Community Notes & Information - December 14th, 2019

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11 Dec 2019
Drink Drug Driving Warning

Christmas Crackdown on Drink and Drug Drivers



The Cambridgeshire Police launched a crackdown on drink and drug drivers this December and are urging motorists not to ruin Christmas for themselves and others.

Officers across the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit (RPU) will be conducting additional stop-checks throughout this month to combat drink and drug drivers.

Between October 2018 and September this year, 239 people were arrested in Cambridgeshire on suspicion of drug driving and 649 people were arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

This included 79 suspected drink drivers and 31 suspected drug drivers during December – the month of last year’s campaign.

Being caught drink or drug driving could result in a 12-month driving ban, up to six months in prison, a fine of up to £500 and a criminal record. These can lead to job loss, relationship breakdowns, foreign travel restrictions and significantly increased insurance premiums.

Chief Inspector Jon Roche, Head of Roads Policing for Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire said: "We want people to remember Christmas for all the right reasons. It should be a happy time but driving under the influence of drink or drugs can change that in a heartbeat.

“Our campaign is not about spoiling peoples’ fun. It is about ensuring they don’t do something that jeopardises it. Drink and drug driving can bring financial hardship, pain and loneliness which is a far cry from Christmas festivities we all want to enjoy.

“If you are going out this Christmas please plan ahead and make sure you get home safely. Book a taxi or agree a designated sober driver within your group. It is also important to ensure you are not over the limit the next day as this can still impair your ability to drive.”

More than 45 pubs across Cambridgeshire have signed up to support the campaign by taking part in the ‘I’m DES’ scheme where participating venues give free draught soft drinks to designated drivers.

The initiative, led by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Partnership (CPRSP), will aim to reduce the number of road traffic collisions caused by drink driving over the festive period.

A total of 48 venues have signed up to the scheme this year – triple the number of venues compared to last year and one of the highest recorded numbers in recent years.

To participate in the scheme, which runs throughout December, people just need to let staff in participating venues know they are a designated driver and ask for an ‘I’m DES’ wristband from a member of staff.

Officers are also urging members of the public to report drink or drug driving via the dedicated, confidential hotline.

The hotline: 0800 032 0845 is available 24/7, and gives people the chance to supply the police with information to help reduce the number of drink or drug drivers on our roads.

Corporate Communications (Police,Communications Officer,Cambridgeshire)
10 Dec 2019
Modern Slavery Workshop

Businesses Invited To Modern Slavery Workshop



Businesses across Cambridgeshire are being encouraged to attend a one-day workshop raising awareness of how to spot the signs of modern slavery.

The workshop has been organised by Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s Victim and Witness Hub, which recently celebrated its fifth anniversary, and takes place on 10 January.

Its aim is to raise awareness of modern day slavery among employees at local businesses - particularly factories, banks and recruitment agencies – as well as offering advice on how to
spot possible victims and report any concerns.

Speakers at the event include police officers, representatives from the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA), the Stronger Together initiative, registered charity Stop the Traffik and company auditor Verisio Ltd.

Daniela Dumitrache, specialist victim care co-ordinator at the witness hub, said: “No business is free from the risk of modern slavery or human trafficking.

“High-risk sectors include those whose businesses and UK supply chains are characterised by a high proportion of migrant workers undertaking unskilled and irregular work.

“By the end of the workshop it is hoped businesses will have a strong understanding of what modern day slavery, human trafficking and labour exploitation is.

“As well as this, it is hoped staff at these businesses will be able to recognise the signs that someone may be a victim of modern slavery and know how to access support from the Victim and Witness Hub.”

Refreshments and lunch will be provided and the event is free. Anyone interested is urged to reserve a space early to avoid disappointment.

To book your space on the workshop, click here.

Detective Superintendent Rebecca Tipping, the force strategic lead for modern slavery and human trafficking, said: “Victims of modern day slavery and human trafficking are often forced into work or other services against their will and moved from location to location.

"This is regularly under threat of violence or some other form of punishment. The signs of modern day slavery and human trafficking can often be hard to spot – but being able to recognise them may help save someone’s life.

“We are working hard to tackle modern day slavery, but we can’t do it alone. If anyone has any concerns, no matter how small, we’d urge them to get in touch.”

Warning signs of modern slavery or exploitation include people:
• being fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, nervous or paranoid
• avoiding eye contact
• lacking health care
• appearing malnourished
• showing signs of physical or sexual abuse, physical restraint or torture
• having few or no personal possessions
• not being in control of their own money, bank account or identification documents e.g. passport or ID
• not being able to speak for themselves
• not wanting to explain where they are living
• having a lack of knowledge of where they are
• having no sense of time
• having inconsistencies in their story
Suspicions relating to exploitation, modern slavery and human trafficking should be reported online via www.cambs.police.uk/report or by calling 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.
04 Dec 2019
Drink Drive Crackdown

Venues Support Drink Drive Crackdown




More than 45 pubs and venues across Cambridgeshire have signed up to support our campaign to crackdown on drink drivers this month.

As part of the campaign we're promoting the ‘I’m DES’ scheme where participating venues give free draught soft drinks to designated drivers.

The initiative, led by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Partnership (CPRSP), will aim to reduce the number of road traffic collisions caused by drink driving during the festive period.

A total of 46 venues have signed up to the scheme this year – more than triple the number of venues compared to last year.

To participate in the scheme, which runs throughout December, people need to let staff in participating venues know they are the designated driver and ask for an ‘I’m DES’ wristband from a member of staff.

Jon Morris, casualty reduction officer at Cambridgeshire Constabulary, said: “We’re pleased to see so many pubs and venues supporting the ‘I’m DES’ campaign this year.

“We would encourage people to take advantage of the scheme and help us make the roads of Cambridgeshire safer for everyone.

“Even a small amount of alcohol can affect your driving ability. We advise if you’re drinking, even if you have just one drink, arrange another way of getting home.”

Jon added that it takes a lot longer than most people think for alcohol to pass through the body and because of this, there is a real risk people who would not dream of driving after drinking may still be unknowingly over the limit the morning after.

He said: “This includes people going about their everyday activities such as driving to work, doing the school run, popping to the shops or going to see friends.

“Please do not gamble with your life and be aware of the danger you pose by getting behind the wheel while under the influence. It’s really not worth the risk.”

To enforce the campaign, officers across the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit (RPU) will be conducting additional stop-checks throughout December to combat drink and drug drivers.

Ray Bisby, acting Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire and chair of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Partnership, said: “Christmas is a very important and busy time of year where we all get together to catch up and celebrate the festive season.

“We want to ensure people across the county are able to enjoy their festive celebrations safely and think about how they are getting home without putting themselves or others at risk.

"Be sure to choose a designated driver and, if you are that designated driver, let the bar staff know to claim a wristband and free draught soft drinks.

“These simple actions can help keep Cambridgeshire’s roads safe during the festive season.”

Officers are also urging members of the public to report drink or drug driving via the dedicated, confidential hotline.

