ROAD PERMITS – Needingworth and Somersham build permits – 26/01/2023

Please see below schedule of works

I have posted on the Facebook traffic issues for the area however if there are any local groups such as community WhatsApp/Next Door. Parish Council Newsletters – please do share this.  I am more than happy to give you some words for any contributions to local newsletters.  At Gigaclear we are always opening to supporting local publishing so please do let me know if this is something you do

I would advise for up-to-date information that you look on as there is another Internet Service Provider (ISP) working in the area.

My role is telling not selling and we appreciate not everyone has access to online facilities.  The more people know, the better for all in the community and you as hard-working members of the Council.

Please do let me know if you need anything else and as always, any issues, please let me know.

Shining a light on Neighbourhood Policing – 24/01/2023

Today marks the beginning of neighbourhood policing week. This campaign aims to shine a light on the important work of neighbourhood policing teams across the UK.

For you, this means showcasing what an average week looks like for your Huntingdonshire Neighbourhood Team.

We’ll be sharing updates throughout the week on our Policing Huntingdonshire Facebook page if you would like to follow live time the work we are doing.

Don’t worry if you are not on social media as we’ll update you at the end of the week with a summary of what we’ve been working on to make Huntingdonshire a safer place.

We’ve got a dedicated neighbourhood page on our website too where you can find out a bit more about your team and raise any concerns you may have.

Virtual Q&A for applicants and newly approved carers – 30 January 2023 – 24/01/2023

Please find attached a Cambridgeshire and a Peterborough version of our new fostering poster.

We really value the support you’ve given our Fostering Service in the past, but the need to find more Foster Carers remains significant.

If you would consider printing off the poster relevant to your local area and displaying it on your noticeboard or other display area, we would appreciate it very much – it could lead to a local child or young person being given the safe, stable home environment they deserve.

Cannabis, weapons, tools and plant machinery recovered from Ramsey – 17/01/2023

Yesterday the Huntingdonshire Neighbourhood Team were in Ramsey looking for a wanted man when we uncovered a haul of suspected stolen items.

We have seized tools, plant machinery, fuel tanks, trailers and much more which is all believed to be stolen.

While carrying out searches in Middle Drove we also found six cannabis farms containing hundreds of plants which have all been dismantled and seized along with the growing equipment.

No one has been arrested but investigations continue.

 Yesterday’s discoveries and subsequent seizures of cannabis farms and equipment are important in showing criminals involved in serious and organised crime that we can disrupt their drug network and illegal activity by striking at any moment.

We take this action to make Huntingdonshire a safer place but we can’t always do it on our own and encourage residents to report any activity they deem to be suspicious so we can carry out stop searches, warrants, land searches and arrests.

Anyone with information can report it online. 

Re-appeal for information ten years on from murder of Wisbech pensioner

You may recall the tragic case of the murder of a pensioner in Wisbech, ten years ago.

Today (13 January), marks the ten year anniversary of when 86-year-old Una Crown was brutally killed in her home in Magazine Lane.

We were called after family members and a neighbour discovered her body in her bungalow.

She had not been seen alive since Friday, 11 January, but had spoken to a friend over the phone at about 5pm on the Saturday.

The death was initially treated as unexplained, however, following a post-mortem examination which concluded Mrs Crown died from stab wounds to her neck and chest, a murder investigation was launched.

Mrs Crown’s clothing had also been set alight, in an apparent attempt to disguise her injuries and destroy evidence, however the fire did not spread to the rest of the house and self-extinguished.

Una with husband Jack

Detective Chief Inspector Iain Moor, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: “Ten years on from this tragic case, Mrs Crown’s murderer remains undetected and we have not been able to get justice for her family.

“We continue to seek opportunities for new lines of enquiry and on the tenth anniversary of the tragic events, I wanted to re-appeal to the public.

“We still believe the answer to solving this case lies within the local community. I am urging anyone who has information but not yet come forward, to do the right thing and get in touch – someone out there knows what happened to Mrs Crown.

“Any information, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem, may be key to solving this investigation.”

Anyone with information should report to police online quoting Operation Posca, use the web chat service or call 101.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously online, or by calling 0800 555 111.

