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Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Weekly Newsletter 30-1-22

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Welcome to Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Weekly Newsletter 30-1-22
collated by Maggie Lewis - Voluntary Area Neighbourhood Watch Representative and  Administrator covering Oxford . 

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Neighbourhood Watch Network
1) 40th Anniversary
Oxford Neighbourhood Watch
1) Personal Experiences
Police and Crime Commissioner
1) New Website
Thames Valley Violence Reduction Unit
1) Operation Paramount
Thames Valley Police (Oxford)
1) Witness Appeal (Park End Street)
2) Witness Appeal (Sandy Lane West)
3) Search (Barton)
4) Theft (Headington)
Neighbourhood Policing Teams
1)  Cowley and Wood Farm
2)  East Oxford
3)  Rose Hill, Littlemore and Iffley
Crime Prevention
1) Catalytic Converters
Crime Information
1) Victims First
2) Pet Theft
3) New law change for mobile phone use
4) Law about unrestrained dogs in cars
Scams 
1) Call 159 the hotline to safety
2) HMRC Information
3) Points to look for
Oxfordshire County Council
1) Consultation on Location of Cameras
2) Zero Emission Zone pilot 
Oxford City Council
1) Customer Services
2) Holocaust Memorial Day
3) Parks and Green Spaces Survey
General Information
1) Top tips for keeping your home warm
2) Getting Oxfordshire Online
3) HealthWatch Oxfordshire
4) Chinese New Year
5) Older person abuse
6) Dealing with Noisy Neighbours

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK (attachment)
1) Neighbourhood Watch groups have supported and enabled individuals and communities to be connected, active and safe for the past 40 years. We have grown in strength since the first UK scheme was established in Mollington, Cheshire, in 1982, to the largest UK crime prevention charity that we are today. In recognition of this milestone and to celebrate our rich history we are thrilled to launch a special-edition logo to be used throughout 2022

With a tested brand recognition of 95%, the 40th-anniversary logo reflects our widely recognisable yellow roundel whilst introducing a softer teal to our colour palette. The new central image celebrates and reflects our communities' uniqueness and togetherness. The teal colour will be formally adopted as an additional Neighbourhood Watch core colour later in the year, but Neighbourhood Watch representatives can start using the colour from now.

OXFORD NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH 
1) Personal Experiences
Thank you to the Coordinator who has shared the  news that she has won a Mini Cooper. This week I have news of a £1,000,000 prize. The common denominator is that they are scams and wanted us to click on a link or an attachment - both of us have reported as scams to report@phishing.gov.uk

POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONER
1) New website
The PCC has a new website including new investments into making streets safer and criminals to justice.https://matthewbarber.co.uk/news

THAMES VALLEY VIOLENCE REDUCTION UNIT
1) Operation Paramount: Oxfordshire pilot scheme offers rapid access to support for children and families with a parent in prison

 A "ground-breaking" scheme aimed at preventing the children of criminals becoming criminals too has been piloted in Oxford and now rolled out to Oxfordshire. 
The Thames Valley Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) has teamed up with a charity to support young people with incarcerated parents. It comes after figures suggest 65% of boys with a parent in prison go on to break the law as an adult. The VRU said it wanted to help break the 'intergenerational cycle'. 
Officers have focused the trial on children in Oxford and collect daily data on who has been sent to prison. Police then check if the person is a parent and send a police community support officer (PCSO) for a welfare visit to the child's home. 
The unit said it was the first time the Prison Service database had been used to help families. It is also the first time an initiative supporting vulnerable children in this way has been considered.

