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Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Newsletter 16-5-21

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This is a message from Maggie Lewis, Administrator and Representative for Neighbourhood Watch across Oxford.
Welcome 
You are welcome to leave any replies and posts for next week by clicking on the reply icon at the bottom. These are private messages and can be seen by no one else. It is not possible to copy photos on this system so that is the reason for the attachments.
I hope you find the variety of items interesting but if you wish to unsubscribe to the Newsletter please reply below
Neighbourhood policing team reports (NHPT)
Blackbird Leys NHPT
Response to crime incident
The neighbourhood policing team are very active and had many recent successes .
The NHPT sergeant, Alex Penn, put this on Twitter about a local gang fight when a teenager was injured..
."Walking into an incident like this after your rest days is something all neighbourhood supervisor dread. It is likely you will see an increased Police presence locally and I would encourage residents to engage with officers freely and use this opportunity to discuss any questions, queries or concerns you may have. In the meantime please rest assured your local neighbourhood team and TVP Oxford are engaged in substantial background safeguarding and will keep you up to date with related upcoming initiatives."

School visits
On a happier note from Blackbird Leys, children in primary schools at Pegasus School, Orchard Meadow and Mabel Prichard Special School enjoyed a visit from Blackbird Leys PCSOs and mounted police on 14th May. The children weren't allowed to stroke the horses but waved from a distance. I know that the children from Mabel Prichard School were particularly thrilled with the visit.  As well as these visits the Thames Valley Police mounted police section currently has nine horses and plays an important role in maintaining public order including policing football matches, demonstrations, marches and events.
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Police chase
Blackbird Leys NHPT were also busy following a vehicle and foot chase and the team arrested two suspects for suspected drug offences and driving offences. The arrests involved armed response teams and police helicopter to apprehend the suspects. The police were very pleased with the outcome.

Littlemore, Rose Hill and Iffley Neighbourhood Policing Team
Thanks to PCSO Tom Taylor , for information about Coffee with Cops in Rose Hill Community Centre
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Blackbird Leys NHPT Personnel
Thanks to Sgt. Alex Penn for supplying current information
Alex Penn – Sgt
Bethany Snowdon – PC
James Gunner – PC
David Vermeulen – PC
Ehab Shahab – PCSO
Leighton Jones – PCSO
Anna Guzinska – PCSO
Megan Osbourne – PCSO
Rebecca Cumming - PCSO
Jack Hickman – PCSO
Tom Tatford - PCSO

Oxford North Neighbourhood Policing Team
Thanks to Sergeant Kayleigh Livingstone who will be sharing a photo of her team soon.
PCSO Claire Keogh is no longer with the team and  PCSO Chris Malin will be taking over the Jericho area.

TVP Witness Appeals across Oxford
Blackbird Leys

A teenager was taken to hospital after a gang fight in Oxford.
At about 12.30am on 9th May, emergency services were called to Oxford Supermarket on Pegasus Road.
Ambulance crews attended after a 17-year-old boy was found bleeding from his leg.Police now believe that he was hurt during an altercation with about 20 people involved.He has since been discharged from hospital.  
Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Lisa Jones, of Oxford CID, said: “I’m appealing to anyone who has any information about this incident to get in touch.
“If you saw this assault, or if you have any information about an altercation involving a number of people in the Pegasus Road area in the early hours of yesterday morning, please contact us as you could have details which are vital to our investigation.“If you can help, please call the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number on 101, quoting reference number 43210197791.”

Oxford City
Witness appeal following an affray in Oxford. The incident happened at around 3.50pm on 8/5/21, a number of male youths were involved in a violent disorder at the junction of Cornmarket and Queen Street. If you have information please call 101 ref 43210197214.

Congratulations
Congratulations to Mark Godsland who has been awarded a Head of Department Commendation.  He is part of the Cyber Protect/Cyber Fraud department and has often given helpful advice with regard to fraud prevention.

Congratulations also to Matthew Barber, the previous Deputy PCC, who has now been elected as PCC. Matthew Barber is a great supporter of Neighbourhood Watch and stressed his wish for strong neighbourhood policing at the TVNHWA  AGM this morning where he spoke about his five priorities.
These are his key priorities for the Thames Valley:
Strong local policing
Fighting serious organised crime
Dealing with cyber crime and fraud
Improving criminal justice
Tackling illegal encampments
Role of the PCC
The role of the police and crime commissioner, which was created in November 2012,   is to set out the way crime is tackled by police. 
They do this by making a 'police and crime plan' - a document that outlines how much money the police expect to have in the next three years - the length of term in the office - and how they plan to use the cash to cut crime in the area. 
The document is then used by the chief constable, currently John Campbell, for operational policing. 

Quote from an experienced officer
John Sutherland,author 'Crossing the Line' and retired Met. officer
"During the course of our lives, most of us will be exposed to extreme trauma on 3-4 occasions. During the course of their working lives, police officers and paramedics will be exposed to extreme trauma on 400-600 occasions."

