News and data from 2008.

Links annotated [Note 1] will direct you to a website that will possibly download a 3rd party cookie to your computer. Your Browser or security software my be set up to prevent this download from taking place.

SOUTHBURY WARD CRIME FIGURES 2008

 

 

 

Crime

2008

 

 

 

 

Gemstone

Sub-Ward

June

July

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Amethyst

E01001511

4

6

1

 8

 4

 1

 6

Aquamarine

E01001512

0

4

2

 2

 4

 4

 3

Emerald

E01001513

8

12

7

 5

 13

 18

 10

Garnet

E01001514

2

1

2

 1

 1

 3

 2

Pearl

E01001515

3

1

4

 8

 2

 3

 1

Peridot

E01001516

2

1

2

 2

 4

 5

 5

Ruby

E01001517

2

1

4

 1

 6

 8

 2

Sapphire

E01001518

9

10

4

 7

 5

 11

 1

(Updated: 30th January 2009, previous 11th January 2009 )

TOWN WARD CRIME FIGURES 2008

 

 

 

 

Crime

2008

 

 

 

 

Metal alias

Sub-Ward

June

July

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Steel

E01001536

8

0

2

 4

 2

 4

 2

Copper

E01001537

1

8

2

 1

 2

 4

 2

Tin

E01001538

2

1

5

 1

 2

 5

 6

Lead

E01001539

0

2

0

 2

 2

 0

 1

Bronze

E01001540

3

1

3

 1

 2

 3

 2

Zinc

E01001541

3

3

1

 2

 2

 2

 1

Pewter

E01001542

1

0

0

 0

 1

 3

 2

Rhodium

E01001543

3

1

4

 1

 2

 5

 1

Palladiam

E01001544

0

1

5

 3

 2

 3

 4

(Updated: 30th January 2009, previous 11th January 2009)

The London Crime Map figures in usable form were only available from June 2008.

 


Psst DO YOU WANT A FREE TIMER GUV'NOR ?

If you go out and leave your house in darkness, you may well find a leaflet on your doormat when you get home. The leaflet would have been dropped off by a Police Officer doing their patrol in your area. So if a Police Officer noticed your home was unoccupied, so could a burglar.

If you are going out, make it look as though someone is in. Connect a low energy light to a lamp and operate it by a timer switch. It may make the difference.

For a FREE timer switch, contact your Safer Neighbourhood Team :

Bush Hill Park Ward : 020 8721 2685
Grange Ward : 020 8721 2686
Southbury Ward : 020 8721 2763
Town Ward : 020 8721 2791

Well that is the summary of the local Met Police advert, but we have posed some more questions to Sgt Gill of the Southbury Ward SNT :

Question : Is this offer open to all ( or only pensioners, people on benefits etc) ? 

Answer : They are being given away to anyone, at the moment we have not been restricted to any person or numbers and as such availability should not be a problem.

Question : Is there limited availability (ie. you only have 5 to give away per Ward ) ?

Answer : We have recently collected a couple of large boxes that should keep us going for a while.  When we run out I will simply ask for more.

Question : Is the offer only open to a certain date or is it an open offer ?

Answer : It appears to be an open offer, regretfully I would assume in the current climate, until the funding runs out.

Question : Can the timer be used for anything else ?

Answer : We are providing the timers for use with low power lamps only as a method of crime prevention. Users of the timers should follow the instructions provided within the packaging and on the actual timer device. You should also keep all instructions for future reference. 

(20th December 2008)


LOCK UP YOUR DAUGHTERS THIS CHRISTMAS. OOPS THAT SHOULD BE DOORS NOT DAUGHTERS !

In and effort to encourage everyone to lock their external doors and windows the Southbury Safer Neighbourhood team have been carrying out a leaflet drop over the last couple of days. Please heed their advice. The following is a copy of the letters text :

_____________________________________________

Ponders End Police Station
214 High Street
Ponders End
EN3 4PZ

Telephone : 020 8721 2763
e-mail : southbury.snt@met.police.uk

Dear Occupier,

Southbury Safer Neighbourhoods do not wish to alarm you, however your area is now one of our ward priorities. This is due to an increase in residential burglaries in your area.

In addition to increased patrols we will also initiate target hardening procedures and these will include the following :

1. We will visit your home and provide a free crime prevention survey.
2. We will assist you to liaise with Enfield Council to assess the viability of having vulnerable alleyways gated off, making the area more secure etc. Please call us on 07748 320117.
3. Promote your involvement in the local Neighbourhood Watch.

Yours Sincerely

Southbury Safer Neighbourhoods Team

_________________________________________

A campaign sticker was also delivered along with the letter. Just a simple message :

"SAFER KEYS SAFER HOMES"

Protect your home and car - follow the Key Code :

Always key lock or bolt ALL external doors at night - simply lifting or "throwing" the handle on UPVC or other multi-locking doors is NOT sufficient. *

Keep your house and car keys out of sight and in a secure place away from external doors and windows - keep them with you when going to bed.

__________________________________________

* For an example of the type of problem see "Lock Bumping in Dublin" article below.

(16th December 2008)



LOCK BUMPING IN DUBLIN

Unlike some local websites we have a roaming reporter looking out for news stories from around the globe ! Okay, I have had a couple of days holiday in Dublin, but none the less I did read one of their local newspapers the Evening Herald whilst I was there. This was between information gathering visits to the Guinness factory and the Jamesons Distillery ( I also went to Kilmainham Gaol, the National Museum and the Hugh Lane Gallery in case you wanted to know ).

On two consecutive nights ( starting on Monday 3rd November 2008 ) the Herald ran articles on "lock bumping". The concern was that the instructions and a video on how to prepare and carry out a way of gaining illegal entry into peoples homes was described on a community / chat-room website. The instructions show how to prepare a master key which can then be placed in a vulnerable lock. This master key then needs to be hit with a hammer to falsely operate the lock. This method of entry is meant to be hard, but not impossible to detect. This problem only affects specific lock types ( NOT Insurance quality 5 lever mortice ).

It appears that the Garda ( Irish Police ) have been having problems of their own. In the last 5.5 years 32 Garda stations had been broken into, that includes 12 last year and 6 within the last 6 months!

Sgt Gill of the Southbury Ward Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) has recently stated that there is currently not a problem in this area with lock-bumping. The SNT though is available to carry out crime prevention survey's on homes and businesses within the area.

For Southbury Ward : 020 8721 2763
For Town Ward : 020 8721 2791

(10th November 2008)


INTERNET EXPLORER SECURITY VULNERABILITY

It appears that Microsoft has now cured the problem with Internet Explorer and has started to deploy the patch (repair).Ensure that your computer downloads this patch. Typically a small yellow sheild will appear on your screen in the bottom right hand corner near the clock. This option asks for permission to download. Other options maybe completely automatic, but will ask you to restart your computer once the installation has been completed.

Organisations with IT departments should have implemented this.

Domestic users need to make their own checks. Unless you are sure your computer has this patch installed, your computer could still be vulnerable to your passwords being monitored.

(19th December 2008 )

WARNING - INTERNET EXPLORER SECURITY VULNERABILITY

Over the last couple of days various newspapers and the BBC have been warning computer users about a computer virus that is in circulation. The problem is that some internet sites have been infected with the virus and when an unsuspecting visiter views the website their computer becomes infected. Microsoft Internet Explorer is meant to be the culprit in allowing this to occur. Microsoft is meant to be working around the clock to cure the problem by way of a "patch" for the browser. This patch will be sent out and will be retreived by computers automatically if they have been set to do so.

This flaw in Internet Explorer allows personal data to be stolen, including passwords.

The Metro ( 17/12/08 edition ) is stating that some experts are recommending that internet users switch to the rival browser "Firefox" until the matter is resolved by Microsoft. Some banks are making a similar recommendation.

BBC article [Note 1] : http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7787445.stm

Microsoft advice [Note 1] : http://blogs.technet.com/msrc/

Sophos the software security company class the problem as critical [Note 1] : http://www.sophos.com/blogs/gc/

(17th December 2008) 
 


SOME ANNIVERSARY !

Twenty years ago today I was in Accident and Emergency in Luton and Dunstable Hospital having been involved in a road traffic accident.

Earlier in the day I had packed up my car with all the material I required for that days job. The weather was cold, frost on the cars and the roads were icy; even worse in deepest Bedfordshire according to the BBC News. Anyway, I was leaving early so I could take my time. There were problems on the M1 so I chose to drive on the A5, the traffic was slow, but still moving. As I got nearer to Luton the roads got icier and I started to notice more car accidents where cars had skidded off the road and into either ditches, parked cars or fellow travellers. Still no problems for me, I was driving steady and slow.

I eventually got to the roundabout ( near the M1 ) where one road leads to Luton Airport. The road had 2 lanes in either direction, not a dual carriageway and no barriers. In the direction I was travelling I was going downhill, on the uphill side there was traffic leading to the roundabout from which I had come.

