Weekly Policing Update – Somersham District – 03/06/2021

Good Afternoon, Somersham District Members –

Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 26th to 31st May:

High Street, Somersham – A man’s wallet is believed to have been stolen from his pocket whilst he was shopping on Somersham High Street on Thursday lunchtime, 27th May. The victim remembers being bumped into in the shop by a woman who apologised and then walked off, but when he came to till to pay for his shopping, he found that the wallet was missing, although it had been there earlier. Police hope that CCTV footage may show the theft taking place. (Ref 35/32583/21)


And Finally … Drinking and Driving…

A 40-year old man was arrested for drink-driving in St Ives last week when officers noticed a car being driven in a suspicious manner. The car was stopped and a roadside breath-test administered which returned a result of 93. In custody, an evidential sample returned a value of 83 – the limit is 35.

Police say: “The limit may be 35 but you’ll be a real hero by staying at zero! As we head into summer, if partying is a must, designate a driver that you can trust. Make it a night to remember, not a night to forget!”.

There is more information on drink-driving, the law, and how to report any concerns on the police website at:

https://bit.ly/34rOJQS


To see details of Policing Summaries for neighbouring areas, please click on the following link and scroll down the page to select areas of interest:

https://www.ecops.org.uk/alert_archive

Please be aware that these reports do not contain all details of all reported crime. We do not publish details of domestic related offences or anything which may put a person at risk if information regarding the crime was made public.


As always, if you have information relating to any offence, or are concerned about any suspicious activities, please contact police by using any of these methods:

  • the ‘101’ non-emergency telephone number;
  • the on-line web-chat tool on the new Cambridgeshire Constabulary web-site – click on the green icon;
  • Alternatively, you can use ‘Crimestoppers’ to make a report anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or by using their on-line contact form.

In an emergency, or if you witness a crime in progress, always use ‘999’.

June Our News – Neighbourhood Watch National Newsletter is Here – 01/06/2021

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.

Cambridgeshire Police Fraud Alert – Uber booking scam text message – 01/06/2021

Good morning

The following phishing text message has been received locally.

The criminal sending it will know full well that you hadn’t booked an Uber ride, which is why they conveniently put the link into the message inviting those that were concerned about the nature of the message to click on it.

If you do click on the link, then you will be invited to fill out a form containing your very important and private information which the criminal will use to try and access other accounts, or trade your details online with other criminals.

If you receive a suspicious text message then please forward to 7726

Suspicious emails to report@phishing.gov.uk

If you suspect you are a victim of a scam, contact your bank first and then contact Action Fraud.

One Leisure Active Lifestyles – 25/05/2021

Good afternoon,

I am emailing from the One Leisure Active Lifestyles Team to inform you of our activities on offer now we have been able to move back indoors. You will find attached our up to date timetables detailing our classes and sessions available across the district.

As before, all of our sessions, classes & health walks now have to be pre booked to comply with COVID guidelines.

A link to our web pages and social media where we also try our best to keep all info up to date;

Health Walks

RightStart

Walking Sports

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/HDCactivelifestyles

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/hdc_active/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/HDC_Active

We always appreciate any signposting to our activities to any of your user groups who you feel would benefit from attending.

If you feel one of our activities would work in your area and we don’t currently cover it, then please let me know!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Fake HSBC Texts

We’ve previously warned of smishing texts, falsely claiming to be from Lloyds Bank, providing the recipient with a link to click if they had not set up the alleged new payee on their account (see image below). This scam is designed to trick the recipient into thinking there has been unauthorised activity on their account and to lure them into giving their banking information in order to stop any outgoing payments. The fraudster sending the message is then able to steal money using the recipient’s banking information.

Smishing text claiming to be from Lloyds Bank

At the time of our warning we suggested that this scam was unlikely to exploit only Lloyds Bank’s name and that a version of the message was likely to be sent from other telephone numbers and using the names of other banks too.

We now have some examples of similar smishing texts, received by residents of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, this time purporting to be from HSBC. Please see below.

Smishing text purporting to be from HSBC sent by 07833 941725

You will see that this message is very similar to the fake Lloyds text in that it claims a new payee has been set up on your account. As before it gives a link for you to provide information about your account to supposedly stop a new payee being set up.

