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CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

July Age UK Alert For Scams Bulletin

This months Age UK alert Bulletin Theme is Avoid being Scratched by the CopyCat

Please find the link for this month’s Age UK scam bulletin.
https://www.ageuk.org.uk/bp-assets/globalassets/cheshire-east/scams-awareness-update-bulletin-issue16-july-2021-pdf-digital.pdf

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Julia Short (Police, PCSO, Macclesfield LPU Congleton PCSO)

26. July, 2021Latest NewsComments Off on CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

The UK’s First Official ASB Awareness Week 19th to 25th July 2021

ASB Awareness Week is a week of action dedicated to bringing together people and organisations from across the country to take a stand and make communities safer

Organised by Resolve the week is being backed by the Home Office Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) Local Government Association (LGA) National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and the National Fire Chiefs’ Council (NFCC)

Tackling ASB is more important than ever We must stand together!

ASB is on the rise Resolve members and agencies across the UK have reported a huge rise in ASB cases during the various national lock-downs The situation is expected to get worse as society starts to open up
Addressing this challenge is a national priority ASB is not low-level crime it devastates the lives of victims and communities, people deserve to feel safe where they live

Please be assured that Congleton Beat Team are resolving ASB issues robustly as soon as they brought to our attention keeping our communities safe at all times

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Julia Short (Police, PCSO, Macclesfield LPU Congleton PCSO)

24. July, 2021Latest NewsComments Off on CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

CHESHIRE EAST HIGHWAYS

CHESHIRE EAST HIGHWAYS

The Parish Council have been informed of the following and would like to share this information with all Nether Residents:

Cheshire East Highways have programmed the surface dressing works to be carried out A34 Congleton Road. Under current Health & Safety legislation and for the safety of our workforce and members of the public, it will be necessary for a road closure to be in place during the works. Works are scheduled to commence as follows:

A34 Congleton Road will be closed from:

                       20th July 2021 to 21st July 2021 and

                       27th July to 28th July 2021

with works going on between 9:00 a.m. – 16:00p.m.

Please note that occasionally the works have to be changed at short notice due to unforeseen circumstances such as adverse weather conditions or logistics. Any changes or delays will be communicated through our VMS signs at strategic points.

We will, of course, endeavour to keep any disruption to a minimum throughout the duration of the works.

Kind regards

Thomas Lloyd
Technical Support Officer | Construction | Cheshire East Highways
www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/highways
Follow us on Twitter @CECHighways

19. July, 2021Latest NewsComments Off on CHESHIRE EAST HIGHWAYS

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

Thefts of Caravans In The Local Area

There have been several Caravans stolen in the local area from storage sites. Quite a few have been recovered but some are still outstanding. We would advise that you review your security if you have a caravan whether at a storage Unit or at home and report anything suspicious on 101

Keeping your caravan secure
On holiday or touring, you rely on it as your home. How would you feel if somebody broke in or stole it?
Don’t give thieves the opportunity.
Follow these simple steps to secure your caravan and your valuables inside it.
When your caravan is not in use
Remove all your personal belongings and contents when you are not using your caravan. Leave cupboard doors and curtains open, this may help to deter opportunist thieves if they can see it’s empty.

Store your caravan securely. If you are choosing a storage site, don’t just look at the price. Check to see that it offers good security measures.

If you are leaving your caravan at home, ask a neighbour to keep an eye on your caravan as well as your home. Consider fixing good security posts on your drive to prevent your caravan being stolen.

Choose a site operated by the Caravan Storage site Owners Association (CaSSOA)

Check to see if it offers good security measures for example secure posts to which your caravan can be hitch-locked, ground anchors, security staff or CCTV.

Remember if you can enter the storage area and remove your caravan without being approached, then so can a thief.

Devices for securing your caravan
Locking the coupling head into a cover using a good quality hitch lock.

Using locking wheel nuts and a good quality clamp on the caravan wheels.

Chaining your caravan to a robust and secure point. Use a heavy duty chain that is made out of hardened steel to reduce the chance of it being cut through.

Installing a reliable alarm system (GSM)and tracking device.
Protect your caravan and belongings

Ensure you close and lock your doors, windows and roof lights when you leave your caravan.

Don’t leave anything valuable on display, laptops etc.

Consider security marking any valuables.

Never leave Caravan Registration and identification documents (CRis) in your caravan.

Buying a caravan

Check that the chassis number hasn’t been removed or altered.

Before buying privately, consider checking the caravans history on CRiS.

Check all the keys are available and correct.

Check the number plate is the same as the one on the tow vehicle. Be wary if temporary or handwritten number plates are used.

Always ask about built in security features such as an alarm or tracking device, caravan safe, hitch-lock or wheel clamps.

Caravan facts
Caravans manufactured since 1992 by the National Caravan Council members are recorded on the CRiS database by their unique 17 digital Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) The 17 digit vehicle identification document (VIN) should be stamped onto the caravan chassis and etched on the windows.
Even if you own a pre-1992 caravan, or imported your own caravan into the UK, you can still register it with CRiS yourself.
All caravans manufactures since August 1997 are electronically tagged for added security.

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Julia Short (Police, PCSO, Macclesfield LPU Congleton PCSO)

19. July, 2021Latest NewsComments Off on CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

MACC ART EXHIBITION 16th-18th JULY 2021

MACC ART EXHIBITION 16th-18th JULY 2021

Your Parish Hall is back in business and kicking off with an art exhibition not to be missed! Watch out for previews of some of the stunning artworks you can view (they look even better in the flesh). So get that date in your diary: July 16-18, refreshments available too!

Please press here to view some of the art work which will be on display.

Art Fair 2021

6. July, 2021Latest NewsComments Off on MACC ART EXHIBITION 16th-18th JULY 2021

NEIGHBOURHOOD ALERT

NEIGHBOURHOOD ALERT

July OUR NEWS – The newsletter for all Neighbourhood Watch supporters

We are pleased to share with you our July newsletter – click here to view it.

In a world where we have become more dependent on using technology and being digitally connected, we are increasingly aware that the downside to using is the increase of scams, amounting to a staggering 41% of crime is now either on the phone or online. To help tackle this issue, we have launched a SLING YOUR HOOK scams awareness campaign to run on our social channels during July. Our newsletter contains more information on this campaign and a link to our website’s dedicated scams section, which includes clear guidance on protecting yourself and others from becoming a victim.

On a brighter note, we have some great new partnership opportunities to share with you, including our new partnership with Deliveroo to train riders in community safety, discounts from Patlock for our members and supporters, and the chance to win a fun-filled Croods 2 inspired family vacation.

With all this and more, we hope you enjoy this month’s edition.

Keep safe,

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team
Follow us… ourwatch.org.uk / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn
Neighbourhood Watch Network is a charity registered in England & Wales, CIO no: 1173349

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NEIGHBOURHOOD ALERT

NEIGHBOURHOOD ALERT

Free Webinars About Scams in July

July 2021 - Online scams alert

 

Following on from our Alert last week relating to yet another online scam to look out for, I am delighted to be writing to you to invite you to join us in July for a month of weekly online webinars to expose the truths behind scams.

The webinars are FREE to attend and are open to anyone who would like to know more about scams, the psychology behind scams, prevention and how a fraud case is investigated.

The webinars bring together experts in their field relating to online fraud, a topic which we are all too familiar with and can affect anyone and everyone, as our lives are played out more digitally.

The dates of the webinars and their topics are as follows:

6th July, 5pm
Exploring the psychology behind scams and how scammers are so effective at their crimes
Paul Maskell, Fraud & Cyber Crime Prevention Manager, Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU)

14th July, 5pm
Insights into how a fraud case is investigated and how not to be the next victim
Ben Hobbs, Detective Sergeant; and Catriona Still, Head of Fraud Prevention & Training, Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU)

23rd July 5pm
Scams awareness training from the Friends Against Scams initiative
The National Trading Standards Scams Team (NTSST)

30th July, 5pm
Don’t get hooked by scammers! What you need to know about flubot and phishing scams
Christopher Budd, Senior Global Threat Communications Manager, Avast

How to book your place

You can click on the links within this message on each of the webinars topics to register your place or you can go to www.ourwatch.org.uk/webinars and click on the webinar that you wish to attend, you can attend all of them if you wish and so make sure that you complete the registration page for each of them.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

Best wishes

Cheryl

Cheryl Spruce | Head of Membership and Community Engagement
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team

Follow us.. ourwatch.org.uk / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn
Neighbourhood Watch Network is a charity registered in England & Wales, CIO no: 1173349

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Cheryl Spruce (NWN, Head of Membership and Community Engagement , National)

29. June, 2021Latest NewsComments Off on NEIGHBOURHOOD ALERT

GET SAFE ONLINE

GET SAFE ONLINE

Scam Advice Session – This Tuesday Morning

Dear resident,

This Tuesday 29th June at 11am Get Safe Online will be holding an exclusive Facebook Live session in collaboration with our partners at Lloyds Banking Group, where we will be providing advice and tips on some of the most commonplace scams.

You and your communities are warmly invited to join us where you can hear advice from our panel of leading fraud prevention experts.

Our Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/GetSafeOnline/ . The live event will start streaming on this channel at 11am on Tuesday. Simply access the page at this time to view the session, there is no need to register.

You will also have the opportunity to ask the panel questions during the discussion.

Topics will include:
Impersonation scams: including scam calls
Investment scams: the different types of investment scams currently circulating, from promises of ‘high return, low risk’ investments to attractive ‘pension pots’.
Purchase scams: With many people purchasing more products more frequently online, purchase and delivery scams have become rife in recent months. We’ll discuss some of the most commonplace, and how you can avoid them.

Attached is an e-leaflet providing all the details, as well as social media posts that you are able to use to share details of the session, if helpful.

We look forward to seeing you and your communities there!

Many thanks
the Get Safe Online team
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GSO_Lloyds_Facebook_Live_leaflet.pdf – 112.3 KB

GSO-Lloyds_Facebook_Live_SM_post-1.png – 33.6 KB

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Get Safe Online Admin (Get Safe Online, Content Director, National)

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PCR Covid-19 Testing

PCR Covid-19 Testing

Free Mobile PCR Covid Testing

For Information: Due to the increase cases of the Covid Delta Variant in the Cheshire East area. They are holding free PCR Covid testing today Wednesday 23rd, Thursday 24th and Friday 26th June between 9am – 4pm in the Fairground / Library Cark Park, Congleton #staysafe

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Julia Short (Police, PCSO, Macclesfield LPU Congleton PCSO)

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NEIGHBOURHOOD ALERT

NEIGHBOURHOOD ALERT

Covid Vaccine Passport Scam

COVID Scam

We have been made aware of a Covid Vaccine Passport scam email going around that purports to be from the NHS and informs recipients that they can apply for their “Digital Coronavirus Passports”

Clicking on the link within the email, takes you to a convincing but fake NHS website that asks for personal and payment details. (for an admin fee)

The website has since been taken down, but in case similar emails/websites appear can you please circulate the attached alert to your residents, members, groups and mailing lists.

And just to reiterate, your vaccination status is obtained FREE through the NHS App, website or by calling the NHS on 119.

More information can be found on the gov.uk website;
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad

Please note that any Phishing scams can be reported to SERS (Suspicious Email Reporting Service): report@phishing.gov.uk

Best wishes

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team
Neighbourhoood Watch Network is a charity registered in England & Wales, CIO no: 1173349

Attachments
Scam Alert.pdf – 494.6 KB

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Cheryl Spruce (NWN, Head of Membership and Community Engagement , National)

22. June, 2021Latest NewsComments Off on NEIGHBOURHOOD ALERT

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

Mobile Police Surgeries Are Back

In addition to our normal Police Surgeries on line (Facebook Page) and @MartonMeadows Golf Club, we will be holding mobile Police Surgeries over the following dates at the following locations:

Monday 28th June

6.30 – 7.15 pm             Plumley Village Hall

7.30 – 8.15 pm             Lower Peover School

Tuesday 29th June

6.30 – 7.15 pm             Bosley school layby

7.30 – 8.15 pm             School Lane, Eaton

Sunday 4th July 

9.30 – 10.15 am            Peover Superior School Layby

10.30 – 11.15 am          Snelsom Methodist Church

11.30 am – 12.15 pm    Toft Church Car Park

1.30 – 2.15 pm               Lower Withington Village Hall

2.30 – 3.15 pm              Congleton Lane, Siddington

3.00 – 4.15 pm              Henbury Village Hall

 

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Julia Short (Police, PCSO, Macclesfield LPU Congleton PCSO)

20. June, 2021Latest NewsComments Off on CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

GET SAFE ONLINE

GET SAFE ONLINE

Online Gaming Advice and Free Webinars For Parents

Online gaming has seen a massive increase in popularity with children over the COVID-19 pandemic, as result of more time spent at home and restrictions on physical social contact.

As grandparents, parents or guardians of children under the age of 18, your parenting community is very welcome to join one of our free Gaming4Good webinars where they can hear from a panel of experts in family gaming who will discuss psychology, gaming risk and finance, how to approach your child’s gaming to help them get the most out of it… and avoid the pitfalls.

There are three one-hour webinars, each tailored for parents of children of different age groups.

Thursday June 17, 10am – 11am: parents and guardians with children 2–12 yrs
Thursday June 24, 10am – 11am: parents and guardians with children aged 12–15yrs
Wednesday June 30, 10am-11am: parents and guardians with children aged 15–18yrs

Our expert panellists include:
Liz Stanton MBE, Get Safe Online (moderator)
Annette Whalley, HSBC
Cath Knibbs, cyber trauma & psychology specialist
Adrian Sladdin, gaming & gambling expert
Andy Robertson, author and gaming for kids expert
Mat Hasker, Get Safe Online, gaming specialist & Dad

Please find attached a PDF flyer providing all the details. Also attached is our latest leaflet providing helpful tips on the subject.

All the information can also be found on our website:
https://www.getsafeonline.org/gaming4good-webinars/

We hope they are helpful and look forward to seeing you there.

All the best,
the Get Safe Online team

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Final Get Safe Online_Gaming4Good_Webinar_leaflet.pdf – 472.7 KB

Gaming4Good E-Handbook June 2021.pdf – 739.1 KB

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NEIGHBOURHOOD ALERT

NEIGHBOURHOOD ALERT

Has The Pandemic Made Us More Or Less Aware of Online Risks?

Along with our Cyberhood Watch partner, Avast, we have launched a new survey to understand whether the Covid-19 pandemic has changed our attitudes towards certain aspects of cybersecurity and privacy since the first lockdown in March 2020.

The findings from the survey will be used to inform ongoing Cyberhood Watch awareness initiatives for the Neighbourhood Watch community and draw attention to important cybersecurity and privacy topics though the media to help UK citizens improve their knowledge of, and protection from, cyberthreats.

The survey of 16 questions will take you less than 5 minutes to complete and all answers are anonymous. It is open from today and will close on Sunday 27th June 2021. If you’d like to take part, please follow the link below:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XSYQQTD

Thank you very much in advance for your support in the fight against cybercrime in the UK.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team
Follow us.. ourwatch.org.uk / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn

Neighbourhoood Watch Network is a charity registered in England & Wales, CIO no: 1173349
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NEIGHBOURHOOD ALERT

NEIGHBOURHOOD ALERT

Lets Stay Connected During Neighbourhood Watch Week

DURING 5TH – 11TH JUNE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH IS ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO ‘LISTEN. TALK. DO!’ WITH THEIR COMMUNITIES TO STAY CONNECTED

While the past year has brought much hardship and sadness, we have also seen a surge in neighbourliness and community spirit, and Neighbourhood Watch is playing their part to help sustain this into the future.

With 2.3 million members, local Neighbourhood Watch groups and volunteers have been at the heart of supporting communities – helping neighbours to connect and support each other, as well as maintaining their traditional role of helping to prevent crime and keep people safe.

The annual Neighbourhood Watch Week 2021 (5th-11th June 2021) presents an opportunity for members and non-members alike to build on the connections made before and during lockdown, to build community resilience and stay connected as England and Wales ease with trepidation out of lockdown.

Neighbourhood Watch are offering a range of online and face-to-face activities for people to engage in either individually or as a community. They are encouraging everyone to participate in ways they feel comfortable with – but always within Covid-19 government guidelines.

Supporting communities is all about listening first and foremost, so to kick off the week Neighbourhood Watch is encouraging communities to listen to each other by joining in with the Big Lunch – a national annual event promoted by Eden Project Communities. Running a listening campaign is another way to listen to and understand the needs of your community and Neighbourhood Watch have produced a ‘How to Run a Listening Campaign’ guide for those who want to get started with this. For those who prefer to listen from the comfort and safety of their home, Neighbourhood Watch is running online crime prevention webinars and sharing a ‘Listening Out for Your Community’ podcast.

With many people feeling anxious about lockdown lifting or feeling increasingly isolated, Neighbourhood Watch have created an ‘Every Mind Matters’ postcard to support neighbours with initiating conversations. They also have a guide on how to set up a ‘Calling Tree’ to reach out to the vulnerable or isolated via the telephone. Talking to neighbours at a community walkthrough enables a deeper understanding of the needs and strengths of the community from others’ point of view. To guide you in how to do this, Neighbourhood Watch have created a ‘How to Conduct an Environmental Visual Audit’ guide.

For those who are ready to engage in community face-to-face activities, Neighbourhood Watch have created guides on ‘How to Organise a Litter Pick’ and ‘How to Organise a Street Party’ – to enable communities to prepare to celebrate Neighbourhood Watch’s 40th Anniversary in 2022.

Neighbourhood Watch Week is just one of the events happening across the UK as part of the launch of the ‘Month of Community’ in June. It is all about creating a focal point in the year to bring people together to reconnect, celebrate what’s local, and help bolster the recovery effort with something that touches everyone. They are calling for you to join in however it works for you and your community, whether that’s to say cheers to volunteers, connect with your neighbours, support a cause you care about or simply to say thank you to those who may have helped you during the lockdown period.

Events include:
● Volunteers Week 1-7 June
● The Big Lunch from 5 June
● Neighbourhood Watch Week 5-11 June
● Carers Week 7-13 June
● Loneliness Awareness Week 14-18 June
● Refugee Week 14-20 June
● Small Charity Week 14-19 June
● The Great Get Together 18-20 June
● Thank You Day 4 July

To find out more about Neighbourhood Watch Week 2021 and the Month of Community visit www.ourwatch.org.uk/nwweek.
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7. June, 2021Latest NewsComments Off on NEIGHBOURHOOD ALERT

ACTION FRAUD

ACTION FRAUD

Over 5M Suspicious Emails Reported

Phishing remains the most successful attack vector for cyber criminals targeting individuals and businesses.

Cyber criminals love phishing. Unfortunately, this is not a harmless riverbank pursuit. When criminals go phishing, you are the fish and the bait is usually contained in a scam email or text message. The criminal’s goal is to convince you to click on the links within their scam email or text message, or to give away sensitive information (such as bank details). These messages may look like the real thing but are malicious. Once clicked, you may be sent to a dodgy website which could download viruses onto your computer, or steal your passwords.

As of 30 April 2021, over 5.8 million emails were reported to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS). The tool, which was launched by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the City of London Police last April, allows the public to forward suspicious emails to an automated system that scans it for malicious links. Since its launch, over 43,000 scams and 84,000 malicious websites have been removed.

What are the most common phishing scams?

The most commonly spoofed organisation reported in phishing emails was TV Licensing, with victims of these emails reporting losses totalling £5.3m. The majority of losses occurred as a result of victims following malicious links in the emails and inputting their personal information into what they thought was the legitimate TV Licensing website. Shortly after, they would receive a call from criminals impersonating bank staff who was able to convince them that their bank accounts were compromised and persuaded them to transfer all of their money to a new ‘safe’ account. Some of the other most commonly impersonated organisations included HMRC and DVLA. We also received more than 40,000 suspicious email reports relating to COVID-19.

How you can protect yourself from phishing messages.

Fake emails and text messages can sometimes be difficult to spot and criminals are constantly getting better at finding ways to make them seem more authentic. Email address spoofing, for example, is just one of the tactics criminals will use to try and make their fake emails look real. Here are some tips you should follow to protect yourself, and others, from scam emails and text messages:

1: Be cautious of messages asking for your personal information. Official organisations, such as your bank, should never ask you for personal or financial information via email or text message. If you receive a message and you want to check that it’s legitimate, you can call the organisation directly using a known number, such as the one on a bank statement or utility bill.

2: Report suspicious emails. If you receive an email you’re not quite sure about, you should report it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS) by forwarding the email to: report@phishing.gov.uk. Your reports will help government and law enforcement agencies to remove malicious emails and websites.

3: Report suspicious text messages. If you receive a suspicious text message, you can report it by forwarding the message to 7726. It’s free of charge and enables your mobile network provider to investigate the origin of the text and take action, if found to be malicious.

4: Report fraud. If you’ve lost money or provided personal information as a result of a phishing scam, notify your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud.

For more information on how to protect yourself from fraud and cyber crime, please visit: actionfraud.police.uk/cybercrime

Thanks for reading! If you found this information useful, please help us spread the word by forwarding this email to your friends.

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NEIGHBOURHOOD ALERT

NEIGHBOURHOOD ALERT

 

June OUR NEWS – The national newsletter for Neighbourhood Watch supporters

We are pleased to share with you our June newsletter – click here to view it or download it below.

Neighbourhood Watch Week (5th – 11th June) is almost upon us and with so many online and face-to-face ways to LISTEN. TALK. DO! with your community – how will you be joining in? Will you have having a Covid-19 safe Big Lunch? Will you be booking onto a crime prevention webinar? Find out more in the newsletter and drop a quick email to enquiries@ourwatch.org.uk to let us know what you have planned!

Thank you to everyone who shared our PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign – to watch the very informative recorded webinar follow the link in the newsletter.

For anyone who has a spare few minutes please take a moment to complete our Insights Survey (details below) and share the below with all you contacts – whether they are Neighbourhood Watch supporters or not. All the feedback we receive is so valuable to us.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH ANNUAL INSIGHTS SURVEY – CLOSING SOON
A key part of our strategy is to promote the perception of Neighbourhood Watch as “neighbours watching out for each other, building safer and more inclusive communities”. To do this effectively, we need to better understand the current public perception of Neighbourhood Watch by members and non-members alike.

Please take a moment to complete our survey and share this link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FPPJ22X with your friends and colleagues – even those who are not Neighbourhood Watch members so we can obtain as broad a range of views from as diverse a range of people as possible.

All the best,

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team
Follow us.. ourwatch.org.uk / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn
Neighbourhoood Watch Network is a charity registered in England & Wales, CIO no: 1173349

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June 2021 OUR NEWS.pdf – 9,840.5 KB

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GET SAFE ONLINE

GET SAFE ONLINE

Advice Regarding Online Holiday and Travel Fraud

Following a year of travel bans, quarantine, uncertainty and missed holidays, many of us are desperate to get away for a break, whether it’s a holiday in the sun or a weekend by the sea in the UK.

But cybercriminals are busy thinking about holidays and travel too … not taking them but exploiting your desperation for a break, with fake websites, advertisements, emails, social media posts, texts and phone calls for holidays, flights, accommodation or pilgrimages that don’t exist.

Avoid disappointment and financial losses when booking a trip: start by reading our expert tips on searching and booking holidays and travel safely and securely. Our latest leaflet is attached but if you’d like to read more then visit www.getsafeonline.org

Many thanks
the Get Safe Online team

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May21_Holiday_Booking_Leaflet.pdf – 1,650.3 KB

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26. May, 2021Latest NewsComments Off on GET SAFE ONLINE

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

Aged Concern UK Bulletin

This Months Age Concern UK bulletin is about befriending and romance scams………. https://www.ageuk.org.uk/bp-assets/globalassets/cheshire-east/scams-awareness-update-bulletin-may-2021—befriending–romance-fraud.pdf

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Julia Short (Police, PCSO, Macclesfield LPU Congleton PCSO)

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NEIGHBOURHOOD ALERT

NEIGHBOURHOOD ALERT

Protect Your Pooch – A New Dog Theft Campaign Launched By Neighbourhood Watch

In response to the increased fear of pet theft, Neighbourhood Watch has launched our PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign.

The campaign will run on social media from 17th – 30th May but those who do not use social media can support the campaign by displaying this poster in their community, or attending our online Dog Theft webinar on the 27th May at 5pm. The webinar will be led by Neighbourhood Watch Network with speakers from the Met Police and Crimestoppers, as well as special guest speaker Katy Bourne, PCC for Sussex. To book your place, click here.

The PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign encourages people to keep their pets SECURE, IN SIGHT and SEARCHABLE, and to HELP MAKE PET THEFT A SPECIFIC CRIMINAL OFFENCE. The Met Police and Crimestoppers are backing our SECURE, IN SIGHT and SEARCHABLE message. More information on the campaign can be found on www.ourwatch.org.uk/protectyourpooch.

You can support the campaign by acting on our advice and sharing our messages in the following ways:
1. Follow us on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn and share our campaign posts

2. Print this poster and display it in your community

3. Share this campaign image on your local Whatsapp groups

4. Help make pet theft a specific criminal offence by signing a petition or writing to your MP. Find out more on www.ourwatch.org.uk/protectyourpooch

5. Attend our online Dog Theft webinar on 27th May, 5pm. Book your place here.

About guest speaker Katy Bourne, PCC for Sussex:
Katy Bourne is in her third term as Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Sussex. She was first elected in 2012, re-elected in 2016 and again in 2021. The PCC’s role is to hold the Chief Constable to account for the performance of the Force; effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve.

Katy is responsible for setting the strategic direction and priorities for Sussex Police through the Police & Crime Plan. This includes setting the police budget and local police precept – the amount residents pay for policing in their council tax. She also has a statutory duty to deliver community safety initiatives including Restorative Justice and crime reduction grants, along with commissioning support services for victims of crime.

Her genuine passion and commitment to making a difference has won her praise from successive Home Secretaries and Prime Ministers and in June 2019 she was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

For anybody who wishes to have a PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign pack, please email Deborah.waller@ourwatch.org.uk.

Keep safe,
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team

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Neighbourhoood Watch Network is a charity registered in England & Wales, CIO no: 1173349

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Deborah Waller (NWN, Senior Digital and Communications Manager, England and Wales)

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CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

Suspicious Activity

Please be aware and extra vigilant as we have had reports of a suspicious old white van 08 plate in the area of Lapwing Lane, Lower Withington and 3 separate males “selling” from door to door in the Siddington and Lower Withington area. Please phone report anything suspicious on 101 as soon as possible

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Julia Short (Police, PCSO, Macclesfield LPU Congleton PCSO)

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NEIGHBOURHOOD ALERT

NEIGHBOURHOOD ALERT

Neighbourhood Watch May Our News Newsletter is Here

Dear supporters

Our May OUR NEWS newsletter is here, and it is a bumper edition definitely not to be missed!

We are delighted to launch the first Neighbourhood Watch Annual Insights Survey open to members and non-members alike. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to have your say. (page 2)

Find out more about how to support our annual Neighbourhood Watch Week in June with a wide variety of online and face-to-face activities for you to LISTEN. TALK. DO! with your community. (page 3)

Learn about our upcoming campaign to help reduce dog theft launching on 17th May, and how you can help now to make dog theft a specific criminal offence. (page 2)

Find out about all this and more, such as insurance and discounts for members, in our newsletter.

May OUR NEWS newsletter

Kind regards,

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team
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Neighbourhoood Watch Network is a charity registered in England & Wales, CIO no: 1173349

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Deborah Waller (NWN, Senior Digital and Communications Manager, England and Wales)

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CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

Operation Sceptre

Monday 26 April to Sunday 2 May 2021

Aimed To Reduce The Impact of Knife Crime Including Amnesty Box

Here at CONGLETON POLICE STATION we will have a knife/blade amnesty box where you can hand in your knife without any repercussions.

Operation Sceptre aims to reduce the impact of knife crime in communities.
Cheshire Constabulary has numerous plans in place in support of a national campaign to take knives off the streets and educate people about the dangers of carrying weapons.

The force’s considerable ongoing efforts in this regard will be heightened by enforcement and engagement initiatives held in Cheshire during the national week of action.
These include:
• Community weapons sweeps
• Stop and search operations
• Warrants being executed in related to knife crime
• Intelligence-led action against habitual knife carriers
• Test purchase operations
• Engagement events working alongside partner agencies such as community groups, housing associations and Trading Standards to educate Cheshire residents about the laws surrounding buying and carrying knives
• Visiting education establishments to talk to young people about the potentially fatal consequences of carrying weapons
• Speaking to retailers that sell knives about security and the national Challenge 25 policy
• Facilitating more bleeding control kits being in place at community venues across Cheshire (the kits contain equipment and instructions that enable members of the public to prevent knife crime victims from bleeding to death).

It is illegal to sell a knife to anyone under the age of 18, and anyone found carrying a knife in public, without a reasonable excuse, faces a prison sentence.

To report any type of crime involving weapons, call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, or 999 in an emergency.
Information can also be passed to the force online via https://www.cheshire.police.uk/ro/report” target=”_blank”>https://www.cheshire.police.uk/ro/report
Anyone who knows someone that carries a knife can report it to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
or via https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/give-information-anonymously” target=”_blank”>https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/give-information-anonymously

#OperationSceptre #CongletonPolice

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Shops Reopening

We hope that all residents enjoy the non-essential shops and pubs reopening from Monday 12th April.
However please keep in mind that some restrictions are still in place:
– no more than six people or two households can gather outdoors.
– some shops will have restrictions on how many people can enter, please abide to these.
– face coverings still need to be worn when inside, unless you are medically exempt. If you are medically exempt you can get a face shield.

Thank you

Congleton Police

Message Sent By
Ben Hooper (Police, Community Support Officer, Macclesfield LPU)

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Tributes to His Royal Highness, Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh

Tributes to His Royal Highness, Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh


HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

It is with profound sadness that Cheshire East Council learns of the death of His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh at the age of 99.

Our condolences are extended to Her Majesty and all members of the Royal Family and the Royal Household.

Prince Philip has been much admired for his loyalty and devotion to the Queen and the Crown and has been the longest serving British consort to the Monarch.

He stamped his own mark on the nation and society through a range of award schemes, notably the Duke of Edinburgh Award for young people, which he founded in 1956. He was also passionate about business and industry, entrepreneurship, the environment and conservation.

The leader of Cheshire East Council, Councillor Sam Corcoran, said: “The death of the Duke of Edinburgh is an enormous loss not only to the Queen and the whole of the Royal Family but to the country and Commonwealth.

“Throughout her reign, the Queen – who has served this country for longer than any previous monarch – has been accompanied and supported by Prince Philip, her husband to whom she had been married for more than 70 years.

“Today, I have sent a message of condolence to Buckingham Palace on behalf of this council and the residents of Cheshire East. Flags on all council buildings will be flown at half-mast and I would urge all businesses with a Union Flag to do the same.

“A minute’s silence will be observed at the council’s cabinet meeting on Tuesday 13 April.”

Councillor Craig Browne, deputy leader, said: “The Duke of Edinburgh was a tremendous support to The Queen and our thoughts go out to Her Majesty and all members of the Royal Family at this sad time. Before retiring from public life, he was not only a visible presence alongside the Queen but made a significant and valued contribution to British life through his support for business and enterprise, as well as his highly successful Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

“I wish to echo the words of the council leader that his passing is an enormous loss to the country and to the monarchy. We should remember that he continued working well into his 90s, such was his dedication to his role as husband and consort.”

Nether Alderley Parish Council will pay its own tribute by observing a minute’s silence at the start of the Parish Council meeting on Monday 12th April 2021.

 

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NEIGHBOURHOOD ALERT

NEIGHBOURHOOD ALERT

Cheshire Neighbourhood Watch is Now on Facebook

We are delighted to let you know that Cheshire Neighbourhood Watch Association now has a Facebook group specifically for Neighbourhood Watch across Cheshire.
Please join us using this link: Cheshire Neighbourhood Watch facebook

The group is for you as Neighbourhood Watch supporters across Cheshire, but also for scheme members and for anyone keen to promote neighbourliness, active communities, and crime prevention. So please share this link and encourage your contacts to become part of our social media community.

By joining you’ll stay in touch with what CNWA is doing to promote and support Neighbourhood Watch across Cheshire, but also get the latest news and updates. We would love to hear from you when you post to share your own feedback, community safety news, ideas, and best practice.

Please join our community to help make Cheshire the best and safest place to live!

Message Sent By
Heather Thompson (NWN, MSA, Cheshire)

9. April, 2021Latest NewsComments Off on NEIGHBOURHOOD ALERT

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

Children and Staying Safe on The Internet

Thinkuknow is the online safety education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP command. Thinkuknow aims to empowers children and young people aged 4-18 to identify the risks they may face online and know where they can go for support. https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk

Message Sent By:
Julia Short (Police, PCSO, Macclesfield LPU Congleton PCSO)

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NEIGHBOURHOOD ALERT

NEIGHBOURHOOD ALERT

Our News Newsletter – April Edition

 

We are pleased to share our April ‘OUR NEWS’ newsletter, created by Neighbourhood Watch Network (the umbrella organisation for Neighbourhood Watches across England and Wales) for all Neighbourhood Watch supporters – from households to volunteers and partners.

The newsletter can be viewed by clicking on this link or attached below.

This month we launch our PROTECT YOUR CAR campaign. We also look at fleeceware scams, predatory marriage and much more. Next year, in 2022, we will be celebrating Neighbourhood Watch’s 40th Anniversary and we want to hear from you how YOU would like to see this celebrated nationally. Please take a minute to give us your views here.

We hope you enjoy reading our newsletter and would love to hear from you on what you would like to read more of. Please send your suggestions to deborah.waller@ourwatch.org.uk.

Kind regards,

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team
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Neighbourhoood Watch Network is a charity registered in England & Wales, CIO no: 1173349
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Deborah Waller (NWN, Senior Digital and Communications Manager, England and Wales)

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CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

Hollies Guard App

Have you heard of the Hollie Guard App??
It’s a FREE, clever app that transforms your mobile phone into a personal safety device.

If you are walking alone late at night, in an area you are not quite sure of, or if your child is out alone and you want to ensure their safety then this little app is activated by a simple shake. It immediately notifies your chosen contacts, pinpointing your location and sending audio. It also emits a high pitched alarm and flashing light to attract help from nearby.

Message Sent By
Julia Short (Police, PCSO, Macclesfield LPU Congleton PCSO)

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CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

The New Revised Country Code

Launching the refreshed Countryside Code in time for Easter Bank holidays and the new change to pandemic restrictions on spending time outdoors.

We anticipate many people wanting to spend more time in nature as spring truly arrives. People will be using parks in both town and country, visiting nature reserves and wildlife sites and using the many footpaths and bridleways in national parks, AONBs and our wider countryside.

We want to welcome and encourage everybody to enjoy nature, but to help them do that in a way that “protects and respects” nature, other visitors and those who own and manage the land they visit. 1 April is just the start. We’ve been working on a refreshed Code over the winter involving our partners and stakeholders to update the content, language and tone to reflect what the public want and also meet the needs of farmers, site managers and others.

We want to keep evolving the Code further, so that it is even more inclusive and relevant to as many people as possible. We hope you will continue to work with us on further developments and further communication throughout the year.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-countryside-code

Message Sent By
Julia Short (Police, PCSO, Macclesfield LPU Congleton PCSO)

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ACTION FRAUD

ACTION FRAUD

Worried About Getting Hacked?

Over 15,000 hacked email and social media accounts reported in one year.

If a hacker got into your email or social media account, what would they find? Health and banking information? Names and contact details for your friends and family? Private photos and messages? For most people, it’s at least one of those.

Your email and social media accounts contain a wealth of personal information about you, which makes them a lucrative target for cyber criminals. Between February 2020 and February 2021, Action Fraud received 15,214 reports about email and social media account hacking. The majority of reports (88%) were made by individuals, with 12% of reports being made by businesses. Analysis of the crime reports revealed that Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat were the most affected social media accounts, with phishing messages being the most common tactic used by cyber criminals to lure unsuspecting victims.

The motivation behind the hacks are varied and can range from financial gain, to revenge or personal amusement. Some victims are extorted for money, whilst others have their accounts used to send malicious links to their contacts. One victim who had multiple email and social media accounts hacked paid over £2,000 to regain access to them. Another victim reported that her hacked Facebook account was used to trick her friends into sending money into a PayPal account they thought belonged to her.

Secure your email and social media accounts in just a few minutes. Here’s what you need to do:

1: Use a strong and separate password for your email, as well as other important accounts, such as your banking or social media accounts.

2: Enable two-factor authentication (2FA). It will help to stop hackers from getting into your online accounts, even if they have your password.

3: If you can’t access your account, search the company’s online support or help pages. You’ll find information about how to recover your account.

For detailed instructions on how to reset your password or enable 2FA on your accounts, visit: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/secureyouraccounts

(Please forward this email to any friends, family members or colleagues that may find this information useful)

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

24. March, 2021Latest NewsComments Off on ACTION FRAUD

CHESHIRE POLICE SURGERIES

CHESHIRE POLICE SURGERIES

Police Surgeries – on Line

Police Surgeries: These are subject to change (location) as we come out of Lockdown but will remain on line for the time being FaceBook Page, Gawsworth & Chelford Police:

Sunday 21st March             10 – 11am
Friday 26th March                 8 – 9pm
Thursday 1st April                 1 – 2pm
Saturday 10th April                3 – 4pm
Friday 16th April                    6 – 7pm
Wednesday 21st April         12 – 1pm
Tuesday 27th April                8 – 9pm
Saturday 8th May                  7 – 8pm

Message Sent By
Julia Short (Police, PCSO, Macclesfield LPU Congleton PCSO)

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NEIGHBOURHOOD ALERT

NEIGHBOURHOOD ALERT

Dog Theft Survey

Neighbourhood Watch Network is supporting Sussex’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, who, in partnership with the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC), has created an online survey designed to understand the public’s perception of dog theft, enforcement, and the prosecution of offenders.

The survey includes a question seeking views on whether dogs should be treated in law merely as property when they are stolen. Having a common understanding of how the public feels about this issue will help inform discussions that PCCs and NWN will have nationally, as well as allow police forces to better understand the public’s views.

Mrs Bourne said: “Pet theft, dog theft in particular, is a growing concern for the public and their fear has been perpetuated over the last couple of weeks with shocking reports in the media of more dogs being snatched by criminals.

“I am incredibly eager to get more detail around this issue and understand residents’ views and if they feel more could be done to respond to their concerns or for more preventative measures to be put in place to better protect their pets.”

Neighbourhood Watch Network have just been approached to help support this campaign so apologies for the short notice as the survey closes on Friday12th March. Please, if you can, and haven’t already, take a couple of minutes to complete the survey as your support and views are really valuable to us.

Link to survey is here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/dogtheft

Kind regards

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team

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Central Support Team (NWN, Neighbourhood Watch Network, England and Wales)

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NEIGHBOURHOOD ALERT

NEIGHBOURHOOD ALERT

Our News Newsletter – March Edition

We are pleased to share our March OUR NEWS newsletter, created by Neighbourhood Watch Network (the umbrella organisation for Neighbourhood Watch across England and Wales) for all Neighbourhood Watch supporters – from households to volunteers. The newsletter is attached (see below) or can be viewed by clicking on this link.

This month we look at cyber-based scams, including phishing emails and sextortion. We include a reminder of our Community Grants Programme which is ending soon and look at Census 2021 which is coming to all households on the 21st March. We also hear from a Coordinator in Derbyshire who began his scheme in April 2019 and now has 71% of his village signed up as members!

With all of the above and much more, we hope you enjoy reading our newsletter and would love to hear from you on what you would like to read more of. Please send your suggestions to deborah.waller@ourwatch.org.uk.

Kind regards

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team

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Neighbourhoood Watch Network is a charity registered in England & Wales, CIO no: 1173349

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Message Sent By
Deborah Waller (NWN, Senior Digital and Communications Manager, England and Wales)

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CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

Age UK Cheshire East Scams Awareness Update Bulletin

Please find the link to this month’s AGE UK scam bulletin. This month focuses on reporting scams. But as always it’s for every ones awareness and information.

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/bp-assets/globalassets/cheshire-east/scams-awareness-update-bulletin-issue11-february-2021-pdf-digital.pdf

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Julia Short (Police, PCSO, Macclesfield LPU Congleton PCSO)

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CHESHIRE EAST COUNCIL

CHESHIRE EAST COUNCIL

Everyone to benefit from Census 2021

Households across Cheshire East will be asked to take part in Census 2021 next month.

The census, run by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every ten years since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

Understanding the needs of the nation helps everyone from central government to organisations such as councils and health services plan and fund public services across England and Wales. Census outputs inform where public funding is spent in areas like transport, education and health – on cycle routes, schools and dental surgeries.

Information from the census is also important in helping lots of other people and organisations do their work.

Charities and voluntary organisations often use it as evidence to get funding. It helps businesses to understand their customers and, for example, decide where to open new shops. People doing research, like university students looking into their family history, use census data.

On a local level, our residents will also benefit. The census provides important information on population diversity, allowing local organisations such as the council to know whether they are meeting their responsibilities and triggering action where necessary.

Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the ONS, said: “The census provides a unique snapshot of our communities. It benefits everyone. Based on the information you give, it ensures millions of pounds are invested in emergency services, mental health care, school places, hospital beds, houses, roads, GPs and dentist’s services.

“No-one should miss out. Everyone can complete the census online with a new search-as-you-type functionality with paper forms available for those who need them.”

Jane Burns, executive director of corporate services for Cheshire East Council, said: “I cannot emphasise enough just how important it is that people complete the census when they are contacted by the ONS. The findings of the census benefit all of us and the information that we learn from this vital work will inform our service provision for the next ten years.”

Census Day will be on Sunday 21 March. People will soon be receiving postcards from the ONS advising them that it will be held on this date. The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking whether people have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

For more information and advice on how to answer the questions, visit census.gov.uk/contact-us. The ONS will be opening a free contact centre on Monday 1 March 2021.

 

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ACTION FRAUD

ACTION FRAUD

Bitcoin-Related Scam Emails

We’re warning the public to be vigilant of unsolicited emails promoting cryptocurrency (Bitcoin) investment opportunities. We’ve received over 750 reports this week about Bitcoin-related phishing emails that use fake celebrity endorsements to try and lure victims into investment scams. The links in the emails lead to fraudulent websites that are designed to steal your money, as well as personal and financial information.

