Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Newsletter 30-5-21
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OXFORD NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH AND COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER 30-5-21
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LISTEN. TALK. DO!
If the pandemic has taught us one thing, it is that neighbourliness and community spirit is just as important as ever
Neighbourhood Watch Week 2021 (5th-11th June) is an opportunity for us to build on the existing and new neighbourly relationships formed throughout the pandemic. It is a time for us to build on the connections we have made before and during lockdown. Let’s stay connected!
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TVNHWA AGM 2021
Members will have received the link direct - if you did not receive this you are not a NW member. Many members had problems in signing in to the Zoom meeting so this is the recording - with speakers Crimestoppers, Superintendent Wycombe LPA and Matthew Barber, Police and Crime Commissioner
CRIME PREVENTION Self-protection
There are various ways you can protect yourself
Using an old, out-of-date smartphone can leave you vulnerable to hacking. You can stay by regularly updating your devices. Cyber Aware
Cyber Aware is the government’s advice on how to stay secure online.
You can check if your email or phone number has been leaked in a data breach here: https://haveibeenpwned.com/
Help to protect yourself from identity theft:
Protect your name and address by opting out of the ‘open’ electoral register: https://www.gov.uk/electoral.../opt-out-of-the-open-register
I remember being told to put a shoulder bag diagonally rather then just over one shoulder as easily taken. Another tip, which isn't here from TVP, if you have valuables and keys put them in your left pocket as most thieves will assume they are in your right as most right-handed people use. Dos
Dos on avoiding pickpockets
Do keep purses and bags closed and secure at all times
Do carry bags in front of you or diagonally across your chest
Do return cards to your purse or wallet quickly and zip it up or button it
Do use a purse that’s difficult to open. One that zips or snaps shut is best, and keep it closed
Do use a money belt if you’re carrying a significant quantity of cash
Do conceal your wallet in a buttoned or zipped pocket where it doesn’t bulge
Do keep a list, separate from your wallet and phone, of contact numbers of family in case your phone is stolen
Do keep a photocopy of your airline tickets, passport, credit cards and any other documents that would be impossible or inconvenient to replace if stolen Donts
Don’t hang stuff on the back of a chair.
Don’t leave anything on the back of a pushchair.
Don’t place your belongings out of sight on the floor.
Remember, having a zipped bag doesn’t mean you’re totally safe. Thieves have been known to walk behind victims while slowly unzipping bags. Yes, they can be that bold. So, never underestimate a pickpocket.
THAMES VALLEY POLICE Thames Valley
All Thames Valley secondary schools will receive new drugs awareness teaching materials. All secondary schools across the Thames Valley are being provided new resources to help educate young people on the dangers of drugs.
Arrests targeting organised crime and supply of Class A drugs.
A TOTAL of 13 people have been arrested on suspicion of drug supply, money laundering and possession of a firearm.
This morning, nearly 200 police officers from Thames Valley Police executed several warrants across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Wiltshire targeting organised crime and supply of class A drugs.
Officers attended addresses in Banbury, Farmoor, Witney, Oxford, Longworth, Milton Keynes and Swindon in the early hours.
Nine men aged between 20 and 49 and four woman aged between 26 and 70 remain in police custody at this time.
The warrants were conducted as part of a lengthy investigation into the supply of heroin and cocaine in the Thames Valley.
Oxford City Centre
Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a robbery which took place in Oxford.
At a time between 4:15pm and 4:45pm on Thursday (27/5) a boy aged in his teens was approached by an offender outside Lloyds Bank in High Street, who demanded the boy’s phone from him.
However the phone was not taken and the boy was not hurt. The offender then walked away.
Detective Constable Robert Fisher, of Oxford police station, said: “I am appealing for witnesses to this incident, whereby a teenage boy was approached by this offender, who demanded his phone from him.
“Thankfully he was not hurt, but I am appealing for witnesses to this incident to come forward with any information they have.
“The offender is described as a black man, who was wearing a dark coloured hat, t-shirt, jacket and jeans. He also carried a satchel bag.
