Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Weekly Newsletter
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Welcome to Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Weekly Newsletter
5-6-22 collated by Maggie Lewis - Volunteer Area Neighbourhood Watch Representative and Administrator covering Oxford LPA.
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1) Good morning
Oxford Neighbourhood Watch
1) Celebration Event (one day only)
2) Headington Festival
4) Street parties
Thames Valley Police
1) General data
Neighbourhood Policing Teams
1) Blackbird Leys
2) Oxford North East
1) Checklist advice during the summer
2) The Doorstep Crime Team
2) Knife Crime
2) Council Tax Rebate
Oxfordshire County Council
Oxford City Council
1) The Doorstep Crime Team
2) Food Alerts
3) Bus Stop Closures
4) Breaking down on a busy road or motorway
5) Road closures
1) Good morning (attachments at end)
I hope that you are all well and enjoying the Platinum Jubilee festivities that are drawing to a close. A momentous moment that we are enjoying currently will be in the history books and a talking point with future generations. A celebration to bring generations and communities together.
It was my absolute privilege to represent Oxford Neighbourhood Watch at the service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen - photos with our Lord Mayor of Oxford, James Fry and Chief Constable of Thames Valley, John Campbell on June 4th attached. The roof was raised with the singing of Jerusalem and the National Anthem.
OXFORD NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
1) Celebration Event
PLEASE come and support us on Tuesday, June 7th - anyone being involved with a big event will know how much hard work is put in by all team members.
Thank you again to the Oxford University for including us in your pilot project and to my fellow colleague as we approach the finishing line - we have come a long way since September.
There are seven other community groups involved so please check out the link for a variety of interest. If you prefer not to use Eventbrite please email Oli on email@example.com or Rachel firstname.lastname@example.org for attendance. https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2022-06-01-museum-natural-history-showcase-science-together-community-researcher-collaborations
2) Headington Festival
Thank you to the NW Coordinator from Old High Street who helped on the stall in Headington Festival and carried the table back to the car. Acts of kindness and help make such a difference. On display was crime prevention leaflets - if any Coordinators want to have paper copy leaflets for AGMs or meetings -please ask as long as you give me a reasonable time to deliver.
Congratulations to Sam Shiell (NW Area Coordinator for Rose Hill) who has won the OCVA Volunteer of the Year Award for her work for Oxfordshire Breastfeeding Support.
4) Street parties
If you have had a street party and want to share the photos in the newsletter next week please reply.
THAMES VALLEY POLICE
1) General data
Thames Valley Police is the largest non-metropolitan police force in England and Wales. We police the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, and serve a diverse population of more than two million, plus six million visitors who come to Thames Valley each year. We patrol 196 miles of motorway - more than any other British police force. The Thames Valley Police force area is divided into 12 Local Policing Areas (LPAs).
NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING TEAMS (from TVP Oxford social media)
1) Blackbird Leys
a) Pegasus Road (Closure Order ) (1/6- attachment)
The Blackbird Leys Neighbourhood Team have obtained a closure order for a property on Pegasus Road. The order will prevent anyone other than designated people from entering the address and will expire on the 30/08/22. Tell us about any issues on your street
b) Peregrine Road (Closure Order) (2/6 - attachment)
Blackbird Leys have been keeping the community safe with another closure order this week.
The Blackbird Leys Neighbourhood Team have obtained a closure order for a property on Peregrine Road. The order will prevent anyone other than designated people from entering the address and will expire on the 30/08/22. Tell us about any issues on your street
c) Leys Play and Activity Day
The Blackbird Leys Neighbourhood Team were out and about for the Leys Play and Activity Day. A great community event and opportunity for positive interactions with our youngest residents
2) Oxford North East (30/5)
We were a few stalls away from the Team and agree great engagement with the community
Oxford Northeast Neighbourhood Police team and positive action and engagement team attended Headington Festival, fantastic engagement event with members of public and a great feedback.
Working closely with councils, the police and other agencies, the Doorstep Crime Team will provide support and reassurance to Oxfordshire’s residents. Intelligence is gathered to build up a picture of rogue activity, and any criminal offences are investigated.
The Doorstep Crime Team will follow-up on reported incidents by attending when traders are at your door or if they are due to return.
The Trading Standards Doorstep Crime Team will:
Intervene on the doorstep to support consumer dealing with traders
Disrupt the activities of rogue traders by sharing information with other agencies such as the police
Enforce the law and work with our partners
Advise consumers and traders on the legal requirements and
Think you might have been spiked on a night out? Please report to the police.
Forensically there may be fewer opportunities if several days have passed before they get a report, but they still want to know.
