Community Notes & Information - July 19th, 2018

Notes & Information sent to the Community via third parties for the benefit of the Bury Villagers do not express the views of this website.
Date Note / Information SentNotes & Information
13 Jul 2018
Parish Council Roundup Jun 2018

Bury Parish Council July 2018 Notes




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.
19 Jun 2018
Keyless Car Thefts

General Crime Prevention - Keyless Car Thefts


Criminals are able to steal keyless cars by using relay technology to not only unlock them but also to steal them. They tend to target high powered or otherwise desirable vehicles.

Although we haven't seen significant reports of this type in Cambridgeshire, it is something that is on the rise nationally. It works by intercepting the signal that is given off by a key fob.
These crimes are usually perpetrated by two individuals - one who picks up the signal of the fob, whilst the other relays the signal to the victim's vehicle. The necessary equipment is usually purchased online at minimal cost.

Owners of high value or otherwise desirable vehicles are advised to take extra precautions:
1. If you have a garage, don't use it as a storage area, clear it out and keep your vehicle safe inside.
2. If you park your vehicle on the street or driveway, consider if there are other after-market security products you could use such as a steering lock.
3. If you have gates securing your driveway, keep them closed and locked,
4. Never leave your keys on show or near a door.
5. Consider purchasing a Defender signal blocker for your key fob (available at Defender Signal Blocker). This is a Secure By Design product and as such, has met a certain criteria and can therefore be recommended by the police. This simple device is essentially a small, shielded wallet that the key fob is placed into.
18 Jun 2018
Courier Fraud

Courier Fraud


The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has identified an increasing number of reports submitted to Action Fraud from the public concerning courier fraud.

Fraudsters are contacting victims by telephone and purporting to be a police officer or bank official. To substantiate this claim, the caller might be able to confirm some easily obtainable basic details about the victim such as their full name and address. They may also offer a telephone number for the victim to call to check that they are genuine; this number is not genuine and simply redirects to the fraudster who pretends to be a different person. After some trust has been established, the fraudster will then, for example, suggest;

- Some money has been removed from a victim’s bank account and staff at their local bank branch are responsible.
- Suspects have already been arrested but the “police” need money for evidence.
- A business such as a jewellers or currency exchange is operating fraudulently and they require assistance to help secure evidence.

Victims are then asked to cooperate in an investigation by attending their bank and withdrawing money, withdrawing foreign currency from an exchange or purchasing an expensive item to hand over to a courier for examination who will also be a fraudster. Again, to reassure the victim, a safe word might be communicated to the victim so the courier appears genuine.

At the time of handover, unsuspecting victims are promised the money they’ve handed over or spent will be reimbursed but in reality there is no further contact and the money is never seen again.

Protect Yourself

Your bank or the police will never:
- Phone and ask you for your PIN or full banking password.
- Ask you to withdraw money to hand over to them for safe-keeping, or send someone to your home to collect cash, PIN, cards or cheque books if you are a victim of fraud.

Don’t assume an email or phone call is authentic
Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and address or even your mother’s maiden name), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Be mindful of who you trust – criminals may try and trick you into their confidence by telling you that you’ve been a victim of fraud

Stay in control
If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it. Have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information.
18 Jun 2018
National Neighbourhood Watch Week 2018

National Neighbourhood Watch Week 2018



It’s National Neighbourhood Watch Week 2018 (NNWW18) and we’ve got some exciting news to share with you!

This year to mark NNWW18 we’ve created a fantastic, brand new section of our popular website to share new and important information on keeping you and your neighbours safe. Because crime is changing and we want to do our bit to make all communities safer and stronger across England and Wales .

Click here to look at all the new information we’re sharing about crimes and modern issues that cause such significant harm in our communities.

NNWW18 runs until next Sunday, June 24– it’s our annual week of social action across our network of 2.3 million member households - so it’s a perfect time to take a look and share the knowledge!

On our website you’ll find new information, statistics and practical Toolkits that you can share on:
• Domestic Abuse – which we know affects all communities
• Serious Violence – particularly knife crime
• Vulnerability and loneliness – affecting more people as families become more mobile
• Fraud and scams – electronic and traditional
• High harm crimes – Modern Slavery, Child Sexual Exploitation etc.

Please do tell us what you’re doing to mark NNWW18 – email Lisa Parker lisa.parker@ourwatch.org.uk so we can showcase your good work across our media channels!

The Twitter hashtag for the week is #NNWW18 and you can follow us at @N_Watch

Have a great week!

Neighbourhood Watch Network
16 Jun 2018
Parish Council Roundup Jun 2018

Bury Parish Council June 2018 Notes




Bury Parish Council

I am both delighted and honoured to have been voted as Chairman of the Bury Parish Council. I am already giving much thought as to how best to use my skills in this new role. I am also really looking forward to meeting as many of our residents, particularly young people and members of the community groups within the village.

The Bury Church Yard has now been extended and the Parish Council is in Partnership with Bury School to design and plant a Garden of Remembrance that can be enjoyed by everyone. Children of the school produced some amazing drawings and one design has been chosen. The layout and planting of this design is expected to start in late September.

Speeding in the village continues to be a concern. It is evident that morning and evening including weekends are the prevalent times. The white gates on Upwood Road, roundels, ‘SLOW’ painted on the road and electronic signs should all help to remind all drives that the speed limit is 30mph.

The old RAF Upwood continues to attract trespassers from a variety of age groups. The Police continue to be called which is a strain on their already overstretched recourses. The Council has been in contact with the owners of the site, but the news of demolition appears to continue to slip further into the future, however, I have been advised that the new target date is to be confirmed soon and I am looking forward to sharing the news! There is no further news to report of the old RAF Upwood clinic site, although various workmen have been seen coming and going.

Larkfleet Homes proposal to build 100 homes on the land off the Upwood Road (opposite Grove way) is in progress. A planning application is expected to be submitted later this year.

The seated shelter by the outdoor gym on the Playing Field still is providing interest for vandals. It is a shame that when so much time and effort and money has been put in to provide this equipment, some individuals are intent on destroying it. The Parish Council is looking at a solution of County Control Monitored CCTV.

The Police reports are currently on the rise. The advice is to stay vigilant, secure your property and if you are not sure about that email, do not click the link. You can find more info in the Bury Village Website www.buryvillage.co.uk and will also on the Bury Facebook page posted by one of the Parish Council.

September 8th brings the Bury Garden and Produce Show which will be held in the Bury Village Hall. The Parish Council from July to the beginning of August will be out to find the “Best Kept Small and Large Gardens” and the winners will be presented with a shield at the show.

Grass cutting in public areas has been problematic recently and with that said, following recent meeting with contractors I hope that the cutting of grass will now be addressed. About cutting, I would like to encourage you to make sure that any hedges or shrubs in your front garden do not encroach onto the footpath.

“We want the Bury Village Fete back”, was the cry. We need volunteers to form a small committee for 2019 came the reply. If you feel interested in getting involved please contact the Parish Clerk at:- parish.clerk@buryvillage.co.uk

The Parish Neighbourhood plan is still at a temporary halt. If there is anyone interested in getting involved to look that the future of our community please contact the Parish Clerk at:- parish.clerk@buryvillage.co.uk

Bury has now transitioned from the Ward of Bury & Warboys to Bury & Ramsey and we now have 3 new Huntingdonshire District Councillors: Cllrs Corney, Palmer and Clarke.
The Parish Council has 1 vacancy. If you are interested please contact the Parish Clerk at:- parish.clerk@buryvillage.co.uk

Finally. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA). It also addresses the export of personal data outside the EU and EEA areas. The GDPR aims primarily to give control to citizens and residents over their personal data and to simplify the regulatory environment for international business by unifying the regulation within the EU. Bury Parish Council are fully compliant and supporting documentation can be found on the Bury Parish Website www.buryvillage.co.uk

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 4th July 7.30pm in the Bury Village Hall in the meeting room. Members of the Public are always welcome to attend.