Another version of this message has been received by a resident as below, the only difference being a slightly different description/name of the link, a different fictitious payee name and a different number that sent it.

Smishing text purporting to be from HSBC sent by 07487 559281

The warning signs that these messages are not genuine are:

  • The messages come from ordinary mobile telephone numbers 
  • The messages include a hyperlink asking for information

N.B. Even if a message seems to come from a trusted sender such as your bank i.e. if it is automatically logged in a list of previous genuine messages from your bank, do not assume it to be genuine. Fraudsters can ‘spoof’ numbers to appear like a legitimate entity. Always check the authenticity of a message by telephoning your bank or visiting a branch before clicking on any links. Do not click on any links in SMS (text) messages that you do not know to be genuine.

Forward suspicious text messages to 7726.

In the case of e-mail messages that phish for your information, report to report@phishing.gov.uk .

Telephone kiosk – opportunity to promote your group/organisation – 29/04/2021

As we are coming to the end of the pandemic (hopefully) over the next few months and in an effort to get organisations back up and running, the parish council are looking to book the Telephone kiosk on The Cross free of charge to community groups and organisations to promote themselves.

Details.

The kiosk will have to be booked through Alex at the parish council office (admin@somersham-pc.gov.uk)

Each organisation can only book for one calendar month

Alex will enter all the relevant details on a calendar including who you will take over from and who takes over from you

We have booking reservations for May and June 2021 but if you would like to put yourself forward for another month during the year, then please do contact Alex Scriven on his email above so we can keep the calendar fully booked. All bookings are on a first come first served basis.

We are holding a sports themed event in August 2021 and will contact the sports clubs and groups we know about and if you don’t hear from us please do get in touch.

We look forward to hearing from your group!

Council Tax for Somersham 2021-2022 – 23/04/2021

Council Tax for Somersham 2021-2022

The preparation of an annual budget is one of the key statutory tasks undertaken by the parish council.

The annual budget;

  • Results in the council setting the precept for the following financial year (the precept is the money request to the district council reflected in the council tax as the parish ‘share’)

The key stages in the budgeting process by the council as the corporate body are;

  • A review of current years budget and spending;
  • To determine the cost of spending plans;
  • To assess levels of anticipated income;
  • To provide for contingencies and the need for reserves;
  • To approve the current and following years budget;
  • Finally, to set the precept

This process is carried out at Somersham’s full council meetings which are open to members of the public to attend. Meeting dates for the year ahead and the agenda’s (which are published 3 clear days in advance of the meeting date) are on our website www.somersham-pc.gov.uk

The meeting agendas are also published on our noticeboards at The Norwood Building/parish council office (attached to the Victory Hall), outside Tesco, outside the primary school and St John the Baptist Church also 3 clear days in advance of the meeting date.

Whenever possible, the parish council will seek grants to help support their services and improve facilities for the parish.

To try to put the annual precept (council tax) for Somersham into some perspective in cash rather than percentage terms, the council tax Band Tax Base property share per year specifically for Somersham is listed below;

Somersham only                     2020/2021         2021/2022

Band A                                     £98.80              £111.11

Band B                                     £115.27             £129.62

Band C                                     £131.73             £148.14

Band D                                     £148.20             £166.66

Band E                                     £181.13             £203.70

Band F                                     £214.07             £240.73

Band G                                     £247.00             £277.77

Band H                                     £296.40             £333.32

For more information on Somersham Parish Council as a whole and the finances please go to our website www.somersham-pc.gov.uk

Specifically, the detailed budget and precept breakdown can be accessed on Somersham Parish Council’s website using the links below;

Somersham Precept 2021-2022

Somersham Budget 2021-2022

Huntingdonshire District Council Council Tax charges per Parish 2020-2021

Huntingdonshire District Council Council Tax charges per Parish 2021-2022

Council Tax Charges 2021/2022

Weekly Policing Update – Somersham District – 23/04/2021

Good Afternoon, Somersham District Members –

Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 15th to 21st April. We begin with a police appeal for information about a fatal road incident which very sadly involved a Somersham resident.