The hotline: 0800 032 0845 is available 24/7, and gives people the chance to supply the police with information to help reduce the number of drink or drug drivers on our roads

A full list of participating venues is below:

Cambridge

• Ballare, Cambridge
• Hidden Rooms, Cambridge
• La Raza, Cambridge
• Tabouche, Cambridge
• Revolution, Cambridge
• Lola Lo, Cambridge
• The Anchor, Cambridge
• The Granta, Cambridge
• Fez Club, Cambridge
• Vinyl, Cambridge
• Novi, Cambridge
• Sir Isaac Newton, Cambridge
• The Alexandra Arms, Cambridge
• The Portland Arms, Cambridge

South Cambridgeshire

• The Hub Community Centre, Great Cambourne
• Willingham Social Club, Willingham
• The Chequers, Pampisford

East Cambridgeshire

• The Fox, Burwell
• The Shed, Lode
• The Beeches Community Centre, Isleham, Ely
• Habis Café Bar and Restaurant, Littleport
• Ely City Golf Club, Ely
• Ye Olde School Bell, Little Downham
• The Bell, Kennett, Newmarket

Huntingdonshire

• The Greystones, Sawtry, Huntingdon
• The Pig N Falcon, St Neots
• The Eltisley, Eltisley, St Neots
• The Axe and Compass, Hemingford Abbots, Huntingdon
• Samuel Pepys pub, Huntingdon
• The Lounge, St Ives
• Cromwells, Huntingdon

Fenland

• GER Sports Club, March
• The Angel Inn, Wisbech
• The King’s Head, Wisbech
• The Three Tuns, Wisbech
• The Red Lion, March
• The Ship Inn, March
• Cassanos, March

Peterborough

• The Admiral Wells, Peterborough
• The Solstice, Peterborough
• Embassy Flares Red Room, Peterborough
• Great Northern Hotel, Peterborough
• Samms, Peterborough
• Lightbox, Peterborough
• Brewery Tap, Peterborough
• Angels, Peterborough
19 Nov 2019
Newsletter For Neighbourhood Watch Supporters

November Our News Out Today - the National E-Newsletter For Neighbourhood Watch Supporters






The November edition of Our News, the e-newsletter for Neighbourhood Watch supporters, is out today. This exciting edition introduces the national winners of our 2019 Neighbour of the Year competition, inspiring member stories, national campaigns for you to get involved in such as Cyberhood Watch and Together for Good: The Neighbourhood Watch Big Curry, a new crime report, member offers, and updates from Neighbourhood Watch Network on what we are doing to support you!

Grab that cup of tea.. put your feet up.. and enjoy. The neighbourhoodWatch Newsletter


18 Nov 2019
Bury Christmas Lights

Bury Christmas Lights Switch On






Bury Christmas Lights will be switched on at 5.30pm on Friday 29 Nov. Refreshments supplied by Tusi.

Entrance to Owl's End will be closed for a short time.

Courtesy of Bury Parish Council & Tusi
12 Nov 2019
Designated Driver Scheme

Designated Driver Scheme



Residents are being urged to encourage their local pubs to sign up to a scheme supporting the force’s month-long campaign targeting drink drivers this December.

The ‘I’m DES’ scheme sees participating venues give free soft drinks to designated drivers.

The initiative, led by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Partnership (CPRSP), aims to reduce the number of road traffic collisions caused by drink driving over the festive period.

Many licensed premises across Cambridgeshire successfully took part in the scheme over the summer and also during last year’s festive session.

Officers are keen to hear from venues across the county who wish to take part and are keen to get as many pubs and venues signed up as possible.

Venues participating in the I'm DES scheme are highlighted by the force and will receive posters to promote the scheme and wristbands to give away to people visiting the venues and acting as designated drivers.

Any pubs or venues interested in taking part in the scheme are asked to email LicensingSouth@cambs.pnn.police.uk with the below details:
• Your name
• Name of your premises
• full address
• the quantity of posters and wrists bands that you would like
Anyone interested in asked to email these details by this Friday (15 November) at the latest.
01 Nov 2019
Bonfire Night

Have A Blast This Bonfire Night



With Bonfire Night fast approaching, we are urging the public to enjoy the celebrations safely.

The next week will see families and friends gathered in gardens and fields across the county watching all kinds of dazzling displays.

However with the sparklers and Catherine wheels there are risks and restrictions to be aware of to ensure your evening goes unspoilt. For an enjoyable and stress free evening, make sure you:
• Only buy fireworks if you’re over 18 years of age
• Keep sparklers away from children under the age of five and supervise older children when in use
• Only ignite fireworks at suitable times. It’s illegal to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am except on;
• November 5 (Bonfire Night) until midnight
• New Year’s Eve until 1am the following day
• Chinese New Year until 1am the following day
• Diwali until 1am the following day
• Do not throw fireworks in a public place
• Are not in possession of fireworks if you’re under 18.
While we all enjoy a good firework display and encourage people to enjoy the festivities, it’s important to be aware of potential risks and dangers.

On Bonfire Night last year we received nine calls about fireworks including people setting them off at people, cars and in bins. Calls like this can take us away from protecting those most in need and are easily avoidable.

If you’re going to be participating in the celebrations next week, please do so sensibly.

Group Commander Paul Clarke, Head of Community Fire Safety at Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We wish everyone a happy time this Bonfire Night and being safe while enjoying yourself should always be a priority.

“Crews are often called to incidents involving bonfires, fireworks and candles that become out of control that can be easily avoided.

“We are aware people like to host their own displays in their gardens and would urge these people to follow our simple firework and bonfire safety tips to help ensure they are staying safe.”

Kind Regards,
Rachel Gourlay
Inspector
Corporate Communications
31 Oct 2019
News from the Police and Crime Commissioner

News from the Police and Crime Commissioner



Below is a link to the Police and Crime Commissioner's Autumn newsletter.

Read about what the Commissioner is doing to help prevent crime, what to do if you suspect someone may be a victim of modern day slavery and the latest on recruitment for new officers.

Download the Autumn Newsletter Here

Submitted by: Catherine Kimberley (Police, OPCC Communications Officer, Cambridgeshire)
30 Oct 2019
Amazon Prime Scam

Beware Amazon Prime Scam



Action Fraud is warning people about a new scam that charges individuals for an Amazon Prime subscription.

The organisation has received hundreds of reports of a scam where victims receive an automated phone call claiming they’ve been charged for an Amazon Prime subscription. The phone call informs people their personal details have been fraudulently used to subscribe to Amazon Prime, however, they can cancel the transaction by pressing 1 on their phone keypad. When victims do this, they are automatically connected to criminals posing as Amazon customer service representatives, who then remotely access their computer and steal their personal and financial details

Action Fraud Advice
• Never install software as a result of a cold call
• Always question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam
• If in doubt contact a company directly using a known email address or phone number
• Feel confident to refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information

Posted by Action Fraud
29 Oct 2019
Tips For A Safe and Happy Halloween

Tips For A Safe and Happy Halloween



With Halloween round the corner we are urging trick-or-treaters to respect their neighbours.

Halloween is traditionally a night of fun and frolics with children dressed up as ghosts, witches and assorted monsters.

While many are happy to hand over sweets or other presents to ward off the evil spirits it’s important to remember not everybody wants strangers knocking on their doors.

For vulnerable or older members of the community Halloween can be a frightening and intimidating experience.

Here is created a downloadable poster people can display in their homes asking trick-or-treaters not to call as well as some tips for trick-or-treaters to ensure everyone has a pleasant evening:

• Ensure children are accompanied by a responsible adult
• Explain how vulnerable people can be frightened by an unexpected group calling at their door on a dark evening
• Only knock at houses where you know you will be welcome
• Respect any ‘no trick-or-treating’ notices displayed

To download a copy of the poster click here
28 Oct 2019
Speeding Survey - Have Your Say

Speeding Survey - Have Your Say



In the lead up to Road Safety Week (18 to 24 November) we would like to hear your views on where you feel speeding is an issue in Cambridgeshire?

