Community Notes & Information

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Date Note / Information SentNotes & Information
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
01480 388843
Facebook - Recycle For Huntingdonshire
Twitter - RecyclewithHDC
Newsletter from the Police & Crime Commissioner.

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

alert@neighbourhoodalert
Be safe online with Amazon

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

Action Fraud has received several reports from victims who have been sent convincing looking emails claiming to be from Amazon. The spoofed emails from “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.
28 Dec 2016

Flood Risk Awareness
20 Dec 2016

Charles Kitchin (Police, Director of Public Engagement and Communications, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Cambridgeshire)
International Women’s Day 8th March 2017.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is working with Cambridgeshire Constabulary to create an event for International Women’s Day which is on the 8th March 2017.
The theme of the event will be around bringing communities together with a particular focus on keeping you and your community safe.
The event will be designed around what women tell us are the issues of greatest concern to them and that they would like to learn more about.
Therefore, we are asking individuals and women’s groups across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to get in touch and let us know what issues affect you and your local community. What information would empower you to make a change and what areas would you like more information about to increase your understanding of these issues and what you could help do to resolve them.
Theme’s could include domestic abuse, cyber security, safeguarding children and adults, inequality and community cohesion.
We want as many communities as possible from all walks of life to get involved in not only helping us plan the event but to encourage as many women as possible to attend.
If you have any suggestions or would like to be a part of the event, please contact my Engagement Officer, Sarah Morgan on sarah.morgan@cambs.pnn.police.uk

Kind regards

Jason Ablewhite
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
20 Dec 2016
Information Services Senior Advisor
Shire Hall
Castle Hill, Cambridge
Bury Village Street Lighting update

Following the decision taken by Cambridgeshire County Council Full Council on Tuesday 13 of December to overturn the policy to switch off street lighting across the County between 2am and 6am and dim by 60% at all other times, we can now confirm all the changes have been made by Balfour Beatty and the former settings of the 33,500 CCC lights affected have been restored. All areas impacted across the County are now being lit throughout the night and with a brighter light output. We thank all parish and town councils for their cooperation throughout these last eight months..

In areas where parish or town councils had been helping fund overnight street lighting during the past eight months, the County Council will fund all energy costings from 13 December from General Reserves and a press release is due to be issued later today. All outgoing invoices for part night lighting are currently on hold and will be adjusted as a result of this decision. We will make contact with these funding councils separately to confirm what these invoiced amounts will be.
eCops

13 Dec 2015
Remove your keys and keep them safe

Further to previous messages relating to dwelling burglaries across the district, please remove door keys after you have locked them. Unfortunately, through reported crime the method of entry has been via a window and then the offenders are able to use the door key to gain entry. Please ensure you place your keys in a safe place and away from prying eyes.

Also ensure that any sheds/garages are locked so the offender/s are unable to use items to gain entry to your property.
Stay Safe Online

Christmas 2016

08 Dec 2016
Stay Safe Online This Christmas

'Get Safe Online', the independent organisation offering unbiased and practical advice on all matters relating to the on-line world, have published guidelines on how to stay safe this Christmas, covering everything from shopping on-line to booking a holiday and sending (or receiving) an e-card.

You can read what they have to say at their web-site

Get Safe online .
eCops

7 Dec 2016
DON’T LET THIEVES SPOIL YOUR CHRISTMAS

Christmas is a busy time for most of us and it is easy to get carried away with all the excitement. Thieves also get excited around Christmas time because we sometimes forget about securing our vehicles and protecting our property, and that is what the thieves depend on.

While you are out doing your Christmas shopping thieves are out doing theirs, looking into your car to see what you have left on show for them to steal.

Don’t let them get away with your presents and belongings

Try not to leave shopping in the car while you go back to buy more. If possible, shop in stages.
Once you’ve parked up remove all items from display, including small amounts of coins, plastic bags and coats. If you’re not able to take the items with you place them in the boot out of view.
When using a sat nav make sure you remove the tell-tale ring often left on your windscreen. Potential thieves know that some people leave sat navs in the glovebox.
Always lock the car and be aware of people hanging around watching your movements.
Even if you’re only leaving your car for a few moments, such as to pay for fuel, talk to a friend or pick your child up from school – don’t leave your vehicle unlocked.
A thief only needs a few seconds to jump into your car and steal things or drive away.
Present Protection


When displaying your wrapped presents at home, try not to have them on view to people outside.
If you are away from you home when darkness falls you may want to consider installing automatic lights, to give the appearance of someone at home.
It is a good idea to register your property at www.immobilise.com and improve your chances of getting it back if it is lost or stolen. It only takes a couple of minutes and is FREE.
When putting out the rubbish please do not have packaging on display which advertises your new belongings.

If you see anyone acting suspiciously and have any information regarding these individuals or vehicle’s please call police on 101 or Crime stoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

Best wishes
John Coppard
Police Community Support Officer for Cambourne/ Hardwick/ Caldecote and Papworth

Message sent by
John Coppard (Police, PCSO, South Cambridgeshire - Sawston)
Nov 2016

Dental Works
Access to dental services

Read Healthwatch England's new report into dental services, published today. They have learnt that in some parts of the country, people still have real trouble getting appointments with NHS dentists. They also heard about gaps in provision for particular groups, such as those in care homes, people with disabilities, refugees and people who are homeless.
In some instances, commissioning arrangements for dentistry are not keeping up with changes in demand, leaving people without access to the dental care they need.

Find Out more
Nov 2016

Calling 111
Have you called NHS 111 in the last month?

Please tell us about any experiences you have had of calling 111, since 19th October. This is when the 111 service that covers most local people was taken over by Herts Urgent Care as part of a new integrated urgent care contract.

The new service works more closely with the out of hours doctors team. For example, call handlers can now directly book an appointment for you with the out of hours team.

It also links to a new mental health crisis service called First Response. If you or someone you know is having a mental health crisis, call 111 and press option 2 to be put through to the crisis team.
Next month, we are joining a formal evaluation of this new contract. We will take your experiences to this meeting, where they will be listened to by the people who are making important decisions about these services. We won't identify you when we do this.

What is learnt at this event could also influence national urgent care services, as it is part of something called the Share your experiences
Nov 2016

Healthwatch welcomes this week's early publication of the local Sustainability and Transformation Plan by Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group.
Fit for the Future plan published

Our Healthwatch welcomes this week's early publication of the local Sustainability and Transformation Plan by Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group.

This publication is very timely, as we know that people have been worried about what the plans might mean for changes to local services.

People tell us they recognise that NHS and care services are under huge pressure and they want to do their bit to help things change for the better.

We want to make sure local people are involved in how the plan is developed and achieved. It is vital people have the chance to directly discuss and shape proposals.
Find out more Fit for the Future plan published

Our Healthwatch welcomes this week's early publication of the local Sustainability and Transformation Plan by Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group.

This publication is very timely, as we know that people have been worried about what the plans might mean for changes to local services.

People tell us they recognise that NHS and care services are under huge pressure and they want to do their bit to help things change for the better.

We want to make sure local people are involved in how the plan is developed and achieved. It is vital people have the chance to directly discuss and shape proposals.
Find out more

ecops 24 Nov 16The Police have seen an increase of theft from vehicles in Huntingdonshire over the past 24hrs

Please remember to remove all items from display, including small amounts of coins, plastic bags and coats. If you’re not able to take the items with you place them in the boot out of view.
If you use a sat nav make sure you remove the tell-tale ring often left on your windscreen. Potential thieves know that some people leave sat navs in the glovebox.
Even if you’re only leaving your car for a few moments, such as to pay for fuel, talk to a friend or pick your child up from school – don’t leave your vehicle unlocked.
A thief only needs a few seconds to jump into your car and steal things or drive away.

  • Please be vigilant and report any suspicious activity around vehicles Huntingdonshire.


  • Anyone with any information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

    Regards

    Clare Darbyshire
    Crime Reduction Officer
    Huntingdonshire
    Lee Hurley (Police, PCSO, Huntingdonshire)We are asking for members of the public in the St. Ives & Ramsey Sector to make contact with us if they receive visits from cold callers. This request follows a small number of recent incidents in the above sector whereby a person claiming to work for a conservatory company has knocked on residents doors making them aware of work going on at a neighbouring property, apologising for any disruption. Subsequent enquiries have identified no ongoing works and then offences of burglary have occurred the following day.
    There are some legitimate cold callers, but Residents are advised not to buy services from unsolicited callers at the door and complete extensive research before making any commitments to buy. Further information can be found on the at Cambridgeshire County Council Trading Standards website
    Anyone who has a visit in the same or similar manner to the above is asked to email hunts.burglary@cambs.pnn.police.uk with any vehicle details seen if possible. Alternatively call police on 101 of 999 if you suspect an offence is in progress.

