Community Notes & Information - September 23rd, 2019

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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.
    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:
    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

    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


    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 for more inspiration, ideas and support.

    Stay connected with Neighbourhood Watch on Facebook and Twitter
    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:
    Start date: 17/05/19 16:35
    End date: 31/12/19 16:00
    Please select the following link to view this event:
    You can find the Local Plan Here
    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


    04 Apr 2019
    Stay Computer Safe

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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:
    20 Mar 2019
    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 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
    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, or by calling 0300 123 2040.

    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 . Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit

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

    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

    Those who believe an item belongs to them should email 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
    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

    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 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.

    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
    31 Oct 2018
    Roads Information

    Local Road Information

    Download the local Road information for the month of November 2018 - Download .pdf Here
    30 Oct 2018
    Watch out for the Scammers

    Extortion Scam

    Cyber criminals send victims their own passwords in extortion scam

    Cyber criminals are attempting to blackmail unsuspecting victims by claiming to have used the victims' password to install spying malware on the victims' computer. The criminals claim they’ve recorded videos of the victim watching adult material by activating their webcam when they visit these websites. What makes this scam so convincing is that the email usually includes a genuine password the victim has used for one of their online accounts. We believe criminals obtain the passwords from data breaches.

    What to do if you get one of these emails?

    Don’t reply to the email, or be pressured into paying. The police advise that you do not pay criminals. Try flagging the email as spam/junk if you receive it multiple times. Perform a password reset as soon as possible on any accounts where you’ve used the password mentioned in the email. Always use a strong, separate password for important accounts, such as your email. Where available, enable two-factor authentication (2FA). Always install the latest software and app updates. Install, or enable, anti-virus software on your laptops and computers and keep it updated.

    If you receive one of these emails, report it to Action Fraud’s phishing reporting tool. If you have received one of these emails and paid the ransom, report it to your local police force.

    Submitted by Action Fraud
    29 Oct 2018
    Police And Crime Commissioner Public Surgery

    Police And Crime Commissioner Public Surgery

    As part of his public engagement commitment as Police and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite holds regular one to one meetings with the public across the county.

    If you have an issue which you would like to discuss with the Commissioner, you can book a 15 minute appointment at the next public surgery. The surgery will be held on the 7th of November at Cambridgeshire Constabulary Headquarters, Huntingdon, PE29 9LA from 9am to 11am.

    To book an appointment, please email or phone 0300 333 3456 to speak to a member of the Commissioner's team.

    Submitted by: Adam Roberts
    Communications & Engagement Officer
    Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

    29 Oct 2018

    Vacancy - Communications And Engagement Officer

    There is a vacancy in the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

    There is a vacancy for a Communications & Engagement Officer to support the Commissioner and his team by planning and delivering public and stakeholder engagement and communications activity.

    This includes developing and designing digital and printed media content through existing and emerging digital channels. You will work in partnership with officers and staff within Cambridgeshire Constabulary, partner agencies and the public. You will also travel regularly throughout the county.

    We are looking for an energetic and creative individual with good verbal and interpersonal skills. In particular you will need to demonstrate strong writing skills, working knowledge of effective social media and efficient administration skills.

    The closing date for the position is November 11th.
    More details can be found here: Click here

    Submitted by: Catherine Kimberley (Police, OPCC Communications Officer, Cambridgeshire)
    29 Oct 2018

    How To Keep The Cyber-Criminals Out

    Cyber-criminals use weaknesses in software and apps to attack your devices and steal your identity. Software updates are designed to fix these weaknesses and installing them as soon as possible will keep your devices & data secure.

    Software updates don’t have to get in the way of what you’re doing. You can choose to install them at night, when your device is plugged in and connected to wi-fi. You can also configure most devices to automatically install software and app updates.

    For more information on how to stay secure online, visit Cyber Aware Website
    29 Oct 2018
    Police and Crime Commissioner

    News From The Police And Crime Commissioner

    Please find below a link to the latest newsletter from Police and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite.

