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Welcome to Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Weekly Newsletter
17-4-22 collated by Maggie Lewis - Voluntary Area Neighbourhood Watch  Representative and  Administrator covering Oxford LPA. 

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Please share and care. 
Neighbourhood Watch 
1) Value of Watch schemes

Oxford Neighbourhood Watch (for all)
1) Radio Oxford
2) Thank you

Thames Valley Police
1) M40 crash mystery
2) Neighbourhood Watch

TVP Oxford
1) Cornmarket Street
2) St Clements
3) St John's Street

Neighbourhood Policing Teams
1) Blackbird Leys 
2) Littlemore

Crime Prevention
1) Cannabis Farms
2) Child Sexual Exploitation
3) Car theft

Crime Information
1) National Child Exploitation Awareness Day
2) Police and Crime Commissioner

1) Current data
2) Remote access scams awareness
3) Friends Against Scams

Oxfordshire County Council
1) NHS - Make the right decision 

2) Calling young people

Oxford City Council
1) Jubilee Celebrations in the Parks
2) Easter opening hours
3) Community Champions
4) Easter bin collections

General Information
1) Emergency Advice
2) Roadworks
3) Thames Water
4) Autism Card
5) NHS plan to help the backlog of surgery post-pandemic
6) Oxford Bus Company (Easter changes)
7) Citizens Advice Bureau
8) Food Alerts
9) Chocolate warning

1) Schemes 
Neighbourhood Watch schemes can make a real, long-lasting difference to communities: increasing cohesion and connectedness; helping to prevent crime; increasing neighbourliness and community wellbeing; supporting vulnerable people and increasing the voice of the community with councils, the police and other organisations.

1) Radio Oxford

I pre-recorded a discussion about the Science Together bike survey and the role of Neighbourhood Watch. It will be edited but hopefully they will transmit the main points.
Please continue to share and ask cyclists residing and working in Oxford in the last 5 years to fill in the survey. We have had several hundred replies but we are extending the deadline to April 30th to get more information. Please help us to deliver the first information produced by Oxford Neighbourhood Watch - the more research the better. Share with your family, friends, neighbours -in fact anyone that has or had a bike! A simple anonymous 13 tick box questionnaire, suitable for all ages.

2) Thank You

I would like to personally thank Pat Woods (Abandoned Vehicles Officer for Oxford Direct Services) and also on behalf of Oxford Neighbourhood Watch (ONW) for the help he has given us. There are exceptional people in organizations who have helped ONW and Pat is one of them.  A few years ago I asked Pat if he could set up a register of stolen bikes and also 'watch out' for reported bikes as well. I asked if he could collect bikes that I had seen on social media but may not have been reported. Pat is retiring on May 31st and he will be sorely missed. We will invite him to our celebration event showcasing the bike theft reduction project on June 7th.  
I am well aware that if a vehicle is abandoned Pat has to go through quite a process before it can be legally moved - I suspect it may have been as frustrating for him as well as residents. Pat has worked single-handedly across Oxford to remove abandoned vehicles - a one-man department!

Pat is responsible for the removal of untaxed vehicles as an agent of the DVLA, abandoned vehicles, as per local authorities responsibilities, as well as collecting reported abandoned shopping trolleys, and between 800 – 1000 abandoned bikes each year, not a bad effort for a one man department.
Thank you Pat and I wish you well in your retirement.  

1)  M40 mystery crash - Witness Appeal

A driver was found dead inside his car on the central reservation of the M40 – a week after the crash is thought to have happened.
Officers were called on Tuesday, April 12th , to reports of a black Astra between junctions 11 and 12. The body of a man in his 40s was found.
Police investigators now think the Vauxhall crashed at around 4.20am on Tuesday, April 5.

In an appeal for any witnesses and drivers with dash-cam footage, lead investigator PC Charlie Etheridge, of the Joint Operations Road Policing Unit said: “We are appealing for any witnesses, or motorists who may have dash-cam footage, of the incident to please come forward.
“Although this was reported to us yesterday, we believe it may have happened at around 4.20am on 5 April.
“Anyone who has information or dash-cam footage can make a report by calling 101 or via our website, quoting reference 43220157746.”
The man’s next of kin have been informed.