The agenda for the Parish Council meetings will be are posted on the Bury Village Website www.buryvillage.co.uk .

To contact the Parish Clerk email:- parish.clerk@buryvillage.co.uk

By Pete Brindley - Chairman

11 Jun 2018
Bury fête 2019

Wanted



People of Bury Village.

Bury Village wants its fête back in 2019.

Can you help and be part of a Bury Village fête committee? If you are interested please contact parish.clerk@buryvillage.co.uk

Thank you.

Cllr. Pete Brindley
Bury Parish Council
04 Jun 2018
Bury Residents AGM

Bury Residents AGM


Bury Residents are invited to attend - 04 Jun 2018 19:30 in the Village Hall

26 May 2018
Tsb Phishing Attacks

Tsb Phishing Attacks


There has been a sharp rise in fraudsters sending out fake text messages (smishing) and phishing emails claiming to be from TSB. The increase in the number of reports corresponds with the timing of TSB’s computer system update, which resulted in 1.9 million users being locked out of their accounts. Opportunistic fraudsters are using TSB’s system issue to target people with this type of fraud.

Since the start of May there have been 321 phishing reports of TSB phishing made to Action Fraud. This is an increase of 970% on the previous month. In the same reporting period, there have been 51 reports of cybercrime to Action Fraud which mention TSB – an increase of 112% on the previous month.

Fraudsters are commonly using text messages as a way to defraud unsuspecting victims out of money. Known as smishing, this involves the victim receiving a text message purporting to be from TSB. The message requests that the recipient clicks onto a website link that leads to a phishing website designed to steal online banking details.

Although text messages are currently the most common delivery method, similar communications have been reported with fraudsters using email and telephone to defraud individuals.

In several cases, people have lost vast sums of money, with one victim losing £3,890 after initially receiving a text message claiming to be from TSB. Fraudsters used specialist software which changed the sender ID on the message so that it looked like it was from TSB. This added the spoofed text to an existing TSB message thread on the victim’s phone.

The victim clicked on the link within the text message and entered their personal information. Armed with this information, the fraudsters then called the victim back and persuaded them to hand over their banking authentication code from their mobile phone. The fraudsters then moved all of the victim’s savings to a current account and paid a suspicious company.

Protect Yourself:

Don’t assume an email or text is authentic:

Always question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam. Phone numbers and email addresses can be spoofed, so always contact the company directly via a known email or phone number (such as the one on the back of your bank card).

Clicking on links/files

Don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected text or email. Remember, a genuine bank will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your full PIN or password.

If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, report it to us online or by calling 0300 123 2040.
22 May 2018
Container Garden Competition 2018
16 May 2018
New policing model is live

New policing model is live



The new policing model for Cambridgeshire is now live.

Last year the force announced plans to create a sustainable policing model that would include an extra 50 police officers. This is in addition to the extra 55 new officers the Police and Crime Commissioner Jason Ablewhite has committed to funding after the public backed plans to increase the council tax precept.

The new model follows an 18-month Local Policing Review, which was commissioned to design a model that was victim-focused and demand-led, providing much-needed support to the frontline.

The evolution of policing over the past few years and its complexities meant our old policing model was no longer sustainable and, at times, was hampering our ability to provide the public with the service we all want to.

At times we have faced unprecedented demand and this has meant officers and staff have had to juggle heavy workloads and manage competing priorities.

The new model has been developed using our demand data to ensure we have the right people, in the right place, at the right time. As a result we now have more officers on the frontline and have improved our capacity to manage demand.

The core focus of our new model is the public and ensuring we are able to provide them with the best service we can. In particular, continuing to be there for those who are most vulnerable or in urgent need of our support, while targeting and bringing to justice the most dangerous offenders.

While our new model is more effective, we still know we can’t be everywhere and have therefore put measures in place to enable us to prioritise the most vulnerable and our most serious offences.

That said, we will have more officers on the frontline and we are already starting to see some early signs of improvement and are confident the public will benefit from this new model.

The attached documents provides you with further information about the new model, the structural changes and how it will benefit the public.

In the meantime we will continue to regularly update you on the progress of the model over the coming months.

Submitted by: Deputy Chief Constable Alec Baldwin
Attachments:
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14 May 2018
TV Providers Discount Fraud

TV Providers Discount Fraud



The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) have noticed an increase in Action Fraud reports where fraudsters are offering a discount on Television service provider subscriptions. Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, purporting to be from a Television (TV) provider offering a discount on their monthly subscription. Victims have been told the following: their subscription needs to be renewed; that part or all, of the TV equipment has expired and they are due an upgrade on the equipment/subscription. In order to falsely process the discount, the fraudster asks victims to confirm or provide their bank account details. The scammers may also request the victim’s identification documents, such as scanned copies of passports.

The fraudsters are using the following telephone numbers: “08447111444”, “02035190197” and “08001514141”. The fraudster’s voices are reported to sound feminine and have an Asian accent.

Later victims make enquiries and then discover that their TV service provider did not call them and that the fraudster has made transactions using the victim’s bank account details.

This type of fraud is nationwide. Since the beginning of this year (2018), there have been 300 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud. From the reports received, victims aged over 66 seem to be the most targeted.

What you need to do

• Don’t assume a phone call or email is authentic: Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and address or even your mother’s maiden name), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Criminals can exploit the names of well-known companies in order to make their scams appear genuine.
• Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision: a genuine company won’t force you to make a financial decisions on the spot. Always be wary if you’re pressured to purchase a product or service quickly, and don’t hesitate to question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam.
• Stay in control: Have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information. Always contact the company yourself using a known email or phone number, such as the one written on a bank statement or bill.

Visit Take Five (takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/advice/) and Cyber Aware (cyberaware.gov.uk) for more information about how to protect yourself online.


14 May 2018
News from the 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.

Connect-Newsletter-May-2018

In this edition, you can read about what we are doing to support victims of stalking and harassment in partnership with national stalking charity, Suzy Lamplugh Trust, and how we work with other forces, services and partner organisations.

If you would prefer to receive the newsletter as an attachment, please email adam.roberts@cambs.pnn.police.uk
19 Apr 2018
Public Surgery - Police and Crime Commissioner

Public Surgery - Police and Crime Commissioner


Message Sent By
Catherine Kimberley (Police, OPCC Communications Officer, Cambridgeshire)

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 3rd of May at Cambridgeshire Constabulary Headquarters, Huntingdon, PE29 9LA from 9am to 10am.

To book an appointment, please email cambs-pcc@cambs.pnn.police.uk or phone 0300 333 3456 to speak to a member of the Commissioner's team.

