Changing Times

MOD Police CrestHome Front is a community initiative that draws community stakeholders together for Service Families Areas across the UK and overseas.  Its aim is very simple; to help build strong, vibrant, safe and happy communities.

This initiative was led by Ministry of Defence Police and successfully implemented at a number of Defence Community Police Officer (DCPO) locations.

This web page was developed by stakeholders and it was anticipated that as Home Front was rolled out nationally, each team would have a nominated representative to populate it. In the interim, MDP Community Safety Manager, PC Fiona Franklin, looked after the site and managed the @HomeFront4u Twitter account.

Following the MOD‘s Review of Policing and Guarding however, the MDP is undergoing a strategic re-organisation and being consolidated and refocused. As a result, the MDP Community Safety Department is downsizing and the number of DCPOs will be much reduced. Inevitably, activities in the Social Media and Partnership-working areas have had to be wound up since resources no longer permit. The web presence and its associated Twitter account will now be returned to the stakeholders and the @PCFionaFranklin Twitter account will close.

Home Front first launched in Arborfield, where it continues to thrive. Regrettably, it has not reached its full potential, due to relentless pressure on resources across the whole Defence estate.

Fiona would like to take this opportunity to thank all the contributors who have helped to establish and maintain this platform, for their foresight, support and encouragement since the project began and sends them best wishes for the future.


Stay Safe at the Beach

  • Wherever possible, swim at a lifeguarded beach. Go to to flagssearch for listings throughout the UK, or find a lifeguarded beach in the Republic of Ireland on the Irish Water Safety website.
  • Always read and obey the safety signs, usually found at the entrance to the beach. These will help you avoid potential hazards on the beach and identify the safest areas for swimming.
  • When on a lifeguarded beach, find the red and yellow flags and always swim or bodyboard between them – this area is patrolled by lifeguards.
  • Never swim alone.
  • If you get into trouble, stick your hand in the air and shout for help.
  • If you see someone in difficulty, don’t attempt a rescue. Tell a lifeguard, or, if you can’t see a lifeguard, call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.
  • If you are hiring equipment for a surfsport, try to do so from a member of the Surf Hire Safety Scheme. Scheme members check equipment regularly for damage, rent out equipment suitable to your ability and offer safety advice for the local area.
  • More safety information from RNLI

Deepcut Launches Public Access Defibrillator Site

Surrey Heath Residents Network

Paul Deach & Nigel Stock - Deepcut PAD SiteFollowing the launch of the PAD Site in Bagshot, Deepcut follows with the launch of its own Public Access Defibrillator located at the Deepcut Village Community Centre.

Nigel Stock from South East Coast Ambulance Service explains why these PAD sites really save lives.


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Bronze horse statue and plant stolen in Lightwater

Surrey Heath Residents Network

Police VestThieves targeted a property in Lightwater in an overnight raid in which a bronze statue of a horse worth thousands of pounds has been stolen.

Offenders managed to get onto land in the Broadway Road area sometime between 6pm on Tuesday, 5 March and 7.30am the following morning. They used a vehicle to drive into the farm yard and made off with the statue, a mini digger and a mini tractor.

The plant is described as a John Deere Gator mini tractor with a green body, yellow seats and a black roll bar hood. The JCB mini digger is yellow and marked in white paint on its arm is 2007 1456HRS.

Detective Constable Mark Fordham investigating said: “The theft of this large and heavy statue, together with the plant would have been a major undertaking and I urge anyone who has any information in relation to this offence to contact…

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Surrey Heath Residents Network

A 20-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman are in custody on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs and manslaughter following the sudden death of an 18-year-old man yesterday morning (Sunday 24 February).

The man was arrested in Gloucestershire and remains in custody there. The woman was arrested in Bristol where she remains in custody. A number of searches are currently being conducted by officers in connection to this investigation.

A post mortem is being carried out today (25 February). The teenager has not yet been formally identified.

Officers were informed of the untimely death by the South East Coast Ambulance Service at around 10.15am yesterday. The 18-year-old, who is from the Farnham area, was at a party on Chobham Common on Saturday night (23 February) and took an unknown substance, potentially through an inhaler, prior to his death.

Following initial enquiries, it is believed that the substance involved may have been…

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Surrey Heath Residents Network

Police officers investigating the sudden death of an 18-year-old boy are issuing an urgent warning to recreational drug users as initial enquiries indicate that the boy took an illegal drug prior to his death.

Officers were informed of the untimely death by the South East Coast Ambulance Service at around 10.15am this morning (Sunday, 24 February). The 18-year-old boy, who is from the Farnham area, was at a party on Chobham Common last night (Saturday, 23 February) and took an unknown substance, potentially through an inhaler.

Chief Inspector Alison Barlow said: “Whilst a post mortem examination still needs to be carried out to establish the cause of this boy’s death, we are extremely concerned that it could be linked to him taking this drug. The advice to anyone who was at the event on Chobham Common who might have taken this drug and is exhibiting worrying symptoms is to attend…

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