Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Newsletter 3-10-21

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Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Newsletter 3-10-21
collated by Maggie Lewis - Voluntary Area Representative and Administrator for Oxford Neighbourhood Watch. 

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Neighbourhood Watch
1) Silver Sunday
2) Oxford Neighbourhood Watch
3) Litterpicking
4) Student Safety and Neighbourhood Watch website
5) CCTV and Social Media
Thames Valley Neighbourhood Policing Teams
1) Cowley
2) Rose Hill
3) Oxford North
Thames Valley Police
1) Assault in Headington
2) Attempted burglary in East Oxford
3) Assault in Rivermead Nature Park
4) Assault in Westgate
5) Fatal collision in Headington
Crime Information
1) Police Reporting
2) Stolen therapy pet dog
Crime Prevention
1) Street Safe
2) Card Protection
Scams
1) New fraud hotline (Important)
2) Older People and Scams
Community Information 
1) Coronavirus Essential Support Directory
2) Women's Cycle Race (Road Closures and Route in Detail)
Community Safety
1) Urgent food recalls
2) Petrol Storage
3) Safe and Well Visit
4) Smoke Alarms
5) Electric Blanket Safety Check
General Information
1) Breast Cancer Awareness Month -Virtual Group Information
2) Hidden Disabilities Sunflower
3) 20 Energy Saving Tips
4) Contactless card payment limit increase
5) MOT -DVSA warning
6) Bank of England issue warning over paper bank notes

Good morning to everyone on Silver Sunday
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
1) What is Silver Sunday?
Initially launched as a local campaign to tackle loneliness and isolation, Silver Sunday is now a national day where people of all generations can come together by hosting fun and free activities for older people. It is a day where older people can meet new people, visit new places, try new activities and connect with their local communities and the generations around them.
Find Oxfordshire events here:
https://silversunday.org.uk/calendar/?_proximity=51.7612056%2C-1.2464674%2C10%2COxfordshire%252C%2520UK

2) Oxford Neighbourhood Watch
What Oxford Neighbourhood Watch needs (attachments)
a) Coordinators to set up schemes in their local road(s) to share information about the local neighbourhood and be a main point of contact.
b) Members - the ideal is to part of a scheme but if none, you can still receive messaging and be part of the local community making a difference
c) Donations and grants to fund road signs and room hire etc.

3) Litterpicking (attachment)
Litterpick -if you want to do a litterpick in your area and promote please let me know. Reducing litter and maintaining the environment reduces crime and has a positive wellbeing effect on residents. 

Oxford NW Litterpick for Balckbird and Greater Leys on Saturday, October 9th at 11am. outside Blackbird Leys Community Centre. Everyone welcome - all equipment provided and mini-litter pickers and mini- high-viz jackets for supervised children.

4) Student safety and NW website dedicated to young people

Student safety initiative launched 30th September
There us a new UK-wide safety initiative to give students the right tools to create safer, happier and more connected campus communities. The programme will incorporate a new Student Council, set to launch in November, consisting of ten representatives from universities across England and Wales. They will meet on a termly basis to establish a collective agenda to promote safety, increase wellbeing, become more connected to the wider community and minimise crime.
Students are invited to register their interest in joining the new Student Council by visiting studentwatch.co.uk. Representatives will also be encouraged to collaborate with local police forces to arrange events where belongings such as bikes and laptops can be 'tagged' with their postcode and toolkits to run their own campus events to tackle issues such as campus safety and mental health.
The Lookout – a free termly magazine written by students for students – will be available both online and in nearly 300 Co-op stores based in or near university campuses. It will feature advice on safety, wellbeing and how to get involved with local community initiatives.
To support the launch of this initiative, there is a new section on the NW website dedicated to young people (ourwatch.org.uk/young-people). It highlights the issues students are facing, such as high crime and loneliness, and how students can get involved in their community.

The initiative will be launched via a tour of universities, including Oxford Brookes on 19th October.

5) CCTV and Social Media
Neighbourhood Watch advice
If you do collect footage that may be used to identify offenders, you should only share this with the police or other relevant law enforcement body. It is strongly advised not to share images or recordings on social media sites without police permission. Doing so could jeopardise a police investigation, and any repercussions from such activity may well not be covered under the Public Liability Insurance currently offered to Neighbourhood Watch schemes by Neighbourhood Watch Network.

https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/crime-prevention/crime-prevention-advice/cctv-domestic-property

TVP advice is as above but if CCTV image is used on social media
1)    The wording of social media posts should not in any way imply guilt. Photographs and CCTV must not provide any suggestion the person in question/view has committed a crime
2)    CCTV being uploaded should be checked for anything in shot that clearly identifies a home (house number, car number plate, passers-by) and these blurred out before posting.

