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Peter Riley

Dear All


November Newsetter 2018


From: Peter Riley <>
Date: Monday, 3 December 2018
Subject: Recreation Ground swings
To: Peter Riley <>

Dear residents,

A couple of weeks ago, during an inspection by our Parish Council of equipment at the Recreation Ground, it was found that bolts had been loosened on the swings.  It is believed that this could only have been the result of deliberate action, whether in pursuit of an attempt at metal theft, or the result of a malicious act.

This incident adds to the catalogue of vandalism at the Grounds and at the Meon Hall.  Your Neighbourhood Watch has reason to believe that the perpetrator of some of the damage might not live in Meonstoke, Corhampton or Exton, but we ask anyone with information or suspicions to contact us.

Quite obviously, parents should be alert to the condition of Recreation Ground equipment before allowing their children to use the facilities.

Peter Riley

NW Chairman.

7 November 2018



Hampshire Alert – 18 October 2018

Autumn Edition Rural Times

Neighbourhood  Watch – September  Newsletter

Dear Residents,

Here at Corhampton, Meonstoke, Exton and Droxford, crime has been confined, as far as we’re aware, to a visit by yet another ‘Nottingham Knocker’, although the visit appeared to be more limited than on the previous occasion.  Nonetheless, the ‘pedlar’ was abusive and threatening.

To believe that there’s not a great deal of rural criminal activity hereabouts, however, would be wrong, as the following local incident updates from Police National Network demonstrate

(14th-15th Sept) Persons have gained entry to business premise in Shedfield and stolen items

(17-18th Sept) – Shed has been broken into and garden equipment stolen in Wickham.

(16th -19th Sept) – Between the times stated unknown offender/s have broken into the Hambledon cricket pavillion through a window0421 hrs2 21st Sept) – Confirmed break at Shedfield Social Club. Entry via front door.

(18-19th Sept) – MITSUBISHI stolen from driveway overnight (Bishop Waltham) – Later found burnt out in Wickham.

(17-18th Sept) Unknown persons have stolen the lead roofing of a property in Claylands Rd, Bishop Waltham.

(1010 19th Sept) – Male reportedly entered a garden and knocked on residents windows, he was subsequently seen walking up and down the road looking into others windows. Suspect described as 40-50 years, medium height with black hair, wearing green jumper and blue jeans, (Colden Common)

(1615-1644 16th Sept) – Vehicle registration plates stolen in Station Rd, Bishops Waltham

Car front and back registration plates have been stolen.  Rookery Avenue, Whiteley.

A tractor used for grounds maintenance has been taken from a secure shed on the hotel grounds overnight.  New Place, Shirrell Heath

Bere Road, Denmead. Motorbike stolen from the road outside a home address

Long Road, Soberton. Car rear window and front passenger window has been smashed by persons unknown and a CD stolen.

Creech Woods, Southwick Road. Unknown person has unscrewed both front and rear number plates from vehicle whilst it was parked in the car park for Creech Woods.

Uplands Road, Denmead. Two males caught breaking into vehicle.

In addition, we’re all regularly subject to Cyber Crime, Scams and Frauds.  Those on our emailing list are most likely to be alert to this type of activity.   Neighbourhood Watch nationally are taking an active interest in these and other areas.    CME&D NW are, at the moment, confining our interest to guiding residents to information sources.

Here are two useful links, which contain information that could help the more vulnerable of our neighbours not on our emailing list.

Best wishes from,

Peter Riley, Chair CME&D NW – and all your Street Coordinators.


Dear all,
Just had a report of a Nottingham Knocker visiting a property on Bucks Head Hill.  The lad became threatening.  Atm I do not know if the resident contacted the police, but I urge residents to do so in such a situation.  If a Knocker is threatening, call 999, and 101 if not threatening.
30 August 2018
Dear residents,
I’ve received the following incident reports from the Police National Network.  In particular, I draw your attention to item 3 and my comments at the foot of the page
  1. Maybush Lane Soberton. Attempted forced entry through kitchen window which was damaged but no entry achieved.

