Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Weekly Newsletter
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Welcome to Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Weekly Newsletter
19-6-22 collated by Maggie Lewis - Volunteer Area Neighbourhood Watch Representative and Administrator covering Oxford LPA.
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Oxford Neighbourhood Watch
1) Helping our neighbours
Thames Valley Police Oxford
1) Frewin Court
2) St John’s Street
3) Blackbird Leys
4) Harcourt Hill
5) Westlands Drive
Neighbourhood Policing Team
1) Protecting your emails
2) Missing Persons Hub
3)) Prison leavers tagged to cut alcohol-fuelled crime
1) Lloyds TSB
2) Royal Mail
3) Three common scams
Oxfordshire County Council
1) Botley Road
2) East Oxford LTNs
Oxford City Council
1) Council Tax Rebate
2) Worcester Street Car Park
1) Rail Strike
2) Food Alerts
3) Refugee Week
OXFORD NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
Are you a good neighbour?
We are seeking volunteer Coordinators for roads or groups as this is the most effective way to prevent crime by sharing information with registered members or those who on Whatsapp groups or email circulation lists. Being neighbourly by watching out e.g. concern about residents, holidays, putting bins out etc. all neighbourly watches and you could be the coordinator that gets this information. Attached form.
Importantly, we also try and reach those not on the internet including the elderly and vulnerable who may become victims of crime.
A Coordinator is a trusted community member by police and other organizations. You can register and have a dedicated PCSO to your scheme. If you are involved in any group, school, college, mosque, church, temple, residents’ association etc. you can be given the role as the main contact with the police – we have an arrangement that Neighbourhood Watch and Thames Valley Police will work together and the police need help from our community.
Research shows being part of a Watch reduces crime. Please help yourself and others by making a real difference - it takes little time and a scheme runs in the way your members and your area needs.
If you want to start a scheme or a NW member and don't know your Coordinator please reply below.
THAMES VALLEY POLICE OXFORD
1) Frewin Court (attachment)
Thames Valley Police is re-releasing an image of a man that officers would still like to speak to in connection with a sexual assault in Oxford.
Between 12.30am and 2.30am on Friday 13 May, the victim, a woman in her twenties, was touched inappropriately by an offender on two occasions in Plush in Frewin Court.
Investigating officer PC Stephanie Derrick, based at Cowley police station, said: “We are re-releasing an image of this man as we believe he may have information that could help with this investigation and we are yet to identify him.
“Please get in touch if this is you or if you recognise this man.
“Anyone with information can call 101 or make a report online quoting reference number 43220206300.
“Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity, Crimestoppers, by calling 0800 555 111 or via its website.”
2) St John's Street (attachment)
Thames Valley Police is releasing CCTV images in connection with a sexual assault in Oxford.
The force believes that the man pictured in the CCTV may have vital information about the incident.
The offence occurred in St John’s Street between about 10.30pm and 11pm on Wednesday 11 May.
The victim, a woman in her twenties was being carried on the back of her boyfriend when a man touched the victim inappropriately over her clothing.
Investigating officer, PC Stephanie Derrick said: “We are releasing these CCTV images in connection with a sexual assault in Oxford.
“Due to our enquiries, we believe that the man pictured in the CCTV may have vital information about the incident.
“If you are the man or know who he is, please contact Thames Valley Police as soon as possible by calling 101, quoting reference 43220204384.”
3) Blackbird Leys
Following an investigation by Thames Valley Police, a boy has been charged with Section 18 wounding with intent.
The 16-year-old from Oxford, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was charged in connection with a stabbing in Samphire Road, Oxford, on Tuesday (14/6).
The victim, a 14-year-old boy, remains in hospital in a stable condition.
Two other 16-year-old boys and a 15-year-old boy, all from Oxford, have been released on police bail until 13 July.
The 16-year-old who has been charged will appear at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on16/6
4) Harcourt Hill
Thames Valley Police is appealing for information in connection with a burglary in Oxford.
At around 11.30am on Monday (13/6), a group of boys broke into a property on Harcourt Hill, Oxford.
The boys were disrupted by witnesses and ran towards the back of the house.
It is not known what was taken from the property.
The offenders are described as 12 to 13-year-olds and were wearing school uniform.
Staff Investigator Michelle Newman, based at Abingdon police station said: “I am appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the offence, or has CCTV or dashcam footage from the area to please contact the force.
“The easiest way to provide us with information is on our website or by calling 101, quoting investigation reference 43220265551.
“Alternatively, you can provide information anonymously to the independent charity, Crimestoppers, by calling 0800 555 111 or via its website.”
5) Westlands Drive, Headington
Thames Valley Police is appealing for information in connection with a robbery in Headington.
The victim, a boy, was in the park area next to the shops on Westlands Drive, Northway at about 8am on Tuesday (14/6).
A group of people approached the victim, pushed him and threatened him with a knife.
The offenders took £10 from the victim and then left the park area.
The victim sustained minor injuries but did not require hospital treatment.
The offenders are described as 14 to 16-year-olds, wearing black coats with their hoods up and ski masks.
NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING TEAMS
1) Rose Hill (attachment)
Rose Hill NHPT have been to the Rosehill Primary School Nursery today to teach them about their job role and uniform they wear for the work they will be learning about in school in the coming weeks
1) Two actions to instantly help protect your email
Use a strong and different password for your email using 3 random words
Turn on 2-Step Verification (2SV) for your email
Enabling 2 Step Verification on your email account is one of the best ways to protect yourself online.