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

11 Apr 2018
Summer Surface Dressing

Summer Surface Dressing


Surface Dressing Letter 2018 (Huntingdonshire) Download Here
11 Apr 2018
A14C2H archaeology

A14C2H archaeology Documents of Interest


A14C2H archaeology events flyer time truck Download Here
A14C2H archaeology open day flyer Apr Download Here
11 Apr 2018
NOTICE OF UNCONTESTED ELECTION

NOTICE OF UNCONTESTED ELECTION


Huntingdonshire District Council


The Parishes of:

Election of Parish Councillors for Abbots Ripton
Election of Parish Councillors for Abbotsley
Election of Parish Councillors for Alconbury
Election of Parish Councillors for Alconbury Weston
Election of Parish Councillors for Alwalton
Election of Parish Councillors for Barham and Woolley
Election of Parish Councillors for Bluntisham
Election of Parish Councillors for Brington and Molesworth
Election of Parish Councillors for Broughton
Election of Parish Councillors for Buckden
Election of Parish Councillors for Buckworth
Election of Parish Councillors for Bury
Election of Parish Councillors for Bythorn and Keyston
Election of Parish Councillors for Catworth
Election of Parish Councillors for Conington
Election of Parish Councillors for Earith
Election of Parish Councillors for Easton
Election of Parish Councillors for Elton
Election of Parish Councillors for Farcet
Election of Parish Councillors for Fenstanton (North)
Election of Parish Councillors for Fenstanton (South)
Election of Parish Councillors for Folksworth and Washingley
Election of Parish Councillors for Glatton
Election of Parish Councillors for Grafham
Election of Parish Councillors for Great and Little Gidding
Election of Parish Councillors for Great Gransden
Election of Parish Councillors for Great Paxton
Election of Parish Councillors for Great Staughton
Election of Parish Councillors for Hail Weston
Election of Parish Councillors for Hemingford Abbots
Election of Parish Councillors for Hemingford Grey
Election of Parish Councillors for Holme
Election of Parish Councillors for Houghton and Wyton
Election of Parish Councillors for Huntingdon (South West)
Election of Parish Councillors for Huntingdon (South)
Election of Parish Councillors for Huntingdon (Stukeley Meadows)
Election of Parish Councillors for Kimbolton & Stonely
Election of Parish Councillors for Kings Ripton
Election of Parish Councillors for Leighton
Election of Parish Councillors for Little Paxton
Election of Parish Councillors for Offord Cluny and Offord Darcy
Election of Parish Councillors for Old Hurst
Election of Parish Councillors for Old Weston
Election of Parish Councillors for Perry
Election of Parish Councillors for Pidley-cum-Fenton
Election of Parish Councillors for Sawtry
Election of Parish Councillors for Sibson-cum-Stibbington
Election of Parish Councillors for Somersham
Election of Parish Councillors for Southoe and Midloe
Election of Parish Councillors for Spaldwick
Election of Parish Councillors for St. Neots (Church)
Election of Parish Councillors for St. Neots (Crosshall)
Election of Parish Councillors for St. Neots (East)
Election of Parish Councillors for St. Neots (Eaton Ford)
Election of Parish Councillors for St. Neots (Eaton Socon)
Election of Parish Councillors for St. Neots (Priory Park South)
Election of Parish Councillors for Stilton
Election of Parish Councillors for Stow Longa
Election of Parish Councillors for The Stukeleys
Election of Parish Councillors for Tilbrook
Election of Parish Councillors for Toseland
Election of Parish Councillors for Upton and Coppingford
Election of Parish Councillors for Upwood and the Raveleys
Election of Parish Councillors for Warboys
Election of Parish Councillors for Waresley-cum-Tetworth
Election of Parish Councillors for Wistow
Election of Parish Councillors for Woodhurst
Election of Parish Councillors for Woodwalton
Election of Parish Councillors for Wyton on the Hill
Election of Parish Councillors for Yaxley
Election of Parish Councillors for Yelling

See the full document here Download
09 Apr 2018
Beware of suspicious behaviour

Beware of suspicious behaviour


Upwood Road, Bury – Police received a report of suspicious behaviour by a woman who knocked on the door of a house on Upwood Road, Bury, at just before 2:00 am on Friday morning, 30th March. The woman asked for money for fuel but left when the resident became suspicious and phoned the police. A police patrol was dispatched and officers searched the area, but no trace of the woman was found.
27 Mar 2018
Pathfinder March

Pathfinder March 2018


The annual 46-mile long-distance challenge walk around the four main Airbases. It takes place as close to the 21st of June as possible to get the maximum amount of daylight. Walkers set off at 4a.m. with 20 hours to complete the Walk. It is a gruelling test of strength, stamina and map reading skills. The masochists amongst you try to run it, they set off at 8a.m. The participants have a ‘walkers card’ which is marked off at eight checkpoints around the walk, and your progress is recorded....... Read More

You can download the flyer here.... Download the flyer
19 Mar 2018

False claims of Telephone Preference Service:

False claims of Telephone Preference Service:


Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, falsely stating that they are calling from one of the well-known UK telecommunication service providers. They call victims claiming to provide a ‘Telephone Preference Service’ - an enhanced call-barring service, which includes barring international call centres.

The fraudsters ask victims to confirm/provide their bank account details, informing them that there is a one-off charge for the service. Victims instead see monthly debits deducted from their accounts, which they have not authorised. The fraudsters often target elderly victims.

In all instances, direct debits are set up without following proper procedure. The victim is not sent written confirmation of the direct debit instruction, which is supposed to be sent within three days.

On occasions when victims attempted to call back, the telephone number provided by the fraudster was either unable to be reached or the victim’s direct debit cancellation request was refused.

During 2017, there were 493 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud.

Protect yourself:
• There is only one Telephone Preference Service (TPS). The TPS is the only official UK 'do-not-call' register for opting out of live telesales calls. It is FREE to sign-up to the register. TPS never charge for registration. You can register for this service at TPS Online
• You will receive postal confirmation of genuine direct debits. If you notice unauthorised payments leaving your account, you should contact your bank promptly.
• Always be wary of providing personal information, or confirming that personal information the caller already claims to hold is correct. Always be certain that you know who you talking to. If in doubt hang up immediately.
If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting ACTION FRAUD or by calling 0300 123 2040
17 Mar 2018

CAMBRIDGESHIRE ROAD WORKS & EVENTS INFORMATION:
HUNTS 16th - 31st March 2018

CAMBRIDGESHIRE ROAD WORKS & EVENTS INFORMATION: HUNTS 16th - 31st March 2018



For the latest information on what is happening to the roads, works and Events,

You can download the .pdf file Here
09 Mar 2018

News from the 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.

You can download the Police and Crime Commissioner's Newsletter here.

This month, find out more about the new reporting tools available on the Constabulary website, and we take a closer look at Neighbourhood Watch

This is the second edition of 'new look' newsletter, so please let us know what you think of our new format and features.

If you would prefer to receive the newsletter as an attachment, please email adam.roberts@cambs.pnn.police.uk

Kind regards

Adam Roberts
Communications & Engagement Officer
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
05 Mar 2018

Changes to StageCoach Time table

Stagecoach is to alter a number of their services from 1st April 2018



StageCoach bus company has taken this opportunity to break down the changes and their impact into the table linked below.

Full details and copies of the timetable can be obtained by contacting Stagecoach directly on 01223 433250, cambridge.enquiries@stagecoachbus.com or Visit the Stagecoach Site

Download the latest update here.

Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Yours sincerely

Passenger Transport Team

Phone: 0345 045 0675
Passenger Transport Team, Box SH1013, Shire Hall, Castle Hill, Cambridge CB3 0AP
22 Feb 2018

Save a life – give blood

Save a life – give blood



Thursday 15 March
13:05 to 15:30 & 16:30 to 19:30
RAMSEY COMMUNITY CENTRE
4 STOCKINGFEN ROAD
RAMSEY



Download the flyer here

15 Feb 2018

Crime Prevention Day

We can help - Crime Prevention Day 2018



Next week on Wednesday 21st of Feb, Cambridgeshire Police is going to be holding it's biggest ever one-day crime prevention day. For 24 hours we are going to be holding crime prevention events and initiatives across the county. As part of this we are offering Cambridgeshire residents the chance to have a comprehensive shed-security survey carried out.

Shed breaks are unfortunately very common in Cambridgeshire but thieves can be deterred with some simple and low cost techniques. If you would like one of our officers to visit you on the 21st to carry out a security survey of your shed you can book your visit here:
Take the shed Survey

Some quick points-
• The number of available slots are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis
• You must be available at home during your preferred time slot to take advantage of this

Additionally


Next Wednesday, February 21 we will be hosting 24 hours of crime prevention activities across the county covering bike theft, purse dipping, vehicle crime and dwelling burglary. We will also have a range of security products for sale at cost price and will also be offering to security mark property.

The awareness day, the force's biggest ever crime prevention event, will involve around 8 Crime Prevention Officers, 40 Police Officers, 80 PCSOs and 12 Special Constables, as well as our police cadets. Those involved will be split into teams to focus on particular crime types.

Finally


Your opinion counts

Please Help Us By Providing Feedback

Q: Do you manage CCTV around your registered address?
(Answering Yes will add you to the national CCTV register. Your details are never shared outside the system but local police will be able to contact you if they need CCTV coverage around your location. You can come off this register at any time and you are not making a commitment to provide footage or maintain your system.)

Please click the answer below that most closely represents your opinion


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We look forward to helping as many of you as we can on the 21st- please check in with Cambs Police for more details on the crime prevention day.

Message Sent By
James Sutherland (Police, Superintendent, Cambridgeshire)

08 Feb 2018

Fraudsters Target the Online Bookers

Flight Ticket Fraud Alert


Flight Ticket Fraud

Fraudsters are attempting to entice victims who are looking for cheap flights abroad.

Victims have reported booking tickets via websites or a “popular” ticket broker, only to discover that after payment via bank transfer or electronic wire transfer, the tickets/booking references received are counterfeit. In some cases, all communications between the company or broker and the victim have been severed.

Fraudsters are targeting individuals who are seeking to travel to African nations and the Middle East, particularly those wishing to travel in time for popular public and religious holidays.

Prevention Advice:
• Pay safe: Be cautious if you're asked to pay directly into a private individual’s bank account. Paying by direct bank transfer is like paying by cash – the money is very difficult to trace and is not refundable. Wherever possible, pay by credit card or a debit card.
• Conduct research on any company you’re considering purchasing tickets from; for example, are there any negative reviews or forum posts by previous customers online? Don’t just rely on one review - do a thorough online search to check the company’s credentials.
• Check any company website thoroughly; does it look professional? Are there any spelling mistakes or irregularities? There should be a valid landline phone number and a full postal address so that the company can be contacted. Avoid using the site if there is only a PO Box address and mobile phone number, as it could be difficult to get in touch after you buy tickets. PO Box addresses and mobile phone numbers are easy to change and difficult to trace.
• Be aware that purchasing tickets from a third party, particularly when initial contact has been made via a social media platform can be incredibly risky.
• If tickets to your intended destination appear cheaper than any other vendor, always consider this; if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!
• Look for the logo: Check whether the company is a member of a recognised trade body such as ABTA or ATOL. You can verify membership of ABTA online, at Click here
• If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040
06 Feb 2018

Policing Updates
Here is the weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting our community, reported to police during the period 27th January to 1st February.

Signal Road, Ramsey – Police received a report of fraud by a cold-caller who approached an elderly lady at her house on Signal Road, Ramsey, on Friday afternoon, 26th January. The man persuaded the lady to part with £40 up-front, saying that he would return and clear out the gutters on her house the next day. However, he never appeared. Police have notified ‘Action Fraud’, the UK centre of fraud and cyber-crime reporting. (Ref CF0058640118)

Land Near Warboys Airfield – Police received a report of a man with a cream-coloured lurcher-type dog in a field near Warboys Airfield, with more men in an off-road vehicle waiting nearby, suspected to be hare-coursing, on Thursday morning, 31st January. A police patrol searched the area and also between Warboys and Ramsey along Puddock Road, but no trace could be found. (Ref CC-31012018-0119)

Wistow Fen – Police searched the area around Wistow Fen for a green off-road vehicle also suspected to be hare-coursing, later on Thursday morning, 31st January, but again no trace could be found. (Ref CC-31012018-0138)

If you see it. Report it!

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'.

31 Jan 2018

Phantom Debt Fraud Alert

Phantom Debt Fraud Alert - January 2018



Phantom Debt Fraud



Action Fraud has recently experienced an increase in the number of calls to members of the public by fraudsters requesting payments for a “phantom” debt. The fraud involves being cold-called by someone purporting to be a debt collector, bailiff or other type of enforcement agent. The fraudster may claim to be working under instruction of a court, business or other body and suggest they are recovering funds for a non-existent debt.

The fraudsters are requesting payment, sometimes by bank transfer and if refused, they threaten to visit homes or workplaces in order to recover the supposed debt that is owed. In some cases, the victim is also threatened with arrest. From the reports Action Fraud has received, this type of fraud is presently occurring throughout the UK.

It is important to recognise that there are key differences between the various entities who seek to settle debts or outstanding fees in England and Wales. These differences range from the type of debt they will enforce to the legal powers they possess. To learn more, please take a look at some of the helpful information and links on the Step Change Debt Charity Website

Protect Yourself


• Make vigorous checks if you ever get a cold call. Bailiffs for example, should always be able to provide you with a case number and warrant number, along with their name and the court they are calling from; make a note of all details provided to you.
• If you receive a visit from a bailiff, they must always identify themselves as a Court Bailiff at the earliest possible opportunity. Ask to see their identity card which they must carry to prove who they are, this card shows their photograph and identity number. They will also carry the physical warrant showing the debt and endorsed with a court seal.
• If you work for a business and receive a call or visit, be sure to speak with your manager or business owner first. Never pay the debts yourself on behalf of the business you work for; some fraudsters have suggested employees make payment suggesting they can then be reimbursed by their employer when in reality the debt is non-existent.
• Exercise caution believing someone is genuine because you’ve found something on the internet; fraudsters could easily create fake online profiles to make you believe them.
• Double check with the court, company or public body they claim to work for to confirm whether the call is legitimate; if you use a landline make sure you hear the dialling tone prior to dialling as the caller could still be on the line and you could potentially speak to the fraudster(s) to confirm the non-existent debt. Also be sure to independently search for a telephone number to call; never use a number provided by the caller without carrying out your own research.
• Do not feel rushed or intimidated to make a decision based on a phone call. Take five and listen to your instincts.
• If you know you have a debt, keep in regular contact with your creditor and be sure to establish the debt type at the earliest opportunity if you are not aware. This will help you to understand who might be in contact with you regarding any repayments or arrears.

You can report suspicious calls like these to Action Fraud by visiting Action Fraud or by calling 0300 123 2040.



30 Jan 2018

Guidance regarding open fires and wood burning stoves

Guidance regarding open fires and wood burning stoves


As you will probably be aware the use of open fires and wood-burning stoves has risen in popularity over recent years, however these can lead to an increase in air pollution. This could be reduced in many cases if people used good quality fuel and burnt it efficiently.

Defra are currently raising awareness about the impacts associated with poor burning practices and the simple steps that residents can take to reduce these. Defra have asked local authorities to advertise the attached leaflet regarding a practical guide to open fires and wood burning stoves. We have placed this information on our website and are sending it to all of the Parish Councils within the district for information and further advertisement/distribution if the Parish Council consider it relevant.

We would also like to draw your attention to a further information guide entitled “We all breathe the same air” which is available for consumers. This has been produced by chimney sweeps and provides clear advice on the procedures to follow when lighting a stove to minimise smoke emissions. This can be found at the following web link: Link

The attached leaflet is now published on UK-AIR under the “Atmospheric Emissions” category. Please see the links below:
Open Fires .pdf
Or
Library Reports

If you wish to discuss this further please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards,

Claire.

Claire Braybrook
Environmental Protection Officer (Community)
Huntingdonshire District Council
Pathfinder House
St. Mary's Street
Huntingdon
PE29 3TN

Tel: 01480 388284
Email: claire.braybrook@huntingdonshire.gov.uk
30 Jan 2018

BURGLARY Crime Prevention and what to look out for.

