Community Notes & Information - October 17th, 2017

Notes & Information sent to the Community via third parties for the benefit of the Bury Villagers do not express the views of this website. If you wish to discuss matters arising please contact the numbers, emails listed in the Post.
Date Note / Information SentNotes & Information
14 Oct 2017

Road Works in our area

HUNTS - 16th - 31st October 2017

Find out more Here
04 Oct 2017

Tea at the Hall

Tea with Abbey W.I.

If your are a loose end on Saturday 21st October at 2pm, why not join abbey W.I. in Bury Village Hall for a cup of tea and a slice of cake with the chance to meet new friends and put the world to rights

You are very Welcome.

04 Oct 2017

Community Police Advice
Chris Shaw (Police, PSV - Online Communities, Huntingdonshire - St Ives)

A Reminder About Rogue Traders, Cold-Callers, and Other Uninvited Callers

Police frequently receive calls reporting cold-callers and doorstep sellers, asking for advice on how to deal with them.

Police advice is never to buy from doorstep-sellers but there are some simple guidelines you can follow to keep yourself safe:

Rogue Traders:

Rogue Traders trick people, often by offering to do building or gardening work, and charging very high prices for unnecessary or shoddy work. They will often call without an appointment.
To avoid becoming a victim of Rogue Traders, follow these simple steps:
• Lock your back door before answering the front door.
• Never agree to have work done by somebody who has knocked on your door.
• Use a spy hole, chain or window to have a look at the caller before answering the door and keep the chain on. If you do not recognise the caller then speak through the closed and locked door.
• Always ask for proof of identity. Take it from the person (through the letterbox) and read it carefully before deciding what to do.
• Never use a phone number provided by the caller as it could be a false number to an accomplice.
• Avoid going outside so they can show you what needs doing as they will probably have an accomplice who will enter your house while you are distracted to steal from you.
• Never pay for work before it is completed. Always agree a final price in writing and get an invoice and receipt as proof of payment.
• Do not accept any offer to drive you to the bank to withdraw money or give them your bank details.
• If you need work done, then visit Check a Trade or contact your local council’s Trusted Trader Service.

Cold Callers:

A person who comes to your house without an appointment who is selling something or offering work on your house or garden is a cold caller.
• Tell them that you are not interested and ask them to leave. If they refuse call the police and dial 999 if you feel at risk or are being threatened or pressured.
• Never give bank details to a caller, even those claiming to be from charities. Police will have a list of charitable organisations visiting your area which can be checked by calling 101. We recommend that you contact the charity directly if you wish to make a regular donation through your bank or building society.
• Display a 'No Cold Calling' sticker on your door which are free from Trading Standards, and never buy goods and services from people calling at your door.
• If you have any doubt, keep them out and remember you do not have to open the door.

Charity Collectors:

Most Charity Collectors are legitimate, but you can never be too careful. There are some simple guidelines you can follow to ensure that any Charity Collectors who may call are genuine:

• Always err on the side of caution. A polite 'no thank you' should do, or you could choose not to answer the door, or put up a 'No cold callers' sign.

• Genuine charity collectors will carry all the necessary official documents relating to their charity.

• Check the collector's identity badge and ask to see documentation, including the charity's registration number.

• Ask to see the collector's permit or licence which they must carry. This should indicate whether or not they are legitimately collecting on that charity's behalf.

• Don't commit to anything. Check with the official charity itself, either online or over the phone, to see if they are making house calls in your area.

• The same applies when charity bags are left on your doorstep or in your letterbox. If you wish to donate, check with the official charity to make sure your gift goes to a legitimate source.

• The Police will have a list of charitable organisations visiting your area which can be checked by calling 101. We recommend that you contact the charity directly if you wish to make a regular donation through your bank or building society.

If In Doubt - Keep Them Out!

03 Oct 2017

Educating in the Event of a Terrorist Attack

Neil Franklin (Police, Comms officer, Corp comms)

Bury Residents

We're supporting a new national campaign which aims to educate young people about how to stay safe in a terrorist attack.

TV star Bear Grylls and England footballer Jamie Vardy are among the stars supporting the first phase of an initiative designed to teach 11 to 16 year olds how to react in the unlikely event they are caught in a gun or knife terror attack - including advice not to wait around taking pictures on their phones.

With the UK terror threat level at SEVERE, children will be taught to RUN if they are able to, HIDE if they are not, and TELL police of the threat only when it is safe to do so. They will also be advised to warn others about an on-going threat, and crucially told NOT to stop and use their phones until they are safely away from danger.

The campaign's launch video is here Youtube Clip

Thanks for reading,

Cambridgeshire Constabulary
Stagecoach September Information

Stagecoach September Information

We are writing to notify you that Stagecoach is to alter a number of their services from the 18th and 24th of September

These services are A, Busway A & B, N, R, 13/13A/X13 and 26

More Information Here

We have taken this opportunity to break down the changes and their impact into the table attached.

For full details and copies of the timetables for the Stagecoach services please contact them directly on 01223 433250, or

13 Sep 2017

Are you over 50 or a carer for someone who is? If so then this is your Invitation

to our free open meeting on being
Health and Wellbeing and Living at Home
Monday 2nd October 10:30—15:00 The Meadows Centre, 1, St Catharine's Rd, Impington, Cambridge CB4 3XJ

You can find our more by downloading the flyer here..... icon_pdfDownload Flyer
Bury Village Neighbourhood Forum Fair

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Save a Life and Give Blood in September

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Your exclusive invitation

Macmillan world's biggest coffee morning

21st September 10-12am
Bury Church hall
Including games, competitions, a raffle and a bring and buy stall.
Please come along and enjoy yourselves while supporting this very worthwhile cause.
Neighbourhood Watch’s e-newsletter Our News

21 Aug 2017

Neighbourhood Watch’s e-newsletter

Here’s the latest edition of Neighbourhood Watch’s e-newsletter Our News.
Click here to read it and find out why Neighbourhood Watch is the largest grassroots crime prevention movement in England and Wales.

