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October 2012

Welcome to the Village Park Residents Association. Thornaby on Tees

Your residents group for the Village Area.      Membership is free to every household in the Village Area.

(Supported by Stockton Residents & Community Groups Association)

If you see any Anti Social Behaviour no matter how small call Neighbourhood policing on 302930

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07.10.2012 Britain in Bloom

Hard luck Stockton, they won Gold in the Britain in Bloom Cities competition but were pipped for the overall winner award.

06.10.2012 Bus Service Changes

Some Arriva buses will be changing at the end of this month. We will update as we get information.

X66 Darlington - Harrowgate Hill - Revised route and timetable. Journeys towards Middlesbrough will run via Riverside Road in Stockton and serve Stockton - Middlesbrough Stands 10 and 6 in Stockton High Street at both ends. Journeys towards Darlington remain unchanged, serving the south end of Stockton High Street only.

X1/X2 Middlesbrough - Stockton - The X1 will continue to run every 30 minutes on Monday to Saturday daytimes between Middlesbrough, Teesdale

Sedgefield - Coxhoe - Durham - University, Stockton, Sedgefield, Coxhoe and Durham. In Stockton, Monday to Saturday daytime journeys will serve Framwellgate Moor - Plawsworth - both ends of the High Street to improve connections with other buses. As a result, these buses will run to a new route Chester-le-Street - Gateshead - between Stockton and Middlesbrough, which will be via Thornaby railway station, Teesdale University (Station Street, Harvard Avenue and Princeton Drive) and the A66. We are also improving the Monday to Saturday evening service to run hourly all year round instead of half-hourly during Durham University term times only. Some journeys will be run by double-deck buses to increase capacity at peak times. Most X1 journeys will extend to/from Newcastle as service X2, which will run to a new timetable. We are also introducing new stops to the X2 at Windsor Road in Birtley and at the southern end of Newcastle City Centre. These will be at John Dobson Street (for journeys towards Newcastle) and at St Nicholas Cathedral (for journeys towards Durham).

04.10.2012 Neighbourhood Watch Alerts

Warning about Bogus Callers around the Borough


  • Bogus callers have been operating in our District
  • On Northumberland Grove Norton West. Tuesday 2/10.
  • 3 Cold callers knocked at door and informed The Householder who is 88 years old that they noticed she needed work doing as her roof as they were working on the neighbours roof. (No such work had been done) Work was agreed and some was seen to be carried out. 
  • 1 male was given a key to access rear garden through the garage.
  • On completion, the male entered the house to return key and receive payment. He was paid 60 in cash and 200 via a cheque.
  •  After they left it was noticed 13 cash stolen from the windowsill near the front door.
  •  They were in a white van with signage and a side door but no further details of the vehicle were obtained. 
  • Also  on Pentland Avenue  Billingham on the   3/10 - caller reporting males are on the roof of her 92 year old neighbour’s house carrying out work that she does not want them to do and have asked her for 450, claiming her chimney is loose. 
  • - KENNEDY GARDENS, BILLINGHAM, - 3/10 - caller reporting she has seen a suspicious male in the flats at this location claiming he was from British gas and doing a job in a flat. There is no gas in the building. 
  • BRAEMAR ROAD, BILLINGHAM_ Caller reporting suspicious Asian male attending saying he needed to speak to her but would not say what about – left in 53 plate silver Mariva stating he would return 4/10. 

 FIELDING COURT, BILLINGHAM_NORTH - Caller reporting suspicious Asian male attending wanting to speak to occupant – Didn’t say what about and was hesitant – eventually left on foot

Please call the police on 326326 or 101 if you know anything about any of these crimes.


03.10.2012 Neighbourhood Watch Alerts


There as been a small trend in crime in your area streets targeted are

Lanehouse Road

Break to a Garage lock forced off and a white rally pedal bike stolen. Reported at 06:48 this morning.

Balmoral Avenue

Theft of a rear number plate and car badge from a BMW.

Topcliffe Road

Reported at 02:31 this morning. Three males breaking into a vehicle. All males left location on bikes but were also trying garage doors.
Males made off on Police arrival. Later a BMW was found to have been broken into.

If you know anything about any crime in your area please call the Police on 326326 or 101 or speak with your neighbourhood policing team on 302930


01.10.2012 Neighbourhood Awards

It had been intended that the RHS It's Your Neighbourhood ceremony would be held on the same day as the Major Awards, but because there are many more entries than last year, there will again be a separate ceremony.  It will be held in Spennymoor Town Hall on Thursday 25th October , 9.30 for 10 am.

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