• South Bucks District Council has advised that bin collection dates may be changing in your area for all collections from early May onwards. To find out what your collection dates will be please go to: https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/waste-and-recycling/find-out-when-its-your-bin-collection/check-your-new-bin-day-chiltern-south-bucks-and-wycombe-areas/ The council will be writing to all affected addresses with the new dates within a few days.
  • Amersham Missendens and Chalfonts - Neighbourhood Policing Quarterly Update The Amersham, Chalfonts and Missendens Neighbourhood Team consists of: INS Richard Vine, PS 3675 Darren Walsh, PC 6633 Matthew Carson, PC7844 Matthew Cumming. Along with: PCSO 8632 Jen Shraga and PCSO 9601 Charlotte Marsh covering the Chalfonts. PCSO 7495 Lucy Groves and PCSO 9783 Chris Hinkley–Ging covering the Missendens. PCSO 8882 Jacqueline Day and PCSO 9631 Kerry Clarke, covering Amersham. The priorities for your Neighbourhood Policing Team (NHPT) are decided from the Policing Issues Panel. This steering group of local residents and representatives from organisations across the area allows us to hear what the community wants us to focus on and to consider how we can accomplish these aims. The top three priorities are chosen, every four months and are assumed by your Neighbourhood Policing Team. https://www.csb-forum.org/about There is currently a number of changes happening within Thames Valley Police. Chiltern & South Bucks LPA will be merging with Wycombe LPA becoming South Buckinghamshire Police Area more in line with the council’s boundaries. The area will be commanded by Supt Emma Burroughs, with Chief Insp Gassan Shaladan as the deputy commander. Inspector James Ellis will be assuming the role of leading Neighbourhood Policing across South Buckinghamshire. Priorities from the PIP meeting on the 30th March 2022: Priority 1; Serious Acquisitive Crime i.e. robbery, burglary, theft from, or of a motor vehicle We did; Over the last quarter, there has been a considerable fall in the amount of burglaries. It is acknowleged that with many people working from home this has had an impact on the opportunities available to the burglar. Which goes to show the importance of basic crime reduction advice in giving the appearance that someone is at home. With the changes in technology, keyless car crime is taking place and offenders no longer have to enter your house to steal your car or cars. Many of the public are still unaware of this risk. Proactively we have carried on working with other departments and police forces in targeting travelling criminals and trying to deny them the use of the road. Dedicated operations in January and February saw us working with the new Rural Task Force, Herts Pol and Roads Policing units. This resulted in 3 arrests, 30 people being reported for various offences and 13 vehicles being taken off the roads. Last year saw the launch of NHW Crime Reduction Advisors. They offer a free service where people who would like an impartial home assessment can speak to a trained volunteer about crime reduction advice. There has been a big uptake for this service. Victims of burglary will be offered such a visit. Top tips 1; Use your garage - if you have one and it is not stuffed with the garden furniture, the treadmill that never got used, the roll of left over carpet (just in case) 2; Keep your keys safe. Get yourself a Faraday Pouch. For a fiver this blocks the keys signals 3; Keys - can you turn the signal off - some models do allow for this. Check your manual. 4; Consider a steering lock. Yes I know we thought we got rid of these in the 90's - but they do work as criminals come equipped to steal with technology rather that tools. Dwelling Burglaries 2021 2022 Change Amersham 8 8 0% Chalfonts 5 9 80% Chesham 7 4 -43% Missendens 3 1 -67% Shed/Garage breaks 2021 2022 Change Amersham 3 3 0% Chalfonts 1 1 0% Chesham 5 3 -40% Missendens 3 3 0% Business Burglaries 2021 2022 Change Amersham 0 3 Chalfonts 2 2 0% Chesham 5 2 -60% Missendens 5 1 -80% Theft of Motor Vehicle 2021 2022 Change Amersham 1 5 400% Chalfonts 13 14 8% Chesham 7 5 -29% Missendens 3 2 -33% Theft from motor vehicle 2021 2022 Change Amersham 18 9 -50% Chalfonts 10 10 0% Chesham 22 15 -32% Missendens 9 5 -44% Robbery 2021 2022 Change Amersham 1 0 -100% Chalfonts 0 0 Chesham 1 3 200% Missendens 1 0 -100% Figures Jan – Mar 22 Priority 2; SPEEDING We did; Community Speedwatch schemes are currently running in Chalfont St Peter, Missenden, Prestwood, Holmer Green and Kingshill areas and I anticipate that Amersham, Chesham Bois and Little Chalfont will have schemes in operation shortly. A further advancement in the CSW Community Speedwatch schemes website https://communityspeedwatch.org comes into fruition this month. This system will allow CSW Schemes to directly import information without having to wait for an administrator to input it, will include training and recording of sites. The PCC, Matt Barber has secured funding, enabling short-term loan start-up kits for new areas that are waiting for funds being available to purchase equipment. These will be available, on a loan period of up to 6 months only, once loaned you cannot request to loan again. This will enable other teams starting up in the TVP area to get started as soon as possible. These devices will be available as soon as they arrive from the suppliers. A few TVP Speedwatch results: 413 sites approved across TVP. 635 people who have joined new TVP CSW scheme. 735 roadside sessions in hours. 2057 operator hours across TVP. Percentage of non-reoffenders after receiving 1st letter = 95.20% Operation Glare: In the last quarter, the following locations were targeted, by police, for enhanced checks: Cokes Lane and Bell Lane in Little Chalfont, Austenwood Lane and Kingsway in Chalfont St Peter, Narcot Lane and Vache Lane in Chalfont St Giles. A404 Chenies, Copperkins Lane, Whielden Street, Highland Road, Clifton Road in Amersham. Church Road in Penn, High Street in Prestwood, Browns Road in Holmer Green, Martinsend Lane in Missenden. As a result of these enforcements 47 people were issues with speeding tickets. Speed Cameras in Chiltern Our Road Safety vans and fixed cameras provide enforcement and a visual deterrent across the JOU. The aim of the enforcement we carryout is to help support you to reduce the speed of traffic, making the roads safer for all road users, and reduce the risk of injury, collisions and casualties in your district. Figures from the Road Safety Mobile and Speed Enforcement Team advised, that between Jan-Feb 2022 387 offences were captured by the mobile speed cameras whilst 115 offences were captured by fixed cameras. Priority 3; ASB We did; Drug use is a common cause of ASB. PCSO led operation to identify and target drug dealers resulted in dealer being detained a large number of drugs being recovered in Chalfont St Peter. An offensive weapon was later found in the subsequent house search. Targeted house to house ‘Have your says’, in problem areas, has resulted in a number of people feeling confident to come forward and discuss with us concerns and observations. The team has also been able to promote our NHW groups. We aim to make life as uncomfortable as possible for any would be gangs so that we can protect our community. In Amersham we are currently assisting Paradigm Housing in case where resident is continuously smoking a noxious substance effecting the neighbours. This has led to resident being served notice. We will work with our partners in securing evidence and improving the community. We will also be looking at focusing our attention on a number of blocks of flats where there are a disproportionate amount of calls and crime. In a bid to try and reduce future ASB we will be working with Evolve Boxing Academy and The Amersham School, Dr Challoners Grammar and High Schools. Supported by Buckinghamshire Council. “Evolving through Boxing” places will be offered to selected children as a reward, to build confidence or for youths who would benefit from mentoring. Similar schemes in Milton Keynes resulted in a lot of positive feedback. We are looking for this to be rolled out next school year. Most of our current workload within the Anti-Social Behaviour category stems from neighbour disputes. This issue continues to grow and demand seems to be higher at this time. Some of the work that the team are currently dealing with include noise disturbances, arguments, cannabis smells and drug using, inconsiderate parking, boundary disputes, hate crimes and allegations of harassment. We continue to work with our partners as a multi-agency in order to solve these issues. Partners include housing, environmental health and mediation charities. Another issue is with graffiti in the Chalfonts. We are currently investigating a number of sprayed emblems on road signs. Enquiries are ongoing and I will look to have an update on this for the next report. Have Your Say meetings We will be running a HYS van and giving crime prevention advice on the following dates: 13/04 – C9783 Chris HINKLEY-GING & C8882 Jacqueline DAY Holmer Green Shops, Brown Road – 0930-1030 Chesham High Street – 1100-1200 The Green on the High Street, Chalfont St Giles – 1300-1400 17/05 – C9601 Charlotte MARSH & C7495 Lucy GROVES 19/06 – C9631 Kerry CLARKE & C8632 Jennifer SHRAGA Locations and timings to be confirmed and will be advertised on the www.csb-forum.org. Offenders Brought to Justice Offences from the 1st Jan 22. This does not include persons who are currently under investigation. Amersham Person given a caution for possession of Class A drugs Person given restorative disposal for Cannabis Person given restorative disposals for Cannabis Person given restorative disposal for Assault Person given restorative disposal for Assault Person given restorative disposals for Drugs Person given a conditional caution for Cannabis Person given a conditional caution for Disclosing a private sexual act Person given restorative disposal for dangerous dog out of control Person given a conditional caution for harassment Chalfonts Person given restorative disposal for possession of a knife (self harm) Person charged with 5 thefts from motor vehicles Person given restorative disposal for assaults Person given restorative disposal for assault Person given restorative disposal for public order Person given restorative disposal for cannabis Person given restorative disposal for cannabis Person given restorative disposal for cannabis Person given restorative disposal for cannabis Person given restorative disposal for sending a malicious communication Missendens Person given restorative disposal for Cannabis Person given restorative disposal for Assault Person given restorative disposal for Abstracting electricity Person given restorative disposal for Criminal damage Person given restorative disposal for Assault Person given restorative disposal for Assault Person given restorative disposal for Assault Person given a caution for Assault Person given restorative disposal for ABH Person given restorative disposal for Cannabis Person given restorative disposal for Cannabis Person given a conditional caution for Assault Person reported for Publishing indecent images Rural Crime Rural Crime. Last month 46 visits were carried out to our farms in an effort to get them signed up to our Country Watch Scheme and to discuss ways to improve security at rural locations. Already we are seeing that the Rural Crime Taskforce visiting our area and assisting us in trying to target rural crime. Several days of action last month resulted in all plant machinery being moved being stopped and checks carried out to see if it was stolen. Our aim is to make the Chilterns one of the most hostile areas for criminals who are driving through our areas. Social media We ask our readers to consider subscribing to our Thames Valley Alerts, Facebook and Twitter accounts. www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk ‘TV Alerts’ allow the subscriber to filter the subject matter which is of relevance to them, and only requires an email address to begin receiving local policing information. Our “Twitter” feed @tvp_chiltsbucks will show you what the policing team are doing, will provide crime prevention information, witness appeals and “Good Result” stories. The Facebook group TVPChilternandSouthBucks will provide the same information as Twitter but seems to be the preferred social media site used by the public. We do not take reports of crime via social media and we do not see comments placed into personal social media groups. To report crime online visit https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/ro/report/ Stay safe out there and keep your eyes peeled. Sergeant Darren Walsh Email tracking gif Message Sent By Darren Walsh (Police, Sgt, Amersham)
  • Amersham Missendens and Chalfonts - Neighbourhood Policing Quarterly Update The Amersham, Chalfonts and Missendens Neighbourhood Team consists of: INS Richard Vine, PS 3675 Darren Walsh, PC 6633 Matthew Carson, PC7844 Matthew Cumming. Along with: PCSO 8632 Jen Shraga and PCSO 9601 Charlotte Marsh covering the Chalfonts. PCSO 7495 Lucy Groves and PCSO 9783 Chris Hinkley–Ging covering the Missendens. PCSO 8882 Jacqueline Day and PCSO 9631 Kerry Clarke, covering Amersham. The priorities for your Neighbourhood Policing Team (NHPT) are decided from the Policing Issues Panel. This steering group of local residents and representatives from organisations across the area allows us to hear what the community wants us to focus on and to consider how we can accomplish these aims. The top three priorities are chosen, every four months and are assumed by your Neighbourhood Policing Team. https://www.csb-forum.org/about There is currently a number of changes happening within Thames Valley Police. Chiltern & South Bucks LPA will be merging with Wycombe LPA becoming South Buckinghamshire Police Area more in line with the council’s boundaries. The area will be commanded by Supt Emma Burroughs, with Chief Insp Gassan Shaladan as the deputy commander. Inspector James Ellis will be assuming the role of leading Neighbourhood Policing across South Buckinghamshire. Priorities from the PIP meeting on the 30th March 2022: Priority 1; Serious Acquisitive Crime i.e. robbery, burglary, theft from, or of a motor vehicle We did; Over the last quarter, there has been a considerable fall in the amount of burglaries. It is acknowleged that with many people working from home this has had an impact on the opportunities available to the burglar. Which goes to show the importance of basic crime reduction advice in giving the appearance that someone is at home. With the changes in technology, keyless car crime is taking place and offenders no longer have to enter your house to steal your car or cars. Many of the public are still unaware of this risk. Proactively we have carried on working with other departments and police forces in targeting travelling criminals and trying to deny them the use of the road. Dedicated operations in January and February saw us working with the new Rural Task Force, Herts Pol and Roads Policing units. This resulted in 3 arrests, 30 people being reported for various offences and 13 vehicles being taken off the roads. Last year saw the launch of NHW Crime Reduction Advisors. They offer a free service where people who would like an impartial home assessment can speak to a trained volunteer about crime reduction advice. There has been a big uptake for this service. Victims of burglary will be offered such a visit. Top tips 1; Use your garage - if you have one and it is not stuffed with the garden furniture, the treadmill that never got used, the roll of left over carpet (just in case) 2; Keep your keys safe. Get yourself a Faraday Pouch. For a fiver this blocks the keys signals 3; Keys - can you turn the signal off - some models do allow for this. Check your manual. 