Neighbourhood Watch is proud to be supported by the Co-op Insurance and ERA Home Security.
Cyber Crime Get Safe Online Awareness session

14 Aug 2017

Cyber Crime Get Safe Online Awareness session

Mike Brooks (Police, Watch Co-Ordinator, Cambridgeshire)

I would like to make you the first to be aware of the Get Safe Online Awareness session that we are holding in on 17th August 2017. This session will be held at the Allia future business centre Peterborough from 10:00 – 13:00.

The address is Allia Future Business Centre, Peterborough United Football Club, London Road,PETERBOROUGH

Find Us

Cybercrime is one of the fastest growing crime types with new threats and scams coming online every day. The UK government has classified cybercrime as a Tier 1 threat and it has been accepted that pursuing offenders alone would not reduce the numbers of victims. However GCHQ have identified that 80% of cybercrime could be eliminated by raising awareness among communities about online threats and encouraging them to protect themselves and their devices could reduce cybercrime by 80%.
The aim of the upskilling day is to raise awareness among staff and officers within the force to become cyber ambassadors within their districts/teams and support the PROTECT work by delivering presentations to their communities (Minimum of 2 a year) regarding Cybercrime awareness and prevention messaging and offering support to local Community Cyber Ambassadors.
The sessions will be delivered by a Get Safe Online instructor who will cover topics such as:
• Cyber Terminology
• The law
• Basic advice
• The Get Safe Online website
• Specific risks/threats

To apply please email you must include your name, the area you live in and what community group you would be representing.
If you have any queries please contact
August update to road works

03 Aug 2017

HUNTS - 1st - 15th August 2017

Download the latest info Here

You will need Acrobat Reader to view the file. Get it Here
Have your say on the future of Fire and Rescue Service

03 Aug 2017

Have your say on the future of joint governance of the Fire and Rescue services in Cambridgeshire

Over 1500 responses have now been received on the consultation on possible future options for the Governance of the Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Thank you if you are one of them.

If you have not fed back your views then there is still time.

New legislation means that Police and Crime Commissioners can take on greater responsibilities for fire and rescue services in their area where a good case is made to do so.

Four options are being considered and a report has been independently produced (by PA Consulting) setting out the four options, highlighting the advantages and disadvantages of each option.

1. The no change option: Police and fire continue to have governance arrangements that are independent of each other
2. The representation option: The Police and Crime Commissioner has a seat and voting rights on the Fire Authority becoming the 18th member of the Fire Authority
3. The governance option: The Fire Authority is replaced by the Police and Crime Commissioner who becomes the “Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner";
4. The single employer option: There is a single Chief Officer for police and fire personnel who becomes the single employer under the Police and Crime Commissioner.
The business case recommends option 3 – the governance option

We would like to know what you think.

How to tell us your views
A two page summary, the full report and online survey (that takes 30 seconds to complete) can be found Here

If you would like to provide a written response or have any queries, please send them directly to

If you would prefer to complete the survey over the phone or require further assistance please phone 0300 333 3456

The consultation closes on 4th September 2017.
Chris Shaw (Police, PSV - Online Communities, Huntingdonshire - St Ives)

29 Jul 2017

Cold-Callers or Rogue Traders Offering to do Gardening Work

Cambridgeshire Police continue to receive reports of cold-callers, doorstep-sellers or rogue traders knocking on people’s doors and offering to do work in the garden for cash. Elderly people are most at risk of being exploited by these fraudsters, but anyone may be taken in by their plausible sales patter.

Several instances have been reported in St Ives in the past few weeks but the most recent occurred in Warboys where an elderly and very vulnerable lady was approached by three men outside her house and persuaded to part with a sum of money up-front in exchange for work tidying up her garden. However, after a very short time the men disappeared, leaving a heap of garden cuttings and debris on the grass and having not completed the task at all. The work they did do was also to a very poor standard. Even worse was the fact that they returned two days later and stole items from the lady’s garden shed.

PCSO Angie Wilson has offered the following advice regarding cold-callers and rogue traders:
“To reduce the risk of becoming a victim of a rogue trader we advise you to be very wary of giving work to anyone ‘cold-calling’ at the door or from a flyer posted through your letter box. The price may seem reasonable at first, and this is designed to gain your trust, however very quickly you will be asked for more money in order to complete the job, whilst the offenders do very little work. And if a gardener asks for money to buy tools, then he is in the wrong job – don’t fall for it.”

Rogue trading activity can include:
• Charging an excessive price for garden maintenance or house repairs;

• Stating that work needs doing when it doesn’t;

• Insisting on full cash payment before the job is finished – or even started;

• Leaving the work incomplete and refusing to finish the job or do repairs;

• Giving no contact land-line telephone number and then becoming uncontactable;

• Stealing property whilst allegedly undertaking work.

To protect yourself, whenever you answer the door, remember to:
LOCK – secure all your other outer doors as the caller may intend to distract you whilst an accomplice gets in through a back door;

STOP – think about whether you are expecting anyone;

CHAIN – put the door-chain on or look through the window to see who is there;

CHECK – ask for an Identification Card and look at it carefully: does the photo match the person holding the card? Is the card genuine? You can always make a telephone call to check if the visitor is genuine – but don’t necessarily believe the number on the card, search for the number yourself. If you are not happy, you can always tell the visitor to come back another time when someone will be with you – DON’T OPEN THE DOOR!