THAMES VALLEY NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICINGTEAMS 
Local policing team activities are always welcome - in advance or retrospectively.

1) Cowley NHPT(attachment)
Templars Square Shopping Centre
From Twitter (2/10)
The Cowley NHPT have been patrolling Templars shopping centre due to concerns of street drinkers and beggars around the location.


2) Rose Hill NHPT
The East Oxford team were doing a bike marking event outside the Rosehill community centre on Saturday, October 2nd.

3) Oxford North NHPT
Gloucester Green
Police Sergeant Kayleigh Livingstone was in Gloucester Green on Saturday between 11am-3pm taking part in a community engagement event/project called LemonAID Response unit alongside an artist Victoria Melody. Despite the weather this was well attended. 

Jericho
As of 4pm Tuesday 28th September, the caravan on Blomfield Place, Jericho, has been removed. This is the result of months of partnership working between Oxford Council and Thames Valley Police.
The presence of the caravan has been an ongoing community issue which has effected many people within Jericho. The removal of the caravan is expected to bring about a reduction in anti-social behaviour and environmental issues.

THAMES VALLEY POLICE
Witness Appeals
1) Man wanted in connection with assault on a young woman in Oxford (attachment)
This man is wanted by police in connection with an assault on a 23-year-old woman in Oxford.
The incident took place in Windmill Road on Saturday September 25 at about 11.35am.
Mitchell Lewis, 33, is mixed race, approximately 6ft 1in tall and of stocky build with short black Afro hair.
He is known to frequent Oxford.
Investigating officer PC Holly Bradley, based at Cowley police station, said: “We are appealing for the public’s help in locating Lewis in connection with this assault.
“If you see Lewis, please do not approach him, instead call 999 straight away.
“If anyone has any information about where he may be, please contact Thames Valley Police by calling 101 or making a report online, quoting reference 43210432755.
“Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or via their website.”

2) Howard Street - CCTV image (attachment)
Thames Valley Police is releasing a CCTV image following an attempted burglary in Oxford.
At around 2.15am on Thursday 16 September, a man was seen loitering in the area of Howard Street. At around 3am he entered a property on Howard Street and then was seen leaving a short time later.
Nothing was stolen from the property.
Investigating officer PC Emily Stoker, based at Oxford police station, said: “I am appealing to anyone who recognises the man shown in this CCTV image to come forward. The circumstances of this incident are concerning and I believe the man pictured has information that may prove vital to this investigation.

3) Rivermead Nature Park 
Police are looking for witnesses after a man was kicked, punched and threatened with a knife.
Thames Valley Police said the incident occurred at around 4.10pm on Monday (27/9) in Rivermead Nature Park, Oxford.
The victim, a man in his twenties, was approached by two men who then attempted to punch and kick the victim who was knocked to the floor.
One of the men then pulled a knife from his waistband and threatened the victim.
The men then ran off.
The victim sustained minor injuries and has since been discharged from hospital.
A 27-year-old man from Oxford was arrested on suspicion of affray and has been released under investigation.
Investigating officer, PC George Kay, based at St Aldates police station, said: “I am appealing to anyone who witnessed this incident, or who may have information about what happened to please come forward.
“Anyone with information can call 101, quoting reference 43210436214.
“Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website.”

4) Westgate assault
A woman has been the victim of a late-night assault near the Westgate Centre in Oxford.
Between 1am and 2am on Saturday, September 25th  the victim – a 34-year-old woman – was walking behind the Westgate in the direction of Oxpens when she was assaulted by a man.
The woman suffered bruising to her face and arm, but did not require hospital treatment.
She then tried to flag down a passing taxi but was unsuccessful.
A 35-year-old man from Oxford was arrested on suspicion of assault and has since been released on bail.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Sian Lewis, based at Oxford police station, said: “I am particularly keen to speak to the taxi driver and two passengers who were flagged down by the victim as I believe they may have vital information that could assist the investigation.
“I would also ask anyone who may have witnessed this assault to please come forward and call 101 or report online, quoting reference 43210432343.
“Or if you wish to report anonymously you can do so by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

