Friday, 31 January 2014

@SOU - NEXT SOUTHAM/FELDON COMMUNITY FORUM, 12th March

As you may or may not know, Stratford on Avon District Council is currently finalising its Proposed Submission Core Strategy, the plan which once adopted will manage future development in the District.

Before the remaining formal stages of the Core Strategy process can be undertaken, the District Council has decided to carry out a further period of consultation on a small number of specific but important matters which are:-
  • changing the plan period to 2011-2031
  • changing the housing requirement to 10,800 homes over this period: and
  • various options for meeting the proposed increase in the housing requirement
At this stage the District Council is seeking views on the principles for each of these options and their impact rather than the detailed nature of specific development schemes and what they would compromise.

As this 6 week consultation falls short of our original community forum meeting on Wednesday 19th March, it has now been agreed via Cllr Stevens, the Chair of the Community Forum, that the next meeting will now take place on Wednesday 12th March, 6.30 pm at Dallas Burston Polo Ground.


For more information on the consultation document, please visit the District Council's website www.stratford.gov.uk/csfurther2014 

Monday, 20 January 2014

@SD - Rural Crime and Safety Event - 27th February at Warwickshire College, Moreton Morrell


@NAT - Neighbourhood and Home Watch Evaluation Survey - Closing date 31st January


The Neighbourhood and Home Watch movement is one of the largest voluntary crime prevention initiatives across the country. Groups typically operate in a variety of communities to help bring neighbours together who want to look out for each other, creating strong, friendly, active communities where crime and antisocial behaviour is less likely to happen.

In order to evaluate Neighbourhood and Home Watch groups across England and Wales, we invite you to participate in a national set of surveys, to help assess the perceived impact and effectiveness of the movement.

The survey will collate information from a range of sources, including existing Neighbourhood and Home Watch members and coordinators, local police, the general public and key stakeholders.
To take part, please select the relevant survey from the list below;
NHW Members Survey - I am an existing Neighbourhood or Home Watch Member
NHW Coordinators Survey – I am an existing Neighbourhood or Home Watch Coordinator
Non Members Survey - I am a general member of the public
Local Police Survey – I am a PCSO or PC
Community Safety Partnerships (CSP) Survey – I am a CSP representative
Please only complete the survey once.

All surveys are due to close at 5pm on Friday 31st January 2014.

@SD - Replica armour and weapons stolen from Castle Inn, Edgehill

Incident 146 of 10 January 2014

Police are investigating a burglary that occurred sometime overnight between the evening of Thursday 9 and Friday 10 January 2014 at the Castle Inn, Edgehill.

The pub is situated on the summit of Edgehill overlooking the battlefield of the first major battle of the English Civil War.

Unknown thieves are believed to have broken into a container situated to the side and rear of the Inn and stolen replicas of historic armour and weapons normally used to decorate the pub.

These replica items include two metal rifles and a flint lock rifle, a support spike, a pike and spear, a pikeman’s helmet, 2 brass saxon axes, a pike, a metal breast plate.

Officers investigating the burglary have made house to house enquiries and are appealing for further witnesses to please contact the Warwickshire Police Crimedesk on 101 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org

@SD - Burglaries Happen - Please take sensible precautions

Please be aware of Incident 109 of 09/01/14
At just after 11.30 on 09/01/14 a burglary took place at Preston on Stour.  Witness reported that their purse was stolen from inside the kitchen.  Entry was made via an insecure rear door while the owner had popped out.


Theft of heating oil from home in Banbury Road, Kineton INC 155 of 23 December

Please be aware that at some point before 1pm on 23 December, offenders stole approximately half a tank of heating oil from a cottage home in Banbury Road, Kineton.


Please remain alert and actively on the lookout for suspicious persons, vehicles or activity around your own or neighbouring homes and please report anything unusual, or of concern, to Police on 101.  Thankyou.

Number plates stolen from a Peugeot in Mill lane, Kineton - believed may have been used to obtain petrol locally - Incident no 338/29-12-2013 

Incident 240/12-01-2014 relates to a Carrera Kracken mountain bike stolen from a garden shed in Combrook sometime between 2000hrs on the 9/1 and 1100hrs on the 12/1. 

Any information on any of the above, please call 101 quoting the incident number.

@NAT - Fire Safety In The Home




Fire Safety In The Home

Call 01926 466282 to see if you are eligible for a home fire safety visit and free smoke alarm,


or visit

Documents and downloads

@WAR - Bringing faster broadband to our rural areas

 

Bringing faster broadband to our rural areas

Project Update January 2014

Please forward this email to your contacts –
we need to spread the word!


