January Lockdown – social media toolkit – 21/01/2021

As we’re now in national lockdown, we’ve developed a communications toolkit for partners to share across their channels.

The messages and images focus on the importance of staying at home in accordance with the most recent government restrictions, as well as statistics to show the impact of people’s behaviour during lockdown.

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

Please note: The toolkit includes social media posts and a WeTransfer link to download the assets in two sizes – one for Facebook, and a separate size for Twitter.

Download images here (if the link expires, please email us to request a new link).

Matthew Hall Business Partner for Communications | People and Public Health

Cambridgeshire County Council |Facebook  |Twitter

Peterborough City Council |Twitter | Facebook

07383 832752 |  01223 699493

Weekly Policing Update – Somersham District – 19/01/21

Good Afternoon, Somersham District Members

Covid-19 National Lockdown Reminder:
 Advice from HM Government –

Don’t Forget – Around 1 in 3 people who have the virus have no symptoms and could be spreading it without realising.

Follow the rules:
“Stay Home – Protect the NHS – Save Lives”
And
“Hands – Face – Space”

Full details are on the Government web-site:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Meanwhile, here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 8th to 14th January:

Chatteris Road, Somersham – Hare-coursers are thought to have cut the lock off a farm gate on Chatteris Road on Sunday afternoon, 10th January. Coursers had been seen on nearby fields earlier in the day. (Ref 35/1926/21)

Warner’s Drove, Somersham – Thieves stole three commercial batteries from an industrial unit on Warner’s Drove at some time overnight on Monday 11th / Tuesday 12th January. (Ref 35/2314/21)

Long Drove, Somersham – Police searched the area around Long Drove on Wednesday afternoon following a report of hare-coursers seen on a nearby ploughed field. However, a vehicle was last seen heading towards Chatteris and no trace of the man or his dog was found. (Ref CC-13012021-0198)

Fen Road, Pidley – Two suspects were disturbed in the act of trying to steal two large cast-iron planters from outside business premises on Fen Road on Wednesday evening, 13th January. When challenged, the two ran off. (Ref 35/2393/21)

Bridge Road, Broughton – Police received reports of flooding in Broughton after heavy rain on Thursday morning, 14th January, particularly on Bridge Road where at least one car was already abandoned. However the Highways Authority was already aware and warning signs and cones had already been put out. (Ref CC-14012021-0108)

Fenton Road, Fenton – The road between Fenton and Pidley was reported to be flooded on Thursday evening, 14th January. However a police patrol assessed that the road was still passable with care and that the flooding was more of a large puddle. (Ref CC-14012021-0381)

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’.

Bank Phishing Text Scam – 19/01/21

One of our wonderful supporters has kindly shared a screenshot of the below scam text message they received which is designed to trick the recipient into providing their personal information. The message purports to be from Lloyds Bank and claims that a new recipient has been added to the payees on the account and provides a link to click if you had not added the new payee.

Our supporter deleted the text message after sharing the screen shot with us so we are unable to advise where the link goes or what information is requested but suffice to say it will have linked to a fake webpage, probably using Lloyds branding, which asks for information such as the recipient’s account details.

The message in this example came from 07487 559281 and purported to be from Lloyds Bank in relation to a new payee Mrs Claire Lowell. But remember scams like this could come from other numbers, use a different new payee name or claim to be from other banks or companies such as Apple, PayPal, eBay and Amazon. Fraudsters will use many different guises to try to dupe as many people as possible.

Please remember never to click on links in unexpected texts or e-mails as these are likely to be ‘phishing’ for your information or ready to install malware on your device.

Forward scam texts to 7726.

District Flooding – 14 January 2021 – 18/01/2021

I am sure you are aware that many areas in the District have been given flood warnings and flood alerts.

If you need assistance, please follow the messages below;

  1. Sandbags –  HDC have very limited stock of sandbags to support the most vulnerable members of our community who may be in need of special care, support or protection in a crisis. Depending on the scale of the incident our resources may be seriously stretched and we can’t guarantee that we will be able to provide sandbags.

Huntingdonshire District Council’s website has been updated to include a range of information and advice, including, what to do in a flood and how to prepare and recover.

Website: https://huntingdonshire.gov.uk/flooding

Environment Agency: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings?location=cambridgeshire

and https://www.gov.uk/check-flood-risk

Business Fraud: Fake Debt Recovery Scam – 14/01/2021

Business Fraud: Fake Debt Recovery Scam

Huge thanks to our wonderful partner, Safe Local Trades, and their highly valued member company, Anglia Stairlifts Ltd, for alerting us to a very convincing telephone scam targeting businesses.

The scam begins with a cold call asking to speak to the Managing Director by name, claiming the matter is very urgent and that the caller is a High Court Enforcement Officer. The caller claims that correspondence relating to HMRC debts has gone unanswered, including correspondence from a debt recovery agency appointed by HMRC.

