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Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Weekly Newsletter 23-1-22

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Welcome to Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Weekly Newsletter 23-1-22
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 contributions and interactions will be gratefully received.
If you have any comments/information/errors or want to unsubscribe please use reply icon below.
Please share and care. 

Attachments at end of newsletter

Oxford Neighbourhood Watch
1) Personal Experiences
2)  Volunteers needed
TVP Roads Policing 
1) Highway Code changes
Thames Valley Police
1) Project Vigilant
Thames Valley Police (Oxford)
1) Witness Appeal (Atkyns Road)
2) Witness Appeal (Oxford United match)
3) Witness Appeal (Cornmarket)
4) Missing man update
5) Witness Appeal (Nightingale Avenue)
Neighbourhood Policing Teams
1)  Cowley and Wood Farm
2)  East Oxford
3)  North 
4)  North East
5)  Rose Hill, Littlemore and Iffley
Crime Prevention
1) Doorstep scams
2) Knife Crime
Crime Information
1) Stop Hate Crime
2) Lost property
3) Reporting suspicions
4) Victims' Bill Consultation
5) Child Sexual Abuse
Scams 
1) Nat West
2) Post Office
Oxfordshire County Council
1) Webinar for Local Transport and Connectivity Plan
2) Camera enforcement traffic management measures consultation
Oxford City Council
1) Dog owners
General Information
1) Highway Code (more information)
2) Amazon Visa
3) Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group
4) NHS Helpline
5) Oxford Bus Company
6) Urgent Food Recall

OXFORD NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
1) Personal experiences
Thank you to our NW Coordinator who shared this information with neighbours and for the newsletter showing how NW can help protect ourselves and others.

Dear Neighbours:
 A friend of mine, R, reports that a few days ago, he was the victim of a ‘distraction’ crime in Summertown Car Park.
 He went to pay at one of the machines and ‘a nice young man’ told him that it was not working, but the other one was.
He used that, the man then spoke to him, and when he looked back his debit card was missing. He assumed that the
machine had swallowed it but….. within no time at all, £500 had been taken from his bank account at the Lloyds ATM!
The man or an accomplice had taken the card whilst he was being distracted, and used the pin code that they had
watched R enter…..
 The ‘nice young man’ had even offered to ‘go and get the attendant’ when R realised the card was missing.
Please be aware that these things are happening on our doorstep! If you use your pin in a public place, always make sure no-one can see you doing so.
R is fortunate that Lloyds have refunded his £500 – but that will not always be the case.

2) Volunteers needed
Coordinators
Volunteer Coordinators needed to set up schemes across Oxford. Your Watch scheme is run by you to meet the needs of your members and the area you cover. Members can now join online so it has never been easier.  All Coordinators are asked to share information and keep in touch with their members. As a Coordinator, you will have a dedicated PCSO to your scheme and the you will be the main contact with Neighbourhood Policing Teams to share and collect information. This is a collaborative partnership where we can really help our local police. You can  request road signs which are a great way of showing that your community cares about preventing crime. You can have meetings, write newsletters, and even have street parties as Neighbourhood Watch activities are all insured. All optional.
Please note this relates only to approved Coordinators -if you want to check please contact me below. The above benefits do not relate to self-declared and non-approved Coordinators. 
Members
Volunteer members needed as well- Check your  postcode on http://www.ourwatch.org.uk to see online schemes and you can contact the Coordinator direct. If there is no scheme you can still be a member and receive benefits and the same Alert messaging that you have registered for - so there is only gain and no loss. You can also start your own scheme.

THAMES VALLEY POLICE ROADS POLICING (attachment showing some changes)
Are you aware of the changes to the Highway Code that come into force next week? If not, have a read by clicking on the link below.
One of the major changes is the introduction of a road user hierarchy, which puts responsibility on drivers of large vehicles – such as trucks or vans – to reduce the danger posed to others.
The changes, which will be imposed on January 29, aim to protect cyclists and pedestrians from road accidents.
https://orlo.uk/BmCCo

THAMES VALLEY POLICE
1) Project Vigilant
Have you heard of Project Vigilant?
We are calling on people in Oxford, particularly women, to share their views on our recent initiative to tackle crimes in public spaces, such as street harassment and sexual violence.
Project Vigilant was launched in Oxford in 2019 and looks to identify and engage with those displaying signs of predatory behaviour in order to prevent sexual offending.
The survey, which is completely anonymous, forms part of an evaluation being conducted by the University of Brighton and closes on Thursday 31 March 2022.
To have your say and provide us with vital feedback, please spare a few minutes to complete the survey online. 
Thank you for your continued support to make Oxford a safer place.
Message Sent By
Emma Tarry (Police, Communications Officer, Thames Valley)