The next part was rather strange, it was if everything had gone into slow motion, even the sound. I was travelling around 35 mph, there was no cars ahead of me, just a straight road and no further junctions. Then at the periphery of my vision about 75-100 yards away I could see a car starting to come towards me from the other side of road. I started to brake. The other car kept on coming straight at me. I was then standing on the brake peddle, but that other car kept on coming. I wasn't skidding to any angle, I was skidding in a straight line. The other car did not take any form of evasive action it just kept on coming. When we hit I must have been travelling at 25mph the other car slightly more. When the cars collided there was the sound of crushing metal, the front of mine was coming towards me, the bonnet folded and then the resulting crease came smashing through the windscreen showering me with glass. At this point I was still holding onto the steering wheel ( no airbags then ), the force of the crash had made me bend the rim of the steering wheel towards the speedometer a good 2 inches. During this crash I could hear a scream and this contiunued when the cars had come to a standstill. The scream was coming from the female driver of the other car. After what seemed like minutes my car was jerked into motion again as another collided with mine and spun me around so that drivers side of the car was pinned against the passenger side of the car that caused the original accident. I was trapped. During that spin I remember shouting out a slow motion expletive As luck would have it my car had been "reinforced" by a steel girder contraption used to fit child seats in hatchbacks. As a result the rear car bodywork stood firm, but all the glass windows popped out ! Using the boxes of equipment on the back seat as a platform I managed crawl and lever myself out of a back window and crawl under a safety barrier away from the traffic.

I propped myself against the crash barrier. My view was of the traffic jam on the M1 going Northbound ( no change there ), the sun brightening the sky, tree's and some fine mist as the ground was being warmed. As for me, blood was trickling down my face, I had severe pain in the chest and I was finding it hard to breath. All this time the driver of  the other car was screaming. The only solace I had on my mind was that I had life insurance so that my Wife and two young Daughters would be okay.

The Police were first to arrive. They told me that an ambulance was on its way. Then two officers stood behind me, shielding me from prying eyes ?

The ambulance arrived, its staff gently loaded me onto a stretcher and placed me into the vehicle with another passenger. During the journey to the hospital my breathing become even more laboured so I was given some oxygen. The other "passenger" who was suffering from some superficial wounds started her screaming again ! Yes, it was the driver who had caused the accident.

On arrival at the hospital I was X rayed and found to have 3 cracked ribs. I was breatherlised by the Police, it was negative. I was kept in overnight for observation and released the following day. I was off work for a month, had physiotherapy for 6 months for back problems and whiplash. I still have neck problems now and again.

As for the other driver, the one that caused the accident. Her breatherliser test proved positive. She had had a drinking session the night before into the early hours. She had got up late and was late for work. She was overtaking cars, driving over the speed limit on an icy road. She was banned from driving for one year.

Two months after the accident I went to the car recovery yard to pick up my pocessions from my car. It was then that I realised how bad the accident had been. The crash had not occurred as I had originally thought. Instead it had been at an angle. The force had been so severe that the wheel arch on the passenger side was now touching the front passenger seat. The surreal thing about the car was that it had been covered in some Christmas decorations ! The Bedfordshire Police had asked permission for my car to be used in a preventative drink drive campaign in some shopping centres.

So enjoy your Christmas festivities. Don't drink and drive. Your life and those of others is worth more than a cab fare home.

(9th December 2008) 


OBITUARY

It is with regret we have to announce the passing away of Brenda Joy during the second week of November 2008.

Brenda was a member of the Ladysmith Neighbourhood Watch group and used to distribute their Newsletters for her road. The Ladysmith Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator ( Roy Doherty ) commented on how Brenda, following on from her Husband Roy gave many years service to the group and her community and how she will be greatly missed.

Her Daughter Diane commented how both her Mum and Dad loved living in the area and the 'neighbourly' feel of the place, and how they made good friends along the road.

We would like to, along with the members of Ladysmith Neighbourhood Watch offer our sincerest condolences to the members of Brenda's family.

(1st December 2008)


WHATS IN YOUR IN-BOX TODAY ?

This mornings crop of spam to my personal e-mail address included the following titles within the subject box :

-your neighbours sent us your documents

- I found your private info in my mailbox

- We got your loan documents

- #### Bank Plc have carried out a security upgrade for online banking.

- How is my sex life doing ? ( that got your attention )

The purpose of these bogus e-mails are to get a response. To check if your address is "alive" (it is being used), they are trying to get your personal information ( even your name and home address is personal information ). Alternatively, they (fraudsters and the like) are after your confidential information ( bank account details, gas or electricity company reference numbers, National Insurance (NI) numbers etc). From these details they can acccess your bank account, open store cards (in your name ), open credit cards (in your name). In other words, steal your identity.

An e-mail purporting to be from a pharmacy trading company advertising their products had the following statement in a prominent position within it's text :

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You are receiving this e-mail because you subscribed to MSN Featured Offers (I had not). Microsoft respects your privacy. If you do not wish to receive this MSN Featured Offers e-mail, please click the "Unsubscribe" link below.

This will not unsubscribe you from e-mail communications from third-party advertisers that may appear in MSN Feature Offers. This shall not constitute an offer by MSN. MSN shall not be responsible or liable for the advertisers' content nor any of the goods or service advertised. Prices and item availability subject to change without notice.

Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052

© 2008 Microsoft

Click here to : | Unsubscribe | More Newsletters | Privacy

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But instead of "unsubscribe" taking you to a Microsoft website it took you to an unrelated Spainish website. Nothing to do with Microsoft, their name is only used to give the impression that things are genuine .You may ask, "why would it do that" ? First of all, by you clicking on the link and going to their website it tells them that your e-mail address is "alive and ripe" to be flooded with more unsolicited mail (spam).

In a worse case scenario's:

 - It could be linked to an invasive executable file (virus) that will probably damage the software on your computer. 

- It could allow criminals to take remote control of your computer.

- It could allow criminals to monitor every operation of your keyboard. This includes password access to confidential information (ie. Your banking password ).

HOAX's

In the past ( that's before the Internet and e-mail - the Dark Ages ), people used to use things called a pen and paper to communicate with one another over distances. The symbols on the paper were called handwriting. Malicious unsigned communications were called "poison pen letters", letters to the boss asking for a pay increase were signed by the requesters with the signatures in a circle ( no one prominent ), this was called a "round Robin". Letters whose content were requested to be forwarded on for fear of death or a plague of acne were called "chain letters". For some reason as soon as an e-mail comes through many of us believe that the content is bonafide. Well, just like the letters of old, they are not always what they seem.

For example, I received the following e-mail the other day. This had been forwarded from a very reliable source :

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Subject : Mobile Phone Fraud

Dear All, 

If you receive a phone call on your mobile from any person, saying that he or she is a company engineer, or telling  that they're checking your mobile line, and you have to press #90 or #09 or any other number, end this call immediately without pressing any numbers.

This a fraud company using a device that once you press #90 or #09 they can access your 'SIM' card and make calls at your expense. Forward this message to as many colleagues, relatives and friends as you can, to stop it.

Many thanks for your time regarding this matter, take care and regards.

Phil #######
Police Constable/Crime Prevention Officer
Ext 496696 (Internal)
#### 596696 (External)
Email: phil.####@lancashire.pnn.police.uk

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Before I had received this e-mail it had been sent to approximately 40 other people ( including a Bishop !). The date on which this series of mail started was the 8th November 2008. Life now is so quick, every one is so busy, busy busy. Can you imagine in the past how long it would have taken to hand write 40 letters and envelopes ( not to mention in excess of £12 postage ). Now we can read the mail, mentally filter it (in the time we have), store it,  delete it or forward it in a matter of seconds.

Being a suspicious soul I sent an e mail to the original author (Phil of the Lancashire Police). That mail was returned to me as "Phil" was an unknown recipient. I then contacted the Lancashire Police e-mail enquiries. Their response was that "PC Phil" had indeed work for Lancashire Police, but had moved on. The original e-mail had been sent out 2 years ago, but had been withdrawn as the content was based on a hoax. So by now a few million people have probably received this same hoax e-mail.

The other day I received a e-mail indicating that there maybe a genuine tax cuts in the future. That was until I noticed the originators date of May 1997 ! It did not forward that one.

So, whatever the medium of communication use your judgement before forwarding it on to family, friends and colleagues. That may in the future reduce some fraud and the junk mail/spam that we all receive.

For further information on hoax's check out these websites :

www.nonprofit.net/hoax/  [Note 1]
www.f-secure.com/virus-info/hoax/
www.hoaxbusters.org/
www.hoax-slayer.com/   [Note 1]
www.snopes.com/ [Note 1]

The "threeroadsinenfield" website cannot be held responsible for the content of these websites or any links quoted within them.