    Regards,
    Lee Hurley (PCSO 7293)
    Huntingdonshire Crime Investigation Team
    eCopsHere is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 11th to 17th November:

    B1040 - Fenton - At midday on Saturday 12th November, police received a report of a suspicious vehicle, possibly involved in hare-coursing, seen with 2 or 3 men and 2 dogs on land off the B1040 near Fenton. Police located the vehicle and checks showed it had previously been involved in crime. It was stopped and seized under police powers, and towed away.

    Ramsey Road, Bury - Police were called to Ramsey Road mid-afternoon on Sunday 13th November, following several reports of pigs loose on the road, causing a hazard to motorists. The animals had escaped from a building on the disused RAF Upwood site and had got through a hole in the fence onto the road. Some had also crossed the road and entered the gardens of houses on Valiant Square. Police stopped traffic on the road for a time and together with members of the public and the animals' owner, succeeded in returning them to their enclosure.

    Station Road, Bury - Sometime during the evening of Monday 14th November, someone damaged a VW Golf car that had been left by its owner parked on Station Road. The offender smashed the driver's side wing mirror and poured a substance believed to be baby food over the windscreen and roof of the car.

    Bury - At 10:30 pm on Monday evening, 14th November, police received a report of an attempted break-in to a shed at an address in Bury. No further information is available.

    Flaxen Walk, Warboys - An attempted burglary is believed to have taken place just before 2:00 pm on Wednesday 16th November, at a house on Flaxen Walk. A male described as being in his late teens or early 20s, wearing a grey hooded top and dirty trainers, rang the doorbell and when no-one immediately answered, tried the door, which was unlocked, and opened it. At this point he was challenged by the occupant. He then gave an explanation about representing a double glazing company and wanting to apologise for disruption due to work at a neighbouring house, before walking away. However, no conservatory work was thought to be being done locally at the time, and police are investigating the incident as an attempted burglary.

    See something suspicious..... Dial 101
    Thu, Nov 17, 2016 4:00 pmMany thanks to those of you who completed my recent Police and Crime Plan survey.

    With budgetary pressures set to continue over the next few years and the need to save a further £6 million by 2020/21, I am considering a small increase in the policing element of the council tax for 2017/18. This would be just under 7p per week (£3.60 per year) for an average Band D property which equates to an increase of 1.97%.

    Your opinion counts and I would be grateful if you could take a moment to complete this short survey and let me know your views. Please click here for the survey.

    Many thanks

    Jason Ablewhite
    Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
    eCopsThere has been an increase in shed and garage burglaries across the district. We have been made aware of several reports via local social media pages of suspicious activity, targeting insecure gardens and outbuildings.

    Please see general crime prevention advice below:-
    • Access to garden – lock gates.
    • Shed locked using closed shackle padlock.
    • Screws on hinges burred to prevent unscrewing.
    • Install a shed alarm which can be purchased cheaply at a DIY store.
    • Large items chained down to prevent moving. Mowers/bikes etc.
    • All property security marked, painted in bright colour or given a unique mark to make them recognisable to you.
    • 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.
    • Consider the possibility of installing CCTV as a deterrent.
    • Consider installing security lighting with motion sensors to cover the access and egress points.

    Please report any suspicious activity on 101.
    Tue, Nov 22, 2016 17:30Stagecoach Bus 30 - From 1 Jan 2017
    Ramsey – Huntingdon
    07:10 journey between Ramsey and Huntingdon will no longer operate – alternative A leaves Ramsey at 07:10 with change to 35 at either Warboys or RAF Wyton for Huntingdon --- Editor Note: Make your mind up Stagecoach... Change at Wyton or Warboys?

    08:20 journey between Huntingdon and Ramsey now terminates at RAF Wyton
    eCopsLocal officers recently took part in a week of action against modern slavery, to coincide with the work done on a regular basis to tackle the issue.

    As part of this action, officers across the county visited houses of multiple occupancy, properties previously identified as brothels and hand car washes. In addition to these visits, awareness raising events were held in Cambridge and Fenland.

    In Peterborough, officers from the newly formed Prevention and Enforcement Services, which includes staff from the city council and fire service, carried out the visits.

    Our priority has been, and always will be, to protect members of the public from harm. We are committed to working with partner agencies to tackle modern slavery and target those who gain from others’ suffering.

