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Tandridge Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter version 2

Apologies to those who received a garbled version of this Bulletin. Hopefully the photos will now appear .



Bulletin 10   April 25th – May 8th 2024

Dear Residents


We mentioned in Bulletin 8 that we have seen an increase in tool thefts across East Surrey. 


As the weather gets better, you might be purchasing items off internet marketplaces or car boot sales in order to complete your DIY projects. You may think you are getting a really good deal, however could you be potentially buying stolen goods? 


We recommend the following to see what you can do to make sure you are not buying stolen tools: 


 Make sure you are buying tools from a reputable seller


Where possible, collect tools from a house and check the initials or postcodes engraved match the sellers details.


When buying tools, make sure to take a photo of them and any serial numbers. 


If you think you may have purchased stolen goods, please contact us or take them to your local police station. Do not contact the seller yourself or keep the item as you may be considered as illegally handling stolen goods. 


If you suspect someone to be selling stolen goods, please report it to us.


Finally this weeks’ Bulletin features some of the excellent work of our Police Community Support Officers who are an integral and valued part of the Safer  Neighbourhood Team.



Inspector Lyndsey Whatley

Tandridge Safer Neighbourhood Inspector





Our Neighbourhood Patrol Team and Safer Neighbourhood Team deal with a variety of incidents. Here are a few they dealt with since the last Bulletin.


There were 31   Arrests in the period April 23rd to May 5th : Domestic Abuse / Violent Domestic Abuse 5  ,  Criminal Damage 2  , Harassment 1  , Theft 2, Alcohol / Drug Related  4 , Drunk in charge 1 , Child at Risk 5 , Firearms 3, Violent Crime other /Public Place 3, Shoplifting 4 , Sexual Offence 1.


Following a road traffic collision in Newchapel on April 26th the male driver was arrested after failing a roadside breath test.


Following a road traffic collision in Hurst Green on May 7th the female driver was arrested after failing a drug swipe.




PCSO Pilbrow in Partnership Prevents Prolific Pilferers!*


PCSO Pilbrow has built up a close working relationship with Tesco in Caterham over the years and in recent months they have been working together to gather evidence for a group of people who have been repeatedly involved with bulk thefts at the store.  


As reported in the last Bulletin on April 24th the suspects entered the store once again and were quickly identified by security. They alerted police on 999 and staff kept observations on the offenders. 


As officers arrived at scene to detain one offender PCSO Pilbrow gave chase for the other offenders under the direction of staff where, using her local knowledge she was able to locate and detain 4 other females in a nearby street single-handedly whilst trying to get away in a vehicle. 


There are significant other enquiries still to conduct, therefore all 5 females from Essex have been bailed with conditions whilst the investigation continues.


*We are aware that 'pilfering' would suggest 'people who steal things of little value or small quantities' however 'alleged thieving so-and-so's' wouldn't fit with the alliteration.



PCSO duties are multi-faceted and include local foot patrols to identify areas of potential concern that may be used for anti-social behaviour. PCSO Ord and PCSO Wren have identified an area in Caterham where multiple nitrous oxide canisters have been discarded and are thought to have been used to inhale the gas. (Other areas exist and are also patrolled)


Nitrous oxide is subject to the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 and in November 2023, the law was updated making possession of the substance illegal, classifying it as a class ‘C’ drug. It is a criminal offence to be found in possession of the drug where its intended use is to be wrongfully inhaled (‘to get high’).

Patrols will continue to help catch and deter offenders.




Not everything we do is about chasing down bad guys and girls, luckily the role of a PCSO gives us the opportunity to engage closely with our community, build relationships and occasionally put a smile on people’s faces. 

Local PCSO’s joined other emergency services down at St Piers School and College in Lingfield last week to give the kids (and the hard-working staff) an opportunity to find out a bit about what we do, try on the uniform and explore the Police vehicle and all its kit.


If your area is NOT referred to below it is because we have not been informed of the crime or it has not been affected by reported crime in the categories below. Feedback from you will help to achieve the most appropriate circulation of information. 







Burglary Business and Community

Woodcock Hill, Felbridge. Around 06.13 April 27th the door of a restaurant was forced open, damaging the lock and a full drum of cooking oil was stolen and replaced with an empty drum (ref 45240047092).







