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Country Watch Newsletter 21st September 2017

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Angus Lawrie (Surrey Police, PCSO, Tandridge)




Tandridge Country Watch Newsletter



Bulletin No:  18

21st September 2017




Dear Country Watch Members,



The onset of the pheasant shooting season is approaching from the 1st October.


It has in the past, lead to a seasonal increase in poaching and associated thefts and criminal damage.


Poaching (hunting or fishing) is illegal if the:

·        Game or fish is not in season

·        Perpetrator does not hold a licence

·        Hunter used an illegal weapon for a particular animal

·        Animal or plant is on restricted land

·        Right to hunt a particular animal is claimed by someone else

·        Means used are illegal (e.g. baiting)

·        Animal or fish is protected by law or is an endangered species

Thefts from Outbuildings are a particular concern in our rural areas, and I’d like to take this opportunity to remind you all of some basic crime prevention advice.

Fit good quality doors and window locks that comply with British Standard. Use good quality locking bars and robust padlocks. Protect windows with metal bars or grilles, or consider blocking them up, and shut and lock all doors and windows when not in use.

We had another successful day with our horse saddles Security marking scheme.

This time in Bletchingley, with the assistance of PCSO Vicky Seymour and Volunteer Neil Barnes. Another 15 saddles were security marked bringing a total to 355 so far.

If you are interested in having your saddles marked, please contact Neil on


Kind Regards


pp Inspector Dan Gutierrez

Tandridge Safer Neighbourhood Inspector


Crime Prevention



Incidents of note in Tandridge


Reported rural crimes across Tandridge


Tandridge Lane, Lingfield – Sometime between 4:00pm on 06/09 and 7:00am on 07/09/17 offenders have stolen lead from roof of house under construction (Ref: 45170098413)


Coopers Hill Road, Sth Nutfield – During the morning of 08/09/17 padlock to gated farm land cut and access gained to land with a vehicle, when challenged by land owners drove off at speed. Was later found that a leaf blower had been stolen. (ref: 45170099121)


Merle Common Rd, Oxted – During the evening of 08/09/17 suspicious persons seen creeping along a hedge row believed to be looking at buildings. (ref: P17228960)


Westerham Road, Oxted – Overnight between 08/09/17 and 09/09/17 persons had gained entry to rear garden and pushed over a dead tree which housed a dove cot. Dove cot damaged persons made off leaving footprints in the dew. (ref: 45170099490)


Redehall Road, Smallfield – Overnight 08/09/17 and 09/09/17 storage containers from construction site broken into nothing reported stolen. (Ref: 45170099547)


RSPCA Eastbourne Road, Sth Godstone – Overnight between 21.30 11/09/17 & 07.00 12/09/17 Entry was gained to the site whereby persons broke into storage units and stole pressure washer and multi terrain vehicle. (ref: 45170100327)


Washpond Lane, Chelsham, - Overnight 17/09/17 & 18/09/17 vehicle fire, believed to be a deliberate act. (ref: 45170102548


Green Lane, Outwood. Overnight 18/09/17 & 19/09/17 3 x digger buckets for a Takeuchi digger were stolen from a building site (ref: P17237836)


Pilgrims Lane, Titsey. During daylight hours 18/09/17 copper cables have been reported as stolen (ref: 45170102853)




Reported environmental issues in rural Tandridge


Limpsfield Road, Warlingham – On the morning of 31/08/17 informant reported that person unknown was staying overnight on the nature reserve that they had made a camp fire and that lots of litter in the area.  The informant was asked to report this directly to the local authority directly (P17221481)


Gangers Hill, Warlingham – On the morning of 18/09/17 Large fly tip obstructing the road

(ref: P17236932)




If you have any information to assist with the investigation of these crimes please contact Surrey Police by telephone on 101 quoting the crime reference number


You are free to circulate this document to any of your contacts





Horse Watch, Farm Watch & SUSSEX – POLICE REPORTS


Nothing to Report




General information


Do you know somebody who is carrying out criminal activity but fear the consequences of being identified as the person who reported them? Maybe you've seen or heard something about a crime but don't know what to do. Are you scared to come forward and be a witness?

If you feel like this, it's easy to think there is nothing you can do, but there is. Crimestoppers is there to support you. Tell them what you know, either by phone on 0800 555 111 or on the anonymous online form and nobody will ever find out who you are


We are asking everyone to be extra vigilant and to call us on 101 if you see anyone or any vehicle acting suspiciously.  If you have any information on this report then please call 101 ref 451400104260 or you can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

More information about securing your property can be found by visiting

Country Watch Signs


The first sign is free...additional signs (£10 each) from Caterham Police Station (Opening Hours 10:00 -16:00). Please bolt/screw them onto gates/fences and check they are clean and not obscured by foliage.


National Equine Crime Database


Saddle Marking (Equine community)
If you would like your saddles marked (free) then please email your interest to (signs cost £10 each)


Getting and using a horse passport


Environmental Issues

Report a problem - Potholes, fallen trees, road signs damaged, street lights not working? There are lots of issues that can be reported direct to Surrey County Council online


REMEMBER!  If you are calling to report an incident, please ensure you state that you are a Country Watch member and the following:


  • A crime is in progress!
  • Suspects are still at the scene.
  • Firearms…if any seen or suspected, (explain your working knowledge of firearms, if you have any).
  • Exact location.
  • Any vehicle registrations or partial registrations seen that may connect.
  • If you are in a vehicle, give details of your vehicle so contact staff can use this as a marker to direct officers.


Please be vigilant and if you have any information or see any suspicious vehicles please contact us on 101 or via our online services


This form should be used for reporting non-emergency matters only and may take several hours for us to respond to any incident reported through this online service.

Alternatively you can report it anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

An important part of the Country Watch network is

Report, Report, Report! 999


Tandridge Beat Facebook Page


Are you following our Tandridge Beat Facebook page? Find news and updates from the Safer Neighbourhood Team. We have a growing audience and would love you to join us.

Don’t forget you can also tweet us @TandridgeBeat


Just a gentle reminder that our Safer Neighbourhood Team mail box, Facebook and Twitter account are not monitored 24/7.   To report incidents please call 101 or in an emergency 999.


Thank you all for your continued support.


Tandridge Safer Neighbourhood Team

Telephone: 01483 630220



Tandridge Neighbourhood Watch


The Tandridge Neighbourhood Watch organisation have a Web site which also lists previous newsletters not only for Neighbourhood Watch but also for Country Watch.


If you have to contact us about a non-urgent matter or to provide information on non-urgent suspicious matters or unusual behaviour you have observed which may be useful intelligence for us at a future date please email: Tandridge Safer Neighbourhood Team


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