Weekly Policing Update – Somersham District – 01/03/2021

Good Afternoon, Somersham District Members –

Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 17th to 23rd February:

High Street, Pidley – Police stopped a car that was being driven with no front tyres along Pidley High Street, on Sunday morning, 21st February. The driver managed to run off but was later tracked down and taken into custody, whilst the car was seized and towed away for forensic analysis. (Ref CC-21022021-0085)

High Street, Somersham – The Neighbourhood Policing Team have been asked to be alert to on-going parking issues along Somersham High Street, following a report of cars parked on the pavement forcing pedestrians to walk in the road, on Monday afternoon, 22nd February. (Ref CC-22022021-0247)


And Finally … A local News Story:

Three men from Coventry who were caught hare-coursing in Cambridgeshire twice in a month have been given Criminal Behaviour Orders banning them from any similar activity in the County for a period of three years.

The group were first spotted on farm land in Somersham on 29th November, 2019, when their vehicle was seized and they were dispersed from the County. However, on 29th December 2019 they were discovered again on land at Ramsey Mereside when their different vehicle was seized and they were again dispersed.

The three appeared at Peterborough Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday 17th February when the sentences were handed down.

Full details are on the Police news web-site at: http://bit.ly/3bg4PQp


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 We do not publish details of domestic related offences or anything which may put a person at risk if information regarding the crime was made public.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’.

Have Your Say on The Use of Anpr – 01/03/2021

We are looking to get your thoughts around the use of automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) in Cambridgeshire through a national survey.

ANPR technology is used by our force and police forces across the UK to help detect, deter and disrupt criminality, including organised crime groups and terrorists.

The number plate cameras, which are governed by strict codes of practice, are most commonly used to alert officers to stolen vehicles, vehicles that have been involved in crime or to help locate missing people. The data they collect can also be used in investigations.

ANPR is a vital tool to help policing stay one step ahead of criminals and better protect people. Your views play an important part in how we do this. The anonymous survey will only take a few minutes of your time to complete.

Your views are important to us so if you have time to fill out the survey we would be grateful.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority – A141 News – 01/03/2021

Date: 23rd February 2021
Telephone: 01353 667721
Email: youra141@cambridgeshirepeterborough-ca.gov.uk
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‘It’s Your A141’ – Mayor reveals options and asks people to vote for favourite 

The keenly-anticipated options for improving the A141 around Huntingdon were today made public by Mayor James Palmer on a new website set up to ask people’s preference. 

Mayor Palmer is asking anyone with an interest in the A141 – road users, local residents, nearby businesses, and community organisations to view the range of options under consideration and say which solutions they want the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority and its partners to carry forward. 

The Combined Authority launched its A141 – Have Your Say! microsite today or option maps, further information and ways of commenting. 

It includes six options for consideration by the public, ranging from a full bypass of northern Huntingdon to improvements based around rural hubs and active travel. 

If anyone needs to get in touch with the #Your A141 team, please write to youra141@cambridgeshirepeterborough-ca.gov.uk . 

The Mayor, who leads the Combined Authority, is sharing the longlist of potential options to generate comment on the pros and cons from as many people as possible who live near the A141 or use it. 

James Palmer, Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough

“No decision has been made on which potential option to take forward to the next stage. If you use this road, or live near it, it’s your A141 more than anyone else’s, and I urge you to take this chance to tell us what you want done, how you want us to improve it. 

“Your local knowledge and insights will be priceless in guiding us towards the best solution. 

“Doing nothing is not an option. Improvements must be made to the A141 but how and where is yet to be decided. We won’t take any decision until we’ve had solid input from locals – but continuing growth and the prosperity it brings depends on this road being made to function better for everyone. The more that people with on-the-ground knowledge contribute, the better informed our final decision will be”, said Mayor Palmer. 

The A141 is a key road in and out for Huntingdon commuters. It is prone to traffic jams and encourages dangerous and polluting rat-runs through villages, and rush-hour tailbacks in its feeder routes. The A141 is also the major road serving fenland and carries a rising volume of slow agricultural vehicles and heavy through-traffic of container lorries crossing the region. 