4; Consider a steering lock. Yes I know we thought we got rid of these in the 90's - but they do work as criminals come equipped to steal with technology rather that tools. Dwelling Burglaries 2021 2022 Change Amersham 8 8 0% Chalfonts 5 9 80% Chesham 7 4 -43% Missendens 3 1 -67% Shed/Garage breaks 2021 2022 Change Amersham 3 3 0% Chalfonts 1 1 0% Chesham 5 3 -40% Missendens 3 3 0% Business Burglaries 2021 2022 Change Amersham 0 3 Chalfonts 2 2 0% Chesham 5 2 -60% Missendens 5 1 -80% Theft of Motor Vehicle 2021 2022 Change Amersham 1 5 400% Chalfonts 13 14 8% Chesham 7 5 -29% Missendens 3 2 -33% Theft from motor vehicle 2021 2022 Change Amersham 18 9 -50% Chalfonts 10 10 0% Chesham 22 15 -32% Missendens 9 5 -44% Robbery 2021 2022 Change Amersham 1 0 -100% Chalfonts 0 0 Chesham 1 3 200% Missendens 1 0 -100% Figures Jan – Mar 22 Priority 2; SPEEDING We did; Community Speedwatch schemes are currently running in Chalfont St Peter, Missenden, Prestwood, Holmer Green and Kingshill areas and I anticipate that Amersham, Chesham Bois and Little Chalfont will have schemes in operation shortly. A further advancement in the CSW Community Speedwatch schemes website https://communityspeedwatch.org comes into fruition this month. This system will allow CSW Schemes to directly import information without having to wait for an administrator to input it, will include training and recording of sites. The PCC, Matt Barber has secured funding, enabling short-term loan start-up kits for new areas that are waiting for funds being available to purchase equipment. These will be available, on a loan period of up to 6 months only, once loaned you cannot request to loan again. This will enable other teams starting up in the TVP area to get started as soon as possible. These devices will be available as soon as they arrive from the suppliers. A few TVP Speedwatch results: 413 sites approved across TVP. 635 people who have joined new TVP CSW scheme. 735 roadside sessions in hours. 2057 operator hours across TVP. Percentage of non-reoffenders after receiving 1st letter = 95.20% Operation Glare: In the last quarter, the following locations were targeted, by police, for enhanced checks: Cokes Lane and Bell Lane in Little Chalfont, Austenwood Lane and Kingsway in Chalfont St Peter, Narcot Lane and Vache Lane in Chalfont St Giles. A404 Chenies, Copperkins Lane, Whielden Street, Highland Road, Clifton Road in Amersham. Church Road in Penn, High Street in Prestwood, Browns Road in Holmer Green, Martinsend Lane in Missenden. As a result of these enforcements 47 people were issues with speeding tickets. Speed Cameras in Chiltern Our Road Safety vans and fixed cameras provide enforcement and a visual deterrent across the JOU. The aim of the enforcement we carryout is to help support you to reduce the speed of traffic, making the roads safer for all road users, and reduce the risk of injury, collisions and casualties in your district. Figures from the Road Safety Mobile and Speed Enforcement Team advised, that between Jan-Feb 2022 387 offences were captured by the mobile speed cameras whilst 115 offences were captured by fixed cameras. Priority 3; ASB We did; Drug use is a common cause of ASB. PCSO led operation to identify and target drug dealers resulted in dealer being detained a large number of drugs being recovered in Chalfont St Peter. An offensive weapon was later found in the subsequent house search. Targeted house to house ‘Have your says’, in problem areas, has resulted in a number of people feeling confident to come forward and discuss with us concerns and observations. The team has also been able to promote our NHW groups. We aim to make life as uncomfortable as possible for any would be gangs so that we can protect our community. In Amersham we are currently assisting Paradigm Housing in case where resident is continuously smoking a noxious substance effecting the neighbours. This has led to resident being served notice. We will work with our partners in securing evidence and improving the community. We will also be looking at focusing our attention on a number of blocks of flats where there are a disproportionate amount of calls and crime. In a bid to try and reduce future ASB we will be working with Evolve Boxing Academy and The Amersham School, Dr Challoners Grammar and High Schools. Supported by Buckinghamshire Council. “Evolving through Boxing” places will be offered to selected children as a reward, to build confidence or for youths who would benefit from mentoring. Similar schemes in Milton Keynes resulted in a lot of positive feedback. We are looking for this to be rolled out next school year. Most of our current workload within the Anti-Social Behaviour category stems from neighbour disputes. This issue continues to grow and demand seems to be higher at this time. Some of the work that the team are currently dealing with include noise disturbances, arguments, cannabis smells and drug using, inconsiderate parking, boundary disputes, hate crimes and allegations of harassment. We continue to work with our partners as a multi-agency in order to solve these issues. Partners include housing, environmental health and mediation charities. Another issue is with graffiti in the Chalfonts. We are currently investigating a number of sprayed emblems on road signs. Enquiries are ongoing and I will look to have an update on this for the next report. Have Your Say meetings We will be running a HYS van and giving crime prevention advice on the following dates: 13/04 – C9783 Chris HINKLEY-GING & C8882 Jacqueline DAY Holmer Green Shops, Brown Road – 0930-1030 Chesham High Street – 1100-1200 The Green on the High Street, Chalfont St Giles – 1300-1400 17/05 – C9601 Charlotte MARSH & C7495 Lucy GROVES 19/06 – C9631 Kerry CLARKE & C8632 Jennifer SHRAGA Locations and timings to be confirmed and will be advertised on the www.csb-forum.org. Offenders Brought to Justice Offences from the 1st Jan 22. This does not include persons who are currently under investigation. Amersham Person given a caution for possession of Class A drugs Person given restorative disposal for Cannabis Person given restorative disposals for Cannabis Person given restorative disposal for Assault Person given restorative disposal for Assault Person given restorative disposals for Drugs Person given a conditional caution for Cannabis Person given a conditional caution for Disclosing a private sexual act Person given restorative disposal for dangerous dog out of control Person given a conditional caution for harassment Chalfonts Person given restorative disposal for possession of a knife (self harm) Person charged with 5 thefts from motor vehicles Person given restorative disposal for assaults Person given restorative disposal for assault Person given restorative disposal for public order Person given restorative disposal for cannabis Person given restorative disposal for cannabis Person given restorative disposal for cannabis Person given restorative disposal for cannabis Person given restorative disposal for sending a malicious communication Missendens Person given restorative disposal for Cannabis Person given restorative disposal for Assault Person given restorative disposal for Abstracting electricity Person given restorative disposal for Criminal damage Person given restorative disposal for Assault Person given restorative disposal for Assault Person given restorative disposal for Assault Person given a caution for Assault Person given restorative disposal for ABH Person given restorative disposal for Cannabis Person given restorative disposal for Cannabis Person given a conditional caution for Assault Person reported for Publishing indecent images Rural Crime Rural Crime. Last month 46 visits were carried out to our farms in an effort to get them signed up to our Country Watch Scheme and to discuss ways to improve security at rural locations. Already we are seeing that the Rural Crime Taskforce visiting our area and assisting us in trying to target rural crime. Several days of action last month resulted in all plant machinery being moved being stopped and checks carried out to see if it was stolen. Our aim is to make the Chilterns one of the most hostile areas for criminals who are driving through our areas. Social media We ask our readers to consider subscribing to our Thames Valley Alerts, Facebook and Twitter accounts. www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk ‘TV Alerts’ allow the subscriber to filter the subject matter which is of relevance to them, and only requires an email address to begin receiving local policing information. Our “Twitter” feed @tvp_chiltsbucks will show you what the policing team are doing, will provide crime prevention information, witness appeals and “Good Result” stories. The Facebook group TVPChilternandSouthBucks will provide the same information as Twitter but seems to be the preferred social media site used by the public. We do not take reports of crime via social media and we do not see comments placed into personal social media groups. To report crime online visit https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/ro/report/ Stay safe out there and keep your eyes peeled. Sergeant Darren Walsh Message Sent By Darren Walsh (Police, Sgt, Amersham)
  • ... Think again! https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10646207/amp/Stephen-Wilhite-creator-GIF-dies-74-battling-COVID-19.html
  • Is there still a need for a max input on a comment? The OP does not have the same restriction. Yesterday I attempted to input a long comment (a reply from my MP) which covered 5 comments in total and it took a long time. It took countless attempts to get the correct number of characters in to each part as although we are told we have exceeded the 2000 char limit, we have absolutely no clue as to the number we are attempting to submit. Could you either remove the limit or advise us of the number be are attempting to submit, so that we can input comments easier, quicker and more precisely. Thank you
  • I am really thinking about giving up with SL as trying to upload and view photographs is becoming a waste of time. I tried uploading some portrait oriented pictures and they were edited by the SL upload system to small partial landscape versions of part of the original. This is not what I either want nor expect. I am attempting the same picture oriented as portrait and as landscape to see if SL edits the portrait version. In theory there should be no difference other than orientation.
  • https://www.dec.org.uk/?gclid=Cj0KCQiA64GRBhCZARIsAHOLriKdqsGncZ3DmLZhwvknsnoda8yXEvus5uuRMs_C073uHBCnpgEsnmQaAm8CEALw_wcB
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-60552273.amp
  • Our research shows two thirds (67%) of people are worried about their home being broken into, yet there are simple, proven measures we can all take to reduce our chances of becoming a victim of burglary by up to 50%. To help you be and feel safer at home, we are running our Think WIDE(N) burglary prevention campaign (1st-31st March), highlighting the simple, evidence-based WIDE measures which can be taken in any home on a variety of budgets. At Neighbourhood Watch, we also believe neighbours keeping an eye out for each other is key to reducing burglary, so we've extended the WIDE acronym to WIDE(N): W: WINDOWS: Keep your windows locked I: INTERIOR: Put inside lights on a timer/smart bulb D: DOORS: Double or deadlock your doors E: EXTERIOR: Put outside lights on a sensor (N): NEIGHBOURS: Keep an eye out for your neighbours To learn more about WIDE(N) and burglary prevention measures, visit ourwatch.org.uk/thinkwiden. John Hayward-Cripps, CEO of Neighbourhood Watch Network, said 'It is not okay for two-thirds of people to fear being burgled. More needs to be done to help people be and feel safer, and when it comes to burglary, prevention is always better than cure. Since 1982 we have been supporting communities to feel and be safer. We know that by securing your home's windows, interior, doors, exterior and keeping an eye out for neighbours, we can all give ourselves the best chance of not being burgled. If you have been burgled recently, criminals are familiar with your home and may come back once you've had time to purchase new items. Act soon to avoid being retargeted - use the WIDE(N) advice for a combination of simple yet effective prevention measures.' We have joined forces with our longstanding primary smart security partner, ERA Home Security, to bring their expertise to our Think WIDE(N) burglary prevention campaign. We are excited to invite you to some events this month: WEBINAR: WHAT DOES SMART SECURITY MEAN FOR MY HOME? 10th March, 5-6pm delivered in partnership with ERA – booking opening soon on ourwatch.org.uk/webinars. ASK THE EXPERTS DAY: 16th March on our Facebook / Twitter / Instagram channels – an opportunity to learn more and discuss burglary prevention live with ERA experts and Neighbourhood Watch Member discount In addition, as a thank you for your continued support of Neighbourhood Watch, ERA is offering a discount of 10% off all alarm kits using the code NHW2022. Click here to take advantage of this special offer. https://h5ur1diw1a1ak5zf-59175633074.shopifypreview.com/pages/burglary-campaign?view=burglary-campaign Take advantage of this offer by 31st March 2022. If you have any questions or feedback regarding the campaign, please email enquiries@ourwatch.org.uk. Kind regards NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team Follow us.. ourwatch.org.uk / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn Neighbourhood Watch Network is a charity registered in England & Wales, CIO no: 1173349 Message Sent By Central Support Team (NWN, Neighbourhood Watch Network, England and Wales).
  • Our research shows two thirds (67%) of people are worried about their home being broken into, yet there are simple, proven measures we can all take to reduce our chances of becoming a victim of burglary by up to 50%. To help you be and feel safer at home, we are running our Think WIDE(N) burglary prevention campaign (1st-31st March), highlighting the simple, evidence-based WIDE measures which can be taken in any home on a variety of budgets. At Neighbourhood Watch, we also believe neighbours keeping an eye out for each other is key to reducing burglary, so we've extended the WIDE acronym to WIDE(N): W: WINDOWS: Keep your windows locked I: INTERIOR: Put inside lights on a timer/smart bulb D: DOORS: Double or deadlock your doors E: EXTERIOR: Put outside lights on a sensor (N): NEIGHBOURS: Keep an eye out for your neighbours To learn more about WIDE(N) and burglary prevention measures, visit ourwatch.org.uk/thinkwiden. John Hayward-Cripps, CEO of Neighbourhood Watch Network, said 'It is not okay for two-thirds of people to fear being burgled. More needs to be done to help people be and feel safer, and when it comes to burglary, prevention is always better than cure. Since 1982 we have been supporting communities to feel and be safer. We know that by securing your home's windows, interior, doors, exterior and keeping an eye out for neighbours, we can all give ourselves the best chance of not being burgled. If you have been burgled recently, criminals are familiar with your home and may come back once you've had time to purchase new items. Act soon to avoid being retargeted - use the WIDE(N) advice for a combination of simple yet effective prevention measures.' We have joined forces with our longstanding primary smart security partner, ERA Home Security, to bring their expertise to our Think WIDE(N) burglary prevention campaign. We are excited to invite you to some events this month: WEBINAR: WHAT DOES SMART SECURITY MEAN FOR MY HOME? 10th March, 5-6pm delivered in partnership with ERA – booking opening soon on ourwatch.org.uk/webinars. ASK THE EXPERTS DAY: 16th March on our Facebook / Twitter / Instagram channels – an opportunity to learn more and discuss burglary prevention live with ERA experts and Neighbourhood Watch Member discount In addition, as a thank you for your continued support of Neighbourhood Watch, ERA is offering a discount of 10% off all alarm kits using the code NHW2022. Click here to take advantage of this special offer. https://h5ur1diw1a1ak5zf-59175633074.shopifypreview.com/pages/burglary-campaign?view=burglary-campaign Take advantage of this offer by 31st March 2022. If you have any questions or feedback regarding the campaign, please email enquiries@ourwatch.org.uk. Kind regards NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team Follow us.. ourwatch.org.uk / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn Neighbourhood Watch Network is a charity registered in England & Wales, CIO no: 1173349 Message Sent By Central Support Team (NWN, Neighbourhood Watch Network, England and Wales).