TVP Oxford 
1) Park End Street 26/1/21
Witness Appeal
We are appealing for witnesses to a robbery in Park End Street yesterday.
The victim was headbutted and threatened at knifepoint but managed to get away.
Anyone with info should 101 or make a report online, quoting ref 43220036792.
More https://orlo.uk/AuXlM

2) Sandy Lane West
Witness Appeal
We are appealing for witnesses following a serious injury collision that happened in Oxford at around 3pm today.
Officers were called to Sandy Lane West, Oxford to reports of a collision between a blue BMW 1 series and three teenage children.
One of the children has been taken to hospital with fractures to her legs. The other two injured children have also been taken to hospital but at this time, they are not believed to be seriously injured.
The driver of the vehicle a 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He remains in custody at this time.
Road closures remain in place while we continue to investigate this collision.
We are asking members of the public with information to please call 101 quoting reference 218 27/01/2021.

3) Barton (attachment)
 28/1/22 - Licensed Search Officers were deployed to open, public spaces in Barton, Oxford. They conducted a thorough, finger-tip level search for dangerous and/or illegal items. All part of the ongoing effort on keep the public spaces clean, safe and enjoyable for all.

4) Headington
Catalytic Converter Thefts
We have received reports of catalytic converter thefts in the Headington area.
Catalytic converters are designed to remove toxins from vehicle emissions. The devices contain small amounts of precious metals. In recent years, the price of these metals has soared to record levels, which means that catalytic converters can provide a substantial return to a thief for just a few minutes work.
Advice for vehicle owners:
Where possible, park in your garage
Alternatively, park in a location that restricts access underneath your vehicle
Consider security lighting
If your catalytic converter is ‘bolt on,’ you can have the bolts welded shut
Consider the installation of CCTV to protect your vehicle
Identify/etch your converter with a unique serial number and advertise that the vehicle has been protected using window stickers
If you spot anything suspicious, we want to hear from you.
Call 999 if a crime is in progress or call 101 or report online.

NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING TEAMS
Blackbird Leys
1) Goodbye
We said goodbye to PCSO Jack Hickman and  welcome to PCSO Shaun Jeffrey who will now be the dedicated PCSO for Leys NW Coordinators
2) Antisocial Driving (attachment)
You told the Blackbird Leys neighbourhood team that there have been persistent incidents of anti social driving at the Kassam Stadium car park. Last night we attended a car meet and will be issuing warnings and seizing offending vehicles should this continue at that location. Whilst we recognise that many drivers do not cause any issues, those that do can expect to be dealt with robustly.
This will not solve the problem over night but we will now be seeking to work with the land owners to identify long term problem solving initiatives and hopefully resolve this issue permanently. Please tell us about any concerns you're having on your street

Cowley and Wood Farm
1) Goodbye
We said goodbye to PCSO Jan Billingham Jan wanted me to share a heartfelt thank you to the community, saying she found the community of Cowley friendly, supportive and most encouraging of the work undertaken by the Cowley Neighbourhood Team.
2) Dispersal Order
Please note this Dispersal Order has expired but important to know it  was  used when necessary.
Due to ongoing Anti-Social Behaviour in front of the convenience stores Atkyns Road, Woodfarm.
The local Woodfarm / Cowley NHPT have issued a Section 34 dispersal notice. This will be in place from 17:00 25/01/22 until 17:00 27/01/22.
The Anti-Social Behaviour within the area has been causing distress to the local community and to users of the shops. The NHPT will continue to conduct proactive patrols across the evening and will deal with anyone found causing Anti-Social Behaviour.

East Oxford (26/1)
1)Over 50s Club
 East Oxford Neighbourhood Team attended the Over 50s club today at Donnington Community Centre. We participated in an exercise class and offered crime prevention and home safety advice.

Littlemore, Rose Hill and Iffley
1) Antisocial Behaviour
Following reports of Motorbike related ASB in the Rosehill/Littlemore area, the NHPT along with TVP Roads Policing completed an operation to combat these issues using proactive methods, engagement and TVP motorbikes. Two bikes were seized for no insurance.

CRIME PREVENTION
1) Catalytic Converters
Catalytic converters are targeted because of the precious metals that they are made with, namely rhodium, platinum and palladium. Thieves simply cut the catalytic converter from the exhaust pipe of a parked car and sell them on to scrap metal dealers. Taller vehicles are more vulnerable as the catalytic converters are easier to access.
SUVs, 4x4s and vans are especially attractive to thieves as the catalytic converters contain a higher concentration of precious metals and are generally less corroded. Stolen CATs can be identified within seconds by Police and Scrap Metal Dealers on our Property Checker.

