Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Thames Tideway Tunnel Meeting

The next Community Liaison Working Group meeting to discuss Thames Tideway Tunnel matters in on September 12th, from 6 to 8 pm, in the Creekside Environment Centre. Please come along if you can. The meeting will report on how the excavation of the drop shaft is proceeding and the operation of the traffic management arrangements in and out of Norman Road, both present and future. It will be the first chance we have had to discuss our experience of the new lorry arrangements on Norman Road and Greenwich High Road. If you can’t make the meeting but would like to make a comment on the lorry arrangements please send an email to Barbara Reid, barbara.jreid@icloud.com or Neil Sinclair, neil.sinclair@hotmail.co.uk who will both be attending the meeting. Mick Delap who liaises with Thames Tideway on behalf of the ATA is away. We’ll also ask for an update on bookings for visiting the Pumping Station on Open House weekend (21 September) and find out if there’s a waiting list or other days when the site could be open to local residents.

Monday, 9 September 2019

Safer Neighbourhoods September Update

Following the recent Safer Neighbourhoods Panel meeting the main point of concern is the dramatic increase in phone snatching.
Our local police are organising for the above Met Police poster to be displayed in shop windows, cafes etc following the sudden rise in crime. Groups of youths have been seen in and around Cutty Sark Gardens wearing hoodies and puffa coats even in hot temperatures and targeting lone females for their phones. Most phone snatching has been on foot or bicycle. With the new student year about to commence phone snatching is predicted to continue with the town centre and Thames Path being the most vulnerable areas.

This is what the police advise:

Criminals are using mopeds and bicycles to snatch mobiles and handbags in this area, often riding up behind the victim and even mounting the pavement to grab them. Police are carrying out operations to target these offenders, but there are some simple steps you can take to protect your property.

Be aware of your surroundings
Don’t text while you’re walking – you won’t notice potential thieves approaching.
• Try going hands free or stand away from the roadside close to a wall so no one can come up behind you.

Use the security features on your phone
Your phone comes with a range of security features, such as keypad locks
and remote data wiping. Make sure they are all activated to stop thieves from accessing your phone and personal data.

Know how to identify your phone if it’s stolen
Find your IMEI number by dialling *#06# from your phone and keep a written note of it. If the phone is stolen, report it to the police and your mobile provider to stop it being used.
• Register your phone on www.immobilise.com to help police return recovered stolen property and combat the sale of stolen goods. Police recover more than 2500 items registered to the website on average every month.

Never confront a thief or risk your own safety for the sake of your mobile device.

In an emergency call 999. To report to police after your phone has been stolen, or for other police enquiries call 101 or visit www.met.police.uk. Follow us on Twitter @metpoliceuk.

Other News:
Following the dramatic tasering of a male who held a bread knife to the throat of a woman in Cutty Sark Gardens last month, the police confirmed this is still under investigation. The incident is due to mental health problems and a disagreement between neighbours.

Inside the Triangle
Motor vehicle crime continues to be a problem within the Triangle. We have seen an increase in motor vehicle theft by keyless car crime and there has also been many reports of attempted theft of both cars and mopeds. I can only reiterate the following advice to ensure you keep your vehicle safe:
  • Keep cars keys aways from the front of your house and instead keep keys in either a metal tin or key signal blocker pouch such as Faraday which can stop the car key being cloned remotely and the theft of your vehicle.
  • Steering wheel locks are becoming more popular as this is another obstacle for a thief. If they see a steering wheel lock they are more likely to move on.
  • Do NOT leave any valuables on display inside your vehicle. 

There were six reports of burglaries within the Triangle between the months of July and September with the main point of entry being basement sash windows. Again, make sure all windows are locked using window bolts on sash windows before you leave your property. 

Reports of various drug dealing operating around the Triangle includes outside St.Marks Hostel and along Egerton Drive (near Greenwich High Road and near the church). Can I please ask if you see a drug transaction to report the crime to 101. Today's policing is managed by statistics and act accordingly to what is reported. If we ALL continue to report such activity then more police will be sent to investigate the problem. Just make a note of the date, time, location and a rough description of the individuals involved and either dial 101 or email: www.met.police.uk/ro/report/

Fly tipping appears to be on the rise within the Triangle. To keep our area looking clean can you please report any fly tipping to www.fixmystreet.com.

