Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Weekly Newsletter

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Welcome to Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Weekly Newsletter
29-5-22 collated by Maggie Lewis - Volunteer Area Neighbourhood Watch Representative and Administrator covering Oxford LPA. 
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Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Association
1) AGM 21/5/22

Oxford Neighbourhood Watch 

1) Free event for ALL MEMBERS AND NON-MEMBERS (8 local community groups involved )

Thames Valley Police
1) Year in Review
2) National Race Action Plan

Thames Valley Police (Oxford)
1) Witness Appeal -St John's Street

Crime Prevention
1) Car theft

Scams
1) EoN
2) Fake energy bill rebate scheme
3) Action Fraud
4) Evri (formerly Hermes)

Oxford City Council
1) Bin collections

General Information
1) Tesco in Cowley Road
2)  Aspire Community Bus Service
3) Smartzone
4) Food Alerts
5) Road works
6) Street parties
7) Campaign to hand back unused health and social equipment

THAMES VALLEY NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH ASSOCIATION

If you would like to watch a video recording of the Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Annual Members' Meeting, held on May 21st , please click this link: 
https://youtu.be/7qkjzCaDwzQ  There are presentations by Chief Superintendent Katy Barrow-Grint, Police Crime Commissioner, Matthew Barber and Neighbourhood Watch Network CEO, John Hayward- Cripps

OXFORD NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
1) Everyone welcome 
Please come and support 8 different local community groups that have worked on projects since September. A huge thank you to my colleague in Stanley Road, without whom the project would not have been a success - it was lots of work for two - but with just myself impossible. Lots of help and hard work from University facilitators and researchers who made this a rich and rewarding experience. We will continue with this idea  across Oxford and learn from the survey so will have long-term benefits.  

EVERYONE WELCOME TO FREE EVENT - please click on link for full information
Events throughout day and evening for community groups in Oxford
https://www.mpls.ox.ac.uk/public-engagement/science-together-oxford-researchers-and-communities/programme-for-tuesday-7th-june-2022-oxford-university-museum-of-natural-history

THAMES VALLEY POLICE
1) Year in Review
An excellent video showing the police that you may not see or hear - working 24/7 365 days of the year
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6W8k4QyBzFE

2) National Race Action Plan
Share Your Views and Shape Work on the National Race Action Plan
A survey has opened asking those with interest or expertise in race in policing to share their views and shape important work following the launch of a Police Race Action Plan.
Complete the survey on https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/PlanFeedback/
Further information on this can be found on 
https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/news/thames-valley/news/2022/may/23-05-2022/thames-valley-police-pledges-commitment-to-improve-the-trust-and-confidence-of-its-diverse-communities-as-national-race-action-plan-launched/

TVP OXFORD
1) Witness Appeal  - St John's Street (CCTV image attachment)
Do you know this man? He may have vital information about a sexual assault in Oxford.
The offence occurred in St John’s Street between about 10.30pm and 11pm on Wednesday 11 May.
The victim, a woman in her twenties was being carried on the back of her boyfriend when a man touched the victim inappropriately over her clothing.
If you are the man or know who he is, please contact Thames Valley Police as soon as possible by calling 101, quoting reference 43220204384.

CRIME PREVENTION
Don't get caught out this summer! 
Stop your vehicle from becoming a target for thieves with the following preventative measures:
-Don't leave your possessions on show 
-Take valuable items with you when leaving your vehicle
-Mark valuables with your car registration or postcode in ultraviolet pen 
-Make sure your vehicle windows & doors are locked 
-Park vehicles where possible in a car park approved by the Park Mark Scheme.

SCAMS
1) E.ON (attachment)

Watch out for these fake E.ON refund emails.
If you receive one, don't click on the links.
Here's some useful info on how to check if an email is really from EON Energy UK: https://www.eonenergy.com/staying-safe-online.html
2) Fake energy rebate bill
Bogus email links to copycat website aimed at harvesting your card details
Read more: https://www.which.co.uk/news/article/ofgem-email-scam-offers-fake-energy-refunds-arlt41l9JRwj

It’s not taken too long for scammers to jump on the back of soaring energy bills. Emails using the logo of energy regulator Ofgem claim to offer an 'energy bill rebate scheme' worth up to £450 per household. The links direct recipients to a fake online portal where victims are urged to share personal and payment details in order to claim their refund.


