Author Archive: Bob Shrubb

Chair of South Ashford Community Forum

Attempted robbery in Victoria Park

Police car imageKent Police is appealing for any information about an incident that occurred at around 1am in Victoria Park, Ashford, on Saturday 14 November.

A man in his 40s was reportedly approached from behind by two men who threatened him and demanded valuables.

After a struggle, the suspects left the scene empty-handed but Kent Police is keen to locate them.

Both suspects are described as being around 5ft 6in to 5ft 7in tall. They were of average build, both wearing dark coloured hooded tops with the hoods up. They sprinted off towards Brookfield Road.

Can you help?

Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area, or who knows who the suspects might be, is asked to contact Kent Police on 01843 222289 or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting Kent Police reference ZY/36081/15.

Kent Police: 17 November 2015

Use your pharmacist for minor illnesses

Self Care WeekPeople across east Kent are being encouraged to visit their local pharmacist rather than a GP for advice on treating minor ailments.

Pharmacists can offer help and advice on many illnesses, such as colds or fever, which can be safely treated at home without the need to see a doctor.

They can also sell a range of medication – often at lower cost than a prescription – which will save both patients and the NHS money. (more…)

Urban Fraud Myth: Antivirus Software

Urban Fraud Myth: Anti-virus software#UrbanFraudMyths


If I have anti-virus software installed on my device I am fully protected.


It is true that anti-virus provides a very strong layer of protection to your device, however it can still be bypassed by sophisticated viruses, or malware.

You need to ensure you keep anti-virus, operating systems and other security measures up to date.

Avoid unknown and copycat websites and those giving scam offers.

Self Care Week: Make the most of your NHS

Self Care WeekDuring Self Care Week (16 – 22 November) we remind you about why it’s important to choose well when accessing local health services, so that everyone can get the best out of the NHS.

It is important to make the most of the range of NHS services available to you and choose the right health service for your health needs. There might even be something you can do for yourself first, especially when it comes to minor ailments or injuries such as, colic, flu, sprains or strains.

You can make a significant contribution to your own and your family’s good health and wellbeing and take responsibility for it.’ It is important, therefore, that people understand what they can first do for themselves before accessing health services. (more…)

Urban Fraud Myth: Social Networking

Urban Fraud Myths: Social Engineering#UrbanFraudMyths


It doesn’t really matter what information I put on social media sites as only my friends can see it.


By getting your privacy settings wrong or accepting people ypu don’t know as friends, you may be giving fraudsters valuable information about you and your habits. Personal details can be used to guess passwords, habits and vulnerabilities so you need to check your social media settings regularly.

All personal information is valuable and fraudsters are good at filling in the missing information.