5) Fatal collision - Headley Way/London Road junction
Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision in Headington, Oxfordshire.
The incident happened today (26/9) at the junction of Headley Way and London Road at approximately 9.50am.
A large crane vehicle was involved in a collision with a cyclist.
Sadly, the cyclist, a 32-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Her next of kin have been informed and are receiving support from specially trained officers.
Senior Investigating Officer, Sergeant James Surman, of the Roads Policing Unit based at Bicester police station, said: “This is a tragic incident which has resulted in the death of a woman.”
“I am appealing for anyone who has any information relating to the collision to please get in touch with Thames Valley Police. If you have any CCTV or dash-cam footage which you think could be relevant, please contact us as soon as possible.
“You can do this by calling 101 and quoting reference number INC-20210926-0761.”

CRIME INFORMATION
1) Police Reporting (from Thames Valley Police social media)
If you see anything suspicious - that is something that draws your attention which is out of the ordinary - let us know, A suspicious car parked up out of place- take down the index and perhaps as photo - but never put yourselves at risk - and let us know.
You can do this by phoning the 101 number of by going online to the TVP website, where there is a form to send us ‘intelligence.  Never worry that you will be bothering us needlessly – we base all our decisions upon intelligence received.  HELP US TO HELP YOU.

2) Stolen therapy pet (attachment)
There are many stolen and missing pets on social media everyday, however, this particular stolen dog is a pet therapy dog and the owner is extremely distressed and SJ even has his own dedicated social media page to recover. The dog needs a special diet and may have been innocently bought but if you could share the post and attachment it may help. If you are on Facebook you can see the distress that this has caused.
Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/251610100039578/?ref=share   
Please share information.

CRIME PREVENTION
1) StreetSafe
StreetSafe is a pilot service for anyone to anonymously tell us about public places where you have felt or feel unsafe, because of environmental issues, eg street lighting, abandoned buildings or vandalism and/or because of some behaviours, eg being followed or verbally abused.
Please note: 'StreetSafe' is not for reporting crime or incidents.
Report online
https://www.police.uk/streetsafe?fbclid=IwAR2k7FY85V_gY7xQaEWb-GCf4MeX4DR1VPkMbDFyCwKX09A8-ShKO9gJaKY

TVP Cyber and Fraud (social media)
2) Card protection
Where possible, use a credit card when making purchases over £100 and up to £30,000 as you receive protection under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act.
It could help you get your money back if you are scammed. Remember to beware of "too good to be true" offers!
SCAMS
1) New Fraud Hotline
FIRST:  The bank have come up with a new Fraud Hotline – just dial 159

STOP, HANG UP, CALL 159 ON A SECOND PHONE
If you think someone is trying to trick you into handing over money or personal details……Stop, hang up and call 159 to speak directly to your bank.
Last year criminal gangs stole over £470m by pretending to be your bank or other service provider.
159 is the memorable, secure number that contacts you directly to your bank if you think you’re being scammed.
159 works in the same way as 101 for the police or 111 for the NHS. It’s the number you can trust to get you through to your bank, every time.
159 will never call you. Only a fraudster will object to you calling 159.
When you dial the number, you will be asked to press one for this bank, 2 for that bank – going through them all.  You will then be put through directly to their fraud department.
This is an easy number to ring and remember !

When should I call 159?

Call 159 if:
Someone contacts you saying they’re from your bank – even if they are not suspicious
You receive a call asking you to transfer money or make a payment – even if it seems genuine
You receive a call about a financial matter and it seems suspicious
Remember, 159 will never call you. But you can rely on 159 to get you through to your bank.
 
Who is behind 159?
159 has been set up by banks and telephone companies who want to fight fraud. It’s a pilot scheme at the moment. The following banks are part of it:
Barclays
Lloyds (including Halifax and Bank of Scotland)
NatWest (including Royal Bank of Scotland and Ulster Bank)
Santander
Starling Bank
That covers over 70% of UK primary current account holders.

We want more banks to join us, and we hope they will over the course of the pilot.
 
Will it definitely work on my telephone?

Almost all major consumer telephone companies are participating, and over 80% of UK mobiles and landlines will be able to use 159 at the outset. We are working to grow this reach to 100% during the pilot.
The telephone companies are:
BT, including EE and Plusnet
Gamma
O2, including giffgaff
TalkTalk
Three
Virgin Media
Sky
What happens if 159 doesn’t work, for any reason?
You should contact your bank in the normal way, using the number on your bank card.