    Download the Newsletter in .pdf format here

    In this edition, you can read about the appointment of the new Chief Constable for Cambridgeshire Constabulary, find out about a brand new website to help support victims of crime, and read the Commissioners' thoughts on the fight against hare coursing.

    If you would prefer to receive the newsletter as an attachment, please email

    Submitted by: Adam Roberts
    Communications & Engagement Officer

    29 Oct 2018
    Driving Lessons

    Free Advanced Driving Lesson

    As part of our forthcoming Road Safety Day of Action on Friday 2nd of November, Ecops have teamed up with the Institute of Advanced Motorists to offer free 1hr advanced driving lessons.

    To make things even more interesting; at the end of the hour you will also be given a score based on your standard of driving and we will be giving out a prize for the best score at the end of the day. The Police and Crime Commissioner shall be taking part along with other local dignitaries. This is your chance to prove how good a driver you really are!

    If you’re interested in booking a free taster session, just click this here:

    Please note that you will be expected to complete the taster session in your own vehicle. Please feel free to share this with any Cambridgeshire resident you think may be interested. If you have any questions feel free to e-mail

    Submitted by: Superintendent James Sutherland - Head of Demand
    26 Oct 2018
    Important Traffic Management News

    Important Traffic Management News

    Please note that the southbound A1 will be closed continuously ALL THIS WEEKEND between Alconbury and the A14 J21 (Brampton Hut). The closure will take place from 9pm TONIGHT until 5am on Monday 29th October, and is due to the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon upgrade works. The diversion will take traffic along the A14 Alconbury Spur to the Spittals Interchange (A14 J23) , then onto the westbound A14. Link to the road closure: here

    The A1(M) southbound will be coned down to 1 lane approaching the closure. This is likely to cause some delays, especially on Sunday afternoon & evening.

    Closure in red, diversion in purple:

    In addition to this, the southbound A1 will also be closed tonight from Brampton Hut to Buckden, from 9pm tonight until 6am tomorrow. During this time, the diversion route will be A14 to J24 (Godmanchester), A1198 southbound to Caxton Gibbet, and A428 westbound – rejoining the A1 at St Neots.

    Total extent of the A1 southbound closure tonight:

    Also, please note that this weekend’s closure of the A1198 between Godmanchester and Papworth Everard had been cancelled, so the road is expected to remain open as normal.

    Daily updates on all the road closures associated with the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon scheme can be found at: Tweet Tweet Twitter

    Posted by:
    Traffic Management Officer
    Tel: 01480 376196

    Integrated Highways Management Centre (IHMC)
    Highways Service
    Cambridgeshire County Council

    24 Oct 2018
    There but not there

    04 Oct 2018
    Whippet Coaches

    Whippet Coaches

    Busway C on Saturday 29 September and Sunday 30 September 2018
    Due to track maintenance, route C will need to divert between Oakington and Histon & Impington on the above dates. If you wish to board at Oakington please wait on Station Road at a safe point close to The Busway.

    Route X3 on Saturday 29 September and Sunday 30 September 2018
    Due to road works in connection with the new A14, route X3 will need to divert on the above dates. No bus stops should be affected, but some delays will be experienced due to the longer route the bus will need to take.Click here to download a PDF of the diversion

    Route 8 – from 18 April 2017 (yes – 2017!)
    Due to the major improvement works on the A14 at Bar Hill, the bus stop just before joining the A14 on journeys towards Cambridge will be suspended from the above date. The nearest stop for the 8 towards Cambridge will be at Bar Hill Tesco Extra.
    04 Oct 2018
    What's in a Game

    Online Safety

    It is unlikely to have escaped the attention of many parents that ever-increasing numbers of young people are talking about the game ‘Fortnite’.
    But for parents, it can be an uphill battle to keep tabs on increasing numbers of portable, Internet capable devices that are accessible around the home, let alone understand what these games are and how they work.

    So what is Fortnite?

