Neighbourhood Watch


Neighbourhood Watch Notes for June - July 2017


PC Gareth Cole is currently ‘back on the beat’, having returned following his secondment.  He has provided the following information – saying, the only things of relevance being:-


1) 26th April 2017 and 17th May 2017 police received calls of dangerous parking outside the Holbrook Autistic Centre on Portway.  If Holbrook Parish residents (though I’m sure they’re not responsible) could be reminded to park safely when visiting or dropping off and/or collecting.


2) Only crime of note, in the last 3 months, was a theft on Moor Rise, Holbrook back on 25/02/17 where someone has taken items from a skip.

Please can everyone be reminded to ask permission from owner and/or the user of a skip before removing items – otherwise it is classed as theft.


3) He now has the support of PCSO Claire Brown who, it’s understood, is the replacement for PSCO John Midgley. (Last year, as you may be aware, John transferred to the MoD Police).


4) As you will be aware – over the period Friday 12th May to Tuesday 16th May a ‘ransomware virus’ adversely affected the operation of the NHS.

Surgeries were requested to switch-off their computers on Friday afternoon, 12th May.  They were given clearance to switch-on their computers, again, early on Wednesday morning, 17th May. Seemingly there have been no repercussive effects – just a backlog of work to do in order to establish a ‘status quo’ situation.


5) It’s understood that if you have a computer that operates using Microsoft software then, you need to ensure that it’s updated regularly. It will continue to operate satisfactorily – but it’s strongly recommended that it’s ‘backed-up’ using reputable anti-virus ‘software ‘package’. This should also be supported by regular updates too.


6) You will, no doubt, be aware that there’s a good deal of refurbishment activity taking place at the “Spotted Cow” – with many folk putting-in a good deal of effort in this Community project.  It’s understood that it’s not too long before the Pub Landlord & his wife move in.  Should you see any suspicious ‘out of hours’ activity then please report it – at least to 101.


7) Other than that, it currently appears to be fairly quiet, hereabouts. 

John  R. Meggitt. 

Tel: 01332 883193 – e-mail:


Updated 21 May 2017

Contact Details:


Tel. 101 - for: Non-Emergency queries, or to report an incident.


Tel.  999 - for:

Urgent or Emergency requirements.


Tel.  0800 555 111 - for:

Crime-Stoppers to anonymously report an incident.

Local Contact:  John R. Meggitt

Crime Prevention Advice for Garden Sheds


  • Make sure there are no tools left in the garden that could be used to attack the shed.
  • Lock all windows.
  • Cover up the window so people can’t see what is in the shed.
  • Fit coach bolts or non-return screws (use to replace all screws on the hinges and locks).
  • Use a hasp and staple to secure shed.
  • Fit a padlock (certified to BS EN 12320 minimum Grade 3)
  • Please ensure that your property is positively identified – by the use of, say, an UltraViolet (U/V) Pen.

If you need Crime Prevention advice, contact our local Police Officer – refer to details below.

Local Police Officer / Safer Neighbourhood Team Contacts:


  • Contact the Safer Neighbourhood Team by email:


Please Note:  Twitter address  @KilburnSNT is temporarily suspended as PC Gareth Cole is seconded elsewhere. We are currently served by Belper SNT.  Don't report crime via Twitter. Call 101 for non-emergencies or 999 in an emergency.


  • If ‘all else fails’, you could contact your N/Watch Rep – John R. Meggitt - Tel: 01332 883193



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Crime & Incidents in Holbrook (part of the Kilburn SNT)
Please Note!


Should you observe anything suspicious, at any time, please inform the Police immediately.

It is very much more helpful if you are able to supply them with information about – location, height, clothes worn, skin colour, and if a vehicle is involved (type, make, colour and registration number too).

This ensures that they are kept fully informed.

The contact details are shown above – with additional contact details given below.