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Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Newsletter 13-3-22

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Welcome to Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Weekly Newsletter 13-3-22 collated by Maggie Lewis - Voluntary Area Neighbourhood Watch  Representative and  Administrator covering Oxford . 

This weekly newsletter is for reading and/or sharing in entirety or copying and pasting. 
The index is available so you can read all or just the items of interest.  Any information, contributions and interactions will be gratefully received.
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Oxford Neighbourhood Watch 
1) Personal Experiences
2) Thanks

Thames Valley Police
1) Welcome to Assistant Chief Constable

Thames Valley Police (Oxford)
1) Missing man

Neighbourhood Policing Teams
1) Rose Hill
2) Wood Farm

Crime Prevention
1) Nottingham Knockers
2) Dog Theft

Crime Information
1) Thames Valley Partnership

1) Reporting scams
2) Universal Credit
3) Tesco
4) National Trading Standards
5) Charity
6) Currys

Oxfordshire County Council
1) Road closures

Oxford City Council
1) Art Competition
2) Green spaces consultation

General Information
1) Vulnerable cyclists
2) Network Rail
3) The Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022
4) Food Alerts
5) Secure Donations
6) Community Speedwatch
7) Dog Fouling
8) Bus changes
9) Good news

1) Personal Experiences

Thank you to one of our Coordinators who has helped one of his members. He heard of a resident who had an upsetting experience on Friday, March 4th when the residents' doorbell rang and was met by someone who was threatening and shouting.  The frightened resident shut the door and locked themselves in. The Coordinator reminded his members not to open the door to anyone if they have any doubts' Look out of windows if they can, preferably not turning the light on or to call out to ask who they are. The last piece of advice is very important to invest and USE a door chain and to ask the Coordinator if they needed more help. He has checked to see if they have informed the police.the potential 
This is how our Watches should be working - giving advice and helping our neighbours in times of distress and reducing the potential for further crime. 
If you have been active in helping your members please let me know to post the good work that you do.

2) Thanks
Thank you to Jack Sear the dedicated PCSO (Cowley and Wood Farm Neighbourhood Policing Team) who arranged a MS Teams  meeting for Coordinators in the area. A very useful discussion and we agreed that reporting and sharing information is most helpful to the police - this is relevant to all areas.
Coordinators can advise their members on crime prevention - and also 
It is important to share  that all reports can be given anonymously to the police or to Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 if necessary where there is a fear of repercussions.
1) Welcome 

Welcome and congratulations to Dennis Murray QPM,  the new Assistant Chief Constable for Thames Valley Police.
The Queen's Police Medal was given in 2021 to Chief Superintendent Murray for  improving diversity within policing and building trust and strong relationships with local communities. 

1) Missing man found

Good news
A man reported missing from Oxford has been found.
Francis Jennings, who was reported missing last Tuesday, was located safe and well in London.
We would like to thank everyone for sharing our appeal.

1) Rose Hill

Early on the morning of 9th March Rose Hill Neighbourhood Team executed a Drugs Warrant at a property on Grange Road, Littlemore
Officers located and seized Class A Drugs and Two Offensive Weapons.
One Male is currently under investigation in relation to this.

2) Wood Farm
Have Your Say Event
The Wood Farm police team would like to thank everyone that came and spoke to them today (12/3). Where appropriate they will be raising the issues with partners agencies to help tackle the issues.

1) Nottingham Knockers

You may know this group as ‘the duster sellers’. They are normally young lads that turn up on your doorstep with a huge black holdall full of cleaning products. Initially they all came from the Nottingham area, obtaining their goods from a warehouse at Clifton just outside of Nottingham and they then come ‘knocking’ on your door to trade, hence the term ‘Nottingham Knockers’. Unfortunately, not only are they after selling you poor quality items at highly inflated prices they are also checking out suitable targets for details to be sold onwards to professional burglars.
Many people purchase from sellers just to get rid of them, others because they feel sorry for them. But once you have purchased from Nottingham Knockers they will keep returning to try their luck once more.
How Can You Help?
Explain to elderly relative/friend/neighbour/client how Nottingham Knockers work.        
Discuss household security – doors/windows.        
Discuss opening the door to unexpected callers.        
Discuss the folly of keeping large amounts of cash in the house.        
Discuss why you should not pay with cash on the doorstep.        
Explain how it is not rude to say ‘No’.        
Reassure person that they can call police for help