    It’s an online game where players do not have to pay to play. Up to 100 players compete against each other to be the last person standing in Player vs Player battles.
    Does Fortnite have an age rating?
    Yes, it has a PEGI rating of 12, this is due to the ‘frequent scenes of mild violence’. It is not suitable for persons under 12 years of age. (For more information about the PEGI rating process, see the video at

    What should parents know?

    1. You have to create an account and verify an email address but you are not asked for an age in order to create an account
    2. You play against people of different ages from all over the world. You can’t choose who you play against or turn off in game chats
    3. Users can make in game purchases
    4. There is animated violence within the game
    5. Fortnite is available on a multitude of platforms including PC, Mac, PlayStation and Xbox.

    What should you do?

    Firstly, have an open conversation with your child. It is as important to be involved in your child’s online life as it is in their “real world” one. Try to maintain an ongoing dialogue and try to understand what they like to do online – the Internet is an amazing, vast world of information but it also comes with some risks.
    Consider playing the game with them this is because you are able to start to understand what makes Fortnite so attractive for young people, as well as giving you an idea of the reporting tools available within the game.
    Within the game, know how to make a report when players are behaving inappropriately.

    Submitted by: PCSO 7293 Hurley
    Online Communities PCSO
    04 Oct 2018
    Identity Theft

    Identity Theft Awareness

    Advice About Identity Theft:

    A thief was seen stealing the mail from the post-box of a house in a village in the Ramsey District this week. This could lead to personal information being disclosed that could result in Identity Theft, the fraudulent use of someone’s private details for criminal gain.

    Action Fraud, the UK centre for cyber-crime and fraud, has advice and information about Identity Theft - how to recognise it and how to protect yourself against it:

    Identity theft

    Identity theft happens when fraudsters access enough information about someone’s identity (such as their name, date of birth, current or previous addresses) to commit identity fraud. Identity theft can take place whether the fraud victim is alive or deceased.
    If you’re a victim of identity theft, it can lead to fraud that can have a direct impact on your personal finances and could also make it difficult for you to obtain loans, credit cards or a mortgage until the matter is resolved.

    Identity fraud

    Identity fraud can be described as the use of that stolen identity in criminal activity to obtain goods or services by deception.
    Fraudsters can use your identity details to:
    • Open bank accounts.
    • Obtain credit cards, loans and state benefits.
    • Order goods in your name.
    • Take over your existing accounts.
    • Take out mobile phone contracts.
    • Obtain genuine documents such as passports and driving licences in your name.
    • Stealing an individual’s identity details does not, on its own, constitute identity fraud. But using that identity for any of the above activities does.

    The first you know of it may be when you receive bills or invoices for things you haven’t ordered, or when you receive letters from debt collectors for debts that aren’t yours.
    27 Sep 2018
    Changes to the StageCoach Bus Oct Schedule

    Changes to the StageCoach Bus Oct Schedule

    You can find the latest schedule to the StageCoach October Schedule Here
    24 Sep 2018
    Message from Action Fraud

    Watch out for these fake TV Licensing emails.

    We’ve seen a sharp increase in reports about fake TV Licensing emails claiming to offer refunds. The emails state that the refund cannot be processed due to “invalid account details”. The links provided in the emails lead to phishing websites designed to steal personal and financial details.

    Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.
    21 Sep 2018
    Visiting Support Service for Older People

    Visiting Support Service for Older People

    Available for residents 65 years and over, living in East Cambridgeshire, Fenland and Huntingdonshire.

    This service provides extra support for older people when most needed; particularly when experiencing a difficult period, such as a bereavement, ill health, financial worries, housing concerns, or perhaps negotiating around complex statutory situations.

    Our aim is to work with the individual to access services and support networks, and together plan the desired outcomes making appropriate connections helping individuals to reach a point of confidence and self-reliance.

    Our team will determine if the matters can be discussed over the telephone or if a home visit is more appropriate. Individuals can also visit our staff and volunteers in various venues at our Community Hubs.

