Beckenham achieved the award in January 2016. The flag was raised on 19 May by PC Russell Edwards and Chloe Ross of CCARA (centre right) outside Beckenham Junction station. Cllr Michael Tickner (third left) made the speech.
The Purple Flag is awarded by the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM). Similar to the Blue Flag for clean beaches and the Green Flag for great parks, the Purple Flag is for towns with diverse and safe evening and night-time economies.
At the time, Beckenham was one of only 42 places in the country to have been awarded the flag. ATCM was most impressed by the collaboration from the two residents’ associations representing local people (CCARA who chair the Town Centre Team and WRBA who provide the secretariat), and wants to use Beckenham as a case study. Usually applications are driven by the council or businesses.
Last Christmas the number of incidents related to late night drinking fell significantly in Beckenham whilst the rest of the borough saw an increase. Purple Flag status lasts for two years and the town will need to maintain and hopefully improve standards in order to re-qualify.
Please help us to re-qualify by completing the survey on your feelings about the town centre on https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/7CN3D5J
The Metropolitan Police have published the third issue of their booklet on scams and how to avoid them. You can download it here.
Little Book of Scams
Scams can come from the internet, by phone, by post or at the door. This booklet has lots of useful information on how to recognise them and deal with them.
Royal Mail and The Trading Standards Office are warning about a particularly expensive scam.
A card is posted through the door from a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) suggesting they are unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them on a premium rate number (an 0906 number, probably). If you call that number, you will hear a recorded message and you will have been billed for £315 for the call.
If you do receive a card with these details, you are asked to contact Royal Mail Fraud on 020 7239 6655. This information was provided to WBRA by the Metropolitan Police.
LB Bromley also has information about scams and how to detect and avoid them on http://www.bromley.gov.uk/scams.
Bromley Police are urging residents to be alert after receiving reports of six distraction burglary across the borough during the last two weeks.
The distraction burglaries occur when a youth in his early teens calls at an address with a man who he states is his uncle, claiming he has lost a football/toy over the fence in the victim’s garden. While the victim is assisting the youth looking for his ‘lost item’ the man steals cash/jewellery in the house.
The teenager is described as white, approximately 5’3” tall, fat with black, cropped hair. The man with him is described as white, approximately 5’9” tall, stout and bald.
Police are urging residents to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity immediately, using 999 if the person is still in the vicinity or if they believe the suspects may be targeting vulnerable householders in the area. Alternatively call 101 if you have information you wish to pass to officers.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Furphy from Bromley Police said “Be cautious when dealing with any unexpected calls or visits. Be alert for stories which may be a trick to get you to leave your home, to get you to let the caller into your property or if someone appears to be attempting to distract you.
Don’t be pressured into letting someone into your home if you have suspicions about them. If you are not sure, don’t open the door. Genuine visitors will not mind you telling them to return when you have a relative, or friend with you.
Please also bear in mind that representatives from water, gas and electric companies are unlikely to call at your home without an appointment and police are likely to be present if there is a real emergency”.
The London Borough of Bromley’s Contracts and Compliance team has been alerted about a bogus care worker who is preying on service users with key safes in the Borough.
The ‘care worker’ says she has forgotten the key safe number and is then let in the property by the service user. The bogus care worker then unlocks the back door and goes back at night time to take belongings, sometimes through patio doors and taking keys to cars, etc.
The person responsible has been reported to the police and is described as wearing a navy uniform (similar to a care worker’s uniform), medium build, has short dark hair and is English.”