How you can protect yourself:
• Investment opportunities: Don’t be rushed into making an investment. Remember, legitimate organisations will never pressure you into making a transaction on the spot.

• Seek advice first: Speak with a trusted friend or family members, and seek independent professional advice before making significant financial decisions.

• FCA register: Use the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) register to check if the company is regulated by the FCA. If you deal with a firm (or individual) that isn’t regulated, you may not be covered by the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) if things go wrong and you lose your money.

• For more information about how to invest safely, please visit: https://www.fca.org.uk/scamsmart

• Report suspicious emails: If you have received an email which you’re not quite sure about, you can report it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service by forwarding the email to – report@phishing.gov.uk

To see examples of the Bitcoin-related phishing emails that have been reported to us, follow Action Fraud on Twitter or Facebook.

(Please forward this message to any friends, family members, or colleagues that may find this information useful)

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EXTENDED ROAD CLOSURE – WELSH ROW

EXTENDED ROAD CLOSURE – WELSH ROW

The temporary road closure on Welsh Row, Nether Alderley has been extended until Tuesday 16th February 2021

We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Kind Regards,
Cheshire East Highways Permit Team

 

CHESHIRE EAST BOROUGH COUNCIL
NOTICE OF TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE
ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984
WELSH ROW, NETHER ALDERLEY

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Cheshire East Borough Council in exercise of its powers under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, and of all other enabling powers has made an order the effect of which will be to temporarily prohibit traffic as follows, cabling works

Prohibition of traffic-

Welsh Row, Nether Alderley
From outside Hartford to outside The Coppice

The alternative route will be via Congleton Road, London Road, Wilmslow Road, Ryleys Lane, Chelford Road, Nursery Lane, Welsh Row and visa versa which is considered the most suitable route.

Location Map – https://one.network/?tm=119509931

This order will come into operation on Monday 18th January 2021 and will continue in force for 18 months or for such less time as is necessary to complete the work to be executed in the highway, although it is anticipated that the works will be completed by Friday 5th February 2021.

If you have any enquiries relating to the works please contact O’ Connor Utilities Ltd (OCU) on telephone number 0161 248 9922.

24th December 2020
Director of Governance and Compliance
Cheshire East Borough Council
Westfields,
Middlewich Road,
Sandbach, Cheshire CW11 1HZ

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CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

The Countryside Code

We all want to enjoy our countryside, whether it’s for physical activity or our mental and emotional wellbeing.

At the moment the majority of people are limited to the areas that they can visit and when lockdown finally does come to an end, the expectation is, that we will see a marked increase in the number of people finally heading out to our more rural areas.

With this in mind it really is time for us all to brush up on our knowledge of the Countryside Code.
The code gives valuable advice on how to stay safe, control our dogs near livestock etc.

It aims to protect the property and livelihoods of people who depend on these areas and also helps those that come from towns and cities have a better understanding on the rules and behaviour.

Thankyou to all those who already understand the issues surrounding the code and would love your help in spreading this important message to as many people, adults and children alike, as far as we can.

Please follow the following link for the full code:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-countryside-code

Kind regards
PCSO Graham

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Pam Graham (Cheshire Police, PCSO, Bollington)

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NEIGHBOURHOOD ALERT/VISAV

NEIGHBOURHOOD ALERT/VISAV

Do You Know Who Can See Your Data on the Alert System?

You may recall me writing to you at Christmas and I’d like to start by thanking the 210 members who took the time to thank me for my message and wish all of my team well. Your messages were joyous to read and I am sorry that I haven’t had the time to personally respond to them all.

As I mentioned in my Christmas message, we want to keep you updated as part of our ongoing commitment under General Data protection Guidance (GDPR) to ensure that you understand the basics regarding your membership of the Neighbourhood Alert system. And the first of these messages is key:
Do you know who can see your data on the Alert system?

VISAV Limited built and owns Neighbourhood Alert, the highly secure communication system that powers https://www.cheshirepolicealert.co.uk.  The organisations listed below are licenced Information Providers:
Action Fraud (NFIB)
Crimestoppers
Get Safe Online
Membership Messages
Neighbourhood Watch
The Police

VISAV is a small British company based in the heart of Sherwood, Nottingham.  We built the original Alert system 11 years ago and it is now the largest police community messaging system in the UK, trusted by the 24 police forces and many other public bodies that send messages to our 920,000+ subscribers.

Our excellent customer service is important to us. Our support team respond to over 700 enquiries a month from members of the system with their questions.  We deliver up to 10 million messages a month on behalf of over 8,000 police and other administrators.

To find out more about VISAV, visit our website, www.visav.co.uk and if you have any questions, please click to take a look at our help centre for guidance. If you can’t find what you are looking for then contact our team. Our details are on our website.

Kind regards,
Mike Douglas

Message Sent By:
Sue Sambells (VISAV Limited, Administrator, Global)

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CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

Trespassing Onto Building Or Construction Sites

A reminder to all residents as we have had sightings of vehicles and people in restricted area’s.

The gaining of access to any building or construction site is trespassing and very dangerous. This is the case even if there is a gap in the fencing or construction looks complete.

Construction sites present a host of significant dangers for everyone, including dangerous machinery and materials. Over the years many people in the UK have died as a result of accidents at construction sites and many more have sustained life changing or serious injuries.

Please avoid accessing any construction sites (like the new link road or any of the new housing estates in and around your area’s) for your safety and the safety of others.

Message Sent By:
Julia Short (Police, PCSO, Macclesfield LPU Congleton PCSO)

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CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

Residents Urged To Remain Vigilant Following Increase In Catalytic Converter Thefts

Police are urging residents to remain vigilant following an increase in in the number of catalytic converter thefts across the county.

Over the past week officers have received at least nine reports of catalytic converter thefts in Northwich, Middlewich, Warrington, Holmes Chapel and Handforth.

The offenders have targeted a number of vehicles including Honda Jazz, Toyota Auris, Honda Accord and Toyota Corolla.

Inspector Anton Sullivan, of Cheshire Constabulary’s Roads and Crime Unit, added: “Catalytic converter thefts are on the rise across the country, with offenders predominantly targeting hybrid vehicles.

“I would like to reassure residents that we are doing all we can to identify those responsible and bring them to justice.

“At this time our enquiries in relation to these recent incidents remain ongoing and we are keeping an open mind as to whether they are linked.

“Car owners can also play a significant role in tackling catalytic converter thefts by being vigilant, reviewing any security measures they have in place and calling the police on 101 as soon as possible if they see anyone removing catalytic converters or acting suspiciously in car parks, on driveways or anywhere else where vehicles are left.

“In addition, we urge scrap metal dealers to be mindful if they are ever offered catalytic converters or exhaust systems and to contact us if they suspect that they could have been stolen.”

Cheshire Constabulary’s tips on how motorists can reduce their chances of becoming a victim are:
• If possible, park your car in a garage
• If your car is at high risk, consider marking the metal shell of the converter with a unique mark, so that if it is stolen it will be easier to trace back to your vehicle
• If your catalytic converter is bolted on, the bolts can be welded shut – this would not stop a determined thief but would slow them down
• Giving some consideration to the way your car is parked could reduce the chances of your catalytic converter being stolen – high and low clearance vehicles being parked close together make it more difficult for a thief to gain access to converters
• Good quality lighting will improve natural surveillance and make a thief less likely to be able to remove a catalytic converter without being seen
• Leaving your car in an area covered by CCTV may also deter thieves – CCTV systems should be well signed.
Anyone with any information or footage regarding catalytic converter thefts in Cheshire is asked to call 101, give the details via https://www.cheshire.police.uk/ro/report or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Message Sent By:
Ashley Lawton (Cheshire Police / Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Administrator, Corporate Communications)

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NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

Our News Newsletter – February Edition

We pleased to announce our February OUR NEWS newsletter is attached or can be read by clicking on this link. This monthly newsletter, created by Neighbourhood Watch Network (the umbrella organisation for Neighbourhood Watch across England and Wales), is for all supporters of Neighbourhood Watch, from households to volunteers, such as scheme Coordinators or Association Leads.

This month we have a look at how to spot a Covid-19 vaccine scam and how to spot a romance scam. We introduce to you our new rural crime section on our website and our new #DrugsKnowMore campaign – a campaign soon to be launched designed by young people for young people.

In partnership with Co-op Insurance we remind you of the fantastic opportunity available for children to engage with Neighbourhood Watch by designing a treehouse to be built for their community. We also invite Coordinators to attend upcoming workshops, and ask everyone to save the date of 5th – 11th June for Neighbourhood Watch Week 2021.

With all of the above and much more, we hope you enjoy reading our newsletter and would love to hear from you on what you would like to read more of. Please send your suggestions to deborah.waller@ourwatch.org.uk.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team

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Message Sent By
Deborah Waller (NWN, Senior Digital and Communications Manager, England and Wales)

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CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

We are current receiving a significant amount of calls of Road Traffic Collisions across the county. If you do not need to travel please #StayAtHome If you do need to travel then please ensure you are driving to the road conditions. #fatal5 #TakeCare

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Julia Short (Police, PCSO, Macclesfield LPU Congleton PCSO)

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THE FLOOD HUB

THE FLOOD HUB

Become more flood resilient – follow The Flood Hub

The recent weather has highlighted the importance that local communities, residents and businesses understand their local flood risk and what to do in case of a flood emergency. The Flood Hub has been designed to be a one stop shop for flood information and resources to support householders, businesses and communities across the North West in becoming more flood resilient.

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CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

Advice on How To Avoid the Latest Scams

Age UK Monthly Bulletin for January regarding the latest Scams. Please follow the link and worth a look no matter what age you are :
https://www.ageuk.org.uk/bp-assets/globalassets/cheshire-east/scams-awareness-update-bulletin-issue10-january-2021-pdf-digital.pdf

Message Sent By:
Julia Short (Police, PCSO, Macclesfield LPU Congleton PCSO)

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Cheshire Police Alert

Cheshire Police Alert

Family Activities Pack from Ceop

A message from CEOP:
We hope you are keeping well during these difficult and uncertain times.
With children and young people relying on their tech at home for learning and entertainment during lockdown, it remains vital to keep conversations about online safety going and raise awareness of reporting routes if something goes wrong.
Thinkuknow resources are available to you to deliver remote learning, education in your setting, and help parents and carers to support their child at home.
Packs are available for ages 4 to 14+. Parents can also watch our video guides on different online safety topics
https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/home-activity-worksheets/?utm_source=Thinkuknow&utm_campaign=c96a649dde-TUK_GLOBAL_12_11_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0b54505554-c96a649dde-55047645
Message Sent By
Julia Short (Police, PCSO, Macclesfield LPU Congleton PCSO)

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CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

Public Perception Survey – How Do You Feel about Policing In Cheshire?

Cheshire Constabulary regularly undertakes short surveys to help us to understand how the public of Cheshire feel about policing in the county.

We would really appreciate a few minutes of your time to fill out the attached survey on policing in Cheshire – we use the results in a number of ways including to inform our assessment on operational priorities.

Take the survey

The survey opens up in a site called Snap Surveys, a secure surveying site that we use.

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Peter Caldwell (Police, Digital Media Manager, Corporate Communications)

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CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

Keeping Dogs Under Control

Over the last few weeks we have being getting numerous reports of Dogs Not Under Control – sheep worrying or killed, dogs on dogs attacks & people being bitten. Please keep your dog on a lead if near livestock, other dogs & members of the public. Dogs not kept under proper control Civil proceedings can be taken against the owner of a dog that is dangerous and not kept under proper control. The dangerousness alleged can be towards people or animals and the legislation applies to incidents in both public and private places. https://www.gov.uk/control-dog-public

Message Sent By
Julia Short (Police, PCSO, Macclesfield LPU Congleton PCSO)

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ALDERLEY PARK’S WOODLAND

ALDERLEY PARK’S WOODLAND

Alderley Park’s woodland will be closed from 5pm on Sunday 10th January 2021 until 8am on Wednesday 20th January 2021.

For safety reasons there will be strictly NO PUBLIC ACCESS between these times, while rhododendron infected with Phytophthora Ramorum is removed using heavy forestry machinery.

This work is taking place in order to comply with a statutory plant health notice which has been issued by the Forestry Commission, and will help prevent the spread of the disease to our Sweet Chestnut trees and also help stop the spread through the rest of the country.

The disease is spread by spores in water and soil, and can easily be moved from one area to another by dogs and people. There is a real concern that in the future this disease may mutate and severely impact English Oak which would have devastating consequences for both the appearance of the british countryside, and the wildlife which inhabits it. At Alderley Park, we want to do everything possible to avoid this happening so we ask that once the woodland reopens on the 20th January, people follow the information which is already on woodland entrance signs and do the following –

• Please keep to the paths provided. Do not venture into the deeper woodland.
• Keep dogs on leads at all times.
• Do not remove any soil or vegetation from the woodland.
• Use the foot brushes provided at woodland entrances to clean boots and wellies, make sure that dogs pads, bike and pram tyres are clean, and that there is no vegetation stuck to your clothing

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation in helping to preserve Alderley Park and the british countryside for future generations to enjoy’.

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CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

Recent Thefts of Land Rover Defenders

Just a quick note to highlight the recent thefts of and attempts to steal Land Rover Defenders again.

We have had 3 thefts in Cheshire (none in Gawsworth or Chelford Wards) and 2 attempts since the 28th Dec. Our neighbouring forces are also reporting thefts. Please be extra vigilant in the security of these vehicles and if you seen anything suspicious then either phone 101 or report it on line https://www.cheshire.police.uk/

Message Sent By:
Julia Short (Police, PCSO, Macclesfield LPU Congleton PCSO)

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CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

Your Chance To Put Your Questions To Chief Constable and PCC

Cheshire Police Chief Constable Darren Martland and Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane will be holding three virtual public engagement sessions over the coming weeks for Cheshire residents to attend.

It’s part of a new consultation to obtain your views on policing priorities and funding and community safety.

The sessions will take place on the following dates:

Tuesday 12 January, 6.30pm-8pm
Saturday 16 January, 1pm-2.30pm
Tuesday 19 January, 6.30pm-8pm

If you would like to attend one of the virtual sessions please email your name and address, the date of the session you’d like to attend and your question for the Commissioner or Chief Constable to pcc@cheshire.pnn.police.uk.

