Saturday, 31 January 2015

Halifax Robber Foiled

An attempted robbery at the Halifax bank on Thursday was thwarted by quick thinking staff.

The man wedged open the front door and approached the counter saying he had a gun and making a verbal demand for money just after 4:15pm on Thursday (29th Januray) but the staff reacted as they have been trained to do and he was met with instant security screens and was left with nothing to do but run away.

Branch manager, David proudly told the blog how his staff thwarted the attempted robbery by doing exactly as they had been trained to do. He said it's a difficult thing to deal with when someone tries to rob you with a weapon and they had been offered counselling and that the police were visiting regularly to reassure them.

According to officers the suspect was described as a white man, aged between 50 and 55 and was wearing a beige coat and carrying a light blue rucksack. Police are currently going through CCTV footage and investigating the crime. Anyone with information is being encouraged to call Sutton police on 101 or anonymously using the crime-stoppers number: 0800 555 111. If there is a police emergency always dial 999.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Unwanted Exposure

Police are trying to track down a chap who thought it might be a good idea to get his bits out and show them to an 11-year-old schoolgirl yesterday morning. 

The man decided to expose himself to the young girl just before 8am yesterday (Monday 26th January) morning in the alleyway that runs between Avon Close and The Avenue (just past the Baptist Church). The girl understandably ran off.

He is described as a white man, aged 30, about 5ft 8in tall and of medium build. He has short dark brown hair with a side parting and is clean shaven. He was wearing a short shiny black puffa style coat with two breast pockets, light blue denim jeans and black trainers.

The police have said they are working closely with colleagues from Surrey Police and the victim's school and have taken a statement from the pupil. Officers are due to visit the school again tomorrow (Wednesday) to provide reassurance and advise pupils and their parents to report anyone acting suspiciously to police immediately on 999.

Police have increased their patrols in the area and an alert has been circulated on Sutton Council’s SchoolSafe system to let secondary schools in the borough know and to publicise a description of the suspect. 

If you have any information about this man, please call the Police on 101. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For a bit more detail, please see the Sutton Guardian site here.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

A Good Day To Jumble

The 4th Worcester Park Scout Group’s is today (Saturday 24th January) having one of their well known Jumble Sale. It starts at 2:30 at the Group Headquarters and goes through until 4pm. Admission is only 50p.

Remember the Scouts do a lot of good for our community so please go and support them. None of the leaders and organisers get paid. Everyone is a volunteer and they need our support.

So go on - now I've convinced you - get yourself down to the corner of Balmoral and Braemar Roads for the 2:30 jumble sale.

Dib dib dib...

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Smaked Window

The premises where the new Polish shop recently opened just past the top of Central Road (or at the bottom of Cheam Common Road) has seen it's fair share of smashed shop fronts over the years, usually due to errantly driven vehicles going round the bend too fast. However last Friday (9th January) the shop was victim of a completely different kind of smashed window.

At around 5pm, the staff were shocked as the window was shattered with no warning and seemingly no reason. It wasn't a car hitting it and it wasn't even someone trying to rob the shop (which was still open anyway.)

One of the women who works there told the blog:
"There was no one there. We think someone may have thrown a rock from a car. The Police came down but we haven't heard anything yet."
Luckily the window was double glazed and only the front sheet was broken.

Throwing a rock at someone's window is a pretty low, unpleasant and cowardly thing to do. If it was indeed this that happened I hope the people responsible are caught and suitably dealt with.

Thanks to blog reader Richard for the main photo.

Friday, 16 January 2015

No More Houxsehds

I hope you've all stocked up on Houxsehds. The only know shop selling these rare items has unfortunately closed it's door. Or to be more precise - it would seem someone appearing to have some authority over the premises (but who isn't very good at spelling) has closed it for them.

While it is indeed sad to know the last Houxsehd to be bought in Worcester Park, perhaps the very last Houxsehd to be sold over the counter in all of human history, has been carefully put in its brown paper bag and handed with a smile to the unsuspecting last ever purchaser of such an item, it seems we might be about to welcome back another missed business in it's place.

Rumour has it that Debra, the charity that cares for people with Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB - rare genetic skin conditions - which cause the skin to blister and tear at the slightest touch) is to rejoin the Worcester Park community in it's place.

'Not another charity shop' I hear you moan collectively. And while I wince at the realisation that yet another opportunity for a shop selling musical instruments, old records from the 70's and 80's, science books and equipment and biographies has been missed, I must take into account what several people have said about this and that it is better to have shops occupied by anyone than to be empty. As one person has remarked (who may or may not be connected with a charity shop),
"At least the high street keeps busy; It has become quite a charity shop destination."
Apparently charity shops are having a bit of a hard time in the high street. According to someone who may or may not be the same person:
"Sales are down and prices have to be very low. [They] have a duty to raise money for [their] charities, and [their] profiles, so good luck to them. And please people of Worcester Park be kind to [them], [they] all work hard, many of [them] volunteer, and [they] really appreciate your donations and your patronage."
All sympathy to the owner(s) of the old Houxsehds shop. I'm guessing this was probably the guy who would be in there all day with very little to do. The blog wishes you well.