Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Newsletter

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Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Newsletter (7/3/21)

Car Parking 
Gill from Headington
'Would like to see more policing especially in Sandhills Headington Oxford for the many cars that park in grass verges on corners of streets and park right across pavements forcing pedestrians to walk in the road can be very dangerous has been a big problem for a long time now.'
Disposal of unwanted items
Karen from Wolvercote
'Re the £20.00 charge for removal of bulky items, I think this is foolish as it will encourage flytipping which actually costs more in the long run and people are already resentful of the high council tax. I wonder if it is worth mentioning in the next article that it might be possible to dispose of items via Freecycle, Gumtree and Preloved. I got rid of a large dining table and a broken dishwasher through Gumtree and preloved. The dishwasher to a firm which will mend it and re sell it so profit for them and saves a little space in landfill.'

HMRC scams
If you are asked to help HMRC with their “investigation”, you should immediately send an email to: phishing@hmrc.gov.uk
In your email, you should include the following:
All details regarding the scam; what you’ve been told and asked to do
The scammer’s phone number (if you can retrieve this – check your call history)
 Exactly when it happened (time and date of scam call)
NWN monthly newsletter (National)
https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/news/march-21-our-news-neighbourhood-watch-national-newsletter
If you are receiving Neighbourhood Watch as  an  information provider only please consider signing up as a member or setting up a scheme as a Coordinator http://www.ourwatch.org.uk You will receive the same Alerts from all your information providers (including Thames Valley Police) as currently but you will  receive extra benefits and full access to website. You will be a member of the largest voluntary crime prevention in England and Wales.
Two drivers arrested after being found positive for cannabis. 
TWO careless drivers were arrested in Oxford in the early hours of this morning.
Police stopped one car on Old Road for speeding just before 4am and arrested the driver when they tested positive for cannabis.
The vehicle was also seized because the driver did not have insurance. 
Half an hour later, another driver also tested positive for cannabis when officers stopped them on Hernes Road.
The driver also did not have a licence or insurance. 
Appeal For Information Following Burglary In North Oxford (police message)
Between Friday 19 and Saturday 20 February, a property in Harefields, North Oxford was broken into. Offenders gained entry to the property by using a tool to force open the front door.They stole an amount of electronics, jewellery and designer watches that were of high sentimental value. They also stole a collectable Merrythought Panda teddy bear, which is again of high sentimental value as the victim has had it since childhood.
If you saw anything suspicious, have CCTV, dash cam or doorbell footage from around the time of the incident or have information about the stolen items that could assist with our investigation, please contact us via our online form or by calling 101 quoting reference: 43210072390.
Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.
Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)
Firms fined for ignoring TPS registrations
The ICO have issued fines totalling £270,000 to two companies that made unlawful marketing calls to numbers registered with the Telephone Preference Service.
Call Centre Ops of Nottingham and House Guard of Bournemouth, were found to have made almost 860,000 illegal calls between them, resulting in complaints to both the ICO and the TPS.
Guide Dogs and Electric Buses 
I have written to the County Council about electric buses and how this effects guide dogs for the Blind. I have a comprehensive reply from the Council and if you want the full response please click on the below reply button.
Further details on the regulations are available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-noise-systems-to-stop-silent-electric-cars-and-improve-safety. Whilst this specifically relates to cars, I understand that all electric vehicles are subject to these restrictions.
Blackbird Leys Neighbourhood Policing Team
The BBL Neighbourhood Team  conducted a drugs warrant on Brambling Way. There was not a large drugs seizure but they removed a Rambo knife, cash and made two arrests. They stated that they could not  stop drug activity overnight but will continue to police and work to keep the community safe.
The BBL Neighbourhood Policing Team executed a drugs warrant on a flat in Warburg Crescent. A substantial volume of drugs and cash have been seized alongside a machete and other suspected criminal property.
Secure your home and keep burglars out
A good security guide -NW discounts available for some security goods
https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/SysSiteAssets/media/downloads/thames-valley/advice/home-security-guide2.pdf

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Take care,
Maggie
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Maggie Lewis (NWN, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford LPA)

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