AGM – 13th April 2015 – 7:30pm

Leatherhead Residents’ Association

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

TO BE HELD ON MONDAY 13 APRIL 2015 AT 7.30PM
AT THE ABRAHAM DIXON HALL, LETHERHEAD INSTITUTE

AGENDA

Tea and coffee will be served from 7pm-7.20pm

1.    Apologies for absence
2.    Minutes of the AGM meeting held on Monday 14 April 2014
3.    Matters Arising
4.    Chairman’s Annual Report
5    Treasurer’s Report & Statement of Accounts
6.    Appointment of Auditor
7.    Election of Officers
8.    Election of Secretary
9.    Re-election of Committee and election of new
      committee members (all nominations to be submitted
      to the Secretary no later than 3 days before the meeting)
10.   Increase in subscriptions to be approved
11.   Future meetings

There will be a short break before the Talk

Speakers:
Neil Clarke – Crime Prevention Officer
PC Matt Savage – New Leatherhead Town Officer
Subject:
Scam Scoundrels

Date of Next Committee Meeting:  Monday, 11th May, 7.30 in G6 of the Institute.
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REMEMBER: THERE IS THE ART EXHIBITION BASED ON "RUBBISH" IN THE FORMER "HELP SHOP7quot; (29 HIGH STREET).  IT WILL RUN ON THE 16th, 17th and 18th APRIL and again on 23rd, 24th and 25th APRIL from 10am till 5pm. UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF THEIR TEACHERS AND WITH FINANCIAL HELP FROM MVDC AND CPRE*, CHILDREN FROM OUR LOCAL SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN DESIGNING POSTERS AND PICTURES AIMED AT MAKING US ALL AWARE OF THE DAMAGE AND SHEER UGLINESS CAUSED BY THOUGHTLESS LITTER DROPPING.   COME AND ADMIRE THEIR EFFORTS!
 
FINALLY, THE DRAMA FESTIVAL COMMITTEE IS HOPING MANY PEOPLE WILL COME TO WATCH THE PERFORMANCES AND ALSO BE GENEROUS WHEN PURCHASING TICKETS AND/OR MAKING DONATIONS TO THIS TOTALLY UNSUPPORTED ARTISTIC EVENT. IT RUNS FROM APRIL 27th TO MAY 9th AND OFFERS A DIFFERENT PROGRAMME EVERY NIGHT.

*CAMPAIGN FOR THE PROTECTION OF RURAL ENGLAND.

Surrey Police: Theft from Vans ,Drug Arrest, Jail for Fraudster


I have to report that the following crime occurred in or near to your area. Can you please circulate the details of the crime to the members of your Watch /Anyone if you think it will be of value.

Any suspicious incidents should be reported to the police on 101 quoting the Crime reference number as appropriate.

 

Ref: 45150026942
Location: Bookham Guildford Rd
Date and Time. Weds 1st Apr 18.00 – Thurs 2nd Apr 06.00
Work van has been broken into overnight and many hand tools and power tools have been stolen.
Ref: 45150026943
Location: Fetcham Cock Lane
Date and Time. Weds 1st Apr 22.00 – Thurs 2nd Apr 07.00
Vehicle has been broken into overnight and tools have been stolen.
Keeping your commercial vehicle safe
  • Ensure your vehicle is always locked. Lock the back doors while driving.
  • If your vehicle doesn’t have an alarm, get one fitted. Insurance companies will often give a discount for properly installed and approved alarms.
  • Never leave personal documents in the vehicle’s cab.
  • Never leave tools or equipment in your vehicle overnight.
  • Keep your van keys safe while you are working. Never leave them in your vehicle.
  • ‘High clearance’ vehicles are common targets for catalytic converter theft. Mark yours to deter thieves.
  • Security mark all your tools and equipment to make items uniquely identifiable
  • Don’t buy cheap, second hand tools from a building site – they may be stolen. If you are suspicious – tell the police.
  • Keep stops for fuel, food and other goods to a minimum. The fewer stops you need to make (leaving your vehicle unattended) the more secure it will be.
  • Make sure you have fully comprehensive insurance for your vehicle. Thieves will often ‘smash and grab’ causing damage that is expensive to repair and may take you off the road for several days.

