Weekly Policing Update – 25th September 2020











Good Afternoon, Somersham District Members –

 
Very happily, there are no offences or incidents affecting your community to mention in our Policing Summary this week, covering the period 18th to 24th September.

 
However, here is some information about the current Coronavirus situation:

 
Coronavirus Latest Instructions and Guidance:
 
On Tuesday 22nd September, the Government announced new regulations to combat the increasing number of infections being reported across England, in addition to the ‘Rule of Six’ limiting the number of people from different households who can gather together announced last week.
 
The new instructions include the following:

Face Coverings – when and where they must be worn, and by whom, together with exceptions;

Working from Home – officer workers are encouraged to do so wherever possible;

Businesses – new regulations affecting the hospitality industry and stricter rules on making businesses premises COVID-secure;

Gatherings – new regulations on how many people are allowed to gather together, in various settings and for various purposes.


A full explanation of the regulations is on the Government web-site at:
 
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
 
 
Download the NHS Covid-19 Contact App:
 
The more people who use the new NHS Covid-19 app, the more we can keep each other safe and stop the infection from spreading. The app is a vital part of the NHS Test-and-Trace service in England, and is free to download for your smart-phone.
 
More information and download links are on the NHS website at:
 
https://www.covid19.nhs.uk/
 
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 We do not publish details of domestic related offences or anything which may put a person at risk if information regarding the crime was made public.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.

SCAM WARNING – Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Against Scams Partnership – 25th September 2020

Jury Service Summons Scam
Please beware and warn others about scam texts which demand the recipient to perform jury service or pay a fee to postpone it.  The texts look like they have come from UK Government and link to a very convincing government branded webpage.

A genuine summons for jury service would ask you to confirm whether or not you can attend and to explain your reasons for being unavailable. Any message mentioning exchanging money should be ignored.

Whilst we have heard about this scam being performed by text, it is quite possible the same tactic could be adopted in scam e-mails, letters and phone calls. Please be careful and let others know to be careful too.

Impersonating a Friend Scam

One of our fantastic CAPASP supporters has let us know about a recent scam targeting them. The scammer pretended to be a friend and made contact using that friend’s ‘messenger’ account asking for some help. The impersonator later transferred to ‘Whatsapp’ to continue the conversation and also sent an email without asking for the target’s e-mail address in an effort to convince them it was genuinely their friend asking for help.

The scammer said he was having trouble accessing his online banking and was waiting for new accounts to be opened and so needed help paying an urgent bill. The scammer urged his target to go into their bank account and told them to download either ‘Teamviewer’ or ‘AnyDesk’. Fortunately our supporter did not do this as these allow someone remote access to a device. Instead our supporter spoke to their friend on his landline to inform him that his accounts had been hacked.

CAPASP warn it is quite possible the friend’s e-mail account had been compromised, allowing hackers to access details of other accounts stored in the inboxes there. You can find out if your account has ever been compromised in a data breach by visiting https://haveibeenpwned.com/ which will also give details of any breach affecting you. If your details have been affected by a data breach you should change your password immediately.

The environmental impacts of lockdown

The terrible toll of Covid19 on lives, health, livelihoods and loneliness are well known to us all, but there have been some positive knock-on effects of the lockdown on our environment.

The most obvious one is a drop in air pollution including CO2 emissions, as industries and transport have shut down. In northern India residents of the Punjab area can see the Himalayas for the first time in 30 years as smog has cleared. Closer to home wildlife has ventured into quiet towns and cities, with goats roaming Welsh towns and deer grazing London housing estates. More of us have been connecting with the nature on our doorstep too, with 77% of people in England saying that visiting nature has been important for their general health and happiness.

But a quiet revolution has also been taking place inside our homes. UK citizens have been managing their food better in lockdown, cutting the throwing-out of the most wasted foods (potatoes, bread, chicken and milk) by over a third.

This is great news, because apart from being something that everyone can agree is a bad thing, wasting food is one of the worst things we can do in terms of greenhouse gas pollution. We’ve been getting better at this for a while. In fact, since 2007 the reduction in the amount of food we waste in the UK has saved 5 million tonnes of CO2 – that’s like taking 2.1 million cars off the road. Between us we’ve also saved £3.3 billion a year!

So what have we done differently in lockdown?

Better planning. Almost half of us (47%) are checking cupboards more often before shopping, and 45% are checking the fridge.

Better food management. More and more of us (37%) have been organising the food in our cupboards and fridge – for example checking use by dates and using up fresh items first.

Getting creative. One in three people (33%) cooked more creatively during lockdown, and 30% have started saving leftovers.

