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Reports of the theft of heating oil in Caston over the night of 2nd/3rd November should put everyone on the alert. One tank was emptied and others tampered with. Please be aware and be vigilant.



There was an attempted break-in in Church Road on Thursday 19th in the evening. Please, everyone, be extra vigilent and ensure sheds, outbuildings and gagrages are secured.




A previous report came from Caston Neighbourhood Watch on Thursday 29th June. Please, everyone, be aware.

  "This afternoon at about 15.45hrs I disturbed a young man wandering in my neighbour's driveway. He was a white male, 20 - 30 yrs, medium / slight build, maybe 5'10''.  There was a driver in the vehicle and may have been a second passenger.  The vehicle was a orangey red Audi soft top, FL 54 PUB. I have reported this to the police as the activity was suspicious particularly when asked if I could help him, his response  was he was looking for a local fuel station! "



Neighbourhood Watch Co-Ordinator






The Parish Council recently backed the setting up of a Speedwatch in Griston by the Neighbourhood Watch team, where trained residents will monitor the speed of traffic through the village.

 Volunteers are needed for a couple of hours per month, full training will be given. If you would like to help, please call Nicky on 01953 548375.





On the evening of 20th June Nicky Hornsey, Co-Ordinator for Griston, was officially presented with the first new Neighbourhood Watch signs for the village. A small number of villagers turned out to see the presentation and the subsequent siting of the first sign, next to the Recreation Park.


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A new phishing campaign which has hit students of UK universities claims that the student has been awarded an educational grant by the Department for Education. The email purports to have come from the finance department of the student’s university and tricks the recipient into clicking on a link contained in the message to provide personal and banking details.
One victim reported that after submitting their sensitive information (including name, address, date of birth, contact details, telephone provider, bank account details, student ID, National Insurance Number, driving licence number and mother’s maiden name), they were taken to a spoofed website which appeared like a genuine website of their bank, where they were asked to type in their online banking login credentials.

Protect Yourself:

  • Do not click on any links or open attachments contained within unsolicited emails.
  • Do not reply to scam emails or contact the senders in any way.
  • If an email appears to have come from a person or organisation you know of but the message is unexpected or unusual, contact them directly via another method to confirm that they sent you the email.
  • If you receive an email which asks you to login to an online account via a link provided in the email, instead of clicking on the link, open your browser and go directly to the company’s website yourself.
  • If you have clicked on a link in the email, do not supply any information on the website that may open.

If you think you may have compromised the safety of your bank details and/or have lost money due to fraudulent misuse of your cards, you should immediately contact your bank, and report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting





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At the meeting on 9th April, it was resolved to include every property in Griston in the scheme AT NO COST. This will mean that most home-owners will be able to get a small reduction on their home insurance (depending on which company you insure with). A welcome letter and window sticker will be delivered to every house in Griston in the near future.

Neighbourhoood Watch co-ordinator, Nicky Hornsey, would like to hear hear from anyone who would like to be an assistant co-ordinator for their street/area of the village. Her contact details are below if you would like to volunteer.


Thank you to everyone who attended the informal Home Watch meeting on the 9th January. We now have a Co-ordinator and Deputy Co-ordinator. The Parish Council have given us £100 to purchase five signs to be placed around the village, but we now need to start raising our own funds. We are planning a Bike Marking Day in the Spring, date to be announced soon, and are hoping to arrange some community events for Griston. For further information about how Home Watch works, or to get involved, please contact Nicky on 548375, or message us by e-mail at [email protected].