Sign up to receive this e-newsletter direct to your inbox: http://www.cswbroadband.org.uk/contact-us/subscribe-to-email-newsletter

Topics in this edition:


State Aid approval finally received
Additional funding - details still awaited
Big build video on website – text version of the script
Warwickshire’s  Rural Growth Network (RGN)
Coventry Voucher Scheme
Questions and Answers

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@NAT - Be 'Cyber Streetwise'!

Subject: Be 'Cyber Streetwise'!

This is a message sent via The Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network (England & Wales). This information has been sent on behalf of Neighbourhood 
and Home Watch Network
(Please do not reply directly to this email, please use the Reply button at the bottom of this message)
Message sent by
Catherine Dunn (NHWN, Administrator, England & Wales)

Are you savvy online? Perhaps not as streetwise online as you would like to be or think you are?

The National Fraud Agency is launching a new campaign today (13th January), Cyber Streetwise, to help give us all some essential tips 

to improve our performance online and help keep important stuff safe.  You can read more about the campaign at www.cyberstreetwise.com.

We are supporting the campaign to help get us all be a bit more streetwise online.  Believe it or not most of the population are not doing 

enough to protect themselves!  This is a medium/long term campaign so you can help by raising awareness of the website and the key tips below to your members at a time convenient to you.

Adopting a few simple online behaviours can help keep you and your family safer, such as:
 

  1. Using strong, memorable passwords.
  2. Installing anti-virus software on new devices.
  3. Checking privacy settings on social media.
  4. Shopping safely online – always ensuring to check online retail sites are secure.
  5. Downloading software and the application of patches when prompted.

Do have a look at the website, www.cyberstreetwise.com.

If you use social media, they also have an account on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cyberstreetwise and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cyberstreetwise.

Best wishes,

Catherine Dunn
NHWN (Campaigns, Events & Database Manager)
 


Please use the buttons below or click here to reply and here to rate this message

Monday, 6 January 2014

@SD - Theft of heating oil from home in Banbury Road, Kineton

NHW SA Theft of heating oil from home in Banbury Road, Kineton INC 155 of 23 December

Please be aware that at some point before 1pm on 23 December, offenders stole approximately half a tank of heating oil from a cottage home in Banbury Road , Kineton.

Please remain alert and actively on the lookout for suspicious persons, vehicles or activity around your own or neighbouring homes and please report anything unusual, or of concer, to Police on 101.  Thankyou.

Julie Dale
Warwickshire Police

See also STOP OIL THEFT to see ways to deter thieves.

Friday, 3 January 2014

@SD - Warwickshire Horse Watch Rural Crime & Safety Event, 27th Feb


Thurs 27th Feb, 6.30 to 9.30 Warks HW & Warks Police will be holding a Rural Crime & Safety Event at Moreton Morell Agricultural College. Experts in all fields will be there to give advice and show the latest ways to keep you and your horse secure & safe, alarms, locks, forensic systems, equipment and lots more - please put this date in your diary, more info to follow). This free & informative night is for horse owners, farmers and rural businesses.

Follow WHW for the latest news https://twitter.com/WarksHorseWatch 
http://www.warwickshire-horsewatch.co.uk/

@SD - Stratford DC's Community Grants Scheme - Closing date 31st January

Stratford-on-Avon District Council's New Homes Bonus Grants Scheme to support projects across the District that aim to enhance existing, or create new community facilities and activities.

Applications from organisations across the District including Town and Parish Councils, voluntary community groups that are constituted are invited to apply for grants between £500 and up to £10,000 (including vat) per project.* 

The District Council is particularly keen to hear from applicants whose projects can demonstrate that they will improve the sustainability and economic benefit of communities.
Cllr Chris Saint, Leader of Stratford-on-Avon District Council says: “By investing some of the New Homes Bonus in areas where new development has taken place, we hope to build even stronger communities across Stratford-on-Avon District."

For further information about the New Homes Bonus Grant scheme and how to apply, contact Lana Long on 01789 260609 or email: lana.long@stratford-dc.gov.uk  Details are also available on the District Council's website at www.stratford.gov.uk/NHBGS

*Examples of some eligible community projects are:
 
·            Access to services
·            Enhancement of Open Spaces
·            Scout Hut kitchen refurbishment
·            New chairs in a community building
·            Tree Planting/Sensory Gardens
·            Blackout blinds/insulated curtains in a village hall
·            Summer Playscheme equipment
·            Electric screen / hearing loop in a village hall
·            Play equipment and storage for a playgroup
·            Kitchen equipment (cooker, fridge, etc.,) & utensils for a community cafĂ©
·            Local Business Directory

@WAR - Where would you cut? – WCC’s Budget Simulator

ConsultationLocal authorities up and down the country are facing extreme financial challenges over the next four years and Warwickshire County Council is not exempt.
Reductions in Government grants, inflation and demographic pressures mean we must identify savings amounting to around £92 million by 2018.  This is against a backdrop of having reduced our spending by almost £70million over the past three years.
So we want to open up a conversation with the people of Warwickshire.