2)  Neighbourhood Watch

TVP OXFORD (attachment)
1) Cornmarket Street - Witness Appeal
Thames Valley Police is releasing a CCTV image of a man officers would like to speak to as he may have vital information regarding an incident of fraud.
The incident occurred at 2pm on 10/4 at Vodaphone, Cornmarket, Oxford. The offender attempted to use a card fraudulently.
Investigating officer PC Sophie Stubberfield, based at St Aldates police station, said: “We would like to appeal to anybody who recognises the man in this image to please get in touch as we believe he may have information in connection with this incident.  
“You can get in touch by either making a report online or by calling 101 quoting reference number 43220154444.
“Alternatively, for 100% anonymity, you can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

2) St Clements - Witness Appeal
We are appealing for any witnesses in relation to an assault that occurred on Monday 11th April 2022 on St Clements, Oxford.
This incident occurred between the hours of 22:45hrs and 23:15hrs whereby the aggrieved has been punched and hit with a glass bottle.
If you have any information please contact police on 101 quoting reference 43220156687

3) St John's Street - Witness Appeal
Were you assaulted in St John's street but have yet to come forward to report it?
Officers received a report that the victim was assaulted in St John’s Street near the junction of Beaumont Street, by a large group made up of between 11 and 18 people between 7pm and 7.15pm on Saturday 2 April.
The group are described as being made up of males and females aged between 12 and 15-years-old, most were wearing tracksuits and trainers, but some were wearing jeans.
The victim is described as a man in his twenties, possibly French, with dark grey/ashy brown hair. He was wearing a knee-length, smart, brown coat, light blue jeans and black canvas shoes.
Investigating officer, PC Hannah Taylor, based at St Aldates police station, said: “We received a report of this assault, however have not been able to identify or speak to the victim in this case.
“Therefore we are appealing for the victim to please come forward or anyone who recognises the description and think they know who this is to please get in touch.
“I’d also appeal to anyone who may have witnessed this incident to also report any information.
“To get in touch, please call 101 quoting reference 43220145520.
“Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website.”

1) Blackbird Leys (attachment)

On 13th April a car was stolen from Comfrey Road. Today that vehicle was identified on the estate and at around 10:05 crashed on Pegasus Road leaving damaged property behind. A co-ordinated response from the Blackbird Leys neighbourhood team and local officers ensured the swift arrest of two suspects and recovery of stolen property. If you have any information that may assist with this investigation please contact us on 101 or directly at Tell us about any issues on your street

2) Littlemore (attachment)
Rosehill, Littlemore and Iffley NHPT will be holding a 'Have your Say' for all LITTLEMORE residents at Alice Smith Square from 15:30-17:30hrs on the 23rd April. This will be your chance to raise any concerns you have for the area. Hope to see you there

1) Cannabis Farms
Cannabis factories are dangerous and they can crop up in any residential area. Wherever you live, it’s possible that drugs are being produced behind any of those closed doors. 
Look out for the signs 
• Strong sticky smells 
• Covered up windows 
• Excessive security 
• Steamy windows 
• Lots of visitors - and at unsociable hours 
• High electricity bills 
• No Snow on the roof in winter 
• Bright lights night and day 
• Buzz of ventilation 
• Any unusual adaptations to the building 

2) Child Sexual Exploitation
Please remember Childline 0800 1111 is a free, private and confidential service 24 hours a day 7 days a week 
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is something that can affect any child, anytime, anywhere – regardless of their social or
ethnic background. It involves offenders grooming youngsters and using their power to sexually abuse them. 
Child sexual exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse. It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator.
The victim may have been sexually exploited even if the sexual activity appears consensual. Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology.
Tackling child sexual exploitation :
preventing abuse
protecting children and young people at risk
identifying offenders and bringing them to justice
educating parents, children and professionals about the dangers of child sexual exploitation and the warning signs to look out for.  
Many young people who are being abused don’t realise they are at risk and won’t ask for help. They see themselves as willing participants when in fact their behaviour is anything but consenting.

3) Car Theft
From TVP 
We have seen an increase in reports of thefts from vehicles across the Thames Valley over the last few weeks. Having your car broken into and losing your things to thieves can be very distressing.
Here are a few steps you can take to help keep your vehicle and what’s in it, safe.
Always lock your vehicle
Always close windows and the sunroof
Secure your number plates with tamper-resistant screws
Take your items with you or hide them, including any documents
Hide electrical items from sight and leave no clues e.g. charging cables
Park in well-lit and busier areas

