News 20 May 2009

New members for Canterbury neighbourhood police team

Alanna Allen, Jodie Bryan, Chris ChapmanThree new police community support officers have joined the neighbourhood team working in the Canterbury area.
Alanna Allen (20) has started in the St Stephen’s ward area, working with PCSO Gary Painter and PC Jess Edgington.
Alanna, who previously worked as a hotel receptionist in Dover said: “I know that parking – drivers leaving cars on kerbs or causing an obstruction is an issue for those living in roads within the ward and I shall be working with colleagues in the team and the local authority to try and stop this inconsiderate behaviour.”
Chris Chapman (30) has joined Kent Police after being in the Army and working as a lorry driver. He is on patrol in the Chartham ward, replacing Paul Rigden who has become a police officer.
He said: “Nuisance youths and speeding motorists are among the issues bothering local people and I am working with the community to try and improve the quality of life for those affected.”
Jodie Bryan (19) who has been working in car sales is looking forward to building up links with the University of Kent as the campus is within the Blean Forest ward that she has been assigned to.
Jodie has already been carrying out speed checks with PCSO colleague Myck Beddall and local resident Godfrey King in Blean and Tyler Hill. Eleven motorists were warned about their speed. Jodie will also be working with Blean Primary School to ensure that parking outside the school is not affecting children’s safety.
If you are concerned about any policing issues in your community, contact your local neighbourhood officer. To find out who this is, visit and enter your postcode.
For more information on neighbourhood policing in the Canterbury area contact 01227 868253.

Summer warning to householders

Home-owners are being urged to observe security as the weather gets warmer.
Thieves are on the look out for windows and doors left open when houses are empty or owners in the garden.
Those with cat flaps are also reminded that thieves will use these to reach up for keys left in the door.
Det Sgt Claire Munday said: "With the warmer weather, the temptation is to leave doors unlocked while you are working in the garden or you pop to the shops.
"Do not underestimate criminals who make the most of every opportunity like that. Securing your property gives you the best possible chance of not becoming a victim of crime.”

Canterbury betting shop assault

Betfred betting shopPolice have released the image of a man they would like to speak in connection with an assault in the Betfred betting shop in Canterbury’s High Street on 28 April 2009.
The assault happened in the shop between 7pm and 7.20pm when the manageress was punched in the face by a man who had been playing on the gaming machines. She had a sore face but did not require medical treatment.
The man is described as aged between 35 to 40, thin build and with a shaven head. It is believed that he had a tattoo on the right side of his head.
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Anne McLaughlin on 01227 868268 or Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Witness appeal after attempted robbery in Canterbury

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman behind the counter of Northgate News in Canterbury was threatened by a man demanding money.
He warned that he had a gun and began to unzip his jacket but when the woman refused and shouted for help he ran out of the shop.
No gun was seen during the attempted robbery at 6.50pm on Friday 8 May 2009.
The man is described as white, 45 to 50, 5ft 6ins tall, slim build and wearing a blue wool hat, sunglasses, navy waist-length jacket and dark trousers.
Anyone with information is urged to contact DC Ron Smith on 01227 868296 or Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.