I am delighted to say that in the last month I have heard nothing from the police or any village residents reporting on any criminal activity in Walberton, Binsted or Fontwell. You will also be delighted to know that due to this pleasing fact, that my article will be very short!
Due to the summer break from publication of the magazine, a lot of news is somewhat out of date and is possibly not worth including in this article.
I must draw your attention however to a sickening crime that took place two months ago now and probably is already known to many of you. A defibrillator which administers an electric shock to restore normal heart rhythm to a casualty was stolen from the porch of our church. This action that could mean life or death to someone taken ill, happened in broad daylight and is a complete mystery. It is hard to imagine that such an item would be very easy to sell on but possibly there is a market for these type of machines. In my opinion if someone died from not having quick treatment from this apparatus, the criminal should be convicted of manslaughter. It really does beggar belief!
A cleaner at the Community Playcentre whilst working there in the evening of 4th August reported a suspicious man taking photos of the plants outside the front door and feeling the window into the lobby. She made it obvious that she had seen him and he waved at her. This was probably completely innocent but she sensibly reported it. If anyone sees anything remotely suspicious please report it either to myself or the police. It is not wasting their time and they welcome your contribution. Also in August a residence in Henty Close was broken in to and the police were informed.
Sussex Police are urging residents to “protect your privates” in an effort to raise awareness of cyber crime. International best selling author Peter James is fronting this eye catching campaign and says he’s delighted to help. A recent survey of people living in the South East found that 84% of those asked had experienced an attempted cyber crime in the last year, while 15% had been victims. Detective Inspector Andy Haslam from the Sussex Police Cyber Crime Unit said “the aim of this campaign is not to scaremonger but to make everyone aware of the possible dangers we face when we go online” People of all ages are susceptible to cyber crime but at most risk are 40-79 year olds. You can find out more about common cyber scams and how best to “protect your privates” by clicking this link http://www.
Last but not least it was so nice to meet up with so many residents at the Walbinfont show in July where Neighbourhood Watch had a stand.
Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator