Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Newsletter 31-7-21
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Good morning Citizen
This weekly newsletter is compiled by Maggie Lewis, Area Representative and Administrator for Oxford Neighbourhood Watch. The items are taken from websites, social media, articles, emails and conversations. Contributions will be gratefully received and added.
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1) Neighbourhood Watch
2) Thames Valley Police
Reporting to Police
Neighbourhood Policing Teams News
TVP Appeals for Oxford
3) Crime Prevention
Who called me?
National Fraud Intelligence Bureau
Five Red Flags
Friends Against Scams
5) Community Safety
Electric blanket/heat pad free checks
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH (Attachment)
Unfortunately, our Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator in Rosamund Road is standing down and no one has been found to replace him the long-standing scheme is disbanded. This means there will not be a main contact in Rosamund Road to share and give information to the police. If a resident is interested please let me know by replying to the icon.
This is the same for many roads and I am attaching the registration form and more information can be seen on www.ourwatch.org.uk in the hope that I can encourage you to help.
Coordinators can cover one road, several roads, whats app groups, residents' associations, businesses, colleges and are from all walks of life but with community as the commonality
The Watch scheme takes little time and YOU can make a difference.The trusted window stickers and road signs show that residents are alert to anything suspicious in the area and care about their elderly and vulnerable neighbours. It is the sign of a caring community and Neighbourhood Watch has its 40th anniversary next year so is an established national organisation and works in partnership with the police and other organisations at a local level. So why not give it a go?
Oxford Neighbourhood Watch has been accepted on a programme with Oxford University for a project to address bike crime in Oxford that will produce a practical, affordable solution as well as giving important advice. The funded project will be highlighted as a collaboration and as project manager and on advisory board I will be looking for future help with group participation as the project should be finished by March 2021.
THAMES VALLEY POLICE
Change of personnel and generic email addresses
We were expecting Rosie Campbell to be the Sergeant at Cowley but last-minute change so these are the new Neighbourhood Policing Teams in OX4 area
Cowley and Wood Farm
Sergeant Steve Why
PC Matt Goodchild
PC Simon Collins
Littlemore and Rose Hill
Sergeant Rosie Campbell
PC Chris Longworth
PC Jon Evans
GENERIC POLICE EMAILS
Please note that emails can only be replied when teams are on duty and it is always preferable to ring 101 or 999 or report online. If you are trying to contact a specific person this may take longer.
Hopefully a full list next week.
NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING TEAMS
Blackbird Leys firstname.lastname@example.org
East Oxford email@example.com
Littlemore and Rose Hill firstname.lastname@example.org
REPORTING TO POLICE
Anti-social behaviour can have a lasting impact on neighbourhoods and communities as it often leads to an increase in crime, particularly violence and criminal damage.
If you’ve witnessed anti-social behaviour of any kind, find out how to report it here: https://orlo.uk/ThamesValleyASB_KbzrT
Online reporting allows you the freedom to report non-emergencies at a time that is convenient for you.
Examples of crimes and incidents that can be reported online if they are not currently in progress include:
Criminal damage and vandalism
Thefts from a vehicle
Thefts of a mobile phone
Shed, garage and outbuilding burglaries
If you would prefer to speak to someone, you can still call 101. If a crime is happening right now or a life is in danger, please call 999.
Find out more: https://orlo.uk/ThinkBeforeYouDial_YQmtk
Remember, in an emergency or if a crime is happening right now and a life is in danger, you should always call 999.
NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING TEAMS
The Cowley Neighbourhood Policing Team have spent the last few days engaging with the children at St Frideswide School for their summer school, participating in a range of sports and activities.
Rose Hill NHPT attended Rose Hill play and activity day put on by Oxfordshire Play Association.
TVP Appeals for Oxford areas
Wood Farm stabbing (29/7)
Thames Valley Police has put in place a Section 60 Order in Oxford, following an incident of grievous bodily harm earlier today.
The order allows police officers increased powers to stop people and search them in the area included in the map.
The Section 60 was put in place at 3.50pm today and will last 24 hours.
The order was put in place following an incident that took place between 2.30am and 5.30am in the area around Foresters Tower in Wood Farm.
The victim, a 16-year-old boy, was in the area with two of his friends when he was stabbed in the back by a group of three males.
The suspects then left the area, but it is not currently known in which direction they headed.
The victim sustained three stab wounds which required hospital treatment. He has since been discharged from hospital.
Two of the offenders were white and of slim build, dressed in black clothing. The other offender was black and of medium build.
No arrests have yet been made in connection with the investigation.
Deputy Local Policing Area commander for Oxford; Chief Inspector Jen Hogben said: “We are carrying out an investigation into this incident and would like to speak to anyone who has any information.
“To help our investigation, and to ensure people’s safety, we have taken the decision to implement a Section 60 Order.
“This will give our officers more powers to carry out searches. As such, it’s likely that members of the public will see an increased police presence in the area while we continue to investigate.
“If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to approach our officers and speak to them.