2) Dog Theft Awareness Day 
Date for the Diary 
Dog Theft Awareness Day takes place on 14th March 2022. It is an annual event, organised by the Stolen and Missing Pets Alliance (SAMPA), to alert pet owners about the worrying number of dogs that are stolen every year. 

Pets are easily stolen from a garden when left unattended, even if for just a few minutes. Front gardens are very vulnerable. Fit a bell or gate alarm to any rear or side gates - the gates should be secured with British Standard locks, locking bolts or closed shackle padlocks.
Secure your garden boundary to prevent your dog from escaping or a thief from reaching in and taking your dog out.
As well as a lock, consider fitting a bell or small alarm to outside kennels to warn you of any tampering.
Be particularly careful of sharing or publicly posting on social media details of where you live, the type of dog you have and where you walk.
If you need to use a dog walking service or kennels, make sure you check references carefully to ensure the offer is genuine or the company is trusted.
Never leave your dog unattended in a car – especially on warm days – as it is not just dangerous for their health but allows them to be easily targeted by thieves.
Leaving your dog alone outside a shop is another easy opportunity for a thief, even if you are only away for a minute.
It’s important your dog will return when called - if it is not trained to do this, be very careful of allowing them off the lead, especially in unfamiliar areas. You may wish to keep them on an extending lead instead.
Vary the times and routes you take when walking your dog.
Be careful of strangers asking you a lot of questions when you are walking your dog – they could be distracting you to make it easy for them to steal your dog.
Make sure your dog is microchipped and the details are correct on any of the recognised pet registration databases. Your dog must be microchipped by the time it is eight weeks old.
Fit your dog with a collar - the tag on the collar should have a contact number and your surname, not the name of the dog.
Make sure you take pictures of your dog from various angles, especially if they have distinctive features. A further photo of you with your dog can help to prove ownership. Taking photos of your dog in various conditions can also help, such as with a groomed coat or an untidy one.

1) Mission Statement
We provide innovative services and non-judgemental quality support to victims, offenders and families involved in or impacted by criminal, civil and family justice issues. Through support, early intervention and reducing reoffending we keep communities safe and contribute towards reducing crime and the fear of crime. We always keep the people we support at the heart of our services and deliver what they want and need.

1) Reporting scams

As of 28th February 2022 the number of reports received stand at more than 10,500,000 with the removal of more than 76,000 scams across 139,000 URLs.
Reporting scams

2) Universal Credit 
7 tips to avoid being conned
Scammers are targeting Universal Credit claimants and people who access other benefits
People who claim Universal Credit are being targeted by fraudsters amid a new wave of benefits-related crime.
Action Fraud says fresh scams have been circulating with scammers purporting to be from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
Householders are also getting bogus calls offering council tax rebates, after the government announced £150 rebates for people living in homes council tax banded A to D.
Other scammers are promising to pay in energy bill rebates, as rates continue to soar.
Universal Credit claims doubled during the pandemic, as thousands of families suffered financial hardship.
And record numbers of people have applied for a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) as the cost of living crists bites.
To ensure claimants don't lose their cash to con artists, a seven-point action plan has been issued.

Seven Universal Credit account rules to follow
1. Create a unique username and password
2. Don't write it down or share it, even with your partner
3. Set up some security questions
4. Use two-factor authentication
5. Keep your personal security number safe
6. Don't click on links in emails or texts
7. Recognise genuine calls

3) Tesco 
Tesco customers have been warned to be wary of a scam email promising free groceries after 197 reports of fraud in the last month. 
Anyone that receives the email has been advised to delete it immediately and not to follow the link.
The dangerous email was flagged by cyber crime experts Action Fraud, the UK's national fraud and cyber reporting centre.