      2.  H&S Metals, Claylands Road, Bishops Waltham.  Over the weekend, persons unknown have attempted to gain entry to the site. At time of initial call, not confirmed full entry gained or that anything taken.

      3.  East Hants, rural – vehicle taken by 4 males posing as buying the vehicle.

4.  Forest of Bere.  Registration plates stolen from a company vehicle.

Regarding the “Vehicle taken by 4 males”, the vehicle was stolen at the owners property during purchase/sale negotiations, and before the handing over of registration documents, and therefore used illegally whilst still registered to the original owner, resulting in speeding and parking fines in his name.  The problems that this caused to the rightful owner, and the problems that could additionally have been caused should the vehicle have been used for criminal/terrorist activity, can be imagined.  The low-value vehicle was advertised for sale on ebay, and I have been advised that caution should be exercised if selling by that means.
Peter Riley
Chair, CM&E NW

Sent from Outlook

 13th August,2018

Dear All

A little longer bulletin this week, as I was unable to get here to create one last week, due to pressure of work elsewhere and a few days away.



An arrest made…………………

An excellent arrest made of a prolific offender, caught in the act stealing from vehicles!


2.     Hampshire County Council Trading Standards Service has been made aware of a case where a resident was cold called on the telephone by a person purporting to be from Trading Standards.  

The caller tried to convince the resident they were investigating a company who installed their solar panels and that the Police were involved. The caller then tried to obtain bank details from the resident.

Residents are asked to be alert to bogus officials.  Neither Trading Standards or the Police will ever ask residents for money or bank details. 

If the caller is claiming to be from a local authority, government body or the Police, it is always best to make independent enquiries with that authority using a telephone number sourced by the resident. Information provided by the caller, such as telephone numbers, should not be relied upon when making checks.

Every Police Officer or Police Community Support Officer has a unique collar number. Residents are advised to always make a note of this number and make independent checks should they become concerned.

Residents are urged to report any suspicious activity to the Police on 101, or to Trading Standards via our partners at the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 05 06 07. In an emergency, call the Police on 999.

Hampshire Trading Standards has also received several reports of residents being cold called about blocked drains.  Exaggerated claims about the state of the drains may be made, and elaborate stories given as the reason for the call. Offers to clear the drains are made, and sometime money is demanded up front.


3.     Rogue Traders still operating in your area.

I received an email only today from someone in Micheldever saying that these people are visiting  homes here.


Rogue Traders are people pretending to be builders or “qualified” trades men or women needing to do ‘urgent’ repairs or sales people offering bargain products.


Things to be aware of:


  • They often pressurise householders to make quick decisions to have work done, pay in advance for materials or do poor work at highly inflated prices.
  • They will often cold call on vulnerable households and deliberately overcharge for unsatisfactory goods and services. This can include charging for unnecessary work, damaging property deliberately in order to obtain money, leaving work unfinished and intimidating householders.
  • Victims of this practice are often vulnerable or elderly and in the most serious cases, offenders will return to the same victim again and again until their savings are exhausted


Police work jointly with local authority trading standards officers and other agencies to target offenders who prey on vulnerable members of the community in this way.


The following advice will help tackling doorstep rogue traders:


  • Close and lock your back door before answering the front door.
  • Use a spy hole, chain or window to have a look at the caller before answering the door. If you do not recognise them speak through the closed and locked door.
  • Never buy goods and services from people calling unexpectedly or unannounced at your door.
  • If the caller is selling something or offering work on your house or garden tell them that you are not interested and ask them to leave.
  • If they do not leave tell them you will call the police.
  • Always ask for proof of identity. Take it from the person (through the letterbox) and read it carefully.
  • Phone the company or organisation the caller claims to be from (use the number in the phone book) to confirm their identity.
  • If you have any doubt – keep them out.


Remember it’s your home. Don’t be afraid to say ‘No’ and report anything suspicious to police.