More advice about protecting yourself from door-step sellers is available on the Cambridgeshire Constabulary website
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Martin Ellwood
Event Liaison Officer

IHMC and Events Team
NMC, Vantage House, Vantage Park, Washingley Rd, Huntingdon PE29 6SR

11 Jul 2017

We have the following Large events coming up:

Cambridge Cancer Research Race for Life Sunday 16th July -
Several road closures in Cambridge City Centre

Secret Garden Party 20th – 24th July -Travel Trasnsport
Traffic delays expected in Abbots Ripton/Huntingdon and surrounding areas

Cambridge Folk Festival 27th – 30th July -
Traffic delays in the area of Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge

Events of Note

Human Rights March – Saturday 22nd July – The Falun Association have organised a Human Rights March through the centre of Cambridge – Route and timings can be found in the description of licence number 37676 Falun Dafa Association UK
Delays in Cambridge City Centre

Don’t forget to view the highways event Facebook page.
Find us on Facebook

Further information can be found here by downloading the information pdf
Message sent by
Catherine Kimberley (Police, OPCC Communications Officer, Cambridgeshire)

03 Jul 2017

Police and Crime Commissioner Jason Ablewhite - Newsletter

You can find it here - Download Acrobat File
Car Security

03 Jul 2017

Car security - keep yours safe

Car security has improved greatly in recent years, long gone are the days that thieves are able to easily “hot wire” a vehicle in order to steal it. These days, offenders are seeking to steal cars by burgling houses with the specific intention of stealing keys.
We have seen a number of instances recently where our residents have been targeted in this way. We are urging people to help by remaining vigilant – during the day, be on the lookout for any unusual people or vehicles paying attention to the driveway of a house where a desirable car is parked, even if it’s not there at the time, similarly late at night, if you’re coming or going be on the lookout for any unusual activity.
The types of vehicles that have been targeted in our district in recent months appear to be predominantly Volkswagen, however also Mercedes and Audi. The offences have occurred in Earith, Bluntisham, St. Neots & St. Ives.
Owners of high value, desirable cars are advised to take extra precautions.

Key prevention advice:-
• Never leave car or other keys in open view of your letterbox or ground floor window where an offender could easily access them by fishing them out, consider installing a cage on the inside of the letter box.
• Always keep doors and windows locked.
• Fit a steering wheel lock / other after market security devices
• It’s the car keys a thief wants, leave the keys downstairs in a suitable place. Aggravated burglary is very rare in Cambridgeshire, but if the thief is persistent enough to break in, it’s best that they take the keys and leave. The safety of people should always come before the safety of property.
• If you have a garage, always makes sure the car is parked in it overnight.
• Many of us have burglar alarms, but often don’t set them. Ensure your alarm is set.
• Invest in a tracking device, if your car is stolen there is a much better chance of it being traced.
• Be alert – consider who is around you and where your keys are.
• Report suspicious activity or interest in these types of vehicles to police on 101, or 999 in an emergency. Without putting yourself at risk, try and obtain a description of anyone seen, and registration numbers of vehicles if you can and pass these to the police operator.
• Criminal activity can also be reported to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at

Further advice on what to do if your vehicle is stolen can be found online at

Lee Hurley (PCSO 7293)
Huntingdonshire Burglary Team
Police Alert

29 Jun 2017

Police are linking burglaries in Ramsey

We are linking a series of burglaries in Ramsey. These offences have happened overnight in Newtown Road and other offences have occurred at The Maltings, Wyatt Close and New Road. These offences range from, entry being gained to homes as well as garages/sheds. In all but one of these offences the offenders have exposed an insecurity. We are urging residents in the area to ensure that all doors, windows and outbuildings are securely locked at all times. To view a short video on home security, please click this link. Youtube Video on keeping your home safe
If you have any information regarding these burglaries or any suspicious activity in your area please contact the Burglary Team on 101 or email Alternatively, you can contact Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111 and give information anonymously.
If you require any crime prevention advice please visit Crime Prevention and follow the links to ‘Crime Prevention’.
Or for an interactive Home Security Survey please visit...
Visit the survey We thank local residents for their continued support.

Clare Darbyshire (Police, Crime Reduction Officer, Huntingdon)
Keeping your home safe from burglary this summer

19 Jan 2017

Taking just a few steps can make a big difference in keeping your home safe from burglary this summer.

Here are a few tips:

1. Ensure you lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house.
2. Garden entertaining - Please close all windows/doors at the front/side of your property when out of your sight, this is an ideal opportunity for a burglar to strike. Please do not be complacent and let your barriers down.
3. Keep your house and car keys somewhere safe, especially out of sight and away from the letterbox. Remember a device could be used to hook the keys through the letterbox.
4. Install good outside lighting – dusk to dawn (front) and motion sensor (rear).
5. Ask a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property when you go away on holiday.
6. Use timers on your lights (lamp) or leave a radio on to make the property appear occupied.
7. Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows.
8. Be creative about where you store any high value items, such as: - jewellery.
9. Ensure your fencing around your garden is in good condition, you could add trellis on the top to make it less appealing to climb.
10. Securing bikes at home by locking them to an immovable object (ground anchor) inside a locked shed or garage. Look at purchasing a shed alarm and use adequate locks, such as: - closed shackle padlocks.
11. Keep ladders and tools stored away. Don't leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home.
12. Ensure any side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property. Use a closed shackle padlock or consider a Gatemate Long Throw Lock and Security Eschutcheon, this a Sold secure product with a Bronze accreditation. There are other similar accredited products on the market.
13. Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property. For example: - trim high hedges.
14. Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme in your area.
15. Take photos and mark your property with your post code and house number. You can also register any valuables for free with Immobilise.
16. Install a visual burglar alarm or CCTV. For further guidance on choosing the appropriate alarm and CCTV system for your home and approved suppliers visit : - National Security Inspectorate (NSI) and Security Systems and Alarms Inspectorate Board (SSAIB)
Please click this link to view a short video.
Scams Awareness Month 2017

19 Jun 2017

The campaign is led by Citizens Advice, working in partnership with organisations such as Trading Standards and the Metropolitan Police

The link to the Scams Awareness Month 2017 page on the Citizens Advice website is:

Current Campaigns

There are a variety of resources listed on this page and I’d be very grateful if you, or a colleague (if I have reached you in error), might consider incorporating some of these into your communications with local residents over the next month or so. For example, there is an A4 colour poster available to download (which I’d be happy to print off and send to you, if desired) and there are graphics for screens in reception areas, as well as shareable social media resources.