    The types of support offered: Help with paperwork and liaising with third parties, organising bills and payments etc.
    Assistance with housing choices, including care homes.

    Adapting to changing needs, such as considering falls prevention equipment and aids.

    Information about and/or referral to social groups and leisure activities.

    Help to access a variety of services.

    Support to access care provision.

    Please find attached our information leaflet and referral form. You may also contact us on 01354 776110 or email

    Information leaflet
    VSSO Referral Form
    20 Sep 2018
    Parish Council Roundup Oct 2018

    Bury Parish News:

    The Full Parish Council reconvened following the August break.

    9 members of the public attended voicing their concern over steps being taken towards the possible development of a site within the village and close proximity to their properties. The residents were advised that no formal paperwork had been submitted at this time and it is in their interest to keep an eye on the HDC planning portal.

    The Parish still suffers from speeding vehicles. This is particular to the High Street Church and Golf Club and the junction of White Lion and Burton Brothers Garage. The Parish Council are working with Cambridgeshire Highways into ways to curb speeding and reduce the potential for a serious accident. However, it is difficult to understand Cambridge County Councils policies on reducing speeding when it seems that other County Councils have a different approach.

    The current position on the former RAF Upwood site is that Strawstons are reviewing the demolition quotes and have submitted an archaeological method statement to the County Council for approval. They hope to commence the demolition phase later this year.

    Tree works to Tunkers Lane, Owls End and Chevril Lane have been completed and it was agreed the work was done as requested, to a high standard and the site left clean and much safer.
    Garden Reclaim are continuing to do an excellent job of keeping the play areas cut and tidy. Unfortunately, there have been reports of dog fouling on the areas. I would therefore like to remind dog walkers to clean up after their dogs and also acknowledge that not all fowling is from dogs. The Foxes play their part too.

    Again, it is sad to say of mindless vandalism administered by some individuals who continue to destroy the matting on the outdoor gym equipment. In addition, shattered glass has been found in both parks too, which is an obvious danger to both children and animals. If you see some bad behaviour please report it.

    The Parish Council are working hard to becoming a “Quality Council”. What does this ‘Quality’ mean? Quality status should be high on the list of priorities for local councils, as the accreditation demonstrates their ability to deliver efficient services to local residents and speak with greater authority to principal councils when seeking delegated functions which can be better carried out locally.
    “Quality parish and town councils can bring fresh vibrancy to local democracy by placing local leadership and local capacity building at the heart of urban and rural areas”. Alun Michael MP, Minister of State for Rural Affairs, to the National Conference and Exhibition of the National Association of Local Councils 2003

    Planning is all around us. Please keep your eyes on the Hunts Planning Portal to see what is happening. You can find it here -

    The extension to the Church cemetery grounds is coming on well and we plan to start to plant the Garden of remembrance in late September with the help of pupils from Bury Primary School.

    Bury Christmas Lights Switch-on. The date for this year’s Christmas lights switch on will be the 30th November with a proposed new time of 18:30 to 20:00. Again it is proposed to close a portion of Owl’s End for the safety of everyone during this event.

    Pete Brindley
    Chairman Bury Parish Council.
    20 Sep 2018
    Netflix Scam
    Scam Alert - Fake Netflix Emails


    Watch out for these fake Netflix emails.

    There is an increase in reports about fake Netflix emails claiming that there’s an issue with your account, or that your account has been suspended. The email states that you need to “update” your account details in order to resolve the problem. The link in the emails leads to genuine-looking Netflix phishing websites designed to steal your username and password, as well as payment details.

    Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.

    06 Sep 2018
    Community Heartbeat Defib Training
    Residents of Bury Village, you are invited to be trained in the use of the new Village Defibrillator

    Click the image to enlarge
    06 Sep 2018
    Huntingdonshire's Local Plan to 2036:

    Huntingdonshire's Local Plan to 2036: Proposed Submission 2017 Huntingdonshire Local Plan | Huntingdonshire's Local Plan to 2036:

    Proposed Submission 2017

    Following concern from local Bury Residents on the proposed planned building in the Bury Village. The Huntingdonshire's Local Plan to 2036: Proposed Submission 2017 Huntingdonshire Local Plan can be found here to download

    The file is in Acrobat Format.

