Hi everyone, June has been and gone with a smattering of sunshine – unfortunately COVID is still present with hospitals showing a recent increase in patients being treated for the condition.
Let fresh air in if you meet indoors.
Get tested if you feel unwell.
Maybe in certain places wear a face mask if need be.
We have had a clamp down on these riders especially in the town centre where warnings have been given that if they continue to ride these around busy congested areas such as the TC the scooters will be seized. It’s only legal to use an e-scooter on private land with the permission of the land owner.
If you don’t have a licence, or the correct licence, or are riding without insurance you could face a Fixed Penalty notice:
- with a £300 fine and six penalty points on your licence for having no insurance
- up to £100 fine and three to six penalty points for riding without the correct licence
You could also be committing an offence if you’re caught:
- riding on a pavement; Fixed Penalty Notice and possible £50 fine
- using a mobile phone or other handheld mobile device while riding; £200 and six penalty points
- riding through red lights; Fixed Penalty Notice, £100 fine and possible penalty points
- drink driving: the same as if you were driving a car, you could face court imposed fines, a driving ban and possible imprisonment
If you’re using an e-scooter in public in an antisocial manner, you can also risk the e-scooter being seized under section 59 of the Police Reform Act.
Credit / Debit Card Fraud
We have seen an increase in Credit card and debit card theft and fraudulent use. Areas such as hospital car parks and crowded stores have been where the victims are targeted.
- Take care in these areas if approached by unknown persons pretending to assist you in purchasing parking tickets.
- Do not give your cards up to these people who are pretending to help with your payment.
- If you encounter such a person dial 999
- if your cards are stolen ring 999 and put a stop on your accounts immediately
Sevenoaks Town and St Johns
The town PC and PCSOs remain vigilant working alongside staff and security at all the major stores in deterring theft and following up on crimes committed. Smaller stores in town are also regularly visited to ensure everything is all in order whilst providing crime prevention and reporting advice.
The town PCSOs and PC are a regular in the TC on a daily basis. Please approach if you want a chat.
Or especially if you want to report something no matter how small it may seem.
Happy to say we have had very few calls from this area. As always vehicle crime still exists such as stealing tools or items which are on display which leads me to say that when your car/van is parked put everything out of sight. If it cannot be seen it does not give away that these items may be inside.
We continue to work closely with the BTP and SDC CCTV in controlling incidents in and around Sevenoaks train station. It is often overlooked the effective and important job SDC CCTV do in assisting.
The police and BTP in their enquiries and identifying & catching criminals.
With the school summer holidays approaching we expect a greater number of people in the nature reserve, the lakes and skate park. We will endeavour between us to show our faces on patrol in such areas hopefully to deter any ASB from occurring. If you experience or witness any issues then these can be reported to us in the usual ways such as through the Kent Police website, or by calling 101 (999 in emergency).
Seal and Weald
A few parking issues have arisen in Childsbridge Lane such as parking on verges and in doing so obstructing pathways and obscuring the view of oncoming traffic.
In several cases owners of the vehicles have been approached and vehicles have been moved.
Do you witness or experience any particular issues with speeding vehicles in your area? Let us know where abouts and we’ll assess for future speed checks.
My Community Voice
We continue to use My Community Voice by sending out alerts re crime and activity occurring in the area. It is a messaging service that helps Kent residents, businesses, and community groups to keep in touch with their local policing teams. The service sends updates about your local area directly from the police officers themselves.
To find out more and to sign up, head to the My Community Voice website.
To see more of what we’re up to on a regular basis, follow us on Twitter – @kentpolice7oaks
PCSOs Tim and George