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POLICE AND CRIME REPORTING - Both Croydon Police Stations can be used to report 'non-urgent' matters or telephone 101.

To also report a crime, anti social behaviour, traffic accident (and lost and stolen vehicles), fraud, lost and found property, missing person, civil dispute etc, go to ‘Report’ on the Metropolitan Police Website; met.police.uk


Croydon Police Station, 71 Park Lane, Croydon CR9 1BP. Open 24/7 - offers a full front counter service.

Berin Underwood House, 90 Windmill Road, Croydon, CR0 2XR. Open Monday-Friday 10am-6pm - offers a full front counter service during opening hours.

Updated 16/3/19


Not sure which SNT Ward you are now located in? Then look at the list of streets in the RRA area (scroll down below the map).


(most of the roads in the RRA area to the west of St Edmund’s Church, and including Lower Barn Rd; Mitchley Ave (west of St Edmund’s), Buttermere Gdns, Derwent Drive, Honister Hts etc, Riddlesdown Collegiate, Brancaster Lane, Riddlesdown Rd & Ave etc).


Telephone; 07584 186578 - Please Note; this phone number is only available when the team are on duty. You can leave a voicemail if the phone is off, or call 999 in an emergency, or the non-emergency number is 101 to report crimes.

Website: Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown

E-mail; PurleyOaks.snt@met.police.uk

Twitter @MPSpurleyOaks

Ward Panel Meeting

The next Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown Ward public panel meeting will be held on Thursday 3 October 2019 at 7pm at Christchurch, Brighton Road, in the Hebron Hall.

A ward panel meeting is a chance for you to come and speak with the local team about issues in your area and hear what has been going on in the ward, crime stats etc. Feel free to come along.


Update 4/9/19 - Weekly crime update from the Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown SNT

Update 23/8/19 - Weekly crime update from the Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown SNT

Update 17/8/19 - Weekly crime update from the Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown SNT

See this link for more information and Police advice on motor vehicle theft of catalytic converters

Update 9/8/19 - Weekly crime update from the Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown SNT
Please note; amended update circulated regarding the ‘firearm found”


Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown Police Newsletter March 2019 Updated 7/4/19

Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown Police Newsletter January 2019 Updated 6/2/19

Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown Police Newsletter December 2018 Updated 31/12/18

The Little Booklet of Phone Scams - Posted 22/6/19

E-mails received from the Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown and Sanderstead SNT Teams - Update 3/7/19

"Dear Purley Oaks & Riddlesdown and Sanderstead Ward members,

Thank you for the information that you are giving us recently relating to suspicious vehicles, people knocking on doors (rogue traders) and crimes that are happening in the area. This is very much appreciated and helps us help you.

In relation to the information you are providing us, if we could ask for a little bit more, for example, any descriptions of the people involved, when these people leave, the direction they go off in and if they go towards any vehicles. If they do, definitely try and get the registration of the vehicles which will hopefully give us something to go on.

Please do not put yourself at risk when getting this information and only get it if at all possible. We do understand that sometime the registration marks may be false but this does help us as a service build a picture of what is happening and where. If there is no registration then please state this as well so we know that it has been considered. I know that there is many different forms of CCTV available now as well whether it be house CCTV, car Dashcams etc. We would also like to view these as well as it will assist us with suspect linking and identification.

To assist with this and so we can make it easier to get to see all of your available footage. We are hoping to create a new “box” folder. This folder is an online account (similar to dropbox for those who know what that is but is our own version) where you can upload your footage so we can look at it directly. We would still need you to keep the original (for legal reasons). Once we have the details we will share it with you all.

Thank you again for all of your help and support and if you have any questions then please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Yours Faithfully,

PCSO David Eaton - PO&R Team

PC Robert Brett - Sanderstead Local Police Team

PC Rebecca Gabauskas

PCSO Sam Brooks"


(most of the roads in the RRA area to the east of St Edmund’s Church and including Copthorne Rise, Westfield Ave, Rectory Park, Hyde Rd, Mitchley Ave (east of St Edmund’s), Mitchley Hill, Tandridge Gardens, Holmwood Ave etc).


Tel: 020 8721 2470 - Please Note; this phone number is only available when the team are on duty. You can leave a voicemail if the phone is off, or call 999 in an emergency, or the non-emergency number is 101 to report crimes.

Website: Sanderstead SNT

Email: ZD-SNTSanderstead@met.police.uk

Twitter @MPSSanderstead


Ward Panel Meeting

The next Ward Panel Public Meeting, will be at Riddlesdown Collegiate, downstairs conference room on Monday 21 October 2019 at 6.30pm.


Sanderstead Police Newsletter August 2019 Updated 7/9/19

The SNT have also included the Council's local Neighbourhood Safety Officers (NSO) contact information who cover all the Riddlesdown area. The NSO officers have ask to include information about Public Space Protection Order (PSPO). Mason McIlroy been also receiving reports about dog fouling in Sanderstead recreation ground. The team are patrolling the area but we would like the public to send us any information i.e. date, times, description of offenders and their dog.

