Friday, 9 November 2018

Burglary Alert - Did you see anything?

There was a burglary today, Friday 9th November, in Ashburnham Place. The burglar was disturbed and fled the house. They gained access via the basement sash window. Did you see anything around 12:55pm and 1pm today? Do you have CCTV cameras that may have filmed an individual rushing down Ashburnham Place or Ashburnham Retreat? Any information please contact me here or contact our Safer Neighbourhood Police - see below.

Unfortunately Crime in the Triangle is rising at an alarming rate with burglars being more bold and now entering homes via the front door. They are using a locksmith tool to easily open yale door locks. ALWAYS chubb lock your door, and bolt the door last thing at night. A burglar attempted to gain entry into a house in King George Street last week via the front door whilst the occupants were asleep in bed. There has been 6 burglaries in King George Street in the last month and 10 burglaries within the Triangle in the last 12 weeks.

Motor vehicle crimes is a continuing problem within the area with many car windows being smashed to steel items from within. I cannot reiterate enough the importance not to leave ANYTHING on display. If you are the unfortunate victim of car crime please report this to the police by calling 101.

Also, if you are a TSB customer, please be aware the ATM machines in the High Street have been tampered with known as a Lebanese Loop - see below.

Lebanese loop is a device used to commit fraud and identity theft by exploiting automated teller machines(ATMs). In its simplest form, it is a strip or sleeve of metal or plastic which blocks the ATM's card slot, causing any inserted card to be apparently retained by the machine, allowing it to be retrieved by the fraudster when the card holder leaves.

As crime is increasing I would like to request for volunteers to join the security team. Ideally we need a representative on each road and flats within the Triangle. I just need more eyes and ears to keep a look out and to actively report anything suspicious. Please contact me here if you are interested or for more information.

Greenwich Police Safer Neighbourhood Team
Tel: 020 8284 5494

Tina Pugh

Friday, 2 November 2018

Autumn bulb planting in the Triangle

On Saturday, November 10th at 11am the ATA Green Team will be meeting outside number 75 Ashburnham Grove and putting bulbs in there and then moving on to Barnstaple House
The more people the merrier .. even if you can only plant a few bulbs - please bring a trowel if you  have one ( we will have spares)
We have about 1000 daffodil bulbs to put in so all help welcome!

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Bogus Charity Callers.....BEWARE

On Sunday 28th October, our Safer Neighbourhood Police were notified of a woman going door to door requesting money for charity. It is believed this woman was not a legitimate charity worker. Was you visited by this person? Did you give any money? Our Safer Neighbourhood Team have requested that NO money should be given to charity callers that knock at your door. If you would like to donate to genuine charities, there are more secure ways to do it - see below.

How to check a charity’s genuine:

  • Ask to see the identification of the fundraiser if you are asked to make a donation in person. 
  • All legitimate charity fundraisers carry official identification when fundraising. Make sure you are satisfied the identification is genuine. 
  • All charities have to be registered with the Charity Commission. 
  • Don’t give out personal information and bank details to make a regular donation by Standing Order unless you are satisfied the person you are talking to is genuine. 
  • You can always phone the charity back on a known phone number published in the phone book or on the charity’s official website. 
If you have lost money to a fraud like this, contact Action Fraud.

Tina Pugh

Halloween in the Triangle

Tara MacNeill Veitch writes:
Following the success of the last seven years we are once again organising for children to be able to safely celebrate Halloween by trick or treating in the Ashburnham Triangle from 6 to 8pm.
Participation is of course absolutely voluntary. We do hope that your children would like to join in to trick or treat and, whether you have children or not, that you would like to give out sweets. For safety and hygiene please only give out wrapped or packaged sweets.
If you are interested, on Halloween night please place a pumpkin or sign by your front door or window so that the children know at which houses to stop, and so that anyone not interested in participating is not inconvenienced.

Friday, 19 October 2018

Thames Tideway Tunnel Development, Greenwich SE10

Many of our members may have recently received a letter from Royal Borough of Greenwich concerning the Thames Tideway Tunnel Development over on Norman Road and the proposals for vehicle routes and holding area’s during the initial excavation works. The ATA's Mick Delap has put together a briefing note regarding the project and detailed what the application concerns - click here for Mick's note.

For further information please also have a look at this short video:

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Forthcoming local arts events in West Greenwich

Andrew Chandler photography at the Library 

Last year Jonathan Chandler, Chairman of the Greenwich Society, and his brother Andrew, who is a professional photographer, spent over four months travelling all the way around the world documenting in photographs and in an on-line blog their experiences.
An exhibition of over 60 of Andrew's finest photographs, together with some extracts and observations by Jonathan is on display at the West Greenwich Library now until Saturday 20th October.
Framed and unframed prints are available to purchase as well as greeting cards of some of the photos.
Admission is FREE

Also at the Library on Tuesday 30 October you can hear Jan Fortune and Adam Craig of Cinnamon read from their latest works of fiction; Jan's A Remedy for all Things and Adam's In Dreams the Minotaur Appears Last. Please come along to support these independent publishers and authors.
West Greenwich Library, 7 for 7.30, Free.

