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Thieves Demand Cash in Dover Burglary

Burglary victims reported being threatened when intruders entered their Dover home and stole their belongings.

On Saturday 5 January 2019 at around 9pm two men, described as white and in their early twenties, burgled the property in Terrace Road, Elvington and threatened the occupants, demanding cash.

One of the suspects went upstairs before they both left the house with a mobile phone, watches and jewellery.

It is believed the suspects have local accents, one of them was wearing a black padded jacket and the other had a tan-coloured jacket. They were both wearing hooded tops that covered their faces.

Detective Sergeant David Cox said: ‘Luckily no one was injured during this incident and whilst our detectives carry out their enquiries we would ask any witnesses who may recognise the descriptions or saw what happened to contact us straight away.

‘We also believe a van parked in the same street was broken into and another car was damaged at around the same time.’

Anyone with information regarding these incidents should call the East Kent appeal line on 01843 222289 quoting reference 46/3356/19.

Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers in Kent anonymously on 0800 555 111.

PSE 59727 Andrew Judd 

Volunteer & Neighbourhood Watch Liaison Officer

South East Kent Police

HMRC Phone Scam – Further Developments!

We have seen a large increase in reports of scam phone calls from people claiming to be HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

How it works: 

  • The scammer claims there an overdue tax bill or the resident has been overpaid tax credits.
  • They say the resident must pay up immediately or they will be taken to court where they could face 5 years in prison or someone will come to their address and collect goods to that value.

In some calls the scammer claimed to be a police officer and said there is a warrant for their arrest!

How they are asking for payment:

  • By bank transfer and to send a photo via WhatsAPP to prove the transfer has been done or 
  • Buying iTunes or Amazon vouchers and sending a photo of the voucher codes via WhatsAPP

One victim could only pay cash and was given directions on where to leave the money!

These calls are not being made by HMRC! 

What to do:

  • Hang up and don’t return their calls.
  • NEVER disclose any personal information such as bank details or date of birth, no matter who the person claims to be.
  • Contact HMRC  if you’re worried about a call you’ve received
  • If you have already given money to the scammers, contact Kent Police by calling 101
Report it


Eastry Children’s Play Areas

In early 2018 the wooden children’s play area by the allotments was removed as it was unsafe and beyond economic repair and due to its location away from the main children’s play facility in the Gun Park, was considered underused.

Some residents have requested that the facility be reinstated. Eastry Parish Council have allocated £12,000 to do this. The Parish Council has also received a requests for an overhaul of all play facilities in the Parish.

Before making any plans, Eastry Parish Council want your views.

Please complete the questionnaire on Survey Monkey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DYMNDHG

Kent Association of Local Councils – Community Awards Scheme 2019

The KALC Community Award is to acknowledge and give recognition to a resident of Eastry who has made a significant contribution to this Parish over a period of years.  If you know of someone who has given this sort of service and merits an Award then please do nominate them.  The person must live or work within the Parish Council boundary.

The winner will receive a certificate signed by the Kent Association of Local Council’s Chairman and the High Sheriff of Kent.  The Award will be presented at the Annual Parish Meeting in May 2019.

If you would like to nominate someone, or a group of people for this award please do so either in writing to Clerk to the Parish Council, 3 Gore Terrace, Gore Road, Eastry CT13 0LS or email clerk@eastrypc.co.uk. An application form can be found on the Parish Council Web Site:

Form in Microsoft Word format here and in pdf (Adobe Acrobat) format here.

Please provide:

  • Name of the Person you wish to nominate
  • The reason for the nomination
  • Your name and address (nomination will not be accepted without this information)

The Closing date for nomination is 4th January 2019.

Counter Terrorism News – October 2018

NATIONAL CSSC Green Message – NCTPHQ bulletin – 1 October 2018

Many of you will be aware that the ACT for Youth film and lesson plan, launched in 2017, included basic first aid techniques, written by St John Ambulance, which could be used to treat casualties whilst hiding during a terrorist attack.

This collaboration with SJA (St John Ambulance) has now been extended to include guidance for the wider adult public and has been published on the NaCTSO website.

The SJA guidance is now the official CT Policing stance on the provision of first aid, following a terrorist attack, and any enquiries you might receive should be dealt with by signposting to the SJA material.

How to administer CPR to a casualty has been deliberately omitted from the SJA guidance for the expert medical reasons outlined below and in the context of a terror attack:

•    It could potentially be very hazardous to the helper to attempt CPR in the case of a chemical incident. Professional help should be sought as soon as possible.