4) National Trading Standards
Are you or your loved ones being targeted by scams?
Although this was originally written for those in cognitive decline this is an excellent guide to help you to avoid scams and please share with others.

5) Charity
The Charity Commission and Action Fraud both work to prevent fraudsters from appropriating funds under the guise of charitable donations.
Charity scams can be simple: someone who poses as a street fundraiser for an existing charity and asking for donations from passersby or pretending to participate in a challenge on behalf of a charity and collecting sponsorship.
More complex fraud can take the form of a fraudster creating an entirely bogus charity and pocketing proceeds from fundraising.
As the regulator for all charities in England and Wales, the Charity Commission holds information on all current charities as well as those that have been struck off for not complying with the regulations required for operating a registered charity.
Charities and members of the public who are concerned about an organisation or an individual purporting to be involved in not for profit activities can report their concerns to the Charity Commission. However, if they are concerned that a fraud has been committed and that there has been a financial loss, they can also report their experience to Action Fraud.
As with other types of fraud, Action Fraud will collate any data and pass it on to enhance intelligence about these crimes. The Charity Commission list of registered charities is available online so that someone who suspects an organisation is fraudulent can immediately refer to the register and they can be reassured.
New guidance aims to safeguard charitable donations and encourage giving
Fraud watchdog the Fraud Advisory Panel has launched the UK's first independent guidance on how to make charitable donations safely.

6) Currys
Fake Currys emails
Two emails purporting to have been sent by Currys have been confirmed as fakes by the retailer. As wonderful as it would be, Currys isn’t offering you a £500 voucher or a free Dyson V11 to ‘reward your feedback’.

1) Road Closures

• A34, from 9.30am March 7 to 3.30pm March 18, slight delays (under 10 minutes): A34 northbound and southbound, Peartree Interchange, Lane closures on exit slip roads for Oxfordshire County Council works.
• A34, from 8pm March 15 to 6am March 16, slight delays (under 10 minutes): A34 southbound, Botley Interchange, slip road and lane closure for drainage works, diversion via National Highways network.

1) Art Competition

What does Oxford mean to you ?
We've launched an art competition to give you the chance to see your designs on display boards at key events in the city, such as May Morning celebrations.
The art can be in any 2D medium e.g. a drawing, painting or a collage and entrants can be individuals or groups.
Designs should include one or more of the following criteria:
Showcasing the hidden gems of the city i.e., not just the obvious landmarks
Reflecting the diversity of Oxford’s communities across the whole city
Unearthing lesser known stories of the city’s history
Celebrating the city’s cultural and sporting vibrancy
Embracing carbon zero
More information and entry details

2) Green spaces consultation (closes 31st March)
Our parks and green spaces have been essential for many people over the past two years. But what do you think of them?
We want your views about the city's parks and green spaces as part of a satisfaction survey. The survey ends this month so don't miss your chance to have a say

1) Vulnerable cyclists
People cycling are vulnerable when being overtaken by vehicles.
Give them plenty of space – leave at least 1.5 metres (5 feet) between cyclists

2) Network Rail changes
Dear Maggie
Network Rail are carry out improvement works in and around Oxford and the North Cotswolds in April, and we wanted to make sure you had advance notice. We've set out details below.  
We are letting customers know about the temporary changes through traditional and social media, and through information on trains and at stations. (for the improvement work taking place over Easter)
Sunday 3 and 10 April
 Track replacement and maintenance works in the south Oxford area as well as in the Banbury area
Buses will replace trains between Didcot Parkway, Oxford and Banbury
Trains from Worcester towards London Paddington will terminate at Oxford
Chiltern Railway services to London Marylebone continue to operate from Oxford
CrossCountry services will terminate at Banbury from the north and Didcot Parkway from the south
Friday 15 to Monday 18 April
 Track replacement works in the Pershore area
Buses will replace trains between Moreton-in-Marsh and Worcester Foregate Street
Trains will continue to run between London Paddington and Moreton-in-Marsh
A limited direct service will run on weekdays between London Paddington and Worcester, Great Malvern and Hereford, routing through Swindon
Trains between Bristol and Great Malvern will run as normal
Sunday 24 April
 Track replacement works in the Oxford station area
Buses will replace trains between Didcot Parkway, Oxford, Banbury and Moreton-in-Marsh
Trains from Worcester towards London Paddington will terminate at Moreton-in-Marsh
Buses will also replace Chiltern Railway services between Oxford and Oxford Parkway
CrossCountry services will terminate at Banbury from the north and Didcot Parkway from the south