and

Drugs arrest of man at Boxhill y’day by N’hood PC Lee Munday + Matt Savage. Relentless pursuit !

https://twitter.com/MoleValleyBeat
https://www.facebook.com/MoleValleyPolice

and
A third man has been sentenced in connection with 35 incidents – including one in Leatherhead – where elderly people were accosted in the street, followed home and demanded money for work which had never been completed on their homes.
Jesse Webb, 19, of The Paddocks, Lyne Road, Virginia Water, worked alongside his brother and father, travelling far and wide, looking for older people to target.
They would stop the victims, usually close to their homes, claim they had completed roofing work on their property and had returned to collect payment for the work. Often their victims, some of whom suffered from memory impairment through dementia or Alzheimer’s, would believe them. In some cases the victim would give them cash from their home or, if they didn’t have cash, the gang would drive the victim to their bank and get them to withdraw large sums of money.
Upon entering the victim’s house, they would also commit a distraction burglary, distracting the victim whilst the other searched the house for more cash.

The complex investigation was led by Hertfordshire Constabulary’s specialist investigation team, Operation Manhunt, a unit set up to investigate distraction burglary, frauds and other crimes against the elderly.

Read more: http://www.dorkingandleatherheadadvertiser.co.uk/Jail-19-year-old-member-gang-defrauded-pensioners/story-26271910-detail/story.html#ixzz3W8xu0b00

12011@surrey.pnn.police.uk
Andrew Reid

Surrey Police: Easter Weeekend

With the Easter weekend approaching I thought it would be appropriate to remind everybody about security. 

I am not sure the weather is nice enough to have windows open yet but if you are going out for the day, or going away over the weekend please do not forget your home security.  Please check your windows and doors are shut and locked, also if you have anything which you feel may be enticing to potential thieves such as laptops, tablets, telephones, etc please put these out of sight. 

Also think about your car security.  Do not leave, SatNavs, phones or bags on view in your car.  Take valuable items with you, that way you know they are safe.  Try to park in a public place.

If you are using bicycles please ensure you lock them to something rigid such as a lamppost when out and about, and at home make sure they are locked in a garage or shed which also has a suitable lock on the outside, and cover shed windows etc.


Have a great weekend, and if you need to contact police call 101 or 999 in an emergency.

Robert Apperley

12774@surrey.pnn.police.uk

LRA Committee Meeting – 2nd March 2015

A Meeting for the LRA Committee on Monday,2nd March 2015 in G6


The meeting will start at 7.30 and the items for discussion include plans for the AGM Open Meeting on 13 April in the Abraham Dixon Hall.   Police officers will be giving a talk on the 
current prevalent scams, particularly those on the internet.


Apart from going through our Annual Financial statements, other topics will include the Newsletter, the Environment (including another large litter pick on 21 March), current Planning Applications (particularly the one from Hague Investments, but also others), future meetings, Highways (North Street and parking) plus any further information from our Community Representatives on Transform Leatherhead.


Although this is not a meeting for the Membership as a whole, members are more than welcome to speak to one of us before the meeting or to leave a note in our letter box.


All Reports will be published with the Minutes of the Open
 meeting on 2 February 2015.



Caroline Brown (Chairman).

Leatherhead Residents’ Association Open Meeting

Leatherhead Residents Association
Open Meeting
Monday, 2ndFebruary 2015 at 7.30
In the Abraham Dixon Hall in the Letherhead Institute

The Meeting will give the first half hour to the normal business affairs of the Association:

1. Apologies
3. Any Matters Arising other than to do with our local Health Service, must be postponed.
4. Correspondence –       Leach Grove Woods
5. Reports:  

   8 pm End of Business Meeting.

Councillor Tim Hall will now chair the meeting and invite our speaker, Mr. James Blythe, to start. 

Mr. Blythe is the Director for Commissioning and Strategy for Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group and is in charge of the Review of Service in 2015/16.

He will explain some of the proposed ‘Transformation’ of services that are under consideration in the Review.  Representatives from Central Surrey Health and the League of Friends of Leatherhead Hospital will also be in the audience.