If you do need to employ a tradesman, please remember these useful tips:

  • Take advice from family, friends or reputable traders to check if the work really needs doing.
  • Avoid any cold callers that may turn up or ring unexpectedly or unannounced offering to carry out repairs.
  • Only use reputable workmen recommended by family and friends, or those who have worked satisfactorily for you before. Consider contacting your local Trading Standards who may run a registered traders scheme for advice on choosing a tradesperson. Advice and information is also available on the Citizens Advice website.
  • If you do decide the work needs doing, always obtain at least 3 quotes and make sure the quote you accept is in writing.
  • Ask traders to provide you with written contact details and ask about insurance backed guarantees.
  • Ask for details of previous satisfied customers and contact them. Go and see the work for yourself if you can.
  • Consumer law allows you a seven day cooling off period so you can change your mind about any service offered by someone who arrives uninvited or by appointment.
  • Keep back part of the cost until the repair job has been satisfactorily completed. This will provide an incentive for the trader to complete the job or put right any problems.
  • Report any unscrupulous traders either to police or Citizens Advice.


Look Out For Your Neighbours


Friends, neighbours and people who have regular contact with older and vulnerable people can help them to make their lives more secure.


Research shows that fewer distraction burglaries are committed in areas where there is a supportive community.


You can help by:

  • Keeping an eye on people calling in the area or acting suspiciously.
  • Noting the registration numbers of vehicles parked in your area for a period of time.
  • Calling on vulnerable people regularly. If it is not too much trouble, help them keep their front garden tidy and find reliable tradespeople for any maintenance work that really does need to be undertake.
  • Inform the police to provide information about suspicious people, activity or vehicles, however insignificant it may seem.


Remember treat every stranger with caution.

4.     Advice ref Buy with Confidence:

Please can you remember to promote the Buy With Confidence scheme in your various engagements with Hampshire residents.

There is a dedicated page of our website from where you can do all of the following:

·        Visit the to find traders you can trust

·        . Details can be obtained by telephoning 01962 833620, emailing of the Hampshire Buy With Confidence directory

·        You may also Order a free hardcopy of the Hampshire Buy With Confidence directory…or you can visit your local Hampshire library to pick up a copy!

Best wishes and grateful thanks to everyone

Carol Wade

Neighbourhood Watch Volunteer

Mobile:07768 542305


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 4th August 2018
Pedlars – an alternative view
Dear NW members,
A resident has pointed out to me that there is an alternative point of view regarding the Nottingham Knockers.  His/her experience was of a very polite lad  who stated that he was recently out of prison and was trying to earn a living on a scheme selling household equipment etc. The resident added that we can’t hope to understand his life, and was happy to help the lad.  Many of us will sympathise with that, but please read on.
It is not for NW to judge the motives of any individual pedlar; however, the NW recommendation, as stated previously, stands.  The link below gives the police line on the matter.  Regarding Pedlars Certificate, I still haven’t been sent an image of a genuine one, but in any case it might prove to be awkward if, when asked to see one, the pedlar produces one – which might well be fake.  Here’s the reality:-
Dear NW members,
Firstly, the police are aware of the recent visit to Corhampton and Exton by a Nottingham Knocker.  They have the registration number of the mini bus that brought the lad to our area, and they know that there is a clear pic of him.  Excellent work by Shaw Somers (pic) and Malcolm Hyder (registration number).  At least one report was made to 101.  I have yet to hear back from the police, but they have a large area to cover.
On the matter of reporting, I attach a “quick guide” that our PCSO kindly sent me.  It not only covers 101 and 999, but also deals with fraud, and online reporting.  The correct procedure is to first contact 101 or 999, as the circumstances dictate, and then to let your street coordinator know.  If you can’t get hold of your coordinator, try any coordinator – and that includes me.  Word will be spread as quickly as possible.
I hope to be able to send everyone an image of the latest Pedlars’ Certificate that any Knocker should be able to provide; although the advice still goes that they should be deterred in a polite manner.  It has been said that such visits have been followed by burglaries a week or so later, although the link hasn’t been proven, and some Knockers have been abusive and threatening.
Kindest regards,
Peter Riley,
Chair C,M&E NW



Two young men in a small white van reg no. NU64VPJ drove around the farm and asked him if he had any scrap metal or batteries for sale. They were later seen by Kesby, Bruce’s son, at Pondside Farm, New Rd, driving very slowly. They then called on Fenton, Bruce’s other son,at Warnford, asking if he had any land they could put a horse on.