1) National Child Exploitation Awareness Day
Thursday 18 March marks National Child Exploitation Awareness Day, a day aimed to highlight the issues surrounding Child Exploitation; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse.
Child Exploitation is a type of abuse. When a child or young person is exploited they’re groomed by being given things - like gifts, drugs, money, status and affection. This is usually in exchange for carrying out a criminal activity, known as Child Criminal Exploitation; or performing sexual activities, known as Child Sexual Exploitation. It can happen to any young person from any background, culture or religion, regardless of gender.
Child exploitation is a hidden crime. Young people will often trust their abuser and won't understand that they're being abused. They may also be too scared to tell anyone what's happening.
Below is a list of signs to look out for:
Being secretive about who they are talking to and where they are going
Returning home late, staying out all night or going missing
Being found in areas away from home
Increasing drug or alcohol use, or being found to have large amounts of drugs on them
Unexplained absences from school, college, training or work
Unexplained money, phone(s), clothes or jewellery
Increasingly disruptive or aggressive behaviour
Physical signs of abuse, injuries or looking particularly dishevelled
Being afraid of certain places, people or situations.

2) Police and Crime Commissioner (attachment)
Facebook Live - Police and Crime Information from 6pm on 20th April

1) Current data
This is what you will receive when you report a suspicious email
As of 31st March 2022 the number of reports received stand at more than 11,000,000 with the removal of more than 78,000 scams across 144,000 URLs.

2) Remote access scams awareness
Never allow remote access to your computer following an unsolicited call, text message or browser pop-up. Some of the most common scams reported to Action Fraud involve fraudsters connecting remotely to a victim's computer.

A fraud ring hit over 100 people have been arrested by European police after busting an organised crime operation centred around cryptocurrency investment fraud. Supported by Europol, the Latvian State Police and the Lithuanian Police, shut three call centres. Investigators said they were being run by the same organised crime gang which has defrauded victims across the globe. As many as 200 fake traders cold-called victims globally with lucrative sounding investments

3) Friends Against Scams
Did you know that almost half of the reported victims of doorstep crime last year were over 60?

1) NHS - Make the right decision
If you need medical assistance during the Easter weekend, there are a range of local health services available. Please choose well.
Read more about your options on our website:

2) Calling young people in Oxfordshire
Do you know who to speak to when you need support? Do you feel listened to and believed by caring and experienced staff?
We want to know whether you feel supported by services you use - whether that's school, youth clubs, health services or any others that affect your life in some way.
Your feedback will help us in our goal to make Oxfordshire a great place for young people to grow up and become everything they want to be.
Complete our short questionnaire
Closes April 24th

1) Jubilee Celebrations

Oxford City Council is offering the use of the city’s parks for residents who wish to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by holding picnics with groups of friends and family.
While many residents are applying to the Council to hold street parties, the Council is providing a low-cost, sustainable alternative, by permitting small-scale celebrations in many of Oxford’s parks.
Locations for Jubilee weekend picnics in the park include:
Blackbird Leys Park
Botley Park
Bury Knowle Park
Cowley Marsh Recreation Ground
Cutteslowe & Sunnymead Park
Florence Park
Hinksey Park
Port Meadow
Rose Hill Recreation Ground
South Park
People are being urged to do their bit to ‘go green for the Queen’, by avoiding using disposable cups, plates and cutlery and taking all their litter home.

If residents want to hold a street party, they will need to apply to the Council for a road closure, which costs £16.
To apply to hold a street party, please visit:

2) Easter opening hours
Oxford Direct Services
Easter opening hours 2022
We will be closed on Good Friday (15th) and Easter Monday (18th). All services will resume on Tuesday 19 April.
Social media inboxes will be checked on Tuesday 19 April when normal working hours resume.
We provide emergency out-of-hours cover. To be connected to Oxford City Council emergency services during the Easter Weekend phone 01865 249811.

3) Community Champions
We need your help
Parts of Oxford are amongst the most deprived in the country and we want to address this inequality – but we need your help to do so.
We are looking for volunteer Community Champions to meet with members of their community to understand the barriers that people have engaging with health services... whether that’s not visiting a GP or being hesitant to take a vaccine.
The Community Champions will help us build more inclusive services in Oxford that better reflects and meets the needs of everyone in our city.
If you would like to make a difference, visit our Community Champions page

4) Bin Collections
There are no bin collection day changes for domestic waste over the Easter weekend Please put your bins out for normal collection days.
Commercial waste on Easter Monday will be delayed and caught up during the week
Not sure on your bin day for domestic waste? Head to our website to check your collection day and sign up to receive weekly reminders

1) Emergency advice
Whenever you dial 999, you will be answered by an Emergency Operator who will say ‘Emergency which service?’ If you do not speak, the operator will say ‘Do you need Fire, Police or Ambulance’ – The operator cannot release the line until you say that you do not need an emergency service, or it is clear that it is a call made in error.

