Monday, 28 May 2012

Community Clean Up

Local residents in Worcester Park and North Cheam were out in force over the weekend cleaning up the local area ahead of the forthcoming Jubilee celebrations.

The Worcester Park Station Volunteers met to tidy up and plant out the sloping garden by the steps to the London-bound platform.

Separately, CHAPRA (Church Hill, Senhouse, Abbotts and Priory Residents' Association) members were out cleaning up the area around the derelict Queen Victoria building.

The grassed areas were raked over after the Council’s earlier strimming, weeds were removed from the paved areas, and the grass beds were mown back to a tidy condition. Pigeon mess was removed from the paved area alongside the Queen Vic building and the pavement suitably disinfected.

The volunteers will be adding Jubilee decorations to Worcester Park Station and the North Cheam area in time for the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations.

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Saturday, 26 May 2012

Police reassure residents after 'abduction' scares

The Metropolitan Police says it has concluded that there was no link between alleged incidents outside schools in the local area in recent days, one of which was thought to have involved an attempted abduction, and has said that no criminal offences have yet been identified in any of the three cases.

Chief Superintendent Martin Greenslade, Borough Commander for Kingston said: 

“The incident in Tolworth on Monday 21st May has resulted in extensive enquiries being conducted. Kingston Police can say that no offences have come to light and would like to thank the school community for their co-operation.

“The second incident on Monday 21st May was reported as a man on a push bike acting suspiciously in a car park close to Green Lane Primary school in Worcester Park. We are now satisfied that no criminal offences were committed.

“Finally, regarding a reported incident on Thursday 17th May in the grounds of a Grand Avenue Primary school in Surbiton. The investigation into this allegation is continuing. No allegations which amount to criminal behaviour have been disclosed."

Defending the police response to the alleged incidents, which caused widespread concern amongst residents in Worcester Park, Surbiton and Tolworth, Chief Superintendent Greenslade added:

"I understand and share the community's deep concern and would also like to use this as a further opportunity to reassure parents that we have treated the incidents extremely seriously and have investigated them robustly. 

A policing plan was put in place and we instigated extra patrols in the Borough and maintained an increased visible presence outside local schools."

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Parents Warned After Abduction Attempts

Parents in Worcester Park are being urged to be vigilant following a suspicious incident outside a local primary school on Monday afternoon. The incident is being linked to two others in the local area, one of which involved an attempted abduction of a child. 

Police officers and police community support officers have been placed outside every primary and secondary school in the area today, during the morning and afternoon, to provide a visible presence and address any community concerns. 

The first reported incident happened in the grounds of a primary school in Surbiton on Thursday 17 May when it is alleged that a man and a woman approached a girl who was getting some water from a fountain. The child felt scared so ran off and informed a teacher. Staff subsequently alerted police.

The second reported incident took place within the grounds of a different primary school in Surbiton. At 09:10hrs on Monday 21 May, a man believed to be in his mid 20's approached the child and grabbed hold of him.

The boy struggled and was able to break free and alert staff. The man, who left the scene, is described as white, with a tan, wearing a black jumper with a blue shirt underneath, blue trousers and a black woolly hat.

It is believed he was accompanied by a woman who is described as white, with long black hair, of slim build, approximately 5' 6", wearing a red hooded top and red trousers. 

At this time both of these incidents are being linked.

The third reported incident happened in a primary school in Worcester Park at approximately 3:15pm on Monday 21 May. A man was seen on a push bike weaving in and out of cars parked in the public car park at the front of the school. The person who reported the incident shouted at the man and he rode away. This suspect is described as a white man in his early 20s wearing a woolly hat.

This incident is being investigated by the same team and a link to the first two incidents has not been ruled out at this time.

A policing plan has been put in place and extra patrols have been arranged which will continue throughout half term. House to house enquiries are being completed around the three affected schools; CCTV footage is being analysed from the schools and the wider area.

If anyone has any information relating to either of the above incidents, please contact the incident room on 07917 271 552 or call Kingston police via 101 quoting Operation Orchid.

Alternatively if you wish to remain anonymous please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police told the Worcester Park Blog: 

" Officers in Sutton are working closely with our colleagues at Kingston who are conducting vigorous enquiries into three reports of incidents near schools - one of them in Worcester Park.

We treat all such reports extremely seriously and have arranged extra patrols and an increased police presence outside local schools. We would urge parents and members of the public that if they see anyone acting suspiciously, they should call police immediately on 999."

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Re: Decoration

The Worcester Park Station Volunteers are back in action this Sunday 27th May at 10am at Worcester Park Station.

As well as planting some additional plants, the plan is to decorate the sloping garden with jubilee decorations and Union Jack bunting in advance of the Jubilee celebrations.

Everyone is very welcome to come along and help get involved – simply turn up at 9am and you will be very welcome!

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Worcester Park Tavern Closure Threat

The future of the Worcester Park Tavern public house has been thrown into doubt after its owners put the building up for sale.

Despite refurbishing the pub a decade ago its owners, the Spirit Pub Company, have struggled to make the Worcester Park Tavern financially viable.

Local resident June Fraser, who fears that the building could be demolished to make way for flats, told the Worcester Park blog:

"It is a local community pub used by many elderly and lonely people as a meeting point. It is also a local landmark which used to be a beautiful building until Spirit let is get into such a state."

She has launched a Facebook campaign to save the pub at 

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Taken Away

Police are trying to trace a number of items of Chinese jewellery taken during a burglary at a house in Brinkley Road, Worcester Park, on Thursday 3rd May between 09.40-13.30hrs.

Police have been provided with these images of similar items from the internet by their owner. Some of these items had been brought over from China and are described as being of great sentimental value. They include medals of Chinese generals and commemorative marks of Pandas.

Police officers are appealing for any information about the jewellery or if you saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area at this time. If you can help, please contact Det Con James McKnight at Sutton’s Burglary & Robbery Investigation Team on 020 8649 0777 quoting crime ref no: 4004438/12

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Open Bowls

Looking for a new interest in 2012? Want to try a new sport in this Olympic year? Why not give bowls a go? Auriol Bowling Club is holding its annual Open Day on Sunday 13th May at the club’s bowling green in Auriol Park, Salisbury Road, Worcester Park KT4 7DP. 

You can turn up any time between 11.00 am and 4.00 pm, and try out bowls for yourself. All are welcome, no previous experience is needed, and no special clothing is required other than flat-soled shoes or trainers. Coaching will be provided free of charge by the club’s three qualified coaches, and light refreshments will be available throughout the day in the club’s pavilion.

For further information please contact the club secretary David Regan on 020 8337 8919 (email:, or visit the club’s website at .