Appeal after child seriously injured in Cowden road traffic collision
Collision investigators from Kent Police are appealing for witnesses to a collision in Cowden, Edenbridge which has left a child with serious head injuries.
At around 3.25 pm yesterday (Saturday 9 November) a road traffic collision was reported on Hartfield Road at the junction with Butterwell Hill. The collision involved a red Daf lorry and a silver Kia Sportage. A nine year-old girl, who is believed to have been travelling in the rear of the car was taken to a hospital in London, where she remains in a critical condition.
Detective Sergeant Scott Lynch of the Kent Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit said:`We are appealing for any witnesses to this collision and also to people who may have seen these vehicles in the area prior to the collision. In particular we would like to speak to the driver of a light brown car, believed to be female, which was being driven along Hartfield Road, close to the Butterwell Hill junction.'
A 35 year old male from Latvia was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and has been bailed, pending further enquiries until 29 January 2014.
Anyone with information should call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 01622 798538.
Posted on 10 Nov 2013 by admin
It takes seconds to protect yourself from becoming a victim of crime.
That’s the message from Sevenoaks police officers as winter draws in and burglars are on the lookout for easy targets.
The advice comes after a 16 year-old boy from London pleaded guilty to attempting to burgle a house in Shoreham on 17 September. The teen will return to Mid Kent Youth Court on 4 November to be sentenced.
Officers are now recommending homeowners take a few moments to check the security of their homes to make it as difficult as possible for would-be burglars.
Neighbourhood Inspector Karen Festing explained: 'Whether it is your home, your shed, or your garage, it is worth taking the time to check all windows and doors are fully secured and that no valuables are left in view. Burglars look for easy targets so equipment such as lighting, alarms or CCTV are all good at deterring would-be criminals.'
Inspector Festing continued: 'We are working hard at tackling burglary and putting offenders behind bars but residents can play their part too by taking a couple of moments to review security at their home and taking some simple steps to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of burglary.'
For further information on the Kent Police Stay Safe this Autumn campaign visit www.kent.police.uk/autumn. Alternatively, you can watch a selection of videos on the topic via the Kent Police YouTube channel.
Posted on 05 Nov 2013 by admin
Hunt for pair of £100,000 stone lions
Kent Police are appealing for the public’s help in tracing a pair of ornamental stone lions, estimated to be worth £100,000 each.
The weighty statues were taken from outside a Grade II-listed manor house in Royal British Legion Village, near Aylesford, at 10:27pm on Sunday 27 October.
Each sandstone carving is 1m tall, having sat on plinths either side of the main entrance. One depicts a lion killing a snake, the other is of a lioness with her cub. They were sculpted by John Thomas RA in 1838.
Staff at the estate noticed they were missing in the early hours of 28 October and CCTV has subsequently been reviewed which shows three men with a large low loader vehicle acting suspiciously at the entrance shortly before 10:30pm the night before.
Kent Police enquiries linked the incident to a separate theft of a white Isuzu lorry vehicle from Lake Road in Quarry Wood, earlier that night. The stolen vehicle was found abandoned in Rochester Road, Burham at 1pm on 28 October. A tracker had been fitted to the lorry which enabled it to be returned to its owner.
Insp Nick Sparkes from the Tonbridge Neighbourhood Policing Team said: ‘These statues are very unique and were possibly stolen to order. They may have been taken out of Kent so we encourage any antique or garden ornament sellers to be aware of them.
‘We have been able to recover the stolen vehicle – thanks to the fact it was fitted with a tracker – but are appealing to the public to help us find the missing statues.’
Anyone with any information which could assist police should call investigating officer PC Nick Pell on 01622 604284 quoting crime number YY/21487/13. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
For more information on how to protect your property and vehicle from theft, click on www.kent.police.uk/property or search for #Staysafe on Twitter.
Posted on 05 Nov 2013 by admin
Summer road safety tips for children
With school holidays nearly upon us, families will be spending more time together and making the most of the outdoors – it’s great to stay safe when out on the roads whether at home or away.
As part of the Drive SMART Road Safety initiative Surrey Police is reminding parents, grandparents and children about the importance of pedestrian road safety and the Green Cross Code whilst walking alongside and across our increasingly busy roads.
Roads Casualty Reduction Officer Peter Hawkins for Reigate and Banstead said: "Pedestrian road safety may seem to be a matter of common sense but it is important to remind ourselves of the core principles of ‘Stop, look and listen’ and involve the whole family in pedestrian safety awareness – it can be fun but it has a real value in keeping children safe when out and about.
"Unfortunately, there have been three serious collisions recently involving children on our local roadways.
"I urge everyone to take note of our pedestrian road safety advice, which can be practiced at all times, whether staying at home or visiting other areas.
"There are various websites devoted to road safety. Many have advice structured to appeal to specific age groups so that it the information is relevant to different age ranges. The Department of Transport Think! campaign has developed a really interactive website called ‘Tales of the Road’ which is great fun to look at.”
By raising awareness of the potential dangers on the road and following our guidance, Surrey Police hopes that Surrey residents and visitors to the area all have a safe and enjoyable time over the holidays.