As part of the week, our officers will be out in force targeting drivers who choose to put themselves and others in danger by breaking the limit

Please share your views with us by clicking on the below link and filling out our short survey. We will review the answers and crack down on your community's speeding hotspots.

Click here to have your say!
24 Oct 2019
Bury Neighbourhood Plan

Bury Neighbourhood Plan



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Bury residents are encouraged to view the comments and comment as they see fit on the Bury Village Neighbourhood Plan. You can view it here...
21 Oct 2019
Policing Updates

Policing Updates



Warboys Road, Bury – Three men with dogs in a silver of-road vehicle were seen hare-coursing and chasing deer on land off Warboys Road, Bury, on Friday afternoon, 11th October. The vehicle, possibly a Subaru, was last seen heading towards the B1040. (Ref CC-11102019-0328)


Tick Fen – There was a burglary at a farm at Tick Fen on Tuesday morning, 15th October. CCTV recorded pictures of two males in an estate car pulling up and stealing several items, including a 50cc quad bike, mountain bikes and tools before driving off. Scenes-of-crime officers have attended and investigations are on-going. (Ref 35/73957/19)


Warboys Road, Bury – Thieves stole an orange Kubota mini-tractor from a storage unit on Warboys Road, Bury, at some time overnight on Wednesday 16th / Thursday 17th October. The burglars were very determined as they broke through three sets of padlocked metal farm gates and then cut through the lock on a metal container to get at the tractor. A heavy sledgehammer was also taken. Investigations are continuing. (Ref 35/74275/19)

Additionally

Police are investigating the circumstances of the death of a man in Bury on Thursday 10th October. Robert Duquemin, aged 53, died at a property in Ringwood Close on Thursday morning. It is believed that Mr Duquemin was the victim of an assault at his home in Percy Green Place, Huntingdon, on Saturday 5th October.

A 23 year old man from Huntingdon was arrested in connection with the assault and has been released on police bail while officers continue to investigate the assault and the subsequent death of Mr Duquemin.

Police are treating the attack as an isolated incident and would like to speak to anyone with any information about the assault on the Saturday, particularly anyone who may have seen someone acting suspiciously in the Percy Green Place area of Huntingdon at around 8:00 pm on the Saturday (5th) evening.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police using the 101 non-emergency number, or by using any of the other contact methods listed at the end of this report, quoting Incident Number 35/71591/19.

26 Sep 2019
Knife Amnesty Results Revealed

Knife Amnesty Results Revealed



More than 30 knives have been handed in across Cambridgeshire as part of a national knife amnesty which took place last week.

Officers in Cambridgeshire joined others across the country in an operation to tackle a rise in knife crime.

The week-long initiative, aimed at taking weapons off the streets and tackling associated offending, included an amnesty where members of the public could hand in knives without fear of prosecution.

Knife surrender bins were based at Thorpe Wood Police Station in Peterborough and Parkside Police Station in Cambridge. Knives could also be handed into any police station with an enquiry office across the county.

In addition to this, test purchases - where someone under the age of 18 attempts to buy a knife to see if they are asked for identification - were carried out at more than 15 shops across Peterborough and Huntingdon.

Two stores sold knives to the volunteers, who were under 18. One store failed to ask for ID. The other store challenged the person buying the knife for ID, but when they failed to produce some, still sold them it.

The focus of the two operations was education and therefore advice was given to both of these stores, as well as positive feedback to the rest.

Inspector Matt Snow said: “We are pleased that we were able to take a total of 31 knives off the streets of Cambridgeshire.

“The test purchasing also offered the chance for us to educate stores on the dangers and risks associated with selling knives to anyone under the age of 18.

It’s disappointing that two stores failed the tests, however we are working with them going forward and do all we can to ensure the relevant checks are carried out.

“Knives ruin lives and it’s important we are doing all we can to tackle the issue.

“Although the knife amnesty has ended for now, I’d urge the family and friends of people who carry knives to encourage them to think twice, and consider the potentially devastating consequences of doing so.

“If anyone is found to be carrying a knife in public, they could face a hefty fine and further prosecution by the courts.”

Anyone who knows someone who carries a knife can report it anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visiting CrimeStoppers

Thank you,
Corporate Communications
19 Sep 2019
Amnesty To Tackle Knife Crime

Amnesty To Tackle Knife Crime





Officers in Cambridgeshire will be joining others across the country next week in an operation to tackle a rise in knife crime.

The week-long initiative, aimed at taking weapons off the streets and tackling associated offending, includes an amnesty where members of the public can hand in knives without fear of prosecution.

Offences involving possession of a knife in Cambridgeshire rose by nearly 10% in 2018/19 compared to figures from the previous year. Despite this, the figure remains below the national average and is in line with a rise in offences across the country.

From Monday (16 September) to the following Monday, knife surrender bins will be located at Thorpe Wood Police Station in Peterborough and Parkside Police Station in Cambridge.

Knives can also be handed in to any police station with an enquiry office across Cambridgeshire.

In addition, officers will be visiting schools to talk about knife crime and test purchases will be carried out at retail outlets. Test purchasing is where someone under the age of 18 attempts to buy a knife to see if they are asked for identification.

It is illegal to:
- sell a knife of any kind to anyone under 18 years old.
- carry a knife in public without good reason - unless it’s a knife with a folding blade three inches long (7.62 cm) or less, eg a Swiss Army knife
- carry, buy or sell any type of banned knife
- use any knife in a threatening way (even a legal knife, such as a Swiss Army knife)

The maximum penalty for an adult carrying a knife is four years in prison and a fine of £5,000.

Inspector Matt Snow said: “This amnesty provides us with an excellent opportunity to join with colleagues across the country to get knives off the streets.

“Knives ruin lives and it’s important we are doing all we can to tackle the issue. Please make use of the knife surrender bins next week – you could save a life.

“This is the second knife amnesty since serious street based violence (SSBV) became a force priority.

“SSBV was introduced to address concerns over people carrying weapons in Cambridgeshire and we are focusing on both education and enforcement.

“The action our officers take next week will follow the same method. It’s important that we’re talking to young people about the dangers of carrying knives and the potentially devastating consequences.

“I’d urge the family and friends of people who carry knives to encourage them to make use of the amnesty. Even if you feel the person would never actually use the weapon, by disposing of it you completely eliminate that risk and you could be preventing them from being prosecuted.

“If people don’t make use of the amnesty and they are found to be carrying a knife in public, they could face a hefty fine and further prosecution by the courts.”

Anyone who knows someone who carries a knife is urged to call us on 101 or report online by clicking here

submitted - 19 Sep 2019
2 Sep 2019
Policing Updates

Policing Updates



Signal Road, Ramsey – Police attended a children’s play area on Signal Road, Ramsey, on Friday 23rd August, following a report of sharp objects found attached to some of the play equipment. Officers examined the apparatus but could find nothing untoward. However, it is possible that the items may have been removed by a concerned member of the public. (Ref CC-23082019-0205)


Oaklands Avenue, Wistow – Thieves removed and stole the front and rear number plates from a blue Citroen car that had been left parked outside its owner’s house on Oaklands Avenue, Wistow, overnight on Friday 23rd / Saturday 24th August. (Ref 35/60481/19)


Fenton Road / Mill Green Area, Warboys – Police received reports of a large oil spill along Fenton Road and Mill Green, Warboys, on Sunday evening, 25th August, causing vehicles to slip and posing a hazard to traffic. A police patrol was dispatched and officers assessed the spill, which was a very large quantity of oil stretching for nearly a mile. Highways staff were called and grit was quickly laid. (Ref CC-25082019-0524)


