Weekly Policing Update – Somersham District

Good Morning, Somersham District Members –

 
Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 1st to 6th August:

 
Moot Way / Church Street, Woodhurst – Police were notified of a possibly suspicious incident that happened in Woodhust at around 3:30 am early on Saturday morning, 1st August, in which two males with torches were seen walking around the Moot Way and Church Street area. They were overheard talking together and the concern was that they may have been checking for vulnerable properties. Domestic CCTV systems in the area caught pictures of them. (Ref CC-01082020-0301)

 
Pidley Sheep Lane – There was a collision between a car and an excavator/teleporter on Pidley Sheep Lane on Saturday afternoon, 1st August. One person was taken to hospital with slight injuries whilst the damaged car was moved off the road and debris and spillages were cleared up. (Ref CC-01082020-0286)

 
Parkhall Road, Somersham – A bench on Parkhall Road, Somersham, was deliberately set on fire in the early hours of Sunday 2nd August. The Fire Brigade were called and dealt with the blaze. (Ref 35/51404/20)
 
 
And Finally… Neighbourhood Watch – ‘There’s Safety in Neighbours!’
 
Neighbourhood Watch have launched a new campaign aimed to help us keep our homes and neighbourhoods safe, now that lockdown is easing and there are more people out and about again.
 
The campaign is called “Safety in Neighbours” and provides practical tools and advice to combat burglary. The idea is that life is safer when you know your neighbours – with more people looking out for unusual behaviour on our streets, burglaries can be prevented.
 
Look out for your neighbours and find out how you can prevent burglary in your area – the following link has guidance, practical advice, a burglary-prevention toolkit and more information about the “Safety in Neighbours” initiative –
 
https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/crime-prevention/crime-prevention-toolkits/burglaries
 
 
 
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 We do not publish details of domestic related offences or anything which may put a person at risk if information regarding the crime was made public.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’.


Best Wishes,
 
Chris Shaw, PSV
 
St Ives Police Station

COVID-19: Weekly Bulletin 06/08/2020

Welcome to the latest edition of this weekly newsletter, produced by the Economic Development department at Huntingdonshire District Council, where we will keep you up to date with the support and guidance available to businesses in the local area.

If you are an employer or a business owner we encourage you to read and follow the guidance for employers and businesses (GOV.UK).

During these unprecedented times we will continually monitor the information and advice available, which can be accessed via our COVID 19-hub. You can also sign up to receive information on business grants, events, vacant office space, business news and more.   Take me to the Hub   Outbreak guidance
New guidance has been published for businesses and organisations to recognise, contain and report incidents of coronavirus (COVID-19).
For more information
    The UK transition The UK has left the EU, and the transition period after Brexit comes to an end this year. Check the new rules from January 2021 and keep up to date with the latest information via the hub on the Huntingdonshire District Council website. 
For more information   New local grants for small businesses (coming soon)
In the coming days, a new fund will be announced to help small businesses recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Any new updates will appear on the hub, so make sure you continuously check the Grants, Funding and Loans page for new information. For more information   Have your questions answered by Brexit4Business
If you have a question about International Development (formerly known as Brexit) and your business, or would like to find out more about a Brexit4Business, submit your questions here. For more information

Free Support
The Combined Authority is offering businesses a free range of support to help build resilience due to the impact of COVID 19. To enable businesses to determine what support is available and support them in accessing it, they are providing a business support triaging service. 
For more information   Free 1-2-1 support
Enterprise Nation offers access to free support from experts to help your business recover from the impact of Coronavirus. For more information

The Small Business Charter are offering a fully funded 10 week Small Business Leadership Programme supporting senior leaders to enhance their business’s resilience and recovery from the impact of COVID-19. It will be delivered online by small business and enterprise experts from world-leading business schools.
For more information   Applications open for customs grant scheme
HMRC has made record funding of £50 million available to enhance its Customs Grant Scheme. From 29 July 2020, organisations can apply for funding to reimburse a number of costs associated with increasing their capacity and enhancing their ability to complete customs declarations, ahead of the new rules from January 2021. For more information   Rules that have been relaxed to help businesses during the pandemic A list of the rules that have been temporarily relaxed to make it easier for businesses to continue working through the disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19).
For more information   Business restart toolkit
Huntingdonshire District Council share a number of links and guidance documents to help support businesses in the local area – tools to help plan, get advice and adapt workplaces in line with current government guidance.
For more information     Staying COVID-19 Secure in 2020  Notice to display to show you have made your workplace COVID-secure.

