Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Weekly Newsletter

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Welcome to Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Weekly Newsletter
12-6-22 collated by Maggie Lewis - Volunteer Area Neighbourhood Watch Representative and Administrator covering Oxford LPA. 
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Neighbourhood Watch Network
1) Lottery

Oxford Neighbourhood Watch 
1) Roll out across Oxford

Thames Valley Police Oxford
1) Park End Street
2) St Aldates
3) Headington

Neighbourhood Policing Teams
1) Rosehill, Littlemore and Iffley

Crime Prevention
1) Keyless car theft
2) Avoiding burglary
3) Keep it visible

1) Scam BT direct debit email

Oxfordshire County Council
1) Home Library Service
2) Environmental Information Request for LTNs and Emergency Services

Oxford City Council
1) Bonn Week
2) Energy Saving Fair
3) Energy Saving Grants and Offers

Oxford Direct Services 
1) Oxford Ice Rink

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue
1) Seat belts
2) Tyresafe

General Information
1) NHS changes that effect us all
2) Freedom of Information Act for A&E Departments in Oxfordshire
3) Food Alerts
4) World Elder Abuse Day
5) Father's Day

Neighbourhood Watch have started a Lottery with tickets of £1 a week and 50% goes to Neighbourhood Watch with prizes of up to £25,000 - click on below for more information

Thank you to our Lord Mayor, James Fry, who attended our celebratory project event at the Museum of Natural History. The event was attended by far more people than I could ever imagine and there were only very short intervals to sit down as the five hours were full of activity of explaining surveys and bike locking demonstrations. This  culminated in being miked up for livestreaming videos with huge display screen for attendees to watch. 5 minute fame slot.
The full survey results and NW leaflet will be available online and electronically at the end of June.

Possible future for bike theft project
Aim- to reduce bike theft through education and practical demonstrations

      - production of a bike theft crime prevention leaflet by Oxford Neighbourhood Watch
      - to encourage NW membership
Method - hourly bike locking demonstrations showing the correct and incorrect way to lock a bike
             - free QR biking marking kits
             - display of various bike locks
             - membership forms and Simpler Safer Leaflets
Evaluation - increase in bike registration
                  -feedback from leaflet
                  - ? follow up of recipients 
Vision - to roll out across Oxford as a pilot project. We will need volunteers from the community who would like to be involved in their local areas, 
We will target socially deprived areas where there is under-reporting of bike theft and also schools if possible,
Volunteers will be provided with the printed research project information, NW leaflet,  distribution of free QR bike marking kits and registration leaflets.
We would also like to work with local neighbourhood policing teams if available.
This is not exclusive to NW Coordinators and members to run but is open to all. We do ask that you hand out the bike theft prevention and simpler safer leaflets but otherwise the foundation work is done and I'm really looking forward to help anyone who wants to make a difference in their community. 

The police have shown that bike theft can be effectively reduced but there is still plenty of work to be done.

TVP OXFORD (from social media)
1) Park End Street
Witness Appeal
TVP Oxford are appealing for witnesses after a woman was assaulted at the Plush nightclub in Oxford on Saturday morning (4/6)
Two women, aged 28 and 33, have been arrested.
Call 101 quoting reference 43220243221
More detail here https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/news/thames-valley/news/2022/june/06-06-2022/appeal-for-witnesses-after-woman-is-assaulted---oxford/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=Orlo

2) St Aldates (CCTV image attachment)
Do you recognise these males?
The police believe they may have vital information about an assault and affray in St Aldates, Oxford, on 24 April.
Anyone with information should call 101 or make a report on our website, quoting reference 43220175149.
More  https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/news/thames-valley/news/2022/june/06-06-2022/images-released-following-assault-and-affray--oxford/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=Orlo

Updated information
Officers have arrested a 17-year-old boy from Oxford on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and affray, and an 18-year-old man from Oxford on suspicion of affray. They have both been released on police bail until 18 July.