  • Message to all Country Parks Parking Permit Holders… All Buckinghamshire Country Parks (including all car parks) will be closed on Friday 18th February due to the arrival of Storm Eunice and the extreme winds forecast. The parks aim to re-open from 10am on Saturday (at the earliest) subject to safety inspections being completed. We strongly advise you not to try to enter the parks during this period for your own safety. Please be aware that the sites will only reopen when we are happy that there is no risk to staff and visitors. Kind regards Buckinghamshire Country Parks Team Communities Directorate Buckinghamshire Council 01753 511060 countryparks@buckinghamshire.gov.uk The Countryside Centre, Black Park Country Park, Black Park Road, Wexham, Buckinghamshire, SL3 6DS
  • Message to all Country Parks Parking Permit Holders… All Buckinghamshire Country Parks (including all car parks) will be closed on Friday 18th February due to the arrival of Storm Eunice and the extreme winds forecast. The parks aim to re-open from 10am on Saturday (at the earliest) subject to safety inspections being completed. We strongly advise you not to try to enter the parks during this period for your own safety. Please be aware that the sites will only reopen when we are happy that there is no risk to staff and visitors. Kind regards Buckinghamshire Country Parks Team Communities Directorate Buckinghamshire Council 01753 511060 countryparks@buckinghamshire.gov.uk The Countryside Centre, Black Park Country Park, Black Park Road, Wexham, Buckinghamshire, SL3 6DS
  • I tried reacting, to a comment, with a heart and it didn't work. I continued trying for a total of 5 times. Nothing! I then clicked fr a thumbs up, which worked, so I then clicked for a heart and it overwrote the thumb. Has anyone else encountered this problem?
  • I will write this OP, then come in and edit it. If it picks up the word edited then that will be automatically annotated. I've now added this line.
    I've attached a screen recording of what happens on my Samsung S21 Ultra phone when I try to view some pictures I have uploaded to the workshop. There are 5 pictures in the set, however, when I click to view them I get notified it is 1/4 (to my mind this should read 1/5). When I click the right arrow the black framing vanishes and I'm seeing a picture on top of Comment text with no further arrows, so need to abort my operation. Other people advise they can see all pictures properly. Could this be an Andtroid/mobile phone/Samsung problem? Could you also fix it please. Thanks
  • Hello Everyone, Covid infections were at their peak a couple of weeks ago and had been steadily reducing since. However we are now seeing another increase due to lifting of restrictions, children returning to school and the emergence of a slightly different version of Omicron. It is not a new variant but a different ‘subtype.’ We all know by now that the more a virus is given a chance to spread the greater the risk of it evolving and mutating. The Omicron Covid-19 variant has so far four different subtypes identified: BA.1 (the original), BA.2, BA.3 and BA1.1. The main differences are in the spike protein that poke out of its surface and allow the virus to latch on and enter human cells. BA.2 is now growing rapidly and in Denmark and parts of South Africa it is already the dominant strain having overtaken the original Omicron (BA.1). Studies suggest that BA.2 is over 40% more infectious than the BA.1 but does not seem to cause more severe disease. In the UK this new subtype of Omicron is spreading fast and at the moment accounts for about 8% of cases. It is doubling every 4 days and will probably become the dominant Covid virus in the next 2-3 weeks which means that more people will become infected in the current Omicron wave. So just as Delta displaced Alpha and Omicron displaced Delta so BA.2 will displace Omicron. The vaccines are still effective against it – especially if you’ve had the booster as well. In the US BA.1 seems to be being rapidly replaced by BA.1.1 in some states and BA.2 in others. The good news is that because these subtypes are quite similar having had one will also give some natural immunity to the other. So if you have had Omicron (BA.1) already you are very unlikely to get anything more than very mild symptoms (if at all) from BA.2. We also know that infection with Delta does not provide much protection against Omicron but having Omicron infection gives you good protection against Delta which is probably why Delta is fading fast. This is really good news because Delta causes much more serious illness and deaths than Omicron. Some people will say why not just wait for ‘natural immunity’ from an infection and not have the vaccine. Well the biggest advantage of having the vaccines is that they cover a much broader range of Covid variants whereas natural immunity will usually only cover the one that you were infected with - apart from Omicron/Delta as mentioned above. As a society we still have to be pretty careful and need to be mindful of spreading the virus – it can still cause serious illness and death in certain groups of vulnerable patients. We are also getting more children affected with it. This is probably because it is so contagious and so many children are being affected that even a small percentage who get the virus turns out to be a big number who end up ill and sometimes in hospital. The main symptoms are just like having a bad cold so: runny nose, fever, headache, tiredness, muscular aches and pains, sore throat, persistent cough, hoarse voice and a reduced sense of smell. So why does Omicron seem to give less severe disease than Delta? It is thought that Omicron affects the lower respiratory tract less than Delta and so causes less inflammation and likelihood of pneumonia. However it does affect the upper airways which is why some children under 5 years get symptoms of croup – a barking cough, often worse at night. Most people will make a good recovery within a few weeks but we do know that there are over 1.3 million people in the UK suffering from Long Covid – many of these are children. Data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) seems to indicate that people who are double vaccinated are much less likely to report Long Covid – however at present this only covers Long Covid from Delta – its too early to tell how many people will get this from Omicron. One of the main effects of Long Covid is breathlessness – especially on exercise. Chest XRs and even CT scans don’t seem to show much up and both doctors and patients have been frustrated at the lack of any obvious changes. However a new technique called Xenon gas inhalation MRI is being developed. Xenon acts like oxygen when inhaled – so it should transfer from the lungs into the bloodstream quite smoothly. However MRIs of certain patients whilst they are inhaling Xenon seems to indicate that some areas of the lungs just don’t work properly and do not allow Xenon/oxygen to flow. No one yet knows what the solution is – most people just seem to make a slow recovery with supportive help such as respiratory physiotherapy. At least now more research is being done to help the many more people who are and will be affected with Long Covid. Now that Covid has been with us over 2 years some politicians are starting to mention the word ‘endemic.’ This means that the infection is constantly maintained at a baseline level - it usually implies a steady state without large peaks. So chickenpox and the common cold are endemic in the UK but Covid is certainly not. As long as Omicron and other variants are causing massive illness -however mild - and as long as this overburdens the healthcare sector then it cannot be called endemic. Omicron is less severe than Delta but being much more contagious is still leading to a significant number of hospital admissions and deaths. The speed of its spread and of the new BA.2 could also hasten the emergence of new more deadly variants. So we are still in a pandemic but it will end at some point – all pandemics do. Some scientists think that the emergence of Omicron and its dominance over Delta maybe the first step towards this pandemic fading. So as always we need to continue to protect ourselves and our communities by: · Wearing masks when appropriate eg when using public transport or shopping. · Avoiding the three Cs: o Closed spaces with poor ventilation o Crowded places with many people nearby o Close-contact settings such as close-range conversations The risk of getting Covid is particularly high when all ‘three Cs’ overlap · Getting fully vaccinated: o The best way to protect yourself and prevent spread is get your two jabs then a booster. o Having the booster gives much better protection against Omicron than just 2 jabs. You can get the booster 3 months after your 2ndjab. Vaccination may also improve your immunity against other variants that might come along in the future. o Being fully vaccinated means that you are 8 x less likely to end up in hospital than someone who is unvaccinated. o Being fully vaccinated means that you have much less chance of getting Long Covid which has serious long term effects which can be life-changing. o Pregnancy changes your immune system and makes you more likely to become seriously ill with Covid. Vaccination is the best protection. In rich developed countries we are lucky to have great vaccination programmes, testing facilities and medical care which help protect us and our loved ones. Unfortunately in poorer countries vaccination rates are still extremely low and Covid is running rampant in many areas. This will allow the virus to mutate and spread…eventually back to us with possibly another nasty variant. Let’s hope politicians, doctors and drug companies all over the world can work together to give everyone a chance for a vaccine. As the World Health Organisation has said before ‘No one is safe until we are all safe.’ Burnham Vaccination News: We are continuing to offer Covid vaccinations at Burnham Health Centre. These appointments can be accessed via the National Booking Service by searching "book a Covid vaccination" on the internet. We are mainly running clinics on Monday afternoon/ evenings. We will soon be inviting our "at risk" 5–11 year-old children. Appointments can also be made at Salt Hill Vaccination Centre. Stay Safe Everyone Bye for now Dr M Tanvir Jamil Senior Partner Burnham Health Centre
  • The Amersham, Chalfonts and Missendens Neighbourhood Team consists of: INS Richard Vine, PS 3675 Darren Walsh, PC 6633 Matthew Carson, PC7844 Matthew Cumming. Along with: PCSO 4233 Lucy Sandford and PCSO 8632 Jen Shraga covering the Chalfonts. PCSO 7495 Lucy Groves and PCSO 9783 Chris Hinkley–Ging covering the Missendens. PCSO 8882 Jacqueline Day, PCSO 9601 Charlotte Marsh and PCSO 9631 Kerry Clarke, covering Amersham. The priorities for your Neighbourhood Policing Team (NHPT) are decided from the Policing Issues Panel. This steering group of local residents and representatives from organisations across the area allows us to hear what the community wants us to focus on and to consider how we can accomplish these aims. The top three priorities are chosen, every four months and are assumed by your Neighbourhood Policing Team. https://www.csb-forum.org/about Priorities from the PIP meeting on the 29th November 2021: Priority 1; Serious Acquisitive Crime i.e. robbery, burglary, theft from, or of a motor vehicle We did; Criminals are changing how they work. With changes in technology, offenders no longer have to enter your house to steal a car. Keyless car crime has become a huge problem with many of the public unaware of the risks. The team has been giving out crime reduction advice almost daily via, meetings, visits, social media, and through Neighbourhood Watch. Our annual Peak Seasonal Trend Analysis Operation took place in October to raise awareness of current crime themes. Identified areas received crime reduction events to raise awareness. My team has been proactively working with other departments and police forces in targeting travelling criminals aiming to deny them the use of the roads in Chiltern & South Bucks. There has been excellent results in disrupting a variety of crimes. In the last 3 months 21 people were arrested, 22 people reported and 15 cars were taken off the road as a result of our operations. The message we want to send out to criminals is that if you come into C&SB there is a high chance you will be caught and punished. Since the start of the COVID Pandemic, we have seen a huge reduction in the amount of Burglaries across our area and has continued since restrictions eased. This goes to show that burglars do not like to target properties when someone is likely to be at home due to a heightened chance they will be caught. This echoes the basic advice of make it look like someone is at home to reduce being a victim. One of our Force priorities is to have a 15% reduction in residential burglary. Year to year I can report there were 39 such incidents in Amersham a 37% reduction, 26 in the Chalfonts a 61% reduction and 10 in the Missendens a 60 % reduction. Robbery thankfully is not a common offence. In the last 12 months there have been 3 offences in the Missendens, 2 in the Chalfonts and 6 in Amersham. This equates to a 54% decrease in Amersham, a 33% decrease in the Chalfonts but a 200% increase in the Missendens due to 1 offence the year before. Theft of Motor Vehicle. In the last 12 months 20 offences occurred in Amersham a 38% reduction, 51 in the Chalfonts a 38% rise and 10 in the Missendens a 17% reduction. Theft from Motor Vehicle. Figures show there were 61 offences in Amersham a 31% reduction, 57 offences in the Chalfonts a 19% reduction and 22 offences in the Missendens a 5% gain. The reduction figures are good news for the area. COVID no doubt has had an effect with more people working from home reducing opportunities available to thieves. This goes to show the importance of giving the appearance that someone is at home. Priority 2; SPEEDING We did; Community Speedwatch schemes are currently running in Chalfont St Peter, Missenden, Prestwood, Holmer Green and Kingshill areas and I anticipate that Amersham, Chesham Bois and Little Chalfont will have schemes in operation shortly. We want to expand the scheme to other areas and will be working with local parishes and volunteer groups to create new groups. An advancement in the CSW scheme’s website came into fruition last month. The system allows CSW members to import information without the need for an administrator. The system also has on-line training and a record of sites. This will make it easier for new members to join and members to manage their schemes. I would like to add a special thanks to all the volunteers who do go out in the cold and to our Police Support Volunteer Mr Grover who give up their time to help support these schemes. Operation Glare In the last quarter, the following locations were targeted, by police, for enhanced checks: Amersham Road, Bell Lane, Elizabeth Avenue, Cokes Lane in Little Chalfont, and, Austenwood Lane, Denham Lane and Kingsway in Chalfont St Peter. Speed Cameras in Chiltern Our Road Safety vans and fixed cameras provide enforcement and a visual deterrent across the JOU. The aim of the enforcement we carryout is to help support you to reduce the speed of traffic, making the roads safer for all road users, and reduce the risk of injury, collisions and casualties in your district. Figures from the Road Safety Mobile and Speed Enforcement Team advised, that between Sept – Nov 867 offences were captured by the mobile speed cameras whilst 907 offences were captured by fixed cameras. Priority 3; ASB We did; TVP’s more robust attitude towards cannabis will have an effect on those caught in possession of cannabis. They will now be required to complete a drugs awareness course. Chalfont St Peter has had issues with public order and criminal damage. Mental Health frequently plays a part in people’s behaviours and we are currently working on finding solutions in several cases. These cases require intervention from a number of agencies to try to achieve an acceptable outcome and to get people the support that they need. However, this is not a get out of jail free card and we will still seek charges, when appropriate, and look for court orders off the back of convictions. Targeted house visits in problem areas, to discuss concerns with residents, resulted in a number of people coming forward to discuss their concerns and observations. This led to drug dealers and their properties being identified. Such visits took place in Prestwood, Chalfont St Peter, Chalfont St Giles, Amersham and Holmer Green. This course of action has assisted our Stronghold Team in obtaining warrants and recovering drugs at a number of locations. The team has also been able to promote our NHW groups; getting a group set up in The Bramblings in Amersham following reports of ASB. We aim to make life as uncomfortable as possible for any would be gangs or criminals so that we can protect our community. Most of our current workload within the Anti-Social Behaviour category stems from neighbour disputes. This issue continues to grow and demand seems to be higher at this time. Some of the work that the team are currently dealing with include noise disturbances, arguments, cannabis