3) The Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022
The Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022
Date: 1st March 2022 - 5th June 2022
Every day
Location: Various locations
Time: 00:01
Cost: n/a
Please check the website for more details -

4) Food Alerts
Food alert 
Sneyd’s Wonderfeeds Ltd recalls pet feed because of the presence of salmonella
Read more:

Allergy alert 
Iceland recalls Iceland Takeaway Chicken Bhuna because of undeclared milk
Read more:

5) Secure donations
Donations for Ukraine can be securely given to DEC (Disasters Emergency Committee )  on  or registered charities

6) Community Speedwatch (attachment)
The attachment newsletter has excellent advice - the main word being DECELERATE. Please note that CSW is not a NW activity and is for anyone in the community to apply to the online course and to register groups. 
The Vision.
All community speed watch activities across Thames Valley Police are aligned in the implementation and administration of the scheme. All community speed watch activities are carried out in accordance with Policy, procedure and the best intentions of the community volunteers. Members of the community are happy with the education process and potential targeting of persistent offenders.
Important changes for CSW taken from newsletter
For those of you that are wondering if you can continue to carry out CSW via the old system, this is now Not possible. The only way that letters can be raised is via the new platform. Thames Valley Police will no longer accept any paperwork in order to process your hard work. I am sorry but we have to accept change and move forward.
Thames Valley Police Insurance
Providing each scheme has signed up on the system and have undergone the relative training, then the TVP insurance will be in place. This has a liability of £50M, far higher than that of a small parish being able to obtain. On the new scheme the platform will enable each location to be certified and thus creating a service level agreement to the group. The insurance is only in place once CSW activities are in progress and providing that the group has pre-booked using the websites calendar system.
Contact person:

7) Dog Fouling
 It is an offence for a person in control of a dog not to clean up immediately if the dog has fouled on public land. Anyone who sees an owner not clean up after their dog or who lets their dog out unsupervised and doesn't clean up can report the offence on Fix My Street.

8) Bus changes
a) Saxon Way Bus Gate Closure, John Radcliffe Hospital
7th-14th March
Affected routes:
From Monday 7th until Monday 14th March, the Saxon Way Bus Gate at John Radcliffe Hospital will be suspended due to roadworks. This will affect your city13 and cityX3 services travelling in both directions.
During the time of this closure, we will be unable to serve JR Hospital Saxon Way and West Wing, J9 stops. Passengers are advised to use the West Wing, J7/J8 stops as alternatives.

b) Lake Street Stop Closure, Oxford
15th Mar
Affected routes:
 connector X1
 connector X2
 connector X32
On Tuesday 15th March between 09:00 hrs and 15:00 hrs, the Lake Street stop on Abingdon Road will be suspended due to roadworks. This will affect your services travelling towards Oxford City Centre.
During the time of this closure, passengers are advised to use the Newton Road or Lincoln Road stops as alternatives.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

c) Iffley Turn Stop Closure, Oxford
15th Mar
Affected routes:
 River Rapids X39
 River Rapids X40
On Tuesday 15th March between 09:00 hrs and 15:00 hrs, the Iffley Turn stop will be suspended due to roadworks. This will affect your service travelling towards Oxford City Centre and Lidl.
During the time of this closure, passengers are advised to use the Henley Avenue or Westbury Crescent stops as alternatives.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

9) Good news to end with
The clocks go forward on Sunday 27th March 2022. 
Message sent by
Maggie Lewis (Neighbourhood Watch Network, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford )
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