(13th November 2008)


GET SAFE ONLINE WEEK

The following are just a couple more tips :

- Do not respond to unsolicited e-mails asking for your bank security details.
- Do not carry out online banking on anybody elses computer / laptop. #
- Ensure that the security software on your computer is operational and up to date.
- Don't open attachments contained in unsolicited e-mail.
- Don't open attachments from anybody you know, unless you have first checked it's integrity with anti-virus software.

# Did you know that that banks spend millions of pounds creating and updating their encryption software ( a special code that jumbles up your bank details for transmission via broadband etc). The only thing is that the computer you use stores that information in its cache ( special memory use to store pages from the internet that you have looked at) unless it is programmed not to do so. This includes encrypted banking pages. So you can imagine the fraud that can occur if you use a internet cafe computer for banking whilst away on holiday !

Lastly, check out this website : http://www.getsafeonline.org/

(17th November 2008)




MET POLICE LAUNCH NON-EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBER

A new phone number has been introduced by the Metropolitan Police for callers to use in non-emergency situations.

The Metropolitan Police hope the number - 0300 1231212 - will make it easier for Londoners to contact them and reduce the number of inappropriate 999 calls.

People should always dial 999 in a genuine emergency - when a crime is taking place, when a crime suspect is nearby or someone is injured, being threatened or in danger.

(15th October 2008) 


HAVE YOUR SAY ON LONDON POLICING

You have until 1st December 2008

The Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) is consulting on London's policing priorities for 2010/11. They want to know what is important to London residents and workers.

To take part in a short consultation questionnaire go to the following website :
Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) does not exists anymore
; or call : 020 7202 0063

(15th October 2008) 


SPORTS ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

OCTOBER HALF TERM


You must register for each event, please do not just turn up. Thanks.

ATHLETICS

Venue : Lee Valley Athletic Centre, Picketts Lock, Edmonton
Date : Wednesday 29th October 2008
Time : 1.30pm to 3pm
Age Group : 6 - 19 years old
Cost : £2.00

BOXERCISE

Venue : Southbury Leisure Centre, Southbury Road, Enfield
Date : Monday 27th October 2008
Time : 12noon to 1pm
Age Group : 10 - 19 years old
Cost : £2.00

GYMNASTICS / TRAMPOLINING

Venue : Southbury Leisure Centre, Southbury Road, Enfield
Date : Friday 31st October 2008
Time : 1pm to 2pm ( 6 - 12 years old )
Time : 2pm to 3pm ( 13 - 19 years old )
Cost : £2.00

MULTI-SPORTS

Sports include : Basketball, Footbal, Mini Tennis and others !
Venue : Southbury Leisure Centre, Southbury Road, Enfield
Date : Tuesday 28th October 2008
Time : 12noon to 1pm ( 6 - 12 years old )
Time : 1pm to 2.30pm ( 13 - 19 years old )
Cost : £2.00

HALF TERM ACTIVITIES INFORMATION

To register call the Enfield Council Sport & Play Admin Team on 020 8379 3762 or 020 8379 3766 or Minicom : 020 8379 3754.

To find out more on the events call Community Sports Coach Ian Reddington on 07983 964 329 or 020 8351 2470 or Minicom : 020 8379 8379.
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STREET ACTIVE

FREE BASKETBALL SESSIONS
Age : 8 -19 years old
Venue : Aylward School
Date : Monday 27th October to Friday 31st October

FREE MULTI-SPORTS ON ESTATES
Age : 8 -19 years old
Venue : Lytchet Way Estate, Elsinge Estate and Hood Avenue
Date : Monday 27th October to Friday 31st October

FREE STREET SOCCER SESSIONS

Age : 8 -19 years old
Venue : Ponders End Recreation Ground, Montague Road, Enfield Island Village and Craig Park Multi Use Games Area.
Date : Monday 27th October to Friday 31st October

STREET ACTIVE INFORMATION
For further information on these events contact Darrell Braiden ( Enfield Sports Development Team ) : 020 8379 3213 or e-mail : darrell.braiden@enfield.gov.uk alternatively : Deniz Ombesh; e-mail :deniz.ombesh@enfield.gov.uk

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NEW SPORTS FOR GIRLS

The Sports Development Team are planning an exciting new range of sports activities and projects for Women and Girls in Enfield and would like to hear from you if you would like to get involved as a coach or a player.

Sports include : Netball, Badminton, Racketball, Squash, Table Tennis and Tennis.

The Sports Deverlopment Team aim to set up sessions at various times and venues in Enfield - indoors and outdoors, from November 2008 onwards.

TRAINING AND VOLUNTEERING
There will also be opportunities to gain recognised Governing Body Qualifications in various sports via Enfields forthcoming Coach Education Programme.

SPORTS FOR GIRLS INFORMATION
For more details or to register your details as a player, coach or volunteer contact : Usha Sisodiya ( Senior Sports Development Officer ) : 020 8379 3774 or 020 8379 3762. E-mail : usha.sisodiya@enfield.gov.uk

(15th October 2008)
 


WHAT DO POINTS MEAN !
The BBC carried an article in its Breakfast TV programme on Monday 29th September 2008 about a woman in Manchester who had been banned from driving after receiving only 6 points. She had been driving with a full licence for less than 2 years.

Six points and you're out

Under the Road Traffic (New drivers) Act 1995, new drivers who clock up 6 or more penalty points during the first 2 years automatically lose their licence. To continue driving, they have to reapply for a provisional licence and go back to being a learner using 'L' plates and being supervised by a qualified driver until they pass the both the theory and practical driving test all over again.

Why put new drivers on probation ?

The Department of Transport want to reduce the number of people killed and injured on the roads. Young, newly qualified drivers are more at risk in the first 2 years or so after passing their test than at any other time in their motoring career. One in five will have an accident of some description in the first year alone.

Counting the 6 points

All penalty points count, even those for Fixed Penalty Notices in the first 2 years after passing the driving test. It's the date of the offence that is importantnot the date of the court hearing or the Fixed Penalty Notice.

Any penalty points earned before passing a test also count - they are valid for 3 years.

After a new driver runs up 6 or more penalty points, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) will write to tell them that their licence has been revoked and is no longer valid. During the BBC article the women from Manchester stated that she had not received a notification from the DVLA. Stating that you have not been notified and / or not realising 6 points for a new driver is a ban is no defence. The individual in this story had her car sold by her local Police !

For further information on this subject, go to the Department of Transport website * : http://www.dft.gov.uk/think/?whoareyou_id=

Another source of information - Motor Lawyers (website for Free Legal Advice, Help and FAQ for the UK Motorist) * : http://www.drivingban.co.uk/index.htm


Oh, I forgot. The maximum penalty for driving without a valid licence is £1000.

For all drivers

  • Points are valid for 3 years from the date of the offence.
  • You can apply to remove points and offence information from your licence after 4 years.
  • Twelve valid points in 3 years usually means you lose your licence for at least 6 months.

This list show the number of penalty points given for different offences (quoted on the DVLA website September 2008).


Offence

Points

Speeding

3-6

Traffic light offence

3

Careless and inconsiderate driving

3-9

Driving without insurance

6-8

Failing to stop after an accident or failing to report an accident

5-10

Failing to identify the driver of a vehicle

3

Driving when disqualified

6

Driving other than in accordance with a licence

3-6

Driving while using a mobile phone

3


When points are added to your licence the penalty code and number of points for each offence will be written on your paper counterpart licence.

What about the future ?

Drivers will be banned after just two convictions if they exceed the speed limit by 15mph in urban areas or 25mph on motorways under a shake-up of road safety laws. Tougher penalties, to be announced this October, will mean drivers get six points for travelling at 45mph in a 30mph area, 55mph in a 40mph zone or 95mph on motorways throughout the UK.

The regulations will be enforced by digital cameras that track average speeds over long distances rather than Gatsocameras, which record speeds at a single point. Experts have said imposing higher penalties on motorways, UK's safest roads, was punitive and unlikely to improve road safety. Over the past 30 years, motorways have accounted for 150-180 deaths a year - 5% of those killed on the roads. By contrast, the toll on urban and suburban streets remains high. Last year 3,090 children were killed or seriously injured, mostly in built-up areas, including many pedestrians.

What's happening in Southbury Ward ?

At a recent meeting attended by the Safer Neighbourhood Team, Sgt Gill informed the attendee's that there had been 8000 speeding camera activations on the A10 in the area around the Sainsburys retail park and Turkey Street. One vehicle was doing 148mph and another 150mph !

* The author of this article is not responsible for the content of external websites. Their details are provided for information only.