You can contact them: Phone: 020 8726 6200

Email: public.safety@croydon.gov.uk

PSO and Croydon Council Neighbourhood Safety Officers details

Sanderstead Police Newsletter July 2019

The SNT also sent Motor vehicle crime advice and burglary advice Updated 6/8/19

Sanderstead Police Newsletter June 2019 Updated 16/7/19

Burglary update 14/3/19

Croydon Eye Newsletter from Croydon Borough Neighbourhood Watch - Summer 2018

Contact Points:
The team will be hosting a number of contact points across the ward. These meetings are face to face sessions that members of the public can attend and discuss any concerns they may have. Please see dates, times and locations below:

Waitrose, 87 Limpsfield Road, on Tuesday 10th September 2pm-3pm


Sanderstead Library, Farm Fields, CR2 0HL on Tuesday 24th September 11am—12pm


Sanderstead Community Day Sanderstead Recreation Ground Saturday 28th September

Ward Public Panel Meeting

The next Ward Panel Public Meeting at Riddlesdown Collegiate, downstairs conference room on Monday 21 October 2019 at 6.30pm.


(in the RRA area, these roads are only; the top end of Downs Court Rd (from the bend at Mitchley Ave) and Cranford Close).


Tel: 07920 233892 - Please Note; this phone number is only available when the team are on duty. You can leave a voicemail if the phone is off, or call 999 in an emergency, or the non-emergency number is 101 to report crimes.

Website link: Purley & Woodcote SNT

Email: PurleyandWoodcote.SNT@met.police.uk

Twitter @MPSPurley


Purley & Woodcote Police Summer 2019 Newsletter - Updated 17/8/19

Purley & Woodcote Police Newsletter January 2019 - Updated 9/2/19

The Little book of Cyber scams - 1 March 2019



Information received from Sanderstead SNT on 15 May 2019

"Please see the following on behalf of Supt Carswell:

On Thursday 9th May 2019 police officers and partner agencies including GAIN (Government Intelligence Network), led by Supt Carswell and CI Knight from South BCU, conducted a search warrant at a light industrial site in Thames Road, Dartford.

This successful search warrant was undertaken to directly disrupt organised criminal activity that is believed responsible for residential burglaries as well as a large number of thefts of high value cars and the theft of tools from work vans that has recently occurred across the boroughs of Bromley, Croydon and Sutton, as well as other London boroughs. These crimes have caused a great deal of public concern and anxiety.

This was a complex policing operation with a large search area. The initial policing and partner presence on site was necessary to ensure evidence was not lost in the early stages of the operation and was quickly reduced once the area was safely secured. Normal policing activity was not interrupted in any way in any part of London during this operation.

Five people have been arrested to date.

Police have recovered 8 stolen vehicles, firearms, ammunition, cash and a large quantity of other stolen property worth tens of thousands of pounds.

We have recovered large amounts of drugs and removed a cannabis factory from the location.

We have disrupted a criminal network that has been handling stolen vehicles and stripping these for parts or selling them on with new vehicle identities.

In addition to the multiple seizures of stolen goods, the information drawn from this police and partner operation will significantly assist in the disruption of criminal gangs across London in the future.

Chief Inspector Knight From South area BCU said:

“I am immensely proud of the work of officers and partner agencies in this operation. We have disrupted criminal activity across London and have recovered stolen property, drugs and vehicles. I am delighted to be able to inform the victims of these offences that there property has been recovered and people arrested in connection with these offences. Working alongside The Government Intelligence Network and other partners we have also opened new lines of inquiry which I have no doubt will lead to further police and partner intervention. I will continue to work with the new lines of inquiry to target criminals across London and further search warrants and enforcement should be anticipated in coming months”

A Government Agency Intelligence Network (London) spokesperson said:- By working in partnership, sharing intelligence lawfully and efficiently, the GAIN aims to ensure that government agencies along with police will help reduce the risk, threat and harm from serious and organised crime, in the most cost effective way. Today's action follows months of collaborative hard work by GAIN who are dedicated to dismantling crime networks which benefit from inflicting misery on communities."

Advice from Met Police about the use of drones

Advice received from Sanderstead SNT about Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention

(in pdf)

Crimes in your area - Enter you postcode  www.police.uk

Anti Social Behaviour - Frequently asked questions Link

For Police Advice on Home Protection click on this Link

For advice on Car & Bicycle Protection, click on this Link


Need help? 112 is your life-saving number!

112 is the European emergency phone number, available everywhere in the EU, free of charge.

It is possible to call 112 from fixed and mobile phones to contact any emergency service: an ambulance, the fire brigade or the police.

When a person dials 112, a specially trained operator will answer the call. Depending on the national organisation of emergency services, the operator will either deal with the request directly or transfer the call to the most appropriate emergency service.

Operators in many countries can answer the calls not only in their national language, but also in English or French. If the caller does not know where he is, the operator will identify where the person making the call is physically located and will pass it to the emergency authorities so that these can help immediately.

