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Welcome to Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Weekly Newsletter
3-4-22 collated by Maggie Lewis - Voluntary Area Neighbourhood Watch  Representative and  Administrator covering Oxford LPA. 

This weekly newsletter is for reading and/or sharing in entirety or copying and pasting. 
The index is available so you can read all or just the items of interest.  Any information, contributions and interactions will be gratefully received.

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Neighbourhood Watch 
1) Thinking of having a street party?
2) Student magazine
Oxford Neighbourhood Watch 
1) Lamarsh Road
2) Cyclists needed

Thames Valley Police
1) Witness Appeal
2) Thames Valley Autism Alert card
3) Project Vigilant result update

TVP Oxford
1) Witness Appeal
2) Missing person

Neighbourhood Policing Teams
Blackbird Leys 
1) On patrol with PCC
2) Plans to stop spike in violence

Crime Prevention
1) Catalyst Converters

Crime Information
1) Warning about Cannabis Sweets
2) Further monies to tackle serious violence
3) Online Safety Bill
4) Victims First 

Scams
1) Cadburys
2) Age UK

Oxford City Council
1) Has your bin day changed?

General Information
1) BBC Radio Oxford’s ‘Make a Difference Awards’ nominations
2) Samaritans
3) Traditional landlines to stop 
4) Burglar Alarms
5) Have your say on the implementation of the Liberty Protection Safeguards
6) Folly Bridge
7) Food Alerts
8) Living with Covid strategy
9) Thames Area Environment Agency
10) Boat Race

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
1) Thinking of having a street party? 

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Neighbourhood Watch in style. Street parties are covered by NW insurance 
Details on links.
https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/sites/default/files/documents/2021-05/HOW%20TO..%20Street%20Party.pdf

https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/sites/default/files/Celebrating%2040%20years%20with%2040%20actions.pdf

2) Student Magazine
The Lookout termly magazine is full of incredible stories written by students for students. It also features stories of students across the country who are doing amazing things to bring their campus and local community together, advice on safety and wellbeing, and how to get involved with local volunteering opportunities.
https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/lookout

OXFORD NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
1) Lamarsh Road
 A Coordinator is needed to take over an established group. Anyone in or near Lamarsh Road can register. If you are involved in a local group and want to  be a NW Coordinator living in or near Lamarsh Road please reply below. 

2) Bike Theft Prevention Project
Please fill in survey and share - we need as many replies as possible to inform crime prevention literature. There are 13 questions with tick box answers
 https://oxford.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/oxford-bike-theft-prevention-survey

THAMES VALLEY POLICE  (attachment)

1) Witness Appeal (attachment)
From Oxford Mail article
Police release image of man in connection with 30 offences across the country
Police have released an image of a man they want to speak with about a burglary investigation.
The photograph, released by Thames Valley Police, shows a white man with brown hair, who is wearing a dark navy blue hoodie and a black face mask.
A group of offenders are suspected of committing 30 offences, including burglaries at homes and vehicle thefts, between August 4 and 21 last year.
The offences took place in Cherwell, West Oxfordshire, South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse, as well as policing areas in Reading, Wiltshire, the West Midlands and West Mercia.
Detective constable Jamie Lawes, based at Abingdon police station, said: “We are releasing the image of this man as we believe he may have information that could assist us with our investigation.
“If it is you pictured, or you recognise the man in the image, please get in touch.
“You can report information by calling 101 or visiting our website, quoting reference number 43210382986.
“Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website.”

2) Thames Valley Autism Alert card
Hundreds of autistic people have signed up to the Thames Valley Autism Alert card since it's relaunch.
The card allows the holder, or their parent or carer, the opportunity to explain their condition with ease to others. More info https://orlo.uk/WOugN

THAMES VALLEY POLICE (OXFORD)
1) Witness Appeal - Shelley Road

Between 5pm and 5.30pm on Sunday (27/3) an altercation between three people, two women and a man, occurred in the alleyway between Shelley Road and Ridgefield Road, Cowley. It is believed one of the individuals was carrying a knife.

Two woman aged 42 and 44-years-old, both from Oxford, have been arrested on suspicion of assault and released on police bail.
A 37-year-old man from Oxford was also arrested on suspicion of assault and has been released on police bail.
We are appealing for any witnesses, or anyone who may have information about this incident, to please come forward.