Have your say on the Draft Bus Strategy – 17/01/2023

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority is asking members of the public and stakeholders to have their say on its draft Bus Strategy in a consultation which will run until 22nd February 2023.  The Bus Strategy sets the vision for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough which is for a comprehensive network of bus services across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough that people find convenient, easy to use, reliable, affordable, and offers an attractive alternative to the car.  The purpose of the Bus Strategy is not to examine detailed, granular issues around specific routes and services; more to outline the key, strategic aims, objectives, and aspirations the region has for its bus network to enable the Combined Authority and partners to bid for further funding and shape the network to meet the needs of residents and businesses. 
Press release can be found here
The Survey can be found here
Thank you in advance for sharing the survey with the residents you represent and providing them the opportunity to have their say

Calls to hotline nearly triple – 17/01/2023

Do you know about our confidential hotline to report suspected drink or drug drivers?

Last month more than 80 drivers were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence as part of a force crackdown. You can read more about that on our news and appeals page.

Calls to our dedicated hotline also nearly tripled after the force’s festive campaign, with five calls in November 2022 compared to 13 calls in December. Throughout 2022, there were a total of 119 calls to the hotline. 

The hotline: 0800 032 0845 is available 24/7. If someone is in immediate danger, always call 999.

PC Nick Southern, Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s casualty reduction officer, said: “It is great to see calls to our confidential hotline increased in December compared to the previous month, and we would like to thank people for helping us make the roads of Cambridgeshire safer for everyone. Remember, one call really could save a life.

“But our hotline is for life, not just for Christmas. Calls can be made throughout the year and at any time of day or night, so we would encourage others to help us spread the word – whether that’s saving the number in your own phone or sharing it with others.”

For more information about driving under the influence, including the law and the dangers it can cause, visit the force’s dedicated drink and drug drive web page.

One call could change it all – 11/01/2023

Can you help? We need you to help us tackle child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Cambridgeshire by raising suspicions or concerns, no matter how small.

There were 18 reports of concerns around CSE sent in to us last month. Remember, you don’t have to be sure but one call could change a life. 

What is CSE?

Child sexual exploitation involves situations, contexts or relationships in which a person under 18 is given something, for example food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, affection, gifts or money in return for performing sexual activities or having sexual activities performed on them. It can also involve violence, coercion and intimidation, with threats of physical harm or humiliation.

In all cases of CSE, the person exploiting the child or young person is able to create the impression of authority over them in some form. This could be because of their age, gender, intellect, physical strength or economic situation.

Sexual exploitation of children can start through the use of technology, without them immediately realising. For example, they might be persuaded to post images on the internet or via mobile phone without immediate payment or personal gain.

What to look out for

Signs of a child or young person being in an exploitative relationship can vary. Some examples include:

·       going missing from home or care

·       physical injuries

·       misuse of drugs or alcohol

·       involvement in offending

·       repeat sexually-transmitted infections, pregnancies or terminations

·       absenteeism from school

·       deterioration in physical appearance

·       evidence of online sexual bullying

·       evidence of vulnerability on social networking sites

·       emotional distance from family members

·       receiving gifts from unknown sources

·       recruiting others into exploitative situations

·       poor mental health

·       self-harming

·       thinking about or attempting suicide

Find out more, including examples of what to look out for and how to report any concerns, via our dedicated CSE web page.

How your calls make a difference – 11/01/2023

Thank you to those of you who called in to report a vehicle for possibly being linked to drink driving in St Neots.

Even more shockingly, when that car stopped, a child was seen getting out together with the driver.

We stopped that very same car on Sunday and the driver, a woman in her 50s from St Neots, was arrested on suspicion of drink driving and child cruelty/neglect. 

She provided a roadside breath test reading of 151 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

In an evidential breath test taken at the station, she gave a reading of 130 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath.

Investigations continue and our Child Abuse Investigation and Safeguarding Unit (CAISU) team in the south are working to safeguard the child involved. 

Do you have concerns about a child? You don’t have to be sure, but one call or report could change or even save a life.

For more information and advice including how to report concerns about a child, visit the force’s dedicated child protection web pages.

You can report suspected drink drivers any time of day or night by calling our dedicated, confidential hotline on 0800 032 0845.

January edition of OUR NEWS is here – our newsletter for you – 11/01/2023

January edition of OUR NEWS is here – our newsletter for you

The January edition of OUR NEWS is here

We are pleased to bring you the first edition of OUR NEWS for 2023 – our newsletter for Neighbourhood Watch supporters across England and Wales.

This edition covers articles on the new government emergency alerts system, how to prevent burglary and protect your friends from romance fraud, understanding ‘secured by design’, offers from Patlock and Avast, how to avoid Amazon scams, how to find a trusted locksmith and more.

We hope you enjoy this edition as much as we enjoyed creating it.