(15th October 2008) 


ATM THEFT IN ACTION

Over the last ccouple of weeks there has been quite a lot of commmunication around the Borough about one form of cash machine fraud ( these are also known as ATM's - Automatic Teller Machines and "Holes in the Wall"). In short it involves a simple piece of tape that has been cut, shaped and formed and it known as "The Lebanese Loop".The length of shaped tape is inserted into the card slot by the criminal. When an bonafide customer inserts their card the tape traps it within the slot. The criminal ( posing as a Samaritan ) is standing behind the customer and when the machine refuses to give up the card and the customer is pressing various buttons the criminal will suggest they enter their pin number twice as this has happened to them. The customer does this watched by the criminal and when they don't receive their card back walk off to report it to their bank.The criminal removes the Lebanese loop device and the "trapped" card and goes to other cash points to withdraw money.

Most of this article was obtained from the following website : http://www.northeastfraudforum.co.uk

If you click on the link within the North East Fraud Forum article it will take the reader to a short picture led presentation on how the fraud takes place.

In short, anybody who uses a ATM :

- should before inserting their cash card check that the slot has not been tampered with (ie. there is no tape as mentioned).

- SHOULD NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES LET ANYBODY SEE YOU ENTER YOUR PASSWORD OR TELL ANYBODY YOUR PASSWORD.

- should you experience anything suspicious about a ATM you have used, inform your bank immediately.

(12th Sept 2008) 


WHERE HAS MY CAR GONE ?

If your car doesn't have a valid road fund licence on display there is a very good possibility that your car will be removed by an Enfield Council contractor (DVLA delegated powers). For example, during the last 12 months 829 cars were removed from where they had been parked and placed in a car pound. Of this number 320 were crushed ! The following is a table of the Wards within the LBE showing the numbers of cars removed. The bracketed numbers are a "league table", (1) has the least cars removed etc.

Ward

Removed

Crushed

Released

Bowes

44   (11)

12

32

Bush Hill Park

12   (1)

4

8

Chase

19   (2)

8

11

Cockfosters

32   (7)

13

19

Edmonton Green

100 (17)

53

47

Enfield Highway

26   (6)

15

9

Enfield Lock

21   (3)

9

12

Grange

12   (1)

3

9

Haselbury

66   (14)

26

40

Highlands

23   (4)

7

16

Jubilee

54   (13)

19

35

Lower Edmonton

74   (15)

32

42

Palmers Green

39   (9)

11

28

Ponders End

46   (12)

21

25

Southbury

34   (8)

13

21

Southgate

34   (8)

12

22

Southgate Green

41   (10)

12

29

Town

21   (3)

7

14

Turkey Street

25   (5)

10

15

Upper Edmonton

81   (16)

30

51

Winchmore

25   (5)

3

22

 

(5th August 2008)


LONDON CRIME MAP - FORMAL LAUNCH

http://maps.met.police.uk/

The London Mayor and the Metropolitan Police have now formally launched the London Crime Map. The graphical style of the map enables the user to click a couple of times on the area of their interest to show crime data on Boroughs, Wards and sub-Wards (consisting of 600 - 1000 households). The crime map does not provide information on all crime, only the overall total of robbery, burglary and vehicle crime. So as an individual or family you won't be able to make decisions on all crime prevention tactics based on this information.

Most people will only be interested in what is happening within their own area. So as an aid for the Southbury Ward I will be providing a summary on a monthly basis without you needing to click any further! The Southbury Ward is made up of 8 sub-Wards, E01001511 to E01001518. Obviously,these reference numbers are not easy to remember. So as the area where we live is valuable to us I have allocated a gemstone name to each of the sub-Wards. Therefore, for example E01001511 on this website will be known as "Amethyst".

Believe it or not there is an error in the Southbury Ward total figure quoted for both June and July. They should be 29 and 35, but the total for the sub-Ward is 30 and 36 respectively. This point has been raised with the website operator, but Sgt Gill of the Safer Neighbourhood Team has confirmed the lower figures are correct.

The list accessed from the following link will show the roads in each of the sub-Wards and its allocated gemstone alias : http://www.threeroadsinenfield.org/page41.htm


 

 

 

CRIME

2008

 

 

Gemstone

Sub-Ward

June

July

Aug

Sept

Oct

Amethyst

E01001511

4

6

 

 

 

Aquamarine

E01001512

0

4

 

 

 

Emerald

E01001513

8

12

 

 

 

Garnet

E01001514

2

1

 

 

 

Pearl

E01001515

3

1

 

 

 

Peridot

E01001516

2

1

 

 

 

Ruby

E01001517

2

1

 

 

 

Sapphire

E01001518

9

10

 

 


(5th September 2008)


HALFORDS BLADE FUSES - PRODUCT RECALL

Pearl Automotive have identified a potential safety concern with the following products.

Halfords - Standard Blade Fuses : Item code - 927673 HBB100
Halfords - Micro Blade Fuses : Item code - 927681 HBB101

Pearl Consumables - Blade Fuses : PXP100 - Standard Blade fuses
Pearl Consumables - Micro Blade Fuses : PXP101 - Micro Blade fuses

As a precautionary measure and to ensure consumer safety, Halfords are reacalling these products from their customers. If you have purchased one of these packs from either Pearl Consumables or Halfords, please return the box with remaining fuses to your point of purchase where the product will be refunded.

According to the manufacturerer (Pearl Consumables) and the retailer (Halfords) , no other  fuses or other products are affected.

If you have purchased the fuses from Halfords call Customer Services on : 08450 579000

If you have purchased a Pearl Consumables product call Customer Services on 01268 638125

Halfords Website [Note 1] : http://www.halfords.com/
Pearl Products : http://www.pearlproducts.co.uk/

A new "Product Recall" page has been created on this website. See the side menu.
Previous product recall article CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR can still be found on the Product Recall page.

(12th August 2008, amended 26th August 2008)
 


 

ENGAGING COMMUNITIES IN FIGHTING CRIME

Earlier this year an invitation was made by a Review Team headed by Louise Casey (former head of the Government's Respect Task Force) on behalf of the Cabinet Office for members of the public to complete a questionnaire.

The questionnaire was online (www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/crime) and freely accessible to all.
Nationally only 1502 people replied, 162 of the respondents indicated that their responses related to their paid employment. The survey was open for a couple of months and closed on 11th April 2008. The details of the responses were published in June 2008, both online and as a 35 booklet titled "Engaging Communities in fighting Crime". The linked page is a summary of that booklet.

If you did not take up the opportunity about making your feelings known to the current Government, well perhaps next time ! Then again, will the Government take any notice ?

All of the responses from the questionnaire can be accessed by clicking on this link :
HAVE YOUR SAY QUESTIONNAIRE

The Enfield North Conservatives have also carried out a local crime survey where they received results from 20,000 respondents. These results can be seen at the following website  page [Note 1]:

http://www.enfieldnorth.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=51&Itemid=42

(9th August 2008, updated 14th August 2008)  


LETTER TO OCCUPIERS OF HOUSES WITHIN THE SOUTHBURY WARD FROM THEIR SAFER NEIGHBOURHOOD TEAM

Dear Occupier,

I apologise for the unusual nature of this letter, and whilst I do not wish to alarm you, I thought you'd want to know that there has been an increase in residential burglaries in this general are. It may interest you to know that the majority of burglaries are currently being commiteed in the late afternoon to early evening, with access being via the rear of the property.

However, I would wish for you to be reassured that Enfield Police are working hard to protect your home against burglary and have increased the number of operations and patrols taking place within your area. That being said, you to have an important role to play, and I would greatly value your assistance by asking you to consider taking one or more of the following simple steps :

- Install one or more plug-in timer control switches. These devices are inexpensive and will help to make your home appear occupied by switching on side lamps, etc whilst you are out.

- Keep ALL your external doors and windows LOCKED, not simply closed.

- If you have plastic double-glaszed doors and/or windows, ensure that these are double-locked with keys. The multi-locking system on this type of door are effective ONLY if the door handle is thrown AND locked with the key, otherwise it could take a burglar only a few seconds to break in.

- Check that gates, alleyways and gardens are secure as possible.

If you would like one of the Southbury Ward Neighbourhood Team to visit your home to provide free crime prevention advice, please call us on 020 8721 2763 and this will be arranged at a time to suit you.

Yours sincerely

Stuart Gill  PS82YE

(Added to website : 24th July 2008)




WELL, ARE THOSE FIXED SPEED CAMERAS WORKING ?

In certain parts of Enfield it seems that they are. The following information has been provided to this website by Sgt Gill of the Southbury Ward Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT).

The following are the Notices of Intended Prosecutions (NIPS) generated for  the A10 sites that are of interest for the period from 13/01/2008 until 24/06/2008 :

Site 1514-A10 GREAT CAMBRIDGE ROAD EN1 north of CROWN ROAD southbound 118 nips.

Site 1515-A10 GREAT CAMBRIDGE ROAD EN1 near DEARSLEY ROAD EN1 northbound 109 nips.