“If you have any information, including any CCTV or dash cam footage from the area, please call 101 or visit our website quoting reference 43210337670.
“Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or make a report online.”
Abingdon Road Tesco ( CCTV image attachment)
Officers would like to speak to them following a theft at Tesco on Abingdon Road in Oxford in May. We can now share these images and are appealing for information. Full details: https://orlo.uk/NLN4Z Have info? Report online or call 101.
Missing man (CCTV image attachment)
There have been personal appeals from his colleagues concerned for his safety and had been seen in the Cowley area.
Another appeal for this missing man as the police are concerned about his welfare.
"We are still appealing for the public's help in locating Derek.
Please consider checking your cars, sheds, outhouses and other places of shelter in case Derek has tried to find refuge overnight.
Thank you to everyone who has shared our appeal so far.
Thames Valley Police is continuing to appeal for help in locating a missing man from Kidlington.
Derek Brant, aged 62, from Kidlington, was reported missing on Friday (23/7).
He was last seen between 3pm and 3.30pm on Friday (23/7) in Summertown, walking towards Summertown where he was wearing a navy/black coloured polo shirt and black cargo trousers.
Superintendent Emma Garside, based at Banbury police station, said: “We are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of Derek and are appealing for the help of the public in finding him.
“Having been missing for a few days, Derek’s appearance may have changed and he may appear in a dishevelled state.
“He can also often be found in the local community assisting with litter picking and so we would ask people to please keep an eye out if you see anyone matching this description.
“I would urge anyone who may have seen Derek, or anyone who thinks they know where he is to please get in touch by calling 101 quoting reference 43210328398."
Criminal Behaviour Order issued for Oxford (attachment photo)
Following a Thames Valley Police investigation, man has been issued with a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) following bike thefts in Oxford.
Antonio Marraffa, aged 25, of no fixed abode was issued with a CBO at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (21/7) after pleading guilty to two counts of theft of a pedal cycle, one count of shoplifting and one count of handling stolen goods.
The CBO is in place for a period of three years and its conditions prohibit Marraffa from:
Enter or remain within the area as outline in the map (as below). Except to attend any pre-arranged appointments as necessary.
Not to enter Oxford Train Station including the cycle racks unless with a valid ticket to travel.
Not to be in possession of a pedal cycle unless it has been properly registered with Thames Valley Police at Oxford police station by the Homeless Liaison Police Officer.
Not to be in possession of cycle lights, locks or any cycle parts unless accompanied with a valid receipt or other proof of ownership or being used for their intended purpose.
Not to be in possession of any tools or implements reasonable capable of damaging or destroying locks or removing parts from bicycles, when in a public place.
Not to be loitering within any cycle race except to lock/unlock his registered cycle.
He was also sentenced to 10 weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months, must complete a drug rehabilitation programme and was ordered to pay £200 to each victim of bike theft.
On 29 April this year, Marraffa stole a pedal cycle from University College, High Street and then again on 7 June in Templars Square Shopping Centre.
On 24 March this year, he also stole food items to the value of £189 from Sainsburys in Park End Street.
Between 4 and 5 May this year, Marraffa dishonestly undertook/assisted in the retention, removal, disposal or realisation of stolen goods, namely a bicycle in East Street.
Investigating officer, PC Craig Finch, based at St Aldates police station, said: “This is an excellent result from the court that shows we will not tolerate bike crime in Oxford.
“Marraffa has caused a great deal of distress to many residents of Oxford and through this Criminal Behaviour Order, we are able to enforce and restrict his usage of bikes and offer him the support that is needed to stop him returning to crime.
“Please remember to use good quality locks when leaving your bike unattended and register them for free on www.bikeregister.com.”
Summer holiday plans may be a little different this year, but if you are planning a 'staycation', please take a look at the home security tips below to help prevent you from becoming a victim of crime:
Shut and lock all windows and doors.
Keep car and house keys out of reach from windows and doors.
Set timer switches to turn your lights on for when it gets dark.
Avoid leaving valuables in plain view e.g. laptops and tablets.
Set any house alarms.
Lock side gates to prevent access to the rear of your property.
Keep any tools and ladders stored safely away in a locked garage.
Don’t advertise you are away from home by ‘checking in’ on social media.
Resist uploading any holiday pictures to social media until you have returned home.
PLEASE REMEMBER OUR ADVICE
"I AM SORRY, I DO NOT BUY GOODS AND SERVICES AT THE DOOR"
All NW members can have no cold calling stickers (supplied by Trading Standards) and NW windows stickers
WHO HAS CALLED YOU CHECK?
www.whocallsme.com is a good place to check phone numbers of marketing calls, unwanted SMS messages, or if it is a number you do not recognise.
Thank you to the NW Coordinator who received this BT scam and has sent to
report @phishing .gov.uk
"Our payment processor has detected incorrect or out of date billing information which need's updating immediately.
We usually suspend your Bt service(s) if you don't update your billing information within 2 days.
Please log into your MyBt account by clicking the buttton below, and update your billing information to prevent suspension or termination of your service(s)."
