Top tips on making sure you keep yourself and others safe this during bad weather

Prepare your car for winter by making sure you have everything you need to:

  • Clear your car of ice and snow, including an ice scraper, can of de-icer and a bottle of windscreen washer fluid.
  • Keep safe should you break down or get stuck by preparing a winter travel safety kit that includes blankets, snow shovel, wet weather clothing and boots, torch, food (eg energy bars) and fluids (eg water bottle, flask of hot drink).

Low sun can cause problems for motorist. Rising later each morning and setting earlier each evening, the sun can be distracting when it’s in the ‘wrong’ place, therefore always ensure your windscreen is clean, wear sunglasses and to be on the safe side adjust your speed accordingly. Heavy rain can be a hazard as the weather worsens throughout winter. Use your headlights if visibility is poor and slow right down. This helps to maintain safe stopping distances, avoids the car sliding uncontrollably and prevents accidents. Remember to check your brakes after driving through large puddles. Darker evenings highlight the need to stay visible when you are out and about, whether on foot or bike. Wear bright, reflective clothing and remember if you are on a bike it is a legal requirement to fit reflectors and lights. Be prepared for cold weather as exposure to cold temperatures, whether indoors or outdoors, can cause serious or life threatening health problems. Infants and the elderly are particularly at risk, but anyone can be affected. Ensure your chimney has been swept if you intending using it, as a build up of soot can lead to a chimney fires which present a serious risk to your home and family. Regularly check for worn or frayed electrical wires and do not use if damaged. Remember that using space heaters and fireplaces can increase the risk of household fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. Take time out to check and replace batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.


Since 8th May new enforcement officers have been on patrol in Canterbury city centre. They are on the lookout for anyone dropping litter including cigarette butts. Offenders are subject to a fine of £80.

Douglas Rattray, Head of Safer Neighbourhoods, said: ‘Our public surveys repeatedly show environmental crime like litter is among the top three concerns of people in the district. We believe the the public will be very supportive, and like the fact we’re doing something about the problem.’

The enforcement officers are provided by the contractor, Kingdom, which also supplies officers to Maidstone District Council.

The government will consider a new proposal for victims of domestic violence to be allowed to keep their addresses secret in court.
Eve Thomas survived savage beatings from her husband for over 20 years, before she finally found the courage to report the abuse to the police. Her husband was convicted of battery and made subject to a restraining order. However, when Eve had to appear in court again on an unrelated matter, she was asked to state her name and address to the open court. She refused to do so – fearing for her and her children’s safety – and was threatened with a 14-days in prison for contempt of court.

Now Eve is leading a campaign for Eve’s Law, which would allow victims of domestic violence to keep their addresses private via Eve’s Marker which would red flag the personal information of a victim of abuse as confidential and highly sensitive and would ensure that the data would never be publicly disclosed unless exceptional circumstances demanded it.

18 February 2014

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The true extent scale of the often hidden world of sexual assault, family abuse and the stalking of thousands of men and women in England and Wales was highlighted in the latest estimates from the Office of National Statistics,  which revealed that 1.2 million women and 700 ooo men had experienced domestic abuse in the past year.

Almost one-in-three women now say they experienced rape, stalking or domestic violence since they were 16- but many adults continue to believe it is acceptable to hit their partner, official figures have received.

Today, on Valentine’s Day, a separate report from the charity Women’s Aid highlights the number of women who receive threatening messages online.

Polly Neate, the Women’s Aid chief executive said: ‘Anonymous messages on Valentine’s Day are generally considered romantic, but for women facing online stalking and harassment, anonymous messages can be deeply disturbing.

14 February 2014



Have you been a victim of crime? Are you able to spare a small amount of time to take part in a focus group or telephone survey?

Ann Barnes, Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, is looking for volunteers to share their experiences as a victim of crime to help shape support for victims in the future. If you are a resident of Kent, then the Commissioner is asking for victims of burglary, vehicle crime, theft, and criminal damage in the last year to come forward.

It is not anticipated you will be asked to give up more than two hours of your time, and expenses will be paid. The focus groups/surveys will not at this time be suitable for victims of crime such as assault, rape or abuse or any incident involving violence.

If you could spare a couple of hours to take part in a focus group or a phone interview, then please contact the Office of the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner on 01622 677055 or via to register your willingness to participate, with a short description of the crime you recently experienced, your age and your gender. Please also provide a contact telephone number.
The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 21st February 2014.

11 February 2014

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A Domestic Abuse Awareness event is being held in Canterbury City Centre on Friday 14 February from 9.30am – 4.30pm as part of the global One Billion Rising campaign to end violence against women.

Valentine’s Day is used as the focus for the campaign because ‘Love Shouldn’t Hurt’ and one of the features of abusive relationships is that they often begin with what may at first be seen by a woman as a flattering display of romantic love, but along with the chocolates and flowers can come the first danger signs of unreasonable jealousy and possessiveness. In many abusive relationships this ‘love’ becomes violent and controlling – a pattern of physical, emotional, sexual and verbal abuse that often escalates over time. 

This event provides an opportunity to publicise ways for people to access support and advice locally, including the One Stop Shops in Canterbury and Herne Bay where free advice and information can be obtained on a drop-in basis.

11 February 2014