The survey is on - https://brighton.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/project-vigilant-evaluation-public-survey-oxford

TVP Oxford
1) Witness Appeal - Atkyns Road, Wood Farm
At around 11.10pm on Thursday (13/1) a business premises in Atkyns Road, Oxford was broken into. An amount of prescriptions drugs were stolen. 
We are appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time and may have dash-cam footage or information that could assist with our investigation to please get in touch.
You can do so by calling 101 or report online via the website, quoting reference 43220018432. 
Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers for 100% anonymity on 0800 555 111.
Message Sent By
Emma Tarry (Police, Communications Officer, Thames Valley)

2) Witness Appeal - Oxford United match
Officers from Thames Valley Police are appealing for information and witnesses following reports of public order offences at the Wycombe Wanderers v Oxford United League One football match on Saturday (15/1).
In the second half of the match between 4pm and 4.45pm at Adams Park, Hillbottom Road, High Wycombe, it was reported that remarks of a homophobic nature were made by a small group of individuals.
Investigating officer Sergeant Simon Gray, Thames Valley Police’s Football Liaison Officer, said: “Unfortunately, we have received reports that a very small minority of fans in the away stand have made remarks of a homophobic nature during the League One match on Saturday.
“We are investigating these reports, and I would urge anybody who has any information, or who witnessed anything of this nature, to please contact Thames Valley Police on 101 or by making a report online, quoting reference number 43220021940.
“If you have information, but wish to remain anonymous, you can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
“The vast majority of supporters at this game behaved in an exemplary manner, and were a credit to both football clubs, but we take reports of this nature very seriously and will work with both clubs to investigate these allegations.”
An 18-year-old man from Thame was arrested for an unrelated incident of pitch encroachment and received a conditional caution for this offence.

3) Witness Appeal - Cornmarket
At around 7pm on Saturday (15/1) the victim, a 51-year-old man, was approached in Cornmarket Street by an unknown man and verbally abused before being pushed several times in the chest and his property damaged.
A 48-year-old man from Oxford was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and assault. He has since been released under investigation. 
Anyone who was in the area at the time and witnessed this incident or who has information which could help assist the investigation, please get in touch.
You can do so by calling 101 or report online via the website, quoting reference 43220021497. 
Alternatively, call the independent charity, Crimestoppers, for 100% anonymity on 0800 555 111.

4) Missing Man from Oxford
Officers searching for a man who had been reported missing from Oxford very sadly located a body on Wednesday evening (19/1).
Marc Wilson, aged 49, was last seen on 8 January and was reported missing to the force on Saturday (15/1).
Following an extensive search, the body of a man was found in the River Thames.
The man’s death is being treated as unexplained, and a file will be prepared for the coroner.
Detective Inspector Ryan James, based at Oxford police station, said: “Very sadly, following extensive searches, we have located a man’s body.
“Although formal identification has not taken place, we believe this to be Marc.
“Marc’s next of kin have been made aware and are being offered support by officers.
“I would like to extend my thanks to everyone who shared our appeal, and on behalf of Thames Valley Police, I would extend our condolences to Marc’s family and friends at this extremely difficult time.”

5) Witness Appeal -Nightingale Avenue, Blackbird Leys
Appeal for witnesses following incident of assault with injury - Oxford
Thames Valley Police is appealing for information and witnesses following an incident of assault with injury in Oxford.
At around 11.40pm yesterday (21/1), officers were called to Nightingale Avenue to reports of a disorder.
Two men, both in their late teens, were seriously injured and were taken to hospital, where they both remain at this time.
One man, aged 18, from Reading has been arrested on suspicion of causing GBH with intent and dangerous driving.
Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector James Holden-White, based at Banbury Police Station, said: “I am appealing for any witnesses to this incident, or anybody with information, to please come forward.
“I would urge people in the area at the time to check dash-cam footage and if anyone has any information please call 101 or make a report online using the reference number 43220031232.
“Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website.
“A scene watch is currently in place and is likely to remain in place for some time. We understand this may cause concern to members of the public, if you have any concerns please do hesitate to speak to one of our officers.”

NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING TEAMS
Cowley and Wood Farm NHPT
1) Community Engagement
The Temple Cowley NHPT were at Templars Square Shopping Centre on 22nd January between 10.00 - 1200.