To help people stay in touch with developments around the A141 improvement scheme, the Combined Authority has also set up a Facebook hub, the @A141 Community, where people united by an interest in the road and its future can follow plans and decisions, and swap news and views about the A141 throughout the whole life of the improvement project.
The Options

Option 1 Full Offline Bypass with no connections A new bypass from Spittals Interchange to Sawtry Way roundabout (B1090/A141), with no connections to existing roads or the new developments.

Option 2 Full Offline Bypass with connections A new bypass from Spittals Interchange to Sawtry Way roundabout (B1090/A141). Three junctions with the existing road network (Ermine St, Abbotts Ripton Road and Kings Ripton Road).

Option 3 Online / Offline Option A new bypass from Spittals Interchange to the Tesco Roundabout. Widening of the existing A141 from the Tesco Roundabout to the Hartford Roundabout.

Option 4 Rural Travel Hubs Implementation would likely require combining with bus priority infrastructure towards Huntingdon

Option 5 Public Transport and Active Travel Upgrading / extending the existing Old Houghton Road bridle path. Dedicated walking and cycling infrastructure from the Ermine Street Business Park to the A1123/A141 junction along the current A141 and from the Ermine Street Business Park to St. Peters Road. Additional walking and cycling crossing points over the East Coast Main Line. Public Transport infrastructure along St. Peters Road and opening access at the old Sapley Road crossroads for public transport. Public transport and active travel connections between new developments and Huntingdon town centre.

Option 6 Transport Network Management Potential areas to implement measures to discourage car travel. Measures could include:˃ a Clean Air Zone (CAZ)*˃ environmental weight limits**˃ Workplace Parking Levies***˃ increasing parking charges; or˃ reducing parking availability. These measures would need to be combined with other positive measures to provide travel alternatives.

Rapid testing info – 22/02/21

Do you have to leave home to attend work? 

Covid-19 rapid testing for people without symptoms is available at various locations in Cambridgeshire. 

With up to 1 in 3 people showing no Covid-19 symptoms you could be spreading the virus without knowing it. 

Residents who are key workers or anyone leaving home regularly for work, volunteering or training who are not showing symptoms are asked to get tested to help us break the chain of transmission. 

Book your test online at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/rapidtesting. Alternatively, we also welcome you without an appointment.  

We recommend testing twice a week to help stop the spread.  

Creating an account on your first visit will speed up registration for following visits, enabling the entire testing process to take 5-10 minutes. 

  • The Hub, High Street, Cambourne, South Cambridgeshire, CB23 6GW
  • Queen Mary Centre, Queen’s Road, Wisbech, Fenland, PE13 2PE
  • Soham Town Rangers Football Club, Julius Martin Lane, Soham, Ely, East Cambridgeshire, CB7 5EQ
  • The Coneygear Centre, Buttsgrove Way, Huntingdon, PE29 1PE
  • The Meadows Community Centre, 1 St Catherine’s Road, Arbury, Cambridge, CB4 3XJ

Thanks John, Helen 

On behalf of Lauren and Helen, Cambourne LFT Team Leaders

Tel: 07852 428829

A14C2H Archaeology Release – 22/02/21

                                                                                                                                                           

Carving of Roman virility found on Britain’s biggest roads project

New find from A14 upgrade is almost 2,000 years old

The team examining the finds unearthed on Britain’s biggest roads project had a surprise when they found one millstone engraved with an enhanced phallus.

More than 300 querns (hand mills) and millstones were recovered during archaeological work on Highways England’s £1.5 billion A14 upgrade between Cambridge and Huntingdon in 2017 and 2018, but this find was only recently pieced together by archaeologists MOLA Headland Infrastructure.

The archaeologists and their partners, Oxford Archaeology, discovered two crosses inscribed on the circumference of the quern, and a different type of carving on its upper face. The millstone had been broken during its use and was then adapted, which preserved the carvings as it was then reversed to be used as a saddle quern, one of the bedstones used in the grinding process, hiding the genital carving.

