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Bulletin 19   September 1st – September14th 2022

 Dear Residents

In April 2021 Surrey Police were successful in their bid for ‘Safer Streets’ Funding for the Godstone and Bletchingley areas of Tandridge in order to support a reduction in incidents of burglary particularly from sheds and outhouses. 

The areas were chosen following completion of an Environmental Visual Audit (EVA) together with analysis of crime review hot spots in the area. In 2020 there were 57 incidents of this kind. Bikes and gardening items had been the main items targeted and this was causing misery to local communities.

The funding not only improved the safety and security of residents living in the area but acted as a real deterrent to criminals who had been targeting their properties. Over 150 repeat victims of burglary/theft within the area were directly contacted to complete an eligibility assessment for crime prevention kits. These kits contain Cube Portable Security cameras, secure shed shackles and a padlock, wireless shed alarm, window security film, Selecta DNA and crime prevention stickers.

Since the initiative crimes in this category reduced to 15 in 2021 and in the first two quarters of 2022 there have been 6.

We have just allocated stock to repeat victims in Smallfield. The remaining stock of Safer Streets kits have been allocated to Lingfield and Dormansland  Parish Council areas. Priority will be given to victims of outbuilding burglaries. If you would like to be considered for a kit please refer to the contact details of the relevant Parish Council which are on their websites. They will then liaise with us.

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.

On September 2nd in Oxted after a vehicle was stopped the female driver was arrested on suspicion of driving whilst unfit through drugs, failing to stop, dangerous driving, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of cannabis.


After a single vehicle road traffic collision in Copthorne on September 4th the female driver was arrested after failing a roadside breath test.


On September 10th in Caterham a male was arrested after failing to provide a specimen of breath.


Some of you may remember our post back in January that two Tandridge PCSOs happened to have popped over the border to drop some property at Reigate and caught two men breaking into a Range Rover in Merstham in broad daylight which fortunately was undamaged.

20 year old Stephen Hart has appeared in court. After pleading guilty he was fined £120, costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £32.


Officers in Tandridge and throughout Surrey have been working hard to tackle catalytic converter theft. In July Surrey police was short listed as category finalists in this year’s Tilley Awards which recognise innovative crime fighting projects where police, community groups and the public successfully work together to identify and tackle local crime problems.

In September Surrey Police were informed they had won in two categories ‘Business Support and Volunteers’ and ‘Neighbourhoods’. 

The project that secured the Neighbourhoods win tackled the rise in catalytic converter thefts using social media, flyers, presentations and ad van campaigns to raise public awareness and increase reporting rates.

This resulted in a 135% increase in reports, giving the information needed to make 13 arrests. 

Up until September 8th there has been a 71% reduction in catalytic converter thefts since the project started.


 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

St Piers Lane, Lingfield. Between August 27th and September 1st fishing gear and two motorbikes were stolen from a container (ref 45220095114).

Vehicle Crime

Town Hill, Lingfield – Theft. Around 11.55 September whilst the victim was working up a tree a white van index AS13HTS with a chipper attached to the back was stolen together with tools (ref 45220095944).

Drivers Mead, Lingfield – Criminal Damage. Around 20.30 September 10th three youths caused damage to the front and rear windscreen of a car after firing at them with a catapult (ref 45220097505).

Station Road, Dormansland – Theft. Between 07.30 and 21.45 September 8th index plates RO64YHX were stolen from a car (ref 45220096910).

Millers Lane, Outwood – Theft. Overnight September 8th to 9th index plates GU22XOK were stolen from a car (ref 45220096920).

West Park Road, Newchapel – Keyless Theft. Around 03.40 September 13th a blue Range Rover Vogue index R1GGF was stolen from a driveway (ref 45220098252).



Criminal Damage

Orchard Lane, Godstone. At 19.15 September 2nd two objects were thrown at the window of a house, the second one breaking the window (ref 45220094515).

Oakwood Close, South Nutfield. At 15.00 September 10th a boy fired at the window of a house causing it to shatter and ran off along with three other boys (ref 45220097391).

Vehicle Crime

High Street, Godstone – Theft. Between September 1st and 3rd the steering wheel lock and ignition barrel of a motorbike were damaged in a believed attempt to steal it (ref 4520095163).

High Street, Godstone – Theft. Overnight September 7th to 8th rear index plate YH14YUK was stolen from a car (ref 45220096508).

Hextalls Lane, Bletchingley – Criminal Damage.Overnight September 5th to 6th the window of a car parked on a driveway was smashed (ref 45220095731).


Attempted Robbery

Westerham Road, Limpsfield. Around 14.30 September 14th two males in their late teens/early twenties having Mediterranean skin tones and a foreign accent riding a scooter attempted to rob a male of his motorbike. They made off when confronted by members of the public in the car park where the incident took place. (ref 45220098962). This incident is linked to another on Titsey Road, Limpsfield at 14.26 when the same suspects attempted to steal a bicycle (ref 45220098976) and a further offence along the A25 in Kent where there was a robbery of a motorbike.