Councillor Tim Hall will  direct questions to the speaker and to those attending in the audience after the presentation.


6. The next meeting, a Closed Meeting, will be on March 2nd at 7.30 in G6
    
Any problems may be sent via “Contact” on our website or by post into our mailbox in the Institute.

Surrey Police: Update from: Mole Valley Neighbourhood Sergeant John Pearson

On Wednesday, 21 January, Surrey Police was made aware of a suspicious incident which is said to have occurred outside of Leatherhead Leisure Centre earlier that week.
Two schoolgirls reported being approached by a man in a car which was parked outside of the complex at around 8pm on Monday, 19 January.
Following this allegation a detective from East Surrey CID investigated the incident, working with staff from the leisure centre and the parents of those involved. During the investigation, which included viewing of CCTV, it transpired that no criminal offence had taken place and the events were not as originally reported.
Mole Valley Neighbourhood Sergeant John Pearson, said: “No doubt this incident caused concern in the local area but I would like to reassure the public that we carried out a thorough investigation into the claims and can confirm that no criminal offence occurred.
“Surrey Police will always take allegations of this nature extremely seriously and will investigate fully any reports which indicate that the children in our community could be at risk, however we do not now believe any child was in danger.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to ask those who have an influence in our community, such as on social media or circulating group messages to double check with police before they report on such events. This will prevent unnecessary speculation and concern in the area which can have an adverse effect when we do need to raise the alarm.”

Surrey Police: Officers continue to spread the word about scams in East Surrey

Uniformed officers, detectives from CID and Crime Reduction Advisors are continuing their fight against fraudsters targeting the elderly and vulnerable in East Surrey by educating shoppers in Leatherhead. Officers descended on various banks in the town including Santander, HSBC, Nat West, Nationwide and Lloyds TSB for several hours on Thursday, 22 January. During this time they spoke with numerous people and handed out leaflets and information booklets as part of the engagement event.
Leading the operation for East Surrey, Detective Chief Inspector Antony Archibald, said: “Events like the one held in Leatherhead are an excellent way of engaging with the public and spreading the message about these despicable crimes.

“Our officers and detectives were able to say ‘I’m a police officer and I would never ask you for bank security information or for you to withdraw money for me’ a message which I hope people took notice of. If someone does purport to be a police officer and asks these questions the answer is simple, it is a scam.
“Thankfully we continue to receive calls from people who tell us they have received a call of this nature but they suspected fraud and did not hand over their details or money, we need everyone to hear this message, because just one more victim is one too many.
“We all have a part to play in preventing these offences which is why we spoke to a range of people during our engagement day, we educated those likely to be a target as well as urging others to speak with their elderly relatives and friends about the dangers these fraudsters pose.
“The media have been fantastic in helping us spread the message to their audiences and I hope we can continue with this coverage until everyone has heard this message and those responsible are caught.
“I would like to thank all those who have assisted with our prevent advice including local organisations, businesses, banks and charities who continue to support our investigation.”
Although the offender usually claims to be a police officer from a London or other local police station and of Detective Inspector or Detective Chief Inspector rank using various aliases to convince the victim. It is believed a number of groups of people may be involved in the offences.
Last week (Monday, 19 January – Sunday, 25 January), five offences were reported in the following areas of East Surrey:

  • On Tuesday, 20 January a woman in her late 60s from Epsom received a call but no money was handed over.
  • On Thursday, 22 January a woman in her late 80s from Leatherhead received a call but no money was handed over.
  • On Friday, 23 January a man in his early 60s from Epsom received a call before being conned out of handing over security details and around £40,000 being removed from his account. The same day, a woman in her 90s from Leatherhead also received a call but no money/security details were handed over.
  • On Saturday, 24 January a woman in her late 80s from Ashtead received a call and handed over £2,800 to a courier.

As part of their investigation into these offences officers are releasing a CCTV still of a woman they would like to trace as they believe she may hold valuable information. Anyone who can identify the woman in the attached image is asked to contact Surrey Police quoting reference 45140088013.

Anyone who has information on any of the offences mentioned is urged to report these to Surrey Police online at
or by calling 101.