Once you have carried out a risk assessment you should display the notice linked below, in your workplace to show that you have complied with the guidance on managing the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19).
For more information

August E-Newsletter Edition of Ournews Is Here – Crime Prevention

We are delighted to announce that the August 2020 OurNews is now available to view and download from our website.( https://bit.ly/3fzCWCQ )

This month’s theme is Crime Prevention and we have highlighted our launch of our new “Safety In Neighbours” campaign, which launched at the tail end of July. This has been a great campaign and we have received lots of positive feedback.

As well as continuing our theme across the newsletter, we are excited to launch our first ever Impact Survey, which we are pleased to say we have received over 21,000 responses.  We would like to congratulate West Midlands and Hampshire, which we have received the most responses from their members and members of the public. 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank those that have already completed the survey and for those of that haven’t, we ask you to fill in the survey and ask others to do the same.

Please continue to share our newsletter with your coordinators, members, supporters, and partners across your networks.

Best wishes

Central Support Team

NB:  Please click on the links in the alert message

 
Message Sent By
Cheryl Spruce (NWN, Head of Membership and Community Engagement , National)

Police Launch Blue Light Race Charity Event For Local School

Alongside our fire and ambulance colleagues, we have launched a virtual ‘Blue Light Race’ in order to raise funds for a local school.

The Blue Light Race, which officially launches on Monday (10 August), will see police, fire and ambulance services compete to rack up miles all while raising money for Meadowgate Academy in Wisbech.

The academy looks after children aged between two and 19 who require additional support due to varying physical or mental disabilities. On a visit to the school earlier this year one of our officers learnt it is in desperate need of funding to allow it to purchase a new mini bus which costs about £35,000 due to all the adaptions that are required.

Their current fleet is really old and essential equipment such as the wheelchair ramps are starting to break down frequently and becoming increasingly costly to repair.

Seeing the amazing work they do for the children in our community made them want to help them and this is where the idea for the Blue Light Race came from.

This event is about local emergency services coming together to help a local school that provides care for some of the most vulnerable children in our community.

The event is a virtual race between the blue light services between 10 to 24 August, with the three emergency services competing to rack up the most miles covered by their employees and their supporters.

The three teams each have their own hashtag to track miles – #BLRpolice, #BLRfire and #BLRambo. We are asking you, as members of our communities, to support the event by either walking, running or cycling any distance and to then post your mileage on social media with the hashtag of the team you want your mileage to be added to. Activity can be done out in the open, or by using the newly re-opened gyms.

To qualify to have mileage added to a team all that needs to be done is to donate to the event’s Just Giving page once. Multiple donations can be made but only once is required to have mileage accepted, and then mileage can be added multiple times using the hashtags on social media.

We’re hoping to be able to raise at least £2,000 for the school, but with supporters such as Peterborough United Football Club and celebrities Katie Piper and Ricky Rayment already onboard, we’re hoping to be able to raise much more than our initial modest target.

So far today we have already reached more than 10 percent of our target and the racing hasn’t even started yet!

Michelle Flanz, Head Teacher of the academy, said: “I want to say a big thank you in advance to everyone who is supporting this event. We are completely reliant on our vehicles and without them our children’s lives just would not be as rich, we need them to get out and about and be a part of the community.

“All the money raised will be well spent in ensuring our pupils have the access to the community they so desperately need and the rich curriculum that we strive to give them.”

Progress of the race will be posted every couple of days on the Policing Fenland Facebook page and FenCops Twitter account.

Donations to the cause can be made via the event’s Just Giving page here https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/blue-light-race-for-meadowgate-academy.
A video giving more detail about event and information about the school can be found on the force’s YouTube channel here https://youtu.be/dZwmFDwuF8U.

Kind regards,
Message Sent By
Lauren Alexander (Police, Senior Communications Officer, Cambridgeshire Constabulary)

Vandalism on the Norwood Field

On the 2nd August 2020 3am, Somersham Parish Council were contacted by the Police regarding a fire on the Norwood Playing Field.