Site 1516-A10 GREAT CAMBRIDGE ROAD EN1 j/w TURKEY STREET northbound 4329 NIPS

Site 1517-A10 GREAT CAMBRIDGE ROAD EN1 j/w TURKEY STREET 132 NIPS

It is not only the fixed camera's that are catching speeding cars. The Southbury SNT are also equiped with portable speed detection camera's; and they don't just deal with the main highways. They are also monitoring car speeds down side roads at any time of the day.

Remember : the maximum speed on ANY road with street lighting installed is 30mph, UNLESS there is a road sign advising otherwise. In the LBof Enfield some roads have 20mph speed restriction.

From March 2008 to date there have been a multitude of other motoring offences in 60 side roads (typically residential) within the Southbury Ward :

Speeding : 32 offences
Tintman * : 44 offences
Using mobile phones whilst driving : 29 Offences
Ignoring "no entry" signs : 24 Offences
Number Plates ( incorrect sizes, false, none, etc ) : 33 Offences
No Insurance : 11 Offences
No License : 16 Offences
No Tax : 12 Offences
vehicle in dangerous condition : 1 Offence
Miscellaneous : 9 Offences

Manufacturers tint the glass ( Windscreen and side windows ) on their vehicles to be compliant with the law and to allow drivers correct light levels and vision. Some glass customisation kits for cars do not comply with these light and vision requirements. If a Police Officer suspects that glass tinting on a vehicle does not meet legal requirements they have a special meter (*Tintman) that can measure the amount of light filtration. The driver of the vehicle may then (emphasis on "may"!) be given the option to either rip the non-compliant tinting film from the glass on their vehicle or be fined and receive points on their license.

(18th July 2008)

HALFORDS BLADE FUSES - PRODUCT RECALL

Pearl Automotive have idetified a potential safety concern with the following products.

Halfords - Standard Blade Fuses : Item code - 927673 HBB100
Halfords - Micro Blade Fuses : Item code - 927681 HBB101

Pearl Consumables - Blade Fuses : PXP100 - Standard Blade fuses
Pearl Consumables - Micro Blade Fuses : PXP101 - Micro Blade fuses

As a precautionary measure and to ensure consumer safety, Halfords are reacalling these products from their customers. If you have purchased one of these packs from either Pearl Consumables or Halfords, please return the box with remaining fuses to your point of purchase where the product will be refunded.

According to the manufacturerer (Pearl Consumables) and the retailer (Halfords) , no other  fuses or other products are affected.

If you have purchased the fuses from Halfords call Customer Services on : 08450 579000

If you have purchased a Pearl Consumables product call Customer Services on 01268 638125

Halfords Website [Note 1] : http://www.halfords.com/
Pearl Products : http://www.pearlproducts.co.uk/

(12th August 2008)


 

CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR - PRODUCT RECALL

Manufacturer : Jo-EL
Product : Carbon Monoxide Detector
Article No. : 822611
Model : COA - 001

The Article and Model numbers are quoted on the battery compartment side of the device.

The manufacturer has reported that there is a possible defect with this product. The device may not alarm in the presence of concentrations of Carbon Monoxide. This possible problem affects the above mentioned product reference only. According to the manufacturer, no other items in the Jo-EL branded range are affected.

It is recommended by the manufacturer that this detector unit is removed from service immediately. The unit should then be returned to where it was purchased for a full refund.

For further support, please contact Houston Associates on 020 8778 1900 or e mail
joelsupport@jo-el.co.uk

Additional information can be found at the manufacturers website : http://www.jo-el.co.uk/

(4th August 2008) 


 

 

STICKLEBRICKS - TOY RECALL

This popular toy for young children has been found to have a manufacturing / design fault. It has been found that on some bricks the "STICKLES" become loose and fall off and are a potential hazard.
It is meant to be a recent problem effecting products sold since October 2007. The manufacturer is not meant to have identified the faulty batch number. Consumers are advised to return Sticklebricks which show signs of damage and were purchased within the time mentioned to their retail supplier for a refund. See manufacturers website :
http://www.flairplc.co.uk
(24th May 2008)
  


LONDON CRIME MAP -  TRIAL

In case you are not already aware, a new trial website was launched during the last couple of days which allows the viewer to look at crime rates in London Wards. The data is a couple of months in arrears. This is the numbers of crimes, not what type ( it appears ). The map and its facilities are currently on it's "2nd level" trial. This is normally where they iron out software bugs.

http://maps.met.police.uk/

The purpose of this site is to help show where crime is occurring at a local neighbourhood level. It has been developed by the MPS in conjunction with the Metropolitan Police Authority and the Mayor of London.

In the next couple of days there will be a dedicated button at the top of the page to allow easy access.

(16th August 2008)


BE SAFE ON THE BEACH THIS SUMMER HOLIDAY

The school holidays have just started and sadly the first victim of nature has been taken. The following is an extract from a BBC website article dated 25th July 2008.

Man drowns during family holiday

"A 42-year-old holidaymaker has died after getting into difficulties swimming in the sea in Devon.
The incident, involving a family on holiday from the Cardiff area, happened off Teignmouth on Thursday afternoon.
Attempts were made to resuscitate the man before he was airlifted to Torbay Hospital. His son was treated at the scene. Red flags were out warning bathers not to go into the sea.
A Devon and Cornwall police spokesman said: "This was a very, very tragic accident. "The current got hold of them and the father got dragged under the water," he added. Local coastguards were able to pull the man's son from the sea and he was treated at the scene.

Red flags had been flying on Teignmouth beach all day because of wind and tidal conditions, warning people not to go in the sea. The death comes amid warnings from RNLI lifeguards to pay close attention to the beach flag warning system."


REMEMBER : IF THERE IS A RED FLAG FLYING DO NOT SWIM, WADE OR PADDLE IN THE SEA

General

The following is beach advice provided by the National Water Safety Forum [Note 1] : www.nationalbeachsafety.org.uk/

Millions of people enjoy spending time at beaches around the UK every year. Being aware of the dangers at the beach and spotting the hazards will ensure that your visit to the beach is a happy event and does not turn into a tragedy.

When visiting the beach, especially if you have children with you, consider the following:-

Spot the dangers
Do a check of the beach when you arrive. Notice whether there are lifeguards available, whether the tide is in or out, are there rocks, piers, groynes or breakwaters that may affect paddling and bathing. Is the beach busy? Are there watersports taking place, are these in zoned areas? What are the sea conditions like, does the beach shelve steeply?

Take safety advice
Try and choose a beach that offers a lifeguard service and swim where the patrol operates, within the area of red/yellow flags. Look for safety information which may include warning signs and know what the flags mean:-

Go together
Children should always go with an adult, not by themselves. Don't swim alone. Make sure that you know where everyone in your group is. Constant supervision is the only real means of ensuring your child's safety.

Learn how to help
Know what to do if you see someone in difficulty in the water. Shout for help and tell a lifeguard if there is one.

Go to the nearest phone and call 999 and ask for the coastguard. Do not enter the water to rescue anyone.

The Forum recommends that you swim at a beach supervised by lifeguards, look out for the lifeguard station and information when you arrive at the beach and check to see if a patrolled swimming area is in place. When swimming at a beach with a lifeguard service follow the FLAGS code:-

F - ind the red and yellow flags and swim between them
L - ook at the safety signs
A - sk a lifeguard for advice
G - et a friend to swim with you
S - tick your hand up and shout for help if in difficulty


For more information

Royal National Lifeboat Institute [Note 1]

http://www.rnli.org.uk/what_we_do/sea_and_beach_safety/beachsafety/beach_safety


REMEMBER : IF THERE IS A RED FLAG FLYING DO NOT SWIM, WADE OR PADDLE IN THE SEA.

HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY !!!!!!!

(25th July 2008)


RU 13 - 19 YEAR OLD 

MONEY FOR POSITIVE ACTIVITIES

if you are aged between 13 -19 ( or up to 25 with special needs ) you can apply for money for fun, interesting and innovative projects for young people in Enfield. This round of funding closes on Friday 31st October 2008.

Come along to a networking evening on Wednesday 20th August, 6.30 - 8.30pm at the Civic Centre, Silver Street, Enfield; and speak to other successful applicants who have received part of the £365,000 we have to share out for this year.

For further detals please contact Pink on 020 8379 3288 or 07983 965 396 or email : pink.ross@enfield.gov.uk

Advertisement for Youth Opportunity Fund Enfield / Enfield Youth Support Service.

( 15th August 2008 )

 



GET TRAINING with a National or International athlete

 

MET-TRACK

MET-TRACK Training Squads exist for anyone not yet involved in Sport :

  • ANY ability
  • ANY age 11 - 17

MET TRACK Squads

Enfield MET-TRACK
Wednesday 4.30pm - 6.00pm
Lee Valley Centre
Ages 11 - 17

ITs FREE..... and you really don't have to be a budding star to take part !