BURGLARY Crime Prevention and what to look out for...


By taking simple preventative measures you can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of burglary:-
ALARMS: One of the most effective deterrents is to install a burglar alarm. Ensure it is set every time you leave the house.
SECURE ENTRY POINTS: Don’t leave any windows or doors unlocked or ajar as these can be easy access points for a burglar.
IF YOU ARE GOING AWAY: make your home look lived in, ask your neighbours to keep an eye out and install timer lights. You are at much less risk of being the next victim if burglars think you are at home.
LOCK UP YOUR SHED: Burglars will often enter sheds to look for tools that can be used to break-in to your house.
STRONG COMMUNITIES: Our officers continue to conduct highly visible and plain clothed patrols in our communities but we are all safer when we work together - Make friends with neighbours or join your local Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. Look out for the elderly & vulnerable - houses where there are things like ramps, handles and key safe boxes are often seen by offenders as potential easy targets.

Often when we respond to reports of burglaries, victims will tell us that they feel like they have been followed to establish when they are most likely to be away from the home. This is very rarely the case, but Offenders will often visit an area in the days leading up to a burglary to scope out potential targets. If you believe someone knocking on your door could be a burglar then contact the police immediately on 999.
Keep a note of anything unusual:
• Take a description and registration of unknown vehicles parked in your area
• Note down as much information as possible about suspicious incidents, including dates and times, as well as descriptions of anyone you believe to be involved
• If you see a witness, who is intending to leave the scene before police arrive, ask for their contact details and pass these to our officers
30 Jan 2018

Cambs Road Warnings

Cambridge County Road Warnings 1- 15 Feb 2018



You can down the .pdf Road Warnings for the 1 - 15 Feb 2018 here
26 Jan 2018

Reporting non-emergencies online

Reporting non-emergencies online



Non-emergency situations can now be reported to the police online if people would rather do so than call 101.

In October last year Cambridgeshire Constabulary re-launched their website with added functionality to report non-emergencies via specially designed forms or a live webchat.

The live webchat option enables people to communicate directly with a member of staff in the control room, just as would be the case when calling 101. Online forms are processed in the same way as a call and the person reporting can expect a response within 24 hours.

Due to the high level of demand there are often queues when calling 101. Reporting online is quick, easy and free of charge.

Superintendent James Sutherland said: “In the digital age people are doing more and more online. I’m pleased that our website now has increased capability to allow people to contact us in this way.

“The system went through a thorough testing process and has been used successfully thousands of times since being introduced.

“Feedback from a recent survey suggested that some people wanted to communicate directly with a person rather than submitting an online form. The webchat function allows people to do exactly that.

“Reports submitted online are treated in the same way as when people call 101 and will receive the same outcome.”

To view the online reporting section of the constabulary’s website click me Click Me. The live webchat function is available by clicking on the green icon on the bottom right of the page.
26 Jan 2018

STOP FRAUD WEEK

TAKE FIVE TO STOP FRAUD WEEK JANUARY 2018



Neighbourhood Watch is proud to be supporting Take Five To Stop Fraud Week.

Take Five To Stop Fraud Week is part of the national campaign from Financial Fraud Action UK and the Government, backed by the banking industry coming together to tackle fraud.

The advice being issued this week is really simple but it can stop you becoming a victim of fraud.
1. A genuine bank or organisation will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, full password or to move money to another account. Only give out your personal or financial details to use a service that you have given your consent to, that you trust and that you are expecting to be contacted by.
2. Don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.
3. Always question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam. Instead, contact the company directly using a known email or phone number.
Please share the attached leaflet with friends and family and together we can help stop fraud.

To read more about the campaign and to access all the resources go to
This link to find out more
26 Jan 2018

Message from 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 pdf newsletter here

In this edition, you can have your say on police funding in Cambridgeshire and find out what the constabulary are doing to improve road safety.

This month we are launching a new look and feel to the newsletter and value your feedback.

If you would prefer to receive the newsletter as an attachment, please email adam.roberts@cambs.pnn.police.uk
15 Jan 2018

The future policing model for Cambridgeshire

Message from the Chief Constable



The future policing model for Cambridgeshire has now been agreed and will begin to roll out from 30 April.

In November I wrote to you to announce our proposed plans to create a sustainable policing model following an unprecedented increase in demand for our services and our existing model being no longer being fit for purpose.

Thank you to those of you who responded with feedback, we listened carefully to the points you raised and ensured it was part of the decision-making process. I am still committed to involving the public and our partners in this process and will continue to provide you with regular updates as we plan the transition into our new model and start to see its impact.

Last year I commissioned the Local Policing Review, tasked with designing a model that would deliver a demand-led and victim-focused service and provide much-needed support to the frontline.

Our current policing model is hampering our ability to manage demand. Like forces across the country, Cambridgeshire faces an unprecedented workload and, as a result, officers and staff are working long hours with heavy workloads.

Our focus remains to protect the most vulnerable people and target the most serious offenders. But this means I have to be realistic about what we can and cannot attend, and make some difficult decisions about our future structure within our current budget.

The new model is focused on putting more officers on the frontline so we can provide you with the best service possible. This structure will enable us to fund an additional 50 officers, which will make a difference to the people of Cambridgeshire.

It retains our commitment to providing neighbourhood policing and working in partnership with communities to reduce crime and to make them safer through effective problem solving. Every resident will still have access to their local policing team, with an identified police community support officer (PCSO) in their area.

Officers and staff directly affected by the proposed changes have now been through a period of formal consultation and the final structure was signed off this week.

Below is an overview of the new structure:

• Every resident will be able to access their local policing team and have an identified PCSO in their area. However, there will be no new intakes of PCSOs and the current headcount will reduce by natural turnover over coming years, with a commitment to retain a minimum of 80 full time equivalent posts.
• Additional officers will be in those areas where our most vulnerable people and most dangerous offenders are, focusing on issues such as child protection, rape investigation and domestic abuse.
• A Demand Hub will be created to merge the force’s contact and crime management functions centrally at force HQ. This will modernise our approach to public contact and allow for early and more effective management of demand.
• The previous force model saw it split into six district areas which affected our interoperability. This will change to just two areas, north and south, making us more efficient, reducing supervisory and senior management posts and enabling us to commit more resources to the frontline.
• A Missing, Exploited and Trafficked (MET) Hub will be created, tasked with protecting children most at risk of harm within these three areas and focused on apprehending the offenders who target them.
• There will be changes to our current intelligence structure, which will enable us to increase our analytical provision, allowing improved analysis of demand.
• PCSOs will continue to play a central role in neighbourhood policing and problem solving.
• Community action teams, similar to the current Rural Crime Action Team (RCAT), will be created to respond to local problems and challenges. These officers will be tasked with dealing with local issues, prioritising those where the risk to individuals and the public is highest.
• Every district council area will have an enquiry office function.
• A reduced number of response bases will allow for maximum efficiency in response deployment.
• The force will continue to have a serious and organised crime team, cyber and fraud team, and surveillance team to tackle crime gangs.

The first phase of the model will go live from 30 April this year.

In the meantime we will continue to regularly update you on the progress of our transition towards a new policing model and its implementation over the coming months.

Kind regards,
Chief Constable Alec Wood
12 Jan 2018

Reporting non-emergencies

Reporting non-emergencies to the Police



Could you please spare us a couple of minutes to complete a survey on reporting non-emergency situations?
As part of a constant effort to improve our service to the public, we are keen to hear your views on contacting us regarding non-emergencies.
The survey is available by the following link: SurveyMonkey

Thank you for your help.
Kind regards,
Tim Goddard
Communications officer
05 Jan 2018

Police - Your opinion matters

Policing precept consultation



Later today, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner will be launching a consultation regarding the police precept.