Also, online booking on is open for Graham Fawcett's next lecture/performance on Anna Akhmatova, with the wonderful Susan Aldred as second reading voice. Tuesday, November 13 (6.45 for 7) at The Treehouse, Greenwich Tavern. More details on

Finally, the ATA's own local novelist Neil Bailey has a new book out, a ghost story set locally and published just in time for the dark winter evenings and Halloween. The Woman At Twenty-six is available on Amazon and you can check out this and Neil's other novels by clicking this link.

News on the Lenox Project

The Lenox Project, which was founded in 2011, is a charity which intends to build and launch a full-size replica of the Lenox, a state-of-the-art naval ship that was built in 1678 in Deptford and was the first of Charles II’s thirty ships. Find out more about this fascinating project by clicking this link:

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Tommy's Wave of Light

One of the charities the Ashburnham Triangle are proud to support this year is Tommy's. Tommy's is the largest charity funding research into the causes of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth which one in four women will suffer from. They also provide pregnancy health information to parents-to-be to help them have a healthy pregnancy and baby.

You can read more about what Tommy's believe here.

Each year, from 9th to 15th October, Tommy's promotes Baby Loss Awareness Week, with the 15th October promoting Wave of Light. 

Wave of Light is an opportunity to join with bereaved parents, families and friends around the globe to commemorate all babies who sadly died too soon. ... To join the global 'Wave of Light', simply light a candle at 7pm on 15 October and leave it burning for at least one hour. 

Join us in #BreakingTheSilence this #BLAW2018 in memory of all babies lost during pregnancy or after birth. You are not alone. Learn more about what Tommy's is doing this Baby Loss Awareness Week.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Police Meet Update

A huge Thank You to Henry Lawton, our dedicated PCSO, who attended the Police Meet last Saturday. Despite the pouring rain, the meeting was held inside the Ashburnham Arms with valuable advice being passed onto residents. Below are some of the issues that were raised:
No Entry junction on Devonshire Drive
All types of vehicles continue to ignore the One Way sign and drive in the wrong direction, especially if Greenwich High Road is heavily congestedPolice do randomly monitor this junction and fine any vehicle driving through the one way entry but they obviously cannot be present the whole time. CCTV has been suggested but at the moment the cost is an issue which the council cannot meet. This is an ongoing problem which we all need to monitor.

Increase in Burglaries
Unfortunately the police have reported an increase in burglaries within the Greenwich West area. Within the Triangle in the last two weeks opportunist burglars have once again tried to gain entry via open windows - which was a huge problem during the summer months. With Christmas approaching we are expecting a rise in attempted break-ins. The current method of entry is through vulnerable basement sash windows. Burglars have been scouting the area, with one resident noticing suspicious behaviour of two white males only last week, whereby they were specifically looking at each basement window in Devonshire Drive, perhaps to see if any would be easy to break into.  Remember, if you see ANYTHING that looks suspicious, phone 999 - you could be stopping an attempted burglary.

Increase in Antisocial Behaviour
I’ve recently been alerted to two seperate issues of antisocial behaviour which includes all night parties, loud music and drug taking. This type of behaviour is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. The police and council have been informed and they are currently being dealt with. 

The squatters in the old Probation building - 39 Greenwich High Road - have recently being causing a disturbance with increased noise and mess. An eviction noticed has been served and bailiffs will be evicting all squatters on Friday 12 October.


Police are appealing for information after 26-year-old man was shot in Greenwich

Slightly outside the Triangle, but on Monday this week, 8th October, officers attended Old Pearson Street at the junction with Randall Place, SE10, at approximately 08:30hrs to reports of shots being fired.

A short while later a man with a gunshot injury presented himself at a hospital, where he currently remains. His condition is described as non life-threatening or life changing.

This incident took place close to James Wolfe Primary School. At this stage police believe that the incident was unconnected to the school or anyone at the school. Nobody else was injured.

Police are asking for anyone who witnessed or has information regarding the incident to contact telephone number 101 (quote reference: CAD 1483/08OCT18).

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at

Remember, if you see anything suspicious call 999 immediately.

For non emergency call 101 or contact our Safer Neighbourhoold Team:
Tel: 0208 284 5494

Tina Pugh

Thursday, 4 October 2018

REMINDER - Police Street Meet this Saturday

Just a reminder about this Saturday's Police Street Meet which will take place in Ashburnham Retreat (Play Street) or inside the Ashburnham Arms if it rains - which unfortunately may be the case this weekend.  Hope to see you there.