“High Street is a busy road in the centre of Oxford, with people walking, cycling and driving along it throughout the day. This incident took place at a time where I believe it is likely that someone may have seen something.
“Anyone who recognises the physical description of this offender, or who witnesses this is asked to report online, or call 101. Please quote reference 43210230247 when making any reports."
At around 6pm on Thursday 22 April a lorry was broken into whilst parked in Abingdon Road.
An amount of cigarettes and tobacco stolen.
The offender is believed to be a white man, around 5ft 10ins tall and bald. He was wearing a face mask and a blue tracksuit. He left in a white Citroen Relay van.
Please check any CCTV in the area or dash-cam footage and share that with us if you think it could be helpful to the investigation. If you have any information, please make a report online or call 101 quoting reference 43210170924.
If you wish to remain 100% anonymous you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
John Radcliffe Hospital
Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following an assault in Oxford.
At around 8.25pm on Monday 17 May, the victim, a man in his forties, was at the bike rack behind the Oxford Centre for Functional MRI of the Brain building at the John Radcliffe Hospital when he was approached by another man on a mountain bike.
The man demanded that the victim hand over his bicycle, and following an altercation the offender bit the victims finger causing puncture wounds, the victim also sustained bruising to his arm and knee and cuts on the side of his head after being hit with a bike chain lock.
The offender then fled the scene on the mountain bike and did not take the victims bicycle but did take his lock.
The victim received treatment at the JR hospital and has since been discharged.
The offender is described as a white man in his late twenties to early thirties, around 5ft 9in tall with a slim build. He had a long gaunt face with stubble. He was wearing a beanie hat, a black jacket, blue jeans, trainers with light green on them and biker gloves. He was riding a silver mountain bike and had a chain around his neck and a chain in his hand.
Investigating officer PC Annie Jenkins, based at Oxford police station said: “I am appealing for any witnesses of this incident, or anyone who saw a man matching this description in the area at the time to please get in touch.
If you have any information, please report online, or you can call 101 quoting reference 43210213107.
If you wish to remain 100% anonymous you can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Police are appealing for witnesses following the stabbing of a man in his twenties in Oxford.
At around 10.25pm on Monday May 24 officers, were called to Saunders Road, Oxford after a man in his twenties had been stabbed.
It is believed the victim was walking along Saunders Road when a vehicle stopped, and the occupants of the vehicle ran towards the victim and stabbed him.
The man was taken to hospital, where he remains in a stable condition.
Two 23-year-old men and one 20-year-old man, and a 19-year-old woman, all from Oxford, have been arrested on suspicion of GBH with intent in connection with this incident. They remain in custody at this time.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector James Mather of CID based at St Aldates police station, said: “We are asking for the public’s assistance in investigating this incident and we are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have seen this incident or have seen any vehicles acting suspiciously in the lead up to the incident.”Deputy LPA Commander for Oxford, Chief Inspector Jen Hogben, said: “We are aware that this incident may have had an impact on the community, and we are carrying out a thorough investigation.”
“We have made four arrests in connection with the incident and as a result of this we will be increasing our patrols in the area, and we would encourage anyone with any concerns or information to please speak to one of our uniformed officers.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting reference 4321022497. Alternatively, if you wish to report anonymously you can do so by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
County drugs line dealer arrested.
Reece Harrison, aged 21, of Spencer Avenue, Yarnton, was a major player in the "Rico" County Drugs Line in Oxford and South Oxfordshire.
He has now been been convicted and jailed for more than six and a half years.
The TVP Stronghold team pursue drug dealers
Full details here http://orlo.uk/deMOh
SCAM INFORMATION NatWest customers
NatWest customers who use the mobile app to manage their finances are being warned of cryptocurrency scams.The frauds typically involve criminals posting adverts online carrying a bogus celebrity endorsement on a fake website with an article promoting cryptocurrency. Investors are asked to complete a contact form and the criminal uses these details to follow up with a telephone call.