Crimestoppers
Last year Crimestoppers took over a half a million anonymous calls from people across the UK wanting to speak up and stop crime. The information resulted in over 25,000 crimes being solved or prevented.
Just one anonymous call last year launched an investigation that uncovered a county lines operation. These gangs thrive by exploiting children and vulnerable people to do their dirty work, so stopping them helps to keep children in your area safe.
Phone 0800 555 111 or email in complete confidence.
https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/give-information-anonymously

Victims First Specialist Service
Cuckooing is a practice where people take over a person’s home and use the property to facilitate exploitation.
If you think you, or someone you know is being exploited, support is available through  Victims First Specialist Service (VFSS) For support please call VFSS on 01844 487987

Unscrupulous traders
Over the past 12 months we've all been spending a lot more time at home and as a result building and home improvement projects have never been more popular.
Sadly unscrupulous traders have taken advantage of the surge in demand.
There is an increase in consumers sourcing their tradespeople via community Facebook groups and pages. A typical post might go along the lines of “Does anyone know a builder who can quote for our extension project.” People are then using the recommendations in the responses to source their tradesperson, without do any further research on the person/company recommended.
Please  do your  homework before engaging with any tradesperson before allowing them to work on their home and garden.
- Always get three quotes for any work you want commencing
- Get the work expected in writing with a price, make sure you are happy with what’s being listed as the work that will be undertaken
- If you’re relying on a recommendation then do so from someone you know and trust, a friend,neighbour or relative.
Go and see the work the tradesperson did for that person.
Were they happy and was the work up to standard?
- Use traders who are registered with their trader’s guild
- Never use tradespeople who knock on your door looking for work, good tradespeople are booked up weeks or months ahead of time
Remember that you have cancellation rights of 14 days if the contract is made away from trade premises.
This is a cooling off period to think about the quote given and maybe seek advice as to whether the price quoted is reasonable. It’s important to remember to avoid allowing a tradesperson to start the job before the 14 days are up. If you do, you’re waiving your right to cancel and the trader must confirm in writing that the consumer is waiving their right to cancel by allowing the job to commence.

Neighbourhood Watch in Oxford
'You can make a difference'

Oxford Neighbourhood Watch has no funding and road signs will need to be paid for in the future. We have been reliant on TVNHWA but funds are depleting. The road signs are a visible and known deterrent. I am looking for one or more people who could help with fundraising. Please reply below.

Aplan will give a donation of £25 to Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and discounts for car insurance. 
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I know some  people have signed up to receive NW information thinking they were  members. If you are not sure and want to become a member please reply below and I will check or you can register on http://www.ourwatch.org.uk  
You have free membership and access to the Neighbourhood Watch website and by being a good neighbour and using your 'eyes' and 'ears'  you are keeping yourself and your neighbours safe. It really is that easy. To share that information with others you can start up your own scheme. 

Area Coordinators
Thank you to Vanda who is the new Area Coordinator for Wolvercote and Sunnymead area.
I hope to announce another Area Coordinator next week for Risinghurst and Sandhills. There are still many areas not covered and support needed to make Neighbourhood Watch across Oxford an effective and innovative collaboration.

Impact Evidence
Please could you send any evidence of the positive impact that NW has in your area. We believe it does but with policing being more evidence-based we need to show that we have an impact on reduction of crime and fear of crime eg positive benefits from road signs, stickers etc.

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 
The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill is at the Committee Stage in the House of Commons.
The Bill would make significant changes across the criminal justice system. It includes provisions to amend police powers and how the police are supported to do their job preventing and detecting crime. It is worth following this as it will be a significant change of legislation.
It covers:
collaboration between authorities to prevent and reduce serious violence;
provision for new offences and for the modification of existing offences;
provision about the powers of the police and other authorities for the purposes of preventing, detecting, investigating or prosecuting crime or investigating other matters;
provision about the maintenance of public order;
provision about the removal, storage and disposal of vehicles;
provision in connection with driving offences;
provision about cautions;
provision about bail and remand;
provision about sentencing, detention, release, management and rehabilitation of offenders;
provision about secure 16 to 19 Academies;
provision for and in connection with procedures before courts and tribunals

Disabled parking 
Please share this link
How do you  request a disabled person's parking place (DPPP) on a  public road?
https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/residents/roads-and-transport/street-maintenance-z/disabled-parking-places

Escooters
The Oxfordshire County Council is expanding the Voi electric scooter hire service beyond Headington and into the City Centre, Cowley, Iffley, Marston and Jericho. The expanded area will go live from 21st May and the scooters will have mandatory parking areas.

Dementia Action Week 17 - 23 May
Led by the Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia Action Week is a national event that sees the public coming together to take action to improve the lives of people and families living with dementia.

Scams
Reported email scams since April 2020
As of 30th April 2021, there have been  more than 5,800,000 such reports, allowing  removal of more than 43,000 scams and taking down of 86,000 malicious URLs.
Please report all suspicious emails on report@phishing.gov.uk  -it really is making a difference.

FluBot 
An app. known as ‘FluBot’ is being sent to mobile devices in a text message fraudulently posing as 
courier DHL – it says you have a parcel out for delivery and includes a link that invites you to track the delivery by downloading a fake tracking app.
But the app is actually malware/spyware that could steal your passwords.
Spyware is malicious software that can access data on your phone. Sometimes it might trick you into entering photos as attachment sensitive information such as passwords by prompting you with fake login pages. These details can be used to access accounts and target you and your contacts with further scams.
The way spyware is distributed is constantly evolving to use different links, and masking the messages’ origins with different mobile numbers.

Basic ways to stop cyber fraud
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Fall for the person not the profile
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Vulnerable routers for hackers
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Lastly, a really important attachment 
Roadmap out of lockdown Step 3 from May 17th
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but please remember stay safe - hands, face, space.
Take care,
Maggie
Message sent by
Maggie Lewis (NWN, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford LPA)
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