smells and drug use, inconsiderate parking, boundary disputes, hate crimes and allegations of harassment. We continue to work with our partners in a multi-agency approach to solve issues and hold people to account. Have Your Say meetings We will be running a HYS van and giving crime prevention advice on the following dates: 07/02/22 – Market Square Chalfont St Peter and a joint meeting with members of Bucks Council in Amersham. Times to be updated on Forum Website. Come and meet C8632 Jen SHRAGA, C9631 Kerry CLARKE and C9783 Chris HINKLEY-GING. 23/03/22 – Tesco in Amersham, Peterley Manor in Prestwood and Holy Trinity Church in Seer Green Come and meet C7495 Lucy GROVES, C9601 Charlotte MARSH and P7844 Matt CUMMING. Other News Violence Against Women In the current climate with a heavy focus on violence against women and girls (VAWG), this is a joint venture with Richard who will teach the classes, with the support of Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and Thames Valley Police (TVP) who will provide crime prevention advice and support after the classes, so in a nutshell the plan is: • Free self-defence classes for females at LITTLE CHALFONT PARISH HALL o 11:00 - 12:30 hours on Saturday 22/01/2022 o 11:00 - 12:30 hours on Saturday 05/02/2022 • Participants 16+ years old • Advance booking required Email: rmross0404@googlemail.com • Up to 40 participants per class, with 1 class per person (reserve lists will be maintained) • Crime prevention advice and support / Q&A session with local police officers after the classes N.B. Any persons who attend the sessions will be required to complete a Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q) on attendance/can complete and email it ahead of the class. Offenders Brought to Justice Offences from the 1st October 21. This does not include persons who are currently under investigation. Amersham Person given restorative disposal for assault Person given restorative disposal for public order Person given restorative disposals for drugs Person given restorative disposal for assault Person given a caution for criminal damage Person given restorative disposals for drugs Person given restorative disposal for assault Person given a conditional caution for criminal damage Person given restorative disposal for assault Person charged for drug possession Person given restorative disposal for assault Person given restorative disposal for assault Person charged for possession of a knife Chalfonts Person given restorative disposal for dog bite Person given restorative disposal for assault Person given restorative disposal for assault Person given restorative disposal for public order Person given restorative disposal for cannabis Person charged for public order Missendens 5 people given restorative disposal for cannabis Person given restorative disposal for harassment Rural Crime Thames Valley Polices Rural Crime Taskforce is now operational. Already their work has resulted in a large amount of plant machinery being recovered. I’ll be looking to utilise their resources on our areas to further combat criminals coming into the Chilterns targeting our residents. Throughout the coming year we will be completing seasonal rural crime reduction campaigns with the focus on landowners target hardening their property. Reviewing 2021 figures showed a 200% increase in this type of crime. A further breakdown across the Chiltern Area showed there were 20 burglaries, 34 criminal damages, 7 arsons. Another incident that is occurring regularly is hare coursing. This activity normally results in damage to gates and farmers land, trespassing and cruelty to animals. If you see suspicious activity, at night, please call it in for us to check out. From the last Policing Forum it clear how much of a concern Fly-tipping is in the community. The police will be supporting Bucks Councils Waste Enforcement Team in disrupting offenders. Two people are being prosecuted, by the Councils Enforcement Team, for separate incidents, following our patrols catching them in the act. Social media We ask our readers to consider subscribing to our Thames Valley Alerts, Facebook and Twitter accounts. www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk ‘TV Alerts’ allow the subscriber to filter the subject matter which is of relevance to them, and only requires an email address to begin receiving local policing information. Our “Twitter” feed @tvp_chiltsbucks will show you what the policing team are doing, will provide crime prevention information, witness appeals and “Good Result” stories. The Facebook group TVPChilternandSouthBucks will provide the same information as Twitter but seems to be the preferred social media site used by the public. We do not take reports of crime via social media and we do not see comments placed into personal social media groups. To report crime online visit https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/ro/report/ Stay safe out there and keep your eyes peeled. Sergeant Darren Walsh Message Sent By Darren Walsh (Police, Sgt, Amersham)
  • The Amersham, Chalfonts and Missendens Neighbourhood Team consists of: INS Richard Vine, PS 3675 Darren Walsh, PC 6633 Matthew Carson, PC7844 Matthew Cumming. Along with: PCSO 4233 Lucy Sandford and PCSO 8632 Jen Shraga covering the Chalfonts. PCSO 7495 Lucy Groves and PCSO 9783 Chris Hinkley–Ging covering the Missendens. PCSO 8882 Jacqueline Day, PCSO 9601 Charlotte Marsh and PCSO 9631 Kerry Clarke, covering Amersham. The priorities for your Neighbourhood Policing Team (NHPT) are decided from the Policing Issues Panel. This steering group of local residents and representatives from organisations across the area allows us to hear what the community wants us to focus on and to consider how we can accomplish these aims. The top three priorities are chosen, every four months and are assumed by your Neighbourhood Policing Team. https://www.csb-forum.org/about Priorities from the PIP meeting on the 29th November 2021: Priority 1; Serious Acquisitive Crime i.e. robbery, burglary, theft from, or of a motor vehicle We did; Criminals are changing how they work. With changes in technology, offenders no longer have to enter your house to steal a car. Keyless car crime has become a huge problem with many of the public unaware of the risks. The team has been giving out crime reduction advice almost daily via, meetings, visits, social media, and through Neighbourhood Watch. Our annual Peak Seasonal Trend Analysis Operation took place in October to raise awareness of current crime themes. Identified areas received crime reduction events to raise awareness. My team has been proactively working with other departments and police forces in targeting travelling criminals aiming to deny them the use of the roads in Chiltern & South Bucks. There has been excellent results in disrupting a variety of crimes. In the last 3 months 21 people were arrested, 22 people reported and 15 cars were taken off the road as a result of our operations. The message we want to send out to criminals is that if you come into C&SB there is a high chance you will be caught and punished. Since the start of the COVID Pandemic, we have seen a huge reduction in the amount of Burglaries across our area and has continued since restrictions eased. This goes to show that burglars do not like to target properties when someone is likely to be at home due to a heightened chance they will be caught. This echoes the basic advice of make it look like someone is at home to reduce being a victim. One of our Force priorities is to have a 15% reduction in residential burglary. Year to year I can report there were 39 such incidents in Amersham a 37% reduction, 26 in the Chalfonts a 61% reduction and 10 in the Missendens a 60 % reduction. Robbery thankfully is not a common offence. In the last 12 months there have been 3 offences in the Missendens, 2 in the Chalfonts and 6 in Amersham. This equates to a 54% decrease in Amersham, a 33% decrease in the Chalfonts but a 200% increase in the Missendens due to 1 offence the year before. Theft of Motor Vehicle. In the last 12 months 20 offences occurred in Amersham a 38% reduction, 51 in the Chalfonts a 38% rise and 10 in the Missendens a 17% reduction. Theft from Motor Vehicle. Figures show there were 61 offences in Amersham a 31% reduction, 57 offences in the Chalfonts a 19% reduction and 22 offences in the Missendens a 5% gain. The reduction figures are good news for the area. COVID no doubt has had an effect with more people working from home reducing opportunities available to thieves. This goes to show the importance of giving the appearance that someone is at home. Priority 2; SPEEDING We did; Community Speedwatch schemes are currently running in Chalfont St Peter, Missenden, Prestwood, Holmer Green and Kingshill areas and I anticipate that Amersham, Chesham Bois and Little Chalfont will have schemes in operation shortly. We want to expand the scheme to other areas and will be working with local parishes and volunteer groups to create new groups. An advancement in the CSW scheme’s website came into fruition last month. The system allows CSW members to import information without the need for an administrator. The system also has on-line training and a record of sites. This will make it easier for new members to join and members to manage their schemes. I would like to add a special thanks to all the volunteers who do go out in the cold and to our Police Support Volunteer Mr Grover who give up their time to help support these schemes. Operation Glare In the last quarter, the following locations were targeted, by police, for enhanced checks: Amersham Road, Bell Lane, Elizabeth Avenue, Cokes Lane in Little Chalfont, and, Austenwood Lane, Denham Lane and Kingsway in Chalfont St Peter. Speed Cameras in Chiltern Our Road Safety vans and fixed cameras provide enforcement and a visual deterrent across the JOU. The aim of the enforcement we carryout is to help support you to reduce the speed of traffic, making the roads safer for all road users, and reduce the risk of injury, collisions and casualties in your district. Figures from the Road Safety Mobile and Speed Enforcement Team advised, that between Sept – Nov 867 offences were captured by the mobile speed cameras whilst 907 offences were captured by fixed cameras. Priority 3; ASB We did; TVP’s more robust attitude towards cannabis will have an effect on those caught in possession of cannabis. They will now be required to complete a drugs awareness course. Chalfont St Peter has had issues with public order and criminal damage. Mental Health frequently plays a part in people’s behaviours and we are currently working on finding solutions in several cases. These cases require intervention from a number of agencies to try to achieve an acceptable outcome and to get people the support that they need. However, this is not a get out of jail free card and we will still seek charges, when appropriate, and look for court orders off the back of convictions. Targeted house visits in problem areas, to discuss concerns with residents, resulted in a number of people coming forward to discuss their concerns and observations. This led to drug dealers and their properties being identified. Such visits took place in Prestwood, Chalfont St Peter, Chalfont St Giles, Amersham and Holmer Green. This course of action has assisted our Stronghold Team in obtaining warrants and recovering drugs at a number of locations. The team has also been able to promote our NHW groups; getting a group set up in The Bramblings in Amersham following reports of ASB. We aim to make life as uncomfortable as possible for any would be gangs or criminals so that we can protect our community. Most of our current workload within the Anti-Social Behaviour category stems from neighbour disputes. This issue continues to grow and demand seems to be higher at this time. Some of the work that the team are currently dealing with include noise disturbances, arguments, cannabis smells and drug use, inconsiderate parking, boundary disputes, hate crimes and allegations of harassment. We continue to work with our partners in a multi-agency approach to solve issues and hold people to account. Have Your Say meetings We will be running a HYS van and giving crime prevention advice on the following dates: 07/02/22 – Market Square Chalfont St Peter and a joint meeting with members of Bucks Council in Amersham. Times to be updated on Forum Website. Come and meet C8632 Jen SHRAGA, C9631 Kerry CLARKE and C9783 Chris HINKLEY-GING. 23/03/22 – Tesco in Amersham, Peterley Manor in Prestwood and Holy Trinity Church in Seer Green Come and meet C7495 Lucy GROVES, C9601 Charlotte MARSH and P7844 Matt CUMMING. Other News Violence Against Women In the current climate with a heavy focus on violence against women and girls (VAWG), this is a joint venture with Richard who will teach the classes, with the support of Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and Thames Valley Police (TVP) who will provide crime prevention advice and support after the classes, so in a nutshell the plan is: • Free self-defence classes for females at LITTLE CHALFONT PARISH HALL o 11:00 - 12:30 hours on Saturday 22/01/2022 o 11:00 - 12:30 hours on Saturday 05/02/2022 • Participants 16+ years old • Advance booking required Email: rmross0404@googlemail.com • Up to 40 participants per class, with 1 class per person (reserve lists will be maintained) • Crime prevention advice and support / Q&A session with local police officers after the classes N.B. Any persons who attend the sessions will be required to complete a Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q) on attendance/can complete and email it ahead of the class. Offenders Brought to Justice Offences from the 1st October 21. This does not include persons who are currently under investigation. Amersham Person given restorative disposal for assault Person given restorative disposal for public order Person given restorative disposals for drugs Person given restorative disposal for assault Person given a caution for criminal damage Person given restorative disposals for drugs Person given restorative disposal for assault Person given a conditional caution for criminal damage Person given restorative disposal for assault Person charged for drug possession Person given restorative disposal for assault Person given restorative disposal for assault Person charged for possession of a knife Chalfonts Person given restorative disposal for dog bite Person given restorative disposal for assault Person given restorative disposal for assault Person given restorative disposal for public order Person given restorative disposal for cannabis Person charged for public order Missendens 5 people given restorative disposal for cannabis Person given restorative disposal for harassment Rural Crime Thames Valley Polices Rural Crime Taskforce is now operational. Already their work has resulted in a large amount of plant machinery being recovered. I’ll be looking to utilise their resources on our areas to further combat criminals coming into the Chilterns targeting our residents. Throughout the coming year we will be completing seasonal rural crime reduction campaigns with the focus on landowners target hardening their property. Reviewing 2021 figures showed a 200% increase in this type of crime. A further breakdown across the Chiltern Area showed there were 20 burglaries, 34 criminal damages, 7 arsons. Another incident that is occurring regularly is hare coursing. This activity normally results in damage to gates and farmers land, trespassing and cruelty to animals. If you see suspicious activity, at night, please call it in for us to check out. From the last Policing Forum it clear how much of a concern Fly-tipping is in the community. The police will be supporting Bucks Councils Waste Enforcement Team in disrupting offenders. Two people are being prosecuted, by the Councils Enforcement Team, for separate incidents, following our patrols catching them in the act. Social media We ask our readers to consider subscribing to our Thames Valley Alerts, Facebook and Twitter accounts. www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk ‘TV Alerts’ allow the subscriber to filter the subject matter which is of relevance to them, and only requires an email address to begin receiving local policing information. Our “Twitter” feed @tvp_chiltsbucks will show you what the policing team are doing, will provide crime prevention information, witness appeals and “Good Result” stories. The Facebook group TVPChilternandSouthBucks will provide the same information as Twitter but seems to be the preferred social media site used by the public. We do not take reports of crime via social media and we do not see comments placed into personal social media groups. To report crime online visit https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/ro/report/ Stay safe out there and keep your eyes peeled. Sergeant Darren Walsh Message Sent By Darren Walsh (Police, Sgt, Amersham)
  • I have a Samsung S21 ultra phone. At various times since getting the phone, I have created a few MP4 videos with it. I have tried to upload these videos and get the following message each time. Will you be looking at making sure that material from current phones will be accepted or is there a workaround at all? Thanks.
