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Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Weekly Newsletter 1-5-22

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Welcome to Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Weekly Newsletter 1-5-22 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. 
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Neighbourhood Watch Network
1) Calling Tree
Oxford Neighbourhood Watch
1) Vice Chair of TVNHWA
Police and Crime Commissioner
1) Presentation
Thames Valley Police
1) ATM
Thames Valley Police (Oxford)
1) Barton murder investigation
2) Missing person found
3) Nightsafe Oxford Network
4) St Aldates
5) Oxford Retail Park
Neighbourhood Policing Teams
1) Rosehill, Littlemore & Iffley
Crime Prevention
1) Little Book of (Met Police)
Crime Information
1) Office of National Statistics (crime and the pandemic)
2) Bike checker
1) WhatsApp
2) NHS Lottery
Oxford City Council
1) Community Champions
2) Blue badge parking
General Information
1) BT Landline update
2) Renewal of passports
3) Know Your Parking Rights
4) Food Alerts
Happy May Day to everyone 
May Day is a public holiday usually celebrated on 1st May or the first Monday of May. It is an ancient festival  marking the first day of summer and a current traditional spring holiday in many European cultures. Dances, singing, and cake are usually part of the festivities.

What happens in Oxford on May Day?
The event starts early at 6 a.m. with the Magdalen College Choir singing a hymn, the Hymnus Eucharisticus, from the top of Magdalen Tower, a tradition stretching back over 500 years. The choir traditionally also sings a madrigal, Now Is the Month of Maying, following prayers for the city led by the Dean of Divinity.  The event typically attracts crowds of thousands of people - students and Oxford residents alike - who start gathering under the tower, on Magdalen Bridge, and along the High Street.
1) Calling Tree (attachment)
Call 3 people today to ask how they are doing. If they call 3 people the calling tree builds and we can all reduce isolation and loneliness.

1) Vice Chair
I was elected as Vice Chair of Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Association.

1) Community Fund presentation event (21/4) (attachment)
Community and voluntary organisations recognised at Community Fund presentation event
Hosted by Matthew Barber and Thames Valley Police Chief Constable, 18 organisations received a presentation cheque and heard short presentations from Free Legal Advice Group for Domestic Violence and Pilgrim Bandits Charity.
Find out more

1) ATM
Really good advice. 
Everyone should always be aware of who is around them at all times.  If walking along a road, use the reflections in shop windows, to see if who is around you and paying you too much attention if you, particularly if you are at a cash till in the street, or making a cash withdrawal inside a bank.
No-one, should be within a metre of you.  Know who is around you – AND USE YOUR INSTINCTS – if you feel you are being watched / observed, you probably are.  90% of communication is non-verbal and our brains, see things we don’t and warn us, using our instincts.  They are there to protect us and most of us have lived long enough to know they are usually right !

1) Witness appeal - Barton murder investigation for 24/4
Officers conducting a murder investigation in Barton have renewed an appeal for information a week on from an alleged assault, which may be linked, to the death of 50-year-old Peter Crowley.
Full details:

We have today (27/4) arrested two more teenagers in connection with a murder investigation in Barton.
A 17-year-old boy and 16-year-old girl, both from Oxford, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are in police custody.
The girl has further been arrested on suspicion of causing GBH with intent.
The 17-year-old boy arrested yesterday has now been eliminated from our enquiries following further investigation, and has been released without charge.
The victim has today been formally identified as Peter Crowley, aged 50, from Barton.
A Home Office post-mortem examination was conducted yesterday, and the cause of death currently remains unascertained.
Our thoughts remain with Peter's family and friends.
DI Mike Roddy of the Major Crime Unit said: "“I would again appeal to anybody who believes that they may have witnessed an assault on a man near to the shops in Underhill Circus on Saturday evening at around 9.30pm to please contact us.
“I would also be keen to hear from anyone who may have dash-cam or CCTV footage to please check this can contact Thames Valley Police online or via 101, quoting incident reference 858 (24 April)."
Full details here

2) Missing person
A reported missing person from the Oxford area has been found.
Fabian Everiss, who was reported missing has been located safe and well in London.
We would like to thank everyone involved

3) Nightsafe Oxford Network (attachment)
Along with our partners, we have launched the Nightsafe Oxford Network

The Network aims to bring organisations together to tackle violence against women and girls in Oxford by putting in place a range of measures to keep you safe in our city.
Find out how licensed premises, police, CCTV, Street Pastors, bus and taxi drivers are working together to make your night out in Oxford safer.
More info

4) Witness Appeal (St Aldates)
Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses to an assault and affray in Oxford.
At around 4.20am on Sunday (24/4), a fight broke out between two groups of males on St Aldates close to Blue Boar Street.  
During the altercation, one man in his twenties, was pushed to the floor and kicked in the head.
He suffered serious injuries and was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital for further treatment, but he has since been discharged. 
Two of the offenders are described as a tall, black man in his twenties, with black hair, wearing a light coloured top, light blue jeans and white trainers. 
And a black male in his late teens into early twenties, wearing a black jacket with a red hood underneath.

“If you have any CCTV footage in the area or any dash-cam footage if you were in the area around the time, I’d also ask that you check any recordings in case it has captured something that could assist our investigation.
“To contact us, call 101 or make a report on our website, quoting reference number 43220175149.
“Alternatively, you can provide information anonymously to the independent charity, Crimestoppers, by calling 0800 555 111 or via its website.”

Update (29/4)
Two 17-year-old boys from Oxford have been arrested in connection with this incident, one on suspicion of assault and affray, and the other on suspicion of affray. They have both been bailed until 24 May.

