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 The Coulsdon East Blog
Cllr  Margaret  Bird
Cllr  James  Thompson
Cllr  Chris  Wright

Coulsdon South Station
21/09/2013 09:31:00......Posted by James Thompson


The September edition of Coulsdon East In Touch newsletter carried an article about the use of Freedom Passes at Coulsdon South Station. The article welcomed the news that the passes could be used to board the 9.23am train. This information was given to Councillor Chris Wright by a reliable source at the Southern Railway Company’s Head Office. Before publishing the information, Councillor Wright tested its accuracy by successfully using his own freedom pass to travel on the 9.23am train. After complaints from residents Councillor Wright again contacted Southern Rail and was told that the new ruling only lasted for two days, due to the re-categorisation of the 9.23am train. Unfortunately they had neglected to inform him about the reversion!
This means that 9.28am is once again the earliest train for which Freedom Passes can be used from Coulsdon South Station and people travelling to London Victoria have to change trains at East Croydon. It has been suggested that the best option for Freedom Pass holders wanting to use the 9.23am service is to purchase a single ticket to East Croydon. This train arrives at East Croydon at 9.30am after which, the Freedom Pass is valid for use to continue onwards to London Victoria.
However, as Coulsdon East Councillors do not think it is right that Freedom Pass holders either have to face inconvenience or expense to travel to London Victoria they will continue to lobby for Freedom Passes to be allowed on the 9.23am train.

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Rememberance Day 2017
12/11/2017 16:19:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

Margaret Bird and Chris Wright attended the Annual Rememberance Day service and wreath laying in Old Coulsdon on Rememberance Sunday with Margaret laying a wreath on behalf of the Coulsdon East Councillors, alongside the Scouts, Guides,Rotary, Residents Associations, Schools and College, Army and Airforce cadets, veterans and the local Safer Neighbourhood Police.  For many years Chris has organised the wreath laying ceremony and this year was no exception..



Messsage from Coulsdon East Safer Neighbourhood team
01/11/2017 13:56:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

Coulsdon East Safer Neighbourhood Team
The team - PS Williams 57ZD PC Allen 518ZD PC Straker 642ZD PCSO Allan 7157ZD
Local Borough Priorities
MOPAC consulted with every Borough and developed a new system of agreeing local priorities, in
partnership with local police leaders and the elected local Council.
Each Borough has selected two local volume crime priorities, based on local knowledge, crime
data and police intelligence, along with antisocial behaviour. The priorities for all Boroughs will also
include mandatory high-harm crimes: sexual violence, domestic abuse, child sexual exploitation,
weapon-based crime and hate crime.
The priorities for Croydon are therefore all mandatory high-harm crimes, ASB, burglary and non
domestic violence with injury.
The MOPAC document can be found at
General Crime Overview
Crime statistics for the whole of the Met Police area can be found via this link:
The data for October will not be available immediately. There were thirty one reported crimes for
the ward during October. Of that total count we had two thefts of motor vehicles, two thefts from
motor vehicle and one incident of criminal damage to a vehicle. There have been five residential
burglaries and two non residential burglaries.
Croydon Police Newsletter October 2017
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Twitter - @MPSCoulsdonEast
Facebook - Coulsdon East Police
Telephone - In an emergency please call 999 or if the matter is
non-urgent but requires a police response please dial 101.
Team News
A male was issued with a cannabis warning after reports of ASB on Aldercroft.
We met with local residents and council officials at the Lacey Green shops to discuss concerns of
pedestrian safety on the pavements, parking and using the zebra crossing. The council will
consider the options discussed.
A male was given a cannabis warning after being stopped on Farthing Downs.
We continued with our speed checks and a few drivers were stopped and spoken to regarding
speeding. One driver was also found to be driving on a provisional licence. He and the passenger
had to make alternative transport arrangements as his pride and joy was seized and taken off to
the car pound.
On arrival at the joint Coulsdon East and Coulsdon West ward panel meeting a panel member
notified the team of an apparently abandoned vehicle on Canon's Hill. An officer went round and
checked the vehicle which was found to have been reported stolen. The vehicle was recovered.
Protecting your mobile phone against theft
Technology is allowing us to do more and more things through our phones. Not only are our
phones more valuable in themselves, but many of them will also contain valuable data. As a result,
mobile phones can be a very tempting target for thieves, with the loss of a phone causing great
inconvenience to the user.
Knowing how to identify your mobile phone if it is stolen
You need to know more than the model and colour of your handset. Each mobile phone
manufactured for use in the UK has a unique International Mobile Equipment Identity number
(IMEI) hardwired into it during the manufacturing process. Knowing the IMEI will help the police and
insurance companies identify your handset should it be stolen. UK network operators will also
prevent a stolen phone from working across their respective networks if they know its IMEI. You
can find your handset’s IMEI by typing *#06# into the keypad or dialer of your handset.
Being aware of your surroundings when using your mobile phone
Here are three simple things to consider in order to protect your handset from opportunist thieves:
Busy locations such as concert venues, shopping centres, and public transport are popular places
for pickpockets, especially if your handset is visible in an open bag, or hanging out of your back
Thinking about when you use your phone – outside underground stations can be popular venues
for snatch theft, as people instinctively get their handsets out to check for signal and any missed
Don't leave your handset unattended in public places - you would not leave your wallet unattended,
but a surprising number of people leave their mobile phone on the table while they go to the bar to
order a drink, or go to the toilet.
Please contact us via e-mail if you would like to receive communications or a visit from the team.
We hope that schools, colleges or residents associations will ask us to attend any events or talk on
one of several topics.
Kind regards
Coulsdon East Safer Neighbourhood Team