Wistow – A woman walking her dog on a lead in Wistow on Monday morning, 26th August, was bitten by another dog that ran out from a house as she passed by. The loose dog then attacked the other dog as well before its owner and the victim managed to separate the animals. The victim suffered two puncture wounds to her leg. The incident has been dealt with by means of a Community Resolution. (Ref 35/60943/19)


Ramsey Road, Bury – Police were called to a construction site on Ramsey Road, Bury, on Monday evening, 26th August, following a report of suspicious noises heard coming from inside the compound. However, all was quiet when officers checked the perimeter, and no breach or damage was found to the fencing. (Ref CC-26082019-0479)


Broughton– A farm building in Broughton was broken into and burgled at some time between Saturday 24th and Wednesday 28th August. The shed was left damaged by the thieves, who stole a lawn-mower and hand-tools worth a total of several hundred pounds. (Ref 35/61486/19)
20 Aug 2019
Local Transport Plan

Local Transport Plan Prepared



Local Transport Plan


This is the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Local Transport Plan consultation page. The draft Local Transport Plan, alongside details of how to get involved in shaping the future of transport in our area was launched on Monday 17th June.

Our consultation is an exciting and powerful conversation about the future of transport in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

For a simple guide to the Local Transport Plan, including a summary of the key transport projects in our area. To find out click here

Last public consultations:
  • Peterborough, Sat 07 Sep, 10am-3pm, Peterborough Town Hall
  • Chatteris, Wed 11 Sep, 3pm-8pm, Chatteris Council Chambers
  • Cambridge, Sat 14 Sep, 10am-3pm, Cambridge Central Library, Lion Yard

    The consultation closes Friday 27 September


  • 07 Aug 2019
    Landmark Neighbourhood Watch Cybercrime Survey Launched

    Landmark Neighbourhood Watch Cybercrime Survey Launched



    Help us understand the impact of cybercrime and be in with a chance to win £50 worth of M&S vouchers

    Neighbourhood Watch has today launched a landmark new survey to understand the impact of cybercrime on communities across England and Wales.

    Traditionally Neighbourhood Watch has been focused on keeping people safe in the places they live but with the advent of new technology, it’s clear people can be at their most vulnerable when they occupy online spaces.

    Action Fraud, the national fraud and cybercrime reporting centre run by the City of London Police, revealed that last year cybercrime victims lost £28m to online criminals. It reports more than 12,000 cases of cybercrime every six months.

    With the threat from online criminals only ever increasing, it is essential we understand the impact this type of crime has on members as well as their understanding and perception of cybercrime.

    The survey, designed in conjunction with cybersecurity company Avast, takes just 10 minutes to complete and one lucky responder will be in with a chance to win £50 worth of Marks and Spencer vouchers.

    The survey can be completed via the following link:

    06 Aug 2019
    Social Media Influencers

    Fraudsters Targeting Social Media Influencers


    Be Aware
    The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has received intelligence to suggest that fraudsters are contacting social media influencers, based in the UK and abroad, offering them the opportunity to market a bogus product, service or investment opportunity.
    Fraudsters will present professional and credible pitches to the social media influencers and try to convince them to feature the opportunity for a fee on their social media profiles in order to entice unsuspecting followers of the influencer to sign up or make a purchase.
    Additionally, fraudsters are using the names of well-known public figures, implying that their opportunity or product is endorsed by the figure when it is not.
    The public should be aware that any apparent endorsement by celebrities, influencers or personalities does not necessarily mean that an investment, product or service is genuine. The public is urged to exercise a cautious approach to any such offer of investment, product or service with the same caution they would at any other time.

    What you need to do

    • If you are purchasing goods from a company you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first, or ask friends or family for advice before completing a purchase.

    • Professional-looking websites, adverts or social media posts do not guarantee that an investment opportunity or product is genuine. Criminals can exploit the names of well-known brands or individuals to make them appear legitimate.

    • Avoid paying for goods or services by bank transfer unless you know and trust the person or company. Payments via bank transfer offer you no protection if you become a victim of fraud. Instead, use your credit card or payment services such as PayPal as they offer you greater protection if you become a victim of fraud.

    www.cyberaware.gov.uk
    09 Jul 2019
    The Neighbourhood Watch E-Newsletter

    The Neighbourhood Watch E-Newsletter


    The latest edition of News – the Neighbourhood Watch e-newsletter – is out now.

    In this issue, there is a round up events from Neighbourhood Watch week and hear about the launch a new good practice database entitled Neighbourhood Watch Inspiration.

    Also hear about a short film featuring a Neighbourhood Watch group for the newly launched Co-operate 2022 campaign which aims to save, improve and protect 2,000 public spaces over the next three years.

    All this and more in the latest edition of Our News.

    You can download the Acrobat Newsletter here
    08 Jul 2019
    Police Report(s)

    Around Bury



    B1040 Wistow Turn-Off – Police, fire and ambulance crews were called to a collision between two cars on the B1040 near the Wistow turn-off on Friday lunchtime, 28th June, and the road was closed for a time whilst the emergency services dealt with the situation. Three people were taken to hospital with slight injuries and both damaged cars needed to be towed away by recovery services. (Ref CC-28062019-0210)


    Valiant Square, Bury – A teenager’s mountain bike was stolen from where it had been left with several other bikes at Valiant Square, Bury, on Friday evening, 28th June. The bike was left unattended for about 30 minutes but had gone when its owner returned for it. (Ref 35/46042/19)
    24 Jun 2019
    HM Revenue & Customs

    HM Revenue & Customs Alert



    Action Fraud has experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls and voicemails, to members of the public purporting to be from Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

    Fraudsters are spoofing genuine HMRC telephone numbers to deceive their victims over the phone. The fraudsters state that as a result of the victim’s non-payment of tax or other duty, the victim is liable for prosecution or other legal proceedings in order to settle the balance. The fraudsters suggest victims can avoid this, by arranging payment to be made immediately by methods such as bank transfer or by purchasing iTunes gift cards.

    If the victim is hesitant or refuses to comply, the suspect makes a threat such as immediate arrest, sending bailiffs to the victim’s address or, in some cases, deportation.

    Often, the period for which the tax is allegedly due is distant enough to guarantee the victim will have little, if any, paperwork or ability to verify the claims. Once the money is paid the suspects sever all contact with the victim.
    In genuine cases, HMRC will initially make direct contact with you via post/letter and potentially follow up that letter with a phone call at a later date.

    If HMRC contact you via telephone they will quote the reference number on the initial letter you should have received. HMRC will not discuss something you are not already aware of, like a tax investigation, and will NOT demand immediate payment.

    It is vital that the public exercise caution when receiving messages or telephone calls of this nature.

    • Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information. Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and contact details), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Instead, contact the company directly using trusted methods such as a known email address or phone number.

    • Legitimate organisations wouldn’t ask you to pay taxes, bills or fees using an iTunes gift card, or any other type of voucher. If you’re contacted by anyone that asks you to do this, you’re likely the target of a scam

    • Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank or some other trusted organisation force you to make a financial transaction on the spot.

    • Report Phishing attempts. If you receive a call, text or email of this nature and have not lost money, you can report this as phishing to Action Fraud at: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report-phishing
    24 Jun 2019
    Online Vehicle Sales

    Online Vehicle Sales Alert



    Fraudsters have been advertising vehicles and machinery for sale on various online selling platforms. This includes vehicles and machinery used by the agricultural industry.

    The victims, after communicating via email with the fraudster, will receive a bogus email which appears to be sent by a trustworthy third party, often PayPal or Escrow.