You can report information by making a report online or calling 101, quoting reference 43220132993.

Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website.

2) Missing person (Attachment image)
We are appealing for help to find Fabian Everiss, a 22yr old male missing from the Oxford area.
Fabian is described as 5ft 10in tall with dark brown curly hair, last seen wearing a dark blue hoodie, dark coloured gilet, grey tracksuit bottoms and white trainers.
We would also appeal directly to Fabian, if you see this appeal, please get in touch with police and let us know that you are safe.
Anyone with information about Fabian's whereabouts, please contact police on 101, quoting reference 43220131310

3) Project Vigilant result update
Project Vigilant works to identify predatory behaviour and what the future holds for the project. Project Vigilant, first piloted by Thames Valley Police in Oxford, is aimed at targeting perpetrator behaviours, which are often displayed before a sexual offence takes place. Details https://orlo.uk/xPhXO

NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICE
1) On patrol
(attachment)
PCC Matthew Barber on patrol in Blackbird Leys last week with Inspector Jade Hewitt (Violence Reduction Unit) and Sergeant Alex Penn, Neighbourhood Sergeant Blackbird Leys

2) How police plan to tackle spike in violence in Blackbird Leys
From Oxford Mail article https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/20036376.police-plan-tackle-spike-violence-blackbird-leys/
HANDING out job application forms and getting court order banning problem youths from congregating outside Blackbird Leys shops are among the tactics beat bobbies will use in an effort to cut violence in the Oxford estate.Blackbird Leys and Greater Leys has seen a spike in violence over recent months, with stabbings in January and February resulting in a number of teenagers and men being arrested for attempted murder.
Thousands of pounds’ worth of police resources have been spent on the estate in the wake of the violence, much of it coming from a £700k Home Office grant overseen by the region’s Violence Reduction Unit and used to pay officers overtime.

With extra police officers drafted onto the estate, the neighbourhood officers were able to spend more time with local schools and organisations like RAW Workshop who work with youngsters, preventing them from getting into crime.
The officers were also looking at getting Public Spaces Protection Orders outside shops and in other areas where groups were gathering.

CRIME PREVENTION
1) Catalyst converters

Worried about catalytic converter theft?
Are you the owner of vehicle and concerned about having your catalytic converter stolen? If the answer is yes, you need a Catalytic Converter Marking Kit. Hybrid cars, 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 the Property Checker.  Oxford NW members can have 10%  discount with the marking kit  https://www.catalyticconvertertheft.com/

CRIME INFORMATION
1) Warning about cannabis sweets (attachment)
These sweets might look safe and fun, but they actually contain dangerous levels of mood-altering substances.
Cannabis edibles are often stronger than joints and take longer to have an effect, meaning people may be likely to have more than one and increase their chances of falling unwell.
They are also illegal.
Find out more about cannabis edibles, including what to do if you have any concerns.
Read the full story to find out more: https://ersou.police.uk/cannabis-edibles.htm

2) Further monies to tackle serious violence
Further £7m over three years to tackle serious violence across the Thames Valley
An additional £7m has been given over 3 years from the Home Office Serious Violence Fund to support efforts to prevent & tackle serious violence and knife crime https://orlo.uk/99p10

3) Online Safety Bill
The Online Safety Bill has been introduced to Parliament
https://saferinternet.org.uk/blog/the-online-safety-bill-has-been-introduced-to-parliament

4) Victims First
Survey ends at 12pm on April 6th 
https://survey.alchemer.eu/s3/90431105/Victims-Survey

SCAMS
1) Cadburys (attachment)
There is a WhatsApp message (and probably other media too) purporting to be from Cadburys offering free chocolate accompanied by the picture of a Cadburys Easter egg (timely!!). It gives a link to click on but within the link there is ‘.ru’ this points out that it is a Russian domain and nothing to do with Cadburys.  So people are well advised not to click on it, as one shouldn't do on any suspect message.