East Oxford NHPT
1) Escooters (16/1)
East Oxford Neighbourhood Team took part in a operation down Cowley Road on Sunday to tackle those with publicly owned E-scooters and Cyclists having no lights on. We spoke to each member of public handing out leaflets and asked to continue walking on pavement which they did so.

North NHPT
Barton and Headington NHPT
1) Closure Order
Henry Taunt Road, Headington
On Friday (21/1/22) a property in Henry Taunt Close, Headington was issued with a closure order to protect the vulnerable.
Officers from Oxford Public Spaces Drugs Taskforce, the Barton and Headington Neighbourhood Team and Oxford City Council gathered evidence that the occupant of the property was being exploited by local drug dealers and drug users. The presence of these individuals was also impacting negatively on the lives of surrounding neighbours.
The closure order, granted by Oxford Magistrates Court, will be in place for 3 Months until April 2022. The order prohibits any person from entering the premises except the named occupant.
Exploited individuals are all too frequently bullied and threatened in to sheltering dangerous people. Their homes become focal points for disorder and crime.
These orders give police the power to robustly support the vulnerable and demonstrate that bullying will not be tolerated!

North East NHPT
1) Timer switches
Oxford Northeast Neighbourhood Police team attended Headington Farmers Market and passed leaflets for crime prevention and handed 25 plug-in electric timers switcher sponsored by Oxford Brookes University to Headington residents.

Rosehill, Littlemore and Iffley NHPT
1) Community Engagement
The team have been out engaging with multiple communities throughout the week for neighbourhood policing week.

CRIME PREVENTION
1) ) Doorstep scams - Nottingham Knockers
Nobody thinks they'll be a victim of crime until, of course, it happens. If you're clued in to criminal's tricks and tactics you can stay one step ahead - this is how Neighbourhood Watch works in groups or neighbourhoods so please join and stay aware of specific incidents.
There seemed be a lull in doorstep scam callers with a concentration of online but a few reports this week with the easing of restrictions. I have found extremely helpful and comprehensive advice from Thames Valley Police on the Thame Hub. This informs you of the origins, the spin given by 'Nottingham Knockers' including pretending to be on probation or even deaf or dumb. This is a short extract but worth reading the whole article on
https://www.thamehub.co.uk/thames-valley-police-issue-nottingham-knocker-advice/

The price for whatever has been purchased usually comes to a note – usually £10. The householder disappears to get this – this is when the scam begins, according to the police. When the note is handed over, the lad examines the condition and how long it took the person to get it. If it is crumpled, they accept it and move on. If it is crisp flat and new – they are much more interested and may engage the person in more conversation, to obtain details about them. As they leave they will smell the note. If it is slightly musty – this is an indication that there is more in the property. Those addresses are noted. The addresses of elderly/vulnerable/gullible people are all noted.

These are handed to the employer and there is a small amount of cash handed over for each one. These addresses are then sold on. If there is a later break-in, the employer expects a further cut of the proceeds. These lists are purchased by all sorts of people including – tarmacers, tree workers, roofers, dodgy builders etc., and can be shared quite easily. Once on a list, your address could be sold on and on. Hence the repeat nature of these persistent callers.

2) Knife Crime
How can you protect your community against knife crime?
Charities that work to tackle violent crime all agree that the best way to tackle gangs, knife and gun crime is by preventing young people from joining a gang or carrying a weapon in the first place.

CRIME INFORMATION
1) Stop Hate Crime
https://www.report-it.org.uk/your_police_force
True Vision has been developed so that you can report hate crimes online - you do not have to visit a police station to report. 
The police take hate crime very seriously and will record and investigate this offence even if you do not want to give your details.  However, you must note that the investigation and ability to prosecute the offender(s) is severely limited if the police cannot contact you. Most importantly we can not get you the support you may need.
You may also specify how you want to be contacted and say if contacting you would cause you any difficulties.  The police will not pass on your details without your consent and we would urge you to give your details when you report as this will help you get any support you deserve and improve our chances of identifying the offender.

