An Update from the Shirley North Safer Neighbourhood Team

At the beginning of October Shirley North had many complaints from neighbours on Cottongrass Close. It was believed that an address was being used as a care home and residents were causing problems. The address did not have a license to be anything other than a residential home. With help from Croydon Council and Shirley Oaks Management we was able to  issue the manager of the property a letter asking that they vacate by 21st October, as it is a care facility and the deeds of the land prevent such use. Now that they have vacated we have had no other issues.

On the 4th of November while on mobile patrol up at Shirley hills two people were searched and arrested for Class A controlled drugs. This is a good result, Shirley Hills is known for drug taking and sexual activity.

Recently we have conducted two warrants in Shirley North and South, both have been positive finds for Class B drugs and suspects have been issued cautions.

Due to Christmas fast approaching can we please remind residents that your doors, windows and cars are left locked and secure when you are not in them.

Within the last few days we were sent video footage of two incidents overnight which involved people trying car doors, luckily they were locked but this is not always the case.

As the evenings are now darker much earlier, please consider using timers for lights and lamps inside your house as a dark house is often obvious as an empty one. If we can see that you are out, so can burglars.

Please stay safe during this lockdown.

Report crime by calling 101 or in an emergency call 999.

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