    The emails are designed to persuade victims to pay upfront via bank transfer rather than through a protected payment method via the website. The victim pays the deposit before visiting the seller to collect the goods, believing there is a ‘cooling off’ period to reclaim the payment if they change their mind.

    This gives victims the false sense of security that their money is being looked after by this trustworthy third party, when in fact, it is not and the money has gone straight to the fraudster.

    It is vital that the public exercise caution when receiving emails or messages of this nature.

    • Never transfer money for a vehicle you haven’t seen in person.

    • Avoid paying for the vehicle by bank transfer as it offers you little protection if you become a victim of fraud. Instead, use a credit card or payment services such as PayPal.

    • If you’re purchasing from a company or person you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first, or ask friends and family for advice before completing a purchase.
    5 May 2019
    IMPORTANT

    Bury Village Local Plan



    Bury Village Local Plan is near to completing and needs the agreement of residents.

  • There will be a leaflet drop through your letterbox.

  • There will be referendum to accept the Plan.

    You can download the Bury Neighbourhood Plan Here - DOWNLOAD

    You can download the Bury Neighbourhood Plan Feedback Form Here - DOWNLOAD

    Watch this space.
  • 5 May 2019
    SCAM WARNING

    SCAM WARNING



    Watch out for the FAKE TalkTalk emails about a refund.



    Action Fraud has received over 100 reports in the last week about emails being from TalkTalk. The email states that the Account Holder is in credit and the Account Holder is due a refund.

    Don't click the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial details.


    5 May 2019
    The Big Lunch 2019

    Neighbourhood Watch is supporting The Big Lunch 2019



    On the first weekend of June, communities across the UK will be coming together for a day of food, friendship and fun with The Big Lunch. Last year, over 6 million people took part, so don’t miss out - get together with your neighbours and community this summer!

    Big Lunches take place in streets, gardens, parks and community spaces. They can be big or small, inside or outside, casual or filled with games, activities and excitement. The most important thing is that people share good food, good company and good fun: small acts of connection that we know can make a big difference.

    Get your free Big Lunch starter pack, full of information to help you plan your Big Lunch, as well as posters, invites and other handy resources. Head to www.thebiglunch.com for more inspiration, ideas and support.

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    5 May 2019
    Courier Fraud Alert

    Courier Fraud, Bogus Police and Bank Officials Alert



    What you need to know


    Individuals have been receiving phone calls from people claiming to be a police officer or banking official

    The suspect will say either:
    • There has been fraudulent activity at the victims’ bank and the staff at the bank are involved, the victim is then asked to withdraw money to either keep it safe or assist the police with their investigation
    • A business such as a jewellers or currency exchange is fraudulent and they require the victims’ assistance to help secure evidence by purchasing jewellery or exchange a large amount of currency to hand over to the police
    • The victims’ card has been compromised and used to purchase goods by a suspect, the victim is requested to withdraw their money to keep it safe or hand over their bank card to the police

    What you need to do

    Your bank or the police will never:



    Occasionally the victim will be told to dial a non-emergency extension of ‘161’ to receive confirmation of the individual’s bogus identity, the bogus official will advise the victim to lie about the reason for the withdrawal or purchase if challenged by staff, as the staff member is involved in the fraud
    A courier attends the victim’s home address to collect the goods the same day Often the victim is given a code word for the courier as a way of authentication
    • Phone and ask you for your PIN or full banking password
    • Ask you to withdraw money to hand over to them for safe-keeping
    • Ask you to transfer money out of your account
    • Send someone to your home to collect cash, PINs, cards to cheque books
    Adoption of HLP2036

    Adoption of HLP2036


    will be available for you to view between the following dates:
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    1 May 2019
    Our Watch newsletter

    The Neighbourhood Watch E-Newsletter


    The latest Neighbourhood Watch Network e-newsletter is now available.

    In this issue we hear about the three new online toolkits the Network has produced for members and coordinators covering social media, burglary prevention and managing a scheme.

    We also hear feedback to Fundraising and Social Media workshops, advice on how to achieve a great working relationship with the Police and a new campaign to tackle scammers.

    You can download the Newsletter in Acrobat Format here Download Newsletter
    29 Apr 2019
    Village Happenings

    Keep Alert and Report to the Police


    Here are a few items that have been reported recently in our community.

    Brookfield Way, Bury – Police received a report of a suspicious incident at a house on Brookfield Way, Bury, on Friday afternoon, 12th April, where a householder had seen a teenage male climbing over a fence into the back garden. Two females of about the same age were also seen outside the house, but all three ran off when challenged. (Ref CC-12042019-0297)

    RAF Upwood – A police patrol was dispatched to the disused RAF Upwood site on Tuesday afternoon, 16th April, following a report of a group of young people seen climbing on the roofs of the derelict buildings. Officers found three trespassers and gave them words of advice about the dangers of the site. (Ref CC-16042019-0303)


    RAF Upwood – The Fire Brigade were called to deal with a fire in a derelict building at RAF Upwood on Wednesday evening, 17th April. It was believed to have been deliberately started and a police patrol was also dispatched to the location. (Ref CC-17042019-0568)


    RAF Upwood – Police were notified by the Fire Brigade that they had been called to deal with another blaze at the disused RAF Upwood site on Thursday afternoon, 18th April, where a stand of trees had been deliberately set on fire. When the fire crews arrived, they had seen a group of young people running away from the site. (Ref 35/26910/19)

    RAF Upwood – The Fire Brigade were called back to RAF Upwood again on Monday evening, 22nd April, to deal with a deliberate fire in a pile of rubbish, thought to have been started by children. (Ref CC-22042019-0363)


    Upwood Road, Bury – Police received a report of suspicious activity at a building site on Upwood Road, Bury, on Monday evening, 22nd April, where four males wearing hooded clothing and carrying a torch had been seen near a storage cabin recently broken into. A police patrol was dispatched and officers searched the area, but no-one suspicious was found and there were no signs of any attempted break-in. (Ref CC-22042019-0508)


    Bury Road, Ramsey – Police received reports of five horses loose on the road between Bury and Ramsey early on Tuesday morning, 23rd April. Officers searched the area and contacted the owners, and the horses were returned safely to their field. (Ref CC-23042019-0058)

    As always, if you have information relating to any offence, or are concerned about any suspicious activities, please contact police by using any of these methods:


    · the '101' non-emergency telephone number;

    · the on-line web-chat tool on the new Cambridgeshire Constabulary web-site - click on the green icon;

    · Alternatively, you can use 'Crimestoppers' to make a report anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or by using their on-line contact form.


    In an emergency, or if you witness a crime in progress, always use '999'.
    24 Apr 2019
    Initial Buryfield Proposed housing refusal

    Development of up to 83 homes


    Outline application for a development of up to 83 homes, 150sqm of commercial floor space, landscaping, open space, associated ancillary works and creation of new access following the demolition of 22 Buryfield. All matters are reserved except access.

    Land South Of Buryfield Bury

    Ref. No: 18/02596/OUT | Received: Mon 03 Dec 2018 | Validated: Mon 03 Dec 2018 |

    Status: Refused



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    04 Apr 2019
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    04 Apr 2019
    Virgin Media Advice

    Virgin Media Protect Yourself Against Fraud Fraud


    21 Mar 2019
    Protect Yourself

    Protect Yourself Against Mandate Fraud


    Public urged to protect against mandate fraud

    Members of the public are being urged to be aware of mandate fraud and how to protect against it as part of a national campaign.