We discovered that one of the public benches was completely melted and no amount of paint could recover it!

We’re very disappointed to of received this news because we are spending £59,415.08 ex VAT on the new Skate ramp, outdoor Gym equipment and a new piece of play equipment, a Witches hat all for our community with work beginning imminently.

Please be safe and think twice. Thank you.

Somersham Parish Council

COVID-19 Weekly Bulletin

Welcome to the first edition of this weekly newsletter, produced by the Economic Development department at Huntingdonshire District Council, where we will keep you up to date with the support and guidance available to businesses in the local area. In today’s issue, we will update you on the latest news relating to outbreak guidance, changes to the Job Retention Scheme and the UK transition in leaving the EU.

If you are an employer or a business owner we encourage you to read and follow the guidance for employers and businesses (GOV.UK). During these unprecedented times, we would like to reassure you that we are taking coronavirus (COVID-19) very seriously and will continually monitor the information and advice available. There is also additional information available via our hub page which provides links to the latest guidance and support.     Take me to the Hub     Outbreak guidance
New guidance has been published for businesses and organisations to recognise, contain and report incidents of coronavirus (COVID-19).
For more information
    Job Retention Scheme
from 1 August 2020 the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will no longer fund employers’ National Insurance and pensions contributions for furloughed employees – employers will have to make these payments For more information   The UK transition The UK has left the EU, and the transition period after Brexit comes to an end this year. Check the new rules from January 2021 and take action now.
For more information   Free 1-2-1 support for local businesses The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority is offering businesses a range of support to help build resilience due to the impact of COVID 19. To enable businesses to determine what support is available and support them in accessing it, they are providing a business support triaging service. 
For more information

Enterprise Nation offers access to free support from experts and help your business recover from the impact of Coronavirus.
For more information   Latest Guidance on Reopening Employers that want to reopen their business have a legal responsibility to protect their employees and other people on site. Use this guidance to help you carry out a risk assessment and make sensible adjustments to the site and workforce.
For more information     Staying COVID-19 Secure in 2020  Notice to display to show you have made your workplace COVID-secure.

Once you have carried out a risk assessment you should display the notice linked below, in your workplace to show that you have complied with the guidance on managing the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19).
For more information

Weekly Policing Update – Somersham District


Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 16th to 23rd July:


Land off Chatteris Road, Somersham – Police received a report of a dog-walker out with his dog on land off Chatteris Road being approached and confronted by two middle-aged men speaking with strong possibly Irish accents, on Friday evening, 17th July. The men were verbally aggressive and threatened to take the dog by force, before pushing the victim away and walking off. (Ref 35/47546/20)


The Lane, Old Hurst – Police received a report of a car seen in a ditch at The Lane, Old Hurst, early on Sunday morning, 19th July. No-one was believed to be in the car. Officers arranged for the car to be recovered whilst details of the registered owner were traced. (Ref CC-19072020-0130)


And Finally… A Reminder About the New Regulations on Wearing Face Masks

With effect from Friday, 24th July, we are required to wear face masks in shops and supermarkets, in addition to public transport, where they are already required. We are also strongly advised to wear face coverings in other enclosed public spaces where there are people we do not normally meet.

Ministers have also answered questions from the media about the situation in take-aways and coffee shops – as of Friday, 24th July, we will have to wear face-masks in these places as well, if we are buying items to consume elsewhere. If we are eating in, then face-masks will not be required.

More guidance is on the Government web-page at:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

 

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’.


Best Wishes,

Chris Shaw, PSV

St Ives Police Station

Norwood Playing Field Playground COVID-19 advice on safe play following Government guidance

Scientific advice suggests that the COVID-19 virus can survive for up to several days on some hard surfaces. The risks are reduced when outdoors, where surfaces may be subject to UV light and/or rain.

Whilst all possible practical measures have been put in place the user of this equipment does so at their own choice and risk.