21 July 2018

9th July 2018

Dear all,

Firstly, thanks for all the responses that have been received.  One resident updated us regarding the stolen bikes – with photo’s! – and I’m pleased to say that one of the bikes has been recovered as a result.

I’m in touch with the police, and the latest from them is – “Looks like we have some work to do around this series and some opportunities to follow up.”.

Unfortunately, the series continues to build with reports of youths seen trying to enter a garage; £20 stolen from a car; a van entered, and yet another garage break-in attempt.  Looks as if they’ve been wandering at will around our streets breaking in wherever they feel like!

It appears that most, if not all, incidents were reported on 101, but the police would like to remind us that we can also report online.  When reporting to 101, an incident nr. is given.  If that number could be sent to me when reporting an incident, that would help me when taking up matters with the police – thanks.


9th July 2018

So far this morning I’ve received reports of 5 break-ins and thefts, or attempted thefts, and also a report of noisy men in New Road at about 03.45.

In addition to the earlier report, and the noisy men, here are brief details of the other incidents.

  1.  Stocks Lane – garage broken into, awaiting further news of possible theft.  Break-in occurred between midnight and 01.00.
  2. The Shoe – unconfirmed report of ice cream shack having been broken into.
  3. Chapel Road – Bike and scooter stolen.
  4. High Street – Garage broken into.  No further info.
I have informed the police by email, and will follow that up with a phone call.  If anyone has yet to check their outbuildings….
Peter Riley,


9 July 2018

From: Peter Riley <>
To: Peter Riley <>
Sent: Mon, 9 Jul 2018 10:42
Subject: Break in and theft Exton 09.07.18

I have received the following report of  break in and theft that occurred this morning in Exton. >

I came downstairs at 4.45am this morning to discover that our garage had been
> broken into overnight and four bikes (two were virtually brand new) had been
> taken, along with some wine.  The garage was locked and they picked the lock
> on the door, opened it up against the boot of my car, which was parked close
> to the outside of the door, and removed them with about 2ft of opening space.
> I have reported this to the police via 101.  It is still early and I haven¹t
> managed to speak to my neighbours to find out if they heard/saw anything.
> Please circulate this information as you see fit.
> Kind regards,

Peter Riley

Chair, CM&E NW

Meon Hall

I have received the following report from James Morrice regarding an incident at the Meon Hall.  The reaction by the parent was noteworthy, and it’s also good to note that Police 101 reacted well.  I’m sure that we’re all grateful to James and Michael for their prompt work in temporarily securing the Crypt.

“Sometime over the past 36 hours someone kicked in the Meon Hall’s Crypt external fire exit door from the outside down the steps from the car park – a well hidden location  –  probably Wednesday afternoon.   There was a 2 foot square hole, but nothing in the Crypt had been disturbed or stolen.    There was also a possibly unconnected incident after school between older teenagers and younger children in the car park Rec Gd area; this info from talking to various parents who were present later;  this may  or may not have been linked.   There was no evidence to show who or why the door was damaged.   The response by Police 101 on this occasion was prompt  and helpful  – call initiated by mobile phone by a parent of young children who were messing around by the Hall and found the damage.

The Crypt is now not fit for hiring because in order to make the room and building secure I have had  two sheets of heavy plywood screwed over the hole (me and Michael Moody yesterday evening).   This means that the door will not open outwards in an emergency.   The Booking Secretary has been briefed separately that the Crypt must not be hired out.

I will contact a builder shortly to arrange a much better replacement door – something much more solid  – the emergency crash bars have not been damaged

We will need to tell the Hall’s  insurers but I think the building damage excess will mean we have to pay all the costs anyway.    May be necessary for the Hall Committee to start thinking about some form of CCTV system to cover certain areas around the building; but might be pricey.”

Peter Riley,
Chair, Corhampton, Meonstoke and Exton NWatch

28 June 2018

Fraud Protection Scam

14th June 2018


16th May 2018

Dear Villager

In case you saw four police cars in Meonstoke this morning and wondered what
was going on, there had been an incident at the Meon Hall car park.