Spiking is nationally under-reported. Every piece of information you give is vital and may help catch an offender later on down the line.
To report spiking to police, https://www.police.uk/pu/contact-the-police/report-a-crime-incident/
2) Knife Crime
Knife crime affects more than just the person carrying the knife.
For more information on knife crime & support available, follow the link here: https://orlo.uk/Ks6qo
Knife Crime includes any crimes that involve the use of a sharpened weapon or blade. It is illegal to sell or buy a knife to anyone who is under 18 years old. Carrying a weapon to protect yourself is still a crime in the eyes of the law and in fact you are much more likely to become a victim of knife crime if you carry one. Possession of a knife can carry a prison sentence of up to 4 years (5 years in Scotland) even if it's not used.
Action Fraud report - Criminals target the public with fake HMRC tax refund emails. We've received 442 reports in two weeks about fake emails purporting to be from HMRC. The emails state the recipient is owed a tax refund (rebate), and the links provided in the emails lead to genuine-looking phishing websites that are designed to steal personal and financial information. HMRC will never send notifications of a tax rebate to ask you to disclose personal or payment information by email."
If you receive the scam message, you can report it by forward it to email@example.com. Scammers have gone to a lot of effort to make this fake email look convincing as it features similar branding to official Government messages.
2) Council Tax Rebate
Local councils say they would never cold call or email and ask for your bank details to make the payment. Do not give out your details.
If you have already given over your personal details make a report to the Police by calling 101 or call the Action Fraud helpline - 0300 123 2040.
The energy rebate scheme was announced by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak to help people with rising energy bills.
All eligible households in England in council tax bands A to D, should get the £150 payment from April this year. This includes those who already receive assistance in paying some or all of their council bill through local council tax support.
If you currently pay your council tax by direct debit, you should automatically get the rebate payment into your bank account without needing to take any action. If you don't pay by direct debit, local authorities are working out the best way to get the rebate to you and they will write to you letting you know what will happen.
3) Santander impersonation text message scam exposed
Criminals are posing as Santander in a series of dodgy text messages to trick people into giving away personal details.
Impersonation scams are on the rise, according to the finance industry trade association UK Finance there were more than 30,000 cases in the first half of 2021 with losses totaling £129.4m
OXFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
I have separated the responsibilities of City and County Councils, if you need to contact any department you will see which one is relevant. Councillors can be seen on websites.
Adult and children’s social care
Education and learning
Highways and transport
Public health improvement and prevention services
Waste disposal and recycling
Fire and rescue, and community safety
Libraries, cultural, registration and Coroner’s services
OXFORD CITY COUNCIL
1) Food Alerts
a) Co-op recalls Co-op Tuna Chunks in Sunflower Oil and Co-op Tuna Chunks in Springwater because they may contain pieces of metal
b) Allergy alert - SPAR recalls SPAR Spread Up Hazelnut Choco because of undeclared almond
2) Bus Stop Closures
The closure will be in place until the 24th June 2022. During the closure, passengers are advised to use either Clive Road or Shelley Road instead.
3) Breaking down on a busy road or motorway
Breaking down on a busy road or motorway can be a frightening experience. Knowing what to do will help keep you and your passengers safer.
If it happens to you remember – keep left. https://nationalhighways.co.uk/road-safety/breakdowns/
4) Road Closures (Sunday 5/6)
Beechcroft Road, street party on Saturday and Sunday
Meaden Hill Road, Jubilee lunch event on Sunday
Western Road and Brook Street, street party on Sunday
Rawlinson Road, street party on Sunday
Leckford Road, street party on Sunday
Linkside Avenue, street party on Sunday
Thorncliffe Road, street party on Sunday
Farndon Road, afternoon tea party on Sunday
Rosamund Road, street party on Sunday
Marlborough Road, street party on Sunday
Kingston Road, street party on Sunday
Paddox Close, street party on Sunday
Sunningwell Road, street party on Sunday
Ash Grove, street party on Sunday
All Saints Road, street party on Sunday
Ferry Road, street party on Sunday
Trinity Street, street party on Sunday
Edgeway Road, street party on Sunday
Plantation Road, street party on Sunday
Lathbury Road, street party on Sunday
Bath Street, street party on Sunday
Chestnut Avenue, street party on Sunday
Church Way, street party on Sunday
Linton Road and Northmoor Road, street party on Sunday
Ramsay Road, street party on Sunday
Park Town and Crescent and Terrace Street, street party on Sunday
Tyndale Road, street party on Sunday
Pitts Road, street party on Sunday
Weyland Road, street party on Sunday
Message sent by
Maggie Lewis (Neighbourhood Watch Network, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford LPA)