The Commissioner is proposing to increase the policing part of the Council Tax by £1 per month per household - £12.00 per year (based on a Band D property)

The press release can be found on our website - Here

The survey itself can be found at - SurveyMonkey

We would welcome your opinion, and any support in promoting the consultation in order to obtain your constituent’s views. The consultation will be running until January 29th.

If you require any further information or assistance, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

Kind regards,
Adam Roberts
Engagement Officer
Sent on behalf of Jason Ablewhite, Police and Crime Commissioner
03 Jan 2018

Storm Eleanor

Electricity networks built strong ..... But......



You may have seen that bad weather is on the way and we are likely to see high winds in some areas through the coming days.

Our electricity network is built to be resilient but extreme weather can damage overhead power lines resulting in some customers losing their electricity supply. Where this happens we work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. We have organised for additional staff in our contact centre to help customers whose electricity supply might be affected by the predicted weather, and we have called-up additional engineers to carry out repairs to overhead lines and poles as soon as the wind reduces to a speed at which it is safe to work.

You will be able to find regular updates on our website www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk and social media @UKPowerNetworks throughout this period.

Anyone experiencing a power cut should:

• Call 105 to report power cuts and damage to the electricity network, or 0800 3163 105 (from a corded phone or mobile phone if you have no power)
• Visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk for the latest updates
• Visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powercut and type in their postcode to view our live power cut map
• Tweet @ukpowernetworks to report a power cuts or to receive updates

We advise people to stay clear of power lines and report damaged power lines immediately by calling 105 free from both a landline or a mobile phone. If they see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public they should call 999.

We provide extra help to customers on our Priority Service Register during a power cut. Households with older or disabled people, those with children under five, or where someone uses medical or mobility equipment that requires electricity as well as other reasons can join the register. You can find out more information about our Priority Service on our website: ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority.

If you would like to share information about preparing for the storm or the priority service register on social media you might like to use the following:

@UKPowerNetworks has extra staff on hand 24/7 to deal with the impact of #stormEleanor
Call 105 to report a powercut and visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powercut for the latest updates

Do you, or someone you know, need extra support during a power cut? @UKPowerNetworks provides free services to vulnerable customers. Visit ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority for more information #stormEleanor

Preparing for a power cut
Below is some additional advice:
• Add 105 to the contacts on your mobile phone
• Keep our Freephone 0800 3163 105 number handy
• See www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powercuts for useful videos and advice during a power cut.
• Locate a torch, check it’s working and make sure you have spare batteries. Take care if using candles.
• Charge up your mobile phone, and a rechargeable mobile ‘powerbank’ if you have one
• Use a phone with a cord if you have one, cordless phones don’t work in a power cut
• Keep fridges and freezers closed, with a blanket over as they will stay cold for many hours
• Switch off all your electrical equipment, except one light which will let you know when the power comes back on
• Remember the street lights may also be off so take care if you go out
• Dress in warm clothes
• Look out for vulnerable neighbours

I hope this information is helpful and please do share it with local residents and members of your community who would find it helpful.

Kind regards,

Veronika Karailieva
Community Affairs Officer
UK Power Networks
237 Southwark Bridge Rd
London
SE1 6NP
29 Dec 2017

Your Local Informer Newspaper Online

Your Local Informer Newspaper Online Jan 2018 Edition



To view your local Informer Newspaper Online, please find it Here

Note: The above link may not render correctly on some mobile devices
29 Dec 2017

Road works that are due to start between 1st – 15th January

Just a reminder that these works only include works that are due to start between (1st – 15th January)

and longer term works that are still in progress will have been included on previous reports. Alternatively please refer to Road Works which will include details on emergency road works.

You can find the Full list Here

Kind regards,

Joanna Barnard
Traffic Management Officer
Integrated Highways Management Centre

Highways Service
Cambridgeshire County Council
Tel: 01480 378146
Christmas Waste Messages

Christmas Waste Messages



As we’re all aware, Christmas is only a few short weeks away. This festive season is a busy time for everyone. From a Council perspective and from an Operations perspective, we want our messages regarding waste over the Christmas season to reach as many residents as possible in easy and quick ways.

Key messages that we believe are important for residents of Huntingdonshire to know include changes to collection days, frozen garden waste, increases in food waste, Household Recycling Centre opening information, disposing of Christmas trees and so on. There are numerous festive hints and tips we are putting out there through the means of our dedicated webpage, a press release, a page in the Hunts Post, and a slot on St Neots radio show ‘Black Cat Radio’ next week.

Another channel of communication is social media, and we have produced a 7 week timetable for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram running from 20th November – 7th January with posts talking all about the key messages outlined above. The links are provided below in case you wish to follow/like them yourselves or pass them along to other residents so they have a way to access this information.

Facebook- Recycle for Huntingdonshire
Twitter- Recycle with HDC
Instagram- Recycle for Huntingdonshire

Kind Regards
Heidi Field
Waste Minimisation Officer
Huntingdonshire District Council
01480 388843

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to our residents of Huntingdonshire. Please remember your waste collection days may change over the holidays, so check your collection calendar here
28 Nov 2017

How To Shop Online Safely

How To Shop Online Safely



Check the web address


Always check you’re on the correct website. Criminals can set up fake websites that have a similar design and web address to the genuine site. i.e amazon to amason

Is it a secure connection?


Web pages you enter personal or financial details into should display a locked padlock sign and have a web address that starts with https. This means your connection to the website is secure.

Phishing


Don't click on links or attachments within unsolicited emails. The number of online shopping related phishing emails increases significantly during the holiday period.

Bank transfers


65% of Action Fraud reports during the 2016 Christmas period were linked to online auction sites. 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.
23 Nov 2017

Message from Chief Constable Alec Wood



Today (Thursday 23 November) I have announced proposed plans to create a sustainable policing model that includes an extra 50 police officers for the county.

I want to involve the public and our partners in this process and will be providing regular updates on our proposals and their impact. We will listen carefully to any concerns and ensure we take that feedback on board ahead of any final decisions on the force’s structure. The purpose of the review is to create a sustainable policing model that enables us to manage our demand effectively and ultimately improve the service the public receives.

Earlier this year the Police and Crime Commissioner Jason Ablewhite and I raised concerns about the level of demand facing policing and the pressure it was putting on the force’s control room, frontline and investigations.

Last year I commissioned the Local Policing Review, tasked with designing a model that would deliver a demand-led and victim-focused service which provides much needed support to the frontline.

Our current policing model is no longer sustainable and is hampering our ability to manage our demand. Like forces across the country, Cambridgeshire faces an unprecedented workload and, as a result, officers and staff are working long hours and juggling heavy workloads.

We remain committed to protecting the most vulnerable people and targeting the most serious offenders. But this means I have to be realistic about what we can and cannot attend, and make some difficult decisions about our future structure.

The focus of this review and the proposed model is putting more officers on the frontline to enable us to provide the public with the best service possible. This structure will enable us to fund an additional 50 officers which will make a huge difference to the people of Cambridgeshire.

We need to acknowledge the changing profile of crime as well as the changing threat and risk to public safety, much of which would have been unrecognisable just a few years ago. We also need to deliver a policing model that makes the best use of our finances, which in real terms are reducing.

We remain committed to providing neighbourhood policing and to working with communities and in partnership to reduce crime and to make them safer through effective problem solving. Every resident across the county will be able to access their local policing team and have an identified PCSO in their area.

This said, I have had to make the difficult decision to reduce overall numbers of PCSOs. This is in part a financial decision but also an operational one. The harsh reality is that given the high levels of demand for police officers with warranted powers - to manage and investigate the increase in recorded crime, arrest offenders and make communities safer - I need to reduce the number of PCSOs and increase the number of operational police constables. And I am optimistic I have struck the right balance.