Some contractors doing work there had left their tools, money and mobile
phones over night in an unlocked truck, and returned at midday today to find
them stolen.

However, the phone belonging to one of the men had a tracking device
installed, and police were able to locate its location, near Fareham, and
make an arrest.

So good news this time… but bear in mind that the Meon Hall car park,
being secluded, can be vulnerable to thieves, so when parking your car there
do take care to put any valuables out of sight, and lock your car up.

Kind regards

Ian Gilchrist
Meonstoke Corhampton and Exton Neighbourhood Watch


7th April, 2018

Dear Villager
Alas, the village stores has been broken into again.
It happened at 3.50am on Thursday morning (5th April). Four men were involved. Their haul wasn’t as much as it could have been – cigarettes mainly – but that was because the alarm immediately went off and they didn’t hang about.
The stores’ CCTV shows the men with their faces hidden, making off in a saloon car (make uncertain, reg number unreadable), northwards along the Warnford Road.
Jules and Nell wonder if anyone living along the Warnford Road has CCTV which might have picked up their departure, and possibly reveal what make of car it was, or any other details that would be useful to the Police.
If you can help, please let Jules or Nell know on 877374.

Kind regards
Ian Gilchrist
Meonstoke Corhampton and Exton Neighbourhood Watch
07785 951063


Dear Neighbourhood Watch supporter

The Police have asked us to alert residents to a wide-spread phone scam
doing the rounds in which the caller claims to be from one of the well-known
telephone providers, and offers, for a fee, an enhanced call-barring

The caller promises this will include barring unwanted calls from overseas –
which the Telephone Preference Service doesn’t cover.

The way the fraud works is that the caller asks victims to confirm or
provide their bank account details, informing them that there is a one-off
charge for the service. People who are taken in by it, often the elderly,
who give their personal bank details to the caller, instead see monthly
debits deducted from their accounts, which they have not authorised.

Then, when the victim attempts to call back, the telephone number
provided by the fraudster is either unable to be reached, or the victim¹s
direct debit cancellation request is refused.

During 2017, there were 493 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud.

These are the three steps the Police advise us on how to protect ourselves:

1. There is only one Telephone Preference Service (TPS). It is the only
official UK ‘do-not-call’ register for opting out of live telesales calls.
It is FREE to sign-up to the register. TPS never charge for registration.
You can register for this service at

2. Always be wary of providing personal information, or confirming that
personal information that the caller already claims to hold is correct.
Always be certain that you know who you talking to. If in doubt hang up

3. If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it
to Action Fraud by visiting or by calling 0300 123

Kind regards

Ian Gilchrist
Meonstoke, Corhampton and Exton Neighbourhood Watch


Dear Villagers

Two matters to report…

1. Raid at the shop.

As you may have heard, at 3.17 last Saturday 27th January, a man in a hoodie went into the Corhampton Stores, grabbed £250 from the till, and ran out up Allens Lane, presumably to a car parked there or in Rectory Lane.

There had been an identical theft in the morning in Gosport and the police are pretty convinced it’s the same man. The car in the Gosport incident might have been a silver Vauxhall.

Did anyone see anything suspicious in Allens Lane or Rectory Lane around that time? Or has anyone any CCTV footage that the man might have been captured on?

If you think you can help, please contact Nell at the stores.

2. Animals stolen.

Some animals have been stolen from a field in Long Lane, Soberton. It happened last Sunday or Monday.

If anyone hears of any of these being sold, or has information at all, the police would like to hear from you on the number 101 number, quoting 44180038042.  Or you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

And of course, it’s another reminder to keep ones own animals as secure as possible while thieves like this are about.

The animals stolen were:

• Two brown/black gelded donkeys
• Six black and white pigmy goats (three male, three female)
• Six ferrets – two polecat and four albino (three male, three female)

You can see pictures of them at:

Kind regards

Ian Gilchrist
Meonstoke, Corhampton and Exton Neighbourhood Watch


Neighbourhood Watch supporter

In the last few days there have been thefts from two unlocked cars parked
along the A32. In one case nothing of value was taken; in the second a

Obviously someone’s going around trying car doors to see if they are locked
or not.

The way to thwart them is obvious.