    The particular page of interest is page 223 RA7 and covers land South of Valiant Square that is part of the "plan".

    Posted by Cllr Pete Brindley
    04 Sep 2018
    Parish Council Roundup Sep 2018

    Bury Parish Council September 2018 Notes

    Bury Parish Council

    The Parish still suffers from speeding vehicles. This is particular to the High Street Church and Golf Club and the junction of White Lion and Burton Brothers Garage. The Parish Council are working with Cambridgeshire Highways into ways to curb speeding and reduce the potential for a serious accident..

    RAF Upwood seems to be a constant thorn in the side of the Village. On a regular basis the Police are called along with the Fire Service at great expense to the Community. The Council is still waiting for the archaeological dig report before the next phase of levelling the area can be considered.

    Owl’s End has seen its fair share of water leaks this summer and the Water Board need to be congratulated on their swift response to the call-outs.

    Bury Stores Defibrillator is now installed thanks to the hard work and dedication of local resident Lucy. The next phase is to train residents in the use of the Defibrillator and until this is done it cannot be legally used. Training is planned for September so watch out for dates and times on the Bury Village website Bury Village website and the Village Facebook Group.

    Grass cuttingaround the village is now under new contract. However, the hot weather has kept the grass short for quite some time now.

    The Parish Council would again like to thank local residents who have placed water bowls out for dogs and cats of the community that are finding the hot weather a strain.

    Again it is sad to state of the mindless vandalism administered by some individuals who continue to destroy the matting on the outdoor gym equipment. It cost a lot of money, time and effort to install safety matting and gym users are not too happy. Who can blame them!

    Planning is all around us. Please keep your eyes on the Hunts Planning Portal to see what is happening. You can find it here - Some residents have complained to me of individuals knocking on doors and asking if they would sell their house so it can be knocked down to give access to prime greenfield land. Not only do I deplore the building of properties on greenfield, approaching residents in such a manner to speculate on gaining planning permission is very poor judgement and causing a great deal on anxiety.

    The extension to the Church cemetery grounds is coming on well and we plan to start to plant the Garden of remembrance in later September with the help of pupils from Bury Primary School.

    Pete Brindley
    Chairman Bury Parish Council.
    24 Aug 2018
    Planning Applications

    Planning Application affecting Bury Village

    Planning No: 18/01692/FUL
    Description: Planning Permission Consultation - Land West Of Garden Court And 1 To 16 Upwood Road Bury
    Proposal: Erection of 100 dwellings alongside associated site infrastructure, open space (including provision of play facilities), and landscaping.

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    Visit the Huntingdon District Council Planning Portal. Click Here
    ... Enter the Planning number in the Simple Search box.

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    20 Aug 2018
    Nfib Alert - Bogus Overseas Officers Alert

    Nfib Alert - Bogus Overseas Officers

    Fraudsters are contacting overseas students and visitors who are in the UK via their mobile phone or social network account and purporting to represent UK or foreign law enforcement.

    After fraudsters have claimed to work with their respective embassy or government, they tell the victim that there is evidence in the form of forged documentation or parcels which implicate them in a crime such as money laundering, fraud or immigration offences.

    After demanding further personal details from the victim such as their name, current address and copies of personal documentation, they threaten the victim by suggesting a warrant exists for their arrest which will result in their deportation and imprisonment unless they transfer a payment to them in order to cancel the arrest or pay a fine. Once the money is transferred, all contact between the victim and the fraudster is severed.

    What You Need To Do:
    • Police will never ask you to withdraw to transfer money so “it can be checked”, neither would they demand money to in order to cancel an arrest.
    • Do not be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details no matter who they say they are; protect your information and have the confidence to question and refuse unusual requests.
    • If you have made a payment to someone claiming to be the police or government department, and you think you might be a victim of fraud, you can report it to Action Fraud any time of the day or night using our online fraud reporting tool. You can also get advice about fraud or cyber-crime by calling 0300 123 2040.
    • If you are a student you can ask your Student Union or University for advice, help and support.