Police Appeal for Witnesses:

At around 1:15 pm on Tuesday 20th April there was a traffic incident on Fen Road, Pidley, in which a car left the road and ran into trees on a steep roadside bank. Very sadly, the driver, Robert Chasse of King Street, Somersham, died in the incident. No other vehicles were involved and there were no passengers in the car.

Police are asking anyone who saw the crash to contact them, using any of the methods listed at the end of this report, quoting Incident Number 195 of 20th April.


Parkhall Road Area, Somersham – Police responded to a report of suspicious behaviour by two males in a black BMW in the Parkhall Road area of Somersham on Friday afternoon, 16th April. The males were seen entering the driveways of several houses in the area, and when challenged by a resident, told them that they were interested in buying a property. However, none of the houses were currently for sale. The suspects drove off but later returned and were filmed by a doorbell video system trying the handles of several houses. (Ref 35/22753/21)

Fen Road, Pidley – Two males in a silver Vauxhall car are reported to have stolen items of scrap metal from a farmyard on Fen Road, Pidley, on Monday morning, 19th April. The car drove into the yard where one of the suspects climbed over a locked gate and entered some of the farm buildings before returning to the gate and passing the items of scrap to the other male, who loaded them into the car. (Ref 35/23323/21)


And Finally … Action on Hare-Coursing:

The Rural Crime Action Team (RCAT) have published the following statistics on hare-coursing incidents over the past year (April 2020 to March 2021):

1,196 incidents reported

93 vehicles seized

138 Community Protection Warnings issued

17 Community Protection Notices issued

165 Dispersal Notices issued

23 people summoned to Court

20 dogs seized and rescued

More information is on the police web-site at: https://bit.ly/3eiF6sd


To see details of Policing Summaries for neighbouring areas, please click on the following link and scroll down the page to select areas of interest:

https://www.ecops.org.uk/alert_archive

Please be aware that these reports do not contain all details of all reported crime. We do not publish details of domestic related offences or anything which may put a person at risk if information regarding the crime was made public.


As always, if you have information relating to any offence, or are concerned about any suspicious activities, please contact police by using any of these methods:

  • the ‘101’ non-emergency telephone number;
  • the on-line web-chat tool on the new Cambridgeshire Constabulary web-site – click on the green icon;
  • Alternatively, you can use ‘Crimestoppers’ to make a report anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or by using their on-line contact form.

In an emergency, or if you witness a crime in progress, always use ‘999’.

Press Release: East West Rail – 21/04/2021

EAST WEST RAIL ALIGNMENT – SUCCESS FOR HUNTINGDONSHIRE
 
East West Railway Company has recently announced further consultation on the detailed route alignment for the proposed brand-new investment in Oxford to Cambridge public transport, within the previously announced Route E corridor, setting out five potential options. There are five route alignment options within ‘Section D’ for where the new rail line might go with Route Alignment 1 as the ‘emerging preference’, which includes a new St Neots South train station.  

The already chosen corridor Route E was collectively championed as the best option by Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC), Bedford Borough Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridge City Council. That decision was the result of strong and deliberate collaborative work across all four councils to provide East West Rail with the context and data to make that decision that results in the greatest potential for future success and ambition of our district. The new detailed alignments include options for a new St Neots South station and related infrastructure, in addition to the existing station in the town.  

The new proposed ‘emerging preference’ route option would bring faster and better long-term connectivity to communities between Bedford and Cambridge and other benefits, including:  
– Joined up infrastructure – benefiting from the proposed A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet Improvement Scheme
– New housing and communities
– Economic Growth – alongside the development of new housing, a new station could bring economic growth to the community, creating more jobs and prosperity            

Corporate Director for Place at Huntingdonshire District Council, Nigel McCurdy, said: “The further detail on route alignment, and ongoing focus upon options for new station provision close to St Neots is welcome confirmation of the real recognition and potential to secure greater transport choices and unlock greater prosperity to all parts of Huntingdonshire, a choice that is best suited to our residents and businesses.  