    Mandate fraud is when a scammer contacts someone to request a change of direct debit, standing order or bank transfer mandate, by claiming to be an organisation a person makes regular payments to.

    It is a growing problem nationwide, however, between April and September 2018 3,848 mandate fraud crimes in Cambridgeshire have been reported to Action Fraud, amounting to a financial loss of £750,000.

    Nigel Sutton, Cambridgeshire police’s fraud and cyber security advisor, said: “An example of this type of fraud may be that you receive a letter in the post which appears to come from the company supplying a monthly magazine to you. It provides details of a new bank account and asks you to change the payment details to reflect this. The direct debit bank mandate is amended as instructed, however the following month your magazine does not arrive and when you contact the publisher you are told that because your payment was cancelled you no longer have a subscription for the magazine.

    “Phishing emails are can be aimed at anyone in the hope they make the payment change requested. They come in the form of letters, emails, phone calls, texts or even social media posts and messages. Sometimes the criminal behind these types of scams will look at social media profiles and annual reports to do their homework against the recipient to make them appear more convincing.”

    Advice on how to best protect yourself:

    • Don’t leave papers like bills lying around for others to look at and record details of standing orders and direct debits. Always verify changes to financial arrangements with the organisation directly using established contact details.

    • If you are concerned about the source of a telephone call, text message or email, call the company back using established contact details you have on file.

    • Check your bank statements carefully and report anything suspicious to your financial institution.

    • Any changes to a payment should be verified by at least a second person within the family or business, if in doubt ask a trusted friend or work colleague.

    • Read emails carefully, check for spelling and grammar, does the email use a generic salutation such as Dear Sir and not a name?

    • Be suspicious of any urgency or threat to make the payment changes.

    For more information or support please contact Nigel Sutton, the Fraud and Cyber Security Advisor for Cambridgeshire Police, who can arrange to meet with you. email: cyberprotectcambs@cambs.pnn.police.uk.
    20 Mar 2019
    Planning
    20 Mar 2019
    Results Released

    Results Released For Force Southern Impact Team


    A policing team acting on intelligence provided by the public has made more than 150 arrests and seized cash and drugs worth more than £100,000 – all less than a year after being set up.

    The force’s Southern Impact Team carry out planned policing operations – including warrants and arrests - across the south of the county. There is also a Northern Impact Team carrying out similar work in the north of the county.

    The proactive policing teams were set up in May 2018 and act on intelligence reported to the force from a variety of different sources, including 101 calls and reports made through the force website.

    Chief Inspector Nick Skipworth said: “Since May 2018 when the Southern Impact Team was formed we have arrested 154 people - the majority of these being County Lines drug dealers - and have a combined cash and drugs total seizure figure of more than £100,000.

    “This work carried out by this team will have caused a significant dent in pockets of those involved in organised crime, and county lines dealing.

    “Work from this team of officers has also resulted in the courts handing out prison sentences totalling 63 years and seven months.

    “I have no doubt that these impressive results will continue to climb – but we couldn’t do it alone.

    “These results are a brilliant example of how reporting information to us makes a difference and also the work our officers do off the back of that information.

    “I am incredibly proud of my team, and I know how hard they work on a daily basis to bring offenders to justice.”

    Anyone wishing to report suspicious activity in their area can report this to us by calling 101, or reporting online at www.cambs.police.uk/report. Always call 999 if a crime is in progress.

    You can tell us any information you may have about criminal or suspicious activity in your community. Information provided will be reviewed and could help to stop a crime or convict an offender.

    Some examples of what to report include:
    Anti-social behaviour
    Dwelling burglary
    Child abuse/exploitation
    Domestic abuse
    Serious sexual offences
    Extremism and counter terrorism
    Modern day slavery
    Firearms
    Drug usage or distribution

    Communications officer
    18 Mar 2019
    Scam Warning

    Scam Warning - Fake Tv Licensing Emails


    An ongoing TV Licensing phishing campaign, first identified by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) in September 2018, continues to be reported to Action Fraud in high numbers. Fraudsters are sending the public fake TV Licensing emails that are designed to steal their personal and financial information. Since April 2018, Action Fraud has received over 900 crime reports with victim losses totalling more than £830,000.

    How you can protect yourself:
    • Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails and never respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial details.
    • Don’t assume a phone call or email is authentic, even if someone knows your basic details (such as your name or address). Remember, criminals can spoof phone numbers and email addresses to appear as companies you know and trust, such as TV Licensing.
    • Your bank will never call and ask you for your PIN, full banking password, or ask you to transfer money out of your account.

    What to do if you’ve fallen victim:
    • Let your bank know as soon as possible and monitor your bank statements regularly for any unusual activity.
    • If you suspect your identity may have been stolen you can check your credit file quickly and easily online. Use a reputable service provider and follow up on any unexpected or suspicious results.
    • If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, report it to Action Fraud at actionfraud.police.uk, or by calling 0300 123 2040.

    ActionFraud
    13 Mar 2019
    Action Advice

    Advice Issued To Help Prevent Keyless Vehicle Thefts


    Following a rise across the eastern region in thieves using more sophisticated techniques to gain access to keyless entry/start button cars, we’re issuing advice to help you keep your vehicle secure and protect you from becoming a victim of crime.
    When the correct key fob is close by, the fob recognises the signal and transmits its own code, instructing the vehicle to unlock the doors and to allow the ignition to work on the car.
    Thieves use wireless transmitters to capture its radio transmission. This is relayed to another device. It allows the thief to open and start your car in the same way.
    To prevent this from happening, use car key signal blocker cases/sleeves, they cost less than £10, or an aluminium tin at home. Find a safe place for your keys at home and check to ensure they are out of range.

    Following some of these other steps will also help to protect your vehicle:
    • Use a good quality crook lock or full cover steering wheel security lock to immobilise your vehicle
    • Consider fitting an ‘OBD safe’ device, a secure lockable device that fits over the vehicle’s on board diagnostic port, in the vehicle cabin. This prevents criminals using software to code an electronic key for the vehicle
    • If your vehicle is fitted with on board wi-fi consider switching this facility off, if you do not need it which will reduce the chance of criminals hacking into the vehicle’ system; your banking details or personal data from linked devices
    • Criminals can also employ remote/keyless entry jamming equipment; so make sure your car is locked physically by trying the door handle and viewing the indicators flash, before leaving it.

    Corporate Communications (Police,Communications Officer,Cambridgeshire)
    28 Feb 2019
    Twitter Account Launched

    Twitter Account Launched For Rural Crime Team


    Our Rural Crime Action Team (RCAT) has launched a new Twitter account in order to better engage with rural communities in the county.

    The social network will be used to promote the brilliant work the team does to keep rural areas of Cambridgeshire safe and enable us to engage directly with those interested in rural crime.

    The general feedback from our rural communities is you want to hear about our successes, updates and advice, however you are not necessarily interested in what’s going on in the more urban areas of the county, just matters which directly affect you as a rural resident or business owner.

    Cambridgeshire is largely a rural county, there is an appetite for seeing more rural policing and by creating this account it allows us to engage with those who most relate to the work we do.

    You can find the account on Twitter by following @CambsRuralCops and also searching the hashtag #RCAT.
    25 Feb 2019
    Lonely Hearts

    Lonely Hearts Romance Fraudster Alert


    Lonely Hearts Romance Fraudster Alert


    The NFIB have become aware of techniques used by romance fraudsters against people using dating sites. Not only will they steal your heart they will steal your money and your identification.