The proposed model has been designed using the evidence gathered by the Local Policing Review Team over the past 12 months. This includes feedback from officers and staff, demand and resource mapping, visits to other forces and a review of existing data from within the force.

Officers and staff directly affected by the proposed changes will be going through a period of formal consultation over the coming weeks. The final structure will be confirmed in January and the first phase of the model will go live from 30 April 2018.
Below is a summary of the proposed changes and an overview of the structure:
• The force balance its budget over the next four years by delivering the necessary £3.1m savings.
• No new intakes of PCSOs and the current vacancies will be realised. The 126 FTE headcount will reduced by natural turnover with a commitment to retain a minimum of 80 FTE posts. Every resident across the county will be able to access their local policing team and have an identified PCSO in their area.
• Additional constables to be deployed to the areas of greatest risk and need - frontline, child protection, rape investigation and partnership and operational support.
• Demand Hub – modernises approach to public contact and allows for early and more effective management of demand.
• Creation of single force model split into two areas - allows for more efficient and effective governance and reduced supervisory and senior management posts - committing more resources to the frontline.
• Creation of MET Hub – focusing on Missing, Exploited and Trafficked children to protect those children most at risk of harm and focus on those offenders who target them.
• Increase to analytical provision allowing improved analysis of demand.
• Retention in the role of PCSOs to deliver highly effective model of neighbourhood policing and problem solving. Continued commitment to community safety. This is what communities want.
• Creation of community action teams in the North and South, building on the success of RCAT. These teams will respond to the problems and challenges. These officers will be deployed as a result of routine detailed analysis of community intelligence, information and incidents to ensure that they provide an effective policing response to those local issues, prioritising those causing greatest harm to communities.
• Front counter provision retained in every district council area, albeit reducing opening in line with demand.
• Revised shift patterns with improved alignment to demand.
• Reduced number of response bases allowing for maximum efficiency in response deployment.
• Retention of serious and organised crime team, cyber and fraud team, surveillance team to continue to tackle serious and organised crime gangs. Retention of SARC and specialist co-located rape investigators.
Kind regards
Chief Constable Alec Wood
Support upcoming blood donation session

Thank you in advance

for supporting our upcoming blood donation session. Please find the poster attachment which highlights the details of the session.
We would be grateful if you could share this poster electronically: You can download the poster here


Thursday 7 December
13:05 to 15:30 & 16:30 to 19:30
RAMSEY COMMUNITY CENTRE
4 STOCKINGFEN ROAD
RAMSEY





-via Facebook
-via Twitter
-via WhatsApp or email to family and friends
-via your work Intranet – for colleagues

For more information on blood donation, please visit blood.co.uk.

I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank you for the unwavering support, dedication, and commitment in helping us promote blood donation.
Mike Stredder
Director of Blood Donation
Please take note that these sessions are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances
Festive Period Rubbish Collection

Please find below some information regarding waste collections during the Christmas and New Year period.



We would really appreciate you are able to assist in letting residents know about this information via your parish publications, websites or social media channels

Collections will continue throughout the festive period but be aware that your collection day will change for a few weeks. Download your collection calendar from www.huntingdonshire.gov.uk/bins.


Normal Collection Monday 25 December
Change to Saturday 23 December


Normal Collection Tuesday 26 December
Change to Wednesday 27 December


Normal Collection Wednesday 27 December
Change to Thursday 28 December


Normal Collection Thursday 28 December
Change to Friday 29 December


Normal Collection Friday 29 December
Change to Saturday 30 December


Normal Collection Monday 1 January
Change to Tuesday 2 January


Normal Collection Tuesday 2 January
Change to Wednesday 3 January


Normal Collection Wednesday 3 January
Change to Thursday 4 January


Normal Collection Thursday 4 January
Change to Friday 5 January


Normal Collection Friday 5 January
Change to Saturday 6 January


Why not display the complete list of materials that can be recycled so all your guests know what goes where. Visit www.huntingdonshire.gov.uk/whatgoesinwhichbin for more information

Real Christmas trees can be put alongside your green bin for composting in January. If it’s taller than your bin please chop your tree to the size of your bin.

The Household Recycling Centre’s accept a range of materials for recycling and are only closed from 1pm Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Find out more at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Phantom Debt Collectors and Bailiffs Fraud Alert



Action Fraud has recently experienced an increase in the number of calls to members of the public by bogus bailiffs requesting payments for a “phantom” debt. The fraud involves being cold-called by someone purporting to be a bailiff working on behalf of a court, attempting to recover funds for a non-existent debt.

The caller will request payment by means of bank transfer and if this is refused, will threaten to visit the premises to recover the debt that is owed. A range of different businesses and individuals are being targeted.

Though this type of fraud can occur throughout the UK, Action Fraud has noted that a significant level of reports are being made from those in the Yorkshire area.

Tips for staying safe:

• Confirm what the debt is regarding; bailiffs are only used to recover certain debts such as council tax, child support and compensation orders. Bailiffs are not used to recover debts relating to private advertisement; these would be collected by debt collectors. Debt collectors do not have the same legal powers as bailiffs and will not have special court authorisation to act. For more details regarding this, please look at the Citizens Advice website.
• If you work for a business and receive a call or visit from bailiffs or debt collectors, be sure to speak with your manager or business owner first. Never pay the debts yourself on behalf of the business you work for; some fraudsters have suggested employees do this whilst talking with them, suggesting they can then be reimbursed by their employer, when in reality the debt is non-existent.
• Double check with the court or originating company to confirm whether the call is legitimate; if you use a landline make sure you hear the dialling tone prior to dialling as the caller could still be on the line and you could potentially speak to the fraudster(s) to confirm the non-existent debt. Also be sure to independently search for a telephone number to call and clarify; never use a number provided by the caller without carrying out your own research.
• Request details of the debt in writing to confirm its legitimacy.
• Do not feel rushed or intimidated to make a decision based on a phone call.
• You can report suspicious calls like these to Action Fraud by visiting
Action Faud Police or by calling 0300 123 2040.

eCops - 07 Nov 2017

Cold-Caller Alert - Hemingford Grey Area



Police are issuing an alert following an incident in Hemingford Grey on Friday afternoon, 3rd November, in which an elderly resident, female and living alone, was repeatedly pestered for money by a man stating that he represented the "Sue Ryder" national charity. However, when checks were made, the charity said that they did not have any collectors in the area on that day.

The man approached the lady in the street and later called twice at her home, asking her to either sign-up for a regular monthly payment, or to make an on-the-spot donation there and then. The lady repeatedly told the man she was not interested, but he continued to bother her, only leaving when he realised that she had a visitor with her in the house.

The man is described as being in his late 20s, about 5'9" tall, slim, with brown hair and a moustache, dressed in smart casual clothing.

Police have been told that a man who said he represented the Sue Ryder charity pestered another Hemingford Grey resident, also an elderly single lady, a few days previously. This may or may not have been the same man.

The message from the police is:
• Never enter into any agreement with door-to-door salesmen, also known as cold-callers - and never give them any money;

• Politely tell them "No thank you" and ask them to leave;

• If they will not leave, tell them that you will call the police if they do not go away immediately.

• Unscrupulous cold-callers target the elderly and the vulnerable, and may be working as a team in which one person will engage you in conversation to distract you, whilst a second person sneaks in or breaks in and commits a robbery.

• If you are worried or suspicious - call the police immediately by dialling 101 (the non-emergency number). In an emergency, or if a crime is being committed, dial 999.
Be winter wise


UK Power Networks is working with the other Electricity Distribution Networks and our trade body, Energy Networks Association, on a new national campaign called Be Winter Ready.