Any bogus text messages should be forwarded to 7726.
Any bogus emails should be forwarded to report@phishing.gov.uk

2) AGE UK (attachment)
Scam prevention 

OXFORD CITY COUNCIL
1) Has your bin day changed?
Please note that the app stopped on March 31st
Check your bin collection day by entering your postcode on:-
Sign up here:
https://ecitizen.oxford.gov.uk/citizenportal/form.aspx?form=Bin_Collection_Day
Recycling and waste collection day changes
Changes to some domestic recycling and waste collection rounds in Oxford, announced in February, will change from Monday 4 April.
This change will affect around 35,000 households - around a half of properties in the city. We have already written to all residents to tell them of the changes and attached information tags to all bins to give lots of notice. 
Residents that are affected should continue to place their bin out as per the normal arrangements on their new collection day – after 6pm the evening before collection or by 7am on their new collection day, where the pavement meets the public highway. The new service replaces the current app notification sent from the Oxford City Council app. The app will close on 31 March. 
If you would like to access any of the other information from the app – including a full list of councillors, how to contact the council, how to report an issue – then please head over to our website. From there, you will be able to use the search function or navigate from the menu.

GENERAL INFORMATION
1) BBC Radio Oxford (attachment)
BBC Radio Oxford’s ‘Make a Difference Awards’.
We want to celebrate people who are going above and beyond to make a difference where you live. The awards are a chance to say “Thank You” and show recognition and appreciation for people who love to make life better for others.
. We want to celebrate people who are going above and beyond to make a difference where you live.
More information at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3yrtgmkfHBbsXfQfYkJp7CF/make-a-difference

2) Samaritans
The Samaritans can be reached round the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it’s best to call them on the phone. You can reach them by calling 116 123, by emailing jo@samaritans.org or by visiting www.samaritans.org.
3)Traditional landlines to stop
BT will replace traditional landline handsets as part of a huge digital changeover. A new 'digital' phone will be favoured instead of a landline which will force all homes online when the switchover happens in 2025. The phone will be powered by electricity and will require an internet connection to make calls.
Update on BT Landline and Good News!
BT has announced it will put its digital landline rollout on hold following backlash from some customers. It says it will work on the underlying technology to be make it more resilient.
BT, among other telecoms companies, had pledged to equip all homes with digital voice-over-internet phones by 2025 as part of a much needed update to the UK’s communication infrastructure.
The controversial rollout, which saw copper landlines removed in favour of fibre-optic cables, have resulted in some customers being unable to call 999 when their power has gone out as a result of storms cutting off their internet access.

4) Burglar alarms
ADT, Ofcom and Yale confirm burglar alarms to go silent due to BT's 'big switch'
Older burglar alarms will stop working as a direct result of BT’s plan to replace traditional copper landlines with broadband technology. 
Because the power pack in the burglar alarm system it will remain working, during an electrical power down-time. However the monitoring connection will be lost on systems that use landlines.
More modern systems will still operate as follows:
Over existing home phone lines, which continue to work during power outages when battery backup is in use.
 Wirelessly through cellular radio frequencies like mobile/cell phones use, which also continue to work during power outages when a battery backup is in use. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), which typically doesn't work in a power outage via the Internet, which also typically does not work in a power outage.
 If in any doubt speak to your burglar alarm provider.
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5) Have your say on the implementation of the Liberty Protection Safeguards
The government has launched a consultation on its plans to update the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) Code of Practice to better support people who may lack mental capacity and require others to make decisions in their best interests.
These decisions could include where a person should live, whether assistive technology like sensors or keypad entry should be installed, setting times for refreshments or activities, whether they can leave the accommodation or restraint in certain circumstances among others.
The government want to hear your views on the proposed Liberty Protection Safeguards. The consultation closes at 11:45pm on 7 July 2022.

6) Folly Bridge
People who use Oxford’s Folly Bridge are being warned to expect disruption for four weeks while essential repairs are carried out.
Oxfordshire County Council is due to begin repair work on the historic bridge, which carries the A4144 Abingdon Road into the city centre, on Monday 28 March.
Most of the repairs will be carried out from beneath the bridge using floating pontoons, but there will be some excavation required from above, from 4 April.
The work will be carried out between 7.30am - 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, with no noisy work happening before 8.30am. The western footway and edge of carriageway will need to be closed to complete the work.