2) Lost Property
You can report lost or found property in a public place online to TVP Oxford on
https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/ro/report/lp/lost-or-found-property/

3) Reporting suspicions
A website to share with all NW members and to keep handy
Here you can tell TVP if you’ve seen anything suspicious or something you think they should know about
https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/

3) Victims' Bill consultation
The Ministry of Justice UK consultation to introduce the first ever Victims' Law closes on 3rd Feb 2022.
Let's help ensure victims and survivors get the support they need through, and beyond, the criminal justice process.
You can read and respond to the consultation here:
https://consult.justice.gov.uk/victim-policy/delivering-justice-for-victims/

4) Child Sexual Abuse
Child sexual abuse is a reality for thousands of children across our country, with at least one in ten estimated to experience sexual abuse before they turn 16.
A new advice and support site to help parents spot the signs of sexual abuse and keep children safe, whether online or offline.
To learn more visit: stopabusetogether.campaign.gov.uk
It's never too soon to speak out when a child needs help. If you think a child is in immediate danger ring 999.
If you have any concerns at all about a child’s safety or wellbeing, don’t hesitate to contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or email  help@nspcc.org.uk

SCAMS
1) Nat West Bank
NatWest warn customers over new scam targeting your personal details
What do the NatwWest scam texts say?
The texts initially look legitimate, with them being sent under the guise of a NatWest name.
The message itself says: “A new device has been registered. If this was NOT done by you please visit: (fraudulent hyperlink) to cancel this”.
The hyperlink says ‘canceldevice-verfication.com’, which is not associated with NatWest.
There are no obvious mistakes so it’s easy to be convinced this may be a genuine message.

2) Post Office
Fake delivery texts link to cloned Post Office website
Scammers are targeting the Post Office in a new fake text scam that’s one of the most convincing we’ve seen. 
The texts state that a parcel delivery has failed and ask recipients to click the link to ‘book a new date’ or ‘reschedule a delivery’ via two sites that have nothing to do with the Post Office. This is a sophisticated scam that you need to be aware of.

OXFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
1) Webinar for Local Transport and Connectivity Plan
Please note the booking form is on https://letstalk.oxfordshire.gov.uk/ltcp
We would like to invite residents and stakeholders to an online webinar introducing the LTCP. The webinar is intended to help you respond to the consultation. At the webinar, you will have the opportunity to hear from the cabinet member for Travel & Development Strategy and take part in a questions and answer session. 
The webinars will take place on Microsoft Teams. 
If you would like to attend, you can book onto one of the sessions by completing this form.
Oxfordshire County Council- this consultation ends on 2nd March.

2) Camera enforcement traffic management measures consultation
https://letstalk.oxfordshire.gov.uk/tma-2022

OXFORD CITY COUNCIL
1) For all dog owners
It is good news that a dog warden has recently been appointed and has sent this to share. Contact number is 249811.
Microchips 
The law requires that all dogs over 8 weeks of age are microchipped. Once a pet is microchipped the owner information, as well as the chip details are registered and stored together on an approved database.
If you are looking to rehome your dog or are selling or giving away puppies (regardless of whether you are a registered breeder) it is your responsibility to ensure that they are microchipped and the details registered before you give them away or sell them.
If you get a new dog or puppy it is your responsibility to ensure that the microchip information is updated. A microchip is a fantastic tool for reuniting pets and their owners but only if the information is kept up to date. It is also very common for people to forget this essential detail when they move or change telephone numbers and this renders the purpose of the microchip useless.
Anyone finding a stray dog should always get it checked for a microchip. Dog wardens and vets amongst other places can check for you.
If you lose your dog, or you suspect it has been stolen you must contact the microchip database it is registered with who will put an alert next to the microchip number. It is not uncommon for people to be reunited after a significant amount of time (even years) after a microchip has been discovered. It also helps to identify you as the owner should a dispute in ownership arise. 
Unlike a collar and tag a microchip is a permanent means of identification.
Collar and tag
Even if a dog is microchipped the law still requires that it wears a collar and tag, and although arguably these can be lost, they are an instant form of identification and are the first thing that people check for if they find a dog. Many dogs are reunited with their owners immediately as the result of a simple phone call.
Oxford Direct Services/Oxford City Council offer a free tag.
Further information can be found in the useful links below.
Information and legislation relating to microchips:
The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015 (legislation.gov.uk) Information on how to register and update your dog’s microchip:
Get your dog microchipped - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Information regarding collars and tags: The Control of Dogs Order 1992 (legislation.gov.uk) Information on reporting stray and found dogs and other issues: Dogs | Oxford City Council To request a free dog tag: Dog Tag Application | Oxford City Council

GENERAL INFORMATION
1) Highway Code
I was concerned to read the AA statement so more information on website
The AA has issued an urgent warning to UK drivers amid a change to the Highway Code rules next week.
“Shockingly, one in 25 drivers say they have no intention of looking at the new rules."
There are important changes to the Highway Code. Please click on link below and see attachment.