Be Winter Ready aims to encourage people to prepare in case they experience a power cut or gas emergency this winter.

We’re contacting all of our stakeholders to make you aware of the campaign and to ask if you could help share this important information.

Background



In recent years the chances of unscheduled problems with electricity and gas supply have dropped dramatically. Since 1990, network companies have invested £80bn in improving the reliability of local energy networks in the UK. As a result, on average, electricity customers have a power cut just once every two years and gas distribution customers will have their gas supply interrupted without advance notice just once every 40 years.

Whilst the UK’s gas and electricity supply is very reliable, bad winter weather can cause damage and disruption.

Steps you can take to ‘Be Winter Ready’:



• Know your free emergency numbers: In a power cut dial 105 or, for a gas emergency, dial 0800 111999.
• Prepare your home: Keep a torch handy and get your appliances serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
• Register as a vulnerable customer: Vulnerable households can get extra support by signing up to the Priority Services Register. Click here to find out more about the Priority Services Register in London, the South and East of England or to sign up.
• Keep your eyes open: Keep an eye on the weather forecast and, if you have a power cut or a gas emergency, check on your neighbours.

Tools to help you spread the word



We have created a great toolkit of assets to communicate this information, including social media posts, a poster and leaflet. The toolkit can be found here. Please share the posts on Facebook and Twitter, on a website, share in a newsletter or print flyers and posters. We’d really appreciate it if you can help us to reach people with this advice.

We are also asking people to sign up to a Thunderclap for 2nd November. It would be great if you can sign up to the Thunderclap to help us reach as many people as possible through social media. Click here and follow the few simple steps https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/63952-be-winter-ready .

Thank you in advance for any support you can provide.
06 Nov 2017

Cold-Caller Alert - Hemingford Grey Area



Police are issuing an alert following an incident in Hemingford Grey on Friday afternoon, 3rd November, in which an elderly resident, female and living alone, was repeatedly pestered for money by a man stating that he represented the "Sue Ryder" national charity. However, when checks were made, the charity said that they did not have any collectors in the area on that day.

The man approached the lady in the street and later called twice at her home, asking her to either sign-up for a regular monthly payment, or to make an on-the-spot donation there and then. The lady repeatedly told the man she was not interested, but he continued to bother her, only leaving when he realised that she had a visitor with her in the house.

The man is described as being in his late 20s, about 5'9" tall, slim, with brown hair and a moustache, dressed in smart casual clothing.

Police have been told that a man who said he represented the Sue Ryder charity pestered another Hemingford Grey resident, also an elderly single lady, a few days previously. This may or may not have been the same man.

The message from the police is:
• Never enter into any agreement with door-to-door salesmen, also known as cold-callers - and never give them any money;

• Politely tell them "No thank you" and ask them to leave;

• If they will not leave, tell them that you will call the police if they do not go away immediately.

• Unscrupulous cold-callers target the elderly and the vulnerable, and may be working as a team in which one person will engage you in conversation to distract you, whilst a second person sneaks in or breaks in and commits a robbery.

• If you are worried or suspicious - call the police immediately by dialling 101 (the non-emergency number). In an emergency, or if a crime is being committed, dial 999.
31 Oct 2017

Invitation to be a Councillor...


The District Council will be holding whole Council elections on 3 May 2018 for all 52 seats based upon new District Ward boundaries, currently 29 District Wards being reduced to 26 District Wards.

In light of this, the Council will be running a ‘Be a councillor’ event on Wednesday, 15 November 2017 at 7.00pm being held in the Civic Suite, Pathfinder House, Huntingdon. This event is to encourage residents and those who work in the District to find out what being a local Councillor entails. There will be presentations by the Managing Director, Executive Leader and other Senior Officers addressing attendees on matters including how the Council works, how decisions are taken, importance of the Code of Conduct. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to get further advice on the election/nomination process, support available to councillors, councillor remuneration, IT support etc.

Representatives of political parties will be in attendance to offer an informal session via a ‘market stall’ approach after the presentation where they can provide further information in encouraging attendees to get involved. Information will also be provided for attendees interested in standing as an Independent candidate.

Supporting Documents:

HPS-2029 - STAND FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN #1 

HPS-2029 - STAND FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN #2 
23 Oct 2017

Invite from The High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire, Richard Pemberton



invite from The High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire, Richard Pemberton to Service of Remembrance for road traffic victims at Great St Mary’s Church, Senate Hill, Cambridge on 19th November.

I would be grateful if this could be cascaded to all Parish Council members and anyone who may be interested in attending. Our newly appointed Ambassador, Kate Goldsmith will also be speaking at the service.




More information can be found here
22 Oct 2017

The Big Draw Festival


Do you know a child who likes to draw? Then we would like to hear from you.

As part of The Big Draw Festival this month, which promotes drawing as a tool for learning, expression and invention, Cambridgeshire Constabulary have launched their own art competition.

This half term, we're inviting children under 12 to dig out their pens, pencils and paints and submit a drawing to fit the theme 'The Police'.

Engaging with young people and listening to their experiences is an important part of our role and we hope this light-hearted competition will get the young people of Cambridgeshire thinking about the police and the role we play in their communities.

There are two age categories, five and under and six to 12-year-olds. The winners will receive a personalised tour of our headquarters in Huntingdon and entries will be displayed across the force.

If you know someone who might like to get involved, ask them to send their entry along with their name, age and contact details to corporate.communications@cambs.pnn.police.uk , post it to Corp Comms, Hinchingbrooke Park, Huntingdon, PE29 6NP or submit it via our social media channels, Facebook (@CambridgeshireConstabulary) or Twitter (@CambsCops).

The competition will close on 29 October.

Best Wishes,
Cambridgeshire Constabulary
14 Oct 2017

Road Works in our area

CAMBRIDGESHIRE ROAD WORKS & EVENTS INFORMATION:
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, Cambridge.enquiries@stagecoachbus.com or www.stagecoachbus.com

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
PE2 8AL

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 cyberprotectcambs@cambs.pnn.police.uk 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

CAMBRIDGESHIRE ROAD WORKS & EVENTS INFORMATION:
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 cambs-pcc@cambs.pnn.police.uk

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, STOP, CHAIN and CHECK:
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
Save a life and give Blood

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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
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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 https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information-online/

Further advice on what to do if your vehicle is stolen can be found online at https://www.gov.uk/what-to-do-if-your-vehicle-has-been-stolen

Regards,
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 hunts.burglary@cambs.pnn.police.uk. 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. www.immobilise.com
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) www.nsi.org.uk and Security Systems and Alarms Inspectorate Board (SSAIB) www.ssaib.org.uk
Please click this link to view a short video. https://youtu.be/OZvbTCZhlhI
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 www.actionfraud.police.uk, 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 http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ 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: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/ransomware-latest-ncsc-guidance

For additional in-depth technical guidance on how to protect your organisation from ransomware, details can be found here: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/protecting-your-organisation-ransomware

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.

Phishing/smishing
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 http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/
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
Gov.uk - 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

Regards

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

03 Mar 2017
REPLACEMENT OF ROAD MARKINGS AND STUDS FOLLOWING SURFACE DRESSING WORKS

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:

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

eCops
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

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
eCops
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
YouthWork


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.

Contact
For more information on any of the above, please get in touch with Alan Webb (Project Manager)
01223 232978 or admin@connectionsbusproject.org.uk or www.connectionsbusproject.org.uk
eCops

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

WasteChanging


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 www.huntingdonshire.gov.uk/bins

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
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Posted 05 Jan 2017

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Be safe online with Amazon

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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 “service@amazon.co.uk” 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 Amazon.co.uk, but aren't Amazon.co.uk.
• 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.co.uk.

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.