• Under 14 years only

• 1 family member to accompany 1 child

• Please retain 1m distance from other users e.g. pushing swings

• To enable as many children as possible to use the equipment please limit use to 15 minutes

• Please use a one-way system where possible

• Use of hand sanitiser gel or wipes is advised when using the equipment

• When using equipment do not touch face

• Consumption of food and drink within play areas is not permitted

• Please use bins provided or take litter home

Booking system introduced at three household recycling centres & further updates from Cambridgeshire Hub

Visitors to three household recycling centres in Cambridgeshire will need to book a slot to access the sites from next week. This is in addition to a booking system for all sites that was recently introduced for vans and trailers requiring e-permits.From Monday, 22 June, you will only be able to visit Bluntisham, Alconbury and Thriplow household recycling centres if you have pre-booked a slot. The booking system will open today (17 June). This measure is being introduced to reduce traffic congestion, speed up entry times and reduce the risk of collisions around the sites.Residents should only make essential visits to Household Recycling Centres if it is not possible to store waste safely at home or dispose of it through kerbside or bulky waste collections. Further Government advice is available on GOV.UK (paragraph 1.1).Sites are provided for the use of Cambridgeshire residents only, and all users should be prepared to show proof of address on arrival.You can book your slot online but if you can’t access the website, you can phone 0345 045 5207 for help.Further advice on visiting household recycling centres, including what to expect, restrictions and how the teams are keeping users safe is on the council’s website.

User friendly guide to Test and Trace launchedCambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council have published a user friendly guide to the way the new NHS Test and Trace system will work locally, on behalf of the Health Protection Committee.The more people that use NHS Test and Trace correctly, the more effective it will be at stopping the spread of the virus, the safer it will be for you and your loves ones and the quicker the lockdown measures can be lifted.The guide which will be updated regularly, can be found on the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough council websites.get tested poster

Dr Liz Robin’s vlog about support bubblesDr Liz Robin, Director of Public Health for Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council, explains how ‘support bubbles’ work, and why these new social bubbles are designed to make it easier to reconnect with loved ones, friends and family – which is so important and can make all the difference to someone who has been living alone during lockdown. More information about support bubbles and some general frequently asked questions and answers on the guidelines are available online. Watch Dr Liz’s vlog on YouTube here.

Hola to Cambridgeshire Music’s second Online OrchestraMore than 100 young musicians contributed to Cambridgeshire Music’s second Online Orchestra challenge – La Bamba.The organisation was absolutely bowled over by the enthusiasm of musicians across the county and beyond,  ho contributed to the toe-tapping Mexican performance, which has already been viewed 1,300 times online.   Every orchestral instrument was represented in the final performance – from harps to bassoons and from marimbas to ukuleles. Also, some great contributions on less well-known instruments – from a Chinese two-stringed erhu to a stylophone and even kazoos.The icing on the La Bamba cake was a ‘bonus’ performance from Wyton on the Hill Primary School’s Kazoo Orchestra, which appears right at the end of the video.Cambridgeshire Music is the county council run hub for music education and arts therapies and you can see more about its work here

Peterborough Cathedral would like to hear from youIn line with government guidance, Peterborough Cathedral took its services online and has been exploring the world of online worship ever since. With the country beginning to enter the recovery phase of the pandemic, the Cathedral is looking to hear feedback on its online services offered during the lockdown as it begins to consider the role of online worship services in the future.If you have tuned into any of the online services, may that have been for VE day or Sunday services, please take a moment to share your feedback with the cathedral here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/86PKJZZ

Bundle of books up for grabs in reading contestYoungsters in Peterborough can get creative and win a bundle of books by entering a competition based around the work of a famous author.The latest Peterborough Reads writing challenge has been launched, aimed at helping children enjoy reading-related activities during lockdown.The challenge is inspired by Terry Pratchett’s ‘Truckers’, which tells the story of a race of tiny people (known as Nomes) who live hidden among humans.The Nomes live under the floorboards of a large department store where the ‘outdoors’ is long forgotten. Things like night and day, sun and rain, are just the stuff of old legends.In the story, a devastating piece of news shatters their existence: the store, their whole world, is to be demolished. The Nomes have to come up with a mastermind escape plan to stay alive and they need two things – a place to live, and a way to get there.Please send all entries to hannah.riley@literacytrust.org.uk by Wednesday 24 June for a chance to win a bundle of books. Remember to include the child’s name, age, and school in the email too.For more information about the challenge click here

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