5) Witness Appeal (Oxford Retail Park) (attachment)
We are releasing images of men who may have vital information about an assault causing actual bodily harm in Oxford.
The incident happened at around 9pm on Friday 18 March at Oxford Retail Park on Ambassador Avenue.

1) Rosehill, Littlemore & Iffley (attachment)
Rosehill, Littlemore & Iffley NHPT have been engaging with different community projects to build better relations in our area. This consists of working with the Rosehill Youth Club at their allotment patch in Littlemore and supporting TheBigOrangeM with their art work project

1) The Little Guides to preventing fraud and cyber crime (excellent videos and downloads)
Several million cases of fraud and of computer misuse are reported to the police every year. It's staggering, but even more staggering is that so many of those crimes could have been prevented by making a few small changes in online behaviour.
To avoid becoming a victim of online crime you don’t need to be a computer expert. Developing a few good online habits drastically reduces your chances of becoming a victim of cyber crime, makes you less vulnerable and lets you use the web safely.

1) Office of National Statistics
Patterns of crime over the last two years have been substantially affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and government restrictions on social contact. While there was a decrease in some types of offence during the national lockdown in place in early 2021, fraud and computer misuse in England and Wales increased.
A 54% increase in fraud and computer misuse offences has driven an 18% increase in overall crime, for the year ending December 2021compared with the year ending December 2019, according to the Telephone Crime Survey for England and Wales

2) Bike checker is the place where all cycles can be checked by anyone who has a bike stolen.

1) Whats App
Two billion WhatsApp users worldwide have been issued an urgent warning over a message they should delete from their phones immediately.
A scam message posing as WhatsApp support is doing the rounds on the popular messaging platform trying to encourage users to reveal their personal details.
The warning comes from WhatsApp blog WABetaInfo which is urging users of the app to remain vigilant when using the service.

Scam WhatsApp message- what to look out for?
The urgent WhatsApp warning relates to when you are chatting to a verified account.
When using WhatsApp a verified account will have a verified badge next to the contact name in the chat screen. Messages received from the WhatsApp scam account does not have this and users are being urged to remain vigilant as the fake account is trying to obtain personal details.
WhatsApp will never ask for details such as your credit card or two-step verification details.
What to do of you receive the WhatApp scam message?
Meta-owned WhatsApp is urging users to delete any messages from such accounts and immediately block the number.
Never hand over sensitive information when prompted not even to friends and family. Always double check people’s identities if there is any doubt.

2) NHS Lottery
Some players are receiving scam/phising emails from an unknown third party claiming that their direct debit has failed, and that they're required to click a link to update their bank details. This is a scam and should be deleted without clicking on any links.
If a Health Lottery direct debit payment fails, an automated email is generated advising players to contact their bank directly in order to resolve the problem. They do not include a link for players to click in order to update their payment details.
If you believe you have been the victim of a scam, call Action Fraud UK on 0300 123 2040

1) Community Champions
We need your help

We are looking for volunteer Community Champions to meet with members of their community to understand the barriers that people have engaging with health services... whether that’s not visiting a GP or being hesitant to take a vaccine.
The Community Champions will help us build more inclusive services in Oxford that better reflects and meets the needs of everyone in our city.
If you would like to make a difference, visit our Community Champions page

2) Blue Badge parking
Concessions exist for Blue Badge holders, primarily where road markings prohibit or restrict parking for other road users, but not all parking is free of charge.
Parking on-street
Blue Badge holders can park, providing they do not cause an obstruction and correctly display their blue badge in:
- Designated Blue Badge or disabled bays
- On single yellow lines* (up to 3 hours during the hours of restriction)
- On double yellow lines* (for up to 3 hours in England, Wales & Northern Ireland and unlimited in Scotland)
*When parking on any time restrictions such as yellow lines, the clock must be correctly displayed.  Blue Badge holders are not allowed to park in loading bays and may not be able to park in other places reserved for permit holders, like residents bays for example. Some London Boroughs (City of London, Kensington & Chelsea, Camden and Westminster) have their own schemes, which are interchangeable and interoperable in part. Normal Blue Badge concessions do not apply in these cases. Always check with the local authority. 
There are no statutory concessions for Blue Badge holders on private land, or in local authority car parks, but most car park operators will provide spaces for them. They may be charged for so always check local rules and signs.

1) BT Landline query to Anneliese Dodds MP (attachment)
I wrote to Anneliese Dodds about concerns about future changes to BT Landline and she has said I can share the reply from the Julia Lopez MP, Junior Minister in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport - please see attached letter.

2) Renewal of passports
Millions of UK holidaymakers urged to do one thing or face cancelled holidays
Millions of Brits could see their summer holidays cancelled due to delays in processing new passports.
As many as five million holidaymakers are said to have delayed renewing their passport during the coronavirus pandemic.
People hoping to travel abroad should apply to renew outdated passports “as soon as possible” Home Office minister Kevin Foster has warned.

3) Know Your Parking Rights
This is an excellent national website

4) Food Alerts (29/4/22)
AG Barr recalls IRN-BRU Regular and IRN-BRU 1901 750ml glass bottles because of a manufacturing fault which may cause bottle caps to pop off unexpectedly

Greggs recalls Greggs 2 pack Chicken Bake because it has been found to contain hard plastic

Strauss Israel recalls Elite confectionery products because of the possible presence of Salmonella

Allergy alert – (30/4/22)
Lidl GB recalls Starovice Czech Lager 5.0% because of undeclared sulphur dioxide
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Maggie Lewis (Neighbourhood Watch Network, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford LPA)
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