Kind regards

Ian Gilchrist
Meonstoke Corhampton and Exton Neighbourhood Watch



Parish Clerks

There is currently a huge traveller encampment at South Winchester Park & Ride (M3 Junction 11) which currently totals more than fifty vehicles with more vehicles having been arriving steadily for the past forty eight hours.

I do not currently have details about when this group are likely to be moved, however, the size of the camp is starting to have an impact on the park and ride so I would anticipate imminent action.

Please be vigilant around any open spaces that you have within your parishes during the next few days and consider whether there is any opportunity to “target harden” your open spaces.

There is no reliable information or intelligence to indicate where this group are heading next but the sheer size of the group necessitates a significant sized plot of land if they want to stay together so recreation grounds and car parks may be attractive potential sites.

Best Regards


Stuart Gilmour
Police Sergeant 2183
Greater Winchester NPT
Meon Valley Police Station
Hoe Road
Bishops Waltham, SO32 1DS
Direct dial: 101 Ext 4643125
Mobile: 07775 544636               

Break-in at Meonstoke School

Dear Neighbourhood Watch supporter

You may have heard there was a break-in at the school yesterday morning

(Thursday). The alarm registered the time as 4.20am.

At 4.15am at least three residents in Chapel Lane were woken by the

occupants of a parked car shouting to each other before heading off towards

the bridge, where presumably they entered the school from the rear car park.

One resident caught the car on CCTV and has told the police, but the image

wasn’t good enough to see the number plate. Another resident in the High

Street saw them on their CCTV going in the direction of Chapel Lane, but

again the image was too much of a b

So if anyone else has CCTV trained on Chapel Lane, High Street or Bucks Head

Hill, can you see if it has recorded anything between 4 and 4.30? Let me

know if you have, and I’ll collate any information and pass it to the


On another matter, on either Wednesday or Thursday kids somehow got into the

locked tennis court at the Meon Hall and drew obscenities in chalk on the

surface. They had also lobbed heavy stones and sticks into it.

Has anyone any idea who might be responsible?

Kind regards

Ian Gilchrist

Meonstoke Corhampton and Exton Neighbourhood Watch

01489 877238


Oil Tank Theft


Local Car Break-ins

A warning from police that you should take care if you leave your car parked in a remote spot, even if it’s a public car park. An Exton resident parked her car in a car park in Beacon Hill Lane the other day, went for a 20 minute walk with her dog, and returned to find the rear window smashed. Nothing was taken because there was nothing in the car to take, but it was still distressing. She wonders if it was wise to have kept the shelf in place in the boot, the one that hides from view anything that may be in it. Maybe if you’re parking in a remote area it might be an idea to remove the shelf, thus showing potential thieves that there’s nothing in the boot to take?   The thieves were definitely out and about that day. I now learn from the police that an hour or two earlier the same had happened to a vehicle parked in Beacon Hill Road at Warnford; and another at Station Road, West Meon. In the latter case, several low value items were stolen.



 Nine sheds and garages were broken into on the night of Friday/Saturday
11/12th November. In one of them, £1,500 of builders equipment were stolen.
A van was also broken into and a large amount of gardening equipment taken 

It seems we are the latest of several villages to be hit, with 31
outbuildings having been reported across East Hampshire in the last
fortnight alone.

The Police have now asked us to pass on the following preventative advice
General home and outbuilding security Keep the boundaries of your property well-maintained and secure to keep out unwanted visitors. Ensure all doors and windows are shut and locked when not in use. Ensure windows and door frames are in good repair. Fit adequate locks to sheds, garages and outbuildings and consider fitting shutters or grilles to windows, or blocking them completely. Fit good quality window locks. Consider fitting a monitored home intruder alarm. Check security equipment regularly to ensure it works properly. Consider installing automatic security lights that come on at dusk and go off at dawn. Help make your property look occupied by fitting timer switches to lamps

in different rooms and set them to come on at staggered times. Consider installing CCTV to provide formal surveillance to the most vulnerable areas of the property. Consider installing an audible and monitored intruder alarm system. Security marking. All property, including vehicles and tools, should be uniquely marked, photographed and details such as serial, chassis and model numbers recorded. The purpose of marking property is:
To reduce the payoff to the thief: traceable property may be more difficult to sell on. To increase the likelihood of identifying property as stolen ­ thereby assisting prosecution. To increase the likelihood of re-uniting property with the owner.

