Police are warning of the dangers of walking over frozen lakes after catching adults and children on the lake at Abbey Fields in Kenilworth. Four incidents in recent weeks involved people cycling, skateboarding, playing and walking across the ice.
Acting Sergeant Michael Morland said: “Each and every one of these calls we have treated as priority – the team has dropped routine enquires to attend the lake.Thankfully each report has been resolved by people being given safety advice.”
“I am sure the majority of people reading this will recall tragedies that have been reported in the national press of adults and children drowning after venturing onto frozen stretches of water. I sincerely do not want this to happen in Kenilworth, therefore I am urging all parents and carers of school children to take a few minutes during their day to talk about the dangers of frozen lakes with their children.”He added: “If someone does fall through the ice at the temperatures we have been experiencing the consequences could be fatal.”
Wednesday late afternoon/early evening (30 December 2009) saw the latest of a number of recent visits by Police Officers from Kenilworth’s Safer Neighbourhood team to check vehicle speed. Officers reported that the majority of vehicles were travelling within the 30 mph speed limit. Some vehicles were stopped and advice was given. The recent community speeding initiative that has been carried out by volunteers has highlighted Windy Arbour (near Seekings Drive) as being one of the most important areas that vehicle speed needs to be checked, some vehicles have been measured as doing between 40 mph to 60 mph.
Consequently, the Safer Neighbourhood Team are focusing on the area. Crown Watch welcomes this as although it may appear that the number of vehicles being actually stopped is low this is viewed as positive as it indicates that Windy Arbour is getting a name for itself amongst drivers that speed checks are common. This deters vehicles from speeding which is the outcome we all want.
- Police Officers from Kenilworth’s Safer Neighbourhood Team carrying out speed checks on Wednesday evening 30/12/09
A further mature tree has been felled sometime between Christmas Day and Boxing Day. The tree is the second to be destroyed and it has been destroyed as it has been completely felled. It was left across Tulip Tree Avenue, where it was situated outside Tulip Tree Court. Local residents had to move the felled tree to enable vehicles to travel along the Avenue safely and properly. This second event, within days of a first tree being attacked, has been reported to the Police. Residents are requested to remain vigilant and take details of anything they see or hear suspicious, reporting it to Police as soon as possible.
If anyone has any information to do with this apparent wanton vandalism of these trees please contact your Neighbourhood Watch Co-Ordinator (contact details are contained within the newsletter and recent Alert that was delivered) or telephone the Safer Neighbourhood Team on 01926 684404. If you prefer you can provide information by telephoning Crimestoppers 0n 0800 555 111.
Please keep a keen eye out as we want to stop this damage being done to our environment.
Click here to see the published leaflet > Crown Watch Alert Dec 2009
Residents are requested to keep and eye out for individuals with a chain saw who have already tried cutting down trees in Tulip Tree Avenue. Please get vehicle details (registration.colour/type of vehicle) and report to police if these individuals return.
Do not leave your car unattended whilst it is unlocked and defrosting on your driveway. If you need to defrost your car then you need to stay with it if the engine is running. Do NOT leave it for one minute because that’s all it can take for someone to make off in your car. Also please note that many car insurance policies don’ t cover theft by this method and therefore they DO NOT pay out! – simply its classed as the owners own fault by being careless and leaving their car running unsecured.
We have been notified that Solihull area was hit very badly last week (6 cars stolen in one morning) so please be vigilant.
Please keep an eye on your property or it maybe be stolen.