    When you think you’ve met the perfect partner through an online dating website or app, but the other person is using a fake profile to form a relationship with you. They’re using the site to gain your trust and ask you for money or enough personal information to steal your identity.

    A dating fraudster, previously involved in deceiving people that wanted a friendship explained how they would create fake accounts with social media platforms so that their details matched and could be searched. By appearing to be a real person their fake persona could be corroborated by prospective partners searching their background and believe them to be genuine. The fraudster said:

    “People like to live in fairy tales to say it won’t happen to me. I make sure all my conversations are bespoke. I will show insecurity myself about trusting people and this helps allude to them that I’m genuine.”

    The fraudster will also utilise as many accessible online research tools to explore people’s information for their own personal gain or sell onwards. The fraudster elaborated and explained:

    “I use various online directories to find out about the person. Once I have enough, I use it to milk everything I can using their details or sell them on to other fraudsters via the dark web”

    When asked how people could check if a person is real. The romance fraudster offered advice for others searching for a relationship. They told us that after you see a picture of them:

    “Ask for them to send you another photo of themselves posing with their thumbs up or waving. It’s like a form of 2 factor authentication and makes it hard to do if it’s not an original picture”

    What you need to do


    · Avoid sharing too many personal details when on online dating profiles. Revealing your full name, date of birth, or full home address may lead to your identity being stolen.

    · Never respond to any requests to send money, or have money transferred into your account by someone you don’t know and trust. These types of requests should always raise a red flag. If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it.

    · Pick a reputable dating website or app, and use the built-in messaging service. Fraudsters want to quickly switch to social media or texting so there’s no evidence of them asking you for money.

    Submitted by Action Fraud
    20 Feb 2019
    Community Engagements

    Community Engagement



    Here you can download in Actobat Format information on the Survey to complete the Housing Needs Analysis for the Village of Bury. Download Here
    13 Feb 2019
    MoreWeed in the winds

    Second Cannabis Factory Found In Warboys


    A second cannabis factory found in Warboys in two days.

    Again Officers attended the factory, which was hidden in an industrial unit on Warboys airfield, yesterday (Monday, 12 February) after concerns were raised by the public.

    Report activity to us by calling 101 or by visiting our website Report a Crime
    12 Feb 2019
    Weed in the winds

    Cannabis Factory Found In Warboys


    Police in Huntingdon have uncovered a cannabis factory in Warboys worth an estimated £150,000.

    Officers attended the factory, which was hidden in an industrial unit on Warboys airfield, yesterday (Monday, 11 February) after concerns were raised by the public.

    Roughly 200 plants, growing equipment and weapons were seized from the property.

    No arrests have been made at this time but enquiries are ongoing.

    Sgt Alice Draper said: “This warrant was a result of information from the public and really highlights the difference people make in notifying us of suspicious activity in their area.

    “The public are often our eyes and ears and can really help us make a genuine difference by reporting information to us.”

    Suspicious activity can be reported to us by calling 101 or by visiting our website Report a Crime
    15 Jan 2019
    Knives Ruin Lives

    Knives Ruin Lives


    It is unlikely to have escaped our residents attention that there has been significant national press coverage around violent and knife crime.

    Officers from Huntingdonshire Local Policing team will be conducting a 72-hour operation to raise awareness and to educate young people by focusing our resources on primary schools, secondary schools and colleagues. Officers will also be conducting plain clothed patrols in and around the Huntingdon area to coincide with the programme of education.

    There is a knife amnesty been in place at Huntingdon Police Station throughout this week.

    Whilst the officers will be focusing on offences relating to knife and violent crime, they will also be proactively on the lookout for offences such as burglary and theft from motor vehicles and the individuals suspected to be responsible for these crimes. Officers can only carry out effective intelligence led and targeted patrols if we continue to receive information from the public.

    Call 101 or visit www.cambs.police.uk/report . Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit http://ow.ly/bfLa30njbxZ

    We will be posting regular updates on our Facebook page throughout the operation

    Regards,
    PCSO 7293 HURLEY

    15 Jan 2019
    Fob Opens Your Car Windows

    Does Your Car Key Fob Open Your Car Windows


    You may not realise it, but with many makes of car it is possible to open the windows remotely using the key fob. This can be useful on a hot day when you can let the car cool down before getting in - but there is also a danger associated with this feature!

    Earlier this week, officers patrolling one of our villages came across a car parked on the roadside with its windows half-open. As the boot lid was also open, leaving expensive items inside exposed, the officers looked up the car's registered owner and confirmed that it was parked outside the owner's house. Knocking in the door, they asked the owner if he realised that the car had been left insecure - he was astonished and appalled. He remembered inadvertently leaving the boot lid open, but had no idea how the windows came to be open - but was grateful to the officers for pointing it out.

    The truth is that the key-fobs for many makes of car have a feature that allows the windows to be remotely opened - and many owners are unaware of this. It is usually activated by pressing the 'lock' button once, releasing it, then pressing and holding it down again. I know from personal experience that this can easily be activated inadvertently, and as a result your car windows can be left wound down without you realising it.

    If you search the Internet you will find many descriptions of how people have been flabbergasted to discover this 'feature' - it can leave your car insecure and susceptible to thieves. It is worth experimenting with your car and key-fob to see if you have this vulnerability, or read the appropriate section in your handbook, or contact your dealer. At the very least, it may save your car interior from getting soaked on a wet day!
    7 Jan 2019
    HM Revenue and Customs Alert

    HM Revenue and Customs Alert



    What you need to know


    Action Fraud has experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls, voicemails, text messages or emails to members of the public purporting to be from HMRC.

    The fraudsters state that as a result of their non-payment of tax or other duty, the victim is liable to prosecution or other legal proceedings such as repossession of belongings to settle the balance but can avoid this by arranging for payment to be made immediately by method such as bank transfer or by iTunes gift cards.

    If the victim is hesitant or refuses to comply, the suspect makes a threat such as immediate arrest, bailiffs or in cases where the victim appears to be of overseas origin; deportation.

    Often, the period for which the tax is allegedly due is distant enough to guarantee the victim will have little, if any, paperwork or ability to verify the claims. Once the money is paid the suspects sever all contact.

    It is vital that the public exercise caution when receiving messages or telephone calls of this nature.

    What you need to do


    Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information. Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and contact details), it doesn't mean they are genuine. Instead, contact the company directly using trusted methods such as a known email address or phone number.

    Listen to your instincts. If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it. No genuine organisation will ask you to pay taxes, bills or fees using iTunes Gift Cards, or any other type of voucher.

    Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank or some other trusted organisation force you to make a financial transaction on the spot.

    Report Phishing attempts. If you receive a call, text or email of this nature and have not lost money, report this as a phishing attempt to Action Fraud.
    2 Jan 2019
    Huge Haul Of Suspected Stolen Property

    Huge Haul Of Suspected Stolen Property


    Dear resident,

    We are releasing photographs of thousands of items of property recovered as part of an investigation into a prolific crime gang.

    We hope to reunite the items, which are believed to have come from crimes in Cambridgeshire and surrounding counties between 9 December 2016 and 9 January 2018, with their rightful owners.

    Last month, the gang members were sentenced to a total of 71 years in jail. They had committed more than 200 burglaries, including nearly 100 in Cambridgeshire, costing victims more than £2 million pounds.

    Gang members would mask their faces using balaclavas and smash or force open doors or windows in broad daylight. They would steal specific items, mainly high-powered BMWs and Audis, firearms, cash and jewellery, all of which they could dispose of through contacts.

    Norfolk suffered a similar number of burglaries to Cambridgeshire while other offences took place in Suffolk, Essex and Bedfordshire.