Should you have any queries about Scams Awareness Month 2017, or if you would like my help with scams awareness and prevention in general in your communities, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Kind regards,

Karen Reid
Community Protection Officer
Strengthening Communities
Corporate and Customer Services Directorate
Telephone: 01223 706355
Online Crime and Targeting

14 Jun 2017

Fraudsters have been advertising vehicles and machinery for sale on various selling platforms online.

The victims, after communicating via email with the fraudster, will receive a bogus email which purports to be from an established escrow provider (a third party who will keep the payment until the buying and selling parties are both happy with the deal).

These emails are designed to persuade victims to pay upfront, via bank transfer, before visiting the seller to collect the goods. The emails also claim that the buyer (victim) has 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.

Protect yourself:
• When making a large purchase such as a new car or machinery, always meet the seller face to face first and ask to see the goods before transferring any money.
• If you receive a suspicious email asking for payment, check for spelling, grammar, or any other errors, and check who sent the email. If in doubt, check feedback online by searching the associated phone numbers or email addresses of the seller.
• Contact the third party the fraudsters are purporting to be using to make the transaction. They should be able to confirm whether the email you have received is legitimate or not.
• False adverts often offer vehicles or machinery for sale well below market value to entice potential victims; always be cautious. If it looks too good to be true then it probably is.
If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting, or by calling 0300 123 2040
Take the Cyber Test

07 Jun 2017

Take the Cyber Test - How aware are you?

As part of the continued development of the Alert system we have again been working with Action Fraud and the Home Office to enable us to provide you with specific advice and guidance based on your circumstances and understanding about specific techniques used by organised gangs and cyber criminals. This is about tailoring the service you receive based on you and your requirements so that your messages are more relevant and useful to you.

You have previously completed the Action Fraud Cyber Survey. Since then, various Police Forces and Action Fraud have undertaken work to try and warn and inform you about typical Fraud and Cyber scams. We now need to know if this effort has been worthwhile so it would be very much appreciated if you could once again take a few minutes to complete the survey with your current knowledge and understanding.

To participate, please click the button below and complete the survey questions.

We have made this as quick and efficient as possible, you will not need to log in or complete other irrelevant questions. There are no more than eight questions which will ask you to rate your attitude to frauds and scams and how likely you are to protect yourself from them, particularly if you are online.

Please note, each question asks you to rate (0-9) how much you agree with a statement, simply click the answer closest to your opinion and the next question will appear.

It’ll be really quick to complete and as well as improving your future messages, at the end you’ll get feedback straight away on how well protected you are and more simple steps you can take to help stop you and your family becoming victims.

We hope you’ll be able to spare a couple of minutes to fill this in to help us. If you have the time to do it now just click the button below. This survey will be live for the next two weeks so if you can't fill this in now you can come back and complete it at any time before then.

Click here to take Part
eCops - Smishing Warning Notice

29 May 2017
Message sent by
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Smishing – the term used for SMS phishing – is an activity which enables criminals to steal victims’ money or identity, or both, as a result of a response to a text message. Smishing uses your mobile phone (either a smartphone or traditional non-internet connected handset) to manipulate innocent people into taking various actions which can lead to being defrauded.

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has received information that fraudsters are targeting victims via text message, purporting to be from their credit card provider, stating a transaction has been approved on their credit card.

The text message further states to confirm if the transaction is genuine by replying ‘Y’ for Yes or ‘N’ for No.

Through this method the fraudster would receive confirmation of the victim’s active telephone number and would be able to engage further by asking for the victim’s credit card details, CVV number (the three digits on the back of your bank card) and/or other personal information.

Protect yourself:
• Always check the validity of the text message by contacting your credit card provider through the number provided at the back of the card or on the credit card/bank statement.
• Beware of cold calls purporting to be from banks and/or credit card providers.
• If the phone call from the bank seems suspicious, hang up the phone and wait for 10 minutes before calling the bank back. Again, refer to the number at the back of the card or on the bank statement in order to contact your bank.
• If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, please report it to Action Fraud at or alternatively by calling 0300 123 2040
eCops - Smishing Warning Notice

29 May 2017eCops

16 May 2017

Message sent by
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Following the ransomware cyber attack on Friday 12 May which affected the NHS and is believed to have affected other organisations globally, the City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has issued an alert urging both individuals and businesses to follow protection advice immediately and in the coming days.

Ransomware is a form of malicious software (Malware) that enables cyber criminals to remotely lock down files on your computer or mobile device. Criminals will use ransomware to extort money from you (a ransom), before they restore access to your files. There are many ways that ransomware can infect your device, whether it be a link to a malicious website in an unsolicited email, or through a security vulnerability in a piece of software you use.

Key Protect messages for businesses to protect themselves from ransomware:
• Install system and application updates on all devices as soon as they become available.
• Install anti-virus software on all devices and keep it updated.
• Create regular backups of your important files to a device that isn’t left connected to your network as any malware infection could spread to that too.

