Are you at risk from drone criminals?

We hear that criminals are using drones in Ickenham to identify potential victims – nice cars, dodgy patio doors, unlocked sheds – all are well within the drone’s reach. And the larger the property, the more likely they are to be used.

If you hear an unusual buzzing, look for activity on the street or at the back of your property. Drone users are most likely to be in sight. If you see them, call 101.

While this seems to be new to Ickenham, it’s not new generally. The Telegraph ran a useful article on the subject last year.

A couple of new ‘useful links’

While trying to find a decent pic of Ickenham Village Hall for our Twitter account and the header of this site, I found myself in contact with the Swakeleys Home Guard (1944) Association. Its members meet at the back of the Village Hall. I’ve added them to the Useful Links page, along with a lively Facebook group we mentioned recently called ‘Ickenham… it’s just the best village’.

Want to share your Ickenham pix?

We received a pic from South Swakeleys Neighbourhood Watch of its Queen’s birthday celebration. This made us wonder whether to share it and your own pix here. With the Festival Week closely following the Royal celebration, June seems like a perfect month to try the idea out. Here’s the SSNW pic:

South Swakeleys Neighbourhood Watch Queen's birthday celebration

Thanks to Diana May for this one.

We welcome good quality pix, ideally 500px wide. (It keeps the mail attachment reasonably small.) We won’t accept anything overtly commercial (but a collection of people seated outside, say, Maison du Soleil would be okay). As long as there’s a community-interest aspect to it.

You obviously need to own the rights to any image used and give us permission to use them.

Start rummaging and snapping. For simplicity, send them to

We look forward to hearing from you!

Police contact points

Please don’t abuse these contacts. 101 is great for non-emergencies and 999 for genuine emergencies. Here are all the local contact points:

If you have a local issue, contact your Safer Neighbourhood Team sergeant by email:

  • Sgt David Peaks | Ickenham and Harefield |
  • Or phone your local Safer Neighbourhood Ward Officer:
    • Ickenham 020 8721 2543
    • If they are off duty, their phone will divert to voicemail that will be answered within 24-hours

Phone 999: Emergencies

Phone 101: Non urgent

And then there is always Inspector Rob Bryan, Hillingdon North Safer Neighbourhoods | Hillingdon Borough