If make a request, you will be directed to the appropriate service.
If you DO NOT respond, the operator will say ‘If you need an emergency service but are unable to speak, tap the handset, cough or make a noise’ they will say this twice – If you do any of these things, your call will be transferred to the Police immediately.
Please encourage EVERYONE, to register their phone with the 999 service, so should an emergency arise, and you cannot speak, you can use the 999 TEXT service.

2) Roadworks
Oxford roadworks will see temporary traffic lights for two weeks on New Marston road
Motorists are being advised to expect delays due to temporary traffic lights on a busy Oxfordshire road. Oxfordshire County Council is carrying out patching work on Marston Road in the city's New Marston area.
Multi-way temporary traffic lights will be in place while the roadworks take place. The work is being carried out near the junctions of William Street and Edgeway Road near the Up In Arms pub and Londis.
The work is set to start on Tuesday, April 19. It is then currently scheduled to finish on May 3.

3) Thames Water
Bin it - don't block it.
We clear around 75,000 blockages from our sewers each year. Many of these are caused by items like wet wipes, sanitary items and cotton pads that can't break down. When they're flushed down the loo, they combine with cooking fats and oils, eventually blocking pipes. This can force raw sewage back up drains, plugholes, and toilets and into homes

4) Autism Card
Hundreds of autistic people across the Thames Valley have signed up to a scheme that helps break down barriers to communicating with autistic people, following a relaunch last September. 
The Autism Alert Card scheme, which Autism Berkshire founded in 2010, allows the holder, or their parent or carer, the opportunity to explain their condition with ease to others. It is intended to be shown if the cardholder finds themselves in a situation where they need assistance or cannot easily explain their behaviour to people around them or to the emergency services. 
A re-launch in September 2021 saw the force collaborate with Autism Berkshire, enabling a feature where those signing up for an alert card can choose to voluntarily share their details with police. The information is securely stored on the force’s computer systems and allows officers to have awareness of how best to communicate with the person, if they have reason to do so. 

5) NHS plan to help the backlog of surgery post-pandemic
In February the health service published its “elective recovery plan” which set out how it intends to tackle the backlog.
Those waiting longest will be offered more choice about their care.
This means patients will have the option of being treated at a hospital further away if it means they can be treated sooner.
The plan also set out ambitions to ramp up the speed at which patients can get diagnostic tests, with a target of six weeks.
In the plan, the NHS pledged to ensure any patient waiting more than two years is treated by July.

6) Oxford Bus Company
On 18th April (Easter Monday), our bus services will be running to Sunday timetables. Our Customer Services department will be closed on 15th April & will be open from 10:00 hrs to 16:00 hrs on 18th April.
Find out more

7) Citizens Advice Bureau-  Consumer Query Form

8) Food Alerts

Food alert – 14 April 2022:
Tesco recalls Tesco Chicken and Vegetable cup soup with croutons because it may contain small pieces of metal

Food alert – 14 April 2022:
Baxters Food Group Ltd recalls Fray Bentos Just Chicken Pie because it may contain small pieces of plastic

Allergy alert – 14 April 2022:
Interdragon International Trading Co and Asia Oriental Market recalls two products because they contain allergens which are not declared in English

News update – 15 April 2022:
‘Don’t take the risk’: The FSA, FSS and UKHSA issue reminder that a range of Kinder egg products and Schoko-Bon’s should not be eaten this Easter weekend

9) Chocolate and dogs do not mix well
We may know that dogs should not have chocolate for humans but with Easter here it is important to make children do not feed dogs or that dogs don't steal some! Buy doggie chocs instead.
Chocolate is toxic for dogs, as it contains a chemical called theobromine which can have lethal consequences for our pets and any amount is potentially harmful to your dog.
Symptoms of chocolate poisoning are vomiting, diarrhoea, excessive thirst, excitability, drooling and seizures. Chocolate poisoning can potentially lead to kidney and heart failure.
• Never give your dog any human chocolate as a treat. Ensure that children understand this rule too.
• Make sure that bins are dog-proof to prevent them scavenging through rubbish.
Never leave any chocolate unsupervised, such as around the garden for a Easter Egg hunt, or chocolate eggs or cake left out on the side.
• Teach your dog to move away from something when you ask them to "leave it". This could be lifesaving if your dog is after something they shouldn’t eat.
• Keep a close eye on your dog while out walking, to avoid them scavenging for discarded food that is potentially harmful.

If you suspect your dog has eaten chocolate, please contact your vet immediately.
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