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owners. This process is not only very upsetting for the owners but it is also very lengthy and if as a result of the assessment there is a court process then there are additional financial costs imposed by the court on the owner.

Chessington North and Chessington South ward update - June. Traveller Encampment Due to the recent increase in community tensions caused by the encampment on Oakcroft Road, Chessington I arranged a joint street briefing. This briefing was supported by Councillor Lorraine Dunstone and officers from Tolworth & Hook Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT). There were many questions asked and these were essentially around what was perceived to be the lack of Police action taken against the travellers, as well as a lack of communication from Police. As already mentioned two males were arrested for criminal damage and there are enquiries being undertaken at the moment reviewing CCTV to identify the persons involved in damaged to the building as well as crimes in the area. Due to the Easter Bank Holiday it did take longer to process the court order – this was needed as the building on the site is an office building and therefore a court order was needed for Police and the land owner/ agent to move the trespassers off the site. I accept that this was not ideal and that many residents were affected by anti-social behaviour caused by the incursion but please be assured that the team was doing all it could to speed up the eviction process. The Police have a legal framework to work within and this is a slow process which can often create the impression that Police are not taking any actions. Please be assured that everything was being done to speed up the eviction process. With regard to the communication issue I am currently working to ensure that communication is improved so there are regular updates issued via social media and other channels to the local community. Kingston borough have an injunction to protect their open places from traveller encampments and as a preventative measure they have fitted height bars in numerous locations across the area. If you see any suspicious activity around these sites or notice the locks have been forced or left open please report it to the Police and the council.

Please when in public exercise proper care and control of your dog and adhere to some basics:  Consider getting a muzzle if your dog is volatile and unpredictable.  When walking on a street or road always use a lead on your dog.  Secure the boundary or perimeter of your property to prevent your dog escaping onto public areas.  When walking your dog off a lead in a park or other open area please be considerate and mindful of other dogs in the area, so consider putting it back on a lead if the behaviour of your dog is causing anxiety or stress to other owners or dogs. Contact Points Contact points are held weekly and move around across the wards. If you would like to meet the team to discuss any issues the dates and locations are posted via Twitter and on the Police website. Contact Details Non-emergency call 101 Emergency please call Police on 999. Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 Alternatively you can contact the team on the following numbers and via Twitter. Chessington North and Hook - 07342 713970 Chessington.snt@met.police.uk @ChessingtonN Chessington South - 0208 721 2001 Chessington.south.snt@met.police.uk @ChessingtonS Tolworth - 0208 721 2045 Tolworth.snt@met.police.uk @mpsTolworth Simon Baxter Ward Sergeant: Chessington North, Chessington South; Tolworth & Hook Rise

Dogs Dog incidents have continued to increase and these have included attacks on dogs, people and even cats. These incidents are very upsetting and traumatic for all persons concerned and as a team we regularly investigate these crimes. As part of the investigation all dogs involved in these violent attacks are seized and undergo a behavioural assessment before being returned to the 28

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Chessington Chat June 2019 - Issue 143  

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