Clean up on Hilliars Heath
10/09/2017 10:41:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

Cllr. Margaret Bird joined residents of Hilliars Heath and Stoats Nest village, scout leaders and Council tenancy  resident involvement and Neighbourhood safety officers to clear the land of flytipping at the rear of 28 Hilliars Heath. 2 caged vehicles and a dustcart helped remove the debris which had accumulated over years. The identity of one flytipper was discovered. Unfortunately the rubble, large full builders sacks and corrugated roofing will have to be cleared with more specialist equipment. Council officers have promised to consult with the residents on what the cleared land should be used for. On the day returning it to car parking was the preferred option as parking is limited in the area of the estate. Suggestions also included a childrens play area an outdoor gym, pond and cultivated wildlife habitat.



Tudor Parade Old Cousdon
10/08/2017 13:03:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

Croydon Council is proposing to commence works to alleviate flooding outside The Parade, Coulsdon Road on 14th August 2017. The works will be carried out under 2-way temporary traffic lights with extended working hours. Some disruptions are unavoidable however, these would be kept to a minimum and our operatives on site would be available to assist when required. The works should be completed by the 18th August subject to no major engineering difficulties being encountered. The co-operation of residents and businesses would be required to ensure the works are completed as quickly as possible and safely.




Roadwatch volunteers needed
03/08/2017 12:56:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

Are you concerned about speeding in Coulsdon or wider area of Croydon?

Volunteers are needed to join Roadwatch. Details can be found at



Travellers in Old Coulsdon
24/07/2017 15:31:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

​Many residents have raised concerns that Travellers have, for the second time in just over a month, driven onto Grange Park and set up a camp. The Council are dealing with the eviction and Cllrs Chris Wright and Margaret Bird are working with the Council on measures to prevent this happening again without spoiling the Conservation Area and Park,




Message from Croydon Borough Commander
25/06/2017 21:56:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

Dear Ward Member,


Communication from Croydon Borough Commander



I am writing to you with regards to the MPS’s plans to increase the availability of Taser across London. Our plans will see a further 1,867 officers trained, which takes the total number of officers trained to just under 6,500, with an increase in the number of devices available taking the total to 2,500.


