Tenancy Deposit Scheme Alert

Tenancy Deposit Scheme Alert

Action Fraud have received several reports where fraudsters are claiming to be landlords of properties offered for rent online. Prior to a viewing the suspect requests that the individuals pay a deposit and sometimes a month’s rent upfront, claiming that this money will be put into the Tenancy Deposit Scheme, and is therefore protected under government legislation.

After the individual pays the money, the suspect sends a bogus email purporting to be from the Tenancy Deposit Scheme confirming they have received their deposit. However, this is not the case as the money was sent directly to an account associated with the suspect and the victim is left out of pocket and without the home they had thought to be putting a deposit on.

What You Need To Do Always make sure you, or a reliable contact, has viewed the property with an agent or landlord before agreeing to rent a property. Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Only transfer funds when you’re satisfied a genuine property, safety certificates and valid contract are in place. Only pay for goods or service by bank transfer if you know and trust the person. Payments via bank transfer offer you no protection if you become a victim of fraud. Once you’ve paid your deposit, you can check whether it’s protected by entering your tenancy deposit certificate code on TDS website (www.tenancydepositscheme.com).
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Vandalism at the Norwood Playing Field on Wednesday evening 13th February

Sadly, we have experienced vandalism to the floodlights at the multi sports area on the Norwood Playing Field (near to the Victory Hall) which has spoilt the facility for all Somersham users.

The youths have broken one of the floodlight columns by climbing and shaking it causing the column to break and cut out the electricity; despite the high probability of causing themselves serious injury and /or electrocution.

These youths have caused a costly amount of damage to an important village facility at the expense of the local tax payers in Somersham and we urge anyone who knows anything about this to come forward.

If you have any information of the crime or the culprits please share this with the Police and contact them using the Crime Reference CC-13022019-0432

101 – non-emergency Police telephone number

Youth Club update

Somersham Junior Youth Club will start back on 18th February following half term, however, due to declining numbers it has been necessary to close senior youth club for the foreseeable future.

Junior Youth Club is back next week, below are the next few dates for your diaries!

Monday the 18th of February 

Monday the 8th, 15th and 22nd of April

Monday the 27th of May

Lonely Hearts Romance Fraudster Alert

The NFIB have become aware of techniques used by romance fraudsters against people using dating sites. Not only will they steal your heart they will steal your money and your identification. 

When you think you’ve met the perfect partner through an online dating website or app, but the other person is using a fake profile to form a relationship with you. They’re using the site to gain your trust and ask you for money or enough personal information to steal your identity. 

A dating fraudster, previously involved in deceiving people that wanted a friendship explained how they would create fake accounts with social media platforms so that their details matched and could be searched. By appearing to be a real person their fake persona could be corroborated by prospective partners searching their background and believe them to be genuine. The fraudster said:

“People like to live in fairy tales to say it won’t happen to me. I make sure all my conversations are bespoke. I will show insecurity myself about trusting people and this helps allude to them that I’m genuine.”

The fraudster will also utilise as many accessible online research tools to explore people’s information for their own personal gain or sell onwards. The fraudster elaborated and explained:

“I use various online directories to find out about the person. Once I have enough, I use it to milk everything I can using their details or sell them on to other fraudsters via the dark web”

When asked how people could check if a person is real. The romance fraudster offered advice for others searching for a relationship. They told us that after you see a picture of them: 

“Ask for them to send you another photo of themselves posing with their thumbs up or waving. It’s like a form of 2 factor authentication and makes it hard to do if it’s not an original picture”

What you need to do

· Avoid sharing too many personal details when on online dating profiles. Revealing your full name, date of birth, or full home address may lead to your identity being stolen.

· Never respond to any requests to send money, or have money transferred into your account by someone you don’t know and trust. These types of requests should always raise a red flag. If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it.

· Pick a reputable dating website or app, and use the built-in messaging service. Fraudsters want to quickly switch to social media or texting so there’s no evidence of them asking you for money.
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A14 Huntingdon Cambridge – road closures week commencing 18th February

 Road closures information for w/c 18 February, in relation to the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme.

Please note the below changes to this weekend’s closures:


  • Conington Road

*Additional*  For emergency maintenance works

Saturday 16th 9pm – 6am

  • A14 eastbound between St Ives junction 26 and Girton junction 31

Sunday 17th 9pm – 6am

  • M11 northbound junction 14 to A14 westbound Fenstanton junction 27

A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire: major improvements
Construction work on the new A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon scheme is
underway. We are currently carrying out a variety of tasks for which we need to close lanes or carriageways on the A1, A14 and some local roads at times, usually overnight between 8pm and 6am, unless otherwise stated. A clearly signed diversion route will always be in place for closures.
For this week, the planned closures are:

Full closures
Monday 18 to Friday 22 (five nights)
 A1 northbound between Buckden and Alconbury
Vehicles will travel east on the A428, north on the A1198, west on the
A14 and then north on the A14 link road to re-join the A1
 A1 southbound between Alconbury and Buckden
Vehicles will be diverted south on the A14 link road, then east on the
A14, south on the A1198 and west on the A428 to re-join the A1
 A428 eastbound Madingley to A14 eastbound Fen Ditton junction 34
Motorway traffic will travel south on the M11, east on A505 and north on
A11 to re-join the A14. Non motorway traffic will be diverted on local
roads through Cambridge.
 M11 junction 14 exit slip
 A14 westbound between Six Mile Bottom junction 36 and Girton
junction 31
Motorway traffic will travel south on the A11, west on the A505 and then
north on the M11. Non motorway traffic will diverted on local roads through Cambridge

Saturday 23 5am to Monday 25 5am
 A1 northbound between Buckden and Brampton Hut
Vehicles will be diverted east on the A428, north on the A1198 and
west on the A14 to re-join the A1 at Brampton Hut.

Saturday 23 to Sunday 24 (two nights)
 M11 junction 14 to A14 westbound Fenstanton junction 27
Vehicles will be diverted west on the A428 then north on the A1198 to
re-join the A14 at Godmanchester.
 A14 westbound to westbound Girton junction 31 loop
 A1307 outbound

For more information about this scheme, visit
http://roads.highways.gov.uk/projects/a14-cambridge-to-huntingdon/, or stay updated by following us on https://twitter.com/a14c2h and https://engb.

Part-time vacancy at Somersham Youth Club

The following exciting opportunity is now available to work with teenagers and young people who live and visit Somersham. We are currently seeking a motivated and enthusiastic individual to support the development and delivery of a varied, fun and wide ranging programmes of activities.

Youth WorkerJunior

Youth Club (SCP 14) £9.19 per hour

The Junior Youth Club is open every Monday term time only from 5.45 – 7.45pm at the Victory Hall. Applicants must be able to develop and motivate young people and it is desirable that you have skills hobbies or interests that could be used in work with young people.

For Paid Vacancies (age 16 +) :

Please download an application form from http://www.somersham-pc.gov.uk and clearly identify what vacancy you wish to apply for.

The job description and person specification can be viewed & downloaded at http://www.somersham-pc.gov.uk


Completed application forms should be returned by email or post no later than 9.30am on Friday 31st August 2018


Completed applications to be returned to


Email: clerk@somersham-pc.gov.uk

Postal address: The Norwood Building, Parkhall Road,

Somersham PE28 3HE