Neighbourhood Watch

January 2019

The TV licensing scam which previously was telling people that they were owed a refund of their TV licence fee has changed.

You will be encouraged to provide details of your bank account and personal information and so on that will be necessary to set up the new debit.

NOTE: TV Licensing will NEVER ask you to provide such information via email.

If, unfortunately, you have provided personal information - names, addresses, bank details - then you should watch your accounts very carefully and be suspicious of further emails which may be be similar.





You are advised that a new Direct Debit should be set up and, surprise surprise, there is a link provided to enable you to precisely that!.

Tha latest now tells you that your TV licence couild not be renewed via your direct debit arrangements - the Direct Debit has failed.

December 2018

Here's the latest, bumper edition of our popular e-newsletter

Our News from Neighbourhood Watch.

Read about our new report on what makes a good neighbour in modern Britain and find lots of fantastic advice on keeping you safe. There's also member offers and lots more!

Click here to read it on-line


Neighbourhood Watch is a national scheme set up to do what the title suggests. The scheme helps to bring the community together and to become safer and friendlier to the mutual advantage of all.

‘Safer’ aims to provide advice about how to help prevent crime.

‘Friendlier’ helps to bring communities together, to get to know your neighbours better.

‘Homewatch’ was a Police sponsored and funded organisation dating back to1982. In 2007 it was replaced by a new national body -

'Neighbourhood Watch’ and in 2017 it became a Charity.

At East Winch the scheme has been running for several years along part of Gayton Road. It has since expanded and now comprises 6 zones –

Zone 1 - The original Gayton Road area;

Zone 2 extends the original along Gayton Road to the junction with Station Road.

Zone 3 covers part of Town Close.

Zones 4 & 5 cover Station Road.

Zone 6 covers Hall Farm Gardens.

Each Zone has someone to act as co-ordinator and to be the point of contact for that zone.

We should like to extend the area covered by the scheme to include the remainder of Town Close, and Wilson Drive. Doing this would cover the great majority of the village. There is no reason not to include other parts of the village – eg Church Lane.

The Police consider that the village is a ‘vulnerable area’ due partly to the number of more elderly residents who are sometimes seen to be easier targets for fraud and scams. Widening the area covered by our scheme would improve security throughout the village.

In order to do this however we need to recruit additional volunteers to co-ordinate things – one for each additional zone.

If you might be interested in the scheme, would like to know more or volunteer to act as co-ordinator for an additional zone please contact Jennifer Lamb -

It shouldn’t take up too much of your time and you could get to know your neighbours and introduce them to each other. It is quite surprising how many people barely know their neighbours.

BANKINGProtect yourself from fraud If anyone contacts you claiming to be from your bank and asking for passwords or pins, or to move money between accounts, it might be fraud. Don't give out your details or make payments unless you know who you’re dealing with. You should also avoid clicking on links within unexpected emails or texts. If you’re ever in any doubt, just give your bank a call. A few things to remember to stay safe:

You will never be asked by your bank for passwords or pin numbers.

The West Norfolk Administrator is Martin Redhead -


East Winch Co-ordinator is Jennifer Lamb -


Neighbourhood Watch - National website is here

There is a great deal of information available and you, as an individual, can become a member.

Below see more about Neighbourhood Watch with some links to further information.


Neighbourhood Watch – Organisation.

The Mission:-

Bring neighbours together to create strong, friendly, active communities. When people are lonely and have little or no social contact with others, they can become much more vulnerable to criminal activity.”

Why Donate to Neighbourhood Watch?

From a National perspective we would love to be able to provide more resources for our members. For these resources we need money as well as time in order to make that happen.

Crimestoppers has launched a national campaign to highlight the issue of organized criminals travelling across County Lines to deal drugs. More information may be found here

Force Area

Neighbourhood Watch is generally associated with the Local Police Force

Force Area Neighbourhood Watch Associations are key in maintaining the impetus of the Neighbourhood Watch movement at local level.

In Norfolk Peter Evans is the Chairman of ‘Norfolk Neighbourhood Watch (NWN)


The Latest NWN Newsletter to download is here -


Local Area representatives meet regularly at Dereham and our local co-ordinators are kept up to date with recent developments. The latest such update is copied below:-

I attended the N/W AGM Thursday the 9th. August.

I was introduced to Martin The West Norfolk Administrator for N/W .

Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators from all parts of the county attended and just for interest we are so fortunate as we don't experience the aggravation they seem to endure.Norfolk police were In attendance and addressed the meeting. It was interesting to learn that the incidents of "within the four walls of the home" crime plays a large part of the crime load here in Norfolk. e.g Cyber crime, Scams , online bullying, rape, child abuse, domestic abuse and drugs all of which happens within the home.

A question was raised " Why does N/W get the police updates long, long after the reported crime has happened ? the answer given was " The Chief Inspector will look into this and so long as it doesn't incur a cost will try to improve communication situation.

The Drug problem was addressed with the explanation of the " County Lines" runners and dealers coming from London to the provinces .

On line and Telephone scams too are on the rise with even the most internet savvy amongst us getting caught out. The message passed on from the Police and Trading Standards was please don't open "strange" emails and text messages. Telephone blockers were given the thumbs up.

Highly praised are the Trading Standards "No Cold Calling Zones" of which we are one.

The reporting of crimes and concerns on 101 were addressed as a new system has been set up making it more efficient.

Norfolk Neighbourhood Watch has a total of £530.00 in the kitty so if anyone would like to buy a bin sticker at £1.50 each ..20p profit goes into the funds and it really would be appreciated .

East Winch Co-ordinator.

Relationship Explained

As a national charity, we are partly funded by the Home Office and we work with them on national crime issues such as Serious & Organised Crime and cybercrime. They are a vital partner helping us to link national strategy with local action.

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Neighbourhood Watch Associations across England and Wales work with their own local authorities to help reduce crime and make their communities safe and pleasant places to live. Neighbourhood Watch volunteers are often involved with Community Safety Partnerships and local government initiatives.