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Neighbourhood police officer, PCSO Alan Hunter is back in Halling. His details are :
Contact: 01634 792346
PCSO Hunter is based at Medway Police Station.
benefits from several Neighbourhood watches within the village.
Setup purely on a voluntary basis and linked to Medway Neighbourhood
What's Neighbourhood Watch All About?
Watch is the best known and most effective example of the community
working together to prevent crime, reduce fear of crime and improve
quality of life. Neighbourhood Watch originated in Chicago,
USA and was brought back by a group of Police Officers who had
been very impressed with the results. The first scheme was set
up in 1982 in Cheshire in response to a spate of burglaries in
Mollington. Success was immediate and Neighbourhood Watch quickly
spread throughout the UK and is now the largest voluntary organisation
in the UK.
are more than 300 NhW schemes in Medway serving more than 20,000
households (that's 20% of all Medway !) and is are growing fast.
nationally, many of the schemes were started in a state of despair
with members feeling it was a last hope. Today, these schemes
have not only seen crime reduced
but many also hold social gatherings, arrange emergency help from
amongst their own members who are useful with DIY, keep an eye
out for elderly neighbours, etc.
Watch can become the eyes and ears for our local Police and will
help them tackle your local problems . Regular consultation with
the local Police will lead to action to resolve these issues.
Alan Hunter, Halling's local Ward Constable will run regular surgeries at various locations in the village. See above for latest details. This surgery is for you,
so take advantage of it! All meetings are dealt with in
a confidential and individual manner.
problems for example vandalism, graffiti, bogus callers, etc are
well within the scope of Neighbourhood Watch so why not become
a Coordinator for your locality? You can read all about Neighbourhood
Watch on the Medway Neighbourhood Watch website: http://medwaynwa.co.uk/
contact either of the following Coordinators who live in Halling
to find out more about Neighbourhood Watch:
Jenny Robinson (email@example.com) who is the NHW Coordinator for Low Meadow
Liz O'Gorman (firstname.lastname@example.org) NHW Coordinator for Maximilian Drive.
Straw, when he was Home Secretary, made the following statement:
"Neighbourhood Watch is
one of the strongest forces operating in the UK today to bind
local communities and get them pulling together to fight crime
and disorderly behaviour."
now and start your own local watch!
MINI-MOTORBIKES OFF ROAD, WARN POLICE
following is an amended extract from Kent Online. www.kent-online.co.uk/news
on Tuesday 9th August 2005 :
a mini-motorbike to be used on the road it
has to have a road tax disc, insurance and be road legal (i.e.
lights for night time, reflectors, treaded tyres and a horn),
while the rider needs to wear a helmet and be licensed.
bikes are motorbikes, and as such they need licenses, road tax,
helmets and insurance. However, people have been riding these
motorbikes on roads and public areas with none of them.”
Under new powers added to the Road Traffic Act 1988 that came
into force on July 6, police officers have the power to seize
and have destroyed uninsured vehicles, including mini-motorbikes.
officers do seize a bike, the owner must pay for the initial haulage
of £105 plus £12 a day storage, regardless of whether
the bike is returned to the owner or destroyed. This is on top
of any court fines that may be imposed for riding a mini-motorbike
on the road, and then there is also the cost of the bike itself
if it is destroyed, so it becomes a very expensive experience
for the owners.
The only place that mini-motorbikes can be used lawfully is on
private land (with the Landowners permission), such as farms or
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