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    20 Aug 2018
    Bogus Overseas Officers

    Nominate Your Best Neighbour Of 2018

    Neighbourhood Watch and their sponsor Co-op Insurance have just launched a nationwide search to find and celebrate some of the best and most considerate neighbours of 2018!

    They’re urging people to nominate the most deserving good neighbours and there is also an opportunity to put forward your ‘Hero Next Door’ for a true act of heroism.

    Neighbourhood Watch and Co-op Insurance are working together on these exciting awards and anyone can nominate their good neighbours today!

    "We’re talking about the local heroes in your street and community whose acts of kindness and neighbourliness really set them apart."

    "We want to recognise the people who are making such a vital contribution to community life and encourage others to follow in their footsteps."

    You don’t need to be a Neighbourhood Watch member to nominate and the person you nominate doesn’t need to be a member either.

    You can also share the link to the nominations page by cutting and pasting it from below.

    So nominate your good neighbours today!

    To read more about the awards on their website click here

    16 Aug 2018
    Bury Garden and Produce Show

    Bury Garden and Produce Show

    Bury Village Hall - Brookfield Way

    Saturday 8th September

    Programme of Events

    08:30 -10.00 Staging of ALL exhibits
    10.10 Judging commences
    14.00 Show open to the public - CREAM TEAS and RAFFLE for sale.
    15.00 Presentation of prizes

    Followed by: auction of produce and Raffle draw

    All welcome - Free entry to the show

    Entry forms available from Bury Stores or you can request on form fromburygardenandproduceshow - Facebook Page
    13 Aug 2018
    National Police Survey on Scam Messages

    National Police Survey on Scam Messages

    Here is your chance to take part in the National Police Survey and provide your experience of receiving ‘suspicious’ electronic messages.

    We know that fraud and cyber crime can be enabled by sending messages via email, text or social media. Criminals may use this as a way to gather personal information or to infect a device with some form of malware.

    Would you like to take part in this short survey which should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. Your input can help improve the services offered in relation to ‘suspicious’ messages, as the Police Cyber Crime Unit is seeking to tackle fraud and cyber crime. Your input is essential to developing a service of genuine value and your time is very much appreciated.

    Link to the survey

    Thank you for your valuable time.

    13 Jul 2018
    Summer Burglary Advice

    Summer Burglary Advice

    Summer Burglary Prevention Advice

    Although the weather is supposed to get cooler over the next few days, it is still Summer and some forecasters are predicting above average temperatures to continue through to October.

    St Ives has seen several burglaries in the last week where opportunistic thieves have taken advantage of insecure doors and windows to break into houses and steal whatever they can find lying around.

    It is vital to stay one step ahead of the criminals during the hot weather by taking some simple extra precautions. Our Police in Huntingdon have issued the following advice and we thought we would pass it on to you:

    Summer Burglary Advice:

    As we enter the peak summer period, burglars may take advantage of unlocked doors or open windows - a property that presents itself as insecure is far more likely to be targeted than one which is properly secured.
    Please take don’t leave ground floor windows or doors open or unlocked, and ensure they are closed and locked when you go to bed at night. It only takes a second for a thief to enter a home and take things, often without being noticed.

    Further advice to keep homes secure over the summer includes:

    • Always close and lock windows and doors when leaving the property – even a small open window could entice a burglar.

    • Keep car and house keys out of sight and away from windows and doors.

    • If you’re in the garden, make sure windows and doors at the front of the property are secure.

    • Do not leave valuables on display through windows.

    • Ensure that any side entrance is secure, locked and not easy to climb over, even when someone is at home.

    • Consider installing a visible security light or alarm to deter criminals.