Registration for each session closes 24 hours before it takes place. The link to join the sessions will be emailed to those registered shortly before each session.

Questions can also be submitted by those unable to attend the sessions to pcc@cheshire.pnn.police.uk using the subject title ‘question’.

Alternatively, if you’re unable to attend the sessions but you’d like to give your views on policing priorities and funding, you can complete this short online survey: https://wh1.snapsurveys.com/siam/surveylanding/surveylogin.asp?sk=160759151682

The consultation closes at midnight on Sunday 24 January 2021.
Message Sent By:
Daniel Millington (Cheshire Police / Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Media Officer, Corporate Communications)

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NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

Neighbourhood Watch National Newsletter – January 2021

Happy New Year from everyone at the Central Support Team of Neighbourhood Watch.

2020 brought challenges that we did not think were possible this time last year, but we saw the very best of people within our communities, pulling together to support one another and offer much needed assistance to the vulnerable and isolated. While the difficulties are continuing for the time being, we also look forward to a hopeful future with the vaccine roll-out. It is in times like these that we need the support of our loved ones and neighbours more than ever. We encourage you to reach out to your local Neighbourhood Watch group should you be in need of, or able to offer, support.

Please find attached our January 2021 Neighbourhood Watch national newsletter. This month we launch the Neighbourhood Watch Crime and Community Survey 2020 findings, recruit for a new Volunteer Development Manager, share crime prevention advice and look at the new community projects we are running. As always, we hope you find the information useful. The final page of our newsletter contains a reminder from the Government (www.gov.uk) on how we can all play our part in stopping the spread of the virus.

Best wishes for 2021,

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team

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Message Sent By:
Deborah Waller (NWN, Senior Digital and Communications Manager, England and Wales)

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ACTION FRAUD

ACTION FRAUD

ALERT: Coronavirus Vaccination Scams

As of 7 January 2021, Action Fraud had received 57 reports from members of the public who have been sent text messages claiming to be from the NHS, offering them the opportunity to sign up for coronavirus vaccinations. The texts ask the recipient to click on a link which takes them to an online form where they are prompted to input personal and financial details. In some cases the online form has looked very similar to the real NHS website.

Pauline Smith, Head of Action Fraud, said:
“Remember, the vaccine is only available on the NHS and is free of charge. The NHS will never ask you for details about your bank account or to pay for the vaccine. If you receive an email, text message or phone call purporting to be from the NHS and you are asked to provide financial details, this is a scam.”

How to protect yourself:

In the UK, coronavirus vaccinations will only be available via the National Health Services of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a local GP surgery or pharmacy, to receive your vaccination. Remember, the vaccinations are free of charge and you will not be asked for a payment.

The NHS will never:
• ask for your bank account or card details
• ask for your PIN or banking passwords
• arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine
• ask for documentation to prove your identity, such as a passport or utility bills

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk. Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726, which is free of charge.

If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.

*Please forward this email to any friends, family members, or colleagues that may find this information useful*

Message Sent By:
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

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AGE UK SCAM AWARENESS BULLETIN

AGE UK SCAM AWARENESS BULLETIN

Good Afternoon,

Please find below the link to the Age UK monthly scams awareness bulletin. This is produced each month and outlines recent scams and how to protect yourselves from scams.

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/bp-assets/globalassets/cheshire-east/scams-awareness-update-bulletin-issue9-december-2020-pdf-digital.pdf

Age UK are working with Trading Standards and other partner agencies to help spread the word about scams and protection from scams. There is also an aftercare process which if you have been a victim of a scam you can be a part of. Information on this is also on the bulletin.

Kind Regards,
Your Local Officers

Message Sent By:
Amy Heath (Police, Community Support Officer, Crewe)

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CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

Road Safety – Weather Warning

Lots of reports coming in about icy patches, black ice and accidents in the surrounding areas. The sun maybe just be trying to break through but take great care it’s showing minus  -1º

Message Sent By:
Julia Short (Police, PCSO, Macclesfield LPU Congleton PCSO)

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CHESHIRE’S POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONER

CHESHIRE’S POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONER

Have Your Say on Police Funding and Priorities

Cheshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is asking you what your policing priorities are as part of a new consultation.

PCC David Keane has launched an online survey to obtain the views of Cheshire residents to find out your priorities for policing and community safety.

As well as asking what your top priority for Cheshire Police is, he also wants to know how safe you feel in your area and if you would support a £1.25 per month increase to the policing precept element of council tax to address increasing pressures on Cheshire Constabulary.

You can complete the online survey here: https://wh1.snapsurveys.com/siam/surveylanding/surveylogin.asp?sk=160759151682

The online consultation will be supported by virtual public engagement sessions that the Commissioner will hold with Chief Constable Darren Martland during the next three weeks.

They will provide residents with the opportunity to talk directly to the Commissioner and Chief Constable about their views on community safety issues and the precept.

They will take place on the following dates:

Tuesday 12 January, 6.30pm-8pm
Saturday 16 January, 1pm-2.30pm
Tuesday 19 January, 6.30pm-8pm

If you would like to attend one of the virtual sessions please email your name and address, the date of the session you’d like to attend and your question for the commissioner or chief constable to pcc@cheshire.pnn.police.uk. Registration for each session closes 24 hours before it takes place. The link to join the sessions will be emailed to those registered shortly before each session.

Questions can also be submitted by those unable to attend the sessions to pcc@cheshire.pnn.police.uk using the subject title ‘question’.

The consultation has been launched following the release of the government’s Provisional Police Funding Settlement which sets out local police budgets for the next financial year.

PCC David Keane said: “2020 was one of the most challenging years in living memory and I know that many of us are anxious about the future.

“The pandemic has shown us just how important policing and other key public services are when it comes to protecting our communities.

“Unfortunately, COVID-19 has also made the future financial position for policing even more challenging.

“Funding for Cheshire Police has been cut significantly by the government over the last decade. We have made more than £60 million of savings during this time, whilst striving to ensure this vital service remains effective.

“During this period, I’ve maintained my commitment to bring back real community policing to Cheshire. With the support of the public, I have been able to increase officer numbers to ensure every community in Cheshire has its own dedicated Police Constable and Police Community Support Officer.

“The funding referred to by the government is dependent on local residents paying more in council tax (£1.25 a month for the average Band D property) over the next year.

“The Chief Constable has confirmed that without this increase, Cheshire Police would be unable to maintain our existing level of service and that we would not be able to continue investing in a visible, truly local policing service that also addresses complex issues and serious and organised crime in our communities.

“As your voice in policing, I want to hear your views on this proposal and I want to know what your policing priorities are for the coming year.

“Please take the time to the complete the short survey and have your say.”

https://wh1.snapsurveys.com/siam/surveylanding/surveylogin.asp?sk=160759151682

The consultation closes at midnight on Sunday 24 January 2021.

Message Sent By:
Daniel Millington (Cheshire Police / Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Media Officer, Corporate Communications)

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NOTICE OF TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE – WELSH ROW

NOTICE OF TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE – WELSH ROW

CHESHIRE EAST BOROUGH COUNCIL

NOTICE OF TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE

ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984

WELSH ROW, NETHER ALDERLEY

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Cheshire East Borough Council in exercise of its powers under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, and of all other enabling powers has made an order the effect of which will be to temporarily prohibit traffic as follows, cabling works

Prohibition of traffic:

Welsh Row, Nether Alderley

From outside Hartford to outside The Coppice

The alternative route will be via Congleton Road, London Road, Wilmslow Road, Ryleys Lane, Chelford Road, Nursery Lane, Welsh Row and visa versa which is considered the most suitable route.

Location Map – https://one.network/?tm=119509931

This order will come into operation on Monday 18th January 2021 and will continue in force for 18 months or for such less time as is necessary to complete the work to be executed in the highway, although it is anticipated that the works will be completed by Friday 5th February 2021.

If you have any enquiries relating to the works please contact O’ Connor Utilities Ltd (OCU) on telephone number 0161 248 9922.

 

24th December 2020

Director of Governance and Compliance

Cheshire East Borough Council

Westfields,

Middlewich Road,

Sandbach, Cheshire CW11 1HZ

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ACTION FRAUD

ACTION FRAUD

SCAM WARNING: Fake DPD Emails and Texts

Action Fraud has seen a surge in reports relating to fake emails and texts purporting to be from DPD. The messages claim that DPD was “unable to deliver your parcel today” and provide instructions on how the recipient can arrange another delivery. The links in the emails and texts lead to fake websites that are designed to steal money, as well as personal and financial information.

Victims of this scam have reported losing over £242,000 since June. For more information, please visit https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/alert/fake-dpd-messages-lead-to-over-200000-in-losses-since-june

How you can protect yourself:
• If you’re unsure whether the email or text is genuine, then don’t use the link. Instead, visit the DPD website by entering the official web address directly into your browser’s address bar, or search for it and follow the search results.
• Remember, your bank will never ask you to transfer money to another account, or contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN or full password.
• If you have received an email which you’re unsure about, you can report it by forwarding it to report@phishing.gov.uk. You can report suspicious text messages by forwarding them to 7726.

For more information about how to protect yourself from fraud and cyber crime, please visit www.actionfraud.police.uk/cybercrime

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

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GET SAFE ONLINE

GET SAFE ONLINE

Advice For A Safe Online Christmas

Dear resident,

Having a safe online Christmas is about more than just shopping: it’s how you set up and use those new connected devices, make sure the young people in your life are going online safely and responsibly and remain vigilant when there’s so much going on around you, including keeping yourself and the family protected from the virus.

This year, it may also be more difficult to physically get together with loved ones and friends, so you’ll also need to take care when connecting with them online.

This month we’ve created some expert advice on how to enjoy a safely connected Christmas in the leaflet attached.

You can also find lots of useful information at getsafeonline.org

We hope you have a merry Christmas.

Many thanks,

The Get Safe Online team

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Get Safe Online Admin (Get Safe Online, Content Director, National)

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CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

More Advice from Ceop about Chatting on Line

Access to new tech over the winter period can provide new opportunities for children and young people but also present risks. Our guide for parents looks at how they can support their child to be safer online this season by focusing on 3 key areas: viewing, sharing, chatting and friending with the CEOP resources that you can share to help them have a safer online experience over the winter break.
Well worth a read no matter what age.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/parents-guide-being-social-online/

Message Sent By:
Julia Short (Police, PCSO, Macclesfield LPU Congleton PCSO)

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HALLÉ (VIRTUAL) CHRISTMAS CONCERT

HALLÉ (VIRTUAL) CHRISTMAS CONCERT


Halle Christmas concert 2020

This year the Hallé will be sharing their annual Christmas concert free for all to watch from Sunday 20th  December. Sponsored by Brother, and part of the series presented in association with Siemens Plc, we hope this concert will help to launch Christmas week for families everywhere.

The concert will be released on Sunday 20th December on the Hallé’s YouTube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/user/TheHalleOfficial

If you are unable to access the concert via the link above please email:
RSVP@halle.co.uk

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TO ALL OUR RESIDENTS IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY

TO ALL OUR RESIDENTS IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY

2020 Seasons Greetings from NAPC

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CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

Virtual Police Surgeries

With COVID-19 restrictions in place during December, the Police Surgeries will only be taking place on line via our Facebook page (Which you can private Message) @GawsChelfordPol

Friday 11th December 2020                4 – 5pm
Wednesday 16th December 2020     10 – 11am
Monday 21st December 2020              3 – 4pm
Thursday 31st December 2020            3 – 4pm

If anyone wishes to get in touch outside these times or is not on social media, please contact us by emailing macclesfield.lpu@cheshire.pnn.police.uk

Or if a member, email via www.cheshirepolicealerts.co.uk

Message Sent By:
Julia Short (Police, PCSO, Macclesfield LPU Congleton PCSO)

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ACTION FRAUD

ACTION FRAUD

Improve Your Cyber Security By Taking Six Actions

Due to coronavirus, more people will be doing their festive shopping online this year.

This means more opportunities for hackers to carry out cyber attacks. They often do this by targeting people and businesses using:

* email and website scams
* malware – software that can damage your device or let a hacker in
* If hackers get into your device or accounts, they could access your money, your personal information, or information about your business.

You can improve your cyber security by taking six actions:

1 – Use a strong and separate password for your email

If a hacker gets into your email, they could:

* reset your other account passwords
* access information you have saved about yourself or your business
* Your email password should be strong and different to all your other passwords. This will make it harder to crack or guess.

2 – Create strong passwords using 3 random words

When you use different passwords for your important accounts, it can be hard to remember them all.

A good way to create strong, memorable passwords is by using 3 random words.

Do not use words that can be guessed (like your pet’s name). You can include numbers and symbols if you need to. For example, “RedPantsTree4!”

3 – Save your passwords in your browser

Saving your password in your browser means letting your web browser (such as Chrome, Safari or Edge) remember your password for you.

This can help:
* make sure you do not lose or forget your passwords
* protect you against some cyber crime, such as fake websites

It is safer than using weak passwords, or using the same password in more than one place.

4 – Turn on two-factor authentication (2FA)

Two-factor authentication (2FA) helps to stop hackers from getting into your accounts, even if they have your password.

5 – Update your devices

Out-of-date software, apps, and operating systems contain weaknesses. This makes them easier to hack.

Companies fix the weaknesses by releasing updates. When you update your devices and software, this helps to keep hackers out.

6 – Back up your data

Backing up means creating a copy of your information and saving it to another device or to cloud storage (online).

Backing up regularly means you will always have a recent version of your information saved. This will help you recover quicker if your data is lost or stolen.

For more information, and step-by-step instructions, please visit cyberaware.gov.uk

Message Sent By:
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

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CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

Warning Re about Fraudulent Phone Calls Purporting To Be from Amazon

We would like to warn residents about fraudulent phone calls purporting to be from Amazon. Different methods are being used in recent weeks.
What is the scam?
Residents have reported being contacted on the phone to inform them that their Amazon Prime accounts have been renewed.
Some of these calls have been made using a recorded “robovoice” whereas some have been made by a human.
The victims have been told to press 1 if they didn’t request their account to be renewed and they will receive a refund.
There have been other incidents where a fraudster purporting to be Amazon has called a resident on their land line, claiming that there has been fraudulent activity on their account and requesting they log in to their Amazon account via a website or a different app which they are required to download to their phone or by pressing 1.
In both instances of these calls, the scam works by the fraudster obtaining personal and financial details of the victim.
What do the police say?
If you receive a phone call claiming to be from Amazon, offering you a refund or asking you to log on to your account, do not proceed with this. Hang up the call. You are not obliged to speak to them or anyone. Do not share any information with any of these types of callers.