  • I haven't seen any sign of her for a few days now and am a little concerned!
  • Message sent on behalf of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley. The Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, Matthew Barber, has launched an online survey seeking views on the budget for Thames Valley Police for 2022/23. https://survey.alchemer.eu/s3/90415648/Council-Tax-Survey-2022-23 On 16 December, the Home Office announced the funding settlement for police forces across the country for the next financial year. In Thames Valley, this means an additional £15.5m in Government grant to pay for a further increase of 244 police officers (including 13 for the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit, SEROCU) next year. The increase in officers is part of the national uplift programme that will see 20,000 additional officers across the country by March 2023. In the Thames Valley, we have already seen the positive effects of recruitment with more police officers than a decade ago and, in addition to the Home Office funded recruitment, Police & Crime Commissioner, Matthew Barber, is seeking to fund additional future growth to ensure that police officer numbers increase in-line with our population. Despite the increase in funding from government, there continue to be cost pressures on the Force, and the public rightly expect to see improving performance in order to keep us all safe and bring criminals to justice. Alongside the funding from the Home Office, the Government has also allowed Police & Crime Commissioners to increase council tax by up to £10 (for a Band D property) in order to make additional investments in policing. This monetary increase is called a precept. There are eight council tax bands but nationally Band D properties are used as the benchmark. In Thames Valley, that means that for less than 20p a week for the average household, more than £9m could be invested in frontline policing. Earlier this year, Matthew Barber published his Police & Criminal Justice Plan which sets out the following priorities for Thames Valley Police: https://www.thamesvalley-pcc.gov.uk/police-and-crime-plan/ • Strong local policing – recruiting more police officers, supporting neighbourhood policing teams and focussing on local crimes such as vehicle crime, burglaries and anti-social behaviour. Ensuring that we protect victims of domestic abuse and ensure that everyone can feel safe on our streets • Fighting organised crime – tackling county-lines drugs gangs that exploit young people and drive serious violence in our communities • Tackling cyber crime and fraud – ensuring that the police and other agencies are equipped to protect you and your family from scams and fraud • Improving the criminal justice system – bringing more criminals to justice, bringing more cases of domestic abuse, sexual assault and rapes to court and reducing reoffending • Tackling illegal encampments – ensuring the police and local authorities take a firm but fair approach Launching the survey, Matthew Barber said: “As your Police and Crime Commissioner, I am committed to ensuring that your police precept is spent wisely and delivers best value for money. I am committed to ensuring effective spending across policing, to ensure we employ the maximum number of police officers possible. By giving us your feedback, you can help shape decisions about police funding and how Thames Valley Police can continue to work to keep us all safe.   “In previous years, the support of local tax payers through their council tax has meant that we have managed to reduce the time it takes for the police to answer non-urgent 101 calls; to significantly increase detection rates, meaning that more victims of crime receive justice and more criminals are held to account; and creating dedicated rural crime taskforce.   “It is important that if there is any increase in council tax now, at a time when many families are struggling and costs are rising, it is focussed on frontline policing to tackle the concerns of the public. I am proud of the work done by Thames Valley Police Officers, PCSOs, staff and volunteers every single day, but with more investment, there is more that could be done. “Final decisions on council tax and budget priorities will be made at the end of January, and by contributing your views now you can help play your part in shaping how Thames Valley Police continues to improve and tackle crime across our communities.” You can complete the Council Tax Precept Survey 2022-2023 online and have your say on the budget for Thames Valley Police. The survey is open for your feedback until 5pm on Tuesday 18 January 2022. https://survey.alchemer.eu/s3/90415648/Council-Tax-Survey-2022-23   Message Sent By Emma Tarry (Police, Communications Officer, Thames Valley)
  • Message sent on behalf of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley. The Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, Matthew Barber, has launched an online survey seeking views on the budget for Thames Valley Police for 2022/23. https://survey.alchemer.eu/s3/90415648/Council-Tax-Survey-2022-23 On 16 December, the Home Office announced the funding settlement for police forces across the country for the next financial year. In Thames Valley, this means an additional £15.5m in Government grant to pay for a further increase of 244 police officers (including 13 for the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit, SEROCU) next year. The increase in officers is part of the national uplift programme that will see 20,000 additional officers across the country by March 2023. In the Thames Valley, we have already seen the positive effects of recruitment with more police officers than a decade ago and, in addition to the Home Office funded recruitment, Police & Crime Commissioner, Matthew Barber, is seeking to fund additional future growth to ensure that police officer numbers increase in-line with our population. Despite the increase in funding from government, there continue to be cost pressures on the Force, and the public rightly expect to see improving performance in order to keep us all safe and bring criminals to justice. Alongside the funding from the Home Office, the Government has also allowed Police & Crime Commissioners to increase council tax by up to £10 (for a Band D property) in order to make additional investments in policing. This monetary increase is called a precept. There are eight council tax bands but nationally Band D properties are used as the benchmark. In Thames Valley, that means that for less than 20p a week for the average household, more than £9m could be invested in frontline policing. Earlier this year, Matthew Barber published his Police & Criminal Justice Plan which sets out the following priorities for Thames Valley Police: https://www.thamesvalley-pcc.gov.uk/police-and-crime-plan/ • Strong local policing – recruiting more police officers, supporting neighbourhood policing teams and focussing on local crimes such as vehicle crime, burglaries and anti-social behaviour. Ensuring that we protect victims of domestic abuse and ensure that everyone can feel safe on our streets • Fighting organised crime – tackling county-lines drugs gangs that exploit young people and drive serious violence in our communities • Tackling cyber crime and fraud – ensuring that the police and other agencies are equipped to protect you and your family from scams and fraud • Improving the criminal justice system – bringing more criminals to justice, bringing more cases of domestic abuse, sexual assault and rapes to court and reducing reoffending • Tackling illegal encampments – ensuring the police and local authorities take a firm but fair approach Launching the survey, Matthew Barber said: “As your Police and Crime Commissioner, I am committed to ensuring that your police precept is spent wisely and delivers best value for money. I am committed to ensuring effective spending across policing, to ensure we employ the maximum number of police officers possible. By giving us your feedback, you can help shape decisions about police funding and how Thames Valley Police can continue to work to keep us all safe.   “In previous years, the support of local tax payers through their council tax has meant that we have managed to reduce the time it takes for the police to answer non-urgent 101 calls; to significantly increase detection rates, meaning that more victims of crime receive justice and more criminals are held to account; and creating dedicated rural crime taskforce.   “It is important that if there is any increase in council tax now, at a time when many families are struggling and costs are rising, it is focussed on frontline policing to tackle the concerns of the public. I am proud of the work done by Thames Valley Police Officers, PCSOs, staff and volunteers every single day, but with more investment, there is more that could be done. “Final decisions on council tax and budget priorities will be made at the end of January, and by contributing your views now you can help play your part in shaping how Thames Valley Police continues to improve and tackle crime across our communities.” You can complete the Council Tax Precept Survey 2022-2023 online and have your say on the budget for Thames Valley Police. The survey is open for your feedback until 5pm on Tuesday 18 January 2022. https://survey.alchemer.eu/s3/90415648/Council-Tax-Survey-2022-23   Message Sent By Emma Tarry (Police, Communications Officer, Thames Valley)
  • Why are software updates important? Software updates are an important part of staying secure online. But why? You’ll often hear about the new features or performance improvements in a software update, but what isn’t talked about as often are the bug fixes and security improvements. Out-of-date software and apps contain weaknesses. This makes them easier to hack. Companies fix the weaknesses by releasing updates. When you update your devices and software, this helps to keep hackers out. Why would cyber criminals target me? Your device contains a lot of personal data that is highly valuable if it fell into the hands of a fraudster. The likelihood is your device will contain your full name, date of birth, address, bank details, passwords, as well as many other forms of personal data such as private photos or videos. Improve your online security by using automatic software updates We understand it can sometimes be annoying to remember to update your devices every time a new update is released, that’s why we encourage you to enable automatic updates wherever it’s available. That means you don’t have to manually install updates every time they’re released.  We’ve provided some useful links below where you can find step by step instructions on how to enable automatic updates for your devices and apps. • Apple - Mac (opens in a new tab) https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT202180 • Apple - iPhone and iPad (opens in a new tab) https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT204204 • Microsoft Windows 10 (opens your MS settings) http://ms-settings:windowsupdate/ • Windows 7 is no longer supported. You should upgrade to Windows 10 • Android smartphones and tablets (opens in a new tab) https://support.google.com/android/answer/7680439?hl=en-GB • Android apps (opens in a new tab) https://support.google.com/googleplay/answer/113412?hl=en-GB   For more of the government’s latest advice on how to stay secure online, visit the Cyber Aware website: www.cyberaware.gov.uk   Thanks for reading! If you found this information useful, please help us spread the word by forwarding this email to your friends.   Message Sent By Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)
  • Why are software updates important? Software updates are an important part of staying secure online. But why? You’ll often hear about the new features or performance improvements in a software update, but what isn’t talked about as often are the bug fixes and security improvements. Out-of-date software and apps contain weaknesses. This makes them easier to hack. Companies fix the weaknesses by releasing updates. When you update your devices and software, this helps to keep hackers out. Why would cyber criminals target me? Your device contains a lot of personal data that is highly valuable if it fell into the hands of a fraudster. The likelihood is your device will contain your full name, date of birth, address, bank details, passwords, as well as many other forms of personal data such as private photos or videos. Improve your online security by using automatic software updates We understand it can sometimes be annoying to remember to update your devices every time a new update is released, that’s why we encourage you to enable automatic updates wherever it’s available. That means you don’t have to manually install updates every time they’re released.  We’ve provided some useful links below where you can find step by step instructions on how to enable automatic updates for your devices and apps. • Apple - Mac (opens in a new tab) https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT202180 • Apple - iPhone and iPad (opens in a new tab) https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT204204 • Microsoft Windows 10 (opens your MS settings) http://ms-settings:windowsupdate/ • Windows 7 is no longer supported. You should upgrade to Windows 10 • Android smartphones and tablets (opens in a new tab) https://support.google.com/android/answer/7680439?hl=en-GB • Android apps (opens in a new tab) https://support.google.com/googleplay/answer/113412?hl=en-GB   For more of the government’s latest advice on how to stay secure online, visit the Cyber Aware website: www.cyberaware.gov.uk   Thanks for reading! If you found this information useful, please help us spread the word by forwarding this email to your friends.   Message Sent By Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)
  • I've just got a new phone, so perhaps there is something happening there of which I'm unaware. However, when I swipe up in a post where there is a link I get a message asking about a blocked pop up. It asks if I want to allow once or allow always. The fact is that I just want to get past the link to read any other comments below. So I click the X in the top right corner and close the pop up box. I then slide up to continue and one of two things happens, neither of which I want. Either the pop up box reappears meaning I have to go through the procedure again, or worse still, it opens the link I really want to avoid. Very occasionally it does the bypass manoeuvre I want. Is this being driven by something within Scooploop, or is it a phone setting I need to tinker with? Thanks, Derek
  • Festive greetings! As 2021 draws to a close, we reflect on the year gone by. Communities across England and Wales have once again faced significant challenges and losses, and we want to thank every single person who has stepped up and supported their neighbours, loved ones, and colleagues throughout the year. Every small act makes a difference, especially in difficult times. Acknowledging the amazing neighbourly spirit that has helped us weather the last 2 years, in September we launched the NEIGHBOUR OF THE YEAR 2021 AWARDS with Co-op Insurance, including three categories of NEIGHBOUR OF THE YEAR, YOUNG NEIGHBOUR OF THE YEAR and COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR. We were blown away by the number of people who have gone out of their way to do all they can to care for others over the past year. In case you missed it on BBC One’s Morning Live on Monday morning, we are delighted to announce the winners of this year’s NEIGHBOUR OF THE YEAR AWARDS in partnership with Co-op Insurance. Please open the attached PDF to see the winners and hear their stories. We are thrilled to be celebrating Neighbourhood Watch’s 40th Anniversary next year – and we want you to join us! In celebration of our rich past, present and future, we have a range of events planned throughout the year that we would love you to get involved with. We will update on these in January, but for now make sure you mark in your diary - Neighbourhood Watch Week 2022, with the theme of 40 YEARS - 40 ACTIONS between Monday 30th May – Sunday 5th June 2022. It is thanks to our amazing volunteers throughout England and Wales that since the first scheme was set up in Mollington, Cheshire in 1982, we have continued to support communities and adapt to the ever-changing nature of crime. And we look forward to supporting communities for the next 40 years! With many people facing isolation and loneliness again this season, we ask you to consider not who is my neighbour, but how is my neighbour, and support them how you can (always prioritising your own safety of course). All the Central Support Team and I would like to wish you a safe and festive season and a Happy New Year! Best wishes, Thank you and see you in 2022! John Hayward-Cripps, CEO, NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK Follow us.. ourwatch.org.uk / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn Neighbourhood Watch Network is a charity registered in England & Wales, CIO no: 1173349 Attachments Neighbour of the Year Awards 2021 Winners.pdf - 7,150.8 KB https://assets.neighbourhoodalert.co.uk/Attachment/267516/409176/84655/84655_Neighbour_of_the_Year_Awards_2021_Winners.pdf Message Sent By Central Support Team (NWN, Neighbourhood Watch Network, England