When the business states that they know nothing about the alleged debts and that they are completely up to date with all HMRC payments, the caller claims that in order to deal with the matter, which is due before the court imminently, the company can raise a dispute which requires the sum owed (in this case £8997.45) to be paid to the court’s solicitor who will hold it whilst the dispute is investigated. The payment is requested by bank transfer or BACS payment.

The caller cleverly uses the name of a bona fide solicitor registered with The Law Society to make his con seem authentic, as well as the name of a genuine debt recovery agency used by HMRC. He also directs the business to search for his own name on the register that appears when you type ‘bailiff register’ into Google.

You can listen to the full conversation on YouTube here.

The clues that this is not genuine are that the caller says he is a High Court Enforcement Officer, but the list he signposts to is a bailiffs list. The name given does not appear on the High Court Enforcement Officers list. He also steers the business towards making a bank transfer. 

HM Courts and Tribunal Service will never telephone to ask for bank details, nor will they telephone you to ask you to make a bank transfer. Further details and advice from HM Courts and Tribunal Service about these scams can be found here.

Report telephone scams, including any bank details provided for transferring money, to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or using their online reporting tool.

Please be vigilant and warn any business associates you may have about this despicable scam, as well as friends, family and neighbours. Thank you.

Neighbourhood Watch National Newsletter – Our News January 2021 – 11/01/2021

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

Weekly Policing Update – Somersham District – 11/01/2021

Good Afternoon, Somersham District Members –

Happy New Year, Ecops subscribers! Let’s hope that 2021 is a good year for all of us!

 

Covid-19 National Lockdown Regulations:

As you will be aware, the Government have now imposed a National Lockdown as a way of tackling the rapidly increasing rates of infection of the Covid-19 virus.
We are all instructed to stay at home – this is the single most important action we can take to protect the National Health Service and to save lives. We must not leave, or be outside of our houses, except where necessary for a small number of reasons:

  • To shop for basic necessities;
     
  • For work, if it cannot be done from home;
     
  • To exercise, once per day, in the local area;
     
  • To meet with a Support Bubble or Childcare Bubble where necessary;
     
  • For medical reasons;
     
  • To attend education or childcare, for those eligible.

 Full details are on the Government web-site:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home  
 
Very happily, there are no offences or incidents affecting your community to mention in our Policing Summary this week, covering the period 31st December to 7th January.

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’.

Alert – Coronavirus Vaccination Scams – 11/01/2021

Dear subscriber,

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.

BT Scam Telephone Call – 11/01/2021

Bogus BT Telephone Call

Beware of a scam telephone call recently received from 0208 0400389 by one of our partners. The call stated, in an automated voice, “This is to inform you that your BT contract will be terminated tomorrow due to illegal theft and hacking activities. To restore your account and resolve the current scenario press 1 to talk to our investigation team right now. Please press 1 now. Thank you.” 

You can listen to the message here

Most people will realise this is not a genuine call, either because they aren’t even a customer of BT or because they are already aware that scams like this happen. However, fraudsters can use technology to attempt these calls on a very large scale, often specifically targeting older or vulnerable people. Therefore the call could likely reach people who are not aware this is fake and who are sufficiently alarmed into pressing 1.

Please tell your colleagues, friends, family and neighbours never to press 1 if any cold call instructs them to do so. This will likely result in a hefty fee on their bill or connection to a threatening or persuasive criminal who knows exactly how to trick someone out of their money.

The instruction to press 1 is a common tactic of many telephone scams. Fake HMRC calls suggesting you owe tax or are due a rebate are a common example. In each and every case please do not press 1 or any other key instructed. And do not be reassured by a local or familiar looking number (in this case a London area code) since fraudsters can ‘spoof’ numbers to disguise their real origin and look like a local or UK call. 

Report phone scams to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or at www.actionfraud.police.uk

Please stay safe and spread the word. Thank you.

Have Your Say on Policing Priorities In Cambridgeshire and Peterborough – 06/01/2021

As your Acting Commissioner, it’s important for me to understand your views about crime and how it is being tackled in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

I would be very grateful if you could spend a few moments completing the below survey.

Your responses will help to inform the next Police and Crime Commissioner, elected by you in May 2021, your views and make sure the next Police and Crime Plan reflects these.

The survey looks into the areas of policing people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough would like to see their Constabulary prioritise. All information collected and answers submitted will be anonymous in line with our privacy policy.

This questionnaire should only take a few minutes.

The survey can be accessed via this link: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DNTBBTX

Kindest regards,
Ray Bisby
Acting Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
Message Sent By
Catherine Kimberley (Police, OPCC Communications Officer, Cambridgeshire)