Warning – Parking Ticket Machine Scam

Dear Watch Member,

On the morning of Thursday 19th August an elderly gentleman was the victim of a parking ticket machine scam in Hatch End. The victim parked his vehicle in Grimsdyke Car Park (behind the shopping parade in Uxbridge Road) and paid for his parking ticket. As he walked along Uxbridge Road he was approached by a man who told him that he needed to confirm his parking ticket with a bank card. The man has then escorted the victim over to a nearby parking ticket machine, made him insert his bank card into either the change slot or ticket slot of the machine and input his PIN via the keypad used to input a vehicle’s registration number.

The man has then told the victim to wait by the ticket machine for a few moments until his bank card is released. However, the man had already stolen the victim’s bank card and withdrawn £500 from the victim’s account.

This scam has occasionally happened in Pinner but, whatever area you park in, please be wary of any helpful stranger offering to assist you with parking payment-related matters. And remember, you cannot pay for parking at any of the few cash machines left in Pinner, which is another scam previously reported to us.

Please inform elderly family members and neighbours of this scam to protect them from fraudsters.

For fraud prevention advice please on this link: www.met.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/fa/fraud/.

If you need to reply regarding this message, tap on this email address: [email protected]

Lee O’Brien
Pinner Safer Neighbourhood Team
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 020 8721 2775

Thank you Julie and all the volunteers for the Summer Band Concerts

A huge Thank You all the volunteers who helped us to put on our 2021 season of Summer Band Concerts in Pinner Memorial Park on the last four Sundays.  We carried on despite the weather and enjoyed four wonderful performances from the Harrow Steel Band, the Fats Rollini Jazz & Blues Band, the Stardust Big Band and today from Simply Gray.   Our audiences obviously enjoyed these free open air concerts in the lovely surroundings of the park, as the generous donations to the West House and Heath Robinson Museum Trust charity who were collecting at the last two concerts demonstrated.

There is one person without whom none of the concerts would have happened – from obtaining the necessary permission from Harrow Council to use the park and booking all the bands to picking up litter, putting up and taking down the equipment, and litter picking before and after each concert, Julie Waller, Chair of the Pinner Association has been indefatigable and managed to keep smiling come rain or shine – so a special “Thank You” Julie from us all.

Pinner Grove Estate Consultation – New build council home proposals.

We have received the following notification from Harrow Council.
Dear Association,
I am pleased to announce the launch of an online consultation to present proposals for new council homes on the Pinner Grove Estate.
The Pinner Grove Estate consultation is open until the 3rd September 2021 and we invite you along with other key stakeholders to view the proposals via the link below.
Invitations letters to view the proposals have been posted today to local residents and community groups.
Please kindly share with colleagues as appropriate and if you have any queries or comments please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Grant Lawson
Senior Project Manager
Housing Regeneration
Community, Health and Wellbeing
Civic 1, Harrow Council
Station Road
07395 840483

Come and Join Us!

The final Concert in the Park of our series features Simply Gray. They are a six piece jump jive /rock band playing the greatest music to dance to or tap your feet.

They will be playing at Pinner Memorial Park on 15 August at 2:30pm.

Bring a chair as there will be no chair hire.

Please park in Chapel Lane Car Park.

See you there.

Loft Insulation Cold Calling Scam

Dear Watch Member,

Please be aware of a fraudulent cold calling scam currently targeting residents of Hertfordshire who have had spray foam loft insulation applied in the past. The fraudsters may tell you that there are issues with the original installation company and they may frighten you by talking about fire risks associated with that insulation. They will inform you that you will be able to reclaim the cost of the installation and that they will be able to remedy the works, essentially free of charge.

None of those claims are true. What is true however, is that customer lists have fallen into the hands of scammers who are making these targeted sales calls. Once in a property, they produce a ‘report’ indicating safety problems and then arrange to carry out ‘remedial’ works themselves.

Although they say the work is free, they will need paying first, telling you to try to claim money back from your bank for the original defective works. In the absence of a genuine inspection report, this will not happen. If payment was made by cheque or bank transfer, there is no obligation for the bank to pay anything back in these circumstances anyway. It is a scam.

If you, or anyone you know, has had this work done in the past please be prepared for these calls and tell them that you are not interested. Please don’t allow the trader to enter your home.

To report a fraud to the Police, please contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or at www.actionfraud.police.uk.

If you need to reply regarding this message, tap on this email address: [email protected]

Lee O’Brien
Pinner Safer Neighbourhood Team
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 020 8721 2775


The Stardust Big Band Playing at Pinner Memorial Park

The Stardust Big Band dodged the rain showers at Pinner Memorial Park this afternoon.

It was their first concert this decade.

A BIG thanks to the audience who ignored the weather forecast to come and listen.  (The eagle eyed of you might have spotted me dancing.)

The biggest thanks must go to the people that helped pack up. It tipped it down and we got soaked.

Next week is our final concert. We will be welcoming back Simply Gray.  I hope to see you there.

Volunteer Gardeners Wanted.

Wish you had a larger garden?

We are looking to resurrect the volunteer gardening team that helps weed and deadhead flowers in the Peace Garden in Pinner Memorial Park.

We currently pay for professional gardeners to do all of the major maintenance, for example hedge trimming, and we are looking to supplement this with people who enjoy pottering in a garden.

We would ask all volunteers to bring their own secateurs, hoes and gloves.

If you are interested please email Christine at [email protected]

Thank you.