Where do you think money might be saved?

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Wednesday, 1 January 2014

@WAR - Latest Scams from Warwickshire Trading Standards

30/12/2013 Persistent Alarm Sales
Warwickshire Trading Standards are again warning consumers about persistent high pressure alarm sales staff selling door to door and over the phone. ‘Free’ alarms are often offered but consumers are then hit with expensive installation and monitoring fees that may be completely inappropriate for their needs. Seek advice on home security from your local Police Crime Prevention Officer or Neighbourhood Watch.

30/12/2013 Bogus Tax Refund
Beware of bogus HMRC tax refund emails, warn Warwickshire Trading Standards. The emails, which continue to circulate, falsely claim the recipient is owed an £868.50 tax refund. These emails contain links to bogus websites designed to steal personal or financial information and infect your computer with viruses. Never open an attachment or follow a web link in a suspicious email. For more information on phishing scams visit: http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/security/online-privacy/phishing-symptoms.aspx

30/12/2013 Bogus ‘Stop Cold Call’ Warning
Warwickshire Trading Standards has received several reports from consumers who were cold called and offered a ‘service’ which would stop cold calls, either for a one-off payment or a regular direct debit. One consumer was asked to pay £46 by credit card and another £1 per month by direct debit. Some callers even offered to attach a box to the consumer’s telephone line.

Trading Standards understand that many of these approaches come from unscrupulous traders who, after taking payment simply register the consumer with the free Telephone Preference Service. Consumers can register themselves for free at: http://www.tpsonline.org.uk/tps/index.html

There are some genuine devices that can reduce the number of unwanted phone calls you receive, but carefully research these before you buy.

Never reveal your bank or credit card details to unexpected callers.

30/12/2013 Timeshare Points Warning
Owners of timeshare properties desperate to sell them are warned to beware of approaches by unscrupulous traders offering to ‘deal with their timeshare sale’ in return for purchasing credits which they claim can be used to pay for holidays products, or held on to for a period and re-sold to recoup the initial outlay or even make a ‘profit’.

Consumers should be aware that the holiday products these credits can be used to purchase may be more expensive than equivalent holidays available to the general public. Further, if consumers hold on to them there is no guarantee that they could be re-sold or indeed hold any value. Finally, the trader may not be able to sell your timeshare. There is virtually no market for them. Indeed some owners end up paying timeshare operators to take the timeshare (and their liabilities) off their hands.

There are numerous timeshare seller scams. If you have unsuccessfully tried to sell your timeshare before it is likely you will be targeted. For more information visit: http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/nireland/consumer_ni/travel_leisure_and_food_e/consumer_holidays_e/consumer_problems_with_timeshares_e/you_want_to_sell_your_timeshare.htm

30/12/2013 Energy Cold Call Scam
If you have been enquiring about free and low cost energy saving schemes, beware of unexpected phone calls from fraudsters offering cheques to pay for such schemes in return for the consumer supplying their credit card details. These are advanced fee frauds. Never provide your card details to unexpected callers.

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12/12/2013 PPI Claim Back Scam
A Warwickshire consumer reported receiving an unexpected phone call asking if he had any outstanding PPI due. The caller then phone again stating that they had £5000 for him and would send a cheque if he first sent them £250 via a Ukash voucher. The consumer did not send any money.

This is a typical advanced fee fraud where the caller claims the consumer will have to pay some money up front in order to receive a higher amount in return. That money is never forthcoming. Ukash vouchers are often requested as they are almost untraceable.

For more information on scams visit: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/scams

12/12/2013 Driving Licence Application Warning
A consumer reported that they had requested a replacement driving licence which normally costs £20 but had been charged £85 after mistaking a ‘checking’ website for the genuine Government website. These ‘checking’ websites often appear above the official website on Google searches.

Whenever you are applying for, or renewing any form of official Government document, go to the official www.gov.uk website first.

12/12/2013 Door to Door TV Warning 
Warwickshire Trading Standards is warning residents to beware of door to door traders selling televisions across the County.

Trading Standards Officers have received complaints from worried consumers that the televisions might be stolen or unreliable.

Warwickshire Trading Standards advises consumers never to buy from unexpected doorstep callers, even if the product appears to be a bargain and to keep their doors firmly shut.

Unscrupulous door step sellers will use high pressure sales techniques to sell their products and are unlikely to provide the consumer with their real name or address, making it almost impossible for buyers to enforce their consumer rights if the product goes wrong and needs to be replaced or repaired.