112 operators do not provide traffic and weather reports, general information or answers to queries. Calling 112 as a joke or calling and then hanging up is considered a hoax call. Hoax calls not only waste the time and money of the emergency operators, but can also be dangerous. If 112 lines or call operators are busy with hoax calls, someone with a real emergency may not be able to get the help needed. In most countries, it is a criminal offence to make hoax 112 calls and a person can be judged for that.

112 does not replace the existing (UK 999) national emergency number. In most countries, it operates alongside them. However, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, Malta and Romania have opted for 112 as their main national emergency number.



Office usually covered Monday to Friday 10.00hrs to 14.00hrs Tel: 020 8555 1200 Extension 37637. Please do not report any crimes on this number, as there is no Police staff to process crime reports at this address.

Would you like to become a Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator in Riddlesdown? Then please contact the CBNWA website

Smart water kit available for Neighbourhood Watch - Leaflet Link or website

Some useful contact details.

Crime Stoppers     0800 555 111

Age UK  Croydon 020 8683 7100


Croydon Trading Standards   020 8407 1311

E-mail trading.standards@croydon.gov.uk

Action Fraud 0300 123 2040 Website

Local Theft of Catalytic Converters on Vehicles

Updated 17/8/19

The RRA have been made aware of an increase locally of thefts of catalytic converters (part of the exhaust system) on vehicles. The latest incident happened in Riddlesdown Ave and was to a Toyota Prius, which was parked on the road and seems to be one of the main types of vehicles targeted. Toyota Auris as well as some Honda Accord’s are also targetted. It only takes a short time to remove the catalytic converters. It also appears the thefts of catalytic converters are not triggering the factory fitted car alarms.

The RRA contacted the PO&R SNT and this was the response back:

"I believe it is on the rise in the borough at present and I know Sanderstead ward had two reported last week and that Toyota is the current target due to the gold that is in the part which they then sell on. I called Toyota today to ask if they have any prevention advice and they said from their side the best option is a cat lock but that ranges from £200-250, I did ask if they would look at dropping that price for Toyota owners but as it’s not something that is falling off or design fault they said no.”

This is the advice from the PO&R SNT
“Dear Residents

Recently we have seen the Theft From Motor Vehicles figures increasing on one particular issue, Catalytic Converters.

Catalytic Converters are being stolen from specific cars, Hondas’ and Prius’ and larger vehicles where access to the converter is easier.

It doesn’t take very long for the thieves to do this so we have found a very helpful page from Volante on prevention tips. The page talks about what a Catalytic Converter is and how best to park your vehicle, it talks about alarms that you can fit to your vehicle too.

We would like any information relating to the thieves behind these thefts. Full vehicles details as best as you can, along with any descriptions of the suspects. CCTV and smart phones can really help with our enquiries, however please don’t put yourselves at risk. Please – if you believe that the crime is taking place there and then you should dial 999 to report it.





From videos available to view on line, the thieves use a trolley jack to lift the front of the vehicle and then cut off the exhaust with a battery operated saw.

Information from a Toyota blog:

We are told replacement catalytic converterss for a Toyota have about a one month delay (or possibly longer) in obtaining a new one!

‘Nextdoor’ website

New 5/8/19

The RRA have received a number of enquiries about a very recent Royal Mail postal drop purporting to be from an individual in Selcroft Rd (a street outside of the RRA area) inviting you to join the local 'Nextdoor' Purley/Ridldesdown group. The access code to join is only valid for 7 days but there is no indication on the letter when the start date was. The letter is not very convincing and has no address for ‘Nextdoor’, or telephone number, or e-mail address and is fairly amateurish in appearance. The envelope has a photograph of a second class stamp on it and not a real one. We have received enquiries from a number of different streets in Riddlesdown.

'Nextdoor' is a recognised UK website and the RRA do know a number of people who are members of this particular group. We understand you have to enter your full address to join and give other information. We don't believe this letter is a scam but residents are warned to be careful about the link printed on the letter, as it could be to a fake website. We would suggest you type in ‘Nextdoor’ into a website search engine to go direct to ‘Nextdoor’. The RRA are advised that new 'Nextdoor' members can letter drop up to 30 houses free of charge.

There is now a discussion taking place on the RRA Facebook page about ‘Nextdoor’ (if you are on Facebook). They appear to want to know a number of details about you, so only join if you feel happy disclosing this information.

As some of our residents have pointed out to us, they are registered with the Mailing Preference Service (MPS) to stop postal 'junk mail'. Nexdoor have by-passed this by addressing the envelopes to 'Purley Riddlesdown Neighbour' and not to individuals at the addresses! A bit underhand. https://www.mpsonline.org.uk/consumer/bulletin

If you have any enquiries about this letter, please direct you questions to ‘Nextdoor’, although they do not appear to have a ‘contact us’ or ‘telephone number’, or e-mail address segment on their  uk website which doesn’t make it very helpful.

There are reviews available to read on Trustpilot about ‘Nextdoor’. There is an address and e-mail address for ‘Nextdoor’ on the Trustpilot website though (on the right side)!

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