Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Newsletter 3-5-21

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This was scheduled for this morning but was not sent, apologies if you receive a duplicate..
I am  sending information that may not be specifically relevant to your area but as this goes across Oxford to several thousand it has to be general to cover all. Hopefully, you may find what is going on in other areas as interesting as I do and you can share.
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Neighbourhood Watch
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As a member or supporter you can join Oxford Neighbourhood Watch on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/1937740226361938 or Next Door. I do understand that many of you may not use or like social media  but  National Neighbourhood Watch are welcoming this as a fast method to share information. Also there is more scope for sharing to people who would not normally receive information about crime prevention.

Blackbird Leys Neighbourhood Policing Team
This is taken from Blackbird Leys social media if anyone has watched Line of Duty we will know the police use acronyms - PWIT is possession with intent to supply. I am particularly pleased as I am Area Coordinator for the Leys and increased intelligence and collaboration is definitely working and getting great results. There is an attachment showing the drugs confiscated

From social media
A top arrest from the Blackbird Leys Neighbourhood Team. We received information regarding drugs supply on Furlong Close and it didn’t take long before finding what we were after. x1 in custody for PWITS Class A. Proactive policing to safeguard the community. 


Oxford and South Oxfordshire and the Vale Thames Valley Police
Police  officers executed warrants during Operation Sceptre and three arrests were made for offences linked to weapons, child abduction, drugs and money laundering. 

Appeal from Thames Valley Police (Oxford)
Bonn Square assault
Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following an assault in Oxford.
At around 3pm on Wednesday (28/4), the victim, a woman in her twenties, was in Bonn Square, when she was approached by a man.
Following an altercation, the man punched the victims leg, causing bruising to her left knee. She then left the scene shortly after.
The victim did not require any medical treatment.
The offender is described as a white man in his forties, around 5ft9in tall with a slim build. He had light coloured hair and a brown curly beard. He was wearing a grey hooded jumper, baggy dark trousers and a dark hat.
Investigating officer PC Edward Dodd, based at Abingdon police station said: “I am appealing for any witnesses of this incident, or anyone who saw a man matching the description in Bonn Square around the time of the offence to please get in touch.
“You can make a report online or by calling 101 and quoting reference 43210182845.
“If you wish to remain 100% anonymous you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Sandy Lane West burglary 
There is a CCTV image as attachment 
Thames Valley Police is releasing an image of a man officers would like to speak to following a burglary in Oxford.
Between 11.30am and 14.40am on Tuesday 6 April a business property in Sandy Lane West was broken into.
A DeWalt drill was stolen.
Investigating officer PC Abigail Kirkham, based at St Aldates police station, said: “If you recognise this man, or believe it could be you, please get in touch.
“You can make a report online or by calling 101 and quoting reference 43210145946.
“If you wish to remain 100% anonymous you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Missing Man 
Attached photo
A MISSING man could have travelled from Bedfordshire to Oxford, police have said. 
Daniel Ludlow, 56, went missing from his home in Dunstable on April 17. 
At the time he was wearing a green jacket, light-coloured woolen jumper, light blue jeans and a grey flat cap. 
He is described as around 5ft 11ins tall with short silver hair. 
In a desperate appeal to find him, Bedfordshire Police tweeted: "We believe that since he was last seen, he has been to Luton. Daniel also has links to Oxford." 
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 101 quoting reference number MPC/763/21.

Escooters
A MAN has been fined for using his own electric scooter in Oxford.
Qadeep Hussain, of Long Ford Close, used the E-scooter without a number plate on Oxford High Street last year.   
The 25-year-old appeared at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on April 6 charged with driving without third party insurance and the wrong type of licence on December 3.
He was fined £880, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £88 and court costs of £90.
His driving licence was also endorsed with six penalty points.
What is the law for e-scooters?
Under UK law, it is illegal to ride an electric scooter in public places – including paths, pavements, and roads.
This is because electric scooters are classed as motor vehicles so fall under the Road Traffic Act.
To be road safe, vehicles under the act must have MOT, insurance and tax.
Only scooters which have been set up as part of government approved schemes, like the one in Headington ran by Voi, are legal.
Anybody caught riding a private scooter can be prosecuted. Driving without insurance carries a £300 fine and up to six penalty points.

General information
Landmark Domestic Abuse Bill receives Royal Assent 

The bill provides protection to millions of people who experience domestic abuse and strengthens measures to tackle perpetrators.
For the first time in history there will be a wide-ranging legal definition of domestic abuse which incorporates a range of abuses beyond physical violence, including emotional, coercive or controlling behaviour, and economic abuse.  
Link page-
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/landmark-domestic-abuse-bill-receives-royalassent

Taken from Blue Cross website
We're delighted to announce that the bill to increase maximum sentences for animal cruelty from six months to five years has finally passed through parliament! Blue Cross has campaigned for this law, with other animal welfare charities, for many years and we are delighted that progress has happened. This law will now send a message that animal cruelty will not be tolerated.

