• Posted in: Anything !

    Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - 2d
    I use a professional, paid for, version of a video editor which is used on major film and television programmes. However, they also have a free version for people to use which will have limitations (I think you are limited on high quality output and some technical features), but is perfectly adequate for most amateur users. Many companies issue updates each year which can cost quite a substantial amount annually. I've been using the software for two years now and all updates so far have been free! Apart from being able to download the editing software, they have a comprehensive training programme of videos and the project files so that you can follow the training completely. This is entirely free and is available to anybody (copywrite and royalty free). I've spent a few happy hours this week creating a trailer with the resources they supplied - which they covered in two videos lasting just under two hours, explaining how to edit. There are about thirty items involved in this trailer including making titles for the locations, however the end credits are ready-made and are supplied as a complete file. The clever part is that they get you to do something by showing you what to do and then at a future point, they get you to tweak what you've one. Attached is the trailer I made from their files. Let me know if you would like to try and I'll give you the link. There are no strings attached.
  • Posted in: Showcase UK

    Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - updated 3d
    The Tinwood Estate is a Vinyard and winery in the South of England where you can watch wine being made and bottled. Open for day visits or there is limited lodge accommodation if you want to stay on the estate. Breakfast items, (All cold) are delivered to your lodge door in a basket early in the morning. Walking around the estate will bring you to the Priory of St Mary & St Blaise, Boxgrove, where you can stroll around the ruins outside or pop inside and see many interesting windows and other sights. Sitting outside our lodge sipping tea and watching the local pilots flying around the skies (including a Spitfire), was very relaxing.
  • Posted in: Showcase UK

    Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - updated 7d
    Various views around Windermere including Wray Castle (worth a visit but don't expect too much!) There is also a picture of a happy resident showing various colours on her back obtained from the rams who had visited her.
  • Posted in: Anything !

    Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - updated 8d
    @adler Oh dear! You ask me, why without a compelling reason, Mohamed Al- Fayed would spend large sums of money trying to prove that the crash was not an accident? He had a compelling reason. He was the owner of the Ritz hotel and it was his employee who had driven his son to his death through a haze of alcohol and drugs. If that had been me, I would have had awful trouble trying to sleep at night knowing that the man who killed my son was in my employment. I would do everything I could to prove that the fault lay elsewhere to absolve myself of any blame whatsoever. Have a read of this: Al – Fayed claims https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohamed_Al-Fayed Conspiracy theories Al-Fayed first claimed that the Princess was pregnant to the Daily Express in May 2001,[63] and that he was the only person who had been told. Witnesses at the inquest who said the Princess was not pregnant, and could not have been, were part of the conspiracy according to Al-Fayed.[64] Fayed's testimony at the inquest was roundly condemned in the press as farcical. Members of the British Government's Intelligence and Security Committee accused Fayed of turning the inquest into a 'circus' and called for it to be ended prematurely.[65] Lawyers representing Al-Fayed later accepted at the inquest that there was no direct evidence that either the Duke of Edinburgh nor MI6 was involved in any murder conspiracy involving Diana or Dodi.[66] A few days before Al-Fayed's appearance, John Macnamara, a former senior detective at Scotland Yard and Al-Fayed's investigator for five years from 1997, was forced to admit on 14 February 2008 that he had no evidence to suggest foul play, except for the assertions Al-Fayed had made to him.[67] His admissions also related to the lack of evidence for Al-Fayed's claims of the Princess's pregnancy and the couple's engagement.[67] The jury verdict, given on 7 April 2008, was that Diana and Dodi were "unlawfully killed" through the grossly negligent driving of chauffeur Henri Paul,[68] who was intoxicated, and the pursuing vehicles.[69] Al-Fayed's lawyers also accepted that there was no evidence to support the assertion that Diana was illegally embalmed to conceal pregnancy, or that a pregnancy could be confirmed by any medical evidence.[66] They also accepted that there was no evidence to support the assertion that the French emergency and medical services had played any role in a conspiracy to harm Diana.[66] Following the Baker inquest, Al-Fayed said that he was abandoning his conspiracy campaign, and would accept the jury's verdict.[70] Journalist Dominic Lawson wrote in The Independent in 2008 that Al-Fayed sought to concoct "a conspiracy to cover up the true circumstances" of fatalities caused by the crash "involving an intoxicated and over-excited driver (an employee of Mohamed Al-Fayed's Paris Ritz)". He "had remarkable success in persuading elements of the tabloid press, notably the Daily Express, to give the conspiracy a fair wind."[71] Al-Fayed financially supported Unlawful Killing (2011), a documentary film presenting his version of events.[72] It was not formally released because of the potential for libel suits.[73] The above, confirms that there is no legal basis on which any conspiracy theory should exist. However, you maintain that anybody who accepts the findings of the French Inquest, The UK Inquest and the Report produced by Lord Stevens as a result of Scotland Yard's Operation Paget, is gullible. Dare I suggest that the reverse is true? It occurs to me that if Al-Fayed paid millions of pounds to get evidence that his son and Diana were killed in some sort of conspiracy and that no evidence had been found, resulting in him withdrawing every associated claim, the person who is gullible is the one of us who still has “doubts”. You mention a “mysterious white car, travelling at high speed that was seen to enter and leave the underpass at the time of the accident but was never traced.” As mentioned in the Operation Paget inquiry report into the allegation of conspiracy to murder - Page 389 “If the presence of another vehicle, the Fiat Uno for example, had been necessary in order to force such a fatal collision, then many of the arrangements and logistical details mentioned in Claims 12 and 13 would need to form part of the conspiracy to ensure that the Mercedes was in that location at that time. There is no evidence that any intelligence agency attempted to do this, or had the opportunity to do so.” Furthermore, the white Fiat Uno was deemed by both Paget and the French authorities not to have been involved in, nor a contributing factor to, the crash. It’s a red herring the conspiracy theorists throw in to make their case appear more plausible. As for tracing the car, the Daily Mail think they found it – read this: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-424546/Found-The-mystery-white-Fiat-Uno-driver-Diana-death-crash.html Speaking of gullible people, however, you seem to feel that although you were thrown out of SL under your Ron Teague name, you can waltz back in and attempt to belittle people who have challenged you about it. Especially that little game whereby you tried to spin little circles around them by claiming to be able to get them to believe what you wanted them to believe – which of course they didn’t. What you haven’t succeeded in doing is to explain why you created the name Richard, before Robin and yet used Robin as your login. Twenty-eight days ago I mentioned it to you here: https://www.scooploop.com/thread/earth-shattering-news-perhaps asking for a plausible answer as to why you had created two names. Thus far there has been no response from you. When can I expect the answer?
  • Posted in: Public Notices

    Derek R @DerekR Mod Iver Heath - 22d
    Thames Valley Police and Hampshire Constabulary’s Joint Operations Unit made more than 700 arrests across both force areas as part of Operation Holly. From 1 December to 31 December, officers carried out targeted activity in order to stop drivers under the influence of drink and drugs. Across both force areas, 737 arrests were made, with 451 of those being made in the Thames Valley alone. This is an increase of 24% compared to last year. Of those arrests made, 283 were for drink driving and 168 for drug driving. There was also a 42% increase in arrests of those aged under 25 on last year with the figure rising to 101. Detective Chief Inspector Mike Bettington, of the Joint Operations Roads Policing Unit, said: “Operation Holly is carried out throughout the festive period every year and it’s disappointing to see that people are still getting behind the wheel when under the influence of drink and/or drugs. “We see all too often the devastating consequences that can result from this behaviour and I am pleased that we have managed to make so many arrests and prevent the potential harm that can be caused by drink and drug drivers. “Our priority is to make the roads safer for everyone and we’d ask the public to help us do this by challenging anyone you think may be about to drive having drank alcohol or used drugs. “Even the smallest amount of alcohol or drugs can impact on your driving. It’s not worth the risk.” Message Sent By Caitlin Rosetti (Police, Media Officer, Thames Valley)
  • Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - updated 1mo
    I've just opened a pack of ball point pens and tried to find one to work, by scribbling over a piece of paper in circles, figure eights and back and forth. Nothing was happening other than managing to shred the paper. Eventually I found the fourth one started to work. So I knew that the others possibly could. Having tried paper and getting nowhere with the first three I decided that a change of surface might work. Thinking that it might need a courser surface to get the ball rolling I was going to search for some card. But before leaving where I was, I spotted a roll of sellotape. Now that has two surfaces so I thought I'd give it a go. I stuck an inch or so (sticky side down) to my shredded paper and did a few circles. All of a sudden ink appeared. I tried another that hadn't worked and that started inking up. I tried the third and that worked also. I can't claim that using sellotape will get your pens working, but it worked for me. All four are working properly. If you have trouble with new ball pens in future, give it a try, it may just work for you also.
  • Posted in: Scams of any type.

    Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - updated 2mo
    Dear DEREK There are various banking scams at the moment, such as from HSBC and Santander. 'Which' magazine has advised that the fake HSBC text directs customers to call a fraudulent helpline - hoping to trick HSBC customers into giving away sensitive details. These texts display ‘PASSCODE’ as the sender and attempt to capitalise on security checks known as ‘strong customer authentication’ (SCA). An example of this text reads: ‘HSBC: Your OTP is 429384 for a payment of 850.00 GDP to EXPEDIA – REF: HS9X. If this wasn’t you, call us immediately on 0330 828 1274. If you call the number you will hear an automated recorded message or interactive voice response asking you to input your branch sort code and 15-digit card number or customer identification number before being supposedly put through to an adviser. Don't do it! The previous Carphone Warehouse scammers have now realised that this name no longer exists and are using Currys/PC World to phone residents. Be wary of any unexpected calls saying that they are from Currys/PC World. I am attaching a document which gives good advice on how to protect yourself when purchasing products online, especially leading up to Christmas. Also the Parcel Delivery scams will no doubt increase. Regards David PS Thanks to our colleagues in Berkshire for the above detaills Attachments Neighbourhood Watch Flyer 2.0 (2) FINAL.pdf - 74.3 KB Message Sent By David Alder (NWN, Area Representative, Thames Valley, South Buckinghamshire (East)) ************************************************ The text from the Neighbourhood Watch Flyer 2.0 (mentioned above) is reproduced below: Computer and mobile device users can be at risk of being hacked, scammed, and phished, but when the Christmas holidays arrive, which means more time spent online shopping and browsing, crooks really have an opportunity to cause some mischief. They’re hacking consumers using sophisticated phishing attacks that attempt to trick people into giving up their personal information, including bank account details or credit card data. Follow these tips to help protect yourself during the holiday season. Watch out for deals that are too good to be true Black Friday deals have convinced the world that insane discounts are to be expected leading up to Christmas or in the sales. Amazing discounts and promotions – delivered via email, text message, or an opportune pop-up window on the Web – may lead you to bogus ecommerce sites strictly designed to separate you from your credit card number. Order the merchandise promised, and it may never come – but you’ll be charged for it (and more) just the same. Be extra vigilant when shopping for Christmas. Some deals sound too good to be true because they are. They could be outright scams. Computer and mobile device users can be at risk of being hacked, scammed, and phished, but when the Christmas holidays arrive, which means more time spent online shopping and browsing, crooks really have an opportunity to cause some mischief. They’re hacking consumers using sophisticated phishing attacks that attempt to trick people into giving up their personal information, including bank account details or credit card data. Follow these tips to help protect yourself during the holiday season. Watch out for deals that are too good to be true Black Friday deals have convinced the world that insane discounts are to be expected leading up to Christmas or in the sales. Amazing discounts and promotions – delivered via email, text message, or an opportune pop-up window on the Web – may lead you to bogus ecommerce sites strictly designed to separate you from your credit card number. Order the merchandise promised, and it may never come – but you’ll be charged for it (and more) just the same. Be extra vigilant when shopping for Christmas. Some deals sound too good to be true because they are. They could be outright scams. Double-check website domain names Phishing is most effective when a scammer is pretending to be a brand you know and trust. A high-quality but phony store hawking well-known or high­demand products is likely to look almost identical to the real thing – so be vigilant in looking for signs that reveal its true colours. For example, inspect logos, email address headers, and the text and content of messages before clicking anything. Make sure merchant websites are secure In recent years, websites have been moving from HTTP to HTTPS, a communication system that encrypts all traffic between users and the websites they visit, which can dramatically improve security against certain types of attacks. It’s easy to tell whether a website is not secured with HTTPS. All major web browsers indicate this with an icon to the left of the site’s URL. The icon is a lowercase “i” with a circle around it on Microsoft Edge and Firefox; Google Chrome also notes “Not secure” on insecure sites. HTTPS (with S on the end) is a secure protocol because it includes encryption and authentication, which keeps the information shared between your computer and the website private. HTTPS might not be as important if you’re visiting your neighbour’s blog, but it is if you’re on a site where you plan to buy something, where you need to provide your payment card credentials, your address, and log in with your username and password. Instead of, or next to, the lowercase “i” icon on every browser, look for a locked padlock icon on retail sites that shows they are using the most current security mechanisms, indicating that your shopping sessions are encrypted and secure. Remember to be patient When you’re in a rush to complete your shopping as quickly as possible, it is natural that you might miss something. Take a breath and slow down. Cyberthieves often prey upon people’s poor cyber habits or attempt to trick you with phishing messages designed to make you panic – such as warnings about a delayed package or a credit card purchase that didn’t go through. Just as a big discount might be too good to be true, an urgent warning might be too dramatic to be taken at face value.
  • Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - updated 2mo
    ... I have noticed a little bug with reactions. On the App I can see the word WOW. On my phone's browser I can see an open mouthed face. I guess one of them is incorrect, but I not sure which.
  • Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - updated 2mo
    Is the login criteria different between browsers and the App? I can access Scooploop fine via browsers on my phone and PC. The App will not allow me access using identical details.
  • Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - 2mo
    I'm still having problems with viewing photographs attached to posts. If someone posts 6 pictures I am unable to see all of the pictures unless I log on to a PC and go to Loop Photos. Then I can see them all. On my phone (Samsung S21 using the Samsung browser) I do not appear to be able to access Loop Photos (unless it's via a menu option I'm unaware exists). If it's missing on mobiles, is it possible to add it? If it is not missing, would you please advise me how to access it. Thanks
  • Posted in: All About Space

    Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - updated 5mo
    Launch scrubbed today due to a bleed in a hydrogen tank which has not been resolved. Fuel tanks will remain full at the moment whilst checks continue. Next possible availability for launch is September 2nd.
  • Posted in: All About Space

    Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - 5mo
    https://www.nasa.gov/content/live-coverage-of-nasas-artemis-i-mission-to-the-moon Engine Three currently being problematic as not cooling properly.
  • Posted in: Iver Heath

    Derek R @DerekR Mod Iver Heath - 9mo
    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.
  • Posted in: Iver Heath

    Derek R @DerekR Mod Iver Heath - 9mo
    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)
  • Posted in: Public Notices

    Derek R @DerekR Mod Iver Heath - 9mo
    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)
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    Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - 10mo
    ... Think again! https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10646207/amp/Stephen-Wilhite-creator-GIF-dies-74-battling-COVID-19.html
  • Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - updated 10mo
    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
  • Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - updated 10mo
    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.
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    Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - updated 11mo
    https://www.dec.org.uk/?gclid=Cj0KCQiA64GRBhCZARIsAHOLriKdqsGncZ3DmLZhwvknsnoda8yXEvus5uuRMs_C073uHBCnpgEsnmQaAm8CEALw_wcB
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    Derek R @DerekR Mod Iver Heath - 11mo
    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).
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    Derek R @DerekR Mod Iver Heath - 11mo
    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).
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    Derek R @DerekR Mod Iver Heath - 11mo
    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
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    Derek R @DerekR Mod Iver Heath - updated 11mo
    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
  • Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - updated 11mo
    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?
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    Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - updated 10mo
    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.
  • Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath - updated 11mo
    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
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    Derek R @DerekR Mod Iver Heath - 11mo
    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

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