Any NW member or joining member can use a discount code to get a discount on Catalytic Converter Marking Kit £24.99 Please can Coordinators  let their members know of all discounts but please contact me below if not received.
https://www.catalyticconvertertheft.com/ 

CRIME INFORMATION
1) Victims First
Message  from Sarah Stokes 
Communications and Engagement Officer
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner

If you’ve been affected by crime or abuse, Victims First can provide free emotional and practical support. Victims First is managed by the PCC to support people across the Thames Valley. We can offer support regardless of when the crime took place & whether or not you've reported it to the police.
📞 0300 1234 148
💻 victims-first.org.uk

2) Pet Theft
A NEW criminal offence to tackle dognapping and "crack down on the heart-breaking issue of pet theft" is a step closer. Under government plans, people who steal a canine companion could face up to five years in jail if convicted of dog abduction. 
The offence is being added to the Kept Animals Bill, which is currently making its way through the Commons, after a recommendation by the government's pet theft taskforce. The taskforce looked into a rise in pet thefts during the pandemic. More than 2,000 such incidents were reported in 2020

3) New law change for mobile phone use
From January 2022, drivers will be banned from holding their mobile phones for any reason.
 What mobile phone usage is permitted?
You are only legally allowed to answer calls if you’re mobile is set up with hands free already. The only time you can use your mobile phone in your hands while driving is to call 999 or 112, if it isn’t safe to stop. You are permitted to use your mobile when safely parked and your engine is switched off.

What mobile phone usage isn’t permitted while driving? ! 
Using a handheld device while driving is illegal, and that includes whether you are driving, or supervising a learner driver. ! You are not allowed to touch your mobile to answer it. ! You are not allowed to use your device while waiting in queues or at traffic lights. There is no law to prevent tapping your phone on a fixed mount, however police can still charge you for driving without due care and attention or careless driving.

What happens if you use your mobile phone while driving? 
The law is clear. If you are caught driving while using a handheld mobile phone, that is without a hands-free set up, you could end up losing your licence. It is also worth noting that the police can still stop you if they believe you are distracted by your mobile phone, even if it is fully hands-free. 

How many penalty points can you get for using your mobile phone while driving? If you are caught, you will face a £200 fine and 6 points on your licence. If it is an extreme case, drivers can be taken to court and face a fine of £2,000 and disqualification. Drivers are only allowed to clock up 6 penalty points over two years so, if you have been driving for less than two years, you could lose your licence.

4) Law about unrestrained dogs in cars.
Recent research by The Dog’s Trust, which suggests that more than 60% of drivers don’t believe that driving with an unrestrained pet is dangerous.
Rule 57 of the Highway Code states: “When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves if you stop quickly. A seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are ways of safely restraining animals in cars.”

Being in breach of this advice can see drivers facing on the spot fines of up to £1,000, a maximum fine of £5,000, nine points on their license and even a driving ban and compulsory retest.

SCAMS
1) Call 159 the hotline to safety
The national emergency hotline was set up by industry body Stop Scams UK and will run for a trial period of 12 months after the group revealed the COVID-19 pandemic helped give fraudsters opportunities to develop new ways to con victims out of £1.26bn during 2020
Banks are said to be hoping that the new scheme will prevent money being stolen from customers, which has cost them tens of millions of pounds a year in refunds.
The hotline has been in the pipeline for years, with the initial idea being discussed by the Joint Fraud Taskforce, a body involving ministers, police and banks that was set up by former prime minister Theresa May in 2016 when she was home secretary. If the pilot is successful, Stop Scams UK said it will ask Ofcom to make 159 a universal number offered by all telephone providers,similar to 101, 111 or even 999

2) HMRC Information (Self-employment scams)
HM Revenue and Customs is warning all self-employed people to be 'on their guard' and not be tricked by fake emails or text messages from fraudsters after nearly 800,000 tax-related scams were reported in the last year. The department has been contacting taxpayers to remind them that as the Self Assessment deadline approaches, callous crooks may try to steal money or personal information from unsuspecting individuals. In the last year HMRC dealt with nearly 360,000 bogus tax rebate referrals

3) Points to Look For (SCP)
Stop: Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe. 
Challenge: Could it be fake? 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.

OXFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
1) Consultation on locations of cameras
Cameras could be fitted around locations in Oxfordshire to enforce traffic restrictions, making the streets and roads safer and less congested for all users.
Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet has voted to apply to the government for permission to use cameras to enforce traffic regulations, including stopping in yellow box junctions, illegal turns, and vehicle restrictions, at specific sites.
People who visit, live, and work in Oxfordshire can have their say on the first set of proposed locations as part of a public consultation on the plans.

The first proposed locations are:
The rising bollard site in Oriel Square, Oxford
The rising bollard site on Cornmarket Street, Oxford
The rising bollard site on Turl Street, Oxford
The rising bollard site on Broad Street, Oxford
The junction of Turl Street and High Street, Oxford
The banned U-turn at Barton Park on the A40
The junction of Holywell Street and Longwall Street, Oxford
New College Lane/Queens Lane, Oxford
The pedestrianised area of Gloucester Street, Oxford
Yellow box junctions on the Botley Interchange
Yellow box junctions on the Hinksey Hill Interchange.
 
2) Zero Emission Zone pilot 
We're pleased to announce that Britain’s first Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) will begin in Oxford on 28 February 2022! 
The pilot will launch in a small number of streets in the city centre including New Road, between Bonn Square and its junction with Castle Street; Bonn Square; Queen Street; Cornmarket Street; New Inn Hall Street; Shoe Lane; Market Street, from Cornmarket junction east for 40 metres; Ship Street; and St Michael’s Street. This will give Oxfordshire County Council useful insights before introducing a larger ZEZ covering most of Oxford city centre next year, subject to further public consultation. 
The ZEZ will operate from 7am to 7pm, seven days a week, all year round. Under the scheme, all petrol and diesel vehicles, including hybrids, will incur a daily charge unless eligible for a discount or exemption. However, zero emission vehicles, such as electric cars, can enter the pilot area free of charge.

There are several discounts and exemptions available, you can find out more and apply for them on Oxfordshire County Council's website. 
https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/residents/roads-and-transport/oxford-zero-emission-zone-zez/discounts-and-exemptions

OXFORD CITY COUNCIL
1) Customer services 
From Monday 31 January, our face-to-face customer services will operate from Oxfordshire County Council’s Westgate Central Library.
The move will mean we are operating from the same place as Oxfordshire County Council's services and Citizen's Advice Oxford, making it easier to visit all three services.
Our officers will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10.30am to 3.30pm at the Westgate Library. You will be able to just drop in during these times, or book an appointment by phoning 01865 249811.
https://www.oxford.gov.uk/news/article/2089/city_council_moves_face-to-face_customer_services_to_westgate_library

2) Holocaust Memorial Day (27/1)
This week we marked Holocaust Memorial Day with a virtual service of reflection hosted by the Lord Mayor, councillor Mark Lygo. 
Holocaust Memorial Day is a day to remember and learn about the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and the genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Srebrenica and Darfur. It takes place on 27 January every year as this is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, where 1.1m people were murdered in less than five years.
You can watch the service by following the link below. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9ov8mlh_B8&feature=youtu.be

3) Parks and Green Spaces Survey
https://consultation.oxford.gov.uk/community-services/parks-survey/
Closes 31 Mar 2022
The aim of the questionnaire is to find out what people think of their local green spaces and the facilities, how they travel there, and what is important to them. Started in 2000 and frequently repeated, the information provided by the survey will be used to improve services, provide evidence for capital bids, and for assessment of trends over time. 