The National Cyber Security Centre’s technical guidance includes specific software patches to use that will prevent uninfected computers on your network from becoming infected with the “WannaCry” Ransomware:

For additional in-depth technical guidance on how to protect your organisation from ransomware, details can be found here:

Key Protect advice for individuals:
• Install system and application updates on all devices as soon as they become available.
• Install anti-virus software on all devices and keep it updated.
• Create regular backups of your important files to a device (such as an external hard drive or memory stick) that isn’t left connected to your computer as any malware infection could spread to that too.
• Only install apps from official app stores, such as Google’s Play Store, or Apple’s App Store as they offer better levels of protection than some 3rd party stores. Jailbreaking, rooting, or disabling any of the default security features of your device will make it more susceptible to malware infections.

Fraudsters may exploit this high profile incident and use it as part of phishing/smishing campaigns. We urge people to be cautious if they receive any unsolicited communications from the NHS. The protect advice for that is the following:
• An email address can be spoofed. Don’t open attachments or click on the links within any unsolicited emails you receive, and never respond to emails that ask for your personal or financial details.
• The sender’s name and number in a text message can be spoofed, so even if the message appears to be from an organisation you know of, you should still exercise caution, particularly if the texts are asking you to click on a link or call a number.
Don’t disclose your personal or financial details during a cold call, and remember that the police and banks will never ring you and ask you to verify your PIN, withdraw your cash, or transfer your money to another “safe” account.

If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, please report it to Action Fraud at
News From The Police And Crime Commissioner 09/05/2017 Message sent by
Catherine Kimberley (Police, OPCC Communications Officer, Cambridgeshire)

Welcome to the latest newsletter from Police and Crime Commissioner Jason Ablewhite.

In this edition, you can read about Jason's support for the introduction of new fines for excessive speeding and also his response to HMIC’s latest State of Policing report.
Download it here

29 Apr 2017 - Hunts District Council Information Legislation as directed by Huntingdon District Council regarding Dog Fouling

Download a copy of the flyer here Download
eCops April 2017 Newsletter:Message sent by
Catherine Kimberley (Police, OPCC Communications Officer, Cambridgeshire)

Welcome to the latest newsletter from Police and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite.

In this edition you can read about a scheme to reduce reoffending in Cambridgeshire,
download a copy of the Commissioner's four year Police and Crime Plan for the Constabulary and catch up on all his latest activity.

Download the Connect-Newsletter-April-2017 here

Kind regards

Catherine - A14

04 Apr 17
Read about the A14 upgrade

"Three months in to main construction on the A14’s £1.5bn upgrade in Cambridgeshire, Highways England’s project manager is giving a sneak peek into progress made so far – including technical innovations and archaeological finds."

Click here to find out more
eCops Update:

04 Apr 2017
Message sent by
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National),

Fraudsters are sending out a high volume of phishing emails to personal and business email addresses, pretending to come from various email addresses, which have been compromised.

The subject line contains the recipient’s name, and the main body of text is as below:

“Hi, [name]!

I am disturbing you for a very serious reason. Although we are not familiar, but I have significant amount of individual info concerning you. The thing is that, most likely mistakenly, the data of your account has been emailed to me.

For instance, your address is:

[real home address]

I am a law-abiding citizen, so I decided to personal data may have been hacked. I attached the file – [surname].dot that I received, that you could explore what info has become obtainable for scammers. File password is – 2811

Best Wishes,”

The emails include an attachment – a ‘.dot’ file usually titled with the recipient’s name.

This attachment is thought to contain the Banking Trojan Ursniff/Gozi, hidden within an image in the document. The Ursniff Banking Trojan attempts to obtain sensitive data from victims, such as banking credentials and passwords. The data is subsequently used by criminals for monetary gain.

Protect Yourself:

Having up-to-date virus protection is essential; however it will not always prevent your device(s) from becoming infected.

Please consider the following actions:

• Don’t click on links or open any attachments you receive in unsolicited emails or SMS messages: Remember that fraudsters can ‘spoof’ an email address to make it look like one used by someone you trust. If you are unsure, check the email header to identify the true source of communication (you can find out how by searching the internet for relevant advice for your email provider).
• Do not enable macros in downloads; enabling macros will allow Trojan/malware to be installed onto your device.
• Always install software updates as soon as they become available. Whether you are updating the operating system or an application, the update will often include fixes for critical security vulnerabilities.
• Create regular backups of your important files to an external hard drive, memory stick or online storage provider. It is important that the device you back up to is not connected to your computer as any malware infection could spread to that as well.
• If you think your bank details have been compromised, you should contact your bank immediately.

If you have been affected by this or any other fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visit Action Fraud Police
eCops Update:

27 Mar 2017
Message sent by
Chris Shaw (Police, PSV - Online Communities, Huntingdonshire - St Ives)

RAF Upwood - Police received a report of a group of about 10 young people, believed to be males aged between about 16 and 21 years, attempting to break in to a storage unit on the disused RAF Upwood base, at around 6:00 pm on Saturday 18th March. The unit stores equipment used for the regular 'Airsoft' events held on the base. However, when officers arrived the youths had dispersed and there was no sign of any fresh damage on the site.

RAF Upwood - Police were called to RAF Upwood again at 6:30 pm on Sunday 19th March following a report of trespassers on the base having arrived in two cars and cut through the fence to gain access. The report suggested that the intruders were wearing balaclava helmets and had used bolt-cutters to get onto the base. A political motive was at first suspected, but when officers searched the area it was found to be just teenagers. About a dozen young people were located and searched, and police issued several official cannabis warnings and cautions in relation to Criminal Damage and drugs offences.

Earlier on the Sunday afternoon, police had been notified by the Fire Brigade that they were attending a deliberate fire started in a pile of rubbish near a building on the RAF Upwood base, but that police attendance was not required.

High Street, Bury - Police were called to a collision between a car and a single-decker bus that blocked the road at Bury High Street just after 9:00 am on Thursday 23rd March. A lot of debris was scattered across the road and the car was immobilised but although an ambulance was called and the car-driver was described as 'badly shaken', fortunately no-one was badly injured. Recovery services towed the damaged car away and the road was open again by 10:30 am.

