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Neighbourhood Watch

By Mrs Wendy Licence Newington Parish Council

Friday, 23 October 2020


Newington Parish Council Contributor


This is a message from Swale Neighbourhood Watch

Hartlip, Newington & Upchurch Ward

46/187906/20: Between 11:30 and 11:40am on 19th of October, a Cocker Spaniel ran out of the owner’s garden. A car pulled over, the door was opened, the dog got in and the vehicle departed in Bull Lane Newington Sittingbourne.

46/188979/20: A car was vandalised overnight between 21st and 22nd of October in Iwade Road Newington Sittingbourne.

If you have any information that could help investigators, please contact Kent police on telephone number 101 and quote the relevant Crime Number. For more information on crime prevention visit kent.police.uk

The Police Crime Commissioner, Matthew Scott, is keen to hear from the rural community. Please feel free to share this news within the rural community.

On the surface it may appear as if it isn’t relevant to the rural community, but I am assured that 40% of the responses so far have been from people working in farming.

This survey covers rural, coastal and urban businesses and is an opportunity for you have your say. Please use the link below to access the survey:


Rural officers work with local partners to tackle fly-tippers across Kent

Fines were issued to fly-tippers and arrests made as part of a week of action targeting metal and waste crime across the county.

Between 12 and 16 October 2020, officers from the Rural Task Force teamed up with local authorities in a bid to identify people disposing of waste illegally. In addition to stop checks and targeted patrols, the officers also visited several scrap metal dealerships to ensure they were keeping accurate records.

In addition to waste crime, the officers also dealt with people for other offences including driving under the influence, failing to have insurance and driving whilst disqualified.

Sergeant Darren Walshaw of the Rural Task Force said: ‘We work closely with our local authority partners to tackle the issue of fly-tipping and send a message to those intent on illegally disposing of waste that it will not be tolerated.

‘Fly-tipping is not just littering; it is organised criminality. The problem blights communities and some waste, like asbestos, can pose a significant health risk to the public.

‘Everyone has a responsibility to tackle this issue and I would ask anyone having waste removed from their property to ensure that the person taking their rubbish is licensed to do so. Many are unaware that they may be fined if their rubbish is linked to their household, even if they have paid someone to dispose of it.

‘By working with our partners and local people we can make a positive difference and protect our countryside from fly-tippers.’

The Kent Resource Partnership (KRP) Chairman, Councillor Nick Kenton said: ‘These operations are a great example of the proactive work Kent councils are conducting with Kent Police to tackle waste crime. We will continue to work together to combat this issue, help keep Kent clean and would encourage our residents to report fly tipping to councils’ as soon as possible’.

Contact Information

Mrs Wendy Licence

Find Newington Parish Council

Newington, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 7JR