Surrey Police: Purse thefts in Leatheread

There have been instances of purse theft out of handbags and pockets in Leatherhead town recently.  It would seem that the victims had just taken out money from a cash point and were then followed and had their purse taken from their bag.

Please take every care when using cash points to obtain money

Always be aware of people around you.  If you think people are too close it is acceptable to politely ask them to move back.  NEVER be distracted whilst your transaction is in progress.  Put your money straight into your pocket or purse/wallet along with your card.  If you place your purse into another bag such as a handbag always make sure your purse is put at the bottom of your bag and keep your handbag zipped up, or fastened at all times.  If possible try to use cash machines inside your bank if they are open.

If you think someone is acting suspiciously or tries to distract you at a cashpoint, or, you have been the victim of a crime please call police on 999.

Surrey Police: Surrey Police detectives are continuing to urge members of the public to remain vigilant after scams.

Mole Valley residents urged to remain vigilant following attempted telephone fraud offences

Surrey Police detectives are continuing to urge members of the public to remain vigilant following several recent incidents where fraudsters have attempted to con Dorking residents into handing over cash or bank cards.

The first incident occurred in a road off Holmesdale Road at around 12.40pm on Tuesday, 30 December, when a woman was contacted by a man requesting her bank details and asking her to go and get money out from her bank.

The woman rightly had concerns about the authenticity of the call and contacted Surrey Police.

Another incident took place at the Nat West Bank in the High Street, Dorking at around 9.50am on Wednesday, 31 December when a woman went to the front counter and stated that she had received a phone call asking her to take out £10,000.

The bank quickly phoned the police and the fraudulent request was prevented.
Surrey Police continues to investigate a series of offences across the county where fraudsters have been obtaining bank details, cards and cash using bogus telephone calls and couriers.

On some occasions victims report they have received telephone calls from someone claiming to be either a police officer or bank worker who then tries to convince them to hand over large amounts of cash and bank cards.

The victims are often told that their bank cards have been used by somebody who is in custody and the fraudsters then ask the victim to phone the bank to cancel the card and say they will send a courier round to collect the card.

Meanwhile the fraudster stays on the line and obtains the victim’s bank details whilst they think they are phoning the bank. A courier then calls at the victim’s address saying they have been sent by the police to collect a parcel – the envelope containing the cards or cash.

Richard Hamlin, Inspector for Mole Valley Safer Neighbourhood Team says: “Thankfully on both occasions in Dorking recently, the victims did not fall foul to these fraudsters and did not hand over any cash.

“But we would like to highlight the fact that people should never give out their personal bank details over the phone or believe they need to get money out of their bank account at the request of a telephone caller.

“It is concerning that we are seeing continuing fraudulent attempts to con people to hand over their cash across the county and we are again urging residents to report any suspicious calls from people claiming to be a bank worker or police officer as a matter of urgency.

“The callers will often sound very genuine and the version of events they describe might seem plausible but I would like stress that these requests are not genuine and that no police officer or bank would operate in this manner and would never require a customer to confirm their PIN details or withdraw money over the phone.

“Fortunately on both occasions the potential victims did not end up losing their cash or bank cards but others have not been so lucky and have ended up losing significant sums of money, in some cases savings which they had spent years accruing, as a result of this scam. We need the public to help us prevent this happening in the future.”

People are reminded to protect themselves using the following advice:
• Never give out any personal information about your bank account to anybody over the phone.
• If someone calls claiming to be a police officer, ask for their identification number, police force and their telephone extension. Hang up the call, and advise that you will call them back using the 101 number.
• Use a different phone line to call back if possible, i.e: a mobile phone if the call was received on your landline.
• If you have given out information which could compromise your bank account security in any way, call your bank up to cancel your cards as soon as possible.
• Never hand over money to someone at the door to be sent off elsewhere.
• If someone comes to your door claiming to be a police officer or staff member, always ask for identification and make note of their identification number.

If you have any information relating to these or similar incidents in Dorking please call Surrey Police on 101 and quote ref: 45140110325.

Alternatively please call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or you can report the incident online by visiting: http://www.surrey.police.uk/