Thursday, 27 February 2014

@WAR - Broadband Update


Bringing faster broadband to our rural areas

Special Announcement February 2014

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Additional funding announced for CSW Broadband

The Government has announced that additional funding of £3.68m will be made available to take the coverage of superfast broadband to 95% of premises across Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire. The funding is conditional on being matched. The current £15.47m CSW Broadband contract with BT will achieve superfast coverage to 91% of premises and this funding will enable the project to procure a solution to achieve  a further 4% to coverage, which is 95% overall.
In the current economic climate it is not easy to see where the required match funding will come from, but the CSW Broadband team have made applications through the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership for a total of £7.85m from the EU, and we are actively seeking other sources of funding for this important project. We have always said that the current project us just a stepping stone towards the EU target of 100% coverage at 30Mbps. This funding will help to take our superfast coverage even further.
An expression of Interest must be submitted to government by 20th March and the formal request for funding must be submitted by 30th June. This is a big ask given that we are currently working on the rollout of the BT contract. Work will now start on preparing for an Open Market Review and public consultation prior to commencing a procurement exercise to find a partner to extend the wholesale superfast network.

Questions and Answers


What will the additional money buy?

We will be procuring a partner to take the network to 95% superfast coverage.

Where will you go?

We are a long way from being able to answer that yet. As with the first contract we will have to go through a procurement exercise and the results of that, and the subsequent investigative works, will determine where we go.

What about the final 5%?

We are still actively investigating any and all sources of funding to reach the EU 2020 targets of 100% coverage at a minimum of 30Mbps – which is higher than the current superfast speed of 24Mbps!! The Government has already said that it will launch a £10m fund on 17th March for pilot projects to test new ways of delivering high speed broadband. We will work with suitable local companies in developing applications to this fund and, if successful, in trialling the new technologies in our area.
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@NAT - Scam - Never give your banking details over the phone and beware of bogus police officers

Subject: Scam Alert

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Police Issue Warning Over Telephone Scam in Worcestershire
West Mercia Police have issued an urgent appeal to beware of fraud involving bogus officers after a steady increase in incidents in Worcestershire.
Officers are now linking three cases in the past 24 hours in which telephone callers have posed as police to trick, or attempt to trick, elderly or vulnerable victims into revealing their bank details.

In one incident on Wednesday 26 February 2014 an elderly man in Worcester was tricked into handing over £6,000 when callers posing as police officers claimed his bank account had been cloned and they needed the bank notes to carry out forensic investigations.
In another case in Worcester, £250 was stolen from a bank account after an elderly victim was persuaded to hand over bank cards.
In all the incidents victims are contacted by telephone, by fraudsters posing as officers from the Metropolitan Police. Various stories are used to trick people into thinking they are victims of bank account fraud and in most cases a courier is sent to collect the cards.
A spokesperson for West Mercia Police said; “You should never reveal your personal bank details or the PIN number for your bank cards to anyone.  Your bank and the police will never contact you by phone to ask for this information. Victims should refuse to give any details and end the call immediately.
“In addition a police officer calling at your door will carry a warrant card which shows their name, number and a photograph as well as the force they work for.  If you have any doubts you should call the police on 101 and ask for the name to be verified.
“Genuine police officers will NEVER ask for bank details over the telephone. One simple rule will prevent you from falling for this kind of con and that is to NEVER give bank details to anyone who has called you."

Anyone with information about suspicious callers claiming to be police should call the non emergency number 101 and ask for Worcester CID.
They can also report information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via
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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

@WEL @SOT - Rural crime update - Wednesday 19th Feb 2014

Number-plate Theft

Numberplates have been stolen overnight from 3 vehicles parked in Church road Gaydon.
The 'plates were then used a short time afterwards to carry out bilkings ( thefts of diesel or petrol ) from the Welcome Break service station on the M40.

Ther team have reviewed the cctv at the services and the incidents are currently being investigated.

Incident numbers 47 & 68 of 19/02/14 refer

Kind regards,

Martin Sanford
PCSO 6060
Wellesbourne safer neighbourhood team
Stratford on Avon police station
Rother Street
CV37 6RD

Tel 01789 444600

@SOU - Update from the Southam SNT

Red Suzuki Quad Bike
Between Weds 19th - Thurs 20th February 2014 a red Suzuki quad bike model 450 was stolen from an outbuilding on a farm in Priors Marston. Offender/s forced the padlock on the outbuilding and pushed the quad across a field on the Byfield Road. A white van was seen on the farm the same day acting suspicious. The previous week a Horse trailer was stolen from the farm. The metallic 2 tone grey rice double horse trailer was stolen overnight on the 12th February the trailer is described as not being road worthy.
Incident number 74-12/02/14 and 48-20/02/14 refer.
Caravan for Sale?
Warwickshire Police have received a few calls within the last week about a female with a strong Irish accent knocking on doors asking if their caravan is for sale. Please report any incidents that you feel are suspicious, please try to obtain as much detail as possible such as vehicle registration if you feel it does not warrant calling 101 (non emergency number) you may contact Southam SNT direct on 01926 684984 or email Farm watch.
Horse owners, please note 
There has been a report of green chalk marking on a fence to a field which contains horses the marking said 'COUNT HORSES'. Please be vigilant this has been reported to Horse Watch, if you would like more information or to join Horse watch please click on the link below there is useful advise to help protect your Farms and livestock it is free to join.
Rural Crime Prevention Event
Remember the rural crime prevention event is Thurs 27th February from 6.30pm - 21.30pm at Warwickshire College, Morton Morrell. Your local Safer Neighbourhood Team will be there where you can discuss any issues, crime prevention advise gain expect advise on how to keep your property, equipment and livestock safe & secure. You may also bring along saddles and tack marked or chipped so bring them along.
Kind regards
On behalf of
Southam Farm watch
Telephone 01926 684984
Voicemail 14984

Please access our website for the latest news in the Stratford District and also Southam SNT newsletters. In a non emergency or to report a crime dial 101

@WEL - Summary of Recent Incidents, Scams and Advice relayed by Kineton NW

Summary of Recent Incidents, Scams and Advice relayed by Kineton NW

Monday, 24 February 2014

@NAT - Stay Safe - our guide to crime prevention & safety

Dear Neighbourhood or Home Watch coordinators, members and supporters,

The Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network (England & Wales) has just published a comprehensive collection of crime prevention and safety advice.  You can download a copy at:

At present, it is only available in electronic format. However, we are looking into ways of producing it in hard copy (e.g. securing a sponsor), and will update you with further details if hard copies become available.  If your NHW group wishes to have your own copies professionally printed in the meantime, I would be happy to send you the print-ready high resolution file - just email

This message is being circulated to coordinators, members and supporters in England only.  A Welsh language version of the document will be available shortly, and our Welsh members and supporters will be informed.

Many thanks to our partners the Police Service, the Association of Chief Police Officers, Crimestoppers, Get Safe Online, the Master Locksmiths Association, Suzy Lamplugh Trust, the Fire & Rescue Service, Secured by Design, Action Fraud and Avocet Hardware Ltd, and of course to Neighbourhood Watch and Home Watch members, who have provided valuable input into this document.

Best wishes,

Catherine Dunn
Campaigns, Events & Database Manager (NHWN)

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

@WAR - Twitter who to follow for the latest crime news in South Warwickshire

  1. @SonADNW

@WAR - Security Items For Sale

South Leamington Neighbourhood Watch have a number of security items for sale in their office at the Sainsbury's branch on the Shires Retail Park, Leamington Spa CV34 6RH. Open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am to 3pm.

See what is available in their BROCHURE and purchase directly using the contact details supplied.

Saturday, 15 February 2014

@WEL - Rural crime update

Unknown offenders have forced the padlock on a secure storage tank at a farm in Little Kineton Warwick and removed approx 550 gallons of red diesel.

The theft took place between 0930hrs on 12/02/14 and 1430hrs on 13/02/14

Please be extra vigilant should you have oil or diesel stored on your premises and report any suspicious vehicles or persons on either 101 for general reports or 999 if an emergency response is required.


Martin Sanford
PCSO 6060
Wellesbourne safer neighbourhood team
Stratford on Avon police station
Rother Street
CV37 6RD

Tel 01789 444600

Monday, 3 February 2014





Alderminster, Fillongley, Henley-in-Arden, Kineton, Quinton, Long Marston, Snitterfield and Welford-on-Avon are among the first areas to benefit

The first rural communities to benefit from the £15.47 million superfast fibre broadband partnership for Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire were announced today by partners BT and Warwickshire County Council. 
From Spring 2014, superfast fibre-based broadband will start to become available for the first time in parts of Alderminster, Fillongley, Henley-in-Arden, Kineton, Quinton, Long Marston, Snitterfield and Welford-on-Avon. In addition, fibre will also ‘go live’ in areas of Stratford-upon-Avon and Wellesbourne not already enabled by any commercial rollout.

Further updates about the rollout will be made in the coming weeks via council briefings and the CSW Broadband website: where local people can also sign up to receive updates.

CSW Broadband is a partnership between Warwickshire County Council and its five district and borough councils, with Coventry City Council, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and BT.

Since the partnership was announced last summer, engineers have been busy surveying the network in order to ensure rollout of the new technology is carried out in the most cost-effective and efficient manner.  

The project will build on BT’s on-going commercial investment in fibre across the area. The company has already pledged to bring faster fibre broadband to more than 1.7 million homes and businesses across the counties of the West Midlands by the end of this Spring – including nearly 400,000 premises in Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire - as part of its UK-wide £2.5 billion rollout.

The CSW Broadband partnership will ensure that around 40,000 additional premises in the project area will have access to superfast broadband with download speeds of up to 80 megabits per second (Mbps) and uploads of up to 20Mbps*.

The combined commercial and partnership rollouts will result in 91 per cent of the area’s homes and businesses being able to access superfast broadband. 

On completion of the CSW Broadband partnership rollout, all premises within Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire will be able to access a minimum of 2Mbps.

The CSW Broadband programme is also actively seeking more funding to extend the availability of superfast broadband further across the remainder of the partnership area.

Councillor Alan Cockburn, deputy leader of Warwickshire County Council, said: “This is only the start of the rollout of a project that will take place over the next two years. The provision of faster broadband will make a real difference to the quality of people’s lives and to the competitiveness of our businesses.

“Owing to essential planning and survey work this first announcement has been a while in coming. There is a lot of work to do to roll out the network over a relatively short period and people will really see things happening quickly now.  
 “Additionally, the CSW Broadband team has been working to develop information showing proposed coverage down to postcode level, and this will be released very shortly.”

Approximately 250 new road-side cabinets will be installed to enable people to connect to the new fibre optic network that is being laid.

Bill Murphy, managing director of next generation access for BT Group, said: “This is a major engineering undertaking but work on the rollout has been progressing extremely well. 

“Today marks a very exciting step forward for these communities because they’re a step closer to being able to access faster fibre technology.

“High-speed broadband can benefit everyone. Whether you’re a small business wanting to stay in touch with customers and suppliers, or parents with children using the internet for homework and playing games, whatever you do online, you can do it much better and faster with fibre broadband.”

When fibre has ‘gone live’ in an area, people wanting to enjoy faster fibre broadband can place an order with an internet service provider (ISP) of their choice. There’s a wide range of ISPs to choose from as the network is open to all providers on an open, wholesale basis, thereby ensuring competitive prices.

For more information please contact Leigh Hunt at the CSW Broadband project office on 01926 738339 or email:   
Or contact Emma Tennant at the BT regional press office on 0800 085 0660 or email:

Notes to Editors:
*These are the top wholesale speeds available from Openreach to all service providers; speeds offered by service providers may vary.

BT is contributing £6.57 million towards the CSW partnership rollout, whilst the partnership councils are contributing £4.45m - £3m from Warwickshire and the balance coming from other local authorities - with a further £4.45m coming from the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme.

The CSW Superfast Broadband Programme is in addition to – and separate from Coventry City Council’s ‘Super Connected Cities’ Programme.

Superfast Britain is a Government programme of investment in broadband and communication infrastructure across the UK. Run by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, this investment helps businesses to grow, creates jobs and will make Britain more competitive in the global race.  The portfolio is comprised of three elements:   
•        £780m to extend superfast broadband to 95 per cent of the UK by 2017 
•        £150m to provide high speed broadband to businesses in 22 cities 
•       £150m to improve quality and coverage of mobile phone and basic data network services 

Administered on behalf of Government by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), Superfast Britain is transforming Britain by promoting growth, enabling skills and learning, and improving quality of life.

About CSW Broadband

CSW Broadband is a partnership of eight Local Authorities (Coventry, Solihull, Warwickshire and the Boroughs and Districts of North Warwickshire, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Rugby, Warwick and Stratford on Avon).

The project office is hosted by Warwickshire County Council and is based in Warwick. The project team can be contacted on 01926 738339 or 

About BT

BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Retail, BT Wholesale and Openreach. 

For the year ended 31 March 2013, BT Group’s reported revenue was £18,103m with reported profit before taxation of £2,315m.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.  For more information, visit 

About BDUK

Superfast Britain is a UK Government programme of investment in broadband and communication infrastructure across the UK. Run by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, this investment helps businesses to grow, creates jobs and will make Britain more competitive in the global race. The portfolio is comprised of three elements:  

•             £780m to extend superfast broadband to 95% of the UK by 2017
•             £150m to provide high speed broadband to businesses in 22 cities
•             £150m to improve quality and coverage of mobile phone and basic data network services

Administered on behalf of Government by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), Superfast Britain is transforming Britain by promoting growth, enabling skills and learning, and improving quality of life.


CSW Broadband 
Warwickshire County Council
Tel: 01926 738320

Sunday, 2 February 2014

@WAR - ‘Be Safe Be Seen’ Cycle Safety Initiative

Thursday 6th February between 7am and 8:30am.

• Alcester Road, Stratford upon Avon (by the Stratford College)

Representatives from the Safer Roads Partnership, along with uniformed officers, will be stopping cyclists and giving out safety advice and high-vis cycling products to help keep them safe on the roads and visible to other road users.

@NAT - It's A Scam

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