“We have already worked tirelessly with our neighbouring councils to make the economic opportunity case overall for Route E, and we will continue to advocate for the alignment that directly provides the best future outcome, opportunities, and network links to our district that a new station to the south of St Neots will bring. The new station provision will create a gateway connection between our District’s largest market town and the neighbouring economic development areas. Working hard again to champion an alignment that best secures the future success of Huntingdonshire its environmental quality and the important wider links across the OxCam ARC and beyond.  

“The route options also make maximum use of existing infrastructure corridors, meaning that the impact on our precious countryside will be limited. Huntingdonshire is in an area of high economic growth, the further news of these alignment details and investment in major infrastructure is one key project that will help to support our existing communities and businesses with planned and future growth.”  

The East West Rail project is one predicated on the connection of Oxford to Cambridgeshire via a direct line, to nurture growth and prosperity throughout the OxCam Arc. In doing so, there is widespread opportunity for infrastructure development within the connected areas and improvements to local public transport services.  

The route that the five options are set within (Route E), travels from Bedford Midland station to Cambridge including two new stations, one to be constructed in Cambourne and one to the south of St Neots or north of Tempsford.
  For more information, visit: https://eastwestrail.co.uk/

Cambridgeshire Hearing Help Restarting – 20/04/2021

Coronavirus update:

April 2021: CHH Hearing Aid Maintenance (HAM) Centres open for appointments.

If you are an NHS hearing aid user, or relative, friend or carer of an NHS hearing aid user, Cambridgeshire Hearing Help is pleased to announce the limited re-opening of its hearing aid re-tubing service. If your HEARING AID NEEDS CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE, we have launched a ‘drop-off and pick-up 10 minutes later’ service at nine HAM Centres located in Soham, Ely, Cambourne, Girton, St Ives, Chatteris, Fulbourn and Great Shelford.

To comply with the social distancing regulations and Covid-19 risk assessments our re-tubing process will take longer and therefore our sessions will be by appointment only. Because of these precautions we are only able to offer a ‘drop-off and pick-up 10 minutes later’ service at present. We ask that your hearing aids are handed to us in a sealed envelope labelled with your Name, Date of Birth, Postcode and contact phone number.

To book an appointment, tel. 01223 416141, email enquiries@cambridgeshirehearinghelp.org.uk. or go to our website https://www.cambridgeshirehearinghelp.org.uk/ and book online

Our HAM Centres operate between 10:30am and 3:30pm as follows: 

  • Soham: 1st Monday of the month at Soham Library, 5/7 Clay Street, Soham CB7 5HJ.
  • Ely Library: 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at Ely Library, 6 The Cloisters, Ely CB7 4ZH.
  • Ely Methodist Church: 4th Tuesday of the month at Methodist Church Hall, Chapel Street, Ely CB6 1AD. 
  • Cambourne: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at Lower Cambourne Cricket Pavilion, Woodfield Lane, Lower Cambourne, Cambridge CB23 6FB. (Please note this change of address)
  • St Ives: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the monthat St Ives Library, 4 Library Row, Station Road, St Ives PE27 5BW.
  • Girton: 3rd Wednesday of the month at the Baptist Church, 103 High Street, Girton, Cambridge CB3 0QQ.
  • Fulbourn: 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at The Swifts Meeting Room and Library, Haggis Gap, Fulbourn, Cambridge, CB21 5HD.
  • Great Shelford: 1st Thursday of the month at Great Shelford Free Church, Ashen Green, Great Shelford, CB22 5EY.
  • Chatteris: 2nd Friday of the month at Chatteris Library, 2 Furrowfields Road, Chatteris, PE16 6PT.

    If you are unable to get to any of our Hearing Aid Maintenance Centres please contact your original provider: your hospital audiology department or Specsavers.

We CONTINUE TO PROVIDE BATTERIES BY POST.  Please telephone us on 01223 416141 or email enquiries@cambridgeshirehearinghelp.org.uk. We will need to know what SIZE batteries you require. This will be either size 13 Orange, size 312 Brown or size 675 Blue.

You can also pick-up batteries from the Cambridgeshire Mobile Library, which visits 85 villages and communities throughout the county: www.mobilelibraries@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Further locations for Hearing Aid Maintenance Centres will be posted as they become available.