3) Action Fraud
Action Fraud has received 752 reports in four days relating to fake e-mails purporting to be from Ofgem.   The e-mails state that the recipient is eligible for a rebate as a result of a newly announced government scheme. The links in the e-mails lead to genuine-looking websites that are designed to steal your personal and financial information.

Remember, your bank, or any other official organisation, won’t ask you to share personal information over e-mail or text.   If you need to check that it’s a genuine message, contact the company using details from their official website or app.
Spotted a suspicious e-mail ?   Forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS) – E report@phishing.gov.uk
 
For more information on how to stay secure online, please visit http://www.cyberaware.gov.uk

4) Evri (previously Hermes)
Fake Evri delivery text scam 
Delivery company Evri, formerly Hermes, is being impersonated by fraudsters asking for bank details to pay a fake delivery fee. It asks the recipient to visit a website to pay a £1.45 shipping fee, and if they don’t pay, the parcel will be returned to the sender. It’s likely that the scammers are mass targeting victims. However, it can be persuasive if you’re waiting for a package to arrive.
If you do receive suspicious texts like these, don’t click on the link provided. Instead, report the message to the free scam reporting service at 7726 and block the number.  If you have clicked on a suspicious link and think you may have given your details away to a scam, you should contact your bank immediately and report the scam to Action Fraud

OXFORD CITY COUNCIL
Bin Collections
There will be bin collections on Thursday June 2nd and Friday June 3rd as usual.

Energy rebate
https://www.oxford.gov.uk/energy-rebate

GENERAL INFORMATION
1) Tesco
Tesco  in Cowley Road is opening at 8am on May 30th.
The Tesco on Cowley Road will finally be reopening this week after being shut for over a year. Now, nearly seven months later than anticipated, it will open its doors on Monday, May 30.

2) Aspire Community Bus Service
You are entitled to use the Aspire Community Transport Scheme if you are a resident of Oxford and the surrounding area aged 65+ who holds a current concessionary bus pass and you meet the following criteria: 
* You have a medical condition that makes travelling on public transport difficult 
*You do not have access to a private car 
* You live more than 400 meters from a bus stop
*You are registered blind or partially sighted or disabled 
* You have children who are registered as having a disability or learning difficulties.

There is a £50 per year membership fee but after that journeys are ‘free’: as the cost is recovered by Aspire through your concessionary bus pass. Once you’ve joined the scheme all journeys on the Community Transport service must be pre-booked. Booking requests can be made by an individual member or by an individual or organisation acting for them. Booking requests can be made for journeys taking place Monday to Friday 9-4 (excluding Bank & Public holidays). 
To make a booking you should contact the Community Transport booking office with details of your required destination and your preferred time of arrival. 
The booking office will then review the Community Transport service schedule in your area and, where possible, will offer you an estimated pick up time within a flexible time window. This means that they may arrive up to 15 minutes before or up to 15 minutes after the estimated pick up time. 

They currently offer shopping trips to Sainsburys Heyford Hill, Tesco Cowley Retail Park, Cowley Centre, Oxford City Centre and Home Bargains on the Botley Road. These tend to be on set days of the week and they ask that people book the week before. 
How to book your place

Call 01865 244989Email dawn@aspireoxford.co.uk      

3) Smartzone
This is for travel on all Oxford buses, Thames Travel and Stagecoach within the Smartzone area - further information, including prices and map on 
https://www.oxfordbus.co.uk/smartzone

4) Food Alerts
Manning Impex recalls JACK & JILL MANG JUAN Chicharron – Espesyal Suka’t Sili due to undeclared allergens

Tesco recalls Tesco Frozen All Butter Croissants due to undeclared almond

White Rabbit Pizza recalls three types of Pizza and a Calzone because of undeclared milk

Food Alerts
JDM Distributors recalls Jif Peanut Butter products because of the possible presence of Salmonella

Co-op recalls Peri Peri Chicken Pasta Bowl and Prawn Marie Rose Layered Salad because of incorrect date labelling

Aguulp recalls Aguulp for Gut because of undeclared milk

5) Roadworks 
Roadworks near Cowley Marsh Park
The roadworks at the Marsh were suspended as there were simultaneous roadworks in Between Towns Road and this caused severe traffic problems.  The Cowley Marsh roadworks will resume on May 30th and bus stops will be out of action for the time being.

6)Please note the contents of this helpful advice from the Government if you have not already seen it:
https://www.food.gov.uk/how-to-safely-host-a-street-party
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Maggie Lewis (Neighbourhood Watch Network, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford LPA)
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