    Modern slavery is happening in Cambridgeshire and we need your help to tackle it. Please consider taking a moment to familiarise yourself with the signs and report any concerns. For more information you can visit our website by clicking here.
    eCopsDon’t be left in the dark when it comes to home security. Brush-up on good security habits. Check out our winter burglary crime prevention advice here: http://www.cambs-police.co.uk/GetCloser/WinterBurglaryPreventionAdvice.asp
    eCopsWelcome to the latest newsletter from Police and Crime Commissioner Jason Ablewhite.

    In this edition, you can read about Jason's support for lowering the drink drive limit and his recent announcement about a new specialist service for victims of sexual abuse.

    http://www.cambridgeshire-pcc.gov.uk/whats-new/newsletters/

    If you would prefer to receive this as an attachment, please email catherine.kimberley@cambs.pnn.police.uk.
    Thu, Nov 10, 2016 12:14 pmFollowing the recent announcement that Cambridgeshire County Council will be reducing the gritting routes this year, we wanted to give you some further information about the changes.

    To confirm, all the roads that have been removed from our precautionary gritting routes will now form part of our secondary routes. These will be gritted when there is a period of prolonged cold weather, where road surface temperatures fall and stay below freezing point or when snowfall is forecast.

    We have also been contacted by numerous Parishes following the publication of the revised gritting plans, asking whether they can grit the carriageway themselves. Whilst this proactive approach is very much welcomed, unfortunately this is not a straight forward question and involves a range of factors that need to be considered.

    Please could we ask for any Parishes who are interested in supporting us with gritting to contact our Highways Maintenance Manager, Jon Clarke. We are extremely keen to discuss solutions on a case by case basis and are looking to enable this to take place where ever possible. Jon’s details can be found at the end of this email.

    Also just a reminder that we do have a Community Gritting Scheme which enables volunteers to grit the footways only this has operated very successfully for a number of years in many parishes, we would encourage Parishes to sign up to the scheme.

    For information, all updates on when we will be gritting will be publicised on our twitter feed @CambsCC.

    If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Kind regards,
    Highways Service
    Cambridgeshire County Council

    Jonathan Clarke
    Highways Maintenance Manager
    Email: Jonathan.Clarke@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
    Tel: 01223 699163
    Wed, Nov 9, 2016 2:08 pmPauline is part of the local fundraising team for Macmillan and we have a really exciting quiz event we are asking people to get involved in. The Macmillan Mammoth Quiz is happening on the 24th February 2017 and we are asking as many people as possible to get involved and organise a quiz in their local area.

    If you want any other information or would prefer text only please let me know. I would be so grateful if you can help!

    Best Wishes

    Pauline

    Pauline Craig
    Area Fundraising Manager
    Macmillan Cancer Support
    Mobile: 07764 503482
    Twitter @mac_cambs_beds
    Email: pcraig@macmillan.org.uk

    Follow the local team @mac_cambs_beds and https://www.facebook.com/macmillaneastofengland

    No one should face cancer alone. We are working with the Hinchingbrooke NHS Health Care Trust to build the £2.4 million new Macmillan Woodlands Centre, a state-of-the-art cancer treatment centre to improve the experience of people living with cancer in Huntingdon and the surrounding area.
    Tue, Nov 1, 2016 4:11 pmCambridgeshire County Council has partnered with a company called ICHOOSR to deliver collective switching for residents. This is the opportunity to secure a good rate for your energy bill for the year ahead.

    A recent energy auction was run in October by ICHOOSR and the winning energy companies are Scottish and Southern Electric (SSE) and Robin Hood Energy. To access the competitive deals sign up on the link www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/cambsenergyswitch or via the Cambridgeshire County Council website. There is a helpline 0800 048 8285 if you have problems registering your interest. The SSE tariffs are exclusive to residents signing up via the link and are not available directly from the suppliers or via price comparison sites.

    This deal is open until 29th November 2016. There is no obligation to accept an offer. A further auction is planned for February 2017 if you don’t get round to signing up for this before the deadline.