3) Headington
Appeal for witnesses following an incident of actual bodily harm in Headington.
Friday 3/6 6.30pm-7pm
Westlands Drive
The offender assaulted the victim, a man in his fifties, with a bat and then smashed his guitar.
The victim required hospital treatment and has since been discharged.
More details

1) Rosehill, Littlemore and Iffley (attachment)
Rosehill, Littlemore and Iffley NHPT will be holding a 'Have Your Say' for all residents of Littlemore outside the Thomson Terrace Flats from 14:00-16:00hrs on Sunday 19th June. The will be your chance to raise any concerns or issues you have in your area.

1) Keyless car theft
Ways to prevent keyless car theft

Put your keys in a blocking pouch.
Turn off keyless entry on your fob.
Steering wheel lock or alarm.
Consider outdoor motion detectors/CCTV.
Store keys away from entry points.
Position your car securely.
Keep the inside of your car tidy.
Consider etching your windows.

2) Avoiding burglary (attachment)

3) Keep it visible
You’d think that it would be best to make a property less visible from the street, and to keep it hidden from prying eyes behind overgrown bushes, trees, high fences or walls. In reality, all that this serves to do is make it easier for a burglar to get close to a home unnoticed, and provide somewhere to hide while carrying out a burglary or theft from the property.

Lower fences at the front around one-metre high are preferable to high fences as they allow for a clear view over the top and don’t provide cover for anyone wishing to hide.
At the rear and sides, taller fencing is recommended to prevent easy access.
Trellis, thorny plants, or a suitable anti-climb topping such as plastic spikes make it difficult for anyone climbing over a fence or gate.
Planting prickly or barbed shrubbery along boundaries and fence lines acts as an effective natural barrier.
Gravel driveways and paths will make sure you hear anyone approach.

1) Scam BT direct debit email
BT is being impersonated by scammers in an email that asks you to change your direct debit details.
As fraudulent emails go, this is a convincing one. It includes BT’s branding, logo and even BT’s customer service phone number. But the link behind the button directs you to a fake website. If you receive a message out of the blue about payment details, please always check with your provider directly before you click.

1) Home Library Service
The Home Library Service is run by Oxfordshire County Council and serves hundreds of customers across the county. With the help of volunteers, it looks after and delivers books and audio-visual items to those who struggle to physically visit a library due to their personal circumstances. The service is completely free of charge to customers, many of whom are elderly or housebound, and it can also be used on a short-term basis following illness or hospitalisation. Those with carer responsibilities are also welcome to apply.
If you would like to be considered for a volunteering role with the Home Library Service please contact your local library manager or you can register or obtain further information by calling the Home Library Service on 01865 810259 or email homelibraryservice@oxfordshire.gov.uk

2) Environmental Information Request (EIR) for LTNs and Emergency Services
Following an EIR request for any delay times in emergency services between May 2021 and May 2022 the reply is as follows and is reassuring.

"Oxfordshire County Council have received feedback from the emergency services that they are currently meeting their target responses."

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) give rights of public access to information held by public authorities.

1) Bonn Week (June 12-19 2022)

Oxford and Bonn are set to mark 75 years of friendship as twin cities with a week of concerts, exhibitions and events. The link between Oxford and the German city on the banks of the Rhine was one of the first to be established in a twinning programme of post-war reconciliation between the UK and Germany in 1947.

Over the years the twinning links have seen school exchanges, artistic projects, sports tournaments and social get-togethers in Bonn and Oxford. Hundreds of Oxford residents have taken part over the years.

The festivities to mark the anniversary will take place from June 12 to 19. More than 200 visitors from Bonn are due to visit Oxford during the week of events to discuss and explore the friendship between the cities. They will include the District Mayor of Bonn, Jochen Reeh-Schall, who will be officially welcomed by the Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor James Fry, at a reception at Oxford Town Hall on Thursday, June 16.

Oxford is currently twinned with seven cities - Bonn (Germany), Leiden (Netherlands), Grenoble (France), Wroclaw (Poland), Leon (Nicaragua), Ramallah (Palestine) and Padua (Italy).

The Bonn anniversary events are open to all and further details can be found at www.oxford.gov.uk/Bonn-Week  The celebrations will continue throughout the year, with a week of events also taking place in Bonn from August 24 to 29. To find out more contact internationallinks@oxford.gov.uk.

