Ryedale, Scarborough, Whitby & Filey
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH ASSOCIATION
Monday 24 April 2017 at 11.45 am
Scarborough Police Station
Diana Temple – (Seamer) Chair
Lindsay Woodward – Police Sergeant – Scarborough
Fiona Cawley (Reighton)
Anne Senior (Hunmanby Hall)
Eric Dunstone (Helmsley)
Peter French (Ryedale)
Martin Whelan (Scarborough
Donna Switzer-Green (NYP) minute taker
Tony Calvert (Ebberston)
Terry Wallis (Ryedale/Kirkbymoorside)
Evette Dadswell (Pickering)
Steve Law (Administrator)
Sandra Rees (SBC)
Jo Hutchinson (Cayton, Filey, Eastfield)
3 MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING
The minutes of the meeting held on the 16 January 2017 were agreed as a true and accurate record.
There were no matters arising
4 DISTRICT ACTION LOG
Please refer to the action log for updates.
5 DISTRICT UPDATES
Peter French reported that along with Terry Wallis he attended a workshop in York on 2nd March. This was a general meeting about Citizens in Policing. There were various presentations including internet/cybercrime. This was followed by an implementation group meeting on 17 April. Where there was lots of input from a Harrogate representative regarding IT systems and she convinced the group that they could not push forward until the new IT system was embedded. It was therefore a very disappointing meeting. Neighbourhood Watch should be about personal relationships and not dictated by technology.
No report received
Report to follow from Jo Hutchinson
NHW Report - Seamer 1
Martin Whelan reported that he canvassed the groups of people he represents and top of their list of concerns was dog fouling and fly tipping (near The Oval).
He attended a Police and Community meeting at the Bowls Centre where he highlighted the problems of drug dealing to Sgt. Nigel Horsley. He said that the problem had been eradicated but that it is now creeping back into the neighbourhood. Locals are ringing 101 and a police vehicle will drive by which scares the dealers off and then they return once the police have gone.
Sgt. Lindsay Woodward assured the group that this is being dealt with but could not give more detailed information. Martin Whelan was concerned that this was a police standard reply and asked that the smaller “fish” (criminals) are not overlooked for the bigger “fish”.
Martin also reported that Julie Adams-Meer( North Corner NHW) is trying to get a one way road system in place around Tennyson Ave, Langdale Road and Moorland Road but is being told that there is no money for this at the moment.
Anne Senior reported that it was all quiet at the Hall at the moment.
She is concerned about scams as there are a lot of elderly people at the Hall who use computers etc. and she says it is important to keep them up to date with scam information and how to remain secure.
Anne advised that she will be extending her NHW area as she will be taking over from Mark White to cover Hunmanby.
NHW - Report - Reighton 1
Anne says that she has been advised that police are deployed to holiday camps in the summer leaving the villages without cover.
Ebberston - No report received
Eric Dunstone says he is very lucky to live in a nice area. He says that many of the undesirable visitors to the area are headed off by police before they get “over the tops”. There are occasional metal thefts.
Administrator (Steve Law)
Pickering - No report received
Whitby – no report received
A discussion followed regarding the police resources and the group recognised that the police are overstretched which is why NHW are a valuable resource. The police are additionally stretched during the summer season when the population swells.
Sgt Woodward advised that it is important to report all crime no matter how small as this will allow the police to build a picture over a period of time which they can act upon. Even if police are unable to attend the smaller incidents, please still report them so that intelligence can be gathered and then areas/groups can be targeted. Please report to 101.
6. GOOD PRACTICES
a) Scams – Martin Whelan said it is important to talk to one another and make sure that information is shared.
b) Report all incidents no matter how small
c) Martin said that they often have street parties and other events like Carol singing at Christmas so that the community can take ownership of the square and this has the effect that the “ne’er do wells” fade away.
d) Peter French shared the Think Jessica initiative re scams
e) Diana Temple shared information regarding a Trading Standards scam awareness event which she attended in Scarborough.
7. NY Community Messaging
Martin Whelan says that he has tried to use this messaging service but he has not found it particularly easy to use and has therefore given up. He will try again.
Discussion followed about the service with some hints and tips.
8. Any Other Business
Alison Jenkinson – Breach of Code of Ethics – meeting has still not taken place
Issues re Filey and Honouring the Partnership agreement – Inspector Andy
Short to speak with Fiona Cawley on a one to one basis.
Peter French wants to send out a survey/questionnaire to co-ordinators to ask about their areas and their expectations but having trouble finding out who they all are. It was suggested that he contact Steve law/Terry Wallis for further information.
Eric Dunstone reported that in his area they are having problems with a chief co-ordinator who will not pass on details of her co-ordinators as she says its confidential information.
Fiona Cawley suggested using the Our Watch website where information can be shared amongst all co-ordinators who are registered.
Martin Whelan reported that there have been some issues with Maureen Brewer (Wetherby) and that Terry Wallis is in conversation about this at a National Level.
There was a discussion regarding the NHW ID badges which can be worn on a lanyard around the neck. There is a template for adding a photograph and printing these out. There was some uncertainty about protocol and printing these out so the group will take advice from Steve Law.
DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Monday 17 July 2017, 11.45am (Terry Wallis)
Monday 23 October 2017, 11.45am (Evette Dadswell)