    The images can be viewed here https://www.flickr.com/photos/ophawksbury/

    Those who believe an item belongs to them should email OperationHawkesbury@cambs.pnn.police.uk with their name, date and address of offence, crime number, exhibit number/album-photo ref of property, contact details, including email address, and any receipts/proof of purchase or photographs of items.

    For more on the sentencing of the crime gang visit our website here https://www.cambs.police.uk/news-and-appeals/burglary-conspiracy-jail-Norwich
    17 Dec 2018
    Drink Free days

    Drink Free days.



    Drink free days are an easy way to cut back and reduce the risk that alcohol has on your health. The more alcohol people drink , the greater their risk of developing a number of serious potentially life limiting health conditions, such as high blood pressure and heart disease, as well as seven types of cancer. Regular drinking also increases the amount of calories consumed and can contribute to weight gain and obesity. Evidence from behavioural science suggests that simple and easy ways of helping people to change their behaviour are the most effective, which is why campaign focuses on Drink Free Days.




    submitted by P Brindley
    14 Nov 2018
    Planning

    Housing Planning



    Bury residents are urged to voice their opinion on the Hunts Planning Portal. The Developers are starting to put their plans forward and it is the responsibility of the individual resident not the Parish Council to comment.

    Two main planning applications to consider are:

    Land South Of Buryfield Bury

    Ref. No: 18/02596/OUT | Received: Mon 03 Dec 2018 | Validated: Mon 03 Dec 2018 | Status: In progress

    Land North East Of 15 Meadow Lane Bury

    Ref. No: 18/02420/FUL | Received: Fri 09 Nov 2018 | Validated: Fri 09 Nov 2018 | Status: In progress

    You can log on and create an account HERE

    26 Nov 2018
    Police Alerts

    Stay Safe this Christmas





    Advice from the Police on How to Have a Crime-Free Christmas.

    The police are working hard over Christmas to keep you and your family safe, but there are steps you can take to help them.

    When you're out shopping

    • Stay alert and be aware of what's going on around you, especially in busy shops and crowded streets where thieves and pickpockets may well be operating.
    • Keep valuables in inside pockets of clothing or bags. Keep a close watch on them, and try not to keep them all in one place.
    • Only carry the cash and cards that you need. Always shield the PIN pad when entering your PIN.
    • Be careful where you park your car, especially if you will be returning to it after dark. If parking in a multi-storey car park, choose a well-lit space as close to the exit as possible and away from pillars. Reverse into position. Visit www.parkmark.co.uk for details of approved car parks.
    • Avoid going back to your car to leave your shopping part-way through your trip. If you have to keep presents in the car, make sure they are out of view in the boot, the car is locked, and keep the receipts with you.
    • Deter pickpockets and muggers. Don't overburden yourself with bags/packages. Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Always carry a purse close to your body and not dangling by the straps. Put a wallet in an inside coat or front trouser pocket, likewise with your phone and keys.
    • Try and avoid taking young children into busy shopping areas. If it is unavoidable make sure they know what to do if they lose you e.g. tell the nearest counter assistant that they are lost and never leave a shop without you. Agree a meeting point with older children, in case you get separated.
    • Never leave your bag unattended on your trolley whilst shopping and don’t leave it in your vehicle when returning your trolley.
    • Don't get loaded down with too many bags. Try to keep one hand free.
    • Keep car doors locked whilst driving in built-up areas, especially if you've got bags or presents in the car.

    At cash machines

    • If you see anything suspicious alert the bank or call the police on 101.
    • Shield the keypad when typing in your PIN at a cash machine or in a shop.
    • Only withdraw as much as you need and avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Put your money and cards away (not in your back pocket) safely before leaving the machine. Ideally pay with a debit/credit card wherever possible.

    When you’re out for the evening

    • Watch your drinks and food to ensure that nothing is added to them. Never leave your drink unattended, even if you are going to dance or to the toilet. If your drink has been left unattended, don't drink any more of it. If something tastes or looks odd, don't eat/drink any more if it. Be aware, though, that some drugs are colourless and tasteless.
    • If someone you don't know or trust offers to buy you a drink, either decline or accompany them to the bar and watch that nothing is added.
    • Know your own limit.
    • If you meet someone new at a party, avoid going home with them or inviting them back to your home/accepting a lift from them. It's safer to arrange a second date in a public place to get to know the person better. If you do find yourself alone with someone you don't know well, make sure that someone knows where you are and who you're with.
    • Pay attention to your instincts. If you feel uneasy about someone, there may be a reason.
    • Make sure someone knows where you are going and when you’ll be home.
    • Avoid walking home alone and never with someone you don’t know well.
    • Drink responsibly, arrange for a member of your group to be a designated driver.
    • Check your taxi driver’s ID and never get into an unlicensed taxi.
    • The ideal plan is to book your cab or taxi in advance or call a licensed cab company from the party and arrange for them to pick you up right outside the venue.
    • Never accept a lift from a minicab touting for trade on the street. They are illegal and can be very dangerous.
    • Always sit in the back of a cab/taxi and if you get chatting to the driver, do not give away personal details. If you feel uneasy with the driver, ask him to stop at a busy familiar place and get out.
    • If using public transport, have your ticket, pass or change ready in your hand so that your wallet or purse is out of sight.
    • Always wait for the bus or train in a well-lit place near other people if possible and try and arrange for someone to meet you at the bus stop or station. If a bus is empty, or it is after dark, you may feel safer on the lower deck as near as possible to the driver. On trains, avoid empty compartments. If you feel threatened on any public transport press the alarm or attract the attention of your fellow passengers or the driver or guard.
    • Take note of where the emergency alarms are and try to sit near them.

    At home

    • Don’t leave presents under your Christmas tree if they are visible from windows or doors.
    • Never keep large amounts of cash at home.
    • Make sure you keep your doors and windows locked at all times.
    • Keys should always be kept out of sight and not left in doors or in view of windows.
    • Make your house look occupied, use a timer switch to operate lamps as it starts to get dark, leave a radio on.
    • Don’t open the door to anybody you don’t recognise. Not sure? Don’t open the door!
    After you have opened your Christmas gifts

    Burglars and robbers know that many households have new and often expensive, items in their homes following the December holidays especially items such as new tech such as tablets or laptops, phones, music systems, televisions, cameras and other electronic equipment. In many cases, residents make it easy for burglars to figure out which homes to target by putting boxes that identify their new gifts in plain view with their other rubbish.

    Avoid becoming an easy target for post-holiday burglars/robbers by not leaving boxes for new electronics and other items outside your wheelie bin.
    • Break down any boxes you are throwing out and put them in rubbish bags and place them inside the wheelie bin.
    • With computer equipment, you might consider keeping the boxes for safe storage, shipping or moving in the future. Would they be useful as storage boxes?
    • Think about keeping broken-down boxes inside in a garage or loft.
    22 Nov 2018
    How to shop safely online

    How to shop safely online



    Software updates
    Make sure you’ve installed the latest software & app updates. Criminals use weaknesses in software to attack your devices and steal information, such as your payment details.

    Email accounts
    Use a strong, separate password for your email account. Criminals can use your email to access other online accounts, such as those you use for online shopping.

    Phishing
    Don’t click on a link in an unexpected email or text. The volume of online shopping related phishing emails increases significantly during the holiday period. Remember, if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.

    Payment methods
    Don’t pay for goods or services by bank transfer unless you know and trust the person. Payments via bank transfer offer you no protection if you become a victim of fraud