2) Energy Saving Fair (attachment)
A new collaborative citywide initiative in 2022, funded by generous grants from the Low Carbon Hub and Oxford City Council. 

Oxford householders will be opening the doors of eco-homes and retrofitted houses across the city to the public to showcase energy and carbon saving measures.
The Energy Saving Homes event from Saturday 18 until Wednesday 29 June 2022 will offer an opportunity for residents to speak directly to other home-owners who have already taken the eco plunge, and can explain the benefits – and the pitfalls.
The initiative will be complemented by a free Energy Saving Fair, hosted at Oxford Town Hall on Sunday 26 June, to promote different forms of home energy efficiency and retrofitting solutions, and how they can be applied to save money on energy bills, and reduce carbon footprints. 
The fair, which is supported by Oxford City Council, will feature stalls and talks from retrofitting experts, installers and householders about measures – both big and small - that individuals can take to improve the energy efficiency of their home.
The event will highlight energy efficiency options, as well as renewable energy generation in the home. This includes solar panels and storage, heat pumps, glazing and ventilation, insulation, and low cost measures.   
The event is open to anyone, including homeowners, renters, tenants, who is interested in how they can retrofit their home, save energy, and save money on bills.

3) Energy Saving Grants and Offers

1) Oxford Ice Rink
ODS Electrical Team have upgraded the lighting at Oxford Ice Rink
Working out of hours to minimise disruption, the team replaced old lighting for new discrete and more efficient LEDs, reducing the carbon footprint, improving the aesthetics and helping to cut costs.

1) Seat belts
Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears their seat belt. Unrestrained passengers have the potential to kill or injure other occupants in the car in the event of a collision.
Seat belts save lives.
Every journey, every time.
Visit http://www.365alive.co.uk/cms/content/its-not-worth-risk

2) Tyresafe saves lives
A lady driver died on the A34 near the South Hinksey slip road due to tyre failure and it is an opportunity to remind drivers to check their tyres and possibly save lives . Under-inflated tyre lives cost lives.
Assistant coroner Gemma Brannigan concluded the cause of death was “massive trauma caused by a road traffic collision contributed to by tyre failure” -

1) NHS changes that effect us all

There is a lot of text around the Health and Care Act 2022, however, I found this animated and useful video. 

For those who want added or prefer text this website  has six 'long and short' answers to questions about the new changes.

2) Freedom of Information Act for A&E Departments in Oxfordshire
Violent and aggressive Incidents in A&E Departments in JR2 in Oxford and the Horton in Banbury
More than a thousand aggressive and violent incidents involving front line medical staff in A&E go unreported an investigation has revealed, and nurses are calling for a zero-tolerance policy on violence.
Data gathered from a freedom of information (FOI) request to Oxford University Hospitals Trust, shows all the violent and aggressive incidents involving front line medical staff in the A&E units at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and the Horton in Banbury between 2020 and April 2022.
The figures show 50 violent and aggressive incidents in the Oxfordshire A&Es were reported to the hospital trust this year up until April.

In 2020, 97 incidents in the A&Es were reported and in 2021, 175 incidents were reported to the trust.
However, these figures show a stark difference between the number of incidents reported to the hospital trust and the number of incidents security attended, as more than 1,200 incidents have gone unreported since the start of 2020.

The security logs for both the Horton and the JR show that in 2020, 602 violent and aggressive incidents occurred and in 2021, 725 incidents were recorded by security. In just the first four months of 2022, 231 incidents were attended by security

3) Food Alerts
a) Waitrose recalls Waitrose 2 British Hot Smoked Rainbow Trout Fillets because of contamination with Listeria monocytogenes
b) PA Ross Ltd recalls Get Fresh at Home Petits Pains because they may contain small pieces of metal
c) Food allergy Updated: Pimlico Confectioners extends its recall of chocolate products because of undeclared milk

4) World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Wednesday 15th June is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

5) Fathers Day
18th June
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Maggie Lewis (Neighbourhood Watch Network, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford LPA)
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