I hope you are all ok and coping in this testing time. I just wanted to send a brief update as there are a few things worth mentioning.
Croydon Council now has a dedicated page on its website regarding coronavirus and the impact on any council services. Given the fast moving nature of this crisis, the page is likely to be updated regularly. You can access it here: https://www.croydon.gov.uk/healthsocial/phealth/coronavirus-information/service-updates
There is a section called ‘support for hardship or difficulties’ where you can find information about extra support or assistance.
You will notice there is a section on there about volunteers. Many Croydon residents have come forward offering to help in some way. Croydon Voluntary Action (the CVA) is working to mobilise volunteer efforts as much as possible. If you would like more information, please visit https://cvalive.org.uk/coronavirus/.
Many of you are already doing all you can to help your neighbours, friends and family. Some of you are also already working with mutual aid groups such as food hubs. Please do share some of the good work you are doing; ‘When you share your experiences with other people, you help take away their fears’. Rick Warren
Please see the an update posted on Nextdoor from Andy Brittain, Superintendent – Neighbourhood Policing London Boroughs of Croydon, Sutton and Bromley
I recognise that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is of great concern to everyone throughout the country at the moment, but I just wanted to reassure you that the Met is, and will continue to, work around the clock to keep our communities safe and deliver a critical service of business under the current circumstances. We will continue to work around the clock with our partners to help keep Londoners safe and you can have confidence that we are planning to ensure we maintain critical services as the virus continues to spread. The Met, and London is extremely resilient. Our officers are, and will continue to be out on the streets and supporting communities. On Monday, Commissioner Cressida Dick visited Croydon and joined officers out on patrol (See picture). We will continue this level of visible policing across all three boroughs as reducing violence remains our number one priority. We are here to support people and to continue to perform our primary function – to protect lives and prevent crime wherever we can. Policing has always been about responding to risk and balancing priorities with finite resources – and doing so as safely as possible. We are currently operating at business as usual. We have a small number of officers who are either sick or self-isolating in line with the current government advice. Locally we have set up processes to review and manage the impact of COVID-19 on our officers and staff. This activity is overseen daily by a senior officer who manages both business needs and welfare support for the officers concerned. We do think it is vital at this time to maintain channels of communication between the police and community. Your Neighbourhood team can be contacted in the normal means (via telephone, email, or via the met website: https://www.met.police.uk/, ‘what’s happening in my area’, type in your postcode, and then scroll down to ‘contact my team). Alternatively, you can call 101 or, in an emergency, 999 and you can also report crime and anti-social behaviour online via the website. I welcome and encourage residents to comment on this post and share ideas and thoughts, but please note due the volume I receive I will not be able to respond to them. I do however read them all. Finally – I passionately believe there has never been a more important time to get to know your neighbours and support those that are elderly or in need of additional help during this challenging period.
Please also see once again a warning from the police about the coronavirus scams that are circulating
Here is today’s update from Action Fraud on the number and types of coronavirus scams which are circulating. Most are examples of online shopping fraud related to the purchase of face masks or hand sanitiser https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/alert/coronavirus-related-fraud-reports-increase-by-400-in-march
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