Damage, assaults and theft - it's a crime a day
There were 33 reported crimes in one month in Minster.
The figures were revealed at a meeting of the village’s parish
During November,there were seven reports of criminal damage, six
assaults, seven thefts, four attempted burglaries, three burglaries
and three reports of drug possession.
Incidents also included a vehicle theft in The Broadway and an
attempted vehicle theft in Plover Road.
Ten of these have been dealt with; four are under investigation
and the rest are still outstanding.
Minster’s community warden Cheryl Hendrie spoke at the meeting
and updated councillors on what she had been dealing with during
November and December.
Graffiti at the Abbey Rise play area has been reported to Swale
council and the police have been informed about a report of
anti-social behaviour on Minster Road, near the Blatcher Close
Dog fouling in Scrapsgate Road, The Broadway and Marina Drive
has been reported to the environment warden and a smashed window at
the bus shelter at the bottom of Wards Hill Road was flagged up
with Swale council and Kent County Council.
Cheryl has also attended meetings at Invicta Lodge with
AmicusHorizon and Swale Heating; at Worcester Close residents’
afternoon and the arts and craft club Christmas play at the New
Road Community Centre.
Minster Parish Council has met its deadline for completing a
community emergency plan which will be used if a flood, heavy snow
or other severe weather strikes.
The plan aims to provide a response which will help the work of
the emergency services, health authorities, councils and utility
companies if they become overwhelmed or delayed by weather.
Copies of the plan will be made available to residents early in
Spending was also discussed and councillors agreed to renew the
£45 annual subscription to the Open Spaces Society; pay £100 for
horticultural improvements in the Abbey and Tams Gardens areas and
spend £564 on a safe for the parish office.
An update on the Speed Watch scheme, where volunteers
monitor traffic speed in various locations, was also given at the
It was launched in June 2012 and five villagers are working with
police to address problems of speeding in 30mph and 40mph
There are 12 locations in Minster where they are approved to do
Vehicles caught speeding are reported to police and then sent a
The highest speed recorded to date was a car doing 63mph in a
40mph zone in The Broadway.
Outside St George’s Primary School in Chequers Road 33 vehicles
were caught going too fast in an hour and in Scocles Road during
school run hours 30 vehicles were found speeding, with one doing
Councillors also agreed to spend £1,590 on Speed Watch equipment
for Minster as it is currently being borrowed from Halfway Speed
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