Please report any calls or similar calls to Action Fraud https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/reporting-fraud-and-cyber-crime

Message Sent By:
Julia Short (Police, PCSO, Macclesfield LPU Congleton PCSO)

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ACTION FRAUD

ACTION FRAUD

Surge In Online Shopping Fraud

Reports of online shopping fraud have surged by 30% over the pandemic as many of us continue to shop online in light of current restrictions.

Figures from Action Fraud show that criminals conned 17,407 shoppers out of almost £13.5 million over the Christmas period last year, an increase of over 20% when compared to the same period in 2018.

Action Fraud is warning the public to take extra care when shopping online, ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, as shoppers search for bargains and gifts for loved ones in the run up to Christmas.

Top tips to shop online securely this festive season:

Where to shop:
Making a purchase from an online store you haven’t used before? Carry out some research first, or ask a friend or family member if they’ve used the site and about their experiences before completing the purchase.

Your information:
Only create an account if necessary or to save you effort if you’re going to use that site a lot in the future. Be cautious if the website asks you for details that are not required for your purchase, such as your mother’s maiden name or the name of your primary school.

Payments:
If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, ensure that the webpage where you enter your payment details is secure (website address starts with “https”). Using a credit card to pay online also means that should the worst happen and your payment details are compromised, your main bank account won’t be directly affected.

Phishing:
Some of the messages you receive about amazing offers may contain links to fake websites. Not all links are bad, but if you’re unsure, don’t use the link – go separately to the website. Report any suspicious emails you receive by forwarding them to: report@phishing.gov.uk You can also report suspicious text messages by forwarding them to 7726.

For more information about how to shop online securely, please visit:
actionfraud.police.uk/shoponlinesafely

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

30. November, 2020Latest NewsComments Off on ACTION FRAUD

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

Shed Breaks At Marton

We have had reports of numerous shed breaks in Oak View, Marton overnight 23 -24/11/2020.
In an effort to ensure these are isolated incidents, please take precautions to prevent further burglaries in the area, by perhaps placing security lights near your outbuildings, good locks and look at your garden security in general.

If you have seen any suspicious vehicles, persons or have any other information, please contact us via the police website or phone 10. Your call will be dealt with in complete confidence and the information you supply may help us to further reduce burglary and other offences in your area. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers (anonymously) on 0800 555 111

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Julia Short (Police, PCSO, Macclesfield LPU Congleton PCSO)

25. November, 2020Latest NewsComments Off on CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

Supporting You and Your Community Through Covid-19

We recognise that this is a challenging period for us all and even more so for vulnerable people. As Neighbourhood Watch we believe it is very important that we all take care and protect ourselves as a priority and where possible we safely carry on the great work of supporting and staying connected with our communities.

In England, between 5th November – 2nd December, national restrictions mean that:
• You should only leave home for food, medical reasons, exercise, education, or work
• You must work from home if you can
• You should avoid travel unless essential
• Schools and essential shops will remain open
There are a variety of ways however in which we can support our loved ones and communities through these restrictions.

Keeping your loved ones safe
The most valuable thing we can all do is keep ourselves and our loved safe – physically and emotionally.
• Our website signposts where you can get accurate advice and support with your emotional wellbeing.
• Sign up for the FREE Festival Of Discovery running online on 20th and 21st November for lively discussions on hot topics, entertainment, things to make and do, a chance to recharge your wellbeing, and real-life community stories from across the UK.

Supporting your community
There are a variety of ways in which you can support your community depending on your individual situation. A few ideas are:
• set up a Calling Tree to support those who are not connected via social media
• join forces with a Covid-19 Mutual Aid group
• connect with your neighbours with this Calling Card
• connect with your neighbours with this Kindness Card
• If you are, or you know someone who is, facing loneliness have a look at our Loneliness Toolkit
• sign up as a NHS Volunteer Responder – recruitment now open across England

The NHS Volunteer Responders programme, set up by NHS England, is here to help people in England to stay safe during coronavirus. NHS Volunteer Responders have now completed more than a million tasks! Following an initial recruitment campaign for new volunteers in 70 local authority areas, they have now opened up recruitment across England. This is in response to the lockdown that began on 5 November and because demand for the volunteers’ support is continuing to rise. It will also help to meet NHS requests for additional direct support during this winter. At the same time, they are encouraging anyone who signed up as an NHS Volunteer Responder in March but had to step down due to other commitments, to re-join the programme and give as much time as they can.

As the programme evolves it will focus on direct support to the NHS with tasks such as the delivery of equipment to monitor vulnerable COVID-19 patients in their homes, and with stewarding people at vaccination clinics. They will also continue to support vulnerable people by delivering food and medication, and through Check In and Chat phone calls. They are not intending to replace any local volunteering activity. They aim to work collaboratively with volunteering leads in local areas.

If you are interested in joining as a volunteer you can attend an online meetings by clicking the link below at the specified time:
Thursday 19th November, 11.30-12.30 Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
Thursday 3rd December, 11.30-12.30 Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
Thursday 17th December, 11.30-12.30 Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

Beware of scams and crimes
Criminals are using the COVID-19 pandemic to scam the public. To help you avoid becoming a victim, we have highlighted on our website the wide variety of COVID-19 scams and crimes which have arisen, key protection advice and guidance on how to report these scams.

Community response stories
For further inspiration on ways in which you can support your community, have a look at our Community Response Stories. If you have a story you would like to share, please submit it using this form.

Domestic abuse survivors
Are you or someone you know is a domestic abuse survivor, the information below may be very useful.
Women’s Aid Network: Many survivors will be feeling unsafe isolating in a house with an abusive person, and isolated from their support networks. Women’s Aid have put together some advice and information about support available. See Women’s Aid COVID-19 Resource Hub
Safe Lives: They have put together some resources for people living with domestic abuse, and the professionals supporting them. They have also produced guidance for friends and family.
Refuge: They are there for you if you, or someone you care about, is experiencing domestic abuse. Phone the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247. They also have a range of digital resources available at refuge.org.uk and nationaldahelpline.org.uk.
Neighbourhood Watch: We have a range of information on domestic abuse on our website including how to help, spotting the signs and more. See more in our Domestic Abuse Toolkit.

Keep safe,

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team

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Deborah Waller (NWN, Senior Digital and Communications Manager, England and Wales)

16. November, 2020Latest NewsComments Off on NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

More Updates from CEOP For Parents and Carers

With children indoors & spending more time online during this second lockdown, it’s important to continue creating opportunities for conversations about online safety. The CEOP Education team have recourses to help deliver this. #OnlineSafetyAtHome packs #staysafe

Message Sent By:
Julia Short (Police, PCSO, Macclesfield LPU Congleton PCSO)

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CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

Theft of Catalytic Convertors

On the 12th of November we received two reports from vehicle owners in Odd Rode.
We advise that owners consider taking the following safety measures:
• Mark catalytic converters with a serial number to make it distinctive
• Place a protective covering over the catalytic converter
• Install CCTV and alarms
• Park vehicles so as to prevent access underneath
• Consider using a steering lock

Message Sent By:
Jeanette Carter (Cheshire Police, PCSO, Macclesfield LPU PCSO)

13. November, 2020Latest NewsComments Off on CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

Protect Your Passw0rd National Campaign Launched By Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch launches PROTECT YOUR Pa$$W0rD campaign with 3 quick and easy steps.

As we spend more time at home and on our online devices, over one third (34%) of people say that they’re more concerned about cybercrime than physical crime and a startling 1 in 5 people are a victim of cybercrime!* You could be more at risk than you might think.

If strengthening your passwords is something you keep putting off, or you feel overwhelmed by the sea of online security information, you’re not alone.

As part of our Cyberhood Watch initiative, launched in 2019 in partnership with Avast, we have launched a PROTECT YOUR Pa$$W0Rd campaign that targets both the overwhelmed and complacent, providing everyone with 3 easy steps to be more secure online.

PROTECT YOUR Pa$$W0Rd in 3 easy steps
1. Create a separate password for your email account
2. Use 3 random words
3. Turn on two-factor authentication (2FA)

To find out more about how to do each step visit our Password Protection page on our website .

But we won’t stop there! Whilst taking those 3 easy steps will go a long way to protecting yourself online, we want to protect not just you but your whole community! To do this, we are asking you to spread the word and help protect your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours by sharing these 3 easy steps with 3 others.

To share with others you can forward this email to at least 3 of your friends, share the information from our Password Protection page in your local newsletter, or share our campaign on your social media channels using our Protect your Pa$$W0Rd Campaign Pack.

More about the campaign

Our campaign will run on social media for 4 weeks from 9th November 2020. We are targeting both Neighbourhood Watch members and non-members alike with two different attitudes to online security.

For those that are unsure and overwhelmed by an abundance of advice, we want to cut though the noise and simplify the confusion, so they feel empowered to take action.

And for those that think ‘it won’t happen to me’ we want to shock them into action, so that they realise how prevalent the problem is, even amongst young people.

We have created social media animated and still graphics targeted to both those audiences, supported by further information detailing how and why to take each step on our dedicated Password Protection page.

Download our Protect your Pa$$W0Rd Campaign Pack to share the campaign across your networks using email, whatsapp, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and in newsletters.

Why not go one step further and share our Protect your Pa$$W0Rd Press Release locally and don’t forget to let us know about any local press you are able to generate.

Visit our Protect your PA$$word campaign page to find out more.

*Perceptions of cybercrime in the UK report produced in partnership with Avast, surveyed over 14,000 Neighbourhood Watch members: https://press.avast.com/hubfs/media-materials/kits/Avast%20Cyberhood%20Watch/Avast_CyberHood_Watch_Report%20FINAL.pdf?hsLang=en

For more information contact Deborah Waller on deborah.waller@ourwatch.org.uk.

Kind regards

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team

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12. November, 2020Latest NewsComments Off on NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

Burglaries Continue

With the winter months always comes an increase in burglaries and car thefts, which is why it is so important to follow some simple tips to help prevent you becoming a victim:

* Lock your windows/doors, we attend scenes far too often where no force was required to gain entry as they have entered through an open window

* Motion activated or timer lights, you only need to be a difficult target to put of thieves

* If you are going out for the night (unlikely with Covid) draw you curtains and leave a light on.

* If you are going away for a long period, buy some timers for lamps and keep your curtains drawn, anyone watching your house will see the lights turn on in the evening and off again for ‘bedtime’

* Keep tools locked away so they can’t gain access to your house using them

* Do not put bins somewhere where they can be used as a step into a window or over a fence

Thank you for reading and please share this advice with vulnerable neighbours who may not have access to this service,

PCSO Hails
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James Hails (Cheshire Police, PCSO, Macclesfield LPU PCSO)

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CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

Call For Vigilance Following Recent Burglaries

As the nights close in police in the Macclesfield Local Policing Unit area are reminding residents to review their home security measures and be vigilant.

This time of year tends to see an increase in burglaries which is what we are seeing in the area.

DS Dave Jarvis, said: “Investigations are ongoing in relation to the recent burglaries and we’re following a number of lines of enquiry.

“While these investigations take place I urge residents to be vigilant and review the home security measures they have in place.

“By taking a few simple steps and by looking out for suspicious activity you can help prevent burglary and theft.

“CCTV or doorbell cameras are a good place to start and will help you spot suspicious activity. However, the best thing you can do, which costs nothing, is look out for your neighbours and report unusual activity in your street.”

Other steps that you can take to reduce the chances of your vehicle being stolen from outside your home include:
• Make sure that your vehicle is locked whenever you are not in it and that you have not left any doors, windows or the sunroof open
• If you have electronic car keys, keep them in a security pouch when you are not using them to prevent them from being scanned by thieves to open and steal your vehicle nearby
• If your keyless entry fob can be turned off, and your dealer can confirm this, then do so overnight
• Electronic devices can be used to jam the electronic signal from your key fob to lock your car – always manually check your vehicle has locked before walking away, and if you are unsure you should lock it manually and then scan the immediate area for anyone hanging around
• Fitting a Sold Secure steering wheel, gear lever or clutch pedal security device can give your vehicle added protection and deter thieves
Many modern vehicles are fitted with engine management diagnostic ports, which can be accessed without a thief needing to open the vehicle doors, boot or bonnet, but which can unlock and start your car. If your vehicle has this type of port, consider fitting a lockable cover.

DS Dave Jarvis added: “If you see anyone acting suspiciously in your community and suspect that they are thieves targeting properties or cars, please call us on 101 immediately.

“I also urge anyone with any information regarding recent key and car burglaries committed in Wilmslow, Macclesfield, Poynton and Knutsford to call 101.

“Alternatively, you can give us the details online at https://www.cheshire.police.uk/ro/report or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

David Keane, police and crime commissioner for Cheshire, added: “Offences like these have a devastating impact on victims and on the wider community. I understand the impact that burglaries have on victims, which is why tackling this serious crime is one of my key priorities as your police and crime commissioner.

“It’s also important we report suspicious activity so that we can prevent this type of crime together as a community, making Cheshire a no go area for thieves.”
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Ashley Lawton (Cheshire Police / Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Administrator, Corporate Communications)

7. November, 2020Latest NewsComments Off on CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

ACTION FRAUD

ACTION FRAUD

Scam Warning – Fake Paypal Emails

Action Fraud is warning people selling items online to be on the lookout for criminals sending fake PayPal emails.

• Between January 2020 and September 2020, 21,349 crime reports were made to Action Fraud about fake PayPal emails.
• Victims reported losing a total of £7,891,077.44 during this time.
• Those targeted included people selling jewellery, furniture and electronics via online marketplaces.
• Reports of fake PayPal emails to Action Fraud made up a third of all reports of online shopping and auction fraud during this period.

How does it happen?

Criminals have been targeting people selling items online, by sending them emails purporting to be from PayPal. The emails trick victims into believing they have received payment for the items they’re selling on the platform.

Typically, after receiving these emails, victims will ship the item to the criminal. This leaves them at a further disadvantage having not received any payment for the item and also no longer being in possession of it.