How much does it cost to call 159?
Calling 159 will cost the same as a national rate call; usually part of the included minutes in most phone tariffs.
 
What’s the idea behind the 159 pilot?
159 is a pilot scheme – the idea is to collect evidence to show that calling 159 helps fight fraud. Then we want to make 159 a universal number – available on all phones and for all banks.


2) Older people and scams
More than 50 per cent of over 65s have been targeted by fraudsters. 'Fraud is the most prevalent crime in the UK; you are twice as likely to be a victim of fraud than any other crime, though it is estimated that only 5 per cent of fraud offences are actually reported. When older people are affected by fraud, their losses are more significant, and they have a greater risk of being targeted repeatedly. The consequences for physical and mental health can be severe and long lasting

COMMUNITY INFORMATION
1) Oxford City Council
Coronavirus Essential Support Directory
https://www.oxford.gov.uk/essentialsupport

Oxford City Council 249811

2) Oxfordshire County Council - .
On Monday 4th October, the Women’s Cycle Race is taking place throughout Oxford.

Road Closures
Oxford Clearway – Marston Road – entire length, Cowley Road/Oxford Road (B480) entire length from The Plain – Garsington Road, in addition to rolling road closures 11:00 am – 12:00

Oxford (Cowley Area) road closures – short term: The following junctions with Cowley Road and Oxford Road will be closed (after approx. 11.30am) for the duration of the passing of competitors: Circus Street, Temple Street, Stockmore Street, Marston Street, Rectory Road, Princess Street, James Street, Bullingdon Road, East Avenue, Leopold Road, Divinity Road, Southfield Road, Magdalen Road, Bartlemas Close, Howard Street, Shelley Road, Marsh Road, Littlehay Road, Temple Road, Between Towns Road.

The route in detail
From the start line on Bicester’s Sheep Street, the race will complete a short northern loop, passing secondary school students at The Cooper School, before heading south past Graven Hill to Islip and on to Oxford. The peloton will then sweep past Magdalen College and into south Oxfordshire via Blackbird Leys. The stage will reach its southernmost point passing the Culham Science Centre before heading north through Abingdon, Eynsham, and past Woodstock.
The riders will pass through north Cherwell taking in Hook Norton, Sibford Ferris and Broughton arriving in Banbury for the first time. They will then head back out through Bloxham completing a short loop of parishes before returning to Banbury where they will pass the Cross and the Fine Lady statue on their way to a sprint to the line on South Bar Street.
There will be around 100 pro-cyclists, accompanied by support vehicles. Many spectators are expected to line the route.
Predicted race timings for when the peloton will pass through each local area are available on the Women’s Tour website.

COMMUNITY SAFETY
1) Urgent food recalls
I am sorry but there are far too many to list but please check https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/national/uk-today/19619262.tesco-waitrose-sainsburys-among-uk-supermarkets-issue-health-warning/
UK supermarkets have issued urgent warnings to customers over possible health risks from items bought in stores.
Aldi, Lidl, Tesco and Sainsbury’s are among the supermarkets urging customers not to eat food items.
Food allergies, incorrect packaging and choking hazards are among the reasons behind a number of product recalls.

2 ) Petrol Storage (Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service)
DO NOT STORE LARGE QUANTITIES OF FUEL
In light of the issues with transporting fuel to petrol stations that is causing some petrol stations a fuel shortage, our Prevention Team would like to remind you that it is not recommended that you store quantities of fuel within your shed or garage.
Unleaded petrol can go stale in as little as one month so storing large quantities may actually cost you more money in the long run.
Fuel and fuel vapour, are highly flammable, explosive and toxic, incorrect storage and handling can have fatal consequences.
WHAT'S THE LIMIT?
HSE official guidelines state that you can legally store a combined limit of up to 30 litres of petrol or diesel fuel at a domestic residence or non-workplace premises in the UK.
WHAT CONTAINERS CAN I USE TO STORE PETROL?
Legislation allows you to store petrol in the following containers:
Plastic containers storing up to 10 litres.
Metal containers storing up to 20 litres.
STORAGE OF FUEL
Consideration as to where you’re going to store fuel is also of paramount importance.
Fuel should never be stored in your home or any living space.
Fuel should be stored in a well ventilated, secure outbuilding as far away from any possible sources of ignition.

