Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Spot Anything?

Hat/tip Knowsie

Friday, 24 January 2014

It is now almost 3 years since Redbridge Council so disgracefully discontinued the use of a dedicated police service in the borough's parks and countryside.   And within 6 months the Boris "BOGOF" arrangement that was used to replace them (allegedly!) will come to an end.   It remains to be seen what will happen then.
My spies tell me that Redbridge Council will be the respondent on 5 and 6 February to an action in the High Court being taken on behalf of the staff of the former Parks Police with regard to the disgraceful and unfeeling way in which their services were terminated by an ungrateful council.

Saturday, 2 November 2013


As the clocks have now gone back and the darker nights are here please be aware of the crime prevention advice below. Please pass this information on to your friends and family.
The crime prevention steps are simple and may prevent you from becoming a victim of crime. Please ensure everyone you know is aware of this information.
◦Lock doors and windows - Lock side gates and fit extra window locks or deadlocks if necessary. Remember to double lock UPVC doors by lifting the door handle and turning the key. It is amazing how many people forget this
◦Make homes look occupied - Signs of unoccupied properties are uncollected mail and milk and unlit houses after dark. Get a neighbour to collect mail and milk, and leave a light on or invest a in a timer if you are out at night and remember to put it on!
◦Put keys away - Burglars are skilled at getting to keys through letterboxes and windows so keep them out of sight. Never leave a spare key hidden outside.
◦If you can, install a Burglar Alarm - Burglar alarms are one of the most effective ways of protecting a home.
◦Secure ladders and tools - Keep tools and ladders in a locked garage or shed.
◦Don't advertise goods - Keep gadgets, jewellery and cash stored away from windows where possible.
◦Make sure burglars can be seen - Trim hedges and install outside lights so burglars can not operate without being seen by others.
◦List your items on www.immobilise.com, this will allow police officers to trace back your items if found on a perpetrator and may also secure a prosecution.
◦Report any suspicious behaviour immediately, if it is happening and you are watching it happen then call 999.
◦Join a local Neighbourhood Watch - Why not join a Neighbourhood Watch group where you can pick up many more valuable crime prevention tips. If you are interested to join a watch in your area then register your interests on the Redbridge NHW website at www.redbridgenhw.info. If several neighbours register from your street then someone from the NHW team will be in contact.
Remember to always report a crime, as it may prevent a crime from happening to someone else. The non emergency number is 101, but in an emergency situation always call 999. You can always call Crime Stoppers and report a crime without giving your details on 0800 555 111.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

New Redbridge Safer Neighbourhood Team take to the Streets

Yet another successful initiative by the London Mayor.

Monday, 15 April 2013

ATM Scams

Anyone seen this before. It's new on me but maybe old hat? Nevertheless worth a post to remind people to be vigilant and observant.

Friday, 5 April 2013


There was an item on the ITV London News about Council properties being illegally sublet:

Click here

Further down the page there are stats from Boroughs that were able to respond (presumably others do not collate this data).

Redbridge has 4671 properties, 13,338 people on waiting list. 88 evictions.

These figures do not appear to include Registered Social Landlords and Housing Trusts so the overall problem could possibly be worse.

Question: How was this allowed to happen in the first place?

Monday, 1 April 2013

New Redbridge NHW org

On 21st March 2013 the inaugural meeting of the Redbridge Neighbourhood Watch Group was held in the Old Parkonians clubhouse on the Oakfield site at Fullwell Cross. Two co-chairs were elected as pictured below:

and the constitution agreed:

The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyrannies of evil men. Blessed is he who in the name of charity and good will shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children.
And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers.
And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013


With the resignation from the Cabinet during the last week of Councillor Robin Turbefield (ostensibly for "personal reasons") this is now the second resignation for such reasons in 4 months.

To lose one cabinet member may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose a second looks like carelessness!

Saturday, 23 March 2013


If you receive an e-mail like this:


This is a scam to get you to supply your bank details, PIN, etc.

HMRC will only invite taxpayers to set up a Gateway account by letter giving full instructions