For info contact Neil Standring : 020 8345 1290
or neil.standring@met.police.uk
or visit our website : www.trackspeed1.co.uk

(16th July 2008)


WHEN IS A NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH AREA NOT A NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH AREA ? THERE ARE SIGNS TO LOOK OUT FOR !

Before carrying on any further with this article, one thing needs to be made absolutely clear. This is the fact that whether a Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) group operates in your area or not, the local Police including the Safer Neighbourhood Teams are still dedicated to Policing your area. The NHW just allows the Police to have a better knowledge of what the local community in your area want and expect.

In the Southbury Ward there are 3 recognised NHW groups that cover dedicated geographic areas. These groups are operated by people who reside within the area. These "operational NHW areas" can be identified by yellow and blue signs with an "alert meerkat" on them. These signs are typically positioned on lampposts at each end of the active NHW road.

If you wander around parts of the Southbury Ward you will see roads with orange NHW signs. These are the old signs; sadly these identify a defunct NHW area. The signs just have not been removed. Their original NHW organisers may have moved house etc. and no one has replaced them.

Now the important part, home contents insurance ! When completing an application form for home contents insurance some insurers ask if there is an active NHW for your area. If you say "YES a NHW is active in my area" and there isn't, your insurance application may be invalid and if you need to make a claim in the future it may be turned down. So be warned and don't lose out.

I have tried the online application facility for : Norwich Union, More Than, Direct Line and Liverpool Victoria. None of these companies asked if a NHW was operational ( that is not to say that the question is not asked on the contract you have to sign). On the other hand Confused.com (insurance search company *) and Tesco.com (insurance comparator *), both asked a NHW question.

If you want to set up a NHW in your area talk to your local Safer Neighbourhood Team Police Sergeant about the conditions. Within the London Borough of Enfield the Co-ordinators of each NHW become representatives on Ward Community Committee's (CAPE) where local issues are discussed.

* these insurance search facilities look at the following insurance companies amongst others : AA, Bradford and Bingley,  Churchill, eSure, Hiscox, KwikFit, Prudential, Swinton, Virgin Money.

(27th June 2008)


How do you treat your fellow Man or Woman ?

The following incident occurred yesterday morning ( Tuesday, 10th June 2008 ). It is not hearsay, it was actually observed !

The Observer boarded their bus for the normal journey from Southbury Road to Oakwood station at around 7.45 am. The bus got quite busy by the time it left Enfield Chase station and it was standing room only. The problems on both the Liverpool Street and Kings Cross routes were agravating an already stretched service as commuters tried to get to the Piccaddilly Line. When the bus reached the top of Windmill Hill a fellow passenger fainted. Luckily she was caught by a man and a woman who were standing nearby. When the woman came to she was still clearly in a dazed state, so the woman who was helping to support her asked one of the passengers seated in a disability seat ( the ones that you are meant to give up for the frail, disabled or expectant mums ) if she could give up her seat for the still dazed woman. The seated woman who had witnessed the incident said "no, I have paid 90p to sit down". After a heated transfer of words between the "Samaritan man" and the seated woman, she finally relented.
The seated woman ( now standing ) then offered the dazed woman a sip of water from a sealed bottle. Once the dazed woman took a sip, she was asked to pay £1 for the bottle !

If you are involved in an incident, no matter how small, how would you hope to be treated ? A little bit of thought ( or kindness ) can make a big difference. Have a nice day.

(11th June 2008) 



SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL GP SURGERY

The following information was from a leaflet produced for a campaign supported by the British Medical Association. Minor changes have been made to the text to highlight the originators and place the text in context for the webpage.

Sign the petition at your local surgery before Friday 6th June 2008 or online at http://www.supportyoursurgery.org.uk/ 

The Government plans could affect your surgery. For details of how you can show your support for NHS general practice, please read the following.

HAPPY 60th BIRTHDAY TO NHS GENERAL PRACTICE !

Your local surgery needs you - please sign the petition to show your support.

This year, the NHS is celebrating its 60th birthday. For 60 years, local GP surgeries have been providing the personalised care that you and your family need close to home by people who know you and your health.

But we are very worried that new Government plans to change the way in which GP services are provided will put at risk the comprehensive, high quality patient care that your local surgery provides.


THREAT TO YOUR SURGERY

Introduction of more commercial companies

Most NHS GP practices are independently run by local GP's on behalf of their patients. However, the Government is now encouraging commercial companies to run GP surguries.

These companies are accountable firstly to shareholders not patients.

Commercial companies are likely to be offered short-term contracts. This could lead to a higher turnover of doctors who may not know you and your long-term health needs. This is bad for patients.


Polyclinics

The Government plans to introduce up to 250 large new health centres - often called polyclinics - across England instead of funding extra services in local surgeries.

Polyclinics are very expensive to develop and run and there is no evidence they are needed in many areas.

These health centres may contain up to 25 GP's, and we are worried that patients may lose the personal relationship they usually have with their current family doctor.

As a result of these changes we are concerned that many local surgeries may not survive. We believe NHS funds would b better spent on expanding the high-quality services at your own GP surgery.

Why are we so worried ?

We want you to be treated by GPs who see you as patients, not customers.

We want the government to :

- improve services to patients by further investment in existing GP surgeries and not waste money on unwanted clinics.

- halt its plans to encourage commercial companies to run GP surgeries.

Because we are so worried, we are collecting signatures for a nationwide petition that urges the Government to change its plans.

We ( the BMA) will present our petition to the Prime Minister in June with the NHS Genral Practice 60th Birthday Card.

IF YOU DO NOT WANT THESE CHANGES TO HAPPEN - TELL PEOPLE !

It's not just the Prime Minister we need to tell.

- Tell your friends and family and ask them to sign our petition as well.

- Write to the Primary Care Trust (PCT) which organises your local NHS services.

- Write to your MP.

- Write to your local Council ( for the attention of their health overview and scrutiny committee ).

- Write to a newspaper or contact your local radio station to tell them how much you support your surgery.

Your letters will be read, and your views can make a difference !


MORE INFORMATION

If you need contact details for these groups, just ask at your GP reception or, alternatively visit the campaign website

http://www.supportyoursurgery.org.uk/    for further details.

Or have a word with your Doctor who will be happy to answer any questions you have.

 

 

LONDON BOROUGH OF ENFIELD MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT

Enfield North

Joan Ryan
House of Commons
Westminster
London
SW1A 0AA

Edmonton

Andy Love
House of Commons
Westminster
London
SW1A 0AA

Enfield Southgate

David Burrowes
House of Commons
Westminster
London
SW1A 0AA

 


LONDON ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS

These London Elections on the 1st May 2008 are for the positions of the London Mayor and  Assembly Members

GENERAL

You can find more information about the London elections at  [Note 1 ] : http://www.londonelects.org.uk/

Or, the BBC London election pages : http://www.bbc.co.uk/london/features/london_elections_2008/

For example :

  • 5.5 Million Londoners have the right to vote.
  • In 2004, 25 members were elected to the London Assembly: 14 members representing a London Assembly constituency and 11 members representing London as a whole

VOTING REGISTRATION FOR LONDON BOROUGH OF ENFIELD

London Borough of Enfield
Electoral Registration Officer
Electoral Services
1 Gentleman's Row
Enfield
EN2 6QQ

Telephone : 020 8379 8582

Email : elections@enfield.gov.uk


DEADLINES

Information from the Electoral Commission website.

16th April 2008 - Deadline for registering to vote

16th April 2008 - Deadline for applying for a new postal vote for this election, or deadline for changing or cancelling an existing postal vote or proxy vote

23rd April 2008 - Deadline for applying for a new proxy vote for this election

1st May 2008, 5pm - Deadline for applying for a new proxy vote for medical emergencies for this election

1st May 2008 - Polling day (Polling Stations open 7am-10pm)

THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION WEBSITE

http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk [Note 1]




POLITICAL PARTY WEBSITES

In alphabetical order :

Conservative Party [Note 1] : http://www.conservatives.com/ 

Green Party [Note 1] : http://www.greenparty.org.uk/news

Labour Party  : http://www.labour.org.uk/

Liberal Democrats : http://www.libdems.org.uk/

UK Independence Party [Note 1] : http://www.ukip.org

 


WELL WHATS'S IN YOUR BOOT ?

Not your foot, the boot of your car !

The manufacturer of your car has probably been thrifty. You will normally have a spare tyre (probably not even a full sized one), a jack, a wheel spanner and a lock nut key. You may be lucky and also have received a battery torch, a spare set of bulbs and a screwdriver ( to help with the bulb change). So nothing too extravagant.