Lost and Found:

Found - Bury - Friday morning, 17th March - a pencil case containing bunches of keys - collected by police and booked in as lost property.

As always, if you have information relating to any offence, or are concerned about any suspicious activities, please contact police by using the '101' telephone number. 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'.

Best Wishes,

Chris Shaw, PSV

St Ives Police Station

Roadworks and Closures - Update

20 Mar 2017
For further information, including changes to planned works, log on to The Traffic Highways Site here

A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire: major improvements

Work to improve journeys on the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon continues this week with a variety of tasks underway including the installation of plant-crossing points, site surveys, clearing vegetation and installing CCTV, average speed cameras and information signs.

A14 junction 33 (Milton) to junction 34 (Horningsea), Cambridgeshire: drainage repairs

Work to improve journeys by carrying out drainage maintenance along the A14 continues this week. Lane two will be closed on both carriageways overnight, between 8pm and 6am, from Monday, March 20, for five nights.

A14 Spaldwick: safety fence upgrade

Work to upgrade the verge side safety barrier at the side of the road in two locations around Spaldwick start this week. There will be a temporary 50mph speed limit in place 24 hours a day and at weekends. The slip road at junction 18 (Spaldwick) will be closed from Monday, March 20, for five nights overnight, between 8pm and 6am. Traffic will be diverted to travel to junction 18 and then to return eastbound to junction 18.

A421 Elstow, Bedfordshire: technology installation

Work to improve journeys by installing traffic sensors in the carriageway will take place this week. Lane closures will be in place on the eastbound exit slip road during the day, between 8am and 5pm, on Monday, March 20.

A428 Eltisley, Cambridgeshire; street lighting and road markings

Work to improve journeys by carrying out street lighting maintenance and renewing road markings continues this week. Temporary traffic lights will be in place overnight, between 8pm and 6am, until Friday, March 31.

A1 Georgetown to Sandy, Bedfordshire: resurfacing

Work to improve journeys by resurfacing sections of the A1 southbound takes place this week. The southbound carriageway will be closed between the Black Car and Sandy roundabouts overnight, between 8pm and 6am, on Monday, March 20, for three nights. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A421 and A603 following the hollow diamond symbol.

A1 Sandy to Black Cat, Bedfordshire: drainage improvements

Work to improve journeys by renewing drainage on the A1 continues this week. Lane closures will be in place overnight, between 8pm and 5am, from Monday, March 20, for five nights.

A1 Carpenters Lodge, Cambridge: resurfacing

Work to improve journeys by carrying out resurfacing on the northbound slip road starts this week. Access to and from the A1 at the B1140 will be closed, with traffic diverted to the next available junction. The slip road will be closed overnight between 8pm and 6am on Tuesday, March 21, for one night.
eCops Update:

17 Mar 2017

Message sent by
Chris Shaw (Police, PSV - Online Communities, Huntingdonshire - St Ives)

summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 10th to 16th March:

Slack's Lane, Bury - Thieves stole a wheel-barrow and some items of riding equipment from a stable on Slack's Lane, Bury, at some time overnight on Friday 10th / Saturday 11th March. The intruders may have been able to enter via a door inadvertently left unlocked.

RAF Upwood - Police received a report of groups of young people seen entering the disused RAF Upwood base, mid-evening on Saturday 11th March. About 10 people had been seen to enter the site by climbing over a gate from the Fairmeads estate direction. However when police searched the area nothing untoward was found.

RAF Upwood - Police were called back to RAF Upwood on Monday evening, 13th March, following another report of young people seen inside the disused base. When police checked, the main gates to the site were open but no unauthorised people could be located.

Meadow Lane, Bury - Someone broke into a car left parked on Meadow Lane in the early afternoon of Tuesday 14th March whilst the owner walked her dogs along tracks nearby. The thieves managed to push down one of the car windows and were then able to steal a purse containing bank cards and other documents from the driver's side door pocket.

Grenfell Road, Bury - Police received a report of an attempted computer fraud from a resident on Grenfell Road, Bury, on Thursday 16th March. The informant had received three calls from someone speaking with an Indian accent, claiming to be from Microsoft and saying that they had detected problems with the informant's computer, which they could fix. At this point the informant put the phone down, aware that it was a scam. The incident has been reported to ActionFraud, the UK centre of fraud and cyber crime.

Bury - Police arrested a suspect on Thursday evening, 16th March, following a violent incident at a house in Bury. A woman was allegedly assaulted by a family member and sought refuge with neighbours who called the police. Enquiries are continuing.

As always, if you have information relating to any offence, or are concerned about any suspicious activities, please contact police by using the '101' telephone number. 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'.

Best Wishes,

Chris Shaw, PSV

St Ives Police Station

Roadworks and road closures planned for the week ahead

PUBLISHED: 16:00 10 March 2017
For further information, including changes to planned works, log on to More Information.

A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon:

Work to improve journeys on the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon continues this week with a variety of tasks underway including the installation of plant-crossing points, site surveys, clearing vegetation and installing CCTV, average speed cameras and information signs.

The southbound A1 will be fully closed between Brampton Hut & Buckden overnight, between 8pm and 6am, from March 13 for three nights.

The outside lane will be closed on the southbound A1 between Alconbury and Brampton Hut overnight, between 8pm and 6am, from March 13 for three nights.

The scheme is due to be completed in March 2021.

A428 Eltisley; street lighting and road markings

Work to improve journeys by carrying out street lighting maintenance and renewing road markings continues this week. Temporary traffic lights will be in place overnight, between 8pm and 6am, until March 31.