The principal reason for this uplift is so that we are better equipped to protect the public from the threat of violent incidents, but also to protect our officers from violent assaults.


We’ve taken this decision in light of the increase in violence offences, including knife crime which rose by 24% last year, and the steady increase in the number of assaults on police officers in recent years.


The uplift will see the device made available to more borough based Emergency Response Officers, with 1,729 of the additional 1,867 officers being trained coming from borough response teams. These officers are the most readily available to protect the public, and are also the officers who face the most unpredictable threat. In borough terms, we are talking approximately double the number of Taser trained officers – with most boroughs having at least 40 Taser trained officers already.


It’s a two stage uplift; the first part will see the Met change its deployment policy in line with national guidance. At the moment Taser officers on borough are deployed in pairs. They will still be deployed in pairs for the most part, but only one need carry Taser. That said, Taser officers will also be able to deploy on their own, for example Sergeant supervisors, but the norm for most response officers will be some form of ‘double crewing’. This change to deployment will see an immediate increase in the number of Tasers available 24/7.


The second part of the uplift will see the additional officers trained. We anticipate that this will take 2 years, with the training due to begin later this year in late summer / Autumn. As part of this, the Met will be changing device. Our current model is no longer manufactured, and we will gradually replace these with the new Home Office mandated model, the X2.


Taser is already an important part of the protective equipment available to officers. It’s been safely and effectively used in the Met since 2003 and provides officers with a highly effective option for prevent violent situations from escalating, often without needing to be fired. In 2016 it was fired on just 13% of 1,635 occasions it was deployed. Most incidents where Taser is used are resolved simply by drawing the device, or by using the red dot to highlight to the suspect that it may be used. These are lower uses of force than any form of physical restraint, baton or CS spray – or indeed a firearm - which might otherwise be needed.


We’re very careful to ensure that the officers who use Taser are trained to a high standard, both in how they use it and in post-use procedure. Officers are personally responsible for justifying that each use is reasonable in the circumstances they are presented with. I am responsible for oversight of this in the borough. Each use of Taser is recorded, with data reported to the Home Office, and published on the Met website.


One concern that has been raised in the past is about transparency, in terms of how and when officers use Taser. The roll out of body worn video to all frontline officers will greatly improve the transparency of how we use it, and we hope will also serve to provide understanding as to what happens at any incident


As a key partner I wanted to inform you of our change in approach. You won’t see any visible change in policing style, but there will be increased protection for the public.


Of course, if you need any further information or have any concerns please do let me know.






Chief Superintendent Jeff Boothe

Borough Commander

Croydon Police Station






PCSO 7157 Andy Allan

Coulsdon East

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Road closure in Coulsdon
16/05/2017 11:51:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

SGN are currently working on a gas leak at Brighton Road / Woodplace Lane. Unfortunately Woodplace Lane has been closed and will stay closed until Friday evening. Diversions have been put in place



Warning message from the Coulsdon East Safer Neighbourhood Police
20/04/2017 14:05:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird

Dear Resident


Yesterday we received reports of a male knocking on doors and then trying car doors on driveways. This happened at 1630 hrs and the male was seen on Coulsdon Road. The male is described as white, 5ft 8 tall, medium build, he was wearing a grey t-shirt with black jogging bottoms. He had short brown hair with tattoo's on his right arm. The male was carrying a large holdall on his back.


Please make sure you lock your vehicle's and items left in the vehicle are hidden away. If you see this male acting suspiciously around houses or vehicles please call 999 immediately




PC 518 Chris Allen

Coulsdon East

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Tel - 020 8721 2059



Remembering events of March 22nd
29/03/2017 16:26:00.......Posted by Margaret Bird


Today  at 2.40pm I joined other Councillors the Mayor, faith leaders , the police and Council Officers in a minuites silence and reflection on the horrific events at Westminster last Wednesday . Our thoughts are with the families of the bereaved and those that were injured.



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