GENERAL INFORMATION
1) Top tips for keeping your home warm:
Use a draught excluder
Shut your curtains in the colder parts of the day
Shut the doors to the rooms you aren't using
Cook some hot food
Invest in some rugs if you have tiles or floorboards
If your sofa is in front of the radiator, move it
Turn the heating on 30 minutes before you need it
Turn the dial down by one or two degrees

2) Getting Oxfordshire Online
According to Getting Oxfordshire Online, up to 40,000 people in the county are not online – with digital exclusion affecting some of the most vulnerable and isolated, including young carers, older people without family support, and struggling families. Inequalities in internet access have become especially stark during the pandemic, with work, education and services requiring access at home.
 
You can support their work by providing devices or donations, and if you are part of a charity or community group you can make referrals for those needing help.
 Find out more at https://gettingoxfordshireonline.org/ or for referrals email the team directly: hello@gettingoxfordshireonline.org

3) HealthWatch Oxfordshire
Are you looking for information or advice on health or social care services in Oxfordshire? If so, please get in touch so we can try to help. One of our roles is to help people find the information they need about local health services, so if you have a question or query, please contact us by calling 01865 520520 or emailing hello@healthwatchoxfordshire.co.uk

4) Chinese New Year 2022
The Chinese (or Lunar) New Year starts on 1st February, and 2022 is the Year of the Tiger
Chinese New Year 2022 falls on Tuesday, February 1st, 2022, and celebrations culminate with the Lantern Festival on February 15th, 2022.

5) Older person abuse (spot the signs)
An estimated half a million older people are harmed, abused, and neglected every day in their own homes by people they thought they could trust With ongoing restrictions, colder weather, and the increased isolation it brings, there is a warning that many older people could be at risk as they feel trapped in their homes and more reliant on others.

Spot the Signs
1) Inability to explain finances
2)Abuse can be hidden by perceived confusion. An older persons uncertainty or inability to explain what is happening to their finances could be economic abuse. This type of abuse can come in the form of stealing, having control over someone’s money, fraud, or embezzlement. I
3) Anxious, agitated or withdrawn behaviour
4) Emotional, psychological, or mental abuse can include ignoring, bullying, or humiliating someone as well as depriving someone of their right to make decisions, choose when to eat, when to get up and who they spend time with. It is often intended to undermine someone’s self-worth and can leave a victim feeling anxious and withdrawn. Look out for a change in behaviour in older people you know.
5) Under or overuse of medication
Injury or mistreatment is a telling sign of physical abuse and can include hitting, pinching, pushing, inappropriate use of restraints, force feeding or the rough handling of an older person. Over or under-medicating is a form of physical abuse without obvious signs of injury. To spot the signs look out for untouched or already empty medication packets.
Difficulty sitting/walking
6) Sexual violence is the form of abuse least likely to be talked about in relation to older people. It includes forcing someone to take part in sexual activity without their consent, including touching, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and the use of sexual language. A potential  sign of sexual abuse could be discomfort in the genital area which leads to difficulty sitting down or walking around.

6) Dealing With Noisy Neighbours
a)Try talking to them. If your neighbours are approachable and this is not going to put you in any personal danger then maybe a polite word in their ear might do the trick.
If you feel you are being harassed or activity nearby is unlawful then contact the police.
b) If this doesn't work then contact the Council. If the council investigates and finds that your neighbours are making a statutory noise nuisance then they may issue a noise abatement order. If your neighbours then break this order, they then risk a fine of up to £5,000. 
c) If the noisy neighbour is a tenant then the landlord can be contacted.  This could be a private landlord, letting agency, housing association or the council. Whomever it is, the tenant will most likely have terms in their tenancy agreement that precludes them from being a noise nuisance
d) Other options open to you (but maybe not as practical), are using a mediation service who can help resolve a dispute between two aggrieved parties.  Alternatively, you can take legal action. This would be a costly exercise with no guarantee you could recoup your money.

 
 
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Maggie Lewis (Neighbourhood Watch Network, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford LPA)
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