Caption: this millstone found on the A14 has a phallus carved into it

Decorated querns and millstones of any date are extremely rare, with only four such Roman millstones discovered from around a total of 20,000 nationwide. While crosses on such stones are more prevalent, these tend to be found only at military sites.

Steve Sherlock, Highways England’s Archaeology Lead for the A14, said: “This millstone is important as it adds to the evidence for such images from Roman Britain. There were known associations between images of the phallus and milling, such as those found above the bakeries of Pompeii, one inscribed with ‘Hic habitat felicitas’ – ‘You will find happiness here’.

“The phallus was seen as an important image of strength and virility in the Roman world, with it being common practice for legionaries to wear a phallus amulet, which would give them good luck before battle.”

Caption: Dr Ruth Shaffrey with the millstone, only one of four such carvings ever found on these millstones

Dr Ruth Shaffrey, from Oxford Archaeology, added: “As one of only four known examples of Romano-British millstones decorated this way, the A14 millstone is a highly significant find. It offers insights into the importance of the mill to the local community and to the protective properties bestowed upon the millstone and its produce (the flour) by the depiction of a phallus on its upper surface.”

Highways England’s trailblazing archaeological work on the A14 has already unearthed woolly mammoth tusks and woolly rhino skulls, the earliest evidence of beer brewing in Britain, dating back to as early as 400 BC, and only the second gold coin to be found in the country depicting Roman emperor Laelianus, who reigned for about two months in 269 AD before he was killed.

Caption: Preparing for Archaeological open days on the A14 in Huntingdon, summer 2018

The improved 21-mile section of the A14 is a vital link which connects the East coast and the Midlands. It opened some eight months early in May 2020, just before the initial easing of the first lockdown, so it has been able to meet the demand for added capacity at a crucial time.

The new road, which has been Highways England’s flagship project and the biggest investment in a roads project in a generation, is set to bring nearly £2.5 billion of benefits to the UK economy.

With around 85,000 drivers using the section every day before work started, including many more lorries than a typical A-road, the A14 suffered from heavy congestion on a regular basis.

Caption: vehicles using the 750-metre long River Great Ouse viaduct on the new A14

For the latest information about the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme, including advance notification of road closures, visit www.highwaysengland.co.uk/A14C2H,or follow us on twitter @A428Cat and Facebook www.facebook.com/A428BlackCat, where you can also be kept up-to-date with developments on the A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet improvements.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

  1. Highways England is the wholly government-owned company responsible for modernising, maintaining and operating England’s motorways and major A roads.
  • The £1.5bn A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon project upgraded 21 miles of the A14 to three lanes in each direction (four lanes between Bar Hill and Girton) adding additional capacity, boosting the local and national economy and cutting up to 20 minutes off journeys.

The project’s major new bypass for Huntingdon opened in December 2019.

The new A14 opened to traffic on 5 May 2020, although some finishing work, such as landscaping as well as foot and cycle paths along the new road and the removal of the A14 viaduct in Huntingdon, continues.

The A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme is being delivered on behalf of Highways England by a joint venture of UK contractors and design consultants: Balfour Beatty, Costain and Skanska and for design, Atkins and CH2M. The delivery team is known as the A14 Integrated Delivery Team.

For the latest information about the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme, visit www.highwaysengland.co.uk/A14C2H  follow @A14C2H on Twitter and like the scheme Facebook page at www.facebook.com/A14C2H/.

For further information please contact Highways England’s press office (24hrs) on 0844 693 1448 and select the most appropriate option below:

Option 1: National enquiries (9am to 5.30pm) & out of hours for urgent enquiries

Option 2: North West (between 9am & 5.30pm)

Option 3: Yorkshire, Humber and North East (between 9am & 5.30pm)

Option 4: West Midlands (between 9am & 5.30pm)

Option 5: East Midlands (between 9am & 5.30pm)

Option 6: East (between 9am & 5.30pm)

Option 7: South East (between 9am & 5.30pm)

Option 8: South West (between 9am & 5.30pm)

Weekly Policing Update – Somersham District – 22/02/21

Good Afternoon, Somersham District Members –

 
I am happy to say that there are no offences or incidents affecting your community to mention in this week’s Policing Update, covering the period 10th to 16th February.
 