This is encouraging, but we can (and must) do even better…

Only 51% correctly know that apples last longer if stored in the fridge.

Only 50% correctly know that fridges will keep food fresher for longer when set to 5°C or less.

Only 61% correctly know that chicken breasts can be frozen up until the end of the ‘use by’ date.

We need to make these food waste reducing behaviours part of our ‘new normal’. For all sorts of tips on food storage, meal planning, portion measurement and recipe inspiration, visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com

Let’s keep crushing food waste

During lockdown we wasted a third less food than we usually would. We saved leftovers, wrote shopping lists and baked a LOT of banana bread. In an emergency, we got organised and we crushed food waste. But we’re still in an emergency – a long one, so we need to keep crushing it.

With 513 tonnes of edible food ending up in green bins, as well as 6,898 tonnes of edible food waste ending up in grey bins every year in Huntingdonshire, it’s not just our bank accounts that are affected by food waste – it’s our planet too.

The process of growing, making, transporting, storing and cooking our food uses lots of energy, water and fuel, which all goes to waste when it’s thrown away. Global food waste generates 22 million tonnes of greenhouse gases each year – that’s four times more than all aeroplanes put together! So really, it’s a no-brainer to keep as much food out of the bin as possible, and to start wasting less and saving more – both money and the planet.

6 easy ways to reduce food waste

Write a shopping list or snap a ‘shelfie’

Turn your fridge down to under 5°C

Freeze your loaf and toast straight from the freezer

Plan ahead and defrost meals in the fridge overnight

Use up your lockdown larder staples

Get creative with leftover recipes

Get started at

www.lovefoodhatewaste.com

Weekly Policing Update – Somersham District 5th – 10th September With NEW COVID-19 LAW from 14th September

Before getting onto the details of local incidents this week, we start with a reminder of the new Coronavirus legislation announced by the Prime Minister that comes into effect on Monday 14th September:


‘The Rule of Six’ – We must not meet with members of other households in groups of more than 6 people. This applies both indoors and outdoors, including in private homes.

There are some exceptions to this new law. Places that are Covid-19-secure, such as places of worship, restaurants and hospitality venues, can still host larger numbers in total, but groups of up to six must not mix or form larger groups.

The rule does not apply to individual households or ‘support bubbles’ of more than 6, who will still be able to gather together.

Education and work locations are unaffected, and organised team sports will still be able to proceed, as will weddings and funerals of up to 30 persons.

From Monday 14th September, the new limit will be enforceable by law.

Full details are on the Government website at: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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Now here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 5th to 10th September:

 
Parkhall Road, Somersham – Police responded to a report of a group of youths causing damage at the skate park on Parkhall Road, Somersham, on Sunday afternoon, 6th September. A group of about 12 youths had been seen entering the playing field through a fence and then getting into the skate park. When officers arrived they noticed a group of youngsters on the playing field, but the skate park appeared secure and no damage was found. (Ref CC-06092020-0295)

 
King Street, Somersham – A thief stole the catalytic converter from a Toyota car left parked on the driveway of its owner’s house on King Street, Somersham, overnight on Sunday 6th / Monday 7th September. The owners heard a noise from the drive at around 9:30 pm on Sunday evening and came outside to investigate, but found nothing suspicious at that time. The theft was discovered the following morning when the car was started. A second car parked on the drive was left untouched. (Ref 35/60588/20)

 
Old Hurst / Pidley – Police received a report of suspected hare-coursers operating on land between Old Hurst and Pidley on Tuesday evening, 8th September. Two suspicious off-road vehicles had been seen and also two dogs. Police notified Countryside Watch of the incident. (Ref CC-08092020-0452)

 
St Ives Road, Somersham – A Fire Engine returning from attending an out-of-control bonfire on Bluntisham Heath Road came across a Transit van in the ditch on St Ives Road, on Wednesday evening, 9th September. The fire crew were able to winch the van from the ditch, and fortunately no-one was reported to have been hurt. Police were not needed to attend the incident. (Ref CC-09092020-0369)
 
 
And Finally – Advice About ‘Nottingham Knockers’:
 
Police have received reports of cold-callers or ‘Nottingham Knockers’ operating in the area in the last week, with calls received from worried residents in St Ives, Fenstanton, Houghton and Hilton.

What Are ‘Nottingham Knockers’?
They are door-to-door traders who try to sell goods on the doorstep, often low-quality household items. They will often claim to be on a rehabilitation scheme trying to find work and may have a false trading permit or some other kind of official-looking identification.