    Please find attached a flier with the information about the scheme. I will be grateful if you can promote this web link to your community to help them save money. During the last 18 months, Cambridgeshire residents saved £230,000 from collective switching deals saving on average £224 per household. Please contact the Energy Investment Unit on 01223 728552 if you have any questions on the above or difficulties with the helpline.
    Mon, Oct 31, 2016 4:49 pmDraft SPD: Huntingdonshire Design Guide 2016 will be available for you to view and comment between the following dates:

    Start date: 31/10/16 16:30

    End date: 12/12/16 17:00

    Please select the following link to view this event:

    http://consult.huntingdonshire.gov.uk/portal/pp/spd/dg

    If the link appears to be broken, please try copying the entire link into the
    address bar on your web browser.
    Tue, 01 Nov 2016 22:30NALC opposes creeping centralism on council tax setting
    NALC responded to the government stating its firm opposition to plans to extend referendum principles to local councils. This government says they are great champions of localism through neighbourhood planning and devolution. Yet they seem determined on a centralist path on the finance of the first tier of democracy.
    Read More
    Wed, Nov 2, 2016 9:44 NALC demands a fair hearing for local councils on neighbourhood planning
    NALC stated on 18 October 2016 that local councils are keen to embrace neighbourhood planning to improve their communities but are being put off as it was unclear what weight they were given in the planning process.


    Marcus Jones MP supports NALC on devolution plans
    The minister for local government, Marcus Jones MP told the NALC Annual Conference on 19 October 2016, that many local councils are bringing devolution to life and is encouraging the further spread of a localist revolution.


    Read More...
    Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:33You’ve heard about Tesco’s Bags of Help grants scheme, which Groundwork is proud to administer. What you may not know, though, is that there have recently been a few changes which make it even more accessible.

    Grants are awarded to voluntary or community organisations (including registered charities/companies), schools, Parish/Town Councils and local authorities, health bodies (e.g. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS Hospital Trust, Foundation Trust), and social housing providers. (This list is not exhaustive and there will be many other types of organisations that will be funded.)

    In order to give Tesco customers a say much more frequently on where their money goes, the Bags of Help scheme is now permanently open for applications.

    There are also a number of other exciting changes to the scheme.

    Bags of Help will now see the money raised by the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores opened up to a greater range of projects that support community participation in the development and use of open spaces.

    As well as physical improvements of open spaces – such as building new pocket parks, sports facilities, woodland walks and community gardens – projects that will now get the green light as a result of the funding will include volunteer training, equipment purchases, community events and sports and leisure activities.

    Following a public vote, three projects in each region will now receive a grant each month, with first place receiving up to £5,000, second place up to £2,000 and third place up to £1,000. Please note the maximum amount you can now apply for is £5,000. Previously awarded grants are unaffected by these changes to the scheme.

    Please apply yourself or spread this exciting news and encourage others to apply or nominate a project. Find out more and apply on our dedicated Bags of Help website.

    If you have questions that aren’t answered by the information on the website, or you’d like some extra support, feel free to get in touch with your local Community Enabler:

    Stephen Windmill, Enabler for Hertfordshire, on 01707 255178 or stephen.windmill@groundwork.org.uk

    Natalie Sutterby, Enabler for Luton & Bedfordshire, on 01582 720147 or natalie.sutterby@groundwork.org.uk

    Katie Dean, Enabler for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, on 07736 132870 or katie.dean@groundwork.org.uk

    Victoria Rudd, Enabler for Essex, on 07736 132873 or victoria.rudd@groundwork.org.uk

    Gary Lowe, Enabler for Suffolk, on 07736 132871 or gary.lowe@groundwork.org.uk

    John Ellerby, Enabler for Norfolk, on 07726 695996 or john.ellerby@groundwork.org.uk
    Tue, Nov 1, 2016 16:00Cambridgeshire Energy Switch - saving money on your bills


    Cambridgeshire County Council has partnered with a company called ICHOOSR to deliver collective switching for residents. This is the opportunity to secure a good rate for your energy bill for the year ahead.

    A recent energy auction was run in October by ICHOOSR and the winning energy companies are Scottish and Southern Electric (SSE) and Robin Hood Energy. To access the competitive deals sign up on the link www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/cambsenergyswitch or via the Cambridgeshire County Council website. There is a helpline 0800 048 8285 if you have problems registering your interest. The SSE tariffs are exclusive to residents signing up via the link and are not available directly from the suppliers or via price comparison sites.

    This deal is open until 29th November 2016. There is no obligation to accept an offer. A further auction is planned for February 2017 if you don’t get round to signing up for this before the deadline.

    Please find attached a flier with the information about the scheme. I will be grateful if you can promote this web link to your community to help them save money. During the last 18 months, Cambridgeshire residents saved £230,000 from collective switching deals saving on average £224 per household. Please contact the Energy Investment Unit on 01223 728552 if you have any questions on the above or difficulties with the helpline.