Consumers are urged to only buy goods or services from businesses they know and trust


12/12/2013 Rogue Tarmac Gang 
A Warwickshire resident contacted the service to complain about an approach by a tarmac gang. The approach was typical of how rogue traders operate.

The rogue trader first called and stated that he could re-tarmac the consumer’s driveway for £1250. The resident stated that they were not interested and the caller handed them a leaflet and went away. Later that day he returned, claiming he was a reputable company and offering a lower price. Again the resident turned that rogue trader away. He then returned again about 30 min later and asked if the consumer wanted to ‘see’ the product. To get rid of the trader the consumer agreed and the trader then dumped a large amount of tarmac on the resident’s driveway. The trader refused to remove the tarmac and got very aggressive when asked to do it. No money was paid.

Consumers are advised not to open the door to unexpected callers or buy from them. Do not engage rogue traders in conversation. Keep your door firmly shut.

Report rogue traders on 08454 040506

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24/10/2013 HMRC Tax Scam
A number of Warwickshire consumers have reported to the Trading Standards Service receiving scam emails, phone calls or letters, falsely claiming to be from HMRC. They are either claiming the consumer is owed a tax rebate and requesting personal or financial details, or saying that the consumer has a tax bill to pay and directing them to a bogus website.

24/10/2013 Phone Recycling Warning
Warwickshire Trading Standards are warning consumers that they may not receive the price quoted by some mobile phone recyclers – and sometimes no money at all! One consumer reported being quoted £122 for his phone in advance but on sending the phone away was then only offered £45. He complained and the trader increased the offer to £85 only to receive nothing at all! The trader then stopped answering his calls and disappeared. Ensure you only use traders you know and trust.

24/10/2013 Scam ‘Timeshare’ Buyer
A consumer reported receiving an unexpected phone call from someone offering to buy his timeshare property. The consumer agreed a price but the caller then began to ask for large up-front payments of £800+. Consumers with timeshares are advised to be very wary of offers to purchase them.

24/10/2013 ‘Free’ Diet Pills Warning
A Warwickshire consumer contacted Trading Standards after paying for a ‘free’ trial of diet pills online. The consumer paid £4.95 +PP for two sets of bills. However, she was then billed £89 and then a further £95. She may have unwittingly signed up to a subscription with a US based company! In such cases, the consumer may be able to get their money back by asking their bank to reverse the payments. Consumers in this situation should contact the business quickly to complain and cancel the subscription. They should also cancel their bank card to prevent further payments being made.

24/10/2013 Pushy Door to Door Sales People Rugby
The Trading Standards Service has received reports of pushy door to door sales people selling aerial photos of people's properties in the Rugby area. The callers were described as being pushy, ignoring residents ‘no cold caller’ signs.

24/10/2013 More Phishing Scams
A number of consumers have recently reported email phishing scams.
One targeted Barclays Bank customers and suggested their debit cards had been compromised. The phishing email, that is addressed to ‘Dear Valued Customer’ (the scammers rarely know your name) asked the recipient to login in to a bogus website. Those that do have their personal and financial information stolen! Similar phishing emails have appeared falsely claiming to be from BT and Yahoo. Never access a business website via a link in an email. Always type the businesses’ genuine web address in to your browser.

Please feel free to cascade this information to whomever you feel appropriate (including using the information in your newsletters/websites etc.). 

If you have any information you wish to provide to Warwickshire Trading Standards Service, either for our information, or to appear in future email alerts, please email me.
   
For more information on scams, visit: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/scams

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Simon Cripwell
Trading Standards Officer
Warwickshire Trading Standards Service
Communities
Warwickshire County Council
Old Budbrooke Road Warwick CV35 7DP
Tel: 01926 414039
Mob: 07771 975570
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My normal working days are Monday to Thursday

@NAT - National Neighbourhood and Home Watch Evaluation Survey



The Neighbourhood and Home Watch movement is one of the largest voluntary crime prevention initiatives across the country. Groups typically operate in a variety of communities to help bring neighbours together who want to look out for each other, creating strong, friendly, active communities where crime and antisocial behaviour is less likely to happen.


In order to evaluate Neighbourhood and Home Watch groups across England and Wales, the Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network (NHWN) invite you to participate in our national survey to help us assess the perceived impact and effectiveness of the movement.

To take part, please select the relevant survey from the list below;
NHW Members Survey - I am an existing Neighbourhood or Home Watch Member
NHW Coordinators Survey – I am en existing Neighbourhood or Home Watch Coordinator
Non Members Survey -  I am a general member of the public

Please only complete the survey once.
Your participation and feedback is greatly appreciated.
Please note all surveys are due to close at 5pm on Friday 31st January 2014.