A1 Georgetown to Sandy:

Work to improve journeys by resurfacing sections of the A1 southbound takes place this week. The southbound carriageway will be closed between the Black Car and Sandy roundabouts overnight, between 8pm and 6am, on Monday, March 13, for three nights. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A421 and A603 following the hollow diamond symbol.

A1 Sandy to Black Cat:

Work to improve journeys by renewing drainage on the A1 continues this week. Lane closures will be in place overnight, between 8pm and 5am, from Monday, March 13, for five nights.
9 Mar 2017

Crime Prevention - Shed & Garages
Message sent by
Clare Darbyshire (Police, Crime Reduction Officer, Huntingdon)

Be aware of an increase in shed and garage burglaries across the district. Please can I ask that you report any suspicious activity, and where possible make a note of the number plates? It would appear that bicycles and garden equipment are of particular interest.

Please see general crime prevention advice below:-

• Access to the garden – lock gates.
• Fix trellis to the fencing, this will help to deter anyone from climbing over the fence.
• Shed locked using closed shackle padlock
• Screws on hinges burred to prevent unscrewing.
• Install a motion sensor shed/garage alarm which can be purchased at a reasonable cost from most DIY stores.
• Large items chained down to prevent moving - mowers/bikes etc.
• Security mark your property or give them a unique mark to make them recognisable to you. Visit Bike Register or Immobilise for more information.
• Consider whether it is appropriate to store high value items within outbuildings if they cannot be adequately secured.
• Any secondary access points should be secured with appropriate standard locks for the type of door.
• If you have a secondary access point to your garage and no longer use the main door, consider fixing the garage door to the frame at various points.
• Consider the possibility of installing CCTV as a deterrent.
• Consider installing security lighting with motion sensors to cover the access and egress points.
• Place your car close the garage door to prevent access
• Please ensure you have insurance should such a crime take place.

Please report any suspicious activity on 101


Crime Reduction Officer
Replacement of Road Marking and Studs following Dressing Works

03 Mar 2017

In the spring/summer of 2017 we will be carrying out our annual programme of surface dressing works (please see attached table for specific locations affecting your area).

This process seals the road surface to protect it from frost damage and also increases its skid resistance making it safer for drivers. As part of the scheme planning we have reviewed the road markings and road studs at each of the sites.

All road markings and road studs should be in accordance with The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2016 and The Traffic Signs Manual which give guidance on their use. However, over the years there has been an inconsistent approach to the provision of road markings and studs across the county. On many roads this has resulted in either an excess of markings or the installation of incorrect markings. In some locations changes have been made, such as a reduction in the speed limit, with the result that the markings and studs no longer comply with the current regulations and guidance. Also, changes have been made to the regulations relating to road markings, meaning that some, such as ‘Keep Clear’ markings, are no longer legally correct.

As a result, following the surface dressing process, in some places some road markings and studs will not be replaced and in others there will be additional ones.

Roads in Bury affected:

High Meadow
Old Stable Walk
Ringwood Close
Sunfield Road
Woodfield Avenue
17 Feb 2017

Message sent by
Catherine Kimberley (Police, OPCC Communications Officer, Cambridgeshire)

Below is a link to the latest news from Police and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite.

In this edition, you can find out about a new Police Casualty Reduction Post and a dedicated counselling post to help young victims of sexual violence recover from their experience, jointly funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner and Embrace Child Victims of Crime (CVOC).

Please download the February Newsletter here

Kind regards


Catherine Kimberley
Communications Officer
15 Feb 2017

We were hoping you might be able to lend us a hand with spreading the word about a very special family fundraising event: Bubble Rush 5K, which comes to Huntingdon’s Riverside Park this summer, on Sunday 16 July.

In the region of 650 people took part in the fun filled foamy experience last year (the first time an event like this had been held in the area), jogging or walking around the 5k course, which has a station jetting out colourful foam at each 1K marker.

It’s a unique, friendly event for the summer and people living in your area may like to take part with their family, whilst simultaneously helping to raise funds for Arthur Rank Hospice (Cambridgeshire’s adult hospice caring for 2000 a year who are living with a life-limiting illness). Last year we even had ITV visit and broadcast a news piece about the event that evening, so it really did get everyone talking!

Would you perhaps be able to share the pdf ... Download the pdf here There are a few options of how you could do this:
• printing to use as a poster or to pin to your village notice boards
• adding it to your website, newsletter or parish magazine
• distributing via your social media networks, if you use these?

If you would like the information in a different format, please so let us know what you need and we will try to accommodate your request.

Thank you so much for your help in advance.

Kind regards,
Dawn Easby

PR & Communications Officer
10 Feb 2017
Message sent by
Chris Shaw (Police, PSV - Online Communities, Huntingdonshire - St Ives)

High Street, Bury - Police received a report of a collision between two cars on Bury High Street just before 9:00 am on Saturday 4th February. One of the cars was reported to have been on the wrong side of the road, and after the collision, drove off without exchanging details. No injuries were reported but recovery services were needed to remove the damaged car from the road whilst officers cleared up debris.

RAF Upwood, Bury - Police received a report of a group of people attempting to enter the disused RAF Upwood site through a hole in the fence, just after 2:00 pm on Sunday 5th February. However, before police arrived they were advised that the group had moved away from the area.

Hill Estate, Bury - At 10:00 pm on Sunday night, 5th February, police received a report of a 'dead pig' causing an obstruction in the road on the Hill Estate, Bury. However, when police arrived they found that the animal was in fact a very much alive badger. Officers 'moved it on'...

As always, if you have information relating to any offence, or are concerned about any suspicious activities, please contact police by using the '101' telephone number. 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'.