I started driving as soon as it was legally permissible. I purchased an old Mark I Escort and game fully kept the beast on the road by having a boot full of tools ranging from Allen keys to Hub pullers. When I look under the bonnet of my current vehicle I am technically only allowed by the manufacturer to top up the oil and washer bottle fluids; and check the other miscellaneous levels. As a result the majority of tools have gone from the boot.

The boot is now starting to fill up with other things, for example :

Warning Triangle ( check the Highway Code on where to use )
Tow rope ( check your cars Manual before using )
Jump leads ( check your cars Manual before using )
Reflective jacket
Torch that can also work off of the car battery.
First Aid kit
Fire extinguisher ( specifically for vehicle use - beware of engine compartment fires )
Electric Tyre pump
Mobile phone car charger
Engine oil (ensure you get the correct grade of oil - check your cars Manual )
Washer bottle fluid
Blanket in a vacuum storage bag to prevent it from going mouldy
Waterproof jacket

And some stranger items :

Luminous Tubes - Once the de-rigour requirement for clubbing, now used by hikers and campers. Why do I have several in a car ?

Here are two examples :

The A road from Chelmsford towards Harlow is mainly unlit and full of bends and blind corners. For most of its length the road is single carriageway and has the 60 mph National limit, apart from residential areas. For two years, one night per week I returned from Chelmsford along this road. After 10 minutes of driving out of Chelmsford there is a particular unlit sweeping blind right hand bend and this night, right in the middle of my path was a dead ¾ ton stag deer. I stopped, no problem. I moved my car forward passed the deer onto the straight part of the road and put the cars hazard lights on. I walked back to the deer with a torch and warning triangle and illuminated the deer for oncoming motorists. Then I called the Police. If it had been pouring with rain, or if there hadn't been a large grass verge to stand on for my own safety would I have done the same ? I don't know, but a warning triangle and a few of those luminous tubes may have done the trick.

The next example involves some brave souls in Devon. At 11pm one evening last year I was travelling back to Plymouth from Exeter on the M5. The road was empty so I was doing 70 mph along with a convoy of a dozen or so other cars. A couple of miles West past Exeter the motorway ends and the road splits into 2 dual carriageways, the A38 towards Cornwall and the A380 towards Torquay. This junction was unlit. Just beyond this split of roads 6 people stood in the middle of the A38 carriageway waving small handheld torches towards oncoming traffic. Beyond the people with torches were at least 6 cars smashed across the whole of the A38. Intermingled with the cars were casualties lying on the road.

At a mile away you could see something ahead, but it could have been lights from the other carriageway. At a half mile away you could see the defined single lights being waved back and forth. Both I and the other drivers at this stage were slowing down, but still travelling at around 50 mph. Due to the care of those individuals waving torches we were diverted safely onto the A380 towards Torquay, but things could have been different. Ideally for their own safety the torch bearers should have stood nearer to the barriers and perhaps if they had had those luminous tubes, placed them on the central part of the carriageway. By the way, officially according to the current Highway Code you are not meant to use Warning Triangles on Motorways.

Foil Emergency Blankets - You don't have to be climbing Ben Nevis to use these. Obviously these blankets have been used by the Hikers and Climbers. Then it was those fit Marathon runners at the end of their race. Now they are being handed out by Highway Agency Officers to Motorists that have broken down on a cold day. Remember the advice is, if you breakdown on a Motorway, park as far away from the traffic as possible and get out of vehicle if it is safe to do so away from the traffic ( check the Highway code ). This advice applies even when it is raining, snowing or windy or a combination of all three. So why wait for the Highway Agency Officer to arrive before you can get warm again !

Emergency plastic bag or sheet - these again are from the domain of the Hiker or Climber. They are normally a bright orange plastic, so they can be seen from a distance. These can be used as a temporary shelter against the elements. Alternatively, something to kneel on if you need to change a flat tyre.

So how much do these stranger items cost ? Luminous tubes £2.00 each; Foil blanket £4.00 each; Emergency Plastic bag : £3.00 each.

The items mentioned in this article are only meant as a description of what is in my boot, it is not meant as guidance or advice. Items is Italics are cautionary comments. Whatever you use to make your driving experience safer, ensure that you comply with all of the requirements of the Highway Code.

31st March 2008



IT WASN'T JACK WHO BROKE HIS CROWN

Sadly this was not nursery ryhme

Now that the Mayor is encouraging Londoners to use Cycles to travel around London I thought that it was a good time to harp on about road safety.

You are probably thinking that you have heard it all before, but this is an actual experience of mine, so please indulge me.

This incident happened several years ago, but it highlights a point in road safety that applies to both Cyclists and Car Drivers.

My Wife once worked for a business on Crouch End Hill, North London. This road is quite steep with mostly shops on either side, at the foot of the hill is a road junction controlled by traffic lights. Five o'clock one dry, bright Summers evening I legally park my car facing down the hill and sat and listened to the radio waiting for my Wife to appear. By my rear view mirror I could see another car pull in behind mine, leaving a reasonable distance between our cars. From my door mirror I saw the driver open their car door. I then saw something on the periphery of my vision fly from the rear of my car and then disappear beyond the front of my car. People around started to scream. When I got out of my car I saw a crumpled woman lying on the ground in almost a foetal position twitching and shaking violently. As I walked over to her I noticed that there was blood and a straw coloured fluid coming from her ear. Have you ever suffered from a feeling of complete helplessness, I did right there. I ran to the BT offices across the road and asked the doorman to call for an ambulance. Luckily he also called for a company First Aider, who came to the woman's assistance. I managed to move my car to act as a barrier against oncoming traffic and then along with a passer-by controlled the traffic around the incident. Luckily one of the cars caught in the traffic

hold up was a Doctor. So the Doctor and First Aider cared for the injured Woman until an ambulance arrived. The passer-by and I continued to direct the traffic until relieved by the Police.

So what happened ? The driver in the car parked behind me opened their car door without first looking. The Women on the bike was cycling fast down a steep hill and wasn't wearing a cycle helmet. The cyclist collided with the car door and was thrown half the length of the car that caused the problem, the distance between our two cars, the full length of my car and then crashed head first into the road. She flew for a distance of at least 25 feet ! This all happened in a matter of seconds.

The Police took statements at the scene, but I don't know if she survived.

The feeling of helplessness lead me to take a First Aid course. I now know what I could have done, but that's another story.

The omission of two simple things, not wearing a helmet and not looking before opening a car door may have caused someone to lose their life. A Mother and Father to lose their Daughter, a Husband his Wife, a Child their parent.

For many years after this incident I recalled this story to groups of apprentices that I trained as an example of taking responsibility for their own safety and that of others.

The roads are busier now; and in the future there may be more cyclists !


Unofficial minutes of Public Consultation 

Location : Kingsmead School

Date : 16th January 2008
Start Time : 7.00pm

On arrival all attendee's were asked to register against their pre-booking and were handed a copy of a 4 page Strategic summary ( click on Red button at foot of this page ) which was the basis of the meeting, an agenda and a Community Safety Survey ( see appendix ).

Please note that I am not a journalist or a person who has taken many notes of meetings recently, so please forgive any vagueness, omissions and any inaccuracies. Remember these are NOT official minutes and are only meant to give the reader a flavour of the proceedings.

The meeting started at approximately 7.10pm by the Chair ( Mark Sanger ) who gave us the safety brief for the venue and then introduced the session's board members. There were 8 board members in total :

Health - PCT Director of Health Improvement ( Dr Ugo Okoli )
Fire Brigade - Borough Commander ( Phil Butler )
Council Officer - Chief Executive ( Rob Leak )
Borough Police Chief Superintendent ( Adrian Hanstock )
Chair - Head of Community Safety ( Mark Sanger )
Councillor Responsible for Community Safety ( Ertan Hurer )
Borough Police Superintendent (SNT) ( Dave Osborn )
Council Officer - Community Safety Information Manager ( (Rob Bennett )

There were approximately 8 other council officials within the audience. The audience consisted of  24 other individuals, 4 or 5 of which were local Councillors, a Conservative Parliamentary Candidate ( Nick de Bois - in attendance as Chace Ward Cape member ) and the remainder potentially local residents of the Borough of Enfield.

Abbreviations used

LBE : London Borough of Enfield
MPS : Metropolitan Police Service
SNT : Safer Neighbourhood Team
PCSO : Police Community Support Officer
CAPE : Community Action Partnerships in Enfield
ASB : Anti social Behaviour

First Presentation - Rod Bennett (LBE)

Presented the councils section from the Strategy document.

 - The review looks at crime and anti social behaviour
-  
It is an annual requirement for the council.
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The review indicated that there had been an improvement in residents' perception of crime
   and personal safety within the Borough.
Headline - Police detection rate for the Borough has increased. For the year 2005-06 it was
   17%, for the period April - October 2007 it has risen to 25%.

