to 4pm on 23 December 2016.
The SPD is available to view here:
Hard copies will be available at the locations listed at the end of this letter.
The SPD is around 50 pages long.
Please send your comments on this consultation to: