Wednesday, 31 October 2018

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Monica Fogarty appointed Warwickshire County Council’s next Chief Executive

The appointment of Monica Fogarty as Warwickshire County Council’s next Chief Executive was confirmed by Council at its meeting on 16 October.
Monica will take over the reins in April upon the retirement of David Carter. They have shared managerial duties for the County Council since Jim Graham’s retirement in February 2017 and have, in that time, put in place many of the measures that will underpin the Council’s transformation. The current arrangements will continue until David’s retirement.

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Izzi and Andy Street


Event held to celebrate high growth of Warwickshire businesses

Warwickshire celebrated the successes of its high growth businesses at a special event at The Old Shire Hall in Warwick this week.
Mayor of the West Midlands and Chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority, Andy Street, joined Leader of Warwickshire County Council, Councillor Izzi Seccombe, to congratulate and acknowledge the achievements of a number of the county’s small to medium sized businesses.

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Cllr Clarke with new gritter

New vehicles to join Warwickshire’s gritting fleet

After its current fleet travelled the equivalent of 4.6 journeys around the world last winter, Warwickshire County Council has updated its winter fleet to ensure that Warwickshire’s roads are geared up for the winter conditions.
The county council has strengthened its winter maintenance fleet with the procurement of 14 replacement vehicles, at a cost of £780,000.

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Monday, 29 October 2018

@WAR - National Crime Survey visits to Warwickshire residents by market researchers KANTAR

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) have written to Warwickshire Police to advise that they are in the process of beginning to knock on doors in Warwickshire to ask people about their experiences of crime (whether reported to police or not).

This year they are using an independent market research company called KANTAR.
The ONS are aware that in the past, residents who have received visits have been concerned and have contacted the police to ask if this visitor is genuine, and have given Warwickshire Police advance warning of the survey.

Warwickshire Police are now making our residents aware that they may be contacted by a KANTAR market researcher to take part in the survey.

Each market researcher will carry an ID card but if you are still in doubt, KANTAR can be contacted on:

08000510882 (Office hours)

Friday, 19 October 2018

@WEL - Wellesbourne Newsletter

@WAR - EQuIP will be delivering 4 interactive sessions on Domestic Violence; Gangs, Exploitation and CSE; Forced Marriage

Our families Our future free events across Warwickshire.


EQuIP will be delivering 4 interactive sessions in Atherstone, Nuneaton, Rugby and Leamington Spa.

There will be guest speakers who specialise in Domestic Violence; Gangs, Exploitation and CSE; Forced Marriage and Honour based Abuse. 

Warwickshire Refuge will be speaking at all 4 events with a different speaker from the organisation at each event. They will offer a Warwickshire perspective around their specialist services.

Refuge’s specialist services include refuges, independent advocacy, community outreach projects and culturally specific services

Kendra Houseman, Director, Out of Shadows will be drawing on her own experiences to provide a better understanding of Gangs, Child Sexual Exploitation, County Line and Human Trafficking.

Sarah Bhayat, a specialist in forced marriage and honour based abuse will be our guest speaker from Coventry Haven. 

Book your place! Atherstone
Leamington Spa

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

@SOU - Neighbourhood Watch entry for Compton Chronicle (OCT18)


Safeland is an free app that creates an online ‘Neighbourhood Watch’, making your local community safer and more secure through a variety of features. Users can share and receive local incident information in real time. Safeland also provides a personal safety alarm, so users can notify their groups or nearby public that they need immediate assistance. I am trialing Safeland currently in the Southam SNT area. Please feel free to upload your own incidents and feedback your comments. LINK

Latest scams - Car leasing social media scam, data breaches from Butlin's and Superdrug. Phone Scams and warnings from the DVLA and Financial Conduct Authority are included.

Cybertip -  Friends Against Scams. You could increase your knowledge and help spread the word in your community.

Please share your scam/crime experiences with your neighbours - email or post on NextDoor Read this and much more in The Stratford District NW Blog which is regularly updated.

Monday, 15 October 2018

@WAR - Warwickshire News, HS2

HS2 releases the environmental case for second phase

HS2 Ltd has published early detailed plans for its Birmingham to Leeds route, known as Phase 2b, which have been put out for public consultation.
The document, called the Working Draft Environmental Statement, contains HS2 Ltd’s first public assessment of the impact of the railway which runs through 18 kilometres of North Warwickshire from Kingsbury to the Leicestershire border.
The route runs through the middle of two popular Warwickshire country parks – Kingsbury Water Park and Pooley Country Park – and under the busy M42 Junction 10 where the motorway meets the A5.

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@WAR - Home Security Tips

Home Security Tips

Home security is the best way to reduce your chances of being burgled. A lot of burglaries are spur of the moment, as a burglar may see an open opportunity and take their chance.

Some things you may wish to consider if you are installing new doors and windows are to get ones that are certified to British Standard BS 7950 (windows) or PAS 24-1 (doors). Window locks, especially on older windows will help stop people getting in.

Remember to securely lock all doors and windows before leaving the house. It is easy to forget when you are in hurry, but it’s the simplest way for a burglar to enter your home.

Never leave your keys anywhere near the front door, including your letterbox; burglars know where to look. A home that looks empty is far more likely to be targeted by a burglar, so it’s worth making sure your home looks occupied. Use automatic timer-switches to turn on a light
and perhaps a radio when it goes dark, even if you are just out for a couple of hours.

If you’ are going to be away for longer periods of time, cancel any newspaper or milk deliveries.

Remember that visibly and permanently marking your belongings helps you and the police to identify them if they are stolen. It can also make it difficult for the thief to dispose of the property.

Fit padlocks and additional hardware to shed and garage doors and ask a trusted neighbour or relative for help. Ask them if they could clear the post away from the door mat and open and close the curtains whilst you are away.

Prevent easy access to the back and sides of your home by installing locked gates, 2 metre minimum fencing or walls are recommended. Trellis topping also makes climbing very difficult.

Security lighting can be used to make offenders feel vulnerable and observed. It is suggested that you use dusk to dawn lighting. Visible burglar alarms are also a deterrent, there are many to choose from. 

@WAR - Cowboy Builder Adverts Targeted in Rogue Trader Awareness Week

Cowboy Builder Adverts Targeted in Rogue Trader Awareness Week 

In Rogue Trader Awareness Week 2018, Warwickshire County Council's Trading Standards Service has been disrupting rogue traders by cracking down on illegal and misleading roadside advertising sometimes used by unscrupulous traders to promote their businesses.
Rogue traders sometimes promote their businesses using large pallet advertisement boards illegally placed on the roadside, pavement or attached to trees/lampposts. These advertisements can contain false claims that the business is based locally when it's not or that it is a member of a trade association or trusted trader scheme when it isn't. 
In Rogue Trader Awareness Week Trading Standards Officers have been removing these illegal advertisements and have already destroyed over 100 since this initiative was launched. Rogue traders also advertise online and Trading Standards is actively closing down any websites that contain false claims. 
Warwickshire County Councillor Andy Crump, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety said:
"Rogue traders can be very convincing, but their work will be overpriced and shoddy and their actions can have a devastating impact upon the lives of their victims, many of whom are elderly and vulnerable. Preventing rogue traders advertising is just one of the ways Warwickshire Trading Standards is cracking down on their activities, which also include the investigation and prosecution of cowboy builders and carrying out rapid responses to protect consumers on the doorstep."
A rogue trader conned a Warwickshire resident out of £25,000 after knocking at his door to claim a tile on the victim's roof was loose. A common ploy of rogue traders is to repeatedly return to the properties of doorstep crime victims falsely claiming that other work needs to be done and then charge increasingly inflated prices. In a similar case another homeowner was also told about a loose tile and agreed to pay £40 to have it repaired. However, once on the roof the rogue trader 'discovered' other issues and charged her £1100 for what turned out to be little if any work.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

@WAR - Amnesty on library books

Did you borrow a library book so much you forgot to return it? Bring it back to your local library and we'll clear your overdue charges no questions asked!

@WAR - How to spot the signs of serious and organised crime

Do you know how to spot the signs of serious and organised crime? Visit our new web pages as part of - our campaign to tackle serious and organised crime together

@SOU - Latest SNT Newsletter

Follow this link to read our latest newsletter... It's on our website now!

Monday, 8 October 2018

@NAT - Improved fraud reporting with Action Fraud

Our website and reporting tool has had a major revamp, making it is easier for you to report online! You can now track the progress of your reports and save them anytime through your own dashboard!