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Oxford Community and Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter 4-4-21

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OXFORD COMMUNITY AND NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NEWSLETTER (4/4/21)
Neighbourhood Watch is helping  the police to reduce crime in Oxford - help the police to help you.
Many people will receive Neighbourhood Watch as an information provider but not be members. Please join Neighbourhood Watch from the link in Thames Alert or Neighbourhood Alert account. If you cannot access please use reply icon below. You will receive the same Alerts but have full access to the Neighbourhood Watch website as well as receiving local and national discounts. I am sending out an updated discount list this week to registered members.

REPORTING TO POLICE
There are several ways of reporting non-emergency crime / suspicious behaviour or to give information
1.  Online reporting https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/report-a-crime
2. Phone 999 for emergencies or a crime in progress (immediate response)
    999 & 101 calls are answered by the same Call Handlers and 999 calls will always take            priority.
3. Phone 101 for non-emergencies. It is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week, 365          days a year, the same as 999. 
4. To report anything you have seen or heard - https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/tua/tell-us-      about/soh/seen-or-heard/
5. Crimestoppers is 100% anonymous phone 0800 555 111

BLACKBIRD LEYS NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING TEAM
Blackbird Leys Police have obtained three closure orders and made four arrests for breaching them. Lots of hard work and intelligence gleaned from the public. Well done to the police and all for giving information to them. Any information can be given in confidence.
If any Neighbourhood Policing Team wishes to share information on this newsletter please reply to the icon below.

WITNESS APPEAL
Thorncliffe Road
At around 6.45pm on Monday 8 March, the victim a 74-year-old man, was walking along Banbury Road, Oxford near to the junction with Thorncliffe Road when he met two unknown men on the pavement, one was pushing a bicycle.
The man pushing the bicycle kicked the victim twice in the ankles causing bruising and swelling and also shouted verbal abuse.
The offender pushing the bicycle is described as a man with an olive complexion, in his early to mid twenties, approximately 6ft tall with a slight black beard and slim build. He was wearing dark clothing.
The police are keen to speak to a woman who spoke to the victim to check he was okay immediately after the assault near to the pedestrian crossing by Oakthorpe Road. If you think this could be you, please contact the police if you can help with the investigation.

WITNESS APPEAL  (photo as attachment)
Thames Valley Police is appealing for the public’s help in locating a man who is wanted in connection with a number of burglaries, which occurred in Oxford.
Owen Maughan, aged 20, is wanted in connection with a number of incidents that occurred in York Road, Headington between 11 March and 12 March this year in which sheds were broken into and items stolen.
He is further wanted in connection with an assault that happened on 8 February 2021 in Pegasus Road.
Maughan is known to frequent the areas of Blackbird Leys, Rose Hill and Littlemore.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Robert Fisher, based at Oxford police station, said: “We are appealing for the public’s help in locating Maughan in connection with a number of burglaries and an assault.
“If you see Maughan, please do not approach him, instead call 999 straight away.
“If anyone has any information about where he may be, please contact Thames Valley Police by calling 101, quoting reference 43210103547.
“Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or via their website.”
He is known to frequent the areas of Blackbird Leys, Rose Hill and Littlemore.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Robert Fisher, based at Oxford police station, said: “We are appealing for the public’s help in locating Maughan in connection with a number of burglaries and an assault.
“If you see Maughan, please do not approach him, instead call 999 straight away.
“If anyone has any information about where he may be, please contact Thames Valley Police by calling 101, quoting reference 43210103547.
“Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or via their website.”
http://orlo.uk/Do5TK

WITNESS APPEAL (photo as attachment)
Thames Valley Police is releasing an image of two men officers would like to speak to after anti-Semitic graffiti was painted on a door in Oxford.
At 10.07pm on 31 January, the offenders approached a residential property on Stubbs Avenue, Oxford and sprayed a swastika on the front door.
They later returned at 10.23pm and used a pole to break a CCTV camera installed on the property.
Investigating officer PC Stephanie Greenfield, based at Cowley police station, said: “Criminal damage of this kind will never be tolerated and we are asking anyone who recognises these men to come forward and speak to us.”
Anyone with information should call 101 with reference 43210042799.
Alternatively contact Crimestoppers completely anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Call us on 101 reference 43210042799 with info.
More here: http://orlo.uk/uC8Kg