Parents should make sure their children and young people always ‘Stop, Look and listen’:
· When crossing the road, remember to keep looking both ways. Use pedestrian crossings whenever possible as these are there to help you and drivers.
Further pedestrian road safety tips:
· If pavements or footpaths are not provided, then always walk on the side of the road facing the traffic to ensure you can see any approaching vehicles. Where possible, avoid walking next to the kerb with your back to the traffic and if you have to step into the road, always look both ways first.
· Try not to cross the road between parked cars. Walking a short distance to find a clear view of the road or to find a provided crossing could mean avoiding a potential accident.
· If you have to cross the road between parked cars, always check that they are not about to manoeuvre out of the parking space by listening for vehicle noise and checking for car occupants.
· Concentrate whilst you are crossing the road. If you are talking on a mobile phone, it is advisable to stop the conversation whilst you are crossing the road.
· If there is a car coming whilst you are in the middle of crossing the road, make eye contact with the driver to make sure they have seen you.
· Make sure you have plenty of time to cross and do not run across the road.
· Think about what you are wearing as dressing all in black does not help the car driver to see you. Try to wear something bright or reflective, especially in the dark.
· You must not walk on motorways or slip roads except in an emergency.
Posted on 29 Jul 2013 by admin
Rogue traders and distraction burglars
Rogue traders and distraction burglars have been targeted through a multi agency initiative.
Kent Police and Trading Standards from both Kent County Council and Dartford Borough Council, alongside partner agencies, have carried out roadside stop checks on vehicles and traders across the county as part of a national campaign.
Road checks occurred in Dartford and intelligence led patrolling happened in Whitstable and Herne Bay. The aim was to disrupt any suspicious or illegal activity and give advice where necessary to both genuine traders and members of the public.
National Rogue Trader Day of Action took place on Wednesday 24th April 2013 to identify doorstep traders that carry out substandard work and can demand huge amounts of money. These are high value fraud offences and they particularly prey on the vulnerable and elderly.
Kent Police's Inspector Terry Newman of the Partnership and Crime Reduction unit says:
“There have been a few incidents recently where members of the public have been victims of rogue traders.
“A woman who had lost her bank cards the previous day was contacted by people claiming to be from the police asking for her PIN, thankfully she refused.
“Another example involves two men who are reported to have knocked at the door of a flat, explaining that the flat above had a leak and that they needed to come in and turn off the water. When the men left, the victim noticed that jewellery was missing.
“We worked with our partner agencies today to stop traders and check that they are who they say they are, using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR).
"Traders are reminded of various pieces of legislation, including that it is an offence not to include their name and address on business paperwork such as invoices, quotes and receipts."
Kent police also played a role in convicting four men who had been posing as police officers to take money from unsuspecting motorists.
The four men were sentenced to 18 years between them.
Inspector Newman added: “We are committed to protecting vulnerable members of the community by showing rogue traders operating in Kent the red card.
“Residents should feel safe when they employ a contractor, but rogue traders cause unnecessary distress through poor workmanship and bad practices.
“Our advice is simple, if you’re not sure, don’t open the door”.
Reduce the risk of being a victim
To try and minimise your risk of employing a rogue trader:
Do not deal with doorstep callers offering work on your home or garden
Use reputable traders who are members of Buy with Confidence, Medway Fairtraders Scheme, Trust a Trader or the Gas Safe Register
Check that the tradesperson is from the company they say they are from
Ask for quotes in writing
Ring more than three traders to get a feel for an average price for the job
Remember traders must give you written notice of your right to seven days cancellation when agreeing to do work at your home, including work gained from a cold call
For details of approved traders visit www.buywithconfidence.info. You can also call Consumer Direct on 08454 040 506 for details of Buy with Confidence or if you have experienced any problems with rogue traders. Trading Standards is also involved with the setting up of Cold Calling Control Zones in the county, aimed at stopping people being targeted in the first place."
Crime prevention schemes
There are 'Cold Calling Controlled Zones' in operation around the country to protect older and vulnerable people from traders who call at properties without warning. Street signs are displayed notifying cold callers that they are not welcome and their identification will be checked. Residents are also given door stickers and crime prevention advice.
Kent Police supports the county's Neighbourhood Watch and its 'nominated neighbour' scheme. Homeowners can hold up a card giving details of a nominated neighbour to traders they do not know. This neighbour can then check the trader's details and return them to the homeowners if they are legitimate.
To join Neighbourhood Watch or the `nominated neighbour' scheme, or if you are concerned about any policing issues in your community, contact your local neighbourhood officer. To find out who your local officer is, visit www.kent.police.uk and enter your postcode. Alternatively, call Kent Police on 01622 690690 or Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
What to do if you've experienced poor quality work
If you have experienced poor quality work, or feel you've been misled about the condition of your home and the cost or extent of repairs, please contact your local Consumer Direct. You do not have to give your name.
Kent and Medway residents can call Consumer Direct on 08454 040506, who will pass on information to Trading Standards’ Kent office. Alternatively, visit http://www.tradingstandards.gov.uk/Kent/or
http://www.tradingstandards.gov.uk/Medway/ and complete the online form.
Posted on 26 Apr 2013 by admin