Are you aware of the changes to the Highway Code that come into force next week? If not, have a read by clicking on the link below.
One of the major changes is the introduction of a road user hierarchy, which puts responsibility on drivers of large vehicles – such as trucks or vans – to reduce the danger posed to others.
The changes, which will be imposed on January 29, aim to protect cyclists and pedestrians from road accidents.

Significant changes to the Highway Code will soon take effect: there will be a hierarchy of road users that ensures those who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger they may pose to others: the greatest responsibility will lie with motorists.
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1037306/table-of-change-to-the-highway-code.pdf

Roundabout rule set to change in Highway Code
Drivers have been urged to brush up on the Highway Code amid new major changes to laws.
The 'signals and position' section has been targeted in a January update - meaning drivers should give priority to pedestrians and cyclists.
The Highway Code states: “You should give priority to cyclists on the roundabout.

“They will be travelling more slowly than motorised traffic.
"Give them plenty of room and do not attempt to overtake them within their lane. Allow them to move across your path as they travel around the roundabout.
"Cyclists, horse riders and horse drawn vehicles may stay in the left-hand lane when they intend to continue across or around the roundabout and should signal right to show you, they are not leaving the roundabout.”

2) Amazon Visa 
The expected change regarding the use of Visa credit cards on Amazon.co.uk will no longer take place on January 19. Amazon are working  with Visa on a potential solution that will enable customers to continue using their Visa credit cards on Amazon.co.uk. until then they can continue to use Visa credit cards.

3) Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) (attachment)
 Primary Care Estates Strategy 2020-25 from Summary document 
In April 2020 there were 774,860 patients who were registered with 67 GP practices in Oxfordshire 
By 2028 there is an expectation to have a further 112,264 people living in Oxfordshire

4) Help Us Help You – NHS 111 online
The local NHS urges you to use the right NHS service as hospitals continue to be very busy.
Our advice is unless your condition is an emergency, please use the NHS 111 online service which offers the best option for the care you need, including getting a call back from a clinician.
Remember, essential services remain open for anyone who needs them so if you require urgent medical help continue to come forward.
To further reduce pressures on NHS services families are being asked to support relatives to leave hospital for home if they are well enough.

5) Oxford Bus Company
Lost Property
There have been several positive responses about this service and thank you to OBC Customer Services for sending following advice
When an item is lost on one of our services, the customer can fill in the form on our website providing as much information as possible concerning the item lost and the location. We will then check our lost property records and if we do have the item in question, we will notify the owner who can either collect it from our office or we can arrange postage for smaller items. The form can be access on our website, I have enclosed the link below.

https://www.oxfordbus.co.uk/lost-property

6) Urgent food recall
Frubes sold in Tesco, Asda and Morrisons recalled for containing small pieces of metal
A popular children’s snack found in major supermarkets across the UK has been recalled over fears it could contain small pieces of metal.
Yoplait UK is recalling Yoplait Frubes Strawberry, Red Berry and Peach Variety Pack after small metal pieces were found in the peach flavour within the multipack.

The discovery makes the product unsafe to eat sparking a product recall shared via the Food Standards Agency.
Only products with a ‘C’ after the ‘use-by’ date are affected, displayed as ‘09 Feb C’ on the packaging.
Frubes are sold in in major UK supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Asda.
Frubes product recall details
Frubes Yoghurt Strawberry, Red Berry and Peach Variety Pack
Pack size: 9 X 37G (9 pack)
Batch code: 9218195
Use by: 9 February 2022
Batch description‘Use by’ date on the packaging: ’09 Feb C’
Yoplait UK issue statement to customers over Frubes recall
The manufacturers have issued a statement warning consumers of the potential risk of eating the product and shared guidance on what to do if you are affected.

A manufacturer’s  announcement shared by the Food Standards Agency reads: “Customer safety is paramount to Yoplait and we take the safety and production of our food extremely serious.
“Yoplait is recalling our Frubes Strawberry, Red Berry & Peach Variety Pack 9x37g.
“Small metal pieces have been found in some of the peach flavour Frubes within this multipack.
“Although only a small number of products are expected to be affected, Yoplait is recalling the full range of this product, with the listed Use By Date, putting consumers safety as our ultimate priority.”
It adds: “If you have a product with this use by date, do not eat it. Please instead, return it to the store where it was bought for a full refund (with or without a receipt).
“No other Yoplait or Frubes products are affected by this recall.
“We are very sorry for any impact or inconvenience this may cause. For more information contact Yoplait on: (UK) 0800 358 0401.”
Message sent by
Maggie Lewis (Neighbourhood Watch Network, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford LPA)
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