However, they are not part of any legitimate rehabilitation scheme. There is a Government-backed ‘Community Payback’ scheme for offenders who have been sentenced to carry out community work, but this does not involve door-to-door sales.
 
The Problem with ‘Nottingham Knockers’
They are con-men who will cover a number of streets looking for a vulnerable victim who they can scam. Police say that streets that have been targeted by them often see an increase in distraction burglaries. The con-men themselves often have long criminal histories and people who give them money may find themselves the target of other scams involving rogue-traders and other criminal groups.

There is more information and advice on the Cambridgeshire Police website at:
https://www.cambs.police.uk/A-Z/Cold-callers
 

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’.

Important Information Regarding the Skate Ramp

The skate ramp is currently CLOSED for public use whilst the fencing is still erected around the area for safety. We are well aware of the criminal damage being caused with the deliberate vandalism of the fencing, this is really disappointing and a total disregard of good community values and is likely to cost the local tax payers to reimburse the contractors for the damage made.

We politely request you DO NOT enter or use the skate ramp facility until the fencing is down which we anticipate to be the end of this week. (18th September 2020)

The Norwood Playing field update!

I’m sure a lot of you have seen by now, but we have begun the process of installing the new concrete skatepark (almost finished!) and our new outdoor gym equipment has finally been installed!

Our brand new equipment has the use of an app which will help keep track of your activities, teach you how to use the equipment, and also show you other local outdoor gyms that are registered. Its quick and easy to get started!

We hope you enjoy our new local outdoor gym!
Somersham Parish Council

Skateramp underway!

The new skateramp is fully underway now! Please allow the contractors to have plenty of space and to not play with the fencing when they have left as any damage inside will cause the ramps to be delayed for our community.
We look forward to seeing it completed very soon!
Somersham Parish Council.

Weekly Policing Update – Somersham District

Good Afternoon, Somersham District Members –

Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 7th to 13th August:

Windsor Gardens, Somersham – Police were notified of a incident that happened on Windsor Gardens, Somersham, on Friday morning, 7th August, in which a dog-walker was followed by persons in a suspicious white van who seemed to be particularly interested in the dog. When the victim arrived home, they also noticed a drone fly overhead and hover over the garden. The concern was that the two events might be connected and might be linked to dog thefts that have been reported across the county recently. (Ref CC-07082020-0165)

Church Street, Somersham – Police received calls reporting a cold-caller knocking on doors in the Church Street area of Somersham on Friday afternoon, 7th August. The male, wearing a grey football shirt and blue shorts with a rucksack and carrying a red bag, was described as ‘quite aggressive’ by one caller. He was not wearing a face-mask and was standing very close to residents who answered their doors. Officers searched the area but unfortunately no-one matching the description was found. (Ref CC-07082020-0332)

The Trundle Area, Somersham – Police were called to an address in The Trundle area of Somersham on Saturday evening, 8th August, following a report of a disturbance in the street. When officers arrived, one person was found to be behaving in a noisy manner, walking up and down, shouting and swearing. Eventually he was arrested for a public order offence and subsequently also for possession of drugs when a cannabis grinder and a cannabis cigarette were discovered in his pockets. (Ref 35/53276/20)

Woodhurst / Somersham – Police received two calls reporting suspicious markings found outside the homes of dog-owners in the area this week:

  • Church Street, Woodhurst – A resident discovered three marks in felt-tip pen on their front door, put there at some time overnight on Saturday 8th / Sunday 9th August. A photograph of the marks was taken and sent to the police. (Ref CC-09082020-0265)

     
  • Windsor Gardens, Somersham – A white chalk mark was discovered on the gate of a house on Windsor Gardens, Somersham, on Tuesday 11th August. This follows the suspicious incident with the van and the drone four days earlier. (Ref CC-11082020-0241)

High Street, Somersham – A group of youths criminally damaged a ‘For Sale’ notice outside a house on Somersham High Street late on Wednesday evening, 12th August, when they punched it, causing a tear. This is the third time that the sign has been damaged recently. (Ref 35/54350/20)


And Finally… Rogue Traders and Cold Callers

Rogue traders are operating in the area again. As described above, a cold-caller was reported in Somersham this week, and one report from St Ives described a man knocking on doors and pointing out ‘faults’ with properties, ranging from guttering issues to loose tiles, and offering to fix them.

Remember – stay alert and always ask to see someone’s identification. Don’t feel pressured into agreeing to having work done immediately – if a tradesperson is genuine, they won’t mind leaving a quote for you to contact them later.

For more advice on rogue traders and cold-callers, follow this link –

https://www.cambs.police.uk/A-Z/Cold-callers