 
However, perhaps you would like to assist the police by completing an anonymous survey on the use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) Systems?
 
 
Police Survey on the Use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) Systems:
 
Cambridgeshire Police are running a survey to get the public’s views on the use of ANPR systems in the County.
 
ANPR is used to alert officers to stolen vehicles, vehicles involved in crime, or to help locate missing people. The data they collect can also be used in investigations. You can help shape the future of ANPR by
completing the anonymous survey and sharing your views at the following link:
 
http://bit.ly/3b7G88O

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’.

Beware Romance Fraud – 16/02/2021

Romance fraudsters are scamming victims out of more than £7,000!

That’s according to new data from UK Finance while Action Fraud has revealed romance fraud incidents have rocketed during lockdown.

Scammers set up fake profiles to lure their victims in, promising love and happiness and building what seems to be a genuine, trusting online relationship before asking victims to help them out with financial issues or travel costs so they can visit them in person.

Remember:

  • Be suspicious of any requests for money from someone you have only met online
  • Speak to your family and friends to get a second opinion if you’re unsure
  • Do a reverse image search to check if someone has used a fake profile picture

Never:

  • Share your bank details with someone you’ve met online
  • Transfer money on their behalf
  • Take out a loan for them
  • Provide copies of your personal documents such as passports or driving licenses
  • Invest your own money on their behalf or on their advice
  • Purchase and send the codes on gift cards from Amazon or iTunes
  • Agree to receive and/or send parcels on their behalf (laptops, mobile phones etc.)

For more advice on romance fraud, visit: https://bit.ly/3rKv9IW
or contact CyberProtectCambs@cambs.pnn.police.uk

Bitcoin-Related Scam Emails – 15/02/2021

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.
  • 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.

Weekly Policing Update – Somersham District – 11/02/2021

Good Afternoon, Somersham District Members –

Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 2nd to 9th February:

Broughton – Stables and sheds on Causeway Road, Broughton, were entered and searched at some time overnight on Tuesday 2nd / Wednesday 3rd February. Items were disturbed and doors were left open, but nothing is thought to have been stolen. (Ref 35/6606/21)

High Street, Somersham – Intruders entered the yard of a property on Somersham High Street at some time during the day on Thursday 4th February and interfered with an Ifor Williams trailer left parked there. The galvanised headboard was removed and stolen, the tyres let down and the wheel nuts removed. The owner also discovered that the key to his office no longer worked and suspects that an attempt had been made to break in. (Ref 35/6983/21)

Fen Road, Pidley – Police searched the area along Fen Road, Pidley, after receiving a report of a male with two greyhounds seen actively hare-coursing on nearby fields on Friday afternoon, 5th February. However, no trace could be found. (Ref CC-05022021-0330)

Colne – Police issued a Covid-19 fine to a person found to be in breach of the Covid-19 regulations at an address in Colne on Friday evening, 5th February. (Ref CC-05022021-0571)

A141, Clews Corner, Chatteris – Police closed the A141 at Clews Corner for a time early on Monday 8th February when two cars independently skidded on ice and crashed, one into a ditch. Fortunately no-one was hurt but debris needed to be cleared from the road and recovery services were needed to remove the two vehicles. Although the road had been gritted, the Council Highways department was called out to treat the surface a second time. (Ref CC-08022021-0043)


And Finally – Police Advice About Dog Thefts:

There has been an increase in reports of dog thefts both nationally and locally during the pandemic.

Here’s some of our key steps in keeping your pets safe:

– Keep an ID tag on your dog at all times (your surname, mobile number and address only).

– Secure gates using bolts at the top and bottom, along with a heavy-duty padlock and gate alarm.

– Never leave your pet in the garden unattended.

– Make sure your dog is microchipped and their details are updated so that they can be returned if they are stolen and subsequently found.

– Avoid leaving a dog tied up outside a shop or left alone in a car, even for a few minutes.

There is more advice on how to keep your dog safe on the police web-site at:

https://www.cambs.police.uk/A-Z/Dog-theft


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’.