Felcourt Road, Felcourt. Between 01.30 and 01.50 April 29th hydraulic auger was removed from an excavator and stolen (ref 45240047694).




Vehicle Crime


Brickhouse Lane, Newchapel – Theft. Between 17.00 and 21.00 April 26th rear index plate BG56EBC was stolen from a car (ref 45240047053).


Forge Close, Lingfield – Theft. Around 21.40 May 6th a Honda motorbike index FV05UWS was stolen by two males who ran off with it down the street when chased by the victim (ref 45240050809).





Criminal Damage


Crescent Road, Bletchingley. Overnight May 2nd to 3rd a rear window of a house was shattered by a missile of some sort (ref 45240049453).


Tylers Close, Godstone. Around 22.31 May 5th the upstairs front window of a house was hit three times smashing the outer pane of glazing. Two small ball bearings were found by officers who attended and house to house enquiries indicate that three white males aged around 14 were involved, one of whom was wearing a blue puffer jacket. There have been a number of instances of this nature in the Godstone area over the past few weeks including attacks on wildlife. Officers are aware and there have been increased patrols in the area (ref 5240050448). Overnight May 5th to 6th tyres were slashed on two cars parked in this road (ref 45240050566/50571).


Vehicle Crime


Whitewood  Lane, South Godstone – Theft. Between 18.00 and 20.30 April 26th front number plate LD17VYK was stolen from a car (ref 45240047318).







High Street, Limpsfield. Between 23.59 May 8th and 00.10 May 9th  BT security reported that a possible theft was ongoing from one of their manhole covers. Police attended and it was discovered that around 300 metres of copper cable had been removed between two manholes as a result of both ends of the cable being cut and then pulled out from one end (ref 45240051747).


Vehicle Crime


Pollards Wood Road, Hurst Green - Theft. Between 13.00 and 18.00 May 6th a black Abarth Fiat 500 index GJ17LCE was stolen (ref 45240050717).






Vehicle Crime


Montgomery Way, Kenley – Keyless Theft. Around 02.36 May 3rd a black BMW 330i MSports index G8OFR was stolen by three white males one of whom was waving a wire around in the air close to the house and probably used this relay technique to start the car and drive it off (ref 45240049451).


Spencer Road, Caterham on The Hill – Keyless Theft, Between 01.35 and 02.35 May 3rd a black Mercedes GLC index FX68VMW was stolen and the incident is probably related to the Kenley theft above (ref 45240049456).


Croydon Road, Caterham – Theft. Around 15.00 May 5th cigarettes were stolen from the rear of a van being unloaded, the suspects drove off in a white Peugeot van on cloned index plates (ref 45240050422).


Station Approach, Whyteleafe – Theft. Overnight May 6th to 7th a Hobbs coat was stolen from a car that was accessed by unknown means (ref 45240050859).





Burglary Residential including sheds and garages


Southfields Road, Woldingham. Sometime between April 1st and May 2nd the padlock on the rear door of an unoccupied house was forced open and a TV and sound system stolen from within (ref 45240049592).  


Ricketts Hill Road, Tatsfield. Between 11.14 and 12.17 May 6th a brick was thrown through the window of a patio door and the key in the inside lock of the door was then used to open the door. An untidy search was conducted and keys to three vehcles stolen. One of the vehicles a blue BMW index HN70CZY was then stolen. A blue Ford Fiesta Zetec was captured on CCTV near the scene at the time of the incident (ref 45240050654).



If you have to contact us about a non-urgent matter or to provide information on non-urgent suspicious matters or unusual behaviour you have observed which may be useful intelligence for us at a future date please email Tandridge Safer Neighbourhood Team:  tandridge@surrey.police.uk 
The information you provide will be read and treated in confidence when the staff are next on duty.



We have a portal for circumstances where no crime has been reported, but the suspicious behaviour could potentially be related to a burglary, theft of a vehicle, or catalytic converter, for example. We have a different unique link we provide to victims and witnesses when a burglary has occurred.

To find out more about the portal and submit your footage visit this link: https://surrey.police.uk/suspiciousactivityportal


How to contact us with information when we issue Witness Appeals or Appeals for information


  • Webchat on the right hand side of the Surrey Police homepage at https:/surrey.police.uk 
  • Online https://www.surrey.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/cor/tell-us-about-existing-case-report/
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