  • Festive greetings! As 2021 draws to a close, we reflect on the year gone by. Communities across England and Wales have once again faced significant challenges and losses, and we want to thank every single person who has stepped up and supported their neighbours, loved ones, and colleagues throughout the year. Every small act makes a difference, especially in difficult times. Acknowledging the amazing neighbourly spirit that has helped us weather the last 2 years, in September we launched the NEIGHBOUR OF THE YEAR 2021 AWARDS with Co-op Insurance, including three categories of NEIGHBOUR OF THE YEAR, YOUNG NEIGHBOUR OF THE YEAR and COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR. We were blown away by the number of people who have gone out of their way to do all they can to care for others over the past year. In case you missed it on BBC One’s Morning Live on Monday morning, we are delighted to announce the winners of this year’s NEIGHBOUR OF THE YEAR AWARDS in partnership with Co-op Insurance. Please open the attached PDF to see the winners and hear their stories. We are thrilled to be celebrating Neighbourhood Watch’s 40th Anniversary next year – and we want you to join us! In celebration of our rich past, present and future, we have a range of events planned throughout the year that we would love you to get involved with. We will update on these in January, but for now make sure you mark in your diary - Neighbourhood Watch Week 2022, with the theme of 40 YEARS - 40 ACTIONS between Monday 30th May – Sunday 5th June 2022. It is thanks to our amazing volunteers throughout England and Wales that since the first scheme was set up in Mollington, Cheshire in 1982, we have continued to support communities and adapt to the ever-changing nature of crime. And we look forward to supporting communities for the next 40 years! With many people facing isolation and loneliness again this season, we ask you to consider not who is my neighbour, but how is my neighbour, and support them how you can (always prioritising your own safety of course). All the Central Support Team and I would like to wish you a safe and festive season and a Happy New Year! Best wishes, Thank you and see you in 2022! John Hayward-Cripps, CEO, NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK Follow us.. ourwatch.org.uk / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn Neighbourhood Watch Network is a charity registered in England & Wales, CIO no: 1173349 Attachments Neighbour of the Year Awards 2021 Winners.pdf - 7,150.8 KB https://assets.neighbourhoodalert.co.uk/Attachment/267516/409176/84655/84655_Neighbour_of_the_Year_Awards_2021_Winners.pdf Message Sent By Central Support Team (NWN, Neighbourhood Watch Network, England
  • Fake emails and text messages are a common tactic used by cyber criminals, their goal is often to convince you to click a link. Once clicked, you may be sent to a dodgy website which could download viruses onto your computer, or steal your passwords and personal information. In order to try and convince you that their messages are legitimate, criminals will pretend to be someone you trust, or from some organisation you trust. This could be your Internet Service Provider (ISP), local council, even a friend in need. And they may contact you by phone call, email or text message. Reporting suspicious emails: If you have received an email which you’re not quite sure about, you can report it by forwarding the email to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service at: report@phishing.gov.uk As of 31st October 2021, the number of suspicious email reports stands at more than 8,100,000, with the removal of more than 67,000 scams and 124,000 URLs. Thank you for your continued support. *In a small number of cases, an email may not reach our service due to it already being widely recognised by spam detection services. The vast majority of reports do reach our system so please keep reporting any suspicious emails you receive. Reporting suspicious text messages: You can report suspicious text messages to your mobile network provider, for free, by forwarding the text to 7726. If you forward a text, your provider can investigate the origin of the text and take action, if found to be malicious. If 7726 doesn’t work, you can find out how to report a text message by contacting your provider. (On many Android devices and iPhones, pressing and holding on the message bubble should present the option to forward the message) For more of the government’s latest advice on how to stay secure online, visit the Cyber Aware website: ncsc.gov.uk/cyberaware Thanks for reading! If you found this information useful, please help us spread the word by forwarding this email to your friends. Message Sent By Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)
  • Fake emails and text messages are a common tactic used by cyber criminals, their goal is often to convince you to click a link. Once clicked, you may be sent to a dodgy website which could download viruses onto your computer, or steal your passwords and personal information. In order to try and convince you that their messages are legitimate, criminals will pretend to be someone you trust, or from some organisation you trust. This could be your Internet Service Provider (ISP), local council, even a friend in need. And they may contact you by phone call, email or text message. Reporting suspicious emails: If you have received an email which you’re not quite sure about, you can report it by forwarding the email to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service at: report@phishing.gov.uk As of 31st October 2021, the number of suspicious email reports stands at more than 8,100,000, with the removal of more than 67,000 scams and 124,000 URLs. Thank you for your continued support. *In a small number of cases, an email may not reach our service due to it already being widely recognised by spam detection services. The vast majority of reports do reach our system so please keep reporting any suspicious emails you receive. Reporting suspicious text messages: You can report suspicious text messages to your mobile network provider, for free, by forwarding the text to 7726. If you forward a text, your provider can investigate the origin of the text and take action, if found to be malicious. If 7726 doesn’t work, you can find out how to report a text message by contacting your provider. (On many Android devices and iPhones, pressing and holding on the message bubble should present the option to forward the message) For more of the government’s latest advice on how to stay secure online, visit the Cyber Aware website: ncsc.gov.uk/cyberaware Thanks for reading! If you found this information useful, please help us spread the word by forwarding this email to your friends. Message Sent By Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)
  • NASA craft 'touches' sun for 1st time, dives into atmosphereA NASA spacecraft has officially “touched” the sun, plunging through the unexplored solar atmosphere known as the corona https://www.independent.co.uk/news/cape-canaveral-nasa-scientists-parker-solar-probe-johns-hopkins-university-b1976165.html%3famp
  • Dear Resident, When I wrote to some of you last week, I thought that would be my last newsletter update before Christmas. However, as we all learned on Wednesday evening, the Government has moved to its ‘Plan B’; new restrictions are coming into force and the guidance has been updated. Although the numbers infected are still very small, the new variant of Covid, known as Omicron, is spreading rapidly and is now believed to be infecting people who have no connection with southern Africa. The scientists are still learning about how easily Omicron is spread and how serious any cases may be. There are not currently any reports in the UK of people being hospitalised suffering from Omicron. Nevertheless, the Government’s view is that it is better to be cautious at this stage and slow the spread until more is known and the number of people with booster jabs has increased. Whilst it still doesn’t necessarily mean that you would be seriously ill if you catch this new strain, we are all being asked to do a little bit more to help slow the virus spreading. ‘Plan B’ These guidelines or ‘Plan B’, as they are referred to, mean the following requirements are being introduced: From today (Friday 10 December) face coverings will be required by law in most indoor settings, including our libraries and customer access centres. From Monday (13 December) office workers who can work from home should do so. From Wednesday (15 December) certain venues and events will be required by law to check that all visitors aged 18 years or over are fully vaccinated, have proof of a negative lateral flow test in the last 48 hours, or have an exemption. The guidance does provide exceptions to where you need to wear a face covering; these include restaurants, cafés and canteens, bars, gyms and exercise facilities, and nightclubs. It is also not necessary to wear a face mask if you are attending a wedding or funeral. From Wednesday 15 December you will also need to have an NHS COVID Pass as a condition of entry into several places and events including nightclubs, other venues that provide music for dancing, indoor events with 500 or more unseated attendees, outdoor events with 4,000 or more unseated attendees and any events with 10,000 or more attendees indoor or outdoor. There are some settings however that will be exempt from having to use the NHS COVID Pass including communal worship, wedding ceremonies, funerals and other commemorative events, protests, and mass participation sporting events. These changes won’t affect any of our services although, as I mentioned above, you will be expected to wear a mask in our libraries and customer access centres. I would encourage you to check the new guidance which is on the Government’s website. https://enews.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/5438-GX0B-30HOJW-CIKXK-1/c.aspx Booster jabs Our best line of defence against Covid remains the vaccine including having the booster jab as soon as you can. Please make sure you take this up and please keep an eye out for the changes which should be available soon, which will offer boosters to all adults over 18 and who have had their previous vaccination at least three months ago. Please keep looking at the NHS website for details of when you will be able to book. Don’t forget too that you can book a first or second dose at any time. To do this, or to book your booster and find out more vaccine information please check the NHS website. https://enews.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/5438-GX0B-30HOJW-CIKHF-1/c.aspx Covid rates in Buckinghamshire The infection rate from all types of Covid has increased to 622.1 per 100,000 in Buckinghamshire. This is an increase of 10% compared to the previous week. We have seen increasing rates in the former Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern and South Bucks District areas but a decline in the former Wycombe area. School age residents overall (5 to 18 years old) make up 39% of cases in Buckinghamshire. The highest case rates remain in those aged 5 to 15 years old. We have seen a decrease in infection rates amongst those aged 60 to 69 years compared to the week before (210.6 per 100,000 - down by 29 cases). This may well be due to the roll out of the booster vaccine to this age range. A reminder of general precautions Keep using regular lateral flow tests, especially before you meet up with others in an indoor space/are seeing someone at higher risk from Covid-19. Isolate and book a PCR test if you develop symptoms. Keep windows open, even if it’s cold; good ventilation plays a big part in blowing virus particles away and stopping the spread. Keep up the basics – good hygiene and handwashing in particular. Covid news via email I am often asked why some people no longer receive these Covid newsletters. It is because Government regulations restrict what we can communicate to you about without your agreement. On the plus side, with your agreement, it does mean I am able to talk about other Council services and support such as roads, waste collections, social care and the help we can provide if you are struggling with food or energy costs. If you wish to receive regular emails from myself and the Council – which will continue to contain Covid information too – please sign up at www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/signup. You can of course, unsubscribe from these emails at any time using the link at the bottom. Finally, I know you will all be frustrated that again we are being asked to make more sacrifices in our battle to combat this virus, but when applied with common sense, we should all be thankful that these latest guidelines will allow us to all to have a much better Christmas than we faced last year. With best wishes for a happy and healthy Christmas. Martin Tett Leader of Buckinghamshire Council
  • Dear Resident, When I wrote to some of you last week, I thought that would be my last newsletter update before Christmas. However, as we all learned on Wednesday evening, the Government has moved to its ‘Plan B’; new restrictions are coming into force and the guidance has been updated. Although the numbers infected are still very small, the new variant of Covid, known as Omicron, is spreading rapidly and is now believed to be infecting people who have no connection with southern Africa. The scientists are still learning about how easily Omicron is spread and how serious any cases may be. There are not currently any reports in the UK of people being hospitalised suffering from Omicron. Nevertheless, the Government’s view is that it is better to be cautious at this stage and slow the spread until more is known and the number of people with booster jabs has increased. Whilst it still doesn’t necessarily mean that you would be seriously ill if you catch this new strain, we are all being asked to do a little bit more to help slow the virus spreading. ‘Plan B’ These guidelines or ‘Plan B’, as they are referred to, mean the following requirements are being introduced: From today (Friday 10 December) face coverings will be required by law in most indoor settings, including our libraries and customer access centres. From Monday (13 December) office workers who can work from home should do so. From Wednesday (15 December) certain venues and events will be required by law to check that all visitors aged 18 years or over are fully vaccinated, have proof of a negative lateral flow test in the last 48 hours, or have an exemption. The guidance does provide exceptions to where you need to wear a face covering; these include restaurants, cafés and canteens, bars, gyms and exercise facilities, and nightclubs. It is also not necessary to wear a face mask if you are attending a wedding or funeral. From Wednesday 15 December you will also need to have an NHS COVID Pass as a condition of entry into several places and events including nightclubs, other venues that provide music for dancing, indoor events with 500 or more unseated attendees, outdoor events with 4,000 or more unseated attendees and any events with 10,000 or more attendees indoor or outdoor. There are some settings however that will be exempt from having to use the NHS COVID Pass including communal worship, wedding ceremonies, funerals and other commemorative events, protests, and mass participation sporting events. These changes won’t affect any of our services although, as I mentioned above, you will be expected to wear a mask in our libraries and customer access centres. I would encourage you to check the new guidance which is on the Government’s website. https://enews.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/5438-GX0B-30HOJW-CIKXK-1/c.aspx Booster jabs Our best line of defence against Covid remains the vaccine including having the booster jab as soon as you can. Please make sure you take this up and please keep an eye out for the changes which should be available soon, which will offer boosters to all adults over 18 and who have had their previous vaccination at least three months ago. Please keep looking at the NHS website for details of when you will be able to book. Don’t forget too that you can book a first or second dose at any time. To do this, or to book your booster and find out more vaccine information please check the NHS website. https://enews.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/5438-GX0B-30HOJW-CIKHF-1/c.aspx Covid rates in Buckinghamshire The infection rate from all types of Covid has increased to 622.1 per 100,000 in Buckinghamshire. This is an increase of 10% compared to the previous week. We have seen increasing rates in the former Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern and South Bucks District areas but a decline in the former Wycombe area. School age residents overall (5 to 18 years old) make up 39% of cases in Buckinghamshire. The highest case rates remain in those aged 5 to 15 years old. We have seen a decrease in infection rates amongst those aged 60 to 69 years compared to the week before (210.6 per 100,000 - down by 29 cases). This may well be due to the roll out of the booster vaccine to this age range. A reminder of general precautions Keep using regular lateral flow tests, especially before you meet up with others in an indoor space/are seeing someone at higher risk from Covid-19. Isolate and book a PCR test if you develop symptoms. Keep windows open, even if it’s cold; good ventilation plays a big part in blowing virus particles away and stopping the spread. Keep up the basics – good hygiene and handwashing in particular. Covid news via email I am often asked why some people no longer receive these Covid newsletters. It is because Government regulations restrict what we can communicate to you about without your agreement. On the plus side, with your agreement, it does mean I am able to talk about other Council services and support such as roads, waste collections, social care and the help we can provide if you are struggling with food or energy costs. If you wish to receive regular emails from myself and the Council – which will continue to contain Covid information too – please sign up at www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/signup. You can of course, unsubscribe from these emails at any time using the link at the bottom. Finally, I know you will all be frustrated that again we are being asked to make more sacrifices in our battle to combat this virus, but when applied with common sense, we should all be thankful that these latest guidelines will allow us to all to have a much better Christmas than we faced last year. With best wishes for a happy and healthy Christmas. Martin Tett Leader of Buckinghamshire Council