CAR PREVENTION CRIME
There are 3 simple tips-
LOCKED
Lock your car when you leave it
LIT
Park in a well-lit street
EMPTY
Hide any items on show
Please share these 3 steps with 3 friends

Car prevention crime from Neighbourhood Watch Network
Remember - Leave your car:
Locked-  A simple mistake that can prove calamitous: 44% of cars are broken into via an unlocked door. .
Lit - 80% of car crime occurs during the evening or at night. Parking near street lamps or in a busy area can deter thieves. 
Empty (or with no items on show)  Owners often forget that personal belongings within the car are at as much risk of being stolen as the car itself.

TAX SCAMS
The end of the tax year on the 5 April may provide criminals with another opportunity to try to scam you. This may be through emails or texts appearing to be from HMRC claiming you’re due a tax refund, owe tax or urging you to provide your personal and financial information.
Criminals may also offer their services to help you with your application whilst charging you a fee to complete the process.
It’s okay to say no to unsolicited offers of help or requests for your details.
If you receive a scam email claiming to be from HMRC forward it to phishing@hmrc.gov.uk and texts to 60599.
Visit the gov.uk website to access HMRC’s scams checklist which also details examples of fake phishing emails.

SOBRIETY TAGS
Sobriety tags detecting whether offenders have broken drinking bans will be rolled out across England as part of a crackdown on alcohol-fuelled crime
A successful launch in Wales showed that offenders stayed sober for more than 95% of days monitored
Alcohol is one of the driving influences of domestic violence and unprovoked attacks on strangers
Offenders who commit alcohol-driven crimes could be ordered to wear a tag which takes a sample of their sweat every 30 minutes and alerts the probation service if alcohol is detected. They face further court sentences or fines if caught breaching a ban.
More than 100 offenders have been tagged since the scheme launched in Wales in October and it has proven effective, with offenders staying sober on over 95% of days monitored. Offenders have credited the scheme with helping them improve their lifestyle and staff say the tags have helped the offenders stay away from crime.
Alcohol plays a part in 39% of violent crime, with the social and economic cost of drink-related harm around £21.5 billion per year and is seen as one of the drivers of domestic violence and unprovoked attacks. That is why the sobriety tags will be backed up by targeted professional support, signposting offenders to the help they need and helping to prevent future victims.

COMMUNITY SAFETY
Fire Prevention and Safety (from Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue)
Smoking related fires are the biggest killers in
accidental fires in the home.
Cigarettes and other smoking products cause a
quarter of all accidental fire fatalities in the home.
Put it out. Right Out
For further fire safety advice visit: http://www.365alive.co.uk/cms/content/smoking

ROAD CLOSURES
Roads across Oxfordshire are set to close after local authorities issued temporary traffic orders so that roadworks can take place.
Reasons for the closures include sewer repairs and the installation of fibre optic cables.
These closures are among a series of public notices issued by local authorities across the county.
Sewer repairs: Chapel Street in Cowley closed on Tuesday due to sewer repairs, which are anticipated to be completed by April 12.
The effect of the traffic order is to temporarily prohibit any vehicle proceeding in the length of Chapel Street from Cowley Road to Avenue Lane.
Appropriate traffic signs will be displayed to indicate when the measures are in force.
Exemptions are included for emergency services, for the works and for access to premises which are only accessible from the closed section of road.
The relevant part of the Controlled Parking Zone will be temporarily suspended to open the gate restriction in Collins Street.
Layby improvements: On April 12, work will start to implement a series of improvements at an A-road layby.
The layby at the A40 eastbound near Forest Hill will see a toilet block demolished; vegetation reduced; the cycleway realigned; the filling of potholes, and road markings refreshed.
Because of the mass of work, vehicles will be temporarily prohibited from the layby.
Work is anticipated to be completed by April 23.
Appropriate traffic signs will be displayed to indicate when the measures are in force.
Exemptions are included for emergency services and for the works.
Message sent by
Maggie Lewis (NWN, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford LPA)
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