101 reporting (not quite 999)

Hampshire Police request the public to use on line reporting of non-emergency incidents:

As the summer months are the busiest time of year the demand on the 999 service increases, meaning that 101 call handlers have to support the 999 service resulting in longer than average wait times for the 101 service to be answered.

In order to ease the burden on the 101 service, Hampshire Police are requesting that members of the public use the on-line reporting tool at https://www.hampshire.police.uk/ where you can report under the following categories:

  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Civil disputes
  • Crime
  • Lost or found property
  • Lost or stolen vehicles
  • Missing person
  • Road traffic incident

This is not a substitute for 999 which will always be prioritised.

Hampshire Police are encouraging the public and other public sector agencies to think very carefully about whether the police are the right service to call before phoning 101 – please check out our useful telephone numbers and contacts which maybe more suitable to report on.

Incidents with livestock on Forest report to the Verderers on – 023 8028 2052 or the staff on the Forestry Commission’s 24 hour/365 days number – 0300 067 4600 – who have access to the Agisters’ roster and can contact the duty Agister.

Rights of Way: . http://www.hants.gov.uk/landplanningandenvironment/rightsofway/reportaproblem

Potholes or Road Problems: http://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/roadmaintenance/roadproblems

Fly Tipping: Contact NFDC Street Cleaning Dept. on 02380 285000 or email customer.service@nfdc.gov.uk.

Keep your distance – Ponies/Cows

It was reported at the last Parish Council meeting that there had been three separate incidents involving dangerous cows and locals and visitors walking in the area, which were reported to the Verderers. The Parish is supporting the New Forest commoners and local organisations who have launched a ‘keep your distance’ campaign to make visitors and residents aware they should not approach the National Park’s free-roaming animals this Summer. The advice they are promoting is that the animals may look friendly but can bite or kick, especially when they have young with them. Take particular care around ponies with foals and cattle especially if you have a dog with you. Petting animals on the road and from cars encourages these animals to pester people and hang around on roads putting them at risk of road accidents.

We encourage you to report any incidents to the Verderers on – 023 8028 2052 or the staff on the Forestry Commission’s 24 hour/365 days number – 0300 067 4600 – who have access to the Agisters’ roster and can contact the duty Agister.

All enquiries, correspondence and feedback to: Melissa Edmunds, Parish Clerk, 5 Beechcroft Lane, Ringwood BH24 1QN. Tel: 07840-987505 Email: ehiparishcouncil@gmail.com Web: www.ehipc.co.uk Facebook: @ehiparish

Message from the National Trust

Following the recent concerns about Forest stock reacting unpredictably to walkers in and around our Parish we share this from the Local National Trust:

It has been brought to our attention that there have been some recent incidents with stock and people and stock and dogs on our land and the wider EHI parish. We are saddened to hear about these incidents and believe that the Agisters and Verderers have this in hand. We are looking to be proactive in terms of visitor engagement by sharing the NPA’s ‘keep your distance’ seen here: https://www.advertiserandtimes.co.uk/keep-your-distance-campaign message in our Spring newsletter (attached).

We are sharing the countryside code to our local community in order to reiterate the message of keeping dogs on leads on our land, however letting the lead go if you are approached by livestock. More info here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/701188/countryside-code.pdf

We are also stepping up our local signage in the area with our ‘get it right’ livestock signs being placed on our entry points to the commons. We have also been placing additional NT keep your distance finger post / omega signs on Ibsley, Rockford and on our wider portfolio. We have recently run events in the car park at Rockford talking to local visitors and residents about responsible dog ownership on our land. We will look into whether running more of these dates may be appropriate.  

‘Nextdoor’: Ellingham, Harbridge-Ibsley.

You may receive a letter from ‘Nextdoor’ quoting the name of a local resident and inviting you to sign up for their online local community. Although appearing familiar the name used as recommendation may not have any connection with a local resident you know.

As with any online service do a little research and read reviews before joining. You might start with Trustpilot:https://uk.trustpilot.com/review/nextdoor.co.uk

New Forest Residents Urged To Follow Home Security Tips

As the nights draw in, New Forest residents are reminded to follow some simple tips to increase their home security.

This comes after four burglaries at insecure properties in New Milton over the weekend.

For the tips and further information: http://news.hampshire.police.uk/pressreleases/new-forest-residents-urged-to-follow-home-security-tips-2712103

Message Sent By
Phil Rogers (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire Corporate Communications)

Suspicious Behaviour

In Hyde, a neighbour has reported one or two men behaving suspiciously on his property in Pentons Hill on 19 July.  He was in his house when he heard voices close by.  On looking out of the window he saw a man described as of middle European appearance wearing a dark jacket (in these hot temperatures) and a baseball cap.  When he was spotted he pointed to the front door of the house.  When the householder went to the front door, the man had disappeared rapidly and was nowhere to be seen.

Please be aware of people behaving suspiciously, particularly in this hot weather when you may have doors and windows open.