Criminal Damage

Southlands Lane, Tandridge. Overnight September 7th to 8th poachers broke into a pen and killed over 50 pheasants with catapults (ref 45220096912).

Amy Road, Oxted. Around 18.30 two front window panels of a house were smashed (ref 45220098614).

Vehicle Crime

Rosemary Close, Hurst Green – Theft. Around 22.19 September 5th a white Ford Tipper Transit van index AV14DYC was stolen. The keys were not taken and the van had a steering lock on. The suspects were driving  a silver Suzuki Vitara  (ref 45220095672).

Oak Close, Hurst Green – Theft. Overnight September 8th to 9th index plates V111TMC were stolen from a car (ref 45220097009).

Westerham Road, Oxted – Criminal Damage. Overnight September 12th to 13th the window of a car was smashed (ref 45220098303).


Burglary Business and Community

Coulsdon Road, Caterham on The Hill. Overnight September 6th to 7th the door of a commercial property was smashed in and a number of items stolen (ref 45220096156).

Vehicle Crime

Woodview Way, Caterham on The Hill – Theft. Overnight September 2nd to 3rd a blue Mercedes index GP68BPK was stolen. Some of the contents of the car were later found in Hayes Lane, Kenley (ref 45220094695).

Park Avenue, Caterham on The Hill – Theft. Overnight September 2nd to 3rd a blue Ford Focus Estate index EX13MYV was stolen from a driveway (ref 45220094774).

Homestead Road, Caterham on The Hill – Criminal Damage.. Overnight September 4th to 5th a car was keyed all down one side (ref 45220095736). 

Milton Road, Caterham on The Hill – Theft. Overnight September 8th to 9th index plates DV68WCM were stolen from a car (ref 45220097135).

Burntwood Lane, Caterham – Attempted Theft. Around 01.40 September 3rd three people dressed in black with their faces covered attempted to steal a car parked on a driveway. They had a signal booster in their hands and were holding it up to the front door and walls of the property. They drove off in what appeared to be a BMW Series 4 car (ref 45220095961).

Croydon Road, Caterham – Theft. Around 15.09 September 11th the window of a car was smashed and a Blue Disabled Badge stolen (ref 45220097715).

Timber Hill Road, Caterham – Theft. Around 15.050September 11th a man cycling on a light violet mountain bike stopped beside a car, smashed the widow and stole a bag (ref 45220097719)

Egan Close, Kenley – Theft. Overnight September 7th to 8th a white Peugeot 208 index LD14JJO was stolen (ref 45220096488).


Burglary Business and Community

Limpsfield Road, Warlingham. Around 00.52 September 11th the glass in the front door of a restaurant was smashed and cash stolen from an unlocked safe (ref 45220097536).

Vehicle Crime

Westhall Park, Warlingham – Theft. Around 13.00 August 31st a wallet was stolen from a van after the passenger door was damaged by a hammer and screwdriver the suspect jumped into a Honda Civic containing four other males .The empty wallet was found nearby (ref 45220094064).

Featherbed Lane, Warlingham – Theft. Around 09.53 September 6th a van was stolen but later found with the dashboard damaged in Croydon although a number of items were missing from the van (ref 45220095923).

Leas Road, Warlingham – Theft. Around 11.15 September 7th  bags were stolen from an unlocked van and the suspects drove off in silver Ford Focus on cloned index plates (ref 45220096390).

Searchwood Road, Warlingham - Theft. Around 12.19 September 9th a crowbar was used to smash the windows of a van and £5,000 of tools stolen (ref 45220096988).

Sunny Bank, Warlingham – Attempted Theft. Around 12.00 September 9th three males were disturbed as they tried to drill a hole in the lock of a van and drove off in a blue Renault (ref 45220097107).

Tydcombe Road, Warlingham – Attempted Theft. Around 12.17 September 9th two males were disturbed trying to break into a van and drove off in a blue Renault Kadjar on cloned plates K321KEN (ref 45220097148).

Burfield Drive, Warlingham – Keyless Theft. Around 01.17 September 11th a black Range Rover index SW19HUV was stolen and last seen travelling in convoy with silver Audi A5 displaying false index plates on Limpsfield Road (ref 45220097551).

Croft Road, Woldingham – Theft. Around 11.20 September 6th a window of a van was smashed and over £1,000 of Makita tools were stolen (ref 45220095942).

Evelyn Avenue, Titsey – Keyless Theft. Overnight September 12th to 13th a black Land Rover Discovery index SF59CPU was stolen from a driveway (ref 45220098293).


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 
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