7) FOOD ALERTS
a) Food alert – 30 March 2022:

Scratch Meals recalls Scratch Chicken & Veggie Tikka Masala because it contains high levels of Niacin and Zinc
Read more:https://www.food.gov.uk/news-alerts/alert/fsa-prin-20-2022-update-1
b) Food alert - 1 April 2022:
Village Quality Products recalls Al Burj Halwa Pistachio because of the presence of Salmonella
Read more: https://www.food.gov.uk/news-alerts/alert/fsa-prin-21-2022
c) News update – 2 April 2022:
FSA and FSS issue precautionary advice to consumers not to eat certain Kinder products linked to a salmonella outbreak
Read more: https://www.food.gov.uk/news-alerts/news/fsa-and-fss-issue-precautionary-advice-to-consumers-not-to-eat-certain-kinder-products-linked-to-a-salmonella-outbreak
d) Food alert – 2 April 2022:
Ferrero recalls Kinder Surprise because of the possible presence of Salmonella
Read more: https://www.food.gov.uk/news-alerts/alert/fsa-prin-22-2022

8) Living with Covid strategy
The Living with COVID-19 strategy is already being implemented. Individuals are no longer legally required to self-isolate, and instead are advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people if they test positive. This advice will be updated further as set out below. 

The Government has removed its advice for staff and students in most education and childcare settings to undertake routine twice weekly asymptomatic testing. The Government has started the process of reducing its testing and tracing infrastructure, in preparation for the end of free universal testing from 1st April. 
We are now reconfiguring our services to target government testing provision to enable treatment and protect our most vulnerable settings.

9) Thames Area Environment Agency
We have submitted our planning application for the Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme. You can read the planning application on Oxfordshire County Council’s online planning portal (Reference number MW.0027/22).
https://myeplanning.oxfordshire.gov.uk/Planning/Display/MW.0027/22
Oxfordshire County Council will be holding an online consultation on the planning application from 7 April to 9 May. 
We would really appreciate it if you would share this news via your communication channels. The Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme will reduce flood risk to all properties currently at risk of flooding from the River Thames, reduce the impact of flooding on transport links, and enhance the local environment for generations to come.
 
.We have produced an introductory video about the scheme outlining why it is needed in the context of historical floods and climate change. The link to the video is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dd-tHCniXvU .  
We have a dedicated website with videos, maps and information about the scheme. https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/thames/oxfordscheme/
Updates since last planning application-
https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/thames/ofas-updates/

The proposal is:-
A flood alleviation scheme to reduce flood risk in Oxford, comprising:
Construction of a new two stage channel from the confluence of the Botley and Seacourt Streams, extending south easterly to north Kennington;
Floodwalls to the north of Botley Road, at Seacourt Park and Ride and adjacent to Bullstake Close allotments;
Floodgates at Helen Road, Henry Road and Seacourt Park and Ride;
Flood defences at New Hinksey between Abingdon Road in the west and the River Thames in the East, Ferry Hinksey Road and north of South Hinksey;
Control Structures at Bulstake Stream, Eastwyke Ditch, Hinksey Pond, Redbridge Stream and Cold Harbour; Bridges and culverts to cross highways and footpaths maintaining access routes;
Spillways, embankments, low flow control structure, modifications to Seacourt Stream, ford crossings, channel clearance, ditch widening and deepening, removal of weir and installation of telemetry cabinets;
Repairs to existing walls along Osney Stream and in Hinksey Park.
The creation of new and improved habitat for flora, fauna and fisheries, and change of use of land to provide exchange for existing open space.
Works will include extraction of some sand and gravel for reuse on the site and exportation from the site

10) Boat Race
The Oxford v Cambridge Boat Race 2022 will be televised on April 3rd 
13:50 BBC Broadcast Starts

14:23 76th WOMEN'S BOAT RACE
15:23 167th MEN'S BOAT RACE


Will 2022 be Oxford's year?
Cambridge has won the men's race 85 times and Oxford 80 times, with one dead heat. 
In the women's race, Cambridge have won the race 45 times and Oxford 30 times.
Message sent by
Maggie Lewis (Neighbourhood Watch Network, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford LPA)
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