Census 2021 Scams – 12/04/2021

Census 2021 Scams

Census 2021 Day might be over, but census field officers are visiting homes to provide support on completing the census for those that have not already done so.

Census-branded reminder letters are also being sent out.

Census field officers will never ask for payment or bank details.

They will never ask for personal details such as a national insurance number and they do not need to enter your home.

You will never be issued with a fine on the doorstep.

You will never be issued with a fine by text message, phone call or email.

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/news/watch-out-for-scams-related-to-census-2021

Action Fraud warnings about scams related to Census 2021

Nine out of ten households have completed Census 2021 – 12/04/2021

There has been a fantastic response to Census 2021, thank you! Nine out of ten households have completed their questionnaire. Even though Census Day has been and gone, it is not too late for people to fill out their form.

 

People can give their Census access code to a family member, friend, carer or any trusted person to complete the Census on their behalf.

 

If anyone has completed their Census online and they still get a visit from a Census officer, it may be that they have clicked on “Save & Exit” instead of “Submit” at the end of the questionnaire. They can still go back into their questionnaire with their access code at www.census.gov.uk and click “Submit” or call freephone 0800 141 2021 for help to do this.

 

If anyone has misplaced their letter, they can request a new unique access code on this link https://census.gov.uk/en/request/access-code/enter-address/ or call freephone 0800 141 2021.

 

Helping People Complete the Census

 

  1. The Census Call Centre freephone number is 0800 141 2021 (TEXT RELAY 18001) -people can request a paper questionnaire or give their Census return over the phone.
  1. Local Census Support Centres can help people, by appointment, to complete the Census. They are the Rosmini Centre in Wisbech on 01945 474 422 and the Hunts Volunteer Centres in Huntingdon, St Neots, St Ives and Ramsey on 07849 794 490. If you pop your postcode in here it will bring up your nearest support centre.
  1. The Census website has materials to help people complete the Census.

There are language guides here and the language line is 0800 587 2021.

There are accessible formats and guidance here

  1. Census Field Officers are calling at households who have not completed their Census. They will follow social distancing and COVID-safe guidelines, be equipped with PPE and will never need to enter anyone’s home. They’ll be operating much like a postal or food delivery visit.

Census Field Officers support people to complete and will not ask for money, please don’t give anyone money at the doorstep.

ONS Census Field Officers wear an ID badge and branded high-vis. You can contact the call centre to check the ID number on a Census Field Officer badge on freephone 0800 141 2021.

Thank you again for all of your support, with your help, we can ensure everyone in Huntingdonshire & Fenland can take part in the Census and be counted.

Weekly Policing Update – Somersham District – 12/04/2021

Good Afternoon, Somersham District Members –

Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 26th March to 1st April:

Parkhall Road, Somersham – Police issued an alert to patrols in the Somersham area concerning motorbikes being ridden along Parkhall Road in a dangerous manner on Wednesday afternoon and evening, 31st March. Two motorbikes were seen being ridden dangerously at around 4:00 pm, one rider not wearing a helmet. Later in the evening, one rider was reported to be doing wheelies and speeding repeatedly up and down the road. (Refs CC-31032021-0460 and CC-31032021-0435)


And Finally – Hoax Emergency Calls:

Two Ramsey teenagers were responsible for several hoax 999 calls to the Force Control Room this week, initially calls consisting of laughing and swearing down the phone, but finally making a call alleging that they had been chased by two persons with knives.

Police responded but also tracked the phone used to make the call. When officers arrived at the scene, the two suspects were located, one of whom was in possession of the phone. When challenged about the hoax calls, they appeared unconcerned about their actions or the police resources that they had needlessly tied up.

Hoax calls take police time away from people who really need their help. Just one minute can make all the difference in an emergency. Misusing the 999 system and using it for non-emergency matters to report crimes or emergencies that do not exist can cost lives. If you are found to be making a hoax call, you could be fined or even sent to prison.

More information on hoax calls is on the police web-site at:

https://bit.ly/3ctUyC3


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’.

BT Telephone Box at The Cross – 25/03/2021

Somersham Parish Council are aware a large number of books have been deposited some months ago in our Telephone Box and as of today someone has installed shelving in the parish councils BT Telephone Box at The Cross also without requesting permission.

Whilst we are in a pandemic situation and the community library is closed we will allow this to continue until the library is permitted to re-open on 12th April 2021.

The parish council do not wish to work against our fabulous volunteers at the library or in any way be seen as competition and will be handing over all books from the Telephone Box once the library reopens in April.

In future if anyone wishes to use the Telephone Box we would appreciate you contact the Parish Council directly on 01487 841359 to discuss your idea.

Press Release: CIL Funding B1040 Wheatsheaf Road/Somersham Road crossroad – 22/03/2021

18 March 2021
 
 
Cil funding approved for wheatsheaf crossroads accident reduction scheme

Huntingdonshire District Council has approved the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding of up to £500,000 towards the B1040 Wheatsheaf Road/Somersham Road crossroad, St Ives Accident Reduction Scheme. The decision was made by the Cabinet at a meeting that took place on Thursday 18th March 2021

The funding will be used to support Cambridgeshire County Council’s proposed scheme to signalise the junction to allow for better management of traffic flow and to significantly reduce the risk of accidents in the area. The project is set to be co-funded by the District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council who recognise that there is an existing issue of highway safety at the junction.