How can you protect yourself?
• Sellers beware: If you’re selling items on an online marketplace, be aware of the warning signs that your buyer is a scammer. Scammers may have negative feedback history, or may have recently set up a new account to avoid getting poor feedback. Don’t be persuaded into sending anything until you can verify you’ve received the payment.
• Scam messages: Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial details.
• How to spot the difference: A PayPal email will address you by your first and last name, or your business name, and will never ask you for your full password, bank account, or credit card details in a message.

If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud online at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

7. November, 2020Latest NewsComments Off on ACTION FRAUD

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

Coping Stone Thefts

Over the last three weekends there have been incidents of Coping stones been stolen in the Knutsford and Mobberley Areas.

11/09 Newton Hall Lane. 40m of stone

19/09 Knutsford Road. 15m of stone.

19/09 3 Males arrested at Tatton Park for stone thefts from the location in a hired Mercedes lorry.

24/09 Church Lane. 10 Large stones.

25/09 Faulkners Lane – Suspicious activity White Transit Connect shaped van, possibly had black & red writing livery, no Vehicle Registration at this time.

Please be extra vigilant and report anything suspicious to 101

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Julia Short (Police, PCSO, Macclesfield LPU Congleton PCSO)

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NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

Neighbourhood Watch October Our News Newsletter Is Here

Click here to read our October Our News newsletter

This month we are thrilled to launch, for the third year running, the Neighbour of the Year Award, in partnership with our friends at Co-op Insurance; and Neighbourhood Watch Network’s first ever Community Grants Fund.

We get to know our CEO, John Hayward-Cripps better in our Spotlight feature; and look at County Lines and what we can do about them. Furthermore we offer guidance and advice on supporting communities, and sustaining your Neighbourhood Watch group, as we face a rise in Covid-19 cases across England and Wales.

So grab your tea, put your feet up and enjoy our newsletter. Don’t forget to share it with your community.

Keep safe,

Central Support Team
Neighbourhood Watch Network

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Deborah Waller (NWN, Senior Digital and Communications Manager, England and Wales)

2. October, 2020Latest NewsComments Off on NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

Please Be Vigilant

We have seen a rise in the number of burglaries, attempted burglaries and damage to vehicles recently, theft of heating oil in Bosley and diesel in Chelford. Use preventative measures to ensure you’re less of a target. Check property is secure and valuables are out of sight. Report anything suspicious to 101 or submit it via our on line submission form: Tell us about it https://www.cheshire.police.uk/a/your-area/cheshire/cheshire-east/gawsworth-and-chelford/

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Julia Short (Police, PCSO, Macclesfield LPU Congleton PCSO)

30. September, 2020Latest NewsComments Off on CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

Neighbour of the Year Award 2020 Now Open

Dear Neighbourhood Watch supporters,

Nominate a neighbour that goes above and beyond for your community for the Neighbour of the Year Award 2020 run by Co-op Insurance and Neighbourhood Watch

For the third year running, we’re excited to launch the nationwide search in partnership with our friends at Co-op Insurance to find and celebrate some of the UK’s best neighbours.

Our members have told us that to be a great neighbour people share some clear qualities: a willingness to look out for others; being sociable and friendly; offering practical help; and being kind, caring and respectful.

In addition to our Neighbour of the Year Award, this year we have a brand-new category, Co-op’s Young Neighbour of the Year. This award will celebrate someone aged 18-24 who has gone above and beyond to help enhance their community and has brought people, young and old, together.
Nominations are now open

If you’ve got someone who ticks all these boxes and more in either category, tell us all about them and how they go above and beyond.

Click here to be taken to our nomination form, where you can share your stories of great neighbourly activities and acts of kindness.

The deadline to nominate is 27th October.

Making more good things happen in your community

A message from our partners, Co-op Insurance
At Co-op Insurance, we understand that to some insurance can seem a little boring. Not us! For 150 years we’ve seen it as an opportunity to make a positive difference all over the UK. That’s because when you buy from Co-op, you’re not only protecting the things which matter most to you. You’re also helping us to safeguard community spaces, support community projects, such as Neighbourhood Watch schemes, and fund projects that help to lower carbon emissions.

That’s why our partnership with Neighbourhood Watch is so important to us. We know that active neighbourhoods, where people talk to their neighbours, check in on them and keep a look out for each other are far less likely to be a target for crime and are better places to live. Together we’re working to make communities safer – that’s what we do.

Co-operate
Co-operate is an online community centre that helps people come together to make good things happen. Whether you want to join a group or activity, volunteer or set up your own – it’s for people who care about their community and want to join forces to get things done. Co-operate: created with communities, for communities, owned by communities. Get involved at co-operate.coop.co.uk

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Deborah Waller (NWN, Senior Digital and Communications Manager, England and Wales)

30. September, 2020Latest NewsComments Off on NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

Working Link To CNWA Neighbourhood Awards 2020

Unfortunately, it seems that the link in the previous email developed a problem and wasn’t allowing people through to the nomination form.

Don’t forget nominations close at midnight on 30th September 2020.

Please find below a direct copy of the link.
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3TP6QJH

Is there a Resident, Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator/Member, someone who works in your community, or a volunteer/group who you know and lives within Cheshire (including Halton and Warrington) who:
• goes out of their way to ensure your neighbourhood is safe?
• has done something amazing to help your neighbourhood?
• has initiated action(s) in the community to overcome nuisance or criminal activity
• has been an active coordinator for many years?
• has stepped down as an effective coordinator after many years?
• has stepped up to become a coordinator in a challenging environment?
• volunteered to assist their community during the pandemic?
The Cheshire Neighbourhood Watch Association (CNWA) is looking for nominations for our second Neighbourhood Awards. If you know of anyone who has done any of the above, please complete the nomination form by clicking on the following link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3TP6QJH by midnight 30th September 2020 telling us what they have done, and why you think they deserve to win.

Winners will be decided by representatives of the Cheshire Neighbourhood Watch Association and invited to attend a virtual evening event in November to find out if they’ve won.

Message Sent By:
Clare Harrison (NWN, MSA, Cheshire)

30. September, 2020Latest NewsComments Off on NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

CHESHIRE POST ALERT

CHESHIRE POST ALERT

New Approach To Community Policing – Gawsworth and Chelford

Cheshire Police has today launched its new approach to community policing, which will see dedicated police officers assigned to each of the county’s 122 policing areas to tackle crime and support communities.

The initiative has been developed by Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) David Keane who is striving for Cheshire to be the leading police service for delivering community policing.

It builds on the already successfully delivered initiative to provide a dedicated PCSO and police community base for each area.

The new community police officers will work with their fellow PCSO, the wider policing team, and key partners to build relationships within the community, sharing the same mission to solve problems at their root-cause before they become more serious.

They will spend more time in the heart of their dedicated communities and be given time to deal with issues that matter most to local residents.

Another benefit of the changes is local residents will have more opportunities than ever before to directly contact their officers – either online, through social media, or face-to-face during police surgeries.
The work of the new community policing teams will be supported by a funding package for each community, made available from money seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

This will consist of a £1,000 funding pot for all 122 communities and an additional £10,000 for all eight policing units that local people can bid for to deliver projects which work with the local policing team and key partners to address specific issues.

This now means that you have:

– A local community police base
– A dedicated PCSO
– A dedicated PC
– Regular community policing surgeries
– Funding for your local community

Details of your local police officer, PCSO and community base can be found below:

PC Garry Charnock
PCSO Julia Short

Marton Golf Club Congleton Road, SK11 9HF

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Peter Caldwell (Police, Digital Media Manager, Corporate Communications)

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CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

Presentations from Thinkuknow For Parents and Carers

Parents and carers presentations
What are the presentations?

Thinkuknow have produced two new presentations for parents and carers of primary and secondary aged children.

The primary presentation covers:
– Children online
– Live streaming
– Gaming
– What parents and carers can do
– Thinkuknow resources for parents and carers
– Reporting to NCA-CEOP
– The secondary presentation covers:
– Young people online
– Sexual exploration online
– Sharing images
– Sexual abuse online
– What parents and carers can do
– Thinkuknow resources for parents and carers
– Reporting to NCA-CEO

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/professionals/resources/parents-and-carers-presentations/?utm_source=Thinkuknow&utm_campaign=dfe05df4cb-TUK_GLOBAL_15_09_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0b54505554-dfe05df4cb-55047645

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Julia Short (Police, PCSO, Macclesfield LPU Congleton PCSO)

23. September, 2020Latest NewsComments Off on CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

With Less Than Two Weeks Until the CNWA Neighbourhood Awards Application Process Closes Get Your Nominations In Now

Is there a Resident, Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator/Member, someone who works in your community, or a volunteer/group who you know and lives within Cheshire (including Halton and Warrington) who:
• goes out of their way to ensure your neighbourhood is safe?
• has done something amazing to help your neighbourhood?
• has initiated action(s) in the community to overcome nuisance or criminal activity
• has been an active coordinator for many years?
• has stepped down as an effective coordinator after many years?
• has stepped up to become a coordinator in a challenging environment?
• volunteered to assist their community during the pandemic?

The Cheshire Neighbourhood Watch Association (CNWA) is looking for nominations for our second Neighbourhood Awards. If you know of anyone who has done any of the above, please complete the nomination form by clicking on the following link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3TP6QJH by midnight 30th September 2020 telling us what they have done, and why you think they deserve to win.

Winners will be decided by representatives of the Cheshire Neighbourhood Watch Association and invited to attend a virtual evening event in November to find out if they’ve won.

Julia Griffiths (Chair), Joan Gibbison (Treasurer), Graham Bushill (Secretary), Clare Harrison, Heather Thompson, Bob Marshall, Helen Kinnersley, Dave Brown
Cheshire Neighbourhood Watch Association
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Watch email: cheshirewatch@cheshire.pnn.police.uk
Website: http://cheshire.ourwatch.org.uk

To find out further information about the Cheshire Neighbourhood Watch Association, to log into your account or for Cheshire Neighbourhood Watch Literature please visit our website: http://cheshire.ourwatch.org.uk/ . To contact the CNWA please email cheshirewatch@cheshire.pnn.police.uk

Message Sent By:
Clare Harrison (NWN, MSA, Cheshire)

21. September, 2020Latest NewsComments Off on NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

HOPE HOUSE LOTTERY

HOPE HOUSE LOTTERY

Hope House Lottery Poster

How would you like to win up to £1,000 every Friday? By joining the Hope House Children’s Hospice Lottery for just £1 a week, that dream could be a reality. The Hope House Lottery gives away two jackpots of £1,000, as well as five runner up prizes of between £25 and £100 every Friday.

Your £1 a week allows us to plan for the future and means that we can be here for those children that need us the most. As a registered charity, we need to raise over £6 million every year. That’s well over £100,000 every week to make sure we can carry on being here for all the children and families who need us.

Just one entry a week could pay towards the cost of running a support group for bereaved parents. Parents tell us it really helps to talk to people who truly understand their grief – other parents who have lost a child.
Join here – www.hopehouse.org.uk/lottery

Terms and conditions apply. You must be 16 or over and a UK resident to enter the Hope House Lottery. For more information please click here.

10. September, 2020Latest NewsComments Off on HOPE HOUSE LOTTERY

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

Ceop Family Home Activity Packs

This is the final Activity Pack from CEOP for keeping children safe at home whilst on line as the campaign has come to an end. If you have the time please give them some feedback it only takes 5 mins. We hope these have been useful for all ages.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/home-activity-worksheets/?utm_source=Thinkuknow&utm_campaign=5b5261dab9-TUK_ONLINE_SAFETY_AT_HOME_25_08_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0b54505554-5b5261dab9-55047645

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9. September, 2020Latest NewsComments Off on CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

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Aged UK Cheshire East August Bulletin – Scams

Age UK Cheshire East August bulletin for the latest scams covering Postal Mail: Lottery, Prize Draws, Catalogues and Clairvoyants plus helping who you may know with the tell tale signs of being a victim of scamming.
https://www.ageuk.org.uk/bp-assets/globalassets/cheshire-east/scams-awareness-update-bulletin-issue5-august-2020-pdf.pdf

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Operation Assembles

You will recall Congleton Beat Team set RoadSafety as one of our policing priorities. We wanted to give you some feedback on what has been achieved so far:

731 Speeding Offences Process
2 New Community Speedwatch Groups and hopefully more to come
3 CSW Patrols and 27 warning letters sent
5 Pro-Active Enforcement Operations
4 Police Constables trained in TruCam
16 Sec 63 Road Traffic Act Stop Checks
1 Arrest (Drink Drive)
1 Summons (No Insurance)
1 TOR (Mobile Phone)

Due to the demand and success of the operation we have agreed that we will continue to run #OpAssembles for a further 6 weeks. #SlowDown #Fatal5 #StaySafe #GawsworthandChelfordPolice

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NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

Would You Like To Nominate Someone For A Neighbourhood Award?

Is there a Resident, Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator/Member, someone who works in your community, or a volunteer/group who you know and lives within Cheshire (including Halton and Warrington) who:
• goes out of their way to ensure your neighbourhood is safe?
• has done something amazing to help your neighbourhood?
• has initiated action(s) in the community to overcome nuisance or criminal activity
• has been an active coordinator for many years?
• has stepped down as an effective coordinator after many years?
• has stepped up to become a coordinator in a challenging environment?
• volunteered to assist their community during the pandemic?
The Cheshire Neighbourhood Watch Association (CNWA) is looking for nominations for our second Neighbourhood Awards. If you know of anyone who has done any of the above, please complete the nomination form by clicking on the following link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3TP6QJH by midnight 30th September 2020 telling us what they have done, and why you think they deserve to win.

Winners will be decided by representatives of the Cheshire Neighbourhood Watch Association and invited to attend a virtual evening event in November to find out if they’ve won.

Julia Griffiths (Chair), Joan Gibbison (Treasurer), Graham Bushill (Secretary), Clare Harrison, Heather Thompson, Bob Marshall, Helen Kinnersley, Dave Brown
Cheshire Neighbourhood Watch Association
c/o Corporate Communications|Cheshire Constabulary HQ|Clemonds Hey|Oakmere Road|Winsford|Cheshire|CW7 2UA
Watch email: cheshirewatch@cheshire.pnn.police.uk
Website: http://cheshire.ourwatch.org.uk

To find out further information about the Cheshire Neighbourhood Watch Association, to log into your account or for Cheshire Neighbourhood Watch Literature please visit our website: http://cheshire.ourwatch.org.uk/. To contact the CNWA please email cheshirewatch@cheshire.pnn.police.uk

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30. August, 2020Latest NewsComments Off on NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

Warning Following Resurgence of Scam Phone Calls Purporting To Be from Microsoft

Detectives are urging people to stay vigilant following several reports of scam phone calls purporting to be from Microsoft.