1) County Lines
County Lines drug gangs lure kids into getting involved by gaining their trust, only to trap them into exploitation through violence, blackmail and debt bondage.
You can help keep them safe by telling the charity about drug crime in your area, 100% anonymously. https://crimestoppers-uk.org/keeping-safe/community-family/county-lines
3) Prison leavers tagged to cut alcohol-fuelled crime
Alcohol-fuelled crime will be cut as offenders released from prisons in England face alcohol bans and having their drinking electronically monitored from 15 June 2022
· offenders at risk of reoffending after drinking face alcohol bans or restrictions
· up to 12,000 offenders to be tagged over the next three years to cut booze-fuelled crime which costs society £21 billion a year
· statistics show since the scheme’s rollout that tagged offenders stuck to their alcohol restrictions 97 percent of days monitored.
Prison leavers will be ordered to wear a sobriety tag, which monitors alcohol levels in sweat, if their probation officer thinks they could reoffend when drinking. This will help probation officers keep a closer eye on offenders’ behaviour and support them to turn their backs on crime.
Alcohol is believed to play a part in 39 percent of violent crime in the UK and roughly 20 percent of offenders supervised by the Probation Service are identified as having drinking issues. The tags also give offenders the incentive to break bad habits as breaching the alcohol restrictions could see them back in prison.
1) Lloyds TSB Bank
Lloyds Bank has issued an urgent warning to consumers as the number of ‘advance fee’ loan scams has surged recent months. Loan scams happen when a victim is asked to pay an upfront fee for a loan.
They will typically reply to an online advert for a ‘fast loan’ from a company they have never heard of before, though sometimes the criminal will try to impersonate a genuine firm.
2) Royal Mail
People have reported receiving Royal Mail scam texts from “local depot 27” claiming that they missed a package and need to reschedule a delivery.
Anyone who receives this text message should be aware that this is a phishing scam.
3) Three common scams and where to check
a) Tax scams - HMRC suggests searching https://www.gov.uk/ for genuine information and guidance.
b) Fake insurance - People can check a broker’s status on the Financial Conduct Authority or British Insurance Brokers’ Association websites, or contact insurers directly.
c) Holiday scams - Action Fraud suggests people check whether firms are members of ABTA – look for any slight changes to the website you are viewing, such the domain name going from .co.uk to .org – and do a thorough online search for reviews to see if anyone else has had problems with the company.
4) Data re suspicious emails
As of 31st May 2022, the number of reports received stand at more than 12,000,000 with the removal of more than 83,000 scams across 153,000 URLs.
Please report all suspicious emails to email@example.com and then delete.
OXFORD CITY COUNCIL
1) Council Tax Rebate
Over 17,000 households in Oxford have still not applied for the government’s council tax energy rebate, making a total of £2.5m in unclaimed benefits.
The government announced the rebate back in February 2022 as part of its response to rising energy bills, however, local authorities are responsible for administering the payment.
If you pay your council tax by direct debit, we will debit the payment direct to the bill payer’s bank account.
For those who are eligible for the rebate but who do not pay by direct debit, you will need to fill in an online form to claim the £150 payment.
Claims can only be made online, and not by phone, email or in writing.
We know that this one-off payment is a substantial sum of money, especially when times are hard. Many people are struggling at the moment so we’re encouraging residents to claim what they are entitled to.
2) Worcester Street parking goes cashless
From 1 July, Worcester Street car park will become cashless.
The move follows a successful trial at the Gloucester Street car park, which started in January of this year and is part of a move to going cashless across all of our services.
Payment machines at the car park’ will only accept card payments, however, alternative methods through pay-by-phone provider RingGo or via Hozah will also be available.
The trial at Gloucester Green ran smoothly and showed that cashless payments in car parks can work well. Many car park users have already stopped paying by cash in favour of the other methods. A change to a cashless system across all sites would see an annual saving of around £12,000.
1) Rail Strike
Sent from Great Western Train Network to share
This is a reminder that there will no rail services at all on some routes on the strike days next week – Tuesday 21 June, Thursday 23 June and Saturday 25 June. Where services can run they will be extremely limited with much later start and much earlier finish times.
There will also be a restricted service on Wednesday 22 June, Friday 24 June and Sunday 26 June, with services starting late and finishing very early.
Full timetables are now in online journey planners for Tuesday 21 June and Thursday 23 June, and timetables for days between the strikes will be available from tomorrow. Where services are running rail travel should only be considered if absolutely necessary.
There will be no alternative road replacement available, and there is still the potential for further changes even on the day.
We know that customers will need time to plan ahead. As well as checking timetables, there are maps https://www.gwr.com/strike
2) Food Alerts
a)Morrisons recalls several breaded chicken products because they may contain small pieces of glass
b) Mars Food UK is recalling Dolmio carbonara pasta sauce pouch and Dolmio carbonara pasta sauce stir-in because they contain soya which is not mentioned on the label. This means the products are a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy to soyac) Waitrose recalls Waitrose Frozen Cooked & Peeled Jumbo King Prawns and Essential Frozen Cooked King Prawns because of the possible presence of uncooked prawns
3) Refugee Week (20-26 June)
More than 20 events are taking place in Oxford and Reading this year to mark Refugee Week 2022. There is something for everyone: exhibitions, film screenings, a guided tour, a pop-up marketplace and a quilt making workshop! During Refugee Week, we celebrate the positive impact that refugees have in our society – an impact that would never be felt if we allow them to be shipped off to third countries. https://www.asylum-welcome.org/refugee-week-2022-events-in-oxford-and-reading/
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Maggie Lewis (Neighbourhood Watch Network, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford LPA)