In my last update I mentioned we were looking into how Lambeth Council managed to ban nitrous oxide canisters within the borough and whether Greenwich could follow suit.  We understand a fixed amount of penalty notices (FPN) need to be issued to be able to go forward with this plan. We are therefore still investigating how to proceed and will report back accordingly.

For your information please find attached minutes of the meeting held in July here.

Tina Pugh
ATA Security / Police Liaison

Friday, 30 August 2019

It's all go this September......

....While summer may be drawing to an end, the Ashburnham Triangle is kicking off September with a big bang. Next Saturday 7th September sees our annual Street Party starting at 1pm, Ashburnham Retreat, aka "Play Street". Lots of great entertainment including live music, climbing wall, bouncy castle, magician and as usual all those finger licking foodie treats so make sure you come along.

Then on Thursday 12th September the Ashburnham Arms will once again be releasing those numbered balls for another fun night of Bingo. All proceeds raised will be going to the charity Tommy's. Fantastic prizes to be won together with a raffle.  Remember, you've got to be in it to win it!

Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

History Group Meeting

A reminder that our next history group meeting is on Thursday 29 August, 7.30pm in the back room of The Ashburnham Arms.

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Two Stabbings in Greenwich Town Centre

An incident took place in Greenwich Town Centre at around 3:30pm this afternoon, Tuesday 27th AugustOfficers were called to Norman Road in relation to a stabbing and then to the Cutty Sark in relation to a male holding a knife up to a female's throat. Police attended and the male suspect was tasered and arrested. The full details are still being gathered by the police but at present I can confirm there were two female victims, one of whom is the mother of the suspect. The mother has stated the suspect has mental health issues.

Enquiries continue and a crime scene remains in place. If you have any information regarding this incident please contact either our Safer Neighbourhood Police or dial 101.

Tina Pugh
Police Liaison / ATA Security

Greenwich West Safer Neighbourhood Police
Telephone: 0208 284 5494
email: westgreenwich.snt@met.police.uk

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Car crime in the Triangle on the rise

Car crime within Greenwich has been rising steadily over the last year and sadly we have noticed a dramatic rise within the Triangle.

Over the past couple of weeks there has been numerous reports of damage to vehicles in Guildford Grove, Langdale and Catherine Grove where cars have been broken into and items stolen from inside. Last week, between the hours of 20:00 and 06:50 on 14/15th August a BMW X5 was stolen from Guildford Grove. The key for this vehicle must have been cloned as there was no smashed glass where the vehicle was originally parked. High spec vehicles are desirable and are stolen to order. Car keys need to be kept away from the front of the house and ideally stored in a “car key blocker case". (click here for link to best signal blockers from car buyer). If the signal is blocked it makes stealing your car that much harder.  

A local resident has repeatedly captured images on their home security camera of potential car thieves. They walk in parallel down the roads, looking in vehicles and are described as wearing thick builders / garden gloves which they are probably wearing to smash open car windows. They appear to be in the area between midnight and 06:00. 

To discourange theft from vehicles please DO NOT LEAVE ANYTHING in your vehicle overnight. The police suggest you leave your glove box open showing there is nothing in there to steal.  Pictures below show images captured from a home security camera of potential thieves looking into vehicles.

Please remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to the police.

Tina Pugh
ATA Security / Police Liaison

Greenwich West Safer Neighbourhood Police: 0208 2845494 (not 24 hour service)
email: westgreenwich.snt@met.police.uk

Sunday, 28 July 2019

Save the date - don't make any other plans!

 7th September 2019 – THE ATA SUMMER STREET PARTY

  • 1pm 'til 6pm, Ashburnham Retreat Play Street
  • Live Music, Food, Entertainment & of course superb raffle prizes
  • Sponsored by Felicity J Lord – Greenwich

We are looking for volunteers that would be happy to have a promotion board outside their house to promote the event. If you are happy to have one please contact ChrisWard, ward@live.co.uk

We are also looking for volunteers to make and donate a cake on the day. If you are a budding Bake Off fan please contact Anastasia Graham-Yooll, Anastasia.hgy@gmail.com

See you on the 7th!