•    CPR in the event of an explosion or blast is very unlikely to be effective because of why the heart stopped. Providing blood is the most effective treatment for traumatic cardiac arrest of this kind. Professional help will be on the way, and securing the personal safety of survivors and potential helpers is the key priority.

•    CPR following a stabbing or a shooting  has a fractionally higher possibility of success, but professional intervention is required as soon as possible, and a positive outcome is unlikely unless blood, or some interventional means of controlling the bleeding, followed by rapid evacuation, can be provided.

The guidance stresses that following a terrorist attack first aid should only be administered when safe to do so, but this does not represent a change in CT Policing core advice for anyone caught up in a gun or knife terror attack, which remains to – Run, Hide, Tell.

It is acknowledged that the CitizenAid app also provides authoritative guidance, and although it can be referenced as part of a discussion or presentation it will not be formally endorsed by National CT Policing on any slides or other corporate literature.


National Counter Terrorism Policing HQ
New Scotland Yard, London, SW1A 2JL

E-mail:     nactso@met.police.uk

If you see something suspicious, call the anti-terrorism hotline 0800 789321.

To contact the counter terrorism security advisor office with a general enquiry, please email ctsa.bouverie@kent.pnn.police.uk.

Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week – ‘See it Report it, Stop it’

It’s everyone’s responsibility to prevent adult abuse and this Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week (Oct 8-12), residents of Kent and Medway are urged to ‘See It, Report It, Stop It’.

During the 8th to the 12th of October, the Kent and Medway Safeguarding Adults Board will highlight the problems of isolation and exploitation within the county and encourage the public to report any concerns.

One of the responsibilities of the board is to undertake multiagency Safeguarding Adults Reviews. These look at a case in more detail to establish what worked well and what can be done to further improve practice. Recent reviews have influenced the themes of this year’s campaign.

During Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week, representatives from Kent County Council, Medway Council, Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust, Kent Police, Kent Fire & Rescue Service and other partner agencies, will be holding events to speak to the public about how to recognise and stop different types of abuse.

Abuse can take many forms, such as physical, psychological, consumer scams, sexual, neglect, modern slavery, radicalism, hate crimes, discrimination and domestic violence.

Adults without a wide support network or who are fundamentally lonely, are especially susceptible to abuse in its various forms, such as online scams and those who falsely befriend vulnerable people to exploit them, (known as mate crime). Every year 3.2 million people hand money to mass marketing scams alone.

Some isolated adults are targeted by gangs who befriend them so they can take over their home and use it for criminal activity. Cuckooing, as it is known, is a growing problem in the south of England.

In the last financial year more than 11,610 safeguarding concerns were reported in Kent and Medway, up from 10,666 the previous year. In the same period 6,375 new safeguarding enquiries were undertaken to establish whether action needed to be taken to stop abuse or neglect.

The best weapon against abuse is to talk about it to the right people. Anyone with a concern regarding the actual or potential abuse of a loved one, a colleague, a friend, a neighbour, a child or about themselves, should make a point of reporting it.

The Independent Chair of the Kent and Medway Safeguarding Adults Board, Deborah Stuart-Angus, said: “We must learn from the experience, gained from Safeguarding Adult Reviews, supported by research (Hawkley and Cacioppo, 2010), which has shown us that people who are lonely and isolated are frequently more sensitive to perceived threats, causing them to withdraw further from communities and social situations”

“The government’s call for evidence to develop The Loneliness Strategy has noted that such withdrawal can in itself can create a ‘vicious cycle’. Please help us to help others.”

To report abuse, contact Kent County Council on 03000 41 61 61 or Medway Council on 01634 334466 or if someone is in immediate risk, dial 999.  Support will be provided by specially trained people to victims of abuse and those who report it.

During the campaign, a number of information stands and one-stop-shops will be taking place across Kent and Medway, including:

Monday 8 Oct – Medway Council, Gun Wharf Dock Road, Chatham, ME4 4TR (between 10am – 1pm)

Tuesday 9 Oct – Forum Shopping Centre, High Street, Sittingbourne, ME10 3DL (between 10am – 2pm)

Wednesday 10 Oct  – Medway Maritime Hospital, Windmill Road, Gillingham, ME75NY (between 9am-2pm) and William Harvey Hospital, Kennington Road, Willesborough, Ashford TN24 0LZ

Thursday 11 Oct  –  Bouverie Place Shopping Centre, 20 Alexandra Gardens, Folkestone CT20 1AU (between 9.30am – 4pm) and The Mall, Pad’s Hill, Maidstone ME15 6AT

Friday 12 Oct  –  ASDA, Mill Way, Sittingbourne (between 11am – 3pm)

For the full list of events, visit: https://tinyurl.com/saaw18