  • December Our News - The Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter For Supporters Hello DEREK OUR NEWS December 2021 The December newsletter for Neighbourhood Watch supporters across England and Wales can be read here. https://bit.ly/OurNewsDec2021 This edition features pieces on our amazing partnerships with Patlock and ERA, the Neighbourhood Watch Community Grants Fund, Neighbour of the Year Awards 2021, the success of Park Hall Area Neighbourhood Watch using WhatsApp, how to make sure we all #ShopKind this season, working towards ending men’s violence against women, and much more. So dive into December’s edition of OUR NEWS here. https://bit.ly/OurNewsDec2021 Best wishes, NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team Follow us.. ourwatch.org.uk / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn Neighbourhood Watch Network is a charity registered in England & Wales, CIO no: 1173349Email tracking gif Message Sent By Central Support Team (NWN, Neighbourhood Watch Network, England and Wales)
  • December Our News - The Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter For Supporters Hello DEREK OUR NEWS December 2021 The December newsletter for Neighbourhood Watch supporters across England and Wales can be read here. https://bit.ly/OurNewsDec2021 This edition features pieces on our amazing partnerships with Patlock and ERA, the Neighbourhood Watch Community Grants Fund, Neighbour of the Year Awards 2021, the success of Park Hall Area Neighbourhood Watch using WhatsApp, how to make sure we all #ShopKind this season, working towards ending men’s violence against women, and much more. So dive into December’s edition of OUR NEWS here. https://bit.ly/OurNewsDec2021 Best wishes, NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team Follow us.. ourwatch.org.uk / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn Neighbourhood Watch Network is a charity registered in England & Wales, CIO no: 1173349Email tracking gif Message Sent By Central Support Team (NWN, Neighbourhood Watch Network, England and Wales)
  • Merry whatever to whomsoever wishes to accept it! At this time of the year it’s difficult to know what to say without offending someone. So I’ve checked with my legal adviser and on his advice I wish to say the following to all friends and colleagues. Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practised with the most enjoyable traditions of religious persuasion or secular practices of your choice with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practise religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2022, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make our country great (not to imply that Great Britain is necessarily greater than any other country) and without regard to the race, creed, colour, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee. By accepting this greeting, you are accepting these terms: This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for her/himself or others and is void where prohibited by law, and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher. This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher. Disclaimer: No trees were harmed in the sending of this message; however, a significant number of electrons were slightly inconvenienced
  • Dear Resident, It’s hard to believe that it’s nearly Christmas already. I hope that you, your families and those you love are well and gearing up for the festive season. Covid One ‘Christmas present’ we could all do without is the new Covid variant, first identified in southern Africa, and now known as Omicron. Many people have asked why I have waited nearly a week before writing to you in connection with this? The answer is that in the week since it was first identified and named, our level of understanding of this has been very limited. Views have changed almost daily and the media has been full of lots of guesswork and supposition in connection with it. It is likely that it will be several weeks before the scientists know with greater certainty the full implications of this new variant. What does seem to be most likely is that it is more transmissible. That means it is easier to catch than previous Covid variants. As with other variants, catching it does not necessarily mean that you would be seriously ill or need to go to hospital but it is still wise to follow government advice and take reasonable precautions. These precautions include wearing a mask when in shops or on public transport. We also know that ventilation – ensuring a flow of fresh air can make a big difference, even opening windows, doors and vents for 10 minutes to let in some fresh air can really help. This week it was confirmed that the new variant is present across much of the country and in Buckinghamshire. Our Public Health team continue to work closely with the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) to trace anyone who might have come into contact with those infected, who themselves are now self-isolating. The Booster ‘jab’ The most important single thing for us all to do is to have the booster jab as soon as we are able. The government have now made it possible to prebook your booster for all adults aged 40 and over, anyone aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts you at high risk from Covid, and frontline health and social care workers, as long as it has been 5 months (152 days) since your 2nd dose. The appointment date you will be offered will be from 6 months (182 days) after your 2nd dose. You can find out more information and book your vaccine here: https://enews.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/5438-GSOL-30HOJW-CEYCP-1/c.aspx Importantly, the government has also announced that it intends to offer boosters to all adults over 18 years of age and who have had their previous vaccination at least three months ago, by the end of January 2022. Please keep looking at the NHS website for details of when you will be able to book. How would YOU like to see us plan for the future? One of the most challenging roles that we have in local government is preparing a Local Plan which describes what we want Buckinghamshire to look like in years to come. This covers issues such as new housing, employment, the Green Belt, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, our town centres and the environment generally, including how we manage mitigating Climate Change. Preparing the new Local Plan for Buckinghamshire is something that national government requires us to do and it is an important way of deciding what sort of development we do want and where, and conversely what we don’t want. The way the Plan has to be done and what it contains is laid down by government. If we don’t follow this precisely then the Plan can be found ‘unsound’ and thrown out by an independent Planning Inspector. The way government want us to make the Plan may change but it is important that we make a start as it is a long process. As a first stage in preparing the new Plan we are asking local people about the future of Buckinghamshire in a survey we have just launched. The survey, which takes only a few minutes to complete, asks about where you live, local housing needs, the local economy and you views on what should be protected and what’s precious about Buckinghamshire. It’s the first stage of involving local people in shaping the future through the new Local Plan. Have your say: https://enews.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/5438-GSOL-30HOJW-CF5WV-1/c.aspx The survey will run until 11 February next year. Separate Chiltern and Wycombe area food waste collections to restart from 13 December As you will know from previous Residents’ Newsletters we had to suspend the separate collection of food waste in the former Chiltern and Wycombe areas due to the national shortage of lorry drivers, coupled with Covid-related sickness amongst crews. I am however pleased to tell you that separate food waste collections will restart from Monday 13 December. From this date, households should put out their food waste in its separate brown bin on their usual collection day. During the suspension, food waste was taken along with general waste to the Greatmoor Energy from Waste plant for incineration, generating electricity in the process. Less than 0.1% of Buckinghamshire’s waste is sent to landfill. Our waste contractor has worked hard to recruit new drivers, with incentives designed to retain existing staff and attract new staff to vacancies that have now been filled. This means that once more food waste will be separately collected by dedicated teams. Material will again be treated at an anaerobic digestion plant, where it generates electricity. We want to thank residents in the Chiltern and Wycombe areas for their patience while we dealt with the impact of the nationwide shortage of HGV drivers. Find more information about the council’s waste collections: https://enews.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/5438-GSOL-30HOJW-CF5WR-1/c.aspx I hope that your Christmas shopping goes well and remember to shop locally where possible and support our Buckinghamshire town and village businesses. With best wishes for a happy and healthy Christmas. Martin Tett Leader of Buckinghamshire Council
  • Dear Resident, It’s hard to believe that it’s nearly Christmas already. I hope that you, your families and those you love are well and gearing up for the festive season. Covid One ‘Christmas present’ we could all do without is the new Covid variant, first identified in southern Africa, and now known as Omicron. Many people have asked why I have waited nearly a week before writing to you in connection with this? The answer is that in the week since it was first identified and named, our level of understanding of this has been very limited. Views have changed almost daily and the media has been full of lots of guesswork and supposition in connection with it. It is likely that it will be several weeks before the scientists know with greater certainty the full implications of this new variant. What does seem to be most likely is that it is more transmissible. That means it is easier to catch than previous Covid variants. As with other variants, catching it does not necessarily mean that you would be seriously ill or need to go to hospital but it is still wise to follow government advice and take reasonable precautions. These precautions include wearing a mask when in shops or on public transport. We also know that ventilation – ensuring a flow of fresh air can make a big difference, even opening windows, doors and vents for 10 minutes to let in some fresh air can really help. This week it was confirmed that the new variant is present across much of the country and in Buckinghamshire. Our Public Health team continue to work closely with the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) to trace anyone who might have come into contact with those infected, who themselves are now self-isolating. The Booster ‘jab’ The most important single thing for us all to do is to have the booster jab as soon as we are able. The government have now made it possible to prebook your booster for all adults aged 40 and over, anyone aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts you at high risk from Covid, and frontline health and social care workers, as long as it has been 5 months (152 days) since your 2nd dose. The appointment date you will be offered will be from 6 months (182 days) after your 2nd dose. You can find out more information and book your vaccine here: https://enews.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/5438-GSOL-30HOJW-CEYCP-1/c.aspx Importantly, the government has also announced that it intends to offer boosters to all adults over 18 years of age and who have had their previous vaccination at least three months ago, by the end of January 2022. Please keep looking at the NHS website for details of when you will be able to book. How would YOU like to see us plan for the future? One of the most challenging roles that we have in local government is preparing a Local Plan which describes what we want Buckinghamshire to look like in years to come. This covers issues such as new housing, employment, the Green Belt, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, our town centres and the environment generally, including how we manage mitigating Climate Change. Preparing the new Local Plan for Buckinghamshire is something that national government requires us to do and it is an important way of deciding what sort of development we do want and where, and conversely what we don’t want. The way the Plan has to be done and what it contains is laid down by government. If we don’t follow this precisely then the Plan can be found ‘unsound’ and thrown out by an independent Planning Inspector. The way government want us to make the Plan may change but it is important that we make a start as it is a long process. As a first stage in preparing the new Plan we are asking local people about the future of Buckinghamshire in a survey we have just launched. The survey, which takes only a few minutes to complete, asks about where you live, local housing needs, the local economy and you views on what should be protected and what’s precious about Buckinghamshire. It’s the first stage of involving local people in shaping the future through the new Local Plan. Have your say: https://enews.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/5438-GSOL-30HOJW-CF5WV-1/c.aspx The survey will run until 11 February next year. Separate Chiltern and Wycombe area food waste collections to restart from 13 December As you will know from previous Residents’ Newsletters we had to suspend the separate collection of food waste in the former Chiltern and Wycombe areas due to the national shortage of lorry drivers, coupled with Covid-related sickness amongst crews. I am however pleased to tell you that separate food waste collections will restart from Monday 13 December. From this date, households should put out their food waste in its separate brown bin on their usual collection day. During the suspension, food waste was taken along with general waste to the Greatmoor Energy from Waste plant for incineration, generating electricity in the process. Less than 0.1% of Buckinghamshire’s waste is sent to landfill. Our waste contractor has worked hard to recruit new drivers, with incentives designed to retain existing staff and attract new staff to vacancies that have now been filled. This means that once more food waste will be separately collected by dedicated teams. Material will again be treated at an anaerobic digestion plant, where it generates electricity. We want to thank residents in the Chiltern and Wycombe areas for their patience while we dealt with the impact of the nationwide shortage of HGV drivers. Find more information about the council’s waste collections: https://enews.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/5438-GSOL-30HOJW-CF5WR-1/c.aspx I hope that your Christmas shopping goes well and remember to shop locally where possible and support our Buckinghamshire town and village businesses. With best wishes for a happy and healthy Christmas. Martin Tett Leader of Buckinghamshire Council