In Cheshire there have been several reports of residents receiving phone calls from fraudsters posing as workers from Microsoft.

The scammers claim to be computer security engineers and tell victims that their computers are at a security risk.

They then say that a security check needs to be performed and if the victim agrees, the scammers can then gain remote access to the computer.

This access allows fraudsters to obtain personal details about the victims including their bank account.

Detective Sergeant Chris Jacques, of the Economic Crime Unit, said: “This is a particularly heinous crime whereby scammers target the most vulnerable in society.

“This scam has seen a resurgence over the years but as time goes on, fraudsters can use more sophisticated techniques in order to persuade victims to hand over money or gain access to their computers.

“These fraudsters are often extremely convincing and pose as working for a reputable company as it gives them more credibility.

“We are doing all we can to tackle all types of fraud and I would urge anyone who believes that they have been a victim of this scam to please report it to Cheshire Constabulary and Action Fraud.”

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, David Keane said: “Fraud not only leaves victims without their hard earned money, it also has a significant emotional impact.

“As Police and Crime Commissioner, I will continue to ensure that action is taken against scammers who are so heartlessly targeting the vulnerable in Cheshire.

“I would urge residents to follow the key advice and please continue to educate and inform elderly family members about these scams.”

Key advice:
• Computer firms such as Microsoft do not make unsolicited phone calls to help fix your computer or fix a security risk.
• Treat all unsolicited phone calls with scepticism and never give out any personal information.
• Computer companies will not ask for credit card information to validate copies of software or ask for ID such as a driving licence or passport.
Anyone who believes they have been contacted fraudulently or have been a victim of fraud should call Cheshire Police on 101 and Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

Information can also be reported online to https://www.cheshire.police.uk/ro/report/

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Free Confidence Cycling Training For Pupils

Free cycle confidence training that Everybody is running on behalf of CEC to support secondary pupils to cycle to schools safely. Sessions are being run in the Crewe and Macclesfield areas but pupils from other areas can book on but you need to be quick to book places

https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/council_and_democracy/council_information/media_hub/media_releases/council-offers-free-cycling-training-to-promote-active-travel-choices.aspx

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Cheshire Officers Using New Tool To Combat Caravan and Motorhome Thefts

Cheshire Constabulary is using a new tool to aid the force’s fight against caravan and motorhome thieves.

The VIN CHIP anti-theft identification system enables officers to scan a touring caravan or motorhome from up to 15 metres away to see if it has been reported as stolen and find out who the registered owner is.

They can be scanned at speeds of up to 60mph.

Cheshire’s Roads and Crime Unit officers are now using the system, and owners of touring caravans and motorhomes across the county are being advised to ensure that they have a VIN CHIP fitted and are registered with the Caravan Registration and Identification Scheme (CRiS).

Inspector Anton Sullivan, of the Roads and Crime Unit, said: “Due to supply and demand, the number of caravan and motorhome theft incidents tend to rise in the summer months.

“This year the demand for them is even greater than normal, with travel restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic making staycations, mobile homes and caravan holidays more popular than ever.

“So we could not have asked for a better time to add the VIN CHIP scanning system to our armoury for when we are out on patrol and monitoring our roads.

“Used by many other police forces in the UK, ports officers and also in mainland Europe and Scandinavia, it has substantially increased the number of stolen caravans and motorhomes that have been recovered and returned to their rightful owner.”

Since 2008 a radio frequency chip containing a unique vehicle identification number (VIN) number has been embedded into all UK-approved touring caravans when they have been made.

Owners of older caravans can have one fitted at a relatively small cost, and owners of caravans made between 2008 and 2016 can pay to have their chip upgraded so that it works as well as the newer ones. This may have an insurance benefit with some companies.

Motorhome owners can also pay to have a VIN CHIP fitted, and some manufacturers are now embedding them into all their new motorhomes.

Insp Sullivan added: “Working like a speed gun, a VIN CHIP scanner enables an officer to quickly see if a caravan or motorhome on the move has been reported as stolen, and who the registered owner is.

“Once a caravan or motorhome has been identified as stolen we will endeavour to bring the thief, or thieves, to justice, and have it returned to its owner.

“Our officers are now using the system to this end across Cheshire.

“However, the system will not work for touring caravan or motorhome theft victims unless they have a VIN CHIP fitted.

“Touring caravan and motorhome owners are advised to have a VIN Chip fitted and to have the vehicle registered with CRiS to help their mobile home be located in the event of it being stolen.

David Keane, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, said: “I am delighted to hear that Cheshire Constabulary has a new tool to help officers catch caravan and motorhome thieves and recover stolen vehicles.

“Opportunist thieves could not only potentially ruin someone’s staycation but could also put touring caravan and motorhome owners at risk of losing thousands of pounds if their vehicle is stolen.

“I urge all caravan and motorhome owners across the county to follow the advice from Cheshire Constabulary and check the security of their vehicles.”

Anyone with any information or footage regarding the theft of caravans or motorhomes is asked to call Constabulary on 101, give the details via https://www.cheshire.police.uk/ro/report or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Further security advice for caravan and motorhome owners is available on our website https://www.cheshire.police.uk/news/cheshire/news/articles/2020/8/cheshire-officers-using-new-tool-to-combat-caravan-and-motorhome-thefts/

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Ashley Lawton (Cheshire Police / Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Administrator, Corporate Communications)

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Ceop Family Home Activity Packs

Smartphones, computers and the Internet are now such a fundamental part of our lives, that it’s difficult to imagine how we’d function without them. All of our online accounts – from banking to social media – hold personal information that if shared could be used for criminal gain.
With this in mind, children and young people should have the opportunity to explore why they should keep their personal information secure and the steps they can take to do so.
This week’s family activity sheet includes 8 fun and quick activities created by the National Cyber Security Centre to help families think about how they can be Cyber Aware.

Good for all ages to have a look at:

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/home-activity-worksheets/?utm_source=Thinkuknow&utm_campaign=59e08f6cec-TUK_ONLINE_SAFETY_AT_HOME_11_08_20_1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0b54505554-59e08f6cec-55047645

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17. August, 2020Latest NewsComments Off on CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

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August E-Newsletter Edition of ‘Ournews’ Is Here

We are delighted to announce that the August 2020 OurNews is now available to view and download from our website ( https://bit.ly/3fzCWCQ ).

This month’s theme is Crime Prevention and we have highlighted our launch of our new “Safety In Neighbours” campaign, which launched at the tail end of July. This has been a great campaign and we have received lots of positive feedback.

As well as continuing our theme across the newsletter, we are excited to launch our first ever Impact Survey, which we are pleased to say we have received over 21,000 responses. We would like to congratulate West Midlands and Hampshire, which we have received the most responses from their members and members of the public.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank those that have already completed the survey and for those of that haven’t, we ask you to fill in the survey and ask others to do the same.

Please continue to share our newsletter with your coordinators, members, supporters, and partners across your networks.

Best wishes

Central Support Team

NB: Please click on the links in the alert message

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10. August, 2020Latest NewsComments Off on NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

Detectives Issue Warning Following Recent Spate In Telephone Scams Across Cheshire

Detectives are issuing an urgent warning to the public after a recent spate in telephone scams which have left Cheshire victims without thousands of pounds.

Officers are continuing to see cases of courier fraud, this scam is mainly committed by organised crime groups (OCGs).

A member of the OCG, known as the ‘victim communicator’, makes a phone call to vulnerable victims telling them that they are a police officer or work at a bank.

They persuade the victim to co-operate with an ‘operation’ designed to gather evidence or identify offenders responsible for fictional offences.

The victims are asked to withdraw money from their bank, purchase an expensive item and/or provide their bank details or card to assist with the operation.

Money, items or documents are then handed over to the ‘courier’, who attends the address of the victim or meets them nearby, on the promise that the money or item will be returned or compensation provided.

Cheshire Constabulary are now urging others to be aware of these scams and alert vulnerable neighbours or family.

Detective Sergeant Chris Jacques from Cheshire Constabulary’s Economic Crime Unit said: “These fraudsters are extremely convincing and can be very persistent especially when targeting vulnerable victims.

“Police officers, banks and other such services will never ask you to withdraw money or provide card details so please do not be taken in by these scams.

“It is important to remember that telephone numbers can be easily spoofed and you should never trust a number displayed on your telephone.

“They may also attempt to ask victims to call back on 999, 101 or 161 to verify that they are genuine but this is part of the scam and they keep the line open so that the victim continues speak with the scammers believing that they are genuine officials.

“Anyone who is receiving calls asking for money to be withdrawn and handed over to a courier should call 101 or report it to Action Fraud.”

Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane said: “It is quite concerning that there have been more cases of fraud across Cheshire.

“Fraudsters will stop at nothing for their own criminal gain and I know that the force will continue to crackdown on the mindless scammers and do everything in their power to bring them to justice.

“I am urging residents to continue to inform family and friends about these callous scams to ensure that no-one else falls victim.”

Anyone who believes they have been contacted fraudulently or have been a victim of fraud should call Cheshire Police on 101 and Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

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Community Speed Watch Volunteers

Concerned about speeding in your area? Would you like to make a difference? Well you can, by volunteering for your local Community Speed Watch Group in Gawsworth & Chelford Wards. You do not have to commit to regular or minimum hours. All training given by the Police. If Interested then please contact your local parish council/clerk or Email PCSO Julia Short macclesfield.lpu@cheshire.pnn.police.uk – Part of Operation Assembles.
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New Family Activity Sheets from Ceop

Whether it’s for entertainment or for learning, children & young people can access vast quantities of online video content at the click of a button. But this can mean that they may see something that is intended for adults which might confuse or upset them. The new family activity sheet includes:
Conversation starters to help parents and carers talk to their child about what they like watching online.
Actions they can take to help their child stay safe.
A fun family task to encourage them to explore their favourite videos together.

To access the sheet use this link: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/home-activity-worksheets/?utm_source=Thinkuknow&utm_campaign=a604247c23-TUK_ONLINESAFETYATHOME_2020_07_28&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0b54505554-a604247c23-55047645

Worth a go – any age!
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NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

First Ever National Impact Survey Launched By Neighbourhood Watch

We are delighted to launch the first ever Neighbourhood Watch Impact Survey.
This is a survey open to all members of the public including our supporters and members and we are asking our partners to share across their public networks. It will enable us to look at how Neighbourhood Watch impacts in our communities and identify the concerns surrounding crime, fear of crime and the increase in neighbourliness and community spirit.

We ask that you share the survey IMPACT SURVEY with friends, neighbours, colleagues and your partners, to ensure that we get a good mix of responses. You can do this in various ways through email, using social media and any other methods that you may have.

 

We look forward to receiving your responses on our survey which needs to be completed by 21st August 2020.

Best wishes

Cheryl

 

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Cheryl Spruce (NWN, Head of Membership and Community Engagement , National)

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Fear of Rise In Disability Hate Crime

There is an increased fear of a rise in Disability Hate Crime, especially as new legislation about face coverings comes into effect today across England. There has been a big increase during Covid-19 of targeted attacks on disabled people.

They have been verbally abused, spat at and in some instances physically attacked. For example, one disabled passenger on public transport, who cannot wear a face covering, was targeted by another passenger, who shouted: “This person hasn’t got a mask. This person is trying to infect us. They are trying to kill us.”

We have posted an article on our website to raise awareness and promote compassion and respect, to highlight this issue in our communities.

The link is: https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/news/fear-rise-disability-hate-crime

Best wishes

Cheryl Spruce | Head of Membership and Community Engagement
CENTRAL SUPPORT TEAM

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27. July, 2020Latest NewsComments Off on NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

Warning Issued Following Hoax Calls from Scammers Claiming To Be Police Officers

Detectives have been made aware of a spate of hoax calls from scammers claiming to be police officers from Cheshire Constabulary acting on behalf of HMRC.

There have been several reports over the last two months whereby people have been receiving calls from someone purporting to be a police officer or from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

The first part of the call is automated and asks the victim to press 1 in order to be connected to HMRC.

A recorded message then then informs the victim that they have an unpaid tax bill and that there is a warrant out for their arrest unless they pay the balance immediately.

The fraudsters then ask the victims to make a bank transfer to pay off their supposed outstanding tax bill.

Scammers can also make calls appear as though they come from legitimate numbers and in one recent case the numbers traced back to a Cheshire based police station and HMRC.

Detective Sergeant Chris Jacques of the Economic Crime Unit said: “It is important to remember that police officers and HRMC will never call you and ask you to settle the balance of a tax bill over the phone.

“Telephone numbers can easily be spoofed and you should never trust the number you see on your telephone display.

“If you receive a suspicious call, do not give any information over the phone and end the call immediately.

“I would advise anyone who believes that they may have been a victim to this scam to please report it to us on 101 or via https://www.cheshire.police.uk/ro/report/.”

Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane said: “I am deeply concerned to hear about this recent spate of fraudsters claiming to be police officers.

“Fraud has a significant emotional and financial impact on victims so, as the Police and Crime Commissioner, I am committed to supporting those affected and to ensuring that action is taken.

“I am urging all residents to remain vigilant and tell their family, friends and neighbours to be wary of these scams in order to protect against fraud in Cheshire.”

Anyone who believes they have been contacted fraudulently or have been a victim of fraud should call Cheshire Police on 101 and Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

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Ashley Lawton (Cheshire Police / Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Administrator, Corporate Communications)

20. July, 2020Latest NewsComments Off on CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

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Age UK Cheshire East Scams Awareness Update Bulletin July 2020

To access the Age UK Cheshire East Scams Awareness & Aftercare Project Update Bulletin July 2020 please follow the link It will be covering Gardening, TV and Romance.
Worth a read at any age

http://ageuk.org.uk/bp-assets/globalassets/cheshire-east/scams-awareness-update-bulletin-issue4-july-2020.pdf

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Julia Short (Police, PCSO, Macclesfield LPU Congleton PCSO)

20. July, 2020Latest NewsComments Off on CHESHIRE POLICE ALERT

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