National Fraud Intelligence Bureau
NFIB is warning the public to be vigilant of scam calls that appear to be coming from numbers similar to their own. Commonly, the first seven digits match the victims own number. The calls impersonate well known government organisations or law enforcement agencies and will ask the recipient of the call to "press 1" in order to speak with an advisor or Police Officer about unpaid fines or police warrants.
In May 2021, Action Fraud received 2,110 scam call reports where the caller's number matched the first seven digits of the victim's own phone number. Of these, 1,426 (68%) referred to HMRC of National Insurance.
Victims have also reported receiving these type of calls and messaging via widely-used apps such as WhatsApp.
The Government will not notify you about unpaid fines or police warrants by calling or texting you. Do not respond to any calls or texts on these subjects.
Any suspicious text message can be reported by forwarding it to 7762. This is free of charge.
Suspicious telephone calls can be reported to Action Fraud via their website:
FIVE RED FLAGS TO IDENTIFY PEOPLE BEING SCAMMED
Fraudsters are finding new ways to scam people all the time so the more knowledge we have and can share with family, friends and neighbours the less we are likely to fall for them, in fact £51 is scammed on average every minute in the UK.
Scammers use every trick in the book to sound convincing and make their scams seem plausible. If one gets lucky – targeting the right person, in the right way, at the right time – anyone could fall victim to a scam. But these fraudsters regularly seek out older people because they’re more likely to live alone, have savings or valuables and are more likely to talk to them.
Please be aware of these warning signs with our neighbours, friends and family as many are embarrassed and feel guilty and often don't confide until it's too late.
1) Large unexplained payments from bank account
2) Short of money
3) Large amounts of post
4) Lots of phone calls
5) Showing anxiety
FRIENDS AGAINST SCAMS (attachment)
Attached a leaflet with useful information for sharing.
The food banks have stopped their delivery service from 2nd August but will be available for collection only. If you need to use the food bank and have not been referred please could you reply to the below icon. Although I will need to know personal contact details I do not need to know your personal circumstances or income to refer.
Collection points (needs referral)
Barton Neighbourhood Centre on Monday and Wednesday 12 noon to 2 pm,
St Francis Church, Hollow Way Tuesday and Friday 12 noon to 2 pm
Littlemore Baptist Church Thursday 10am to 11.30.
TRADING STANDARDS (attachment)
Thank you to our colleagues in Oxfordshire Trading Standards
"Sorry if this is a duplicate information for some of you, but the more we can spread the word the more people who will benefit from this free safety service.
I have attached this year’s electric blanket testing information, if you can pass this on to your readers/clients/club members/neighbours etc we would be most grateful.
We want to keep our residents safe, (not just from Covid). This free safety check is important for all residents of Oxfordshire who own an electric blanket, heat pad, over blanket etc."
Do you have a disability or know someone who has?
You might be interested in the registered charity Unlimited Oxfordshire ’s latest Newsletter. Contact : email@example.com, 07460 837 471.
A NW member asked about disability access to Broad Meadow
Thank you to OXTRAG Oxfordshire Transport and Access Group for this information
“There are multiple blue badge parking bays at the Blackwells end of the Broad Street
You will have to enter the area from the science/ Kings Arms end"
TRADING STANDARDS FREE ELECTRIC BLANKETS/PADS TESTING (Attachment leaflet)
This is a really worthwhile free service from Trading Standards.
Out-of-hours highways service up and running
A new telephone number (01223 849731) has been launched for Oxfordshire residents to call for urgent out of hours highways related issues. You can now report a highways matter to Oxfordshire County Council outside normal office hours – including evenings, weekends and bank holidays – if there are concerns about it causing an accident or damaging property. The call adviser will discuss the urgency of the issue and take appropriate action as required.
During normal working hours, people should continue to call the council’s customer service centre on 0345 310 1111.
If the situation is potentially life threatening, people should call emergency services on 999.
For highways issues that do not require immediate action, residents are encouraged to use the Fix My Street app or complete an online form on https://fixmystreet.oxfordshire.gov.uk/
Please note that all Highway issues are dealt with by Oxfordshire County Councils.
People in Oxfordshire are being urged to use the right NHS service as hospitals in the county are getting busier. It comes following a sharp rise in attendance at the John Radcliffe and Horton General hospitals, which provides emergency and urgent care across Oxfordshire.
Professor Meghana Pandit, the Trust’s Chief Medical Officer, says: “It is a very busy time for our hospitals at the moment. We would urge the public to help us to help you by choosing the right NHS service because our Emergency Departments at both the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury are experiencing high levels of demand.
“Unless it is an emergency, please use the NHS 111 online service which offers patients quick advice on the best option for them to get the care they need, including getting a call back from a trained clinician or nurse, booking them an appointment in an Emergency Department, or providing advice on how to help them recover.
“Thank you for helping to support our staff at this challenging time.”
Message sent by
Maggie Lewis (Neighbourhood Watch Network, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford LPA)