Coronavirus: essential support directory.
3) Safe and Well Visit
The Safe and Well Visit is a totally free service offered by Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service.
If you would like us to we will visit you in your home to see what we can do to help you reduce the risk of fire, such as checking and fitting smoke alarms, find out how to request a Safe & Well visit at www.365alive.co.uk/safewell. We can also have a chat with you to see if you could improve your health and wellbeing as well.
4) Smoke alarms
Did you know that you are more than four times more likely to die in a fire at home if you do not have a working smoke alarm? A smoke alarm is the easiest way to alert everyone in the house to the danger of fire, giving you precious time for you and your loved ones to escape. They are cheap, easy to get hold of and easy to fit.
5) Electric Blanket Safety Check
Free service and last checks this week

GENERAL NEWS
1) Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October)
Please do a self-examination of your breasts regularly so that you can spot any irregularities, and immediately get a GP appointment, by mentioning your concerns when phoning in. Breast cancer treatment in Oxfordshire has been ongoing throughout COVID, albeit a little different on occasions.
If you or anyone you know has been diagnosed with Breast Cancer either recently or a while ago, please be aware that Bosom Friends are a wholly voluntary run group solely to offer friendly support. Everyone involved has "been there", so understands how you may be feeling. Due to the Covid epidemic we are running a monthly "Virtual" Group where you can ask questions of others or just listen to what others have to say, in a confidential space. Face to face meetings will be resumed as appropriate. If that's not your thing, maybe phone support may help either as a listening ear or to point you in the direction of agencies that may be of help if you have problems.
Call Jan 01844 290362, or email: Janetbackhouse85@btinternet.com

2) Hidden disabilities
Not all disabilities are visible – some are hidden and not immediately obvious, such as learning difficulties, mental health as well as mobility, speech, visual or hearing impairments. Living with a hidden disability can make daily life more demanding for many people, but it can be difficult for others to identify, acknowledge or understand the challenges you face.

Wearing the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower discreetly indicates to people that you may need additional support, help or a little more time. one in five people in the UK will have a disability or long-term health condition and 80% of these will be hidden.
More information on https://hiddendisabilitiesstore.com/

3) 20 Energy Saving Tips
Lots of handy tips to keep fuel bills down
https://www.britishgas.co.uk/the-source/greener-living/energy-saving-habits.html

4) Contactless card payment limit increase
The limit for contactless card payments will increase from £45 to £100 on October 15, but some banks will allow customers to set their own limits.
Halifax, Lloyds Bank, Bank of Scotland and Starling Bank will allow this.
For Halifax, Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland the limit can be set between £35 and £95.
A bigger margin is included for Starling Bank, where it can be set anywhere between £10 and £90.
Customers of those banks will be able to change their contactless limit in their banking app, or switch if on or off entirely.
Currently, under the £45 limit on contactless card transactions, card issuers restrict cumulative payments that can be made before a Pin is requested at £130.

5) MOT -DVSA warning
Motorists are being urged by the Drivers and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to book their vehicle in sooner rather than later.
MOT extensions were put in place during the early part of the pandemic to help protect public health.
The extensions mean that more vehicles will now need an MOT in the autumn, more than 85,000 extra MOTs are expected in the five worst affected cities during October alone. 
Drivers should book their vehicles in early to ensure they get a slot with their usual garage, particularly as they return to the work commute and other regular journeys, like the school run.

An MOT can be carried out up to one calendar month (minus a day) prior to the expiry date of the existing MOT certificate, while still preserving the anniversary of the expiry date.
This means drivers can book in a bit early if needed. 
The DVSA is also reminding drivers that the law states vehicles need to be kept in a roadworthy condition all year, regardless of when the MOT is due.
This means if a vehicle is found to be unsafe at any time of the year, due to tyre wear or poor brakes for example, they could be fined or have points on their licence. 

6) Bank of England issue warning over £20 and £50 notes
People still using paper £20 notes are being warned they will soon not be able to purchase goods with their money.
In a year, the legal tender status will be withdrawn from paper £20 and £50 notes.
The new polymer £20 featuring JMW Turner and the £50 featuring Alan Turing will be the only form accepted by retailers.
The Bank of England has set a deadline for September 30 2022 for when the old paper notes will withdraw from legal tender.

 
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