More police officers recruited
Recruitment drive delivers almost 9,000 additional police
Latest statistics show government is 44% of the way towards meeting its ambition of hiring 20,000 additional police officers by 2023.
Link page-
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/recruitment-drive-delivers-almost-9000-additional-police?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_source=2e439947-576f-4c67-aba6-2d8a56968c1b&utm_content=immediately

Community Speedwatch
Please note community speedwatches are not insured or run by Neighbourhood Watch, any resident can be involved if they are insured and have a link with the local police. A pilot is being tried in Wycombe and then across the Thames Valley Police Then  all volunteers will be  registered and insured with the police. The insurance has been a sticking point for volunteers so this will be eagerly awaited. Community speedwatches have never been insured by Neighbourhood Watch although many of our members have been volunteers.

Community Speedwatches have now recommenced. Residents use speed guns and monitor speeds sending information to a Thames Valley Policing link in their Neighbourhood Policing Team. The police will send letters out on the basis of information gleaned from Community Speedwatches. Residents will have been trained by their local police.
Anyone who does not have a police link are not insured unless they take out private insurance. Also no information can be used as data by the police as educational warning letters to offenders.
If you are interested please contact your local police and not myself. 

Crime Prevention
Scams

These scams were received from a Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator who has shared and reported correctly. 
This information if for all suspicious emails - please report to report@phishing.gov.uk  or if you have been a victim of one of these frauds, no  matter how large or small, please contact Action Fraud on https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ or phone 0300 123 2040

Here we have two typical scams received by the Coordinator - the first as a threat if you don't pay, the second an enticement to have a refund. 

This is the Coordinator's message sharing her information and advice. SERS is suspicious email reporting service
 
Dear All
BEWARE THIS SCAM pretending to be from DVLA which includes a link button saying PAY NOW
I have reported this as a phishing email to SERS at report@phishing.gov.uk
If you get it, DON'T reply but please report to SERS and then delete the email

Threatening scam
27April21
Your bank has declined twice the latest Direct Debit payment.
If you will not Update your Information, your vehicle is no longer taxed.
NOTE: Our system will automatically retry the billing process once your billing details have been updated. It can take up to 5 working days for the records to update.
In order to continue to the payment page please use the following link.
PAY NOW
ATTENTION: If you dont pay your vehicle tax on time you can be fined up to £1000.

Enticement Scam
HMRC Financial Group Service
We are sending this email to announce that after the last annual calculation of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax return of £480.54. In order to receive your refund, you need to create a Government Gateway account.
If you don't create a government gateway account, you will not receive your refund. This email was sent from a notification-only address that cannot accept incoming email. Please do not reply to this message.
Message:
Refundable Amount: £480.54 GBP
After we receive your information and process them, we will send you an email confirmation. Please allow us up to 5 business days in order to process your request.
Ref ID:4628/A8474
Self Assessment tax return4/26/2021 12:04:19 p.m.
Receiver:XXXXXXXXXXX
Payment Method:Online by Card
Refund Total:£480.54 GBP
HMRC TAX REFUND ONLINE

Pension Scam (Action Fraud)
If you receive a cold call about your pension, hang up immediately.
If you receive an unsolicited offer via email, text or social media about your pension, simply ignore them.
Know how to spot the signs of a pension scam: http://actionfraud.police.uk/protectyourpension

Caller ID scams
Huw Saunders, the regulator’s head of telecoms technology, said people should not rely on caller ID to be sure they were dealing with legitimate organisations on the phone.
His comments come as the pandemic has seen a rise in “phishing” scams in which criminals pose as legitimate organisations to dupe victims into handing over their financial details. Often these scams come in the form of emails or text messages purporting to be banks or government bodies such as HMRC.
However, Ofcom said criminals were now increasingly able to “spoof” legitimate phone numbers of banks when calling customers. Scammers will then try to gain their victims’ trust by telling them to check the phone number online or on a bank statement.
Mr Saunders warned this meant people could not rely on caller ID to screen out fraudsters.
Speaking on the BBC’s Radio 4’s Money Box, he warned that spoofing was now a global problem, as criminals could target British citizens from anywhere in the world.

Preventing car theft
1. Always lock it
2. Close windows and the sun roof
3. Secure your number plates with tamper-resistant screws
4. Fit locking, anti-tamper wheel nuts to secure alloy wheels
5. Secure anything that’s on the outside of your vehicle eg roof rack/tailgate
6. Take it with you or hide it
7. Hide electrical items and leave no clues
8. Tool theft from vans - don't keep them in van but if necessary mark valuable tools
9. Park in well-lit and busier areas
10. Take your documents with you -never keep car documents in car as easier to sell
11. Choose your car park wisely - well lit and staffed if possible
12. Catalytic converter theft -use approved marking system to protect the precious saleable metal in converters
Finally, try to make sure your vehicle is parked in a garage overnight, or if you have a commercial vehicle park it in a secure compound.

AGM- 15/5/21
 I believe that you Coordinators and members have  received an invitation to the AGM for Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Association - only the first 100 can attend so it is first come, first served. This year the voting is different and you are being asked to vote for the Committee as a whole and I would invite you do so if you wish me to represent Oxford as your area representative.
The Crimestoppers speaker is very interesting and since its inception in 1988 the organisation has never breached confidentiality with any caller. We can all recommend them as a trusted source to report crime if residents do not want to ring or use online police reporting.

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