Best Wishes,
Chris Shaw, PSV
St Ives Police Station
3 Feb 2017

Youth Work Update

Youth Work Services in Cambridgeshire

Services Available

After celebrating 21 years of valuable youth work in Cambridgeshire a local charity is this year looking to find new locations for both its mobile and building based youth work. The Connections Bus Project provides services to villages and communities and has sessions available for hire from April 2017.
With a team of experienced youth workers, the charity is able to provide regular open-access youth clubs in either a local building or on one of its bespoke youth buses.
The clubs are a great way to provide a safe, warm and friendly meeting place for your young people, with access to recreational, social and educational activities as well as informal discussions on topics as varying as career choices, family issues, sexual health and volunteering.
The young people, their parents and parish councils have praised the facilities available:
• “allows us to talk to an adult about concerns we have”
• “it allows us time away from hassle at home and gives us a sense of independence”
• “this is the only club that I have managed to get my son to go along to, it has become a really important part of his week”
• “the youth bus has given my son more confidence socially and he is benefitting from the social opportunities provided”
• “interesting that more girls seem to be attending, possibly an endorsement of the secure safe environment.”
• “ASB has lowered since the attendance of the Connections Bus for which we are extremely grateful”
Trustees Needed
The charity is also seeking two new volunteer trustees to join the Management Committee, which meets formally about four times a year. This would be a great opportunity for someone looking to support youth work in Cambridgeshire to join the enthusiastic team who oversee the charity, its strategy and its vision.

For more information on any of the above, please get in touch with Alan Webb (Project Manager)
01223 232978 or or

27 Jan 2017
Fire Fire Fire

RAF Upwood, Ramsey Road, Bury - Mid-afternoon on Saturday 21st January, police were notified by the Fire Brigade of a fire in a derelict building on the disused RAF Upwood site which fire officers believed had been deliberately started. Shortly afterwards, police interviewed a teenager who admitted the offence.

Editor Note
Parents, Carers. Please talk to your children / teenagers about the dangers of RAF Upwood derelict site. Do this before something happens that we don't want to read about.
24 Jan 2017

Protect yourself against Fraud
Computer Crime

Computer Crime

Payment diversion alert
Fraudsters are emailing members of the public who are expecting to make a payment for property repairs.

The fraudsters will purport to be a tradesman who has recently completed work at the property and use a similar email address to that of the genuine tradesman. They will ask for funds to be transferred via bank transfer. Once payment is made the victims of the scam soon realise they have been deceived when the genuine tradesman requests payment for their services.

Protect yourself

• Always check the email address is exactly the same as previous correspondence with the genuine contact.
• For any request of payment via email verify the validity of the request with a phone call to the person who carried out the work.
• Check the email for spelling and grammar as these signs can indicate that the email is not genuine.
• Payments via bank transfer offer no financial protection; consider using alternative methods such as a credit card or PayPal which offer protection and an avenue for recompense.
If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online Action Fraud or by telephone 0300 123 2040
Waste Management.

Times may be changing

In our Area


FAQ's can be downloads in Acrobat format here

Waste Collection Rounds are Changing from 27 February 2017

We are currently undergoing a large-scale round rescheduling project which will result in most residents across the district experiencing date changes to their refuse and recycling collections. The implementation date of the new rounds is 27 February 2017.

It has been several years since the District Council has reviewed its collection rounds, and ongoing changes throughout the district over the past five years has resulted in another examination of the rounds being required. One of the biggest changes has been the growth in housing and the future housing developments predicted for the next two years. Taking this into account- improved and effective collection rounds have been produced to balance the work load across the work force as well as being more efficient in terms of time and fuel.

From the week commencing 6 February 2017, all households will be receiving an information pack containing a letter informing them of their new collection dates, as well as a Refuse and Recycling Guide. We are still finalising a few of the collection rounds so I am unable to provide you with the new arrangements for your parishes/towns at the moment.

During this week the online bin calendar will also go live on the Council website- allowing residents to look up when their new collection days will be. The calendar can be viewed at

Further promotion includes posters that will be distributed in various locations throughout the district such as the leisure centres, libraries and customer service centres. Information signs will be installed in car parks, and on our vehicles. All promotions direct residents to either the relevant website link or the call centre number. From 23 January 2017, the website will host a list of frequently asked questions to put the residents at ease until their new collection dates are available.

Next week you will receive a pack from us which will include a promotional poster and the FAQ’s. Please feel free to present the posters in areas of interest such as doctor’s surgeries, village halls or community centres. The aim is obviously to spread the message and reach as many residents as possible. I have also attached an electronic copy of these and if you are able to upload on to your website or social media site that would be greatly appreciated.

I would like to thank you for your assistance with this and if you would like more information please let me know

Kind Regards
Heidi Field
Waste Minimisation Officer
Huntingdonshire District Council
01480 388843
Facebook - Recycle For Huntingdonshire
Twitter - RecyclewithHDC
Newsletter from the Police & Crime Commissioner.

Jan 2017
Read the newsletter. You can download it in pdf format here
Posted 05 Jan 2017

Be safe online with Amazon

Message sent by
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Action Fraud has received several reports from victims who have been sent convincing looking emails claiming to be from Amazon. The spoofed emails from “” claim recipients have made an order online and mimic an automatic customer email notification.
The scam email claims recipients have ordered an expensive vintage chandelier. Other reported examples include: Bose stereos, iPhone’s and luxury watches.

The emails cleverly state that if recipients haven’t authorised the transaction they can click on the help centre link to receive a full refund. The link leads to an authentic-looking website, which asks victims to confirm their name, address, and bank card information.

Amazon says that suspicious e-mails will often contain:
• Links to websites that look like, but aren't
• Attachments or prompts to install software on your computer.
• Typos or grammatical errors.
• Forged (or spoofed) e-mail addresses to make it look like the e-mail is coming from

Amazon will never ask for personal information to be supplied by e-mail.
You can read more about identifying suspicious emails claiming to be from Amazon by visiting Amazon Customer Help

To report a fraud or cyber crime, call us on 0300 123 2040.