DOMESTIC crime in Singleton was on the increase last month according to police figures shown to Singleton Parish Council at its last meeting, on 4th May 2011 – the eve of local elections.

The two assaults recorded in April were domestic incidents between ex-partners, one incident in Fleetwood Road, the other in Singleton Village. Singleton Village also saw a car damaged by an ex-partner.

Other incidents seem likely to have been between people who knew each other. For example, the village saw another incident of car damage – two tyres slashed and several body panels scratched.
All were more crime than the parish saw in the same month last year.

Thefts and burglaries were down, however.  There was only one burglary compared to three at the same time last year: a house in Garstang Road was entered from its rear garden and £800 worth of property taken. There were no thefts from cars in April; only one incident of petrol stolen from the Crossroads Service Station; and the only vehicle theft was of a broken-down scooter.

Police priorities continued to be speeding in both Mains Lane and The Village: 60 drivers have been caught so far.

Singleton in Bloom blossoms

SINGLETON TRUST has once again promised to match the £300 being invested by the parish council in prizes for this second annual gardens competition, to be judged in July. The total of 16 prizes available – £50 and £30 in garden vouchers for each category – reduces the odds considerably, so this is one competition that’s really worth entering!

This year sees a new category – kerbside appeal – to replace last year’s least popular category, that of a child’s garden. Full details are in the flyer now being circulated with a copy of the parish council newsletter.

Worsicks Farm development

WE were delighted to see Singleton Trust’s plans for converting the old Georgian farmhouse at Worsicks Farm into two family semis, one of four bedrooms, the other of two.

We were also interested to hear that Singleton Service Station, in The Village, was said to be ‘as good as sold’ – news which reached us soon after the sale of the police house closed following ‘a good offer’ made to agents Butson Blofield.

Next meeting

OUR next meeting will be announced after the local elections.