Executive Leader of the Council, Cllr Ryan Fuller, said: “I am pleased that the Cabinet has agreed to approve this funding for a project to support Cambridgeshire County Council in rectifying what has long been an area of concern for local people and a hotspot for accidents. Local councillors and residents have been campaigning for improvements to this junction and our offer of this additional funding to the County Council means that they finally have a deliverable funded solution. This junction is the worst in Huntingdonshire in terms of accident data and I can think of no better use of Community Infrastructure Levy funds than tackling issues such as this and saving lives.”

Cambridgeshire County Councillor for Somersham and Earith, Councillor Steve Criswell, said:

“As the local member I’m aware of the frustrations and concerns about this junction, which is why I have been working with the County Council’s highways team and talking to local parish councils about how the junction can be improved and trying to secure funding.

“I’m really pleased Huntingdonshire District Council has approved this funding towards a scheme which involves traffic lights at the junction. We are fully committed to delivering this already approved scheme and the final scheme budget will be reported to the County Council’s Highways and Transport Committee in the summer”.


CIL is a planning charge placed on developers that allows local authorities to assist in the funding and delivery of infrastructure development within the local area. The use of CIL funds highlights the District Council’s commitment to supporting the development of infrastructure that enables District-wide and localised growth as well as improving the supply of new and affordable housing, jobs and vital community facilities.


ENDS
 
Notes for Editor:Nil.
 
Media Contacts:Jane Gadsby, Communications Executive, 01480 388009 Gregg Sullivan, Communications Executive, 01480 388687

Weekly Policing Update – Somersham District – 22/03/2021

Good Afternoon, Somersham District Members –

Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 11th to 18th March:

Parkhall Road Area, Somersham – Thieves stole a locked bicycle and other items from the car-port of a house in a cul-de-sac off Parkhall Road at some time on Sunday 14th March. (Ref 35/15253/21)

Lakeway, Somersham – Police and an ambulance were called to an address on Lakeway on Monday afternoon, 15th March, where a car had collided with the wall of a house, becoming embedded in it. One person was taken to hospital for medical checks, but the car could not be removed until engineers had confirmed that the structure of the house was safe. The car was finally towed away the following morning. (Ref CC-15032021-0226)

Somersham Road, Woodhurst – Emergency services were called to a collision between two cars at the crossroads on Somersham Road on Thursday morning, 18th March, completely blocking the road for a time. Police cleared the vehicles off the road and had them towed away, whilst injured persons were taken away by ambulance. (Ref CC-18032021-0051)

Cuckoo Bridge, St Ives Road, Somersham – A lorry laden with scaffolding collided with a telegraph pole and overturned, scattering its load onto the road, at Cuckoo Bridge on Thursday evening, 18th March. Police had to close the road whilst the incident was dealt with, as live power cables were posing a hazard. One person was reported to be slightly injured, but it took until the early hours of Friday for it to be safe to reopen the road. (Ref CC-18032021-0383)

And Finally – Rural Crime in Cambridgeshire:

Rural Crime includes activities such as:

  • hare-coursing;
  • poaching;
  • horse-related crime;
  • illegal fox hunting.

Police and the Rural Crime Action Team (RCAT) work with Countryside Watch, Horse Watch and Boat Watch to tackle rural crime across the County. More information on these types of rural crime, the partner organisations that the police work with, and advice on how to protet your horses, is on the police web-site at:

https://bit.ly/3bXDHYa


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’.

#StandFirm toolkit 9 March 2021

Last month we launched our new multi-media campaign called #StandFirm which focusses on the personal testimonies of local people who have been impacted by Covid-19. We will be encouraging people to Stand Firm against Covid, stay home, protect families and protect communities.

This week we launched our video of Tony – watch his story here: https://youtu.be/hSeMjhDUkV8

Previously we’ve shared the stories of:

Kevin: https://youtu.be/5j-Xe7HovesWinnie: https://youtu.be/RlzsZMZ5AKc

Andy: https://youtu.be/kIwtXYElckE

Kim: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnwqh8vwQns

This toolkit includes social media posts and a WeTransfer link to download the assets: https://we.tl/t-YKYBohMBxT


There are two campaign pages on the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough websites:

https://www.peterborough.gov.uk/healthcare/public-health/coronavirus/stand-firm

https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/coronavirus/stand-firm

Please could you share these materials via your own channels and also with any community organisations in your towns and parishes, as appropriate.

Many thanks,

Matthew

Matthew Hall Business Partner for Communications | People and Public Health

Cambridgeshire County Council |Facebook  |Twitter

Peterborough City Council |Twitter | Facebook

07383 832752 |  01223 699493

Dog Theft Survey – 11/03/21

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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