    • Going on holiday? Make arrangements to make sure the house appears occupied whilst it’s empty. Put lights on a timer or ask a neighbour to come and pick up mail and draw curtains. Don’t advertise being on holiday on social media.

    Detective Inspector Andy Southam said: “Now we’re approaching summer, everyone is keen to make the most of the hot weather. But burglars are also keen to make the most of open windows, and that’s why we’re issuing this advice. I am urging people to remain vigilant throughout the summer months, and I hope that by taking these steps people will be able to make their homes less appealing to offenders.

    “By following this advice, you can help tackle burglary.”
    13 Jul 2018
    Parish Council Roundup Jun 2018

    Bury Council Roundup

    We have been blessed this month with wall to wall sunshine and i would like to thank the residents of Bury for putting out watering points for dogs on their early morning or late evening walks, If you have vulnerable or elderly neighbour please pop in to see if they are ok and drinking lots of fluid, looking around the village the grass has been cut to an acceptable standard, however residents have been reporting that the rights of way have not been cut, the authority that deals with this is Cambridge County council and issues can be reported online on the county s website under fault reporting, This month we have had quite a few water main leaks along owls end and outside the white lion pub i am happy to report all have been repaired, The traffic calming is now in place at the entrance to the village on the Upwood Road, this being a joint adventure between Bury and Upwood parish councils to try and resolve issues along this stretch of Road between the 2 villages. The Parish council have also had the yellow street lining refreshed outside of Bury school and linage reinstated on owls end junction. There has been an amended application submitted to HDC for the old clinic site, nothing really has changed since the 2015 submission so it is still a case of watch this space. Regarding the RAF Upwood site, we have been informed that we awaiting an archaeological report before things can progress further with the development of the site. The extension to the cemetery is a project ongoing as reported last month, various other projects around the village are being addressed and dealt with, i.e. the phone box being one that has been completed and a thank you should go to Ramshed for doing a sterling job, also the large hole close to the white lion has been filled in.

    The school holidays are about to start with various activities for all being advertised around the area, please make use of these if possible and please keep an eye out on Bury village website and Facebook page for updates. We wish all our residents a very happy summer holiday.

    The next meeting of the Parish council is on the 5th of September at 7:30 at the Bury village Hall. All are welcome to attend.

    Cllr. Pete Brindley
    09 Jul 2018
    Follow Up Calls Computer Software Service Fraud

    Follow Up Calls Computer Software Service Fraud

    There is concern that victims of previous Computer Software Service Fraud (CSSF) are being re-targeted for “owed money”. The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) reports that CSSF scammers are returning to contact previous victims, requesting that they pay money owed for a fake malware protection service they had provided. Alternatively, the fraudster will ask for a new subscription fee in return for protection from a new threat. The victims that have made payments to the fraudsters have done so via credit/debit card payments. In some instances threatening and aggressive language has been used against victims, as part of the attempt to coerce them into sending money.

    Computer Software Service Fraud involves the victim being contacted, told that there is a problem with their computer, and that for a fee this issue can be resolved. The aim of the fraudster at this point is usually to gain remote access to the victim’s computer and, subsequently, access to their online banking account. No fix actually occurs. The victims will often be cold-called or will receive a pop-up on their computer, prompting them to phone the suspect.

    Since the beginning of this year (2018), the total loss for repeat victims of CSSF has been reported as £16,712.85. The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has noticed an increase in such reports since the beginning of May.

    Protect Yourself

    • If you receive such an unsolicited call or pop-up, do not make a payment. Always ensure you know who you are talking to. If in doubt, hang up immediately.
    • Do not allow remote access to your computer.
    • Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision.
    Under no circumstances would a genuine bank, or another trusted organisation, force you to make a financial transaction on the spot; they would never ask you to transfer money into another account for fraud reasons. Remember to stop and take time to carefully consider your actions.
    • Listen to your instincts. If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it. Criminals may lull you into a false sense of security when you are out and about or rely on your defences being down when you’re in the comfort of your own home. They may appear trustworthy, but they may not be who they claim to be.