Second Presentation - Dave Osborn (MPS)

Presented the MPS section from Strategy document with an emphasis on trying to obtain local
residents Policing priorities for the coming year.
Central Government have set the Police services around the country 198 National Indicators on performance. Local targets can also be adopted in addition to the 198.

There then followed a question and answer session between the Board members and the audience. This was managed by Mark Sanger.

QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION 

Key :

Q = Question / Questioner
R = Response / Respondent

 

Q: Nick de Bois

There appears to be budgetary problems in respect to the numbers of PCSO's operating within the Borough. Some PCSO's had been temporarily moved from Chace Ward to work in The Town.

R : A Hanstock

There are no budgetary problems with PCSO's. They are leaving to become PC's as they like the job so much. The positions that they have left have become vacancies to be filled.

Other PCSO's have been temporarily moved around, covering times like busy weekends etc or where there is another operational need.

Q: Nick de Bois

I have been involved with acquiring sponsorship for cycles to be used by the Boroughs SNT's. I have now discovered that they cannot be used due to Health and Safety reasons as a special uniform is required. Does sponsorship now need to be found for the uniforms ?

R: Mark Sanger

Stated that funding is now available for the special uniforms.

Q: Local CAPE member

Why does it take so long for criminal cases to come to court ?

R : A Hanstock

I am now in a position in one of my other roles where I am looking into this situation. It is not just a case of potential criminals walking the streets, but also the memories of witnesses in each case.

Q : Ponders End Resident A

Recently an incident occurred involving a gang of youths causing damage to private property and pulling down a wall. This effected several residents. The Police were called but there was no response.

Can you tell me why ?

R : A Hanstock

I cannot respond to a specific ongoing incident, but can we discuss the situation outside the meeting.

Ponders End

Resident B

Over several years anti-social behaviour reports have been made against some residents in my area and nothing appears to have been done about them.

Mark Sanger

The Borough has taken out an injunction on specific incidents in your area. They are currently being dealt with by the councils law department.

Ponders End

Resident B

It appears that most of the problems are caused by buy to let landlords renting their houses out to other councils who then appear to place their problem families in them.

R : Board

No specific response

 

Q: Southbury resident

Earlier you mentioned that details were obtained of resident perceptions on crime as part of your review, how was that accomplished ?

R : Rob Leak

We commissioned MORI to obtain these views. They then contact 1000 residents who have shown interest in the past in taking part. The council also use information obtained from Central Government Surveys.

Q: Southbury resident

Government Survey's carried out by the ONS have very tight filters on have they choose respondents. For example, if you receive more than 6 letters per week you are classed as a business and are omitted from being chosen. I would imagine that would nullify many in my Ward.

How would you show interest in taking part in future MORI survey's. ? Is there anything on the Councils website ?

R : Rob Leak

If you give me you details after the meeting I will arrange for your future inclusion.

Q: Southbury resident

As for my second question. In the recent past I have tried to obtain details of crime incidents, by road in my Ward. I placed my request via the MPS website. I received a response back from the Local Information Officer who stated that he was unable to supply this type of information due to the data protection act as individuals with a road ( for example ) may be identified. My response to the Officer was that there were no roads in the Southbury Ward that only consisted of one house that would allow an individual to be identified ! In addition, the data provided on both the MPS and council websites were really management statistics as crime figures were quoted as incidents per 1000 residents. 1.1 sexual assaults sadly doesn't really mean much especially to a victim. Does it mean that sexual assault incident that occurred a couple of months ago in Fotheringham Road will only be quoted as 0.1 next year ?

R : A Hanstock

The information we supply needs to meet our obligations under the data protection act. We cannot spend our time producing ad hoc reports for all who ask for one. We need to have our people on the streets.

R : D Osborn

If you need information on what is going on in your area you just need to attend one of the CAPE consultations.

R: Southbury resident

I have lived in the Southbury Ward for several years and it was only last year, after making my own enquiries that I discovered that the CAPE even existed. I would make the assumption that most of my neighbours would be ignorant of the CAPE.

Q: Former Chair

of Domestic Violence Forum

The statistics do not reflect that domestic violence which makes up 50% of violent crime.

R: Dr Ugo Okoli

The statistics are based on A&E and GP reports.

R : D Osborn

There has been given extra funding given for support for an extra member of staff. In addition, operation Sapphire that deals with domestic violence has 5 pushes per year to disencourage the offence and encourage more reporting from victims. 48% of domestic violence cases are prosecuted.

 

Q: Former Chair

of Domestic Violence Forum

Why is there no separate domestic violence indicator, thus making the offence more public ?

R : D Osborn

It is shown as a separate item, but s headed under violence overall.

Q: Nick de Bois

What are the boards views on drug and alcohol related crimes. There is currently in the news the incident where a man was kicked to death by youths. What can be done to stop youngsters working around the law ?

R: From the audience, council officer from licensing dept.

Since the councils recently took over the licensing of premises selling alcohol we have been trying to check on sales and whether it is necessary to have the current numbers of outlets within the Borough.

R: Dr Ugo Okoli

"Sorry, catching up with notes and missed this bit!"

R : D Osborn

The Police do not need more laws. It is a cultural and social issue and an expectation on how people act as citizens.

R: From the audience, Head of mental health in Enfield

Strategies are in place to help people with alcohol related problems in Enfield, but services are being stretched. Enfield is just a microcosm of what is happening in the country as a whole.

R: From the audience, Councillor During

As a councillor for the Upper Edmonton Ward I have found that the operation of the Community Centre has made a big impact. The team works together to try to solve problems

The PCSO's are more effective walking amongst residents than riding on bikes, as previously mentioned.

The problem with crime is that once it has been cleared in one area it will move into others.

Mark Sanger

Are there any other questions ?

Q: Ladysmith Neighbourhood Watch Co-ord

I have found that there is a reluctance of some residents to report low level crime to the Police. They say "what is the point", why make the effort. How can they report crime easily ?

R : A Hanstock

The Safer Neighbourhood teams need to under the problems across the ward boundaries, collectively.

We need to have a better reporting process for the public. We currently have 60 or so volunteers, perhaps we could use these to provide some form of "triage" service to the public. That may be a way of encouraging reports.

Comment from audience : Councillor from Edmonton

In my ward crime seems to come from the adjacent Borough over the border from Tottenham.

R : A Hanstock

To address this problem a joint operations team has been set up between the Police in the two Boroughs.

 

 

At 8.50pm an additional 7 people arrive and take a seat in the auditorium.

 

Q : Newly arrived individual - A Church Elder from Edmonton

In December we ran a concert in Edmonton on promoting the reduction of gun and other crime for the youth of the area. An invitation was sent to the local Police, but no representative turned up.

We had previously run a similar event in September 2007 for the same cause, but received no support.

R : A Hanstock

I have previously worked on Operation Trident. I will want to work with churchs in the future on these matters and increase our relationship.

I have to apologise for the lack of communication in the past. I have only been in the Borough for a short amount of time. I will want to work with you in the future.

R: Another Church Speaker

A lot of youths turned at the concert and were asking why the Police hadn't shown any interest. No one in any position attended.

R: Councillor During

I received an invitation and attended the event.

R : D Osborn

We have a Faith Officer working within the Borough who runs a Faith Forum. I will ensure that contact you.

The meeting was bought to a close by Mark Sanger at approximately 9.10pm.


A CONCLUSION

Was the meeting a success ? It was in relation of residents making their feeling known even if they did not get the responses they were after. As a result of dealing with neighbourhood issues the meeting was allowed to drift away from its prime purpose; that of obtaining information for a strategy (see following appendix ).As to whether the organisers got adequate feedback to meet their requirements was another thing. Can public bodies make decisions based on the views of only 20 or so residents. I personally do not think so.


APPENDIX

The following is an abbreviated version of the survey for information only.

Community Safety Survey 2008

The following is a list of priorities identified within our Strategic Assessment which we see to be the most important for the coming three years. Do you agree with the priorities ?

- To further reduce crime and the fear of crime.
- To further reduce ASB and perceptions of ASB
- To reduce the harm caused by substance misuse - drugs and alcohol

- To reduce first time and repeat offenders entering the criminal justice system.

- To reduce the levels of young people as victims or offenders.

Q2. Below is a list of issues that have been highlighted within the Strategic Assessment. List the five areas you think need addressing most across the borough in order of priority ?

 

1

Violent crime

10

Youths as victims and offenders

2

Domestic Violence

11

Positive activities for young people

3

Gun and knife enabled crime

12

Hate crime

4

Sexual offences

13

Drug related crime and misuse

5

Street crime ( robbery, Pickpocketing)

14

Alcohol related crime and misuse

6

Domestic Burgulary

15

Anti Social behaviour

7

Motor vehicle crime

16

Criminal damage, graffiti and arson

8

Safer Transport

17

Prolific offenders

9

Business Crime

18

Fear of crime and perceptions of ASB