During the call the fraudster, posing as a cryptocurrency trader, helps the victim open a wallet with a cryptocurrency trading platform and in the process persuades the victim to install remote access software onto their computer. The high street bank has said it has prevented millions of pounds from being sent to “crypto-criminals”.
NatWest introduces new measures to beat scammers
To reduce the risk of fraud, NatWest Group customers can now set their own daily bank transfer limits. By giving customers more control it hopes to reduce authorised push payment (APP) scams – where victims are convinced to move money to an account controlled by a criminal.
Following a year of travel bans, quarantine, uncertainty and missed holidays, many of us are desperate to get away for a break, whether it’s a holiday in the sun or a weekend by the sea in the UK.
But cybercriminals are busy thinking about holidays and travel too ... not taking them but exploiting your desperation for a break, with fake websites, advertisements, emails, social media posts, texts and phone calls for holidays, ﬂights, accommodation or pilgrimages that don’t exist.
Avoid disappointment and ﬁnancial losses when booking a trip: start by reading our expert tips on searching and booking holidays and travel safely and securely. If you'd like to read more then visit www.getsafeonline.org
Friends Against Scam
There is a very useful National Trading Standard website which has an online awareness course
Friends Against Scams is a National Trading Standards Scams Team initiative, which aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering people to take a stand against scams.
Scam Alert: We have been informed of a scam text offering 3 months free membership that is claiming to be from PureGym. This is fraudulent and has not been sent by us. If you receive this message please delete and ignore
Thank you to one of our members for sending this:- Arrests made in Royal Mail scam
Eight men have been arrested in dawn raids targeting scam text messages.
The suspects were allegedly involved in sending fake messages, primarily posing as Royal Mail and asking people to pay a fee to retrieve a parcel.
The men were arrested in Birmingham, Coventry, London and Colchester, Essex, a specialist unit of the City of London and Metropolitan Police said.
A man from London was charged with three offences and the others were released under investigation.
The charged man, from Enfield, will appear at Inner London Crown Court on 21 June.
He faces charges of fraud by false representation; possession of articles for use in fraud; possession of criminal property (money laundering), a spokeswoman for the Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU) said.
The unit added the arrests were made as part of a week of action against scam messages.
Such messages, known as "smishing" texts, steal a victim's personal and bank details by getting them to follow a link to a fake version of a trusted website.
Smishing is where you are defrauded via an approach from a text message
Det Ch Insp Gary Robinson, head of the DCPCU, said it was working with Royal Mail, the financial services sector and mobile phone networks to fight the crime.
"Ongoing investigations are now under way and we will continue to work together to bring those committing smishing scams to justice," he said
COMMUNITY SAFETY Message from TVP Oxford
We’d like to wish everyone a fun and safe Bank Holiday weekend
As lockdown restrictions ease, we will be using a range of police tactics to ensure everyone can enjoy themselves whilst enjoying a night out in Oxford
You may not always see us, but we are out and about looking after you.
Message from Oxford County Council
It is clear from the reports that the few days, particularly bank holiday are crucial as to whether the complete relaxation of the coronavirus rules will occur on the 21st June. It now appears that the decision will be announced in about 2 weeks time. Let us hope that by the end of June we are back to the new normal.
Trial for School streets in Oxfordshire extended
The scheme means motor vehicles, other than buses, will be restricted outside of schools during term-time, applying to both schools and through traffic.
The trial is also taking place in three schools across Oxford, which began the trial on May 12.
These schools include:
Windmill Primary School on Margaret Road in Headington
St Christopher's C of E Primary School on Purland Close, Cowley
East Oxford Primary School, on Union Street, Cowley
On June 7 another two schools will begin their six-week trial period.
The trials are being delivered by Oxfordshire County Council, in partnership with the national walking and cycling charity, Sustrans.
The pilot scheme follows engagement with local residents and the schools involved, and has been backed by financial support from the Government.
St Nicholas C of E Primary School in Abingdon
Larkrise Primary School in Oxford
Urgent food warnings from supermarkets.
There are too many warnings to list so please check these supermarket foods
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Maggie Lewis (NWN, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford LPA)