  • Chiltern South Bucks Rural Crime Update Current trends show that horse boxes, trailers, Range Rovers and Land Rovers (Even older models with a proper key) are being targeted by thieves. There has been an increase in reports of hare coursing taking place. This is a cruel activity resulting in large groups of people turning up at country locations, frequently causing damage to gain access to fields, so they can carry out this activity. If you suspect this is going on please do report it to the police. Nationally work between Forces and other countries has taken place resulting in property being recovered and stopped from being cloned and sold on. Current crime trends include the theft of high value Tractor GPS and control systems. Offenders were carrying out reconnaissance of suitable properties in the daytime and carrying out the thefts overnight with the use of electric scooters. Top Tip; Remove GPS systems where practicable and consider overtly marking the property with farm name and postcode to make them unattractive to would be thieves. Your NHP team will be doing working with the Equestrian Community in highlighting common issues this time of year. The Horse Watch and Rural Spotters lead Helen Evans has given us some guidance on what people can do to protect their horses. “Now Winter is here, rugs are a priority for our horses and buying new ones can be very expensive. A new Rambo is around £250, so don't risk having rugs stolen off your horse's back. Put your postcode in big letters on both sides of the rug. You can use fluorescent paint, or iron on ready-made letters and numbers. Use any way you can to identify it as yours and deter thieves. If you are worried that it will spoil the look of your rug, don't fret, as your horse will be more than happy to oblige! One MO that is popular with perpetrators is to steal rugs off horses, and then when they are replaced with new ones, they steal those as that is what they are after.” “Trailers have been targeted by thieves recently, and the biggest hold up to recovery is the lack of information provided by the victim. After reporting the crime to Police, if you are posting on social media please include the following - date, location, description, model, colour, chassis and registration number, Police force area and crime reference number. Keep all this information in your records in case of emergency. Remember to report all suspicious incidents to the police, even if your item is not insured, as it will assist police in prioritising resources. There are many varied ways of protecting your property and new technologies available. There are some very good trackers that cost as little as £40, but whatever system you use, buy the best you can afford and make your kit identifiable.” The Rural Spotters Scheme has been put on hold until the New Year. We will be holding a training event for people interested date tbc. Joining the Rural Spotters can help provide a visible deterrent in rural areas. If you are interested let me know. Officers will be at the following venues on the 3rd December to discuss rural matters The Shop at the Lee, Lee Clump Road, Chesham HP16 9NB 1000-1200hrs Hildreths Garden Centre, Wycombe Road, Prestwood. HP16 0HJ 1300-1500 hrs Dobbies Garden Centre, London Road, Beaconsfield, HP9 1SH 1000-1200hrs Flowerland Garden Centre, Norwood Lane, Iver SL0 0EW 1300-1500 hrs My Whats App lead PC McGregor will be rolling out the Chiltern Whats App Group in January. The group will be run by the public, with an administrator being responsible for admitting persons into the group. A code of conduct will need to be agreed to before members can use the platform. The purpose of the group is not a crime reporting tool, but to share information about suspicious incidents to make both the community and Police aware. The direct engagement with the Neighbourhood Team will assist the Police in where to target their patrols and in which areas to raise their visibility. The latest Policing Issues Forum has ranked Fly tipping as a big concern to our community. We will be looking at ways in which we can target offenders and support our partners in bringing them to justice. It is important to report all crimes. We need information to target resources and develop intelligence. Tell us if you think an offence has or is about to be committed. If it is happening now, ring 999. If you have information that does not require an immediate response report it to Thames Valley Police online or by calling 101. You can report or pass information about rural crime anonymously to the Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online. Yours sincerely Darren Walsh PS 3675 Chiltern & South Bucks Neighbourhood Police Team Message Sent By Darren Walsh (Police, Sgt, Amersham)
  • Chiltern South Bucks Rural Crime Update Current trends show that horse boxes, trailers, Range Rovers and Land Rovers (Even older models with a proper key) are being targeted by thieves. There has been an increase in reports of hare coursing taking place. This is a cruel activity resulting in large groups of people turning up at country locations, frequently causing damage to gain access to fields, so they can carry out this activity. If you suspect this is going on please do report it to the police. Nationally work between Forces and other countries has taken place resulting in property being recovered and stopped from being cloned and sold on. Current crime trends include the theft of high value Tractor GPS and control systems. Offenders were carrying out reconnaissance of suitable properties in the daytime and carrying out the thefts overnight with the use of electric scooters. Top Tip; Remove GPS systems where practicable and consider overtly marking the property with farm name and postcode to make them unattractive to would be thieves. Your NHP team will be doing working with the Equestrian Community in highlighting common issues this time of year. The Horse Watch and Rural Spotters lead Helen Evans has given us some guidance on what people can do to protect their horses. “Now Winter is here, rugs are a priority for our horses and buying new ones can be very expensive. A new Rambo is around £250, so don't risk having rugs stolen off your horse's back. Put your postcode in big letters on both sides of the rug. You can use fluorescent paint, or iron on ready-made letters and numbers. Use any way you can to identify it as yours and deter thieves. If you are worried that it will spoil the look of your rug, don't fret, as your horse will be more than happy to oblige! One MO that is popular with perpetrators is to steal rugs off horses, and then when they are replaced with new ones, they steal those as that is what they are after.” “Trailers have been targeted by thieves recently, and the biggest hold up to recovery is the lack of information provided by the victim. After reporting the crime to Police, if you are posting on social media please include the following - date, location, description, model, colour, chassis and registration number, Police force area and crime reference number. Keep all this information in your records in case of emergency. Remember to report all suspicious incidents to the police, even if your item is not insured, as it will assist police in prioritising resources. There are many varied ways of protecting your property and new technologies available. There are some very good trackers that cost as little as £40, but whatever system you use, buy the best you can afford and make your kit identifiable.” The Rural Spotters Scheme has been put on hold until the New Year. We will be holding a training event for people interested date tbc. Joining the Rural Spotters can help provide a visible deterrent in rural areas. If you are interested let me know. Officers will be at the following venues on the 3rd December to discuss rural matters The Shop at the Lee, Lee Clump Road, Chesham HP16 9NB 1000-1200hrs Hildreths Garden Centre, Wycombe Road, Prestwood. HP16 0HJ 1300-1500 hrs Dobbies Garden Centre, London Road, Beaconsfield, HP9 1SH 1000-1200hrs Flowerland Garden Centre, Norwood Lane, Iver SL0 0EW 1300-1500 hrs My Whats App lead PC McGregor will be rolling out the Chiltern Whats App Group in January. The group will be run by the public, with an administrator being responsible for admitting persons into the group. A code of conduct will need to be agreed to before members can use the platform. The purpose of the group is not a crime reporting tool, but to share information about suspicious incidents to make both the community and Police aware. The direct engagement with the Neighbourhood Team will assist the Police in where to target their patrols and in which areas to raise their visibility. The latest Policing Issues Forum has ranked Fly tipping as a big concern to our community. We will be looking at ways in which we can target offenders and support our partners in bringing them to justice. It is important to report all crimes. We need information to target resources and develop intelligence. Tell us if you think an offence has or is about to be committed. If it is happening now, ring 999. If you have information that does not require an immediate response report it to Thames Valley Police online or by calling 101. You can report or pass information about rural crime anonymously to the Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online. Yours sincerely Darren Walsh PS 3675 Chiltern & South Bucks Neighbourhood Police Team Message Sent By Darren Walsh (Police, Sgt, Amersham)
  • Chiltern Souths Bucks Policing Issues Forum All residents of Chiltern & South Bucks are cordially invited to Chiltern & South Bucks Policing issues Forum. A Zoom meeting will be taking place at 6.30p.m. on Monday 29th November 2021. The Neighbourhood Policing Inspectors will provide an update and there will be a Q&A session with residents. Updates will be provided on the Community Speedwatch relaunch, fly tipping and rural crime. The New LPA (Local Police Area) Commander Supt Emma Burroughs will be present. The meeting will set future priorities for the neighbourhood policing teams to focus on. Make sure your voice is heard on what is important to you and your family. All are welcome. Please register at contact@csb-forum.org for a link. Please click on the below hyperlink to see the results from the panels on-line survey. https://www.csb-forum.org/meetings/chiltern-s-bucks-policing-issues-forum-29th-november-2021/ Best Regards Sergeant Darren Walsh Amersham, Chalfonts and Missendens C&SB Neighbourhood Policing Message Sent By Darren Walsh (Police, Sgt, Amersham)
  • Chiltern Souths Bucks Policing Issues Forum All residents of Chiltern & South Bucks are cordially invited to Chiltern & South Bucks Policing issues Forum. A Zoom meeting will be taking place at 6.30p.m. on Monday 29th November 2021. The Neighbourhood Policing Inspectors will provide an update and there will be a Q&A session with residents. Updates will be provided on the Community Speedwatch relaunch, fly tipping and rural crime. The New LPA (Local Police Area) Commander Supt Emma Burroughs will be present. The meeting will set future priorities for the neighbourhood policing teams to focus on. Make sure your voice is heard on what is important to you and your family. All are welcome. Please register at contact@csb-forum.org for a link. Please click on the below hyperlink to see the results from the panels on-line survey. https://www.csb-forum.org/meetings/chiltern-s-bucks-policing-issues-forum-29th-november-2021/ Best Regards Sergeant Darren Walsh Amersham, Chalfonts and Missendens C&SB Neighbourhood Policing Message Sent By Darren Walsh (Police, Sgt, Amersham)
  • GEOMAGNETIC STORM WATCH: Minor G1-class geomagnetic storms are possible on Nov. 27th when a CME (Coronal Mass Ejection) is expected to sideswipe Earth's magnetic field. The storm cloud left the sun yesterday: The CME was hurled into space by an erupting filament of magnetism in the sun's southern hemisphere. Flying upward, the filament split the sun's atmosphere, carving out a "canyon of fire" as it ascended. The glowing walls remained intact for more than 6 hours after the blast. NOAA models of the CME suggest a glancing blow during the late hours of Nov. 27th. Much of the CME will miss, sailing south of our planet. But the fraction that hits should be enough to spark bright Arctic auroras https://www.spaceweather.com/
  • Hundreds Fall Victim To Lottery Scams In Just Seven Months What is lottery fraud? Criminals will contact unsuspecting victims informing them they have won a lottery or prize draw. The victim is then informed that they will need to pay an advance fee in order to receive their winnings. In reality, the winnings are non-existent and it is an attempt to steal the victims money, personal or financial information. Between April and October 2021, Action Fraud received 629 reports of lottery fraud, with 89 per cent of reports mentioning well-known prize draws. Impersonation of People’s Postcode Lottery accounted for almost half (49 per cent) of all reports. Almost three quarters of victims (70 per cent) were aged over 50, with those aged over 65 accounting for 40 per cent of reports. Fraudsters use gift cards as a form of payment as they can be easily redeemed and sold on. The criminals don’t need the physical card to redeem the value as they ask the victims to share the serial code on the back of the card with them. In other instances, victims reported being asked for personal and financial information in order to obtain their alleged winnings. Some victims reported providing their bank details thinking they would be sent a small payment to verify the account. In reality, criminals will use these details to steal the victim’s money. How to protect yourself Stop: Unsolicited offers of large sums of money in return for a small upfront payment should always raise a red flag. Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe. Challenge: Could it be fake? Remember, you can’t win a prize in a competition you didn’t enter. It’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you. Protect: If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud online at: actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040. You can find further protection advice around lotteries and competition on the Gambling Commission’s website: https://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/. For more of the government’s latest advice on how to stay secure online, visit the Cyber Aware website: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberaware Thanks for reading! If you found this information useful, please help us spread the word by forwarding this email to your friends.Email tracking gif Message Sent By Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)
  • Hundreds Fall Victim To Lottery Scams In Just Seven Months What is lottery fraud? Criminals will contact unsuspecting victims informing them they have won a lottery or prize draw. The victim is then informed that they will need to pay an advance fee in order to receive their winnings. In reality, the winnings are non-existent and it is an attempt to steal the victims money, personal or financial information. Between April and October 2021, Action Fraud received 629 reports of lottery fraud, with 89 per cent of reports mentioning well-known prize draws. Impersonation of People’s Postcode Lottery accounted for almost half (49 per cent) of all reports. Almost three quarters of victims (70 per cent) were aged over 50, with those aged over 65 accounting for 40 per cent of reports. Fraudsters use gift cards as a form of payment as they can be easily redeemed and sold on. The criminals don’t need the physical card to redeem the value as they ask the victims to share the serial code on the back of the card with them. In other instances, victims reported being asked for personal and financial information in order to obtain their alleged winnings. Some victims reported providing their bank details thinking they would be sent a small payment to verify the account. In reality, criminals will use these details to steal the victim’s money. How to protect yourself Stop: Unsolicited offers of large sums of money in return for a small upfront payment should always raise a red flag. Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe. Challenge: Could it be fake? Remember, you can’t win a prize in a competition you didn’t enter. It’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you. Protect: If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud online at: actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040. You can find further protection advice around lotteries and competition on the Gambling Commission’s website: https://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/. For more of the government’s latest advice on how to stay secure online, visit the Cyber Aware website: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberaware Thanks for reading! If you found this information useful, please help us spread the word by forwarding this email to your friends.Email tracking gif Message Sent By Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

To view more, please Log In or Register.

Derek R's Friends

Derek R's Loops

  • + 12

Loops moderated by Derek R