There are a number of methods for marking property effectively. Covertly ­ for example through use of Forensic DNA marker as liquid, gel or grease; UV pen; tracking or tagging technology; micro-marking. Overtly ­ by engraving/chemical etching; labels; postcoding or use of barcodes. Log your property for free on

 Report any suspicions If you ever see anything the slightest bit suspicious, please don’t hesitate to tell someone. Obviously tell the Police on 999 if it’s something they should immediately come out to, such as a burglary or break-in actually happening – or you think it might be happening, though you’re not sure. The Police won’t get annoyed if it turns out to be a false alarm. They have always told us they would rather come out to a false alarm than not be given the opportunity to come out at all. 

If you’re in doubt as to what to do, phone the NW co-ordinator for your street (you’ll find their contact details in the centre pages of The Bridge magazine), and ask for their advice.  Or phone me of course.

Most importantly, try to jot down the registration number of any vehicle involved.

Please let’s all be extra vigilant!



Hi everyone
An update on the two attempted break-ins in the High Street on 15 September…
Hampshire Police are very pleased with us. We had four residents who gave
descriptions of the two bikers involved. One of the residents actually
captured them and their bike on CCTV, complete with registration number
OKB, and this picture was featured on a Police appeal on tonight’s South
Today programme. I’ve attached the picture.
The two bikers have now been responsible for 12 house break-ins across
Hampshire, in which they’ve stolen jewellery and other small valuable items
that can be fitted into the canvas holdall carried by the pillion person
The Police have sent out the following appeal (below). Please read it and
report anything suspicious.
Meantime, well done the residents who reported their suspicions. It’s been a
brilliant example of Neighbourhood Watch in action!

Kind regards

Ian Gilchrist
Meonstoke Corhampton and Exton Neighbourhood Watch

Shed break-in in the High Street

Hi everyone

Sorry to bear bad news again, but around 11 this morning there were attempted break-ins at two houses at the school end of the High Street.
In one, an attempt was made to smash a French window with a hammer. The glass proved too strong but considerable damage was caused. In the other, force was used on the locked door of a small wooden garden shed, but fortunately the lock was too strong. 
Two motorcyclists were seen loitering nearby at the time, both of them clad from head to foot in black gear, helmet and goggles, and one was seen entering one the garden of the properties. Did anyone see them, there or elsewhere in the village? If you did, please let me know and I’ll pass any useful information on to the Police.
What can we do to prevent ourselves being victims? 

  • A house burglar alarm is the best deterrent. They cost money, but it’s a fraction of the value of the goods that can be removed in minutes by a professional thief.

  • Wooden garden sheds are particularly vulnerable because they can so easily be broken into. But there are alarms available that can be fitted to sheds as well. 

    In the meantime please watch out for anything or anyone suspicious, and report it either to: 
  • The Police (on 101 if it doesn’t require immediate Police attendance, or 999 if it does), 

  • Or if you’re doubtful, the neighbourhood watch co-ordinator for your street (you’ll find their contact details in the centre of The Bridge magazine), or me.

    And always remember: if you can note down the registration number of any vehicle involved, so much the better.
    RegardsIan Gilchrist
    Meonstoke Corhampton and Exton Neighbourhood Watch
    01489 87723819 Sept 2016

Dear Villager
Alas I have to report a shed break-in last night in Meonstoke High Street
between 10pm and 7am, in which the shed lock was forced and over £1,000
worth of garden equipment taken. Some of it was fairly heavy so there must
have been more than one person.
It would wise for everyone to check their own shed this morning in case
that wasn’t the only break-in last night, though let’s hope it was.
And did anyone hear or see anything suspicious between those hours? Please
let me know if you did, and I can pass the information on to the Police.
Kind regards
Ian Gilchrist
Meonstoke Corhampton and Exton Neighbourhood Watch
01489 877238

17 Sept 2016